Since my first glamping adventure at Floyd Fest in Floyd, Virginia, I've been absolutely hooked. It's changed the way I look at outdoor experiences forever. So, you can imagine my excitement as I gear up for a mini-vacation to catch my all-time favorite band, Phish, at Bethel Woods. As I'm nearing my 49th year, pitching a tent and "roughing it"  just doesn't hold the same appeal. But my love for the great outdoors? That's as fierce as ever.

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Joining me on this journey are my closest friends, fellow music lovers who understand the magic Phish brings to our lives. Their songs have been the soundtrack to my existence, weaving a musical tapestry through the highs and lows, the joys and sorrows. To experience their music live, at Bethel Woods, for three nights... seems like a dream come true.

I Don't Have A Tent Anyway

And then there's the glamping itself – the epitome of outdoor indulgence. No more struggling with tent poles or sacrificing sleep in a lumpy sleeping bag. Instead, we'll be cocooned in luxury, sinking into plush beds after each wild night of dancing and celebration. And waking up? It's a leisurely affair, with no rush to get anywhere, just the freedom to soak in the beauty of the surroundings.

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Scott Gries, Getty Images

But it's not just about the music; it's about the connections we forge along the way. Sharing laughs, swapping stories, and creating memories that will last a lifetime. Whether we're exploring the museum, reliving the iconic moments of the past, or simply lounging in nature's embrace, every moment is pure magic.

"True friends are like stars; you can only recognize them when it's dark around you." -Bob Marley

Bethel Woods isn't just a venue; it's a sanctuary where music, friendship, and nature converge. This isn't just a vacation; it's a pilgrimage, a celebration of life and the bonds that tie us together. And as we embark on this adventure, I know that the experiences we share will echo in our hearts long after the final chords fade away."

11 Highlights of Bethel Woods Last Concert of The Season

Bethel Woods Last Concert Of The Season Ended With Rod Stewart.

Rod Stewart took the stage at Bethel Woods Center for the Arts on September 1, 2023. Cheap Trick opened the show for Rod Stewart.

Thousands of fans gathered on site to enjoy a warm summer night at a peaceful venue while soaking up the last concert of the season.

Rod Stewart's performance was incredible, it reminded me of a Las Vegas show. For over 2 hours, Rod Stewart sang, danced, changed outfits, chatted with the crowd and had remarkable singers, dancers and musicians also join him on stage.

Take a look at 11 highlights of the Bethel Woods last concert of the season.

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