If you’re looking to enjoy New York state’s beautiful destinations, natural scenery and outdoor adventure by glamping, you’ll have a long list of options to choose from, but these options are some of the very top picks. Glamping is basically luxury camping. It allows you to enjoy the great outdoors without the hassles of traditional camping, like having to set up a tent and wake up with a sore back.
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Climbing Vine Cottage, Newfield
Just a short drive from Ithaca in the Finger Lakes region, the elegant Climbing Vine Cottage is a Mongolian-style, eco-friendly yurt that sits among a magnificent discovery garden. Steps away is a wildflower-filled field that connects to a nature preserve and Van Buskirk George, known for its many waterfalls. The host says guests are welcome to harvest berries, fruits and vegetables from the garden and orchard, and even gather eggs from the hen house to enjoy. The “cottage” is fully furnished with a full kitchen, television and DVD player with a video library, Internet, air conditioning and a thermostat-controlled wood pellet stove.
The Glass House: A Hudson Valley Tiny Home Escape, Marlboro
Forbes named the Hudson Valley Glass House the world’s “most beautiful tiny house.” It offers a magical, off-the-grid stay that’s just a 90-minute drive from the iconic attractions in New York City, set among 30 acres of rolling hills. While it’s primarily off-grid, it comes with modern comforts like a/c and Wi-Fi. Totally secluded, guests have plenty of privacy for enjoying the glass walls that open to beautiful apple orchard and vineyard views. Guests can take advantage of a fire pit for grilling and outdoor furniture for watching all the birds, butterflies and possibly herds of deer and coyotes.
Blue Hill Farm, Narrowsburg
Blue Hills Farm is tucked into the heart of the Upper Delaware River Valley just a few miles from the river and main street Narrowsburg. The tent provides all the comforts of home, secluded among the forest, allowing guests to reconnect with nature. Wake up in the comfy queen-size bed to the songs of the birds – there is a private bathroom and over-sized shower with spa jets attached, while breakfast is served in a treehouse at the time you designate. During the day you can hike the local trails, rent a kayak to paddle down the nearby river or just relax among the tranquil scenery.
Bellfire Tipi Hideaway, Meeker Hollow in the Catskills, Roxbury
The Bellfire Tipi offers a unique retreat set among 10 acres, which borders miles of lush, green forest and state land, nestled between a creek, maple trees and wildflower field. Inside are luxurious wool throws and blankets, an indoor fire pit, custom furniture, handmade decor and cedar floors. It was created in a way to provide a relaxing, meditative state, but contains modern amenities like a small kitchenette, a solar battery charger for charging your electronic devices, a coffeemaker and a small gas stove. Sitting around the bonfire inside enjoying the sounds of the rushing water of the stream makes for an especially unforgettable stay.
Camp Rockaway, Queens
Located in the Gateway Recreation Area of New York and New Jersey, Camp Rockaway offers an ideal glamping holiday in furnished safari tents that are just steps from the Atlantic. Guests can enjoy the picnic area and communal fire pit, hammocks, games and a camp store. There are all sorts of activities available nearby, from beach walks at sunrise to bird watching, cycling, hiking, fishing and whale watching. Riis Park Beach Bazaar hosts food vendors, regular live entertainment and beach gear rentals.
Loomis Lair, Waterville
Loomis Lair is nestled among 80 private acres of forest and fields, providing picturesque views and hiking trails throughout. The tranquil space can be found in a peaceful yurt near Waterville, known for its legends of the “Loomis Gang,” a notorious family of outlaws. In fact, the yurt sits on the very place the Loomis Homestead once stood, before it was burned by a local vigilante in the mid-19th-century. Guests can take advantage of all sorts of recreational activities like kayaking and fishing, hiking and horseback riding. The yurt contains a queen-size bed and twin futon bed, as well as some kitchen facilities like a small refrigerator, coffeemaker, microwave and two-burner electric stove.
PoshPrimitive is made up of log-embellished canvas wall tents set on house timber bed platforms with queen-sized mattresses. Guests stay cozy and warm under the Pendleton wool blankets and with the wonderful wood stove that comes with just-chopped firewood. Steps away is a large bathhouse with three outdoor showers, while dining is provided with communal farm-to-table meals made with produce grown on the grounds. There’s also a special Adirondacks guide for fishing, rafting and biking.
Stargazer Upstate glamping at Gatherwild Ranch, Germantown
Gatherwild Ranch sits across 15 scenic acres of rolling hills in the Hudson Valley, a place where guests are encouraged to embrace a slower pace of life that includes “grassy picnics, evening bonfires and star gazing.” The luxurious tent has a fire pit and cedar deck along with a queen-size bed and sheepskins facing east for waking up to a glorious sunrise. Shared spaces include a charcoal grill and outdoor kitchen. Bathrooms include three composting toilets, and a solar shower, but there’s also an indoor shower when the weather doesn’t cooperate.