Baby, Just Say “Yes!”

Sadly, the Disney parks have banned proposals as of 2023, but there are plenty of great locations to ask that big question if the new year or the upcoming Valentine’s Day holiday has you thinking of making things permanent with your S.O. Take advantage of these great proposal locations near your next glamping trip.

Las Vegas: Because no one can get engaged these days with making it a photo op, Las Vegas is a great place to consider when question-popping time nears. Why Vegas? There are so many photo-worthy backdrops like the fountain at Bellagio, or the “Eiffel Tower” at Paris Las Vegas or perhaps on a romantic gondola ride at the Venetian. And, if you want a really short engagement, there are a multitude of wedding chapels ready to make it official. Book a cozy cabin at Thousand Trails Las Vegas for this romantic getaway.

Yurts at Marina Dunes RV Resort
Yurts at Marina Dunes RV Resort

Big Sur: Does your love take your breath away just like a Big Sur hike might? Big Sur’s Pfeiffer Beach at sunset is a very popular proposal spot. Maybe the beach’s Keyhole Rock formation signifies this person has the key to your heart forever? Does your love take you to soaring heights? Consider the Bixby Bridge Vista Point. This iconic bridge is famous and your proposal will be, too! You may have to share the trail with others, but the proposal will be all your own. Pick a glamping accommodation at Marina Dunes to get set for the big day.

Cabins at Narrows Too Camping Resort
Cabins at Narrows Too Camping Resort

Bar Harbor: If you’re heading to a romantic getaway in quaint Bar Harbor, Maine, just google “where can I get engaged in Bar Harbor” and a bunch of places here will pop up. One location that makes the lists is Acadia National Park, and more specifically, atop the park’s Cadillac Mountain at sunrise. Another hot spot is Jordan Pond, under a blanket of stars, which are very visible from this spot in the park. The Village Green in town is another great spot with a beautiful landscape and a charming gazebo ala your favorite rom-com. We have two great Bar Harbor resorts with adorable cottages and cabins, Mount Desert Narrows and Narrows Too, for your memorable glamping trip.


Miami: This city has so many options at which to stage a proposal from romantic to eclectic. If your true love is your beacon, consider the backdrop of the Cape Florida Lighthouse at Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park. The Italian Renaissance gardens found at Vizcaya Museum and Gardens is another great spot – romantic with an old world feel and the Tea House on the grounds is a perfect spot. Choose a cabin, lodge, or bunkhouse at our Encore Miami Everglades location for this once-in-a-lifetime experience.

Cabin at Thousand Trails Russian River
Cabin at Thousand Trails Russian River

Wine Country: Whisk your love to wine country and take advantage of the beautiful natural settings. We’ve got great glamping near California’s Sonoma County and Oregon’s Willamette Valley – both romantic wine country locations. Book a cabin or cottage at Thousand Trails Russian River in Cloverdale to do a Cali proposal or a tiny house at Mt. Hood Tiny House Village in Welches to pop the question in Oregon. Maybe the grounds of the Korbel Champagne Cellars in Guerneville, California, are appropriate since the bubbly’s already there! In Oregon, consider popping the questions, and the bubbly, at Domaine Willamette, Oregon’s first sparkling wine facility.

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Good Things Come in Small Packages

The meaning of the saying “good things come in small packages” is basically that things don’t need to be large to be good. In the case of our Petite Retreat accommodations, that saying is spot on. Take our tiny houses for example, they are small but they are mighty when you consider they are full of amenities like kitchens and full bathrooms, and have plenty of indoor and outdoor space for fun. Not to mention how cute they are inside and out! The same goes for our cabins, yurts, and cottages. While the amenities may vary here, they all provide just the right amount of space you need to have a great glamping adventure. When it comes to our tiny homes, we say “go tiny or go home,” and when it comes to all of our Petite Retreats we think a good adage may be “go small and go glamping.” You just cannot lose with these small packages! So, in the spirit of the holiday, consider some of these “good things in small packages” when planning your upcoming glamping trips!


These small packages come with the added bonus of location. And to use another well known phrase, location is everything. The Leavenworth Tiny House Village in Leavenworth, Washington, has five great tiny homes to choose from and is in a stunning Pacific Northwest location near the super charming Bavarian-style village of Leavenworth. Plus this destination offers some of the best outdoor activities in the area that include fishing, skiing, hiking, and biking. Then there’s the Mt. Hood Tiny House Village, with seven tiny homes, in the beautiful Mt. Hood area of Oregon. Mountains, waterfalls, rivers, and lakes are your playground when staying at Mt. Hood and there’s a lot of unique festivals to check out like the Annual Salmon, Mushroom, and Bigfoot Festival or the Huckleberry Festival that features all kinds of foods centered around the local huckleberry like pancakes and jams. Arizona’s tiny house offerings include those at Thousand Trails Verde Valley that are set among the backdrop of the healing Red Rocks in Sedona, Arizona. East coast options include Tuxbury Tiny House Village in South Hampton, New Hampshire. Close to Boston and the beaches of the Atlantic, it provides a great glamping place to enjoy a New England adventure and there are five tiny homes to choose from here.

Tiny Houses at Thousand Trails Verde Valley
Tiny Houses at Thousand Trails Verde Valley


Looking for some southern hospitality? Check out Natchez Trace Tiny House Village nestled in the woodlands of Tennessee and yet just about an hour’s drive from all the fun of Nashville. There are six tiny homes here. The charming southern towns of Franklin and Leipers Fork are also nearby. Then there’s the fab five, equally colorful, tiny houses at Sunshine Key Tiny House Village in the Florida Keys. Explore Key West, Key Largo and all the other don’t-miss attractions The Keys have to offer.

Tiny House Container Village at Yukon Trails
Tiny House Container Village at Yukon Trails

How about staying in the newest trend when it comes to glamping? Plan a trip this summer to Wisconsin, specifically the famed summer vacation playland known as The Wisconsin Dells and book a stay at our Tiny House Container Village at Yukon Trails. Yes, storage containers are experiencing a renaissance and they have become the hottest glamping accommodation around. Five storage containers, all of them featuring a kitchen and full bath, are roomy and colorful and so on-trend, everyone will be jealous of your glamping trip. These units are upcycled, giving the shipping containers a second life as a one-of-a-kind rental accommodation.

Beyond the fabulous tiny homes, Petite Retreats also include cabins, cottages, and yurts. Couple these unique accommodations with their locations, like Palm Springs, near Yosemite National Park, New York’s Adirondack Region, Maine’s charming Bar Harbor and Acadia National Park, around the Pacific Northwest, loads of Florida spots including Orlando, as well as the Midwest, we can say for sure these glamping options are definitely the epitome of “good things in small packages.”

Go ahead and give yourself a gift this holiday and book a stay at one, or all, of these great glamping locations!

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Hug A Tree

Did you know that hugging a tree is good for you and brings about feelings of wellbeing and calm? Studies have shown that hugging a tree actually increases levels of oxytocin, the hormone responsible for many feelings including empathy and it also helps with symptoms of depression and anxiety. Just five minutes of a good tree hug is all that’s needed!

Aside from the health benefits, hugging, and just generally enjoying, trees in the month we celebrate not only Earth Day, but also Arbor Day, is good idea. Trees are an important part of Earth Day (celebrated on April 22) because they aid in climate change by removing carbon dioxide from the air as well as releasing oxygen into the air. To ensure we continue to have plenty of trees, Arbor Day efforts encourage the planting of trees by individuals and groups on the day, which falls this year on April 28. So, get camping, get planting, and get hugging our beautiful trees.

Did you know that a Joshua tree is not actually a tree, but a succulent? No matter, the trees in California’s Joshua Tree National Park would love for you to come and hug them. In addition to the aforementioned benefits of hugging a tree, Joshua Tree National Park is said to have healing vibes, so this tree-hugging expedition is a two-fer when it comes to doing the body good. Rent a colorful glamping cottage at Thousand Trails Palm Springs to be near Joshua Tree National Park.

While you might not be able to wrap your arms completely around the towering trees found on the Big Trees Loop (a flat, easy trail) in Yosemite National Park, you can certainly appreciate their beauty while taking in the benefits of being close to these ancient trees. Try a stay in one of the yurts at nearby Thousand Trails Yosemite Lakes and reap the benefits from a hike among the trees in this beautiful California national park.

Back in 2014, a group of tree huggers got together to ensure Portland, Oregon’s place in the Guinness Book of World Records when 936 people simultaneously hugged trees in one minute. The tree hugging took place in the city’s Washington Park. Book a tiny house stay at Mt. Hood Tiny House Village and take a drive along scenic Highway 35 to hug your own tree in Washington Park, which is also home to a beautiful Japanese Garden and a forestry museum.

Cabin at Thousand Trails Carolina Landing
Cabin at Thousand Trails Carolina Landing

Congaree National Park in South Carolina is a great place for tree appreciation as it is home to some of the biggest trees east of the Mississippi River. Take the Boardwalk Loop Trail and see if you can hug a few along the way. FYI, there is a loblolly pine tree that requires at least four people to hug the circumference! Reserve a cabin at Thousand Trails Carolina Landing and glamp with us while visiting Congaree.

Book a cozy glamping cabin at Encore Miami Everglades and visit the Miami Beach Botanical Garden to roam three acres of beautiful gardens that include mangrove trees.

Family Trip at Thousand Trails Lake Conroe Campground
Family Trip at Thousand Trails Lake Conroe Campground

Glamp with us at Thousand Trails Lake Conroe and head to Sam Houston National Forest to hike among the trees. The 128-mile Lone Star Hiking Trail winds through the forest and is a great way to enjoy the woodlands here.

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Tiny 101

Tiny Houses – They’re the talk of the town and all the rage. If you haven’t tried one, your friends may consider you a bit cheugy. The tiny house trend has continued to grow rather than wane in popularity, whether they are used as a permanent residence or a glamping getaway where all the comforts of home, including a roof over your head, are must-haves.

Why are they so popular? For one, they are eco-friendly and energy efficient in that they use few materials to build and less energy to cool and heat. Tiny house = tiny carbon footprint. Another plus is the creative use of space and storage. Almost everything has a dual purpose – stair risers can also double as storage drawers; the extra space up top near the roof – that’s a cozy sleeping loft. Vertical space is put to use not just for art, but also for kitchenware and other necessary items.

Otto at Leavenworth Tiny House Village
Otto at Leavenworth Tiny House Village

From a glamping perspective, you’ve got a cozy, dry spot to come home to after you’ve spent the day outside. One thing about the tiny house, since there is less inside space, the great outdoors are that much more inviting. For the first-time glamper, a tiny house accommodation might be just the thing needed to turn them into a “yes, please let’s glamp again” kind of person. Plus, do we need to say it? They are absolutely adorable.

So, before you feel left out of the tiny house loop, check out our fabulous tiny house rental offerings, pick a dreamy location, and find out what’s the big deal about tiny houses.

Mt. Hood Tiny House Village
Mt. Hood Tiny House Village

With five individual Tiny House Villages, plus two tiny houses at Verde Valley RV & Camping Resort near Sedona, there are plenty of choices. Pacific Northwest locations include Washington’s Leavenworth Tiny House Village and Mt. Hood Tiny House Village in Welches, Oregon. Warmer climate options include the sunshine-filled Florida Keys location, Sunshine Key Tiny House Village and our newest tiny house village for a near-Nashville getaway, Natchez Trace Tiny House Village. Looking to spend time in New England? Head to New Hampshire to enjoy the tinies at Tuxbury Pond Tiny House Village.

What can you expect from a tiny? Plenty! All have full bathrooms and the majority of them have a kitchen and TV with cable. If there’s no full kitchen, there are kitchen amenities like coffeemakers and mini fridges. They range in size sleeping anywhere from 2 to 7 people and several are pet friendly so if your companions are the furry kind, they’re welcome to the tiny experience. You can expect spacious indoor living space and décor and design straight out of Tiny House Today (if there was such a magazine.) Cozy quarters for a top-notch glamping experience, for sure.

Location-wise, you’ve got outdoor adventure at any location. Hiking, biking, fishing, kayaking, and canoeing are just the beginning. Plus, there’s the proximity to major cities and their attractions like Seattle (from Leavenworth), Portland (from Welches), Nashville (from Natchez Trace) and Boston (from Tuxbury Pond). There’s the serenity of Sedona and the beautiful Red Rocks when you choose Verde Valley and the island-hopping, laid-back life of the Florida Keys when you choose Sunshine Key. This is one trend you want to be a part of! Don’t get left out in the cold (especially if you’re glamping), check out all the fabulous tiny house options at petiteretreats.com and make your reservation soon.

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