Hidden Secrets of Searsport Shores

“There should be a place where only the things you want to happen, happen” 
― Maurice Sendak, Where the Wild Things Are

Whenever we meet “first-timers” at Searsport Shores, we love taking them on a walking tour to discover some of the campground’s “secret treasures”. There are secluded spots hidden throughout the woods, along the trails, and even in plain sight . . . if you know where to look!

One of the best hidden surprises of all is the “Umbrella Tree”. You can climb its carved steps, sit under its cozy canopy of branches, and listen to the gurgling of the stream below.

Or, if you want, you can just climb up, smile, and pronounce yourself Queen of the forest!

Would you like to hunt for the Umbrella Tree?

Here’s a hint: Start on the path behind the playground, look very, very carefully and listen for the sounds of running water.

There are forested paths and hidden bridges throughout the woods, just waiting to be explored. Start here and choose any path!

In the Ocean Tenting area, you may pass the “Swing Site”. When you do, you have to stop for a few minutes (no one will see you!) and swing as high as you can – be a kid again!

“And now,” cried Max, “let the wild rumpus start!” 
― Maurice Sendak, Where the Wild Things Are

If you just need a few moments of quiet, wander into the vegetable gardens, find an old mattress spring trellis covered with fat green leaves and just sit for awhile.

The squash won’t mind.

And did you know that on the second floor of the Art Studio there is a livable little house made entirely of vintage doilies? Sometimes I still can’t believe it’s real!

Lace drifts from above a little bed dressed with a vintage coverlet and handmade pillows.

While a little desk creates a quiet place for journaling.

A lacy flowered curtain covers a window overlooking the gardens, just daring you to push it aside and take a peek.

While the ceiling features shiny glass wishing balls . . . and even a doily skylight!

Hidden in the woods across from the studio are the horseshoe pits, built by campers . . .

And named by them too! *credits to Jolene*

Tucked in opposite the “Pits”, near the entrance to the campground, is the Dog Park, where our canine campers get to run free . . .

and meet new friends!

And I almost forgot about the Searsport Shores goats with their own little community of goat-sized houses, church, school and out-buildings!

Speaking of little buildings . . . these three tiny houses are hidden behind the art studio. Each one sleeps two people comfortably and, yes, they are for rent at the campground office. (No goats in these!)

One thing that is never hidden here at Searsport Shores is the love that is all around us.

It’s what makes Searsport Shores such a special place.

“Oh, please don’t go—we’ll eat you up—we love you so!” 
― Maurice Sendak, Where the Wild Things Are

Hope we’ll see you soon – to discover the secret places at Searsport Shores places that make you happiest!

2 thoughts on “Hidden Secrets of Searsport Shores

  1. What a lovely post ! Searsport Shores is a magical place . You can discover remarkable and special places here and also discover how to be quiet … to smell the pine trees , feel the sun and a gentle breeze on your skin … look at the wonderful skies and the liquid light as the day draws to a close , and reconnect with the natural world , it’s rhythms and beauty . But it doesn’t happen by accident ! Steve and Astrig have created a place that is infused with their generosity of spirit and a vision of what matters in life … they tend it , grow it , and it speaks to those who listen .

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  2. After spending a week at Searsport Shores I’ve become an avid fan of this magical place! I’m glad to see this write up on FB because I never knew it existed tho I’d driven by the entrance numerous times! Thanks for accurately sharing about it!!!👏👏😁❤️🦊

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