Five reasons to go glamping in Western Maryland

Marilyn Johnson

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Glamping in Western Maryland at Hideaway Co. in Accident, MDHideaway Co.

After being cooped up inside for over a year, you may be looking to spend more time in the great outdoors. Camping is a great way to get away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life and experience all that nature has to offer. Whether you're an outdoor enthusiast or need a change of scenery, camping can help you relax and recharge. Perhaps roughing it out in the wild isn't your thing, though, and there's nothing wrong with that. Say hello to glamping!

What is glamping?

Glamping is camping meets glamour. Think about it as a way to experience nature but with creature comforts and, in some cases, luxury amenities: plush beds, running water, and phone chargers. While glamping isn't new, it has been trending over the past few years and has become a popular way to spend time outdoors, albeit comfortably.

The glamping phenomenon has popped up all over the country, including traditional campgrounds and places such as farms and wineries curating glamping experiences.

New companies like Hideaway Co. are sprouting up and creating glamping getaways which include packages for any occasion. With a focus on accentuating the natural beauty of Western Maryland, Hideaway Co. has made it easy to unwind in a picturesque setting in a civilized way.

Five reasons to go glamping in Western Maryland:

Luxury accommodations in the scenic countryside

Hideaway has partnered with Branch Bender Cidery and Flower Farm in Accident, Maryland, to create a tent-spotted field with a perfect view of the Western MD mountain sunset. The accommodations include Stout military-grade safari tents built on a wooden platform with mesh windows for ventilation, hotel-quality queen beds with luxe cotton linens and pillows, bedside tables, coat racks, lanterns with charging ports for small electronics, waterproof carpets, rugs, directors chairs, and local artwork. Each tent has zippers and ties to create an indoor/outdoor space and to ensure privacy. A potbelly stove and extra blankets are available for chilly nights.

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Luxury Tent at Hideaway Co. in Western MarylandHideaway Co.

Upscale food & beverage experiences

A culinary experience awaits food lovers. Forget the campfire grill; chef-driven meals for breakfast, lunch, and dinner focusing on local, seasonal ingredients are a mainstay during a Hideaway Co. getaway. Fresh, farm-to-table meals and snacks from celebrated Pittsburgh chefs take glamping to a whole new level. Branch Bender's bar offers hand-crafted cocktails, as well as a selection of wine, craft beer, and cider. Taste and sip to your heart's delight!

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Upscale Food and Beverages at Hideaway Co. in Western MarylandHideaway Co.

Goat hugging and other adventurous or not so adventurous outdoor activities

From Savage River State Park to Deep Creek Lake, there are plenty of outdoor adventures and activities for the whole family. Hiking, nature walks, float trips, white water rafting, horseback riding, off-roading, and paddleboarding are some of the full-day recreational activities in the general vicinity. Goat hugging (or other animal petting) on the local farms, zoo parks, or wildlife preserves will have you casually communing with nature. Farm tours, mazes, and pick-your-own are among the many other leisure activities in the Western Maryland countryside. Cooking classes and curated arts & crafts activities are also available depending on the weekend. There's a little something for everybody.

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Fun with goats at Hideaway Co. in Western MarylandHideaway Co.

Health & wellness in a serene setting

Health is wealth, they say. Getting away is good for one's wellbeing and even better when glamping in a tranquil setting surrounded by pristine nature! What better way to indulge in sheer relaxation during a glamping respite than with a private massage by a massage therapist in the great outdoors? How about a quiet morning yoga and mindfulness session to set the day ahead? These enhanced glamping activities are sure to rejuvenate the mind, body, and soul. Simply being there and taking in the glorious views can be restorative and enriching.

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Yoga at Hideaway Co. Glampsite in Western MarylandHideaway Co.

The natural beauty of Western Maryland

Western Maryland is a rural part of the state which is mountainous and filled with breathtaking scenery. It offers many exciting cultural and historic destinations and natural attractions for tourists and adventure seekers. From parks, lakes, and forests with waterfalls to Civil War sites, museums, fine art, and antique shopping, Western Maryland is a wonderfully diverse place to explore. The small, friendly, walkable towns and idyllic landscapes provide a beautiful background to a peaceful retreat. Visitors will love the spectacular views and country charm.

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View from Hideaway Co. Glampsite in Western MarylandHideaway Co.

Western Maryland is a glamping paradise with many "glampsites" that can accommodate any budget, lifestyle, or group size. Consider glamping in Western Maryland for your next getaway! Just the drive there alone is a fantastic journey.

Marilyn Johnson is a freelance food and travel writer covering the food and drink scene of Philadelphia, South Jersey, and beyond. News tips: phillygrub@gmail.com.

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Marilyn Johnson is a Philadelphia area-based food and travel writer focusing on food & drink in the Mid-Atlantic region. Email phillygrub@gmail.com for Philly area news; phillygrubtrips@gmail.com for travel tips and opportunities.

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