Host Spotlight: Mary

By Jackie Dreyer

Editor's note: Each month, we'd like to introduce you to one of our wonderful Glamping Hub hosts and what inspired them to create a glamping site. This month, we have Mary, who manages this modern cottage in the Catskills of Upstate New York.

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1. When was the first time you heard the term glamping?

A while back, my niece told me about a “glamping vacation” that she took in New Mexico. This is the first time I head the term.

2. What inspired you to have your own glamping site?

I was renovating a two-story Quonset hut into a two-bedroom guest cottage, and the wooded setting, abundance of wildlife, and history of the structure made it a good choice for a “glamping” destination.

3. If you could describe your property or the glamping experience you offer in three words, what would they be?

Elegant, spacious, peaceful.

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4. What was your first glamping/camping experience?

My family did not do much camping, but I became an avid camper in college, visiting some of the national parks and hiking/camping through New England.

5. Why would you recommend people to go glamping?

It is nice to be comfortable, and getting close to nature is essential in this over populated, over stressed world. Glamping allows for both.

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6. What should people expect when they come to your glamping site?

Comfort, quiet, lots of wooded views, wildlife sightings, indoor and outdoor cooking spaces, and room to breath. Also, accessibility to the artsy Upper Delaware River region that offers culture and great dining plus hiking and river activities.

7. What makes your property unique?

The unique nature and history of the Quonset hut structure, the peacefulness of the setting, and accessibility Upper Delaware River region.

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8. What’s your favorite part about owning a glamping property?

My favorite part is when my guests have a positive and memorable experience in the cottage, personalizing it to whatever they need—be it peace and quiet, touring, or adventuring.

9. What makes your property eco-friendly?

It is a re-purposed Quonset hut, and much of the materials used in the renovation, as well as the furniture, are antiques or were special features left in the cottage when I bought it, such as the re-purposed brownstone doors that separate the great room from the kitchen. The cottage is fully heated, but also has a fully functional (optional) wood stove.

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*To book this gorgeous Upstate New York rental—which has been featured in blogs, such as "10 End of Summer Getaways Ideas" and "Your Summer Grilling Inspiration"—click here!