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From Family Camping to Bluegreen Glamping, Yurts Are on the Rise


Lets face it, the green movement has infiltrated everyday ways of thinking and practice to the extent that recycling is chic and sustainability is commonly addressed in fields ranging from construction to tourism. From reusable grocery bags to water-saving faucets, hybrid and electric cars, eco-friendly clothing and recycled everything, the green market has exploded. Sustainability is in and there's not much to complain about. It's efficient, typically saves you money and can even get you a tax write off on occasion. Eco-friendly ideas have been around for ages, as living with the land was the original human nature. One of the coolest age-old conventions that has recently seen a rebirth into the green movement is the use of yurts. Yes, yurts. And Bluegreen already offers them at their Shenandoah Valley, Virginia resort, Shenandoah Crossing™.

From Family Camping to Romantic Glamping, Yurts Are on the Rise
Yurts, originally used by nomadic tribes in Central Asia, spotted by Marco Polo in his travels, are tent-like structures known for their durability, mobility and efficiency. Traditional yurts were comprised of wooden slats, leather ties and softened sheepskin. They were easily erected and disassembled, and carted along behind tribes seeking greener pastures, or less-formidable conditions, dependent upon the season. Today, basic yurts can still be found in parts of Russia, Mongolia and greater Siberia. Re-mastered yurts, or structures built to suit the needs of modern-day individuals, can be found everywhere.

The modernized yurt at Bluegreen's Shenandoah Crossing still embodies the original values of its predecessor – It is adaptable, unobtrusive to its landscape and easily risen. Yurts are alternatives to mountain chalets, forest cabins and beach bungalows and can be equipped with all the modern necessities one may require.

From Family Camping to Romantic Glamping, Yurts Are on the Rise
Yurts have become a popular option for family camping trips, and are often associated with the recently sprouted concept of glamping. A modernized Bluegreen yurt will allow you to enjoy the solitude of being nestled in the woods, from your warm, rumbling Jacuzzi bathtub. You can bear the elements from your plush, king-sized bed and eat off the land, once its cooked in your state-of-the-art kitchen. A yurt puts the fun back in family camping with Bluegreen, and incorporates a bit of glamour for those in need.

Constructing a yurt rather than a permanent, invasive structure is gaining in popularity in western states such as Washington, Oregon and Colorado. They can be found in ecotourism spots such as ski resorts, campgrounds and adventure travel sites. They can be as basic as round walls and a bed, or furnished to meet the needs of those who are glamping. Not just for those tree-huggin' hippies anymore, yurts are hitting the mainstream and can be found as far east as Bluegreen's resort in Virginia's Shenandoah Valley. And like any fad that lasts long enough to reach the norm, modifications to the yurt will enhance glamping and family camping trips for years to come.

From Family Camping to Romantic Glamping, Yurts Are on the Rise
If you're planning your next Bluegreen vacation and want to get in on some of this yurt action, look no further than Shenandoah Crossing. Shenandoah Crossing, in Gordonsville, Virginia, is nestled into the landscape of sophisticated small towns and scenic countryside. The yurts found within the resort can accommodate a romantic trip or provide a nice setting for family camping. The rounded walls create an open and airy floorplan. The latticed windows let in warm light. Pine-slatted walls partition rooms and bolster the kitchen and bath. The yurts are above ground, meaning they pose little impact to their surroundings and fit right in with the specifics of ecotourism.

So, if you're into this whole green movement, or just think these yurts look a lot better than using a two-person tent and air mattress, then check out the yurts at Bluegreen's Shenandoah Crossing. The yurts on the campgrounds are equipped with all the amenities one would require from a resort. So whether it is a great family camping experience you are seeking, or a romantic glamping weekend, yurts are flexible to your needs, just as originally intended.

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