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One of 18 tents, complete with ranch-inspired decor and an en-suite bathroom, at Collective Vail. Photo Courtesy of Collective Retreats

Explore 4 Unique Locales With This Denver Glamping Startup

From mountain ranches to urban islands, Collective Retreats offers five-star accommodations in a wide range of unexpected places.

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Editor’s note: This article originally appeared in our April 2018 issue. This version was fact-checked and updated (where possible) with current information for the 2019 edition of 5280 Traveler.


Despite glamping’s popularity, camping with a king-size bed isn’t possible—or permissible—just anywhere. Through Denver’s Collective Retreats, however, options abound. The company leases land (think: bucolic farms, urban islands) from private owners, allowing you to overnight in places you normally wouldn’t be able to stay. Plus, Collective’s locations feature luxury tents and local culinary offerings, like Collective Vail’s marshmallows infused with 10th Mountain Whiskey & Spirit Company bourbon. If that doesn’t tempt you to add Collective Retreats to your travel plans, one of these sites just might.

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Collective Vail

Wolcott, Colorado
Opened: Summer 2015
The Setting: Collective Retreats’ original location (now with 18 tents) shares land with 4 Eagle Ranch. For a classic Colorado experience, go full cowboy (or -girl) and sign up for horseback rides in the Sawatch Range or take part in a cattle drive. Or you can trade your saddle for a paddle with a white-water rafting trip on the Upper Colorado River. Whatever your adventure, the Vines at Vail Winery—located near the ranch—offers a prime way to wind down: wine tastings.
Available: Mid-May through mid-October
Book It: Starting at $150/night

Collective Hudson Valley

Hudson, New York
Opened: Summer 2017
The Setting: Visit in the fall, when the Berkshire Mountains’ vivid foliage improves the already stunning scenery surrounding Liberty Farms, your base of operations. When you’re not leaf-peeping on the trail, experience organic farm life by picking produce or fly-fishing. Those more interested in R&R can sample the pear brandy at Harvest Spirits Farm Distillery in the town of Valatie. Originally opened with five guest units, the retreat expanded to 10 tents this past summer.
Available: Mid-April through October
Book It: Starting at $500/night

Collective Hill Country

Wimberley, Texas
Opened: September 2018
The Setting: Twelve luxury tents are nestled in Texas Hill Country above 225-acre Montesino Ranch and organic farm, which provides most of the retreat’s food, including ingredients for dishes like wild boar osso bucco. Between meals, guests can enjoy horseback rides or guided gallery tours in nearby Wimberley.
Available: Mid-September through May
Book It: Starting at $299/night

Collective Governors Island

Governors Island, New York
Opened: May 2018
The Setting: One of Collective Retreats’ newest additions offers the first seasonal overnight accommodations available on 172-acre Governors Island in New York Harbor. A short ferry ride brings you to your lodging (10 luxury tents and 27 bell tents with shared bathrooms) with views of the Statue of Liberty.
Available: May through October
Book It: Starting at $150/night

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