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.
For Outdoor Lovers, New York State Has it All
The vast state of New York is home to several outdoor natural wonders including 180 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… 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?
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
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 as well as up in the mountains of Upstate NY!
1) Tentrr Signature
Location: Beaverkill, New York (in the Catskills/near Woodstock)
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.
2) Firelight Camps
Location: Ithaca (the Finger Lakes), New York
As many of our readers know, the Finger Lakes is one of our favorite New York destinations for a nourishing getaway filled with hikes, wine country, waterfalls, lakes, delicious restaurants and so much more.
Firelights Camps is an excellent glamping spot to embrace nature and explore the 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.
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!
3) Geo-Dome Glamping Farm
Location: Woodridge, New York (in the Catskills)
This Airbnb glamping farm stay 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 RATES CLICK HERE.
For those interested in wellness and community experiences, they also offer yoga retreats.
4) Gatherwild Ranch
Location: Germantown, New York (the Hudson Valley)
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. CHECK CURRENT RATES HERE
Don’t miss: Gaskins restaurant and the Buddhist meditation center.
5) Horse Farm Yurt Glamping
Location: Accord, New York (near New Paltz)
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! BOOK/CHECK RATES HERE.
6) Collective Retreat’s Luxury Glamping on Governors Island
Location: Governor’s Island, New York City
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 away 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.
7) Gather Green Tiny House Glamping
Location: Coxsackie, New York (the Catkills and the Hudson Valley)
Glamp in the middle of the woods in Gather Greene’s tiny house cabin with large windows that open up to the healing sight of raw nature. Here you can see wild animals like deer and turkey. Gather Greene offers a king-size bed, bathroom, pond area, campfires on Saturdays. There are no cooking facilities but you can check out tons of restaurants in the Catskills/Hudson Valley area. Perfect for a retreat that’s comfortably luxurious but deep in nature. CHECK RATES HERE
8) Adirondacks Tree House Camping
Location: Middle Grove, New York (near Saratoga Springs)
If you love camping with comfort (glamping) and being surrounded by raw beauty, consider this gorgeous treehouse retreat in the mighty Adirondacks. The Adirondack Mountains are one of the 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 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. BOOK/CHECK RATES HERE.
9) Camp Orenda
Location: Johnsburg, New York (the southern Adirondacks)
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 their glamping amenities, Camp Orenda also offers meals that are all-inclusive and cooked over an open flame with locally sourced ingredients.
10) Eastwind – Hotel & Bar
Location: Windham, New York (the Catskills)
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.
11) Seneca Sol Glamping
Location: Burdett, NY (the Finger Lakes)
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 private 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.
12) Camp Rockaway Glamping in New York City
Location: Fort Tilden, Queens, New York City (by Rockaway Beach)
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 NYC, it’s easy to forget that we are located on the Atlantic Coast! And thus we have several beaches 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!
13) Mariaville Goat Farm Tree House
Location: Pattersonville, New York (near Schenectady)
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. BOOK/CHECK RATES HERE.
14) Adirondack Safari
Location: Warrensburg, New York (Adironacks)
Adirondack Safari offers a large campsite shared among other campers near the popular Lake George! This community environment is perfect for those who may not be 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.
Guests are provided with a grill and fire pits lit by the local staff.
15) Blue Hills Farm Glamping Airbnb
Location: Narrowsburg, NY (the Catskills)
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.
16) Treehouse Glamping in the Adirondacks (Paul Smiths)
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! BOOK/CHECK RATES HERE.
17) Posh Primitive – Glamping in the Adirondacks
Location: Chestertown, New York (southern Adirondacks)
Posh Primitive is a glamping resort that offers cabins, 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!