We recently went glamping in Maine and I wanted to put up a quick guide here since I received so many awesome tips on places to see and eat! We were only there for a few days so we didn’t get to do everything but I will talk about what we did do and I will put a list of the other things people suggested at the bottom of this post. First off, Maine is absolutely beautiful. We have been there a few times but there are still so many places I want to visit (Hello Acadia, Moosehead region, etc). The coastline is stunning with its rocky terrain and beautiful sand and the hikes are abundant. We decided to stay in a safari tent at Sandy Pines Campground. I discovered this campground after I saw a friend visit there (Hi Isabel!) last year. The tent we had was VERY spacious and the tents are situated in a perfect area that overlooks the marsh which is beautiful. The cabins are also adorable – those mostly face each other but there is one that looks more over the marsh by itself (take a look at the map when booking)! There is an area on the site where you can launch your kayaks or paddle boards and it’s a quick route to the ocean/beach which was really cool. They also have two playgrounds, a heated saltwater pool and activities for the kids. Overall, we absolutely loved it and it’s in a beautiful location in Kennebunkport, Maine. You can see more of our trips here!
A few things that made our trip a lot easier with Maggie (a few affiliate links):
Slumberpod (restocking next month) | Pack n Play (comes in a backpack carrier – awesome for travel) | Carrier (holds toddlers 20-60 lbs) | Baby Camping chair with tray (we have used this SO much it’s crazy – so convenient)
A peek into the tent that we stayed in! There was an adorable front porch area which was great when it rained and we had adirondack chairs around a campfire as well!
We wandered to downtown Kennebunkport for a little while in the rain which is absolutely adorable. So many of you had suggestions here and if I can offer ONE tip – make your dinner reservations WEEKS ahead of time. Every single restaurant is booked way in advance! The image above is of an adorable kids store called Day Trip Jr.! It’s pricey but very fun to walk through! Beautifully curated shop. Their adult store is Day Trip Society which I wish I had time to walk through!
HB provisions is a cute little marketplace store with breakfast sandwiches and lunch sandwiches to go! Great for before the beach!
Paddle boarding – we have blow up paddle boards by Paddle North and they’re awesome. They roll up small and they are super lightweight but sturdy!
Our kids LOVED the waves in Maine! We live next to the beach here in CT but we don’t get waves like this! Body surfing is so fun with these waves! This beach was called Mother’s Beach and it has an awesome playground on it as well as these little areas of sea water that collects between rocks so our 5 year old spent all her time looking for sea creatures there!
A few of you suggested looking for treasures at Middle Beach (a stretch of rocky beach) and we found a lot of mermaid tears here! s
Congdon’s Food trucks was a really cool place to go for dinner. They are open 4-8 pm and you should arrive early if you want a table. They have music playing nightly and a HUGE chalkboard wall where the kids can draw with free chalk. Many of you suggested getting the Mother Futcher’s coffee cake from Hoss + Mary’s truck and it was phenomenal!
Fiafia has great acai bowls and smoothies – lots of gluten free options!
The holy donut was a bit of a drive but they were phenomenal – their hash browns were great too! They’re potato based donuts!
Snug Harbor Farm was something out of a fairy tale book. It’s a beautiful garden center with handmade pots, flowers, and more! The store itself is STUNNING and I cannot wait to go back. They have chickens, peacocks and other birds that the kids loved looking at. Just make sure you watch your kids because the birds will bite 😉
We randomly found Brewed Awakenings on the way home and it was about 25 minutes south in Wells, Maine. It was such a beautiful place. The food was OUTSTANDING and the areas you can sit to eat were adorable. They even have corn hole!
A few other suggestions that we would have loved to do but didn’t have time:
Places to Eat:
Batson River Distillery (has a ton of games you can play too!)
Tandem coffee in Portland (best biscuits)
Clam Shack – lobster roll
Satellite donuts (tiny donuts that change daily – kids love these)
Earth Hidden Pond (I want to do here so badly!)
Allison’s (kid friendly)
Scoop Deck Ice Cream in Wells
Ramp Bar in Cape Porpoise
The Holy Donut
Pedros for margaritas
Bennett’s Sub shop for to go food
Latitudes at the Nonantum – awesome kids menu
Things to See:
Pack a picnic and go to Hubble Lighthouse in York
Farmers Market on Saturday mornings
Coastal Maine Kayak – rent
Botanical Gardens with giant wood trolls
Perkins Cove in Ogunquit
Laudholm Reserve in Wells
Marginal Way Walk
Parsons Way Trail
Mt. Agamenticus Hike
Parson’s Beach – beautiful secret beach with horse farm next door – park across the street from the farm after you drop your things at the beach