The campsites were ready, so Nathan Self took a conference call Monday (Oct. 29) afternoon in what’s become his second office. He jumped in a hammock, plugged in his Bluetooth headphones and went to work under the pines and oaks and maples at Shady Grove Campground in Cumming, Ga., according to the Forsyth County News.
Nathan’s wife, Rebeka, walked from site to site checking their customers’ accommodations. One had rented a bell tent and retro RV for a child’s birthday party. A nature activity kit waited on a small bed inside the tent and a small lightbox read, ‘Happy Birthday Ava!’ Another tent was rented for Sparkles, a social media celebrity dog from Alpharetta.
It was the Monday of the last week of the first year for the Self’s new business, the Georgia Glamping Co., and it was both familiarly and encouragingly busy. The Selfs are finding that people have caught on to glamping, a modern version of camping that doesn’t sacrifice comfort in the great outdoors.
“We can’t open them up fast enough right now,” Nathan said.
The concept is attractive to those turned off by the traditional camping experience. The Selfs set up one of their signature bell tents and pack them with amenities: Memory foam beds, Keurig coffee machines, heating or air conditioning units, luxury linens, artisanal decorations. For an additional cost, campers can get kayaks, stand-up paddle boards, grills, s’mores kits and more. Like a hotel stay, campers just have to show up.
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