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Posted on: April 20, 2015

15-018 A new way to stay at Moran State Park: Glamping

Experience the beauty of nature with a hint of luxury

OLYMPIA – April 20, 2015 – The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission has teamed up with Wanderlust Camps to offer a new style of luxury camping at Moran State Park on Orcas Island.

It’s called “glamping”—a style of camping that’s been gaining popularity in recent years. Overnighters visiting the beautiful park on Orcas Island can simply pack a bag and leave the sleeping bags, tents and other camping gear behind. Visitors can enjoy the island and park and look forward to a night of luxury in a classic canvas-wall tent featuring tasteful furnishings, a cushy queen-size bed and comfortable mattress fitted with luxury linens.

Wanderlust Camps, based on Orcas Island, sets up the amenities for campers who reserve any of the five glamping sites in the South End Loop of Moran State Park. Two of the sites are outfitted to accommodate two people, and there are three sites that accommodate up to four. Costs for two “glampers” range from $119 to $219 per night before tax.

Scott Hale, chief experience officer of Wanderlust Camps said, “This collaboration provides a great opportunity for State Parks and Wanderlust to serve up a new kind of outdoor experience in one of the finest state parks in the country.”

Eric Watilo, State Parks’ Northwest Region Manager, said that for Parks, the new partnership represents the state 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. “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.”

Visitors may reserve a glamping tent by calling (360) 298-1684 or online at www.WanderlustCamps.com.

About Moran State Park
The park is well-known for its incredible views and variety of activities, including RV and tent camping, hiking, horse and bike trails, non-motorized boating, freshwater fishing and swimming. For more information, visit: http://www.parks.wa.gov/547/Moran

About Wanderlust CampsBased locally in Olga on Orcas Island, Wanderlust Camps specializes in redefining, reimagining and reinventing camping and creating a guest experience that’s authentic, effortless and inspiring. Visit them online at www.WanderlustCamps.com. , where links to social media also are available.

Orcas Island in the San Juans is renowned for kayaking, whale watching and cycling, along with breathtaking views, art and good food. The San Juans were recognized in 2014 by “Travel & Leisure” as No. 2 of World’s Best Islands and in 2013 by Lonely Planet as No. 3 among Top 10 US Destinations.

Updated 4/22/15 Other Glamping in State Parks
Millersylvania State Park, south of Olympia, also offers glamping cabins, run by Pampered Wilderness. Cabins may be reserved online at: http://pamperedwilderness.com/.

About Washington State Parks
The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission manages more than 100 state parks and properties totaling approximately 120,000 acres. The Commission provides a variety of recreation opportunities for citizens and provides stewardship protection for a diverse array of natural, cultural and historic resources. State Parks’ statewide programs include long-distance trails, boating safety and winter recreation.

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Share your favorite state park adventure on the State Parks’ blog site at www.AdventureAwaits.com.

Support state parks by purchasing your annual Discover Pass today, and enjoy a whole year of outdoor fun on Washington’s beautiful state-managed recreation lands. For more information, visit www.discoverpass.wa.gov.

Media contacts:Virginia Painter (360) 902-8562
Scott Hale, Wanderlust Camps, (360) 298-1684Wash. Telecommunications Relay Service: (800) 833-6388

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