Glamp Out

How to embrace nature without getting your hands dirty.


It’s a dilemma faced by many couples planning a vacation: One loves nothing more than going to sleep to the sounds of wildlife in the darkness and awakening to the sweet smell of dewy grass at sunrise. The other defines camping as a hotel with no fewer than four AAA diamonds. Now, for those all too familiar with the bitter taste of misguided bug spray— and the outdoor lovers who are committed to them—Solid Ground Shelters provides the compromise they need.

Solid Ground Shelters is riding the glamping wave. It doesn’t just provide tents—it erects them wherever you want. And they’ll make yours as cushy as you like, with quality sheets and duvets, wine and stemware, fresh flowers and other decorative touches.

 “We’re like mini-travel planners,” says Lauren Cecil, 28, co-founder with Jason Johnson, 27, of the Ruckersville-based venture. The two met while working as adventure guides in California and, since their 2013 start, have helped glampers from New York to Georgia.

How does it work? All you have to do is pick your spot and show up. In fact, you don’t even have to do that. Solid Ground will find a location to your liking. Just describe the setting you want, from the beach to your own backyard, from family reunions to huge music festivals like FloydFest. Of course, if all you want provided is a tent, erected and broken down, no problem. But it seems a shame to just say no to all the options that are included. Tents start at 133 square feet for $250 per night with a two-night minimum.

Certain amenities and services are included with tent rentals. When you arrive, for instance, your campfire sits ready to light, with chopped wood at the ready for the next. The groceries you requested are waiting. Even the gourmet s’more kit is top notch, with quality chocolate and handmade marshmallows. Cecil and Johnson can also arrange trips and activities if it’s more than quiet time around the campfire you’re after.

“It’s like having a hotel wherever you want it in the outdoors,” says Cecil … with people to do the rustic stuff while you sip tea and enjoy nature. SolidGroundShelters.com

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