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You're on the road, and it's the holiday season, but you're not sure what options you have for Thanksgiving in an RV? This article is for you!

Potlucks are a great idea when it comes to putting a big meal together in a small space. Everyone pitches in and brings something, and it's a great way to meet new friends, bonding over good food, family, and the RV lifestyle. Throughout the country, RV parks offer community-style Thanksgiving potlucks. Often the main course is taken care of, and you bring a side dish or dessert to share which surely makes life much easier when you’re only responsible for the green bean casserole or apple pie. Rayburn RV Hideout in Brookeland, Texas, hosts a potluck dinner each holiday. The park provides the main dish and guests offer a side. Check it out!

It’s good to research in advance what parks offer a Thanksgiving celebration. Search for parks that provide potlucks or even sometimes a full-service Thanksgiving feast. In Kentucky, there are some state parks with Thanksgiving dinners and events. Click Here

In Tennessee, there are there are eight parks with restaurants on site like the Riverboat Restaurant at Paris Landing State Park to the Thanksgiving Harvest Buffet at Cumberland Mountain State Park. For a full listing of the state park restaurants in Tennessee and their holiday offerings visit the link to Read More.

We’ve talked about restaurants, RV or state park professionally cooked dinners and potlucks, but that doesn’t mean you can’t cook your own. With a little planning of what to cook and how to best prepare with the space available this route is entirely do-able.

The first thing to consider is the size of your turkey or ham. Unless you're cooking for the full and extended family there is no need to go super large on turkey so why not go with a smaller one? In some cases, you can even go with a light turkey breast vs. the whole turkey.  The same goes for ham. They come in a variety of sizes that should match your cooking space just fine. Another option is to grill or smoke the turkey or ham if your camp provides grills, it’s another option that allows you to make the most of your space.

Are the sides taking up all the cooking space? Make the side dishes and order a pre-cooked turkey from a local grocer that offers this type of service (Order Here). Maybe even buy some premade sides while you’re at it. Take the stress off of yourself to do everything is the key here and it saves time on clean up!

Planning and cooking ahead is always the smart approach. Cook some or all of the sides in advance and keep them in the refrigerator or a cooler until you’re ready to heat.

Crockpots are a life saver AND a space saver. You can put them anywhere so long as you have power nearby. Recipes are always aplenty, and you can get creative with side dishes AND desserts. Read More

The most important thing is to enjoy yourself, your time with family and loved ones and if that means getting a Swanson turkey dinner for two, do it and have a Happy Thanksgiving!


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Massachusetts is not only part of the earliest history of the United States, but is also full of hidden gems and amazing places to visit and experience. Below are a few that are truly fascinating.

From her travels for over three decades through Europe, the Middle East, Asia and more, Isabella Gardner found herself addicted to bringing back strange and beautiful objects from foreign lands. It all started when she lost her first and only child to pneumonia, Isabella suffered a two-year-long depression. Her husband decided to take her on a trip across Europe, sparking a love for life and collections. Isabella collected over two thousand artifacts from paintings to sculptures, drawings, manuscripts, and photographs. 

Her private life remains somewhat of a mystery as she burned thousands of her letters before she died to leave little behind about her personally. What we do know of Isabelle comes from her life as a socialite with a passion for eclectic and rare esoteric possessions from foreign lands.

The House of Paul Revere is the oldest remaining building in downtown Boston Massachusetts.
What you might not have known and about Paul Revere is that he was a silversmith, making everything from belt buckles to 900-pound bells for the town of Boston. He also worked as a dentist which was typical for silversmiths. To prevent demolition, Revere’s great-grandson helped found the Paul Revere Memorial Association and opened the house to the public, in 1908, making it one of the earliest historic house museums in the United States. Representative of colonial architecture, the house sits with period furnishings and a Colonial era garden. In the courtyards lies one of Paul Revere’s silversmith bells.

On a side note: the engraving of the Boston Massacre by Revere was less a piece of art and more to be used as a court document against the British showing exactly where citizens were shot in the square.

The Bulb River consisting of bright purplish-blue grape hyacinths follows a curvy path, not unlike a stream of running water, on the grounds of Heritage Museums & Gardens in Sandwich, Massachusetts. It's bordered with bright yellow daffodils which flow down a gentle hill winding around trees on the grounds of the museum to create the illusion of a flowing river. Aside from the brilliant vibrancy of these flowers in springtime, the fragrance is quite remarkable and beautiful to experience. The brain behind this incredible creation is Les Lutz, the Director of Horticulture and Facilities Management at Heritage. On Mother’s Day, when the bulbs are in full bloom typically, mothers get to enter for free.

Important to note that the bulb river is only in full bloom for about a week. The Heritage opens on April 15th.

Polcari’s Coffee on Salem Street in Boston Massachusetts, established in 1932 by Ralph Polcari, has an enormously wide assortment of herbs, spices, nuts, and coffee beans. Polcari's Coffee is not your average coffee shop. The current owner and virtual son of Mr. Polcari, Bobby Eustace, considers himself a museum keeper, committed to running the business with Mr. Polcari’s intended vision.

If you’re there traveling through during the summer months, be sure to get their Lemon Slushes made fresh outside the shop.

It was during the war of 1812 that the USS Constitution earned the nickname “Old Ironsides” when her crew witnessed shots hitting the ship merely bouncing off the side. The USS Constitution in Boston Massachusetts, which was commissioned by the first US president, George Washington, is the America’s Ship of State. The Ship today can be found at Pier 1 of the former Charlestown Navy Yard in Boston, at the end of the Freedom Trail. Old Ironsides was one of size her size, built in 1794 and was designed more specifically to be heavily armed and better constructed than the ships of the time.

Over the decades the ship has undergone many restorations to maintain the integrity of the vessel and prevent further deterioration. The ship currently keeps a crew of 60 active duty Navy sailors that help promote its mission and the understanding of the Us Navy’s role in war and peace.

The visitation of the USS Constitution is on a first come first serve basis and does require proper identification, such as a driver’s license, though visitors under the age of 18 do not require proof of ID.

In North End Boston Massachusetts, an area of Italian culture and heritage from many regions of Italy, a celebrated with throughout the year with food and parades, St Anthony’s Feast is the largest Italian religious festival in New England. Coordinated by the San Antonio Di Padova Da Montefalcione social club, one of the most vibrant “Little Italy” communities, this event is held annually on the weekend of last Sunday in August. In the North End where the festival is held, you can enjoy over 100 food items, souvenirs, parades and religious services.

There is easy access to the festival right off the Freedom Trail in the North End of Boston.

Massachusetts is so rich with history, both popular and more obscure and every bit worth the visit and tour.

All of these fun facts and more can be found at https://www.atlasobscura.com/things-to-do/massachusetts


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We the people, declare Connecticut, the nutmeg state, home of Yale university, one beautiful place to travel and create some new memories with family and loved ones.

Lyman Orchards in middle field Connecticut is one of the most popular attractions in New England. It’s a family establishment with a long history from generation to generation with plans for future generations to continue to maintain and preserve the land and heritage.

During the summer months, you can pick blueberries, raspberries, peaches, and strawberries and every summer 350,000 red and yellow sunflowers are planted to create Connecticut’s original sunflower maze. Family-friendly events like the fruit festival take place all throughout the year. Make sure to look at their event calendar for food tasting, workshops and more! http://lymanorchards.com/events/

Lyman Orchards Middlefield

Fun and food for all ages, Milford Oyster Festival is an annual cultural fest held on the third Saturday of August. The Festival is considered to be the largest one-day festival in the New England region. Live entertainment is provided, featuring acts like a Rolling Stones tribute show and Blackberry Smoke, a Southern rock and roll band from Atlanta, Georgia. Thirty-five thousand oysters and clams brought to you by East Coast Shellfish Growers Association & the Annual Milford Oyster Festival.  There are tons of great food options as well as beer & wine!

The festival has activities for all ages including arts, crafts, live music, sports, amusement rides, food, and oyster shucking! More info here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Milford_Oyster_Festival

Milford Oyster Festival Milford

The PEZ name comes from the German word for peppermint, “PfeffErminZ”, but was later simplified to just PEZ and was invented in Vienna, Austria by Eduard Haas IIII, as an alternative to smoking.  In 1952, PEZ began selling in the United States. Its first candy manufacturing facility was built in 1973 in Orange, Connecticut. More recently PEZ opened a Visitor Center with the most extensive, most comprehensive collection of PEZ memorabilia on public display in the world! There are sizable structures created from the PEZ dispensers and candy like the PEZ motorcycle built by Orange County Choppers and more. Plenty of games and fun things to do are also available like the PEZ trivia game, factory store for uniquely branded PEZ take home gifts and an interactive historical timeline!

If it's your birthday you can get birthday packages that include a dedicated staff member to host your party, provide goodie bags, pizza, soft drinks and everything the Visitor Center has to offer. You can also find candy making demos with fresh samples supplied to groups of 10 or more Monday-Friday.
Check it out here: https://www.pez.com/visit_us/

PEZ Visitor Center Orange

On to the Colony Grill in Stamford for good eating and pizza with a distinctive history! The original location in Stamford is a post-prohibition tavern opened in 1935. What was then, an Irish immigrant neighborhood in Stamford, Connecticut, Colony became famous for a one-of-a-kind, thin-crust pizza that earned quite the reputation with a signature, spicy and full of flavor “hot oil” drizzled over the top.  The original Irish-American owners of the Colony Grill employed some Italian and Eastern European chefs during the Great Depression that led to what would later become their history-making heritage in thin crust pizza.

Colony Grill Stamford, Fairfield, Milford, Norwalk

Mount Tom Tower, located in Washington Depot at Mount Tom State Park, which is one of the earliest state parks in Connecticut is among the original 15 created between 1913 and 1918. Charles H Senff donated the land in 1911, and after his death, his widow ensured that all followed through and that proper legislation passed to make it official in 1917.

To get to Mount Tom Observation Tower and Mount Tom State Park Litchfield is three flights of stairs up and nearly a one-mile-long hike that ascends Mount Tom to get to the 360n degree tower observation deck, here you can view Massachusetts' Mt. Everett, New York's Catskills, and the Long Island Sound. The stone it’s built from comes from the mountain itself and a former stone fire lookout tower on top of the mountain. The summit of Mt. Tom is 1325 feet above sea level and offers canoeing, swimming, fishing, and hiking.

Mount Tom Tower Mount Tom State Park Litchfield

Additional resources if you're RVing in the area and looking for a place to set up camp we recommend Seaport RV Resort and Campgrounds found here:  https://www.sunrvresorts.com/Community/SPO

While in Mystic there are a number of great restaurants with a variety of settings.
http://www.engineroomct.com/ downhome but modern comfort food with a great selection of spirits.

Another great food spot that really matches the culture and feeling of that area is The Oyster Club. http://www.oysterclubct.com/

What are some of your favorite hidden gems in Connecticut? Comment below, we’d love to hear from you.


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Arizona's Best Hidden Gems

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Arizona is a beautiful place to travel with many uniquely hidden, not so famous, incredibly diverse and amazing landmarks in its terrain that is unlike other states. Located northeast of Flagstaff, about 15 miles from Tuba City is one of Arizona's indeed hidden gems.  Everyone knows the Grand Canyon, but in a very untraveled area between the Hopi and Navajo reservations in northeast Arizona lies the Coal Mine Canyon. Coal Mine Canyon is on the outskirts of the painted desert, a 120 mile stretch of very colorful land in the Moenkopi Wash.

Remote and isolated, Coal Mine Canyon is unique because of the rock or land shape and detail - the colors produced from the sandstone and minerals that vary from a deep rust to a light beige and back to a dark charcoal. The formations consist of wildly contrasting bands of color quickly changing from one to another. During certain seasons, patches of green appear at the bottom of the ravine. The views can be rugged, steep and narrow at points and very wide at others. The canyon has a varied layout of eroded spires, cliffs, hoodoos, also called tent rocks, and gullies all in a spectrum of shapes and colors. It's an incredible sight and a great place for landscape photography.

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While hiking is available in the canyon though not advertised, camping is not. RV parks closer to Tuba City can be used as your base camp. Make sure also to bring plenty of food and water as there isn't a restaurant for about 15 miles or so.  Not too far from Coal Mine Canyon is the meteor crater that does come with an RV park. Hit the canyon in the day and the crater at night while falling asleep to a view of the stars as you've never seen.

A few tidbits on the meteor crater: it’s approximately 50,000 years old, and it sits at an elevation of 1,740 m or 5,710 ft above sea level. It's about 1,200 m (3,900 ft) in diameter, and 170 m or 560 ft deep. At The center, is 210–240 m or 690–790 ft of rubble lying above the crater bedrock. It's a site to see and something worth photographing. The stars at night are as visible as visible gets with the open horizon and no city lights to take away from the celestial beauty after sundown. Additional information on the crater can be found at: www.meteorcrater.com

Next to the Grand Canyon, Sycamore Canyon is the second largest canyon in Arizona. Sycamore is 56,000 acres of greenery and canyon and is only accessible by foot or horseback. Outdoor lovers have plenty of options including hiking, swimming, horseback riding, fishing and observing the wildlife in one of Arizona's most beautiful yet least traveled areas.

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The land and rock in Arizona are full of color and Sycamore Canyon doesn't disappoint. Formations like pinnacles, mesas, arches, and buttes, make the scenery quite astonishing.

Arizona has some beautiful mountainous scenery as well. One that isn't as widely visited is Mount Graham in southern Arizona.

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The mountain's elevation reaches an incredible 10,724 feet. It is the highest elevation in Graham County, Coronado National Forest, and the Pinaleño Mountains. Mount Graham's highest peak itself is frequently referred to as "High Peak." It is twentieth of the 57 ultra-prominent summits of the lower 48 states, and the most prominent in Arizona.

While there, be sure to check out the observatory as well. For additional information visit: http://mgio.arizona.edu/visiting-public

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From Mount Graham we take you even further southeast to Bisbee. In 1877, tracker, Jack Dunn found signs of mineralization that led to Bisbee's growth as a mining city, and by the 20th century, the mining industry was in a boom! Bisbee was one of the largest cities of the time competing with St. Louis and San Francisco.

Bisbee has some of the oldest and most original attractions, from Warren Ballpark to Arizona's first golf course, and community library. All still in operation today. A big draw to this day is the Copper Queen Mine that produced millions of dollars of wealth, not just in copper but also gold, silver and other minerals. In 1975 the mine closed but you can take a tour of the mine today with a retired miner that will give you the experience of what it was like to work there. Check out more information on the tour here: www.queenminetour.com

Something to consider before making the trip is caterpillar/butterfly season. During the spring months, the area becomes infested with caterpillars and ultimately butterflies depending on the time of year. It’s quite the site if you’ve not seen it before.

If you need a place to stay for a couple of days, there is the Queen Mine RV Park www.queenminervpark.com. There are some really neat places to eat as well such as Bisbee’s Table www.bisbeetable.com. The town is full of history and even nightlife if after eating you’d like to hear some live music or check out some art galleries. Also… one last morsel of fun is the Annual Bisbee 1000, The Great Stair Climb. Information on this foot race can be found here: www.bisbee1000.org. Climb the stairs and the enjoy many other fun events that make the race unique.

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These are some of our favorite hidden gems in Arizona.  What are some of yours?


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Hurricane Irma Update

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The following updates are for all of our family in regards to Hurricane Irma,

Port St Lucie and Fort Myers stores closed Thursday thru Sunday, Sept. 7-10.

Sanford and Daytona Beach stores will be closed Friday thru Monday, Sept. 8-11.

Stores will reopen depending on storm progression.

Again we urge everyone to take adequate precautions for such a storm and that we are closing to allow our Family members to be prepared and evacuate if necessary.

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RV Shows to Catch This Weekend

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Are you ready to explore the open road?

RV shows present a rare opportunity to see many recreational vehicles without driving from RV dealer to RV dealer. Most RV shows charge an admission, but ours is FREE.  For many RVers, it’s an opportunity to see such a wide range of motorhomes, travel trailers, fifth wheels, truck campers and even pop up trailers in one place, often at special “show prices.” 
The RV brands vary at each show and include new RVs from top names like Winnebago, Tiffin, Fleetwood RV, American Coach, Heartland, Thor Motor Coach, Dutchmen, Leisure Travel Vans, Roadtrek, Vanleigh RV and more! RV shows also offer a great selection of certified used motor homes and other used RVs.
 Are you ready to see all the RV lifestyle has to offer? Check out these RV shows or go to the  Upcoming Events to see what other RV show events are happening near you!

The road to the creation of Cal Expo began with the state’s 1948 purchase of 1,000 undeveloped acres, which would partially be used as the site of the new fairgrounds.
It was not until the early 1960s, however, that funds were allocated and more specific planning began for the construction of the Cal Expo fair site, which would replace the Stockton Boulevard fair site, which opened in 1909.
Catch more details about this show here: RV Show at Cal Expo

Many of the RV shows are in the country’s top RV destinations, including Arizona, Florida, California, and New Mexico. RV show parking and admission are often Free and many even allow you to bring your pets.
You can take your time browsing everything from Class A diesel pushers to small travel trailers – all in one place. At RV shows, there is something for every lifestyle and budget, and representatives are readily available to answer any questions you may have to help you find the RV that’s perfect for you and your family.
Catch more details about this show here: RV Show at Charlotte count Fairgrounds
If you're in the area for one of these great RV Shows, stop by and see all that we have to offer.
In case you don't know what you're missing, here's a look at a previous show to see the fun you're missing out on, check it out below....
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California Love:Your Ultimate Guide To Camping

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The Guide To Camping In California's 9 National Parks

If you have a love for the great outdoors, California is the place to be. Do you want to know where to go camping and RVing? Here is a  guide to all nine of the state's national parks:

There are nine official national parks, so California has no shortage of opportunities for hiking and camping. You could be marveling over the waterfalls at Yosemite or hiking through some of the tallest trees in the world at Sequoia. Each park has something special to offer. The cool part is that most sites have campgrounds that can accommodate RVs overnight. For campers, here's a guide to where you can set up a tent (or pull up in your motorhome) at each of these national treasures.

1. Yosemite National Park

There are at least 13 maintained campgrounds across the park, ten of which can accommodate RVs and trailers (including fifth-wheels) of various lengths. We believe that seven of them accept reservations, which are an absolute must during the summer because it will get so crowded. Even campgrounds that are on a first come, first-serve basis usually fill up before noon, so make sure to plan accordingly.

Electrical, water, and sewer hookups may not be available, but there are dump stations with fresh water at the highly rated Upper Pines Campground all year, and near Wawona and Tuolumne Meadows Campgrounds during the summer.

2. Death Valley National Park

As the name might suggest, Death Valley is one of the hottest places in the world at the height of summertime, along with deserts in Africa and the Middle East. The desert landscape is made up of deep canyons, salt flats, and sand dunes. It sits in the eastern California and Nevada border in the Great Basin, east of the Sierra Nevada mountains.

For some, this might be considered a perfect winter destination because the national park has many campgrounds, many of which are open all year and occupied on a first come, first-served basis. Wildrose Campground includes sites for vehicles less than 25 feet, with water, tables, and firepits.

3. Pinnacles National Park

Pinnacles National Park provides isolation among disintegrated rock formations, only a few hours outside of San Francisco. Like Death Valley, the park is more mainstream in the cooler months because temperatures are terribly high in mid-year. The park is most enjoyed in the spring when the grass is green and brilliant wildflowers line the trails.

Their campground must be reached from the east side of the park. However, it's all well integrated with tent and RV destinations. The vast majority of the RV locales have electrical hookups, share group tables and BBQ pits, and are sometimes shaded underneath oak trees. Showers and a dump station are accessible along with a natural swimming pool (open from the middle of April through the end of September). Pets are permitted; however, as with most places, they should be kept on a leash at all times. For more information, look at Pinnacles Campground on RV Park Reviews.

4. Joshua Tree National Park

Defined by its famous Joshua trees and rock formations, Joshua Tree National Park has a beautiful landscape. The area, which is located in southeastern California about 140 miles east of Los Angeles, offers scores of opportunities for photography, rock climbing, and hiking for both adults and kids.

Campgrounds are marked across the park with a number of campsites that are mostly first come, first-served. Hookups aren't available, but there are restrooms and RV-accessible water provisions at Black Rock and Cottonwood Spring campgrounds. RVs can also be at the Hidden Valley and White Tank campgrounds, but they cannot exceed a maximum length of 25 feet.

5. Redwood National Park

Redwood National and State Parks will amaze you with their beautiful temperate rainforest. This is home to tall ancient trees, miles of hiking trails, and camping at four campgrounds in the backcountry.
It's been said that in the summer, reservations are essential. All campgrounds welcome RVs and tent campers, but hookups aren't available.

6. Channel Islands National Park

There is no need to fly to Hawaii; just visit Channel Islands National Park. It is known to provide a closer island paradise, and it is just off the Californian coast. Fortunately, there is camping available year-round on each of the five islands, but for RVers, it's very primitive.

7. & 8. Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Parks

Kings Canyon is adjacent to Sequoia National Park in California's Sierra Nevada Mountains, but they are simply managed together as Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Parks. They're known for their huge sequoia trees and have fourteen campgrounds total. The park is home to rattlesnakes, bears, and cougars.

9. Lassen Volcanic National Park

Lassen Volcanic National Park is in Northern California in the town of Mineral. It's rich in hydrothermal sites, the largest being  Bumpass Hell with its acres of bubbling mud pots. Some say the summit of Lassen Peak Volcano offers the best views surrounding the wilderness.

There is much to see and even more, ground to cover. You have to ask yourself, "When will I be traveling to these national parks?" Which one is at the top of your list?

To get the list of National Parks, you can go here: National Park List

Wherever you are in the country, going to a National Park can be an adventure as well as an opportunity to discover the joy of RVing. There are so many parks that it makes sense to stop by a local RV dealer and get the RV that will allow you to experience all the sights. You can stop by one of our convenient locations to experience our Model Year End Sell Down when you click on the image below:

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Top 5 Luxury RV Resorts And Parks

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                   Top 5 Luxury RV Resorts And Parks: Must Travel RV Destinations

Luxury RV resorts and parks are gaining in popularity because of the demand for the opportunity to "experience RV life." These RV resorts can range from desert oasis to exclusive beachfront property.
More and more people are adopting the RV lifestyle, so the demand for "lifestyle" or luxury RV resorts is rising rapidly.

The cost of an upscale hotel versus the cost of staying in RV resort is often disproportionate. Given all the amenities that resorts provide, it is a virtual tie in comfort and experience, as with a 5-star hotel.
We scoured the U.S. to gather the top 5 luxury RV resorts and parks to share with you.

Here are our top 5:

1.) Polson Motorcoach & RV Resort
Montana's #1 rated RV resort offers the very best RV luxury living in the Flathead Lake Region. This resort, which is a short drive to Glacier Park, enjoys majestic views of Flathead Lake and Mission Mountains. (source: http://www.polsonrvresort.com/chd10pg5.asp)

2.) BlueWater Key RV Resort
Located just 14 miles north of Key West, this resort is popular amongst RVers who enjoy exploring, diving and fishing, in the Florida Keys. They were given the Certificate of Excellence in 2016, and they have a very community driven Facebook page which features the lot for the week. Their sites are privately owned with some available for purchase. If you love Key West, this is the resort to be. (source: http://www.bluewaterkey.com/rv_resort.html)

3.) Bella Terra of Gulf Shores RV Resort
Located minutes from the white sands of the Alabama Gulf Coast, this upscale RV community is designed with the discriminating RVer in mind. It has a 600 square foot clubhouse, exercise facilities, infinity pool and oversized tropical lots. This RV resort offers luxury along the Alabama and Florida Emerald Coast in proximity to Gulf Shores, Orange Beach, Foley, and Perdido Key. (source:https://www.bellaterrarvresort.com/resort/)

4.) Hearthside Grove RV Park
Known for its scenic beauty, Petoskey, Michigan is found in the heart of the Midwest’s most popular four-season resort area.
The history of Hearthside begins with two native Petoskey brothers, developers Craig and Kirk Rose. Their parents Wayne and Lorene Rose, built the local KOA campground in the early 1990s and developed this well-loved Petoskey destination into one of the consistently top-ranked and award-winning campgrounds in the nation. (source: http://www.hearthsidegrove.com/about-us).

5.) Vines RV Resort
Nestled in the wine country of Paso Robles, CA, this resort offers fantastic luxury accommodations and amenities that are sure to impress. There is also a wide selection of wineries in the surrounding area's of San Luis Obispo (SLO), Pismo Beach, Hearst Castle and much, much more! (source: https://www.sunrvresorts.com/community/VIN)

New luxury RV resorts and parks are popping up all of the time so we will work hard to share that information with you. Some of these resorts may be a bit more money than traditional RV sites, but as they say, "you get what you pay for."
We hope you enjoyed our list. Please check back with us in the comments after you visit one of these RV resorts or share one you might recommend.

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Campground Weddings: To Do or Not To Do is The Question

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Some RV resorts even have wedding planners.

Across the country, growing numbers of Americans are realizing many campgrounds offer ideal settings for weddings and wedding receptions, according to campground operators and industry officials.

Not only are campgrounds more affordable than hotels or other typical reception venues, but they are also usually far more willing to accommodate weddings, either by letting wedding parties cook their own food or by allowing them to work with outside restaurants and caterers. Some campgrounds even offer their banquet services and wedding planners.

The scenic settings that campgrounds provide also make them alluring and some park operators are finding they can increase their spring and fall shoulder season business by promoting the ability to host weddings and receptions.

And since growing numbers of campgrounds offer rental accommodations, people are finding they can celebrate their weddings over an entire weekend with both their RVing and non-RVing friends.

While many couples like the casual and affordable reception venues and accommodations campgrounds provide, growing numbers of couples also had wedding weekends in some of the nation’s most luxurious campgrounds.

Are Camp Weddings Really Cheaper?

Take the cases of these two weddings:

Wedding 1

Seth and Madison Capps had their wedding at Mill Creek Ranch Resort in Canton, Texas. Park employees helped plan the wedding and reception, using catering services from a Dallas-based chef, according to Madison’s father, Kevin Gattis, who said his daughter’s wedding was “very reasonably priced.”

Some guests arrived at Mill Creek Ranch Resort as early as Thursday night and stayed through the Saturday wedding and reception and didn’t head home until Sunday. While some guests came in their RVs, others stayed in Mill Creek Ranch Resort’s park models and enjoyed the scenic setting, which includes a creek that runs through the resort.

Wedding 2

When Franny Teran and Charlie Freund got married, they organized a weekend full of fun activities for their family and friends at El Capitan Canyon, an upscale campground just north of Santa Barbara, California.

About 150 guests arrived Friday night and spent the whole weekend at the park. Some came in their RVs. Others checked into El Capitan Canyon’s luxurious park model cabins and yurts, while a handful of guests pitched tents.

But while weddings are typically formal events, Franny and Charlie’s wedding weekend started off with a sing-along around a bonfire Friday night as their guests munched on tacos, sipped margaritas and broke the ice with one another.

On Saturday, the guests took part in arts and crafts activities, with some helping to make floral arrangements for the wedding while others painted a “chuppah” or canopy, which Franny and Charlie would stand under during their Sunday wedding ceremony. The chuppah is a tradition in Jewish weddings.

Saturday night’s activities included a Western hoedown with live music and a square dance caller with a barbecue dinner that included tri-tip, chicken, roasted corn and beans.

On Sunday, the late morning wedding ceremony was followed by a brunch reception and karaoke show in which dozens of Franny and Charlie’s guests belted out their favorite songs.


Make sure you don't forget a steamer or iron for the day of the wedding :) Also, just breathe during the day. 

Remember that it's about you as a couple and that nothing else matters. All the details will fall into place. And make sure you hire a wedding videographer. Some couples don't because the think the photos are enough but there's something about a videographer that captures something different, and you will cherish those "real life moments" just as much as pictures. 

It's worth it but remember to save it in your budget! Otherwise just use a small video camera or go pro and pass it around to the guests to capture the whole day. Also, for people who are on a budget. To put this whole wedding into perspective, with all of the supplies + catering + videographer, ours was just under $20K. 

You can easily do a magical wedding for under $20k; you just have to be crafty and strategic about how you use your budget.

If you both love the outdoors, a campground resort can be perfect for your special day. You may have grown up going camping where the wedding can take place, and that can provide so many fun memories a DIY/RV wedding would fit the RV Lifestyle and bring together family and friends.

The Venue Report provides an extensive list of Camping or Glamping wedding venues. Find that list Here: The Venue Report

We look forward to opening our doors to you, and encourage you to explore all the RV lifestyle has to offer: http://lamesarv.com


6 Quick Tips for RV Beginners

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Whether you're a family of weekend campers or a retired couple looking to travel full-time, every RV beginner has to know a few important things before making the maiden voyage. Here are six quick tips to consider:

Tip 1: Decide Whether to Buy or Rent

This isn't always an easy decision, with pros and cons for both. However, when you consider a few key factors, the answer becomes clearer.

Buy: You plan to go RV camping often or full-time and you have storage for the times when you aren't traveling.
Rent: You plan to go on a single trip, or want to test the waters before making a purchase.

Tip 2: Get to Know Your RV

With little road experience, it's especially important that RV beginners take time to learn how the motorhome works, even if it's just a rental. If something breaks, you should be able to assess the problem, and potentially fix it. This saves time and money spent at a mechanic.

When you get to know your RV, you're less likely to make operational errors. For example, if you don't know how many amps your main breaker can handle, there's a good chance you'll blow it. This is a potentially expensive error that can be avoided by getting to know your rig.

Tip 3: Take a Practice Drive

Consider the roads you plan to drive on, and take a smaller trip on similar terrain. As an RV beginner you don't yet know what will move around in the living area or how hard it will be to switch lanes, ascend hills, and park.

Once you know the intricacies of driving an RV, you can make necessary adjustments. For example, if your drawers pop open, which they often do, you need to find a way to keep them shut.

Tip 4: Bring Tools and Spare Parts

Pack a well-stocked tool kit, and add in the things that your RV might need, like extra fuses, light bulbs, jumper cables, nuts, bolts and connectors. In addition, be sure to bring parts that are unique to your rig. Without these, you risk having to wait for the part to be ordered and shipped.

Tip 5: Don't Wing It

The urge to be spontaneous is tempting when your home is on wheels. There's a certain pleasure in going where you want, when you want. Still, we recommend you have a plan: It does help, however, to have a solid plan in place if it's your first time planning an RV trip.

When RVing, plan:

The budget: How much you can allocate for food, fun and overnight stays.
Your food supply: To buy and or out.
The route: The one you plan to take and alternate options.
Stops: The places you want to see along the way.
Campgrounds: Where along the route you plan to call it a night.

Tip 6: Create a Campground Setup Checklist

As an RV beginner, you might not have a campground routine yet. Therefore, having a checklist will ensure everything is set up as it should be. Your checklist should include:

Check the site for low hanging branches or obstacles on the ground.
Locate the electrical, water and sewage hookups.
Pull your RV in, close to the hookups, and level it with blocks or stabilizing jacks, if necessary.
Secure your rig by chocking the wheels.
Connect to the electrical hookup, and switch your appliances to pull from this source of power, instead of the battery or propane.
Attach your sewer hose to the drain hook-up—be sure to wear gloves for this process.
Put out your awning and set up the campsite.

RV beginners have a lot to look forward to: RVing is a great way to travel and explore the outdoors. However, knowing the basics is important to having a stress-free trip.

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