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Glamping is here to stay, at least for the near future. It’s the “soft” way to camp for groups, with less grit and more glamour. Here are some great options in the Mountain West to consider.

One of the newest is Conestoga Ranch at Utah’s Bear Lake in Garden City. With a soft opening in late June and official opening July 1, the 18-acre resort can host up to 160 guests in eight high-end glamping tents with en-suite bathrooms featuring hot showers and 16 custom-crafted conestogas, more commonly known as covered wagons. Resort amenities include a main lodge with restaurant and bar, game tent, bathhouse, shake shack and activities field. Live entertainment, rodeos and equipment rentals such as paddleboards and other water recreation equipment promise to keep everyone having fun.

Last April, Moab became Utah’s first glamping location with the opening of Moab Under Canvas, providing guests with safari-style accommodations that disappear at the end of the travel season, with little trace left on the landscape. Not only are the views of Arches National Park monumental, relaxation and adrenaline packages can be added and include activities such as hot air ballooning, scenic flights, mountain biking, rock climbing, hiking and more. Moab Under Canvas can sleep groups of up to 120 and host gatherings for up to 300 guests. Large TipiMarqui tents have sides that flip up and down for seasonal weather and allow for combining up to seven tents to create artful spaces for group dining, dancing, receptions and other private events. The company also has Glacier Under Canvas and Yellowstone Under Canvas in Montana.

At The High Lonesome Ranch in DeBeque, Colorado, Castle Rock Camp sleeps up to 16 guests in distinct tents with large log poles. Private luxury bathrooms with stone showers and closets keep the comfort level high, plus it’s hard to beat sleeping to the sounds of nearby Kimball Creek. A 2,800-square-foot lodge is the place for meals and gatherings, and a veranda offers magnificent views of Castle Rock and the surroundings. Plus, tap into the activities and additional lodging options the ranch offers.

Being surrounded by grapevines is blissful in itself, but add a measure of mountains and the atmosphere goes nearly off-the-charts spectacular. The soils and climate of the American West have proven bountiful, resulting in a large a number of vineyards with meeting and event spaces that are surrounded by peaks or located in the foothills of Oregon, California, Idaho and Colorado.

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Oink and Moo, a food truck that has operated in New Jersey since 2012, is making big news! The truck is known throughout NJ towns like Hoboken and Asbury Park, but after expanding to Philadelphia, it won a Vendy award for Rookie of the Year. Now, The Daily Meal has rated Oink and Moo the No. 2 best food truck in the United States. The food is straight up BBQ—beef brisket or pulled pork sliders, chili, tacos, quesadillas, and ribs.

 

As the gateway to several of the state’s mountain resorts, Salt Lake City boasts a booming dining and nightlife scene worthy of checking out including a new beer hall and downtown theater and several restaurants with private dining space that recently joined the scene.