If you love the idea of getting back to nature in a beautiful rural area but hate the thought of pitching a tent and using communal bathrooms, a glamping experience in Connecticut could be ideal for you. Most of the camping/glamping destinations are located in beautiful parts of the countryside, often close to interesting little rural towns waiting to be discovered.

With glamping, you get to enjoy all the fun of camping without having to sleep on a mattress or give up your hot shower. Most glamping accommodations take the form of rustic to deluxe cabins, with or without kitchens and bathrooms. Usually you just need to pack your clothes and food and get ready for a memorable family adventure.

1. Winvian Farm

Winvian Farm
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At the Winvian Farm resort in Litchfield Hills, guests can look forward to glamping on a grand scale. In fact, the resort’s glamping facilities are located inside unique cottages which boast all your home comforts and more. The Camping Cottage offers a tented king-size bed along with a comfortable lounge arranged around a stone fireplace. Huge glass windows invite the outdoors in and you have a private jetted bathtub with a view of the forest. The resort also offers a unique Helicopter Cottage where you can enjoy all the fun of having a genuine 1968 Sikorsky helicopter parked in the center of your cottage. Winvian Farm resort offers a wide variety of activities and amenities.

Winvian Farm, 155 Alain White Rd, Morris, CT 06763, Phone: 860-567-9600

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2. Bear Creek Campground, Lake Compounce

Bear Creek Campground, Lake Compounce
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Bear Creek Campground is the ideal family getaway destination, located just a few steps from the Lake Compounce Family Theme and Water Park. The Campground offers a selection of accommodation options so that you can decide which level of glamping suits you best. The most comfortable home-from-home options include 1 or 2-bedroom cabins with private bathrooms and indoor kitchens, while at the other end of the scale families can enjoy back to nature glamping in a Cub Hut or Deluxe Tipi. To ensure that you never miss a moment of fun you can purchase a Premium Pass which gives you access to all the fun of the Theme Park. More Lakes in Connecticut

Bear Creek Campground, 822 Lake Ave, Bristol, CT 06010, Phone: 860-583-3300

3. Connecticut Glamping: Odetah Camping Resort

Connecticut Glamping: Odetah Camping Resort
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Surrounded by forests and woods along the perimeter of a beautiful lake, Odetah Camping Resort has camping and glamping options to suit all tastes. If you have never tried camping before this resort is a good place to start as it offers a variety of accommodation choices and exceptional amenities. Glampers can choose between comfortable wooden cabins (some of which are situated lake-side) with small kitchens and indoor bathrooms or get a little closer to nature in a wood and canvas yurt. All options have outdoor seating, fire pits and access to water, but exclude bedding and cooking utensils. On-site activities include boating, swimming, paddling and fishing as well as volley ball, basket ball, mini-golf and much more. More day trips from CT

Odetah Camping Resort, 38 Bozrah St, Bozrah, CT 09334, Phone: 800-448-1193

4. CT Glamping: Strawberry Park Resort Campground

CT Glamping: Strawberry Park Resort Campground
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Offering more than 35 supervised daily activities during the summer months, the Strawberry Park Resort Campground is a great choice for family glampers. The campground is spread over a 70-acre site which offers a good selection of campsites and glamping options including quaint long cabins and premium trailer rentals. Home-from-home comforts include 60-channel cable TV and kitchens. Glampers are required to bring their own bedding and linens as well as a kettle and toaster, if required. The resort offers endless entertainment for the children and peace and relaxation for the parents. There are 3 large and 3 small outdoor pools and hot tubs, tennis courts, basket-ball, volleyball and much more.

Strawberry Park Resort Campground, 42 Pierce Road, Preston, CT 06365, Phone: 860-886-1944

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5. CT Glamping: Mystic KOA

CT Glamping: Mystic KOA
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Set among apple and ancient maple trees on a 250-yr old estate, Mystic KOA offers visitors an attractive environment for rest and relaxation. You can tailor your glamping experience at Mystic KOA to suit your level of comfort. First-timers or reluctant campers can book one of the Deluxe 1 or 2-bedroom cabins, which come with comfortable beds, full kitchen and in-suite bathrooms as well as outdoor areas for camp-fire activities. If you are ready to rough it a little more you can choose a rustic Camping Cabin, which requires you to bring your own linens and use a near-by Bathhouse. All cabins have TV. The campground offers a range of on-site activities and you are just a few minutes from all the great beaches and attractions in Mystic.

Mystic KOA, 118 Pendleton Hill Rd, North Stonington, CT 06359, Phone: 860-599-5101

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6. CT Glamping: Stateline Campresort and Cabins

CT Glamping: Stateline Campresort and Cabins
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Located on the picturesque shores of a fresh-water lake on the Rhode Island state line, this family-friendly camping resort offers a wide range of activities to keep children busy. The resort provides a great introduction to camping/glamping and you can choose just how many home comforts you require to enjoy your vacation. Rental cabins come in all shapes and sizes to suit couples or families. All cabins have in-suite bathrooms, equipped kitchens and comfortable beds – heating and air-conditions is either supplied or available to rent. Each cabin has an outdoor picnic table and BBQ grill. On-site activities include boating, kayaking and fishing and the resort has a large outdoor swimming pool with slides. More Romantic Weekend Getaways in CT

Stateline Campresort and Cabins, 1639 Hartford Pike, East Killingly, CT 06243 Phone: 860-774-3016

7. Glamping in Connecticut: Grandview Camping Resort

Glamping in Connecticut: Grandview Camping Resort
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Overlooking the scenic Connecticut countryside, Grandview Camping Resort welcomes visitors to a spacious 22-acre campground. Visitors who are new to camping can enjoy a great outdoor experience at Grandview by booking one of their rustic cabins. Each cabin comes fitted with beds and bunk beds (you need to bring all your own linens and pillows) as well as a mini-fridge and an in-suite shower room. You will still be able to enjoy the fun of camping as you prepare all your food outdoors and wash up at the outdoor sink. The resort has a large outdoor swimming pool, communal camp fires, a games room and a playground for the children.

Grandview Camping Resort, 89 N. Moodus Rd, Moodus, CT 06469, Phone: 860-873-3332

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8. Glamping in Connecticut: Riverdale Farm Campsite

Glamping in Connecticut: Riverdale Farm Campsite
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Located on part of a 100-acre colonial farm, Riverdale Camp Campsite enjoys an enviable rural site along the banks of the Hammonasset River. There are plenty of activities to keep young and old busy all day long and comfortable lodgings to return to after a day of adventures. The rental cabins and trailers are ideal for those wanting a gentle introduction to the fun of camping. Here you will find comfortable beds, mini-fridge, in-suite bathrooms and even TV. Outside your cabin or trailer you will find a gas grill and outdoor seating. The campsite has an outdoor pool, volley ball and shuffleboard courts and an indoor games room.

Riverdale Farm Campsite, 111 River Rd, Clinton, CT 06413, Phone: 860-669-5388

9. Connecticut Glamping: Sticks and Stones Farm

Connecticut Glamping: Sticks and Stones Farm
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According to their motto, Sticks and Stones Farm offers visitors Healing, Hiking and Happiness. They also offer glampers the chance to really get back to nature without the need to buy a tent. The property offers a variety of really rustic cabins, an outdoor camp kitchen, various communal fire pits and loads of atmosphere. None of the cabins have electricity or bathrooms – outdoor showers and toilets are located close to all the cabins. Visitors are invited to spend their days exploring the beautiful hiking trails and soaking up peace and tranquility. At night you can enjoy the company of your fellow glampers as you rustle up a meal in the kitchen or around the campfire grill.

Sticks and Stones Farm, 197 Huntingtown Rd, Newtown, CT 06470, Phone: 203-915-0718

10. Finnegan’s Farm Yurt

Finnegan’s Farm Yurt
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You can pack away all your notions of uncomfortable camping when you book the beautiful temple-shaped bell-tent on Finnegan’s Farm in New Milford. This wonderful yurt is the epitome of glamping elegance, offering a warm and welcoming interior with queen bed, comfy seating, a beautiful carpet and your own private composting toilet. There is no electricity in the yurt but solar lights and candles ensure a romantic ambiance. There is a private outdoor deck with fire pit and propane BBQ. Visitors are welcome to explore the 18-acre farm property and visit the barn and stables to meet an assortment of farm animals.

55 Upland Road, New Milford, CT 06776, 914 943 5178

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11. Beaver Pond Camping at Farm Winery, Somers

Beaver Pond Camping at Farm Winery, Somers
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When you feel ready to completely unplug, relax and get back to nature you can book a wonderful Tentrr Signature Campsite at beautiful Beaver Pond. The farm is set on 90 private acres, adjoining a 150 acre public forest, which means you have more than enough place for exploring. The comfortable safari-style tent is set on a wooden platform and provides a queen-size bed and 2 Adirondack chairs on the deck. The tent is completely off-grid and you will need to bring lighting, a cool-box for your food and your own bedding and pillows. There is a camping toilet and shower as well as a fire pit. You can visit the on-site winery for a tasting.

Beaver Pond Camping at Farm Winery, Somers, CT

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12. Hartwoods Yurt, Guilford

Hartwoods Yurt, Guilford
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Hartwoods Yurt welcomes visitors to come and enjoy getting back to nature in a unique private little slice of heaven that is bound to charm you. The accommodation brings new meaning to the concept of glamping, providing a spacious (30-ft diameter) circular dwelling with large bed, indoor lounge area and a private deck with comfortable seating, from which you can enjoy forest views. Fans and air conditioning ensure summer comfort while a wood-burning stove will keep you cozy in winter. There is an outdoor private bathroom with shower, a kitchen and outdoor wood-burning oven but no electricity – time to unplug and enjoy the beauty that surrounds you.

Hartwoods Yurt, Guilford, CT

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13. Geodesic Dome in the Woods

Geodesic Dome in the Woods
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When you really want to get away from it all, but still enjoy home comforts like a bathroom and fast Wi-Fi, the Geodesic Dome in the Woods near may be an ideal choice for you. The pretty little dome has been built using wood from the surrounding organic farm and is light and bright during the day. At night you can use an LED light to find your way around. Visitors who are renting the dome have full use of the basement of the farmhouse which has a full bathroom, pool table and porch with outdoor grill. You can also enjoy Wi-Fi on the porch. In season, there are fresh organic vegetables available and visitors are welcome to help out on the farm if they wish.

Geodesic Dome in the Woods, Bethlehem, CT (Between Litchfield and Woodbury)

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14. Heavenly Treehouse

Heavenly Treehouse
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If you are new to glamping and can’t quite take the leap of faith required to sleep under canvas, the Heavenly Treehouse may be exactly what you are looking for. As the name suggests, the Heavenly Treehouse is a fully-contained miniature wooden house built in a tree. It has everything you need for a fun glamping experience including a comfortable loft bedroom, an indoor shower/toilet, the cutest mini-kitchen, a comfortable lounge area and electricity. You will need to walk up a few stairs to reach our getaway, so this one is only for people who can navigate some stairs. There is a large outdoor space for relaxing and a private fire pit.

Bluebird Farm, 211 Jared Sparks Rd, Willington, CT 06279, 860 788 5885

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Saville Dam (Barkhamsted)

Completed in 1940, the Saville Dam is situated to the east of the Farmington River in Barkhamsted. At 135-feet tall and 1,950-feet long, the Saville Dam is the largest water supply in Connecticut, extending even past Barkhamsted into the town of Hartland. What makes the dam such a popular place for visitors to visit is the exceptional scenery that it has to offer. A parking area located along Route 318 provides one of the best vantage points for photos of both the reservoir and the spillway.

Apart from exploring the Saville Dam and the adjacent Barkhamsted Reservoir, there is a wealth of outdoor activities that families, solo-travelers and couples alike can partake in. The land next to the dam is laced with fantastic hiking trails for all to explore. There are also several paths that visitors can meander through that run along the spillways.

Roseland Cottage (Woodstock)

Experience the exuberance and luxury of a Gothic Revival style-home at the Roseland Cottage. Built in 1946, the Roseland Cottage was the summer residence of Henry and Lucy Bowen at Woodstock, Connecticut. Famous for its pink exterior and vibrant interiors, the cottage features extravagant and decorative wall coverings alongside intricately patterned carpets and stained glass windows dating back to the Victorian era. It’s historicity and unique architectural composition has earned the cottage a spot on the list of National Historic Landmarks and made it a must-visit in this area of the state.

After exploring the interior of the Roseland Cottage, visitors can enjoy a walk through the picturesque grounds that surround the cottage such as the original boxwood-edged parterre gardens. The gardens were planted in the 1850s is the perfect place to snap a photo or two. America’s oldest surviving indoor bowling alley is also located at the Roseland Cottage in addition to a carriage barn, aviary, and icehouse.

Elizabeth Park (West Hartford)

A visit to Elizabeth Park, the oldest public rose garden in America, is nothing short of magical. Imagine meandering through over 100 acres of formal gardens and green space, with elegant roses surrounding you every step of the way. The beauty of the gardens and the grounds is so exceptional and so rich in historicity that it has been added to the national register of historic places of the United States. While the rose gardens are understandably the main draw, the park also offers recreational space like six tennis courts, two basketball courts, a lawn bowling area and even a Little League field.

Once you’re done exploring all the green space and recreational opportunities that the park has to offer, head to the Pond House Café and tuck into creative and eclectic cuisine with a focus on fresh, local and organic ingredients. In addition to great food, the Pond House offers a spectacular view of the park through floor to ceiling cathedral windows.