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Glamping in Style
Camp Long Creek is home away from home
by Heather Berry
hberry@ruralmissouri.coop
I
f the past year of turmoil
taught us anything
it's that we all need to
get outside more often.
While most of us weren't
venturing off to beaches or
lands far away during the
pandemic, we all had one
thing in common: rediscovering
the great outdoors.
Outdoor venues across the
U.S. reported record attendance
as people sought out
peaceful places to spend
time safely outside of the
house and enjoy the beauty
nature offers us all.
For those who like to
camp, heading outside to
sleep, eat and play was
nothing new, but for many,
the idea of pitching a tent
and sleeping in a bag on
the ground might not
always seem like a great
idea. That's why places like
Camp Long Creek at Big Cedar
Lodge in Ridgedale offer
ing tents, shepherds huts,
and one- or two-bedroom
cabins that accomodate up
to 6 people.
So, what are the differences?
For one, if you're
glamping at Camp Long
Creek, you'll enjoy a kingsize
bed so comfortable
you might feel as if you're
sleeping on a cloud. A
private bathroom, smooth
concrete-finished sinks and
indoor rain-style showers
are located at the back of
your nearly 300-square-foot
heavy canvas tent.
Glamping options at Camp Long Creek are as cozy and home-like as visitors
prefer. Windows and doors unzip and offer screens to keep bugs out.
the option of " glamping. " The camping hybrid is a perfect
blend of hotel and outdoor amenities for those who don't
want to try dozing off with a big rock as a pillow.
" Our mission is to help connect our guests to the great
outdoors and this is a perfect place to do just that, " says
Janet Glaser, senior public relations manager for the resort
" We hope guests make lifelong memories and leave here
with a newfound appreciation for the beauty of the Ozarks. "
Another plus many guests will find appealing is that
Camp Long Creek welcomes pets.
Open since 2019, the camp, which is part of Bass
Pro founder Johnny Morris's long list of family-oriented
destinations, currently offers 56 custom camping retreats
which combine the rustic appeal of the great outdoors with
the comforts of home. Guests can choose between glampOther
touches that make
the glamping stay more
homelike include an electric
fireplace for ambiance as
well as a retro-style standing
fan should you wish to
forgo the air conditioning
option. A small refrigerator
and coffee maker come
standard, as does a couple
of s'mores kits so you can
toast a few marshmallows
over the private firepit out
on the stone floor back
patio. And what's more outdoorsy than a bath under the
stars? This luxury is something else you can enjoy by the
firepit in complete privacy as you view a star-filled night
overhead. The firepit even comes with cut firewood, ready
to light.
To make the camper kids outdoor experience great, kidsized
teepees can be added for a small fee. The tiny abode
will be set up and ready for the tykes when you arrive.
Should you feel more social, unzip the front of the
tent - the other end of the spacious bedroom - and sit
on Adirondack chairs and watch the sun rise or set over
the 43,000-acre Table Rock Lake as other campers enjoy
cooking outdoors or taking walks with the kids down to
the waterfront. Prefer to glamp in a more wooded forestlike
setting? They've got that covered, too.
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