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You can now camp on Governors Island in New York for the summer

ByDebra J. Aguilar

May 19, 2022

Camping doesn’t have to mean long car trips in the middle of nowhere. You can camp here in the middle of New York at Collective Governors Island, a luxurious glamping site in the middle of New York Harbor.

A four-minute ferry ride takes you to the island, where you’ll be transported to your peaceful oasis, which has 30 accommodations, a restaurant and bar, a giant campfire, lawn games and a workshop where you Learn new arts and crafts, including flower arranging and making traditional drinking vessels to enjoy with Mexican liquor.

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Stay in one of its four Outlook Shelters, 10 Summit Tents or 16 Journey+ Tents, depending on the level of luxury you crave – each one is designed to “eliminate the barriers between indoors and outdoors while providing complete tranquility , the intimacy and amenities of a hotel room”, according to the company. They all have cozy bedding, charming furniture, a private bathroom and bath products.

The brand’s signature Summit tents not only offer stylish decor, but they have climate-controlled interiors and en-suite bathrooms with rain showers! The Outlook Shelter is even more aesthetically pleasing: it’s a geometric space with floor-to-ceiling windows, a spa tub, a private terrace, and a king-size bed.

Photo: courtesy of Collective Governors Island

The best part is that those who stay at Collective Retreats have access to 72 acres of parkland, where they can bike, hike and explore the island’s art installations and farm and even choose to hang out at the new QC NY Spa. (Guests of Collective Governors Island can also take advantage of special rates for select spa services in QC NY.)

Whatever you do, you’ll have access to delicious food (especially dinners and brunches) from Executive Chef Ezra Lewis, who combines his Caribbean roots with classic European techniques, and Executive Chef Owen Laufersweiler, who helped launch the starred restaurant Oxalis. The Governors Island Collective’s new wood-fired grill menu, featuring dishes cooked al fresco on an Argentinian barbecue, focuses around the main course, such as shoulder of beef with cognac, cream and green pepper sauce or smoked mushroom Shogun Maitake with a tamari and kumquat glaze. The centerpiece comes with appetizers, sides, and desserts that showcase the farm-fresh flavors of local produce. And starting May 9, its six-course spring tasting menu will feature rotating dishes based on seasonal and local foods and an optional wine pairing.

Drinks are on the Sunset Terrace, the retreat’s outdoor bar, which offers the best city views you can enjoy while sipping laps. classic cocktails, like Governors Boulevardier and Lavender Bees Knees.

“We are delighted to welcome guests for what is sure to be a historic year for Collective Governors Island,” said General Manager Nicholas Wirth. “Travellers who wish to explore this iconic landmark will find a rewarding and unforgettable retreat getaway with five-star service, enhanced culinary offerings and all-new guest experiences. We hope our guests will explore the outdoors, reconnect with themselves and their surroundings, and will leave more invigorated and refreshed than ever.”

Collective Governors Island
Photo: courtesy of Collective Governors Island

Collective Governors Island has been around for a few years now, but this year the retreat launched The Collective Lodge, a new 950 square foot meeting space designed to connect corporate and social gatherings to its Three Peaks Lodge and The Collective Private Dining Tent.

“At Collective Retreats, we are always thinking of out-of-the-box ways to connect our guests to the extraordinary natural environments of our iconic locations,” said Josh Lesnick, President and COO. “Meetings and events are central to our future growth, and we are extremely proud to unveil the Collective Pavilion, a venue that embraces its sense of place and perfectly exemplifies our brand mission. Whether guests are looking for intimate celebrations or finally get together and reconnecting with their colleagues, they will find New York’s most unforgettable meeting space, enhanced by our world-class culinary program.”

You can now make reservations at Collective Governors Island here. The retreat will also offer community nights throughout the 2022 season, providing access to the hotel grounds to New Yorkers at discounted rates.

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