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11 of the Coolest New York Yurt Rentals

by Lauren Breedlove
Updated November 23, 2021

Best Yurt Rentals in New York
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Yurts: for when you want to camp…luxuriously.

Nature and comfort: yurts manage to provide the best of both worlds, and that’s why we love them. These round, sturdy tents are often equipped many of the creature comforts we crave, but are in remote outdoor areas with beautiful views just outside the flap of your yurt door.

From lazing on the deck and watching a fiery sunset to marveling at the clear night sky, the yurt life is a good life. Whether on a working farm or perched next to a waterfall, you can’t go wrong with these unique yurt rentals in New York.

With so much awesome terrain to explore, it’s no surprise that New York State is host to a plethora of stunning yurts in really awesome locations. You can chill off the grid (or not) and embrace the yurt life, mixing luxury and outdoor living into the perfect outdoor cocktail.

Slumber in the historic Catskills, cozy up in the Adirondacks with a High Peaks backdrop, or explore New York’s lesser-known nooks and crannies.

Camp comfortably in these 11 New York yurt rentals for an extra-special getaway.

1. Climbing Vine Cottage

Climbing Vine Cottage
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Why you should stay: Waterfalls…need we say more?

  • Location: Newfield
  • Sleeps: 6
  • Minimum stay: 4 nights
  • Rates from: $152/night

Who knew that a yurt could have bedrooms? The Climbing Vine Cottage in Newfield (just south of Ithaca) is breaking size barriers — the large tent accommodates six guests. Prepare to be wowed by the custom design, including an actual eat-in kitchen.

And if you’ve ever wanted to sleep in a garden, here’s your chance: the yurt is smack-dab in the middle of a lush mix of garden, orchards, and all-around fairytale vibes. And as if that wasn’t enough, they’ve added some resident butterflies for extra effect, too.

Thoughtful, tiny details help make this the enjoyable stay reviewers say it is. The owners leave local coffee in the kitchen for you; sheets, towels, and local soap are provided; and a wood pellet stove and fans help regulate the temperature to your liking. There’s even fast Wi-Fi. Oh, and the yurt is so versatile that it can easily transform from kid-friendly family getaway accommodations to a romantic escape in a jiff.

Relaxation is required at Climbing Vine Cottage as it’s hard not to feel at peace when lazing on the stone patio, cooking up some BBQ, or toasting marshmallows on the fire pit. Nearby, you can connect on a deeper level with nature with a visit to the nearby Robert H Treman State Park, Buttermilk Falls State Park, and the Van Buskirk Gorge, all three of which have abundant waterfalls to delight any outdoor enthusiast.

If you’re on a trip for two, make the most of the yurt’s loft on a clear night with some mind-blowing stargazing.

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2. The Ranier Yurt

The Ranier Yurt
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Why you should stay: Breakfast with a side of Adirondack mountain views.

  • Location: Elizabethtown
  • Sleeps: 4
  • Minimum stay: 3 nights
  • Rates from: $175/night

Experience “living in the round” at the well-equipped Ranier Yurt, perched in the Adirondack High Peaks region. Views of Giant Mountain from the plethora of windows are proof that yurt slumbering is the best kind of slumbering.

Oh, and there’s a see-through dome roof, so you can direct your gaze upward to feel fully immersed in nature — tree-gazing and stargazing encouraged.

A fan for the warmer months and a heater in the chillier ones will keep you more than comfortable, and speaking of comfort, a queen bed, full kitchen, and expansive porch create plenty of space for up to four people. Plan to spend your evenings cooking on the grill and enjoying dinner al fresco — that’s what you came here for, after all.

Be sure to bring your hiking boots or snowshoes to hit the trails right outside of the yurt’s front door as there are 85 acres just waiting to be explored. If you’re up for a water-based adventure, kayaking on Lake Champlain or taking a true Adirondack dip in nearby Lincoln Pond (or the “secret swimming hole”) will easily fill a few summer days.

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3. The Luminous Yurt

The Luminous Yurt
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Why you should stay: Heal yourself, Mongolian-style.

  • Location: Saratoga Springs
  • Sleeps: 2
  • Minimum stay: 1 night
  • Rates from: $195/night

Melt your stress away at The Luminous Yurt, a healing retreat in Saratoga Springs. The canvas yurt was impressively hand-crafted in Mongolia and promises to be a unique and relaxing stay. Upon arrival, you’ll cross a little red bridge to reach your cozy abode in a garden.

The studio-style space provides a queen-sized bed as well as creature comforts like Wi-Fi, air-conditioning, and a pellet stove to warm up when the temperature drops. There’s an outdoor shower to rinse off in nature, and you’ll have full access to a half bathroom in the main house, just steps away. To make your stay even more tranquil, consider booking a massage with the property’s owner.

When you’re ready to step out of serenity for a bit, downtown Saratoga Springs is just a hop and a skip away. Indulge in the city’s stellar culinary scene; options abound for any budget to satisfy your cravings. For fantastic craft brews, head to Henry Street Taproom.

For some high-end grub, put your fancy pants on and book a table at Salt & Char, housed in the historic (and recently renovated) Adelphi Hotel on Broadway. Saratoga has a rich arts scene, with a gallery in town and museums nearby. Absorb fresh air in any of the area parks or take a day trip up to the Adirondacks where six million acres are available for hiking, cycling, paddling, or simply road tripping.

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4. Lightforce Sanctuary

Lightforce Sanctuary 
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Why you should stay: Modern amenities on a working farm.

  • Location: Ghent
  • Sleeps: 4
  • Minimum stay: 3 night
  • Rates from: $285/night

Get a taste of the farm life at the Catskill’s Lightforce Sanctuary. With a king-sized bed perched in the loft and a futon fit for two in the main room, this stay easily accommodates four people.

The 750-square-foot yurt also spares no detail when it comes to convenience, with a clawfoot soaking tub, a gourmet kitchen, an outdoor firepit, and even some floaties for lazing in the pond. This is one of the better yurt rentals in New York if you’re traveling with a dog, since the home is dog-friendly and property is large. Note: There’s a $25 dog fee.

Romp around 130 acres filled to the brim with walking and hiking trails, a private pond, a creek, and a lookout. The 2.5-mile loop trail is a visitor favorite, complete with forest, fields, barns, animals, and a view for the books.

Post-adventure, utilize the local ingredients provided in the kitchen to create a culinary masterpiece then take a load off at the fire pit. When it’s time for bed, cuddle up in bed for some epic stargazing (yes, inside!) underneath the skylight to top off the perfect day on the farm.

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5. Moon Lodge Yurt

Moon Lodge Yurt
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Why you should stay: With a name like that, it has to be magical.

  • Location: Lagrangeville
  • Sleeps: 3
  • Minimum stay: 2 nights
  • Rates from: $135/night

Unique, romantic, Bohemian — take your pick of adjectives. The Moon Lodge Yurt has a clear ceiling for optimal stargazing, and since it’s in a private, secluded setting with minimal light pollution, you can count on incredible night sky views.

This four-season yurt may be small, but it delivers big on the immersive nature and environmentally friendly fronts. Solar power provides electricity and the outdoor bathroom has a composting toilet and biodegradable soaps.

When you’re not staring at the sky, an adorable deck area with chairs is the perfect place to hang out in the warmer months and the cozy wood-fired stove makes the inside toasty on cooler nights.

East of Poughkeepsie, there are plenty of nearby Catskill-inspired adventures for when you’re ready to leave the beautiful property. Stretch your legs on a variety of hiking trails at The Winnakee Nature Preserve, about 30 minutes away by car.

You can visit with some alpacas at the local Lilymoore Alpaca Farm, or perhaps catch a flick at the nearby drive-in movie theater. It’s a tiny and perfect upstate escape.

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6. Ulster Park Yurt

Ulster Park Yurt
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Why you should stay: Waterfalls, rivers, and cliffs, oh my.

  • Location: Ulster Park
  • Sleeps: 4
  • Minimum stay: 3 nights
  • Rates from: $265/night

Get a full refresh while staying at the dog-friendly Ulster Park Yurt on 120 acres in the Catskill region of New York. Be prepared to be wowed by the stylish interior when you step through the door — this is definitely one of the more glamorous yurt rentals in New York.

A queen-sized bed and twin pullouts create a comfortable slumber setting for four within this home-in-the-round, and outside, the sizable covered porch has plenty of room for everyone. Whip up a BBQ dinner on the grill to enjoy around the campfire, with firewood provided. Other availability amenities include TV and Wi-Fi, just in case you feel like staying in.

But you probably won’t want to stay in, as you’ve got natural attractions just minutes away. Take an on-property hike or venture to Mohonk Preserve, just 15 minutes from the yurt. Or check out the trails at Shaupeneak Ridge Park, where a waterfall and panoramic vistas await.

The yurt’s full kitchen means you can cook at home, though you may want to stop for a glass of wine and cheers to a great day at a local winery before heading back.

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7. East Meredith Glamping Yurt

East Meredith Glamping Yurt
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Why you should stay: Spectacular sunsets and a flushable toilet? Yes, please.

  • Location: East Meredith
  • Sleeps: 2
  • Minimum stay: 2 nights
  • Rates from: $159/night

Find yourself in a forested oasis just east of Oneonta when you visit the East Meredith Glamping Yurt. This elevated yurt houses a king-sized bed, kitchen with table, bathroom, and comfy chairs. Outside, you’ll find a wrap-around deck with a grill and a picnic and fire pit in the yard.

When not staying close to home, you can explore this yurt’s 70 acres. There are several trails across the wooded area from which you can take in upstate New York’s classic hillside scenery (and you’ll find more than a few good places for watching pretty meadow sunsets).

Be sure you have good hiking shoes with you as the loop trail at nearby Bramley Mountain is about four miles and goes past the best views. Form the summit (reached via the Summit Trail), you can feast your eyes on sprawling views of the southern Catskills and Mount Pisgah.

Treat yourself one night to dinner at The Ponds Restaurant, where you’ll find a selection of homemade fare and lovely outdoor dining spaces. When you return to your yurt abode, it’ll be perfect timing for some stargazing and marshmallow roasting.

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8. Bluebell at Frog’s Hollow Farm

Bluebell at Frog’s Hollow Farm
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Why you should stay: Two words: breakfast delivery.

  • Location: Gardiner
  • Sleeps: 2
  • Minimum stay: 2 nights
  • Rates from: $225/night

Indulge in an idyllic blend of luxury and nature in the Hudson Valley at Frog’s Hollow Farm. Bluebell is one of two secluded yurt rentals on the 100-acre New York farm.

After a peaceful sleep with nothing but the sounds of nature in the distance, you can sip your morning coffee on the deck while admiring the expansive views of the Shawangunk Mountains. This New York yurt rental is intended for two, but the owners can add two twin beds if you’re bringing kids along.

Luxury is the name of the game here. The proof? There’s an indoor en-suite bathroom and the owners deliver a picnic basket with breakfast goodies direct to your doorstep each morning.

Bluebell is an ideal location, in the Catskills between New Paltz and Gardiner. Adventure seekers will enjoy rock climbing and hiking in nearby Minnewaska State Park Preserve and Mohonk Preserve. Both parks have trails for all skill levels.

Fuel up with farm-to-table fare at Cafe Mio in Gardiner or Huckleberry in New Paltz on your way to the trails, and spend the evenings chilling on the deck or warming up by the fire pit. Just make sure to look up once in a while to be wowed by the night sky’s palette of stars.

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9. Mariaville Goat Farm Yurt

Mariaville Goat Farm Yurt
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Why you should stay: You had us at goats.

  • Location: Pattersonville
  • Sleeps: 4
  • Minimum stay: 1 night
  • Rates from: $102/night

Escape to the Mariaville Goat Farm Yurt, where the tranquility of being off-grid is made even better by resident goats. This pet-friendly New York yurt features cozy accommodations with an outhouse, solar electricity, a wood stove, and a deck where the goats like to hang out from time to time.

The friendly animals are entertainment enough, but you’re free to wander the farm grounds, enjoy a bonfire, or take a stroll through the forest. As a bonus, you can request boxed dinners and continental breakfasts (for an additional cost). You really won’t have to lift a finger.

Located just west of Schenectady, there are plenty of options for outdoor exploits nearby. Explore the Mohawk-Hudson Bike Trail on two wheels, take a dip in the Schoharie Creek, or hike in the Plotterkill Nature Preserve.

In the winter, Maple Ski Ridge is a popular destination for skiing, riding, and tubing. When you’re done sweating, sip brews to quench your thirst along the beverage trail; favorites include Altamont Vineyard & Winery and Wolf Hollow Brewing Company. But don’t spend too much time away from your yurt — the goats will be waiting.

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10. Secluded Finger Lakes Yurt

Secluded Finger Lakes Yurt
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Why you should stay: A yurt rental with abundant wineries in close proximity.

  • Location: Trumansburg, New York
  • Sleeps: 4
  • Minimum stay: 1 night
  • Rates from: $158/night

How do you make the Finger Lakes Region of New York State even more appealing? Plop a cute yurt in the middle of it, of course. The Secluded Finger Lakes Yurt is in an ideal location with easy road access but removed enough for privacy. And it happens to be in between Cayuga and Seneca Lakes in a gorgeous locale.

A kitchen and full bathroom make this a more than comfortable stay, though the special touches go above and beyond even that. Place a special order of local farm items (from this very farm) to be stocked in the kitchen ahead of your stay, ranging from mushrooms to duck eggs and syrups.

The property itself has a nature walk for a leisurely stroll, farm tours by request, and a deck where you’ll want to post up for sunset each evening. Unwind in the onsite hammock and build a fire with the provided wood in the firepit to fuel full relaxation.

If you can tear yourself away from the farm, taking advantage of the incredible Watkins Glen State Park and local vineyards are a must. At Watkins Glen, take the a walk past the beautiful waterfalls of the Gorge Trail and follow it up with wine tasting at Frontenac Point Winery (on the edge of Cayuga Lake), or Lamoreaux Landing Wine Cellars (on Seneca Lake).

Grab a bottle or two to sip on the yurt deck; you won’t regret it.

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11. The Sanctuary Yurt at the Heron

The Sanctuary Yurt at the Heron
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Why you should stay: The perfect place to stay if you want to have your own mini music festival.

  • Location: Panama
  • Sleeps: 2
  • Minimum stay: 2 nights
  • Rates from: $132/night

Located in Amish Country near the border of Pennsylvania, The Sanctuary Yurt at the Heron is a unique stay with the opportunity to attend an event, depending on the schedule. Host to music festivals, gatherings, and workshops, The Heron Farm & Event Center is a hub for arts, culture, and nature, providing a true artsy retreat.

The cozy yurt with a queen bed is on the property’s campground, with a shared outhouse and deck. There’s heat in the winter months to keep the space nice and warm, and thoughtful design details will make you feel right at home.

Aside from possible drum circles and other musical performances to attend, the yurt is located in the middle of the area’s natural beauty and ripe for exploration. Hike, bike, snowshoe, or cross-country ski on the Whalen Memorial State Forest trails.

Venture through the rock formations of Panama Rocks Scenic Park to stroll along its popular trail through crevices and caves. Make sure to visit the farm store on the property for various provisions for a snack when you get back home.

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