Camp Style Accommodations For Your Inner Child (And Your Outer Adult)

published Jul 2, 2017
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Nostalgic for summer camp? It doesn’t get any more Troop Beverly Hills than these five accommodations, where you can relive your childhood heyday—but in a lot more style.

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Oak Bluffs, Martha’s Vineyard: Summercamp Hotel

If you’ve ever been to Oak Bluffs, then you know it’s pretty camp-like. If not, picture brightly-colored cookie cutter houses everywhere and you’re in the iconic OB. Lark Hotels recently reimagined one seasonal hotel into a summer retreat designed for guests to relive their childhood glory days and the results are the fun, nostalgic and retro-chic Summercamp Hotel. This place has everything you need to take you back to your youth: vintage games in the rec room, rope swings and bows and arrows as design elements, dragonflies and fireflies on fabrics, and 16 different accommodation types — from a spacious Lark Suite that’s perfect for glamping, to a room with bunk beds. Gaze at the harbor from your deck chair, grab a snack from the Camp Cantina, or challenge your crew to a ping pong or Twister marathon after a day at the beach.

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New York: Terra Glamping Events

Can’t be bothered to trek to the campgrounds and pitch your own tent? That’s where Terra Glamping Events comes in. As the first full-service rental and event production company on the East Coast catering to NYC, the Hamptons, the Catskills and beyond, they do it all. You don’t have to lift a finger while their pros install safari-style lavish sleeping quarters for you and there are lounge and dining tents in both outdoor and indoor spaces where they bring in chefs, mixologists, a fire pit, spa treatments, yoga kits, and more. Roughing it has never been this easy.

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Virginia: Tree houses at Primland

“Camping with a view” is the theme at Primland, since their glamping options are actually intimate cabins built around the branches of the tree tops on the edge of a mountain. These tree houses (that go by the names Barn Owl, Cooper’s Hawk, and Golden Eagle) offer sweeping views of Dan River and Kibler Valley, from private decks elevated at 2,700 feet, and come equipped with: king beds with 400-thread count Frette linens, bathrooms with soaking tubs, flat panel TVs, WiFi, and Abyss & Habidecor robes and slippers. There’s also nightly turn-down service and a four wheel drive vehicle on hand for accessibility to and from the main lodge…just in case you want to venture down from your perch and take advantage of the world-class golf, farm-inspired dining, or destination spa that marries American Indian healing with European rituals there.

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Madison, Wisconsin: Camp Wandawega Suite at Graduate

The custom-designed Camp Wandawega Suite at the Graduate Madison hotel in Madison, Wisconsin is a collaboration between Graduate Hotels and Camp Wandawega, and features items from their exclusive collection with Land of Nod. So you can expect vintage charm and whimsy merged with modern amenities (like running water, electricity, and Malin & Goetz Toiletries) for your camping needs. Adjacent to the king bedroom is a semi-private media room, which also serves as the ideal camp out for kids thanks to two bunk beds and a TV console stocked with summer camp movie classics. You can even spot Smoky the Bear in the bathroom for true camp quirkiness.

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Ithaca, New York: Firelight Camps

If you want your s’mores served with a side of luxury, consider Firelight Camps, which offers a glamping experience on the grounds of La Tourelle Resort & Spa. Located in upstate New York, the property sits on the border of Buttermilk Falls State Park, with trailheads leading to Ithaca’s renowned waterfalls. Firelight Camps has everything you need for Phyllis Nefler vibes. Overnight accommodations feature: a safari tent furnished with hardwood floors, a king or two queen beds, covered sitting porch, battery powered lanterns that can also recharge your phone, locally-sourced continental breakfast, a bathhouse with hot showers, and a nightly campfire at the outdoor lounge and bar with a complimentary drink during your stay. The adventurous foodie can learn about wild edibles on a foraging hike with local guides, and sample homemade s’mores and other camp foods made by Food Network star Emma Frisch.