What is Glamping?

Maine Glamp Tent Sandy Pines exterior

What is Glamping?

The origin of the term “glamping” is a mystery, but here at Sandy Pines Campground,  we were the first campground to offer “glamorous camping” in Maine for anyone who wants to experience the fun of camping with nothing to set up, maintain, or clean up.

Today, there are several luxury camping options throughout the state. To help you choose the best Maine glamping destination, here’s a breakdown of what you can expect at Sandy Pines Campground and how we’re different from other glamping in New England.


At Sandy Pines Campground, we offer a wide range of glamping accommodations, with the most popular being our luxury glamping tents. Whichever style you choose, most include climate control (AC and heat), comfy king-size beds*, and towels to deliver a hotel experience in the Maine woods, complete with your own fire pit. Because many glamping resorts offer these same amenities, we differentiate ourselves by giving each glamping accommodation a different design theme. Our design team scoured antique shops and boutiques all over New England to find the perfect artwork, furniture, and accessories to bring each theme to life with attention to detail you won’t find anywhere else.

Castaway Family Glamp Tent

Couples and Family Glamping Tents
We set up our spacious glamping tents on wooden platforms to provide a sturdy, secure distance between you and the ground. The platform also creates a front porch that we adorn with chairs and a cooler for you to store your food and beverages. Family glamp tents are the same size as our couples glamp tents. The difference is, the kiddos get their own tent with two twin beds, or – for smaller/younger children – a trundle bed within the parents’ tent.

Our waterproof safari glamping tents have zippered front flaps with separate screening to keep the bugs at bay and sides secured with bolts to the platform. From the outside, they look like the kind of tents you’d see in a Civil War reenactment. Inside, you’ll find all the style and amenities of a boutique hotel room, complete with a king-size bed and a comfy seating area with thoughtfully placed lamps, end tables, and creative design elements.

Glamp tents deliver a stylish and luxurious guest experience, but it’s important to remember that you are still tent camping. If you prefer a stronger defense against the elements, a camp cottage may be a better choice.

Camp Cottage Exterior

Couples and Family Camp Cottages
When you stay in one of our camp cottages, four wooden walls and a shingled roof protect you from just about anything Mother Nature sends your way. Unlike family glamp tents, where parents and children may be in separate tents, family camp cottages have the space for two twin beds, bunk beds, or trundles in addition to the king bed. Both couples and family camp cottages have charming front porches ideal for lounging and reading.

Conestoga Wagon exterior at night with salt marsh n background

Unique Retreats for Couples and Solo Glampers
Have you ever wanted to stay in an authentic Conestoga Wagon like the settlers used in the 1800s? How about a vintage Airstream trailer, a 1960’s era FAN trailer, a tiny house with a massive glass wall, or a shepherd’s wagon? You’ll find them all in the unique retreats section of Sandy Pines Campground perched along the salt marsh that meanders its way to Goose Rocks Beach. Like our other glamping accommodations, unique retreats feature creative interior designs with thoughtful accessories.

Kid jumping into Saltwater Pool

Luxurious bedding, climate-controlled comfort, and stylish décor aren’t the only things that set Sandy Pines Campground apart from other Maine glamping destinations. When you stay with us, you get a unique combination of privacy, convenience, and campground amenities.

Park at (or next to) your glamp site
At some glamping destinations, the main parking lot can be anywhere from 100-300 yards from your glamp site. While this type of setup cuts down on vehicle traffic in the campground, carrying your bags or hauling them in a pull cart over rocky, uneven ground can be a real hassle. At Sandy Pines Campground, your car is always steps away.

Sparkling, lockable public bathrooms
Each of our bathhouses includes multiple private bathrooms with toilet, sink, and shower. Lock the door behind you, and you don’t have to worry about brushing your teeth or drying your hair next to a stranger. Outside, you’ll find a deep sink with hot and cold water where you can wash all your dishes, pots, and pans away from your campsite.

Heated saltwater swimming pool
When you stay in one of our glamping accommodations, you and your family enjoy complete access to all of our campground’s amenities, including the kids’ playground, kayak launch, lawn games, and of course, our heated saltwater swimming pool.

Proximity to world-class dining and attractions
At Sandy Pines Campground, we pride ourselves on providing the best of all worlds. If you wish to relax in your glamping accommodation, you’ll find all the peace and serenity you need to unplug from the world and enjoy the great outdoors. If you prefer to spend your days sightseeing, adventuring, shopping, or dining outside the campground, you’ll find dozens of incredible options within a short drive of your site. If you choose to prepare your meals onsite, you’ll need to bring a camp stove or pots and pans with metal handles so you can cook over the open flame of your fire pit.


Only you can answer that question, but we hope we’ve helped focus your search as you assess your options. Whichever Maine glamping option you choose, we wish you peaceful nights at your glampsite and unforgettable days as you spend your precious downtime however you want in the great state of Maine. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us at info@sandypinescamping.com

* Unique Retreats feature King or queen-size beds except for our Fan Camper, which has a snug 3/4 bed. Hideaway Huts include a full-size bed and do not have heat or air conditioning.