(Hint: It's at a campground, and yes, it's amazing.)

By Susan Hall Mahon
July 06, 2017
Photo: Susan Hall Mahon

Our newest summer vacation rental crush isn't a quaint cabin on the beach or a ritzy five-star resort, but it does have the trappings of both, rolled into the ultimate camping (yes, camping!) experience on the beautiful coast of southern Maine.

Down a gravel drive just a few minutes from charming Kennebunkport sits a collection of 12 brand new safari-style tents and three tipis that are making our dreams of sleeping under the stars (by the beach!) come true. Each glamping tent at Sandy Pines Campground was decorated by a different New England interior designer, making each stay not only luxe, but unique. You'll want to make friends with your fellow campers just to catch a peek inside their gorgeous digs.

Photo: Douglas Merriam

Wanderlust by Hurlbutt Designs; Photo: Douglas Merriam

Outfitted with king beds, cozy seating areas, indoor-outdoor rugs, local art, and well-appointed front porches, the glamping tents at Sandy Pines front a thoughtfully landscaped common lawn that features a fire pit surrounded by Adirondacks.

Sandy Pines Campground backs up to a salt-water pond that's perfect for canoeing and paddleboarding, and it has a saltwater pool, a general store (with an incredible collection of s'mores ingredients and recipes to pique your campfire creativity), and is a quick bike ride to gorgeous Goose Rocks Beach.

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The tents are available for rent for the first time now through the end of summer, and they are a delightful escape for vacationers looking for an outdoorsy-meets-glam experience.

Scroll on for more images of our new camping crush, meet the designers, and get more information on how to make your glaming dreams a reality:

Photo: Douglas Merriam

Wanderlust tent and tipi by Hurlbutt Designs; Photo: Douglas Merriam

Photo: Douglas Merriam

Beyond Boundaries tent by Lisa Teague; Photo: Douglas Merriam

Photo: Douglas Merriam

Plein Air tent by James Light; Photo: Douglas Merriam

Photo: Douglas Merriam

Blixen's Oasis tent by Nicola Manganello; Photo: Douglas Merriam

Photo: Douglas Merriam

Base Camp tipi by Daytrip Society; Photo: Douglas Merriam

Photo: Douglas Merriam

Nautical Nights tent by Chatfield Design; Photo: Douglas Merriam

Photo: Douglas Merriam

Nomad Bohemian Retreat tent by Antiques on Nine; Photo: Douglas Merriam

Meet the Designers:

Book Your Stay at Sandy Pines

Tents are available for rent all summer at sandypinescamping.com, and rates range from $174 - $314 per night, based on the season.