Greater Portland Visitor's Guide

GLAMP IT UP

STAY

Camping doesn’t have to mean roughing it… unless you want it to.

365 days a year, you can pick up what you need on the spot. [p. 46]. For those who prefer creature comforts over roughing it, many Maine adventure camps com- bine the excitement of outdoor activities with on-site pubs and plush beds. After a day spent whitewater rafting, skiing, kayaking, snowmobiling, moose-watching, or snowshoeing, a welcoming hot tub and upscale log cabin with modern appliances may be just your ticket to thoroughly enjoying a “wilderness”

This year, more than most, many people are relishing the idea of heading to the Great Outdoors to claim a remote spot to pitch a tent “in the middle of nowhere”. And while the concept of getting away from it all has appeal, it may be difficult to account for everything needed for a successful camping getaway that everyone can enjoy, especially if it’s been a while—or the first time ever. With many campgrounds in Greater Portland and surrounding regions, Back40 Adventures [p. 30] offers curbside rental pickup in Portland, and even contact-free campsite delivery throughout Southern Maine. From tents to sleeping bags, head- lamps, or entire pre-assembled camping kits with everything included, Back40 can have novices (or anyone who doesn’t want to travel with their gear) outfitted for adventure, and even help find you a perfect waterfront, mountainside, or wooded site to call home. In Freeport, L.L. Bean’s headquarters offers everything from clothing to kayaks for the avid outdoor lover, and with their flagship campus stores normally open 24-hours a day,

experience. You don’t have to exert yourself to appreciate time spent closer to nature. Rustic cabins, tricked-out yurts, or expansive sites for fully appointed tents or RVs over- look lakes, rivers, or crashing ocean waves. At campmaine.com, operated by the Maine Campground Owners Association, you’ll find glamping and rental units in every region of the state. But, wherever you lay your head, S’mores taste better sitting around a campfire. [p. 53, 65, 70]

PHOTOS, FROM TOP: NEW ENGLAND OUTDOOR CENTER; NORTHERN OUTDOORS ADVENTURE RESORT: WASSAMKI SPRINGS

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