Top 7 Summer Getaways from New York City

By Neil Graham

As culturally vibrant and exciting as New York City is, with 62 million tourists visiting in 2017 alone, it's no wonder why many locals decide to leave the concrete jungle behind and instead head to the forested mountains of Upstate New York and beyond for their summer vacation. So, without further ado, here are our top 7 summer getaways from New York City!

1. The Adirondacks

The Adirondacks region is an epic landscape that features lakes, waterfalls, rugged mountains, and idyllic wilderness where guests can disconnect from city life while surrounded by sublime natural beauty. The area is an outdoor enthusiast's dream, with spectacular hiking and biking trails, as well as superb kayaking, swimming, and fishing opportunities. Meanwhile, those just looking for a quiet escape will no doubt find that rejuvenating sense of freedom.

Unwind in the Adirondacks with this lakefront log cabin!

2. The Catskills

Sprawling out across southeastern New York, the Catskill Mountains make for a stunning vacation away from the hustle and bustle of New York City, regardless of the season. In the warmer months, the Catskills provide the perfect setting for a variety of water sports, in addition to hiking, biking, zip-lining, and wildlife watching. When the Catskills are blanketed in snow, the slopes at Hunter Mountain, Belleayre Mountain Ski Center, and Windham Mountain Resort offer an array of trails for all levels of experience and ability.

Enjoy an unforgettable vacation in this tipi rental in the Catskill Mountains!

3. The Hamptons

Based on the East End of Long Island, the Hamptons are a collection of seaside villages and hamlets that are perfect for those guests looking to unwind on the coast and enjoy the ocean breeze. There are an array of trendy cocktail bars, stylish restaurants, and boutique shops that make up the East End's beachfront, while Cooper's Beach in Southampton and Main Beach in East Hampton are ideal spots for sunbathing, swimming, and family fun!

Explore the natural beauty of the Hamptons from this beachfront villa!

4. Finger Lakes

Made up of 11 long, thin glacial lakes in northeastern New York, the Finger Lakes Region is a stunning year-round destination that is home to more than just the name suggests. Visitors come from all over to explore the breathtaking gorges and cascading waterfalls, while in winter, the world-class ski resorts offer downhill skiing, snowboarding, and snow tubing. What’s more, visitors can discover the exquisite wineries throughout the region’s Wine Country that are renowned for their high-quality vintages and prestigious tours.

Enjoy a unique getaway experience and stay in a safari tent in the Finger Lakes Region!

5.. Hudson Valley

The Hudson Valley extends 150 miles north of Manhattan along the Hudson River, from Westchester to Albany, and is an area rich in history, culture, and natural beauty. Renowned for its vineyards and farms, the Hudson Valley is the oldest wine-producing region in the United States and is a foodie's dream with an array of farm-to-table options throughout. Guests can take in the sights of Albany and Saratoga Springs or follow the trails through the impressive Adirondack Mountains.

Relax in style with this dome rental in the Catskill Mountains!

6. The Poconos

An iconic region characterized by its mountains, valleys, waterfalls, lakes, and rivers, the Poconos is a family-friendly destination full of adventure, as well as an area with a rich history and deep cultural significance. From zip-lining to ice golf, there's something for every glamper.

Why not completely immerse yourself in nature by staying in a waterfront cabin with a hot tub in the Poconos?

7. Acadia National Park

Acadia National Park is a 47,000-acre recreation area located in Maine to the southwest of Bar Harbor. Its landscape is comprised of the rocky Atlantic coastline, dense forest, and sandy beaches, while the peaks of Cadillac Mountain and Sargent Mountain offer rewarding hiking trails with sensational panoramic views of the park and beyond. Although a little further away from New York, the abundance of precious wildlife and fascinating geological features makes it worth the trip.

Discover the sublime natural beauty of Acadia National Park from this vacation rental in Maine!

Still undecided? Why not check out our collection of luxury camping accommodations near New York City? For even more travel tips and glamping ideas, keep reading here on our blog!

National Parks: Interesting Facts and Captivating Accommodations

By Neil Graham

On March 1, 1872, President Ulysses S. Grant signed the Yellowstone National Park Protection Act, which ensured that Yellowstone was "reserved and withdrawn from settlement, occupancy, or sale" and that it was "for the benefit and the enjoyment of the people," thus, creating the concept of a National Park.

Today, there are 60 National Parks across the United States, many of which showcase some of the world's most fascinating and awe-inspiring geological features on the planet—including red rock canyons, snow-capped peaks, deep lakes, and even a supervolcano. Every year, they attract millions of adventurers who are yearning to experience the sublime beauty of the wilderness and a rejuvenating sense of freedom.

An image of Yellowstone National Park.

To help you decide where to go on your next glamping getaway, here are five interesting facts about National Parks along with five of our most extraordinary accommodations nearby.

Yellowstone National Park

A view from Yellowstone National Park.

Sprawling across three different states, Montana, Wyoming, and Idaho, Yellowstone was the first ever National Park and is renowned for its multitude of wildlife and geological features including Old Faithful, a spectacular cone geyser that erupts with relative predictability, which led to its name.

Fact #1: Beneath the surface of Yellowstone is an active supervolcano that contains enough magma to fill the Grand Canyon more than 11 times over.

A view from the exterior of the log cabin near Yellowstone in Montana.
For your trip to Yellowstone, stay at this log cabin with mountain views in Montana.

Sequoia National Park

A photo of Sequoia National Park in California.

Sequoia National Park lies in the Sierra Nevada mountain range of California and is world famous for its astonishing sequoia trees in the Giant Forest and its breathtaking trails, including the Moro Rock Trail, which offer sensational mountain views.

Fact #2: Named after an American Civil War general, the General Sherman sequoia tree towers above any visitor at 83.8 meters tall and is the largest-known, living, single stem tree on the planet.

A view of the exterior and outdoor seating area at the riverfront cabin near Sequoia National Park in California.
For your trip to Sequoia National Park, stay at this riverfront cabin in the Sierra Nevada Foothills of California.

Yosemite National Park

A photo of the mountains in Yosemite National Park in California.

Thanks to the efforts of Scottish activist John Muir, who grew up in Wisconsin, the natural beauty of Yosemite was well-documented in national newspapers, magazines, and journals, and he was able to raise awareness about the potential threat of destruction to its landscape.

Fact #3: Yosemite's Half Dome granite rock formation provided the inspiration for the logo of outdoor specialists, North Face.

A view from below the impressive cabin rental near Yosemite National Park in California.
For your trip to Yosemite National Park, stay at this gorgeous woodland cabin in Mariposa, California.

Great Smoky Mountains National Park

A photo of Great Smoky Mountains National Park in Tennessee.

Spanning across North Carolina and Tennessee, the legendary park is renowned for its astonishing fall colors, its snowcapped peaks in the winter, and its rich Southern Appalachian history. Unlike other National Parks, there is no charge to enter the park, and it proudly holds the title of the most-visited National Park in the U.S. There are over 800 miles of hiking trails, including the Appalachian Trail, as well as picturesque rivers and waterfalls, ancient woodlands, and 300-million-year-old mountains.

Fact #4: The park gets its name from the Cherokee word shaconage, which means "place of blue smoke" and describes the eerie fog that gathers above the forested mountains, which creates a "smoky" effect.

A view from the exterior of the log cabin in Gatlinburg, Tennessee, in the wintertime.
For your trip to Great Smoky Mountains National Park, stay at this luxury log cabin in Gatlinburg, Tennessee.

Olympic National Park

A view of the ocean waters that form part of the Olympic National Park in Washington.

The Olympic National Park is one of the most unspoiled parks in the country, giving visitors an insight into its ancient formation from glacial ice and an authentic wilderness experience. Its mountains were developed deep beneath the ocean's surface before glaciers, which were one mile-thick, carved out its rugged terrain. Nowadays, it is home to an array of diverse ecosystems, all teeming with wildlife, and boasts 73 miles of epic mountainous coastline.

#Fact 5: Due to its Ice Age isolation, 15 animals and eight species of plant evolved here and nowhere else on the planet, such as the Olympic marmot, Olympic mud minnow, and crescent trout.

A view from the exterior at nighttime of the cabin rental near Olympic National Park in Washington.
For your trip to Olympic National Park, stay at this spacious cabin rental in Port Angeles, Washington.


Check out our collection of extraordinary accommodations near National Parks and enjoy an unforgettable experience in the sublime beauty of nature!

Staff Picks: Neil's Unique Accommodations for Extraordinary Adventures

By Neil Graham

Standing on the summit of Saddle Yoke in Scotland at 2,411 feet as an 11-year-old boy, I remember it felt like the biggest mountain in the world. The views were something from another planet and nothing like I’d ever seen before. It was -10 degrees Celsius, the wind was howling, and the heavy snowfall seemed relentless—something I should have hated—but I was there with my dad, looking out across this land of giants, thinking “This. Is. Awesome.”

Since that day, we’ve traveled the world navigating dangerous ridges and enduring extreme weather, while learning that getting up at 4 a.m. is not too early, that 17,600 feet is not too high, and a 30-kilo backpack is not too heavy. Climbing mountains, for me, was never about trudging up steep hillsides in the rain, searching for that sense of achievement, it was always about hanging out with my dad, witnessing landscapes that no photographer could ever do justice, and sharing challenging moments together...as well as a free pub meal and a pint on the way home.

At Glamping Hub, we understand that the bonds and memories you create in the great outdoors are special, so we’ve put together this collection of unique accommodations that are attached to extraordinary adventures.

Unique Up-Cycled Bus Accommodation Getaway near Reykjavik, Iceland

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This fascinating, up-cycled bus accommodation is the epitome of glamping, with it’s creative and innovative design showcasing the artistic personality of our host while offering our guests a truly unique experience at the foothills of Mount Esja. Only 10 minutes north of Iceland’s capital city, the mountain range dominates Reykjavic’s skyline and makes for a superb day of hiking along volcanic peaks in the snow and ice.

Stunning Modern Safari Tent Rentals with Private Patio near Leh, Jammu and Kashmir

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Guests staying at these enchanting safari tents in the region of Jammu and Kashmir will be able to wake up to the phenomenal sight of the soaring Himalayas, the clang of yak bells, and the fresh mountain air of northern India. There are miles of trekking trails nearby, as well as opportunities to kayak along the Indus and Zanskar Rivers, regarded as one of the most spectacular navigable gorges in the world.

Extraordinary Luxury Tree House near the Lule River in Swedish Lapland

Take a look at our amazing tree houses from around the world!

One of our most eye-catching accommodations, this incredible tree house can be found surrounded by the tall pines of Sweden’s Lapland, just 50 kilometers south of the Arctic Circle. Mountaineers looking to take on Sweden’s highest mountain, Kebnekaise, can reward themselves with a stay in the sublime wilderness of Harads and recuperate in style.

Luxury Camping Domes with Amazing Trail Access near Machu Picchu, Peru

Visiting Lima, Peru? Make it a vacation to remember and stay in of our unique rentals!

The Inca Trail to Machu Picchu is notorious for its astonishing archaeological sites and its green, jagged peaks. With the trail reaching an altitude of 13,828 feet at its highest elevation, guests will be hard-pressed to find such a rewarding adventure anywhere else in the world. The four-day trek is a magical experience for friends and families yearning to witness the beauty of the Andes, and these dome rentals in Cusco, Peru, will make the journey truly unforgettable.

Couples' Luxury Cabin with Unique Details near the Isle of Skye, Scotland

Planning a getaway in Scotland? Why not stay in an eco-pod in Orkney!

Dotted with medieval castles and historic fishing villages, Scotland’s northwest coast is a rugged landscape with a mythical aura that any explorer will fall in love with. This luxury cabin in the Highlands is just a short ferry ride to the Isle of Skye, which is home to Scotland’s most iconic rock, The Storr, as well as Sgùrr Deag and its Inaccessible Pinnacle, two treks that are engulfed by breathtaking natural beauty. Boasting a wood-fired hot tub and a deck with sensational views of the Sound of Sleat, guests are treated to the most stylish of base camps.

Luxury Canvas Tent Rentals for an Incredible Alaska Camping Experience on the Matanuska Glacier

See the Northern Lights at these glamping accommodations!

Spending nights out in the wilderness without access to television or the internet allows guests to reconnect with nature and with each other. It’s the perfect opportunity to share stories and ponder the deeper questions in life while enjoying the silence of the great outdoors. Guests at these glamping tents in Sutton, Alaska, will be able to try their hand at ice climbing on the nearby Matanuska Glacier and hike along the renowned Lion’s Head Trail past lakes, ice falls, and the peaks of the snow-capped Talkeetna Mountains. At certain times of the year, guests may be lucky enough to catch a glimpse of the Northern Lights, which makes for a magical end to the day.


Looking for more hiking adventures? Have a look at our best hiking vacations in California for 2018!

Why Taking a Break from Social Media Can Be Good

By Neil Graham

Checking social media on a cell phone at a coffee table.

Think about how much time you spend looking at social media. For most of us, the first thing we do when we wake up in the morning is to check that no one has tagged us in an embarrassing photo from the night before and then proceed to “like” all the latest memes and videos on Facebook.

After that, it’s a quick look at Instagram to figure out who exactly it was that started to follow you and whether or not you want to follow them back. This whole routine can last between 15 minutes to a half hour, and already, we're pushing back plans for the day.

Wouldn’t it be great to live the day just for ourselves and not for others to judge? Here’s why taking a break from social media can be good and why it’s necessary...at least every once in a while.

Disconnect from social media and reconnect with the outdoors

A woman enjoying a cup of coffee outside of her camping tent.

Putting the phone down for a few hours might leave some frustrated at not being able to feel “in touch” with the social media world, but we soon realize that the real world is pretty interesting, too. Have you ever been in the mountains or some other awesome part of nature only to find that your photographs never do the landscape justice? Maybe we should forget about trying to see the world as a potential profile picture and instead use the authentic #nofilter—our own eyes!

Have more time for life experiences

An artist working on a drawing at his desk.

The non-profit organization Common Sense Media reports that the average teen in the U.S. spends nine hours a day on social media, while the average adult spends around two hours a day. Therefore, the average person will spend roughly five years and four months in a lifetime on social media.

That’s enough time to become world-class at four different fields. (We'll wait for you to pick your jaw back up off the floor.) Malcolm Gladwell’s theory is that it takes 10,000 hours of practice to achieve mastery at something, which works out to only 417 days—talk about putting things into perspective!

Ruining nights out since 2004

A group of friends saying cheers with glasses of beer.

We all enjoy a good night out at the weekend; it’s a good opportunity to blow off steam with friends and catch up. It’s becoming more and more common, however, that we sit in silence, all looking at our cell phones—either “checking in” to let everyone know that we’re in the coolest spot in town (funny how no one does it when they’re visiting their grandma on a Sunday afternoon) or Whatsapping our partners to say we’ll be home soon when we all know there's still going to be one more round. We’re in good company—let’s set our phones down and make the most of it!

Let people learn more about the real you

A woman practicing violin on a bridge.

With a quick glance at one of our friends’ Facebook profiles, we may think they live a globetrotting, bohemian lifestyle, with their Ray Bans and Indie band-style photographs. In reality, I know Joe doesn’t know how to play the guitar, and Stephanie never wears flowers in her hair. Unlike Joe's Facebook friends, I know he has many hidden talents and unique interests that are considered not cool enough to “share” on social media. We say show off your talents, teach us more about your interests, and you’ll find you’re way cooler than your Instagram.

You don't need social media to be social

A group of friends and family enjoying the sunset on the beach.

When we think about our favorite memories, they are all about being with loved ones or going on an adventure—maybe somewhere romantic or perhaps like that time when everybody couldn't stop laughing. They are certainly not about the day we looked at Facebook for 15 minutes on the bus.


Take a break from social media and use your extra time to explore the great outdoors with one of our unique glamping getaways!

The Four Best Weekend Trips from Seattle

By Neil Graham

Looking for something to do this weekend? Glamping Hub has you covered! With these four unique weekend trip and getaway ideas all around Seattle, every weekend can become an adventure.

Mount Rainier National Park

view of Mt. Rainier

A prominent figure in the distance of the Seattle skyline is the towering Mount Rainier. Its snow-capped peak rises to 14,410 feet and its National Park is a 370-square mile state reserve of breathtaking natural beauty. If it’s a rejuvenating escape to the wilderness you’re looking for then there is no better place for your mind, body, and soul than the fresh, crisp air of Mount Rainier, just an hour and a half’s drive southeast of Seattle. Visitors can hike along outrageously beautiful trails past glaciers and waterfalls, ski down the world-class slopes of Crystal Mountain or kayak on the pristine waters of Tipsoo Lake.

Orcas Island

view of Orca's Island

The largest of the San Juan Islands in the northwest of Washington state, Orcas Island offers visitors the perfect setting to unwind away from the congestion of the city and take it easy in the fresh ocean breeze. The Islands are renowned for their unspoiled landscape and their abundance of native wildlife including red fox, Columbia blacktail deer, and over 200 species of birds while orca whales, dolphins, and Pacific Harbor seals can be regularly seen from the shore. Visitors can explore the luscious Turtleback Mountain Preserve and Moran State Park where hiking, biking, and horseback riding trails provide magnificent views or simply enjoy a leisurely afternoon browsing the art galleries and artisan shops before ending the evening with an exquisite seafood dinner as the sun sets.

Take the Washington State Ferry from Anacortes, around an hour and a half’s drive from Seattle, to Orcas Island or Kenmore Air and land in either West Sound Bay or the village of Eastsound for the easiest journey.

Leavenworth

The enchanting town of Leavenworth is located around two and a half hours from Seattle on the east side of the Wenatchee National Forest—although visitors will feel like they have arrived in southeast Germany as the entire town center as been modeled on an idyllic Bavarian town. The town hosts their very own Oktoberfest celebrations from the end of September to mid-October where visitors can enjoy live music, traditional German food, and great beer while year round, Leavenworth’s wineries offer tastings and tours on the banks of the Wenatchee River. Head to Waterfront Park for a peaceful walk by lakes and snow-capped mountains and in winter, Ski Hill’s slopes accommodate winter sports enthusiasts of all ages while a visit to the Reindeer Farm gets everyone in the Holiday spirit.

Bainbridge Island

The pride and joy of Bainbridge Island is the stunning Bloedel Reserve, a 150-acre reserve made up of formal gardens with a wide variety of plants and flowers as well as a woodland, a moss garden, and marshland. Built in the 1950s with a 1920s décor, the Bloedel mansion is fun to explore with the whole family. Hikes, nature walks, bird-watching—all this and more is possible in this paradise of color!


Looking for more ways to fill your weekends with adventure and nature? Check out more fun-filled getaways ideas on our blog, or head to glampinghub.com for listings and unique accommodation galore!

Your Perfect Cottage Stay in the Lake District

By Neil Graham

Recently awarded World Heritage Site status by UNESCO, the Lake District is England’s largest National Park and attracts 18 million visitors every year, due to its picturesque landscape. Home to pristine lakes, lush valleys, and craggy mountains, this area of sublime natural beauty is located in the northwest of England in the region of Cumbria, offering glampers an idyllic setting for an unforgettable getaway.

Where to admire the views

The lakes and hills of the Lake District.

At 978 meters, England’s highest summit, Scafell Pike, is a rewarding hike that offers spectacular views of the Lake District on its many routes of varying levels of difficulty, making it accessible to anyone willing to brave the Cumbrian weather. Visitors can also take their Kendal Mint Cake along the challenging twin ridges of Helvellyn or the popular trail to the peak of Skiddaw. The Langdale Valley is inspiring all year round and a great day out for budding photographers.


Escape to the English Countryside with Modern Cottage in North Cumbria

Unique cottage rental from the interior in North Cumbria.


Where to eat and drink

People clinking together glasses of beer.

A well-earned pint can be enjoyed at the Drunken Duck Inn in Ambleside where the cozy ambiance makes for a great place to soothe any aches and pains after a day in the hills. If you’re traveling with your furry friend, pop into the pet-friendly Dog and Gun Pub in Keswick for a steak and ale pie and a pint of the region’s finest craft ale while Fido makes friends with the other canine companions.


Elegant Countryside Getaway with a Garden in the Southern English Lake District

Cottage in English Lake District.


What to see

Wray Castle from the outside.

The serenity of the Lake District is a huge draw for poets, writers, and artists, with an array of galleries, museums, and artisan markets prevalent throughout the region. The enchanting former home of Beatrix Potter, the author of the famous children’s story, The Tale of Peter Rabbit, is based in the town of Ambleside, where visitors can explore the quintessential English cottage for a memorable family experience.

The Pencil Museum gives you the opportunity to sharpen up on your local knowledge and get an insight into life in the world’s first pencil factory and Wray Castle in Hawkshead is the impressive former training center of the Merchant Navy radio officers, which can only be reached by boat or bicycle.


Romantic Waterfront Cottage Rental on Lake Ullswater in England

A waterfront cottage on Lake Ullswater in England.


What to do

Two people kayaking on Lake Windmere.

It’s not all about walking and hiking in the Lake District, Lake Windermere is the place to be for kayaking and sailing while scenic boat tours of Lake Derwentwater offer breathtaking views of the surrounding fells. The forested mountain park of Whinlatter is home to an array of wildlife as well as the Lake District’s longest purpose-built biking trails including the Quercus Trail, a modest eight-kilometer route, and the Altura Trail, a route designed for experienced cyclists with a high level of off-road skills required.


Check out all of our glamping accommodations in Cumbria, which are just as magical as the Lake District itself, and find the perfect adventure for you!

Where to Go Camping in the Trees in Southern California

By Neil Graham

Have you ever enjoyed a morning cup of coffee from a balcony of a tree house while watching the sun rays shine through the canopy above? Or listened to the birds sing just for you as you lay in bed in your elevated cabin? These glamping accommodations are bound to inspire the adventurer within, and whether it’s quiet solitude or self-discovery that draws you to the wilderness of Southern California, you can find the perfect one for you in this definitive guide of where to go camping in Southern California.


[Exceptional A-Frame Cabin Rental with a Fireplace in Idyllwild, California](Exceptional A-Frame Cabin Rental with a Fireplace in Idyllwild, California)

This A-frame cabin in Idyllwild, California, is wonderfully unique and offers everything you’d hope to find in a glamping accommodation. Guests can snuggle up in front of the fireplace as the leaves turn to orange or sit out on the large balcony while enjoying a barbecue with family and friends from the charcoal grill.


Unique A-Frame Cabin in the Mountains of San Jacinto, Southern California

Set in the San Jacinto Mountains, this incredible A-frame cabin rental is nestled among the tall pine trees allowing guests to feel immersed in its picturesque surroundings. The adventurous architecture of this cabin will have guests in awe and will make for a superb base camp for those wishing to explore the Southern Californian mountains.


Inspiring Cabin Rental in San Jacinto Mountains in Idyllwild, California

Here, guests are treated to a modern and stylish cabin that combines comfort and adventure like no other. There can be fewer experiences that sum up the beauty of glamping than soaking in a luxury hot tub high in the trees while admiring the starlit valley of the San Jacinto Mountains in Southern California. Why have a five-star hotel when you can have a billion-star cabin?


Inviting Cabins in the Trees Surrounded by Redwoods near Big Sur, California

Disconnect from the everyday stresses of the city and enjoy a more rustic glamping experience with this cabin. Sheltered by redwoods, it makes for a perfect summer getaway destination, with the canopy above providing a cool shade as guests bathe in the outdoor bathtub or dream away in the hammock. Located in Carmel, day trips to Big Sur are highly recommended to see stunning ocean vistas.


Glamping Tree House in Santa Cruz Mountains near Monterey Bay, California

This tree house has been designed to blend in effortlessly into the Sequoia forest in the Santa Cruz Mountains with its interior and exterior integrating parts of the forest within its own structure. After a day in the mountains, guests can take a romantic walk along the fairy-lit bridge back to the tree house before falling asleep to the soothing sounds of nature.


If this guide to where to go camping in the trees has inspired you, then consider crossing Europe from tree to tree or completing this 15 tree house bucket list. You can also check out our list of the top 10 tree houses on Glamping Hub, and check out our tree house getaways portal for vacation ideas!