Alfresco sleeping under the city lights

From: Travel Weekly

Remember the days before air conditioning? Old-school New Yorkers might recall sleeping on their fire escapes to escape the summer heat.

Alfresco sleeping is now back — in style — at Hyatt 48 Lex, a luxury boutique hotel that opened in New York last year. The Suite Glamping Package (glamping, btw, is a mashup of “glamorous” and “camping”) is available with eight terrace accommodations. The hotel will make up bedding, pillows and  extra blankets on the terrace, giving glampers an unusual view of the nighttime Manhattan skyline.

The rate includes the room with books, lantern and bedding, a bottle of wine and a picnic backpack from upscale grocery Dean & Deluca with wine glasses and treats. A massage in the privacy of the terrace can be had at a 10% discount. The package is available from Memorial Day to Labor Day.

Of course, all that comes at a bit of a higher price than your average fire-escape escape. Package rates start at $509 a night in a Terrace Studio or $2,500 a night in the Penthouse Suite.

And if you have trouble falling asleep under the stars — or under the city lights — you can always sneak back into your room and the comfort of an indoor bed.

Let’s Go Glamping!

If your chestnut and marigold-colored Céline sweater inspires you to seek out fiery fall foliage, and you can hear your silver Christopher Raeburn parachute parka calling for a wintry landscape, it may be time to go glamping. “Glamorous camping” has been on the rise in recent years as an easy, eco-friendly way to take in the splendor of the outdoors for less cost (and carbon) than jetting off to St. Moritz. But you don’t have to rough it to look rugged. Fall’s utilitarian parkas and sturdy-heeled boots are ideal for enjoying the view from a solar-powered tree house or serving up artisanal peanut-butter pie by the campfire. Here, Vogue has assembled the best gear for scaling a north face or nestling into a boutique tepee—from a buffalo-check Thakoon coat to Burt’s Bees’ all-natural insect repellent and Hermès’ pear-wood portable folding chair—and we’ve also culled a list of our favorite locales specializing in this popular pastime. So in preparation for your next expedition into the great outdoors, click through our slideshow focused on fashion and travel’s rustic renaissance and get ready to channel a Lewis and Clark spirit gone luxe.

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