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10 Best Yurts In Maine

Chia Han Keong
Published May 28, 2018

Like a forgotten outpost, Maine stands out in its isolation in the northeast corner of the United States. The ninth-least populous U.S. state, it is hardly an inviting place with its jagged rocky coastline, heavily-forested interior, and glacial weather. Yet those who brave this little state will find plenty of character among its rugged people and pristine nature. And its isolation means that you will often have the beautiful scenery all for yourself, not to mention the abundance of delicious Maine lobsters to feast on. So take a chance on Maine, stay in one of these 10 great yurt accommodations, and be taken in by the charms of this under-appreciated part of America.

1. Pine Cone yurt on Pleasant Pond (from 90 USD)

The best place to begin your Maine exploration would be in Augusta, the state capital. Even though city officials have tried to rejuvenate the city center since the 1980s, it still retains the small-town atmosphere and leisurely pace befitting of Maine’s remoteness. You can visit the Maine State Museum, which has exhibits focusing on the state’s agricultural and industrial roots, and the Old Fort Western, the oldest surviving wooden fort in North America. Outside the city limits, the buildings quickly give way to forests, and this yurt accommodation, about a 40-minute drive from Augusta, is on the premises of the Great Outdoors Waterfront Event Center on the shores of Pleasant Pond. Paddleboard, canoe, and kayak rentals are available, while golf enthusiasts can enjoy the sports at the nearby Turner Highlands Country Club and Golf Course.The yurt itself has two beds, an indoor fireplace, and a kitchen for a cozy stay.

Pine Cone yurt on Pleasant Pond

Price: from 90 USD

Number of Guests: 4

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2. Fire Fly yurts on Funky Bow Lane (from 195 USD)

While Augusta is Maine’s capital, the most populous and cosmopolitan city is Portland, home to about half a million people amid its metropolitan area. A seaside city located on a peninsula in southern Maine, it is famous for its historic Old Port district, which is filled with shops, restaurants, and cafes among its many narrow cobbled streets and old brick buildings. It even boasts an Arts District, home to institutions such as the the Portland Museum of Art and the Portland Stage Company. While there are certainly many hotel accommodations in the city, more adventurous travelers can try this stylish yurt lodging on the premises of the Funky Bow Brewery, about a half-hour drive from the city center. The yurt has three beds, central heating, Wi-Fi, and a cozy outdoor deck, and you can head to the brewery for pizza and live music on Fridays and weekends.

Fire Fly yurts on Funky Bow Lane

Price: from 195 USD

Number of Guests: 6

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3. Fisher Ridge yurt (from 92 USD)

Just minutes away from the coasts where most of Maine’s population resides, the region becomes heavily forested and dotted by thousands of lakes. It makes for great locations for camping and outdoor activities, and there are plenty of campsites offering just that. This yurt accommodation is situated amid the Maine Forest Yurts campground near Durham, about a half-hour drive from Portland. You can enjoy seasonal activities such as kayaking, fishing, hiking, and even cross country skiing on its premises, which is situated near two tributaries to the Runaround Pond. You can paddle peacefully as you look for wildlife like beavers, otters, and eagles. The yurt itself is well-equipped with two beds, a futon, kitchen with a stove and oven, and outdoor BBQ grill and fire pit.

Fisher Ridge Yurt

Price: from 92 USD

Number of Guests: 6

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4. Norumbega Green double-yurt (from 125 USD)

Near Durham is the historical village of New Gloucester, home to settlers since 1739. The town was a prosperous farming community in the 19th century, and you can find out more on this quaint little town in its Historical Society and Museum. This fantastic double-yurt accommodation is on the outskirts of the town, overlooking the Talking Brook and its waterfalls in the distance. There is a cidery on the property, which is open for cider tasting on Saturday afternoons, and guests can also rent electric-assisted bikes to cycle to nearby towns. There are four beds available for up to eight guests, as well as an indoor fireplace and kitchen.

Norumbega Green Double-Yurt

Price: from 125 USD

Number of Guests: 8

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5. Zen Den Yurt (from 100 USD)

In 2008, 57-year-old Bob Crowley went on the reality show Survivor: Gabon and was eventually voted the oldest winner in the show’s history. After he retired from teaching high school physics, he started Maine Forest Yurts, the campground that hosts the above-mentioned Fisher Ridge Yurt. There are two other yurt accommodations on the premises and this is one of them, a spacious lodging for up to six guests with amenities similar to those of the Fisher Ridge Yurt. With plenty of outdoor activities to enjoy, this is a great setting for an overnight, a weekend excursion, or even a week-long retreat.

Zen Den Yurt

Price: from 100 USD

Number of Guests: 6

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6. Hike-in yurt on top of hill (from 85 USD)

After Augusta and Portland, the third significant city in Maine has to be Bangor, and literary buffs will know this place as the hometown of popular horror fiction writer Stephen King. There’s nothing eerie about this small city though, in fact it has a vibrant cultural scene that rivals much bigger cities. There are theater and symphony orchestra companies along the main street, as well as a slew of festivals and concerts throughout the year. As with the other two major Maine cities, the wild nature is mere minutes away from the city center, and this rugged yurt accommodation is about a half-hour drive from Bangor. And the drive takes you only to the footpath on the main road; you will have to hike about a quarter mile (400 meters) uphill to reach the lodging. Nonetheless, you will be rewarded with vistas of the surrounding hills, lakes, and wilderness, and the yurt is well stocked with amenities like futons, propane stove, first aid kits, and solar lights.

Hike-in yurt on top of hill

Price: from 85 USD

Number of Guests: 6

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7. Little yurt on permaculture homestead (from 100 USD)

Maine is the largest producer of the American lobster in the United States, and every first week of August, there will be a celebration of this popular food at the seaside town of Rockland. Join in the festivities, with events such as seafood cooking contests, lobster crate races, and, of course, lots and lots of lobsters to be eaten. This peaceful yurt accommodation is situated near the seaside town of Sedgwick, an hour’s drive from Bangor and a 1.5-hour drive to Rockland. The rental is equipped with three beds, electricity, drinking water, a double electric hotplate, and a mini fridge, and you can hike around the rustic coast area or even take a dip in the ocean waters.

Little yurt on permaculture homestead

Price: from 100 USD

Number of Guests: 4

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8. Yurt on a coastal Maine farm (from 100 USD)

The more you explore Maine’s coastal area, the more surprises you will find. For instance, there are over 60 lighthouses all over the jagged coastlines, many of them offering picturesque vistas of the surroundings. Coastal towns like Brunswick, house museums, culture venues, and art festivals you would not have thought to find in this remote land. There are even salt-water farms around, in which farmers make use of the coast’s saline water. This yurt lies on the premises of such a farm, about 15 minutes from Brunswick, and has three beds and a basic kitchen. You can watch the farming activities as they raise organic livestock and vegetables, or you can hike along the tranquil coastline.

Yurt on a coastal Maine farm

Price: from 100 USD

Number of Guests: 4

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9. Yurt on Clearwater Lake (from 99 USD)

The Maine coast is the easy part, and if you are up for a more rugged outdoor challenge, then venture into the dense forests of Maine’s interior lands. It is not as daunting as it seems, as there are well-maintained main roads and small towns that provide food or fuel supplies along the way. But away from the main roads are where you will find tranquil lakes and inviting hiking trails to explore this untouched part of America. Take this yurt accommodation right on the edge of Clearwater Lake, about 15 minutes’ drive from the town of Farmington. The amenities are basic (two beds, kitchen, and picnic table) but the location is utterly serene and secluded. Take in the lake’s tranquil beauty, then go hiking or mountain biking to waterfalls and hilltops to enjoy the abundant, unspoiled nature.

Yurt on Clearwater Lake

Price: from 99 USD

Number of Guests: 2

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10. Yurt in off-the-grid mountain retreat (from 122 USD)

If you prefer the mountainside to the lakeside, then this excellent yurt accommodation way off the main road in the Maine outback is ideal for you. Located at the foot of Pleasant Mountain, a 10-minute drive from the nearest town and over a hour from Portland, this accommodation is great for natural lovers seeking a quiet getaway. The yurt is part of a green retreat center, and there are private hiking trails to explore and even a private sauna and yoga-meditation sessions under the canopy of trees. There are also paddling and mountain biking opportunities, and the yurt provides a comfortable base with beds, futons, stoves, and warm showers.

Yurt in off-the-grid mountain retreat

Price: from 122 USD

Number of Guests: 6

See our full list of recommended Hotels in Maine and also compare the prices with Vacation Rentals in Maine

Peacefulness and solitude everywhere

This is how remote Maine is: it is the only US state that borders only one other state. Yet, its seclusion just means that you can enjoy peacefulness and solitude everywhere in your Pine Tree State travels. So take a chance, and give Maine a chance. You will appreciate the unique charms that can only be found in far-flung places.

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Han Keong is a former sports journalist in Singapore whose lifelong passions are travel and music.

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