Glamping on the Maine Coast in Kennebunkport’s Sandy Pines Campground
By Max Hartshorne
When I first heard about the glamping site on the coast of Maine, I had to know more. I’ve always wanted to glamp, rather than camp. It’s all of the fun without the ick.
Sandy Pines is located in one of the first towns you go through when you hit the Maine Turnpike. It’s not very far from the famous Piscataqua River Bridge, high above the busy river channel that leads from the shipyard to the ocean.
Driving over this kind-of-scary bridge for me always signals that we are once again in the Great State of Maine and that a fun weekend awaits!
280 Sites of All Types
The recently renovated 280-site campground is definitely not your father’s campground. From the Chardonnay you can buy at the gift shop, to the sweet-looking A-Frames and Conestoga wagons you can sleep in, this place is all modern and retro at the same time.
The staff is very accommodating, and you have access to everything you need. Just be sure to pick the right style of site.
Really Clean Bathrooms
Best of all, the bathrooms and showers are pristine and private–nice features for anyone who wants more glamp and less camp.
Sandy Pines has had a great few years, their occupancy stays at around 90 percent during the busy summer and fall seasons.
Families love being able to bunk in one of the safari-style tents that have a few extra beds around the back, perfect for the kids.
Sandy Pines Camping was once called Shady Acres, it’s set on 60 acres next to a marsh. In 2017, they created this more modern situation, bending to the trend that people crave–glamping!
We chose to stay in the Airstream Trailer on the site, it was a bit on the vintage side.
The old Airstream has seen better days, with the original stove, and toilet removed, but the experience of sleeping inside it was comfy and fun.
That’s the one thing about glamping that most people don’t realize. You’re still going to have to walk to use the bathroom if you don’t want to relieve yourself in the great outdoors.
I wish we had chosen one of the more modern “Safari tent” styles of sites. These would be to me, the best choice. The larger family safari campsites are priced at around $300-370 per night.
Bring Your Own RV
Many of the campers prefer to bring their own RVs to Sandy Pines, these are set up with electricity and water/sewer hook-ups. There are many other amenities at the park including a pool, a playground for kids, lots of green space, and the General Store where you can buy firewood, sundries, groceries–even the makings of s’mores.
The campground is open from May until Columbus day in October.
Enjoy the ‘Bunks
The surrounding towns of Kennebunk and Kennebunkport are also definitely worth exploring.
Parking is the most difficult part of visiting either town, most people end up paying at a public lot of parking or at a nice restaurant like we did and enjoying some fish tacos with a view.
Federal Jacks in Kennebunkport is highly recommended for great beers and that view.
In nearby Cape Purpose, we found a very down to earth and Maine style lobster shack, that was really a shack, called Nunan’s Lobster Hut.
Order a few bugs (lobsters), let them steam, and add in some Maine steamers, and then retire to the back wharf, overlooking the Cape Porpoise harbor for a truly Down East Feast!
Find out More
Sandy Pines Camping, 277 Mills Rd. Kennebunkport, Maine 207-967-2483 www.sandypinescamping.com
Max Hartshorne has been the editor and publisher of GoNOMAD Travel in South Deerfield Mass since 2002. He worked for newspapers and other sales positions for 23 years until he finally got what he wanted and became the editor at GoNOMAD. He travels regularly, enjoys publishing new writers, and does exactly what he wants to do every day.