There is a crisp feeling in the air, there are leaves falling down off the trees, and there’s a bonfire blazing away in a backyard somewhere. All of that can only mean one thing… fall is finally here! If you’re trying to get away for the weekend to kick off the fall season, we have some wonderful suggestions for you. Before we get started, the big question to consider is this: are you a camper or are you a glamper?
Do you want to go camping in the wilderness amongst the bugs and the animals? Do you like to be immersed in the outdoors and breathe the fresh air? Here are some great options in the Valley region:
The Bears Den Trail Center & Hiker Hostel is in Bluemont, VA, and is a quite primitive experience! Featuring fire pits, tent sites, and picnic tables, you will be fully engaged with the outdoors. This campground is set along a nature trail in the woods, which means you’ll be able to enjoy the peacefulness of the landscape. This will also give you the opportunity to step outside of your tent and immediately start hiking! If you’ve already been hiking and need a place to stay, the Hiker Hostel is such a great spot that offers full services to you out in the woods. You will be surrounded by wilderness and adventure!
If you really want to rough it, you can check out the Elizabeth Furnace Group Campground in Fort Valley, Virginia. The campground is tent-camping only, and features campfire circles, picnic tables, vault toilets, and grills. Water is not available onsite, but you do have access to the hand pump at the campground! You can stay busy throughout your day with activities like fishing for trout, walking across the swinging bridge and hiking nearby trails. Although it is a quite primitive experience, the whole family will really enjoy how exciting, educational and intriguing it is!
If that seems a little too rough for you, an option that offers aspects of both camping and glamping are the Mountaintop Cabins, at the Harpers Ferry Adventure Center. Sleeping up to five guests, the cabins come fitted with amenities such as electricity and air conditioning. The coziness of the cabin will allow for comfort and shelter from the elements, yet the outdoor charcoal grill, fire ring, and separate bathhouse maintain the classic camping feel!
Melanie from HFAC told us, “Camping at Harpers Ferry Adventure Center is the perfect ‘adventure in your backyard experience.’ Our facilities are beautifully scenic and all of our sites have access to our brand new bathhouse facilities”.
Maybe you’ve tried tent camping before and it’s not for you. Do you still want to have that adventure while maintaining access to certain amenities that you’re used to? That means you’re a glamper! Here are some incredible places for your glamping escapades:
The Lewis Mountain Cabins in the Shenandoah National Park are a great option to consider if you’re looking for that camping experience with a little bit of luxury mixed in. The cabins may be historic, but they come equipped with electric lighting, heat, towels and linens, and even your own private bathrooms. They are furnished to reflect the relaxing Blue Ridge Mountains that you’ll be surrounded by.
Offering the next step up in luxury camping is the Blackthorne Inn, located in Upperville, Virginia. They have three main cabin options: the King, the Queen, and the Cottage Queen, but the King is definitely where you want to be if you’re a glamper! This cabin has a king-sized bed, a flat satellite TV, a Jacuzzi, and a fireplace to keep you warm throughout those chilly fall days. You’ll feel comfortable, peaceful, and at ease as you enjoy this woodsy oasis!
If that’s still not “glam” enough, check out the Hillbrook Inn & Spa in Charles Town, West Virginia. Their Fall Cottages will be the ultimate glamping experience, featuring a king-sized bed, double whirlpool tub, a TV, a Keurig coffee maker, and much more! Plus, the cottages are pet-friendly, which is ideal if you want to bring your pooch along with you for the weekend. Included in your stay is a gourmet breakfast that you will definitely enjoy. Other amenities include a refrigerator, iPad and iHome, bottled water, Gilchrist & Soames Soap, an iron and ironing board, and of course, Wi-Fi! If you still want to enjoy the fresh air while you’re there, you can relax on your porch drinking coffee in your comfy robe and take in the sounds of the birds chirping and the view of the sun rising!
Whether you’re a camper or a glamper, there are plenty of options for you to choose from if you want to plan a weekend getaway in the fall! There is nothing that can compare to getting into the wilderness and experiencing nature up close and personal. You can sleep right there on the ground underneath the stars, or you can opt for the king-size bed in a cabin in the woods. No matter which setting you prefer, make sure to get out there this fall and enjoy the weather, the leaves, the activities, and the fun that’s awaiting you!