The Best Places to Glamp in Upstate New York
Escape the hustle and bustle of NYC to get up close and personal with mother nature on a quick glamping trip this fall. But what is glamping, you might ask? Glamping is essentially camping but with luxe amenities (such as beds, electricity, and access to indoor plumbing) while still being able to immerse yourself in the great outdoors. As we approach the peak-leaf season, be sure to check out this Fall Foliage Report for New York State, soak up the beautiful colors of nature with a trail walk through winding hills, a campfire under the stars, or with an On The Rocks pre-made cocktail—or two. From yurts to cozy cabins, these are the best destinations for a quick getaway from NYC.
The Hudson Valley
Get off the grid at the Gatherwild Ranch, located just outside of the city of Hudson. Just like the resident free-range chickens, guests are invited to roam freely around the 15 acres of land before resting their heads at one of the many bell-shaped glamping tents on the property. This former apple farm offers fresh farm-to-table food, bikes, and private fire pits. Plus, a barn-style lounge that’s ideal for entertaining and equipped with corn hole, a ping pong table, and games.
331 Roundtop Rd, Germantown | 203-807-1462 | @gatherwildranch | www.gatherwild.com
Only two hours and thirty minutes from NYC, this Scandinavian-style Catskills property features cozy A-frame cabins, as well as cabin suites, with a queen-size loft bed, a lounge space, a full en-suite bathroom, and an outdoor shower. Converted from a 1920s bunkhouse, this 17-acre property has two rustic saunas, picnic tables, bikes for rent, hammocks, fire pits with grilling and s’mores kits available upon request, breakfast baskets and cocktails available for delivery, and Wi-Fi—for those who want to escape it all without being entirely off the grid.
5088 Route 23, Windham | 518.734.0553 | @eastwindny | eastwindny.com
The Finger Lakes
Firelight Camps, Ithaca
Firelight Camps combine the fun of camping in the great outdoors with all of the amenities and comfort of a hotel suite. These luxe safari tents are outfitted with hardwood floors, plush king or double queen beds, and a scenic private porch with rocking chairs that’s ideal for sipping on a complimentary pour-over coffee. After your morning cup of joe, you’ll want to explore the surrounding hiking trails leading to Buttermilk Falls State Park. Not to mention a visit to one of the many wineries in this tiny enclave of upstate New York’s wine country. Cheers!
1150 Danby Rd, Ithaca | 607.229.1644 | @firelightcamps | firelightcamps.com
If you’re looking for an authentic Adirondack backcountry retreat, camp orenda is the place for you. Among the mountains in this pristine State Park, aspiring pioneers can enjoy their cozy canvas cabin, which is fully furnished with contemporary rustic-designed interiors, plush-down comforters, pillows, fresh linens, clean towels, lighting, ceiling fans, and convenience outlets. This all-inclusive campground offers daily dining with fresh farm ingredients from the camp’s on-site heirloom garden. Meals are cooked over an open wood flame using traditional cast iron skillets, griddles, and Dutch ovens for the ultimate glamping experience in the Adirondack wild.
90 Armstrong Rd, Johnsburg | 518.521.5001 | @camporend | camporenda.com