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Jul 17, 2018 2:55 PMPublication: The East Hampton Press

'Glamping' To Be Offered At Cedar Point County Park In East Hampton

The camp grounds at Cedar Point County Park. KYRIL BROMLEY
Jul 18, 2018 10:28 AM

There’s no better way to go camping in the wilderness than with a tent, a fire, marshmallows and … a memory foam mattress wrapped in linen sheets?

This could be the new standard for camping at Cedar Point County Park in East Hampton, if a contract is finalized between Suffolk County and the Brooklyn-based company Terra Glamping.

The company, established in 2014, offers rentals of luxury tents for weddings, festivals and outdoor retreats. Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone said on Tuesday that the county and the company's owner, EH Resorts, LLC, are finalizing the last pieces of a contract to have the company set up 40 “glamping” tents in previously untouched areas of the park this fall.

According to Terra Glamping’s website, the company’s safari-style waterproof tents can be as large as 12 feet by 18 feet and come with either king- or queen-sized mattresses and furnishings. The tents are accompanied by outdoor lounge furniture, a fire pit, and a trailer with a bathroom and shower. The company also offers hammocks for lounging, an on-site butler and private dining.

Numerous attempts to reach company representatives on Monday and Tuesday were unsuccessful.

Karri Marengo of the Suffolk County Parks Department said on Tuesday that the county sent out a request for proposals in May in an effort to find new ventures that would attract more campers to Cedar Point. Ms. Marengo added that Cedar Point’s attendance has been declining over the years, and the deal with Terra Glamping is an attempt to enhance the park’s attractiveness by creating new activities.

Mr. Bellone said that he was “excited” for the potential deal.

“This is all about maximizing county resources,” he said. “Cedar Point is an absolute gem, and we’re always trying to figure out how to put out the park in an attractive way, especially to young people.”

Mr. Bellone said that the tents will be placed on previously untouched land at Cedar Point, leaving the park’s current campsites undisturbed for guests who want a more traditional camping experience.

While the pricing for renting these tents is not yet set, Mr. Bellone estimated a starting cost of $250 per night. At the regular campsites at Cedar Point, by contrast, county residents pay $11 to $24 per night, depending on the season or whether they want to connect to electricity, while nonresidents pay $19 to $42.

If the contract is finalized soon, Mr. Bellone said, the hope is to have the tents set up in time for the fall season, then take them down during the winter and set them up again for the spring.

Once the contract is approved, Terra Glamping would pay an annual flat fee of $20,000 and 10 percent of its annual revenues from patrons at Cedar Point to the county, Mr. Bellone said.

“We have these amazing parks which are an amenity for all of us,” he added. “We want to make sure we’re offering every opportunity to access these parks. The tourism economy is very important, and this is just another way to enjoy this park.”

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Wonder what "untouched" areas of Cedar Park will be graced with glamping tents.
By Aeshtron (431), Southampton on Jul 18, 18 8:42 AM
Tick infested Glamp site.
By knitter (1941), Southampton on Jul 18, 18 10:19 AM

The deer tick situation at Cedar Point is probably the main reason that attendance has been declining IMO.

The County should be very careful about how they market this IMO. Naive out-of-town tourists, who are drawn to "The Hamptons" for a "Glamping" experience, oblivious to the risks, will be extremely unhappy after they come down with Lyme Disease [or worse] from their Glamorous experience.

Fiddle Fiddle Fiddle !!!
By Nero (301), Sag Harbor on Jul 18, 18 12:44 PM
If someone did get sick they'd probably sue the county!
By Rich Morey (378), East Hampton on Jul 18, 18 2:45 PM
What a dumb idea ...
By AndersEn (174), Southampton on Jul 18, 18 1:22 PM
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Not just lymes disease but that they have to quiet down at night and not run around drunk and naked screaming. Some renters who come out think its party time all the time and being in the woods probably will attract that. Just need to have a park ranger there all the time...
By North Sea Citizen (568), North Sea on Jul 18, 18 1:41 PM
I have an idea, how about Drunk Glamping to go with Drunk Yoga or vice versa ? Send some of these drunks up west to East Hampton.
By Hobie58148 (15), East Hampton on Jul 18, 18 6:07 PM
Maybe you'll see martha stewart, billy joel or some one else famous?
By knitter (1941), Southampton on Jul 18, 18 7:01 PM
I like the idea. I've enjoyed camping out in the woods but always went with other people that supplied me with a tent and other camping equipment. If I went more often it would make sense to buy these things, but on the other hand, why buy when you can rent! I think people have gotten away from the simple things in life. Camping is wonderful, especially with linen sheets and having somebody else set the tent up!
By pigroast (100), East Quogue on Jul 18, 18 8:33 PM
This sounds like a terrible idea. Let's make Cedar Point into Montauk in the summer. Folks in their pop-ups getting up at dawn to go fishing are going to have to deal with a bunch of hipster partiers paying $250/night? I'll bet there will be fist fights!
By Arnold Timer (327), Sag Harbor on Jul 18, 18 10:51 PM
... and they are going to set them up in previously 'untouched' areas of the park . Is there a reason why it has been previously 'untouched ?
By AndersEn (174), Southampton on Jul 19, 18 1:16 PM
They allow fires to make marshmallows in Cedar Point during the summer. Is that wise?
By CalGal (2), Southampton on Jul 19, 18 3:04 PM
So now you want to ban campfires?
By johnj (1024), Westhampton on Jul 20, 18 2:59 PM
Why should Terra Glamping from Brooklyn make $$$ on Suffolk Co. Park land providing the entitlement group their luxury camping experience?
By jeffaada (6), East Quogue on Jul 19, 18 5:47 PM
Suffolk county is gonna make money off of it. Simple as that
By Fred s (3321), Southampton on Jul 19, 18 7:30 PM
May they all catch Alpha-gal
By greenmonster (20), southampton on Jul 19, 18 9:15 PM