Host Spotlight: Basquali

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 Basquali, who manages this romantic tree house and lake house in the Hudson Valley of Upstate New York.

1. What is the story behind you starting your glamping site? What did you do before becoming a glamping host, and what drew you to glamping?

I was originally a photographer from Australia, and I moved to New York in 2001. I lived in a great neighborhood in Brooklyn, but really missed the food, coffee, and community of Sydney cafe culture, so I opened a cafe in 2006 to fill the emotional hole. One day, one of my customers invited my wife Michelle and I to his house in Upstate New York. I’d never been Upstate, and we instantly fell in love with it.

Coming from Australia, I feel a very strong connection to nature, but there's a reason why New York City is called the concrete jungle. Finding Upstate was like returning to the womb of Mother Nature. Eventually, we ended up buying the tree house as our escape and sanctuary.

Since we both work in the restaurant industry, our weekends are in the middle of the week, and it seemed like such a waste having the place sitting there unoccupied on the weekends. We started sharing it with our customers and friends until we learned about Glamping Hub, and now we happily share it with other like-minded souls who seek rejuvenation in the woods.

2. In your opinion, how does your accommodation fit the definition of glamping?

It's one of the most glamorous and comfortable ways that someone can immerse themselves and experience nature without being in a tent.

3. What is the most special thing about your property?

Apart from the trees? The fact that when you are inside, the tree house feels incredibly spacious, while being very cozy at the same time. This comes from it being multi/split level. Having 18 foot ceilings in the lounge pit gives the spaciousness, while the low ceiling in the kitchen and the burning fire make it warm and cozy.

4. What do you love the most about running a glamping site? What are some of the challenges you face?

I love the fact that I get to share the love with others. For me, that’s what it’s all about. It gives me great joy when I read the comments people leave in the guestbook.

People really do connect and feel the love that has been put into the space, not only from my wife and I, but also from past guests. The biggest challenge is removing the snow in winter. We’ve had a few guests snowed-in in the past, but we’ve worked out a solution to that now!

5. Tell us about your most memorable guest experience to date.

There have been many memorable guest experiences. One guest was so inspired by her first visit that she returned and recorded her album there the second time around. The last guest wrote that her boyfriend proposed to her at the house and gave her a ring from Tiffany's.

6. Which three words are most commonly used in guest feedback about your accommodation?

Magical, calming, and peaceful.

7. Tell us about the experience you provide for guests visiting your glamping site.

We give people beautifully curated experiences in lovely places that essentially make them feel good. We provide a haven where they can cook, read, write, listen to music, watch movies, and/or do absolutely nothing. They leave fully rested, relaxed, and appreciative—wanting for nothing but to come back for more. We are really good at making people happy.

8. Are there any upcoming additions/changes to your glampsite you would like to share with us?

Yes! We're very excited to be renovating the tree house this spring. We'll be completely replacing the siding and giving it a cosmetic overhaul. We’re also putting in a new deck and going to build a new fire pit. It will get a modern spruce-up, but still retain its nostalgic charm, with a bit of luck.

For the ideal Upstate New York escape, book Basquali's tree house or lake house!

Ultimate Hudson Valley Summer Rentals

By Kyomi Wade

Escape the city this summer and leave your footprints on the natural beauty that is the Hudson Valley. As the motto goes, we invite you to "follow the river" and experience a fun-but-cultural getaway—packed with various hiking trails, biking routes, plunge pools, wineries, fruit-picking, and fresh farm food offered by the region.

The vacation rental you choose should be as beautiful and enriching as the nature that surrounds it, so we've compiled a quality collection of ultimate cabins where you can rest your head. Whether you're planning a family, couple, or group getaway, we guarantee you'll find the right place to make some unforgettable memories and explore the magic of the great outdoors at the same time!

Where to stay

Romantic Cabin Getaway in Woodstock

First up we want to highlight a perfect getaway for couples: this romantic cabin is nestled into the woods of northern Woodstock and is perfectly located for making short trips to Catskills, Big Indian Wilderness, or even Kaaterskill Falls.

Embrace an active holiday by venturing one of the many hiking trails, and when night falls, retreat to your cozy home base to relax in the hot tub while looking at the stars. We also can all agree that summer is the perfect occasion for a barbecue, and guess what? This property conveniently has one waiting for you on the deck!

Pet-Friendly Family Cabin Getaway in Phoenicia

You don't have to forget your furry friends when booking a vacation this summer. With two bedrooms featuring queen-size beds, this luxury camping cabin is the ideal place to escape to with your family this summer. Though the cabin is wonderfully secluded, everything is within a 10-minute drive, according to guest reviews, including hiking, diners, and groceries. Directly outside, the cabin gives way to large deck with a hammock, where you can fall asleep in the sun.

Wandering further outside, Hunter Mountain and Bellayre are only minutes away. Encourage the family to embrace the variety of activities available, from wildlife viewing and fishing to cycling, climbing, and kayaking. Boredom is impossible here!

Group Cabin Getaway in Purling

Your entire glamping group can leisurely enjoy nature right on your doorstep at this charming cabin that overlooks the astounding Shinglekill Falls. There are natural pools and hiking trails to be explored nearby by day and the sound of waterfalls to fall asleep to by night.

Food lovers will be smiling the whole holiday, as there is a private chef on site, but you can also head to the Catskills, where you can sample the local produce championed by the region. And one of the best things about this property? It sleeps 12 people, so you don't have to leave anyone behind!

Solo Colorful Cabin Getaway in Woodstock

An escape to nature to be alone with your thoughts and enjoy the treasures of the Hudson Valley—how about it? In the morning at this beautifully bright cabin, you can enjoy your complimentary breakfast with locally-made jams and then venture out to hike in the Overlook Mountain Wild Forest or boat and kayak at the Ashokan Reservoir. The glamping site has amazing facilities, too, so you can wander down to the bar, restaurant, hot tub, or pool, as well as enjoy live music and concerts with local and touring musicians.

Feeling inspired to plan your holiday in the Hudson Valley? Make time for adventure this summer and book a beautiful cabin in the great outdoors. We have almost 1,000 options for you here!

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!

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?!


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


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!


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.


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.


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.


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's so close to the city, and it's set up perfectly to fully relax and enjoy each others' company.


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.