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why you should try a glamping staycation

This post is in collaboration with Inn Town Campground and I was compensated for my honest review. All opinions are completely my own.


Glamping staycation, Inn Town Campground, Nevada City, California


A few weeks ago I was able to plan a belated birthday surprise for Mike in the form a quick staycation. Our destination was Inn Town Campground located in Nevada City, California, just a short and scenic drive up highway 49 through Auburn and Grass Valley.

I had first heard about this campground from a friend in passing and after more research I could not wait to check it out for myself. Having never been “glamping” before I thought that this would be the perfect birthday surprise for Mike since we both love camping and being outdoors.

This is where I should segue briefly and let y’all know that I love surprising people, but hate being surprised, even if it’s a good surprise. So I’m allowed to surprise Mike, but him surprising me is frowned upon because I like to be prepared for everything and if I’m being surprised, I can’t be prepared, right?


Glamping staycation, Inn Town Campground, Nevada City, California


Speaking of being prepared, I thought I was prepared for our little mid-week getaway to Inn Town Campground. I packed everything I thought we would need in the back of the car where he wouldn’t see it (Mike knew we had a date night, but didn’t know that we’d be staying overnight) and had even brought our own towels and pillows, just in case.

Even after seeing lots of pictures online, I was still very impressed when we arrived at our canvas glamping tent. First of all, I could have left our towels and pillows at home because they provided them for us. Mike and I are so picky about our pillows which is why I’d brought our own even though I knew they’d have them, but their pillows were so comfy that ours definitely weren’t needed. They also provided us with ear plugs (we didn’t need them, but it’s a nice touch for those that do), a solar lantern, and a flashlight to use.

The tent was very large and had a fun, eclectic mix of furnishings, which is definitely something that makes me all heart-eyed. I love it when places put a lot of love into the details, and you can definitely tell that the wonderful folks behind Inn Town Campground love what they do.


Glamping staycation, Inn Town Campground, Nevada City, California


We arrived a little late and had already had dinner so we unloaded the car, took a quick walk around, and then headed over to the fire pits to roast some marshmallows and enjoy some s’mores. I had brought our own makings for s’mores, but if you forget you can also purchase everything you need from the camp store. At first I had a nervous moment where I realized that I’d forgotten to bring matches, but we ended up not needing them. They have a few fire rings that are propane so simply turning them on gets them going! It was so simple to use and Mike and I want to put one in at our house now.

The campground was so peaceful at night and we enjoyed a good night’s sleep in our cabin after washing up in their outdoor showers (no worries, they also offer indoor showers I that’s not your thing). The weather was perfect during our stay, but our cabin was also equipped with a heated mattress pad and a standing fan, in case we needed them. Since Inn Town Campground is open year round I can definitely see how these features would come in handy.


Glamping staycation, Inn Town Campground, Nevada City, California


It should be noted that this post is featuring their glamping tent cabins, but Inn Town Campground also offers tent sites and RV sites so there is something for everyone. With 15 acres to explore, hiking trails to historic Nevada City, a brand new pool to cool off in, and so much more, Inn Town Campground offers a fun, outdoor getaway in a gorgeous setting.

As Mike and I were walking around (we practically had the place to ourselves since it was mid-week and early in the season) we kept talking about how much fun it will be to come back with the kids sometime this summer. The fact that it’s only about 30 minutes from us and it offers so many amenities is definitely a plus, especially when camping with kids!


Glamping staycation, Inn Town Campground, Nevada City, California


It was so nice to spend a lazy morning together on our back deck and chat. I would definitely recommend getting away with your sweetheart when you can, even if it’s just for one night. It’s such a nice way to reconnect and relax, especially when you’re in a beautiful setting like this.

After relaxing for awhile and getting ready for the day we explored the campground some more. Some of our favorite features include: the dishwashing stations at each bathroom, the brand new swimming pool, the gorgeous location, the proximity to lots of things to do (check out their website for all the fun activities and local attractions!) and the Commons area.

We didn’t get to spend a lot of time in the Commons since we weren’t there very long and didn’t end up cooking any meals on our staycation. However, as someone who has camped a lot I really a appreciate this great gathering place that the owners, Dan and Erin Thiem, have created.  The Commons houses a communal kitchen and dining space, a fun sitting room where you can play a game, watch some television, or peruse the pamphlets and brochures for local attractions. This is also where the camp store and the office are located, as well as additional bathrooms, showers, and laundry facilities.


Glamping staycation, Inn Town Campground, Nevada City, California



And now I have some exciting news for all my local readers! Do you want to win a prize pack of fun, summer activities valued at over $350, including a free night of camping at Inn Town Campground? Click over to the Outside Inn Blog and scroll to the bottom of their most recent post to see all the details and enter! Winners will be picked on Wednesday, June 14th so you only have a couple of days left to enter.


Glamping staycation, Inn Town Campground, Nevada City, California


Have you ever gone glamping before? What was your favorite part?


13 Responses to why you should try a glamping staycation

  1. Emily Bogner June 12, 2017 at 10:39 am #

    I’ve never been glamping before, but it looks like you guys had such a great trip! We’ll have to try glamping sometime.

  2. Desiree Macke June 12, 2017 at 1:40 pm #

    Holy cow, this is the best idea ever, and totally my way of camping!! I wish we had something like this around us!

  3. Ashley Newell June 12, 2017 at 5:06 pm #

    This looks like so much fun!

  4. Crystal June 13, 2017 at 7:18 am #

    How fun! You and I are a lot alike in that aspect. I absolutely hate being surprised (with anything), but love surprising people. Funny how that is. The glamping tent sounds like a great way to camp.

  5. Crystal June 13, 2017 at 7:19 am #

    Yay! I can comment now. 🙂

    • Justine @ Little Dove June 15, 2017 at 4:32 pm #

      LOL, yes I was able to figure out the issue awhile ago. Well, I fixed it, I still don’t quite know what happened…

  6. Caity June 13, 2017 at 8:39 am #

    I’ve never tried glamping, either. We have our own tent and loads of gear, so we’ve always done things the wild way, but now with a baby everything seems trickier lol

    • Justine @ Little Dove June 15, 2017 at 4:31 pm #

      We have tons of gear too, and a HUGE tent, lol, but this is really nice to do once in awhile, especially with a little one! I agree, camping with kiddos can be tricky!

  7. Shani | Sunshine & Munchkins June 13, 2017 at 9:13 am #

    I really don’t mind camping, but I definitely am one who loves to have an actual toilet available. I would LOVE to go glamping, especially with our kids. My husband thinks it’s all about the entire camping experience so it might take a little convincing. 😉

    • Justine @ Little Dove June 15, 2017 at 4:30 pm #

      So just plan a little glamping getaway for your anniversary or birthday or something, that way he might be more willing to give it a try for a “special” occasion and he’ll fall in love. 😉

  8. Laura June 13, 2017 at 5:49 pm #

    WOW, that place looks awesome! Love the idea of glamping. Pinning this one for sure. 🙂

  9. Danielle @ A Sprinkle of Joy June 17, 2017 at 4:21 am #

    That looks like so much fun!!!

  10. Julie August 7, 2017 at 7:39 pm #

    Sounds like fun! Thank you for sharing!

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