As we all know, summers in Western New York can get very hot and humid, so what better way is there to spend a weekend than in the great outdoors? Not many, you say? This summer, enjoying the outdoors gets a little bit easier with the help of ConTENTment Camping, a new service that brings the tent and camping gear to you when you want to get away from it all.
ConTENTment Camping has partnered with New York State parks to offer tent rentals that are completely furnished. These safari-style tents include two beds, linens, blankets, coolers, chairs and a table. For an additional charge, you can also rent other items — such as coffee makers, grill utensils or lanterns — to help improve your trip. You can even rent kayaks or bicycles to complete your camping experience.
The program kicked off last Friday and will run through October. ConTENTment sites are located in Evangola State Park, Golden Hill State Park and Four Mile Creek State Park. If successful, the number of sites will expand in summers to come. Single camping sites, which can sleep up to six people, cost $60 per night, while group sites, which include two large tents, are $90 per night.
Patricia Jensen, the president of ConTENTment Camping, developed the initial idea for the program from her love of biking. “I love to bike ride and was planning a long-term trip,” she said, noting the difficulty and inconvenience of carrying equipment with you during a long ride. She said the program is perfect for people coming from long distances or for those who don’t have any camping gear at home. Jensen also prefers this program to renting a cabin because she says it puts you closer to outdoors. “In a tent, looking out the windows, you can hear the outside and hear the sounds of the outdoors. It’s a better feeling,” she said.
For more information, visit ConTENTment Camping’s Web site — which includes easy recipes for novice campers to make during their trip — or call 1.800.456.CAMP (2267) to make a reservation. “It’s a very easy, inexpensive way to enjoy the outdoors,” she said. Enjoy your camping trip!