There’s not mistaking the fact that glamping is more popular than ever.
A couple of years ago, Fox Business reported that the US market for glamping was “projected to reach $4.8 billion in revenue by 2025.”
Furthermore, a 2019 study from the KOA found that 67% of campers are booking glamping sites for the sake of creating a unique experience. These are guests who want to camp but want to keep a few of the comforts of home while they do it.
So, exactly what accommodations are parks using to attract glampers?
Here’s a list of 16 potential glamping options for campground owners looking to create a unique experience for their guests.
1. Canvas tents
Canvas tents are some of the more malleable options a campground can offer, considering almost everything is optional (electricity, furniture, A/C, etc). Plus, they’re incredibly durable, lasting 20 to 30 years (Wall Tent Shop), and can scale up or down to match the level of elegance you’re going for.
If you’re looking for an economic way to add value to your campground’s accommodations, GlampingOrCamping says that they can start as low as $350 and range up to $1,000 or so.
2. Vintage campers
Vintage campers are a huge draw for guests seeking both novelty and nostalgia. Also, they’re profitable, with CNBC reporting that on average flipping a used camper could earn you $6,000 on average.
That being said, you’ll have the overhead of renovating a vintage camper.
According to Camper Report, renovating an old Airstream will run you between “$10,000 to $70,000,” and completely restoring a vintage RV of any kind will “cost between $1,000 and $10,000.”
If you do decide to go the route of converting an older RV, be sure to consider the following (via Camper Report):
- Electrical systems (i.e. interior and exterior lights, signals, tail lights, etc)
- Plumbing systems (i.e. drains and traps, kitchen sink, toilet, shower, water)
- Exterior (i.e. locks, doors, hardware and seals, windows, vents, dents)
- Interior (i.e. cabinets, latches, counters, upholstery, floors)
- Kitchen appliances (i.e. water heater, furnace, oven, refrigerator)
- LP System (i.e. gas lines, regulators, hoses, pressure adjustment)
Here’s how one couple converted an ’87 Airstream motorhome into a luxury experience for guests.
If you ask Pacific Yurts Inc., they’ll tell you more and more campers seek out yurt accommodations to break away from the “cookie-cutter hotel room experience.”
While yurts aren’t exactly cheap (HomeAdvisor lists the average cost of a yurt as somewhere between $11,500 and $44,000), they are still profitable. According to Pacific Yurts Inc., you can make $1,500 a month from just yurt reservations alone. So your investment should pay for itself in a couple of years.
A classic and staple for many campgrounds, cabins and cottages can rent for $1,000 to $2,000 a week (The Globe and Mail) and attract a wide audience.
The previously mentioned Fox Business article also stated that “the demand for cabins and safari tents is expected to grow 2.5 times over the next five years,” meaning it’s certainly worth investing in at least a few units for your park. However, building a cabin would require permitting because it is a permanent structure.
An architectural design with a quaint interior, A-frames are a modern and imaginative approach to traditional cabins.
But even beyond aesthetic, Masterclass says that A-frames are affordable, simple to design, and better at snow management due to their steep-roofed design. Not to mention they allow for more natural light, making for a very pleasant stay.
6. Park model RVs
Park models are similar to traditional RVs in that they are mobile and need to be hooked up to sewer, water, and electricity. However, they are distinctly larger and more “homey” in design. Park models come in various design aesthetics, making it easy to find a park model to fit your park brand.
RV Insight says you can expect to pay between $20,000 and $200,000 per unit.
Treehouses are certainly one of the more exotic and upscale options for lodging, and they’re not terribly expensive. According to Fixr, the average 12′ by 12′ build for a treehouse will cost somewhere between $9,000 and $17,000. Treehouses are most commonly built around trees, but can refer to any camping accommodation at tree height as well.
For further context, Glamping.com has a list of top 5 glamping treehouses.
Costing between $130 and $1,000 (GlampingOrCamping), tipis are one of the cheapest and simplest glamping accommodations on this list.
Despite their primitive nature, tipis are weather-resistant, easy to assemble, and have optimal temperature regulation. That being said, they aren’t as spacious as other glamping options, and might not be as easily accessible to everyone.
To see examples of campgrounds implementing tipis well, check out Venue Report‘s list of the top 25 tipis from around the world.
LOGE finds closed down or abandoned motels near interesting towns or trails and refurbishes them to cater towards a more outdoor-focused experience, often adding camping options to the property.
Not to be confused with traditional motel updates, new owners are taking the bones of existing lodgings and transforming them into upscale campgrounds. You can even sleep in a hammock in your motel room:
10. Covered wagons
If you’re looking to add novelty to your campground, covered wagons are a playful and often climate-controlled option. They’re glorified tents with a western motif and create great photo ops.
Unconventional yet environmentally conscious, geodesic domes are more than just aesthetic. The Buckminster Fuller Institute explains that their spherical structure makes them one of the “most efficient interior atmospheres” for lodging because “air and energy are allowed to circulate without obstruction.” You can even place them in exotic locations with extreme wind turbulence, as the architectural design lessens any winds contributing to heat loss.
Furthermore, they can be installed quickly (1 to 3 days), and cost only $9 to $15 per square foot (GlampingOrCamping.com).
12. Glamping pods
Glamping pods are eco-friendly and stylish. While they’re usually built from recycled material, they’re energy-efficient and they retain heat, all while effectively protecting guests from the elements well.
Essentially they function as a tiny house with a modern design, making them one of the more expensive (upwards of $10,000), but also more glamorous options on this list.
Check out Glamping Pods of America for more ideas.
Easily one of the most unique forms of accommodation, converted cabooses and boxcars provide a very “Americana” experience for guests looking for something different.
Here’s a list of campgrounds offering trains for lodgings for inspiration.
14. Floating homes
Still connected to water and sewer, a floating home is like having a condo on the water. Unlike a houseboat, floating homes are stationary and generally more expensive.
Also, you’ll need a diver to properly inspect the home, because they have to check the top to the bottom.
15. Tiny homes
Smaller than a cabin and moveable by a trailer, tiny homes have become an affordable option for Millenials and Baby Boomers alike.
According to iProperty Management, the tiny home market will be worth more than $5.8 billion in a few years. That same study indicated that currently 63% of Millenials have an interest in buying a tiny home, and 40% of tiny home owners are Baby Boomers—ensuring that renting a tiny house at your campground will appeal to all clientele.
16. Container homes
Container homes are durable, recyclable, quick to build, and mobile. They also have a resale value of upwards of 100% (CargoHome), making them a fairly affordable and safe investment.
Rise says that smaller and more basic homes will cost between $10,000 and $35,000, while larger homes will run between $100,000 and $175,000.
Homesteading has a list of 17 container homes that show just how creative you can get with accommodations.
A number of our campgrounds have found success bringing in more business to their park just by adding a few glamping options. If you’re looking for a few easy and affordable ways to start implementing glamping options, consider adding:
- Luxury canvas tents or yurts.
- Cabins, tiny homes, or glamping pods.
- Converting vintage campers.
Taking online reservations is an easy way to help you grow your glamping audience. Request a demo of Campground Booking!