Family Glamping at Firelight Camps

When are we ever going to sleep in a tent, mama?” my seven-year-old pleaded after sifting through shoe-box photos from my New England childhood.  There’s something about the impending end of the school year that stirred up a sense of adventure in all of us –  but I was unsure about my overall confidence in successful family camping. Adjusting rocks under sleeping bags and schlepping all the proper gear perhaps just isn’t my speed anymore.

So when we were invited to go “glamping” (aka glamorous camping) at Firelight Camps, in Ithaca NY, we couldn’t wait to experience this rising travel trend.  We’d get to sleep in a tent with luxe amenities and be immersed in the outdoors – without roughing it on our own in the dirt.

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Located on the lower grounds of La Tourelle Resort & Spa, our large canvas tent (#15) came equipped with elevated hardwood floors, a king-size bed with 300-thread-count-linens, a private balcony, personal lanterns, mesh screening, and serious safari style.  A bathhouse, showers, and central lounge tent are just a short walk away with complementary locally-inspired breakfast and wine hour in the evenings. From girls glamping getaways to family summer camp experiences, and primitive pursuits Firelight Camps offers so many ways to experience an unforgettable fill of the outdoors in serene comfort.

We didn’t realize how badly we needed a family escape – disconnected out in nature – until we were in the midst of it.  With a direct path to the picturesque Buttermilk Falls State Park, we spent the majority of our time wandering around the property, and off in the trails admiring the lush forests, waterfalls and gorge-laden beauty of the Finger Lakes.

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I suppose that I went into this trip excited to teach the children about my love of nature with experiences gleaned from my childhood and time spent living on Oahu.  But as life often goes the kids are the ones who guide and lead us.

They remind us to stop and look up.

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And take as much time as needed to explore and pause and collect our thoughts.

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The beauty in this trip was found in the simplicity of being together, unplugged.

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And watching excitement over new discoveries and experiences.

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S’more-making experts by visits end.

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We had great conversations with our fellow glampers around the campfire well into the evening hours.  Over glasses of local wine, we made instant friends – meeting people who also found humor in my husband’s poncho.

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At night, we returned to our tent with a lantern in hand, admiring nature silhouetting on our massive canvas walls.  We laughed until our bellies hurt after I lost my cool over an Olympic-sized daddy long legs.  While the kids told stories of big hawks, jumping frogs and walking through real-life waterfalls.  Cocooned in our tent, we fell asleep to the tranquil sounds of the wind whistling through the trees and the hum of an epic downpour.

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Elevated camping indeed.

 Accommodations provided by Firelight Camps.  Content and opinions, as always, are my own.



  1. now that is an amazing looking camping set up. Id go camping with that set up

  2. Even I could see myself camping put in that tent–and believe me I am not one to sleep outdoors! It really looks gorgeous there and I know I would love to walk that area and be one with nature.

  3. Amanda McMahon says

    Wow, this looks absolutely beautiful – I think I’d love this (minus any insects of course!)

  4. That is a gorgeous location and beautiful photos. I would love to escape into nature like that, and I really like the amenities of the tent.

  5. Looks so amazing, Monica!! I have to try it. The idea of being unplugged and just BEING with the family is so enticing. xo

  6. Oh my goodness! I would love to do this someday. I’ve had my fair share of ‘traditional camping’ and as much as it was fun, I’m not so keen on going again. However, this I can definitely do. Love your pictures. Looks like it was an epic family vacation.

  7. I followed along with your amazing instagram photos and actaully called to try and book a visit while you guys where there. We will defintiley visit. The place looks so memeorable and your photgraophy and article in addition to the instagrams paint the most beautiful picture.

  8. Ha! That is glamping at its finest. I’d love to go visit with the kids, it looks amazing!

  9. Wow!!! Now that’s the way to enjoy camping. The last time that I camped… a regular tent…..with an old, small, worn out air mattress….I was miserable and cold. Glamping is the way to go for me.

  10. How incredible! My husband went to school up their. I’m booking.


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