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By David M. Fitzpatrick BANGOR DAILY NEWS So where do you like to go camping in Maine? If you live near the coast, you might head inland to a lake to put your canoe in. But if you live inland, an oceanfront campground might be just the thing. Or maybe you’re a hiker, and want to be near Baxter State Park to hike Gulf Hagas or scale Mt. Katahdin, or in Washington County for breathtaking views on the Bold Coast, or in the Mt. Blue region so you can summit a wide range of western-Maine peaks. Or perhaps you get away from it all by getting near it all, where you can park your RV and head to amusement parks, shopping malls, and golf courses. Luckily, no matter what you prefer, you’re in Maine — you can find it all right here. Camping with MECOA MECOA has 204 member campgrounds in Maine, representing over 18,000 sites for tents and RVs, so you’re sure to find something that suits you. And so far, the camping season is shaping up to be a good one. “We’re looking forward to an excellent year,” said Rick Abare, the executive director of the Maine Campground Owners Association. “Obviously, if we have the kind of weather we had last year, people will come out and camp.” With Maine’s varied geography of coastline and mountains, lakes and ponds, rivers and ocean, hills and dales, there are camping opportunities for everyone. “That’s part of what makes Maine so unique and special,” Abare said. “There’s a reason why people stay in Maine or come back to Maine, or why people from away come to Maine.” And we like to camp — perhaps more than we realize. Abare said that, according to recent

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research, Maine is unique. Per capita, Maine has one of highest percentages of campers in the nation. “Folks who live in Maine appreciate the outdoors and use the outdoors and camp more than almost any other state in the country,” Abare said. Gas Prices and Lodging Tax But gas prices are rising… so you can’t really afford to take the family away for a camping vacation, right? Wrong. Of course, Maine is “Vacationland,” and visitors from all over descend upon our state during the summer. But the majority of people who camp here are Mainers. And with 204 MECOA member campgrounds, Mainers are usually a short drive to many local campgrounds. With rising gas prices, many Maine families will want to keep their vacation driving within the state instead of taking cross-country tours or buying plane tickets. Maine also enjoys substantial Canadian traffic. They’re already at about five bucks a gallon up there, so they’re even more likely to head next door to Maine for camping as opposed to distant destinations. So far, the numbers are trending that way; Abare says that MECOA member campgrounds are reporting early reservations of 10 percent above last year — the second year in a row those numbers have been up. Even the RV industry is emerging from the bad economy and doing well amidst rising gas prices. “The number of used units that were available has dwindled as they’ve been sold off, and the new RV pricing is actually quite good,” Abare said. “The financing possibilities are back — that was a problem for the RV industry for a couple of years. But people being able to get financing for an RV is okay now.” On the radar for several years was the concern that the Maine lodging tax would increase, also affecting campgrounds. Luckily, the lodging-tax increase passed in 2010 left campgrounds alone (and then was repealed anyway). The question still remains as to

whether campgrounds should have to charge a lodging tax at all; after all, you bring your tent or camper with you, which constitutes your lodging, so why pay a tax to use your own equipment? That debate will likely continue in the future, but for now, in light of the concern of it going up, MECOA is pleased that the lodging tax is staying right where it is. Getting out with the Family June is the nationwide Great Outdoors Month, for which Gov. Paul LePage has issued an official proclamation here in Maine. In June, some campgrounds may have special pricing and activities during June, so be sure to ask when you make reservations. And after a few years of economic challenges, RV sales are up this year, and more young families are seeing the need and benefit to getting out with the kids. With many factors involved in going camping — gas prices, the economy, convenience, and so on — Abare said there’s always one constant factor that seems to trump everything: family. “I think more and more people are recognizing that they want to spend time with their families,” Abare said. “They want to be outdoors in a healthy environment, they want to take their own bed with them, and so they’re very happy to go camping, to be able to provide a campfire to sit around and tell stories and laugh with their families and friends. That’s what camping is all about — that quality time you just can’t get anywhere else.” Order a free copy of MECOA’s camping guide, download it, or view it interactively at www.CampMaine.com. If you’re interested in a rental cabin, cottage, or RV, visit MECOA’s sister site: www.CampMaine Rentals.com.

Editor/Layout: David M. Fitzpatrick Writers: David M. Fitzpatrick, Sheila Grant; some submitted material Sales: Jeff Orcutt Cover Design: John Koladish If you’d like to participate in next year’s supplement, contact Jeff Orcutt at (207) 990-8036 or jorcutt@bangordailynews.com.


By David M. Fitzpatrick BANGOR DAILY NEWS

Old Orchard Beach’s history dates back 400 years, and it has been a key summer destination since the early 1800s. And it’s there that you’ll find the twin campgrounds of Powder Horn and Hid’n Pines, highly regarded in the industry and by its countless thousands of guests over the years. And this year, the improvements and accolades have kept coming. Powder Horn was born in 1971 on land that was originally farms and orchards in the 19th century, later a golf course, and then an amusement park. David Ahearn, a merchant marine, was looking for something to do when he wasn’t

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out to sea; he and his wife, Glenna, had been married less than a year, and the camping industry was virtually nonexistent then. “I guess he had a vision on one hand, and had a real stroke of good luck on the other hand,” said Jason Ahearn, one of David and Glenna’s two sons who run the campgrounds today. Powder Horn grew and expanded many times over the years, including purchasing neighboring Hid’n Pines Family Campground nine years ago. Their 800 sites are just a brief stroll or trolley ride from Old Orchard Beach, or a quick drive to an 18-hole golf course, horseback riding, amusement parks, water slides, whale watching, deep-sea fishing, and much more.

Hid’n Pines is ideal for a more laid-back experience, but still has full hookups, sites with water and electricity, and tent sites. Amenities include a heated pool, a playground, and the Snack Shack, with cable TV at some sites and wi-fi in most areas. That’s an impressive lineup for a campground with site packages starting at less than $200 per week. This year, Hid’n Pines finishes its two-year expansion project. The campground will have 53 new sites with 50-amp full hookup and features a new stateof-the-art restroom facility, hopefully to include TVs broadcasting CNN or The Weather Channel. The restroom facilities have gotten a facelift at Powder Horn, too, with two facilities completely refinished. “The quality of the new

restrooms sets us apart from our competition, without a doubt,” said Jason. “When a customer walks into these new facilities, they may wonder if they are at a campground or a Marriott.” Powder Horn, with even more amenities, is ideal for family fun. Sprawling across 80 acres of open meadows and groves of pine and oak, it features a fully stocked grocery store, a three-pool complex, three playgrounds, two Jacuzzis, an 18-hole mini-golf course, and an extensive activity program. Last year, the campground added a new heated, in-ground swimming pool — reportedly the largest of its kind in southern Maine. Along with the pool complex, Powder Horn also added 24 state-of-the-art RV sites. This year, with early reservations up 20 percent over last year, the campgrounds are set to be the places to be this summer. Look for special spring and fall promotions that are taking off, with packages that Jason says are a fraction of the cost of their competitors during

the same periods, as interest grows for the “shoulder seasons” in OOB. “This year, OOB will host it’s first ever triathlon, in late August, which we are also offering discounts for participants and volunteers for the event,” Jason added. Jason said OOB is moving in a new direction in recent years, with more quality offerings than in recent years. He cited restaurant Hoss & Mary’s, which he says serves excellent food and offers “local color.” “I am feeling a greater sense of pride amongst the business community than ever before,” he said. “Organizations like OOB365 have made a huge impact in terms of attracting a four-seasons ideology to our beach community. They are coordinating with local businesses to host events throughout the calendar year and those are beginning to impact tourism for our shoulder seasons.” The result is an increasing array of features, sights, and things to do See PH/HP, Page 5


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By Sheila Grant BANGOR DAILY NEWS

Family is at the center of everything at Wassamki Springs Campground. The property is run by Richard Hillock, his father, John Hillock, and their family. “My great-great-grandparents purchased the land in 1917,” Hillock told the BDN in 2011. “It was all farmland.” In the 1960s Hillock’s grandfather, Bill Hillock, sold fill, put in a 30-acre pond and began a recreation area. The campground was founded in 1970 and grew from there. Today, Wassamki Springs is operated by

the fourth, fifth, and sixth generations of the Hillock Family. “We’re six miles west of Portland so we’re close to everything,” said Richard Hillock. “People come to stay. People come to park and visit Portland and Old Orchard. It’s a quiet park, and people just camp and make friends, and visit with old friends. We like to make it a friendly place for everyone.” The campground, located at 56 Saco Street in Scarborough, is removed enough from the city to offer a quiet, family-centered camping experience, but also central enough to serve as base camp for outings to Portland or Old Orchard Beach. Cabela’s

Scarborough outlet is nearby, and the Maine Turnpike is only three miles away. With just a short drive, guests can also explore Sebago, Maine’s secondlargest lake, or the Maine Wildlife Park in Gray. It’s only minutes away from picturesque Casco Bay, the Maine Mall, and Portland’s Old Port. many shopping areas, restaurants, ocean beaches, and attractions. Our Facilities make it easy for you to enjoy camping in convenience in the Portland area. Of course, guests may never want to leave the campground, which has two playgrounds, a softball field, two basketball courts, two volleyball courts and horseshoe

pits. Wassamki Springs Pond offers catch-and-release fishing for largemouth and smallmouth bass and stocked trout. There’s also swimming and boating on the lake — rental boats are available. There’s a game room and an arcade. The banquet hall attached to the recreation hall provides space for large groups, making Wassamki Springs a favorite spot for company picnics, weddings and family reunions. Wassamki Springs has some basic tent sites as well as RV sites with water/electric hookups, full hook-ups, and some with telephone hookups available. Pull-thru sites are also available for big rigs. The campground has lakeside, sunny, and shaded sites to choose from, all with fireplaces and picnic tables. It also has free Wi-Fi, modern restrooms, free hot showers, laundry facilities, a

campground store, and a snack bar. The campground also offers a full season of family activities. Weekend offerings include free hayrides, family bonfires, movies and more. “We’ve been doing family-oriented, scheduled activities for about 20 years now,” Hillock said. “We try to offer something for everybody.” Weekend evenings also include occasional karaoke and regular Saturday-night performances by live bands. Children’s activities include pie- or icecream-eating contests, spooky story sessions, bingo, arts and crafts, treasure hunts, tug of war, egg-relay races, sack races, nature walks, limbo, and more. Many summer weekends have special themes, like the Halloween Weekend in July. For more information about Wassamki Springs Campground, visit www.WassamkiSprings.com.

Closest Campground to Portland Enjoy Live Entertainment on Weekends

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Wassamki Springs • 56 Saco Street • Scarborough, ME 04074

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By GoRVing.com Americans, it seems, have been destined to be RVers since the earliest days that explorers set foot on this continent. Adventurers at heart, settlers came in search of freedom and opportunities to grow and discover. And, discover they did – first by ship, then by horse, in groups by Conestoga wagon trains and, ultimately, by motorized vehicles that became the RVs of today. A century ago, the popularization of the automobile, improving roads and America’s passion for exploration gave rise to mass-produced, manufactured recreation vehicles, and the RV industry was born. In 1910, there were few gas stations, few paved roads and no highway system. But there were RVs. Through war and peace, booms and busts, fuel lines, fads and the cyber revolution, the RV lifestyle has endured and is still going strong, even in today’s challenging economic times. 1910 is the year that America’s leading RV historians — David Woodworth, Al Hesselbart and Roger White — cite as the begin-

ning of what has become the modern RV industry. “The first motorized campers were built in 1910,” says Woodworth, a preeminent collector of early RVs and RV camping memorabilia. “Before then, people camped in private rail cars that were pulled to sidings along train routes. The year 1910 brought a new freedom to people who didn’t want to be limited by the rail system. RVs allowed them to go where they wanted, when they wanted.” Hesselbart, archivist for the RV/MH Heritage Museum in Elkhart, Indiana, also pinpoints 1910 as the birth of the RV industry. “Camping has been around for centuries, but 1910 is when the first auto-related camping vehicles were built for commercial sale.” Known as “auto campers” or “camping trailers” a century ago, these vehicles were a forerunner of today’s modern RVs. “There were one-offs [individual units] built prior to 1910,” says White, an associate curator for the Smithsonian Institution. “But 1910 is a good benchmark for the industry.” “The 1910 RVs offered minimal comforts

compared to today’s homes-onwheels,” says Woodworth. “But they did provide the freedom to travel anywhere, to be able to get a good night’s sleep and enjoy home cooking. One notable exception to today’s RV was the bathroom. In 1910, it was usually either yonder tree or yonder bush.” For American pioneers, the journey of discovery was equally as important as the final destination. Unlike any other mode of transportation, traveling by RV on our highways, byways and the less-traveled back roads allows us to discover our own gems along the way. Fly over at 50,000 feet and you miss the little details – speed by on a train at 100 mph and the scenery becomes a blur. RVs allow us the convenience of making our own travel routes, time schedules and detours and unexpected stops at sites along the way that catch our attention. By the end of World War I, Americans were traveling in auto campers with tents, beds and cooking facilities. RV camping clubs date back to the Tin Can Tourists of the 1920s and 1930s. The Tin Can Tourists were RVers who braved dust and mud to drive their Tin Lizzies across the U.S. before

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that continue to help OOB evolve into an ever-changing milieu of vacation fun. And enjoying all this is easy at campgrounds like Powder Horn and Hid’n Pines. For 2012, Trailer Life magazine has once again named Powder Horn and Hid’n Pines two of its toprated RV parks in North America for 2012, giving them ratings of 910 (out of 10) in key categories of Facility, Restrooms, and Appeal. It’s not just about facilities and amenities, either; 41 years of hard work have made them successes. Brothers Ryan and Jason, who grew up in the family business, are quick to note that success could never come without their dedicated staff, which nears 120 people in July and August. “We owe a huge thanks to our staff,” said Ryan. “They share our vision, enthusiasm and excitement.” For more information, visit Powder Horn online at www.MaineCampgrounds.com and Hid’n Pines online at www.HidnPines.com.

Lakefront Family Camping Near the Ocean Mid-Coast Maine

PO Box 967 • Damariscotta 04543

207-563-5202 www.lakepemaquid.com e-mail: lake pem@tidewater.net Pool • Jacuzzis • Sauna • Rec Hall • Playgrounds • Fishing Shallow Beach • Rental Boats, Canoes, Kayaks & Sail Boats Large Store with Snack Bar • Wood & Ice • Rental Cabins 3-Way Hook-ups • Lakeside, Hillside and Wooded Sites

transcontinental roads were paved. They camped by the side of the road, heated tin cans of food on gasoline stoves and bathed in cold water. RVs sold in the 1930s used aircraft-style construction and came equipped with beds, dinettes, electricity and water. After World War II, the RV industry flourished as more Americans sought mobility. From tiny do-it-yourself kits to plush 30foot models, travel trailers came into their own as true towable RVs by 1950. Many of today’s RV manufacturers started production in the 1950s and 1960s. The RV’s evolutionary path included advances in aerodynamic design and interior comforts.


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Millinocket 447-5803 Millinocket 723-9215 3 Balsam Woods Campground Abbot 876-2731 4 Big Moose Inn Cabins & Campground, Inc. Millinocket Lake 723-8391 5 Christies Campground & Cottages Newport (800) 688-5141 6 Frost Pond Camps Ripogenus Dam 852-4700 7 Jo-Mary Lake Campground Millinocket 723-8117 8 Katahdin Shadows Campground Medway (800) 794-5267 9 Lily Bay State Park Beaver Cove 695-2700 10 Matagamon Wilderness Patten 446-4635 11 Mattawamkeag Wilderness Park & CG Mattawamkeag(888) 724-2465 12 Moosehead Family Campground Greenville 695-2210 13 Nesowadnehunk Campground Millinocket 458-1551 14 Palmyra Golf Course and CG Newport 938-5677 15 Paul Bunyan Campground Bangor 941-1177 16 Peaks-Kenny State Park Dover-Foxcroft 564-2003 17 Penobscot New England Outdoor Center Millinocket (800) 766-7238 18 Pine Grove Campground & Cottages East Millinocket 746-5172 19 Pleasant Hill Campground Bangor 848-5127 20 Pumpkin Patch RV Resort Bangor 848-2231 21 Pushaw Lake Campground Orono 945-4200 22 Sebasticook Lake Campground Newport (800) 319-9333 23 Seboomook Wilderness CG Seboomook 280-0555 24 Shin Pond Village Campground & Cottages Patten 528-2900 25 Sleeping Bear Camping Lee 738-3148 26 Stetson Shores Campground Stetson 296-2041

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Richmond 582-5086 Camden (866) 617-8464 Camden 236-3109 Wiscasset 882-7426 Boothbay Harbor 633-4612 Phippsburg 443-2101 Damariscotta 563-5202 South Thomaston 594-7546 Bath 443-4967 Camden (866) 617-8464 Union 785-4100 Belfast 338-6860 Belfast 338-2077 Popham Beach 389-2564 Orr’s Island 833-5595 Georgetown Island 371-2014 Thomaston 354-6735 Searsport 548-6059 Appleton 785-4250 Pemaquid (800) 274-1593 Boothbay 633-4782 Brunswick (877) 872-4321 Nobleboro 832-7055 Islesboro 941-4014

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Steep Falls 675-2267 Bethel (800) 533-3607 Oquossoc 486-3828 Naples 693-3129 Bridgton 647-2931 Naples 693-6652 Adamstown Township 864-5249 Kingfield 265-4599 Weld 585-2200 Sebago Lake 642-2200 Naples 693-6797 Denmark 452-2342 Hebron 740-2179 West Poland (888) 578-9251 Peru 562-4913 Raymond 627-4642 Bridgton 647-3935 Greenwood 875-3290 Naples 693-6881 Turner 740-2240 Weld 585-2347 Naples 693-5267 Waterford 583-4470 Dixfield 364-6700 Denmark 452-2170 Bethel 836-2000 Casco (800) 655-1232 Auburn 998-2151 Poland 998-2624 Rangeley 864-3858 Brownfield 452-2500 Leeds 524-5711 Sebago Lake 787-3671 Naples 693-6613 South Casco 655-5383 Brownfield 452-2274 Andover 364-5155 Bethel 824-2836 Farmington 778-3656 Oxford 539-4851 Harrison 583-4953 Bridgton 647-2630 Jay 645-4595 Brownfield 935-2529

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MECOA has over 200 member campgrounds. The following campgrounds are participating advertisers who help make this supplement possible. For a complete list of all MECOA campgrounds, turn to the center of this supplement or visit www.CampMaine.com. And don’t forget to read stories about these campgrounds in this supplement: Bar Harbor Camping Resorts - p. 11 Pleasant Hill Campground - p. 12 Powder Horn and Hid’n Pines - p. 3 Wassamki Springs - p. 4 Acres of Wildlife See ad on p. 6 “A Camper’s Paradise in Southern Maine” amidst 300 privately owned acres and surrounded by 4,000 acres of state-owned pine. An informal family destination campground with daily activities for the whole family, such as a great beach, swimming, fishing, hiking, ice-cream sundaes, homemade food, theme weeks and weekends, minigolf, and more. Campground Inn on the waterfront features eight guest rooms, covered porches, community BBQ grills, and more. Moose Lodge is great for couples to get away, featuring a comfortable living area with 45-foot fireplace, spacious kitchen,

queen-sized beds with linens, semiprivate bathrooms (shared between two rooms), and breakfast voucher for each night’s stay; super-deluxe Maple Room offers large living space and a private bath. Other rentals include park cottages, luxury RV rental sites, the Chickadee House (roomy enough for two families), and the two-bedroom Deer Cottage.

Balsam Cove See ad on p. 5 Located on 10-mile-long Toddy Pond, where there’s plenty of fishing, swimming, waterskiing, tubing, loon watching, sun bathing, as well as boating, canoeing, and kayaking (rentals available). Features play-

Seasonal & RV Camping Caravans Welcome Open & Shaded Sites Pool • Paved Roads Picnic Tables/ Fireplaces

Beach Acres 563 Post Road Wells, ME 04090

207.646.5612 Family Owned & Operated.

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grounds, volleyball, basketball, horseshoe pits, arcade games, “Book Nook” (take a book, leave a book). Friday night movies in the pavilion, Saturday morning children’s arts and crafts (nominal fee), Saturday Candy Bingo, Saturday Bingo (nominal fee), Friday- and Saturdayevening hayrides, Christmas in July. Nearby attractions include Acadia National Park, Bar Harbor, Bucksport Golf Club, and historic Fort Knox. There’s shopping in Ellsworth, Bangor, and Blue Hill, as well as antique shops, sightseeing cruises, hiking, and much more. Wooded and waterfront sites with no kookups, water and electricity, or full hookups. Log cabins, on-site rental trailers, seasonal options. Full hookups available. Daily and seasonal dock rates, on-site winter storage, and off-site summer storage.

Balsam Woods See ad on p. 7 Owners Matt and Jaime Snyder have announced that Balsam Woods will be open for the 2012 season from May through October. The Snyders take pride in keeping their campground clean, safe, and familyoriented. Campground offers free wifi, free hot showers, a fully stocked store, snack bar, game room, 25 x 50 in-ground swimming pool, playground, walking and biking trails, direct ATV trail access, kayak rentals, and more. New for the 2009 season: Saturday-night movies, adding addi-

tional men’s and women’s showers, new seasonal sites. Planning Christmas in July and Halloween in late September/early October. Sunday-morning pancake breaskfasts, ice-cream socials throughout season. Weekend hayrides.

Beach Acres Campground See ad on p. 8 Located between Kennebunkport and Ogunquit. Walking or biking distance to beach; swimming pool; large playground; shuffleboard. Ideally located near area beaches, restaurants, shopping, factory outlets; all needs within one mile. Within a short distance to lobster bakes, fine restaurants, Ogunquit’s Marginal Way, scenic boat trips, fishing excursions, amusement areas, golfing, tennis, art galleries, antique shops, shopping, factory outlets, and community services. RVs and caravans; larger units and slide-outs welcome. Large, open and shaded sites; all roads paved. Fireplaces, picnic tables, modern restrooms, laundry, water and electric hookups, sewer hookups, 50-amp hookups, cable TV available. Dump station. No pets allowed.

Cupsuptic Lake Park & Campground See ad on p. 7 In 2006, Rangeley Lakes Heritage Trust purchased 125 acres of land including over 2 miles of frontage on Cupsuptic Lake with generous sup-

port from its membership and the Land For Maine’s Future program. In 2010 RLHT took over the management of Cupsuptic Campground which was a part of that acquisition. Major improvements include new state-of-the-art bath house, completely remodeled camp store and welcome center, and new picnic tables, fire pits and underground utilities. Features 18 50-amp RV sites, 22 20- or 30-amp RV sites, 6 water-only sites, and 8 sites no utilities. There are six tent sites on Birch Island, 12 beautiful remote sites on Upper Cupsuptic River, five remote lakeside sites on the west shore of Cupsuptic and Mooselookmeguntic Lake, and docking with direct access to Cupsuptic Lake via Toothaker Brook.

Gray Homestead Oceanfront Camping

See ad on p. 7 The only oceanfront campground in the Boothbay Harbor Region, Gray’s her been “green” for eight years. Does plastic and grass recycling; shower meters conserves water. No pesticides, but the salt air keeps the mosquitoes away. A small, family, eco-friendly campground. The peace and serenity of Southport Island, and its proximity to the myriad yearround attractions and activities of the Boothbay Harbor Region, make Gray Homestead “the ultimate family vacation destination.” Scenic and relaxing family-run oceanfront Maine camping and lodging. Seasonal campsites, 40 RV and tenting sites, oceanfront cottages and condos, private beach, kayakers’ paradise. Spectacular ocean views. Lobsters to cook at sites, or cooked for you. Entire heritage- and culturerich Midcoast Maine area within an hour’s drive.

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Katahdin Shadows See ad on p. 5 Offering four-season camping experiences. NearMillinocket and Baxter State Park, luring hikers, fishermen, and winter sports enthusiasts every year. Accommodates smallest tents to biggest RVs. Trained staff can direct campers to best moose-viewing areas. Pool, a playground, rabbits for the kids to pet, bingo, and arts and crafts. Game room, arcade, lounge, and 30-by-60-foot enclosed function hall with kitchen and bathroom”. Beanbag madness” activity to help Shriner’s Children’s Hospital; part of 2007 proceeds raised $5,800. Heated cabins for 4-10 people, some with fully equipped kitchenettes. Bathrooms near cabins. Picnic tables and outdoor fireplaces. Seasonal winter rentals available for snowmobilers; cabins on nightly basis in winter.

Lake Pemaquid See ad on p. 5 Over 200 campsites plus cabin and cottage rentals; TVs, trailers, and tents welcome. Sandy Beach with swimming, boating, and fishing. Swimming pool, Jacuzzis, sauna, marina with rentals available, snack bar with extensive menu, large camp store. Seven-mile-long Lake Pemaquid offers over 15 miles of water for fishing and exploration with access by boat to Biscay Pond, Duck Puddle Pond, and Pemaquid River. Regularly scheduled events

and entertainment, including Bingo Night, Sunday Breakfast, Mino Golf, Kids Dance, Karaoke with DJ Joe, a skateboard park, and cartoons and movies shown regularly at the Boat House on rainy days.

Naples Campground See ad on p. 8 Conveniently located in the heart of the Sebago Lakes Region of western Maine, offers an “upscale” RV camping facility where customer service and family camping is not just a slogan but the culture. Our goal is to provide hassle-free enjoyment for your family and a great value. Fun, exceptionally clean and likenew facilities, and large, spacious sites that are easily accessible. Every site offers full water, electric, and sewer hookups, plus cable TV. Wireless Internet. Crystal-clear swimming pool provides fun for all ages. Visit site for a list of activities and amenities.

Old Orchard Beach Campground See ad on p. 10 Welcome to Old Orchard Beach, Maine famed for its 7-mile-long stretch of perfect sand beach. Old Orchard Beach is blessed with a host of activities for every family member. A visit in the spring or fall offers exceptional golfing within minutes of our campground. The fishing on the nearby rivers and in the open ocean is the stuff dreams are made of. Fall foliage in New England is a natural spectacle not to be missed, and Old Orchard Beach is just minutes from many classic New England country roads. In the summer there are arcades and amusement parks to entertain all, including a roller coaster considered to be one of the top five in the country, giant waterparks, even New England’s last remaining beachfront amusement park. And of course there is always the famous pier.

Outdoor World - Moody Beach Campground See ad on p. 7 With 144 full hookups and 53 park models for rent, Outdoor World is the RV stop to find in Wells. See the sights of the Maine coast from this beautifully wooded property located just minutes from Ogunquit Beach. You’ll enjoy whale watching and deep-sea fishing in the Atlantic, shopping, hiking, great seafood restaurants, and a variety of local attractions. Beautiful picturesque views. Walk along the beach, smell the fresh salt air and relax in the easy charm of coastal living. Amenities include a ball field, clubhouse, country store, horseshoe pits, laundry facilities, playground, rec center, shuffleboard, sport courts, swimming pool, video games, and volleyball court.

for the season. Staff can direct visitors to points of interest and special events in Maine and are happy to act as travel agents as part of the friendly service. Staff appreciates being notified of special events so they can share that information with their customers.

Pumpkin Patch RV Resort See ad on p. 6 Resort-style campground with most of clientele 55 and older. Sites are big-rig friendly and staff is very friendly. Calling itself “The friendliest RV resort in the Northeast,” campground is in its 10th year. Features 75 spacious sites, mostly pull-through, to accommodate the largest of campers. Some back-in sites usually reserved for those who park their campers

Seaview Campground

See ad on p. 6 Step back in time at the old seaport of Eastport, Maine. Be the first to see the sun rise over the Atlantic Ocean. View whales and eagles right from your front window or chair. Explore five lighthouses in Washington County, including the famous East Quoddy

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and use the rubber stamp within to stamp the park’s page. For every eight sites you visit, you earn a prize, as follows:

By David M. Fitzpatrick BANGOR DAILY NEWS

In 2010, in celebration of the 75th anniversary of the Maine State Parks system, the Bureau of Parks and Lands released the Maine State Parks Passport. The digest-sized booklet features a page for each of the 48 state parks and historic sites in Maine. The goal: get Mainers interested in what their state has to offer, and make visiting those sites fun for the family. What you do is take your Passport to a park, use the park’s lock combination from the book, Continued from previous page Head Lighthouse. Go on whale-watching and sightseeing tours, take a trip to Canada, go kayaking, hike the beautiful Bold Coast, and

• 8 stamps: Get a free sticker • 16 stamps: Get a free patch • 24 stamps: Get a free water bottle • 32 stamps: Get a free day-use pass • 40 stamps: Get two free nights of camping • 48 stamps: Get a free vehicle season pass The BPL printed 75,000 of them and hoped for the best — and the program exploded. This year the BPL has ordered an additional 50,000

enjoy some of the most incredible underwater diving on the eastern shores. Guided tour on the Moose Island Trolley to St. Andrew’s or Campobello Island. Tour the Roosevelt summer home. The Old Sow restaurant on site. Fourth-generation family serving seafood, bison, ribeye, chicken pot pie. Lots more.

Shore Hills Campground See ad on p. 10 Store and gift shop for groceries, supplies, wood, ice, souvenirs, and area information. Lobster and clam kettles provided. Waterfront, open, and wooded sites. Full hookups with 30/50 amps, any size RVs. Cable TV, paved roads, picnic tables, fireplaces, hot showers, laundry, public phones, propane, dumping station. Small cabin rental available (sleeps two in twin beds; fully equipped with towels, sheets, kitchen items; kitchen/living area with TV, full bath, separate bedroom). Furnished house for rent on property (three bedrooms, two baths; weekly, monthly, or for the season).

CAMPGROUND & RV PARK Only 3 1/2 miles to Boothbay Harbor

Passports to keep up with the demand. “We wanted Mainers to discover or rediscover their state parks and historic sites,” BPL Assistant Regional Manager Gary Best told the BDN in 2011. “We’re all guilty of this — we’ll travel halfway across the country to see something marvelous, but we live in Maine. We’re surrounded by it. It’s the lakes, it’s the rivers, it’s the coast, it’s the forts — it’s all right here.” This year, the Passport program continues from May 15 through September. To learn more about the Passport, and to find out how you can get your free Passport, visit www.maine.gov/doc/parks.

Memorial Day weekend square dancing, and country dancing to Bobby Reed and Wildhorse on June 6, 2009. Swimming, hiking, fishing, boating, playground, horseshoes, and free use of canoes.

Stetson Shores See ad on p. 5 Located in quiet surroundings in the heartland of Maine, with clean air, blue skies, and a great view. It’s a place, they say, where you can “unwind and relax like never before.” Fishing in lake and stream. Boat launch and ramp; rentals of kayaks, paddle boats, and canoes; a swimming area; a rec center with game room; horseshoes and badminton; volleyball and basketball; a playground; and much more. Features 32 wooded acres; choose from shady or sunny, wooded or open, secluded or lakefront. Each site has fireplace, picnic table, artesian-well water, and electric hookup. Clean, modern flush toilets, lavatories, and free hot showers. On-premises coin-op laundry, sani-

tary dump station, and honey wagon service. Wood, ice, ice cream, limited groceries and camping supplies, T-shirts, and kids’ tuff are available from the camp store. Special holiday events, many area attractions.

Old Orchard Beach Campground www.gocamping.com Within a Mile of 7 Miles of Beautfiul Ocean N

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Shuttle Service to Boothbay Harbor Store • Gift Shop • Laundry • Rec. Hall Near Hiking Trails • Fishing • Cable TV 150 Open, Wooded & Riverside Campsites Full Hook-ups • 30 & 50 amp Elec. • 15 Pull-Thrus Boothbay Harbor photo by Robert Mitchell, Southport, ME

Cable, 50 Amp Electric, Water and Sewer Open and Shaded Sites in a more Secluded Area Pool, Playground, Arcade Sports Courts and Field RV Sites w/ W & E or W,E,S Picnic Tables & Fire Rings Camp Store & Laundry

(207) 633-4782 • www.shorehills.com

207.934.4477

553 Wiscasset Road • Rte. 27, Boothbay, ME 04537 Reservations Suggested • Your Hosts Neal & Jean Reny

27 Ocean Park Rd, OldOrchard Beach ME 04064 e-mail: relax@gocamping.com

Located in the heart of the beautiful Boothbay Region with the facilities & amenities to assure your camping pleasure.

Family Owned and Operated Family Camping Since 1957

Take the Trolley to Beach

Ask about Tall Pines Park and Seasonal Resort Community

Timberland Acres

See ad on p. 6 Locally owned since 1985, Timberland Acres is a modern park with paved roads and easy-access pull-through sites. We have 232 sites on 30 acres of beautiful wooded land with plenty of privacy. A large area is available for group activities. Over 70 pull-through full-hookup sites with 50-amp service to accommodate rigs of any size; 50 of these sites are over 100 feet long. Picnic tables and fire rings at each site. Wi-fi throughout park and in recreation room. Playground, shuffleboard, horseshoes, arcade, rec room, pavilion, swimming pool. Planned activities throughout the season include bingo, children’s activities, July 4th decorating contest, game nights, various suppers, and pancake breakfasts. Propane, ice, firewood, RV supplies sold on site. Fresh Maine blueberries for sale in August.


Still undecided on those weekend plans, or feeling like the economy may cancel your family vacation? Don’t worry — Bar Harbor Camping Resorts, a member of the Encore and Thousand Trail family, is just a phone call away. At Mount Desert Narrows you can seek adventure in Acadia National Park; at Narrows Too, enjoy the sea breeze from your waterfront site; or, at Patten Pond, enjoy all the freshwater sports a 740-acre lake can offer. One thing is for sure: No matter which location you choose, there is a lot to do. All are within reasonable driving distance to Bar Harbor and Acadia National Park. If you enjoy the comfort of your own

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RV, tenting under the stars, or just renting one of our cozy cabins or cottages, we are the place for you. Each resort offers a variety of hookups that include water, sewer, electric and cable. Wi-fi hotspots are available for those who insist in staying in touch with the world during their stay.

Narrows Too Narrows Too is located in Trenton and has three lobster pounds within walking distance. It was completely renovated in 2007 and every site offers a full hookup. Ideal for the larger RVs, it offers a breathtaking panoramic view of Mt. Desert Island and Cadillac Mountain.

Mt. Desert Narrows Mt. Desert Narrows is located in Bar Harbor just six miles before the entrance to Acadia Park. It offers a full range of camping, from waterfront tent sites to a fullhookup RV pull-thru. Our full playground, heated pool, video arcade, and weekly events make it ideal for families.

Patten Pond Patton Pond is located in Ellsworth and offers the largest variety of camping and fun. Some of the activities enjoyed by patrons include swimming, fishing, boating, or just relaxing on our private beach. This self-contained hideaway has always been a secret until now.

For seasonal employees, commuters, or snowbirds just vacationing up north this summer, we have sites available for the entire season. Prices will vary by location and sites are allocated on a firstcome, first-serve basis. So whether you come for a few days or a week, you may want to stay for the entire season. For more information, please visit

www.BarHar borCampingResorts.com, and while you’re there, check out the “Specials” page to find one that suits you. Every month we offer different deals so there’s always something fresh and new for the weekend or seasonal camper, or somewhere in between. Drive safe and have an enjoyable 2012 camping season. We’ll be looking for you by the campfire.


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By David M. Fitzpatrick BANGOR DAILY NEWS

You can camp in Maine’s remote wilderness, but you can also be close to everything you want and all that Maine has to offer. That’s what Donna and Andy Sacchetti and their business partner, Joe Magliarditi, thought. “The three of us are long-time campers,� Donna Sacchetti said. “We just always talked about ‘Wouldn’t it be nice to do this for a living?’� Several years ago, they began planning just that. They had a checklist of wants, and they found it all at Pleasant Hill Campground in Hermon, a rural town adjacent

to Bangor. “It‌ had everything on our punch list,â€? Sacchetti said. “It had all the tick boxes for us: a good customer base, a really good location, [and] a mix of clientele, meaning native Maine campers along with a lot of people traveling through from Canada, which we found attractive.â€? At first, the Bangor area seemed like an odd “campground in the cityâ€? choice. Instead, they discovered that it’s ideally located at the city’s rural outskirts, and that Bangor is an ideal crossroads to so much in Maine. Bangor is an hour or so from many tourist spots: Acadia National Park for trips to Sand Beach, Thunderhole, and Cadillac Moun-

tain, with forays into Bar Harbor; the Camden-Rockport area for shopping and ocean sailing; Baxter State Park for Mount Katahdin climbs; Moosehead Lake for boating and fishing; historic Fort Knox and other state parks; and much more. The city is the center of one of Maine’s busiest urban areas, serving a metro-region population of about 150,000 but drawing shoppers from across two-thirds of the state and Canada. There’s an international airport, six ramps from Interstate 95 in town, malls, movie theaters, a casino, several golf courses, and a busy downtown. If music is your thing, catch the Bangor Symphony Orchestra, or attend the Bangor Waterfront’s

many summertime events, such as the nationally known American Folk Festival, the KahBang festival, and the wildly popular summerlong Waterfront Concerts series. Pleasant Hill features 105 spacious sites, some open and some shaded, with full hookups with 30and 50-amp service available. There are large pull-through sites, wide sides for slide-outs, and plenty of tent sites, all accessible by paved roads. There are plenty of amenities, such as wi-fi and cable TV, a heated swimming pool, a recreation hall, a store, a laundry, free hot showers, and clean, heated restrooms. There’s even a private group area featuring a pavilion with picnic tables and a large grill, a group campfire area, and a private group camping area. And campers can relax with horseshoes, volleyball, and minigolf. Last year was great for the new owners, and this year looks even

better. The Sacchettis’ daughter, Julia, will be in charge of developing and running a wide range of children’s activities, with a goal of making the campground even more family-oriented. Sacchetti said she, Andy, and Joe are excited about the second year, and can’t say enough about the wonderful guests they saw in 2011. “For us, I think the thing that makes our campground such a great spot, aside from the location and what we have going on, [are] the people that come into our campground,� she said. “It’s just the perfect mix of locals... and passers-through. Whatever the chemistry at the campgrounds, it works, and it works really, really well.� Pleasant Hill Campground is on outer Union Street in Bangor, in a rural setting but just 5 miles from the interstate. For more information, visit www.PleasantHillCampground.com.

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