Great Tips Designed to Help Couples Have a Great Camping Experience

Great Tips Designed to Help Couples Have a Great Camping Experience

Keeping your relationship healthy and strong is far from easy. As you and your partner age, you will have to pursue separate interests to maintain your sanity. On average, couples spend around two hours a day with each other. Ideally, you want to share the interests you have with your soulmate to make your relationship healthier. If you have recently unlocked your love for the outdoors and want to take your partner camping, you need to plan out this experience in detail. 

Your main goal should be to provide your partner with a great camping experience. If they have a good time camping with you on the first go-around, they should have no problem going back in the future. Here are some things you need to keep in mind when trying to have a great camping experience with your significant other. 

Try Glamping First

The type of camping trip you plan for you and your soulmate will depend solely on their love of the outdoors. There are a number of people who simply don’t like “roughing it” outdoors. If your partner is one of these people, you have to find a way to make the camping experience more luxurious and comfortable. Glamping is a term used to describe the marriage of glamour and camping. 

Taking your love on a glamping trip will allow you to show them the joys of nature while staying in five-star accommodations. The team at Canyons and Chefs offers private chef glamping experiences that are one of a kind. Once you and your partner experience one of these trips, you will never want to camp any other way again. 

Go on Short Trips In The Beginning

If your partner has never been camping, then taking them on a week-long trip is a bad idea. Having unrealistic expectations for your first camping trip with your partner can lead to fights and lots of unwanted stress. This is why you need to get your soulmate comfortable with camping by starting small. Instead of going on a week-long camping trip, take your partner on an overnight excursion. 

With these shorter trips, you can avoid overwhelming your significant other. As you start to plan your first couples camping trip, be sure to ask your partner for input. 

Prepare For Meal Time

Some people think that camping involves depriving themselves of good food. In reality, there are a number of modern tools that make cooking in the wild easier than ever. Rather than leaving meal time on a camping trip to chance, you have to figure out your menu ahead of time. By doing this, you can get ingredients together and make plans to make each meal under the stars with your love. If you want to make eating on your camping trip easier, then hiring professionals to cater is a wise move. 

Do you want to plan the glamping trip of a lifetime? If so, check out the glamping experiences we have to offer. 

Sandwiches and Stuff

Sandwiches and Stuff

Sandwich rocks.

Have we got your attention?

Stay tuned because the sandwich rock is really a good example of what we try to do here at Canyons and Chefs, where we’re creating something new in the world of outdoor tour services. If you’ve never heard of “glamping” or experienced a gourmet outdoor meal, check us out – you’re in for a treat!

So what do we do?

Well…

The Earl of Sandwich

In the culinary world, the sandwich probably needs no introduction.

However, this portable meal is worth thinking about when you’re trying to innovate fine dining on the road.

Aeons ago, the first visionary slapped meat and cheese and whatever else was handy between two slices of bread, and the sandwich was born. Today it’s a billion-dollar industry, with endless permutations and ingredient lists as a major part of our daily diet – you probably have over a dozen sandwich shops within a few miles of wherever you live!

Sandwich Rocks

Sandwich rocks are a little different. Like the sandwich itself, they are ubiquitous, but in some ways, that’s where the comparisons end.

How do sandwich rocks come to be? Over time, rivers carry sediment through areas where small bits of stone coalesce on an original rock layer to form neat and interesting patterns that rock hounds can scrutinize to think about the history of a particular geological formation.

As one writer puts it at the University of Nebraska State Museum: “There are numerous times that the seas swept across our land and that sand and mud were deposited along with many layers of ash.”

What do these two things have in common? Maybe not a lot, unless you’re into culinary camping like we are!

At Canyons and Chefs, we like to haul our dutch ovens and portable cooking gear all over Arizona, Utah and the natural spaces of our region. We like to take people along, too. Our guests can check out the “goat’s favorite hikes” and enjoy some pop-up culinary experiences with fire, food and adventure for couples, or for the whole family.

These specialty trips often feature luxury outdoor living – an innovative concept that you have to experience to understand.

We also have special to trips, for example, going to a nearby site called The Wave where you can peruse special kinds of rock formations and enjoy a hearty meal.

Check out our trip calendar and more on the website, and let us know when you would like to visit. We have got special trips in store for you!

How to Make the Leap from Camping to Glamping

How to Make the Leap from Camping to Glamping

When it comes to buzz words, one that has emerged in the outdoor industry is “glamping.” Unlike camping, which is all about being one with nature and staying as minimal as possible, glamping is a way to enjoy a posh, luxurious experience, unlike anything you have ever experienced before. While glamping can be extravagant, it can also be simple, based on your preferences.

Glamping Defined

The word glamping was created by mashing “glamour” and “camping” together. Just like camping exists on a spectrum, glamping does too. You can find extremely luxurious options that rival five-star hotel rooms but in nature.

On the other end of the spectrum, which is where most glampers can be found, is when a person’s existing camping experience is upgraded so that rather than feeling like you are in the woods, you feel more like you are in the comfort of your home. With this glamping style, you can introduce someone new to camping to the great outdoors without throwing them into the trenches right away.

Camping vs. Glamping

The main factor that differentiates camping from glamping is how comfortable you are. With glamping, it can be said that you are semi-roughing it. However, there are no set rules with glamping.

Many campgrounds offer glamping sites now and, in some areas, the owner or staff even set up your campsite and provide certain luxuries. This includes things like a room in the tent for a closet to unpack your clothes or a spa-like private shower. However, just remember that each glamping experience is unique, so asking about the amenities and luxuries is a good idea to know what to expect.

If you plan your own glamping experience, you can add things like a larger tent, gourmet food, and cookware, or a better mattress. Adding stylish decorative touches is also part of the fun of glamping. For example, a string of LED twinkle lights and an elegant cocoon chair can turn your average campsite into a glamper’s dream.

There are a few tips that can help those who want to create their own glamping experience. Some of the top things to do to create your glamping campsite include:

  • Bring along cozy bedding
  • Take a source of entertainment
  • Set up special stations (i.e., drinks, food, etc.)
  • Cook gourmet meals
  • Create a comfortable living area
  • Add light to the glampsite
  • Add a few touches of home

Are You Ready for Your First Glamping Experience?

Are you ready to enjoy your first glamping experience? This may seem like a stretch for avid campers, but many have found they are hooked to this more glamorous camping style once they try it. However, for those new to camping or who are hesitant to stay all night outside, this is a great way to ease into it. Keep in mind that with glamping, you can customize the experience to your needs and preferences. You can also book a glamping experience at a park or campsite. Due to the popularity of this style of camping, more locations than ever before offer glamping experiences.

Outdoor Valentine’s Day Date Ideas

Outdoor Valentine’s Day Date Ideas

 

If you are looking for something different to do on Valentine’s Day, break away from the chocolates, and take your sweetheart outside. Spending time outdoors with your special someone, whether it’s your spouse, your best friend, your closest family member, or even yourself, is a great way to build memories, get fresh air, and enjoy this love-oriented special day. We have a few tips to make it one to remember:

  • Try a new activity.

Although many activities are limited and on lockdown due to COVID-19, there is still plenty you can do outdoors. If you can, select an activity that you’ve never done before. Whether it’s kayaking, rock climbing, or hiking, choose something new for you both. Call in advance to anywhere you’ve decided to plan for any preparations you need to do in advance. 

  • Go for a picnic.

We can certainly say, picnics haven’t been canceled yet. You may have to be flexible with your picnic location choices, but it’s a wonderful way to enjoy tasty food with someone you love. Don’t forget the flowers and the wine, of course! If you can’t find a safe locale to have your picnic, get creative and do your picnic out in the backyard. 

  • Have a luxury campout.

With Canyons and Chefs, you can go on an adventure for a day. You’ll be able to create memories in the outdoors with tasty food made by acclaimed chefs. You can enjoy comfort, solitude, and fresh air with our camping accommodations without skimping on the luxury.

  • Enjoy the snow.

One wonderful thing about Valentine’s Day being in February is that there is plenty of snow around for those that live near mountain areas. Enjoy the ski slopes or rent some snowshoes and have a day enjoying the crisp cold air. Suppose you don’t live near the mountains but get your share of snow, considering renting a sled for Valentine’s Day and find a nearby hill. It’s a great way to get in touch with your inner child and have a day to remember. 

  • Visit a National park.

Many National Park’s are open right now, so now is the time to have your dream Valentine’s Day vacation. Rent an RV or schedule a road trip to visit the one nearest to you that’s open. Plan to make a special dinner at home or a dinner out in the outdoors, and don’t forget a special bottle of wine to commemorate the occasion. 

With Valentine’s Day around the corner, you’ll want to make it a day to remember. Likely we’re all looking for a healthier way to celebrate your loved one, so have a day outside with the fresh air.

What Do Caramelized Onions and Gem Hounds Have In Common?

What Do Caramelized Onions and Gem Hounds Have In Common?

If you’re not familiar with Canyons and Chefs and what we do, finding the answer to this might have you scratching your head. Our exploration and glamping trips combine the beauty of the natural outdoor scenery with the comfort of good home cooking on the road, out under the open sky.

If you’ve never combined these two things, you should try it and see how it works. It’s a unique kind of experience that has many of our guests coming back as often as they are able.

The Joy of Outdoor Cooking

Outdoor cooking is a lot of fun, and the food often tastes better when you’re sitting outside.

For example, take the humble onion. When you’re chopping it in your kitchen, it’s kind of unappealing, until you get it onto the heat. In the outdoors, you get less of that onion-y smell in your nose, and by heating it the right way over an open flame, you get a nicely caramelized result, with all the sweetness and flavor that you crave.

Gem Hunting And More

After you fill your belly, you can explore some of the ancient infrastructure of our natural environments around Death Valley’s beautiful canyons and desert plateaus. These are just part of what you experience as you run around in this Utah area. You can also go hunting for gems!

Although it’s fun, rock hunting isn’t the only thing you can do outside, not by a long shot.

It’s really fun to hike some of these gorges and experience the majestic views that you get out in the fresh air.

One of the things that we think about when we put these trips together is finding an itinerary that works with our cooking schedule. By taking the extra time to get the details right, we really improve the experience for our guests, and that’s part of what distinguishes us from any other similar tour groups, not that there are many of them around.

The more you learn to understand the natural vistas and ecosystems of the area, the more value you’ll get out of one of these interesting trips around the wilds of Utah. And of course, you’ll do all of this with the assistance of professional chefs who know how to whip up a good spread – just take a look at what we did for Thanksgiving this past fall to get an idea of the kind of cuisine you can expect.

Bring your camera and comfortable shoes and tour outdoor Utah in style!