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Glamp Up a Darien Lake Vacation

By July 20, 2012

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I don't know that I'd exactly consider it glamorous, but Darien Lake certainly has a unique take on camping. The New York theme park/water park/summer music shed resort is offering pre-fab campsites at its campground that come with a large tent on a wooden platform, a dining table with chairs on a deck, and -- get this -- a queen bed or two twin beds. Deeming the low-stress, high-comfort sites "glamour camping," Darien Lake has coined the phrase "glamping."

My wife has been trying to get me to go camping for years, but I get claustrophobic in a small, sealed tent, and I'm not all that crazy about sleeping on the unforgiving ground. The name is a bit too cutesy (glamping sounds vaguely like it could also describe dancing to Ziggy Stardust-era David Bowie songs, or maybe striking poses while watching Sue Sylvester torment those chirpy pubescent songbirds on TV), but I just might be able to handle a couple of nights at Darien Lake's new campsites -- especially knowing that I'll be able to wake up the next day and challenge Ride of Steel, the park's kickass hypercoaster. If the idea of sleeping on a bed in a tent is still too primitive for you, the resort has an onsite hotel as well.

July 21, 2012 at 6:03 am
(1) Marko50 says:

I think I could go for the Ride of Steel. But I also think that the USArmy “cured” me of camping roughly – and you can take that word several ways – 40 years ago.

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