Camping, Travel

Glamping: A Weekend Getaway Near Pittsburgh

The great outdoors with a bed and a hot shower, just 2 hours from Pittsburgh

Two years ago while looking for something new to do for my October birthday, my fiancé pitched the idea to go camping… which meant that I would have to pitch a tent. No thanks! I like to think I am “outdoorsy” and consider myself to be adventurous, but at the end of the day, I need a shower and a bed to sleep in. After hours of searching the internet for something to do, I came across “glamping”. 

Glamping, aka “glamorous camping” is the idea of camping in a luxurious way. You can enjoy the beauty of the outdoors while also being able to take a nice hot shower and have a roof over your head. There are a few Glamp Grounds not too far from Pittsburgh. With COVID, most of us can’t take our normal summer vacations. Instead of sacrificing your vacation plans altogether, give glamping a try! 

Where to go glamping near Pittsburgh 

The Wild Yough Glamping Huts in Garrett County, Maryland, provide the camping necessities to make your weekend getaway as stress-free as possible. The rental company provided us with a packing checklist so we knew exactly what to bring. On a Friday after work, we packed our cooler, grabbed some blankets, and headed to our hut. The huts are about two hours away from Pittsburgh.

The owners of the Glamping Huts showed amazing hospitality and even left us chocolate and marshmallows to make S’mores under the stars. When we first arrived, it was dark out, and being the end of October, it was a little chilly, too. We cracked a bottle of wine, made a fire, and played cards. It wasn’t until the next morning when the sun came up that we were able to see just how beautiful the woods were around us. 

Our glamping hut included our own parking space, a fire pit, a bed, sheets, and any pots and pans you may need. The Glamp Ground has five huts that are spread out. Your neighbors are far enough away that it feels private and you can easily social distance. There are public restrooms and showers for the guests and they are truly spotless. There is also a common grilling area if you don’t want to cook hotdogs over your own fire. The huts are pet friendly so you can bring your pup on your adventure, too!  

The company’s website gave us several suggestions for places to explore during our stay. The huts are on 350 acres of land with lots of hiking trails. Deep Creek Lake and other state parks are about 15 minutes away. We hiked to the highest point of Maryland to see an incredible view on the first day and hiked trails by the lake the next day. We ended our stay in Garrett County with a trip to the Lakeside Creamery for ice cream sundaes.

On our way back to the Burgh, we also took a quick detour to Ohiopyle! Our glamping weekend was such a fun adventure and we have stayed at our favorite hut a few times since. If you have a slightly adventurous side and are looking for a weekend getaway, go glamping! You won’t regret it.

Book a glamping hut

Wild Yough Glamping Huts // Oakland, MD (~ 2 hours from Pittsburgh)

Savage River Lodge // Frostburg, MD (~ 2 hours from Pittsburgh)

Clays Park Resort // North Lawrence, OH (~ 2.5 hours from Pittsburgh)

Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park at Kozy Rest // Harrisville, PA (~ 1.25 hours from Pittsburgh)

Looking for a change of scenery? 

Here are some more ideas from a quick getaway near Pittsburgh: