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Seven Luxury Camping Spots From the Smokies to Big Sur



Who needs to rough it after a long week at work? These luxury camping spots feature high thread counts, deep-tissue massages, and a s’mores-fetching butler.

5. Kayak in the Adirondacks

Camp Orenda, a collection of five canvas tents set well apart (translation: no accidental eavesdropping) on 40 acres in the southern Adirondacks, is a four-hour Zipcar drive from Manhattan. Down comforters, wood-burning stoves, and 1,000-thread-count Egyptian linens ensure modern comfort, while maple syrup buckets repurposed as garbage pails and headboards made of wood from 130-year-old barns lend a rustic-chic aesthetic. Food is simple and tasty: Buffet-style meals are farm to table, prepared on cast iron over an open flame. Hike 4 miles to Crane Mountain, pausing for a picnic, or kayak the 2-mile-long Garnet Lake. 347 287-7359;; from $170 per person, per night (limited to 13 people on-site at a time); includes accommodations, activities, meals but not alcohol. (Take advantage of the BYOB policy.)

Tip: The camp offers world-class spinning-reel fishing for trout in Mill Creek, with its 150-foot three-tiered waterfall.


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