Hidden just off the Georgia coast, Little Raccoon Key has perfected the wilderness luxury escape.

By Tracey Minkin
January 22, 2020
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Creature comforts under the luxury canvas tent
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You will not believe it's yours, but it is: a little Lowcountry island all for you, with a pristine, glowing (and weatherproof) canvas tent decked out in luxurious camping style. But that's not all. When you book a getaway on Little Raccoon Key—a privately owned reef island in Georgia's Golden Isles—you also enjoy a mini dolphin tour as you're boated out the 10 minutes from nearby Jekyll Island, and an ancient oyster reef lesson once ashore. And for your whole stay, you'll enjoy sole occupancy of the entire island—all 40 acres of it.

Little Raccoon Key from the water
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Glamping—the insertion of glamour (which really means luxury) into the time-honored tradition of camping—has become the getaway of choice for travelers looking for the ultimate pairing of nostalgia (canvas tents, campfire coffee, fishing for dinner, and requisite stargazing) with creature comforts (a glorious bed, for starters, fluffy bath towels to dry off after a rousing outdoor shower, eco-friendly luxury bath amenities, wine glasses, and much more) in a setting that emphasizes wilderness and escape. And down in the Lowcounty, that fabled maze of barrier islands and marshlands along the South Carolina and Georgia coasts, Little Raccoon Key has emerged quickly as a best-in-class example of how good the glamping life can be. 

Interior design touches inside the tent
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Bedside table inspiration inside the tent
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Living that outdoor shower life on Little Raccoon Key
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For one, while you can bring your own groceries and cook your meals on the gas grill (dishes and pans are provided), Little Raccoon Key can also provide a private on-island chef to create fresh-catch, local-sourced wonders over an open fire. Guests can also arrange for massage services, yoga sessions, and guided fishing trips—all for additional charges.

Crabbing for dinner on Little Raccoon Key
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Grilling local oysters on the beach
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Meats grilled at the beach by your personal chef
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Choosing your own adventure has never been more easily—and stunningly—achieved. Rates start at $399 per night (two-night minimum), and the benign Lowcountry climate means you can book year-round. Go here for more information and booking. 

Tent life as night falls on Little Raccoon Key
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