By Carla Charter
For those who love to camp but do not want all the work that goes along with it, The Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry (DACF) has partnered with Tentr to offer Glamping, which according to Melissa Macaluso Special Projects, at DACF, offers a camping experience but “eliminates the stress of planning and executing a camping trip. It is a new twist on camping for experienced campers as well as an opportunity for those people who don’t have the equipment but want to try camping. Glamping campsites are set up for you, you just have to provide bedding, food and pots and pans, everything else is done. The ease is what attracts people to this type of camping,”
At each glamping site there is a tent set up on a platform, a fire pit, two Adirondack chairs and a picnic table. “There is no muss and no fuss,” Macaluso said. “It is a great option after a day with the family and a great way to make memories.”
Glamping appeals to people who are looking for fun and unique outdoor recreation experiences including older people, individuals, families and couples. Even with glamping, she joked, “there is no guarantee there will not be as many mosquitos but we can guarantee you will not get bitten by a mosquito while setting up a tent.”
Glamping sites, which can accommodate up to six people, are more remote and offer a more private experience but are still within walking distance of amenities. Glamping sites can be booked for up to 14 days at $100 a night.
Glamping sites are available at the following Maine State Parks: Mount Blue State Park; Rangeley Lake State Park; Camden Hills State Park; Bradbury Mountain State Park; Lamoine State Park; Peaks Kenny State Park and Warren Island.