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12 Charming Yurt Rentals in Maine

by Liz Dengler
Updated October 02, 2021

Charming Yurt Rentals in Maine
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When you think of Maine, a few stereotypes might come to mind: rocky shores, lobster, remote wilderness — and flannel.

Though those are components of the Vacationland experience, Maine has much more to offer beyond just L.L. Bean. Extensive trail networks, beaches, historic towns, skiing, and beautiful wildlife are all easy to find in the state. Camping, of course, is easy to find, too.

However, if you’re not really into tenting it, that’s okay. Even though Maine can feel extremely rugged and remote, there are plenty of glamped up places to stay where you’ll still feel connected to nature. Yurts can be a great spin on the glamping experience, allowing you to spend most of your time outdoors but have some unique luxuries as you sleep protected from wind and weather.

These 12 yurt rentals in Maine are a great way to get out and explore what the state has to offer while keeping cozy each night.

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1. Acadia Yurts

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Why you should stay: A cozy spot for a night or two near Acadia National Park.

  • Location: Bar Harbor
  • Sleeps: 4
  • Minimum stay: 3 nights
  • Rates from: $157/night

Acadia Yurts is your home away from home near Acadia National Park, the state of Maine’s pride and joy. This yurt rental property on Mount Desert Island has seven eco-friendly yurts and two tiny houses available for guests. They’re equipped with all the necessities, including a full bed, couch, bath, and even a small kitchenette. Though most yurts are just one room, the dining wall creates some privacy between the living area and sleeping area.

On top of the great accommodations, guests can stop in at the Wellness Center on the Acadia Yurts property to practice some yoga, use the infrared sauna or float tank, or even get a couples massage. It’s a welcome stop after a day spent hiking in Acadia.

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2. Wild Acres Yurt

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Why you should stay: Rustic charm close to hiking trails.

  • Location: Dresden
  • Sleeps: 5
  • Minimum stay: 1 night
  • Rates from: $92/night

If you’re looking for an indoor stay but don’t want anything too fancy, Wild Acres Yurt will keep you happy with its rustic character. The yurt has basics like comfortable enough beds, cookware, an induction cooktop, and air conditioning, but it’s rustic enough that you certainly won’t forget you’re sleeping in the woods. There’s also a private outdoor privy and an enclosed outdoor shower.

This is one of the best yurt rentals in Maine for hikers since there are trails on property and the yurt backs to the Earl Kelly Wildlife Preserve, so you have access to miles and miles of trails. The yurt is secluded, though you may occasionally hear the resident farm animals making themselves known. It truly adds to the ambiance of this charming spot.

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3. Frost Mountain Yurts

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Why you should stay: A comfortable and pet-friendly stay for year-round use.

  • Location: Brownfield
  • Sleeps: 6
  • Minimum stay: 1 night
  • Rates from: $125/night

Frost Mountain Yurts are a great place to stay whether you’re visiting in the summer or winter. Each yurt has a table, wood stove, and a basic kitchenette, and is equipped with an outhouse and outdoor solar shower (summer only.) There is no electricity or running water in the yurts, but there is an outside fire pit and gas grill.

There are plenty of hiking trails on the property (and ski or snowshoe trails for the winter) and each yurt has an area map. This is also one of the best dog-friendly yurt rentals in Maine as there’s no extra fee, and you can even have the yurt heated before your arrival to ensure Fido is comfortable upon arrival.

Want to taste local cuisine? There are two amazing farmers markets (one in Fryeburg and one in East Conway, NH), that sell local produce and homemade meals, pies, and other goods.

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4. Mountaintop Yurt

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Why you should stay: Rustic backcountry yurt to dip your toes into backpacking.

  • Location: Orland
  • Sleeps: 6
  • Minimum stay: 1 night
  • Rates from: $96/night

Think of a stay at this yurt as a first step toward backpacking. Remote, rugged, and off-grid, you’ll have a short hike to reach this amazing yurt rental. The hike will take about 15–30 minutes depending on your pace and since there are no services on top of the mountain, you’ll need to carry up supplies like a sleeping bag and food. It may feel a little tough, but the views from your weekend home are well worth it.

The property abuts the Great Pond Mountain Conservation Land, giving you access to an amazing network of trails. If you’re looking to escape the hubbub of city life for a bit, this yurt will certainly fit the bill. In the evenings, enjoy sitting by a campfire or star gazing before tucking in for a quiet night. Read the very long description before booking so you know what is and isn’t included. Dogs are also ok.

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5. Luxury Yurt

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Why you should stay: Lux coastal yurt with a massive deck and indoor soaking tub.

  • Location: Surry
  • Sleeps: 2
  • Minimum stay: 1 night
  • Rates from: $150/night

Who says yurts can’t be luxurious? This modern home is part yurt and part lux vacation getaway. More luxurious even than glamping, this yurt stay will be quite comfortable with all the essentials of modern life. Guests have a private room and bath (complete with a full body massage tub) and have access to the kitchen yurt, patio, grill, and laundry room. However, this is a room in the home (with a private entrance); other people live in the rest of the home.

With beachfront access, you’ll have beautiful views of the Maine ocean and beach. Just down the road is a public beach and wharf where you can have a classic Maine lobster dinner at Perry’s Lobster Shack. As with most Maine stays, there is plenty of hiking, boating, and biking in the surrounding area. If you’re looking for a relaxing outing, the Zen Buddhist Center hosts concerts throughout the summer.

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6. Old Acadia Ranger Yurt

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Why you should stay: Cozy yurt with indoor plumbing near Acadia National Park.

  • Location: Southwest Harbor
  • Sleeps: 4
  • Minimum stay: 1 night
  • Rates from: $138/night

If you’re looking for proximity to some of Maine’s best hiking trails, rocky shores, and that “Downeast” feeling, this is the spot. This Maine yurt rental has some nice updates, including a large bath with a walk-in shower, a stove, oven combo, microwave, refrigerator, and dinette. You won’t be roughing it, but you’ll still feel immersed in nature.

There are kayaks and mountain bikes available for use on Long Pond, only a quarter-mile away. During your stay, get out to enjoy Acadia National Park, swim at one of the local beaches, go on a whale-watching cruise, or check out a nearby museum. Mount Desert Island is a hub of outdoor activity, especially in the summer.

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7. Maine Forest Yurts

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Why you should stay: A centrally located stay with a backwoods feel.

  • Location: Durham
  • Sleeps: 6
  • Minimum stay: 1 night
  • Rates from: $118/night

The Maine Forest Yurts are well stocked and quite comfortable for a weekend trip. There are beds to sleep six, a small kitchenette, solar-powered lights and a charging box, a gas grill, and an outside fire pit. An outdoor privy, big deck, and solar shower complete the setup. However, there’s no actual electricity.

To fill your days, take advantage of the kayaks and three miles of private trails running throughout the property. And in the woods near Durham, you will be close to numerous activities. Bradbury Mountain State Park is just down the road, and the bustling town of Freeport has a ton to do (get a Vermonster at the Ben and Jerry’s after stocking up at L.L. Bean). If you’re feeling the call of the ocean, it’s only 50 minutes to Popham Beach, a popular spot to swim and surf.

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8. Mallard Yurt at Stockton Harbor Yurts

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Why you should stay: Quiet space at an outdoorsy yurt resort.

  • Location: Stockton Springs
  • Sleeps: 4
  • Minimum stay: 2 nights
  • Rates from: $155/night

A private beach, complimentary use of kayaks, and plenty of trails make the Mallard one of the best yurt rentals in Maine. In  Stockton Harbor, this spot is quite a bit quieter than the neighboring town of Belfast. The yurt is built in a traditional style but upgraded with a heater, kitchenette (with a full fridge), and an enclosed bathroom with a shower.

The 34-acre property has waterfront access, hiking trails, and access to kayaks, and several yurts are available in case you’re traveling with a larger group. This is also a great place to stay if you want to pop into Acadia National Park as it’s only about an hour away.

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9. Tuckaway Yurt

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Why you should stay: Peaceful yurt near the Maine/New Hampshire border.

  • Location: Lebanon
  • Sleeps: 4
  • Minimum stay: 2 nights
  • Rates from: $175/night

If you’re looking to get away from it all and hide out for a bit, a stay at the aptly named Tuckaway Yurt near the New Hampshire border. The yurt is on a private farm and has one large inside space plus two outdoor restrooms. It’s solar-powered, and the owners provide plenty of water for you.

Lebanon is not a bustling town, so it’s a prime spot for solitude. Spend your time strolling the tree farm, enjoying the outdoor patio, reading, meditating, or simply contemplating the peacefulness of this gorgeous setting.

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10. Chebeague Island Yurt

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Why you should stay: No-cars, off-the-grid experience on an island in Casco Bay.

  • Location: Chebeague Island
  • Sleeps: 2
  • Minimum stay: 1 night
  • Rates from: $108/night

Imagine no car, a ferry ride, and a stay on an island surrounded by nature. That’s the kind of Maine yurt rental you’ll find here. The yurt has a small kitchenette, leather bucket chairs, and a cozy interior. There’s a tiny little front deck where you can settle in with a book or glass of wine (or both.)

To access the island yurt, you’ll meet the hosts at the ferry dock. They’ll bring you to the property and help get you settled. You won’t need a car as you can explore the island by foot; the trails, beach, and island center are all within walking distance. If you want to eat out, there are even a couple of eateries on the island – perfect if you’re craving a cup of clam chowda’.

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11. Peace and Quiet Yurt

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Why you should stay: Upscale double yurt for a big group on a secluded parcel.

  • Location: New Gloucester
  • Sleeps: 8
  • Minimum stay: 1 night
  • Rates from: $111/night

Offering a slightly unique spin on the yurt concept, this is a double yurt rental — one to sleep in and one for cooking. A deck connects the two yurts, so it feels like a single unit and gives you plenty of space to sit out and enjoy the surroundings or star gaze into the night. As it’s the only yurt on this property, you’ll have the night sky all to yourself.

There’s plenty to do on property. You can explore the trails, hang out by the small waterfalls along the stream, or even walk to the ciderie just up the road (though it has limited hours.) You’ll also be only about 35 minutes from Portland, so whale watching, historic lighthouses, and scenic beaches are but a short drive away.

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12. Pinedale Yurt

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Why you should stay: Affordable, traditional yurt for a weekend in the woods.

  • Location: Harrison
  • Sleeps: 4
  • Minimum stay: 1 night
  • Rates from: $85/night

A yurt is the traditional home of Mongolian nomads. They were simple, portable, and usually supported by a single center beam.

Fortunately, yurts have come a long way in the last 3,000 years, and this yurt has a few upgrades on an otherwise traditional design. With solar power and charging, a wood stove, and a charcoal grill, you can tuck in each night quite happily. However, you’ll need to bring a few things along, including water, charcoal, and a propane tank to run the gas cooking stove (which you could also buy at any camp store on the way.)

The yurt is in a convenient location for getting out and adventuring across the state. Harrison is pretty sleepy, but there are lots of hiking and paddling trails near long lake. You’ll also be near beaches at Sebego Lake State Park and a short drive from half a dozen Maine small towns and country stores.

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