Every traveler looks to get away for a different reason. Some set out to disconnect, some want a one-in-a-lifetime experience and others are looking for an Instagrammable hotspot. Glamping seems to tick all those boxes for the modern voyager, which is why it should make its way onto your travel checklist for 2020—even if you consider yourself an anti-camper.
Lucky for us, the Northeast is about to get two luxury glamping resorts thanks to an expansion project by Under Canvas. The company was first founded in 2009 by husband and wife duo Sarah and Jacob Dusek, who were able to capitalize on the growing glamping movement. Currently, Under Canvas has eight locations throughout the US which offer guests a chance to stay in luxurious, safari-style tents just outside some of the country’s most iconic national parks and monuments—think Yellowstone National Park, Mount Rushmore, the Grand Canyon and the Great Smoky Mountains. Going into the new year, Under Canvas is adding two new camps to their portfolio—one right here in New York’s Hudson Valley and the other near Acadia National Park in Surry, Maine.
“East Coast camp locations have been a long time coming. New York is a top market for Under Canvas so we’re thrilled to offer experiences closer to home for New Yorkers, as well as deliver on our most requested national park location to date; Acadia. The sites on which we are setting up camp are really special, embracing the natural beauty and increasing accessibility to the best of the Northeast and nearby adventures,” said Sarah.
An elevated camping experience at the very least, Under Canvas camps cater to high-end clientele and feature furnishings from West Elm, local food and beverage concepts, fire pits, on-site adventures and more. Each tent comes with king size beds, USB charging packs, a wood burning stove, bathroom and high-quality linens. One of Under Canvas’ cheekier offerings includes what they call “intentional inconveniences,” meaning campsites without Wi-Fi, eco-friendly restrooms and quiet time for minimal guest disturbance. My preferred way of roughing it.
As for what’s in store for the future, two campsites are set to debut—Under Canvas Hudson Valley and Under Canvas Acadia—the latter of which will open as soon as summer 2020. Under Canvas Acadia will feature approximately 75 tents which span 100 acres across Maine’s waterfront. Local attractions include a 35-minute drive to the Cadillac Mountain Trail or Acadia National Park and potentially seasonal boat access for those looking to get out on the water. Under Canvas Acadia will also afford guests with the opportunity to explore Maine’s natural beauty by day, and by night, enjoy the sounds of the crashing coastline.
A second campsite, Under Canvas Hudson Valley, is also underway and will offer 60 tents set on 56 acres in the small town of Hunter, New York. During a stay, guests can marvel at the views of the nearby Catskills or Hunter Mountain and during the fall, a plethora of foliage.