Just returned home from a long weekend camping at Gray's.
Calling in to make reservations - friendly and accomodating. We were looking for a pull thru spot as we have a 34' toy hauler and wanted to make sure we could get our motorcycles out of the trailer easily as previous reviews mentioned the tight quarters. First question back from the person on the phone when I mentioned motorcycles was... "They aren't Harley's are they?". Well, matter and fact yes they are! I felt the need to let the woman know that we are not young kids and are absolutely respectful as we know our bikes are loud. We continued to make the reservations and all was good even though I was put off by her question.
We arrived late Friday evening (after 11), found our spot, unloaded the bikes (stealthy I might add - didn't even start them) and set up as best we could in the dark. The next morning - we rearranged and were completely situated. About 10ish we were (4 of us) eating breakfast at the picnic table when a man (the owner I assume) stopped and asked us to move the corner of our carpet back 2 feet so not to be on the grass. Really? Ok, so we moved the carpet back. No big deal and I didnt want to push it based on the other reviews on here. I can appreciate wanting to keep the grass nice. But was thinking..oh boy - here we go....
The spot we had was very nice. A few small dead trees could be taken down so to make it easier when backing in your trailer. Spot was large, water and power in a good location. Fire pit and picnic table are nice touches. We did have a large mud puddle/area right in the main grassy area of our location. It was very inconvenient as I walked thru it several times, even slid and fell once. They should put rubble in it or rocks around that area as it probably never dries up. Must be a natural spring or something that keeps the ground very wet there. It's about 3 foot in diameter. Not a huge deal - just a nuisance. Other than that the spot was great. We were on the rocky side of the beach area. Very nice.
The beach (very small - maybe 50 feet) was only a hundred yards away. Not really a beach in my opinion as it's so small. But a great place to launch your kayak. Waves are small as it's in the Bay.
Facilities are a good walk thru the park. Not a big deal. Showers cost $.25 for 10 minutes. Shower/Bathroom facilities smelled of urine - probably just the old floors in the place. Clean none the less.
Bring all the little items you think you will need. The closest store is a few minutes down the road by vehicle. Nothing on site.
They offer cooking service for your lobsters at a nominal fee. There is wifi available but there is a cost involved with that too and it's not cheap. You're better off using your own wifi on your phone and paying the phone company (which would be less - just sayin). I'm not sure why they charge for it as no one does these days. A simple and inexpensive perk for your quests. Also there is a cost for fire wood - which is fine. But it's a couple dollars more than just down the road - so if you want to save a few bucks, stop on your way in or run out to grab some. It's the cost of convenience I guess.
The sites are a little pricier that others in the area. Granted you're On the water, but since they are a little more expensive - I would have expected to get free wifi, and a free shower. I felt like they were nickel and diming us. I borrowed a cork screw from the office and was waiting for them to charge me lol. Not a big deal - just have to mention.
When walking through the campgrounds, all the sites are very nice - i dont think there is a bad site at all actually. They are tightly packed together and there are a few "resident" sites that looked like folks were there for the entire season. Cabins looked nice. It does seem like an older community - nothing for kids to do other than the small beach area. No swings, slides, pool, etc. Everyone we ran into was very friendly.
There is not a sewer hook up on your site - but they do have a waste station. It's located behind the shower area and a tight squeeze to get there if you have a large rig. But works out just fine. They provide a garden hose so you can rinse your hoses. We appreciated that.
They also have someone to help park your rig if you get into a jam. They mentioned it on the phone and I heard them discussing it with our neighbor next to us who was having a hard time backing in his trailer.
All in all it was a lovely spot - people were nice - great location. Boothbay is only a short drive away. It wasnt crowded in late September which is perfect for us. It's probably hopping busy during the regular season.
Give it a try!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Beautiful little campground on the ocean with a variety of sites, some with spectacular views! Nice rv & tent sites available. We have kayaks to rent & lobsters to eat! Gray's has a nice clean bathhouse & a lovely natural setting campground. The people in the office are friendly & helpful & can direct you to hiking trails, or the Botanical Gardens, or into Boothbay Harbor. In the Harbor you will find boat trips, restaurants, ice cream, mini-golf, galleries & shops, just to name a few. This is a gem of a spot where ships sail by everyday, & where you can bring your coffee & watch the sunrise on the point every morning...A genuine Maine experience! ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Gray`s Homestead Oceanfront Campground Hotel Boothbay Harbor
- Gray's Homestead Oceanfront Campground Boothbay Harbor, Maine