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Where to Go Glamping In and Near Connecticut

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Where to Go Glamping In and Near Connecticut

Domes, yurts, tiny houses, safari tents and treehouses. These glamping locations offer the best of both worlds: a hotel-like experience in the splendor of nature.

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Treadwell Farm near Washington

Treadwell Farm, Near Washington

Tucked at the top of a ridge with vistas of an open meadow surrounded by woods, Treadwell Farm offers a private respite in the rolling hills of Litchfield County. The Tentrr campsite is equipped with a canvas tent and queen bed, wood-burning stove, firepit and sun shower plus extras like French press coffee or homegrown firewood. Site owners welcome guests at their farmhouse and then guide them to the private area, also home to deer, hawks and owls nearby. — ALB  Book it: Tentrr

Club Getaway

Club Getaway in Kent

Club Getaway, Kent

If you get nostalgic about your summer camp days, you can relive all the Frisbee-fueled glory (and more) at Club Getaway’s popular camp for adults. Your stay will be full of parties, games and lakeside adventure. Spend the night in “rustic chic” cabins and enjoy meals and drinks included with the registration fee. The camp is a popular singles destination. As its website says, even if you arrive solo, “you’ll never leave that way.” — EO   Book it: 860-927-3664, clubgetaway.com/camp-for-adults

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Riverfront tiny house in Cos Cob

Riverfront tiny house, Cos Cob

If getting away from it all means the glass towers and packed streets of Stamford, then this little glass oasis nestled between trees and the Mianus River in nearby Cos Cob is for you. Both the river and 300-acre Montgomery Pinetum Park are a short walk away from the one-bed, two-person hideaway, and the spot offers a patio, firepit, and amenities like a full bath and shower in the on-site main house. — JG  Book it: Glamping Hub

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Winvian Farm in Morris

Winvian Farm, Morris

Tucked away in the Litchfield Hills, Winvian Farm puts the “glam” in glamping. Accommodations range from dreamy cottages to an arts-and-crafts bungalow, a fully restored 1968 Sikorsky helicopter, log cabin, stone cottage and treehouse suspended 35 feet above the forest floor. On-site luxuries include a full-service spa, yoga studio and 40-foot outdoor pool. The crown jewel, however, is the “seed-to-table” restaurant, Connecticut’s only AAA Five Diamond eatery, and its fire-lit, 18th-century dining rooms. — ALB  Book it: 860-567-9600, winvian.com

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The river houseboat at Sticks and Stones Farm in Newtown.

River houseboat, Newtown

This quaint, rustic cabin sits on the edge of a pond linked to the Pootatuck River. A screened porch encourages quiet time, highlighting views overlooking the lower pond. The property — the 60-acre Sticks and Stones farm that provides moss, lichen and stones to gardeners and landscapers — boasts many activities. A 54-foot, stone-and-moss labyrinth and whimsical faerie gazebo are just two interesting features that add to this getaway, which its owners call “a bit of Maine in Connecticut.” — NG  Book it: Airbnb

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Safari tent in Salisbury

Safari tent, Salisbury

This tent in the hills and creeks of northwest Connecticut by the Appalachian Trail sleeps up to six in queen-size bunks, with a deck and furniture out front, a grill and firepit, and your own swimming hole. State parks are close by, and canoe/kayak rentals are available for the nearby Housatonic River, also a great spot to drop a fishing line. When the snows fall, skiers and boarders can enjoy the fresh powder on the area’s trails. — JG  Book it: Glamping Hub, Tentrr

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Treehouse at Eleven Isles in Eastford

Treehouse at Eleven Isles, Eastford

This pastoral treehouse can sleep four in Connecticut’s Quiet Corner, overlooking a crystal-clear lake and its 11 islands. The historic wooded property features a circa-1923 fireplace once at home in a fishing cabin. A nod to the area’s heritage, fishing gear is complimentary, as are kayaks, life vests, paddle boards and a double hammock. Visitors can enjoy sleeping among wildlife spanning great blue heron, bald eagles, turtles and beaver, without sacrificing a hot shower. — ALB  Book it: Hipcamp

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1975 Airstream trailer in Stonington

1975 Airstream trailer, Stonington

The colonial charm of Connecticut’s southeastern corner meets a bona fide American icon in this refurbished Airstream. A queen-size bed, full kitchen, bathroom, al fresco shower, and furnished gazebo dining area provide all the comforts. Mystic Seaport is up the road, while the shops, pubs and waterfront of Old Stonington are well worth the quick trip. History buffs can see the cannons which repelled a British invasion, and craft beer fans can visit local Beer’d Brewing. — JG  Book it: Glamping Hub, Airbnb

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Geodesic dome in Bethlehem

Geodesic dome, Bethlehem

Situated on Sun One Organic Farm in Bethlehem, this 165-square-foot domed structure is crafted from wood harvested from the property. Sleep on the edge of the woods while still having access to a full bathroom and kitchen just steps away. That said, the dome is unplugged, so there is no whir of the air conditioner to take away from the sounds of nature nearby. Plus, visitors can take advantage of fresh organic produce harvested on the farm. — ALB  Book it: Airbnb

The Yurt, Woodbridge

If glamping is about luxury camping, then this yurt has it all. Set in the woods a short drive from New Haven, the structure is fully four-season ready, with heat, air conditioning, a stone fireplace patio, indoor fireplace, soft furniture, band/yoga practice space, and access to a full bath and hot tub at the main house. Cook your own meals in the main kitchen or take the short ride to the many options of the Elm City’s downtown. Either way, it’s a pleasant return to the wooded closeness of this traditional dwelling. — JG  Book it: Airbnb

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Vinola Lakeside cabin in Voluntown

Lakeside cabin, Voluntown

Lovingly named Vinola, this charming cabin dates back to the 1930s, but underwent a complete interior renovation in 2016. The idyllic escape features a bedroom with a queen bed, loft with twin cots and several additional sleeping accommodations in the main room for up to eight guests. A full kitchen has a stove, oven, refrigerator and microwave, and there is a bathroom with toilet and shower. Best of all, take advantage of the private beach, firepit and 10-person Finnish sauna. — ALB  Book it: Airbnb, Hipcamp

Bear Creek Camp Grounds

A cub hut at Bear Creek Campground at Lake Compounce in Bristol.

Bear Creek Campground, Lake Compounce, Bristol

The oldest continuously operating amusement park in North America broke campground on Bear Creek in the summer of 2014. Almost every weekend has a theme — including Mother’s Day and Hero Appreciation in May — and accommodations range from tents to two-bedroom cabins with a full kitchen. We’re fans of the cub huts with two full-size beds, a mini fridge, air conditioning and cable. All sites include Wi-Fi, a picnic table, firepit, and transportation to and from the park. — MW  Book it: 860-583-3300, ext. 6904, lakecompounce.com/bearcreek 

Beyond the Border

Even more opportunities for glamorous camping experiences await you across state lines

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Vintage wooden caboose in Chester, Massachusetts

Vintage wooden caboose, Chester, Massachusetts

In the Berkshires west of Springfield, the CSX railway lines wind through the small town of Chester, where up to four people can spend the night in a 1919 steam-era wooden railroad caboose. Set along a hiking trail, close to Chester’s historic district, and between the Chester-Blandford and Becket state forests, it’s a trip out in nature, and back in time. — JG  Book it: Glamping Hub

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Firelight Camps in Ithaca, New York

Firelight Camps, Ithaca, New York

From a private tented balcony, look out over a lush wooded backdrop. Nestled in the heart of the Catskills, Firelight Camps boasts beautifully minimal tents perfect for a traditional, yet upgraded, camping experience. Unplug to unwind and take a hike at the nearby Buttermilk Falls. Amenities include spa treatments, on-site high-end restaurants, and a newly renovated bathhouse for a nice hot shower. — NG  Book it: 607-229-1644, firelightcamps.com, glamping.com

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Collective Governors Island in New York Harbor

Collective Retreats, Governors Island, New York

Just a short ferry from downtown Manhattan, this Governors Island retreat boasts waterfront accommodations with panoramic views of the Statue of Liberty and New York City skyline. Summit and Journey tent options offer electricity and king, queen or single beds equipped with luxury linens. By night, visitors can roast s’mores next to the community campfires. — ALB  Book it: 970-445-2033, Collective Retreats

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Melville Ponds Campground in Portsmouth, Rhode Island

Melville Ponds Campground, Portsmouth, Rhode Island

Just 5 miles from historic Newport, this Aquidneck Island campground offers campsites for RVs and tents featuring picnic tables, fire rings and Wi-Fi. Plus, all RV sites are equipped with hookups for electric, sewer and cable TV. Premium pull-through sites feature a stone-paver patio and firepit. — ALB  Book it: 401-682-2424, melvillepondscampground.com

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The Nautical Nights tent at Sandy Pines Campground in Kennebunkport, Maine. Designed by Chattfield Designs

It might not be glamping, but eight of Connecticut’s state parks and forests have rustic cabins for rent that will put you right in the middle of some of the state’s most beautiful natural settings. 

Sandy Pines Campground, Kennebunkport, Maine

A short walk from Maine’s breathtaking coastline, Sandy Pines Campground offers a wide array of camping opportunities. From the traditional tent experience to RV plots, Sandy Pines also provides unique glamping opportunities. Stay in one of the 15 impeccably designed safari tents, or one of six new-for-2019 waterfront retreats — a decked-out Airstream, shepherd’s hut, glass house, oasis or Conestoga wagon. — NG  Book it: 207-967-2483, sandypinescamping.com

This article appeared in the May 2019 issue of Connecticut Magazine. You can subscribe here, or find the current issue on sale here. Got a question or comment? Email editor@connecticutmag.com, or contact us on Facebook @connecticutmagazine or Twitter @connecticutmag.

The senior writer at Connecticut Magazine, Erik is the co-author of Penguin Random House’s “The Good Vices” and author of “Buzzed” and “Gillette Castle.” He is also an adjunct professor at WCSU’s MFA Program and Quinnipiac University

Mike Wollschlager, editor and writer for Connecticut Magazine, was born and raised in Bristol and has lived in Farmington, Milford, Shelton and Wallingford. He was previously an assistant sports editor at the New Haven Register.