Maine experiments with ready-made campsites to attract more people to the great outdoors

If you ever wanted to experience Maine without staying at an expensive resort or hotel, now’s your chance after the Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation & Forestry has teamed up with a company known as Tentrr.

In an experiment to attract more people into the great outdoors, Maine helped Tentrr set up ready-made campsites in nearly a dozen locations around the state to give travelers the ability to vacation outdoors without completely roughing it.

Basically, Tentrr set up several large tents in various locations around the state, which you can rent for a reasonable price, that includes amenities such as a bed, a stove, and a pair of Adirondack chairs so you can sit and bask in nature’s glory and observe wildlife that crosses your path. You even get a camp toilet, benches, a picnic table and a grill.

It’s paradise that you don’t have to set up yourself.

You just pay the rent for however many nights you wish to stay and then camp and explore the wilderness around you. And your campsite will likely be close by other attractions so you can still enjoy non-outdoor activities.

“With this partnership, we look forward to providing a new way for people to experience our parks as campers, and to maximize the benefits that come with spending time outdoors,” Maine Commissioner of Agriculture, Conversation, & Forestry Amanda Beal said in a statement.

And that’s not all. Various recreational activities will be available as well.

“Each selected location will highlight Maine’s beauty and provide fantastic outdoor recreational activities such as hiking, biking, and swimming,” said project supervisor Melissa Macaluso. “Visitors will also be able to partake in local amenities like craft breweries, shopping, and local dining.”

As someone who has frequently visited the state of Maine, the natural beauty of the state is beyond compare. Whether you want to spend a day walking along beaches or going ocean fishing or hiking in the mountains, Maine has a lot of wilderness to appreciate. It also has plenty of historical sites, seafood restaurants and the locals are friendly.

It really is the best of two worlds. You can breathe in some of the freshest and cleanest air in the country while you connect with nature knowing that you can leave the campsite later to explore civilization.

And it’s not just Maine, Tentrr has locations set up in states across the country, which you can check out here.

This could end up spurring a renewed interest in camping, which has sadly dwindled as people become more accustomed to hotels and room service. It could also result in an increase of people who want to help protect the environment. If we are going to preserve the environment, we have to have an appreciation for it, which means we have to experience it for ourselves to understand what we are saving.

Tentrr could go a long way toward achieving both goals.

So, if you’re ready to get away from it all without necessarily getting completely away from it all, especially if you’ve avoided camping because setting up a campsite is a pain, a Tentrr campsite may be right for you.

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