Finally….Camping Done Right

Summer is in full swing and many people I know are currently on vacation. An African safari is on my travel bucket list, but since I am not a camper I have a hard time convincing anyone to join me. I keep telling people that I’m not looking to “rough it” and there are several safari camps and lodges that really are quite luxurious by camping standards. In fact, I remember reading about one particular campsite that comes equipped with private bath facilities, including a clawfoot tub. I read about another site, which was described as “Hermes in a Hut”. It might be tough, but I think I can manage…

Several years ago I was trying to talk some family members into going with me on safari.  They weren’t convinced that I would enjoy myself so they suggested that we do a “trial run” by first signing up for the Roar and Snore program at San Diego Wild Animal Park to see how I could handle “roughing it”. Knowing that this was a prerequisite for any future real safari trip, I happily obliged. Three different sleeping arrangements were offered: a simple tent with sleeping bags, a tent with cots, or a premium tent with an actual bed. The decision was a no-brainer so naturally, we opted for the premium tent. It came furnished with a queen bed, nightstands, electrical outlets and even a wood floor. A nearby portable bathroom trailer was part of the premium tent package (a huge selling point) that provided sinks, flushable toilets, and shower facilities. It wasn’t ideal, but it was clean. I still haven’t experienced a real African safari. I lived up to my end of the bargain by being willing to participate in a “trial run”. I think it’s time my family members live up to their end of the bargain. Auntie, if you are reading this….what do you think? Care to join me someday?

This wasn’t really intended to be a post about Roar and Snore and I know it can’t be considered a true, authentic camping experience. But living without modern amenities and the comforts of home is something I am not interested in.  However, after recently learning about Maine’s new glamping site at Sandy Pines Campground in Kennebunkport I might be willing to reconsider my position on the matter! 

The campground officially opened this month with elaborately furnished (for campground standards) spacious tents that include a mini refrigerator, small heater/fan, and bath amenities (a shared bathhouse). Twelve interior designers were called upon to decorate each rustic-luxe tent in high style. Let’s take a look at a few of the designer tents available for rental…Sandy Pines Campground. Kennebunkport, Maine.Blixen's Oasis, bysandy pines campground maineSandy Pines Campground. Kennebunkport, MaineSandy Pines Campground. Kennebunkport, MaineSandy Pines CampgroundSandy Pines Campground. Kennebunkport, MaineSandy Pines Campground. Kennebunkport, MaineSandy Pines Campground. Kennebunkport, MaineIt’s refreshing to see that campgrounds are starting to provide more and more glamping opportunities and a rough-luxe experience as an alternative to traditional tent camping for someone like me. Provide a few comforts of home and I just might be willing to reconsider the concept of camping…in style, of course.

To learn more about Sandy Pines Campground or to view additional detailed pictures of the tents, be sure to check their website.  

Images via Boston Home Magazine and Sandy Pines Campground.

2 thoughts on “Finally….Camping Done Right

  1. After Orange County says:

    Now that’s my idea of camping. I grew up camping and love it, but of course in my adulthood I’ve learned how to camp in style. My biggest challenge is getting my husband onboard, as his idea of camping is leaving a window open at the Ritz-Carlton. My kids are coming to California in September and we have a camping trip planned in Yosemite. I told my husband I’m going with or without him. I do think he will cave at the last minute. Fingers crossed! Oh and by the way, I highly recommend a safari. I did it for 5 weeks in Kenya and had the trip of a lifetime.

    • Reviving Charm says:

      I absolutely love your comment! You might be able to bribe your husband with a stay at the Ahwahnee Hotel. I’ve never been but it looks like a beautiful grand lodge. Plus, if I remember correctly, the cottage were renovated just a few years ago.

      5 weeks in Kenya? That sounds like a trip of a lifetime! I bet it was amazing!

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