'Sweet Spot' With Mike Sugerman: Going Glamping On Governors Island

July 19, 2018 - 7:27 pm

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) -- Camping isn’t glamourous – until it is.

And when it is, it’s known as glamping. In this edition of “Sweet Spot,” WCBS 880’s Mike Sugerman caught up with some people who tried it out – and not too far from home at all.

“We went glamping,” said Helena Economakos.

Economakos is from Brooklyn, and you might think she must have driven far away. But she didn’t.

“And to think that it’s only five miles away from our home,” she said. “It’s an incredible place.”

In fact, the site is only 800 yards from the southern tip of Manhattan. Economakos, her family and friends caught the ferry and ventured onto Governors Island, to Collective Retreats.

“Collective Retreats has all the benefits of a traditional, nice hotel; none of the hassle of tents or any of the usual stuff that comes with camping; all the luxury of a hotel and all the wonderful, authentic, connected experience,” said Peter Mack, chief executive officer of Collective Retreats. 

The company is working this year for the first time on the former military base to set up tents that allow people to camp with all the comforts of home – and then some.

“The bathrooms, the bedding, we have really beautiful high thread-count linens in our beds, very wonderful and eclectic designs in our tents, a really fantastic dining and culinary program; three meals a day,” Mack said.

Depending on the time of week and the time of year, rooms can be had for $75, or $700 – it all depends. There are 35 tents in total.

And you won’t find any baked beans – but there are s’mores you can make right at a campfire.

“I think this is an amazing setup,” said Jonathan Spira, editor of Frequent Business Traveler magazine. “I can’t imagine going anywhere equivalent place anywhere for the price that they’re charging right now.”

Collective Retreats has a three-year contract while it, and the Governors Island trust, figure things out.

So glamp on.