During the month of August we featured several campgrounds throughout New England on our Facebook Live videos. One of the campgrounds featured was the new Sandy Pines Campground in Kennebunkport, Maine. We don’t see many new campgrounds being built, so this was a real treat to showcase something brand new and with a wide selection of amenities and camping experiences during their first year of operation.
Sandy Pines Campground opened to the general public in June, and has been receiving rave reviews in the media, including a review by Boston’s Channel 5 Chronicle show and front-page coverage in the Maine Sunday Telegram out of Portland, Maine.
The first thing you see after registration is their salt water pool – no fresh water and chlorine here!
The camping sites vary from tenting on the salt marsh, to large pull-through RV sites, park model homes and their famous glamping safari tents designed by local interior designers.
All sites are within a short walking distance of sparking clean restrooms that include showers and oversized sinks for dish and clothes washing.
Sandy Pines Campground is pet-friendly and you can have up to two dogs per site, with appropriate vaccination paperwork. There is a $5 per dog, per night fee.
The owners have hotels and restaurants in the Kennebunkport area and are keenly focused on hospitality and customer service. You will find many hotel-like features at the campground, including the check-in area where you would think you are in a hotel lobby, not a campground.
The on-site maintenance staff is ready to assist campers as needed, and the entire staff is very friendly and accommodating to all guests.
On busy weekends, guests really appreciate the rapid check-in process where they are greeted at the entrance to the campground with hosts prepared with check-in packages and are escorted to their campsite without ever leaving the RV.
Two Gals and a Dog, along with friend, Kellie, RV'd to Swanzee, NH recently for this New Hampshire destination. We stayed at the Ashuelot River Campground, peaceful, quiet campground with new owners who are investing and improving. As of 2017, they write that "they have 6 new pull-through water/sewer/electric sites; 9 new riverside water/electric sites; a new bathroom and dish washing station at the north end; and we’ve remodeled the existing bath house!" Everything was very clean.
This video was taken on a Thursday. By Saturday, most of the lots were occupied. The only noise is the highway on the other side of the river, but you can't see it and it's not that bad. There are young maple trees on each RV space in the middle of the field which will eventually provide very nice shade for the full service hookups in that area. Right now, the wi-fi is available in the office area only. Many more amenities. Do check out their website. Highly recommended for a peaceful, quiet weekend. If you can do without the sewer hook-up we recommend the sites under the mature trees on the river.
All of the covered bridges in this video are an easy reach of the campground and a perfect reason to stay there. Timing is everything and we chanced upon a dinner dance on the Ashuelot Bridge and visit a local winery.