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We Toured the Ultimate Glamping Tents at Sandy Pines Campground in Kennebunkport, Maine

Do you love the rustic vibe of wilderness camping but prefer the comfort of a real mattress, the convenience of a mini-fridge, and close proximity to lobster rolls? The “glamping” (shorthand for “glamour camping”) experience at Sandy Pines Campground in Kennebunkport, Maine, just might be your new favorite outdoor vacation destination. Here’s a look at our visit in the summer of 2017 soon after Sandy Pines opened.

Sandy Pines Campground in Kennebunkport, Maine

A look at my 2017 visit to Sandy Pines Campground in Kennebunkport, Maine.

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Sandy Pines Campground (formerly Salty Acres Campground) has been a Kennebunkport fixture for decades, but it was purchased and revamped by local hoteliers Tim Harrington and Debra Lennon. Offering a range of camping experiences with updated amenities in a prime Maine location, the vintage-inspired and family-friendly Sandy Pines opened in summer 2017 with a polished lodge and general store, heated saltwater pool, and brand-new bathhouses for its 320 sites.

The on-site general store carries everything from bug spray and s'mores supplies to fresh coffee and ice cream novelties.

The general store carries everything from bug spray and beach towels to s’mores supplies and lobster rolls. Looking to bike, kayak, or paddleboard on vacation? You can rent what you need here.

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The saltwater pool

The heated saltwater pool adjoins the Kids Kamp play area, where you’ll find classic board games, arts and craft offerings, and more.

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The most buzzed-about update, however, is the selection of glamping tents, now available for rent.

Sandy Pines Campground Glamping Tents

The 15 luxe glamping tents at Sandy Pines (some with adjacent kid-friendly 8′ x 8′ tents) were each outfitted by a different local designer and come equipped with a king-size bed, mini-fridge, firepit, and AC.

Sandy Pines is home to 13 luxury glamping tents, each designed by a different local designers in styles ranging from nautical to whimsical to bohemian to rustic.

Sandy Pines is home to 15 luxury glamping tents, each outfitted by a different local designer in styles ranging from nautical to whimsical to bohemian to rustic.

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The decor at each site, both inside and out, ranges from nautical to whimsical to bohemian to rustic.

“Nautical Nights” by Chatfield Design.

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Coastal Comfort by Huffard House

“Coastal Comfort” by Huffard House.

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What’s it look like inside? At a spacious 18 by 24 feet, the canvas-walled “tents” more closely resemble boutique hotel rooms than campsites, with a king-size bed, a seating/dining area, storage space for clothing, a front deck living space, a mini-fridge, and more.

Glamping Interior

“Coastal Comfort” by Huffard House.

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Glamping Interior

“Nomad: A Bohemian Retreat” by Antiques on Nine.

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Vintage touches in Base Camp by Krista Stokes.

“Base Camp” by Krista Stokes.

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The inside of this kids teepee (part of the ___ tent) was designed by Daytrip Society, a popular downtown Kennebunkport boutique.

The inside of this kids’ tent (part of the “Base Camp” tent) was designed by Daytrip Society, a popular downtown Kennebunkport boutique.

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Glamping is having a moment right now, and with Instagram-ready “tents” like these, it’s not hard to see why. But for those who like their camping with the challenge of setting up a tent and zipping into a sleeping bag, Sandy Pines has 100 classic campsites for rent, with (in my humble opinion) the valuable added benefit of brand-spanking-new bathhouses, complete with oversize sinks for washing dishes.

'Prefer the old school camping experience? Sandy Pines has 100 classic campsites, too. Each comes with a picnic table and a new grill.

Each of Sandy Pines’ 100 classic campsites comes with a picnic table and a new grill/fire pit. Pictured here: a site in the Salt Marsh section of the campground.

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Sandy Pines also offers short-term and long-term RV sites for rent and park-model RV “tiny houses” for sale. Combine these with the tent sites and glamp sites, and you truly have something for every camper.

Beyond the on-site fun at Sandy Pines, there’s also all that Kennebunkport, one of the prettiest coastal towns in New England, has to offer. Both Dock Square (including the famous Clam Shack fried clams and lobster rolls) and pristine Goose Rocks Beach are just minutes away.

Goose Rocks Beach is located just

Goose Rocks Beach is just a few minutes’ drive from Sandy Pines Campground.

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Would you enjoy staying in a glamping tent, or is classic camping more your style? Let us know!

Sandy Pines Campground. 277 Mills Road, Kennebunkport, ME. 207-967-2483; sandypinescamping.com

This post was first published in 2017 and has been updated. 

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