I love nature, there is something restorative to spending a night beneath a canopy of trees being serenaded by the hoots, tweets and whistles of the wild. But I must confess, I am not a particular fan of bugs, being too hot, too cold or roughing it that much at all, really. Call me Goldilocks if you will, but I know I am not alone. So, what’s a city girl to do when she craves the country, but isn’t up for roughing it, just yet? Well, if a gal can’t camp, then a gal goes glamping! Luckily for us, the new Georgia Glamping Company offers a night in nature but nestled in luxury.
Georgia Glamping Company opened its first location at Lake Lanier’s Shady Grove Campground in Cumming, followed by a second location at Clarks Hill Lake in Appling and has plans to open another glamping site at Iris Lake in McDonough in Spring 2021. The company truly offers an accommodation for every style of glamper, from large safari tents and cozy bell tents to tree houses, retro RVs and Geodesic Domes.
We chose to stay the night in one of the Safari tents at Lake Lanier, which is beautifully appointed with a king bed, 2 bunk beds, Keurig Coffee maker, mini fridge, rugs, lamps, electrical outlets as well as A/C and heating units. The “Glampsite” also included a picnic table, two hammocks, a wood fire ring, charcoal grill, string lights and two rocking camp chairs. All we needed were smores, and luckily for us, that was one of the additional “add on” purchases along with paddle boards, kayaks, paddle boats, propane grill, giant Jenga or even a charter boat. And they will even set up a professional photographer to come and take family photos during your stay!
The tent was picture perfect, and we were greeted with our handy smore’s kit and “Lil Glamper Bags” for some nature adventures for the kids. The tent has air-conditioning and heating, but my family stayed during the dog days of August, and I must confess, even with the air conditioning at full blast, we were happiest lounging in Lake Lanier nearby during daylight hours than hanging around camp. So, keep in mind, on particularly hot days, the best way to enjoy the temperature controls is at night, when you can zip up both the screen and canvas door so you are snug as a bug. Despite the Georgia summer heat, my family and I slept quite comfortably at night, when a blanket of stars covered the campground and we were also fortunate enough (and I mean this sincerely) to enjoy a thunderstorm overnight. I can tell you I felt perfectly safe and sound (and dry) cuddled in my bed drifting to sleep to Mother Nature’s music.
As for the other necessities, there is a communal campground bathroom with showers and laundry machines, should you need them. And even a quick jaunt to the bathroom in the middle of the night was a quite an adventure for my niece, who saw a mass of glowing eyes nestled in the forest during her walk, only to discover a herd of deer huddled together slumbering in the rain.
My family and I created wonderful memories in our glamping adventure and we look forward to coming back to check out Roxy the Retro RV that boasts an amazing location on the shores of Lake Lanier. This one-of-a-kind glamping experience in a fully renovated and furnished RV, includes a full kitchen and private bathrooms and shower!
Thinking of planning your stay? Bell Tents start at $134 a night, Safari Tents start at $144 per night and Roxy the Retro starts at $149 per night. For more information call 678-801-6334 or visit georgiaglamping.com.