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July 31, 2020 | Guest post by: Martin Banks
Have you gotten in on the glamping craze yet? This style of vacationing marries the outdoor ruggedness of camping with the luxuries of upscale resorts. You experience the best of both worlds — the beauty of nature and the indulgence of pampering.
If you want to beat the heat this summer, there are few better places to go than Maine. You’ll find ample shade under the towering trees of national forests and untouched wilderness. Book your stay at one of the 10 glamping resorts below, and you’ll enjoy ample outdoor fun and make lifelong memories.
Spanning over 100 acres of wilderness, Maine Forest Yurts lies only 30 minutes from Portland, ME. If you forget any of your provisions, you won't waste much of your vacation traveling to the store. You can enjoy myriad activities, from kayaking and canoeing during the summer months to cross-country skiing and snowshoeing after the snow arrives.
You can bring a tent with you or choose from three fully furnished yurts on elevated platforms to help keep critters at bay. These come with simple kitchens, including stoves, so you don’t have to spend a ton going out to eat. They can sleep up to four people comfortably.
If variety is the spice of your life, you’ll adore Sandy Pines Campground. You can choose from a range of glamping tents, cottages, and unique retreats, including Airstreams and Conestoga wagons. If you ever wanted to sleep like a pioneer, here is your opportunity.
You’ll find Grand Lodge, containing a snack bar and a general store, on the property. If you have little ones with you, they’ll delight in the Kids’ Kraft Tent, where they can spend hours of artistic fun. There’s also a playground for children of all ages, complete with cornhole, ladder ball, volleyball, and badminton.
If you prefer a cottage to a yurt or a glamped-up tent, head to Eagle Lakes Sporting Camps. The property features seven year-round cabins and six additional three-season rentals. Each one fits between two and 10 people — perfect for large families. All cabins face the lake and offer verandas for your julep-sipping pleasure.
You can dine in, but why would you when you can head to the Roosevelt Dining Room or the Rough Rider Tavern? The latter features a pool table and game room for winding down after a day of exploring nature's beauty.
If you want a unique corporate retreat, this property offers ideal team-building activities like boating and canoeing. They have conference rooms available for your meetings before you head out on your adventures.
Did you love your childhood treehouse so much that you wish you could live there permanently? You can do the next best thing at Seguin Maine, where you’ll stay in a unique minimalist cabin suspended in the pines.
The Souhegan Treehouse offers a wood-fired cedar hot tub accessible via a rope bridge from the primary structure. The Madawaska and the Isle Au Haut both offer two elevated structures with rope bridges and verandas.
The property also features a large, open-air tree structure for retreats and yoga practices. Many artists-in-residence flee city life and head here to finish their great works.
Not all Maine glamping adventures happen at large resorts — you can find ample lodging via Airbnb. One of the best is Hummingbird Hut, a private garden hut offered by a Superhost. At only $34 a night, you can afford to book a lengthier stay.
Even though the site has a private host, you’ll still enjoy 50 acres with a shared beach and swimming area. You’ll enjoy access to paddleboards and volleyball, cornhole, tetherball, and basketball during daylight hours. The property does offer off-grid simplicity with no internet or Wi-Fi for when you want to unplug.
Terramor Outdoor Resort offers “tents” that are anything but — they all have electricity and Wi-Fi. They also have screened porches and windows to keep insects out while you breathe the fresh country air. They sleep anywhere from two to five guests, making the location perfect for couples or families.
You won’t have to travel far for vittles. The property features a lodge where you can enjoy locally cultivated menus or grab a picnic lunch to take on your adventures. After you hike, belly up to the bar for a brewski. You can also avail yourself of the onsite grills to sear your t-bone to perfection.
Terramor lies only minutes from the entrance of Acadia National Park. You can enjoy 158 miles of hiking trails, from beginner to challenging. Greet the day by performing a sun salutation atop Cadillac Mountain.
Timberstone Adventures features three treehouses, all of which come equipped with a kitchen, including a microwave. They also have private bathrooms with showers. The living area features a flat-screen TV for when you collapse after a day on the trail.
If you love disc golf, you’ll adore the course they have spread over 25 acres. There is no restaurant on-site, but nearby restaurants are a short drive away. You will enjoy outdoor barbecue grills if you want to bring burgers or dogs for dinner — or cauliflower steak, if you’re a vegetarian.
If you need an ADA-compliant tent, The Woods of Eden offers one that sleeps up to four people. They also have three other tents that sleep six. Each one comes equipped with a small refrigerator, kitchen sink, coffee maker, toaster, hot plate, and gas grill. If you visit during the summer, you should stay cozy. However, they have heaters and electric blankets for chilly fall evenings.
The property also lies near the entrance of Acadia National Forest, where you can hike to your heart’s content. You can also travel to the nearby town of Bar Harbor to enjoy fine dining, historical walking tours, and cruises.
Take a boat tour of the Maine coast, especially if you adore photography. You can score some unbelievable shots of Acadia National Forest from the sea.
If you want a remote retreat, you have found nirvana in Spencer Pond Camps. The property lies 14 miles from their nearest neighbors and features the only cabins on Spencer Pond. It is unplugged and off the grid, so leave your devices at home unless you plan to pen the Great American Novel during your stay.
Cabins come with docks, canoes, kayaks, and mountain bikes at no additional cost. Active types will adore adventuring, both on and off the shore, while more laid-back folks can fish the day away. If you're a hunter, you’ll find ample white-tailed deer, grouse, and woodcock. If you prefer hiking, you’ll find many well-marked trails surrounding the area.
You can’t get much farther away than a private island. This particular isle comes equipped with a cozy and quaint A-frame cabin and 14 surrounding acres. The owners take your safety seriously in today’s COVID-19 world — they've upgraded their cleaning practices and allow a 24-hour rest period between guests for any lingering viruses to dissipate.
The cabin is completely off-grid — there is no electricity or running water. However, there is a compost toilet nearby and towels for each guest. Remember that you’re on an island, so bring swim shoes for getting clean in coastal waters. You’ll find ample cooking supplies to use with the gas stove or cook outdoors over the campfire.
If you want to beat the heat this summer, the ideal way to do so is by heading north. Travel to Maine for some of the best glamping around. You’ll enjoy the majesty of nature while maintaining at-home comfort and convenience.
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