March 11, 2017

Go Glamping on Your Honeymoon in a U.S. State Park

Thank you for waiting for this post, because this is an awesome one. We have put together the ultimate guide on honeymoon camping/glamping!

Many U.S. State Parks offer a romantic setting from beach side to cabins deep in the wood w/private hot tubs.

And with some good food, great gear, a scented candle, a string or solar lights, & a portable rug you can have an awesome glamping experience.


When it comes to getting off the grid one of the first things you'll want to do is to plan your meals.. And even if you're staying in a cabin you may want a cooler, a portable grill for your fire pit if it's not provided, & a dutch oven to bring your campfire cooking to a whole new level. If you've never cooked in a dutch oven before you might want to check out this great Getting Started Guide from Scouting Magazine.

If you're at a non-electric site you might also love the following kitchen items & gadgets you can use you making camping a little easier including; Govino Unbreakable Wine Glasses, a Toas-Tite Long Handled Pocket Sandwich Grill, a Coleman Waffle Iron, or these Telescoping Rotating Skewers fro Keku.

And if you're planning on glamping or camping for your honeymoon you're going to love the recipes we found for grilling & cooking at your campsite.

Main Dishes

Dutch Oven Chicken Marbella via Fresh Off the Grid
Grilled Chicken Cutlets w/Rosemary, Garlic, & Lemon via Serious Eats
Tequila Glazed Chicken w/Jalapeno via Epicurious
Red Wine–Marinated Hanger Steaks w/Flatbreads via BON APPÉTIT
Miso Glazed Salmon Skewers via Epicurious
Grilled Pineapple Chicken in Foil Packets via Creme de la Crumb
Campfire Smoked Trout via Dirty Gourmet
Cajun Shrimp Boil Foil Packets via Julie's Eats & Treats


Side Dishes

Grilled Smashed Potatoes via Serious Eats
Ember-Roasted Corn & Leeks via BON APPÉTIT
Grilled Mixed Mushrooms w/Sesame Dressing via Serious Eats
Simple Grilled-Potato Salad w/Grilled-Lemon Vinaigrette via Serious Eats
Cheesy Asparagus One Pot Orzo via Fresh Off the Grid
Smoked Chili Queso Corn on the Cob via The Bald Gourmet
Classic Caprese Salad via Serious Eats
Grilled Bread Salad w/Sweet Peppers & Onions via Epicurious


Breakfast

Brown Butter Blueberry Dutch Baby via The Kitchen Paper
Pancakes w/Campfire Grilled Peaches & Pecans via Fresh Off the Grid
Tomato-Basil Sauce w/Polenta via BON APPÉTIT
Dutch Oven Jalapeno Cheddar Crusty Bread via 50 Campfires
Frittata w/Cherry Tomatoes, Basil & Cheddar via The Year in Food
Date & Desert Honey Breakfast Polenta via Fresh Off the Grid
Mushroom, Leek, and Fontina Frittata via BON APPÉTIT
Dutch Baby Pancake w/Caramelized Pears via Chowhound
Dutch Oven Bacon Cheese Pull Aparts via Rhodes Bread

Desserts 

Grilled Fruit Skewers w/Spicy Maple Cumin Glaze via Epicurious
Check out this great guide with tips & more recipes at Nola.com
Peach-Blackberry Camp Cake via BON APPÉTIT
No-Bake Bourbon Peach Cobbler via Fresh Off the Grid
Toasted Pound Cake w/Pineapple & Coconut Rum Caramel via Dirty Gourmet
Homemade Marshmallows via BON APPÉTIT
- You can make your campfire s'mores even better w/gourmet chocolate, flavored marshmallows, fresh strawberries, or switching out your graham crackers for gingersnaps or chocolate cookies.

Small Bites & Appetizers

Caprese Quinoa Grilled Stuffed Mushrooms w/ Balsamic Glaze via The Recipe Hearth
Coal-Roasted Chuckbox Pozole-Stuffed Onions via The Nibble
Caramelized Tomato Tarte Tatin à la Clark via Fake Food Free
Sausage & Fennel Grilled Pizza via The Bald Gourmet
Grilled Oysters w/Flavored Butter via Serious Eats
Dutch Oven Cornbread w/Fig Jam via BON APPÉTIT
Grilled Pizza w/Pears, Fresh Pecorino, & Walnuts via Epicurious
Grilled Artichokes w/Lemon Garlic Aioli via Dirty Gourmet

Cocktails & Other Drinks

Peach-Infused Moonshine via BON APPÉTIT
Blackberry Citrus Old Fashioned Cocktail via Fresh Off the Grid
Grilled Summer Smash via Serious Eats
Grilled Pineapple Daiquiri via Chowhound
New-New Bloody Mary via BON APPÉTIT
Ultra-Flavorful Fresh Limeade via Serious Eats (Non-alcoholic)
Roasted Strawberry Mojito via Domesticate Me
Grilled Lemonade via Serious Eats (Non-alcoholic)


Once you've got what you're going to eat & drink settled you'll need somewhere to sleep. We looked & we were a little bit surprised to find a lot of our State Parks offer cabins with private hot tubs deep in the woods, and romantic locations along the beach for cabin & rustic camping. Below you'll find a comprehensive list of the most romantic state parks in the United States.

State Park Cabins with Hot Tubs

Petit Jean State Park, Arkansas
Mount Magazine State Park, Arkansas
The Garden & Laurel Cottages in Smithgall Woods State Park, Georgia
Salt Fork State Park, Ohio (The romantic Lakeside Cabin is featured below!)

Lakeside Cabin @ Salt Fork State Park
Beach Camping Spot @ Gulf State Park, Alabama

State Parks with Cabins on the Beach


Gulf State Park, Alabama (See This Post about how romantic this park is!)
Cape Henlopen State Park, Deleware
Cayo Costa State Park. Florida
Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area, Hawaii
Fountainbleau State Park, Lake Pontchartrain, Louisiana
Sebago Cabin Camp - Harriman State Park, Lake Sebago, New York
Cama Beach State Park, Washington

State Parks with Tent Camping on the Beach

Dockweiler State Beach, California
Doheny State Beach, California
Jalama Beach County Park, California
Point Mugu State Park, California
Refugio State Beach, California
San Elijo State Beach, California
Beach Tent Campsite @ Polihale State Park, HI
Dry Tortugas National Park, Florida
San Onofre State Beach, California
Everglades National Park, Florida
Grayton Beach State Park, Florida
Long Key State Park, Florida
Nāpali Coast State Park Hawaii
Polihale State Park, Hawaii
Assateague Island National Seashore, Maryland
Cape Lookout National Park, North Carolina
Hammocks Beach State Park, North Carolina
Nehalem Bay State Park, Oregon
Galveston Island State Park, Texas
Mustang Island State Park, Texas
Padre Island National Seashore, Texas
Shi Shi Beach National State Park, Washington

And finally - for the best camping experience you're going to need the best gear. You can find everything you need below from glamping canvas tents to water shoes below.

Dream House Heavy Duty Round Canvas Safari Tent
Glamping & Comfort Camping Gear

Dream House Heavy Duty Round Canvas Safari Tent - $479.00

Warm White Crystal Ball Solar Outdoor String Lights - $5.99

O2 Cool 5" Battery Operated Clip Fan Grey - $18.99

Desert Breeze XL Sheepskin Rug - $89.99

Stansport Bahamas Single Cotton Hammock - $22.99

GSI Outdoors Java Press Coffee Maker - $44.44

Wise Owl Outfitters Talon Hammock Straps - $21.95

Cotton Craft Recycled Jute & Cotton 4' Chindi Rug - $39.99

Camp Alloy 26" Folding Bike 21 Speed Dual Suspension Mountain Bike - $320.00

O2 Cool Battery Powered Indoor/Outdoor 10" Fan - $27.95

Timbuktoo King Size Mosquito Net Canopy - $219.97 - Sleep under the stars!

Lightweight Teton Camp Pillow w/Supersoft Elite Fill & Flannel Pillowcase (12.8 oz) - $12.54

Otentik Beach SunShade
Beach Camping Gear

Otentik Beach SunShade W/Sandbag Anchors - $95.00

Set of 2 Tommy Bahama Backpack Cooler Chairs w/Storage Pouch & Towel Bar - $102.84

ONIVA Picnic Time 'Beachcomber' Portable Beach Mat - $33.98

CGear Sand-Free Multimat w/Camping Stake D-Rings - 6x6' - $42.00

Kahuna 'Next Gen' Parachute Beach Blanket, Quick Drying & Sand Proof - 8x8' - $32.99

Sea Sox Ladies Water Shoes - $11.99 or Aleader Women's Water Shoes - $19.99

Crocs Men's Swiftwater Sandals - $30 or Atika Men's Sport Water Sandals - $9.99

Coleman 8 Person Tenaya Lake Fast Pitch Tent
Tent Camping Gear

Coleman 8 Person Tenaya Lake Fast Pitch Cabin Tent w/Closet - $156.23

The Rocky Peak Ultralight Camping Hammock w/Ropes - $29.99

Lightspeed 2 Person PVC-Free Air Mattress w/Rechargeable Battery - $72.85

Therm-a-Rest Compressible Pillow w/Brushed Polyester Case - $19.95

Suaok Crank & USB Powered Collapsible  Lantern/Flashlight w/Rechargeable Battery - $12.99

Red Cross Crank-Powered Flashlight & Cell Phone Charger - $14.24 ( Not iPhone Compatible)

Brolar Crank & USB Powered AM/FM Radio, Flashlight, & Cell Phone Charger - $28.90

Eggcellent Egg & Lemon Solid Shampoo Bar
Outdoor Hygiene Essentials

Beauty & the Bees Tasmania Eggcellent Egg & Lemon Solid Shampoo Bar - $9.95

Beauty & the Bees Tasmania Honey Silk Solid Hair Conditioner Bar - $`19.95

Beauty & the Bees Lemon Barley Soap Scrub - $7.95

Womel Travel Toothbrush - $21.99 (Twist for toothpaste!)

Relefree Microfiber Towel Set w/Mesh Bag - $13.99

3M Ultrathon Insect Repellent Lotion, 2-Oz. - $7.74

Advanced Elements 5 Gallon Summer Shower / Solar Shower - $29.95

*Image Credit, Top to Bottom & Left to Right; Hot Tub Cabin via Cedar Creek Rentals, Dutch Oven Chicken Marbella via Fresh Off the Grid, Simple Grilled-Potato Salad With Grilled-Lemon Vinaigrette via Serious Eats, Brown Butter Blueberry Dutch Baby via The Kitchen Paper, Toasted Pound Cake w/Pineapple & Coconut Rum Caramel via Dirty Gourmet, Sausage & Fennel Grilled Pizza via The Bald Gourmet, Lakeside Cabin via Salt Fork State Park Lodgings, Gulf State Park Campsite via Yellow Hammer News, Polihale Beach Camping via Hawaii Magazine, Bell Tent via Happy Glamper, Otentik Sunshade via GetaGadget, Coleman Tenaya Lake Fast Pitch Cabin via Wholesale Patio Store, Eggcellent Egg Lemon Shampoo Bar via Beauty & The Bees

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