Glamp it up this Fall in Missouri

Camping is a perfect way to immerse yourself in Missouri’s natural beauty. Thousands of campsites provide an ideal location to pitch a tent and enjoy the outdoors. But if you’re looking for something a little – or a lot – less rustic, the Show-Me State offers several “glamping” options.
 
Glamping spots throughout the state let you experience nature with many of the comforts of home. In some cases it’s better than home, with coffee and breakfast delivered to your door or an outdoor bathtub for soaking under the stars.
 
Try one of these locations when you want to venture off – but not too far off – the beaten path:
 
Tipi
 
The Magic Tipi Retreat is nestled in the woods just over an hour south of St. Louis. The tipi is built on a wooden deck complete with a picnic table, barbecue grill and fire pit. Inside, you’ll find a queen-size bed. A private bath house offers hot showers a short walk away. Candles, firewood and ingredients for s’mores are provided to create an unforgettable glamping experience.
 
Yurts
 
Two Missouri state parks offer yurts – circular fabric-covered structures built with a wooden frame, making them strong and weather tight. Large windows offer forest views.
 
At Lake of the Ozarks State Park, the yurts are equipped with a futon and bunkbed, small refrigerator, microwave, air conditioning and heat. Outside, you’ll find a picnic table, fire ring and barbecue grill. A modern bathroom and shower house is within walking distance.
 
Table Rock State Park offers a premium yurt with two bedrooms, a private bathroom, full kitchen, TV, heating and air conditioning. A picnic table, barbecue grill, fire ring and lantern post will remind that you are, in fact, camping.
 
Luxury tents
 
Glamping St. Louis  is located at the River Island Marina in St. Charles, just minutes from St. Louis area attractions. Safari-style “floating” tents are built on private docks on a channel leading to the Mississippi River. Each tent has a king-size bed, a sofa that converts to a full-size bed, heating and air conditioning, a mini refrigerator, coffee maker, fire ring and deck. A private bathroom for each tent is located in a lodge nearby. Several cabins and a vintage Air Stream are also available.
 
Hawley Farm Glamping, located in the heart of Missouri farm country, offers safari-style tents (and a yurt) about an hour northeast of Kansas City. The tents and yurt are equipped with a queen-size bed, portable air conditioner and cooler. Each campsite has a private solar shower. The hosts provide the makings for s’mores around the campfire and bring breakfast to your campsite each morning. The 210-acre farm has hiking trails and a pond for fishing. You can visit nearby Hamilton – known as the Quilt Capital of the World – to tour the Missouri Star Quilt Company shops as well as boutiques and restaurants.
 
Camp Long Creek takes glamping to the next level with king-size canopy beds and chandeliers. The luxury tents, located on the shores of Table Rock Lake in southwest Missouri, are heated and air conditioned and include a table and chairs, small refrigerator and private bathroom with shower. Some of the tents have outdoor tubs surrounded by a privacy fence so you can soak in solitude. The camp, which also has “shepherds huts” and cottages, offers boat rentals, fishing and hiking.


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