You Can Now Have a Sleepover On Governors Island This Summer

By Jordi Lippe-McGraw | February 15, 2018 | Lifestyle


Governor’s Island is one of those rare places in New York that seems to be stuck in time. The 172-acre island perched in the heart of New York Harbor is filled with historic buildings dating back to the 19th and 20th centuries and even hosts the annual Jazz Age Lawn Festival where attendees don their best 1920’s garb. But this summer you’ll get to experience the fascinating spot like never before: by spending the night.

The experiential travel company, Collective Retreats, just announced it would open its fifth location on the island in May 2018, marking the first time Governors Island will offer overnight, seasonal accommodations with a hospitality brand. What’s more is the unique set-up will take over a previously untouched part of the island.

“New Yorkers will have the opportunity to experience the natural beauty and inspiring views from this magical place under the stars,” said Michael Samuelian, President, and CEO of the Trust for Governors Island, in a statement.

The company already made waves by creating similar getaways in the Texas Hill Country, Sonoma, California, Big Sky, Montana, and Vail, Colorado. They made a move east in July 2017 when they opened a Hudson Valley outpost on an organic farm, sticking to their signature tent-style accommodations.


But don’t think you’ll be roughing it just because you’re not in a hotel; the properties are known to boast such luxury details as 1,500-thread count Egyptian cotton linens, an in-tent French Press coffee bar, and private decks. Collective Governors Island will be no different.

The plan is to accommodate about 100 overnight guests in a variety of accommodations options, including private en-suite bathroom luxury tents, modular designer containers, and bell tents with shared bathrooms. On-site dining will also be offered where you can choose from either a casual BBQ-in-a-box for dinner or a special chef table-side farm-to-table dinner complete with views of the Statue of Liberty.

While weekday rates begin at $75 per night, you can still take advantage of the retreat without spending the night. The pop-up property will also be hosting weddings and other events, as well as dining only options for non-overnighters over its five-month season (May to October).

Photography by: Photography courtesy Timothy Schenck