The Camping Shelter is an off grid tiny house on wheels in progress located on a spectacular site over looking meadows and the Androscoggin River. The camping shelter is a bare wooden shell with a queen size bed, a kitchen table and large picture windows to gaze at the expansive views Picnic table and fire ring are positioned to encourage day dreaming. There is no electricity, but several LED lanterns, an ice cooler, a 2 burner propane camping cookstove, 7 gallon BPA-free water jug, and a nearby porta pottie are provided to enhance your experience. Enjoy our private 400 acres of forests, fields and wildlife. Tire yourself by hiking, mountain biking, snowshoeing, or cross country skiing the 10 miles of private trails. Bring your sleeping bag, or borrow sheets and blankets for the queen size bed for $25 for the stay. Across the river from Riverlands State Park. Just minutes from Lewiston-Auburn, Bates College, local breweries. Be sure to pack bug repellent for those pesky mosquitoes, black flies and ticks commonly found in Maine.
- Check in: After 2PM
- Check out: Before 11AM
- Cancellation policy: Strict
- On arrival: Meet and greet
- Minimum nights: 1 night
- Accepts bookings: 3 months out
The vibe at Camping Shelter with relaxing views
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Words cannot express my appreciation of the sacrifices John & Pat have made to not only conserve this land, but to have made it better than what they received it as.
I pulled up and was greeted by a man and woman on tractors at the gate. Upon the first handshake, I immediately felt like they were my long lost relatives. Authentic Maine hospitality at it's finest. They have so much knowledge to be shared about the land you're stepping foot on and the transformation it's made the past few decades with the help of a restored river ecosystem and a whole lotta hard physical work. My biggest suggestion would be to ask John to share his wisdom about the land's history and his efforts to preserve it's glory. It's a story well worth hearing. They then gave us a map of the trails/areas to explore, tour of the tiny house and it's amenities and rode away. Leaving us for the duration of our stay to enjoy this private yet cozy bird haven.
The tiny house was straight out of the magazines with the most perfect giant window placement and L.L. Bean tin dinnerware I'm not even sure they make anymore. Clean, well designed and modern, but also nostalgic in a subtle way. Two burner propane stove (propane and matches in stock), a large filled water jug over a sink (with a drain), more lanterns than you could ever need and all the essentials without it ever feeling too crowded, you know pots/pans/tinfoil/cooler/silverware/salt n pepper. The bed had crisp beautiful sheets and a perfect layer of both a warm and cool comforter to help with the evening chill found many a Maine summer night.
The view, it was something that will inspire me every time I think back to it. Trying to do it justice through photos, it's hard....You simply have to be there, being cooled by that river breeze and waking up to the sounds of a river paradise. Lots to do outdoors, right there without ever getting back in a car. Hike the trails on John & Pat's land, bird watch from the bed, stroll through the meadows of pollinators or rent out a canoe or bring a kayak for access to the Androscoggin River! If you do plan on spending your entire time outdoors exploring, I highly suggest heavy duty bug prevention. Especially of the tick variety. (Permethrin pre-treated clothing and a heavy duty DEET spray/lotion will do the trick, but even with preventatives keep an eye out for any stragglers on gear/body.)
John provides an excellent, quiet stay on his beautiful property with amenities in the tiny house that make it a bit more comfy than tenting, but still rough enough to help you feel connected to the nature around you. Awesome view waking up to the view over the fields and river, super easy to cook on the gas stove he provides, and amazing trails both through the forest and the fields. Highly recommend for a peaceful weekend getaway. And John is an OUTSTANDING host; very friendly, informative, and helpful with any and all questions.
For the Nature-lover looking for a dreamy getaway without sacrificing a few essential comforts, this camping shelter tiny house is the PERFECT fit. My husband Jake and I spent the month of June tent camping but wanted to finish our trip with a more comfortable option and we are SO glad we chose this tiny house. The bed was super comfy, the views were gorgeous, and it was really great having protection from the elements (we did have a rainy night or two). It still felt like we were “camping” because of the access to the outdoor fire pit and more primitive amenities, but it was great finishing our trip with more ease and comfort. And as always, our hosts were incredibly kind, helpful, and welcoming. We can’t wait to come back! This camping shelter has officially made glamping my new favorite. :)
We had the best time here at the camping shelter! Very spacious, clean and new cabin with amazing views. Also very private and quiet. You can swim, hike in the woods, or if you feel like boating, John has a canoe (and live jackets) for rent. We took our telescope with us, but you don’t really need it to watch the stars. And the milky way! Haven’t seen that for a few years. We had an unbelievably quiet and beautiful night here. It was just magical! We’ll definitely come back in the future.
John and Pat are very friendly and thoughtful. Upon arrival they greeted us and gave us a little introduction to the amenities and history of their lands. We really appreciate all their effort to protect the woods and lands. It was great meeting with them (and Lily)!
Very happy that we discovered this place. Already recommended it to friends!
Cannot say enough positive things about John, Pat, and Karin and their beautiful land. You feel like you're at the end of the earth, with the Androscoggin winding around hills directly in front of you. This site is at a bit of an elevation and the views are really astounding. John met us at the gate along with Karin (his daughter) who then brought us up to the shelter. Karin told us the history of the land, and about her families love for it and their passion for the land, its wildlife, and keeping it as conservation land. We were able to rent a canoe from the family and spent some time on the river, though most of the time was spent roaming around the acres and acres of beautiful fields or going down to the river for a swim. All in all we couldn't have asked for a better weekend away, especially for a work weary family of 4 (2 year old, and 8 year old). Everyone loved it. Thanks John and family, we'll be back!
The site was very clean and spacious with amazing views. Our hosts were gracious and extremely kind and helpful. There was service at our site, but we didn’t really need it because there was so much to explore and do. The little house is fully stocked with some water, cooking ware and utensils, and a really comfortable bed! Thank you for an amazing visit. I’ll be back as soon as I can!
We had a fabulous stay at John’s cabin. The site is private and serene; the cabin is beautifully and simply furnished. There was even a child-sized table, chairs, and couple of toys for our 2-year-old to play with. We enjoyed canoeing over to the sandy beach around the riverbend, swimming there, and cooking over the campfire at night. Amazingly enough, there were hardly any insects during our stay! Although the cabin was hot during the day, it cooled down with the breeze at night. Everything we needed (utensils, a cutting board, drinking water, a game of Yahtzee) was on hand. We enjoyed hearing about John’s conservation efforts on this land and savored the freshly grown and dried garlic he shared. We will surely be back.
John was a fantastic host and the location was stunning! The house looks over a meandering river where you can swim and canoe. The site came with a fire pit, comfy bed, and all the fixings you need (plates, etc). I can't wait to come back! This was a perfect nature getaway.