ReTreet Glamping Resort, nestled near the Jackson-Marshall County line, unveiled its latest addition, the Star Dome, marking a new chapter in Alabama’s glamping and outdoor hospitality sector.
According to Jackson County Sentinel, owners Troy and Patti Hopkins showcased the geodome at a “sip and see” event, highlighting its status as the only one of its kind in the state. The Star Dome, a structure imported from Turkey, is designed to serve as a versatile event space, suitable for a variety of gatherings including weddings and corporate events.
Sarah Stahl, ReTreet’s director of marketing, described the dome as an “architectural marvel” that merges modern design with the natural environment. The dome’s transparent walls offer guests panoramic views, creating an immersive outdoor experience while providing shelter.
The Hopkins family launched ReTreet Glamping Resort in January 2022, transforming 40 acres of land into a nature-centric retreat. The resort initially planned to build fishing cabins but shifted focus to treehouses, glamping tents, and tiny cottages, a decision influenced by the Hopkins’ daughters to appeal to a younger demographic.
This shift reflects a broader trend in the glamping industry towards innovative and sustainable travel experiences. ReTreet’s focus on unique accommodations and environmental sustainability aligns with this trend, offering guests a blend of comfort and nature.
The resort offers various amenities, including hiking trails, a disc golf course, and a tree spa with a cedar soaking tub and sauna. Communal fire pits and a 24/7 Tree Store selling local goods and snacks are also available. Each accommodation unit includes a personal electric golf cart, enhancing guest mobility and experience.
Patti Hopkins noted the diverse preferences of their guests, ranging from individuals seeking solitude to groups organizing large gatherings. The resort caters to these varied needs, providing a space for guests to unwind and reconnect with nature.
“It’s just amazing to let people come and enjoy nature, and get away from what they’re dealing with at home. It’s great to just watch them recharge,” she told Jackson County Sentinel.
Troy Hopkins, meanwhile, emphasized the resort’s role as a key destination in North Alabama, attracting both travelers and locals. The resort serves as a convenient getaway, supporting local tourism and the regional economy.
“North Alabama needed a destination,” he said.
Stahl further highlighted the resort’s appeal to locals, offering a nearby escape and a unique venue for special occasions and family reunions. This local engagement contributes to the social and economic well-being of the community.
The introduction of the Star Dome at ReTreet Glamping Resort is indicative of the evolving glamping industry. It demonstrates how innovative architecture combined with natural settings can create distinctive and memorable guest experiences, reinforcing the resort’s position in the outdoor hospitality market.
The Star Dome’s debut at ReTreet Glamping Resort represents a significant development in the glamping sector, showcasing the potential for innovative, sustainable, and experience-focused offerings in outdoor hospitality.
Featured image from Mountain Lakes Chamber of Commerce.