When camping turns glamorous: Glamping comes to Lake George

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LAKE GEORGE, N.Y. (NEWS10) – It’s the time of year when people are pitching their tents and spending time in the great outdoors. But imagine going camping without leaving behind any of the comforts of home.

Within in the Adirondacks and the Catskills, camping is part of the culture. But a local company has taken a new twist on camping. The concept was pitched a year ago in Lake George, and this year, glamping is growing faster than they ever thought possible.

As you enter the world of Adirondack Safari, camping as you know it is transformed.

“When a guest pulls up to the campsite, we want them to feel like they’re home,” co-founder Jennifer Matteo said. “Here, you literally show up and the party starts.”

Glamping, or glamorous camping, has come to the Adirondacks.

The concept makes the family tradition of getting in touch with nature more manageable for the tied up 21st Century family and those just trying to stay afloat.

“We’re busier as a culture,” Matteo said. “We’re busier today than we were when I was growing up, and I think people just don’t have that kind of time. The packing up, the unpacking, the setting up, the breaking down. We provide the experience.”

The amenities that you don’t get in a typical tent while camping out in the wilderness are brought to you. It’s almost like being in a hotel room.

“The tent, we say, is the ‘outdoor Marriott,’” Matteo said. “It’s got a real bed; you’re off the floor; all of the decorative accents that you would see in a high end hotel suite. The tent has electricity so you can have a light on at night and charge your phone.”

It’s a high end idea with humble beginnings. It all started with the Matteo family and five small delivery tents. But the idea quickly picked up speed.

“It just absolutely did not meet demand,” Matteo said.

Currently, Adirondack Safari has 20 lavish tents and counting. It’s nestled deep in the Lake George Escape Campgrounds, a place that comes with its own amenities, including a restaurant, playground and pool.

The season is just beginning, and they’re already booked.

“We had a girl fly in from California,” Matteo said. “Sony Pictures, the VP flew in for five days. He saw it on Facebook and came for five days.”

But you don’t have to be rich and famous to enjoy a few nights outdoors in the lap of luxury. Adirondack Safari caters to a range of guests.

While NEWS10 ABC was on site, a bridal party was wrapping up a bachelorette. On the other side of the campground – and the other side of the spectrum – Marie and Bill Koenig were celebrating 68 years of wedded bliss beneath the stars.

“Bill’s a little old for camping,” Marie said. “Everything was set up. We didn’t have to do anything except drive here.”

“When they show up, you hear the ‘oohs’ and ‘ahhs,’” Matteo said. “It’s like nothing that they’ve seen before.”

But the local gem could soon pop up in more places. The Matteos are getting calls from other campgrounds and other states.

“A lot of calls for Lake Placid,” Matteo said. “A lot of calls for the Poconos.”

It looks like the sun isn’t setting on the new glamping craze any time soon.

Head to their website or check them out on Facebook, if you want to learn more about glamping or Adirondack Safari.

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