Glamping at Conestoga Ranch in Utah. Near the border of Idaho by Bear Lake.
Camping is not my general idea of a good time. Thinking about the bugs that will be crawling in and around the tent as well as the rocky ground and horrible sleep you get… it just doesn’t sound fun. So when I heard we were going “Glamping” that perked my interests. I hadn’t ever been Glamping before so I wasn’t sure what to expect. I had heard about “Glamping” from those “House Wives” shows on tv but wasn’t sure how similar the experience would be.
My friend Megan got married so she invited a group of her closest friends to come to her wedding reception brunch and glamping for the weekend to celebrate. I am not much of a camper so I decided I’d give it a go since she’s one of my dearest friends.
I’ve lived in Utah most of my life and been to Bear lake one other time as a child. Bear Lake is lake bordering Utah and Idaho which many locals from Utah drift to in the Summer for a nice beach day to cool down, boat, fish, and ultimately just get away from the city and heat for the weekend.
Conestoga Ranch is where we stayed. From the moment we arrived, we all giggled when we saw the “Old School” wagons which for the next 3 days we’d call home. The Resort was extremely clean and welcoming upon arrival. They were very kind offering free bikes to ride (with consent forms signed) and golf carts to help us with our luggage to the tents and wagons. (Note: You can’t take the golf carts for your own personal joy ride… I asked…lol).
Once we unpacked the car we went to our wagon, we chose the one that slept 6, however, there are other wagons that sleep more or less.
The man showing us around said they have only the very best beds and sheets that are usually meant for fine hotels. He wasn’t wrong, I haven’t slept so soundly as I did on those beds. We had 4 bunk beds as well as I believe a queen/king for the other 2 people to share fitting 6 people quite comfy in a wagon.
Megan and her new Husband Brian shared a huge tent for just the two of them. They are living that luxury married life now, lol. Their tent made us all envious. From the clawfoot tub to the luxurious fireplace, they had all the amenities fit for glamping royalty.
At the time of check-in, we noticed Conestoga Ranch was offering $10 yoga so I signed up. The view at sunset made the class worth it, but the instructor was also fabulous so that didn’t hurt.
Firepits at sunset were started and put out later at night by the staff so that was nice to not have to worry about anything just bringing out the smores (which they also provided us upon check-in). Anything you need, the staff was a phone call away to providing it for us. That was pretty nice.
There was a full building designated to bathrooms and showers, they were brand new and beautiful. It was nice they had so many you never had to wait in line. The showers were hot and after a cold water beach day it was luxury…most of us took really long showers merely because it was so relaxing, they even provide towels and soap should you leave yours at home.
They have roping set up if you want to practice your skills outside the bathrooms, which I gave a try, but wasn’t very good at.
The Campfire Grill Restaurant where we ate was delicious. The chef made me a truffle cheeseburger I’ll never forget. We also ate breakfast there, I recommend the banana brulé oatmeal, it was delish! The brunch was delicious as well, it was buffet style and the staff was very attentive.
All in all, I’d say glamping is more my speed. I live for the adventure, but I also like to have electricity and heat. I’d recommend you check out Conestoga Ranch if you are ever in Bear Lake, it was one of the best trips I’ve taken to date.