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Just Minutes from NYC, A Place Committed to Environment and Sustainability

By Jessica Ferrer
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It doesn’t matter what time of year it is — New Yorkers are always ready for a weekend getaway. Whether it’s planning a trip to the Hamptons, heading upstate for some nature, or even taking the drive to Vermont to really get away from it all, the options are aplenty. But even with all the places to go, sometimes a quick jaunt is all you need. 

That’s where Governors Island comes in. The 172-acre island is technically part of Manhattan, but you won’t find any skyscrapers or subway stops here. Governors Island was first opened to the public in 2005, and ever since New Yorkers have been coming for events, physical activity and simple refuge from the bustle of city life. And you can extend that refuge overnight or for the weekend with a stay on the island by Collective Retreats. 

Glamping on Governors Island is a great way to escape New York, though you aren’t really leaving the city. However, it will feel that way, with all of the activities, nature and plenty of greenery to take in. The only reminder will be the twinkling city lights at night, which honestly will serve as a great backdrop for a romantic night out, or at least some killer selfies. 

Collective Retreats has five locations around the country, and setting up camp on Governors Island gives New Yorkers a short ferry ride to “a peaceful oasis.” It’s truly unique, with views of the Statue of Liberty and lower Manhattan juxtaposed with a calming, island-feeling. Glamping options are luxurious and rustic, ranging from private tents, communal settings and elevated shelters. There’s an emphasis on environmentally friendly options and a commitment to sustainability. 

This ethos is also echoed when it comes to dining. The Farm & Fisherman Dinner, for example, sources ingredients from Slow Food-certified purveyors like Cascun Farms and Dock to Dish. All of the local produce is used for a prix-fixe Mediterranean meal, celebrating seasonal ingredients. A sample menu includes a seafood paella, local arugula salad and a cheese course. Guests will also get to spend time with the chef and sommelier, adding a special aspect to the overall dining experience. Another cool feature of the dinner is the “sobremessa” time that follows, a chance to mix and mingle over wine and desserts. The Mediterranean flavors and relaxed atmosphere will transport your mind miles away from New York City. It’s local, fine dining you can easily get in the city, with a better location. 

So if you need a quick retreat, look no further than Governors Island. It can serve as your introduction to glamping, or maybe just a fast way to rejuvenate and go on a trip without all that planning. Full of arts, culture and excellent dining options, you’ll discover (or be reminded) that you can truly find anything in New York, including luxurious glamping. Collective Retreats is our choice for a weekend trip that’s easy, fun and doesn’t require renting a car. 



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