Want to enjoy the great outdoors, but could do without the bugs, dirt, and mosquito spray? There’s a new trend changing the game.
It’s glamping. The word itself is an amalgamation of glamour and camping. Think of it as the natural beauty of Mother Nature with just the right amount of modern luxury thrown in.
In other words, glamping offers the benefits and fun of camping without the hassle. You don’t have to sacrifice your showers, comfy bedding or food that’s not pork and beans. And thanks to Long Cove Resort on Lake Wylie, the trend that started on the West Coast has made its way to our neck of the woods. Long Cove Resort not only boasts its own tiny house community for glamping but also features a beach cove, lakefront cottages, RV campground, marina and more.
“You’re going to laugh about this a little bit,” says Rebekah Converti, co-owner of Long Cove Resort. “But the concept of Dirty Dancing inspired me.”
When Converti came to the now-location of Long Cove, there was just a campsite, marina and pool.
“I thought this could be so much more, and families could come here to reconnect,” she says. “I talked to the people on the West Coast who did glamping, and they recommended bringing it here, to the East Coast.”
Long Cove Resort officially opened its first seven cabins February 2017. And the resort’s home on Lake Wylie makes it a big draw for glampers who want it all, both relaxation and adventure.
Long Cove prides itself on offering the whole package to local guests on a staycation or out-of-towners. The pool—featuring a 12-foot deep end, right on the lake—has recently undergone a $130,000 makeover. And outdoor patios, including a 2,000-square-foot BBQ patio, are available for weddings, corporate events or family reunions.
“We also have a number of boating activities, like pontoon rentals and wakeboarding, if you want a little adventure,” Converti says.
But what makes Long Cove truly one-of-a-kind? Converti says it’s their hotel-style amenities and picture-perfect sunsets from their private beach cove.
“Being able to enjoy a glass of wine and watch the sunset,” she says. “It’s something you can technically do anywhere, but to be on our beach, overlooking the lake, is really special because the view is amazing.”
Converti adds: “Other places have cabins and cool experiences, but Long Cove serves Starbucks coffee, our beds are all Memory Foam and all of our bedding is made by a local hospitality company.”
Above all, Long Cove puts the spotlight on hospitality, providing kitchenware, television, WiFi, and Netflix to guests for a personal, luxurious experience.
“We try to go above and beyond,” she says. “A lot of honeymooners come here, and we’ve had four people get engaged here this year already. And when you get engaged here, you get flowers and champagne because we want guests to feel like they’re getting a personalized experience.”
Guests can stay in a suite, right on the water, for as little as $109 per night (though a minimum two-night stay is required). The resort features several different suites – their most expensive is a $250 rental that sleeps up to eight.
Al though Long Cove’s bread and butter is its comfortable, upscale offerings, Converti says that the biggest tip she gives guests is simple: Get outside.
“Go explore, go fishing, just go out there and enjoy being together in the outdoors,” she says. “Really this place is about disconnecting to reconnect. I have found the people who really just spent time being here, cracking open a book or having a conversation, relaxing and having fun, get the most out of Long Cove.”
“You don’t have to bring anything—you can just come and be.”
Long Cove Resort on Lake Wylie
14629 Rainbarrel Road #5
Charlotte, NC 28278
Photos by Yah Photography