Luxury Yurt Camping

Modern yurts

Lets face it, the green movement has infiltrated everyday ways of thinking and practice.

Recycling is chic. Sustainability is an industry buzzword 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 Vacations offers them at Shenandoah Crossing™,  a resort in Gordonsville, Virginia.

Yurts are part tent, part cabin

Camping Yurt InteriorYurts, 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 composed of wooden slats, leather ties and softened sheepskin. They were easily erected and taken down. Tribes carted them around as they roamed in search of more favorable, or at least less-formidable lands and conditions.

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 travelers, are everywhere.

The modernized yurts at Shenandoah Crossing are just like their predecessors—adaptable and easily assembled. Yurts are alternatives to mountain chalets, forest cabins and beach bungalows, and they’re  equipped with modern necessities. Yurts have become a popular option for family camping trips, and are often associated with the concept of glamorized  camping, or “glamping.” Imagine being nestled in the woods, but enjoying a warm, rumbling Jacuzzi. You can ignore the wind or rain battering the protective canvas Yurt skin and drift off under the covers of your plush, king-sized four-poster. You can eat off the land if you want yet prepare your meals with state-of-the-art kitchen appliances.Camping Yurts

The yurts at Shenandoah Crossing can accommodate a romantic trip or provide a nice setting for family fun. The rounded walls create an open and airy floor plan. 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 look into yurts. Yurts keep the spirit of camping alive but soften some of the hardship.

Author: Jim Saturday

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