8 Awesome Places to Go Glamping in the New York Area
Hey, we know we don’t have the best reputation for being outdoorsy. (We got lost in Prospect Park one time, OK?) But after months of being cooped up in our one-bedroom apartment due to COVID-19, we’re desperate to spend some time away from Zoom and out amid Mother Nature. And if we can do that with luxury bedding, gourmet meals and Wi-Fi, even better. Fortunately, there are plenty of gorgeous—and relatively safe—spots to go glamping in New York. Here’s where to rough it without actually roughing it.
Note: There is currently a travel advisory in place for travelers to New York state. Per the state’s official website, if you have traveled from one of the designated states with significant community spread, you must quarantine when you enter New York for 14 days from the last travel within the designated state. See the list of restricted states here.
1. Eastwind Hotel & Bar (2 hours, 30 minutes from NYC)
We know what you’re thinking: Um, how is it glamping if “hotel” is right there in the name? This chic Catskills property (converted from a 1920s bunkhouse) includes three Scandinavian-style A-frame cabins, complete with king beds, private bathrooms and luxe bath products, a sauna, barbecue kits and Wi-Fi. There’s also a main building that’s open at 50 percent capacity with contactless check-in/out in accordance with social distancing guidelines. Read up on all the health and safety measures the property is taking here.
2. Tentrr (2 hours from NYC)
This all-inclusive service gives you access to gorgeous stretches of private land in the Catskills where you and up to 11 friends can hang out (so, more than enough space for your quarantine pod). Each site includes a platform tent with a queen-size air mattress for two (and an additional dome tent for your pals), a fire pit with a grill and a restroom/shower situation, plus (obviously) gorgeous natural surroundings, like hiking trails and swimming holes. Per the upscale service, “all hosts that are accepting campers must follow strict guidelines for site maintenance and camper safety. This, as well as that most of our sites are secluded in 10 acres of space, should put your mind at ease.” Bring on the s’mores.
3. Firelight Camps (4 hours from NYC)
It doesn’t get much better than this swanky retreat in Ithaca that features luxe safari tents outfitted with hardwood floors, plush king or double queen beds, and private porches with rocking chairs, plus complimentary locally sourced breakfast and pour-over coffee. You’re also in close proximity to hiking, waterfalls, kayaking and—lucky you—smack-dab in the middle of wine country (check up on the wineries' reopening plans here). A post-hike Riesling? Don’t mind if we do. The upscale accommodations are currently open for the season with a few adjustments to their normal operations, including socially distant check-in, complimentary breakfast packed in a cooler and to-go beverages available for purchase.
4. Gatherwild Ranch (2 hours, 15 minutes from NYC)
These adorable bell tents (plus one tipi and a van) are situated on a 75-acre farm and former apple orchard. On the property, you’ll find solar-powered showers, access to farm fresh food so that you don’t have to visit the grocery store during your stay, bikes and water floaties to borrow, free-range sheep and chickens and a swimming hole (complete with rope swing).
5. Yurt on a Horse Farm (2 hours from NYC)
We always thought we’d have to travel abroad to use the “yurt” option on Airbnb…and we were delighted to find that’s not the case. This charming spot, nestled on a 27-acre farm, features dozens of animals (and horseback riding), a deck, a fire pit and a hot tub. And it still has availability for August and September. But what really won over our city-slicker heart is the wood-burning pizza oven. Read up on Airbnb’s guidelines to stop the spread of coronavirus here.
6. Geo Dome at the Outlier Inn (1 hour, 45 minutes from NYC)
Come on, how could you not want to stay in this awesome retro-futuristic bubble? The surrounding property is pretty interesting, too: It houses a recording studio, a vintage shop, a fiber-arts workshop, all sorts of animals (goats! bunnies!) and several other types of accommodation (including a vintage trailer).
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7. Cedar Lakes Estate (1 hour, 30 minutes from NYC)
This beautiful estate is situated around a private lake and boasts more than 500 acres of greenery. In these social distancing times, there’s no need to hit up the grocery store, because all meals and drinks are included with your stay (breakfast a la carte, a lunch box for a picnic anywhere on the grounds each afternoon, and a special dinner each night). And before you ask—cocktails, sommelier-paired wines and local beers are available with each meal. Activities on site include boating, tennis, swimming, fishing and field games. Game on.
8. Collective Governor’s Island
Don’t have a car? No problem. Get the glamping experience right here in NYC on Governor's Island. Starting from July 15, this retreat will offer four outlook shelters featuring floor to ceiling views of the Statue of Liberty and Manhattan skyline and 37 tents—all of which have air conditioning. There are also four open-air seating areas and private dining pods. Dinner with a view? Don’t mind if we do.