Design Destination: Grand View — Under Canvas Grand Canyon

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Years of living on the West Coast, with its emphasis on indoor outdoor living, has stoked our love of Mother Nature.  But, while hiking and camping have become two of our favorite past times, when it comes to combining these activities with our limited vacation time, we’d love to find a way that also takes into our account our need to feel pampered.  Which is where Under Canvas Grand Canyon comes in.  The outfit — which also offers its “tented hotels” in Moab, Yellowstone and Glacier — is opening their fourth itineration in July.

 Co-founded by Jake and Sarah Dusek in 2009, Under Canvas was born from a joint love affair with the African safari experience and a passion for design.  The idea was to create an immersive outdoor escape that would serve as a unique bridge between travel and nature. The latest location — Under Canvas Grand Canyon — is tucked alongside Arizona’s historic Route 66.  The first of its kind, it sits on 56 secluded acres just 40 minutes from the South Rim at the base of picturesque Bill Williams Mountain in Williams, Arizona, known as “The Gateway To The Grand Canyon”.  

Its rustic luxury accommodations are offered in three permanent wood and canvas tent categories — Safari, Deluxe and Suite — with amenities such as wood burning stoves, deluxe king beds, crisp white linens and Adirondack chairs for lounging beneath the stars.  The lavish safari tents also include ensuite bathrooms complete with eco friendly toiletries, a hot shower, sink and flushing toilets.  Suites also have the added luxury of cast iron roll top bathtubs. For those who have eco concerns, it should be noted that the entire property uses the daily equivalent of one full house. Of course, one of the pleasures of camping is the ability to cook outdoors.  No need to cart in provisions here; Under Canvas can provide you with everything. Restaurants are in easy walking distance and Under Canvas can arrange picnic lunches that are perfect for daytime excursions.   

Of course, accommodations are only one half of the story.  Under Canvas also offers excursions including whitewater rafting, horseback riding and scenic helicopter flights that ensure that the experience of this majestic place is as memorable as the scenery.  

For more information: www.undercanvas.com