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Glamping Has Come to the Hamptons, and Tents Are Booking Up Fast


Starting Memorial Day weekend, visitors coming to the Hamptons for a short time won’t be restricted to choosing between a pricey hotel or a room in a house with a host they may not know. For the first time, visitors will have the option of luxury camping, or glamping, on the beach at Cedar Point County Park in East Hampton.

Brooklyn-based Terra Glamping is launching a Hamptons location on Gardiners Bay this summer after seeing success in other New York state retreats such as the Catskills and the Rockaways. It’s the first such glamping opportunity on the East End.

Just like traditional hotel stays, a night with Terra Glamping will require a bit of a healthy budget. Prices start at about $300 per night, but according to Rebecca Martin, the company’s CEO, that price tag doesn’t just get you a bed and water views.

Lodgers will get a fully furnished tent with queen-size bed, designed in a sort of bohemian-chic style that’s relaxed but still offers the comforts of a hotel. Tents also include a six-foot deck that overlooks the water. The shelters are not air-conditioned, but since they’re near the water, there should be breezes coming off the bay, and the park has plenty of trees for shade.

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A Terra Glamping tent similar to what will be offered in East Hampton. (Terra Glamping)

Guests will have access to kayaks and stand-up paddle boards and will get a continental breakfast with coffee, as well as enjoy nightly campfires with s’mores. The property also has a grilling area and lounging tents, and there are plenty of group programs to partake in during the weekend away, such as sunrise yoga and movie nights.

There are about 30 sleeping tents on the property, as well as hot shower facilities — something you won’t always get with traditional camping. The shower facilities are designed for optimal comfort, too. Unlike campground showers, which can provide minimal privacy, the on-site trailers here offer individual rooms, each with a shower, sink, toilet, and mirror.

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Those looking to board with the glamping company can book from May 24 until the last weekend in October. Though the weekends haven’t all booked up, a representative from Terra Glamping tells us that June dates are going fast.

“Hotels, sharehouses, and the like are priced pretty competitively in the Hamptons, so we are happy to offer visitors an option they haven’t had yet,” Martin says. And it’s true — while plenty of locals and visitors have been camping at old-school at sites such as Sears Bellows and Hither Hills, this is the first glamping site to come to the East End.

Cedar Point is a great location for this kind of lodging. It’s centrally located in between Southampton and Montauk, about five miles north of the East Hampton LIRR station. Being on the bay means that lodgers won’t need to worry about dangerous waves or rough waters.

“We think the outdoor-adventure-meets-modern-luxury aesthetic of glamping is really going to appeal to people in the Hamptons,” Martin says. “Friends and families will have the chance to experience something new and enjoy themselves in the great outdoors, while still enjoying all of the accommodations they love about the great indoors.”

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