11 Luxe Glamping Destinations Near NYC (and One Right Here in the City)
Hey, we know we don’t have the best reputation for being outdoorsy. (We got lost in Prospect Park one time, OK?) But that doesn’t mean we don’t appreciate a good dose of nature every now and again. Here’s where to rough it without actually roughing it.
Eastwind Hotel & Bar (2.5 hours from NYC)
We know what you’re thinking: Um, how is it glamping if “hotel” is right there in the name? This brand-new 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. (And if you do feel like reconnecting to society, just mosey over to the bar for a margarita.)
Gather Greene (2 hours from NYC)
Opening in October, this nature retreat and event venue is situated on 100 acres of woods and rolling hills between the Catskills and the Berkshires. What the 160-square-foot cabins lack in size they make up for in comfort with king beds, air conditioning and heating, mini fridges and coffee makers. Best of all, you can order food and wine from nearby cafés and shops to be delivered directly to your cabin—just as nature intended.
Club Getaway (90 minutes from NYC)
Looking for more of an all-inclusive, uh, getaway? This adult summer camp perched on the edge of a lake in Connecticut still has availability through the first weekend of October. The temperature-controlled cabins sleep two to four people and include private bathrooms, memory-foam mattresses and daily linens (a big step up from your childhood camp bunks). And instead of generic cafeteria food, expect carving stations, wine and vegetarian options at mealtime. Activities range from water sports to hip-hop classes to hot-air ballooning.
Tentrr (2 hours from NYC)
Wish you could camp without, well, other campers? This all-inclusive service gives you access to gorgeous stretches of private land in the Catskills where you and up to 11 friends can have the whole space to yourselves. 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.
Firelight Camps (4 hours from NYC)
If being too far from civilization isn’t your jam, this luxe retreat in Ithaca is more like an outdoor hotel: It has an on-site spa, restaurant and yoga classes, 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. (We’ll take a post-hike Riesling, thank you very much.)
Posh Primitive (3 hours, 45 minutes from NYC)
You’ll feel rustic AF (without, you know, sacrificing any comfort) at this Adirondack camp, which makes a prime location for whitewater rafting and stargazing. The tents are equipped with woodstoves, dogs are welcome, and best of all, your booking includes all meals—featuring veggies from the organic garden—served in the cozy main lodge.
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, an outdoor kitchen, bikes and water floaties to borrow, free-range sheep and chickens and a swimming hole (complete with rope swing).
Terra Glamping Events (Various Locations)
Looking to get a whole squad together for a fancy-yet-rural escape (a buddymoon, perhaps)? This event-planning company will set up the glampsite of your dreams in locations all around NYC, with next-level amenities like memory-foam mattresses, hammocks, on-site chefs and bartenders and even a “camp butler.” This outdoors thing doesn’t sound so bad after all.
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. But what really won over our city-slicker heart is the wood-burning pizza oven.
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)—in case you feel like making friends around the communal campfire.
Collective Hudson Valley (2 hours from NYC)
Located on a working organic farm in the Hudson Valley, this retreat's five tents are named for famous authors who were inspired by the region (e.g. Millay, Whitman) and include posh amenities like chandeliers, private bathrooms and 1,500-thread-count sheets. Meals are sourced from the surrounding farm (it doesn't get any more local than this, people) and activities include everything from zip-lining to literary tours. Looking for something a little closer to home? The same company just introduced the same concept on Governors Island, so your blissful escape is just a ten-minute ferry ride away.