By Evie Carrick
Nov 14, 2022
LIFE’S SHORT — there’s no need to spend it in another cookie-cutter vacation rental. At least that’s the thinking behind Hipcamp, a company that connects travelers with unique stays across the globe. Through Hipcamp, you can stay in an A-frame cabin near the Grand Canyon, or a campsite near a surf break in New Zealand.
Finding exactly what you want is as easy as clicking a few boxes. In addition to drilling down by location, amenities, and lodging type, you can search by landscape (beach, lake, forest, etc.) and nearby activities (surf, snow sports, biking, etc.). So, if you’re looking for a glass-enclosed dome in the English countryside or a mountain cabin near a hot spring, you’re in luck.
Hipcamp’s latest addition to the “landscape” search menu is a farm filter that searches for farms, vineyards, and grazing lands with campsites, glamping stays, tree houses, cabins, and other unique, outdoorsy stays.
“The first-of-its-kind filter sorts through more than 450,000 available campsites, glamping stays, tree houses, cabins, and more to reveal sites located on working lands,” Hipcamp CEO Alyssa Ravasio told Travel + Leisure via email.
In addition to connecting travelers with nature, the farm filter also bridges the gap between consumers and the people who grow and raise our food.
“Building community between campers and the people who steward agricultural lands is how we begin to understand the complexity of our food web and local cultures,” Ravasio continued. “We hear from so many of our hosts that their guests take a farm tour, then get really excited about regenerative agriculture and understand at a much deeper level why it might be worth spending extra for farmed tomatoes, pasture-raised eggs, organic produce, and more.”
The relationship between guest and host tends to be a reciprocal one. At Smoky Mountain Mangalitsa River Camp, for example, Ravasio said guests stay in a glamping tent with Egyptian cotton linens and views of the pasture, while the hosts use the money they make to keep their 95-acre pig farm in operation.
“I’ve come to realize that the income from outdoor recreation can play a critical role in supporting the restoration and protection of our planet’s biodiversity. Recreation creates a new income stream that supports those who are supporting the land,” Ravasio said. “Hipcamp makes it possible to see the reality of regenerative agriculture up close and personal, and nothing compares to that lived experience.”
Other standout Hipcamp farm stays include Heartwood Farm & Cidery in Canada, where guests are welcomed with a glass of farm-fresh cider and can cuddle baby pigs, pick fruit, and join in on farm chores, or the remote camping found on Jacaranda Hill Farm in Australia, which has ocean views, great fly fishing, and farm-fresh eggs and honey.
No stay you’ll find on Hipcamp is ordinary — and that’s exactly what makes its offerings so spectacular.
“One of our core beliefs at Hipcamp is that getting outside is essential to a happy and healthy human life,” Ravasio said. “Everything you’ll find on Hipcamp — from an RV site on a winery, to a tent site on a nature preserve, to a tree house — has this connection with nature in common.”
All photos courtesy of Hipcamp.