10 glorious glamping sites near New York City

May 30, 2018

Glamour camping–combining luxury with minimalism–is all the rage. While you might have to get yourself a bit outside the big city to enjoy such a getaway, there are plenty of spots not too far afield. And whether they are fully off-the-grid or just feel like it, they’ll restore your mind and spirit as you return to nature but don’t have to give up your high thread count sheets, wifi or working showers. From a mobile tiny house to a geodesic dome to a horse farm tipi, we’ve rounded up 10 of the best glamping resorts near NYC.

1. The Glass House
Marlboro, NY

Glass house glamping

Glass house glamping

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Move over Philip Johnson, now we can all sleep in a glass house. Honored with the title “the world’s most beautiful tiny house” by Forbes, the Hudson Valley Glass House is a magical off-the-grid getaway. Just a 90-minute drive from New York City, the glass house is situated on 30 acres of rolling hills with total privacy as glass walls open onto endless views of vineyards and apple orchards. The Solar Escape Vista-Model Tiny House is almost totally off-the-grid but maintains modern comforts such as Wi-Fi and air-conditioning to give guests the best of both worlds. Rates start at $200 a night.

2. The Dome
Woodridge, New York

Geo-dome glamping

Geodome glamping

Hang like Buckminster Fuller in a geodesic dome! Woodridge is a rural community located in the southern Catskill Mountains perfect for hiking, swimming, being surrounded by animals and cooking. This is a BYOB (last B=bed) dome so bring your own air mattresses, camping air pads, sleeping bags, pillows, and towels. There is a wooden floor in the dome and screen windows for airflow and to keep out bugs. There are outdoor double hot showers, a sink, and a claw foot bathtub. Also, a complete outdoor kitchen and grill, fridge, sink, and big fire pit are available for your use.

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Catskills Geodesic Dome, dome homes, Catskills rentals, Catskills camping, upstate glampingPhotos via Airbnb

Animals on the farm include merino sheep, angora goats, angora rabbits, oberhasli dairy goats, chickens (running free so dogs must be leashed!), one cat and a dog named Lali. There is also a greenhouse and vegetable garden, a pond for doggies to go swimming, and a lake across the street. And as a surprise amenity, there is a full-service recording studio on the premises as well as a fiber arts workshop space. Rates start at $350 a night.

3. Collective Retreat: Hudson Valley
Ghent, New York

Collective Retreats Hudson ValleyPhotos via Collective Retreats

Collective Retreats have six locations with luxury glamping down to a science. With 1,500-thread count bed linens and over-the-bed chandeliers, these tents might be even nicer than your own home (you might not ever want four solid walls again!).

Their Hudson Valley Collective is a two-hour drive from New York City. This bucolic retreat is set on Liberty Farms, a working organic farm and equestrian center. There is easy access to Hudson’s stylish boutiques and design shops, as well as a variety of outdoor activities and historical sites. The retreat is surrounded by terrific farms and food producers and has easy access to hikes, historical sites, and much more. Rates start range from $475 to $700 a night for luxury tents.

4. Collective Retreat’s Governors Island
Governors Island, NYC

Collective Retreats Governors Island

Collective Retreats Governors Island Photos via Collective Retreats

The Collective Retreat’s Governors Island site is New York City like you have never experienced before. A quick ferry ride from downtown Manhattan, the peaceful oasis is nestled near the hills of historic Governors Island. As 6sqft previously reported, “As part of a three-year license, the company will transform six acres of the 172-acre island into an “environmentally-friendly overnight lodging retreat with unobstructed views of the Statue of Liberty.” There will be room for 100 guests per night who will have the option of a $500-$850/night “luxury” tent or a $175-$330/night “premium bell tent.” The difference is that the luxury option comes with King-sized beds and private decks equipped with Adirondack chairs.

5. Mountain Horse Farm Tipis
Naples, New York

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Mountain Horse Farm B&B and Wellness Retreat is a bucolic, secluded, 33-acre farm with gorgeous views of the Finger Lakes Wine Country. The property offers glamping in traditional Sioux tipis and, if you decide to stress the “glamour” in glamping, there are elegant rooms with fireplaces as well as jacuzzis. Glampers can add spa services like massages and acupressure treatments at the on-site spa. The site also offers wine tours, transportation services, and a horse sanctuary where guests can schedule wellness sessions with horses. Rates start at $150 a night for a tipi.

6. Private Farm Tents
Naples, New York

Private farm glamping tent

Private farm glamping tent Photos via Airbnb

Only a 15-minutes drive from Ithaca and nearby gorges and wineries, this quaint glamping tent is situated on a small farm with free-range peafowl, chickens, and sheep. Guests are invited to make themselves an egg breakfast courtesy of the resident hens. There is also a “coffee station” in the “big” kitchen, a shared full bath with on-demand hot water and shower, and an outdoor summer kitchen for grilling and dining. The tent comes with a double bed, refrigerator, dresser, and loveseat. Visitors can also swim in nearby ponds.

But if you’re looking to sleep in, the owners warn, “Please know this is a farm and the farm animals are early risers. We provide earplugs on the bedside table for those of you who are not!” They allow dogs because but they are “considered an extra person.” Rates start at $125 a night.

7. Gatherwild Ranch Off-the-grid Tent
Germantown, New York

Gatherwild glamping

This private and luxurious bell tent is set on a beautiful field and comes with a cedar deck and firepit. It features a queen-size bed with fresh linens and includes a washing basin inside and sheepskins “for snuggling.” The tent faces east for great sunrises; solar lights glow inside in the evening, and the stargazing is reportedly spectacular!

Photos via Gatherwild Ranch

There is no electricity but they have composting toilets and a solar shower with a backup indoor shower. An outdoor kitchen and charcoal grill are all shared spaces. The off-grid tent is situated on 75 acres of land, which is all free for roaming. It is also a 15-minute walk to their partner sheep farm. Rates start at $110 a night.

8. Upstate Yurts
Granville, New York

These yurts are located in Granville, New York. It’s a four-hour drive north of NYC, but you certainly won’t regret the time in the car. The yurts are securely designed in a circular formation from wooden frames with sturdy cables supporting the structures, encircled by insulated canvas covers. There are four yurts on the property: a 30-foot yurt that can accommodate up to 11 people, a 24-foot yurt that can hold eight people, and two 20-foot yurts for six people each.

upstate yurts

Inside the yurts, glampers will find a kitchen area equipped with a refrigerator, a microwave, a coffee maker, a toaster oven, and dinnerware. Each yurt includes beds, a heater and a fan, a sofa, a DVD player, and electricity mod cons for total comfort. Free Wi-Fi is available in the yurts. Every yurt has a picnic table outside, as well as a fire pit. Glampers will also find a welcome pack that includes ice cream or ice-lollies, milk, water, coffee, tea, and cookies with every reservation. The host will do their best to accommodate special preferences.

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Bathrooms are just 20 yards away from the yurts. The bathroom block has male and female restrooms, three individual showers, and a bathroom and shower with wheelchair access. There is also a washer and a dryer, and a sink to wash dishes, as well as potable drinking water. Rates start at $137.

9. Cozy Safari Tent
Burdett, New York

cozy safari tent

cozy safari tentPhotos via Glamping Hub

This casual and comfy safari tent in the Finger Lakes is custom-built on an elevated wood platform and nestled perfectly into a secluded forest setting. Within the weather-resistant tents, amenities include a queen-size bed, comfortable furniture, and a writing desk. The hardwood floors add a luxurious touch that guests won’t find in any old nylon tent. There is a small deck outside on which guests can sit out at the small table and chairs to enjoy the surroundings. The tents are warmly lit with rechargeable lanterns that house a USB to charge devices. For convenience, essentials such as shampoo and a hairdryer, along with free WiFi, are provided. Rates start at $175.

10. Canvas Cabin
North River, New York

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cozy canvas glampingPhotos via Glamping Hub

There is a one two-person luxury tent cabin and one four-person luxury tent cabin at this luxury rental site with gorgeous mountain views. They’re both built on a deck in a wildflower meadow and furnished with beautiful antiques, twinkling string lights, and beds topped with homemade quilts and fresh linens. There is a barn with a shared bathroom and a kitchen a short walk away. There is also a charcoal grill and a cooler available to guests.

There is no light pollution at this glamping site, so the stargazing is incredible. The tents have a “fly” over them so they stay remarkably cool during the day. In September and October, an electric heater is available for extra warmth. The tents are completely waterproof so no matter what the weather, glampers are guaranteed a fabulous stay. Rates start at $134.



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