Are you the type of person who enjoys the comfort of a hotel but the rustic outdoors experience of camping? Enter the newest craze in lodging: “glamping” (glam + camping). At glamping sites, there’s no pitching flimsy tents or walking miles into the woods to use an outhouse. Instead, you have all the creature comforts (without the actual creatures); sturdy, tentlike lodging; real beds; furniture; decor; (often) electricity; and more. Intrigued? Here’s where you can try glamping in New England.
Where to Go Glamping in New England
Sandy Pines Campground | Kennebunkport, Maine
This coastal Maine glamping destination includes three lodging options: cottages (king-size bed, cooler, outdoor seating, fire pits), huts (full-size bed, fire pit, lighting), and tents (king-size bed, seating area, deck, shared bathhouse). Bedding, mini fridges, small heaters and fans, and bath amenities are included. Every option has its own theme and fun decor, from “Wanderlust” to “Nautical Nights.”
As of late-May 2020: Sandy Pines Campground opened for the season on May 22 to Maine residents with self-contained recreational vehicles. Non-residents are required by the state of Maine to complete a 14-day self-quarantine period before visiting. Visit their site for updates and to view the Sandy Pines Health & Wellness Promise.
Normandy Farms | Foxborough, Massachusetts
Escape the crowds of Boston or Cape Cod at this luxury camping site nestled deep in the woods. Here, you can bring your own RV or tent, or rent one of the “deluxe” cabins or yurts (both include queen bed, pull-out couch, fireplace, bathroom, kitchen, and appliances). Pop-up trailers and safari tents are also available. Plus, you can vacation here without even leaving the resort, thanks to the bike park, creative arts center, disc golf course, dog park, fitness center, laundry facilities, playgrounds and recreation areas, swimming pools, and tennis courts.
As of late-May 2020: Normandy Farms plans to open for the season on May 25th for self-contained recreational vehicles. See their Coronavirus FAQ for the latest updates.
Maine Forest Yurts | Durham, Maine
Located on a scenic pond among 100 acres of Maine wilderness, this campsite has the feel of a peaceful forest retreat (think kayaking, fishing, hiking) but offers a fully furnished yurt to rest in at the end of the day. Perfect for a family, each yurt has a wood and gas stove, kitchen, bunk beds and futons, and a composting toilet. They’re pet-friendly, too, so there’s no need to leave behind your four-legged friend while on vacation.
As of late-May 2020: Maine Forest Yurts plans to open for the season on June 1st for Maine residents. Non-residents are required by the state of Maine to complete a 14-day self-quarantine period before visiting.
Huttopia White Mountains | Albany, New Hampshire
From a tent to a chalet, you’re surrounded by the beauty of the White Mountains at every level of lodging here. The sturdy canvas tents include real bathrooms, mattresses, and kitchenware and appliances, while the large wooden chalet has a mezzanine, kitchen, two bedrooms, a bathroom, and a gas heater. Drinks and fresh-made pizza are readily available at the Airstream caravan, and campers can enjoy swimming in the nearby lake or the heated swimming pool. There’s also a recreation area and a range of family-friendly scheduled activities.
As of late-May 2020: Huttopia White Mountains opened for the season on May 15th to New Hampshire residents. Bookings for out-of-state residents are open for stays from May 31st. See their Coronavirus FAQ for the latest updates.
Tops’l Farm | Waldoboro, Maine
Looking for a classic New England vacation that’s equal parts campground and farm? This Midcoast camping destination on the banks of the Medomak River includes 10 tasteful tents and A-frame log cabins, both options with two beds, linens, lights, a fire pit, and a grill. Plus, there’s a pristine bathroom, an electronics charging station, and a communal yurt for dinners, yoga, or board games. And don’t miss out on custom vacation add-ons, like outdoor skill lessons, massages, foraging, or archery.
As of late-May 2020: Tops’l Farm is now accepting reservations for Maine residents (following current state guidelines) for select weekends in June, with additional summer weekends to come. Learn more via Instagram.
This post was first published in 2019 and has been updated.
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