Camping News

8
Dec

Holiday Recipes

Happy Holidays! ‘Tis the season for giving, laughing, loving, and eating — lots of eating. We’re eating at restaurants, cooking old family recipes, spending time together in the kitchen, making memories all season long. But what are we eating?

We’re dedicating this post to holiday recipes to help you in deciding what to cook for your family this season. They’re simple, easy, and delicious — plus, we link to each detailed recipe so you know exactly what to buy, how to prep, and how to cook. Easy peasy so you can spend more time enjoying the holidays with your family and friends, and you have all the tools you need to make a wonderful holiday meal!

Check out some of our favorite holiday recipes below!

DINNERS:

  • Nothing says holidays like a citrus glazed ham, are we right? This ham recipe is a little tangy, a little sweet, and a little savory — such a great choice for your family dinner. Click here for the recipe.
  • Hello roast beef! It may sound fancy but this recipe makes it just so simple! The perfect main dish to adorn your dinner table. Click here for the recipe.

DESSERTS:

  • They’re the obvious choice but they’re also so good. Enter a fan favorite holiday dessert: gingerbread cookies! You can include the whole family in on this one. Click here for the recipe.
  • Red velvet…reminds us of Santa’s festive suit! This red velvet cake recipe is just what the doctor ordered. Yuuum!! Click here for the recipe.

DRINKS:

  • Your favorite dessert with a little kick — here is the pumpkin pie martini! Drink responsibly. Click here for the recipe.
  • Is it even the holidays if you don’t have eggnog? Yea, we agree — that’s why we’re adding in this delish homemade eggnog recipe. Serve as-is for the kids and for those not drinking alcohol, or add your favorite spirit to spice things up! Click here for the recipe.

What are YOU making this holiday season? Let us know and share your pictures with us — we want to see all the family fun you’re having! Happy Holidays to all of our wonderful camping families!

16
Nov

Thankful Thanksgiving

Hello, November! Halloween was amazing — it is always is! And not only because it’s spooktacular, fun, and brings out the kid in everyone. It is also the start of the joyous, festive holiday season. It may be the “off-season” in the camping world, but it’s a wonderful season to celebrate with family and friends!

The last couple of months of the year always seem to fly by, don’t they? We want the train to slow down a bit because there are so many holiday parties, family time, and togetherness that we’re really looking forward to.

This month we celebrate Thanksgiving! Thanksgiving means different things to different people, but I think we can all agree that it’s a wonderful time to just BE THANKFUL. So, we’re dedicating this blog post to that exact topic!

WE ARE THANKFUL FOR (in no particular order!)….

–    Our Staff: Everyone who keeps our resort up, running, and awesome. Everyone who spends their time and energy making our resort the place to be! WE ARE THANKFUL!
–    Our Resort: The amenities, accomodations, activities, serene landscape, and so much more. Some people’s fondest memories are born at our resort. WE ARE THANKFUL!
–    Our Camping Families: Every single person that comes to stay with us is special to us. Our camping families are a part of our camping family. WE ARE THANKFUL!
–    Our Health: The fact that we can wake up and spend each day together. WE ARE THANKFUL!
–    Our Friends & Family: All of their love and support is truly amazing. WE ARE THANKFUL!

We want to know: What does Thanksgiving mean to you? What are your Thanksgiving plans? What are you thankful for? Happy Holidays from all of us to all of you!

27
Oct

Happy Happy Halloween

Happy Happy Halloween! We have been having so much fun around our resort — have you been here taking part in all of the spooktacular fun and games? We hope so!

Since the big day is right around the corner, we’re popping in with some fun Halloween-themed activities to help you celebrate long before the holiday even starts.

  • Plan a spooky scavenger hunt. Make your way around the resort looking for specific Halloween-themed items — like a witches hat or a carved pumpkin. Set a timer and try to find everything on your list; the person with the most check marks at the end wins!
  • Decorate your RV, camper, or cabin. The spookier, the better!
  • DRESS UP! Click here to see this year’s most popular Halloween costume! Is it your pick??
  • Carve pumpkins. Here are some carving ideas and templates that you can use.
    • Don’t throw out the seeds! Scoop, rinse, and dry all of those pumpkin seeds! Toss in a little olive oil or butter and salt. Then, roast at 350*F for 20-30 minutes. The whole family can enjoy this nutritious, delicious snack!
      • Here’s a tip: sweeten up your seeds by adding cinnamon and sugar while roasting!
  • Bake Halloween treats. Whip up some sinfully sweet desserts that every ghoul and goblin will enjoy!
  • Trick-or-Treat…and then have a candy sorting party. What is the most popular Halloween candy in our neck of the woods (literally), you ask? Check it out here.
  • Dance to some Halloween tunes. Check out this playlist from Spotify — Thriller & Monster Mash are a must!
  • Watch a Halloween movie. We know the new Halloween is already out in theaters (and we’re too scared to go see it!), but you can play some oldies but goodies at home. The original Halloween — or any of the sequels, Hocus Pocus, and The Haunted Mansion are just a few to get you started.

Please share your spooktacular time with us! Visit our Facebook page, upload some pictures, and tag us in your Halloween fun. We can’t wait to see everyone’s costumes, favorite candy, and big smiling faces (even if we can’t recognize you behind your mask)!

Happy Halloween! Be Safe & Have Fun!

15
Oct

Helllllo, Fall!

Hellllllo, Fall! We can’t believe that it’s already October. This year is just flying by — but we’re still so happy that autumn is here because we love all things fall. {You know that if you read our last blog post!}

It’s a fun, festive time and a lot of people are laughing, skipping, and playing at our resort, enjoying the beautiful camping season. We want to help you make it an October to Remember. Here are a few ways that you can help, give back, and celebrate this month!

  • Breast Cancer Awareness Month: Breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in women. In fact, one in eight women in the United States will be diagnosed with breast cancer in her lifetime. Awareness, prevention, and early detection are three very important factors in giving every woman the greatest chance for a healthy, happy life. Talk to your doctor, visit them for routine checkups and screenings, and schedule a mammogram today!
  • Adopt a Shelter Dog Month: You’ve heard the phrase, “Adopt. Don’t shop.” You can make the difference in a sweet, innocent dog’s life by choosing to adopt! If you’re not ready to take on the responsibility of a new pet, and it’s a BIG, long-lasting responsibility, consider fundraising or donating to your local ASPCA chapter or shelter. You can donate your time, money, food, or supplies. There are so many ways to help out and get involved!
  • National Pizza Month: Raise your hand if you celebrate National Pizza Month EVERY month!! {*Raises hand*} In fact, statistics show that over 90% of Americans eat pizza AT LEAST once a month. It’s inexpensive, easy to get, and DELICIOUS to eat! The only question we have is: cheese, pepperoni, or meat lover’s — which one are you voting for??

We hope you’re having an awesome October. Happy Camping!

Sources:
National Breast Cancer Foundation
ASPCA
Pizza.com

1
Oct

Fall Is Here

Can you believe it? It may not feel like it yet, but fall is in the air! Fall camping is AWESOME — we celebrate Halloween and Thanksgiving, we eat and drink Pumpkin spice everything, and we enjoy the cooler temps and changing colors.

Here’s our take on FALL:

F is for FESTIVE! Halloween, Thanksgiving, colorful leaves, root veggies…we love it all. Take part and decorate your site or simply enjoy the autumn decor around the resort. It’s about giving thanks and being grateful, dressing up and being a kid again, eating everything that makes your belly smile! F is for festive!
A is for AUTUMN! When you think of the word autumn, what comes to mind? Campfires, hot drinks, big, delicious meals with family & friends, colorful trees, falling leaves, crisp air, themed activities, and Halloween night. This season is full of so many wonderful things. A is for autumn!
L is for LEAVES! DID YOU KNOW? Leaves make their own food. This food-making process takes place in the leaf in numerous cells containing chlorophyll, which gives the leaf its green color.  In the fall, because of changes in the length of daylight and changes in temperature, leaves stop their food-making process. The chlorophyll breaks down, the green color disappears, and the yellow to orange colors become visible and give the leaves part of their fall splendor.* L is for leaves!
L is for LANTERN! As in Jack-O-Lantern!
Carving silly, scary, or spooky faces into a pumpkin is part of the Halloween experience — and is a fun activity for the whole family. As a
bonus: scoop up, clean, and roast those pumpkin seeds for a delicious (and
nutritious!) snack. L is for (Jack-O-) Lantern!

We love FALL — and we know it’s a fun, exciting time for our camping families, too.
Tell us: What is YOUR favorite thing about camping in the fall?

1
Sep

Ways To Celebrate Labor Day

WHAT IS LABOR DAY? Labor Day is a very important American holiday. Yes, we spend it “closing out” the summer, spending time with family and friends, BBQing, swimming, and having fun. But it’s about more than that. The first Labor Day holiday was celebrated on Tuesday, September 5, 1882, in New York City. Now, Labor Day is always celebrated on the first Monday of September; it is a day dedicated to the social and economic achievements of American workers and the contributions that workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of our country.

HOW CAN YOU CELEBRATE? Family picnics, community parades, and festive get-togethers are all great ways to celebrate this special holiday.

HOW CAN YOU MAKE IT AN AWESOME HOLIDAY? Make your Labor Day Weekend a CAMPING ADVENTURE! Grab your family and friends and spend the holiday at our resort.

DID YOU KNOW? Here’s a fun fact: Americans worked A LOT in the 19th century — 12-hour days every day of the week! Thank goodness for the Adamson Act, which was passed in September of 1916, which established a more reasonable eight-hour work day.

CAN YOU WEAR WHITE AFTER LABOR DAY? We say, why not??

WHAT CAN YOU COOK? Well, anything, really! But we found some recipes that we felt like we just had to share!
–    These Dijon Chicken Wings are sure to pack a big punch!
–    These Philly Cheesesteak Foil Packets can be cooked almost anywhere — BBQ, open fire, oven…so easy to make and so yummy to eat!
–    Best is in the title so these must really be the Best Campfire Baked Beans; perfect for any occasion!
–    Make a festive cocktail — or 10! You deserve it!

We hope you have a wonderful holiday weekend with family & friends — at our resort! Happy Camping!

14
Aug

Summer Drinks at the Campground

We’re officially in love with summer — this is a wonderful season and our resort is full of camping families & friends! Everyone is enjoying this relaxing, amazing time. There’s a lot of eating, drinking, and being merry. So, we figured we’d pop in and share some cool drinks that you can enjoy any time of year, especially when the temps are high!

  • If you like coffee AND alcohol (and who doesn’t?!), this Mochatini Cocktail is for you! Perfect for those long, leisurely camping days!
  • An Old Fashioned is an oldie but goodie — a classic cocktail that always hits the spot…if you like bourbon! What do you think?
  • Margaritas? Yes, please! This Mountain Margarita recipe is easy to make and can be made as a pitcher so there’s enough to share!
  • If you’re up for it, what about throwing Tequila into the mix?! A Tequila Sunrise is refreshing and delicious.
  • The Mojito is a love it or leave it cocktail. If you love it, check out this delicious camping mojito recipe!

Just for fun, here are a few interesting alcohol facts that you may or may not know:

  • Whiskey is made all over the world. The most popular type of American Whiskey is better known as Bourbon!
  • A bottle of Champagne contains millions and millions of bubbles.
  • Over 60% of countries have a drinking age of 18 or 19 years old. Not the United States — as you probably know, the drinking age is 21!

We want to know — what is YOUR favorite alcoholic or virgin cocktail when sweating it out during those hot summer days?
Also, we want to remind everyone to drink responsibly, be aware of your surroundings and your neighbors, and enjoy yourself!

{Photo credit: Camping for Foodies}

30
Jul

RV 101

New to RVing? Looking for some light reading? We’re bringing it back to the basics today with a little RV 101. Humor us, read on, and enjoy!

What does RV stand for? The term RV stands for recreational vehicle; RV does NOT stand for relaxing vacation or retro vehicle — although some RVs are pretty retro and are definitely used to relax on vacation! RVs are also called motorhomes, rigs, and campers, just to name a few.

Why should I get an RV? Recreational means relating to an activity done for enjoyment when one is not working. Um, hello?! That is EXACTLY the reason you should get an RV! It’s basically a home on wheels that you can park wherever you please (within reason!) — what an adventure!

It seems like such close quarters. It is, but that’s the beauty of it! Just enough space while you bond with family & friends.
You realize what you really need and what just takes up space.

Is there anything I need to do or does it take care of itself? Much like young kids and pets, an RV does not take care of itself! It’s definitely a responsibility and you must take proper care of your RV with regular maintenance. It’s good to be familiar with all aspects of the RV since it’s a LOT of moving parts (that can break). Plus, moisture and cold can do damage to your RV so you’ll want to properly store/cover it during the winter months if you aren’t using it.

What are some RV must-haves? We found this list of RV accessories that we think you’ll find helpful!

I don’t have an RV and it sounds like I’m missing out on tons of fun! You said it not us….but we agree! Get in on the RV action and get yourself a motorhome.

We hope you’re having an awesome camping season with us. Labor Day is right around the corner — book your next reservation with us NOW!

4
Jul

Happy 4th 2018

Happy 4th of July! July 4th is a very special day in our history; it commemorates the day (in 1776) when the 13 original colonies claimed their independence from England — which led to the formation of the United States of America! #themoreyouknow That is definitely something worth celebrating!

So, how do Americans celebrate this special day? BBQs, backyard games, fireworks, baseball games, parades, and picnics are just a few of the ways that we celebrate! Many businesses close and families and friends are able to spend the day together.

Whether you’re at home, on vacation, or camping with us, here are a few things to help you celebrate!

  • BE SAFE: If you’re in a place that allows sparklers and fireworks, safety should be your #1 priority. Be smart, follow precautions and read the directions carefully. Keep the kids in a safe spot; after all, we teach them NOT to play with fire! And, remember your pets! Those fireworks could be really scary for cats and dogs.
  • MAKE FESTIVE RECIPES: In this article, there are 22 easy recipes that are perfectly red, white, and blue to help you celebrate! You can create a beautiful spread that looks great AND tastes great, too.
  • REMEMBER WHAT YOU’RE CELEBRATING: Today is a wonderful day to make memories with family & friends. Just take a moment to remember that you’re celebrating America’s independence so throw in a little history while you’re hanging around today!
  • SPEND YOUR TIME OUTDOORS: It is summer – so take advantage and enjoy it. Swimming, and playing, and laughing is the perfect way to celebrate. (Don’t forget to hydrate and use sunscreen!)
  • WATCH A MOVIE: After a whole day of fun in the sun, come into the air conditioning and put on a movie! There’s one that comes to mind.

We hope you all have a wonderful holiday with family & friends. Be safe and have fun!

{Photo credit: Woman’s Day}

27
Jun

10 Signs That You’re a Camper’s Camper

Hello camping friends and families! We are bringing you today’s blog post to give you a little chuckle – and we’re dedicating it to all of our awesome, diehard, amazing, thinks-about-camping-all-year-long, can’t-wait-for-camping-season friends.

Check out our “10 Signs That You’re a Camper’s Camper:”

  1. Your favorite season is camping season!
  2. Your RV is always “ready” for camping season.
  3. You consider your camping neighbors part of your extended family!
  4. You know every employee at our park by name – and you know details about their life, family, etc.
  5. You know the layout of our resort with your eyes closed.
  6. You check our website/activities page religiously.
  7. You have signs, doormats, t-shirts, and/or coffee mugs with the quote, “Home is Where you Park it.”
  8. Camping is a family tradition…your kids love it as much as you do!
  9. You’re very active on our Facebook page – liking, commenting, and sharing posts and pictures almost every day.
  10. Spending your summer at our resort with family and friends, making memories that will last a lifetime, is the best part of your whole year!

How many of these boxes can you check?? Hope to see you around our resort soon! #CampingSeason