Next summer, Acadia National Park visitors can visit Cadillac Mountain by day and sleep in luxurious, safari-style tents with flushing toilets, an on-site concierge, and daily housekeeping by night.
Montana-based adventure-hospitality company Under Canvas announced Tuesday it will open two glamping locations in the Northeast in 2020: in Hudson Valley, N.Y., and near Acadia National Park in Surry, Maine. The company, which currently has eight locations near national parks and monuments across the U.S., offers “glamping accommodations inspired by the African safari experience that provide a bridge to the outdoors, allowing guests to be immersed in nature in luxury and style.”
“East Coast camp locations have been a long time coming,” said Sarah Dusek, co-founder and CEO of Under Canvas, in a press release. “New York is a top market for Under Canvas so we’re thrilled to offer experiences closer to home for New Yorkers, as well as deliver on our most requested national park location to date: Acadia. The sites on which we are setting up camp are really special, embracing the natural beauty and increasing accessibility to the best of the Northeast and nearby adventures.”
The exterior of an Under Canvas tent near the Great Smoky Mountains in Tennessee. —Under Canvas For the location near Acadia, which is about a 35-minute drive from the park, the company is planning 75 luxury tents on 100 acres of waterfront with more than 1,200 feet of coastline. The tents will include West Elm furnishings, king size beds, luxe linens, wood burning stoves, running hot water, ensuite bathrooms with a shower, sink, and flushing toilet, USB charging packs, and daily housekeeping.
The interior of an Under Canvas tent near the Great Smoky Mountains in Tennessee. —Under Canvas Tent styles include the “Stargazer,” which sleeps two, has a private deck, and features a viewing window perfect for stargazing above the king size bed, and the “Suite Tent,” which sleeps four, has a private deck and a bedroom wing with a king size bed and lounge area complete with queen size sofa. Campers can add an adjacent private “hive” to tents for further sleeping accommodations and request extra cots for children.
The interior of an Under Canvas tent near the Great Smoky Mountains in Tennessee. —Under Canvas Hungry campers have access to café-style dining for breakfast and dinner and packed lunch boxes perfect for taking on adventures. In the evening, fixings for s’mores are supplied by the campfire.
Those seeking adventure can turn to the onsite adventures concierge. Options include adventure and expedition packages, complimentary activities, and outdoor games.
The bathroom inside an Under Canvas tent near the Great Smoky Mountains in Tennessee. —Under Canvas Under Canvas says it will use 75 percent of the 100 acres near Acadia and leave the remainder untouched, take part in composting and recycling when possible, and avoid single-use plastics.
The camps are well known for their “intentional inconveniences,” according to the company, such as the use of pull-chain showers and low-flow toilets to minimize water use, lack of Wi-Fi “to foster connection with family and friends,” and quiet hours after 10 p.m. so guests can fully enjoy the sounds of nature.
The Acadia location will welcome guests annually from May to October. Rates range from $99 to more than $399 per night and vary depending on date and location.
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