May 4, 2009
And to kick off “glamping” season in May 2009 (according to a recent press release), “Lakedale Resort at Three Lakes, nestled between Roche Harbor and Friday Harbor on San Juan Island in Washington State, will offer new ‘Glamping Survival Kits,’ a collection of outdoor necessities for the glamorous camper (‘glamper’). Each package was developed to be enjoyed while staying at one of 13 ‘glampsites,’ featuring canvas cabins furnished with a queen bed, full-size sleeper sofa or lounge chairs, bed and bath linens, and beautiful hickory furniture.”
The Happy Hour and Rekindle “Glamping Survival Kits,” both priced at $70, sounded good to us:
Happy Hour: Two folding pilsner or wine “glasses;” one 10-ounce unbreakable hip flask; a freestanding wine bottle and glass holder; a bottle of Happy Camper wine (naturally!); one six-pack of beer and one Lakedale Resort logo corkscrew.
Rekindle: One FireCone Eco Saucer fire starter basket; a bundle of firewood; one package of gourmet marshmallows; two gourmet chocolate bars; one box of graham crackers; one giant roasting fork; two folding champagne flutes and one bottle of sparkling wine.
The press release goes on to say that, “Lakedale ‘glampground’ is open annually from May 1 to September 30. ‘Glamping’ rates start at $149 a night. Each custom built 225-square-foot canvas cabin features a queen bed with pillow-top bedding, a full-size sleeper sofa or two lounge chairs, pillows and a flannel duvet, a table and four chairs, one cordless lantern and bath linens. Every ‘glampsite’ also includes two Adirondack chairs, a picnic table and a fire ring. Continental breakfast is included.”