Top Spots to Go Glamping in New York (and One in Georgia)

At first glance, camping sounds fun. Waking up to beautiful views and the sounds of birds chirping, ending days with a glass of vino and s’mores. But when you factor in the whole bugs-and-sleeping-on-the-ground thing, it starts to lose—OK completely loses—its appeal. That is, until you Google “Glamping.” As the name implies, it’s like glamorous camping. Guests are treated to can’t-live-without amenities like running water, a warm bed and hot food cooked by someone else all while chilling in the middle of the woods. S’mores tend to be included. Before the chill truly sets in, cozy up at these three top spots for glamping in New York. And if you’re looking for warmer pastures, book a flight to Georgia stat for a throwback treehouse experience with a luxe modern twist.

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Firelight Camps, Ithaca

Community campfires, homemade s’mores, twinkling fireflies. image: allison usavage

Community campfires, homemade s’mores, twinkling fireflies. image:
allison usavage

Nestled in the scenic Finger Lakes region and just minutes from bustling downtown Ithaca, Firelight Camps blends nature and luxury. Tents include wooden floors, beds with high-thread counts, mesh screening that banishes bugs and battery-powered lanterns that double as phone chargers. But a little tip: Consider putting that fifth limb of an iPhone down and enjoying the backyard view of Buttermilk State Falls. Rumor has it its gorgeous. Other perks include happy hours with Finger Lakes beers, wines and ciders, a store stocked with homemade s’mores kits and 24/7 coffee made with Nicaraguan beans. Stay 

Posh Primitive, Chestertown

Escape to the Adirondacks without leaving comfort behind. Centrally located in the Adirondack mountains, Posh Primitive’s tents are equipped with queen-size beds, wool blankets and an easy-to-use wood stove stocked with firewood. They don’t skimp on style, either. Rustic wooden furnishings made by local artisans provide the utilitarian aesthetic guests look for when they book a woodland getaway. Guests can book customized trips including mountain and road biking and zip-lining. Good dogs are welcome to glamp with good pet parents. Stay  

Collective Hudson Valley, a Retreat at Liberty Farms, Hudson Valley

Collective Hudson Valley

Two hours from the hustle and bustle of New York City, Collective Hudson Valley, a Retreat at Liberty Farms provides glampers with a bucolic escape. Set on a working organic farm, guests are treated to meals made from fresh local ingredients. Dining options include casual BBQ boxes to romantic farm-to-table dinners under the stars. As for accommodations, there are luxury tents with king-size beds and 1,500 thread-count linens, an over-the-bed chandelier and a private deck. Stay 

Buckhead Tree House, Georgia

Remember that little wooden treehouse you had as a kid? This isn’t it—but the wooden exterior and location (the elevated platforms are between trees) give it a dose of nostalgia. Located in the woods of Atlanta, Georgia, this unique retreat has living room with 80-year-old butterfly-filled windows, a 12-candle chandelier, comfy seating for six, a balcony overlooking lush woods and a hammock. The house has WiFi (if you must!) and a bottle of wine and snacks (you must!). Stay 

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