MONUMENT • There’s still time in season to enjoy the great outdoors and camp in style at Monument.
Although glamping has been around for over a thousand years, the term was created in 2005 as a mix of ‘glamorous’ and ‘camping’. Glamping is a style of camping but with non-traditional amenities that still offer some of the comforts and luxuries of home.
Chris and Wendy Jeub are dedicated to bringing this style of glamping to Monument for visitors to enjoy through their Monument Glamping business.
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Jeub and his wife originally got into glamping out of necessity.
The Minnesota couple moved to Colorado with their family in 2000 and have raised their children in their home in Monument Creek. Chris Jeub is an English teacher while Wendy Jeub is a home tutor.
Several glamping sites are already set up and equipped on the private property of the owners of Monument Glamping, offering tourists a special experience in the mornings and evenings, as they tend to make day trips around the region during the day.
However, when the couple decided to remodel the master bedroom of their home in 2019, they built a platform nearby on which they set up their own camping tent and moved their bedroom outside until the remodel was completed a month later. Chris Jeub describes this month of sleeping outdoors as ‘magical’ and soon there grew a desire between them to offer the experience to others.
Monument Glamping was operational at this point, with several glamping sites and amenities set up on the couple’s property, with other aspects to enjoy such as the creek, hiking trails, and sunrise and sunset views from her backyard. The property is minutes from the downtown monument and just a few miles from the wilderness of the Pike National Forest.
In addition, the couple lives in the main house, so they can act as hosts for guests with information and requests for help.
The property has three safari-style glamp locations, one near the main house, one near Monument Creek with solar power, and a third “premium” site that stays connected to mains power and has an electric fireplace and one includes private hot tub .
Additionally, the property features a “Bell by the Water” glamp site, the hosts’ newest site, featuring solar power, a propane fire pit, picnic table, and creekside seating area. At first, Chris Jeub didn’t think he would be able to set up a bell tent glamp site so close to the creek because it was in flood plain. However, as he goes through the process of being approved to meet county and state code compliance, he was informed by a specialist that camping in the floodplain is indeed recommended.
“As I go through the permitting process, I have to adapt and adapt to whatever my county, city and state asks for, and it actually makes a better place for my guests,” Jeub said.
“A lot of glampers out there are people like me, landowners who have beautiful properties that they want to make available to others. So you’re not really a customer coming to me, you’re a guest.”
Finally, a Cozy Qube Container Home is also available, a semi-outdoor glamping site with a studio room with bedroom, sofa, kitchenette, toilet and shower. Outside the container house is a patio with BBQ, fireplace and ready to use hot tub.
Jeub said there are similarities between traditional camping and glamping, but also some differences. Both are usually done in tents or possibly in a camper or trailer. Both are a form of vacation and mean being indoors and enjoying nature.
With glamorous camping, however, everything is already prepared for the camping guests. All campers must bring food and drinks. Adult drinks are also available on-site for an additional fee, according to Jeub.
“We want to give people the best possible experience that we can give them,” he said.
Find all the comforts and luxuries of a bedroom at home in tents at the established glamping sites near Monument Creek. The facility allows Monument Glamping guests to enjoy nature with a unique camping experience.
Another aspect of glamping that the couple discovered is that most glampers are also tourists who don’t stay at the glamping sites all day. You’ll take day trips to Colorado Springs, Denver and along the Front Range, go hiking, enjoy area restaurants and enjoy other outdoor activities at various locations in the area. However, they spend their mornings and evenings on the glamping property.
“They’re here for a glamorous experience in the mornings when the sun comes up and in the evenings when it starts to get cooler, sitting around the propane gas fire pits,” Jeub said.
Another difference between glamping and camping is that most glamping sites are on private property, like the location of the jeub. However, the question of where glamping is legal has come up from time to time, Jeub said.
Glamping, a term added to the Oxford English Dictionary in 2016, has been used as a way to avoid paying taxes in the UK. Years ago, a luxury tax was imposed on RV and RV owners.
“They threw that tea in the sea and decided to avoid that tax by setting up glamping sites on private land, which eventually raised the question of whether or not glamping is illegal,” Jeub said. “Glamping is perfectly legal. People who say glamping is illegal are misinformed. They usually don’t know what they’re talking about and it’s just not factual.”
Jeub said while making sure his glamping property was approved by the communities and their department codes, he learned a lot about zoning, permits, Department of Health standards and environmental standards. Any time he was found to be non-compliant in any respect he was never shut down and was always given the opportunity and time required to bring his property and glamping operations into compliance. Jeub appreciated the process because it also helps legitimize his business, he said.
“This is how the government should work,” said Jeub. “If the police stop you, they don’t impound your car because it has a broken taillight. They tell you to get your taillight fixed and the world keeps spinning. And honestly, I appreciate that.”