Inspired Stories

A resource for nature lovers, environmental stewards, explorers, sustainable lifestyle advocates & community activists. Enjoy this compilation of stories from our travels across the globe told through blogs, pictures & video.

"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it's the only thing that ever has."

Margaret Mead

Original CBS News Story

MIAMI (CBS Miami) — This summer, many families hit the great outdoors to camp. But if you don’t want to rough it, consider glamping or glamorous camping. It’s a popular trend that’s reaching new heights.

There are many types of outfitted and guided services provided on National Forest lands. The traditional types primarily involve hunting and fishing in a backcountry setting, but today the industry is highly diverse and includes whitewater floating and jet-boating, backpacking, mountaineering, snowmobiling, cross-country skiing, mountain biking, and even dog sledding.

We knew this book would be a personal touch and addition to our glamping site. Appropriate reading under the starlight sky of our beautiful backcountry, in a day and age where we’re rapidly losing our dark skies, our forests, our wildlife and our overall connection with nature.

We put a lot of thought into every detail of our glamping operation. We brought together a lot of ideas from our many travels, as well as firsthand experiences while roughing it in the outdoors. We never much enjoyed your typical tourist trap destination. The places we liked to explore were always the most remote areas and off the beaten path. This meant that we had to be very strategic with packing and keeping things streamlined with all the proper gear. It’s important to be extra prepared if you’re camping in the middle of nowhere hours away from civilization.

We've been all hands on deck in the operation over the past few weeks. Back to back bookings every weekend and a lot more weekday bookings, which is always nice to see.

We’re delighted to announce that July was our highest month on record. We had the pleasure of hosting over 100 visitors at our sites in Mount Laguna.

Every new booking enquiry these days has been so exciting for us to see. It’s been a constant affirmation that we’re providing a much needed and desired service. Over the past couple of weeks we’ve had a wide range of guest profiles.

Immersion Travel in the Age of Social Media

More than just glamping and hospitality, we set out to create a signature nature immersive experience. Our concept was inspired by fast growing immersion travel trends, which focus on experiencing a particular place by actively and meaningfully engaging with its history, people, culture, food and environment. It is also referred to as experiential travel and among the sectors expected to grow most quickly during the coming two decades.

Yesterday was a big day for us. We were delighted to host Nichelle Medina and the CBS News crew for a national new story about our company, set to air in the coming weeks. Our small glamping business in San Diego's backcountry is gaining national attention, as more & more people start catching on to these new and growing hospitality trends.

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