Grab a friend and gear up for a glamorous outdoors overnight trip this summer. Instead of struggling to pitch a tent in the sticky summer heat, dealing with bug bites, and going to the bathroom in the great outdoors, try something the complete opposite: glamping.
If camping under the stars sounds appealing, but you can’t do without the little luxuries—a hot shower, say, or a soft bed— then glamping is definitely for you. And there’s no better place to enjoy nature with some upscale necessities than the Hudson Valley, where all sorts of options await. Here are a few of the best ones we’ve found this season.
Set on two private acres, this tent has a carpeted sleeping quarter with a queen-sized bed and sitting area. There are board games if you get tired of listening to the birds and plenty of blankets for cool nights. Steps away, you’ll find a kitchen and screened-in gazebo, plus a porta-potty, outdoor shower, and a fire pit. If you hanker for civilization, you’re a short drive from Woodstock, Saugerties, and Kingston.
Other Amenities: Propane grill, mini fridge, coffee maker, cookware and kitchen utensils, dishware, water cooler with hot and cold H2O, lanterns, bedding
Sleeps: 2 to 4 campers (extra twin mattresses included)
What You’ll Spend: $185 a night
Pet Policy: Fur babies are welcome for an extra $50.
How to Book: Airbnb or thebrighamgroup.com
On this 42-acre sustainable vegetable and livestock farm, plop down on one of the Adirondack chairs in front of your tent and gaze at the rolling fields. The tent is set on a platform and comes with a queen-sized bed, complete with memory foam mattress. There’s a sun shower (a solar-heated bag that holds five gallons of H2O and hangs from a tree) and a Tentrr loo (a toilet seat atop a box with a bucket lined with biodegradable bags) in a smaller tent nearby. Angry Orchard’s Cider House and City Winery are a few minutes drive—as are many wineries along the Shawangunk Wine Trail.
Other Amenities: A fire pit, camp table and benches, a grill, grilling utensils, lanterns, and flashlights. For an extra fee, you can rent linens and pillows (otherwise, bring your own), pots and pans, dishes for six, and a cornhole set. You can also buy fresh farm eggs.
Sleeps: 6 campers
What You’ll Spend: $125 night
Pet Policy: Dogs welcome, no extra fee
How to Book: Find them on tentrr.com
This isn’t your parents’ campground. Instead, the Treetopia gives you plenty of luxe glamping options, including AirStreams kitted out with full baths and kitchens and A/C, as well as A-frame cabins and canvas tents. Swim in the pool, hike, walk your dog, or just relax in front of your lodgings. You can hook your own RV at Treetopia, too. The season ends in October, so act fast!
Other Amenities: Public restrooms with indoor/outdoor showers and toilets; small grocery store that carries typical campground sundries (including ice cream, coffee, and firewood); a game room with a pool table, arcade games and sofas for TV watching. Plus, you’re close to Catskill, Olana, and Catskill Park.
Sleeps: Depends on what you book. The Jumbo RV is good for a family of 5 or 4 adults; the standard, a family of 4 (or 3 adults); the tents, a max of 3 people.
Pet Policy: Accommodates most pets
What You’ll Spend: Ranges from $65–$450. Discounts offered for week-long stays.
How to Book: treetopiacampground.com
Is there anything cooler than sitting on a cedar floor in front of a free-standing fireplace? That can be your experience by booking the Bellfire Tipi. Or stay at the covered wagon (Cosmic Nomad) or the tiny house (the Birdhouse). All are located on 10 acres near state land, which make them perfect for stargazing. There’s also a floating deck on the property for picknicking or yoga sessions, and a four-person sauna that you can rent.
Other Amenities: Kitchenettes, fire pits, composting toilets, solar showers, bedding, and toiletries
Sleeps: 2 to 4
Pet Policy: Pet friendly; up to two pets per stay for a fee.
What You’ll Spend: $165-$200/per night
How to Book: Airbnb or bellfirefarm.com
Head up to Coxsackie for a peaceful and serene visit to Gather Greene. The small cabins come with a king-size bed, outside deck area, walk-in rain shower, and mini fridge. What’s more, each cabin is in the middle of the woods with utmost privacy. Guests can take a stroll on the grounds, which boast over 100 acres, plus a pond, a field of wildflowers, mountain views, wooded paths, and more serene spots to highlight the space’s harmony with nature.
Other Amenities: Heating and air conditioning, mini fridge, closet with full-length mirror, hair dryer, and unobstructed picturesque window
Sleeps: 2 campers
Pet Policy: Pets welcome, limited to one per cabin for a $50 fee.
What You’ll Spend: $650 for a two-night minimum
How to Book: gathergreene.com
Can you imagine setting aside your phone for a day or two? Locals can do just that at Getaway, the phone-free retreat that promotes renewed connections with nature. If the need to contact someone arises, the house does have an emergency phone in the tiny cabin. Otherwise, guests can savor the feeling of the sun beaming down in the morning in this tiny and quaint cabin in the great outdoors. The whole space includes books to read, a full-size window, and more camping essentials.
Other Amenities: Nearby Kaaterskill Falls, hiking trails, queen bed, shower, two-burner stove, chairs and picnic tables, sink, and drinking water
Sleeps: Up to 4 campers
Pet Policy: Dogs allowed for a $50 fee.
What You’ll Spend: From $186-$526
Where to Book: getaway.house
Choose-Your-Own Glamping Adventure
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Glamping Hub is like an Airbnb for glamorous getaways. You name it — small wood cabins, tents, A-frame homes, and places that look straight out of Pinterest — the website has it. With something for everyone, browsers can book local stays at locations like Woodstock, Saugerties, and Catskill, to name a few.
The Camping/Glamping Hybrid
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Thanks to Tentrr, glampers can book a getaway near a farm, smack in the middle of the woods, overlooking a mountain, or in a tent near a lake. With over 270 locations in New York state alone, many of Tentrr’s locations come with a fire pit outdoors, access to hiking trails and the grounds, and glamping amenities like beds, chairs, and cooking supplies. Depending on the site, Tentrr locations can be ideal for solo travels or getaways with friends.