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‘Glamping’ – Camping without Roughing it – a Growing Trend

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By John-John Williams IV

“They’ve taken the West by storm,” Newman-Edwards says. “We hope to have them available sometime this fall.”

Even luxury hotels such as the Four Seasons and Ritz-Carlton have gotten in on the act. Both now offer amenities to replicate the outdoor experience in their hotel rooms.

In July, the Four Seasons Baltimore will offer younger guests a tent during their stay and campfire favorites such as hamburgers and s’mores.

“During the summer especially, we welcome a lot of families to the hotel, and we wanted to offer children a unique and memorable experience during their stay,” says Audrey Slade, its director of public relations. “It’s definitely a ‘wow’ when they walk into the room and see the camp amenity.”

Case prefers her nature trails.

“There is something about being close to nature that stimulates some fresh ideas,” she says. “It has been absolutely great for us. We always go back there.”

And the luxury features — catered gourmet meals and a gas fireplace in her decked-out cabin — don’t hurt.

“It’s on par with what we have at home, but the style and location is very different,” she says.

©2013 The Baltimore Sun
Distributed by MCT Information Services

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