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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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The Geo Dome is part of The Outlier Inn, a 12-acre property 90 miles from New York City in the southern Catskills. It serves as a retreat center and a farm with lots of animals like free-roaming chickens, angora goats, alpacas and merino sheep. Dog friendly, it even has a pond where your four-legged best friend can swim. Guests have access to outdoor double hot showers, a sink, and a claw foot bathtub, as well as an outdoor kitchen and grill, refrigerator and large fire pit. Bring your own bed, air mattress or camping pads, sleeping bags, pillows and towels.
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.
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 a 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 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.
The treehouse offers an ideal romantic retreat for couples who want to reconnect with nature, tucked into the foothills of the Adirondack Mountains nine miles from Saratoga Springs. Enjoy tranquil solitude in a picturesque wooded setting and sitting by the fire, with a fire pit located nearby by, surrounded by a stream. The winding staircase leads to a sleeping area and covered porch. There’s also an outdoor kitchen, hot and cold running water, a charcoal grill and outdoor lighting.
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.
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 stargazing.” 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.
The Wisteria is a glamping tent that sits on a farm with free-range peacocks, peahens and chickens, and there are several horses that guests can pet just over a fence. The tent accommodates up to two and comes equipped with a double bed, refrigerator, coffee station, dresser and a love seat. Electric blankets are provided for chilly nights, and there’s a fan to use if it gets too warm. Wi-Fi access is available in the common areas. You’ll also have access to an outdoor summer kitchen for grilling and dining and a shared full bath with a shower, while swimming can be enjoyed nearby.
Firelight Camps sits on the grounds of the La Tourelle hotel which features a wellness center and onsite spa. Guests stay in spacious furnished tents that are nestled among the trees and enjoy immediate access to Upper Buttermilk Falls hiking trails. The tents come with hardwood floors, a king or double queen bed, a private tented porch with rocking chairs, battery-powered lanterns, and a writer’s desk and chair. A free continental breakfast is included in the rates too.
Glamp Richard, North River
Glamp Richard offers glamping tents that sit at the edge of a wildflower-filled meadow with beautiful mountain views. The tents include a king-size water bed with a handmade feather quilt, a sofa and a private deck. Guests also have their own kitchenette inside the lodge on the property as well as access to a bathhouse with hot showers. Inside the lodge, you can take a bath in a clawfoot tub with lavender salts. Other highlights include an all-natural wood hot tub, fresh eggs from the hen house and 40 acres with a pond, streams, woods, meadows and trails. There’s also a lake nearby and rafting in the Hudson River just below.