What might be referred to as the Airbnb of tenting, KOA has campsites for lease that admittedly should not all created equal. There’s one not removed from my mother and father’ home, for instance. It is tiki-themed—matching the aesthetic of the close by waterpark—and stuffed with RVs from the ’90s and Coleman tents from Wal-Mart. The facilities can all be discovered on the check-in kiosk. It is about what you would possibly assume you’d count on from a KOA.
Till now. KOA all of a sudden and splendidly stepped up their recreation by an exponent or two. Their Terramor Outside Resort—steps from Acadia Nationwide Park in Maine—is all about luxurious within the outside, cementing the beloved model within the Instagram large leagues. Popping up amongst the bushes, 64 canvas tents come replete with queen and king beds, Pendleton blankets, Frette linens, pour-over espresso, screened-in porches, immaculate loos, and ornamental touches straight out of any coffee-table guide starring Johanna Gaines.
Whereas different KOAs definitely enterprise past the tentpad (assume prepare automobiles, treehouses, and wagons), Terramor marks a renaissance: KOA’s gone bougie. And that is just the start.
The KOA Glow-Up
Upgrading the previous Bar Harbor/Woodlands KOA campground within the Maine woods—which was once 100+ websites for tents and RVs—Terramor stretched its glamping canvas throughout 45 acres. They even planted some 1,500 bushes to additional privatize every already forested lot.
“We spent days out right here staking tents to be sure that every one’s view didn’t look straight into one other,” says Whitney Scott, COO of Terramor. For optimum forest-viewing, the tents face completely different instructions—some even backwards. “A number of are for teams and flipped round, however the privateness is inbuilt. The perfect a part of the tent expertise is looking.”
“Terramor” is a portmanteau of the Latin phrases “terra” and “amor,” to imply “love of the land.” Which is to say, the longstanding model’s humble, outdoorsy roots aren’t forgotten right here. Identical to the deal with the views and the deep-in-the-trees, hit-the-gravel feeling, the resort presents nature trails, free binoculars, telescopes, and nightly actions like guided stargazing. “The Clothes shop,” aka the concierge, is there to assist visitors get outside, from bike trails to paddling adventures to climbing in Acadia Nationwide Park.
Talking of Acadia—the resort nabbed a coveted cease on the Island Explorer bus line. Steps out of your tent, you may hop on the bus from 8am to 5pm and get promptly whisked away to Bar Harbor’s Village Inexperienced. From there, you may hitch a experience to virtually anyplace within the park, from the Schoodic Peninsula to Jordan Pond to the ferry terminal for the Cranberry Islands. As each Acadia’s visitation numbers and rental-car costs climb, the bus is a hassle-free and sustainable strategy to expertise one of many nation’s NPS faves. And get this: It’s free.
Word: Sorry, Hertz and Enterprise: For these flying in, a shuttle runs from Bangor to Bar Harbor 5 days every week.
The Terramor Expertise
Right here’s the nuts and bolts of what you’re in all probability questioning. A keep at Terramor averages round $450/night time, with tents coming in two- and five-person setups. A number of have out of doors showers along with the personal, in-tent loos. All have screened-in porches and personal hearth pits and sitting areas, with firewood accessible at numerous huts throughout the resort. Even outfitted with WiFi, the one commonplace facilities you’ll be lacking are drywall and air con—the latter of which you possible received’t want within the cool Maine air.
Whenever you’re not in your tent—or sitting by your hearth—the $2.1-million, almost 5,000-square-foot lodge presents a considerable complimentary breakfast, native fare for dinner at Kitchen , espresso drinks, board video games, and “Maine Hour,” or joyful hour with a deal with Maine’s finest libations.
There’s additionally a pool with grownup hours, cornhole, bocce, a canine park, yoga, in-tent therapeutic massage companies, and complimentary s’mores nights on the lodge’s public hearth pit. And if you happen to’re questioning about weddings, prep your pages, Vogue: the pavilion has all of the chandeliers and fireplaces a bride may ever want.
Lastly, if you happen to’re new to soiled boots and firewood, it’s essential to notice that you simply’re nonetheless beginning within the understanding palms of KOA. “Campers should not our demographic,” says Scott. Earlier than you arrive, you’ll obtain movies through textual content on tips on how to finest use and function your tent—the resort even presents expertise demos, like for constructing campfires or working a grill, for true first-timers. As Scott factors out, “That is very a lot about an unintimidating introduction into the outside.”
KOA’s Luxurious Growth
Sure, extra Terramors are within the works. Mum’s the present phrase in terms of the the place, however we all know the why: reception has been nothing in need of superb. Guests’ stays clock in longer than the typical (3.5 nights) and return guests are commonplace; at 85, the resort’s Web Promoter Rating (NPS)—a scale to understanding buyer satisfaction—is greater than Mount Katahdin.
With outcomes like that, nobody can blame the previous meat-and-potatoes model for chasing the glow of string lights. And whereas glamping will all the time have its haters—shouldn’t the outside be reasonably priced?—it does open up nature to newbies, to the disabled, and will it even ease the Airbnb burden in small vacationer cities?
That’s all up for debate, however right here’s what we do know in terms of Terramor: “By 2025, we plan to have three in operation, with eight within the pipeline by 2030,” says Scott. Every will play to its environment, utilizing native supplies and native landscaping, concentrating on beloved out of doors spots throughout America. Will it’s Joshua Tree? The Adirondacks? Wherever Terramor winds up, KOA’s new picture is right here to remain.