I’ve never considered glamping before, but after a friend sent me a link to the above-pictured spot in Ithaca, it became clear that this is something I need to do, maybe in the fall. From astonishingly posh to just plain fun, the number of glamping options have steadily grown with the trend, taking on the form of oversize tree houses and private islands. Just look at some of these places!
Firelight Camps in Ithaca, New York
Camp out in style in a large safari tent furnished with hardwood floors, a private balcony, and beds with 300-thread-count linens. Enjoy a complimentary, locally sourced continental breakfast in the morning, wile away the day in your forest hammock, then gather around the pre-made campfire in the evening to munch on freshly made hazelnut-rosemary s’mores. If just thinking about all that activity makes you tired, don’t worry — the tents are pitched on the grounds of a resort and spa, so you can treat yourself to a massage right near your site.
For just $100 a night, you can rent your own little island! This super cute property is located on a quarter acre island on Lake Cobbossee in Maine, and features three rooms with lake views from every window. As awesome as this looks, though, you’d still be roughing it — there’s no running water or electricity in the cabin, and the commode is a “composting toilet,” whatever that means. Still, I’d totally be willing to give up a few creature comforts for a chance to be on my own island. (And besides, the mainland — with all its restaurants and shopping — is just a few minutes away.)