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11 Best Glamping Destinations in Maine

by Lauren Breedlove
Updated July 21, 2022

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Glamp in a place where you don’t have to choose between mountains or coast.

Immerse yourself in Maine’s gorgeous natural settings and find the true meaning of the state slogan, “the way life should be.” With miles upon miles of stunning New England coastline, famous national parks, and abundant wildlife, Maine is an outdoor lover’s paradise. Wake up on the edge of the iconic Acadia National Park, open your canvas tent flaps to the Atlantic Ocean breeze, or relax by a forest campfire surrounded by unspoiled nature…it’s all possible in Maine.

From rustic cabins to seaside tents, there’s a glamping spot to please everyone in this New England gem. Unearth authentic adventure in secluded corners of the state, or head to the tried and true classic destinations – whatever you choose, glamping in Maine promises to deliver a memorable escape from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. It’s called ‘Vacationland’ for a reason, after all.

Here are the best places to get your glamp on in Maine.

1. Under Canvas Acadia

Under Canvas Acadia
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Why you should stay: Proximity to Acadia National Park…need we say more?

  • Nearest town: Surry
  • Sleeps: 2-4
  • Minimum stay: 1 night
  • Rates from: $339/night

One of the upscale glamping company Under Canvas’ newest properties, Under Canvas Acadia blends luxury with nature on the coast of Maine. From mid-May to mid-October, glampers can romp around the 100-acres and absorb the beauty of the state’s shoreline.

This isn’t your ordinary camping experience: sturdy canvas tents house real, plush beds so you can catch some serious z’s and feel well-rested for your day’s endeavors. Private bathrooms and suite options add to the luxurious feel of the property, which also offers onsite dining and complimentary activities such as live music and yoga. Charge devices in the bedside battery packs and enjoy the organic bath products; no attention to detail has been left out.

Access one of the country’s most well-loved national parks in about half an hour, where you can get your fill of adventure on Acadia’s best hiking trails.

Make the pre-dawn trek up the famous Cadillac Mountain where you can watch an awe-inspiring sunrise and be one of the first people to view it in the United States that morning, to boot. Unwind and relish in your Maine memories by the Under Canvas Acadia fire pit and roast yourself some s’mores…it’s vacation after all.

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Related Read: 8 Spectacular Glamping Spots Near Acadia National Park, Maine

2. Slippery Rock Tiny Cabin

Slippery Rock Tiny Cabin
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Why you should stay: Riverside with meadow views.

  • Nearest town: Lewiston
  • Sleeps: 2
  • Minimum stay: 2 nights
  • Rates from: $125/night

Go off-grid, Maine style with a stay at the Slippery Rock Tiny Cabin on wheels, perched on the edge of the picturesque Androscoggin River. This year-round wooden cabin stays comfy and cozy with its gas fireplace and queen size bed.

BYOB (Bring Your Own Bedding) and enjoy the unplugged experience; this is a place you can really connect with nature. A 2-burner propane cookstove, cooler, 5-gallon water jug, and a beautifully situated outdoor picnic table provide the necessities for camp-style meals.

An onsite porta-potty is available as well. The cabin’s main draw is undoubtedly the giant windows from which you can admire the views across the 400 acres of private land, riddled with woods and fields where wildlife is known to frequent.

In the winter, 10 miles of private cross-country ski trails beckon, as do the snowshoeing opportunities around the property. Summer is for hiking and mountain biking in Riverlands State Park where you’ll find 10 miles of hiking trails and more than 6 miles of single-track biking paths.

After, venture into the town of Lewiston and quench your thirst at a local brewery. Baxter Brewing offers a solid line-up of beers that’ll suit any taste.

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Related Read: 8 Tranquil Cabin Rentals in Connecticut

3. Cabin at Harmony Farm

Cabin at Harmony Farm
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Why you should stay: A property tour and opportunity to feed the farm’s horses.

  • Nearest town: Kingfield
  • Sleeps: 2
  • Minimum stay: 2 nights
  • Rates from: $99/night

Sleep in the cute Cabin at Harmony Farm, a seasonal stay (May – October) with gorgeous views of Maine’s High Peaks of Mt. Abram and the Blue Mountains. Fit for two, the rustic structure has an outhouse and nearby running water, and, as a bonus, a quartet of horses to visit with on property.

Sign up to help feed the horses at sunset, take a day trip to a remote pond, walk the myriad of 4-wheeler trails, go fishing, or one of the other property’s activity offerings. Explore the area by day with hiking or canoeing at Rangeley Lake State Park or Bigelow Preserve and stargaze at the firepit by night.

The cabin’s porch is an ideal spot for cheers-ing to your day’s adventures with your drink of choice. Make sure to order some of the host’s famous waffle breakfasts with homemade blueberry sauce or fresh coffee and swoon-worthy muffins, delivered in the morning too.

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Related Read: 14 Best Hikes in Maine for Exploring the Great Outdoors

4. Sandy Pines Campground

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Photo: Sandy Pines Campground

Why you should stay: Choose from a selection of unique luxury glamping accommodations.

  • Nearest town: Kennebunkport
  • Sleeps: 2-5
  • Minimum stay: 2 nights
  • Rates from: $159/night

Create your own glamping adventure with a stay in one of Sandy Pines Campground’s Unique Retreats. The campground is host to an abundance of camping and glamping options, from traditional tent and RV sites, to luxury canvas tents.

However, this delightful collection of “unique retreats” might take the cake for fun glamping stays. Choose between airstreams, vintage camper, Conestoga wagon, and tiny houses. Each one sports its own quirky character with well-appointed decor and luxury touches, and overlooks the salt marsh.

With lighting, heat, AC, and real queen or king sized beds, this is treat-yourself-style glamping. A campground pool and lawn games will entertain, but there’s plenty to do in Kennebunkport and the surrounding area too.

Bask in the sun at nearby Goose Rocks Beach, just a ten-minute bike ride from the campground. Swimming, kayaking, and paddleboarding are popular here, or simply laze in the sand and take a nap with the sound of the Atlantic’s waves at your feet.

Birdwatch at the Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge and spot migratory birds. Take a jaunt into town and experience New England charm on the streets of Kennebunkport. Sample Maine lobster, visit the Seashore Trolley Museum, or walk to the postcard-perfect Nubble Lighthouse.

Your camera is going to get a workout here.

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5. Barred Owl Farm Cabin

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Why you should stay: Watch sheep through the cabin windows.

  • Nearest town: Whitefield
  • Sleeps: 4
  • Minimum stay: 1 night
  • Rates from: $120/night

Enjoy a true farm stay experience at the rustic Barred Owl Farm Cabin in mid-coast Maine, where there are plenty of animals to greet you. Situated on a working organic farm, the off-grid cabin is the perfect place to unwind away from it all, and maybe learn a little bit about (or try your hand at) farming.

With a queen size bed, double loft, and living room area, the cabin feels spacious and comfortable for four people. There is no heat, running water, or electricity, but battery-charged lights and candles add ambiance and you’ll find an outhouse and outdoor hot-water shower.

Out on the farm, you can stop by the pig’s pen, observe wooly sheep grazing, say hello to “Red” the resident chicken, and give the adorable farm hound Denali a pat on the head. Venture along one of the nearby hiking trails at the Hidden Valley Nature Center, go pond fishing, kayaking, or make your way to the waves and hang ten in the surf – the ocean is only 45-minutes away.

The onsite farm store serves daily coffee and tea, and if you don’t indulge in the full country breakfast (by reservation) you’re doing it wrong. Schedule one of the special wood-fired pizza nights by the firepit, made with fresh ingredients from the farm; sit back and relax while enjoying delicious food and company.

Purchase a souvenir from your stay at the farm store too, where you’ll find candles, goat-milk soap, and much more.

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6. Wakefield Wildlife Sanctuary Cabin

Wakefield Wildlife Sanctuary Cabin
Photo: Kennebec Land Trust, Hipcamp

Why you should stay: Canoe right out the door.

  • Nearest town: West Gardiner
  • Sleeps: 6
  • Minimum stay: 2 nights
  • Rates from: $125/night

Perched upon the scenic Cobbossee Stream, the Wakefield Wildlife Sanctuary Cabin is an off-grid Maine paradise. Nestled in a forest of giant pine and hemlock trees, this is one of two eco-cabins situated on the 108-acre property, owned by the Kennebec Land Trust.

It comfortably sleeps six, has a private bathroom with a composting toilet, and solar electricity lights the way. Dine at the porch table and drool over the views through the massive windows. Lounge in the porch or outside hammocks with a good book, or have a sunset drink by the firepit.

But whatever you do, take advantage of the cabin’s waterfront location on one of the most famous flatwater streams in the state, known for being very wide and deep. Fishing is the most popular activity here, but swimming and canoeing are a close second. Use one of the canoes tied to the cabin’s dock and enjoy a leisurely paddle.

If you can tear yourself away from the property, you’ll find a treasure trove of things to do nearby. Less than an hour’s drive lands you at the coast, where the options to explore small seaside towns in Maine, go to the beach, or hop on a boat are seemingly endless.

Want to stick closer to the cabin? Check out Grateful Grain Brewing Company, just 10 minutes away.

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Related Read: 12 Magical & Unique Places to Stay in Maine

7. Terramor Outdoor Resort

Terramor Outdoor Resort
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Why you should stay: You can set foot in Acadia National Park within 10-minutes of leaving your tent.

  • Nearest town: Bar Harbor
  • Sleeps: 2-5
  • Minimum stay: 2 nights
  • Rates from: $304/night

Adventure is a promise at Terramor Outdoor Resort and with a wide array of glamping tents and close proximity to outdoor pursuits, we believe them. The property is on Mount Desert Island, basically next door to Acadia National Park and offers luxury canvas tents for the glamping of your dreams that cater to duos all the way up to groups of 5.

A plush bed will help you rest up for all your romping around in Maine nature, and when you’re ready to relax at the end of the day, chill on your screened porch, sit by your private fire ring, or venture to the communal pool or hot tub for a dip. Most tents have ensuite bathrooms to maintain privacy and comfort levels.

Get social or grab some food at the resort’s lodge, a beautifully designed central hub with a bar and restaurant slinging local fare and drinks, take-away lunches, and yard games. Find your ideal outdoor adventure in one of the most visited national parks in the USA.

Challenge yourself on the Beehive Loop Trail, a short, but strenuous 1.4 mile hike with insane views. Or, take it easy on the Ocean Path, a popular out-and-back walk that stretches from Sand Beach to Otter point; go as far as you wish before turning around.

In addition to the treasure trove of hiking trails to explore in Acadia National Park, whale-watching, stand-up paddleboarding, and downtown Bar Harbor are just a few of the other options within reach.

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Related read: When is the Best Time to Visit Acadia National Park?

8. Driftwoods Seaside Tents

Driftwoods Seaside Tents
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Why you should stay: Seaside sunsets from your site, anyone?

  • Nearest town: Tremont
  • Sleeps: 4
  • Minimum stay: 1 night
  • Rates from: $100/night

Drift off next to the ocean at Driftwoods Seaside Tents situated on the southwest coast of Mount Desert Island. Inside the spacious canvas tent, you’ll find a comfortable full-size bed, but the real treat is the site’s setting itself.

Cradled by trees, the ocean views over a private cove and salt marsh are nothing short of stunning. Take morning walks on the beach, where you can spot seals playing in the water, bald eagles soaring above, and fishing boats ready for the day, and enjoy the peaceful sounds of nature.

Those seeking seclusion will relish in this glamping location. Also onsite, a fire pit, cooking station, and outhouse for all your necessities during your stay.

Visit Bass Harbor Head Light Station for photos and a dose of history. Half an hour’s drive will land you at Acadia National Park and all of Mount Desert’s other offerings. Stretch your legs on the 3.3 mile long loop trail around Jordan Pond, a favorite in the park.

Whatever adventure you choose, meander back to your seaside sight in time for sunset and spectacular stargazing.

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9. Huttopia Southern Maine

Huttopia Southern Maine
Photo: Huttopia Southern Maine

Why you should stay: So many glamping options.

  • Nearest town: Kennebunkport
  • Sleeps: 2-6
  • Minimum stay: 1 night
  • Rates from: $105/night

From glamping tents to tiny houses that fit up to 6 people, pet-friendly Huttopia Southern Maine is an ideal blend of connection with nature and creature comforts. Centrally located to some of southern Maine’s best highlights, there’s no shortage of things to do.

Choose from canvas tents, tiny houses, and a full-sized cabin, all of which have their own private bathrooms. Those who wish to have more of the traditional camping experience can book a tent for two on a wooden platform, which still has a real bed inside.

The property is set to entertain, with a swimming pool, onsite cafe, live music, fitness classes, kayaks and canoes, and a plethora of activities to keep the kiddos busy. Venture off-site and hit up the famous Old Orchard Beach, stop in one of Portland’s many breweries or cideries, and scarf down a delicious lobster roll for the classic Maine experience.

Chase waterfalls on the short, quarter-mile trail to Cascade Falls or meander along the network of trails in the Edwin L. Smith Preserve.

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Related read: 12 Charming Yurt Rentals in Maine

10. Micro A-Frame Cabin

Micro A-Frame Cabin glamping
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Why you should stay: Large relaxing vibes from a tiny, tiny cabin.

  • Nearest town: Passadumkeag
  • Sleeps: 2
  • Minimum stay: 1 night
  • Rates from: $79/night

Taking the tiny house trend to a new level, the Micro A-frame cabin is the definition of adorable. Located approximately 40-minutes north of Bangor, the secluded A-frame is the perfect place for stargazing.

Equipped with a small deck area and chairs, and quite possibly the coolest feature of all, the full wall that opens up for air flow (and aesthetics, of course), the outside is just as cozy as the inside. Build a fire and embrace the tranquility of the location. Make sure to check out the nearby Passadumkeag and Penobscot River, a popular spot for casting a line.

Those wishing to tackle the climb up Mount Katahdin in Baxter State Park will be only an hour and half drive away. Alternatively, stay closer to your micro home and go on a fishing expedition in Peaks-Kenny State Park or boating and swimming at Lamoine State Park. On your way back, stop into Marsh Island Brewing for some craft beers, less than half an hour from the cabin.

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11. Off-Grid Oceanfront A-Frame Cabin

Off-grid Oceanfront A-frame Cabin
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Why you should stay: Serene wildlife watching.

  • Nearest town: Gouldsboro
  • Sleeps: 2
  • Minimum stay: 2 nights
  • Rates from: $165/night

Indulge in the luxury of an unplugged escape at the off-grid Oceanfront A-frame Cabin located on the beach in Maine’s Taft Point Preserve. You’ll be hard-pressed to find better views with the water lapping the shore just feet from your adorable abode.

Inside, a double bed with big views is set for your sleeping bag/bedding, and outside, a detached deck area with a grill, table, and chairs is ready for a beachside barbeque. Sip a cocktail under the string lights after watching a stunning sunset and pinch yourself – this glamping thing is pretty great.

You won’t have to venture far to hit the hiking trails. Miles of walking paths are accessible from the site, and a 15-minute drive will land you off-the-beaten-path at the Schoodic Peninsula, an under the radar portion of Acadia National Park that’s worth exploring.

Traverse this region’s longest trail, the 3.2 mile-long Buck Cove Mountain Trail for a well-rounded hiking experience and the most bang for your buck, scenery-wise. Back at the site, keep an eye out for bald eagles, deer, and in the water, small whales, seals, herons, and loons.

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