Make Yourself At Home: A Beautifully Rugged Refuge

By Fancy Nancy


Ah, the great outdoors. There are two schools of thought about becoming one with nature. There’s sleeping under the stars, waking to the sound of singing birds and enjoying a day of quiet solitude. Then again, consider the lack of facilities, leaky tents and all manner of creepy crawlers. I happen to subscribe to the second (they don’t call me Fancy Nancy for nothing). I admit that my prehistoric gene that causes humans to desire a camping adventure is recessive.


Enter…glamping. Who says you must sacrifice comfort, style and convenience to experience the great outdoors? The oxford dictionary defines glamping as a form of camping that involves accommodations and facilities more luxurious than those associated with traditional camping. Glamping is likely to satisfy any city slicker, seeking a little refuge in nature – without foregoing any of life’s luxuries.


Remember the episode of Oprah when she and Gail made Moscow Mules and sea bass in Yosemite? Now, that’s what I’m talking about. This might be a little extreme, but the point is while you’re enjoying the rugged outdoors, you can surround yourself with things you love, not sacrificing even an ounce of comfort from your own home.


Your outdoor time can feel luxurious, even while dining on a delightful campfire meal. With your favorite piece of art, a few candlesticks and a planter doubling as a wine bucket, you’ll never look at another picnic table the same way again.


Get out there, let your rugged flag fly and embrace your Survivor side. Just do so sitting it in your comfortable lounge chair by the fire, wrapped in your softest quilt and wearing your favorite fuzzy socks.


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