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Rugged yet refined, nautical yet mountainous—Maine has quite the range in what it offers. Year-round destinations with anything from boating in the summer to snowshoeing in the winter make it a great state to visit at any time. The abundance of National Parkland, wooded acres, and unspoiled nature are alluring no doubt, and even less enthusiastic trailblazers could enjoy a night under the stars. So we have glamping, and Maine has a diversity of offerings, from rustic treehouses to luxurious tents. These are the best places to glamp in Maine.
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The tiny cottage is off-grid, so that means total disconnection from wifi, electricity and even running water. But with the acres of outdoor play space, and being in Maine, everyday conveniences are likely to go unnoticed. A solar shower and portable toilet device are available to guests.
What more could one want when visiting Maine, than a scenic stay on coastal waters, and lots of “lobstah”? Well, it’s a darn good start. Guests will sleep in a safari canvas tent that has all the essentials, including a nearby bathroom. Go out on a lobster boat with the hosts, and enjoy the catch of the day for dinner. You’re bound to fall in love with coastal life here.
While the cabin may be simplistic, it’s warm and offers an adorable sleeping loft. The kitchen will do the job of prepping meals. But the big reason people come out here is to vacation on a private island! Lake life in Maine is a big deal, kids can truly experience that idyllic image of summer, that we all have nestled in our heads.
On the outside, it looks like an average camper. On the inside, this Airbnb is a luxury suite with a super cute kitchen. The aesthetic goes well, given the retreat is on a working farm. Walk to the nearby pond, gaze at the clear night sky, all while being relatively close to some of the best sites in Maine.
Another private island! Guests take a short pontoon ferry ride to the off-grid A-frame, and will still have access to well water and a compost bath. The coolest part of the amenities is the outdoor cooking space under the gazebo—so scenic! Plenty of play time will be had, on the kayaks, rope swing or just while cooling off in the water.
What do you get when you put a tipi, some tiki torches and Adirondack chairs on a slice of land close to the northern coastal Maine beaches? Heaven. The simplistic sleeping quarters are whimsical, while an outdoor portable bathroom takes care of the practical. Blueberry laden lands, a wealth unique bird species and lots of great places to get a slice of pie to sweeten the deal.
This tent is also on the property that the island A-frame resides. Book both for the entire family, or just opt for the tent if in search of minimalism. It’s cozy yet more solid than an average tent, and you’ll have all the same water activities to dive into.
This fairytale canvas tent is located on a fragrant lavender farm. How enchanting is that? The site itself is ambiently lit via tiki torch (bring your own fuel), and it’s simply beautiful at sunset. Turkeys and ducks roam the property, secondarily serving as insect control, which is both awesome and adorable. Dogs are welcome at this site but must remain on a leash if they could disrupt the birds from their duties.
Now that’s a tent! The sturdy structure is reminiscent of both a gazebo and canvas tent, and inside are bunk beds and a regular bed. So it’s a cool pick for small families. Located on a lake not terribly far from Portland, guests can get the best of both the busy and disconnected worlds within one visit.
Sandy Pines Campground in Kennebunkport offers everything from camper lots, cottages, to beautiful tents with chandeliers, wood floors and bunk beds, all near the beach. Available glamping sites are versatile, from basic a-frame structures with one cozy bed to elaborate options with ample space, even seating areas. Still falling under glamping status are a few other intriguing options – a Conestoga wagon which makes campers feel like they’re out on the range, an impressively stunning glasshouse with lots of windows and a stargazer dome perfect for constellation hunting. On the grounds, guests will find squeaky clean bathrooms, laundry facilities, a pool, snack bar and general store.
Maine Forest Yurts in Durham are just a short drive from Freeport, while on the cusp of State Park nature excursions. Yurts are sturdy, wooden framed structures that are seemingly both tent and building. Wood floors, bunk beds, and even a wood-burning stove to keep the place toasty reside within these simplistic dwellings. Enjoy the onsite pond, and swoon over falling snowflakes in the winter. Head to the attraction-filled Freeport to see L.L. Bean’s massive flagship store and other quaint shops that sell candles, souvenirs and fluffy whoopie pies.
Stay among the tree canopies near Georgetown, at the pleasantly unusual Seguin treehouses. These aren’t the treehouses from your childhood, as each one features a modern interior and amenities such as a kitchen, hot tub and plush linens. Wooden pathways and bridges lead from one magical platform to another, and you can even opt to take a sky-high yoga class.
Acadia Yurts and Wellness Center takes the experience a bit beyond. These yurts come with a kitchen, bathrooms, and an overall glossy, polished appearance. Being a couple of miles from the entrance of Acadia National Park, in Southwest Harbor, electric ocean waters, tucked away beaches and mountainous trails await on your glamp adventure. At the wellness center, guests can float in a sensory deprivation tank, take a yoga class, melt away stress in the sauna or enjoy a massage.
TimberStone Adventures treehouses are basically elevated cabins, with some being more or less decked out. Woodsy aesthetics, elegant spiral staircases, and lavish bathrooms fill the Stoneham located abodes. Come lounge by the fire pit, or play a round of disc golf, which is a highly popular attribute. In all fairness of the “glamping” definition, there is a much more rustic, simple treehouse available, without a kitchen, but with all the connection to nature.
Frost Mountain Yurts are in Brownfield, which is western Maine. These eco-friendly huts are the perfect base for outdoor geared families ready to hit the snowshoeing and cross country trails when the powder is fresh. Cleanly decorated and furnished, each yurt is nestled in its own little cluster of foliage.
The Woods of Eden houses lovely tents in Bar Harbor, which means Acadia National Park is at guests’ fingertips. The rustic canvas topped glampsites have a sleek wooden base and “bones”, while charming touches add a sense of home. Truly enjoy Maine when lounging on the outdoor living room furniture. Hiking, biking, boating and even dining and shopping are situated near Woods of Eden. But this perfect set up will immerse you into the great outdoors, just enough. The Americana tent is fixed with a ramp for those with special needs.
Tops’L Farm in Waldoboro sits picturesquely along a sparkling river. The operational establishment is both a culinary dream and a whimsical place to escape. Crisply constructed canvas tents sit atop wooden platforms and house real furniture and simple, naturalistic features. If you’re going to rough it, this is how you do it. Guests who’d like just a bit more stability can opt for the adorably tiny A-frame cabins that are also strategically placed among the property. Attend one of the culinary events, or if you have a group of six or larger, treat yourself to a private chef. The Woodland Breakfast includes doughnuts, skillet hash with farm-fresh eggs, local potatoes, espresso, juice and a mimosa bar.