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Heavy-duty, 28-ounce vinyl-coated
polyester with a lacquer acrylic
topcoat is stretched and stapled over
a powder-coated metal frame to
create the rugged awning for this yurt
from Rainier Outdoor. Also visible at
the top of the structure is the almost
5-foot-diameter formed acrylic
dome. Each of the units has its own
private lanai with patio furniture and
umbrella. Photo: Rainier Outdoor.

manner of environments, from the deep
backcountry, to island resorts, Airbnb,
and glamping locations worldwide.
"Our customers range from large
corporations buying multiple units to
individuals retiring to the woods," says
Hendel. "The typical glamping resort
will have multiple units, perhaps in
different sizes to accommodate couples
or families, with a spectacular outdoor
playground at their door."
Rainier Outdoor's yurts vary from
16 feet in diameter up to 33 feet with
855 square-feet of living space and room
for a loft. Consider the company's Eagle
yurt. It incorporates a dome skylight at
the top, machine stress-rated Douglas fir
rafters and lattice walls, and a roof of vinylcoated polyester with a lacquer acrylic
topcoat. Its sidewalls, made from Patio 500
fabric, are reinforced vinyl with an acrylic
topcoat for water repellency, UV resistance
and flame retardancy. The yurts can serve
as temporary or permanent structures.

"The glamping market is hot," says
Hendel. "Just yesterday I quoted for one
entity 12 Lakedale Canvas Cottages with
three windows and screens, and safari flap
front with bug screens; four two-person
tipis for a queen bed; three four-person
tipis for a queen bed plus two twin cots;
and a 33-foot Eagle yurt with insulation
and a clear opening dome."
Before this, the company received an
inquiry about three 27-foot Eagle yurts for
an existing "glamp-ground" that already
has several of its yurts. And in the queue
is an order for 15 Eagle yurts heading to
the Jeju Nine Bridges PGA Golf Resort
in South Korea.
A memorable installation for Hendel
was at a high-end glamping resort island in
Southeast Asia where 24 Eagle yurts, each
21 feet, now dot the white sandy beach.
"We invented our new Panorama
Window on this order," she recalls,
explaining this is a floor-to-ceiling window
affording maximum viewing. "Due to
the size, RF welding was required on the
30 mil clear vinyl to create the massive
span. Material widths, yields, form and
function all played into how the window
came to light."
Hendel predicts the enthusiasm for
glamping will surge in the years ahead,
in part because of its appeal to millennials
and young families.
"I tell my clients, 'If you build it,
they will come,'" she says. "I suppose a
downturn in the economy would have
a negative effect on glamping, as luxury
items and leisure travel are two of the
top opportunities to get cut from one's
budget. But then again, it might just be
an opportunity for people to sell their
traditional home and move into a yurt
or canvas cottage."
Pamela Mills-Senn is a writer based
in Long Beach, Calif.

All of the interior wood, including the compression ring at the top of this Rainier Outdoor yurt,
the ceiling fan bracket, rafters, lattice door frames and the door itself, were finished with a
custom whitewash treatment to minimize the contrast between the wood and the 10-ounce
Army Duck canvas roof and wall liner, as was other hardware. Photo: Rainier Outdoor.

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