Regardless if you're a brand new camper looking to test the waters or a seasoned backpacker who's seeking a little extra luxury, glamping is an ideal way to enjoy nature and keep comfortable. And with warm, breezy summers and crisp, colorful autumns, the Northeast feels like a pretty ideal place to book a glamping trip. From seaside cabins in Maine to canvas tents hidden in the mountains of New York, there are plenty of accommodations to choose from—all of which will give you a truly memorable (and indulgent) camping experience.
Just minutes away from Bar Harbor and Acadia National Park, Terramor Outdoor Resort in Maine is KOA’s very first luxury “glampground.” Sitting on 45 acres of scenic New England forest, guests can choose to stay in one of five different tent types—all of which feature full bathrooms, screened-in porches, and private fire rings. And while some visitors are perfectly content to just relax on the porch and admire the pristine views from their Adirondack chairs, Terramor does offer some really incredible glamping amenities… In-tent massages, wine tasting, stargazing tours, live music, and outdoor yoga just to name a few.
If you’re still looking for some upscale New England camping, then be sure to check out the Bar Harbor / Oceanside KOA Holiday. Located right along the water at the north end of Mount Desert Island, guests can reserve a traditional tent site, an RV site with full hook-ups, or a fully-equipped Deluxe Cabin—all of which provide sweeping ocean views. Some other noteworthy amenities include horseshoe pits, basketball courts, a dog run, an ice cream parlor, and a free shuttle to Acadia National Park. But the real highlight at Bar Harbor / Oceanside KOA Holiday is the famous on-site cafe that delivers freshly caught lobster right to your campsite. Need we say more?
What’s better than some pizza, beer, and camping? Well, at Boothbay Craft Brewery, you can easily experience all three. Part brewery, part pizza / BBQ joint, part campground, Boothbay is best known for its award-winning ales, but what some might not know is that you can actually stay on the property. There are 13 different RV sites scattered throughout, including both pull-through and back-in sites, all of which come with 30 or 50 amp hook-ups. But to get the complete glamping experience, book a stay in the two-bedroom brewer’s cottage. Spacious and bright, this cozy cottage has a full kitchen, WiFi, and its own private patio. And best of all? It’s mere steps away from the brewery.
When you picture a luxurious glamping trip, then you’re probably envisioning Sandy Pines Campground. Tucked away in a secluded beach forest near Kennebunkport, Maine, Sandy Pines has pretty much every type of glamping rental imaginable. You can stay in a vintage Airstream, twinkling canvas tent, or nautical-themed cottage. Or, if you want to try something even more unique, there is the stargazer dome—a rounded tent with a clear plastic roof that lets you enjoy the stars from the comfort of your own bed. From the linens to the lights, it’s clear that all of Sandy Pines’ glamping rentals have been designed with the utmost luxury in mind. These structures are even placed in specially designated “Serenity Areas” throughout the property to help maximize privacy, quietness, and relaxation.
Making our way over to New Hampshire, Huttopia White Mountains is the ideal mountainside retreat. Located less than three hours from downtown Boston in the foothills of the White Mountains, Huttopia sits along a secluded lake and offers visitors both beautiful accommodations and incredible access to local trails. All of the huts and tents at Huttopia come equipped with electricity, linens, and basic cooking equipment. Large families will love the Chalet cabin with its full kitchen and multiple bathrooms, while more adventurous couples might prefer the sleek and minimal Bonaventure tent. Regardless of which place you choose, pets are always welcome to join.
Moose Meadow Lodge is the epitome of luxury log cabin living. Sitting on 86 acres, the property has endless mountain views and numerous private trails. There’s even something called the Sky Loft—a glass-enclosed gazebo at the top of a nearby mountain that offers incredible panoramic views. The lodge itself consists of one large kitchen and four different guest rooms, each decorated with a unique theme (definitely take advantage of the screened-in porch in the Duck Room). You can also book a stay in the renowned two-story treehouse, which is located a few hundred feet from the main lodge on a private trout pond. Despite the large property size, Moose Meadow can only accommodate 12 people so try to book your spot far in advance.
Located in the heart of New York’s Adirondack Mountains, the Lake Placid / Whiteface Mountain KOA Holiday is a dream getaway if you’re looking to escape the city. Being here feels like you’re back at summer camp—there’s swimming, boating, fishing, biking, hiking, even an arcade and mini golf. Plus, the lodging options are almost as diverse as the activities. Guests can stay in a Deluxe Cabin (extra large with bathrooms and a kitchen), a Camping Cabin (no hassle camping with heat and electricity), or a Glamping Tent (canvas tent with a covered patio and grill). And don’t forget to stop by the lodge every morning for a delicious cook-to-order breakfast.
Nature meets luxury at this Upstate New York getaway. At Firelight Camps, guests get to stay in beautifully furnished safari tents. Each tent comes with a king or queen-sized bed, private tented balcony, battery-powered lanterns, and complimentary continental breakfast. The breakfast alone is worth the trip—the buffet-style spread is extremely impressive (warm pastries, seasonal fruit, eggs any style, homemade granola, fresh squeezed juices… the list goes on) and all of the items are locally sourced. There are gluten-free and vegan options as well. In the evenings, be sure to check out Firelight Camps’ full bar, where you can sample a wide selection of local beers, wines, and craft cocktails. Grab your favorite drink, rent a board game from the camp’s game library, and enjoy yourself around one of the many communal fire pits.
In addition to its beautiful location in the Pocono Mountains, one of the best things about the Delaware Water Gap / Pocono Mountain KOA Holiday is the wide variety of lodging available. There are standard RV and tent campsites, but this particular KOA also has Deluxe Cabins with bathrooms, Camping Cabins, an on-site RV, a Conestoga wagon, and three teepees. Both the wagon and the teepees can comfortably sleep up to six people and come equipped with 20 amp hook-ups and cable TV. There’s no shortage of on-site activities as well. A heated swimming pool, an ice cream parlor, mini golf, sand volleyball, hay rides, gemstone mining, and painting classes are just a few of things you and your family can enjoy here.
There's clearly no one-size-fits-all approach when it comes to glamping. For some, a warm bed raised off the ground is luxury enough. For others, glamping includes spacious showers, craft cocktails, and a flat-screen TV. The locations, lodging, and amenities continue to expand and diversify, making it easier and more affordable to plan your next trip. But regardless of how you choose to go on a glamping trip, we guarantee it will be a fun and memorable experience.
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