The stars at night are big and bright, but only when you’re deep in the heart of Texas. Which means, you’ll have to escape the artificial glare of the metropolis and get outside of city limits to truly see those magical constellations.

But, that doesn’t mean you have to go all Survivor mode, and become one with the bugs and brush over a can of cold beans.

Getting in touch with nature is far more luxurious than you think with Texas camping destinations that are all kinds of glam.

Even if you despise the very concept of camping and your idea of “roughing it” is a day without green juice, these glamp-star getaways are poised to change your mind.


Sinya on Lone Man Creek

Where: Deer Lake Estates, Wimberley

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Austin: 45 min. drive; Dallas: 3 hr 30 min drive; Houston: 3 hr drive; San Antonio: 1 hr 15 min drive

You may have an Out of Africa moment at this safari-inspired camping retreat in the Texas Hill Country that balances luxury with comfort and sustainability. Perched atop a ridge overlooking Lone Man Creek, the romance factor is real here — as is the natural beauty. It’s the perfect getaway for a couple, but that doesn’t mean you need a plus-one to stay here. A solo escape from the day-to-day is completely merited, too. Of course, this is no ordinary tent. There’s a claw-foot bathtub, a plush king bed, a fully outfitted kitchenette, and an energy-efficient air-conditioning and heating system to ensure you’re comfortable any time of year. With a creek-side deck, a patio with a Weber grill, a hot tub area, hammocks, and other distinct outdoor areas to take in the stunning views, you will likely be spending a lot of time outside, too. Amenities like spa bathrobes, Nespresso coffee, s’mores ingredients, firewood, a hot tub, and even BeeKind toiletries that support honey bee and pollination research complete the safari-luxe experience.

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Camp Comfort

Where: 601 Water Street, Comfort

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Austin: 1 hr 45 min. drive; Dallas: 4 hr 30 min drive; Houston: 3 hr 30 min drive; San Antonio: 50 min drive

Modern sophistication meets summer camp at this thoroughly unique destination on Cypress Creek that has so much soul. Originally a bowling alley, built in 1901, the footprint has since been expanded to include rustic-chic cabins with a combo of queen beds, twin beds, and bunk beds to complement the historic, stylishly designed "Alley" rooms. There’s also a sleek silver Bambi airstream up for grabs. A spacious courtyard has all the camp essentials — with none of the hassle. Fire pits, fully stocked wood piles, mod orange lounge chairs, cozy blankets, and more ensure that whether you’re stargazing or making s’mores, you’ll be entirely comfortable. Oh, and coffee and breakfast snacks are served in the Social Hall every morning. If you’re not grilling out, the small town of Comfort nearby has a pizza shop, café, and bistro.

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El Cosmico

Where: 802 S. Highland Ave., Marfa

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Austin: 6 hr 30 min. drive; Dallas: 7 hr 45 min drive; Houston: 8 hr 45 min drive; San Antonio: 5 hr 45 min drive

With all the buzz about Marfa, you may have heard of this nomadic desert campsite located in the artsy town in the middle-of-nowhere Texas. It’s worth the trip, though. El Cosmico lives up to its hype with camp-glam getaway options, as you can choose from safari tents, Sioux-style tipis, Mongolian yurts, and renovated vintage trailers. This destination sits on the funkier side of luxury, but there’s no denying that you’ll be well-sheltered in the highest of trendy style here. Plus, they host a regular schedule of occasions for the mind, body, and spirit including workshops and retreats for crafting, cooking, and art along with concerts, movies, and cultural events.

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Walden Retreats Hill Country

Where: Texas Hill Country; exact address available upon inquiry

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Austin: 1 hr drive; Dallas: 3 hr 30 min drive; Houston: 3 hr drive; San Antonio: 1 hr 15 min drive

Where sanctuary and wilderness intersect, this Hill Country retreat combines the amenities of a luxury hotel with the adventure of the outdoors. The two meticulously designed, 500-square-foot safari-style tents are situated on 96 acres of private land along the Perdernales River and are equipped with air conditioning, running water, bathroom, refrigerator, outdoor deck, fire pit, and more for the ultimate in comfort. There are also dozens of wineries and attractions close by, should you want to leave camp for a bit.

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Davis Ranch Retreat

Where: 1110 Peach Creek Road, Waelder

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Austin: 1 hr drive; Dallas: 3 hr 45 min drive; Houston: 2 hr drive; San Antonio: 1 hr 30 min drive

Go out on a limb and climb to new heights in Davis Ranch’s tiny but indulgent treehouse that even boasts its very own spa inside — with steam shower, mood lighting and music, to boot. Licensed massage therapists are also on call, should you be so inclined for an in-tree massage. Or, just sit on the porch and enjoy the quiet, relaxing sounds of the country and the roaming longhorns. You don’t have to stay in the treehouse, as there’s a ranch house, casita, and barn room. But, really, why wouldn’t you?

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Basecamp Terlingua

Where: 500 Kempf Road, Terlingua

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Austin: 7 hr 30 min drive; Dallas: 8 hr 45 min drive; Houston: 9 hr 30 min drive; San Antonio: 7 hr drive

Camping gets groovy (and glam) at this place dotted with three boho-luxe, one-of-a-kind tipis just minutes from the entrance to Big Bend National Park. It's sparse around. But, the massive 26-foot-tall tipis add some stylish coziness to the terrain. They are set over the top of a sunken, kiva-like room covered in colorful, woven rugs along with a king bed, seating, and a fold-out couch. They’re surprisingly spacious and airy inside, and outdoors there’s a fire pit and seating for front-row-seat views of the stunning Chisos Mountains. And, because this is glamping after all, they have all the amenities you’d expect — from high-volume evaporative coolers, to a fridge, microwave, and private bath house.  There’s also a funky casita on site, but really, why stay in that when you can stay in a tipi.

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 Wahwahtaysee Resort

Where: 17062-17002 FM 20, Kingsbury 

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Austin: 45 min drive; Dallas: 3 hr 30 min drive; Houston: 2 hr 15 min drive; San Antonio: 1 hr drive

Funny name, fabulous glamping. Situated on more than 100 acres of pristine wilderness, the resort features three beautifully appointed, 650-square-foot safari tents — the Stargazer, Little Dipper, and Sanctuary — that allow you to savor a little (okay, a lot) of opulence amidst the great outdoors. You can have a legit culinary adventure, too, with Wahwahtaysee’s private chef services, specializing in farm-to-table dishes served from a custom-fitted 1957 Chevy bread truck. If you can pry yourself away from the sumptuous tent life, there are tons of walking trails to explore, private beaches on the San Marcos River, fly fishing, and pecan-picking on the property’s 150-year-old orchard.

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River Road Treehouses

Where: 12660 River Road, New Braunfels

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Austin: 1 hr 30 min drive; Dallas: 4 hr drive; Houston: 3 hr 30 min drive; San Antonio: 1 hr 15 min drive

This is the treehouse you wanted but never had. You’ll feel like a kid again — or like you’re living a lavish version of the Swiss Family Robinson — with these six deluxe dwellings next to the Guadalupe River in New Braunfels. Perched among centuries-old cypress branches, they will have you becoming one with nature — with a side of Wi-Fi and modern conveniences, of course. The cozy, cabin-like structures are connected by wooden footbridges, making the experience all the more magical.

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Cypress Valley Canopy Tours

Where: 1223 South Paleface RR, Spicewood

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Austin: 45 min drive; Dallas: 3 hr 30 min drive; Houston: 3 hr 30 min drive; San Antonio: 1 hr 45 min drive

You’ll never forget your first time — sleeping in the trees. Not just a destination for zip line adventures, Cypress Valley also has an even better treat: glamping in tree-top havens nestled in ancient cypress trees. The Juniper, Willow, and Nest treehouses are all lovely, but you should indulge in the whimsical, round Lofthaven. It has a huge trunk growing right through the middle and features a romantic canopy bed, hammock, and wraparound porch. A bridge connects to a bathhouse with a waterfall-filled tub.

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Geronimo Creek Retreat

Where: 2050 Laubach Road, Seguin 

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Austin: 1 hr drive; Dallas: 3 hr 45 min drive; Houston: 2 hr 45 min drive; San Antonio: 45 min drive

Tucked away in a grove of pecan trees by a sparkling creek in the Texas Hill Country, this haven has three different kinds of alternative lodging: cabins, treehouses, and tipis. For the ultimate glamping experience, go for the ingenious cabins that look like tent hybrids and allow the entire front wall to be opened to an outdoor living deck. As for the tipis, they may look traditional on the outside, but looks can be deceiving. Inside, they are fully insulated and air-conditioned as well as fully furnished (and come with a private bathroom and shower, too). No matter where you stay onsite, though, you’ll have access to all the fun amenities — from foosball and ping pong tables in the game room, to a hot tub and fire pits, to kayaking and paddle boarding from a private access point to the creek.

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Green Acres

Where: Elgin, exact address available upon inquiry

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Austin: 1 hr drive; Dallas: 3 hr drive; Houston: 2 hr 15 min drive; San Antonio: 1 hr 45 min drive

Green Acres really is the place to be — this hidden wonderland not only looks like it is a modern, boho dream come to life, the Pinterest-perfect accommodations provide eco-lodging at its very finest. Sitting on 25 acres in Bastrop County, the retreat is owned by two families who have created the coolest sanctuary for rest and rejuvenation in nature — without any of the stresses of traditional camping. With two luxe yurts, a rustic-chic lodge with a swinging porch bed, a kitschy-sleek Airstream land yacht, and a 1955 restored “Spartan Mansion” trailer — all with the highest level of amenities and comforts — your biggest conundrum will be where to lay your head. Coffee, gourmet s’mores, and farm fresh eggs (when available) also come with your stay, as do hammocks, an outdoor community kitchen and grills, horseshoes, ping pong, farm animals, and nature trails.

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Texas Bell Tent

Where: Spring Branch, exact address available upon inquiry

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Austin: 1 hr 15 min drive; Dallas: 4 hr drive; Houston: 3 hr 15 min drive; San Antonio: 45 min drive

Glamping never looked so good. There will be no roughing it at this Texas Hill Country gem that is luxuriously decorated — and comes equipped with A/C and a private full bathroom with hot water shower. It’s perched on a custom deck for sweeping views of the beautiful surrounding country while you roast marshmallows for s’mores by the fire pit. For those who love room service, you’ll be treated to bedside coffee and specialty teas in the morning followed by a delicious breakfast in the main house. Did we mention you can also book spa treatments onsite including massage, facial, reiki, and essential oil therapy? Yes, you can. Tent life doesn’t get much better than this.

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