There are two camps when it comes to glamping. Some claim the glamorous alternative to real camping misses the point; it’s supposed to be a dirty, stripped-down, life-affirming challenge. Others see glamping as an inviting alternative for those who normally shy away from camping and who prefer home-like comforts with their outdoor experiences.

Whichever way you feel, it’s hard to deny the charming vacation potential of the new glamping opportunities at Lost Hill Lake in St. Clair, Missouri. The 200-acre property, just a short drive from St. Louis, recently opened four glamping spots that include a repurposed bus that sleeps five, two refurbished Apache campers that sleep four each, and a canvas bell tent with a queen-sized bed for two.

All the accommodations nuzzle up next to — or, in the case of the bell tent, rest on a peninsula on — the property’s 15-acre private lake. Lost Hill Lake also features access to the Meramec River, a hiking trail that provides scenic views, and a 3-acre black walnut grove.

The four glamping spots, which can be reserved on AirBnb, have access to an outdoor restroom and shower house with hot water and a community kitchen with refrigerator, toaster, grill, sink, and coffee station. They also include porches with outdoor lighting, picnic tables, fire pits, and access to equipment like kayaks, paddleboards, and small boats.

If all that isn’t enough to keep your party entertained, Lost Hill Lake also offers float trips and catered plant-based meals, made with ingredients from the family garden. Lost Hill Lake glamping is kid- and pet-friendly. Learn more and reserve accommodations at