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 anytime. 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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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.
Seguin in Georgetown
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.