Over ten years ago, we put up our first yurt in a field out on Long Island. A spare bedroom, a romantic getaway and a dramatic design statement, that round yurt is still standing and has been joined by a few others over the years.
Originated by nomads in the steppes of Central Asia, a traditional yurt is a portable, felt-covered, wood lattice-framed dwelling structure that is lightweight and super strong. Modern versions are now manufactured in canvas by a number of US companies and shipped all over the world.
They can be year-round structures, insulated, heated and even joined together for great square footage. You choose your yurt by diameter and add-ons, and they can be erected in a matter of hours (but they do require a round platform to be built first).
While I've purchased all our yurts from Pacific Yurt, there are more options now. Below I've assembled all our posts and the best resources for finding your own yurt. Enjoy!
>> Pacific Yurts
>> Colorado Yurt Company
>> Rainer Yurts
>> Spirit Mountain Yurts
>> Red Kite Yurts (these folks are much more traditional)
>> Yurts of America
>> Yurts: Instant Rooms for Rooftop or Seaside
>> Look! Camping in a Yurt
>> Puppy-Wuppy & Choocheska's Love Yurt
>> Twirly & J-Lupa's Round Escape Pod