12 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 over a year 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 safe—spots to go glamping in New York. Here’s where to rough it without actually roughing it.
Note: Per the state’s official website, New York state recommends that travelers who are not fully vaccinated or have not recovered from confirmed COVID-19 during the previous three months quarantine for 14 days. Symptomatic travelers must self-isolate and contact their local health department or healthcare providers to determine if they should seek COVID-19 testing.
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 seven Scandinavian-style A-frame cabins, as well as three new suites with a queen-size loft bed, a lounge space with a full-size pull-out sofa, a writer's nook with a desk, a fridge, a full en-suite bathroom and an outdoor shower. Plus, gorgeous windowed triple doors open up to a private, furnished outdoor deck. On the property’s 17 acres, guests can enjoy two saunas, fire pits with grilling and s'mores kits available upon request, breakfast baskets and cocktails available for delivery anywhere on the property, picnic tables, bikes for rent, hammocks, Wi-Fi and electric car charging. There are also more traditional room types in the Hill House, as well as the main building, the Bunk House, that’s open with occupancy restrictions and 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 (1 HOUR FROM NYC)
This curated service gives you access to gorgeous stretches of private land in the Catskills where you and up to 11 friends can hang out. 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. Tentrr also has a new partnership with New York State Parks, so you can go on a scenic hike in Harriman State Park, Taconic State Park, Lake Taghkanic State Park, or Mills Norrie State Park. Per the upscale service, “all sites must follow strict guidelines for 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 three cabins) are situated on a 15-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 private fire pits, free-range goats, ducks and chickens and a barn lounge (complete with corn hole, a ping pong table and games).
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 (horses, goats and pigs, oh my!), a deck, a fire pit, and it’s even pet-friendly. Plus, it still has availability for most of the summer! 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).
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 Governors Island
Don’t have a car? No problem. Get the glamping experience right here in NYC on Governors Island. This retreat offers four outlook shelters featuring floor to ceiling views of the Statue of Liberty and Manhattan skyline and 16 tents—all of which have air conditioning. The entire retreat is open-air as the restaurant, check-in area and rooms are all tented. Dinner with a view? Don’t mind if we do.
9. Harmony Hill Lodging & Retreat Center (3 HOURS FROM NYC)
Let nature nurture you! The name fits—these yurts have all the comforts of home, including, yes, plumbing. The resort also touts their modern kitchens (fully equipped with cookware and coffee) and hardwood floors, as well as a kitchen table, a king bed, reading chairs, Wi-Fi, heat, skylight domes, large screened windows, French doors and decks complete with a charcoal grill. Did we mention a hiking trail starts right behind your yurt? Plus, the Western Catskills site is just minutes away from kayaking, horseback riding, mountain hiking, farmers markets and more. What’s not to love?
10. Huttopia Adirondacks (3 HOURS, 30 MINUTES FROM NYC)
Perfect for families with youngsters, the brand new Huttopia Adirondacks has a central lodge with board games and a playground, as well as a heated pool, outdoor live music, outdoor cinema screenings, arts and crafts, and nature discovery activities on select dates. Located in the Lake George region at the foot of Kenyon Mountain, the glamping resort boasts its 79 custom-designed wood frame and canvas tents, which range from totally hooked up with power to fully unplugged, for those who want an electricity-free experience.
11. Hemlock Falls Camping (2 HOURS, 30 MINUTES FROM NYC)
This family-owned operation in the Sullivan Catskills is far from the usual. For starters, there are three year-round waterfalls, two shallow swimming holes and 100+ year-old rock walls surrounding the four private canvas campsites. Each tented site sleeps two with a queen bed and bamboo linens, plus they’re equipped with covered decks, camp kitchens, charcoal BBQ grills, and fire pits—all of which are private to you!
12. Gather Greene (2 HOURS FROM NYC)
Ever wanted to feel like you were out in nature, but with air conditioning, heating, warm showers, and a mini fridge? Us too. All 17 cabins on this 100-acre precipice have a grand picture window next to the king-sized bed, along with a closet with a large mirror, a deck,and plenty of caffeine. Nestled between the Catskills and Massachusetts’ Berkshire Mountains, the views are unlike any other. So, basically the romantic getaway we didn’t know we needed.
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