Glamping Coming to Fort Tilden

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Glamping is coming to New York City, with a pilot program right in Fort Tilden this month.

With glamping being a new thing for the city, some may not be familiar with the term meaning “glamorous camping.” Turn in your tent pitching skills and unrolling a sleeping bag for rolling into a fully-made queen-size bed in a 12’ x 14’ tent. And don’t worry about mucking it or making nature’s call in the woods. Hot showers and bathrooms are included. Add in side tables, decorative rugs, mirrors, seating and a lounge, and it’ll just be like staying in a hotel, except you’re outdoors and there’s no TV or WiFi. However, there will be s’mores. It’ll all be happening in Fort Tilden starting August 11 with Terra Glamping’s luxury camping pop-up, in conjunction with the National Park Service (NPS).

Earlier this year, NPS put out a Request for Proposals for an overnight camping pilot. “It wasn’t specifically for glamping, but Terra Glamping had the best proposal to match our requirements,” NPS spokesperson, Daphne Yun said. NPS began camping programs in Gateway National Recreation Area in 2012. “We have camping sites at Floyd Bennett Field, Fort Wadsworth and Sandy Hook, but it’s more traditional camping. We’ve been wanting to expand camping in a lot of different ways, so people who aren’t necessarily comfortable camping in a tent can try it out. We have programs that teach people how to camp and wanted more programs where people didn’t have to really bring anything. Terra Glamping was chosen based on their compatibility for proposed use,” Yun said.

Glamping may be a new concept for New York, but Terra Glamping isn’t new. CEO Rebecca Martin and COO David Levine started offering glamping around the country, but decided to focus on more permanent campsites in 2015, when they formed Terra Glamping. Their first site was at Woodstock, NY until they set up a permanent camping site in Sonoma County, California. After being awarded the pilot from NPS, Terra Glamping is ready to give New York another taste of upscale camping. 

“We’re incredibly excited. Fort Tilden is an amazing location. The site is a 90 second walk to the beach and people will be able to hear the roar of the ocean at night from their tents. I don’t think people think of glamping when they think of New York City, but now they can,” Martin said.

Tents start at $200 a night, with higher prices on weekends. Guests will have access to a two-person tent with a queen bed, plus a continental breakfast in the morning, a nightly campfire with s’mores, a grilling area, plus towels, robes and toiletries in the bathroom facility. There will only be five tents at the site and the pilot program only runs until September 24. Martin says tents have already started to be booked. For more information, head to www.terraglampingevents.com/fort-tilden.

“We hope this will be a way to introduce Gateway to people. We have this incredible National Park in the backyard of New York City, but there’s so many people in New York that don’t know it exists. We want different groups of people to have a chance to see what we offer and expand camping at Gateway as a whole,” Yun said.

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