Smack dab in the middle of New York Harbor, Governor's Island is a 172-acre escape from city life with giant slides and zip lines, wide-open fields and hammocks, picnic tables and food trucks peddling ice cream, oysters, and everything in between. On weekdays, the island is packed with campers and tourists; on weekends, families flock to ferries in Brooklyn and Manhattan to make the short crossing.
Now, a select few can have the run of the island at night.
On July 11, Collective Retreats opened Collective Governor's Island, the group's fifth stateside safari-tent experience. Other locations include Vail, Colorado, Big Sky Montana, Ghent, New York, and Texas Hill Country. And a sixth location in Sonoma wine country is coming soon.
Our editors stopped by for a press preview, which included a tour of the grounds—central lawn, dining pavilion, yoga platform, and two different types of tents—plus non-alcoholic sips and nibbles like cornflake-crusted chicken nuggets, in late June.
Two months later, the resort is in full-swing. You can eat corn soup and catch of the day (with wine, beer, or cider since the liquor license kicked in) while staring at the Statue of Liberty. After dinner, it's firefly chasing on the lawn, followed by s'mores around the campfire, then a good night's sleep under 1500-thread count sheets.
Got Labor Day plans? How about Columbus Day weekend? Collective Governor's Island is open through October 2018. Tents start at $150.