Credit: Mountain Horse Farm

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 five standouts. For more ideas, visit Spring and Summer Camping Trips in New York to Plan Now.

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Updated 4/29/21

Gatherwild Ranch (Hudson Valley)

Tent at Gatherwild Ranch with bed, bench, and other furniture
Credit: Gatherwild Ranch

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 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)

Interior room with two armchairs and a small dining table at Harmony Hill Retreat Center in the Catskills
Credit: Harmony Hill Lodging and Retreat Center

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 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)

Three tents spread out in a valley in the mountains at Mountain Horse Farm B&B and Wellness Retreat
Credit: Mountain Horse Farm

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. (Planning to reopen during the last weekend in May or the first weekend in June.)

Collective Retreats (New York City)

A glamping tent with a view of the Statue of Liverty
Credit: @collectiveretreats on Instagram

You can now revel in the joy of glamping in one of the most unexpected and delightful places—Governors Island, NYC, starting May 1! 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.

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