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 Mina and Rich, who manage this stunning tipi rental in the Catskills of Upstate New York.
1. What is the story behind you starting your glamping site?
In 2014, my partner and I decided to leave the big city for life in the country, a dream we both had long before we met each other and, a dream that I believe brought us together. We loved living in the Catskills so much that we decided to start building structures outside of our home so that more of our friends can come enjoy the beauty of one of the oldest farming communities in upstate New York.
At the time, we weren't familiar with the concept of glamping; we just both loved the idea of tipi camping and decided to give it a go. Finding the best spot on our 10-acre property took longer than I care to admit, but a year and a half later, we had the tipi of our dreams, and we decided to open it up to guests.
2. What did you do before becoming a glamping host? What drew you to glamping?
Rich and I are both artists and makers, and we enjoy the challenge of things we've never done before. We love traveling and collecting inspiration from other cultures and incorporating that into our lives.
Before moving to the country, I worked for a heritage fashion company, and Rich worked a set builder for photo shoots. We both knew we could do more—we just needed the space to explore our talents and put them to good use. What better place than the country?
3. In your opinion, how does your accommodation fit the definition of glamping?
We do all the work—you have all the fun! Our tipi is equipped with all the comforts one might need to enjoy their time away in nature; there's no need to rough it to enjoy sleeping under the stars and getting lulled to sleep by the babbling brook. We provide beautiful wool blankets, custom-made furniture, cut firewood, and a small kitchenette.
4. What is the most special thing about your property?
Its hard to pick just one. Our wildflower field is often inhabited by fireflies at night—a sight to behold and one you will not soon forget. The tipi is located in Meeker Hollow, one of the best places for stargazing in the state of New York.
5. What do you love the most about running a glamping site? What are some of the challenges you face?
One of my favorite things is to see the transformation our guests go through while staying here. After a night in the tipi, I love seeing my guests emerge from the forest with wide eyes and smiling faces, excited to go out and explore the sights.
We love teaching them about how a tipi works and watch them get excited about starting an open fire inside the tipi and maintaining it to stay warm on chilly nights.
We also love connecting our guests with our local farms and markets and supporting our local community.
6. Tell us about your most memorable guest experience to date.
So many of them! From kids being excited about every little thing in the forest to grumpy adults that were dragged by their partners to a tipi in the forest that turned to sworn campers overnight, we enjoy seeing how our guests use our property and how it transforms them.
We love all our guests and their courage and curiosity, but there is one that really made our day by gifting us a beautiful painting of our tipi and property. You could really tell from the painting that the experience moved them, and that means so much to us.
7. Which three words are most commonly used in guest feedback about your accommodation?
Relaxing, peaceful, and magical.
8. Tell us about the experience you provide for guests visiting your glamping site.
We designed the tipi and chose the location very carefully with privacy and tranquility in mind—500 feet from the farm house and nestled between a creek, maple trees, and a wildflower field. The tipi is equipped with everything one might need for a perfect country getaway: handcut firewood for bonfires, a long list of local activities to enjoy while you're here, and a hammock for lazy afternoons by the stream. During summer months, you can tour our organic garden and pick your own greens.
9. If you could have anybody stay at your accommodation, who would it be and why?
John Burroughs, without a doubt. He was an American naturalist and nature essayist born not far from our farmhouse. I'd love to learn about our land from someone that spent his life writing about it.
10. Are there any upcoming additions/changes to your glamping site you would like to share with us?
Yes, we are constantly growing! This year, we are building a new glamping site that we hope to have available by the end of summer.
To book an unforgettable stay with your special someone at Mina and Richa's tipi in Upstate New York, click here!