Glamping in a Yurt. Those are Real Words.

| January 31, 2016

One day, my husband came home and told me something to the effect of, some of his co-workers would love to quit their jobs and live in a yurt in the middle of nowhere. Since I’m not cool, I had no idea what the hell a yurt was. I learned that you can “glamp” in a “yurt” and that “glamping” was a thing.

As someone who used to love camping but now has a meltdown when she isn’t staying at a Marriott, I thought, hmm…glamping might be worth trying.  So we did.

While on an awesome road trip looping Ireland/Northern Ireland, we stayed at Emerald Glamping, in an amazing little yurt where I had the best night of sleep on the trip–like, no competition, I did not sleep better at any of the hotels. The bed in our yurt was infinitely comfortable, and the family running the site was wonderful. They struck the perfect balance between being friendly and chatty, and leaving you alone to enjoy the campfire or the pizza oven or your warm and cozy yurt.

Here is our experience, in photos, from trepidation to delight.

"Is this it? I'm scared."

“Is this it? I’m scared.”


The welcoming committee

The welcoming committee


"Is this it?" (still scared)

“Not feeling better about this.”





The kid realizes there's a bunkbed for her. In a tent.

The kid realizes there’s a bunkbed for her. In a tent.


"Okay, I'm going to stop drinking water now, and hold it if I have to go in the middle of the night, cuz I'm not running across the campsite."

“Okay, I’m going to stop drinking water now, and hold it if I have to go in the middle of the night, cuz I’m not running across the campsite.”


We cooked pizza in this oven

We cooked pizza in this adorable oven!


Cute little cabins

They also had adorable little cabins


"Let's play pool in the tent at the glampsite!"

“Let’s shoot pool in the tent at the glampsite!”

The family had two children who were Sequoia’s age, also on fall break.  Sequoia ran around the campsite playing with the kids most of the night.  She *loved* that.

Adorable nooks and crannies around the campsite

Adorable nooks and crannies around the campsite

We were absolutely delighted to have stayed at Emerald.  Can’t recommend it enough; especially if you love nature but not sleeping on rocks.


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About the Author ()

Kari Martindale is a writer and ESL instructor. She’s visited all 50 states and 37 countries, including many of the big cities of Europe and a ton of Christmas Markets. She spends her days straddling the fence between a sense of adventure and a sense of dread. She is married to what is clearly a patient man and has a daughter who, frustratingly, is just like her. Her academic and professional backgrounds are in linguistics and foreign languages. When she's not teaching ESL, she's writing. When she's not writing, she's thinking about her next trip.

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