Collective Retreat

Marc and I booked a luxury camping (glamping) stay for a night at Governors Island, NYC. I loved the tent and the shower was lovely. What a fabulous view and location. And the weather was perfect. The staff are charming and very attentive. It was very memorable, and I enjoyed my stay.

There were some negatives: I was not happy with my food. I requested items to be removed (no tomatoes, corn, wheat or dairy) and asked to have the chef give me something else as a substituted. This did not happen and I had almost thinning on my plate. I had two mouthfuls of a paper-thin beef for the starter, and two tiny pieces of chicken with a few cucumbers and onions for the main. I asked for some potatoes to help fill me up and got them for dessert. There were no nondairy or gluten free items available for breakfast. I was able to order a plate of eggs with nothing else.

The tent had some minor issues: Black stains, possibly mold, on the roof; a ceiling light didn’t work; one of the tent flap catches was missing; and there was no facial tissue in the box for it. For what we paid I expected more.

We did get a lift to the Ferry. Arriving back on Manhattan felt strange. As if I had just returned form a trip abroad.

13 thoughts on “Collective Retreat

  1. Barbara 2019-09-01 / 2:42 am

    Some beautiful photos! Thanks for the great tour ! What is meant by “rain shower”?


    • Sherry Felix 2019-09-01 / 2:45 am

      Thanks. A rain shower is a large shower head that makes it feel like rain, hence the name.


  2. Vicki 2019-08-31 / 9:45 pm

    The accommodation and facilities look impressive, but gluten, grains, legumes, dairy, egg-whites etc would leave me with next-to-nothing to eat. I can eat tiny amounts from time-to-time, but not a whole main meal serving.

    So many cafes & restaurants here in Melbourne (Australia) are offering much in the way of gluten-free these days and the supermarkets are doing a sterling job of offering alternatives to the old way of eating.

    Love the last couple of photos. Very impressive photography.


    • Sherry Felix 2019-09-01 / 2:42 am

      I can eat eggs, meat, veggies, potatoes and rice plus other things. They did not want to accommodate my diet with substitutions. Their dishes contained, cheeses, flour, corn, sugar, and tomatoes. They removed the items and left my plates almost empty. They could have put substitutes but didn’t. My husband ate well.
      Thanks. It’s a pretty place.

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  3. milfordstreet 2019-08-31 / 4:20 pm

    What an awesome idea. The view is great. It certainly looks comfortable enough. Cheers!


    • Sherry Felix 2019-08-31 / 5:53 pm

      It was very comfortable. I slept very well. No AC in the tent, only a fan, so probably not so good in a heat wave. I turned the heater on for a bit in the evening. As for the food, at least my husband ate well.

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        • Sherry Felix 2019-09-01 / 2:54 am

          The weather was cool. I did need a blanket. They didn’t have one so I used their dressing gown and turned on the heater.


  4. J HAMILTON 2019-08-31 / 2:07 pm

    Tell them you’re of Greek persuasion!
    Jill Hamilton

    Liked by 1 person

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