"We are staying in a tipi!"
It's the only phrase that'd I'd repeat over and over again for weeks leading up to our trip. I'd then pull out my phone, show people the photos from the Glamping Hub listing, and watch them oooh and awe in amazement. I couldn't wait.
When the weekend finally arrived, we packed our things, including lots of layers, and made the 3 hour drive down to central Virginia. We arrived just before sunset, and took advantage of golden hour outside the three tents as soon as we parked.
The campsite is located on an Adventure Park with a ropes course and some animals too, so we had lots to explore before heading in. Thankfully, instructions on where to park and how to get into the tipis were easy, so we scurried into our home for the night after shooting.
I couldn't believe how large the tipi was when we got inside. It had a couch living area, a kitchen, dining area, very luxe shower area and bathroom (husband's exact words were, "how is this bathroom even nicer than our newly renovated one?") and a bedroom set apart by a curtain. AND - to my surprise - there was TV! With Netflix! Truly glamping at it's finest.
We thought we'd make dinner on the communal fire pit, but ended up doing takeout Japanese food instead. They have a fridge, dinnerware, silverware and microwave on-site in case you want to bring some food of your own as well! We also picked up some pastries for the morning, so we could really enjoy the space when we woke up.
After dinner, I changed into my slippers, sweat pants and sweatshirt, and we cuddled up in the bed very cozy and comfortable bed. We turned on the bedside heaters (it was chilly that night!) and watched Cool Runnings on Netflix until we fell asleep.
The next morning, we woke up to a beautifully illuminated tipi. The light was shining through the fabric, and made for the most gorgeous natural light.
Naturally, I had to whip out the camera while the hubs made us freshly roasted coffee in our Chemex. It was the most perfect, slow morning we've had in a while.
Leaving these places is never easy, and I'm always, "wait, one more shot here in this corner" before we head out. I have a hard time letting go of memorable experiences, and this was one that was particularly difficult. I think it's safe to say we'll be back soon.