August 8, 2011

Glamping: We're Over It

The Lodge & Spa at Brush Creek Ranch


We admit, there was something about glamping (Glamorous + Camping = Glamping) that didn’t agree with us.

Could it have been that all of our friends who glamped came back ten pounds heavier from fourteen course meals and couldn’t fit into their Prada sixes anymore? Maybe it was that we got closer to cheetah in the Barney’s shoe department than they did in South Africa? Was it the dead-giveaway bikini lines? (Who wears bikinis in Kenya?) Or maybe, just maybe, the final straw was the fact that our friend had a steamy fling with a hedge fund guy on a supposed glamping trip. (We thought people glamped to get away from the stock market.)

Whatever the reason, we’re off camping in favor of ranching. (We were going to call it glanching, but that’s too cutesy. We hate cutesy.)

So, we’ve climbed the Rockies and found our favorite ranch spot: The recently opened Lodge & Spa at Brush Creek Ranch in Wyoming. Brush Creek is our latest travel crush for about a zillion different reasons.

We’ll give you four: 1. The Ranch features incredible locally-sourced cuisine and wines that all rate 90 or above by Wine Spectator. 2. You’ll come back a Prada size four. Activities include fly fishing, shooting sport clays, mountain biking, hiking, snowshoeing, Nordic skiing, horseback riding, and zip line. 3. A truly amazing spa. Imagine a mani-pedi out in the wilderness. 4. The Brush Creek Artist in Residence Program, which offers writers, musicians, and visual artists a two week stay at the ranch to hone their craft. Too bad what we write isn’t considered art.

We hear they’re having quite the New Year’s Eve bash too. So any of you jetsetters who are going to be in Vail / Beaver Creek skiing may want to take the three hour drive over and stay for a few days. Vail’s boring for New Year’s. Trust us, we’ve done it.

Oh, and one more thing: Brush Creek emphatically denies it (which we love) but rumor has it one or two really cool internet companies did retreats there, which is reason enough for us to go. After all, finance guys are so last year. We want in on friends and family shares of upcoming tech IPOs …or, even better, to be friends and family of the boys who IPO.

The glamper can have the hedge fund guy and luxury tents. We’re trading up.


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