Last weekend we headed up to New York’s gorgeous Finger Lake region for a little camping. ..ahem… glamping!
You know just us and nature, in a tent, with a king sized bed for Matt and i and a Full sized bed for Thomas and Lily, down comforters, fire pit, bocce ball… you know… glamping!
So glamping… for those of you who are ‘ pitch your own tent’ purists… is glamorous camping = glam-ping.
So if you are up for a family adventure within the tri-state… i’ve got one for you!
We headed up to Firelight Camps, founded by Food Network star Emma Frisch and her husband Robert in Ithaca, NY. It took us about 3 hours to get there which was perfectly fine because the drive up the Hudson Valley was absolutely stunning. The mountains were on FIE-YAH with the changing of the leaves.
Our evening started out with a Wine Tasting Hour, which lasted a little over an hour 😉
A warm cozy fire, hammocks, lazy couches all made way for a beautiful night under the stars. Our tent, which really is a tent, just reinforced and had a deck and other amenities, reminded me of one of those magic tents which pop up from time to time in the Harry POtter movies. You know when Hermoine, Ron and Harry all are travelling everywhere to track down Lord Voldemort and have to find the holcruxes… i digress.
The tent was like from a story book.
The lack of electricity in the tents was pretty magical. After all this IS …you know… camping. This lack of techy distractions allowed all of us to truly stop everything and just be with each other and laugh and tell scary stories. The pitch back cold evening was spent chatting and playing games in remote control LED flickering candle-light and little lanterns. Lily brought her dolls and played with them while Matt and I sat on the back deck and watched the stars.
There are tons of hiking trails right off your campsite, daily hiking tours like edible walks are all coordinated through the very helpful staff.
While your tent does not have a restroom, there is a very clean, spa like communal restroom, bath, lounge, sauna a quick walk from your tent. Lily loved walking in the pitch dark with her lantern , just to go to the bathroom. The main lounge area with the fire pit, bar, hammocks…etc is open 24 hours. A complimentary organic breakfast is served every morning in the communal lounge. Of course we had breakfast in our PJ’s!
A few things to note: While you do feel like you are out in the woods, you can still hear the car on the highway or roads nearby. This was a bit distracting when we were trying to just enjoy the quite and the crickets. While we didn’t have heaters in our tents, there are heaters in tents. We loooved being chilly but were totally fine when we were under the big down comforters.
We really enjoyed our experience at Firelight Camps. Rates start at $155 a night which is very reasonable for the whole experience. Imagine a couples get away, girls weekend or just a family recharge trip.
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* A press accommodation was offered for purposes of this review. All opinions are my own*