Our Philosophy


Our Philosophy


Firelight Camps' mission is to create comfortable, stylish and revitalizing camping experiences that awaken our staff and guests’ appreciation for nature, inspire adventure and deepen connection with family, friends and community.


LAND STEWARDSHIP: Our camps pioneer low-impact infrastructure and natural landscaping that help sustain rural and wild properties while providing guests with opportunities to explore and experience the natural beauty. 

LOCAL CULTURE: We embrace the local culture and support the local economy through our food and beverage programs, and by partnering with tourism providers such as wine tours, guided hikes, and outdoor activities. This helps ensure that each camp has a strong sense of place.

CONNECTION: At the heart of our camps is the fire circle, a place to forge community and deep connections with family, friends and community. 

IMMERSION:  We want to honor the roots of camping and give our guests a true outdoor experience, to fall asleep to bull frogs and wake with the birds; to experience the sound of rain on canvas and stargaze by the warmth of the campfire. We invite our guests to relax into the natural beauty of our camps in a way that feels easy, comfortable and clean, while inspiring a sense of adventure and novelty for first-time campers.


Our Team

Our Team


Join our team

Join our team

As our business continues to grow we are always on the lookout for talented and enthusiastic individuals who want to grow with us. In particular, we are often looking for part-time, seasonal and/or sub positions, and we maintain ongoing internship opportunities for students. If you're as passionate about glamping and unique hospitality as we are, please see below for current openings and send resume and cover letter to Looking forward to hearing from you!

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In the News

In the News

Glamping Roundup: 12 Favorite Design-Worthy Camps, Tented Edition - Remodelista - May 5, 2017

Sweet Suites - Buckhaven Lifestyles - April 25, 2017

The Best Chef-Led Food Tours Around The World - Tasting Table - April 21, 2017

New Roots Joins with Local Business Community to Offer Youth Entrepreneur Program - - March 30, 2017

Best Campgrounds: Top Outdoor Destinations 2017 - CreditDonkey - April 17, 2017

Glamping Begins May 2017, Offers New Overnight Experiences in Upstate NY - Yahoo Finance - March 27, 2017

Top 10 Glamping Sites for Families in the U.S. - Mommy Nearest - March 17, 2017

The 15 Coolest (and Most Unique) Hotels in New York - Best of New York - February 21, 2017

The 15 Most Romantic Places in New York - Best of New York - February 10, 2017

Why Southern Tier: Emma Frisch of Firelight Camps - Southern Tier Startup Alliance - February 16, 2017

Glamping in New York's Finger Lakes Region - Meetings Today - January 2017

9 Awesome Retreats Proving Yoga & Wine Are A Perfect Pairing - Epicure & Culture - January 4, 2017 

Adult Camp - Pack Your Bags. Go Glamping. Now. - The Manual - October 20, 2016

Glamping: Firelight Camps Ithaca - Steller Story by Marion Vicenta Payr - August 2016

Fall Weekend Getaway: Glamping at Firelight Camps in Ithaca, NY - Philadelphia Magazine - September 10, 2016

Bonfires, Bocce And Happy Hour - Philadelphia Magazine - September 5, 2016 

A Life in Pictures: Glamping the Finger Lakes - The Drop Stitch - November 2, 2016

Firelight Camps Travel Diary - Suzanne Spiegoski - September 15, 2016

Niagara Falls To The Finger Lakes - A Road Trip Inspired By The Waterfalls And The Wine Country - - August 26, 2016

Local Flavor Series: A Luxury Camping Retreat - Dot & Bo - August 2, 2016

Experience Luxurious Glamping At Firelight Camps - Dot & Bo - August 2, 2016

I Spent 3 Nights 'Glamping' - Here's What It Was Like - Business Insider - July 11, 2016

I Spent 3 Nights 'Glamping' - Here's What It Was Like - Tech Insider - July 11, 2016

Ithaca: The Four-Day Weekend - Men's Journal - July 2018

8 Glamping Sites Across the U.S. - Real Simple - July 7, 2016

I Just Went Glamping And Now I'm Ready To Live Outdoors In The Wilderness - Yahoo Style - July 5, 2016

Sleepaway Glamp: The 10 Best Destinations To Camp In Style - Tasting Table - June 13, 2016

Unplugged in Ithaca: Firelight Camps - - June 10, 2016

Lean Hiring: Hiring For Your Brand At Firelight Camps - Southern Tier Startup Alliance - June 8, 2016

'Glamping' is Camping with Style - Business Insider - December 21, 2015

7 Outdoor Outings With Just The Right Touch of Luxury - Vogue - October 15, 2014

 Destination: Glamping, Into the Woods - Wire Magazine 

The Beauty of Fireside Entertaining Martha Stewart - September 9, 2015

Ahhh...the Comfy Outdoors - Wall Street Journal - October 20, 2014

Hot Spots for Global Glamping - Self Magazine - September 26, 2014


I Just Went Glamping And Now I'm Ready To Live Outdoors In The Wilderness - - July 5, 2016

Firelight Camps - Rochester A-List - July 4, 2016

Glamping in Ithaca - On The Go With Veronica And Joe - June 22, 2016

From the City Streets to Unknown Hideaways - Rochester A List - June 17, 2016

Escape Toronto & Glamping Hub: Escape to Firelight Camps - Little Victories - June 15, 2016

Lean Hiring: Hiring For Your Brand At Firelight Camps - Southern Tier Startup Alliance - June 8, 2016

One Smart Trip - New York Parenting - June 2016

Travel: Firelight Camps - Sunday's Arrow - May 17, 2016

Book These Summer Wellness Retreats, from Montauk to France - Observer - May 10, 2016

#AtPlay: Summer Yoga Retreats To Start At Firelight Camps Soon - Orethapedia - May 16, 2016

Book These Summer Wellness Retreats, From Montauk to France - The Observer - May 10, 2016

U.S. Frontline News - May 12, 2016

Stargazing in comfort and style: Part 1 - - November 3, 2015

Glamping Getaway - Time Warner Cable News - October 29, 2015 

Firelight Camps Glamping in Ithaca, NY - Style Cartel - October 20, 2015

Ithaca by Firelight Camps - Inside Elsewhere - October 18, 2015

The Great Outdoors at Firelight Camps Small Business Opportunities - October 14, 2015

Local Standouts Receive Chamber of Commerce Awards - Ithaca Journal - January 27, 2016

Glamping - Firelight Camps - Millenium Magazine - October 13, 2015

Glamping in Ithaca - Ithaca College TV - October 13, 2015

Vision realized, Firelight Camps sees 'glamping' expansion - The Ithaca Voice - October 8, 2015

Glamping at Firelight Camps in Ithaca Alex in Wanderland - September 17, 2015

Glorious Check-In: Glamping at Firelight Camps in Ithaca, New York - Glorious Americana - September 17, 2015

Game on, Finger Lakes wines - The Washington Post - September 12, 2015 

Go Glamping with Firelight Camps DID YOU KNOW...? - Getting Married on Long Island - September 8, 2015

Glamping - glamorous camping - comes to the area - Binghamton Homepage - August 24, 2015

Glamping at Firelight Donna Hup - August 20, 2015

'Glamping' takes the East Coast by storm - - August 13, 2015

Glamping + Love: A Little Safari in Ithaca Pulse - August 6, 2015

2015's Best Local & Authentic Meeting Experiences to Offer Planners - Hospitality Marketing - August 5, 2015 

The Most Spectacular Glamping Destinations in the U.S. - The Active Times - July 29, 2015

The Ultimate Glamping Checklist - Al Fresco Natural - July 17, 2015

Glamping at Firelight Camps - - July 14, 2015

Glamour Camping: Mom Will Love This - Western New York Family - July 13, 2015

Firelight Camps - Debra’s World - July 9, 2015

Glamping, Love and Entrepreneurship, the Story Behind Firelight Camps - Genns Haughnessy - July 9, 2015

On the Road: Firelight Camps - WBNG - July 2, 2015

Camping vs Glamping - Chicken Nuggets of Wisdom - July 1, 2015

Camping for the one percent Dirt Magazine - June 23, 2015

10 Reasons Why You Should Be GLAMPING In Ithaca, NY At Firelight Camps - Amy Marietta - June 22, 2015

Glamping 101 - No. 1 Ladies - June 18, 2015

Summer Glamping with Firelight Camps - Terrain - June 12, 2015

Family Glamping at Firelight Camps Marino Bambinos - June 10, 2015

Southern Tompkins Town Talk: Firelight Camps expand - Ithaca Journal - June 10, 2015

"Roughing It" Smithsonian Institute Archives - June 9, 2015

Photo of the Week 206: New York - Alex in Wanderland - May 25, 2015

Glamping in Upstate NY: 7 best luxury camping destinations - New York Upstate - May 15, 2015

Camping vs. Glamping: 6 luxury amenities refine the great outdoors in Upstate NY - New York Upstate - May 1, 2015

Colorado Yurt Company Customer Stories: Firelight Camps Colorado Yurt - April 1, 2015

Ithaca hotel, joining national 'glamping' trend, plans new luxury tents - Ithaca Voice - March 17, 2015

Dinner By Firelight: A Special Guest Post - Biolite - December 11, 2014

Buttermilk Falls - Courtney Scott - December 8, 2014

Budget Friendly Getaway - Glamping at Firelight Camps The Blvd - November 13, 2014

An Easy and Affordable, Glamorous Getaway - A Hit of Sarah - November 13, 2014

Gone Glamping - Courtney Scott - November 11, 2014

#GoMommy: Glamping at Firelgiht Camps - Madame Noire - November 11, 2014

We Put the GLAM in Glamping, and So Can You Blackbook - November 11, 2014

Firelight Camps in Ithaca, NY - Bitches Who Brunch - October 31, 2014

Family Travel - Glamping with Firelight Camps - The New York Mom - October 25, 2014

Firelight Camps and the Fingerlakes - The Occasional Indulgence - October 19, 2014

Get Your "Glamp" On! Somm in the City - October 17, 2014

Glamping Also Known as Glamorous Camping - Ruth Winter - October 15, 2014

Gone Glamping - Chicken Nuggets of Wisdom - October 13, 2014

Firelight Camps - What’s Good? - September 23, 2014

La Tourelle & Firelight Camps: Glamping ProjectIthaca Builds - July 14, 2014

Let's Go Glamping! Rochester and Genesee Valley Parent

Firelight Camps: Glamping upstate of Gotham - YRB

Firelight Camps Glamping Proves Not All Camping is Created EqualFun Travels

Glamping at Firelight Camps - OK My Outfit




Robert Frisch

Robert Frisch


Co-founder, CEO

Robert was the co-founder and co-owner of a recently sold boutique hostel and restaurant in Nicaragua called “La Buena Onda.”  He holds a BA from the University of Pennsylvania and an MBA ’13 from the Johnson School at Cornell University, where he was a Roy Park Leadership Fellow and ran Cornell’s startup incubator as an ELAB fellow. Robert was a Peace Corps volunteer in Nicaragua, and has provided hospitality consulting services for the National Parks Service, Itza Lodge in Belize, and the luxury tent rental company, Contentment Camping. Read a short interview with Bobby.

Emma Frisch

Emma Frisch


Co-Founder & Culinary Director

In 2014, Emma and her husband, Bobby, co-founded Firelight Camps in Ithaca, NY, the premier glamping destination on the east coast. As co-owner and culinary director, Emma oversees food programming, food product development, merchandise and marketing, while developing new plans for expansion to other properties. In 2009, Emma and Robert opened La Buena Onda in Nicaragua, their first boutique hotel and café, which they sold in 2014. Emma was a top finalist on Food Network Star Season 10 and is the author of, with over 500 original recipes and cooking videos. Over the past decade, Emma has worked with nonprofits to help build healthier regional food systems in the northeast U.S., Kenya and as a Fulbright Scholar in Ecuador. She was the co-founder and executive director of the crowdfunding platform PEAKS, and is a founding member of Groundswell International. She holds a B.A. in Food Studies from the University of Pennsylvania. She is currently writing her first cookbook, Feast by Firelight, to be published in Spring 2018 by Ten Speed Press. She lives in Ithaca, NY with her husband, Bobby, and daughter Ayla. Read a short interview with Emma.

Greg Tumbarello

Greg Tumbarello


General manager - Ithaca, NY

At Firelight Camps, Greg runs the show at the Ithaca glamp-ground, working hard to make our guests' stay superb on and off the property. After earning his BS in Industrial and Labor Relations from Cornell University in 2007, Greg went on to pursue a career in hospitality.  Greg has a unique background helping develop businesses, including nightclubs, wedding venues, food trucks and fashion shows.  Before landing at Firelight Camps, Greg was instrumental in helping to establish Red Newt Winery and Bistro as a leader in the Finger Lakes wine scene. Greg lives in Ithaca, New York with his girlfriend and his much beloved dog.

Matt Moss

Matt Moss


Senior Vice President, Head of Business Development

Matt has a passion for innovative, experiential hospitality and extensive experience acquiring, developing and managing hospitality and commercial properties. He was co-founder and developer of The Cooper Square Hotel, a $130 million / 145-room new-build hotel in Manhattan (now The Standard East Village), and co-managed the property from opening until its sale to Andre Balazs’ HotelsAB. Before building and managing The Cooper Square Hotel, Matt oversaw the development of over $100 million of commercial and residential real estate at East End Properties, a real estate development and management firm affiliated with The Related Companies. He holds a B.A. in Economics and Psychology from the University of Pennsylvania. Matt lives in New York with his wife and three children.

Elaine Bobkowski

Elaine Bobkowski


Assistant Manager - Ithaca, NY

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