By Jordi Lippe | September 1, 2017 | Lifestyle
Hudson Valley and the Catskills are quickly becoming hot spots for boutique hotel openings ideal for New Yorkers seeking refuge from the busy week. While there are already a number of luxurious, but quaint properties to book, we’ve found a new crop of accommodations popping up to help weary city folks get more acquainted with nature. From glamping tents to treehouses and tiny homes, these are five unique places to spend the night that aren’t hotels.
This new hospitality company took all the best parts of a five-star hotel—service, amenities, dining, and design—and put it all in tent accommodations on stunning natural landscapes. First started out west, Collective Hudson Valley just launched this summer on a pristine 310-acre organic farm in Ghent. You can book one of five luxury canvas tents, all named after local literary icons, that are equipped with 1,500-thread count Egyptian cotton linens, in-tent bathroom, massages, and a private deck. Bonus: your stay also includes a complimentary breakfast, which is served at Three Peaks Dining Lodge.
Let’s face it; no one has room for storing camping gear in an NYC apartment. That’s exactly why Tentrr was created. The online portal, similar to Airbnb, lets you book a campsite that’s completely set up for you. There’s a number of them scattered throughout the Catskills and Hudson Valley such as Davis Hollow Mountain Meadow, which comes equipped with a pre-set canvas safari tent, plush mattress, wood stove, Adirondack chairs, fire pit, grill, dining kit, and picnic table. They even figured out the pesky bathroom problems faced when sleeping in the wilderness by having a camp toilet and sun shower on site. The camp keeper and renowned chef Bryan Calvert will also lead a guided nature hike and prepare lunch if you wish.
Everyone knows that Airbnb is the go-to website to find alternative accommodations, but there’s one listing in particular that caught our eye. Located about 15 minutes from Woodstock sits the Willow Treehouse designed by architect Antony Gibbon. The incredible structure is perched among the trees and overlooks a small pond. Once inside, you’ll find a lofted bedroom, modern kitchen, and a wall of floor-to-ceiling windows. There’s even a special writing nook where you’ll most certainly get inspired.
This tiny company is so committed to helping you detach from city life, you don’t even know where you’re staying until they day before. Started just outside of Boston, Getaway built three tiny houses in the woods in the Catskills last summer and has been renting them out ever since. There are no TVs or Wi-Fi, but they do provide you with a kitchen, bathroom, shower, tools to build a campfire, and suggestions of non-technology related activities to try. Oh, and pets are welcome.
Though it’s technically a bed and breakfast, the Saugerties Lighthouse is certainly not your average inn. There are only two rooms available Thursday through Sunday and you can only get there by walking along a half-mile trail. Though they don’t have amenities like air conditioning, you do get unobstructed views of the water and complimentary breakfast. You also have access to a kitchen to prep your own meals, or you can head into town to grab a bite at Miss Lucy’s Kitchen.