Imagine driving down winding roads deep into New Brunswick only to pull up to a dreamy eco-dome? That is exactly what we did. This past September we visited Ridgeback Lodge in New Brunswick, the only geo-dome glamping accommodations in the province. And seriously, the most unique place you can stay in the Maritimes.
The domes were glowing under the night sky and the wood-fired hot tubs were ready to be started. The hot tubs take about 3 hours to get hot so we lit them right when we arrived. After that, we headed to the lodge. We had a group of 4 so we slept 3 in the Star Gazer domes and 1 in the Dream Dome.
The Star Gazer domes feature just a bed and chairs but no washroom, so if nature calls in the middle of the night you have to walk to the main cabin. The main cabin itself is more like a deluxe lodge. Not only does it have a wood burning stove it also has a fully stocked kitchen and epic waterfall shower. Far from the camping, most are accustomed to.
Before we knew it the hot tub was ready. Wood fired hot tubs are the coolest invention. What you do is light a fire in a wood burning stove next to the tub so the cold water within the tub can move around the stove. Once it passes through the stove, it returns to the hot tub. Heating the water up is an easy task, the trick with these hot tubs is to not make them too hot.
We soaked in the wood-fired hot tub under the night sky until we were super relaxed and ready to experience a night in the dome. This was our first time sleeping in a dome and we weren’t disappointed. The domes are only a short walk from the cabin but they feel so isolated. It was a nice night so we kept the doors open and slept with just screens, staring at the night sky through the open roof. This was amazing. I couldn’t sleep out of pure excitement of sleeping in a dome. The sounds within the dome are similar to a tent, as the air passes by through the trees and rustles the leaves on the ground, but this tent has a queen bed and comforter.
The morning came too soon. We were all so content in our domes that we didn’t want to get out. But all good things must come to an end, and I left trying to figure out how I could get a dome of my own or book my next trip back to New Brunswick for an extended stay.
Everything You Need To Know Before You Go
What: Glamping accommodation in the beautiful wilderness just outside of Saint John, New Brunswick.
Where: An hour north of Saint John, NB
Tips: There’s an extensive waitlist, so book well in advance. There are first-come-first-serve cancellations. Get a group of six and rent out domes and the cabin. The social living room is nice.