It was 8 degrees outside, not exactly ideal camping weather for a city girl with a penchant for luxury accommodations. However, I have found the most luxurious way to camp—a high-end luxury resort with glamping lodgings, soft adventure and even fine dining. Yes, you read that right. Here are all the details on glamping at Long Point Eco-Adventures in Norfolk County, Ontario.
- What is Long Point Eco-Adventures?
- Long Point Eco-Adventures Health & Safety
- Getting to Long Point Eco-Adventures
- Long Point Eco-Adventures Glamping Accommodations
- My Glamping Experience at Long Point Eco-Adventures
- Dining at Long Point Eco-Adventures
- Evening Activities at Long Point Eco-Adventures
- Daytime Activities Available at Long Point Eco-Adventures
- Luxury Glamping Worth the Splurge
What is Long Point Eco-Adventures?
Long Point Eco-Adventures is an outdoor hotel committed to an environmentally protective mission, offering outdoor adventures and accommodations that leave a smaller carbon footprint. This Eco-Stay certified facility delivers on this task, but they don’t compromise on ensuring a girl has everything she needs to enjoy her camping stay.
Long Point Eco-Adventures Health & Safety
For the latest health and safety measures taken at the resort, visit their update page here.
Getting to Long Point Eco-Adventures
From Toronto, take Highway 401 West to Highway 403. Follow Highway 403 West to Highway 6 in Hamilton. Take Highway 6 South to St John’s Rd E. Follow St John’s Rd E(Norfolk 3) to Hwy 24 and Turkey Point Rd 10 to Long Point Eco-Adventures.
Long Point Eco-Adventures Glamping Accommodations
There are several glamping accommodations you can choose from at this eco-friendly resort which include:
- Safari Tents
- Glamping Pods
- Cottage/Cabin Rentals
Long Point Eco-Adventures Wilderness Suite Tents
A huge safari tent with either a king or queen bed and a full bathroom. The canvas tent has running water and is powered by hydro. For more details, read on – my experience and photos are below.
Wilderness Pods at Long Point Eco-Adventures
For those looking for more budget-friendly accommodations, there are also Wilderness Pods available. These are wooden structures with a bed or two, a small powder room 1/2 bathroom, running water and hydro. When glamping in a pod, you have access to outdoor external shower stalls. The Elite pod, however, has a full bathroom available.
Elite Glamping Pod: This wooden hut-like wilderness pods feature a queen bed and a full bathroom.
Deluxe Glamping Pod (single): This wooden hut features a queen bed, pull-out couch, 1/2 bath, hydro, a private fire pit and shower stall access.
Deluxe Glamping Pod (cluster): Perfect for groups & families. Access to 2-3 pods with beds, pull-out couch, 1/2 bath, hydro, with a private fire pit & shower stall access.
Mabee Marsh Cabin: Equipped with four bedrooms, a full bathroom, kitchen, and fireplace. Beach volleyball court & bbq on the property. (max occupancy: 11)
The Burning Kiln Farmhouse: A 150-year-old farmhouse restored to its original charm. The property has a kitchen, living space and scenic views of the winery. (Max occupancy: 6 people, 2 guests/room).
My Glamping Experience at Long Point Eco-Adventures
My first sign that I was not just staying in just a simple tent was the sliding glass door entrance. Inside I felt like I had just walked into a hotel suite complete with hardwood floors, overhead lighting, a fridge, heater and more.
The main room inside the wilderness tent had a small refrigerator, a space heater, table and chairs set and hooks to hang your things. There were both solar lights and electrical lights inside and even a station where you can plug in your phone for charging.
I have to mention that my huge bed had two heating blankets under the comforter. So if sharing the mattress with someone, you can each adjust your side of the bed to your comfort. I had the toasty bed all to myself, and it was heaven.
Then I walked around the bed into another room inside the tent. The bathroom complete with a mirror, electricity, towels, a flushable toilet, a hanging lamp and a sink with running water.
There was also a zippered door that led to an outdoor shower stall. I have dreamed about showering in an outdoor shower stall like this. Not the ones with cold water that you pour on your head, no this one featured a 7-minute heated water supply.
I am pretty sure this was the quickest shower I have ever taken. It was 8 degrees outside, so I prepped the towels and robe inside the warm heated tent, set the thermal bed blankets to high and then unzipped the bathroom shower door.
I turned the water on and made my way to the stream of hot water. I wish I had set a timer. But I spun under the water, lathered, twirled again and jumped back inside the tent. Bucket list item to shower outdoors: COMPLETED!
Dining at Long Point Eco-Adventures
Breakfast at Long Point Eco-Adventures
We had a full breakfast buffet in the dining cabin near the entrance to the resort. This breakfast buffet included eggs, bread, cereal, yogurt, fresh juices, hot coffee and more—all inside the warm cabin with lots of tables and chairs for guests. There is also a patio overlooking the marsh.
Dinner at Burning Kiln Winery
A city girl with a preference for luxury things doesn’t want to eat hot dogs by a fire. So, although hotdogs were an option, I chose to get a lift with the staff at the Long Point Eco-Adventures resort across the street to the Burning Kiln Winery.
At Burning Kiln, I feasted on a fine dining meal which included: Lake Erie Perch & Pickerel Fish Cakes, Korean Fried Cauliflower and Arancini with Marinara and Parmesan Reggiano appetizers. I don’t think I would have dreamed of ordering a steak dinner during a camping trip in a million years. Yet, here we were glamping and feasting on Beef Tenderloin with Horseradish Mayo and Local Berry Butter.
Even the Cheese Burger came with fancy Yam Frites. The best part about having dinner at a winery is you get to sample their wine while dining. Then the Long Point staff show up in the little golf cart, and you get a ride back to your wilderness suite.
The reception area had a shop with some essentials, including water bottles, hats and other camping supplies you may have missed.
Evening Activities at Long Point Eco-Adventures
There were many activities and experiences available during my stay at the resort. When we returned from dinner, we decided to head to the Long Point Eco-Adventures Observatory.
Campfire and Observatory
At the main building, a roaring fire was starting, and staff were sharing marshmallows for roasting. In addition, many of the tents and pods have individual campfire pits where you can have a private party.
You will notice the dim lighting of the main building at night. This lighting allows staff in the observatory to run you through a stargazing tour with their supermassive telescope. I saw Jupiter and Saturn for the first time, but then pesky cloud cover cut our star-watching experience short. These tours are available for an additional fee, weather permitting.
Daytime Activities Available at Long Point Eco-Adventures
You can visit Long Point Eco-Adventures not just for stays but to enjoy the outdoors in one of their many activities. From bike and kayak rentals to hikes and zip lining, you’ll enjoy a day’s visit to the site and likely add staying there to your bucket list.
- Axe Throwing
- Nature Walks
If you are looking for more things to do in the area be sure to check out my post Take a Day Trip from Toronto and Discover Things to do in Norfolk County Ontario.
Hike the Trails at Long Point
Waking up in the morning, post super refreshing outdoor shower, I made my way to the breakfast buffet for a cup of coffee and then went on a bit of hike on the trails around the resort. There are many trails of various difficulties, and some are even ideal for mountain biking.
Zip Lining and Canopy Tours
Ziplining is available at the resort to guests (for an additional fee), and people were just coming for the daytime activities. The 2-hour zip line and canopy tour include eight zip lines, two suspension bridges, 14 platforms and a 40-foot rappel.
Luxury Glamping Worth the Splurge
I don’t mind spending a little more on luxury hotels, and I certainly see the value in this fantastic dream glamping escape. A warm, comfortable bed, super friendly staff, the beauty of nature, some unusual activities like stargazing and a fine dining meal with great locally made Ontario wine! Just the perfect dream escape for me!
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Travel assistance provided by Norfolk County Tourism and Ontario’s Southwest on a media press trip. However, the opinions in this post are my own.