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Community Highlights: Meet Rebeka Self of Timberline Glamping Company

Today we’d like to introduce you to Rebeka Self.

Hi Rebeka, thanks for joining us today. We’d love for you to start by introducing yourself.
I was born and raised in the beautiful Pacific Northwest, Oregon to be exact. I have a large family and almost all of them are still living in Oregon. My love for the outdoors, camping, snowboarding and coffee were all developed there.

I graduated from Oregon State University in 2005 with a Bachelor of Science in International Business. I thought I wanted to be a lawyer and go on to law school, but after working as a paralegal for several years, I decided to go back to OSU to earn my Masters in Early Childhood Education.

I met my husband, Nathan Self, in 2006 in Los Angeles. We were married on August 9th, 2008, in a tiny white church on Orcas Island, Washington. We had our two sweet girls, Sydney (age 10) and Cameron (age 7) in Portland, Oregon.

In 2015, Nathan took a job in Alpharetta, Georgia and we made the big cross country when our daughters were 4 and 1.5 years old. I homeschooled the girls for five years, found some at-home Paralegal work to do and started a successful Etsy shop. We started attending Passion City Church, found incredible friends and community, fell in love with Georgia and quickly realized that this was home. Today, we cannot imagine living and raising our family anywhere else.

In 2018, we were heading back from a beach vacation in Florida, where we encountered very noisy neighbors in the hotel room next door. We started brainstorming on the drive back to Georgia, how to get our own family out into nature and enjoying the great outdoors much like we did as kids. But without sacrificing luxury, comfort and style of course.

Timberline Glamping Company was created on that very road trip and by the time we got back from Georgia, the business plan had been formed and the rest is history.

I grew up loving traditional camping. Nathan on the other hand, after traveling so much internationally for work, preferred a nice, comfortable hotel. We felt that if our family needed this compromise of Glamping, then there had to be others out there feeling the same way, and it turns out we were right.

What started out as a dream quickly became a passion and a full-time job for me of creating unique, one-of-a-kind getaways for our guests.

Nathan was able to leave his job in 2020 to join me full-time running Timberline Glamping.

We now have two locations in Georgia, with several new locations in the works for 2022. This year we announced that we are franchising and we have had over 100 applicants so far.

Can you talk to us a bit about the challenges and lessons you’ve learned along the way. Looking back would you say it’s been easy or smooth in retrospect?
It has definitely not always been a smooth road. I think the best and worst thing about this exciting business that we are blessed to be a part of is that new and amazing opportunities tend to come up almost daily. We have to work hard to stay focused and not get distracted and pursue the wrong things. We try hard to stay in our lane and do everything with excellence.

Great, so let’s talk business. Can you tell our readers more about what you do and what you think sets you apart from others?
We provide unique, one-of-a-kind Glamping Getaways in the great outdoors. We truly believe that time spent in nature with family and friends can create some of life’s most meaningful memories.

From day one, our prayer has been, Lord bless this endeavor, SO THAT WE MAY bless others.

What makes you happy?
My faith + my family + crisp fresh air + a good cup of coffee

Seeing my husband laugh and joke with our daughters.

Watching my kids thrive, giggle and have fun.

Working hard and seeing our business bring joy to other families.

Beautiful photos.

My dogs, Mazey (a mini Goldendoodle) and Dakota (a mini Husky)

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Image Credits:

Shelby Robinson – Thistle Wood Photo Kaitlynn Mccafferty Kali Ann Lisk – Ivy and Linen Co. Grant Tracy – Appalachian Photography

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