Best Places for Glamping in New Hampshire
Here are our favorite spots for a not-so-rustic retreat.
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 sleep-over 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. Here are our favorite spots for a not-so-rustic retreat.
Alpine Garden Camping Village & Winery, Bartlett
The Goff family are no strangers to the camping business, having run the Glen Ellis Campground for over 40 years. Now they’re pursuing a new family business endeavor, Alpine Garden Camping Village & Winery set to open in Bartlett on May 13. “My entire family grew up in Bartlett, so it’s sweet to be back in the same town doing what we know and love again together,” says managing partner Bri Classen. “My brother, Ryan, has been making his own natural wines and ciders on our family property for 13 years. I’m excited to be a part of the third generation and bring glamping to the onsite winery this year.”
Alpine Garden Glamping will be open from May through mid-November and includes four pods, three cabins, a treehouse (with another being built this fall), and even an onsite heated pool. Each pod and cabin will have its own full bathroom complete with a shower, sink and toilet, a queen-size bed, combined AC and heat unit, fire pit, standing charcoal grill, record player, linens and sheets, parking spot and mini bar stocked with their own wine and
cider. The first tree house, which will be completed in June, features two stories and a front porch. There will be accommodations on the first and second floor with a master bedroom area, sleeping nook, back porch and paneless window views that overlook Bear Brook that runs through the property. While there is plenty to enjoy right there, including tours of the winery on weekends, there are also plenty of opportunities for adventure in the surrounding area.
“We are roughly two miles from Attitash Mountain Resort, which offers summer activities like an alpine slide and horseback riding, and we are 15 minutes to the heart of downtown North Conway and its abundance of shopping and restaurants,” says Classen. “Our property is also surrounded by thousands of miles of hiking as we are adjacent to the Kancamagus Highway, and we are close to other local attractions like the Saco River, Crawford Notch, Conway Scenic Railroad, Story Land and more.”
It will be tough to run out of things to do and sights to see when you visit Alpine Garden, and the Goff family is looking forward to sharing a piece of their home and hometown with you. “We can’t wait to see people’s reactions to what we’ve created here,” says Classen. “It’s so rewarding to see our dreams and visions come to life, and we can’t wait to welcome guests into them.”
Glamping lovers and adventure seekers need to know about Hub North in Gorham. It has everything you need, including glamping sites, a cozy lodge, communal kitchens, serene spirit and location that is minutes away from hiking trailheads in the northern Presidential Range of the White Mountains. Each yurt or canvas bell tent has real beds, full kitchens, glam showers, and an opportunity to bike in and bike out (not to mention a sky full of endless stars).
Getaway Blake Brook
Our stay-at-home lives were paradoxically both isolating and over-connected. As many turned to screens big and small to work and talk to family and friends, unplugging became even more difficult. Getaway Blake Brook in Epsom has the solution. Amenities and features at these fully furnished tiny cabins include a huge picture window, two queen beds, shower, drinking water, AC and heat, electric toilet, mini kitchen, fire pit and, crucially, a lockbox for your cell phone. If you do crack and bust out a device, you won’t find any Wi-Fi. Campers can enjoy the restorative aspects of nature in comfort and without any electronic interruptions. Cabins are situated 50 to 100 feet apart on 20 acres of Bear Brook State Park, so human interaction is kept at a minimum. However, should you find yourself craving a little company, the excellent Blasty Bough Brewing is within walking distance.
Huttopia, White Mountains
Huttopia is a 61-site campground that 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 have 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.
Snug Life Camping
“The snuggle is real” at secluded Snug Life Camping in Wilton. Available for private rental, the site is outfitted with a large 10′ x 12′ canvas tent set on a raised platform with screening underneath to keep pests and insects at bay, and a front porch area that overlooks the Souhegan River. Inside the tent, there is a bunk bed with two queen air mattresses, matching end tables with storage space, and a wood-burning stove to help take the edge off of chilly spring or summer morning. The Snug Life also offers a camp “loo” that has been placed in a single-person privacy tent, and is set back 15 feet from the tent itself. Sit back in your Adirondack chairs and enjoy a fire in your raised fire pit while listening to the sounds of the river rushing by.
Sanbornton Glamping Tent
The internet’s favorite vacation rental service is teeming with options for outdoor-adjacent escapes, from sprawling Winnipesaukee lakehouses to earthy yurts. One 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). Check out airbnb.com to read more about this site and others that are scattered throughout the Granite State.