Sandy Pines Campground was our first campground experience with Lacey and Cagney, so we don’t have a comparison, but I cannot imagine what else could be provided!
This campground in Kennebunkport, Maine was opened recently. It’s a new campground. They purchased an old campground and completely gutted it. The old campground had 400 sites, and Sandy Pines eliminated 100 to make the sites and roads wider. The owners are accomplished in the fine hotel industry and have translated those skills to this campground. Laurie and I discovered Sandy Pines through our affiliation with NERVDA and Bob Zagami who reviewed the campground with owner Beth. Here’s a great video overview with Bob and Beth.
Sandy Pines Campground offers several different site options, ranging from basic tent sites to pull through sites with full utilities and 50amp service for larger RVs. We saw many class A’s on spacious sites. The roads are wide and easily accessible for both large trailers and motorhomes.
We were at 6 Birch Grove. Full hookups, gravel site, picnic table and a fire ring. The fire ring has a grate for cooking which was handy. We quickly prepped some potatoes and got them cooking over our fire. The sites seemed a nice size with plenty of room between them.
With 320 sites, there is a mix of environments. Want a secluded tent site? Try the salt marsh for beautiful views of the marsh and forest.
From a family point-of-view, there’s plenty to keep the kids occupied! We saw a group of young teenagers playing volleyball, having a great time. What a nice way for kids who might be at a shy age to get to know others.
The heated salt pool, near the General Store and the Lodge, had kids in it almost all of the time. One day it was rainy and you could see the steam coming off the water with kids heads bobbing up and down laughing.
Nearby is a tent set up called Kid’s Kamp with a multitude of intriguing things to keep kids occupied.
The General Store has a snack bar with limited options but perfect for that, ‘let’s grab a bite’. They have the expected treats, t-shirts and sweatshirts. You can even order a lobster dinner to be delivered by a local lobster restaurant. I bought one of the seafoam green colored t-shirts, nice quality!
The Lodge is the office which has comfortable seating and tables if you choose to use the Internet there, perhaps getting away from the family in the RV. Speaking of Internet, it seems to be strong everywhere. They have really invested in this technology. In the Lodge it requires a password but everywhere else you just access it through your device. No password is required.
There’s a grassy field with picnic tables and umbrellas for that perfect neutral hang-out spot.
The check-in process included the option to check in on-line the day before, which we did. So, when we stepped into the Lodge office, they were all ready for us. Very cordial greeting, smiling staff. Being Labor Day weekend, they had everything under control (from our point of view anyway).
The landscaping, signage, cleanliness, everything is about perfection and attention to detail. With so much acreage, we spotted these touches all over the place! The plentiful bath houses are new and have individual ‘rooms’ with showers, toilet and sink. We only saw a couple of people who were waiting to get into one. Outside of these buildings are big sinks to wash dishes, clothes or even dogs I suppose! Oh, did I mention they are doggie friendly?
On one of our evening walks, we met the night maintenance guy, Ray. Apparently there are two Ray’s, the day Ray and the night Ray 😉 – Night Ray, like all the staff we met, was very friendly and sociable. You could tell how proud he was to work there. He told us, ‘with 320 sites filled on Labor Day weekend, there wasn’t a single incident.’
They have many variations of camping available; Glamping tents (each designed by a local designer), Park models for sale, seasonal sites, RV sites, tent sites… whatever you are looking for, they probably offer it!
Since we did not have kids to entertain, we spent more time visiting the area. And there’s a LOT of things to visit in the area! This time we chose to head to L.L. Bean in Freeport, ME one day and left a few dollars there.
We enjoyed several wonderful area restaurants including Mabel’s Lobster Claw (where Laurie enjoyed a birthday lobster dinner), Bull and Claw for lunch (fantastic salad bar), Ports of Italy in the center of Kennebunkport.
Kennebunkport, Freeport (L.L. Bean), Wells (antique mecca!) and more are just a short drive from Sandy Pines Campground. But, as we said, if you have kids with you, just relax! There’s also the beach just one mile away from Sandy Pines.
Check out more photos and info on this campground here.