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Sleep Under the Stars: 3 Stellar Glampsites in Upstate New York


“Glamping” or glamourous camping is all the rage in Upstate New York. And it’s the perfect way to connect with nature – without giving up the comforts of a hot shower and nice warm bed. In Western New York and the Finger Lakes Region, we have three awesome new glampsites that you should be checking out, each with their own unique twist on the outdoor experience.

At Darien Lake in Darien Center, NY – which is less than an hour from the Canada/NY border – the park offers “ready-made campsites,” a platform canvas tent and queen size bed that don’t require any setup on your part. The glampsite is in walking distance of Darien Lake’s Theme Park Resort – with both wet and dry rides, entertainment at their concert venue, and plenty of food and fun. Before you book, check out their awesome Glamping Vacation Packages and find an experience that the whole family will love.

A quieter retreat is offered in Burdett, NY at Seneca Sol. As the newest of the glampsites in the area, Seneca Sol offers three safari tents – named the Maple, Cherry, and Oak – and will be adding a fourth, Willow, this month. Also new in May are two water resistant tipis – Cypress and Aspen – that can accommodate two people each. You won’t find an amusement park in your backyard here – but you will find a quiet retreat into nature that allows guests to relax and recharge. And speaking of recharging, Seneca Sol does have rechargeable lanterns in each of the tents that house USB outlets to charge devices (should you need to Instagram this beautiful retreat).

In Ithaca, NY Firelight Camps also offers safari-style tents with queen beds for guests. But Firelight takes glamping a step further with a tent lobby and lounge that offers freshly brewed coffee, hot water, and tea, a canteen refill station, a phone charging station, places to sit and relax or play games, and access to communal campfires (tended by the staff at Firelight Camps). The camp store sells homemade s’more kits (YUM!), trail snacks, apparel, and other necessities – so guests are taken care of should they forget an item. And a bonus! Firelight Camps holds a morning yoga class on Saturdays from 8:30 – 9:30 a.m.

All three glampsites are pet-friendly, because why wouldn’t you bring the furriest member of your family along? But book soon, because the tents fill up fast.

And if you are looking for an even more authentic outdoor experience, the Campground Owners of New York (CONY) offers a list of camping options across New York State – from Camp Chautauqua in the Chautauqua-Allegheny region to Sleepy Hollow Campgrounds in the Catskills.