In 2014, campers in the U.S. spent more than $1.5 billion dollars on camping equipment, including backpacks and sleeping bags. Now, those in Northern Michigan are spending their camping budgets on something a little bit different.
Called “glampers,” Michigan campers are heading on the road in a unique way. A new Pinterest-worthy camping trend is popping up all over the state, taking those old tin can campers from days past and making them into something new and different.
In light of the large RVs that are reminiscent of moving mansions, these creative little tin can campers bring camping aficionados to simpler times. These little guys come with all the necessities and not much else.
The idea behind them is that a camper won’t need much to enjoy their time on the road.
â€œItâ€™s so simple. It is what it is. You donâ€™t take a lot of stuff because you donâ€™t have room. Itâ€™s easy. You just hook it up and go,â€ Deb Viele, owner of a glamper explained to the Detroit Free Press. â€œYou can basically leave it ready to go and jump on the road.â€
But these glampers are a little bit different. They boast retro fittings to make a temporary home much more exciting than the typical RVs one can find on the market. Think turquoise ovens, lemon yellow cabinetry, olive green tables, and hula girls swaying in the windows.
These glampers are around 13-feet-long, and can easily be pulled by any vehicle with a towing hitch. Glampers can range between $700 to $20,000 depending on their quality, size, and interior furnishings.
There is even a resort open in Northern Michigan that will help glampers come together. The 229-acre Bella Solviva resort, located near East Jordan and Traverse City, has been open since April and is open for anyone and everyone who enjoys camping with a glamorous twist.
Don’t have a glamper but would like to enjoy the experience? No worries. Bella Sloviva resort boasts 320 campsites that allow guests to stay in safari tents, tree houses, glampers, and converted airliners. Included in the price is a concierge service and full catered meals.
Glamping? Sign us up.