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Oceanside Camping @ Smithereen Farm
73 reviews
· Maine
60 acres
8 sites
4 RV/Tent
4 Tent
This farm is a typical 19th century homestead, first established in 1820  during the golden days of this coastal fishing and farming community.  The farm is perched up on a set of glacially  smoothened plateaus growing with the most magical hay-grasses and wildflowers, on one of the many peninsular fingers pointing out into Cobscook Bay– looking eastwards to the protected estuarine Pennamaquan river.  Most of the farm is a protected forest of spruce, balsam fir, larch, maple, birch, with patches of oaks and elms and some queenly White pines that escaped the epoch of lumber-cutting. The old barn has burned down ( leaving its boulder basement bare) but we’ve erected a Timberframe outdoor kitchen for the Farm Camp in the old style. On a chart you’ll see that Pembroke is the heart of Cobscook Bay.  Leighton Point adjoins a sheltered cove equidistant between Eastport and Lubec, two cities/ towns built on the sardine and lumber trades, with a goody legacy of naval warfare and  smuggling– just to the south of the Canadian border line, which cuts like a zigzag across the bay– Franklin Roosevelt wanted to put in a massive tidal power installation here, but he didn’t. So you’ll be happy to get out and  watch the whales, seals, porpoises and puffins– not to mention the whirlpools.
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Maine, United StatesTo respect the Host's privacy, the precise address of this land will be provided after booking
Hosted by Severine F.Joined in December 2017
98 ratings · 73 reviews
Mary M.recommends
September 6, 2022
Blueberry Land Camping
We love blueberry berry land camping. It’s private and so very quiet.
Jordan B.doesn't recommend
September 5, 2022
Smithereen Farm Platforms
We want your money, not you.
Property is lovely, but a subpar experience. You only learn after booking and paying that the communal kitchen advertised in the listing is closed “due to COVID,” that the outdoor shower isn’t actually closed off so “you should shower in a swimsuit or clothes,” that you have to pee under a tree, and the sauna is not set up for use. This should all be clear prior to booking in the listing. The host is not particularly welcoming given the confusion and unclear status around everything-upon asking if we could use the kitchen, we were told “well no. But you can cook here. But you can’t. But you can.” Insert blank stare. We don’t want to socialize, we want to understand the disconnect between what we were sold and what is the actual situation. Furthermore, the fire pits by the sites are tiny and overgrown, so also not usable for cooking. We ended up with a case of food poisoning after trying. There’s no picnic table or place to prepare food or eat at the sites, with the kitchen closed. Sites are distant and super buggy. This feels very much like the owners like the idea of someone paying to camp on their land, without actually having to assist in even the most minimal fashion. I would recommend you go to the state park campground- cheaper, bathrooms, and clarity around boundaries.
Matthew S.recommends
September 3, 2022
Smithereen Farm Platforms
Truly love this place. We stayed at Severine’s land in August 2020 and knew we had to come back again. This past August we spent four days in Baxter State Park then drove across the state to Severine’s land. We set up camp at tent site 3. Very secluded with a great view of the sky. Excellent stars. We visited Riverside Takeout in Machias. These guys are lovely and make great food! Highly recommend it. We did the cutler hike, reversing falls, a few farmers markets, Lubec and the cove walk at Severine’s. Can’t wait to come back and do it all over again !
Helena R.recommends
August 27, 2022
Smithereen Farm Platforms
Lovely experience camping on a peaceful farm with beautiful views! Would definitely recommend
Walter D.recommends
August 22, 2022
Smithereen Farm Platforms
The guys are terrific, so friendly, they help you on everything you need, super quiet, the views are amazing
Sarah D.recommends
August 21, 2022
Smithereen Farm Platforms
A Far Flung Seaside Haven
We loved the scene at Smithereen Farms, the community centered folks there are doing great work in this farflung locale! The hilltop tent platforms are nicely set under the protection of spruce forest but fairly easy to access from parking area. It's true the little black dog is intense but definitely adds some spark to the introduction and seems used to lots of folks coming n' going. The view of the ocean and walk down to the tidal flats does not disappoint! I do recommend taking time to read the 13-page document that they send after confirming the booking(it's true the farmers/hosts don't really want to chit-chat for very long). This handy guide is full of so much thorough information and would be extremely helpful to orientate oneself in the area. Unfortunately, we received it once we were already on our road trip so I did not have a chance to go over it and was kinda clueless upon arrival...... That being said, they recommend showing up by 4pm if it's your first time(which we did not realize) and were in a bit of a rush to beat darkness setting up camp. The timber framed outdoor kitchen is super charming and the local sights as well as their farm store provide plenty to do while visiting Pembroke. Next time we intend to have at least 3 nights and a few days to fully explore much more of what is being offered at this sweet seaside haven. Thanks Severine and Terran for sharing your homeland with us! Azure from Vermont
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