Glamplyfe cabin nestled in the woods

Our Autumn Mixtapes on Spotify (September & October)

Our Autumn Mixtapes on Spotify (September & October)

Curious minds want to know… why does a campsite need a monthly playlist? We love this question. Our dream is to create a vibrant diverse community filled with creative people like artists, dancers, and actors. Learn more about our Bonfire Concert Series and playlists.

Please don’t hesitate to reach out if you’re interested in playing music, taking photos, recording video content, or anything else you can think of at our Cambridge, Ohio site. On Instagram, we asked what musicians you’d like to hear on our playlist and included them all in the October mixtape!

GlampLyfe’s 5 Favorite Campfire Recipes

  • Johnny Apple Seed Oatmeal is a vegan recipe from Fresh Off the Grid: “Nothing else is as economical to buy, easy to make, or as fast to prepare. When times are tough or you’re just in a rush, it’s oatmeal that comes to the rescue.”
  • Sweet and Spicy Grilled Summer Squash from Bon Appetite: “The crosshatch pattern isn’t just for show (even though it does look cool)! It allows for the salt to fully penetrate the squash and also draws out some of the excess water so that the sweet, tangy glaze can be fully absorbed.”
  • Camping Mac and Cheese from Lauren’s Latest: “The best part of this recipe is the edges and the tops got a thin layer of crispy cheese that added a whole new level of deliciousness. I’m kind of in love with crispy cheese.”
  • No Bake Bourbon Peach Cobbler from Fresh off the Grid: “Tired of s’mores for dessert? This easy peach cobbler is a simple camping dessert alternative!”

Nature Photography Tips

Nature Photography Tips

On our social media (@glamplyfe everywhere), you’ll see we emphasize photography. We’ve found that featuring photos of our Ohio campsite online draws in a lot of new guests who live outside of the area. While “word of mouth” and good reviews are important, photography and videography convinces the aesthetically inclined. We’re always looking for new pictures from past visits to GlampLyfe! We especially want to see your pets and loved ones. In order to get the best photos, we’ve compiled a list of some of the top nature photography tips from Masterclass (which also includes gear suggestions) and American Forest.

  • Pay special attention to the light: Google “Golden Hour” and your state if you’re not sure of when this is.
  • Plan accordingly: Rain boots? Sunglasses? Come prepared for the weather.
  • Use the rule of thirds: This means separating your shot into three equal parts and lining up your subject matter symmetrically.
  • Patience is key: It only takes one shutter to get the perfect shot.
  • Get creative: Try playing with different heights and angles.
  • Study nature: What time of year do turtles hatch? What time of day does the crow fly over the river?
  • Always be respectful of the natural world: Please clean up behind yourself and don’t alter/destroy any natural habitats.
  • You don’t need a fancy Nikon or Canon to shoot: Phone cameras have great range these days. You can adjust your phone settings or use editing Apps after.
  • Don’t give up: Smooth seas don’t make for skillful sailors.
  • Have fun!

4 Poems We Love (Summer 2022)

4 Poems We Love (Summer 2022)

We’ve said it before and will say it again – we love creative people. Getting the opportunity to see our visitors photos and videos when they come to Glamplyfe is one of the best parts of working here. If you’re a writer, photographer, dancer, actor, or generally creative, please reach out about collaborating. Creating meditative moments by disconnecting from technology is easier to do in nature. A good book should be included in every packing list. We rounded up four of our favorite poems that elicit the summery feeling of roasting marshmallows around the campfire at Glamplyfe.


Zulick, Ian. “Ohio”

Torn cotton clouds
Lit like lanterns by bolts of
Sunlight, their wispy wicks
Burn hot and high over muddy rivers
And black asphalt mirrors

Factory fumes like Marlboro reds
Trail fiery and forgotten into the
Forest’s knotted, dirty hair
Where they fall asleep in
A warm bed of clay-choked soil.
A redtail circles the dull
Brown of unshorn fields, waiting
For rabbits to emerge and
Sweep them away like
A late April chill-
The sort that lifts your head
From the low window of a car
And lets you forget the snow
Even as the white of the sunlit clouds
Makes you remember it

As they stroll idly through the sky
Seeming to touch your flesh with the breeze


Blaydes, Colleen Olivia. “Summer”

a summer’s dance
a summer’s kiss
a summer’s romance
a summer’s true bliss
a summer’s light
a summer’s love
a summer’s night
a summer’s turtledove
a summer’s beginning
a summer’s ending
a summer’s destiny
a summer let free


Parker, Dorothy. “August”

When my eyes are weeds,
And my lips are petals, spinning
Down the wind that has beginning
Where the crumpled beeches start
In a fringe of salty reeds;
When my arms are elder-bushes,
And the rangy lilac pushes
Upward, upward through my heart;

Summer, do your worst!
Light your tinsel moon, and call on
Your performing stars to fall on
Headlong through your paper sky;
Nevermore shall I be cursed
By a flushed and amorous slattern,
With her dusty laces’ pattern
Trailing, as she straggles by.


Janca, Tom. “Camping Spot”

I like to camp along the creek,
high up the mountain, next to the peak.
Big green trees are all around
and little waterfalls make their sound.
Always a cool breeze,
that sings through the trees.
Big white clouds float across the sky.
Sometimes they grow so high,
they rain and shower.
But! Not more then an hour.
It’s okey when the sun goes down.
I’ve got a campfire to sit around.
Then late at night when the screech owl
sings.
I crawl in bed, and have sweet dreams.


Best Things to Do in Cambridge, Ohio (Guernsey County)

Best Things to Do in Cambridge, Ohio (Guernsey County)

Since Glamplyfe moved to Cambridge, we’ve had the treat of experiencing a lot of the great things Guernsey County has to offer. We took a poll on our Instagram to see which hotspots you wanted to see included in this list and integrated your suggestions. If you live in Pittsburgh or Columbus, Cambridge is close enough to be a natural day trip. We especially recommend bringing the antique-lover in your life because you will definitely drive home with treasures. Did I need to buy a vintage Super 8 camera at Black Cat Vintage? Maybe. Did I need to fill my pockets with saltwater toffee at McKenna’s Market? Also, maybe. Either way, we’re sharing a handful of our faves. If you’re in nearby Zanesville and Muskingum County, check out Zen Life and Travel’s article. If you’re driving in from Columbus, stop at Free Society Boutique for Y2K accessories and trendy clothes.

For the Flower Child:

Three Blooms Flower Farm

Phone: (740) 260-3392

Address: Available at Urban Twigs – 5843 Glenn Hwy, Cambridge, OH 43725

For the History Buff:

National Museum of Cambridge Glass

Phone: (740) 432-4245

Address: 136 S 9th St, Cambridge, OH 43725

For Date Night:

Georgetown Vineyard & Tavern on the Hill

Phone: (740) 435-3222

Address: 62920 Georgetown Rd, Cambridge, OH 43725

For the Influencer:

Glamplyfe

Phone: (740) 801-0054

Address: 12110 Happydale Rd, Cambridge, OH 43725

For the Designer:

Homemade Happiness & Co.

Phone: (740) 995-8318

Address: 723 Wheeling Ave, Cambridge, OH 43725

For the Foodie:

The Bear’s Den Steakhouse

Phone: (740) 432-5285

Address: 13320 E Pike Rd, Cambridge, OH 43725

For the Antique Lover:

Alley Cat Antiques

Phone: (740) 421-9077
Address: 118 S 7th St, Cambridge, OH 43725

Our Summer Mixtapes on Spotify (June, July, & August)

Our Summer Mixtapes on Spotify (June, July, & August)

Check out our June, July, and August Summer Mixtapes on Spotify. They feature some of the musicians we’ve had the pleasure of working with like The Quiet Celebrations and Juan Wauters. If you or someone you know has songs available on Spotify, please reach out! If you are in the Cambridge, Ohio area, or passing by on tour, we would love to collaborate for our Bonfire Concert Series!

8 Glamping Products to Live Happier and Healthier

8 Glamping Products to Live Happier and Healthier

1. Lightweight Windshell Jacket:

This one’s from Arc’teryx but anything water and wind resistant should work.

2. First Saturday Lime Monthly Pet Insect Repellent:

Dogs are allowed at GlampLyfe on leash. If you aren’t already protecting your pup from ticks and fleas, this is a good product to start with.

3. Filtered Water Bottle:

GlampLyfe provides filtered water and we want you to stay hydrated!

4. Sunscreen (for face and body):

You’re supposed to wear sunscreen every day. Yes, even when it’s overcast.

5. Portable Waterproof Speaker:

Check out our Spotify June and July mixtapes for inspo!

6. Film Camera: Instax and Polaroid make cameras that print your photos immediately.

7. Portable Charger:

This portable charger is simple, reliable, and under $20.

8. Shampoo Bars: These are good for the planet and your scalp.

Glamplyfe Booking FAQ 2022

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Contact Info:

Phone: (740) 801-0054

Email: info@glamplyfe.com

Address: 12110 Happydale Rd, Cambridge, OH 43725

Social Media: @glamplyfe


How far are you from town and major local cities?

Driving: We are located less than 15 minutes from downtown Cambridge, OH. We are about 60 minutes from Columbus, OH and Akron, OH. We’re about 90 minutes from Pittsburgh, PA, Cleveland, OH, and West Virginia.

What are your prices?

Our prices depend on Unit Type so please check out our Reservation Site and specify what you are looking for.

How do I make a reservation? Do you have availability for a specific date?

Our Reservation Site will show you which dates are available.

How do I choose a cabin with two Twin beds or one Queen bed?

Our Reservation Site lets you choose which type of cabin you would like.

Can I check in late?

Yes, if you need to check in after 6pm, a check-in package will be provided.

Do the cabins have A/C?Heater units?

Yes, they each have a unit that’s both an A/C and heater. 

Are there bathrooms in the cabins?

No, the bathrooms are located in their own building in between the Forest and Lakeside cabins. Each private bathroom features a shower, toilet, and sink. The building is wheelchair accessible.

I haven’t gotten a confirmation email. Am I confirmed?

If you are confirmed, you will have received a confirmation email. Please call us at (740) 801-0054 if this is not the case or email info@glamplyfe.com.

What’s coming in the next year?

We hope to build a sauna this Winter and host a concert series! We also will be adding kayaks and other outdoor equipment.

Is the campsite bike accessible?

Yes, there is a bike lane right outside of camp.

Can I partner with or advertise my business with you?

Yes, please contact us at info@glamplyfe.com.

How many people fit in one cabin?

Each cabin fits 2 adults comfortably. We highly suggest booking more cabins depending on how many children you are bringing.

Can we put a tent outside of the cabin?

Yes, you can pitch a tent outside of your rented cabin.

How many dogs can we bring?

We allow 2 dogs per cabin. Dogs must be on a leash at all times.

Is the tent camping area shaded?

Our current designated tent camping area has minimal shade.

Is fishing allowed on the lake?

Yes. We have a catch and release policy. We sell (not rentable) fishing poles and fishing kits onsite. 

Is kayaking allowed on the lake?

Yes. We currently do not have kayaks for rent or purchase, so we advise you to bring your own.

Is swimming allowed on the lake?

We are currently not allowing swimming until we have a designated swimming area established.

Are there weekday or weekend discounts?

We only offer discounts for weekday cabin bookings. Please see our reservations page for more details. We do not offer additional discounts at this time.

Are dirt bikes or ATVs allowed?

No.

Do you provide grills or firepits?

We provide firepits only. We do not provide grills.

Do the cabin doors lock?

Yes. Each cabin is locked with key access.

Is there food available?

Yes. We currently sell hot dogs, snacks, and drinks

Roundup: LGBTQ+ Nature Trailblazers

Roundup: LGBTQ+ Nature Trailblazers 

As you may have noticed from the rainbow clad streets, June is Gay Pride month in the U.S.A. One of Glamplyfe’s missions is to spread happiness and love. Our goal is to create a warm atmosphere at camp where people can be themselves and feel good. We care about the environment, animals, and equal/equitable rights for all people. These nature activists, leaders, and personalities are some of the folks doing it best. They also happen to identify with the LGBTQIA+ community. We’re giving these bright stars a shout out because it’s Pride but also because their voices have been silenced as a group throughout history. Without further ado, here are three trailblazers you need to know.

Haven Coleman

Climate and environmental activist Haven Coleman is the co-founder and co-executive director of US Youth Climate Strike. Inspired by fellow Gen Z’er Greta Thunberg, Coleman began protesting for action surrounding causes like air quality and renewable energy in Colorado in 2019. She caught the attention of former Vice President Al Gore and has worked with him in many capacities.

Follow Haven Coleman on Instagram

Martha Harbison

Remember our article last month Pack these Smart Camping Apps? If not, check it out. If so, you may remember our mention of the Audubon Society’s app Audubon Bird Guide. Journalist and birder Martha Harbison is one of Audubon’s key players. Harbison is also behind the iconic Feminist Bird Club, who you may know from their recent partnership with clothing brand Noah. According to their site, “The Feminist Bird Club is dedicated to promoting inclusivity in birding while fundraising and providing a safe opportunity for members of the LGBTQIA+ community, BIPOC, and women to connect with the natural world.”

Follow Martha on Twitter

Rocco Kayiatos (aka Katastrophe)

Rocco Kayiatos, Bay Area rapper Katastrophe and founder of the International Man Project and Camp Lost Boys, advocates for mindful masculinity through nature experiences. More specifically, Camp Lost Boys “is a summer camp experience created by men of trans experience for men of trans experience.” Some highlights are dedicated spaces and chats for BIMOC (Black/Indigenous/Men of Color), judgment-free physical activities, and mentorship. 

Follow Rocco on Instagram

Pack these Smart Camping Apps

Pack these Smart Camping Apps

Whether you’re going away to Summer Camp, kicking it at GlampLyfe, or roughing it in the wilderness, you can enhance your experience with Apps. It may sound counterintuitive to bring the digital world into the woods, but between Apple’s App Store and the Google Play Store, there are free nature apps that can benefit anyone. The only thing I remember from Biology class is how to make a Punnett Square, but it doesn’t matter because I have unlimited access to education and self-study resources in my palm. We’re lucky to live in a world where technology can help keep us safe instead of being stuck on the side of the highway at midnight trying to get service to call AAA. So here’s our list:

Noonlight: Feel Protected 24/7 (App Store, Google Play)

Camping can be dangerous, especially if you’re alone. Noonlight, the app that’s “ushering in a new era of safety”, features a large button you hold down when you’re feeling unsafe. This shares your exact location and can be used to contact local police and emergency responders. You can add friends to your safety network to monitor their locations, camping or not. It pairs with other apps to keep you safe like Tinder, Uber, Apple Watch, Alexa, and more.

Autio (App Store)

Introducing Autio, formerly Hearhere, the Webby Award Winner for Best Travel App 2022! This unique app is a location-based story guide. It’s like having a tour guide in your hand, sometimes voiced by celebrities, so really it’s like having a celebrity in your hand. For instance, if you’re in Columbus, Ohio, you would be recommended audio vignettes about the history of that area. The first five stories are free but if you’ve used all five, a similar app is GyPSy.

National Park Trail Guide (App Store, Google Play)

If you’re an avid hiker in the United States, this is a necessary download from the National Park Service. Their map feature allows you to see your exact position, even offline. Hikes are searchable and organized by categories like difficulty, elevation profiles, and if they’re family friendly. Each trail description is accompanied by local guide information like nearby food, necessary permits, and lodging. The National Park Trail Guide has a wealth of information and is really a national treasure.

Smart Bird ID or Audubon Bird Guide (SBI, Audubon)

Forgot your binoculars? Here are two apps designed for the experienced birders and casual birdwatchers alike. Smart Bird ID has photo and audio identification capabilities, journals, quizzes, and community alerts. Their audio feature is unique, in that you can record from your phone and the app will do its best to identify those calls. The Audubon Bird Guide is very similar but lacks the audio ID feature. If you have a NatureShare account with the Audubon Society, it will sync to this app. If you already have TikTok, you can follow the Audubon Society’s viral account there as a special bonus.

Next Vision Limited’s Identify Kit: Rock, Insect, Bird, Mushroom, and Fish (App Store)

This is an App Store Kit. If you’re not familiar with this developer feature, it basically means when you download the kit, you get all of the related apps. This bundle includes Rock Identifier: Stone ID, Picture Insect: Bug Identifier, Picture Bird: Birds Identifier, Picture Mushroom: Mushroom ID, and Picture Fish: Fish Identifier. These pocket guides each come with a topical encyclopedia, field guide, and photo identification capabilities. You may also download these individually.

Headspace: Mindful Meditation (App Store, Google Play)

Obviously, this isn’t a camping or nature app, but it can be a useful outdoor tool for a million other reasons. This is a guided meditation app with ten free sessions. Headspace, Calm, or any guided YouTube meditation video can be used while camping for sleep, anxiety, or imposter syndrome. 

Sleep: Often, camping means going to bed at 9pm, which can be very hard if you’re not accustomed to it. You may also be in an uncomfortable sleeping bag or listening to someone snore. Meditation helps you sleep by focusing on your breathing and lowering your heart rate.

Anxiety: You want to enjoy the great outdoors, but you can’t stop worrying about Bigfoot, bears, and if you left your front door unlocked. Acknowledge those anxious thoughts and let them go with meditation.

Imposter Syndrome: Some would say that the sounds of nature should be their own source of meditation content. If you can’t “just relax” with your eyes closed, it’s okay to let a professional guide you.

Wyze (App Store, Google Play)

The Wyze app needs camera hardware to work, but it’s accessible. Their most basic camera costs $29.99. It’s incredibly reassuring to have an app that shows you exactly what’s going on at home. Home camera apps like Wyze have settings that alert you to movement and include two-way microphone/speaker features. You may have been able to take your dogs into the woods, but that isn’t the case with all pets. In fact, your cat was waiting for you to leave to knock over that lamp.

Happy travels from the GlampLyfe team! Follow us on Instagram for more info and updates!