Monday, 28 July 2014 11:25

Glamping 101

Written by  Missy Black
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RETRO RENTALS can help. The company takes vintage campers, restores and rents them so your glampscape is kitschy cozy. Rent one of the three vintage campers that have “a lot more character and flair than newer trailers,” said Owner Stephen Austin. “They are cool to look at and people like to see them. It’s trendy and appeals to the younger crowd.”


Board The Motown Hotel, a ’55 Detroiter that’s petite and easier to tow and move around. No big rig is needed for hauling. Sleeping four to five campers, this charmer comes with the original ice box and is dressed up in a throwback teal color that scores major eye-candy points.


The Silvery Moon is bright and shiny for people of similar mindsets. With one look at this ’54 Duro, it’s a sentimental journey in polished aluminum. Bonus feature: Makeup application and primping right on the side.


Most trailers are equipped with retro Melmac dishware, old canister sets and vintage items reminiscent of the trailer’s era. “It’s basic stuff they can camp with,” Austin said, whose take on retro campers and glamping is “more of an experience with the old campers. You are outside a lot more sightseeing, enjoying nature and cooking. You get a lot of attention and get to meet new people.”


KARLA’S PLACE in Holland might be glamping merchandise central. All the accoutrements including towels, key chains and books on designing a luxury campsite exist here. Indulge and get inspired by pillows, artwork and leave your lipstick stains on their glamping glasses and drink ware. “It’s an extension of our homes,” said Owner Karla Scheifele. “That’s why people are so into designing their porches and patios. The camper takes on your personality.”


Check out and pick from some camping sites below that fit your glamping needs.


HUNGRY HORSE CAMPGROUND offers 90 acres to roam with a basketball court, pool, hiking trail and campfire rings. Glampers will love the Wi-Fi throughout the campground to stay connected and see how many likes they’re getting on outdoorsy selfies. Visit for more information.

PIONEER PARK keeps visitors moving with a baseball diamond, volleyball field and basketball court. Get a workout in by taking the stairs to the beach. There’s also a tennis court, so glampers can glisten in the sun with their cute tennis outfits.


SANDY PINES has nature trails, fitness trails and horseshoe pits calling your name. Try miniature golf, the ropes course or kick back and cool down at the splash pad after a trip to the ice cream parlor. Extreme glamping is here with a Christmas in August event where campers decorate trailers and golf carts and tour the park in its entire holiday overload. Check it out at


HIDDEN RIDGE RV RESORT gives you both the rustic environment you crave while enjoying deluxe amenities like a heated pool and spa, bath houses with private showers and cement-padded sites. Glampers love a theme and can have some fun with the Aug. 11-17 Redneck Fest. Get your information at


LUDINGTON STATE PARK boasts 5,300 acres used for camping, hiking, fishing, biking and nature ogling. Discover hardwood forests, marshlands and nearly seven miles of Lake Michigan shoreline. The sand dunes with spectacular views give glampers a quiet spot to contemplate the evening’s dinner attire. See what else the park offers at


YOUNGS STATE PARK on beautiful Lake Charlevoix spans more than 560 acres. Pop a squat among a mix of gently rolling terrain, lowlands and cedar swamp areas. The beach here was voted “best beach of the year” by The Petoskey News Review Graphic. Glampers always factor in beach time.


PERE MARQUETTE CAMPGROUND is just 1.5 miles from the Pere Marquette River. This campground is surrounded by thousands of acres of national forest and has both modern and rustic sites. Canoe, kayak, raft, fish or mushroom hunt if the mood strikes. Glampers will appreciate the camp store, as it carries the basics along with sunglasses, hats and Pere Marquette apparel. Represent! Get the details at


HIGGINS LAKE KOA invites you for the day, weekend or summer and features camping solutions for the camper who wants to "rough it" and those who want to feel like they’ve never left home. Glampers will dig the circular, tent-like yurt structures with distinct motifs such as Fisherman’s Wharf and Pirate’s Cove.


YOGI BEAR’S JELLYSTONE PARK/SILVER LAKE is located close to Silver Lake and has quaint cabin rentals, tent sites and RV camping spots. Sand dunes are nearby as well as go carts, bumper boats and mini-golf next door. Glampers interested in people watching, a car show and sweet edibles (pickle on a stick!) can walk over to the Apple BBQ Cook Off Festival in mid-September.

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