If unique experiences are what you seek, here are a few that will tickle your fancy. From budget to ultra luxe, glamping (glamorous camping) comes in all flavors because — different strokes for different folks.
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KOA Lincoln/Woodstock glamping tentPlaces to go Glamping in New England
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Ready to start searching for glamping sites in New England? Don’t miss these top picks. Just keep in mind that some of these are only open seasonally from spring through fall so be sure to check for availability. Also look for whether or not they offer any heaters or cooling fans depending on the season of your visit. You will probably want to download my glamping packing list before you go.
Looking for even more options? You can also find glamping spots including yurts, cabins, treehouses, houseboats, tiny houses, campers, tents, and more on Airbnb. See our top picks for New England glamping options on Airbnb. You can also find glamping getaways on GlampingHub.com. And my friend Kirsten’s has a guide to the best places for glamping with kids in the U.S.
Huttopia, Albany, NH and Sanford, ME
Huttopia White Mountains Trapper Tent
Huttopia is the European glamping resort with locations in the White Mountains of New Hampshire and Southern Maine. This “ready-to-camp” resort offers up wood and canvas glamping tents and wooden chalets. Don’t expect luxury, but do expect to find a welcoming campground with family-friendly amenities like a heated pool, game room, lakefront, and a bistro or Airstream food truck.
The accommodations offer up everything you need, from a propane-fueled camp stove, fridge, sink, cookery, electricity, fire pits, and even a full bathroom in most. The space is utilitarian, but self-sufficient and the property offers space to spread out under the trees. Read my full review from our stay at the Huttopia White Mountains.
KOA, Lincoln/Woodstock, NH
KOA Lincoln/Woodstock Conestoga Wagon
Kampgrounds of America (KOA) offer much more than RV hook ups and tent camping sites. Many of the KOA Resort and Holiday properties offer glamping options like deluxe cabins, but the KOA in Lincoln/Woodstock, NH in the White Mountains takes it a step further. This Resort campground has multiple glamping options including a Conestoga Wagon (which has a private full bathroom just outside), a tree cabin, deluxe and camping cabins, and a luxury safari tent.
The property also offers plenty of family fun from a playground, jumping mat, mini golf, disc golf, and a seasonal pool, all minutes from the most popular White Mountain attractions like Mount Washington, Franconia State Park, and the scenic Kancamagus Highway. Read my full review of the KOA Lincoln / Woodstock luxury safari tent.
Tentrr, VT, NH and ME
The North Branch Tentrr property in Maine, image courtesy of Tent
If you aren’t familiar with Tentrr, it is an Airbnb-like platform designed to connect adventurers with private landowners that make their space available for camping. Tentrr Signature sites offer ready-to-camp, no equipment needed locations, and Tentrr Partners offer glamping accommodations on site.
Tentrr Partners offers many glamping sites in New England including yurts, tipis, and wood and canvas tents in Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont. Prices are reasonable and you get the privacy you may not find at traditional camping sites.
Under Canvas Acadia, Surry, ME
Under Canvas Star Gazer tent
Opening in spring 2021, Under Canvas, the luxury glamping resort known for its properties just outside of many national parks, is coming to Maine. Under Canvas Acadia will offer 100 acres of waterfront land, with more than 1200 feet of coastline. Located just 35-minutes from the Cadillac Mountain Trail, this is a perfect home base for visiting Acadia National Park.
Under Canvas offers a variety of tents to accommodate up to seven people. With a focus on luxury and service, Under Canvas offers daily housekeeping, complimentary activities, and usually a lodge restaurant. Just don’t expect to cook your own meals — this is really a tent-based hotel.
Read my full review of the Under Canvas Mt. Rushmore.
Maine Forest Yurts, Durham, ME
Fisher Ridge Yurt. Image courtesy of Maine Forest Yurts.
Just 30 minutes north of Portland, Maine on Runaround Pond, Maine Forest Yurts is located on over 100 acres of wilderness. These yurts are fully-furnished with kitchens, wood stoves, beds, and composting toilets. There are four yurts to choose from and are perfect for those wanting to escape into nature to fish, canoe, kayak, or hike in nearby Bradbury Mountain State Park. In the winter, the property’s pond is perfect for ice skating, cross country skiing and snowshoeing.
Seguin Tree Dwellings, Georgetown, ME
Located on a 21-acre wooded hill, which offers dramatic river views and plenty conservation land to explore, Seguin Tree Dwellings is a unique glamping experience on the coast of Maine. These stylistic dwellings feature minimalist modern décor and ample windows to bring the outside in.
With three options for parties of up to four people, you can enjoy relaxation and restoration in structures that feature rope bridges, hot tubs in the trees, and fully-equipped kitchens and bathrooms. Kayaks and canoes are available for guests to use and heaters are available for autumn visits.
Sandy Pines Campground, Kennebunkport, ME
Sandy Pines Campground offers both a prime location in Kennebunkport and several spectacular glamping options. Bordered by salt marsh in a secluded beach forest, the campground is minutes from Goose Rocks Beach and Dock Square.
Sandy Pines offers luxuriously-appointed glamping tents for couples or families with mini-fridges and even AC or fans. Other couple retreats include a VW van, Airstream trailer, Conestoga Wagon, shepherd’s hut, star gazing dome, A-frame hideaway huts, and cozy cabins. Other family options include large glamping tents and cabins. On property, guests can enjoy family-friendly activities, lawn games, stand up paddle boarding and kayaking, bike rentals, and the heated saltwater pool.
Terramor, Bar Harbor, ME
Terramor Outdoor Resort is located in Bar Harbor, just minutes from Acadia National Park. Much like Under Canvas, Terramor is a glamping resort atmosphere with a focus on the experience. On property, guests enjoy the resort pool, hot tub, star gazing, picnics on the lawn, or evening cocktails around the campfire.
Tents are spaced to provide space to call your own, and there are options that sleep up to five people. The Moosewood tent offers two bedrooms, one with a king bed and the other with a bunkbed (double on bottom and twin on top), with an upscale bathroom and indoor shower.
The Preserve, Richmond, RI
The Preserve Sporting Club and Residences is an outdoor enthusiast’s dream destination, offering activities ranging including rock climbing, ATVs, canoeing and kayaking, hunting, zip lining, skiing, tennis, snowmobiling and more. While membership is available, overnight lodging is also possible in The Preserve’s private homes, cabins, safari tents, and treehouse retreat.
Definitely on the pricier side on this list, The Preserve in Rhode Island offers luxury amenities and design for a unique and posh getaway. The treehouse offers both electricity and heat, with a full bathroom and kitchen in a close-by cabin. The luxury safari tents feature comfortable beds, complimentary refreshments, and a nearby bathroom and shared kitchen in a cabin nearby.
Getaway House, Epsom, NH
Boston Outpost. All Rights Reserved to Michelle Watt. Image courtesy of Getaway.
Getaway House is the latest trend in unique tiny cabins offered as getaways from major cities across the United States. The tiny cabins in southern New Hampshire make a perfect weekend getaway from Boston, just 1.5 hours away. There are a collection of tiny cabins spread across 20 acres.
Each cabin offers AC and heat, a two-burner stove, one or two queen beds, sink, a shower, private toilet, chairs and picnic tables, fresh linens, cooking supplies, bathroom amenities, and a campfire grate for cooking. There are 43 cabins in all, with plenty of outdoors to explore nearby including Northwood Lake and Oak Hill hiking trails.
Normandy Farms, Foxboro, MA
Image courtesy of Normandy Farms
Located in Foxboro, MA (home to the New England Patriots!), Normandy Farms offers a family getaway close to home with fun activities including a bike park, swimming pools, disc golf, playgrounds, tennis, and more. In addition to being an RV park, Normandy Farms offers deluxe cabins, yurts, and rustic safari tents.
Safari tents offer water and electricity and can sleep up to six with a queen bed, bunks, and sleeper chairs. There is also a small fridge, microwave, coffee maker, and propane grill. Just note that linens are not included (nor is a bathroom.) Cabins are a bit better equipped, with a fireplace, TVs, bathrooms, a fully equipped kitchen, heaters and AC, and even an enclosed porch with a grill, cooler, table and chairs.
Mystic KOA, Stonington, CT
Deluxe cabin at the KOA Mystic
Located on the site of one of Connecticut’s first farms, the KOA Mystic is a Holiday resort with RV sites, camping sites, and a wide range of cabins, including self-sufficient deluxe cabins with a full kitchen, bathroom, separate main bedroom and bunks for the kids. Located close by to some of Southeastern Connecticut’s best attractions, including the historic Mystic Seaport, this Kampgrounds of America resort is perfect for family getaways.
On site, families can enjoy the giant jumping pillow, outdoor pools, campground activities, hayrides, mini golf, giant slides, fishing ponds, and more. Read my full review of the KOA Mystic deluxe cabins.
Tuxbury Tiny House Village, South Hampton, NH
Image courtesy of Petite Retreats
Tuxbury Pond RV Resort, not far from Boston in southern New Hampshire, has a small village of tiny homes. Each Tiny Home is unique and range from 180 to 300 square feet. There are five models to choose from, some sleeping up to 5 or 6, and offering kitchens and full bathrooms.
Perfect for adventurers looking to try something different, the resort is located on the shores of Tuxbury Pond and is 30 minutes from the Salisbury-Hampton beaches. Nearby, guests can enjoy vineyards, museums, and outlet shopping. Or stay on property to lounge at the pool or enjoy the pond.
Frost Mountain Yurts, Brownfield, ME
Image courtesy of Frost Mountain Yurts
Located in the backwoods of western Maine, Frost Mountain Yurts offer year-round adventures for families, couples, and groups. There are four yurts nestled among 60 private acres and surrounded by wooded land. On site, guests can enjoy a network of hiking, cross-country skiing, and snoeshow trails. The property also connects to the international snowmobile trail network. Nearby, visitors can enjoy the attractions of Mount Washington Valley.
The yurts are all one room, with port-a-potties outside. They feature wood stoves for chilly nights and sleep a maximum capacity of six people using bunk beds and futons.
Woods of Eden, Bar Harbor, ME
Image courtesy of Woods of Eden
The Woods of Eden “glampground” is nestled over 24 acres of woods less than a half a mile away from the ocean and a short drive to Acadia National Park and downtown Bar Harbor. These wood and canvas luxury safari tents offer a small refrigerator, kitchen sink, coffee maker, gas grill, induction hot plate and toaster, dishes, and silverware for preparing meals. They feature separate bedrooms with wood interior walls, along with a full bathroom.
These fully-equipped tents can sleep up to six and they are spaced far enough apart to offering some privacy but still provide a sense of community.
Tops’l Farm, Waldoboro, ME
Photo credit: Nina Gallant, courtesy of Tops’l Farm
Tops’l Farm is located on 83 acres along Maine’s Midcoast. The property features a farmhouse, barn, cottage, riverside yurts, and a campground. The campground features either canvas tents or pine cabins. The glamping tents offer two twin beds (cots can be added for children), battery-operated lanterns, potable water, and a fire pit. Access to shared bathrooms and kitchen facilities are just steps away.
Linens are also provided, and so is a night picnic for two, offering the family hospitality that Tops’l Farms is known for. Canoes are available to borrow, or guests can spend their time relaxing, hiking, tide pooling, or exploring the nearby seacoast towns. Farm fresh breakfast and lunch can also be added to each reservation.
AutoCamp Cape Cod, MA
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AutoCamp is a modern outdoor resort offering stays in customized Airstream trailers, modern suites, and canvas tents. The luxury tents offer king-size Tempur-Pedic beds, kitchen amenities, a convertible sofa, and a private deck with an outdoor dining area and fire pit — but modern bathrooms and showers are located in the clubhouse.
If you have ever dreamed of staying in an Airstream, those at Autocamp are decked out with queen-size Tempur-Pedic beds, full modern bathrooms with walk in showers, kitchens, a TV, and more. Located minutes from Falmouth and Woods Hole, the campground offers easy access to the Shining Sea Bikeway and weekly activities like yoga, beer tastings, and music by the campfire.
Bear Creek Campground, Bristol, CT
Photography of Lake Compounce’s Camp Grounds Bear Creek. Image courtesy of Bear Creek Campground.
Bear Creek Campground is adjacent the Lake Compounce family theme and water park. Perfect for those that want a fun camping or glamping stay, combined with an amusement park visit, the Campground has a selection of one-bedroom cabins, two-bedroom cabins, cub huts, tipis, RV spaces and tent sites.
All campsites at Bear Creek include Wi-Fi, a picnic table, fire pit, and transportation to and from Lake Compounce Family Theme Park. Two-bedroom cabins can sleep up to eight people and even the one-bedroom can sleep five. For something different, pick the Cub Hut, which looks a bit like a stand alone Hobbit hole, or the deluxe Tipi. Just keep in mind that those options don’t have bathrooms, but there is a shared bathroom nearby.
Moose Meadow Lodge, Duxbury, VT
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Moose Meadow Lodge is located on 86 secluded acres in the Green Mountains, near New England’s best craft beer town of Waterbury. Also nearby visitors can enjoy the mountain resorts at Stowe, Sugarbush, Bolton and Mad River Glen, along with hiking, snowmobiling, biking, hunting, fishing, antiquing, and fine dining.
An Adirondack-style bed and breakfast, Moose Meadow Lodge also offers a two-story treehouse. The treehouse features a living & dining area on the first floor with an expansive wrap-around deck and a bathroom. Climb up the circular staircase wrapped around a maple tree to the second-story bedroom for a truly unique experience.
Appalachian Mountain Club, ME
Gorman Chairback Lodge private waterfront cabin
Well known to Appalachian Trail thru hikers, the Appalachian Mountain Club operates multiple lodges across New England. Some are more hostel-like with bunk or private rooms in lodges. Some, however, such as the Gorman Chairback Lodge in Maine’s 100-acre wilderness, also offer deluxe cabins (with and without bathrooms.)
Here you can soak in lake front views and privacy, while enjoying the communal spirit of the AMC with family-style breakfast and dinners, evening campfires, and packed sack lunches. Read more about my stay at the Gorman Chairback Lodge.
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