Boheme Retreats Does Comfortable Camping in the Catskills

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Want to try camping in the Hudson Valley? This Black-owned campsite is equipped with renovated vintage trailers for a fun, comfortable stay.

It’s hard to imagine that camping in the Hudson Valley could get any better, but Boheme Retreats, a gorgeous trailer retreat in the scenic Western Catskills, is pushing the envelope. There, you can experience the great outdoors without “roughing it” as you enjoy the tradition of camping in restored RVs from the ’60s and ’70s. Your stay at Boheme Retreats will have you asking yourself, “Hmmmm…could I live in one of these year-round?”

 

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Boheme Retreats is the brainchild of Keva Niver, who combines her deep passion for camping with years of experience in construction and management. As she explored the campgrounds of the Hudson Valley, she realized that she wanted to create a new kind of camping experience in the region. As an avid, Black RV camper, I realized that there was a need for more representation within the camping space. Not only did I not see any campground owners that looked like me in all of my many road trips, but I rarely saw any BIPOC people within the spaces I traveled. I realized that I had an opportunity to change the narrative and create the change that I so desperately wanted,” Niver shares. 

 

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Above all, accessibility is key to the mission of Boheme Retreats. On the campground’s Instagram page, Niver actively demystifies the experience of camping and emphasizes that the adventure is for everyone. In one recent post, she provides information as to how campers can get to the Livingston Manor site—even if they don’t have a vehicle—for less than $100. “This season, we recognize that we have to be very intentional in creating more access for urban campers to participate in outdoor overnight stays,” says Niver, adding, “Overall, the focus is getting rid of as many barriers as we can and to just make it easy to have that overnight adventure in nature.”

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If you’ve been wanting to connect with nature, but don’t quite know how, this escape in Livingston Manor is the perfect place to start. First, you’ll have to choose from one of Niver’s renovated vintage trailers—let’s take a peek at your options.

 

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Fannie

If you’re looking to take your furry friend on your camping trip, Fannie might just be the trailer for you. This 1964 Franklin will comfortably fit four adults, a child, and—of course—your pet. Inside, you’ll find a full-size bed, a convertible RV bed, a small loft bed, and a private wet bath with a shower and toilet. Cook delectable meals in the kitchen, then savor them in the blue patio chairs that match the trailer’s exterior.

 

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Leona

Leona is the ideal trailer for a summer trip with your besties. The orange and yellow color palette on this 1973 Coachmen has a warm, welcoming feeling that radiates summer vacation fun. Inside, you’ll find a cozy queen-size bed and a convertible full-size bed to fit you plus three of your pals. Complete with a bathroom and kitchen, your stay in Leona lets you camp in your comfort zone. 

 

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Rosa

Rosa is a 1963 Shasta with a pink color palette. The modern Bohemian design adorning the vintage trailer makes for a truly nostalgic stay. The cozy, full-size bed comfortably accommodates two campers, and the RV is outfitted with a private wet bath, shower, and toilet. It’s so Instagrammable, you’ll want to spend the whole trip snapping pics, but don’t forget why you came to experience the great outdoors in the first place.

 

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Shirley

This trailer might look quaint on the outside, but its interior has a vibrant and exciting design. Shirley is a 1978 Dutchcraft trailer that can sleep three people between its full-size bed and day bed. Plus, it has a shower, toilet, and sink. The floor is tiled with delightful yellow square tiles that add a pop of color to the trailer. The bedroom wall has an eye-catching, jungle-themed wallpaper, making the space even livelier. 

 

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Zora

This sleek black 1974 Lark is perfect for a couple’s getaway or a solo camping trip. Inside is a full-size bed as well as a convertible twin bed (during the day, it folds up and transforms into a small dining area), a kitchen, and a bath. Be forewarned: This trailer has a low ceiling, so it’s best for campers 5’11” or shorter.

So, are you ready to book your bohemian retreat? The campground is currently accepting reservations from May 5 through the fall.

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