The whole Treat Yo Self experience in NYC can be short-lived one. After all, steps away from any spa are honking taxis, unwelcome gusts of subway wind, and crazy foot traffic.
A few weeks ago we decided to take our passion for luxury relaxation to the woods. Why? Because: Treat Yo Self. We’d long dreamt of “glamping” and when we discovered Firelight Camps we knew it was the perfect location to live out our faux-outdoorsy fantasies. And even though our trip required a 4:00 a.m. bus departure, we were all smiles when we finally arrived because, of course, we deserved this!
Our sleek and chic Everlane weekender bags.
Firelight Camps is fresh off its very first season, parked in the woods behind hotel and resort La Tourelle in Ithaca. We had 36 hours and one goal: to live up to the ‘glam’ in glamping.
Upon arrival, we settled into our tent and immediately knew our one night was going to leave us wanting more. The tents at Firelight are exactly what you picture when you think “glamping.” Luxe enough to make you momentarily believe you may have moved into a display at Anthropologie–rustic enough to make you feel just a smidge woodsy badass. Of course, your average tent doesn’t have its own balcony, but whatever.
We turned on our small space heater, flicked on our lanterns and took advantage of a rare gift: time to read books.
Serious research going on here c/o Glamping With Mary-Jane.
As we believe an opportunity to sight-see should never be wasted, we turned to the Ithaca pros at Experience! The Finger Lakes for a quick Highlights of Ithaca tour, which obviously included the Gorges.
A surprise detour took us to Six Mile Creek Winery, where Laura Falk gave us a wine tasting for dummies–expert pairings of lots of Rieslings and beyond, with hands-down, the best, local goat cheese ever.
But after the combination of a brisk walk in quickly declining temperatures and quite-a-few mini gulps of wine, we were ready for a hearty meal on the hotel grounds.
A proper steak and potatoes meal at John Thomas Steakhouse.
Also conveniently located on the hotel grounds was August Moon Spa, just a couple hundred feet from our tent where we rest our still-tired-from-hiking legs and enjoyed aromatherapy-infused massages.
We camped out at August Moon’s lovely fireplace-lit lounges for warmth and tea and extended the spa experience DIY-style.
Emily snuggled up in the tent in her delicious Eberjey PJs.
We didn’t have a car–but we were not about to starve thanks to Olive & Cocoa’s Farmhouse box of snacks.
We finished THE GLAMP with a last-ditch effort to make s’mores, feeling it was the final must on our list. Of course, at Firelight the marshmallows are homemade, the chocolate is from Ithaca’s local candy store, and the graham crackers were chili flavored.
Seriously — book your tent here and now!