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July 4, 2018
Happy 4th 2018

Happy 4thHappy 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}


June 27, 2018
10 Signs That You're a Camper's Camper

FriendsHello 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


June 18, 2018
School's Out For Summer!

Camping season is well underway and, now that school is officially OUT, it’s time for fun in the sun all summer long! We love that families and friends come to our resort to spend time together, make memories, and have fun. We have activities and themed weekends planned all summer long so we hope to see you there -- it’s fun for everyone!

Here are a few ways to REALLY take advantage of the season so you can have the best, safest camping adventures with us this summer!underwater girl

  • Hydrate. The summer sun brings the summer heat! Spending a lot of time outdoors is wonderful, but it can leave you dehydrated - and that is no fun. Drink water often, take a dip in the pool, keep yourself cool so you don’t overheat!
  • Brush up on swim lessons for the kids. Even the best swimmers need a little refresher every once in a while. Safety is #1, especially when swimming and spending time around the pool, and we know you plan on being in the pool A LOT this summer!
  • Relax. At least try to relax! There’s no school, no homework, and no after-school activities. Schedule yourself to be unscheduled, even just for a bit. You may actually really like it!
  • Plan your next camping adventure. Last, but certainly not least, make a date to come back. It’s never too early to plan your NEXT camping adventure! Come into the office and chat with us so we can help you book your next camping reservations at our resort.

We hope to see you this summer for lots of awesome camping fun! We thank you all for being a part of our memories -- we truly appreciate that you make the choice to camp with us!

What are you most looking forward to this summer?


May 25, 2018
Memorial Day Weekend is Here!

Memorial Day

Memorial Day Weekend is here! It’s the (very unofficial) start of summer and is usually a time filled with family and friends taking advantage of the nice, long weekend with a day - or two - off of work and school. We know that there will be swimming, BBQing, and fun happening all around. But why do we celebrate this very special holiday? We’re here to tell you more!

Many people get confused between Memorial Day and Veterans Day. Memorial Day is a day where we remember those who died in active military service. It was traditionally observed on May 30th but now it is officially observed on the last Monday in May. {For this year, Memorial Day falls on May 28, 2018.} Veterans Day, on the other hand, is a day to honor all military veterans (people who served in the United States Armed Forces) and is observed on November 11th.

While we do usually spend the weekend with family and friends, sometimes we forget to honor the reason we have this holiday in the first place. So, we’re here with a few patriotic ways that you and your family can observe Memorial Day this year!

  • Explain the holiday to your children! You can find stories or articles online to help you appropriately explain Memorial Day to your children, depending on their age. Remember, what they learn from you, they pass on to their peers, then to their kids, and so on! Keep our rich history alive.
  • Go to a parade! There are parades and events scheduled all weekend long in every city and town in the country (just about!) -- make some red, white, and blue signs or banners, bring your patriotic spirit, and go show support at your local parade!
  • Send a care package to a soldier! A great way to honor and remember those servicemen and women that passed is to honor and care for those that are still here fighting for our country and our freedom. Send some homemade cards, crafts, or supplies -- you will surely make an impact on whoever receives your thoughtful package!


However you choose to honor, remember, and celebrate this weekend, be safe!

{Photo source: City of Chicago}


May 10, 2018
National BBQ Month

BBQ RecipesIt’s National Barbecue Month and we could NOT be more excited! We love sharing recipes and grilling tips so we’re going to take full advantage and dedicate this entire post to sharing our thoughts on all things BBQ!

You can cook these recipes on a bbq, an open fire (with a grill!), in the oven, or on the stovetop and they’ll be delicious. If you try one, let us know

  • This Camping Mac n’ Cheese is TOP of our list! So easy to make and so delicious -- it’s like s’mores...everyone loves ‘em!! A camping menu must-have.
  • Wanna keep it on the ‘cleaner’ side? Check out this green recipe - Quinoa Veggie Stir Fry! Serve it as a side dish or an easily accessible snack. YUM!
  • One piece of foil is all you need for these Lumberjack Breakfast Packets! These are the epitome of camping all wrapped up in a little, easy to eat package - plus you can customize it with whatever you have on hand!
  • Apple crisp? Yes, please! Check out these Campfire Apple Crisp Breakfast if you’re looking for a warm, delicious camping treat!
  • Nachos...yes! That’s what we’ve been missing! These Campfire Nachos are perfect any day, at any time - seriously. Add your favorite toppings and enjoy!

We’re also sharing some BBQ tips & tricks!

  • Remember to check your hoses and controls before you start - safety first!
  • Always clean the grill before you “pack it up”...that way it’s ready the next time you want to use it!
  • Do your research on your specific grill and use proper tools.

We hope you’re all enjoying the spring camping season at our resort. We’re so happy to welcome all of the wonderful families and friends who choose to camp with us -- we hope to see you and your family around our resort in the near future. Happy Camping with us!


April 29, 2018
Kids Love Camping

Kids Love CampingOur camping family will agree - camping at our resort is ALWAYS a good time! We hope to see you, your kids, your whole family this season for tons of fun in the sun! We hope the weather gets the memo so spring can finally...spring!

Kids love camping - and why shouldn’t they? There’s so much to do and see! We have a few tips and tidbits to make your next camping adventure even MORE fun for the kids! (Is that even possible?)

  • Sleeping Bags. You don’t NEED to bring sleeping bags, but it will definitely bring the camping experience up a notch for the kids. Makes for a “real” camping experience, wherever you are!
  • Friends. Whether they’re old friends or new friends, camping friends are the BEST! If you enjoy your time camping with us - which we’re sure you do; that’s why you keep coming back! - bring your friends. Introduce them to your home away from home. We would love them to join our camping family, too!
  • Leave the Technology. Really try to limit yourself a little. The kids, too. We’re all so busy on our phones, tablets, and computers - spending time in the great outdoors is a great way to disconnect from technology and reconnect with what’s really important - your time together!
  • Family Time. The BEST part of camping! The best part of ANY day, really. But it’s made that much more special because you’re choosing to come camp and spend the time together - laughing, bonding, and making memories that will last a lifetime.

It’s NEVER too late to book your next family camping adventure at our resort. We welcome you, your loved ones, and your friends (old & new!) for a fantastic season!


April 11, 2018
Don't Forget About Your Taxes!

timeWe know you’ve got camping on the brain (don’t worry - we do, too!) but this isn’t just the beginning of camping season...it’s also a very important month for American taxpayers. You have to file your 2017 tax return by Tuesday, April 17th!

Tax Day is usually April 15th but, this year, that date falls on a Sunday. In this case, Tax Day would normally be pushed to the next business day, Monday, April 16th. However, this year, April 16th is Emancipation Day -- a legal Washington, D.C. holiday commemorating Abraham Lincoln’s signing of the Compensated Emancipation Act, which ended slavery in the nation’s capital on that day in 1862! Therefore, Tuesday, April 17th it is.

So, if you haven’t filed your taxes yet, you’re in luck. We decided to come give you a few last minute pointers so you can get that tax return signed, sealed, delivered, and filed by April 17th!

  • Be Honest.  It may be tempting to fudge numbers in your favor, but you’re only going to make things worse by doing so. Keep receipts, use actual numbers, and be as honest as possible.
  • Remember to Include Deductions. Charitable gifts and donations that you make throughout the year are tax-deductible! Don’t forget to include work-related travel or accommodations, debt interest, IRA contributions, and home office expenses for the self-employed, just to name a few!
  • Hire a Professional. When in doubt, hire an accountant! You want to make sure you follow filing protocol to a T and who better than a professional to take control of the reigns?

We hope you get a great tax refund this year! We think that family camping fun at our resort is a great way to spend the “extra” money that the government sends you. Call us to book a reservation today!


March 29, 2018
National Craft Month

national craft monthWe can’t let this month go by without mentioning that it’s National Craft Month. What a fun, creative way to start Camping Season!

We have so many talented campers but, for those of us that need a little help, we’re bringing you a compilation of easy, fast, kid-friendly DIYs and crafts for your next camping adventure at our resort.

  1. Single-use Soap Leaves. We think this is a GREAT idea! You bring it into the shower, you use it, and you toss it! Buying single-use products can make your life so much easier, but it could get pricey. Making these one-timers is much more cost-effective to buying them - and you get to pick the ingredients! Click here for step-by-step soap leaf making instructions.
  2. Homemade Calamine Lotion. Bug bites, poison ivy, sunburn - you can use this lotion to bring relief when you, or the kids, find yourself with any of these issues, and more! It’s so easy to make; plus, you can feel good about these ingredients, too. Click here to see the ingredient list and DIY instructions.
  3. Natural, Outdoor Fly Repellent. Bugs are EVERYWHERE! This natural fly repellent is made with essential oils. Again, feel-good ingredients….that still do their job! Click here for all the details.
  4. Cute Camping Scene in a Jar. It's a cookie jar, Epsom salt, mini trees, a camper ornament, string, Washi tape for the bunting, and LED strand lights as the final touch. {Check out the photo in this post!} We don’t have step-by-step directions; we originally found the pic and description here. You have the photo as inspiration but you can add your own creative spin!
  5. Creative Pumpkin Carving Ideas. We love Halloween - so we think this Halloween Car & Camper Pumpkin Duo is just perfect! The kids (and your camping neighbors!) will love this displayed outside your RV! 

Let us know if you try any of these crafts. We’d love to see pictures or, even better, show them to us IN PERSON around our resort.

Happy Spring, Happy Crafting, and Happy Camping with us!

[Photo credit: Farmgirl Paints]


March 24, 2018
Why Spring is our FAVORITE Season!

Spring Has SprungSpring has officially sprung (although Mother Nature might have missed the memo)! Spring is a happy time and we’ve realized that this season is our favorite season, for many reasons…..

  • SPRING means that winter is over! Goodbye winter weather, eventually. We love having four seasons - but winter gets old REALLY fast with snow and storms and everything that comes with it.
  • SPRING brings beautiful colors! When you think spring, you think colorful - and lots of it! The trees, the flowers, the fruits, the veggies. There are so m  any things blossoming in the spring!
  • SPRING weather is delightful! Hello sunny days and cooler nights with a light breeze. Yes, rain will inevitably make its way into the forecast (more often than we’d like!), but you take the good with the bad. And, sometimes rainy days are just what the doctor ordered. It gives you a chance to stay indoors, take care of things, stay in your pajamas, and watch movies. We’ll take the spring weather!
  • SPRING days are long! It took us a few days to get adjusted after the time change earlier this month, but the longer days give us so much more time outside doing the things we love! It’s a real treat for the kids who can play in the fresh air long after dinner is over - and it's still light out.
  • SPRING is our segway into summer! Just the word ‘summer’ brings a smile to your face, right? No school, no homework, less rigid schedules, and tons of family time. Great weather, fun in the sun, and a relaxed attitude. Summer may be our SECOND favorite season of the year! ;)
  • SPRING brings us Camping Season...NEED WE SAY MORE?!

We are so excited to welcome all of our camping families - old and new - back to our resort. We have so many awesome new adventures to take you on...hope to see you for the exciting ride!
What are you waiting for? Contact us today to book your reservation for your next stay.


March 17, 2018
Spring Camping Recipes

spring is hereWe are just a few days from spring and we could not be more excited. Our favorite season is packed full of beautiful weather, colorful flowers, and CAMPING, LOTS OF CAMPING! We’ve been waiting all winter for this time of year and we just can’t wait for spring to finally...spring.

So, since we’ll be seeing a lot of you soon, we’re here with some camping cooking tips & recipes to get you prepared for some spring camping food fun!

Here are some spring camping cooking tips:

  • Use seasonal fruits and vegetables. You know the term, “When in Rome…” Well, we’re here to tell you, “When it’s spring…” Seasonal fruits and vegetables are fresh and easy to find - because they’re in season, of course!
  • Use seasonings liberally. Seasonings are a great way to add TONS of flavor without adding fat and calories. Don’t underestimate the power of great seasonings! They can jazz up any meat, vegetable dish, or even a boring side of potatoes.
  • Use ‘one pot’ meals. It’s like the theory behind a crockpot...throw everything in one dish and let it cook. Less prep, less mess, and less to clean up!

Here are some delicious spring camping recipes:

  • These PopSugar camping recipes can take you from breakfast to dinner and everything in between. Check out their 17 meal ideas here!
  • These recipes are easy and diverse; you can find whatever you’re in the mood for!
  • When in doubt, you can always go with a salad! It can be filled with tons of colors and flavors. These irresistible spring salad recipes go way beyond lettuce.

Now we’re even more excited for spring and camping season...and ready for lunch! We hope to see you, your family, and your friends (and your spring camping meals) in a few short weeks around our resort! Call us today to book your next camping adventure with us. Happy Camping to everyone!


March 12, 2018
National Peanut Month

National Peanut MonthThis month, we’re celebrating one of America’s favorite snacks...and biggest allergens...PEANUTS! March is National Peanut Month and we couldn’t be more excited.

We think peanuts and peanut butter should be one of your camping staples. As long as you are not allergic to these little nuts, there are so many ways and reasons to enjoy them. We’re listing just a few of them in this blog post. Check it out:

  • They’re easy to store. They do not need to be refrigerated. Peanuts and peanut butter can last for MONTHS in the pantry!
  • Everyone loves a PB&J sandwich. We all grew up on them, right? They’re so easy to throw together and taste great. The perfect lunch or snack for all ages!
  • They’re a healthy snack. Yes they are! Peanuts taste great and are good for you; they’re the perfect package. Peanuts are a great source of protein, are high in healthy fats, and are a great source of many vitamins and nutrients.
  • Even if you’re allergic, there are other options. There are a variety of other nut butters, such as cashew and almond. If you’re allergic to those nuts, too, there are mock-butters available - like sunflower and soy butter - that taste (almost) as good as the real thing!
  • Powdered peanut butter is great in recipes. Powdered peanut butter is made of peanuts that have been pressed to remove the fats and oils. Therefore, it has less calories, less fat, and is much easier to use in certain recipes. You can add a little water and eat it like ‘the real thing’, as well.
  • You can jazz up your s’mores. You can spread a little (or a lot!) of peanut butter on your favorite campfire snack to instantly jazz up a boring, traditional s’more!

So, tell us your favorite way to enjoy this delicious, nutritious nut!


March 1, 2018
R U Ready to RV Camp?

Welcome RV CampersThere’s a very good chance that, if you’re at our resort, you’re staying in an RV. Lucky you! Camping in an RV gives you just the right amount of comfort during your vacation with us. Everyone that camps in an RV already loves it, but what about the folks that have NEVER camped in an RV? (We know...can you imagine?) We’re stepping in to show you why you ARE ready to RV camp with us!

1. Less space is a good thing! Everything’s within arm’s reach and, after a few trips, you become pretty good at bringing only what you know you really need/use because your space is limited!

2. It has (almost) all of the comforts of home, so it feels like home! No luggage, no need to pack and unpack; everything has its own special place in your RV because it’s just like home. Well, your home away from home - on wheels.

3. Close quarters yield major bonding time. Great family time is spent hanging out in and around your RV.

4. Your pet may be happier! We can almost guarantee that Fido will enjoy any and all of our accommodations, but he or she may be most comfortable in your RV with you and your family all in one space.

5. You can cook in you RV! Research simple camping meals; then, you can bring the ingredients, cook them, store them, and reheat them right in your RV’s mini kitchen!

There are so many reasons why you are ready to RV camp with us! It adds a whole new element to your camping adventure.

Camping season is right around the corner; literally, we can see it! Don’t wait another minute to reserve your spot at our resort for a magical, delightful, fun-filled, family-friendly, jam-packed camping experience. We’re waiting to hear from you, answer all of your questions, and book your reservations now!


February 26, 2018
Preparing for Camping Season

Camping SeasonThe countdown is on! We’re just weeks away from camping season and we know that our wonderful camping family is READY to finally get back to our resort and get back to camp life. We decided to put together this blog post to help you and your family properly prepare for, what we consider, the most wonderful time of the year - CAMPING SEASON! So, without further ado, here are our 5 ways to prepare for the upcoming camping season:

1.  Make a countdown. And keep it front and center. Download an app on your phone, print something from the computer, or you can even simply handwrite it; every morning you’ll get a pleasant surprise because you’ll be that much closer to Opening Day!
2.  Get an RV tune-up. If you bring your own RV to camp with us, consider getting a “maintenance check-up” to ensure that everything is running as expected. You don’t want to have any surprises when you head out on your first trip back to our resort!
3.  Reach out to your camping friends. We hope you keep in touch even when you aren’t at our resort, but if you haven’t spoken to your camping neighbors lately, consider reaching out, catching up, and bonding over your love and excitement for camping season!
4.  Stock up on supplies. Make a list of your camping go-to items and head out to pick them up. Be prepared with everything you need to have an amazing opening weekend with us!
5.  Call us. Call us to make/confirm your reservation. Call us to find out what’s new. Call us to see our Opening Weekend schedule. Call us to just say hi!

We hope this helps you prepare for camping season. We can’t wait to have our joyful, playful, energetic camping families around our resort soon! Call us today if you haven’t already booked your next camping adventure...we’re ready for the best season yet!


February 15, 2018
American Heart Month

heart health monthDid you know that February is American Heart Month? This is a great time to learn about heart disease, the leading cause of death for both men and women in our country. In fact, in the United States, someone has a heart attack every 40 seconds! Each minute, more than one person in the United States dies from a heart disease-related event.   The statistics are scary, but they are real. That’s why it’s so important to learn as much as you can so you can protect yourself and your loved ones, and become aware of what to do if you or someone you love experiences any heart-related issues. Here are some important topics and guidelines you can follow (in no specific order!):

  1. Promote Heart Health - Bringing attention to this cause is a great way to spread awareness. Wear red, share statistics with family and friends, visit your doctor regularly, and stay social (You can follow the American Heart Association and the CDC on Facebook for up-to-date information!).
  2. Know Your Risks - Obesity, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, smoking, excessive alcohol use, and family history are all key risk factors for heart disease. Know your risks and lower the ones that you have control of!
  3. Stay Active - This is a wonderful way to lower your blood pressure, reduce stress, and to exercise a very, very important muscle in the body - your heart!
  4. Eat Right - Nutrient-rich, clean, healthy foods can also lower blood pressure and cholesterol. Too much excess fat in your diet (and on your body) puts extra pressure on your heart, which means your heart must work harder, which can lead to heart disease.
  5. Enjoy Life! Less stress is less strain...on your heart. Lucky for you (and us!), camping season is right around the corner!

When you feel your best, you can be your best. We wish you a healthy, happy heart month and we can’t wait to see you for Opening Day; this is going to be a great camping season! Sources: www.cdc.gov www.heart.org


February 10, 2018
Love Is In the Air

Valentine's DayFebruary is here and Valentine’s Day is right around the corner. Some of us already have big plans, gifts purchased, and love notes written. Others (we’re not pointing fingers) are a little less prepared and are scrambling to find the perfect gift for their special someone. Love is in the air - and camping season is right around the corner! So, we’re here to help with potential gift ideas and Valentine’s Day inspiration. Think of this blog post as cupid’s arrow leading you in the right direction to make the day perfect for your camping loving Valentine!

  • These gift ideas are heavy (not literally, that’s the name of the website!) and perfect for your outdoorsman Valentine! Useful, high-tech, fun gifts like tents, knives, and hammocks (really cool ones!), just to name a few. Check ‘em out!
  • Make your Valentine a happy camper with these with ideas from this camping gift guide!
  • This British website may not get you your order in time for the big day, but there are tons of camping-related items that you can use as inspiration for purchasing your Valentine’s gifts. Their products are simple yet exciting; check it out.
  • Here are some great gift ideas for your camping Valentine, courtesy of PopSugar! We know that she will love any one of these outdoorsy gifts.
  • Enter Gear Guy on Outside Online with answers to one very important question...What are the best Valentine’s Day gifts? We think you’ll like what he has to say!

Whatever you decide to do for your Valentine, we know they’ll appreciate it! After all, Valentine’s Day isn’t about what you buy or get as a gift; it’s about spending time with your loved one(s) and celebrating LOVE….and the fact that camping season is a stone’s throw away! We are counting down the days (and we know you are, too). Can’t wait to see you in the spring, friends! And Happy Valentine’s Day!




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