For the past year, I’ve been writing about the dramatic boom in glamping and the rise of smartly designed and sophisticated glamping resorts and compounds. I’ve devoted Forbes columns to Collective Retreats on Governor’s Island in Manhattan, talked about the expansion of AutoCamp, singled out the fledging ROAM Beyond in the Pacific Northwest and interviewed the founder of Getaway. Now it’s time to talk about Under Canvas, a leading glamping company that has just announced an expansion with the addition of two new camps: Under Canvas Acadia in Maine and Under Canvas Lake Powell – Grand Staircase in Utah.
This is big news, not only because of Under Canvas’ popular brand but because they’ve chosen two of the most iconic outdoor locations in the country. It comes at a time where domestic road-trip travel and outdoor exploration is at an all-time high, thanks to Covid-19 travel restrictions.
“With our coast-to-coast expansion,” says Matt Gaghen, CEO of Under Canvas, “our hope is to inspire others to reimagine outdoor travel and find that special place that allows them to disconnect while also spending time outside together with their loved ones.”
Under Canvas currently has seven camps that are near some of the most visited and iconic national parks and monuments in the U.S. They include Yellowstone and Glacier National Parks in Montana; Moab and Zion in Utah; Mount Rushmore in South Dakota; Great Smoky Mountains in Tennessee. and the Grand Canyon, in Arizona.
In terms of lifestyle, Under Canvas talks about their “Intentional Inconveniences.” These non-amenity amenities include Wi-Fi free camps, the better to make connections with family and friends. They have quiet hours after 10 p.m. so you can focus on nature, not your neighbor’s playlist.
Each Under Canvas location includes daily housekeeping, running hot water, and flushing toilets. There are pull-chain showers and low-flow toilets to minimize water use. On-site initiatives include composting and recycling wherever possible, as well as elimination of single use plastics.
The new Utah location for the company will open in April 2021. Under Canvas Lake Powell – Grand Staircase will offer 50 safari-style canvas accommodation tents on elevated decks with private ensuite bathrooms within. They will be located on the edge of Canyon Rim Plateau with views from the lake to its namesake, Grand Staircase – Escalante National Monument.
The furnishings are from West Elm, with an emphasis on weathered raw wood, top-grain leather and metal accents. There will be a lobby lounge tent where guests can enjoy board games, read, and dine on Western-inspired cuisine.
The camp sits on 220 acres and is located near top attractions such as Antelope Canyon and Lone Rock Beach at Lake Powell, Wahweap boat marina, Horseshoe Bend; and Grosvenor Arch. With the opening of its third Utah camp, Under Canvas now provides travelers the ability to embark on a road trip between all four sister camps – Grand Canyon, Moab, Zion and Lake Powell – Grand Staircase. The season for this camp is April 1 – October 31.
Under Canvas’ first Northeast location will be in Surry, Maine just outside Acadia National Park, and will open in May 2021. This marks the brand’s entry into waterfront glamping experiences, with 63 safari-style canvas accommodation tents on elevated decks with private ensuite bathrooms. The 100 acre sight has more than 1,200 feet of coastline. The furnishings are from West Elm, with an emphasis on natural wood. There will be a waterfront lobby tent and an expansive communal dining area, gathering space and a waterfront yoga and events space. Acadia National Park is about a 35 minute drive from the new resort. Under Canvas says that 75% of the 100-acre site will remain undisturbed to keep a minimal footprint. The season for this camp is May 13 – October 31.
Reservations for both camps are now available at www.undercanvas.com.