We are not a “roughing it” type of family. Neither my husband nor I have ever been tent camping, yet when I heard about glamping, I thought… well this could work! While campgrounds provide nice opportunities for camping activities with kids, we wanted to try glamping first. To “glamp”, you mix the camping style with some hotel type amenities, and you’ve got the best of both worlds. On our San Francisco to Seattle road trip, we discovered the Washington wine country and were excited to try our this glamping teepee stay. Here is my review of our experience.
On our road trip from Seattle towards Oregon, we stopped in various places for a few days. Because it was a kid-free week, we made sure to relax, drink well, and eat well. Our first stop outside of Seattle was to Washington wine country in Yakima Valley. The drive was scenic and a welcomed change of pace to the cityscape. Check out these great options for day trips outside of Seattle:
Cherry Wood Bed and Breakfast: Glamping Teepee
We checked in to the Cherry Wood Bed and Breakfast which is located in Zillah, Washington (at the center of Yakima wine country). Washington is known for producing more red varietals, and I had never tried wine from this region, so I was very excited not only to go glamping here, but also to check out the wineries nearby. The view below is from the main house when you enter the property.
Accommodations Inside the Glamping Teepee
The accommodations inside the glamping teepee was a Queen size bed and two twin beds on the side for family or any extra guests. The interior is decorated beautifully and is spacious. It also included a mini-fridge and a private outhouse adjacent to your glamping teepee (it was less than 10 steps away and did not smell at all).
There is no personal shower inside your teepee. Instead, they had open-air showers a short walk away! At first, I was skeptical and hesitant, but it was a new experience and I stayed positive. The glamping teepee does come with towels and flip flops to take with you (the shower was maybe a 2-minute walk). It actually was fine and I enjoyed taking an outdoor shower looking up at the sky. Also, the decor was quite unique!
One of our favorite parts of the glamping teepee experience was the outdoor area. Just outside of your private teepee there is a swing and a fire pit with a s’mores kit. We sat here after dinner and made s’mores for dessert, and then had our morning coffee on the swings looking out at the Washington wine country and mountains.
Speaking of the Washington countryside, the cherry groves on the property were beautiful and since it was cherry picking season, we did take a few! We also visited a few wineries nearby and enjoyed tasting some Washington wine. Cherry Wood does have wine tour options available for purchase. There are horseback rides to the local wineries and you can even take a hay wagon tour and have lunch included. We did not opt for
The breakfast included in the price of the stay was exquisite. You can opt to eat inside the main house or on the outdoor terrace. We chose to eat outside and enjoyed the freshly squeezed juices, fresh pastries and donuts, and locally grown eggs/fruit.
Glamping Teepee Final Thoughts
Now, the glamping teepee was not cheap… It cost $285 with breakfast. There are extra packages that include various spa treatments, yet we went with the “budget option”. Overall, my first glamping experience was a success! Not only did I “kind of” camp, but I took an outdoor shower, made s’mores, and drank great wine! I loved that I had a comfortable bed, unique accommodations, and “hotel like” comforts with the outdoor element just outside my teepee. Next up will be a family glamping adventure.
If you are looking for other options to do while you’re in Washington State, check out this Ultimate Washington Road trip for some great ideas on what to do in the National Parks nearby. I’m looking forward to exploring Olympic National Park and the North Cascades in the near future. Besides the national parks, Washington has plenty of outdoor adventure options, especially in the summer. If you enjoy hiking, check out some of the best hikes in Washington State. The Yakima Valley is filled with activities, but if you plan on staying in the area for longer, you could also take a day trip to many natural areas, like Palouse Falls.
Unique Stays in Washington
While the glamping teepee was a hit, Washington is a state filled with plenty of outdoor opportunities. Here are some ideas on unique places to stay that have beautiful views of the Washington landscape.
Other Romantic Getaways
My husband and I make it a point to travel together at least once a year somewhere. It’s important for us to stay connected and not let the kids dominate control of our entire lives. Here are some of our recent romantic getaways:
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