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Maine’s new winter camping craze

For the past four winter seasons, Maine Forest Yurts in Durham has capitalized on the love of the outdoors despite the cold. (WGME)

DURHAM (WGME) -- There is a new trend in winter camping and it’s called yurting.

For the past four winter seasons, Maine Forest Yurts in Durham has capitalized on the love of the outdoors despite the cold.

Tucked away on 100 acres is an unconventional campground that has capitalized on a growing trend.

“They can expect a wonderful experience in the woods. They can expect to be disconnected from the craziness of the world right now,” Page Crowley, manager, Maine Forest Yurts, said.

The yurt's wide-open space is comfortable and inviting with hard wood floors and a wood stove to keep you warm.

“First thing, they get the wow experience when they walk through the door, because it's an unusual structure, in that it looks small from the outside but has a cathedral experience inside,” Bob Crowley, owner, Maine Forest Yurts, said.

Each yurt sleeps six people, and they all have a gas stove, pots and pans, and composting outhouses.

“It’s a great getaway and it's a comfortable getaway,” Bob said. “You're off in the middle of the woods, you feel remote.

“Most of our people that come are people that love to be outdoors. They enjoy walking around the property, skiing, snowshoeing, that kind of thing,” Page said.

The property boasts three miles of groomed trails; all of it is family friendly.

“Some families can't afford to go to Florida. They can't do those things, so for us we're in a good location for people who are local to Portland, or Brunswick or Gray. They can come and just be away and feel like they got away for a weekend and they don't need a big expensive price tag on their vacation,” Page said.

Whether that involves a full yurt of people or just one.

“We've had some people that come all by themselves and come in here with a couple of books and don't talk to anybody two or three days,” Bob said.

“I think it's great for people to remember how simple your life can be, and how wonderful your life can be,” Page said.

Bob is the winner of the 17th season of Survivor.

He hosts a survivor challenge every year on the property, which helps raise money for active military, injured veterans, and children to stay at Maine Forest Yurts for free.

You can find more information on Maine Forest Yurts’ website.

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