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Top 5 Places To Go Glamping On the East Coast

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Find the best glamping destinations for your outdoor getaways. As glamping experts, Life inTents understands what makes a top-notch glamping accommodation – and knows how to seek them out! While there are countless glamping destinations out there, from sea to shining sea, this roundup focuses on areas along the eastern states. 

From the beautiful fall foliage of New England, Appalachia, and the Mid-Atlantic to the balmy southern breezes of the Carolinas, Georgia, and Florida, there are countless glamping destinations to appreciate in these United States regions. Here is a list of the top 5 places to go glamping on the East Coast.

The Top 5 East Coast Glamping Destinations

In this list, we begin North and work our way South, touching down in Maine and ending the journey off the coast of Georgia. While there’s a plethora of glamping destinations out there, available to suit all sorts of lifestyles, budgets, and more, we found these to be the top 5 places to go glamping on the East Coast, especially if you’re looking for something extra special near a favorite U.S. tourist destination or national park. 

1. Sandy Pines Campground | Kennebunkport, Maine

glamping tent with furniture in Maine woods

Sandy Pines Campground is a great East Coast glamping retreat for families. Located in Kennebunkport, Maine, families can explore the quieter beaches and charming towns of New England. 

Choose to stay in one of the many glamping accommodation styles, including Airstream trailers, Conestoga wagons, cottages, huts, and, of course, safari tents. The safari tents are very luxurious and designed with king-sized beds, lighting, and creature comforts like air-conditioning and small heaters. Outside the glamping tents is a private deck. 

Amenities and Activities

  • Bathhouses and laundry facilities to keep clean
  • Saltwater pool for hot days in Maine
  • A convenient General Store and Snack Bar
  • Bike and water sports equipment rentals along with a calendar of kids' activities

    2. Firelight Camps | Ithaca, New York

    glamping tent in New York East Coast woods

    Firelight Camps is situated in Ithaca in Central New York State’s Finger Lakes region. Buttermilk State Falls and the famous Ithaca College, not to mention the Finger Lakes wine region, are places that invite back travelers and campers looking to enjoy beautiful and serene upstate New York.  

    This stunning East Coast glamping destination offers guests luxury canvas safari tents constructed with rustic wood beams and hardwood floors. A private tented balcony patio features rocking chairs and you can upgrade your tent for electricity, 

    Tip: Keep in mind that glamping destinations located this far north may cut their season short due to snow and such.

    Amenities and Activities

    • A shared bathhouse provisioned with eco-friendly bath products (so no need to BYO). 
    • The on-site bar with hand-crafted cocktails
    • Complimentary breakfasts* each morning

    *It’s worth noting that co-founder Emma Frisch was a “Food Network Star” Season 10 Finalist and has created the Feast by Firelight cookbook for fellow gourmet camp cooks.

    3. Glamping Collective | Asheville, North Carolina

    glamping geodesic dome and glass cabin in Blue Ridge Mountains

    Glamping Collective offers a glamping destination near the East Coast’s Blue Ridge Mountains and Blue Ridge Parkway. Choose from a variety of sites (geodesic domes and luxe glass cabins) spread out near Asheville, North Carolina, a lovely and friendly southern town suited for both bohemians and hipsters as well as folks who appreciate the Biltmore and a boujee lifestyle. Plus, the surrounding region is known for outdoor adventures, craft breweries, and a local art scene. 

    Amenities and Activities

    • Each accommodation is different, but you can expect amenities like:
    • Private decks with Adirondack chairs, hot tubs, and outdoor fire tables
    • TV-free accommodations to encourage you to disconnect
    • Spa-inspired bathrooms with soaps and bath products
    • A communal patio area with a fire pit, chairs, and grills 
    • Take in the Blue Ridge Mountains with activities like hiking, stargazing, and yoga 

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    4. Little Arrow Outdoor Resort | Townsend, Tennessee

    glamping tent and campsite on the East Coast

    While Little Arrow Outdoor Resort offers everything from tent sites to RV sites, they also offer glamping tent stays that are quite luxurious. Wooden walls break up the tent into multiple living spaces, including a small kitchen. Cozy beds, along with touches like heating and A/C make them perfect for families and couples needing extra homey touches. Best of all, the luxury tent option comes with a private bathroom. 

    Amenities and Activities

    • Common areas like a lounge, playground, garden, sports court, and even a dog park! 
    • Take advantage of a swimming pool, splash pad, and hot tub
    • Rent a golf cart to explore and putt around the campground
    • Hire on-site massage services or book an entire Airstream massage appointment
    • Plan the perfect weekend and check their Event Calendar for happenings

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    5. Little Racoon Key  | Jekyll Island, Georgia

    glamping tent on sandy island on East Coast of Georgia

    Little Racoon Key is an uninhabited reef island just a skip off the Georgia coast. Why is it one of our top 5 places to go glamping on the East Coast? Because on this tiny island rests a single luxury canvas tent – you have the entire place to yourself! Accessible only by boat, you can truly escape reality.

    Amenities and Activities

    • Hammocks and loungers invite you to unwind and take in the coastal beauty
    • The included “River of Dolphins” boat ride gives an educational marine history and biology tour
    • Take an oyster reef lesson to learn about the island’s ecosystem
    • Hire a fishing charter to catch dinner or leave all cooking in the hands of private chefs

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    Honorable Mentions: More East Coast Glamping Stays 

    Savage River Lodge

    It’s hard to choose just 5 places, and this Mid-Atlantic region glamping destination, Savage River Lodge, almost made the cut. Glamping yurts and delicious dining options warrant mentioning this Western Maryland glamping accommodation. Keep it in your back pocket!

    Timberline Glamping

    Timberline Glamping offers multiple East Coast locations (mostly in the South) made up of state parks and campsites and offers everything from spacious safari tents to bell tents and even nostalgic RV’s. Plus, you’ll be thrilled to know their accommodations even feature air conditioning for sweltering summer nights in the south. 

    AutoCamp

    Autocamp offers glamping accommodations all across the country and continues to expand. For top glamping on the East Coast, they offer three locations:

    Under Canvas

    Like Autocamp, Under Canvas is a growing glamping hospitality company with multiple locations spread across the United States. While most center around the West Coast, there are some East Coast glamping stays this growing outdoor outfit offers. Check out:

    More Glamping Stays

    Be sure to check out Life inTents recommended glamping stays in Northern California too. 

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    Brette DeVore
    Brette DeVore

    As a former hospitality interior designer with an adventurous spirit and love for travel, I now help interior designers and tourism-related businesses in creating online content and media.



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