Everyone thinks of visiting their favorite national park, campground, or outdoor destination in summer. However, many campers love traveling in winter. They get to enjoy the sights, sounds, and experiences that summer travelers miss. We prefer glamping over camping during the winter season. The added luxury of winter glamping makes the trip much more relaxing. Think hot cocoa with marshmallows, cozy indoor fires and watching the snowfall from the window of your climate-controlled cottage. There are many great reasons to plan your outdoor vacation in the wintertime, and these are just a few.
Escape the winter blues
Post-holiday depression is real, and many people feel a slight doldrums in long, dark January days. The combination of an after-Christmas deflation, and returning to the routine during bleak weather, often causes a mild depression. A quick two-step down to southern Texas will give you a new reason to be excited and can help overcome low winter moods.
Transform a familiar landscape
Even a popular destination like Yosemite is magically transformed during the wintertime. Bare trees reveal their surroundings in a whole new way, opening up new vistas and bringing fresh surprises. Winter also offers an opportunity to see different species of flora and fauna and to observe wildlife in unusual seasonal behaviors.
Less crowded views
Even prime Florida beaches are less crowded in wintertime, with fewer tourists and more of a cozy, local, authentic feel. Travelers don’t have to compete for the best campgrounds or the best views, and restaurants, activities, and transport are less crowded and more enjoyable. Even little things, like more available firewood, less trash in bins and on trails, and less noise, make winter travel more of a getaway than summer.
Cheaper nightly rates winter glamping
Traveling in the wintertime is a great opportunity to save a little money on exceptional experiences. Museums, transportation, and recreational facilities often offer special rates for winter travelers, and it’s easy to score a good deal.
Winter recreational activities
Winter creates unique outdoor recreational activities that physically can’t be done in summer. Snowshoeing, ice fishing, ice skating, and cross-country skiing are just a few. And year-round activities like hot springs, horseback riding, and hiking are new experiences when done in the winter. Check out the hiking at Garden of the Gods (Which is excellent all year round) or the fantastic skiing that the Colorado mountains have to offer.
Fewer pesky pests
Many summer evenings that have been spent outdoors should have been quiet and peaceful, but have been ruined by the annoying presence of mosquitoes. Biting bugs and flies are always aggravating, and many people are especially sensitive to them. Winter travelers don’t have to pack bug spray and contend with far fewer insects, snakes, and other campground pests.
Longer evenings to enjoy glamping
Winter nights are longer, which is great for gathering around a campfire and gazing up at the starry night sky. The senses are heightened, and cocoa and s’mores taste better, you’ll see constellations as you’ve never seen them before, and genuinely enjoy the deep quiet of nature, uninterrupted by the sounds of other people. It’s a kind of enjoyment that summer travelers never really get to experience.
The final reason is slightly sentimental, but all winter travelers enjoy it a little bit: they come back with great stories, pictures, adventures, and memories that nobody else has. Even if everyone they know has been to a particular outdoor destination or campground, few of them have been there in winter, and they have earned a few well-deserved bragging rights.
These are just a few of the reasons why you shouldn’t save up your vacation plans exclusively for summer. If the post-holiday season leaves you a little down, and you want to experience your favorite destinations in a whole new way. Glamping will offer a unique travel experience, unlike any other. So, take an outdoor trip this winter. For nature lovers, it’s an extraordinary way to unplug, experience deep peace-and-quiet, and enjoy warm cozy moments. It’s time to get away from it all and truly enjoy this winter.
Winter glamping is incredible, but if you are unsure about where to stay or what accommodations you might like. Take a quick peek at the destinations that are part of the RVC Outdoor Destinations family of resorts (You can even bring your pets). Each resort is conveniently located near your favorite vacation destinations. You have the option of staying in Yurts, Cottages, Cabins, Tiny homes, Bunkhouses, RV Sites, or Tent camping*.