Overnight: Terra Glamping at Fort Tilden
Luxury Camping + private beach = One Awesome Overnight
your comfy robe awaits...
From a tent! Book your stay at Terra Glamping: Fort Tilden and enjoy an overnight getaway that includes a 12x14 tent, fine linens, down comforters, fluffy blankets, and yes, a campfire. Fall asleep to the sound of the ocean and wake up to the rising sun while Rebecca Martin, owner of Terra Glamping (and onsite resident), pours you a cup of coffee or tea in the morning.
If you get there early enough (check-in is at 3 p.m.) you can enjoy a variety activities like bike riding, kayaking, fishing, and hiking. The best part? There is no electricity on the grounds so you can completely unplug and connect with nature and other human beings (what a thought, right!?). Bring a book and read on a hammock or stop by the lounge area to see what kind of lawn games are available. Jacob Riis Beach is just steps away and the summer food vendors are lined up along the boardwalk so you can easily grab a taco or a scoop of Ample Hills ice cream.
You're also right next to Rockaway! at Fort Tilden, the MoMA PS1 outdoor installation by artist Katharina Grosse. It's open until September 15th and it's definitely spookier at night! As a guest of Terra Glamping, you get to be one of the lucky ones that gets to stay out on the beach past 6 p.m. (when the area closes to the public). It’s the perfect time to go on a long beach walk and watch the sunset.*
*Side note: My friend Tyler and I walked so far down the beach that we ended up at Breezy Point, an adorable private cooperative community. We ended up grabbing a beer with the locals over at The Sugar Bowl – a super fun watering hole that recently reopened after Hurricane Sandy. Little did we know that this area was so private that taxis and Ubers weren’t allowed to pick us up. We rushed to the shopping center across the street to find our car just in time to get back for the nightly campfire.
Rebecca was there gearing up for s’mores hour (I came prepared with a packet of Reese’s PB Cups to add into the mix) as we ran back to our tent to grab sweatshirts. The breezy air coming from the beach felt nice sitting next to the fire. We met the other family staying with us on this Sunday evening. It was great to talk about life (ok, mostly pop culture) with two different generations while noshing on a few extra marshmallows from the pile.
As the fire burned out, we retired to our tent (with the help of a lantern). Falling asleep to the ocean waves hitting the shore and the chirping of various outdoor creatures was a drastic difference than the sounds I normally hear from my NYC apartment. I whole-heartedly welcomed it.
The super comfy bed and blankets helped too.
It’s easy to get an early start since so much sunlight comes through the tents and it’s the perfect time to grab a book and hit the hammocks outside. I read a new book – which I’m loving by the way - it’s called The Leap by Gay Hendricks. It’s all about taking control of your hidden fears so you can move your life to the next level. One big takeaway I took from the book was not to sabotage something in your life when things are going well (whether it be a relationship, work, or your path to creativity). As humans, we tend to do this b/c we're not used to everything going right in our lives all the time. But what if we just rode with it and didn't interfere? Imagine how happy we would all be!
As the sun comes up a bit more (around 8 a.m.), Rebecca lays out breakfast out by the lounge area. Nibble on croissants & pastries, adorable little jars of yogurt, as well as fresh fruit (cherries happened to be in season so I basically ate them all). Coffee and tea are also available. I should also tell you that there is a cooler and a grill on site so you can grill up your dinner or make some morning sausages if that’s more your style. Just don’t bring a six-pack or a bottle of wine – it’s not permitted. If you need a shower in order to fully wake up, there is a portable bathroom on the grounds - just make sure you tell Rebecca to turn on the hot water!
I took a moment to talk to Rebecca to ask her about Terra Glamping. This fun pop-up summer experience is just part of her interactive marketing company called Terra Glamping Events. She and her partner, David Levine, set up indoor and outdoor camps for events, company parties, weddings, and bar mitzvahs, throughout the year. What a cool idea, right? The two used to run TerraVelo Tours, a glamping, adventure, and gourmet travel company with tours in Utah, Wyoming, and Northern California. Their flagship property is actually out west, along the Northern CA coast – AND IT LOOKS PHENOMENAL.
Check out is at 11 a.m. and it’s easy to get back to the city thanks to a nearby shuttle service to the NYC Ferry. Of course, you can always take the A train from Rockaway Park-Beach 116th St. No matter how you get there, JUST GET THERE. It’s such a nice escape from the hustle and bustle of the city. Reservations are available through September 19th and rates start at $200 per tent (Sundays – Thursdays) with a two-night minimum stay on weekends. See website for more details.