Wednesday, November 30, 2022


Glamping in Maine and New Hampshire: A Beautiful Road Trip

ROAD TRIP : The glamping road trip allows visitors to explore New England’s fall beauty, while also taking in mountain peaks and the Atlantic Coast in Maine.

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With stunning New England scenery, picturesque villages, gorgeous sunsets and mountaintop views, this mini fall roadtrip pays off. A few beautiful glamping destinations will make for an amazing fall experience.

Spacious Skies Camping Grounds hosted me and I stayed in either one of their RVs or a cabin for my road trip.

This small chain of campgrounds has earned a reputation as being family-friendly. The sites I stayed in had a swimming pool, playground, rec area, rec room, bouncing pillows (like a ground trampoline), and gem-mining. The campgrounds have a fully-stocked camp store, which is a great option for both children and adults.

There are commonalities across all Spacious Skies campgrounds. But each one is unique and embraces the natural beauty of the surrounding area. Some campgrounds have walking trails, while others have streams and ponds that are suitable for paddling or swimming.

Spacious Skies offers a comfortable, sleepaway camp feel that will keep you up at night eating smores and sharing ghost stories.

Here is a five-night itinerary that will take you on a fall glamping tour through Maine and New Hampshire.

Moosehead Lake Region Maine, ROAD TRIP

ROAD TRIP : Remote evergreen forests and mirrored lakes make up the Moosehead Lake Region. These areas are home to thousands moose and a small number of humans.

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While two days is enough to enjoy beautiful trails and the water, you can easily spend more time at Moosehead Lake Region.

Spacious Skies Walnut Grove: Alfred, Maine

ROAD TRIP : Walnut Grove campground became the first Spacious skies campground in April 2021. This campground, which is just 30 minutes from Kennebunkport, offers 93 RV sites, 3 cabins, and 2 retro-themed RVs.

Stay a night at a Riverside Retro Camper and you can experience the RV lifestyle without having to commit. This stylish rig is a mix of vintage colors and modern amenities that will make you feel right at your home.

Even the smallest camper rental has a full-size kitchen, dining area, bathroom, and shower. The camper includes heat and AC, as well as a Bluetooth speaker system and external lights.

You can pack your bags and return outdoors to enjoy the Maine woods.

Hiking Trails Near Moosehead Lake

ROAD TRIP :The trails in this area of Maine can be rugged and remote, yet not necessarily difficult. These are some of our top favorites:

Little Moose Mountain & Little Moose Pond Greenville Junction: This 4.3 – mile loop goes around two beautiful ponds. Then it climbs Little Moose Mountain for breathtaking views. It is located near the southern tip Moosehead Lake. The trail is moderately hard. This trail is a great spot for photography and peaceful reflection.

Borestone Mountain is Guilford. This is a 3.5-mile loop which is moderately difficult. While there are some challenging sections and rock scrambles along the trail, it passes by a gorgeous pond and two small mountain peaks offering stunning views in all directions. Maine Audubon manages the property. Dogs are prohibited.

Little Wilson Falls. Willimantic: The 2.5-mile roundtrip hike from Little Wilson Falls to Little Wilson Falls takes you along a scenic woodland path that runs alongside Little Wilson Stream. At the end of the trail, you’ll see a spectacular waterfall rushing through a rocky gorge. Despite the fact that the elevation gain here is minimal, it’s still a moderate hike. This is due to the meticulous footwork.

Canterbury Shaker Village

ROAD TRIP : If you’re looking for a more rural experience, skip Concord and head to Canterbury Shaker Village. A National Historic Landmark, this village has 29 Shaker structures and 694 acres farmland, forest, trails, and other amenities.

Canterbury Shaker Village, one 19-member Utopian community, was founded in 1792. In 1992, it opened as a museum. Over 100 buildings were built on the property’s 3,000 acres, and 300 people lived there at its peak in 1850s.

It’s possible to step back in the past and wander around 30 historic buildings like the Meeting House (Dwelling House), Laundry, Schoolhouse and Infirmary. You can also explore and interact with friendly cows in the kitchen garden.

The grounds of Canterbury Shaker Village are accessible every day from dawn through dusk. They are free to view. Guided tours available for $25 per person. Leashed dogs can be allowed on the trails and on the grounds.

Steamboat Katahdin – Cruise Moosehead Lake

ROAD TRIP : Did you also know that Moosehead Lake is New England’s second largest lake? This cold-water lake, which is deep in the Longfellow Mountains is almost undeveloped.

Take a cruise on the Steamboat Katahdin, Katahdin Cruises’ best option for getting out on the water. The Katahdin, which was constructed in 1914 by Bath Iron Works, later became a diesel engine. Locals affectionately call her the “Kate”.

From June through mid October, this historic boat cruises depart from Greenville Maine, which is at the southern tip Moosehead Lake. You can choose from one to eight hour cruises, but the most popular tour is the 3-hour cruise past Sugar Island.

Despite the fact that it was too choppy for my boat to navigate, I was able see the Katahdin while exploring the Moosehead Marine Museum. It preserves pieces from the rich history of Moosehead Lake.

Explore the B-52 Crash Site Memorial

ROAD TRIP : The B-52 crash memorial is located on Elephant Mountain. This site commemorates the seven lives who were lost when a B-52C Stratofortress crashed into a B-52C Stratofortress while on a training mission. The pilot and navigator survived and remained in the woods for the next night despite the freezing temperatures.

After a 20 minute drive on rough dirt roads you will find trails that will take you to the crash site. There are many American flags that have been left as a memorial to the victims of the crash, scattered through the woods.

You should take at least an hour to see the site. It’s quite moving. Here’s the link to Google Maps.

Picnic at Lily Bay State Park.

ROAD TRIP : Sunset lovers rejoice — there’s so many amazing spots to enjoy the sunset behind the mountains on Moosehead Lake. The clouds did not stop me from enjoying the sunset but the view west from Lily Bay State Park, Greenville still made my heart sing.

Brave souls will be able to swim in the icy water. Or you can just take a break and enjoy the beautiful views and a picnic. A two-mile path runs along the lake and includes a playground. You are allowed to have dogs but they must be leashed.

Lily Bay State Park’s hours of operation are 9 am to dusk. Maine residents pay $4, and out-of state residents $6 per day.

Spacious Skies Balsam Woods: Abbot, Maine

ROAD TRIP :Spacious Skies Balsam Woods, located in Abbot’s rural community of Abbot is about a quarter-hour drive from Moosehead Lake. The campground boasts 84 private RV campsites and six cabins, making it a great place to go glamping.

The three deluxe cabins provide all the comforts of home and include a kitchenette that includes a range, a fridge, stove, cooking utensils, as well as tableware. It has two bedrooms, a full bathroom with a tub, cable TV, and a sitting porch.

Spacious Skies Balsamwoods is also connected over 1,000 miles of recreational vehicle trails. It has a huge area for ATVs, a pressure-washing machine, and an Air Compressor that guests can use.

Balsam Woods camp store stocks sundries and supplies as well as pizzas and Gifford’s Icecream. You can get a little taste fall by trying the pumpkin flavor.

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