SANFORD, Maine — You can leave your tents and sleeping bags at home this summer. Huttopia Southern Maine already has a spot ready for you, once the “glamping” ground reopens on Sand Pond Road in May.

Not a typo. That’s “glamping.” It’s a relatively new term, shorthand for “glamorous camping.” According to Glamp Source online, the term itself only has been around since 2005, but the concept has existed for, well, more than a thousand years.

When you go “glamping,” you can enjoy all the trappings of camping – roasting marshmallows over a campfire, swimming in a pond, walking along trails – while at the same time enjoying the kind of accommodations normally found in the comfort of a hotel.

A "glamper" enjoys a campfire at Huttopia Southern Maine, located on Sand Pond Road in Sanford, Maine.

The Sanford site opened at 149 Sand Pond during the summer of 2019. It gained popularity in the summers of 2020 and 2021, as people sought safer, outdoor options for their seasonal getaway.

It’s reopening this year on May 14 and will be unveiling new cabins and more. 

“It’s exciting to be reopening,” said Margaux Bossanne, Huttopia brand and business development manager. And to be welcoming international guests for the first time since COVID-19 stopped global travel in its tracks, Bossanne added.

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What’s new at Huttopia Southern Maine? 

Anyone returning to Huttopia this year will see added features this time around, according to Bossanne.

published 2022-04-05 18:01:17