Host Spotlight: Beth in Upstate New York

By Jackie Dreyer

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 Beth, who manages a unique property with multiple accommodations in Upstate New York, including a repurposed barn, a Western-style cabin, a solar-powered yurt, and a unique, combined boat, trailer, and tent.

A view of Beth's unique glamping property in New York.

Beth's Upstate New York paradise is ready and waiting for glampers to come soak up the area's natural beauty.

1. When was the first time you heard the term glamping?

I believe it may have been when I came across Glamping Hub while serching for places to advertise our yurt.

2. What inspired you to have your own glamping site?

I am an architect, and my husband was a builder. After leaving New York City 15 years ago, I came up to the Hudson Valley and, soon after, several of my friends showed me their yurts. I just loved the simplicity of the structure and the potential to quickly erect a livable space. My husband had always dreamed of putting a round healing center on his farm, so when I said yurt, it was decided.

The yurt from the outside, with its deck and solar panels.

Keep your carbon footprint small with a stay at this solar-powered yurt.

3. If you could describe your property or the glamping experience you offer in three words, what would they be?

Community, nature, and comfort.

4. What was your first glamping/camping experience?

My husband took me camping once on the islands on Lake George. We got there by motor boat and had our own campsite. It was so private that I took off all my clothes, danced around, and said, "I'm a camper now!" Not bad for a girl raised in NYC.

5. Why would you recommend people to go glamping?

Your sense of time changes when you do not have all of the conveniences that we are used to. Even giving up a few, like well-lit outdoor spaces or Wi-Fi, can alter your pace and bring you closer to nature.

The unique boat, tent, and trailer accommodation available at this glamping property in Upstate New York.

It doesn't get more unique than this 3-in-1 accommodation in Upstate New York.

6. What should people expect when they come to your glamping site?

Besides a clean and well-cared-for accommodation, guests will be staying on a farm with horses, a goat, chickens, dogs, and cats roaming around. My husband and I live on the farm and are here working on projects. We offer a pizza party and a bonfire on Saturday nights for those who want to socialize with us. If you are expecting ironed sheets, this is not the place for you.

The cozy bedroom in the property's barn accommodation.

We can't imagine a more perfect place to curl up with a loved one than this repurposed barn rental.

7. What makes your property unique?

The animals, the great expanse of stars at night, the fireflies, the peeping frogs, the stream...the list goes on!

8. What’s your favorite part about owning a glamping property?

We have met so many great people who have similar interests and thoughts about how to live. People come here to have a good time, so what could be better than running a business than where people show up and all they want is to experience nature and enjoy good food and conversation?!

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The property's horses are just a few of the animals guests will find here.

9. What makes your property eco-friendly?

We compost all leftover food, we have a large garden and do some farming and animal husbandry, and the yurt is solar-powered.


Interested in a glamping escape to New York? See more of what Beth's one-of-a-kind property in Upstate New York can offer here, here, here, and here.

Blogger Spotlight: Christine

By Jessica Armstrong

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What sounds better than a winter getaway to Upstate New York? Christine of C'est Christine gave braving the chilly New York winter a go this January and visited this modern cottage in the Catskills. When she isn't busy traveling the globe, she finds a weekend getaway just a couple hours from home to be the perfect travel plan.

To find out what makes the ultimate trip to a home-away-from-home, pick up some of her favorites and check out her tips on her blog and in our interview below!

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What is your favorite thing about travel and glamping in the winter?

Snow isn't very fun in day-to-day life in New York City: it's slippery and tough to commute in and turns gross and black almost immediately. I love escaping to cabins upstate in winter to be able to really enjoy all of the beautiful snow and the crisp fresh air.

Does the time of year affect your preference for accommodation?

When I'm traveling in the summer, I love to be right on the water, whether it's on a lake or the ocean. In the fall and winter, I love escaping a bit more into the mountains and the colorful trees.

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What is your go to-must-have for winter travel? Summer travel?

A good book—either to read by the fire or out on the beach.

What is your absolute favorite activity to do when winter glamping? Why?

Drinking hot chocolate and playing board games by a roaring fire. I love to be super cozy inside while watching the snow fall outside the window.

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If you could pack your bags to go glamping anywhere in the world tomorrow, where would it be and why?

I'd love to check out a tree house in Central America!

Do you prefer glamping trips with a couple people or a large group?

In general, I like staying in small groups—usually just my boyfriend and another couple.

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What made the most lasting impression for you at the last accommodation you visited?

It was only a couple of hours from the heart of New York City, but it was so serene and beautiful. Falling asleep to the sound of absolute silence and waking up to deer outside our window felt like worlds away from our life in Brooklyn—it was so rejuvenating, and we didn't even have to go to the airport.

This glamping site would be perfect for “...” because “......”

A couple of New York couples...it's so close to the city, and it's set up perfectly to fully relax and enjoy each others' company.

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Where will your next travels be taking you?

I'm heading to the Caribbean on my honeymoon! Looking forward to plenty of sunshine, beaches, and rum cocktails.


To see more of her travels and what country she will spend her next birthday in, check out her blog, Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.