Canvas Bell Tent under the stars at Sol Spirit Retreats. Photo credit: David Wilson
Merriam Webster defines glamping as “outdoor camping with amenities and comforts not usually used when camping.” The added benefits of glamping may include access to beds, electricity, and actual restrooms.
Quality Unearthed, a booking site for glamping in the U.K., says glamping began in the 1100s with Mongolian tribes. Since then, the luxuries have improved and expanded greatly. As of 2018, glampers can finally add cannabis to the list of amenities.
Though people have done it for centuries, glamping’s popularity is one the rise. Currently, there are several companies advertising glamping in the U.S. and abroad. For example, travelers can book a tent at Camp Laughing Grass, located on Crooked River in Harrison, Maine. The site is on the waterfront, allows smoking, and includes breakfast.
On the West Coast, Another opportunity to go glamping with cannabis is at the Tyson Ranch Resort in Los Angeles. Los Angeles Magazine says Tyson decided to open a resort where vacationers can bring cannabis to enjoy during their stay.
A third destination for glamping — this one in Northern California — is Sol Spirit Retreats. Sol Spirit is a glamping site located near Willow Creek, California. The retreat is on a working, legal cannabis farm in the Emerald Triangle. The Emerald Triangle is the largest cannabis-producing region in the U.S. It includes three counties: Humboldt County, Trinity County, and Mendocino County.
A major benefit of glamping at Sol Spirit is that guests can learn how they grow cannabis on the farm. Some other amenities include fresh breakfasts, bedding, and bathrooms for every tent.
What is Sol Spirit Retreats?
“Glamping is camping without all the work,” says Judi Nelson, owner of Sol Spirit Retreats. “[There’s] no need to pack anything but your clothes, everything is set up for you.”
The company offers three-day glamping adventures. In addition to farm tours, Sol Spirit immerses guests with local food and culture, water activities, spa services, and more.
Nelson, describes the glamping experience as relaxing and worry-free. She tells Emerald by email that “guests enjoy luxurious canvas bell tents with real beds and comfy linens.”
Additionally, she says, “each tent has its own bathroom a few steps away with hot and cold running water and fluffy towels.”
Tents are in a centralized “glamp ground,” she says, “with a dining tent where we serve farm-to-table meals, and a fire pit for s’mores and evening socializing.”
Why on a Cannabis Farm?
Glamping has been around for thousands of years. But the idea of instilling the activity on a cannabis farm is a recent concept. Hoping on the trend early can allow consumers to enjoy the experience without preconceptions.
Nelson says, “if you are a cannabis aficionado, glamping on a cannabis farm in the Emerald Triangle should be a bucket list experience.”
She believes that there are advantages in seeing what life is like on a family-owned, regenerative cannabis farm. For instance, she explains, being up close and personal with the plants allows consumers to learn more about them.
Sol Spirits’ grower, Walter Wood, has cultivated on the farm for 20 years and has immense knowledge of the plants. Nelson says that Sol Spirit offers a farm tour where guests can gather knowledge from Wood on how they “start seeds, clone, plant, grow, harvest, cure and manicure [their] flowers for market.”
Furthermore, for those who aren’t as familiar with the plant, Nelson ensures that “glamping on a cannabis farm is a great, safe place to try different cultivars and methods of consuming cannabis.”
What Activities and Amenities are Available?
Sol Spirit Retreats is adjacent to the Trinity River, where guests can go swimming, tubing, kayaking, and whitewater rafting. Additionally, Nelson adds, “there are lovely hikes, mountain bike trails, wine tasting at local vineyards, and farm tours of other cannabis farms and produce farms.”
For visitors searching for optimal relaxation, the company also offers “massage and bodywork, yoga and Pilates classes, and wellness spa days,” she explains.
Sol Spirit Retreats also features a selection of organic foods, giving their guests optimal energy to explore the farm to the fullest. Nelson explains that their chef offers meals “that feature eggs, meat and produce grown on the farm or by other local small farmers.”
By the second day of a guest’s stay, many people declare that they have not been as relaxed as they feel at Sol Spirit Retreats in years. Nelson believes that “we get so wound up with our everyday lives that we don’t even notice the stress we are carrying around.”
“Unplugging from all of that, letting nature and cannabis remind us that we are all connected, can unwind all that tension and provide,” she says. “The tagline for our retreats is “live your highest purpose,” because we believe that there is a version of each person’s life that truly serves the world and brings that person the most happiness. Sometimes that gets lost in the daily treadmill of life. Coming for a glamping trip at Sol Spirit Farm lets you take a deep breath and remember what your highest purpose is. A reset.“