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Undeniably one of the "it" words of the past several years, glamping has come to include a variety of different practices like enjoying posh reservations in yurts, luxury teepees, and Harry Potter-like multi-room raised tents. In other words, this isn't your dad's camping.
But here in San Diego, with near perfect weather and a stunning array of organic, healthy food and outdoor gear companies, we can glamp any day of the week.
Ready to get started planning your glamping adventure? Here is your must-try checklist for luxuriating in the outdoors while supporting our local companies.
Where to glamp
With glamping, you can enliven any regular campsite with indulgent treats and luxuries. If you are looking to get away from San Diego for a trendy glamping experience, try The Yurt at Malibu Organic Farm. Just 2.5 hours from San Diego, the eco-friendly luxury experience includes sweeping canyon and coastal views with home cooked organic meals, organic wines, fresh brewed coffee each morning en suite, and Wi-Fi. Spend your day hiking, biking, and horseback riding on trails directly adjacent to the yurt or hit the nearby beaches for surfing and sunbathing. Book at airbnb.com
For something closer to home, indulge in a glamp-worthy safari tent at Camp Ribbonwood near Warner Springs in San Diego County. Gorgeously appointed, the deluxe tent is made from recycled materials, and rewards guests with a heated queen bed, jacuzzi, pizza grill, Wi-Fi, and crackling fireplace. Book at glampinghub.com
What to wear when glamping
Clothing: Solana Beach's own GracedByGrit provides ladies with high performance wear for hiking and running. This all-female company's thoughtful design includes pockets for your phone and a whistle for solo treks away from the campsite. For colder evenings, check out their "Baby it's Cold Outside" pants. gracedbygrit.com
Keeping time: Headquartered in Encinitas, local favorite Nixon makes "The Mission" in partnership with Qualcomm and Google to handle all of your outdoor adventures. Giving you live weather conditions and activity tracking, this customizable watch is rugged and water-resistant for wet days and jumping into waterfall pools. nixon.com
Sunscreen: Keep the sun's rays at bay with organic Coola sunscreen and Liplux lip balm, based in Carlsbad. Started in Bonsall in 2002, the brand is the darling of celebrities, resorts, and the LA Galaxy. coolasuncare.com
Staying Warm: Cozy up your tent with the Diva Blanket by Prana, a sherpa lined snuggler with a water repellent reverse side for wet weather conditions. The sustainable company also based in Carlsbad, offers a variety of performance wear for hiking trails and snoozing in the tent. They have great outdoor gear too! prana.com
What to drink when glamping
Beer: Grab Pure Project's Miir growlers full of their refreshing Sensei kolsch and Evangeline gose with grapefruit for post-hiking, or their nature-inspired La Vie en Rose saison with hibiscus and honey. The Miir growler won the rugged backpacking test by backpacker.com, superbly retaining coldness, carbonation, and flavor. purebrewing.org
Juice and Nonalcoholic Beverages: No need to bring your juicer along, Suja Juice, the go-to organic beverage for San Diegans has your wake-up call covered. With a dizzying and colorful array of cold pressed juices, smoothies, probiotic waters, and drinking vinegars, you will be refreshed and revived. sujajuice.com
After a long hike, boost your energy and restore antioxidants while throwing back a refreshing and probiotic cherry kombucha from Bootstrap Kombucha. Stop by their tasting room and fill your growler on your way out of town. bootstrapkombucha.com
Wine: LJ Crafted Wines offer a sustainable and camp-friendly choice with their wine growler and bottle redemption program. Choose from a variety of reds, whites, and rosé for an elegant evening by the campfire. ljcraftedwines.com
Water: No plastic bottles in glamping! Reuse or purchase an extra Miir growler or LJ Crafted Wines growler. If you must use plastic bottles, find locally purified bottled water from SolarRain. The PET1 plastic bottles are biodegradable, BPA free, and do not leach impurities into their water. solarrainwatery.com
What to eat when glamping
Gourmet Food To Go: Stop by Girard Gourmet for a weenie-on-a-stick-free glamping experience. Using organic produce from their farm in Julian, François and Diana Goedhuys offer a variety of breakfast pastries, sandwiches, salads, and hot meals. girardgourmet.com
Look no further than Pop Pie Co. for perfectly portable, savory or sweet personal pies. The University Heights eatery will fulfill all of your pie fantasies with flaky crusts and exciting fillings. Breakfast pies are served until noon and vegan options are always available. Make sure to get a matchata (matcha+horchata) to sip on immediately. poppieco.com
Grill: Order a frenched rack of lamb from The Heart and Trotter Butchery in North Park to marinate, grill and enjoy with that great red from LJ's. Their whole chickens are beautiful too, and the butcher can break it down so it's easier to throw on the grill. theheartandtrotter.com
Small batch, handcrafted sausages from the Meat Men will be highly satisfactory snacks to go along with late night stories by the campfire. You can find these sausages at Venissimo Cheese shops and farmers' markets throughout the county. meatmenstore.com
Snacks: Local company Bhu Fit, offers organic protein bars in three versions to fit every lifestyle. "Vegan" bars contain pea protein, "Paleo" utilizes egg white protein, and "Primal" incorporates grass-fed whey. Bhu, a Sanskrit word meaning "of the Earth," has flavors including Chocolate Tart Cherry Pistachio, Dark Salted Caramel Pecan and Apple Chunk Cinnamon. Using monk fruit as a sweetener instead of sugar, Bhu Fit keeps the glycemic index low for optimal balance out in nature. bhufoods.com
Keep your energy sustained with Chosen Foods Bites with Chia for a protein packed snack on the trail. chosenfoods.com
The brainchild of former Miss California USA Carrie Prejean and her NFL linebacker husband Kyle Boller, Phive Bar works on nature's own ratio of PHI. Their organic superfood bars are from an ancient recipe and will keep you energized for long hikes...or laying in a hammock. phivebar.com
Coconut Beach offers a line of non-GMO, gluten-free, dairy free coconut chips for a sweet trailside reboot including flavors dark chocolate, honey-roasted and toasted natural. coconutbeach.com
Pet Food: Taking along the pups? Grab the highest quality dehydrated whole grain or grain free food from East Village's own The Honest Kitchen. thehonestkitchen.com
And finally, memories...
Don't leave home without your GoPro. This wildly successful brand, based in Carlsbad, has taken the world by storm with its all-weather, all-terrain ability to capture your most memorable, action-packed, outdoor moments. gopro.com