While the great outdoors is lovely, there are a lot of drawbacks to camping: bugs, sleeping on the hard ground, snakes, pooping in the woods, bears.
There's no reason to wake to a slithery friend, covered in skeeter bites with so many great glamping options around.
Herewith, our favorite yurts, safari tents, cabins, and chalets ready to provide a barrier between you and Mother Nature.
Willowemoc Wild Forest Yurt
Located in New York's Catskill Forest Preserve on the Willowemoc River, the <a href="http://www.willowemocwildforestyurt.com/" target="_hplink">Willowemoc Wild Forest Yurt</a> gives guests the opportunity to listen to owls hoot, coyotes howl, and birds chirp, while also providing solar lighting, a composting toilet, shower and outdoor grill.
The charming version of glamping, <a href="http://camporenda.com/" target="_hplink">Orenda</a> has 4 charming canvas cabins that are reminiscent of something out of a Pendleton lookbook and endless activities for everyone. Farm-to-table meals are prepped on an open-flame with cast-iron skillets (think center cut pork chops with a rosemary infusion).
This Adirondack-style <a href="http://www.pollywoggholler.com/" target="_hplink">camping eco "resort"</a> has the rustic version of it all: wine bar, organic garden, wood-fired sauna, sculpture garden, heated spring-water shower, and most importantly -- meals made for you.
Upper St. Regis Lake Yurt
This <a href="http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p3007455" target="_hplink">charming yurt</a> located on Upper St. Regis Lake in the Adirondacks boasts everything you need (comfy bed, eight windows, grill, canoe) to enjoy nature while shielding you from things you don't.
Kate's Lazy Meadow
Leave it to the B-52's to create the kitchiest, campiest love shacks on Esopus Creek near Woodstock at <a href="http://www.lazymeadow.com/" target="_hplink">Kate's Lazy Meadow</a>. Choose from nine cabins as your sleeping quarters, all decked in brightly-colored mid-century meets space age decor, and enjoy the nine acres of outdoor awesomeness.
If you truly want to go off the grid, head to <a href="http://www.4peaks.com/home.htm" target="_hplink"> Fourpeaks</a> authentic cabins tucked away in the Adirondacks. Decked out in truly antique furnishings and located amongst the peaks of four mountains (Bassett, Wainwright, Rattlesnake and Ebenezer), there's endless nature to be enjoyed and discovered.
Head to the Catskills for some peace and quiet at <a href="http://www.harmonyhillretreat.com/" target="_hplink">Harmony Hill Retreat</a>. The chalet sleeps up to eight of your best buds in the 1,200-square-foot space, complete with kitchen, washer/drier, and fireplace. If it's just the two of you, there are yurts available as well.
Who knows what you'll find while exploring the Nine Mile Swamp, the location of <a href="http://loomislair.com/" target="_hplink">Loomis Lair</a>'s yurts. The picturesque setting is named after The Loomis Gang, the largest organized crime family in 19th century America, who used to preside here. Spooky!
Lake George Escape
Tubing, mini golf, kayaking, swimming, biking -- you can do it all at <a href="http://www.lakegeorgeescape.com/" target="_hplink">Lake George Escape</a>. But most importantly you can pack a family of six into one of the log cabins on the premises that has a bathroom, shower, kitchen, and even cable.