State Parks, company offer glamping option at Moran State Park

For some people, the thought of pitching a tent on the hard ground and crawling into a sleeping bag for the night just isn’t appealing.

For those folks, and other campers looking for a little more comfort, Washington State Parks has teamed up with Wanderlust Camps to offer deluxe camping at Moran State Park on Orcas Island.

Better known as “glamping,” visitors to the park can just pack their bags and arrive to find a fully outfitted canvas-wall tent. The furnishings include a queen-size bed and a mattress fitted with luxury linens.

Wanderlust Camps, which is based on the island, will set up the amenities for campers who reserve any of the five glamping sites in the South End Loop of the park. Two of the sites will accommodate two people, and three sites can accommodate up to four people.

Costs range from $119-$219 per night before tax.

The fully furnished tents come with linens, beddings, towels, bedside tables, a larger indoor table and chairs, picnic table and a fire ring with grill top.

Along with renting a tent, glampers can also order adds on such as place settings ($11 for two people), morning coffee delivery ($9 a delivery) and a campfire kit that includes four roasting sticks ($9).

The tents also are pet and smoke free.

Moran State Park is known for its views from 2,409-foot Mount Constitution. The 5,579-acre park also offers RV and tent camping, hiking on 38 miles of trails, horse and bike trails, non-motorized boating, freshwater fishing and swimming.

Visitors to Orcas Island also enjoy sea kayaking, whale watching and cycling, along with views of Puget Sound.

This will be the first season the company has offered its tents at Moran State Park. In the past, the company offered its glamping tents at Spencer Spit State Park on Lopez Island and Deception Pass State Park on Whidbey and Fidalgo islands.

Eric Watilo, State Parks’ northwest region manager, said in a new release the new partnership represents the agency’s progress on its transformation strategy, an initiative focused on sustaining the park system.

“Arrangements like this one with Wanderlust Camps help with transformation by allowing us to meet public recreation needs while ensuring that we meet the stewardship part of our mission and protect the natural resources in parks,” Watilo said in the release. “This new activity helps us do our part to earn revenues in balance with public funding to operate the park system. We’re excited to be offering glamping at Moran, and we think it’s going to be a popular option for people.”