Firstly, What Exactly is GLAMPING?
“Glamping is where stunning nature meets modern luxury. It’s a way to experience the untamed and completely unique parts of the world—without having to sacrifice creature comforts.

The way we travel has changed. We no longer want a generic, one-size-fits-all vacation. We want to explore on our terms and immerse ourselves in local culture, and we no longer just want to simply witness nature—we want to live in it. A fusion of glamour and camping, glamping is a way to authentically experience the most awe-inspiring locales around the world.” –




“It’s much more than a nice tent.
The glamping movement is growing, and it’s showing no signs of slowing down. Across the globe, you’ll find incredible destinations, each offering their own unique advantages. You can wake up in a yurt on a mountaintop. Reside in the forest canopy in a treehouse. Take in the panoramic views in an eco-lodge. And that’s just to name a few. ” –

So what is INDIE GLAMPING ™ ?
Our marketing guru Amylu Meneses actually came up with the definition! Influenced by her love for Indie music and culture and independently owned businesses, INDIE GLAMPING ™ was born!

“Indie Music meaning: Any music that is produced and released by independent bands or independent record labels, and consumed by adolescent and adults under 35 yro. Examples: Death Cab for Cutie, Modest Mouse, Decemberists, The Arcade Fire”Urban Dictionary

The Indie Glamping ™ experience Tamarack offers comes in a few different options! Including 28 acres to explore, access to Pachaug State Forest and Beach Pond, Kayaking, Lawn Games and of course awesome food accommodations by our in-house catering.

There’s also a ton of fun, local activities nearby like vineyard and brewery tours, museums, a water park, fishing, skiing, swimming, etc.

1. Vintage Cabins – Stay in our quaint little 1950’s cabins that once were chicken coops when the property was a farm in the 1800’s. Mismatched vintage furniture, comfy beds, private bathrooms, electricity and a campfire located right outside your door!

2. airbnb Guest House – A cozy, 2-floor guest house remodeled to be a Bed & Breakfast with private bathrooms in each bedroom, separate thermostats for heat and air conditioning, baby cribs, additional cots for children and a shared living room on the main floor.

3. Camping Trailers – Bring your own camping trailers and park them onsite! Parking is usually close to the cabins.

4. Camping Tents – Bring your own camping tents! Picture this…friends and family rent the cabins, park their trailers, setup some tents and you have an all weekend family and friends Indie Glamping getaway!!

What’s going through your mind now?
Tamarack Lodge & Indie Glamping ™ Resort and delish eats by On The Spot Catering would be great for my _______!!!!

Wedding, Family Reunion, Elopement, Weekend Getaway, Wedding Party After-Party-Weekend Soiree, Anniversary, Artist Retreat, Company Picnic?!?! You got it!!



More Pictures and pricing of our vintage cabins and airbnb guest house.

Contact us for more information. More about weddings at Tamarack.

Original wedding pictures from “Colorful, sunrise glamping elopement in Maine” –

Photography: Jamie Mercurio Photography / Venue: The William Allen Farm in Pownal, Maine / Planning, Design, & Rentals: Paula Cano of A Family Affair of Maine / Floral Design & Jewelry: Michelle Rose of Minka Flowers & Minka Home / Hair & Makeup: Ariel Johnson / Stationery & Custom Details: The Chatty Press / Catering & Bar: Fire & Co. / Cookies: Melissa of Bear Brook Bakery / Linens: La Tavola Fine Linen / Lighting: Griffin & Griffin Event Design Illuminated / Attire: Urban Outfitters & ASOS / Models: Abby & Erik Johnson

On The Spot Catering Finds New Home at Tamarack Lodge!

January 30, 2019, Voluntown, CT: On The Spot Catering has found a new home at the historic Tamarack Lodge in Voluntown, Connecticut. The experienced family catering company will be moving their center of operations to the rustic lodge and glamping resort, and partnering with Tamarack owners John and Valoree Longo on food and beverage service in the restaurant. This partnership allows owners John and Valoree Longo to focus on continuing the renovation and restoration of the property.

The Longos purchased the abandoned property two years ago with the vision of restoring Tamarack to its former glory. It was originally a wagon wheel mill turned family resort in 1947. Under the Longo’s care, the lodge has been transformed into an events venue, restaurant and indie glamping resort. The 28-acre estate offers unique opportunities for weddings and events that range from intimate 20-person ceremonies to 200-person receptions under the tent and even weekend-long wedding soirees with fire pits. The property can accommodate groups and events up to 2,000 people. Perfect for large private events, corporate outings, creative and spiritual retreats and concerts.

On The Spot Catering has been specializing in weddings and special events for 11 years, operating solely out of their custom built mobile kitchen. The company flourished by using high quality and local ingredients, cooking everything from scratch and by providing outstanding professional service.

“We are excited for this opportunity to partner with John, Valoree, and the staff at Tamarack Lodge, and look forward to growing together. Tamarack is an incredible property, and we couldn’t be happier to find a home here. The Longo’s have been so generous and hospitable, and I am grateful to have them as part of our On The Spot Catering family” says Stacy Herr.

Valoree Longo agrees that it is a perfect match. “The partnership with On The Spot was a great encounter and will let me and John focus on growing and expanding Tamarack Lodge by getting out of the kitchen. There are many other aspects that we are excited to bring to fruition” she explained.

On The Spot will take over operation of the kitchen in March. Tamarack Lodge is located at 21 Ten Rod Road in Voluntown, Connecticut. Reservations are available at

For more information regarding catering:
Contact: Stacy Giacchi Herr
Phone: 860-334-2291

For more information regarding booking:
Contact: Amylu Meneses
Phone: 860-376-0224

About On The Spot Catering
Executive Chef and Owner John Giacchi, CPCE and his wife Pat started On The Spot Catering in 2008 propelled by his love of food and bringing people together. Focusing on creating unique and intimate experiences for his guests, using high quality and local ingredients, and perfecting Giacchi Family recipes, On The Spot Catering specializes in creating custom menu’s, remarkable events, and unforgettable memories. A true family affair, one peek in the kitchen and you will meet our talented Pastry Chef, Sous Chef, Head Cook, Event Director and manager, all part of the Giacchi Family.

With over 50 years of combined restaurant and catering experience, Hospitality, and education from schools such as Johnson and Wales and the Center for Culinary Arts, we are proud to share our love for culinary arts and event production. We also support a variety of not-for-profit organizations in our Connecticut and Rhode Island communities.

Large or small, your business is important to us. Weddings-big and fancy or sweet and simple, Galas, Corporate Outings, Picnics, Farm to Table Dinners, Celebrations of Life, Weekend Retreats or Holiday Parties. From French Cuisine to a Southern BBQ to a black tie dinner, the possibilities are endless!