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Glampsites spring up in New York state

(July 9, 2012) -- “In a canvas structure, you hear the noises, you hear the birds. You can sense the outdoors. You can feel the wind blowing,” Pat Jensen, owner of ConTENTment Camping in Buffalo, told the Buffalo News. His company provides tents and furniture for campgrounds. “Once you shut the door to an RV or a cabin, you’re inside again.”

BUFFALO, N.Y. — “In a canvas structure, you hear the noises, you hear the birds. You can sense the outdoors. You can feel the wind blowing,”  Pat Jensen, owner of ConTENTment Camping in Buffalo, told the Buffalo News. His company provides tents and furniture for campgrounds. “Once you shut the door to an RV or a cabin, you’re inside again.”
 
Glampsites offer heavy-duty canvas tents that are already erected when a glamper arrives. Perched on a wooden deck is a real bed frame and mattress. Jutting from the front of the tent is a wooden porch area, frequently outfitted with a rustic table and chairs. Many glamping sites even offer electricity, the Buffalo News reported.

The “glamping” trend has exploded in Europe and Canada, with many traditional campgrounds now offering glamping-style options, the paper noted. Until two years ago, Jensen was orchestrating glamping sites at Evangola, Four-Mile Creek and Golden Hill State Parks, but demand was not as robust as expected, and the program ended.
 
She is now focusing on setting up hundreds of “tent cities” for outdoor music festivals, like Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in California. Rental rates at music festivals range from $300 per tent per week at the Christian Creation Festival, to upwards of $3,000 for rock festival accommodations with backstage, VIP access, according to the Buffalo News.

To read the full story in the Buffalo News, click here.

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Greg Gerber is a freelance writer and podcaster who has been writing about the RV industry since 2000. He is the former editor of RV Daily Report and can be reached at greg@rvdailyreport.com.

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