Do you love the rustic vibe of wilderness camping but prefer the comfort ofa real mattress, the convenience of a mini-fridge, and close proximity to lobster rolls?The glamping (shorthand forglamour camping) experience at Sandy Pines Campground in Kennebunkport, Maine, just mightbe your new favorite outdoor vacation destination. Heres a look at our visit in the summer of 2017 soon after Sandy Pines opened.
A look at my 2017 visit to Sandy Pines Campground in Kennebunkport, Maine.
Sandy Pines Campground (formerly Salty Acres Campground) has been a Kennebunkport fixture for decades, but it was purchased and revampedby localhoteliers 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 Pinesopened in summer 2017 with a polished lodge and general store, heated saltwater pool, and brand-new bathhouses for its 320 sites.
The general store carries everything from bug sprayandbeach towelstosmores supplies and lobster rolls. Looking to bike, kayak, or paddleboard on vacation? You can rent what you needhere.
The heated saltwater pool adjoins the Kids Kamp play area, where youll find classic board games, arts and craft offerings, and more.
The most buzzed-about update, however, isthe selection of glamping tents, now available for rent.
Sandy Pines Campground Glamping Tents
The15 luxe glamping tentsat Sandy Pines (some with adjacent kid-friendly 8 x 8 tents) were each outfittedby a different local designer and come equipped with a king-size bed, mini-fridge, firepit, and AC.
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.
Nautical Nights by Chatfield Design.
Coastal Comfort by Huffard House.
Whats it look like inside?At a spacious 18 by24 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.
Coastal Comfort by Huffard House.
Nomad: A Bohemian Retreat by Antiques on Nine.
Base Camp by Krista Stokes.
The inside of this kids tent (part of the Base Camp tent) was designed by Daytrip Society, a popular downtown Kennebunkport boutique.
Glamping is having a moment right now, and with Instagram-ready tents like these, its not hard to see why. But for those wholike their camping with the challenge of setting up atent 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.
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.
Sandy Pinesalso offers short-term and long-term RV sites for rent and park-model RV tiny houses for sale. Combinethesewith the tent sites and glamp sites, and you truly have something for every camper.
Beyond the on-site fun at Sandy Pines, theres alsoall that Kennebunkport, one of the prettiestcoastal towns in New England, has to offer. Both Dock Square (including the famous Clam Shackfried clams and lobster rolls)and pristine Goose Rocks Beach are just minutes away.
Goose Rocks Beach isjust a few minutes drive from Sandy Pines Campground.
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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