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Your Ultimate Guide to Glamping Within a 6 Hour Drive from Buffalo

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Written by Francesca Bond

Published on June 22, 2021
Firelight Camps // Photo x Instagram

Glamping: just like camping, except way, way better. The best parts of camping are the moonlit walks, stargazing, roaring campfires with friends and cookouts. Worst parts? Roughing it in the heat (or worse, the cold), not being able to shower, and being low-key terrified about getting eaten by a bear. If you’re a camper at heart but maybe not in practice, glamping may be perfect for you.

We’ve compiled a list of the best glamping areas within a six-hour radius of Buffalo, including spots across the border. Don’t worry- these glamping places don’t just use it as a buzzword. These are some seriously tricked-out cabins, tents, and tipis. Grab your best friends, a good amount of beverages, and your coziest blankets for your best (and most Pinterest-worthy) camping experience yet.

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Firelight Camps // Photo x Facebook

1. Firelight Camps @ Ithaca, NY

2 hours and 50 min from Buffalo City Hall

1150 Danby Rd, Ithaca, NY / firelightcamps.com

Yes, that is an actual photo of Firelight Camps, it really is that gorgeous. Located in beautiful Ithaca, Firelight has glam tent camping, so even though the tents look like they’re from Better Homes and Gardens magazine, you still get that rugged tent camping experience. The tents are elevated with hardwood floors, have “safari-style furniture” and even a balcony (okay so maybe not that rugged). Even better, they have a campfire where you can mingle with fellow glampers, a bar, locally-sourced complimentary breakfast and a spa/sauna. If all of that didn’t convince you to book a stay five minutes ago, note that it’s located near the Finger Lakes, where you can enjoy the scenic waterfront and wine trails.

2. Posh Primitive @ Adirondack’s

5 hours and 3 min from Buffalo City Hall

435 Stock Farm Rd, Chestertown, NY / Facebook

Nestled in Chestertown, a small town in the heart of the Adirondack’s, Posh Primitive takes glamping to a whole new level. They have large log and cabin tents with real beds and wood-burning stoves, and a bath house. The Adirondack’s have everything a camper would need- great hiking trails, lakes, stars. Go fishing in the lake and “catch your dinner” and they will even cook it for you! (Also worth mentioning- they’re dog-friendly).

Airbnb Tree House // Photo x Airbnb

3. Airbnb Tree House Retreat @Adirondacks

Roughly 4 hours and 23 min from Buffalo City Hall

Middle Grove, NY / airbnb.com

Airbnb is worth checking out for all of your tree house/glamping needs, but this tree house in particular tops our list. There’s something about staying in a decked-out tree house that will fulfill your greatest childhood fantasy. Just nine miles from Saratoga Springs, this adorable cabin has a winding spiral staircase to bring you up in the trees. It comfortably sleeps four, has twinkle lights and a large patio with an outdoor grill perfect for a chill night enjoying your travel buddy’s company.

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Camp Orenda // Photo x Facebook

4. Camp Orenda @ Adirondacks

4 hours 47 min from Buffalo City Hall

90 Armstrong Rd, Johnsburg, NY / camporenda.com

Availability dependent on current restrictions

Orenda, located in the Adirondacks, is the perfect retreat for nature lovers and health nuts. Not only do they have gorgeous cabins (all different sizes available too) but they also have all inclusive meals. They provide “tastefully prepared, healthy cuisine” to guests and each meal is prepared on traditional cast iron griddles and skillets, using ingredients from local farmers and their own on-site heirloom garden.

Photo courtesy of River Mountain

5. River Mountain Retreat

5 hours from Buffalo City Hall

3600 Black Valley Road, Everett, PA 15537 / rivermountain.org

This spot offers 12-person private cabins ideal for friend staycations and family getaways. Private cabin features include Complimentary Happy Hour Featuring Local Craft Beer + Wine, Private Bonfire, Sleeps 4-12 Guests, Expansive Deck with Patio Seating, Skylights to Fall Asleep to the Stars, Bedside Windows to Nature, Nestled Among Trees, Meadow + Creek, and Mountain Views of Warrior Ridge.

6. Columbia Woodlands

6593 McKracken Dr. NW, Dover, Ohio 44622

4 hours and 15 minutes from Buffalo City Hall / columbiawoodlands.com/index.php

In their own words: Columbia Woodlands combines the height of luxury and the inherent peacefulness of nature. The sprawling 400-acre property boasts upscale cabins with attention to detail in every aspect at Columbia Woodlands – from the hand-carved rocking chairs to the carefully curated décor.

There is never a dull moment at Columbia Woodlands – you can spend your day fishing in one of the ponds, hiking 8 miles of trails or canoeing. If relaxation is what you’re looking for, you can read a book in the pavilion or enjoy a glass of wine under the stars.

7. Seneca Sol

2.5 hours from Buffalo City Hall

4625 Satterly Hill Road, Burdett, NY 14818 / senecasol.com

In their own words: Half a dozen spacious and furnished safari tents with private balconies in a secluded forest setting. All beds are fully dressed with high thread count linens and warm blankets. Modern spa-like bath house with hot water, large private shower rooms, and a communal sink area. Body, hand, and face towels, shampoo, conditioner, and soaps are provided. Relax on 25 acres of safe nature and wildlife and be sure to walk the manicured 1/8 mile long trail through the forest. A small, catch and release pond is stocked with bass and bluegill. Ample on-site parking. Located just a few minutes drive from Seneca Lake wineries, breweries, waterfalls, dining, and fun!

8. Long Point Eco Adventures Wilderness Suites @ Ontario

1 hour 56 minutes from Buffalo City Hall

1730 Front Road, St. Williams, Ontario / lpfun.ca

Availability dependent on current restrictions

If relaxing camping isn’t your cup of tea and you’re looking for something a bit more action-packed, then Long Point Adventures is for you. Stay in one of their luxury wilderness suites or camping pods, and enjoy activities like zip lining, beekeeping tours, ax throwing (embrace your inner lumberjack), zodiac boat tours, and mountain biking. Even cooler- they have an on-site observatory for optimal stargazing.

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Photo x Outpost Co. Luxury Camping

9. Outpost Co. Luxury Camping @ Ontario

1 hour and 49 min from Buffalo City Hall

988 Queen Street West, Suite 3, Toronto, ON M6J 1H1, Canada / outpostco.com

Availability dependent on current restrictions

This glamping venue is so luxury, they won’t even tell you where it is. According to their website, it’s located at a “hidden lake 90 minutes as the seaplane flies north of Toronto.” Since that sounds like a troll bridge riddle, it means they fly you out there to a hidden lake. This is for serious glampers (with some serious money). No wifi, no electricity, and the glampsite only houses eight people. What do you eat? You’re in for a treat. They will prepare freshly made dinner with local ingredients including “wild Salmon from British Columbia, Oysters harvested from the banks of Prince Edward Island or organically raised heritage beef from rural Ontario.” This is the perfect place to go if you want to be connected with nature while still living in luxury and completely cut off from the outside world. Isn’t that the dream?

This post was originally published in 2017 and has been updated.

Written by <a href="https://stepoutbuffalo.com/author/francescab/" target="_self">Francesca Bond</a>

Written by Francesca Bond

Francesca was a Step Out Buffalo intern in 2017.

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