21
Jul

Staying Cool In The Summertime

We LOVE the summer! School’s out, no homework, no crazy schedules, it’s camping season, and the weather is, well, amazing! (Minus the ‘occasional’ rain shower) While you’re at our resort, there are plenty of activities to keep you cool – including the pool! The kids could stay in there all day, couldn’t they? And for good reason! Marco Polo, splash dance, water volleyball, or just splashing around with friends under the hot summer sun can be the BEST.DAY.EVER!

So, other than turning on the trusty air conditioning, how can you stay cool this season?

Here’s how…

  • STAY HYDRATED. When you get overheated, your body can dehydrate rather quickly. And dehydration can lead to some major health issues. Caffeinated and alcoholic beverages can dehydrate you so drink them in moderation! The best way to hydrate – DRINK WATER, and a lot of it – which will rehydrate the body & also cool you down!
  • EAT & DRINK COLD THINGS. A bowl of hot soup, a cup of tea, or a steaming dinner plate are definitely not summer-friendly food items! Keep your food and drink choices COOL! Popsicles, cold soups, smoothies, salads, and frozen fruits are just a few of the foods that can keep your belly full and your body cool! This is the perfect season for ice cream…with all the fixings!
  • FIND THE SHADE. There are plenty of reasons to be out and about around the resort. But, when the sun is strong, you must also spend some time in the shade. Although the temperature may not be that different, it could feel 10 – 15 degrees COOLER in the shade. Plus, too much sun isn’t good for your skin. (Remember your sunscreen – EVERY day – even when it looks cloudy!)

We have so many exciting things happening around the resort this season. Bring your friends, your family, and your pets – exciting memories are just around the corner!

13
Jul

We Want Smore

We know that making s’mores is considered a camping cliche, but they are just SO good we had to dedicate (at least) one camping blog post to this delicious dessert! Ooey gooey toasted marshmallows sandwiched between 2 graham crackers with a (generous) piece of heavenly chocolate – it’s the perfect snack for morning, noon, or night.

Rumor has it this decadent treat was actually invented by the Girl Scouts! (Thanks, Girls!) S’mores bring family and friends together. They are easy to make on a grill, campfire, or in the oven! And, while the “standard s’more” is an oldie but goodie, there are some simple ways to shake up the traditional version. You won’t want to miss these:

  • ADD PEANUT BUTTER. If you’re a Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup lover, this version may be obvious to you! But, have you tried it yet? You should! You will LOVE the combo of creamy PB & melted chocolate!
  • ADD PRETZELS. Can’t decide between salty and sweet? That’s OK – with this version of the s’more, you don’t have to! You can add a pretzel in the marshmallow-y middle of the traditional s’more or you can substitute the pretzels in for the graham crackers!! Brilliant, right?
  • USE CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIES. Everyone loves a chocolate chip cookie! Make your s’more extra chocolate-y by substituting chocolate chip cookies in place of the graham crackers. Hold on to your sweet tooth – it may not be able to handle this super delicious s’mores version!
  • USE OREOS. Smooth, toasted marshmallows and rich, melted chocolate sandwiched between the world’s favorite sandwich cookie – the Oreo! Need we say more?

Whether you choose a traditional s’mores recipe or you add in some extra pizzaz, your tastebuds will thank you! And, if we’ve sparked your interest, here are over 60 s’more recipes that will have you begging for…s’more! After all, when you’re dealing with melted chocolate, the s’more, the merrier! (We can’t stop!) Who’s ready for dessert?
http://www.delish.com/cooking/recipe-ideas/g2782/smores/

7
Jul

Finding Fitness In the Great Outdoors

Hello Camping Family! We hope you had a wonderful Fourth of July holiday and are soaking in the long, dog days of summer. Isn’t camping season the best?

Families and friends visit our resort to relax, unwind, and spend quality time together! And where does everyone always end up? Around the ‘kitchen’ table because we all love to laugh, share memories, and EAT! There are TONS of delicious camping recipes out there (some that we plan to share at a later date) but balance is key to a healthy lifestyle.

So we’re coming at you with ways for you to find your fitness while you’re visiting our resort!

  • Take a hike (or walk)!

Hiking is a great way to explore, and a great way to burn calories – on average, 250 calories per hour. Hiking and walking can improve your cardiovascular fitness and muscle strength. It’s also a great way to exercise your mind and clear your thoughts!

  • Go for a run!

If your body can handle this high-impact workout, running is a great cardio option! The benefits of running include stress relief, weight loss, and it has been shown to decrease your risk of certain diseases. And, like hiking, it’s a great way to explore your surroundings!

  • Take a dip in the pool or lake!

Ahhh, swimming! It’s low-impact so it’s easy on the joints and can be a great workout option for people of all ages. It’s a great total body workout, good for your heart, and can help tone all of your muscles!

  • Play games!

Watch your kids play together and you can learn some great workout tips. A friendly game of tag, a little basketball, riding bikes….They’re constantly running and jumping, lunging and squatting; they sure do keep it interesting. Follow in their footsteps – literally!

The most important thing to take away from this post is to choose a workout option that you’ll enjoy – that way it won’t feel like “work”. Stay active, have fun, and Happy Camping!

1
Jul

Pin-Worthy Extravagant Extras

We are in the home stretch of our “Pin-worthy Camping Tips” Series and we hope you’ve been enjoying! Let us know if you tried any of the delicious camping recipes, family-friendly camping games, or if you’ve picked up any of our must-have camping items. Today, we’re coming in with even more tips to get you geared up and ready for your next camping vacation with us. We are bringing you Extravagant Extras! You don’t NEED them on your next camping trip – but we think you’ll really WANT some of them! You can pin your favorite tips to your own Pinterest Boards so they’re always just a click away!

Here are our Pin-Worthy Camping Tips – Part 4: Extravagant Extras!

1. We’re going to start our tips with 29 snuggly things to keep you comfy in the great outdoors! Waterproof socks, a wearable sleeping bag, and an inflatable chair are just the beginning of this awesome list. Click to stay cozy, everyone!
https://www.pinterest.com/pin/137500594851450169/

2. Cool gadgets are where it’s at! This list includes 13 items you never knew you always needed on your camping vacations. They make a great gift for the camping lover in your life, or something you can gift yourself just because!
https://www.pinterest.com/pin/372461831671744901/

3. An electric mosquito repellent device, glow in the dark rope, and flashlight shoes are among the cool camping gadgets and unique camping products in this Pin-worthy post.
https://www.pinterest.com/pin/308426274465419435/

4. Clever & convenient is the theme of this Pin-worthy list! One of our favorites from this bunch has to be the inflatable solar light that is lightweight, rechargeable, waterproof, and eco-friendly. So cool!
https://www.pinterest.com/pin/76983474864301869/

5. A kayak that can fold up to the size of a briefcase? A glowing, inflatable bubble tent? While these extravagant extras may not be practical, they sure do look awesome!
https://www.pinterest.com/pin/240590805072372130/

Remember to save these Pin-worthy extravagant extras and share them with your family & friends. Then, leave us a comment and let us know which items you plan to bring on your next camping adventure at our resort!

23
Jun

Pin-Worthy Must Haves

We hope you enjoyed Parts 1 & 2 of our “Pin-worthy Camping Tips” Series! Let us know if you tried any of the delicious camping recipes or exciting, family-friendly camping games. Today, we’re coming in with even more tips to get you geared up and ready for your next camping vacation with us. We have found some must-have camping items that we just had to share. You can pin your favorite tips to your own Pinterest Boards so they’re always just a click away! Here are our Pin-Worthy Camping Tips – Part 3: Must-Haves!

  1. THOUSANDS of RV owners around the country submitted their must-have RV camping accessories and so this amazing catalog was born. This expansive list covers it ALL! Seasoned RV campers are knowledgeable – they know what works and what doesn’t. Click to read their tips: https://www.pinterest.com/pin/332070172501137269/
  2. This is a list of must-have items to keep in your car at all times…so why are we sharing it? Because your next camping trip in an RV, cabin, cottage, or tent will also benefit from having these must-haves on hand. Convenience is key – you’ll be so happy you read this list and have these items readily accessible!
    https://www.pinterest.com/pin/422281195871223/
  3. The items on this Pin-worthy list may seem obvious and simple but they are definitely must-haves for your next camping adventure. Sunscreen, kitchen utensils, and bug spray are just a few of the items on this list. Click to see even more of these helpful must-haves: https://www.pinterest.com/pin/705798572823209397/
  4. Camping with your children? Many of our guests are! Kids love being in the great outdoors – fresh air is good for the entire family – but don’t forget the essentials! Flashlights, bottled water, and board games are just the beginning of this must-haves list.
    https://www.pinterest.com/pin/AVyRlSzuW0-vhQCocipSTB0hpTwkzsSJXEGjZFHmcA8tanELy4AaeRE/
  5. Yes, yes, and yes! Here are 25 must-have camping essentials that are sure to make your camping trip the best it can be.
    https://www.pinterest.com/pin/20195898307363110/

Remember to save these Pin-worthy must-have camping items and share them with your family & friends. Then, leave us a comment and let us know which items you plan to bring on your next camping adventure at our resort!

16
Jun

Pin-Worthy Camping Games

We hope you enjoyed Part 1 of our “Pin-worthy Camping Tips” Series! Let us know if you tried any of the delicious camping recipes. Today, we’re coming in with even more tips to get you geared up and ready for your next camping vacation with us. Camping games are a great way to get to know each other better, get in a good laugh, and create fun memories together. You can pin your favorite tips to your own Pinterest Boards so they’re always just a click away!

Here are our Pin-Worthy Camping Tips – Part 2: Camping Games!

  1. This one will be fun for everyone! Explore and enjoy the great outdoors with this nature scavenger hunt. Keep your eyes open, and work in pairs, to find all of the items on this list! The pair that checks off every box first – WINS! You’ll be amazed at everything you can find outside.
    https://www.pinterest.com/pin/307300374556500114/
  2. These camping games don’t require any light or preparation. You can do them anywhere – plop down in your cabin’s living area or set up some chairs outside your tent or RV – and bring the kids.
    https://www.pinterest.com/pin/234679830561211591/
  3. Nature tic-tac-toe, camping bingo, and capture the flag…just to name a few! There are over 100 camping ideas in this pin-worthy post (we’re not kidding!) so there are plenty of games to choose from. The possibilities of inexpensive fun are endless! These are kid-approved but appropriate for the entire family.
    https://www.pinterest.com/pin/AcSFH97mzl27uHxiIRMw_fcQRjYSvfCu1D43lItgln5e-5q6bpmr7EI/
  4. Summer weather gets toasty! While there is always the pool, there are other ways to beat the heat. Check out these 15 outdoor water games that the kids will really enjoy – most of these games include water balloons!
    https://www.pinterest.com/pin/56787645281656145/
  5. Who doesn’t like a little friendly competition? These insanely fun outdoor games will keep you and your kids busy all summer long. Let the games begin!
    https://www.pinterest.com/pin/341429215484615721/

Remember to save these Pin-worthy camping games and share them with your family & friends. Then, leave us a comment and let us know which games you’ll be playing on your next camping adventure at our resort!

9
Jun

Camping Recipes

2017 is literally flying by! Lucky for us, summer officially starts this month and we’re already knee deep in CAMPING SEASON! We want to make sure you’re armed and ready for your next trip to our resort – and so we begin our “Pin-worthy Camping Tips” Series! We will be focusing on Recipes, Camping Games, Must Haves, and Extravagant Extras. You can pin your favorite tips to your own Pinterest Boards so they’re always just a click away!

Here are our Pin-Worthy Camping Tips – Part 1: Recipes!

  1. Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. And, when you’re camping, you want it to be fast, simple to make, and easy to clean up! Enter these 15 delicious camping breakfast recipes that will make you want to eat ‘the most important meal of the day’ for breakfast, lunch, AND dinner!
    https://www.pinterest.com/pin/AcIYrusWnqe-kopg7mDFb-QLKYHlTW-LqDae3lSRmO7gzgn_oIX1leM/
  2. Grilled cheese is a staple in most households – kids love it, adults love it, everyone’s happy! It’s an easy camping lunch option and, with these 20 delicious grown-up grilled cheese ideas, you’ll never get bored!
    https://www.pinterest.com/pin/ASOfGrKc0HrZWBKpO5SIQ5Q9ERrXfEPZlT9mzcC7zXghAx7HMrlEQcw/
  3. Like to spend cleaning pots and pans? We don’t either! With these one pot recipes, you’ll have a delicious meal for the entire family with only ONE pot to clean – sounds like doing dishes won’t be so bad after all!
    https://www.pinterest.com/pin/Af7wsoYGVmqAVtB3W3OJ7cw4HMDqs2nOWxmPESBjZ_6UMeoDv_6a3-I/
  4. Dare we ask….what’s better than having only one pot to clean? That’s right, having NO pots to clean! Most of these foil-wrapped recipes can be cooked over a campfire, on a grill, or in the oven – with very (very!) little cleanup.
    https://www.pinterest.com/pin/436075176408650662/
  5. A little something sweet is the perfect way to end any meal! Throw this easy, delicious s’more cone recipe on the grill next time – everyone can pick their “toppings” and make their own sweet treat!
    https://www.pinterest.com/pin/544302304949828677/

Remember to save these Pin-worthy recipes and share them with your camping family & friends. Then, leave us a comment and let us know which recipe you’ll be trying on your next camping adventure at our resort! Happy Cooking!

30
May

Revving Up the “Home on Wheels”

With recent passenger scuffles and power struggles, air travel has lost its luster. But sometimes the journey is just as important as the destination. If travel is your least favorite part of a family trip, why not consider an RV – otherwise known as a “home on wheels”?

Going camping in an RV allows you to slow down, kick back, and savor family time “in flux” from one stop to another. There’s no need to worry about unpacking your luggage, missing your connection or placing your pet in a kennel – your entire family travels with you. And just as homes and hotels run a gamut of shapes, sizes and styles, so do RVs vary, from the palatial to the petite to the pop-up trailer.

But no matter the level of amenities and creature comforts, RVs can boost the power of your vacation budget. Most RVs excel at weight and wind resistance—translating into fuel economy between eight and 20 MPG, depending on the RV you select. Here are tips to maximizing your RV muscle:

  • Rent before you buy. It’s the only way to explore and define your comfort level. Find an RV dealer who rents out the type of rig you’re interested in; and try your home on wheels for a weekend. Try finding a realtor who will let you do that with a house!
  • Bigger isn’t always better. The bigger the rig, the more complex the maintenance, and the larger your insurance bill. Shop around for the best rate and service before you buy.
  • When you’re crunching numbers, remember: camping fees may vary according to your RV’s size and style. Also, when you’re not traveling, you may need to store your rig at a facility for a fee.
  • Make sure you have the right equipment. That includes everything from a trailer hitch (for safe towing) to the GPS and Wi-Fi Booster to keep you connected.

If your family enjoys home-cooked meals, make sure your RV has kitchen options. If you prefer to dine out, look for two-for-one coupons and early-bird specials while rolling by restaurants. And if you fall somewhere in between, consider eating out at lunch and eating dinner in. To trim even more from your food budget, think beyond the big box supermarkets: buy food and sundries at discount stores, dollar stores, church bazaars, flea markets, roadside veggie stands, thrift bakeries, and u-pick orchards.

29
May

Summer Harvest

From pitching tents to gathering twigs, you need energy while camping. You can boost that energy by setting goals to eat more fruits and vegetables—ideally, the five to nine servings that nutritionists suggest. Some experts call it “eating low on the food chain”; and it packs a rich supply of benefits for energy, wellness and health.

  • Lowers blood pressure
  • Supports weight loss by keeping appetites in check
  • Reduces risk of heart disease, stroke, digestive problems and some cancers
  • Fights fatigue by releasing energy slowly, instead of that sugar rush
  • Sharpens eyesight—it’s true! Especially vitamin-rich veggies like spinach, kale, sweet potatoes and (yes) carrots.

Take advantage of farmer’s markets, supermarkets, and salad bars as you navigate campgrounds and country this summer. When it comes to packing produce for the great outdoors, here are a few tips:

  • Fruits with staying power to last a few days without denting, browning or molding include apples, cherries and blueberries. Plus, they’re not a mess to peel or clean up–just wash and serve. Bananas last a couple of days, but require a bit more TLC. If you have time, store a fruit salad of melons, pineapple, peaches and strawberries in a plastic container. The flavors will mingle to keep each other fresh.
  • Dry fruit is a champion: portable, compact and low-maintenance, supplying a quick dose of energy to boot. Mix raisins or Craisins with nuts, yogurt, oatmeal or dry cereal; or enjoy right from the bag.
  • Baby carrots and cherry tomatoes spell veggie victory. Add cucumber slices to dip into salad dressings; dip celery sticks in humus. Onions travel well to be chopped into one pot or pan dinners. And potatoes keep well for days, ready to support everything from breakfast hash browns to dinner casserole.

Canned veggies travel well and don’t need cooler space. Green beans, corn, peas, black beans and mixed vegetables play well with noodle, pasta and potato-centered one-pot meals.

29
May

Watching TV in the RV

In the newest Diary of a Wimpy Kid movie, Greg Heffley’s mother confiscates her family’s phones and devices at the start of their cross-country road trip—even her husband’s—much to their torture and chagrin. The only connecting they’ll do, she declares, is to each other. Of course, the children and even the father resort to elaborate schemes to sneak the phones back into their possession without puncturing her idealism.

On long travel days that stretch over miles, it’s tempting to allow kids to fall back upon screens big and small, especially if your RV is equipped with the comforts of home. Why endure endless questions of “Are we there yet?” when the TV is a reliable distraction with minimal talk-back?

A little screen time is fine. But too much passive watching, whether on the big screen or the smart phone, lulls kids into sedentary states—failing to engage their bodies or even their minds. Harvard studies find that children who watch excessive television or YouTube have higher rates of obesity, due to both inactivity and the relentless food marketing during shows and commercials. Research also finds that kids’ constant access to small screens cuts into the sleep they need at night, contributing to lethargy and fatigue. And that can sap the energy they need to build for camping.

“Beyond the health effects, more than anything else when children are young, they need to spend time with real people: other children and adults,” says Steven Gortmaker, professor at the Harvard School of Public Health. “So we are very interested in helping parents lower the dose.” (link to http://news.harvard.edu/gazette/story/2015/09/keeping-an-eye-on-screen-time/)

Instead of screen time on the road, try the following car games (courtesy Parents.com):

Theme song game. One player hums the tune to a favorite TV show, and everyone else tries to name the show as fast as possible. The first person to guess correctly hums the next song.

Animal Name Game. One player names an animal. Then each person in order has to name another animal that starts with the last letter of the previous animal named, without repeating!

Secret place race. One person looks at a road map and finds a small town, village, river, etc. That person announces the name of the place she has chosen. A second player has 60 seconds to look at the map and try to find the secret place.