It isn’t hard to catch feelings for Oregon (you know, that big green state above California). The nature is spectacular. The people are friendly. The mountains and coastline are picturesque. The trails are world-class. The foraging is boundless. Whether you’re into hiking, backpacking, biking, kayaking, rafting, horseback riding, or even road tripping, there’s endless ways to get out and experience all that Oregon offers. From the temperate Willamette Valley (home to world-class wineries) and rugged Tillamook Coast to iconic Crater Lake National Park and the state's many national forests, wildlife refuges, and more than 350 state parks (like famed climbing destination Smith Rock, for example), there’s a lot to see. To make the most of your visit, we suggest giving the Oregon glamping scene a try.
Even the most rugged of us have to admit that the glamping experience is an ideal way to spend a night anywhere, especially in the Pacific Northwest. Think of it like camping, but maxed-out with rustic luxury, where the tents (or domes, or yurts, or tipis, or even treehouses) are far more heavy-duty, spacious, and element-proofed. A quality glamping site usually has a real bed and, in some cases, a full kitchen, toilet, and—if you did it right—a hot shower.
Glamping provides a more comfy, relaxed way to immerse oneself in the outdoors without being all all-outdoors-all-the-time. It's also a great way to get your not-so-outdoorsy partner/friends/children to join you out in the woods.
Much like renting a cozy cabin, when you go glamping, most of the work is done for you and you simply show up and settle in. There’s often no need to pack a sleeping bag, inflate and deflate a sleeping pad, pitch a tent, or even remember to bring a micro towel—most glamping sites have that covered. (All of the ones on our list certainly do.)
We suggest that you research what the kitchen/cooking setup is before even leaving your house so that you can pack—or shop for—groceries accordingly. Additionally, packing a hammock, your favorite film camera, and your new favorite pair of hiking boots is never a bad idea, especially since you’re committing to this whole living in the magic of Oregon thing.
Let’s get into our 10 best glamping spots for doing just that.
Vibe: Sitting on the Dock of the Umpqua
There's perhaps never been a more perfect place for chilling out and listening to the sounds of nature than at this southwestern Oregon glamping luxury tent. Throw in otters, ospreys, eagles, and even the occasional harbor seal, and you have plenty of reasons to sit in the morning sun until the evening comes. Enjoy a campfire outside by the picnic table or the wood-burning fireplace inside your own fully weatherproof geodesic dome. It's max cozy either way.
Vibe: Enchanted in the Forest
Enchanted forest vibes? Check. Working farm hustle and bustle and the potential for talking animals? Check. Your own moat, private island, and fairy godmother? Check, check, and… we’ll get back to you. The glamping tent at Forest Island (located just south of Portland) is the perfect excuse to get out and get some fresh air while staying on your own little island (emphasis on little). There’s no electricity or Wi-Fi at the luxe glamping tent, so you’ll have to use your imagination when it comes to finding ways to spend your day. Luckily, in a forest this lush and enchanting, you won’t have to try too hard.
Vibe: Blessed Not Stressed
With three tipis on this beautiful Southern Oregon glamping property, each of them blessed by the Karuk Tribe’s spiritual leader from the Klamath River Basin, you can pay your respect to this unique and ancient way of living by embracing it yourself. Located between Redwood National Forest and Crater Lake National Park in Central Oregon, you can ditch the stress of daily life and spend the night cozied up at this unique resort where touches such as French press coffee brewers, on-site security cameras (for peace of mind when it comes to your adventure rig), and a grill pavilion make roughing it not so rough. Pets are even invited to join (for an additional pet fee of $20).
Vibe: Gateway to Glamping
An area doesn’t earn the nickname "Emerald-Jewel Gateway" for nothing, and this area of the Umpqua National Forest in Oregon's Cascades makes it clear how the moniker came to be. With access to the North Umpqua Trail, Umpqua Hot Springs, and Crater Lake National Park, this classic canvas tent and shed any doubts you had about glamping not being for you. With wooden floors, a heated king bed, coffee maker, and an in-tent heater, plus with USB and AC outlets for charging, this is the way luxury camping should be.
Vibe: Vine Not?
Just you, your yurt, and the vines. Sounds heavenly, right? Ditch the tech, turn up the turntable (and make use of the record collection), and pour yourself a glass of something made by Bradley Vineyards, this glamping campsite's host. When the novelty of being surrounded by more than 20 acres of Pinot Noir, Riesling, Gewurztraminer, and Baco Noir grapes becomes too much to handle, put your oenophile pants on and head straight for the tasting room on-property. Kick back by the fire pit, or cook something on the grill, your choice.
Vibe: Wake in the Wild
Built on a hand-sanded cedar deck with battery-powered LED lights and a queen-size bed, this 22-foot tipi is only outdone by the neighboring 23-foot Airstream trailer, where you’ll find your complete kitchen and full bathroom. Situated just an hour away from Portland and a million miles away from Stress City, this glampsite invites you to spend your days hitting the hiking trails or nuzzling the horses just outside your tent’s front door—those are just a few of the outdoor activities available at Crooked Finger Farms. With a rustic barn and Abiqua Falls just a few miles up the road, take your time soaking in everything you can at this remote and wild retreat.
Vibe: Farm Fresh Food Coma in the Countryside
In addition to four glamping tents to choose from, this stunning Oregon glamping spot puts the Southern Oregon Cascade Mountain Range at your fingertips. At the ranch, you’ll have the chance to dine on fresh organic farm produce, goat milk, farm-fresh eggs, and farm-raised meats and sausages, all straight from the source. Hit the hiking trails between meals to work up your appetite to keep the degustation adventure going. When it’s time to retire and fully embrace that food coma life, slip into your rustic and wild wall tent outfitted with all the comforts of home—including a queen bed (or two double beds for sleeping four), a full kitchen, and hot outdoor showers nearby. Stroll the farm’s 440 acres and stop by the farm store for veggies, meat, and eggs before leaving—you’ll need to eat again eventually.
Vibe: Loving Life on Lost Lake
Mt. Hood National Forest is known for many things (like world class skiing, hiking day trips, and of course, awesome cabin rentals), though sleeping inside a decked-out unique glamping yurt is probably not one of them ... yet. With a queen-size memory foam bed, a wood-burning stove, rugs, and linens, these tiny home yurts are kitted out with everything you didn't think you needed for a night in the woods, minus electricity. Nestle into your stay between the firs and cedars with the tranquility of Lost Lake nearby and one of the best views of Mount Hood. (And for the anglers among us, nearby Deschutes River in Central Oregon has some of the state’s best fly fishing.)
Vibe: Who You Calling Boring?
Powered by solar and home to gardens, Christmas trees, beehives, and free-range chickens, Domke Farms on the steps of Mt. Hood isn’t your typical farm, which means this won’t be your typical farm stay. Step into the Boring Red Barn—named for the town, not because it’s boring—and get your crafting on. This on-site craft studio hosts guests interested in making custom quilts and more, and you can even see these goods in action inside your 16-foot Canvas Castle. When you're done making, soak the rest of your stress away in the outdoor hot tub underneath the cedar trees.
Vibe: So Good It Yurts
With two yurts on the Grande Hot Springs property, one that sleeps five and a second that sleeps two, this is the excuse you’ve been looking to slow down for in eastern Oregon. Utilizing geothermal heating inside, the soaking hot tubs outside (one cedar, one with two vintage claw feet) turn up the cool factor at this unique property. Settle in for a soak and let your stresses melt away. These rustic yurts include everything you need: linens and towels, a shared restroom/shower a short walk away, a seasonal outdoor pool and spa, wood outdoor fire pit (for stargazing, of course), laundry, and walking trails as part of the larger property.