Glamping in Huntsville? Yes, please!
Did you know that there is a rustic retreat nestled on the outskirts of Rocket City? If not, let us introduce you to Selah’s Acres. The luxury camping resort is a family endeavor, and is a great place to get you and your family outdoors while engaging and relaxing in North Alabama. It is located at 169 Brook Church Road in Hazel Green.
1. What inspired you all to create Selah’s Acres?
SA: We bought an RV for our family in 2018. Our vision was to invest in our family, build memories and experiences. We come from military families, and have traveled frequently. As we began to travel with our kids and experience RV life, we realized there wasn’t a glamorous RV site or Glamping experience in Huntsville. We prayed, and said, let’s build one ourselves! We sold our house — in an hour, packed our belongings in storage, and moved our family of six into our RV and lived on Redstone Arsenal for four months. After much trial and error, we found suitable land — on FB Marketplace, of all places. Turns out, it was an old pig farm. It was overgrown, full of trash, and decrepit buildings. We spent a full year cleaning, clearing, and rebuilding the original house. We tracked down the original descendants, captured their family background and innovative pig farming history. We have woven elements of that history into our journey. We opened with four glamorous camping (Glamping) tents, are finalizing an amazing tiny house, and are planning the RV site infrastructure. From the initial concept, our focus is on community impact and education. As a homeschool family, we find unique and innovative ways to educate our children. These same principles apply to our guests and visitors. We teach about nature, history, gardening, RV tips, cooking, and many other areas. We’re also partnered with home school groups, local universities, and have a tremendous support network in the community. Our concept includes heavy investment on small businesses. We use local talent for food vendors, dirt work, septic, electrical, plumbing, septic, survey, title and closing, cleaning … the list goes on. We’ve cleaned up the neighborhood. The site was vacant for many years, and invited vagrants and drug users. There were problems with theft. Now, our street is safer, and our curb appeal has transformed the area from a scary eyesore, to a beautifully landscaped entryway. We’ve added security and lighting to ensure a watchful eye. We’ve even partnered with the local sheriff office and can call if needed. To develop a business, we’ve taken many risks, but our approach is to balance risk with Faith. Our faith has increased through this journey, and I see my children growing in their faith as they continue this journey with us.
2. What are some of the unique activities that you all host at the campground?
SA: Our site is a work in progress, with a constant plan on reinvesting and future improvements. We are working on developing our first tiny home. It will boast a bedroom for two adults, and two sleeping lofts for teens or kids for a total of up to six people. It has a full-size gourmet stove and refrigerator, and a bathroom with shower. And of course high speed Wi-Fi. We’re also developing the infrastructure for full service RV sites. Additionally we’re planning for building a bathhouse/laundry building. We also have several historic buildings on the site we’re working to preserve for historic purposes. These building may get repurposed into a meeting space or an outdoor amphitheater/movie area.
3. What are the different types of glamping experiences that you all have?
SA: Our four Glamping tents are nestled in nature while offering comfortable memory foam mattresses, heat and air conditioner units. These accommodations offer restful sleep and a relaxing atmosphere. There is also high speed Wi-Fi, Internet TV (if requested), and each tent includes games, books, and puzzles. Tents can be locked for security and are located directly adjacent to the bathroom RV facility. Guests will experience these luxury accommodations while the location features church pew seating for meals, complimentary snack and beverages, hammocks, fire pits, and s’mores with gourmet cookies and chocolates. Breakfast is included and will feature pancakes, eggs, bacon, ham, and sausage, fruit, juices, and fresh, hot coffee. Complimentary bicycles, three-wheeled trikes, and tandem bikes are included with the stay. We also coordinate with Scott’s Orchard for off-site excursions. In the future we’re planning for horseback riding as well. We have a site host that comes and offers painting classes, games, and scavenger hunts.
4. Are you all open year round?
SA: Yes, we are open year-round. The tents are heated for cool nights, and air-conditioned for hot days. We opened in July, and are ensuring comfort as we transition into cooler temperatures.
5. Do you have any plans on expanding soon?
SA: Yes! We are constantly expanding. We are working on off-grid solar powered tents, and we are finalizing our first luxury tiny home. The site had an old farmhouse that we’re restoring into a five bedroom, three bath luxury stay. The farmhouse also has a full basement that will host large groups, reunions, or corporate events. We have plans for a handicapped-accessible tiny house, full service RV sites, and treehouses as well. We like to think outside the box as well — we’re converting a box truck into a mobile tiny home.
Does this sound like a place you’d like to visit for a little rest and relaxation? Or do you need a quick getaway to decompress? Contact Selah’s Acres by phone at 256.910.1309 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.