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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.
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AutoCamp Catskills (Hudson Valley)
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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. Prefer tent glamping? AutoCamp has those too, complete with a king bed, mini-fridge, luxe robes, and more. Their Vista X Suites provide a set-up equal to a home-like setting while their restored pine cabins have porch swings where you can laze the day away.
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Experience an unforgettable glamping trip in the heart of the sprawling Adirondacks, just a few miles outside Lake George. Nestled into 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.
Collective Retreats (New York City)
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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 a complimentary private water taxi 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.
Ithaca by Firelight Camps (Finger Lakes)
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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.
Gatherwild Ranch (Hudson Valley)
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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 (set to reopen in Spring 2023 after undergoing renovations) outside the city of Hudson. Just like the resident free-range chickens, guests are invited to roam freely around the 15 acres of land. 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. You can also order farm-fresh food in advance and skip the run to the grocery store before your relaxing getaway.
Harmony Hill Retreat Center (Catskills)
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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. 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.
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.