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Luxury tents, gourmet meals redefine camping on NYC island

Associated Press

NEW YORK (AP) - Just imagine it, a luxurious room on an island, with chef-prepared meals and a view of the Statue of Liberty and the Manhattan skyline.

Hotel? Not exactly.

It's actually a campground of high-end tents on New York City's Governors Island, the latest outpost for glamping, or glamorous camping.

Rates that can run more than $700 provide such comforts as full beds, bathrooms, high thread-count sheets, plush towels, electrical outlets, barbecue grills and an on-site restaurant offering prime cuts of meat.

It's the brainchild of Collective Retreats, which operates similar camps in Colorado, Montana and Texas.

Backers of Governors Island see the tent resort as the first step toward ultimately making the island a year-round destination with a full-scale hotel.

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