Editor's note: Each month, we'd like to introduce you to one of our wonderful Glamping Hub hosts and what inspired them to create a glamping site. This month, we have Catharine, who manages two cabins (second one here!), a tipi, and a tiny house in the Finger Lakes region of Upstate New York.
1. When was the first time you heard the term glamping?
Several years ago.
2. What inspired you to have your own glamping site?
The Finger Lakes area is one that is heavily traveled by tourists, which I love, so I wanted to share its beauty and hidden wonders. I am also a life-long learner and teacher, so being able to inform and share my knowledge is important to me personally.
3. If you could describe your property or the glamping experience you offer in three words, what would they be?
Private, convenient, and symbiotic (with our natural surroundings).
4. What was your first glamping/camping experience?
Our travels as a young family always involved camping. In general, as a family, we love being outside.
5. Why would you recommend people to go glamping?
A temporary escape from technology can be an eye-opening experience for some young people. Glamping just makes it a little easier to break away.
6. What should people expect when they come to your glamping site?
We are very small and work hard to customize our guests' stays. Some want to be on the go and see all there is to see during their time at Turtle Rock Hollow. My extensive travel experiences throughout New York State give me a wide array of options when it comes to attractions to pass along.
7. What makes your property unique?
Several things! Our location on the Finger Lakes Wine Trail, the sense of privacy, the rustic charm, and my attention-to-detail all form part of our uniqueness.
8. What’s your favorite part about owning a glamping property?
Meeting people from all over the globe and sharing.
9. What makes your property eco-friendly?
This is what we are built on! All of our accommodations have a small carbon footprint, as we recycle and reuse everything we can find. The Eagles' Perch cabin is built out of shipping pallets, reclaimed barnwood, reclaimed metal roofing, and cast away windows. (This is the way with all of our units.) In addition, we have natural mulch walkways and no blacktop, and we think sharing how we can become more comfortable with the world around us is an important concept.
10. Anything else you’d like to add?
Turtle Rock Hollow is a wonderful escape to get back to nature, paddle a kayak across the lake, hike a waterfall trail, hang out at a campfire, play horse shoes, or even gather with friends and family. We sleep up to 16, and with four units, we have had the opportunity to host several family reunion-type activities.