This entry was posted on November 22, 2014.
The idea isn’t new, but the word is. “GLAMPING” – a cross between glamorous and camping. Four years ago, I heard it for the first time and understood instantly that Rainier Yurts are a perfect fit for anyone who wants to "glamp!"
Glamping has become a huge industry around the world. It’s a wonderful way to make a living, bring in extra cash, and secure your retirement years with a little extra income, or just to keep busy. Here’s how it works: You buy some land, one or two yurts, and become host to the most wonderful visitors on the planet. The yurts soon become wildly popular and your glampsite is booked out months in advance. Your return on investment has paid off so you purchase two more yurts, and so on.
A gorgeous piece of property with mountains, lakes, hiking trails, skiing or wineries nearby is a valuable asset. For a small investment you can put a 468 sq ft (roughly equal to a 19.5’ x 24’ hotel room) on your property and start charging $60 on up for weekdays and $260 for weekends and holidays. Create a snappy website and Facebook page and watch the “no vacancy” sign light up! With today’s online booking tools, you can run the business from your kitchen table! Whether you plan to be a hands-on manager or hire folks to clean and maintain the yurts, you are bound to enjoy the ease of your new business.
Here is a real scenario:
Dear Yurt Girl,
My family has a beautiful piece of waterfront property on a nearby island that has great potential as a yurt resort. It is so remote and close to nature it would be a shame not to share it with out-of-area visitors! So, we are considering putting several yurts on it. We would have a main lodge or clubhouse, picnic shelter for family cookouts, with kayaks and bicycles available to our guests. Can you help us get started with the basics so we can plan our budget?”
Rainier Yurts specializes in assisting folks just like you who haven’t a clue what you are getting into … we’ll help you decide which yurt is right for the clientele you are trying to attract, staying within your budget as we explore the different sizes ranging from 16’ diameter (personal bedroom) to 33’ diameter (multi-family retreat with kitchen and bathroom).
This 33’ yurt floor plan, called “The Grand Turk,” sleeps 9 people comfortably.
The three sets of French doors let the outdoors in, and the central kitchen is convenient for multiple families.
Perhaps your Glamping unit is a shabby chic B & B or romantic looking yurt for a party of two.
Your idea of roughing it might mimic that of the state park yurt rentals found throughout the United States. Keep in mind, the broader your audience, the more guests you will attract. You will have to comply with local, state, and federal codes for permits. You may need to provide wheel chair accessible units to comply with the ADA requirements.
The state park model shown here is an example of what glampers get on waiting lists to rent on popular holiday weekends.
From a glamper’s point of view, it’s an easy alternative to owning a garage full of camping gear that you only use once or twice a year. All you need to bring is food (maybe a cooler) and clothing. Some state parks and private sites require that you bring your own bedding or sleeping bag. Leave behind the tents, cots, stoves, lanterns, firewood, water, garbage and recycling receptacles, solar shower, tarps, and hassles.
I remember spending hours packing and loading for a weekend camping trip. Then once we got home, hours of washing, cleaning, and reorganizing everything into storage. The hassle barely made up for the short stay in the woods.
Now, you just find a yurt resort near you by going to the following website: http://yurtlodging.com/stay.htm. The sites are private and peaceful. When I go out to nature I just want to hear the babble of the brook or creek, the song of the birds and crickets, the leaves rustling in the trees and the snap-crackle-pop of the campfire.
Give one of our experts a call to learn how you can turn your unused land into income by adding a yurt.
Here are some other websites to explore:
Enjoy the journey!