Have you made your glamping reservations yet? You’d better hurry! Summer is speeding by. It’s time to pack up your cast iron and coolers, kids and koozies, and head out to camp. Let’s face it, camping is an economical way to travel and see the sights, especially if you enjoy nature and cooking in the great outdoors. Camp cooking is half the fun of glamping and with a quick Google search (look for the edible magazine that covers your destination) you can find fresh ingredients at the nearest local farmers market no matter where you go.
I introduced my husband to camping 30 years ago and we’ve enjoyed many wonderful camping trips over the years. We’ve slept under the stars in the Sierra Nevadas, watched the full moon rise over Yosemite Valley, survived a dust storm in Death Valley, and put up a tent by flashlight with snow falling gently around us at the Grand Canyon. However, I wouldn’t call what we did glamping. About the only creature comfort we added to our camping bag of tricks was a full-sized air mattress to make our nights more comfortable. I often wonder if everyone’s first camp-out was more like a glamp-out would more people would be doing it? After all, there’s a distinct difference between the two. Glamping takes camping to a whole nuther level!
Glamping is about mixing grit with glam and hitting the open road in your own personal style. MaryJane Butters, author of the book Glamping with Maryjane: Glamor and Camping invented glamping several years ago when she opened her Idaho wall-tent bed & breakfast on her organic farm. Each wall-tent is outfitted with only the finest of organic linens, comfy double beds with iron headboards, old fashioned washstands, and a wood stove to keep the chill off on a cool night. Yes, you have to use an outhouse, but I bet you’ve never been in a prettier or cleaner one than at Mary- Janes Farm.
MaryJane also gussied up her vintage Airstream (aptly named Lily) with farm girl finery for a relaxed, feminine feeling. Why, she’s even installed an antique claw foot tub for soaking after a long day of hiking or exploring. Now that’s glamorous camping!
The edible South Shore & South Coast team went glamping and we invited some very fun and adventurous friends to join us.
Doug Hart brought his airstream and we set up camp at the YWCA in Marshfield, MA. Doug shares his fond memories of camping as a child and how his passion for Airstreams began.
“As a child, my family would set off in our station wagon for long road trips. Often we would pass gleaming silver Airstream travel trailers on the highway and I was captivated by their iconic shape and style. About six years ago I spotted an Airstream in the rear view mirror in Rockland, Maine so I pulled over to watch it go by. To my delight, a small caravan of three passed and there and then I contracted an incurable case of “Alumintitus.” My wife, Lydia, encouraged me to find one so I found a small used 18 foot “Bambi” model. That was three (or is it four?) Airstreams ago.
I now travel the country in a 31-foot model. I am a member and past president of the New England Unit of the International Airstream Club. The club attracts all kinds of people who share a passion for these aluminum classics. Over the short time that I have had this interest I have met hundreds of other Airstream enthusiasts. Each one of them is unique, friendly, and consumed by their enjoyment of all things Airstream.”
Resources for Airstream Fans:
Wally Byam Caravan Club International, Inc. (WBCCI) a club for owners of Airstream motor homes, trailers, and B-Vans.
New England Unit
For Girls only, check out Sisters on the Fly www.SistersOnTheFly.com
See more photos of our Glamping Adventure here.
By Debbie Bosworth, is a backyard flower farmer/florist in Plymouth. When she’s not “in the flowers” you can find her writing at www.maryjanesfarm.org,
www.deborahjeansdandelionhouse.blogspot.com, and www.farmgirlbloggers.com.
Itinerary: Afternoon Arrival
Note: Glamping recipes will have a bit of sophistication in the preparation and glamour in the presentation. Ingredient measurements are flexible, the recipes will be delicious no matter the proportions.
The YWCA Cambridge-Marshfield branch was the setting for our beautiful glamping adventure. It’s a unique and special place. Do you have a special event coming up? Talk to the YWCA about your ideas. They specialize in graduation parties, showers, corporate events, weddings, and social events. Do you have little ones? They have a popular summer camp program as well as host special events for just for children. Located on 10 acres abutting conservation land, with majestic views of the North River marsh and Humarock, it’s a spot everyone will love. The property includes a historic barn, archery range, field, basketball court, swimming pool, and nature trails.
76 Ferry Hill Road
Marshfield, MA 02050
We couldn’t have invited a chef more perfect for our first Glamping adventure than Michael Morway. In 2011, Michael broke the Guinness World Record for the Largest Open Sandwich by preparing a BBQ Pulled Pork Sandwich from scratch weighing in at 2,539 pounds. And in 2015, Michael, along with local Chef Stephen Coe, won the World Food Championships title in the “Bacon” category. Just recently, Michael appeared on Food Network’s Guys’ Grocery Games. Talk about being ready for any challenge!
Michael is currently an event and restaurant chef working with the culinary team at Granite Links in Quincy. Previously, he founded and opened Nosh Food Group and Craftship Catering, and was the chef at the popular Nosh in Plymouth. Michael’s cooking style is American comfort food using some modern techniques. He is a big supporter of fresh and local scratch cooking.www.CraftshipCatering.com
Established in 2014, The Pour Guys bring the bar experience to the customer through customer service, vast drink knowledge, and custom menu building for any and all events. The owners, Plymouth firefighter and former industry journeymen Lane Parmley and married bartenders Pete Burgess (Dillons Local) and Shannon Burgess (Solstice Restaurant) believe you can own a bar and still love the industry without the headaches, overhead, and grueling hours. Each holding more than 15 years of experience in the bar business, The Pour Guys provide fully-insured and licensed, bartending services and are a third-party pouring company, specializing in craft beer, signature and craft cocktails, and fine wine. www.PourGuysLLC.com
Diana Scolponeti, of In The Event planners, helped us pull together our adventure. She and her family were caretakers of the YWCA property for several years. Diana says, “Once I stepped foot onto the property, I fell in love. We made our home in a little cottage on the property. Our children had a blast living at a summer camp.”
Diana coordinates unique weddings, retreats, social, and corporate events for food-loving individuals. www.DianaScope.com