Lancaster PA Farmland

Horse drawn buggies, clip-clopping along country roads. Bonneted Amish girls tending garden by a roadside farmhouse. Bearded men in wide brimmed hats harvesting from rolling green fields.These sights are what many imagine they will come across as they pull into a campground in Lancaster Pennsylvania. These quaint snapshots of a simpler time can be found in this Southeastern Pennsylvania County, but the area has much more to offer to those visiting Lancaster and it’s surrounds by RV.  Let’s check out the History and Culture, Performing Arts, Foodie Finds, some of the interesting sights to see, and awesome shopping to be experienced.

History and Culture

The Amish and Mennonite Communities have shaped Lancaster, and their influences Amish community in PAare evident as you travel the country roads, past family farms, quaint schoolhouses and roadside farmers markets. The Amish have no cars, no phones, and no electricity  in their homes. To learn more about “The Plain People” take an Amish Buggy tour, and explore Amish Farmland. Enjoy some Shoofly pie or tangy chow-chow from the Bird in Hand Farmers Market. Visiting these places gives plenty of opportunity to talk with the people that live their life simply, and learn the storied history of the families that first settled the County.

Taking in some Performing Arts

Theater and music are alive and well in Lancaster. Whether you want a large scale show or something more intimate, enjoy comedy or drama, all can be found in Lancaster County. For large scale pageantry of biblical proportions, visit the Sight and Sound Theater with over 2000 seats, The American Music Theater features top country music and comedy stars. Rainbow Dinner Theater has offered Comedy Dinner Theater to families for over 30 years. For theater with local flair, the The Amish Experience at Plain & Fancy Farm is home to the only “experiential” theater on the East coast. Want to be interactive with your theater experience? Try the seasonal  Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire and become one of the Lords or Ladies of the Manor. Smaller, eclectic venues like PRIMA or Tellus360 offer folksy blues or funk rock vibe in a tavern setting. Click here for a list of Performing Arts venues.

Sights not to Miss

Besides Lancaster’s historic and artistic sides, there are other experiences to  take in. For young kids, check in at Dutch Wonderland Theme Park for kid friendly rides, shows, and adventures. Take a Steam train ride through the countryside at Strasburg Railroad and after, tour through the Pennsylvania Railroad Museum across the road. The National Christmas Museum keeps the holiday spirit alive throughout the year. Two motorsports venues offer either drag racing at Maple Grove Raceway or Buck Motorsports for tractor pulls, mud bogging, and demolition derbys.

Foodie Finds

There are plenty of choices for those who love to tantalize their taste buds. There is no reason to stop at one of the national food places, even though they are plentiful in the Lancaster area. Instead, Lancaster offers comfort food from family style buffets such as Shady Maple, Yoders, and Millers Smorgasbords all which feature plenty of local favorites.  Lancaster has a growing wine, brew and distilling industry. Stop into one of the great brew pubs like Lancaster, Spring House, or Iron Hill Brewing and sample a  local flight of robust stout or pale ale to complement a meal of flavorful ingredients locally grown.. For breakfast or dessert, indulge in some French influence with Rachel’s Cafe & Creperie or the delightful treats of Carmen & David’s Creamery. Check here for a comprehensive listing of foodie finds.

Foodie Tours include the Turkey Hill Experience, to learn how ice cream is made, Intercourse Pretzel Factory Tour, to see and taste a variety of pretzels, and Herr’s Snacks Factory Tour to see how potato chips are made, and taste them fresh off the line. Lancaster is the Land of Yum!

Shopping

Shopping in Lancaster, PALancaster is a mecca for those that love to “shop till they drop” Two shopping Outlets are only a mile or so apart from each other. Rockvale has more than 80 stores featuring high-end, premium brands, and  nine restaurants conveniently located right inside the outlet complex. Tanger though smaller, offers upscale retailers like Coach, Movado, and Talbots.

Besides the outlets, there is Central Market, the country’s oldest continuously operating farmers market. Kitchen Kettle Village offers unique shoppes with local, handcrafted items. Goods Store offers a genuine Pennsylvania Dutch shopping experience – where locals shop for great prices and good service. For those that enjoy thrifting one of the best is Re-Uzit whose mission is to support charity and is operated by the Mennonite Community. The multi-level building is more like shopping in a small department store than a thrift store. For a list of Lancaster’s shopping experiences, click in here

Where to Stay

Lancaster has some beautiful campgrounds to settle into while visiting the area. To stay surrounded by Amish farmland, Country Acres open year round offers sites right next to a working Amish farm. They also offer FREE area bus tours to campground guests. Flory’s is a quaint campground nestled between a working farm and local homes. Local farmers regularly visit to sell fresh produce. Lake-in-Wood Resort is “Home to the Gnomes” with a woodland gnome theme the resort is family friendly, includes a full service cafe, and well stocked camp store. To really feel pampered, check in to Spring Gulch, which has a full service Day Spa. There are plenty of other campgrounds to stay close to your favorite attractions. Here is a current list of RV resorts and campgrounds.

Other Destinations Close by

Head North to take in the sights, tastes, and smells of Hershey Pennsylvania, home of the famous chocolate still made there. Point your RV South to experience the beauty of the Brandywine Valley. If you’re travelling East you will come across Valley Forge and learn of the Colonies Revolutionary War for independence, West toward the setting sun to see Civil War History come alive at Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. Which ever way you head – it’s better when you are going RVing!

 

Mike Karl guest blogging for Monty’s Musings -The Motorhome Travel Blog – El Monte RV

About Mike Karl - Also known as RoadAbode, Mike is a ten year RVer and writer of all things dealing with the RV Lifestyle. He is a regular contributor to the RV.net and Reddit GoRVing Forums. His blog “The Adventures and Travels of RoadAbode” relates personal travel experiences with friends and family in RoadAbode, his Class C RV – previously a rental. Other topics include RV updates, and reviews of RV resorts, products and destinations. Go to www.roadabode.us to read more, or contact Mike. Subscribe to the RoadAbode newsletter for a link to a FREE downloadable RVing LifeStyle Cookbook!

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Planning to attend the Feb. 1, 2015 Super Bowl but need help finding accommodations? Here’s an idea—why not RV to the Super Bowl this year? Renting a motorhome offers football fans flexibility, comfort and affordability as they travel to enjoy the big game.football

We’ve gathered the facts you’ll need to know to get the most out of your 2015 Super Bowl RV Adventure to the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona. Here’s the game plan:

Where to Rent an RV: El Monte has locations all over the US, including one right in Phoenix, Arizona. Click here to find the El Monte RV Rental location most convenient for your trip.

What an RV Rental Offers Football Fans: You could try to find a last minute hotel room somewhere in the Phoenix metro area, but why bother when a motorhome offers all the comforts of home to Super Bowl fans? Convenient RV kitchens allow you to prepare all your favorite foods and beverages as you camp along your way to Arizona. Skip the fast food and save your money for Game Day!

Depending on the RV models available at the nearest El Monte RV Rental location, you’ll find sleeping accommodations to suit everyone along for the ride to Phoenix. Just let us know how many fans you’ll be traveling with and we’ll help you choose the right RV for the trip.

Where to Camp in the Phoenix Area: Camping in the Phoenix area is your gateway not only to Super Bowl excitement but also dozens of attractions to enjoy before and after Game Day. Use this convenient list of Arizona RV campgrounds to start your search for the perfect Super Bowl home base.

More about RV Camping to the Super Bowl: Traveling by RV to the 2015 Super Bowl in Glendale, AZ will be an adventure you’ll long remember. Here are some tips for making it your best trip ever:

  • Call and reserve your RV rental AND your campsite now, to avoid last minute hassles.
  • Use the com highway conditions site to monitor weather and driving conditions during your trip.
  • You can use this link to learn more about parking and restrictions in the official Super Bowl parking areas.
  • Use the same link to get the official word on whether tailgating will be allowed at the 2015 Super Bowl. Whether it is or not, you’re going to have a great excuse throughout your trip to break out your favorite tailgating recipes! Plan your menu for the road using these recipes for delicious RV tailgating.
  • Don’t miss the other events being hosted throughout downtown Phoenix to honor the big game. Super Bowl Central is a free, family-friendly outdoor festival open nightly from Jan. 28 to Game Day with concerts, fireworks, autograph opportunities and plenty of vendors to feed your Super Bowl fix! You can also purchase tickets for the NFL Experience at the Phoenix Convention Center for the ultimate in football fan immersion.

Traveling by motorhome to the Super Bowl makes the ultimate NFL football experience even better. Use these tips to plan your trip, and contact us right now to get the right RV rental for your adventure.

Picture credits: The photo shown was found on Flickr Commons. It is licensed under the Explore/Creative Commons license.

Does cold weather have you camped out in your living room, when you’d much rather be RV camping? Take a trip to Scottsdale, Arizona, where you’ll find so much more than desert RV camping. An entertainment and cultural center that’s part of Metro Phoenix, Scottsdale offers RV camping fans the chance to play year-round.

To help our readers plan, we’ve collected some fun tips for making the most of your Scottsdale RV vacation.

Active Scottsdale Ideas

What better way to enjoy the surrounding beauty while in Scottsdale than to take a hike? Use this excellent list of Scottsdale area trails to plan your trip into the Sonoran Desert, around a city lake or over a rocky mountain trail. You’ll also find plenty of wide open space to bike and rock climbing is also a popular sport, thanks to the proximity of peaks like Camelback Mountain.

Here’s another way to get a great walk in while on your Scottsdale camping trip—take advantage of the city’s more than two dozen public golf courses. Pick the  Scottsdale area golf courses that suit your style and don’t forget to bring your clubs!

Does your family like to see the great outdoors by four-wheel drive? Book a desert tour in the Scottsdale area—here are just two of the tour vendors ready to outfit your adventure:

Hoping to stay active, but prefer to stick to city streets while in Scottsdale? Take a Scottsdale Segway Tour through the town’s most popular attractions. Older teens will love it too!

Scottsdale Art Adventures

Did you know there are more than one hundred art galleries in Scottsdale? RV campers who love art will think they’ve gone to heaven! Stroll the streets of the Scottsdale Art District and check for special arts events before you go.

Scottsdale Great Eats

While you’re camping in Scottsdale, make a date to sample the excellent Southwestern cuisine for which this desert town is famous. Here’s a helpful link to some of the best Scottsdale local cuisine.

Traveling with kids? Make your way to Old Town Scottsdale and the Sugar Bowl, a legendary soda fountain everyone will enjoy.

And while we’re talking about good eats, if you’re in town on a Saturday, be sure to visit the Old Town Farmers’ Market for organic veggies and other tasty goodies.

Scottsdale Shopping Adventures

Superstition Mountains near Scottsdale, AZ

Superstition Mountains near Scottsdale, AZ

“Scottsdale” is synonymous with upscale shopping, so why not indulge while in town? If kate spade, Louis Vuitton, Gucci and Barneys New York are music to your ears, make a trip to Scottsdale Fashion Square. 

If you’re hoping to score some cowgirl fashion out West, the outstanding shops in Downtown Scottsdale have it all, at shops like Scottsdale Pendleton and Saba’s. Drive down the palm-lined drive to The Shops at Gainey Village for one-of-a-kind finds at intimate boutiques and the chance to eat at some pretty amazing eateries.

These are just three of the many places you’ll find to shop in Scottsdale, but you’ll have plenty of room to take home your treasures when you travel by RV.

Hike, climb, bike, eat and shop your way around Scottsdale, and then go home to the luxury of RV camping every evening. With so many ways to play and near-perfect winter weather, it’s easy to see why so many motorhome travelers make their way to Scottsdale. Isn’t it time you joined them?

Yuba-Donner Scenic BywayDoes the thought of clear mountain lakes, national forest camping and the chance to play in an unforgettable northern California playground sound like the perfect vacation? If your answer is “Yes!” start planning now for an RV trip along the Yuba Donner Scenic Byway.

Your trailhead is in Truckee, California, just thirty miles from Reno, Nevada. All along this one hundred sixty mile Byway you’ll find magnificent scenery, exciting outdoor recreation and outstanding motorhome camping. Your entire itinerary is within the boundaries of the Tahoe National Forest, located in Northern California’s spectacular Sierra Nevadas.

Follow our quick guide below to planning your RV camping vacation along the Yuba Donner Scenic Byway.

Quick Guide to Planning Your Yuba Donner Scenic Byway Vacation

  • How You’ll Go: Start your journey in Truckee, California and travel north on CA-89 to Sierraville, then head west on CA-49 past Sierra City and Downieville. Your next leg is south down to Nevada City, finishing the circle by traveling CA-20 then I-80 east through Soda Springs, making your way back to Truckee. You can drive the entire byway in about six hours, but there’s so much to do and see, you’ll want to plan time to stop, camp and play along the way.
  • What You’ll See: This scenic byway roughly follows the route of the ill-fated Donner party, who spent a tragic winter here in 1846 when their wagon train was stranded by mountain snows. Take time to see the historic monuments and exhibits throughout this area to learn more about the stories of early pioneers as well as the California Gold Rush. One of our favorite side trips—Malakoff Diggins State Historic Park north of Nevada City.
  • What to Do: Hundreds of lakes, an abundance of mountain streams and rivers and impossibly tall granite bluffs provide excellent opportunities for fishing, photography, wildlife viewing, paddling, hiking, boating and swimming all along the Byway. Stop wherever you want along your route and take advantage of all this national forest has to offer.
  • Where to Camp: The National Forest Service website has detailed information on RV campgrounds within Tahoe National Forest, including nearby recreation opportunities. If you prefer private campgrounds, here are a couple of nearby RV parks to contact:
  • When to Go: The entire route is paved and is open year-round (some passes may close due to snowfall.) The peak season is after the winter snows have passed in the higher elevations, usually May 1 to September 1. RV packing tip: You’re going to find a wide range of temperatures as you wind your way through the Sierra Nevadas, so pack clothes for cool nights and warm days.
  • Where to Find an RV Rental: Here’s where we can help you plan the perfect vacation. With locations throughout California, it’s easy for you and your family to fly in, pick up a luxurious RV for your trip and head to Truckee. Click here to get started.

Get a jump on early summer RV travel this year by planning your trip to Yuba Donner Scenic Byway and Tahoe National Forest. Go for the history and natural beauty of the area and stay to enjoy a trip down a mountain river in a kayak, a visit to an historic mining town or a night spent camping in RV comfort, surrounded by breathtaking scenery.

This is the year to take the motorhome vacation your family’s been longing to enjoy. Northeastern California and the grandeur you’ll see along the Yuba Donner Scenic Byway are custom-made for making RV camping memories.

RV Camping—Where Will 2015 Take YOU?

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Are next year’s RV camping hopes already dancing in your head? The ease and comfort of camping in a motorhome may be lighting up vacation dreams for you and your family. So we’d like to know—where will 2015 take YOU …

 

The Rose Bowl and Tournament of Roses—An RV Traveler’s Guide

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Top 5 Orlando Winter Events that are Worth a Stop

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Rent an RV Guest House for the Holidays

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Lower Gulf Coast RV Getaway

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Premier RV Camping Adventures at Pismo Beach

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The lure of Pismo Beach, on California’s Central Coast, draws RV campers from around the world. They know they’re going to find beautiful beaches, outstanding outdoor recreation and laid-back seaside villages waiting to be explored. Why not join them on …