Napa Pop Up Glamping

Glamping is a trendy term that describes a style of camping with amenities and, in some cases, resort-style services that are not normally associated with traditional camping.

In addition, glamping has become particularly popular with 21st century tourists seeking the opulence of hotel accommodations that let’s you escape the urban blues and enjoy outdoor adventures.

This niche trend has recently been catching on with elite travelers who want to sleep under the stars with plush lines are luxurious lodging.

TerraVelo Tours is one company at the forefront of the luxury offering all-inclusive glamping getways.

They even treated Oscar nominees to a posh vacation as part of the annual over-the-top goodie bags distributed to honorees.

For TerraVelo’s next endeavor, glampers will be setting up camp in Napa Valley for the winter, at the scenic Pope Valley Winery.

They will set up nine luxury safari tents in the vineyard that offer guests a queen size memory-foam bed, covered with Italian linens and a down comforter.

Beginning mid-November through January, the company will offer two unique types of glamping vacations that will include all meals, wine, cocktails and some custom experiences as well.

For more information on this pop up event, check out TerraVelo Tours.




Abel Tasman at its Finest

Sea kayaking 12km is one the most rewarding outdoor experiences…especially when there is a luxury lodge at the finish line. On our honeymoon around the world, we had dreams of exploring New Zealand’s Abel Tasman National Park—without the use of a tent and camp stove. Enter Wilsons Abel Tasman. They are the only outfitter in the park with beachfront lodges, plus gourmet food, hot showers, a comfortable bed, and cocktail hour. Now we are talking!

02 Abel Tasman kayaking

For a little history…in 1672 Abel Tasman was the first European explorer to set eyes on New Zealand but no westerners inhabited the region until 1840–that’s when the Brits sent a settlement fleet with brave pioneers, including the Wilsons’ great-great-great grandparents. Eight generations later, the family continues the tradition of Abel Tasman exploration by leading hiking and kayaking trips through the national park, making overnight stops at their historic homes.

03 WilsonsAbel Tasman Boat

All Wilsons’ trips start with a boat ride along the incredible Abel Tasman coastline, through its vibrant waters and granite headlands. From there you can hike, kayak, run, and/or bike anywhere from one to five days. We signed up for the “Three-day Kayak & Walk Break” which involves hiking the northern beaches and forests and a two-day kayak through the southern islands and coves, totaling 32 kilometers of exploration.

04 Able Tasman

We hiked along the beaches, through the forest and up to the cliffs. The vegetation was a lush combination of beech, rata, and tree ferns that would open up to breathtaking vistas of the beaches, where we spotted everything from seals to cormorants to sting rays.

05 Wilsons Meadowbank

Just before dusk, we arrived in Awaroa Inlet and Meadowbank: the family’s original home and current lodge. After a delightful shower, we enjoyed dinner and relaxed by the fireplace with a glass of wine, listening to the fascinating stories of family’s early days in the wild frontier.


The next morning we fueled up with a hearty breakfast before our 4km scenic walk over the Tonga Saddle to Onetahuti, our put-in spot for our sea kayak adventure.


We kayaked along the rocky coast and into the beautiful Bark Bay inlet for incredible nature sightings, including the endemic Blue Duck! This was no average duck–it rides rapids just like a kayaker.

08-NZ fur

After lunch we paddled to Tonga Island, a breeding ground for New Zealand fur seals. The seals spend their first few months around Tonga honing their swimming and hunting skills. We watched them take quick dips then scamper up the rocks to catch their breath, flop about and nap. Our guide said, sometimes the curious pups even hop onto the bow of passing kayaks. We would have waited all day to give a seal a ride, but sunset and a hot meal at Wilsons’ Torrent Bay Lodge were calling us to shore.

09-Split Apple Rock Abel Tasman

With fine food and a great night’s sleep under our belt, we were ready to take on the final 12km-stretch of kayaking. We celebrated our Wilsons journey at Split Apple rock, one last gorgeous cove before the port at Kaiteriteri. We felt such a sense of accomplishment but it was definitely Wilsons incredible guides and pampering that was the secret to our success.

Gone Glamping, Camping for softies

If you’re more into the idea of the great outdoors than the buggy, dirty reality of it all, then glamping is for you.

The act of glamping is perfect for those who want to experience the opulence of the great outdoors but, want to still get creature comforts with a bit of luxury.

Glamping DIY can be the staycation you’ve been wanting, it is easy to set up in the comfort of your own backyard, which means you can keep all your luxurious indulgences at your fingertips.

Whether your makeshift glamping experience is a bell-tent, a yurt, an airstream, or a treehouse, with a little bit of planning and creativity you can re-create the experience yourself for a fraction of the price-tag.

Here’s some dwellings you can buy that are guaranteed to set you on the path to five-star glamping experience in your own backyard.

Bell Tent