The Maine campground famous for its glamp tents has added even more creative sleeping quarters ahead of its third season, which begins on Friday.
Sandy Pines Campground in Kennebunkport is featuring six new “unique retreats” that range from a bohemian-style hideaway to a futuristic glass dome, as well as more ways for young kids to go glamping.
The newest waterfront dwellings were designed by Kennebunkport interior designer Krista Stokes and include a king- or queen-sized bed, indoor seating, heat and air conditioning, lighting, and an outdoor dining area. Campers can choose from “Zephyr,” an Airstream with a lush interior reminiscent of 1960s Hollywood; “Stargazer,” a futuristic floor-to-ceiling glass dome; “Starry Nights,” a glass house with a view of the stars; “Astral,” a bohemian-style hideaway modeled after a shepherd’s hut; and two “Wild Blue Yonder” Conestoga wagons, decorated as 18th century-inspired “prairie-chic” dwellings. All five new glamping options sleep two guests (who must be 12 or older) and start at $199 per night.
The campground is also introducing 12 “family camp cottages,” bigger versions of the campground’s camp cottages on wheels that debuted last year. The family camp cottages can accommodate families of four and have a king-sized bed, twin-sized bunk bed, a mini refrigerator, air conditioning, and private fire pits and seating areas. Children of all ages are welcome in the family camp cottages, whereas guests must be 12 or older to stay in the regular camp cottages. They start at $129 per night.
“We are excited to offer new glamping experiences this season,” said founder Debra Lennon in a statement. “We have enjoyed providing a range of camping opportunities and can’t wait to welcome guests to our creative new accommodations along with resort-level amenities and festive events that we hope will make for very memorable vacations.”
Glamping options returning this season include 16 glamp tents (starting at $199 per night), 11 hideaway huts (starting at $69 per night), and the 12 previous camp cottages (starting at $89 per night). Kids under the age of 12 are allowed in the family camp cottages and the glamp tents. However, the glamp tents have a maximum occupancy of two, including kids, so families that require more space can book one of five tents that feature an accompanying smaller glamp tent for kids. The campground also offers 50 traditional campsites.
Sandy Pines Campground is minutes from Goose Rocks Beach and the bustling Dock Square, filled with shopping, restaurants, and art galleries. Campground amenities include a general store, snack bar, heated saltwater pool, playground, craft tent for kids, bike and kayak rentals, and outdoor lawn games such as cornhole, ladder ball, and volleyball.
Special events planned for this season include a “Vintage Camping Weekend” from June 14-16, when owners of vintage campers will gather for to live music and a barbecue; a “Kids Bike Parade” on July 4, during which kids can decorate their bikes in red, white, and blue for the holiday; “Sandy Pines Carnival and Animal Farm” on July 20, a poolside carnival with old-fashioned games and also animals; and “National S’mores Weekend” from Aug. 9-11, when guests can enjoy gourmet s’mores and compete in a s’mores recipe contest.
Sandy Pines Campground, 277 Mills Road, Kennebunkport, Maine; open May-October; sandypinescamping.com