Where To Go Glamping in New Hampshire
If you're not into roughing it, here are some places where you can camp in style and comfort.
Ah, camping: crisp mountain air, pristine lakes — and, you know, sleeping on the ground and using a tree as a bathroom. If you want a sleepover in the great outdoors this summer without a great headache, one of New Hampshire’s glamping outfits (that’s “glamorous camping” for the uninitiated) might be for you.
French company Huttopia transformed the Granite State glamping scene last summer when it opened its first American location near North Conway, offering luxury accommodations and amenities just a stone’s throw from prime White Mountains hiking territory. But they’re not the only place where you can add a bit of glam to your camping trip. Here are our favorite spots for a not-so-rustic retreat.
Huttopia White Mountains
Huttopia tents come with amenities such as bedrooms, gas stoves, tables, fridges, lanterns and other comforts of home. Courtesy photo
This 61-site campground offers New Hampshire’s truest glamping experience. Accommodations range from modest two-person tents to two-bedroom chalets, but the best option is their Trappeurs. These luxury tents each boast a personal fire pit, separate sleeping and living spaces, a modest kitchen and, best of all, indoor plumbing.
Many tents and cabins sit directly on the shores of Iona Lake, where you can take the campground’s canoes and paddleboards for a spin if you’ve tired of the onsite pool. Other amenities include a canteen stocked with everything from s’mores supplies to French wine and a hip Airstream trailer that dishes out crêpes at breakfast and wood-fired pizzas at dinner. White Mountain hiking and North Conway sightseeing can both be found within minutes of Huttopia, but when your campsite’s this luxe, who needs to leave?
The cozy, comfortable Harry the Caravan, which you can rent on Airbnb, is located near Echo Lake in North Conway. Courtesy photo
The internet’s favorite vacation-rental service is teeming with options for outdoor-adjacent escapes, from sprawling Winnipesaukee lakehouses to earthy yurts.
Two of our favorites? An all-seasons tent on an isolated plot in Sanbornton boasting décor straight out of Kinfolk (linen, succulents and dreamcatchers, oh my) and a camper near Echo Lake known as Harry the Caravan. Owned by a Conway native, Harry comes equipped with free wifi, memory-foam mattresses and a French press — glam indeed.
Getaway Boston does not reveal exact locations until after booking. Courtesy photos
Designed as a relaxing, well, getaway for young urbanites, this spread of rustic-chic tiny houses — one of three, with other outposts near New York and Washington, DC — thinks of everything. Want to bring your dog along? Can do. Forgot your firestarter, coffee or snap pea chips? Grab it from your mini-kitchen and pay at checkout.
Scattered through the woods in southern New Hampshire (the locations aren’t revealed until after booking in an effort to “preserve spontaneity”), these two- or four-person cabins also come with wireless speakers, Instagram-ready picture windows, AC and, according to company lingo, plenty of “good vibes.”
Camp Ogontz in Lyman is perfect for larger groups looking for outdoor adventure. Courtesy photo
A former elite girls’ camp in teeny-tiny Lyman, this campground-cum-event-space is perfect for family reunions, wedding parties and other big groups looking for a high-class outdoor adventure.
Enclosed and open-sided cabins can accommodate your guests, while a variety of larger main buildings can play host to the barn-style party of your dreams. One Ogontz wedding featured in our sister publication, New Hampshire Magazine’s BRIDE, even had a reception decorated with full-grown trees — inside.
Bearcamp River Campground
Bearcamp River Campground in West Ossipee has furnished campers for rent. Courtesy photo
Looking for the convenience of glamping without the hifalutin bells and whistles? The pop-up camper rentals available at this West Ossipee spot have you covered.
Anyone can pull their own RV into camp here, but six sites come pre-equipped with furnished campers ready for you to step into and enjoy. With sleeping space for four to seven people and nightly rates topping out at $80, these rentals might just be the cheapest way to dip your toes into New Hampshire’s glamping waters.