Glamping is the new camping. I mean who wouldn’t want to get down with nature and have a glamorous tent abode to retreat to afterward? If this sounds appealing, leave your sleeping bags behind and head to Ithaca, NY for a chic getaway in the woods.
I’ve been scoping out various glamping spots over the past couple months and due to soaring popularity, it was tough to find an affordable option. After doing some additional research I found Firelight Camps, located just five minutes outside of Ithaca, NY.
For about $200/night you can have the luxury of a furnished platform tent in addition to the convenience of being located right next to Buttermilk Falls State Park. In fact, there are trailheads located directly behind the tents.
To further accommodate guests, complimentary wine tastings are offered daily, drink tokens are given to each guest (above 21 of course!) at check in and two fire pits are tended to almost around the clock.
We started our evening off with the complimentary wine tasting (obviously..). Our friendly bartender schooled us on the local wineries while we snacked on local cheese and got to know some of the other glampers. After a few too many wine tastings we headed to our tent for a picnic-style dinner. There are plenty of tables in the main tent to enjoy your own meals at and there’s a steakhouse on the premises if you didn’t pack your own food. The main tent also offers various cheeses, crackers, snacks and homemade smores for purchase.
After dinner we headed straight back to the main tent area to enjoy smores and wine by the fire. This might have been my favorite part of our glamping experience: Almost everything at Firelight Camps encourages community and getting to know one another. We stayed up with other guests until about 1am chatting and sharing stories (and eating far too many smores!).
By the time we made it back to our tent we were exhausted and so ready for a good night’s sleep. Fortunately, we had a luxurious king size bed with several warm blankets waiting for us. Despite the rain showers and less-than-desirable temperatures, we slept great and woke up in the morning to birds chirping and the sound of rain drops falling on the roof of our tent. Glorious, to say the least!
A complimentary, locally-sourced breakfast is offered in the morning. We reluctantly pulled ourselves out of bed and headed over to the main tent for a delicious start to the day.
Before heading home we took advantage of the pristine showers that we certainly didn’t expect at a campground!
My first glamping experience is now in the books and I’ve got to say, I’m not too sure that whole camping in a tent on the ground thing really strikes my fancy anymore 🙂
Fun Things to do in Ithaca
Ithaca is overflowing with waterfalls, but this one is a must-see if you’re in Ithaca. A short hike on a wide trail will get you to this beautiful view. We made the mistake of hopping on two wrong trails before finding the correct one. Make sure to park in the main parking lot and get on the Gorge trail, which is only about one and half miles round trip.
Additional Hiking Suggestions: Tremen State Park, Buttermilk Falls State Park
We took a power vinyasa class at Blackbird Yoga and it was spectacular! The studio offers a few classes each day and the drop in rate is $14.
This cute part of town is blocked off from traffic and only pedestrians are allowed to wander about. Various restaurants, boutiques and bars abound.
After wandering around for a bit we stumbled upon a vegetarian restaurant called Moosemood. Vegetarian isn’t typically my first choice, but the menu looked interesting and they have a beautiful outdoor patio. I opted for the sweet potato, quinoa, black bean burger on a bed of rice. What a pleasant surprise!
Additional dining suggestions: Dolce, Agava, Red’s Place, The Range, Ithaca Beer Company