Our Hipcamp Field Scout assignments vary – we went from a platform tent at Stony Creek Farmstead to a pool house in Pine Bush, New York.
If you’re not familiar with Hipcamp, they are “committed to making getting outside fun and easy, as simple as selecting what, when and where you want your camping experience to be.” (from Hipcamp.com). They are a great resource for finding and booking campsites across the United States (unfortunately direct booking is not available for federal or state land). Lots of private land is listed and, as a Field Scout, we visit the property to tell its story via photography and provide feedback.
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Our review and photos of the Pool House Glampsite can be found on Hipcamp or here:
Pine Bush, NY is less than 2 hours outside of Manhattan making it an ideal weekend getaway. Your host, Rich, offers tent camping on his property – including some great group campsite locations – and also has a pool house for those who aren’t interested in roughing it.
The pool house is perfect if you’re looking to be surrounded by forty acres of woods but not quite ready to pitch a tent or give up the comforts of home. In fact, it’s quite luxurious! The pool house sleeps two, has a kitchen with a fridge and sink, and a bathroom with toilet and shower. All water in the pool house is sulphur water, believed to be great for the skin, but you may want to bring your own drinking water.
You’ll want to spend time outside the pool house as well. You’ll enjoy the saltwater pool complete with a diving board, a water slide, and night lighting. If you go for a night swim, consider drying off around the nearby large bonfire pit and roasting some s’mores. Rich prefers you don’t bring outside firewood onto his forested property and offers ample firewood for purchase on-site.
Be sure to also spend time exploring the wooded property, playing with his friendly border collies, or hiking Sam’s Point in nearby Minnewaska State Park for beautiful views and waterfalls in the Shawangunk Mountains.
September 12 – 13, 2017