The vast state of New York offers several outdoor and adventure activities year-round. From swimming under waterfalls to snowboarding down major mountain ranges, New York State offers a lot more beyond New York City; its crown-jewel metropolis. So for those looking for a sweet respite from their quarantined abodes, consider a rejuvenating and comfortable break in nature by glamping in New York.
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Understanding the New York Outdoors
The vast state of New York is home to several outdoor natural wonders including 180 NY state parks, 22 national parks, and over 7,600 lakes! And for those who seek off-the-beaten-path experiences, there are plenty of hidden gems in New York State.
In the summertime, you can visit the best of Upstate New York’s waterfalls, swimming holes, lakes, and even go hiking near New York City. And in the winter… well, you can enjoy sports like snowboarding, cross-country skiing, and snowshoeing through its three major mountain ranges: the Adirondacks, the Catskills, and the Appalachian Mountains. That’s a lot of natural space to enjoy throughout the year.
And what better way to really embrace the outdoors in a socially distant and comfortable manner that quenches your soul? Glamping in New York.
And for those of you not looking to go too far north, listed below are also options for glamping in New York City, too!
What is Glamping? Quick Summary
The term glamping originates from the combination of “glamor” and “camping.” As in, glamorous camping. This means travelers can experience the outdoors and nature with the luxury of more comfortable amenities such as a mattress and a more spacious yurt-like tent that can fit more things such as tables and chairs.
Therefore, glamping offers spaces that are less mobile and more curated with attention to detail and a touch of artisanship. There is no need to bring or prop up your own tent, nor the joint aches of sleeping on the ground. When you arrive your sleeping arrangements are set up for you to enjoy in nature.
Glamping is the perfect middle-ground for those who love nature with a side of comfort. As a traveler with autoimmune disease, a comfortable night’s sleep goes a long way for me!
Places to Go Glamping in New York STATE
Below is a list of places to go glamping in Upstate New York as well as a few glamping spots in New York City. Yes, that’s right, you can go glamping in NYC and up in the mountains of Upstate NY! Since New York is so vast, we’ve divided this list by our state’s regions. Starting with…
THE CATSKILLS GLAMPING
1. Tentrr Signature
Looking for seclusion in nature? Tentrrr Signature is a mountainside campsite in the midst of a State Forest Preserve. Wake up to the stunning views of the Catskills, go for a morning hike, swim in nearby natural pools, and so much more. The wonderful towns of Woodstock and Phoenicia are 10-20 minutes away, and both are some of our favorite towns to visit in New York.
Location: Beaverkill, New York (in the Catskills/near Woodstock)
2. Outlier Inn’s Geo-Dome Glamping & Farm
This hidden gem experience is a must for lovers of nature! Located in The Outlier Inn, this farm offers glamping domes located on 15 acres of bucolic farmland. They provide one full-sized bed and there is enough space to bring additional guests if they bring their own sleeping pads or air mattresses. Here you will have access to hot showers, an outdoor kitchen with a grill, and a fire pit. You’ll also likely come across some animals on the farm such as sheep, goats, and even alpacas! You can buy accessories made from alpaca wool there, too. Don’t forget you can freely wander across the vast property and/or go on one of the many local hikes.
For those interested in wellness and community experiences, they also offer yoga retreats.
Location: Woodridge, New York (in the Catskills)
3. Bellfire Farm
The Bellfire is located in the Great Western Catskills, surrounded by acres of maple forest and wildflower meadows. Here you can choose what type of accommodation you’d like: from glamping in a tipi to a tiny house cabin to their modern lodge with floor-to-ceiling views of the outdoors.
The Bellfire also offers a yoga deck (pictured above), a sauna, an outdoor solar shower, a private fire pit, and other cool amenities. Check their glamping spots here.
Psst… Photographers! Be sure to pack your cameras for some night photography. There is minimal light pollution here which allows for some epic stargazing.
Location: Roxbury, New York (Catskills)
4. Horse Farm Yurt Glamping
This Mongolian-style yurt is fittingly on a horse ranch with all sorts of cute farm animals like chickens and goats. The secluded area is located by a hill facing a stream, and the glamping space offers a fire pit, charcoal BBQ, bathroom, and gas fireplace for those toasty winter nights.
From here you can easily reach Mohonk Preserve and Minnewaska State Park (two amazing parks for hiking in New York). And it’s 10 minutes away from supermarkets and other restaurants should you want someone to cook for you instead!
Location: Accord, New York (near New Paltz)
5. Eastwind – Hotel & Bar
Eastwind Hotel & Bar is a boutique hotel that offers different types of accommodation options ranging from glamping in a tiny house cabin to larger suite cabins. Guests will have access to a cocktail bar (that delivers), fire pits, tub, and sauna. Unlike many other glamping places in New York, this one is open year-round.
Bonus: It has 26 pet-friendly accommodation options! Nearby, you can enjoy year-round outdoor activities from horseback riding to fishing and hiking.
Location: Windham, New York (the Catskills)
6. Blue Hills Farm Glamping Airbnb
Blue Hills Farms offers glamping at the heart of the Upper Delaware River Valley. Here guests will be welcomed with a queen-sized bed, private bathroom, space heater, and furnished amenities. However, cooking space is not available. Likely due to the food attracting bears. But just a short drive away you can reach cute restaurants, boutique shops, and spots to take in the gorgeous views of the Delaware River.
This serene stay can also offer nearby adventures and cultural attractions such as rafting, ziplining, hiking, the Woodstock Museum at Bethel Woods, and the Catskill Distillery.
Location: Narrowsburg, NY (the Catskills)
THE FINGER LAKES GLAMPING
As our readers know, we LOVE the Finger Lakes region of Upstate New York. Hiking, wine tasting tours, and chasing waterfalls are just a few of our favorite things to do in the Finger Lakes. So consider a trip to this magical region and stay at one of the below glamping spots.
7. Firelight Camps
Staying at the Firelights Camps is an excellent glamping spot to embrace nature and explore the many things to do in Finger Lakes. Located on the La Tourelle Resort and Spa grounds, Firelights Camp offers several glamping amenities (listed below) and is just a stone’s throw away from one of the best-hidden gems in Upstate New York: Buttermilk Falls State Park (one of our favorite waterfalls in the Finger Lakes).
Firelights Camps offer: hardwood floors, hot showers, elevated tents, king or queen-size beds, campfire spaces, a cocktail bar, hammocks, homemade s’mores, daily yoga, AND breakfast is included!
Location: Ithaca (the Finger Lakes), New York
8. Seneca Sol Glamping
Seneca Sol is a new campground that offers six lodging options (four safari tents and two tipis). Here you can enjoy seclusion in nature while having access to different Finger Lake wine tours, bathroom amenities, hiking trails, an outdoor kitchen, and a nightly campfire. If you need to stay connected – they also offer wifi here! Don’t forget to check out our guide to the Finger Lakes for some of the best things to do and see in the region.
THE HUDSON VALLEY GLAMPING
9. Gatherwild Ranch
Gatherwild Ranch offers glamping accommodation within their 15 acres of former apple orchard land. This luxury camping experience offers a yurt-style tent, king-size bed, private fire pit, cruiser bikes, outdoor kitchen, yoga, facials, a wood workshop, and so much more. Disconnect from electricity and reconnect with nature in this magical ranch.
Don’t miss: Gaskins restaurant and the Buddhist meditation center.
Location: Germantown, New York (the Hudson Valley)
NEW YORK CITY GLAMPING
10. Collective Retreat’s Luxury Glamping on Governors Island
Did you know you can experience luxurious glamping on an island overlooking the New York City skyline? Collective Retreats is located on the charming Governor’s Island – just a ferry ride from Manhattan or Brooklyn. Glamping at Collective Retreats will allow you to experience luxurious glamping with bike rentals and personal concierge services.
And if you haven’t been to Governor’s Island yet, this NYC hidden gem is well worth the visit. It truly feels like you’ve left New York State altogether. So staying at Collective Retreats on Governor’s Island means two unique experiences at once. The island boasts several historic sites including forts, centuries-old homes, art spaces, food trucks, parks, and even festivals–perfect for an NYC weekend getaway.
Location: Governor’s Island, New York City
11. Camp Rockaway
Are you located in New York City and don’t have a car? Well, here is another glamping spot for you in New York City this summer! Just an MTA subway ride away; you can go glamping on the beach in Queens at Camp Rockaway.
Among the urban sprawl that clouds our minds when we think of living in NYC, it’s easy to forget that we are located on the Atlantic Coast! And thus, we have several beaches in NYC to enjoy during the warmer months.
Open Memorial Day Weekend to October 15, Camp Rockaway offers safari-style canvas tents conveniently located behind sand dunes, fire pits, grills, hammocks, supply stores, charging stations, and bathroom facilities.
As travel blogger Taima notes in her Camp Rockaway experience, there are several easy ways of getting here: subway train, ferry, and car/Uber. Easy peasy! So take a break from apartment living and consider waking up to the waves at our beloved Fort Tilden beach this summer!
Location: Fort Tilden, Queens, New York City (by Rockaway Beach)
Ahhh, the Adirondacks. One of my favorite regions of Upstate New York. Don’t miss our Adirondack travel guides:
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- Best Breweries in the Adirondacks
- 19 Beautiful Hotels & Resorts in Lake Placid
- The BEST Restaurants in Lake Placid
- Most Beautiful Lakes in the Adirondacks
12. Adirondacks Tree House Camping
If you love camping with comfort and being surrounded by raw beauty, consider glamping in the Adirondacks at this gorgeous treehouse retreat. The Adirondack Mountains are one of the best New York State Park regions to visit and are one of the top three major mountain ranges in New York State. So you can combine your visit to the beautiful mountains with glamping up on a tree in the mountainous jungle.
This treehouse is just 10 miles from Saratoga Springs (one of our favorite towns in the Adirondacks region). So visitors will still have access to plenty of fun and charming attractions. Included in this stay is access to an outdoor kitchen, fire pit, deck, and bathroom just steps away. For chilly nights, an electric heater is provided.
Location: Middle Grove, New York (near Saratoga Springs)
13. Adirondack Safari
Adirondack Safari offers a large campsite shared among other campers near the popular Lake George! This community environment is perfect for those who are not comfortable with total seclusion and prefer to be around other campers in a more lively environment. The activities on the Adirondack Safari grounds are also perfect for families who want campground entertainment, such as silent disco.
Those looking for nearby outdoor activities can look into fly fishing, kayaking, tubing, hiking, and all the other gems the Adirondacks can offer. And YES, there are plenty of winter things to do in lake George! This is a year-round destination.
Guests are provided with a grill and fire pits lit by the local staff.
Location: Warrensburg, New York (Adirondacks)
14. Camp Orenda
Camp Orenda offers luxury camping in the backcountry of the Southern Adirondack Mountains. They provide different private canvas-tent cabins in their own secluded natural space. So you can enjoy an immersion in nature while enjoying nearby access to activities in the region such as hiking, swimming in rivers, kayaking on lakes, and more.
In addition to glamping amenities, Camp Orenda also offers meals that are all-inclusive and cooked over an open flame with locally sourced ingredients.
Location: Johnsburg, New York (the southern Adirondacks)
15. An Adirondack Tree House Retreat
Paul Smiths is located in the heart of the off-the-beaten-path Adirondacks. This area is one of our favorite parts of New York State for its abundance of wonderful outdoor activities, lack of crowds, cool French-Canadian influence, and wonderfully friendly people. As a bonus, this area is also home to Paul Smiths College, one of the largest college campuses in the world! Consider enjoying this beautifully serene area while glamping in this Airbnb treehouse.
The treehouse glamping retreat offers electricity, a cookhouse, an open campfire, a bathroom, and miles of hiking! Here, you can embark on an assortment of outdoor adventures within Paul Smiths, or head over to the nearby Lake Saranac, Lake Clear, Lake Colby, and most famously, Lake Placid!
16. Posh Primitive – Glamping in the Adirondacks
Posh Primitive is a glamping resort that offers some of the most beautiful cabins in Upstate New York, queen-sized beds, artisan furnishing, wood stoves, and outdoor fires. All meals are included in your stay. And since it’s located in the southern Adirondacks, guests can take part in a plethora of outdoor adventures such as whitewater rafting, fishing, and hiking. Bonus: dogs are welcome!
Location: Chestertown, New York (southern Adirondacks)
CENTRAL NEW YORK GLAMPING
17. Mariaville Goat Farm Tree House
Mariaville Goat Farm Tree House offers a glamping experience on a goat farm. A perfect therapeutic retreat for animal lovers and outdoor enthusiasts. They offer shuttle services to Schenectady or Amsterdam train stations which is perfect for New Yorkers with a car! ($40 each way). Here you will also have access to: a stocked pantry, hammock, star-gazing deck, boxed diner packages, and possibly a fireplace to make s’mores.
Location: Pattersonville, New York (near Schenectady)
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