We Went There: Upstate Glamping

Of all the bizzaro trends that have caught on because of Instagram (I'm looking at you, detox teas), I have to say that glamping is one of my all time favorites. 

There's something about the magic of being outside—combined with the joy of wifi, soft sheets, and gourmet meals that just makes glamping seem too good to be true.

We had the opportunity to visit the amazing Firelight Camps in Ithaca, New York in May and had the time of our lives eating s'mores, hiking, catching live music, and just escaping city life. 

Read on for our guide to a glamping escape at Firelight Camps with a pup. 👇🏽

Eat and Drink: 

Local Wine: Ithaca sits in the middle of the Finger Lakes wine region, which is home to the first U.S. wine trail. Obviously, that means there are endless wine-tasting options. We visited the dog-friendly Six Mile Creek tasting room, where Dave had a great time meeting the staff while we each did a tasting.

S'mores: Our motto is that there's always room for s'mores. Especially when they're homemade from scratch by the talented camp co-founder Emma Frisch and look like this. I've eaten a lot of s'mores in my life, but those were by far the best. Buy them at the camp store and enjoy some campfire time. 

Camp Food: We embraced the camping spirit by packing picnics from local grocery stores during our stay, but Firelight also had two food trucks visit during our stay. The camp serves a complimentary breakfast and has a well-stocked bar in lobby. If you're looking for a more elevated dining experience, the camp is just (literal) steps from the John Thomas Steakhouse.


Go Chasing Waterfalls: There's so much gorgeous hiking in the Finger Lakes that it's tricky to choose even a few hikes. We loved the views at Taughannock Falls State Park and the winding trails at Robert Treman State Park. The camp is also just off the Buttermilk Falls trails. 

Downward Dog: Indulge in an onsite yoga class during your stay. A drop-in pass is just $17. If you need a little inspiration, you can check out the pictures of Dave practicing his moves above. He totally namaslayed.


Firelight is a great getaway—even if you're a reluctant camper. You can wake up to birds singing while in high-thread-count sheets, which if you ask me, is everything. Dogs are allowed in the Dog-Friendly King Tents for an additional charge of $25 per night. You can read more about the tents here and the immaculate bathhouse here (because I know you have questions about that).

Have you gone glamping with your pup? Or spent time in Ithaca? Tell us what we missed! 

xo Heather

*We received a free stay at Firelight Camps in exchange for our Instagram posts, but this is not a sponsored blog post.


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