It’s not exactly glamping, but the new tents along Lake Sebago in New York aren’t roughing it either, according to lohud.
Five canvas tents, each with heating and a full-size bed, perched on platforms that will help keep the damp out of camping, were on display Tuesday (May 4).
The tents, scattered along the lake known for its fishing and views, were just a sample of a new public-private partnership that will bring “camping without the hassles” to 45 sites in four state parks in the Hudson Valley region.
“I’m a longtime camper since I was a little girl,” said Lt.Gov. Kathy Hochul as she lauded the new sites.
After surveying the heavy canvas, mesh screens and platform-on-pillars construction, Hochul expressed admiration for those who would get to stay dry even in the downpours that always seemed to saturate her family camping trips.
Officials held a quick ribbon-cutting at the site as she encouraged people to reserve the facilities that are expected to be available around Memorial Day at four State Parks in the Hudson Valley: Sebago and Silver Mine areas of Harriman State Park in Orange and Rockland counties; Taconic State Park and Lake Taghkanic State Park in Columbia County; and Mills-Norrie State Park in Dutchess County.
The facilities are set up and run by Tentrr, a company that operates such sites across the U.S. The public-private partnership between New York State Parks and Tentrr launches a new kind of arrangement, said Tentrr CEO Anand Subramanian.
“I don’t like the word ‘glamping’ either,” Subramanian said. “I think of it as camping without the hassles.”
Tentrr’s main website lists the new tents at $135 per night.
Erik Kulleseid, the state parks commissioner, said that”easy” camping sites like the Tentrr setups help reach “new audiences, they appeal to Millennials and older people who don’t want to sleep on the ground anymore,” jokingly gesturing toward himself.