Lounging About is in the Air

There are few things more frustrating not having a comfortable seat when you want it. Okay, maybe lugging heavy chairs or storing bulking seating options or even blowing them up if that is required, are also annoying. So, yeah, I guess there are several irksome things about seating.lamzac

Well, problem solved. There are a couple of options out there that allow you to pack, store, carry, and inflate colorful, large seating easily. These new seating options (or more like inflatable lounge canoes) use the power of the air that is all around us to inflate quickly. They also deflate in seconds, roll up and store in a tiny package. I can see having a few of these on hand brighten up any glampsite and make it truly comfortable to hangout and enjoy your surroundings.

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Check out the Lamzac Hangout and the Laybag. Both of these inflatable lounge options aren’t cheap around $70, but the saving in storage space and ease of inflation might be worth it.

By the way: If you watch the videos for these products, notice that they never show anyone trying to get out of these canoe shaped seats. I have a feeling that sinking into the comfy seats is much easier than getting out.




Glamp It Up with a Portable Spa

Sometimes you get lucky enough to be in a special place and witness a natural phenomenon called a hot spring. These are produced by the emergence of geothermally heated groundwater that rises from the Earth’s crust – often in magical ways.

If you’re even luckier, that hot spring is the correct temperature for bathing (many of them are way too hot for humans) and you get to enjoy nature and the restorative properties reported to be associated with soaking in the hot mineral water of the spring.

But not everyone can get to a hot spring (or camp near one), so in that case you may want to glamp it up and bring your own spa.


Behold, Coleman’s Lay-Z Massage Spa, a portable hot tub that will definitely take your outing from camping to glamping. You and 4 to 6 of your friends can relax and sit in water temperatures up to 104 degrees while communing and nature. Talk about living large.

Of course, I can’t recommend using this on a shorter trip as that would be somewhat wasteful of our most precious natural resource – water. This especially applies if you’re glamping in California, since we are experiencing a serious drought here in the Golden State and water is a precious commodity that is in short supply. But if you’re headed out to an area that is not drought stricken and will be staying for a few days, this could be ultimate glamping accessory.

Coffee is My Glamping Must-Have

Glamping means many things to many people. For some it’s staying in a prebuilt tent structure with luxurious bedding. For others it’s all about glamming up the campsite with fun and festive decorations. And still for some, it’s about creating gourmet food out in the wild.

camping and coffee

Whatever you’re idea of glamping is, there is probably one thing you can’t live (or glamp) without. For me, that’s good coffee. I’d rather sleep on the hard ground than go without my cup of joe. Ideally, I’d prefer to have both and more, but coffee is the most essential item on my glamping list.

Often the best moments of my glamping trips are waking up early, sitting at at a picnic table or a comfy camping chair sipping my coffee and enjoying the peaceful beauty of my surroundings. It’s not just coffee, it’s an experience – a moment, if you will.

A few years ago I started brewing my own cold-brew coffee. I drink it at home all day, everyday. I rarely have a cup of hot coffee since I started the cold brewing process. This makes it simple to bring along great coffee when I go glamping. Instead of brewing just one gallon at a time, as I usually do, I make up a few gallons (depending on the number of people that will be at my campsite) and find that my fellow glampers love it.

Here’s a link to a post a wrote for a friend’s website on how to make the cold brew.

And for those that still want their steaming cup of java, I find simple is better. Sure, there are lots of gadgets for making coffee outdoors. Most of these are expensive and more money doesn’t necessarily mean better coffee. I say go for using an AeroPress or a simple stove top espresso maker, or a pour over solutions like a Chemex. Also just a simple French press is perfect for a great cup of coffee.

So, wake up and enjoy your cold or hot coffee while taking in the beauty of nature.

Let me know the one things you can’t glamp without.

Reservations for CA Camping Open March 1, 2016

It’s no secret that California has come amazing camping spots – picturesque, serene, gorgeous. If you’re a glamper looking to secure a site in California, Tuesday March 1 is the day you need to pay attention to and take action.  And if you snooze, you’ll lose.

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Here’s how it works in the Golden state. California’s state parks and national forest camping site booking systems only allow reservations to be made at certain times in advance. Once those dates are opened up there is a flood of reservations (think, trying to buy concert tickets online) and California’s most popular sites get reserved within minutes of being opened up for booking.

On Tuesday morning, campsites across California will become available for reservations for Labor Day Weekend, as well as for all dates in September (and any open dates throughout summer).

The series of target moments you need to know about arrive at 7, 8 and 9 a.m. (Pacific) on March 1, 2016  for campsite reservations at state parks across California — including the state’s most popular locations such as Point Reyes National Seashore in Marin, trail camps in the Santa Cruz Mountains and national forests in the Sierra Nevada (including Yosemite National Park).


The best plan is to have all the online informational forms completed 10 minutes prior to the target moment, so all you have to do is click a button when reservations first become available.

Do not attempt to phone in a reservation – it takes way too long. Reserve for state parks at www.reserveamerica.com or (800) 444-7275, while sites at naational Parks can be reserve at www.recreation.gov or (877) 444-6777.


Pizza Perfect for Glamping

pizza ovenPizza just might be the perfect glamping food. No, I’m not talking about using your cell to call a the nearest delivery joint to bring a pie to your tent. I’m talking about making your own pizza over a campfire or if you’re a real pizza junkie, bringing your own portable pizza oven.

Let me tell you that I am not a pizza person. I eat it every now and again – mostly when I’m with someone craving it or if there’s a big group at my place and someone suggests ordering it. That said, the best pizza I ever had was on a recent glampout where a savvy friend had brought all the fixings and whipped up a delicious treat that rivaled fancy wood burning oven pizza from the priciest restaurant. Needless, to say, it was a huge hit – even with me.

The best part is how simple yet sophisticated you can get with your pizza. My fellow glamper bought some bags of raw pizza dough. These are readily available in almost every grocery store. And not only can you get regular pizza dough, there’s garlic and herb dough, healthier options like whole wheat, and even gluten-free for those in your camping party that have specific dietary restrictrictions.

Plus, my friend prepped all toppings ahead of time, bringing little plastic baggies with various veggies (spinach, squash, zucchini, garlic, peppers,mushrooms, cherry tomatoes, onions, etc) and some meats (pepperoni and sausage) and of course there was plenty of cheese on hand. She even had a small container of homemade pesto for those like me that like their pie on the untraditional side.

She was also really smart to make the pizzas on the last night of our three day glamping trip and was able to use up our party’s leftovers as toppings. The hotdog, garlic, pizza with an egg on top was a show-stopper!

We cooked the pizza directly on the grate of our fire. But if you want to glamp it up even more, there are some portable pizza ovens that could work. I haven’t tried any of these, but if I do I’ll let you know. Or you could let me know about your experiences cooking pizza while camping.

Electric Pizza Ovens – You’ll need to connect to a generator or electrical supply where you’re camping.

Propane Pizza Oven

Accessories for the Open Fire or a BBQ Kettle –


So, if you’ve never thought of pizza for glamping – consider it for your next camp out. You won’t be sorry!!


Roughing It Is Not My Style


I love being surround by the beauty of nature as long as I can bring some of the comforts of home with me.

I’m not into roughing it. No hiking in. No minimalist survival mentality. Just because I am communing with the great outdoors doesn’t mean I can’t have a gourmet meal, cafe-quality coffee and super stylish accessories.

I like glamorous camping – glamping,