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structures, attributing this in part to more
hotel brands latching onto glamping.
But demand is also being driven by
the preference for "experienced-based
lodging" (in particular coming from
millennials and Gen Xers), which has
propelled the emergence of more
high-end adventure camps.
Since the company's yurts are
engineered, they can be left up year-round,
says Fife, adding they can also meet the
International Building Code. Installed
on a platform, they're able to withstand
heavy winds and snow loads, although a
snow and wind upgrade package might be

ABOVE: Comfortable leather
furniture and a rustic wood
partition wall impart a cabin-like
feel to this glamping yurt from
Pacific Yurts. The structure was
installed at Stay Nantahala, a
lakeside resort near Topton, N.C.
The yurts also feature stacked
washer/dryers, full kitchens
and even walk-in, tiled showers.
Photo: Pacific Yurts Inc.
The exterior of one of the yurts from Pacific Yurts at
Stay Nantahala. The company installed four 30-foot
diameter yurts at the resort, decking them out with
all the amenities. Each yurt's exterior includes an
outdoor deck with hot tub, a pergola and patio area
with fire pit. Photo: Pacific Yurts Inc.

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required. Ranging from 200 square feet up
to 706 square feet, the yurts are the most
watertight of Colorado Yurt's structures
and are the easiest to heat and cool
(glamping is more of a market for their
yurts and tents, but tipis are also used).
The company's yurt walls are made
from Protech vinyl laminate, which
provides "exceptional" mildew and UV
resistance and comes in 16 color choices,
Fife says. All seams are thermally welded.
The roofs are most commonly Duro-Last®
and are available in white, tan or gray.
Alan Bair, president of Pacific Yurts
Inc., says Airbnb, Hipcamp, Glamping
Hub and other online sites are powering
growth. The company, located in Cottage
Grove, Ore., manufactures yurts inspired
by the traditional Mongolian "Gers," he
says. These round structures incorporate
Douglas fir framework covered by durable
architectural fabrics, use NASA-developed
radiant insulation, and come with a variety
of optional features and upgrades allowing
for customization. The structures can be
installed in almost any climate.
"When glamping first came on the
scene, we had campgrounds and resorts
utilizing smaller yurts, like 14 foot and
16 foot, to provide somewhat rustic
accommodations that were 'better than
camping,'" Bair explains. "This was more
like convenience camping. You could open
the door, put down your gear and you were
ready to enjoy the outdoors-you didn't
have to set up camp.
"Oregon State Parks discovered the
popularity of this type of camping in the
mid-1990s and ended up with close to 200
smaller yurt rentals, mostly scattered along
the coastline," he continues. "These are still
in use and very popular. But now the trend
is for full-service glamping rentals, which
include a bedroom, bathroom and kitchen."
Larger, insulated yurts-24 feet or
30 feet in diameter and ranging from
452 square feet to 706 square feet-are
drawing attention, says Bair. These can be



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