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Vacationing can be an occasion to bring people together, and many campgrounds and RV resorts have special areas dedicated specifically for this purpose. From organized rallies to family reunions, group vacations are a wonderful way to stay connected and have something to look forward to year after year.
Some resorts, such as Orange City RV Resort in Orange City, Florida, and Club Naples RV Resort in Naples, Florida are designed in a way that is particularly rally-friendly, which makes it easy to partition off sections of the resort or have dedicated areas for these groups. Other resorts, like Indian Creek RV & Camping Resort in Geneva on the Lake, Ohio, have an indoor, climate controlled pavilion that rally groups can utilize and which easily holds up to 250 comfortably. Groups come for varying lengths of time from a weekend to a week or more, and have full access to all the fantastic resort amenities during their entire stay.Rallies provide a sense of comradery and community... [Read more...]
Today find us pulling out of a wonderful park in North Carolina; the ‘RV Tanglewood’ Campground, located just west of Winston-Salem in Clemmons, NC. This well manicured, 44 site RV park (no tents allowed), is conveniently located just off of I-40, but is blissfully lacking in road noise and traffic! We had a lovely stay here, and there was so much to do without even leaving the park!
The campground is adjacent to a 1100 acre public park that boasts all sorts of fun amenities such as TWO award-winning golf courses, and a driving range, an inexpensive grill/restaurant in the clubhouse, horseback riding, pedal boats, fishing, and tennis courts! Just looking to relax? The park features extensive paved walking paths for leisurely walks, biking, or jogging on. Be sure to check out the Manor House, which is a bed and breakfast; even if you aren’t interested in staying at the Manor House, they have an incredible Arboretum maintained by master gardeners.
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March 31, 2014 by Cynthia Baum · 1 Comment
Best Ways of Surviving Poison Oak—most recently tried and found to be true.
With summer right around the corner and more outdoor time being scheduled—here is a little warning for those who want to avoid a red, swollen, itchy, uncomfortable, pus-filled, raised and blistery rash that lasts about a week (and oftentimes longer). Pay close attention since these plants (poison sumac, ivy, and oak) grow everywhere in the United States (with the exception of Hawaii, Alaska, and some desert areas of the southwestern United States) and look different depending on the region.
First off, Avoidance Is Key!
Look out for these three-pronged leaves that tend to grow near creeks, streams and riverbeds. They sometimes have little white flowers and often grow in shaded areas of trails. Also, the leaves tend to change color in the fall, from yellow to red. If you know you will be in an area where it grows, wear protective clothing that covers skin where you could come in contact with plant.
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Once you have experienced Montana, a mountainous, scenic land with the biggest skies you have ever seen; only then will you fully appreciate all that it has to offer and understand why they call it “The Big Sky Country.” With relaxing hot springs, golf courses, and ample outdoor recreational activities, visitors will be amazed by this wondrous, stunning paradise.
There is abundant wildlife and big game to be found on the large areas of Deer Lodge National Forest near Georgetown Lake and other public lands nearby. Hunting is available to the public in many areas and many local establishments provide hunting licenses for visitors and locals alike. While a permit may be necessary for some of these, visitors may hunt any of the following: bear, fowl, mountain lion, moose, deer, and elk.
With countless streams, rivers, creeks, and mountain lakes, there are numerous other activities to choose from as well. Kayaking, white water rafting, canoeing, snowshoeing, cross country skiing, and... [Read more...]
Sedona, Arizona has been ranked as one of the Travelers’ Choice 2013 Top 25 Destinations in the United States.
Located at the base of Oak Creek Canyon, another scenic destination, Sedona is renowned for its stunning rock formations such as Cathedral Rock. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved
Coming in at lucky 13, Sedona is pleased with the abundance of positive feedback and awe-inspiring reaction of both long time visitors and newcomers, according to Chamber news release.
“Sedona is a true oasis, a vacationer’s paradise in the middle of the Arizona desert. Here, you’ll find resorts and spas, canyons and red rock formations,” said TripAdvisor.
“Bell Rock and Oak Creek Canyon are great hiking spots, and the dramatic architecture of the Chapel of the Holy Cross is a religious experience itself. When the sun dips down below the horizon it introduces the best show in Sedona: the night sky.”
“On behalf of the Sedona Chamber of Commerce & Tourism... [Read more...]
Ready for some excellent fishing, delicious sandwiches, baked delicacies, and the best microbrew you ever tasted? Head to Georgetown Lake, just a few miles outside of Anaconda, Montana and enjoy the locally-inspired specialties.
Eat like the locals at one of the delicious restaurants and enjoy one of their famous pork chop sandwiches and delicious local delicacies of baked buttterhorns (donuts) and sweetie pies (pastries). Then top it off with a yummy Montana microbrew (beer produced in a small local brewery). After dinner, you might also want to check out the Copper Village Museum and Arts Center, which features interesting exhibits with local art and history.
Just 14 miles west of Anaconda, the picturesque Georgetown Lake offers a vast selection of countless activities year round. Nestled in the middle of three enormous mountain ranges, Georgetown Lake is located 6,425 feet above sea level and extends for over 3,700 acres. The three scenic mountain ranges surrounding it are... [Read more...]
If you tour Cajun Country you’re bound to encounter crawfish. It’s as inevitable as BBQ in Texas, lobster in Maine, beans in Boston, or potatoes in Idaho.
Between every row in a flooded rice field is a long line of traps with bright orange tops that poke out of the water every few feet. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved
Crawfish, mudbugs, crawdads, or crayfish—call them what you will—are woven into Cajun culture.
They raise them, catch them, eat them, and sing about them. They even adopt them as the official state crustacean (July 1983). And for a critter that impacts the state economy to the tune of $120,000 million annually, the adulation seems about right.
Crawfish are native to the Louisiana coast, where open water provides a perfect habitat for the crustaceans to burrow and grow.
Rice has been a mainstay of Louisiana agriculture since the 18th century. It is one of the few crops the wet and silty soil is able to support.
For years, crayfish was a wild product, harvested... [Read more...]
March 29, 2014 by Dana Ticknor · 1 Comment
In February, our family hauled our 40′ toy hauler from sunny Floriday, to freezing New Jersey. Obviously, we had to have a really imploring reason for traveling up north during the winter, and we did! Our oldest son was deploying overseas, and we had the chance to spend some time with him before he left.
We had left our home state of Montana last November, and we had not seen him since. We could text and call him anytime, but it’s not the same as getting to see him, as you snowbirds who leave your families up north, well know. We knew before we left this winter that he would be deploying, and it would be from New Jersey, so even tho we ‘did’ the east coast last year, and did not intend to go there again so soon, we found ourselves heading that way again this year. We spent Christmas in TX, 3 weeks in Louisiana ( <3 ), then went over to FL for a few more weeks. Our son let us know the tentative dates for a 3 day pass his unit had been told they would... [Read more...]
Crave more out of your summer vacation than the norm: beaches, beaches, and more beaches? Want to see the biggest skies you’ve ever laid eyes on?? If the answer to those questions is “yes,” then head to a little town with BIG views: Anaconda, Montana!
Nestled in the beautiful mountainous southwestern region of Montana, Anaconda is eight miles north of the Continental Divide. Once a thriving industrial community, Anaconda is now visited mostly for its natural beauty, characterized by its crystal-clear lakes, towering snow-capped mountains, densely timbered forests, and immense outdoor recreational opportunities.
Set up camp at the lovely Hunters RV Park (see picture above) and bask in the most gorgeous views you have ever seen! Then head downtown and visit the historic Washoe Theater for a taste of the old Anaconda. Arrange the dates for your stay for July so that you can take a stroll through Art in Washoe Park. This fabulous arts and crafts show features delicious... [Read more...]
Get away to a place unlike any other…Hatteras Island is exquisitely scenic and pristine. Visit Rodanthe or Hatteras on the lush Hatteras Island in North Carolina for a one-of-a-kind vacation.
The U.S. Coast Guard was essentially founded in 1874 in the Village of Rodanthe, on Hatteras Island, at the famous Chicamacomico Lifesaving Station. Considering this laid-back island boasts seventy-two miles of unspoiled beaches with ideal, temperate weather, excellent surf, and warm water, you’ll likely find yourself enjoying some relaxing time in the sun while you are here. Whether for a fun, recreational activity in the refreshing water or to pursue a warm, relaxing spot to unwind; this gorgeous coastline offers the best wide, sheltered, and sand dune-spotted beaches, that sidle up alongside vast natural marshlands. Also nearby, for after the beach, are the Water Fall Amusement Park, 850-foot long Hatteras Island Fishing Pier, and eclectic Surf shops for your perusal. You... [Read more...]
Ready for a break from your life? Want to get away for a while? Kitty Hawk and Manteo offer just the right combination of blissfully natural settings, historic venues, rolling dunes, and endless beaches.
On the northernmost beach of the Outer Banks of North Carolina, Kitty Hawk is a charming town that offers a quaint, relaxing environment that boasts a traditional village, cottage-filled beach community, and the Kitty Hawk Woods, a massive maritime forest. To this day, the origin of the name of the town is a matter of local debate and happens to be where the Wright brothers opted to perform their aviation experiments. It is not really all that surprising, once you consider the ideal conditions that exist here for glider launching: steady winds, gently rolling hills, and remote sandy location. Today you can visit the Wright Brothers National Memorial Park and Museum, where for four years they experimented and finally perfected the art of soaring and controlling an aircraft, back... [Read more...]
Anvil Campground celebrated 60 years of making great memories for RV travelers during a fun-filled pig roast on March 1 at the Williamsburg, Virginia, RV Park.
Guests and staff gathered at the 60 for 60 party to enjoy succulent roasted pork and delicious cake, and to reflect on six decades of fun and family togetherness at the Good Sam Park, which boasts an impressive 9.5/9.5*/8.5 rating in the Good Sam RV Travel Guide and Campground Directory. On hand were members of the Jump family, who founded the campground in 1954 and own it to this day.
Highlights of the event included pork roasting on an open barbecue, comments and recognition from members of the Jump family, and delicious cakes recognizing the milestone. There was even a cake baked in the shape of an anvil!
Join us in wishing for 60 more years of great guest experiences at Anvil Campground, located close to Colonial Williamsburg and other area attractions. The Jump family boasts historic ties to the development of Colonial Williamsburg,... [Read more...]
Visiting Vegas and looking for more to do than the usual Vegas hot spots? Want to experience some spectacular desert sunsets outside the city? Hop off the Las Vegas strip for a respite from the crowds, lights, and craziness, for some fun outdoor adventure in this immaculate desert landscape.
An hour outside of Las Vegas and only six miles from the beautiful Lake Mead, The Valley of Fire State Park is the very oldest and largest state park in Nevada. With 3,000 year-old Indian petroglyphs, ancient trees, and petrified wood, the Valley of Fire is a great place for photography, picnics, hiking, camping, and more. The red sandstone formations that make up the present landscape are what remain from a time when dinosaurs roamed the region. The scenic great sand dunes have shifted, followed by the uplifting and faulting, and then extensive erosion, over the centuries. There really is no other place quite like it and it draws those people seeking refuge from the glam and glitter of... [Read more...]
Not big on gambling, but want to go to an exciting and lively place with lots to do? Brought the kids or grand kids along with you? Not to worry, there is much to do that doesn’t include stepping a foot inside a casino in Vegas.
Taking the kids with you and still want to make the most of your time in Vegas? No problem–Head over to the 5-acre, indoor Adventuredome Theme Park at Circus Circus. Offering 25 exhilarating rides and attractions, this is just one of the many places along the strip that is kid-friendly. There is also the Shark Reef Aquarium at Mandalay Bay, housing North America’s largest and only predator-based aquarium.
Enjoy some world class golf in one of the many championship golf courses nearby. Just over a half hour away from the strip, Lake Mead National Recreational Area also offers recreational opportunities year-round to boaters, fishermen, swimmers, water skiers, and more. On land, try out some hiking and biking trails or take the family... [Read more...]
Driving and sightseeing near Dawson City is a once in a lifetime opportunity you don’t want to miss out on. Pack up and get ready for a bit more history and lots more eye candy!
For a truly picturesque drive, take Dempster Highway to the “Patagonia of the Northern Hemisphere,” where a wide range of flora and fauna are known to grow like no other place in North America. This new phenomenal park, formerly called Tombstone Territorial Park, protects 2,000 square kilometers of subarctic wilderness in the southern part of the Ogilvie Mountains. Many come from all around the world, including sight-seers, bird-watchers, hikers, photographers, wildlife viewers and anyone else who enjoys being surrounded by a stunningly natural setting filled with wondrous landforms, stellar views, and mountainous peaks. A great thing to know about this unique park is that it can be viewed and appreciated right from the luxury of your car/RV; all you have to do to witness its beauty is to literally drive... [Read more...]
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