When entering Maine, most of the welcome signs read “Welcome to Maine: The Way Life Should Be”. This is one of the truest sentiments about the state. From the friendly folks, the beautiful scenery, and the charming towns, it truly is the way life should be. Travelling to Maine or Acadia in an RV is an incredible experience that can only be improved by staying at at least one Harvest Hosts location. Fortunately for you, there are locations scattered throughout the state and almost too many to choose from for RV camping in Maine. We’ve selected just a few to highlight for the next time you head up to Maine.
1. Funky Bow Brewery & Beer Company – Lyman, ME
Lyman is located between Portsmouth and Portland, but Funky Bow is tucked into the woods on the outskirts of town making this an off-the-beaten path stop. Owned by a father and son team, they strive to create beers that will always challenge your taste buds in the best of ways. They offer year-round brews along with several seasonal ones. In 2014, they opened Funky Bow Bread and Pizza Company which serves pizza with handmade dough made with spent grain from the brewery. This Harvest Hosts location has five reservable, pet-friendly spaces for RVs of any size.
2. Urban Farm Fermentory – Portland, ME
As the name states, this business specializes in fermented products such as authentic kombucha, cider, beer, gruits, mead and jun. They mainly use locally grown or foraged ingredients. Stop by their tasting room to check out any new or experimental product flavors. This downtown location caters more towards Class B’s or small Class C’s as the parking is limited to single spaces only. Unfortunately towables or RVs towing can be accommodated. This Harvest Hosts location has two reservable, pet-friendly spaces for RVs under 29’ in length.
3. Lake Auburn Host – Auburn, ME
Take a trip on the natural side of RV life with this remote parking within a community forest. The space is located right on a trail within 250 acres of forest. They ask for a $20-$30 trail fee to help maintain the area which is a small price to pay for the secluded experience. This Harvest Hosts location has two reservable, pet-friendly spaces for RVs under 29’ in length.
4. Lost Valley Ski Area – Auburn, ME
Lost Valley is not only a winter activities area but also has a nano-brewery that features a pretty robust beer and food menu. There are activities year round including cornhole competitions, live music, and trail running groups. This Harvest Hosts location has five reservable, pet-friendly spaces for RVs of any size. Fun facts: One of the original owners, Otto Wallingford, put together the first snowmaking system in Maine and invented the technique of using a towed steel grate to convert hard snow crust into powder which became used by ski areas across the nation.
5. Norlands Living History Museum, Farm & Archive – Livermore, ME
Park your RV back in time on this living history museum based around everyday life from the 1870’s. The four hundred acre property features a schoolhouse, a Victorian mansion, a farmer’s cottage, a granite library, and tons of stunning farmland. This unique Harvest Hosts location has three reservable, pet-friendly spaces for RVs of any size.
6. Eureka Farms – Palmyra, ME
The Edwards found the perfect property in 2010 that encompassed everything they wanted and more. They had a good agricultural base, ample forest, maple trees galore, and endless opportunities. Today they offer maple products, honey, coffee, ready-to-eat products, and more in their on-site shop. This Harvest Hosts location has two reservable, pet-friendly spaces for RVs under 35’ in length.
7. Dragonfly Farm & Winery – Stetson, ME
Founded in 2004 on an overgrown former bean farm, Dragonfly Farm & Winery blossomed into what it is today. They mainly grow hybrid varieties of grapes to help withstand the unforgiving Maine winters. They currently produce several varieties of white, red, and fruit wines. This Harvest Hosts location has one reservable, pet-friendly space for an RV of any size.
8. Shalom Orchard Organic Farm & Winery – Franklin, ME
At the time this article was written, this is the closest Harvest Hosts location to Acadia National Park. This certified organic farm produces a variety of products ranging from produce to yarn, wine, and more. They specialize in fruit wines along with mead wines as well. This Harvest Hosts location has one reservable, pet-friendly space for RVs under 29’ in length.
9. Bishop’s Store Inc – Jackman, ME
What began as a gas station and convenience store in the 1950’s, is now a local staple. They have expanded to include a full service deli complete with subs, pizza, fresh burgers, and hot meals. They also have a large outdoor section. This Harvest Hosts location has three reservable spaces for RVs under 44’ in length.
10. Happy Shepherd Farm – Linnaeus, ME
The last stop on our list takes us to Happy Shepherd Farm. This farm pasture raises sheep for food along with raw milk cheese. They also raise chickens and turkeys, grow a variety of produce, and offer honey, handmade clothing, and artwork. There is truly something for everyone at this farm. This Harvest Hosts location has one reservable, pet-friendly space for an RV of any size.
Visiting Maine is an experience unlike any other. No matter what season or region, Maine is a delightful treat of a state with so much to do and see. Just a reminder to all members: always contact your potential Host before you visit, support your Host with a purchase, and be kind and considerate!
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