FP Escapes: Inside Glacier Under Canvas

FP Escapes: Inside Glacier Under Canvas

Get a glimpse inside the breathtaking campground, home to our August FP Escapes retreat

Where peaks touch sky, glaciers move earth, waterfalls carve rock, and wildlife roam free… Welcome to Glacier Under Canvas, and home to our August FP Escapes retreat. Glacier Under Canvas takes camping to a whole new level, with luxury tents and endless mountain views giving you the opportunity to camp without ditching the comforts of home. Still not convinced to join us this August? Read below our conversation with Crystal McDonald from the Under Canvas team to help make the trip to Montana that much more desirable. 

We love your mission statement, “To enrich lives by enabling people to share experiences in the outdoors in comfort and style.” Could you tell us a little more on how Under Canvas continues bring this mission to life. 

Being outdoors definitely inspires, restores and connects people!  Adventuring in the wild doesn’t come easy for everyone, but experiencing the outdoors also doesn’t have to mean “roughing it.” We provide unforgettable experiences and believe that immersing yourself in nature strengthens relationships and fosters environmental consciousness. Not to mention it allows you to decompress from the daily demands of being so connected!

Can you share with us some of the things that Glacier Under Canvas guests would be privy to: tours/activities/etc.?

We offer many fun activities that our guests can enjoy, like whitewater rafting and canoeing, stand-up paddle boarding, horseback riding, guided backcountry tours to Glacier Lake, even cowboy cookouts. Did I also mention Llama Trekking?  How cool is that!?  The park is nearly one million acres in size, so the list is virtually endless. You might even spot some cute bear cubs!

Under Canvas has a few other locations. Where are they located?

It’s so hard to pick a favorite because they’re all so fabulous!  Next month we are opening Under Canvas Zion, and our team has some really special things in the works!  I hear there’s going to be an amazing lobby tent with a fire pit and trees inside, a campfire-inspired restaurant AND a huge yoga platform with a meditation area! Each location is totally unique and incredible in its own way — but you guys already know that because you’ve visited our camps in Yellowstone and Moab!  Here’s some other exciting news too — we have more new locations rolling out in 2018, including Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

5 words that capture the essence of Glacier Under Canvas?

Adventure, relax, escape, inspire, discover.

Giving back is a huge part of who Under Canvas is. The months of May & June are blocked off specifically for hosting charitable camps. Could you tell us more about this? 

Yes, giving back is at the core of who we are!  We love sharing the gift of nature and we support organizations who work in partnership to offer that experience to children, youth and the disadvantaged.  Before our Glacier location opens each season, we host charitable camps and help provide the ultimate experience in the great outdoors — and when it comes to sleeping in a safari tent there is never a lack of excitement (or late-night laughter)!

Our mission to bridge society to the great outdoors is a priority. Organizations can always contact us for more information!

If Glacier Under Canvas had (or has) a spirit animal, what would it be?

A bear! They are wild and powerful creatures, yet beautiful and graceful.  And nothing says adventure like a bear!

What does the word free mean to you?

Not having a care in the world.  But more importantly, being confident and truly comfortable with yourself!

+ Join us in Glacier National Park this August! Book here today!! 

Want to learn more about our Glacier National Park Escape? Meet and stay up to date with our yoga teacher and holistic health coach, Maria, who will be joining us in Glacier NP!

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FP Escapes: Inside Maderas

FP Escapes: Inside Maderas

Get a glimpse inside this lush village retreat, and home to our June FP Escapes event

Do you long to do nothing, except for, say, an uninterrupted therapy session with the beach and listen to the trees blow in the wind? To sleep all day, until one of your friends wakes you for dinner with your own private chef? To surf, swim,and take in a yoga class before lunch? At Maderas Village in Nicaragua, any and all of that is possible. With FP Escapes giving you six nights and seven days to explore, how you spend your days is entirely up to you. Still on the fence about whether or not to make the trip there with us in June? Read below to see our conversation with Matt Dickinson, Founder of Maderas; Bill Quinn, General Manager for Maderas; Allison VanCleave, Director of Guest Services; and Caroline Copley, Yoga and Group Retreat Coordinator; and let them tell you why it’s worth it.

We love this quote on your site, “What began as a quest to create a place for friends and family to congregate has evolved into an idyllic boutique resort just off the beaten path in the Pacific coastal hills of Nicaragua.” What drew you to this place even then? And how did you facilitate its growth?

MD: Our goal with Maderas was to create various properties around the world that would all share similar atmospheres and familiar elements. The energy, culture, and legends surrounding Nicaragua made it a good place to start and coming from Toronto, NYC, and Belgium, respectively; my partners and I all wanted to do our first project in a place where there was sun, surf, beaches, and easy living. From the beginning we treated Maderas as a collaborative project, looking for feedback from our guests, staff, and friends to help shape the vision of what we were building and to help drive growth through word of mouth. In this way it has really always been a hotel for friends, by friends.

10 words that capture the essence of Maderas?

BQ: 

Kindred, vibrant, soft, companion, ambitious, extroverted, introverted, impulsive, charismatic, authentic.

If Maderas had (or has) a spirit animal, what would it be?

BQ: It’s more of a plant. Like an ancient tree you see around these parts, yet young.

Your most memorable moment here?

AV: I will never forget one particular night… we had crystal clear skies and brought out the telescope. That was the first time I saw with my own eyes the rings of Saturn, the great red spot on Jupiter, and four of Jupiter’s many moons. It was life-changing. And it was my favorite moment because I was sharing this experience with all of our guests, who were also seeing these planets for the first time… in the middle of the jungle…. on a Tuesday night.

Can you share with us some of the things that our Escapes guests will be privy to? Workshops/classes/etc?

AV: A Thai massage is a great way to expedite mental relaxation and put you straight into vacation mode. Your body is twisted and adjusted and pulled releasing all of this clogged energy built up from day-to-day stress.

Sustainability plays a huge part in your daily operations. How do you ensure that you tread lightly?

CC: Running the day-to-day operations here, you see just how much effort goes into each shower you take, dish you wash, device you plug in, etc. Consciously being aware and appreciative every time you do something that the environment is generously providing for, and living simply, is vital to daily treading lightly.

Words to live by/your mantra?

AV: “Words are singularly the most powerful force available to humanity. We can choose to use this force constructively with words of encouragement, or destructively using words of despair. Words have energy and power with the ability to help, to heal, to hinder, to hurt, to harm, to humiliate and to humble.” – Yehuda Berg

What does the word free mean to you?

AV: Free to me is the opportunity to create, explore, grow, and thrive to the beat of my own metronome.

+ Want to learn more about FP Escapes? Check out our past retreats here

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FP Escapes: Win a Trip to Nicaragua

FP Escapes: Win a Trip to Nicaragua

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