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Glamping 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. New York State not only has gorgeous nature but truly charming and creative glamping options, including these six standouts. For more ideas, visit Spring and Summer Camping Trips in New York to Plan Now.

Originally published 06/20/2019

Bellfire in the Catskills (Catskills)

A roaring fireplace inside a glamping tent at Bellfire in the Catskills

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Go off-grid at Bellfire in the Catskills, an artist family-owned outdoor inn experience three hours outside New York City. Bellfire offers two canvas camps and two tiny cabins nestled in a serene landscape of maple forest and wildflower fields on 10 picturesque acres. Unwind in Forest Belle, a romantic luxury tent featuring a queen bed, private fire pit, and outdoor seating, or reconnect with nature in Bellfire Tipi, surrounded by maple trees near a babbling brook. Both sites offer custom-made furniture, handmade decor, and opportunities for stargazing and forest walks. Amenities include a sauna, large yoga deck, and ample private outdoor space with fire pits and Adirondack chairs, providing a unique back-to-nature glamping experience in the Catskill Mountains.

AutoCamp Catskills (Hudson Valley)

Picnic tables and camp chairs outside a classic silver Airstream suite at the AutoCamp Catskills site
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Looking to sprinkle some vintage vibes into your glamping experience? Timeless "silver bullet" Airstream suites await you in the lush forests of Saugerties at AutoCamp Catskills, located just a 2.5-hour drive from NYC. These classic trailers boast the throwback look you want for your Instagram feed with interiors brimming with modern comforts like bright and airy sitting rooms, fully-functional kitchenettes, and soothing walk-in rain showers. Dine outside on your private patio or unwind with a glass of wine next to the fire pit. You can also glamp in style in luxury tents featuring a queen bed, mini-fridge, and luxe robes or opt for a restored pine cabin.

Collective Retreats (New York City)

A glamping tent with a view of the Statue of Liverty
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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 a quick ferry ride 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 complimentary private in-tent continental breakfast and a one-of-a-kind view of Lady Liberty across the harbor, plus a wealth of experiences from sunrise yoga to s’mores on the lawn.

Ithaca by Firelight Camps (Finger Lakes)

Firelight Camps in summer
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Experience all the fun of camping in a comfortable and swanky hotel-like setting at Ithaca by Firelight Camps. Luxe safari tents pitched on the wooded grounds of La Tourelle Resort & Spa are outfitted with hardwood floors, king or queen beds, and include a private balcony where you can soak in the view with a fresh pot of coffee or a cocktail. Unwind in a hammock under the forest canopy, reach peak relaxation at the onsite August Moon Spa, and discover why "Ithaca is Gorges" when you hike the trails to the Upper Buttermilk Falls. Nestled in the heart of Finger Lakes wine country, you're perfectly situated to explore Cayuga Wine Trail  and pick the perfect bottle to enjoy by the campfire under the starry skies.

Boheme Retreats (Catskills)

Two yellow lawn chairs surround a fire pit outside a white and pink vintage camper at Boheme Retreats in the CatskillsCREDIT: @BOHEME_RETREATS ON INSTAGRAM

Go retro with one of Boheme Retreats’ fun and funky vintage campers! This woman and Black-owned business strives to make camping more inclusive with five glamping RVs, each on their own private site at Covered Bridge Campsite in Livingston Manor. Spend the day immersed in the peaceful Catskills, walking along  Willowemoc Creek, experiencing world-class fly-fishing, and exploring nearby hiking and waterfalls. In the evening, head back to the homey comforts of your RV with plush beds, a kitchenette, private bathroom and shower, electricity, running water, and some seriously vintage vibes.

Gatherwild Ranch (Hudson Valley)

Tent at Gatherwild Ranch with bed, bench, and other furniture
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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. Get off the grid at the Gatherwild Ranch located on 15 serene acres outside the city of Hudson. Visit farm animals, relax in hammocks, cool off with sprinklers, misters, and private cold tubs, or reap the health benefits of a cedar lined sauna and a dip in the cold plunge. As for where you’ll lay your head, choose from four cozy and chic glamping tents with private picnic tables, firepits, and Adirondack chairs. Other accommodations including a camper and cabin are also available.

Huttopia (Adirondacks)

A luxury glamping tent on a raised deck in the Adirondack forest at Huttopia
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Experience an unforgettable glamping trip in the heart of the sprawling Adirondacks, just a few miles outside Lake George. Nestled at the base of Kenyon Mountain and spread out over nearly 300 acres of woodlands, Huttopia offers four different styles of wood frame and canvas tents fit for small groups, families, adventurous couples, or friends to relax in after a day of exploring nature. Some tents are outfitted with kitchens and bathrooms, but all accommodations feature wood stoves that keep things cozy, a BBQ grill, and firepit for s'more-making under the stars. On-site amenities include a swimming and wading pool, playground, and main lodge that houses a cafe, camp store, games, and an upper deck with spectacular views of the surrounding forest. Huttopia has family-friendly activities daily during peak season and also welcomes furry friends.

Glampful (Capital-Saratoga)

Two orange Adirondack chairs and a large white tent sit on a raised wooden platform among the peaceful forest

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Experience the ultimate blend of nature and luxury at Glampful. Set on 50 bucolic acres in Broadalbin near Great Lake Sacandaga, immerse yourself in the great outdoors without sacrificing modern comforts in eight safari tents, each tastefully furnished with plush beds, hardwood floors, and private decks, along with access to nearby bathrooms and hot showers. Hike through wetlands, forest, and meadows, stargaze under clear skies, gather around the fire, and enjoy other activities from live music to yoga and fishing and kayaking. There’s even more fun to be found nearby as you indulge in local craft beverages, live rodeo events, and drive-in movies for a memorable adventure.

1000 Islands Campground (Thousand Islands-Seaway)

You can stay just a stone’s throw from the beautiful St. Lawrence River in one of five glamping tents. 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.

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