Glamping offers a softer side of camping in the great outdoors

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PAOLA, Kan. -- The Fourth of July tends to be a popular time for people to go camping. Now in Paola, there's an option for people who don't really want to rough it.

Chickens, ducks, and a garden ripe with fruit dot a place that looks your average farm, but it is just a part of the Glamping experience at Hoot Owl Hill.

It's where people come for a little glamorous camping. It's the only way to get Michelle Gabriel close to the outdoors to celebrate her ninth anniversary with her husband Josh.

“He thought it was where you have people serve you and eat fancier. I would say it's where you're not sleeping on the floor in a gross tent,” she said.

The novelty of Glamping was what drew the couple to try it out.

“I'd never heard of it anywhere. We’re in the Midwest, so I was cautiously optimistic,” Josh said.

Their tent looks like a page out of Pinterest, a web site where ideas are collected and shared. Brenda Wrischnik thought outside the box and was inspired.

“All of a sudden I find this bell tent and I thought, ‘oh my gosh, that's it!” she said.

Glampers share the 14 acres with various livestock, but it's a small price to pay for a glamorous time. The place even has an outdoor bathroom.

“You kind of just show up. You're waited on and pampered a little bit more than what you typically think is camping or roughing it,” Josh said.

The couple spent $200 for a night and a home cooked meal. This is the first full Glamping season and Wrischnik hopes it won’t be the last.

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