As a Brooklyn girl, I’ve already had my share of roughing it, which is why spending time in the wilderness on somebody’s dirt floor never appealed to me. But glamping? That’s always been more my style. From luxury tents in the redwoods at Ventana Big Sur to copper clawfoot tubs at The Resort at Paws Up, I’ve always enjoyed a little luxe with my nature, and now it seems I have another glamping spot to add to the roster…and it’s Black woman-owned!!
Camp Bespoke is a new majority Black woman-owned $3 million dollar campsite in Kentucky designed to introduce a new, comfort-seeking generation to the joys of camping. It will feature hotel-like accommodations and amenities, including air conditioning, wifi, and private bathrooms stocked with scented toiletries. As for the accommodations, when the site opens in early October it will include a dozen Native American-style luxury tipis with enough room to sleep six to eight people and will go for about $225 a night. And before you go screaming appropriation, Camp Bespoke will be donating a portion of proceeds from every tipi booking to the local Native American Museum, and that’s in addition to donating money from overall bookings to Black Soil, a nonprofit dedicated to helping local Black farmers and producers.
Tipis not your style? Book the 350-square-foot cabins that can hold four to six people, and will go for $175 a night. There will also be smaller cottages going for about $150 a night. Basically, something for everyone. And this is just the beginning. The second phase of Camp Bespoke is expected to be completed next spring and will include an additional six cabins with pools, six additional tipis, as well as a conference center, event pavilion, and an outdoor amphitheater.
If you’re concerned about protecting yourselves and your loved ones during the COVID-19 pandemic, don’t worry. The team at Camp Bespoke has hired the cleaning and sanitizing company Ecolab to ensure the campsites are safe and sanitary at all times. Traveling safely is a top priority!
So just what are bougie Black folk supposed to do in the woods of Kentucky besides have flashbacks of Lovecraft Country? The ladies have thought of that too. There will be food, wine and bourbon experiences, culinary classes, movie nights, live entertainment, and of course, horseback riding.
Kentucky has never really been on my list of dream getaways, but I can definitely see a weekend of shenanigans happening here with friends, so I’ll be adding this glamping adventure to the 2021 travel wish list asap.