by Robin Catalano
Whether you love or snicker at the mishmash moniker, glamping—like camping, but without the “roughing it” part—is a trend that’ll be sticking around for some time. While the current iteration has been around since the mid-aughts, it traces its roots back to the ornate tent cities of the Turkish Ottomans, who decked out their sleeping quarters with embroidered silks, fancy furniture, hand-woven rugs, and decorative objects.
These days, depending on just how off-the-grid you’d like to be, you can glamp in anything from a tent or a yurt to a cozy tiny home, star-gazing bubble house, rustic lakefront cabin, or swishy treehouse. Glamping rentals aren’t necessarily safer that a hotel stay, but they feel a lot safer, since they’re typically in isolated locations and you’re sequestered with whomever you bring with you (or not). Unsurprisingly, the largest concentration of glamping sites have historically been in warm-weather regions like the West Coast. But thanks to the varied landscape and wealth of outdoor recreation, New York and the East Coast both rank in the top five.
Glamping Hub, one of the most popular sites for booking glamping stays around the world, reports a 109 percent increase in bookings last year. In the Northeast, summer—obvs—is the most popular time for glamping (54.8 percent), followed by fall (24.2 percent).
What does this mean for cool-weather months? Some glamping sites aren’t winterized, so there are fewer to choose from in these parts. But the ones that are available often have special off-season rates, to entice the 8 to 12 percent who book in the spring and winter.
Here’s a look at Glamping Hub’s 10 most popular accommodations in the Northeast—including one in our backyard.