A sputtering flame over the glowing embers signals the last of the evening’s campfire. The forest is dark and quiet, except for the presence of a barred owl nearby. The homey comforts of the large, cozy tent a few feet away, illuminated by a string of lights, promises another night of rest and relaxation after a full day of outdoor activity.
Such is the essence of “glamping,” an enjoyable summertime experience that is a step above ordinary camping.
The sturdy wood and canvas trappeur-style tent, inspired by French-Canadian trappers of years past who depended on a rugged shelter to survive in the wild, is the signature accommodation at Huttopia Southern Maine in Sanford. Nestled in the pine and oak woods next to Sand Pond, the resort features more than 80 tents and a handful of small cabins on the sprawling grounds.
All the Huttopia campsites are walk-in and situated a short distance away from the central parking around the main lodge. After check-in, you’ll grab a hand cart and wheel your belongings along the gravel pathways to your stay. You don’t need much, really – some clothing, food and personal items – because by design, Huttopia provides all the necessary camping equipment.
Each Huttopia tent and cabin is furnished with electric lights and heat, comfortable beds, bathroom and shower with linens and towels, complete camp kitchen, mini-fridge and storage locker. Outside there’s a table and chairs and gas grill on the terrace, as well as a firepit, picnic table, folding chairs and a bundle of firewood near the doorstep.
“We want to get people into the outdoors, to connect and reconnect them with nature,” said Margaux Bossanne, Huttopia’s brand manager. She is the daughter of the company’s founders, Celine and Phillipe Bossanne, who launched their venture in France in 1999. Huttopia has since grown to more than 60 destinations in Europe, Canada and the U.S. The Sanford location opened in 2019.
“Huttopia offers simple, ready-to-camp accommodations with a few extra touches that make it a little more comfortable,” Bossanne said.
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