A well-rounded urban camping experience is a new summer option on Governors Island. Campers can choose an activity-packed agenda complete with private boats, dining, kids’ activities and wellness programs, and a chance to sleep under the stars surrounded by New York skyline views and 1,500 thread count sheets, private en-suite bathrooms and decks, electricity, and WiFi within. For modern design lovers, the island’s cozy Summit and Journey tents from Collective Retreats will be joined by new Outlook shelters. These modular hotel rooms resemble tiny modern cabins with 225 square feet–plus 175 square feet of deck space–of indoor architecture that “seamlessly compliments outdoor grandeur with fully sheltered structures.”
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A new option for summer fun without leaving the city begins today: Urban camping on Governors Island kicks off its summer season, courtesy of Collective Governors Island. The activity-packed retreat experience includes private boats, new menus, kids’ activities, wellness programs and more, plus a chance to sleep under the stars with stunning views of the Statue of Liberty and New York skyline while enjoying plush beds with 1,500 thread count sheets, private en-suite bathrooms and decks, electricity and wi-fi.
Tons of artfully created details, a wood-burning stove and modern comforts–from rain shower head to reading nooks–add up to a warm welcome at this upstate barn listed on Airbnb for $255 a night. It looks like a perfect escape from city life without having to rough it–and barns are cooler than cabins anyway. The hosts have been at this for a while, so they’ve got all the details covered, including wifi and a programmable smart TV so you don’t have to miss your shows. Set on four-and-a-half acres in the quaint-but-cool town of Tivoli, NY, about 100 miles from New York City in the Hudson River Valley near Bard College, the barn offers five beds on three levels, for up to six guests.
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.
While urban camping might sound like an oxymoron, there are some surprising options for roughing it in the city. Take for example Bivouac, a pop-up campsite on rotating, secret rooftops where you can wake up surrounded by Brooklyn’s terraces or admiring Central Park from above–free of charge. Created by artist Thomas Stevenson, the site consists of six waterproof canvas tents with wooden frames and one-inch wool felt flooring for comfort and insulation. There’s no electricity or internet to help guests disconnect from daily life, so all you have to do is book your stay in advance through Thomas (the “park ranger”) and bring along a sleeping bag and food to share in a communal dinner.
We’re all for glamping here at 6sqft, though we typically reserve these outdoor adventures for places like the Catskills. But the W Hotel chain is hoping to capitalize on the trend and bring it to their Lexington Avenue location. A press release from the company announces their Outdoor Glamping Suite, part of the 17th floor Extreme Wow Suite, which makes nods to camping with “a 12-foot yurt bedecked in a kaleidoscope of fabrics and textures, glowing lanterns, rattan hanging chairs and a fire pit that lights up with a flip of a switch.” The W teamed up with interior design company Laurel & Wolf to create the experience, which is going for a whopping $2,000 a night.
Looking for an upstate weekend getaway, but don’t want to deal with the mosquitoes and unpredictable weather that often go with traditional camping? This geodesic dome in the Catskills promises to be an “incredible glamping space,” and its funky design and foodie-focused community only sweeten the deal.
Available on Airbnb for $350/night, the dome is located on a farm in Sullivan County. It has wooden floors and screened-in windows, but you’ll need to BYObed if you have more than two guests. There’s also outdoor double hot showers, a sink, and a clawfoot tub, as well as a full outdoor kitchen with a grill, fridge, sink, and fire pit.
Located in Tivoli, a village in Dutchess County, this charming rustic barn has everything you would want in a home: There are cozy wooden interiors, it’s surrounded by gardens, it has its own pond, there’s small yoga deck right next to a stream, and there’s even a cozy deck at the back. While you may think a home like this will forever be out of your reach, think again. This beauty is up for rent, and it’s just two hours north of the city.
Living small is the new living large—at least that’s what trend pieces would point to. While realistically most of us would rather stretch out in a four-bedroom, if we had to squeeze into a micro home, we definitely wouldn’t mind shacking up in a Tiny Heirloom. Easily more elegant and better-styled than most NYC apartments (including our own!), this miniature abode is the glamorous incarnation of your typical tiny home and comes with all the bells an whistles you could possibly imagine, including free electricity provided by the sun or wind!
- If you’re into glamping, the “markies” camper (or should we say glamper) might be the perfect way to enjoy the great outdoors. [Architizer]
- A new event series, West Side Storytellers, will feature stories about the Upper West Side as told by Upper West Siders. [West Side Rag]
- Watch a home movie of what it was like to go out downtown in the 1990’s. [Flaming Pablum]
- Select Bus Service lines getting a $295M expansion, which will introduce 13 new lines by 2017. [NYDN]
- The forgotten developer who transformed 19th-century NYC. [Curbed]
- Tomorrow night you can watch four native New Yawkers compete for best accent. [Brokelyn]
Images: Markies glamper via wimp.com (L); NYC bus (R)