Earlier today, Governor Cuomo hyped the opening of camping season, this weekend, by announcing that the state has added some new facilities to its 119 campgrounds. Among them are six new cabins at Moreau Lake State Park, in the foothills of the Adirondacks, and– yes– two new yurts, located right off of Lake Eerie at Evangola State Park. Now, that park is located some seven hours from the city, so it’s not the most viable weekend trip. But, hey, it’s good to know the state is invested in #yurtlife. The wood-floor, fabric-walled yurts come equipped with cots, a refrigerator, and a microwave, so bust out the Hot Pockets. You can book them for about $84 a night.
If that’s not glamorous enough to qualify as glamping, there’s an option closer to home: Getaway, a company that lets you book tiny houses in the woods outside of New York and Boston, is rolling a few of its kitted-out dwellings onto the shores of Gateway National Recreation Area, the national park that encompasses Floyd Bennet Field in Brooklyn, Fort Tilden in the Rockaways, and Sandy Hook in New Jersey. True to its business model, which encourages “spontaneous escapes,” Getaway isn’t revealing where, exactly, the cabins will be located, but they’re said to be about 30 minutes from Prospect Park by taxi (so, probably not Sandy Hook) and they’re located on a public beach near a boardwalk (so, probably Tilden). As for the cabins themselves, they’re equipped with a shower and kitchen sink, a propane stove, a cartridge toilet, plus you get firewood, a picnic table, and adirondack chairs. The fee for the few dates that are currently available: $150.