An entirely new camping experience will be offered at state parks throughout Maine this summer, and it involves spacious canvas tents, stylish picnic areas and tiny wood stoves that will keep campers warm on chilly nights.
To build these fancy, new campsites, the state partnered with Tentrr, a New York-based company that’s often referred to as the “Airbnb of camping.”
“It’s different for us,” said Melissa Macaluso, assistant to the Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry Commissioner for Special Projects. “We’re always looking to enhance visitors’ experience and offer new things in the parks.”
The new sites, 10 in total, will be divided among seven state parks: Bradbury Mountain, Rangeley Lake, Camden Hills, Mount Blue, Lamoine, Peaks-Kenny and Warren Island. Installation is being completed this month, with plans to have all sites complete and open for reservations by the Fourth of July.
“Maine State Parks don’t have cabins at this point, so this is a great way to add some use to the parks, to give people who may not have equipment to come and enjoy the parks and try camping out,” Macaluso said. “They arrive, and it’s already set up for them.”
Aside from the scenery, each Tentrr site is identical, featuring the company’s custom tent, deck, bed, stone fire pit, grill, picnic table, dry food storage, wood stove, Adirondack chairs and more. However, at Maine state parks, some small components of a typical Tentrr site may be missing (such as the sun shower) because campers have access to campground amenities (such as a bathhouse).
Aislinn Sarnacki is a Maine outdoors writer and the author of three Maine hiking guidebooks including “Family Friendly Hikes in Maine.” Find her on Twitter and Facebook @1minhikegirl. You can also...
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