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Obscure Tourist Destinations

December 5, 2014 by · 1 Comment 

Obscure Tourist Destinations

Every winter thousands of Canadians and Americans from the northern climes head south to the U.S Sunbelt. The snowbird hotspots include vast stretches of the Florida coastline, a variety of popular Arizona desert locations, and Palm Springs. Canyon Vistas RV Resort, Gold Canyon, Arizona © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved Imagine instead going to more obscure tourist destinations. Like the popular hotspots, you’ll find a variety of shopping, quality restaurants, excellent golfing, bird watching, fishing, outdoor recreation, entertainment, top rate medical facilities, friendly people, and much more. Following are three obscure snowbird destinations in the U.S sunbelt. Gold Canyon, Arizona Gold Canyon is adjacent to the Superstition Mountain Wilderness and at the foothills of Superstition Mountain, which offer thousands of square miles of public land for hiking, off road trails, bike riding, photography, and other outdoor sports. Gold Canyon offers a wide variety of activities and attractions:... [Read more...]

Holiday Parties in the RV

December 4, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Holiday Parties in the RV

The holiday season is upon us and with the holidays comes lots of fun holiday parties in the RV, featuring tons of yummy food, treats, and exciting games! To host a holiday party that is both spectacular and successful, you need a few necessary ingredients. To start, you need: a warm and cozy location (your RV), some yummy eats, and maybe a game or two. Set the scene in your RV. You are going to want to decorate accordingly to achieve the right ambiance (think lights, music, and candles). This touches on three out of the five senses. Yummy eats can come in many forms, from baked goods to store-bought items, or consider having a potluck-style party, where each guest brings something yummy to share. There are scrumptious finger foods – think pigs in a blanket or yummy meatballs – as well as delicious holiday drinks: eggnog and rum, or hot spiced apple cider. For one of the games, you can hold a gift exchange with an fun edge to it, such as a White Elephant gift exchange.... [Read more...]

Birds of a Feather Flock Together at these RV Resorts

December 1, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Birds of a Feather Flock Together at these RV Resorts

Experience a desert oasis for birds in the Texas Rio Grande Valley. Nestled along a 120-mile stretch of historic river road is a network of nine separate birding sites from Roma to South Padre Island that make up The World Birding Center. Habitats in this area range from coastal wetland and freshwater marshes to lush riverside thickets and dry shrub land, drawing almost 500 different species of birds to this major migration corridor. Located at the convergence of two flyways, or migration paths, the Rio Grande Valley is home to many tropical bird species found nowhere else in the United States. There is also an abundance of northern species migrating north to avoid the cold winter or north to take advantage of the northern breeding, so this area gets a great variety of birds coming and going throughout the year. Popular species include a large selection of waterfowl that include swans, geese and ducks. You can also spot birds of prey like falcons, eagles, hawks and owls or delight in colorful... [Read more...]

Tailgating 101

November 13, 2014 by · 1 Comment 

Tailgating 101

Tailgating at events with your RV is no longer just about grilling some hotdogs over a mini charcoal grill. Tailgating has become a culinary and social art form, the success of which will be determined by your guests. Your abilities to perform like a 4-star chef and social director are what will make your tailgating party a praise-worthy event. Nothing makes your party a success like the food, and dishes that will satisfy your party and not leave you exhausted from the preparation require the right recipes. For instance this simple, cold TexMex Layered Spicy Black Bean dip from myrecipes.com received 5 stars. Ingredients: 1 (8-oz.) package cream cheese, softened 1 (16-oz.) jar spicy black bean dip 1/2 (8-oz.) package shredded Mexican cheese blend Toppings: sliced green onions, chopped tomatoes, sliced black olives Assorted tortilla and corn chips Preparation Layer cream cheese, dip, and cheese in a 1-qt. serving dish. Add toppings, and serve with chips. Every good tailgate party also... [Read more...]

Mouth of the South (Largemouth, that is!)

November 1, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Mouth of the South (Largemouth, that is!)

Surrounded by saltwater and an abundance of freshwater inland lakes, the state of Florida is well known for its fantastic fishing, luring thousands of fishing fanatics to its many shores each year. Inland lakes are particularly popular because they have some of the best bass fishing in the world, with largemouth bass being the most popular freshwater game fish in Florida. Largemouth bass are not only one of the most sought after freshwater fish in Florida, it’s also the official state freshwater fish. This popular species is in season all year, so they’re always a sure bet for the snowbirds and visitors that Florida reels in year after year. The Kissimmee Chain of Lakes and Lake Okeechobee are always popular choices for bass fishing – both ranking in the top 25 of Bassmaster’s top 100 bass lakes of 2014. The Kissimmee Chain of Lakes consists of eight lakes with Lake Tohopealiga, Lake Cypress and Lake Kissimmee standing apart as the cream of the crop of this chain. Boasting a... [Read more...]

Hosting An Awesome Tailgate Party

October 3, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Hosting An Awesome Tailgate Party

Hosting an Awesome Tailgate Party really comes down to just two things: Scrumptious Food and Delicious Drinks! Whether its after a big game, a close race, or a tight chase, tailgate parties bring fans together to celebrate their favorite sports team, race car driver, or professional athlete! When planning on hosting an awesome tailgate party, one must first consider the venue. If you have an RV, bring it! For one thing, it has your kitchen, bathrooms, and even a bed for those who party too hard, too fast and need a couch or bed to sleep it off on! Ideally you and your guests will have a nice warm meal and some refreshing drinks after your sporting event and BEFORE hitting the hay, but you just never know! As the delightful host of the tailgate party, you will want to think of everything ahead of time, so that you don’t have to leave the event for a run to the store and wind up stock in the inevitable traffic that comes along with any major sporting event. You should stock up on... [Read more...]

28th Annual American Sand Sculpting Championship At Fort Myers Beach

October 1, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

28th Annual American Sand Sculpting Championship At Fort Myers Beach

Who says you have to be a kid to play in the sand? The highly anticipated 28th Annual American Sand Sculpting Championship at Fort Myers Beach is almost upon us with participants and spectators alike preparing for a great time with an amazing display of sand art right on the beach! This event has gained international attention in recent years, attracting sculptors from the United States and abroad to compete. Now the largest sand sculpting event in the state of Florida, it’s been hailed as one of the 10 best sand sculpting competitions by USA Today and recognized as a top 20 event of the entire southeastern United States by the Southeastern Tourism Society. From November 21-30, 2014, master sand sculptors will put their skills to the test to create amazing sand sculptures for the chance to hold one of the coveted titles of the American solo champion and American doubles champion. Along with their title, winners also enjoy a year’s worth of bragging rights, which may be the biggest motivating... [Read more...]

Off-Season RV Camping

September 24, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Off-Season RV Camping

Off-Season RV Camping Off-season RV camping can offer advantages and great rewards with few drawbacks.  The need to make reservations for campsites in advance may not be necessary. This allows you to stay where and for how long you desire without worrying about schedules.  Some premium water-view campsites normally impossible to get may well be easily attainable.  All of this at probably a shoulder or off season rate. RV campgrounds and resorts are much quieter during the off seasons.  This can further add to the relaxation normally associated with camping.  Should this also coincide with school being in, the lack of children may appeal to some. While some attractions may be closed for the season, many may not.  Those that are open generally will be less attended allowing easier access and perhaps a reduced admission cost.  Rides and specific shows that require wait times of 10 to 30 minutes at some theme parks may have no wait time. Great restaurants that are normally packed with... [Read more...]

RVing at Theme Parks

September 19, 2014 by · 6 Comments 

RVing at Theme Parks

The best way to visit a theme park is to take the RV with you! It’s perfect for those inevitable (and necessary) rest times in-between shows or after a nonstop fun, full morning of rides!  You will take the best nap ever in your home away from home. You’ll even have a full kitchen at your disposal for making scrumptious meals – not to mention save you an arm and a leg on not-so-scrumptious, expensive theme park food. Plus, you can skip carrying a heavy backpack around the park with sweaters and snacks, since the RV will be fully stocked and just a short jaunt away. Have kids? Not to worry, naptimes and meal times are a cinch with the RV parked right outside the theme park. So as you can see, there really is no better way to visit a theme park than to stay at the RV Park in your home sweet home on wheels! Not only will you have the ultimate convenience of staying right at your destination (without having to concern yourself with driving to/from the theme park), but you’ll... [Read more...]

RVing to Mount Rushmore

August 14, 2014 by · 7 Comments 

RVing to Mount Rushmore

Mount Rushmore entrance Several years ago, we traveled to Mount Rushmore on one of our extended summer RV trips. It was a memorable experience for all, including our two teen-aged children, who were 13 and 14 at the time. Our ultimate destination was Yellowstone National Park, but we made a point to stop and spend a night in South Dakota on the way so that we could visit Mount Rushmore. As we neared our destination, we headed into Custer State Park and enjoyed a lovely picnic lunch at a picnic site along the Park road. While RVing to Mount Rushmore, we drove through the meandering roads in the park and encountered burros, bison and three elk! Now the kids were paying attention. We settled in for the night, eagerly anticipating our visit to the Mount Rushmore monument the next day. The next morning, bright and early, found us heading into the monument as soon as it opened. Immediately we were impressed by the grand entrance as we walked under the stone archway and down the aisle of flags... [Read more...]

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