While sifting through the 90-page staff report about Mariposa County's upcoming agritourism codes, I stumbled upon the following paragraph: "Additions have been made to the definition of 'glamping' to clarify how glamping differs from camping."
I first read about glamping--glamorous camping--sometime last year in a Wall Street Journal article. I rolled my eyes, chalked it up to a reporter stretching too far to find a new trend, and forgot all about it. Until this week.
As it turns out, glamping is serious business. There's a website, GoGlamping.com, that talks about "luxurious tents complete with camp butlers" in Montana, and "four-course fine dining dinners with wine and a massage therapist on site" in Sydney. Closer to home, glampers can pay $200 a day to stay in a four-room open air cabin with a spa and fully-equipped kitchen near Joshua Tree National Park, or $155 per night for a yurt with a view of the Pacific Ocean near Big Sur.
Understandably, Mariposa County wants a piece of that action. If the new codes are adopted, glampers there will be subject to a transient occupancy tax, just like they would if they stayed in a hotel.