Rush Over to Mount Rushmore in 2018

South Dakota’s Black Hills have no shortage of natural beauty. But it’s the man-made wonder— Mount Rushmore —that has captivated people for more than 70 years. And now you can enjoy the majesty of the site while luxuriating in nature within the safari-style tents Under Canvas will pitch almost under the noses of the four presidents. Continue reading “Rush Over to Mount Rushmore in 2018”

The Nature Resort: A glamping weekend in Austria

After a 30 minute bus ride from Innsbruck, the capital city of Tyrol I arrived at Austria’s first and only glamping resort. The peaceful resort is located in midst stunning scenery of snow-capped mountains, lush green trees and a small lake that gives the resort its name: the Natterer See (Lake Natters). The site consists of a camping ground that accommodates campervans and tents, as well as mobile homes and of course the Nature Resort. I received a warm welcome from the ladies at the reception, making me feel comfortable straight away. They checked me in and handed me the keys to my home for the next 48 hours, which I could not wait to see.

Sleeping Barrels
The Ferienparadies Natterer See offers three exciting glamping options: the sleeping barrel, the wood lodge and the safari tent. The barrels accommodate one to two people and while they do not contain a rest room or kitchen, their charming interior is everything you need for a cosy stay in the Austrian countryside.

Safari Tent Patio
Safari Tents
The safari tents are the biggest and most luxurious accommodation of the Nature Resort. Each lodge tent is named after a different animal that you would typically see on safari in Africa and the name is very much the theme for the interior design. The lodge tents can accommodate between five and eight people and are ideal for groups and families.

Wood Lodge Inside
View from the Wood Lodge
I stayed at one of the smaller panorama wood lodges, which are completely sustainable. The whole interior was designed with attention to detail and nature in mind. My favourite feature was without a doubt the stunning panorama glass front that presents a spectacular view of the landscape. The smallest wood lodge sleeps two people and has not only got a kitchenette with a hob and fridge, but a small bathroom with a toilet and shower to keep you from having to venture outside to get ready in the mornings.

Ferienparadies Natterer See Campsite
The weather upon my arrival was gorgeous and sunny, perfect to relax and enjoy a BBQ. Each of the wood lodges and safari tents has their own outdoor lounge space with a BBQ grill. A little convenience store at the reception offers everything you need to get it going. I spent the evening on the panorama terrace sampling local sausages and watching the sun set over the majestic mountains of Tyrol.

During the summer the site offers a variety of different activities such as guided nature walks, water sport and an aqua park at the lake, as well as a variety of on-site entertainment. The activities vary depending on whether you are visiting during the winter or summer season.

Lake Natters in the rain
Hiking View Meadow
Unfortunately I woke up the next morning to a rhythmic sound and as soon as I opened the curtains, a view out of the window confirmed my dreaded suspicion: it was raining. I was set on exploring some of the nearby hiking routes and decided not to let the rain cancel my plans. The receptionist recommended a 4km route through the woods that would be at least partly protected from the rain. The starting point for the hike was just outside the campsite and the route took me through fairy-tale like forests and meadows. The scenery was absolutely breath-taking, even in the rain. After an hour I arrived at a cosy Austrian restaurant which due to the great menu, outdoor space and petting zoo is a popular destination for a day trip for tourists and locals alike. The menu featured a variety of local and national delicacies, including my favourite dish from Tyrol: spinach and parmesan dumplings.

If you don’t fancy walking back the same route, there is the option of hiking back via the small village Natters, which is only 2.5km from the campsite.

Sightseeing in Innsbruck
The surrounding area has plenty of indoor and outdoor activities to choose from to plan your day trip. One that I definitely did not want to miss is a day of exploring Innsbruck. If you are a guest at the Nature Resort you have the opportunity to use the local bus service to Innsbruck for free, which was an added bonus as I did not have access to a vehicle during my stay. The bus takes you right into the centre of town from which you can set off for a fun day of sightseeing. I started my day with a visit to the Hofgarten, which is a protected park with lots of green areas to relax. The park has a beautiful music pavilion, a small duck pond and an adventure playground for kids. The old town of Innsbruck is only a short walk from the Hofgarten and features the “Goldenes Dacherl”, the city’s most famous landmark. This part of town was my favourite. I could have spent hours walking the historic alleyways. If you are getting hungry from all that sightseeing, make sure to try some apple strudel, a popular Austrian pastry.

The Nature Resort at Lake Natters has brought glamping to Austria and with a combination of mountains views, outdoor activities and luxurious accommodation that is embedded in nature, it is here to stay!

Backcountry Ski Glamping

Alaska has excellent backcountry huts with incredible ski terrain, making for the perfect winter glamping getaway.

There are many places in Alaska that offer backcountry skiing and cabins however, most are limited in amenities and good ski runs.

If you are looking to go glamping and get epic powder turns, Manitoba is the obvious choice.

Manitoba is located on a bluff above Canyon Creek, approximately a 10 to 15 minute walk or ski from the trailhead on the Seward Highway.

The lodging at Manitoba is made up of cabins and yurts.

The main structure has propane-fired stoves, solar powered lights, a fully stocked kitchen,a wood stove, a drain pipe for washing, pantry, mud room and a bedroom.

In addition to all the amenities the cabin offers you ample seating, tables, and games.

Alongside the cabin are two yurts that provide additional sleeping quarters for up to eight people.

There is also a massive shed that contains cut firewood and a large sauna with a powerful little stove to warm up after a day of backcountry skiing.

For such luxurious accommodations, Manitoba is relatively inexpensive as the whole complex can be rented for $375/night.

The entire destination can accommodate up to 16 people.

The lodgings at Manitoba are maintained by a local non-profit called Alaska Huts, which in addition to maintaining Manitoba is working on building a series of huts connecting to the upper Placer River/Trail Creek valleys.

Manitoba is a great glamping destination for weekend ski trips.

It is located at the base of Manitoba Mountain, which is the most accessible and safest backcountry ski destination in the Summit Pass area.

During the darker months in particular, it’s a joy to ski powder all day and glide back to a well-appointed hut for the night.

For the finest backcountry ski glamping, spend a weekend at Manitoba.





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