You may have heard of “glamping,” which takes one of life’s simple pleasures—sleeping in the great outdoors—and elevates it with creature comforts and modern conveniences.
There’s no tent to set up, no hard rocks underneath your sleeping bag, and no outhouses.
Here are some of New York State’s best glamping locations and experiences, courtesy of iloveny.com.
Get off the grid at Gatherwild Ranch (Hudson Valley)
Sometimes you want to go where you can’t hear car horns and shouting, where you leave your phone off and feel like a human again. The Gatherwild Ranch outside the city of Hudson is just the balm for busy citygoers. Just like the resident free-range chickens, guests are invited to roam freely around the 15 acres of land. Gatherwild Ranch even offers facials and full-body massages to deepen your state of relaxation. As for where you’ll lay your head, choose between four unique yurts and one tepee. All are cozy and chic and enjoy a fair amount of private space on the grounds. When you’re ready to venture out again, explore the nearby town of Hudson’s charming antique shops, delicious farm-to-table restaurants, and adorable boutiques.
Culture and camping at Saratoga Escape Glamping (Capital-Saratoga)
Just five miles away from Saratoga Springs, the Saratoga Escape Glamping experience offers comfortable camping combined with the charm of a culture-rich city. The resort has cabins, RV hookups, and tent campsites but in 2017 added glamping options: They now offer 300-square-foot tents with roll-up mesh screens providing ventilation through all four walls. Sleep in queen-size beds with fresh linens and bedding, and enjoy access to your own private grill, mini-fridge, chairs, firepit, and picnic table. Take a dip in the swimming pool, canoe or paddleboard on the lake, and take the little ones on a pony ride. You’re a quick drive from Saratoga Springs attractions, so you can catch a show at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center or experience horse racing at the Saratoga Race Track!
The best of both worlds with Posh Primitive (Adirondacks)
Stretch your legs in one of Posh Primitive’s spacious canvas cabins built with massive log rafters. Each cabin has a queen-size bed on a timber wood platform, a covered porch, and a wood-burning stove for added coziness, though you can easily build a campfire outside, too. All meals are included and if you catch a fish in one of the nearby rivers and streams, they’ll even cook it up for you! Explore a number of nearby hiking trails and take advantage of Posh’s in-house guided nature tours, courtesy of Johnny Old School Guide Service. You’ll also be just a 40-minute drive from the Barton Garnet Mines, where you can take a fascinating tour through one of the world’s largest garnet deposits.
Nature and entertainment Darien Lake (Greater Niagara)
The Glamping at Darien Lake campground belongs to Six Flags Darien Lake Theme Park, New York State’s largest theme park and water park. This means you can wake up in a beautiful, rustic canvas cabin by the lake, then walk just five minutes to the theme park with more than 100 rides, water slides, splash pools, and more. They offer special “Stay & Play” packages to sweeten the deal. The park is also dog-friendly, but just a quick note to bring your own bedding and air mattresses if needed.
Cabin camping at Harmony Hill Retreat Center (Catskills)
The glamping at Harmony Hill in the Catskills is a cross between camping and a cabin stay. Here, your lodging is an adorable, elevated yurt, replete with electricity, flushable toilets, lockable doors, a king-size bed, reading chairs, lamps, and a fully equipped kitchen. You can also cook on the charcoal grill outdoors and in either case, enjoy your food out on your personal deck. Basically, want for nothing while still enjoying the peaceful calm of sleeping deep in the woods. Adding to your comfort and enjoyment, each yurt has a domed skylight and a ceiling fan, though the density of the trees keeps things pretty cool even in summer. Your yurt even comes with its own designated parking spot.
Goat yoga at Gilbertsville Farmhouse (Central)
This husband-and-wife-run establishment is a popular wedding destination thanks to the picturesque beauty of its rolling farmlands. The canvas cabins are spacious and luxuriously decorated, with rustic chandeliers, dressers, sofas, and more. There’s a communal bathhouse that feels more like a spa than a farm shower, and an outdoor firepit. And then, there’s goat yoga. Yes, goat yoga. In a beautiful sun-lit barn you’ll settle into downward dogs and child’s poses, all while adorable baby goats clamber all over you. It’s pure magic. Plus, you’ll be less than an hour’s drive from the amazing Brewery Ommegang, where you can take tours of their famous brewery and sip a flight of delicious craft beer to cool off after a warm summer’s day.
1000 Islands Campground (Thousand Islands-Seaway)
You can stay just a stone’s throw from the beautiful St. Lawrence River in one of two glamping tents—formerly used for Civil War reenactment! The tents are elevated on a wooden platform, and you can relax on your own porch. You’ll need to bring your typical camping gear, like sleeping bags and s’mores ingredients, but you’ll find a fire pit, a picnic table, water, and electricity ready and waiting for you. Plus, this one is a great spot to bring the kiddos because the campground includes several play areas, including a large wooden boat and a wooden castle. A fantasy camping trip for all.
Mountain Horse Farm B&B and Wellness Retreat (Finger Lakes)
One of the main goals of glamping is to reconnect with nature. The Mountain Horse Farm B&B and Wellness Retreat in the Finger Lakes takes this concept to the next level by offering therapeutic interactions with cows and mini-horses along with the opportunity to sleep comfortably outdoors. Their horse & cow experiences do not involve riding the animals, but peacefully petting them, cuddling them, and enjoying their calm energy. Come nighttime you’ll sleep in traditional Sioux Indian Tipis, handcrafted by artisans. Enjoy your privacy while being just a short walk to the lodge, where you can use the full bathroom, lounge room, TV room, wrap-around porch, and fridge. You’re also welcome to use the large outdoor fire pit and grill.
The Woods at Bear Creek (Chautauqua-Allegheny)
A bit of a departure from the canvas tents, the Woods at Bear Creek offer something a bit sturdier by way of their glamping cabins. Tucked amongst the forests and meadows on 750 acres of land, you’ll feel the joy of a kid at summer camp—but with all the comforts you’d want as an adult. Your cabin comes with its own campfire area and covered pavilion, two separate bedrooms, and full bath facilities. There’s even AC, internet, and Direct TV. Swing by the full-service restaurant for dinner, or cook something up over an open flame. Cool off in the Olympic-sized pool, hit up the basketball courts, or take a canoe, kayak, or paddle boat out onto the water. We think you’d agree, this is way better than summer camp.
Terra Glamping (Long Island)
The Hamptons are often associated with glamour, and the glamping here is no exception. Terra Glamping offers 30 canvas tents on the beach, just a ten-minute drive from the buzzing streets with restaurants and boutiques. You’ll wake up on your queen-size memory-foam mattress and pull back the flaps to gaze out over Sag Harbor and Shelter Island (all tents have water views!). Enjoy access to hot showers and flushing toilets, nightly campfires, a dining and grilling area, continental breakfast, and the complimentary use of kayaks and paddle boards. Owners Rebecca Martin and David Levine know that people seek out glamping in order to unplug, so the absence of wifi is an intentional decision. There is cell service, however, and they do provide flashlights, lanterns, and cell phone chargers.
Collective Retreats (New York City)
You can now revel in the joy of glamping in one of the most unexpected and delightful places—Governors Island, NYC! You’ll depart from the hustle and bustle of Manhattan on ferry and land on the lush green shores of the island. There are three types of accommodations to choose from. The Summit Tent and the Outlook Shelter are both more private, with their own bathrooms with hot running water, a luxury spa soaking tub(!), and a king bed. The Journey Tents are part of a more communal experience. They’re spaced slightly closer together and share a bathroom, but are still elegant and comfortable. No matter where you sleep, enjoy fresh continental breakfast at the Three Peaks Restaurant and a one-of-a-kind view of Lady Liberty across the harbor.
If you’re thinking of taking the family or group of friends on a glamping trip this fall, start out and end your experience right and let us do the driving! With Hoyt Livery’s luxury group vehicles, you’ll have room enough for everyone, plus all your gear!