Take in Historic St. Augustine from Pacetti’s Campground & Marina

This was kindly provided to us by our friends at Pacetti’s Campground & Marina.

Pacetti’s RV Park & Marina is located at on Trout Creek, a tributary of the beautiful St. Johns River. The campground showcases the best that country charm has to offer. The 23-acre campground has huge oak trees, and the creek is perfect for fishing right off the campground’s docks. Bring your RV, tent, or even rent a cabin. The campground has a boat ramp and boat slips for your boat too. This is the perfect location to get away from all the crowds and just relax and enjoy leisurely days by the creek. When you are ready for some shopping, golf, and area attractions, everything is just a short drive from Pacetti’s.

Attractions Near Pacetti’s RV Park & Marina

Historic St. Augustine is just one of the many attractions located near Pacetti’s RV Park & Marina. Think about taking a trolley tour, horse and carriage ride, or even a riverboat to see St. Augustine. And of course do not forget St. Augustine’s beaches!

Other attractions include:

  • The World Golf Village that is only a 10 minute drive away. The Imax Theater, Renaissance Resort and Murray Brothers Caddy Shack restaurant are all located there.
  • The St. Augustine Outlet Mall, a full day of shopping that is only 20 minutes away.
  • Ft. Matanzas with guides dressed in character and real working cannons.
  • Ripley’s Believe It or Not, always a family favorite.

There are many other attractions that would appeal to visitors of all ages. The staff Pacetti’s RV Park & Marina is very knowledgeable about the area, and will strive to help you with your plans.

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Many Families are Gearing Up for Water Balloon Wars as Campgrounds Prepare for Prepare for “Wet & Wild Weekends”

Some campgrounds organize water war competitions that pit staff against guests and involve virtually everyone in the campground

“There are three adjectives we like to hear. Awesome, sweet or wow! If I get one of those out of the adults or their kids, I’m doing my job. That’s how we run our business.” – Wisconsin campground owner Bud Styer

Some people like to camp in a quiet place in the woods. But quiet is not on the menu at the Wisconsin campgrounds that Bud Styer owns or manages on behalf of other park owners, which include Smokey Hollow Campground in Lodi; Merry Mac’s Campground in Merrimac; Baraboo Hills Campground in Baraboo; Tilleda Falls Campground in Tilleda; Rivers Edge Campground in Stevens Point; River Bend RV Resort in Watertown; and Harbour Village Campground in Sturgeon Bay. Styer caters to an active family crowd, the kind of people who will go through 14,000 water balloons in a weekend game of “water wars” in which everyone in the campground gets wet.

“There are three adjectives we like to hear,” Styer said. “Awesome, sweet or wow! If I get one of those out of the adults or their kids, I’m doing my job. That’s how we run our business.”

But Styer isn’t the only campground operator who is tapping into his guests’ wild side. Growing numbers of independently owned and operated campgrounds across the country, as well as many parks in the Jellystone Park Camp-Resort and Kampgrounds of America (KOA) chains, offer a growing assortment of water-related activities, from spraygrounds and waterslides to their own “Wet and Wild” weekends.

“Camping enthusiasts always seek access to water, whether it’s in rivers, lakes, swimming pools or along the beach. But many parks find they can further enhance their appeal by offering fun, water-related activities,” said Linda Profaizer, president and CEO of the National Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds.

Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park Camp-Resort in Williamsport, Md. is planning a “Wet and Wild Week” Aug. 2nd to 8th. “Wherever you are in the park and whatever you do that week, there is a very good chance you are going to get wet,” said park co-owner Vicki Vitkun. “We have water balloon fights. We do a water balloon pitch burst. We do wet sponge ball fights, big water gun battles, volleyball in the pool, basketball in the pool. Everything is wet. We even have a guest against staff watergun fight. So even the staff knows to beware that week because they’re going to get wet, too. It’s a week filled with constant laughter, screaming and shouting.”

Several KOA parks also offer “Wet and Wild” weekends at various times during the summer, such as July 16th to 18th at the KOA in Port Huron, Mich. and July 23rd to 25th at the Stockton / Delta KOA in Stockton, Calif.

Other parks are adding new water-related attractions. Pineland Camping Park in Arkdale, Wis., for example, just installed PineZilla, the world’s largest inflatable waterslide, which stands over four stories tall and features a 175-foot-long slide with a 45-degree descent at the drop zone.

Meanwhile, the KOA in Rusk, Texas has installed a new Frisbee skills court. “But watch out for the water hazards,” warns park owner Walter Preble. “Everyone gets wet.”

While Styer has “water wars” water balloon game stations at each of his Wisconsin parks, he said his water wars weekends are the most popular times of year at his parks. That’s when he drives throughout each park using a specially designed hay wagon that has been outfitted with four water guns that can each shoot water up to 75-feet. Of course, whenever he does this, Styer and his staff also risk coming under attack from campground guests, who arm themselves with everything from water balloons to pump action water guns.

Styer said his guests will spend an entire day filling water balloons as they prepare for a water wars weekend. “I’ve had guys fill up their pickup trucks with water balloons. It becomes a feeding frenzy,” he said.

In fact, fun family activities take place every day during the summer at the parks under Styer’s management, which include everything “water wars” water balloon games to nighttime light parades and nighttime miniature golf. He even organizes sumo-wrestling competitions.

“It’s hilarious,” Styer said. “You put on these big vinyl suits and you’re about 4-feet in diameter when you have them on. And then you try to push the other guy out of the ring. But if you fall over, you’re like a turtle. And somebody from the audience will have to step in to set you back up on your feet.”

This was kindly provided to us by the National Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds where you can find more help locating unique campgrounds in your area or for additional commentary, statistics and sources on the latest camping trends.

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Trail of Tears Motorcycle Ride & More at Parnell Creek RV Park

This was provided by our friends at the Parnell Creek RV Park in Woodville, Alabama.

Parnell Creek RV Park is located in the heart of Northern Alabama in Woodville. We are surrounded by mountains and have beautiful scenery year round. We are located on Hwy 72, which is part of the Appalachian Trail Highway. Woodville is a small friendly town with beautiful foliage and nature to enjoy. We have a park full of amenities, including pool, mini-golf, fitness center and much more.

Every year on the 3rd Saturday in September, the Trail of Tears Motorcycle Ride comes by the campground. There are thousands of motorcycles that ride in the historical ride commemorating the route taken by the Native Americans. Close by attractions include Cathedral Caverns State Park with guided tours of the caverns. There is Old McDonalds Petting Zoo for children with over 30 different kinds of animals for the children to pet.

The big city of Huntsville is only 25 minutes away and they have lots of attractions. U.S. Space & Rocket Center is a full day’s workout. There is also Sci Quest Science Center and Early Works Children’s Museum for the kids to enjoy and learn about science. There is Constitution Village, Harrison Brothers Hardware, Botanical Gardens and Burritt on the Mountain – a living museum with nature trails and historical park.

In Scottsboro, just 15 minutes away, there is the world renowned Unclaimed Baggage where you can find almost anything. There are also Hallelujah Trail of Historic Churches and other historical sites. We are also close to the Walls of Jericho where you can walk to the top and see a beautiful waterfall. Russell Cave National Monument is only 45 minutes away, along with Stevenson Railroad Depot Museum with hundreds of artifact from the area.

We are only 45 minutes from where the county music group Alabama has a Fan Club and Museum with treasure from over 30 years of performances. Come have you picture taken with the bronze statutes of the group. Birding trail #39 is only about 6 miles away with the largest number of gray bats in the south that leave the cave at dust each day. There are flea markets in the area to quench your bargain buying addiction. Lake Guntersville is only a short drive where there is a lot of fishing and boating. Nearby Grant is home of the tallest vertical log building in the world. It is located at the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) public school which houses grades 1-12. If you haven’t found enough to do yet, then don’t leave our park, we have a salt water swimming pool, mini golf, playground, club house, covered shelter, horse shoes, basketball, planned activities and much much more.


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Smokey Bear Campground in Gatlinburg, TN

This post is provided by our friends at the Smokey Bear Campground in Gatlinburg, TN.

Smoky Bear Campground is located across from the Great Smoky Mountain National Park,  Great Smoky Mountains National Parkwhich is the most visited National Park in America. The Park offers many hiking trails with varying degrees of difficulty. The trails offer beautiful waterfalls, panoramic vistas, and serene old growth forests. For those who prefer to enjoy nature in the comfort of their car, the Park offers many scenic drives such as Cades Cove Loop and Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail. During these drives, there are many opportunities to enjoy nature and wildlife…..hopefully even see a few BEARS! For the fishermen, fly fishing for native and rainbow trout is a must. The Little Pigeon River located in the Greenbrier section of the Park is only 6 miles from the campground. The real beauty of the area is in the mountains and it is FREE. Bring a picnic basket and wear good walking shoes.

Approximately 12 miles from Smoky Bear Campground is the mountain resort town of Gatlinburg, which has over 400 shops, artisan galleries, and boutiques. A few attractions include: Ripley’s Believe It or Not Museum, Ripley’s Aquarium, Scenic Chair Lift, and Ober Gatlinburg, which can be reached by driving your car or riding the scenic aerial tram to the top of the mountain.

Also located in Gatlinburg is the Great Smoky Arts and Crafts Community. Travel the 8 mile Loop to enjoy the area’s time honored mountain crafts and traditional art forms. Over 180 crafts people demonstrate their skills.

For even more shopping and entertainment, Pigeon Forge, only 18 miles from the campground, is the shop-till-you-drop “Mecca” of the South and home to Dollywood Theme Park and Splash Mountain. Shopping at the many outlet mall stores will ensure that you save money on everything from clothing to home furnishings. Also visit the many theaters which offer musical productions to entertain you.

Other area options include horseback riding, white water rafting and tubing, boat rental and fishing at French Broad River and Douglas Lake. Golfing options include Bent Creek Golf Course, located only 2 ½ miles from Smoky Bear Campground, rated in the top 50 golf courses in Tennessee and designed by Gary Player.

Finally, come on back to the campground, build a fire, sit back and relax in the quiet setting of Smoky Bear Campground.

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Shady Rest Resort and Campground on 1 of 10,000 Lakes

This was provided by our friends at the Shady Rest Resort & Campground in Villard, Minnesota.

Minnesota is called the land of 10,000 lakes, but they probably just got tired and stopped counting at that point and went fishing. Smack in the middle of them all is the “Alexandria Lakes Area” where thousands of years ago glaciers carved their way through the area, leaving behind hundreds of lakes, nestled in the wooded hills and boundless prairie. Here you’ll find Shady Rest Resort and Campground on beautiful Lake Amelia.

The Langhoff family has been providing a family vacation destination since 1978 offering exceptional lakeside cabins, overnight RV sites, and seasonal RV sites. Shady Rest Resort is open from May to October and located just 2 hours from Minneapolis. We have 2 tennis courts, pontoon and fishing boat rentals, bait and tackle shop, safe beach with a swim raft, great fishing, and much more.

For over 100 years families have come to Alexandria, Minnesota and the neighboring Town of Glenwood to get away from the heat of the city, relax by a lake and do a little fishing or hunting. Today, more than ever, the area is the top Minnesota vacation destination for families. Alexandria offers visitors lodging at the many hotels in the city or a cabin or RV site overlooking a lake from one of the numerous local Resorts.

For the fisherman, Lake Amelia has a little bit of everything, including black bullhead, black crappie, bluegill, bowfin (dogfish), brown bullhead, common carp, largemouth bass, Northern pike, pumpkinseed, rock bass, walleye, white Sucker, yellow bullhead, and yellow perch.

Alexandria may also be the real “Birthplace of America”. At the Ruinstone Museum in Alexandria you’ll find the actual stone left by adventuring Vikings over 100 years before Columbus came to America and discover the mysteries about the stone that are still debated.

There is also the Minnesota Lakes Maritime Museum where you’ll find the great history of resorts, grand hotels, fishing clubs, and classic boats

The area is also known for it’s numerous antique shops and shopping, great golf courses, fabulous dinning, an indoor water park, 2 race tracks and the state’s largest winery, Carlos Creek Winery.

For more information you can visit the Shady Rest Resort and Campground.

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A Working Ranch, RV Park, & Area Attractions – Yakima River RV Park

The following was provided by our friends at the Yakima River RV Park.

Yakima River RV Park is situated on a working ranch on the Yakima River, just a few miles south of the historic town of Ellensburg, and approximately 100 miles East of Seattle, Washington. Yakima River RV Park is a quiet Park in the country surrounded by numerous outdoor activities such as fly-fishing, hiking, river rafting, bicycling, nature trail walking, livestock and wildlife viewing, rock hounding, geocaching, swimming, golfing, horseback riding and sight-seeing day trips.

The Ellensburg area and beyond offers various attractions throughout the year, First Friday Art Walks, Wild Horse Wind & Solar Observatory, Jazz Festival, Yakima Canyon Bike Tour, Brew Fest, Whiskey Dick Triathlon, Wine Fest, Yakima Canyon Marathon, Toppenish Murals, Wine Tasting Tours, Coal Miners’ Festival, Classic Car Shows, museums, galleries, Gingko Forest, Gorge Amphitheatre, Suncadia Resort and the Ellensburg Rodeo! Central Washington University is well known for its frequent high-quality music and theatre events.

Yakima River RV Park offers 36 RV pull through sites, several of which will accommodate a motor coach. Horse stalls are available for those traveling with horses. River floaters needing shuttles can make arrangements for that service through Yakima River RV Park.

Tenting is also available for quiet campers! Yakima River RV Park has an additional overflow area separate from the RV Park where large groups of tenters sometimes gather for special weekends away from city life! This camping area is treed giving good shade. A porta-potty is available, as well as good water, but showers are not provided. Those who really can’t live without a shower go to the truck stop and shower for a fee.

Many Yakima River RV Park customers travel from all over the Northwest to meet friends and family in the middle and gather for reunions, floating trips and fishing vacations. They continue to return year after year and think of Yakima River RV Park as their home away from home!

Come on out and stay overnight on the ranch! Enjoy the fabulous sunsets!

People who wish to go RV camping in the State of Washington have a choice of two El Monte RV rental locations – our Ferndale / Vancouver RV Rentals location and our Seattle RV Rentals location.

Other RV Campgrounds should feel free to share with us the wonders that may be found in and around their campground. Please send your article submissions to monty@elmonterv.com.

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RV to One of the Longest Beaches in the World

This is kindly provided by our friends at the Ocean Park Resort.

The Ocean Park Resort is located on the Long Beach Peninsula in Ocean Park Washington, just 4 blocks from the beach. The 28 mile beach on the west, Pacific Ocean, side of the peninsula is recognized as one of the longest beaches in the world.

For lighthouse lovers, the peninsula is home to two lighthouses – Cape Disappointment Lighthouse overlooking the Columbia River, which is the oldest lighthouse on the west coast, and North Head Lighthouse in Fort Canby State Park overlooking the Pacific Ocean.

The area around the resort has plenty to offer, including:

The Ocean Park Resort prides itself on friendliness. It is owner operated and customers can perceive the difference between dealing with an employee and dealing with the owner.

The park offers a motel, RV sites, guest houses, and tent sites. Other park amenities include: a seasonal heated outdoor pool, an enclosed spa, coin operated showers, restrooms, a coin laundry, a recreation hall, playground, basketball hoop, volleyball net, fish and clam cleaning area, and propane sales.

People who wish to go RV camping in the State of Washington can rent from our El Monte RV in Ferndale / Vancouver RV Rentals.

Other RV Campgrounds should feel free to share with us the wonders that may be found in and around their campground. Please send your article submissions to monty@elmonterv.com.

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Fishing, Wildlife, Attractions & More – Junipers Reservoir RV Resort

This is courtesy of our friends at Junipers Reservoir RV Resort.

Located in the heart of an 8,000 acre working cattle ranch, Junipers Reservoir RV Resort is the perfect jumping off point for touring scenic Lake County, Oregon. From one of the 40 spacious pull through sites, visitors can experience much of the natural splendor that Lake County has to offer without ever leaving the property. But you may wish to venture off on a more adventurous journey to a variety of nearby events and attractions.

Enjoy hot showers, clean bathrooms, laundry facilities, propane barbeques, and free wireless internet after a full day of exploring. Resort activities include hiking and biking trails, driving tours, bird watching, wildlife viewing, rock hounding, free fishing, horseshoes, and volleyball.

If you can’t get enough of the antelope and mule deer on the ranch, check out nearby Hart Mountain Antelope Refuge for a day, or stop by the Summer Lake Wildlife Area (www.stateparks.com) for extended birding opportunities.

Are you crazy about rocks? After scouring the ranch for treasures such as agate and petrified wood, spend a day collecting sunstones, obsidian, or opals at nearby mines. After hiking or biking to the old Indian campgrounds to hunt for arrowheads and artifacts, take a driving tour of the pristine petroglyphs in the area.

If you are looking for a truly unique experience, check out some of Lake County’s natural wonders, including Fort Rock State Park, Crack in the Ground, Abert Rim, and the Old Perpetual Geyser. But you may prefer to catch as many trout as you can eat right here at the resort without even buying a fishing license. True fishermen will want to visit some of our other local fishing holes as well. And those of you who think you’ve got what it takes to win will want to try your hand at the Chewaucan Challenge in June, an annual fishing derby on the Chewaucan River.

One of Lake County’s most valuable resources is its geothermal energy, which you can take advantage of by visiting nearby hot springs for a healing dip or by perusing the perennials at the local geothermal greenhouse. Speaking of shopping, the town of Lakeview, the seat of Lake County, also offers a Saturday market, antiques, and a full service meat locker offering Country Natural Beef, the very same beef that is grazed right here on the ranch surrounding the resort. The Lakeview Lockers also carries products from Stringers Orchard, a wild plum winery in nearby New Pine Creek, California.

Special occasions in Lakeview, also known as Oregon’s Tall Town because of its elevation, include Fourth of July fireworks at the fairgrounds, a hang gliding festival, and an antique car show. But the biggest event of the year by far is the annual Lake County Fair and Roundup, held every year on Labor Day weekend. Don’t miss the parade through town on Monday morning! Afterwards, spend a sunny day on the golf course, or a rainy day touring the museums. Or, simply relax in the serenely peaceful environment at the resort.

Junipers Reservoir RV Resort offers daily, weekly, monthly, and group rates. For more information on the resort, please visit www.junipersrv.com. For more information on Lake County Oregon, visit the Lake County Chamber of Commerce website.

Other RV Campgrounds should feel free to share with us the wonders that may be found in and around their campground. Please send your article submissions to monty@elmonterv.com.

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Activities Galore, History, White Water Rafting & More in Idaho

Waggonhammer RV ParkThe following was provided by our friends Abner and Shirley at Wagonhammer RV park.

Wagonhammer RV Park, situated between the Bitterroot Range and the Salmon River Mountains on the Salmon River, is a true destination park located on scenic Highway 93 North in North Fork, Idaho. The Louis & Clark trail is only 2 miles south of North Fork, the entry way to the Frank Church– River of No Return Wilderness Area, which is part of Salmon-Challis National Forest.

The area offers incredible white river rafting, scenic trail rides, steelhead fishing, and hunting. There are a wealth of licensed and bonded guides to make your experience the best. There are also many opportunities for hiking, photography, and bird watching. Also the towns of Darby and Hamilton, over the border in Montana, offer antique shops and Bitterroot history.

Nearby in historic Shoup, the Salmon River Road is a venture in the past. To the north is Big Hole National BattlefieldGibbonsville, “the living ghost town”. As you venture through Lost Trail Pass you will be near the Big Hole National Battlefield site and the Nez Pierce Camp.

18 miles to the south is the town of Salmon, Idaho with a rich cultural heritage. We are proud of the Sacajawea Interpretive, Cultural and Education Center with an abundance of Louis & Clark history. The Lemhi County Historical Society & Museum, also in Salmon, is a gem that is a tribute to our heritage. Many shops on Salmon’s Main Street will interest the treasure seeker, and golfers will not want to miss the Salmon Valley Golf Course.

To the south of Salmon is the Yankee Fork Historic Area bringing to life Idaho’s frontier mining history.

The area boasts a wealth of dining experiences from cafe food through true gourmet dining. You will find a local brewery, authentic Mexican, fine steak houses, and good pizza.

Please join us at Wagonhammer RV Park where we have a quiet atmosphere and offer: full hookups (50 amp available), a picnic area, BBQ facilities, a rec. room, a convenience store, showers, laundry, a dump station, propane, and Internet access.

Other RV Campgrounds should feel free to share with us the wonders that may be found in and around their campground. Please send your article submissions to monty@elmonterv.com.

Photo attribution for Big Hole National Battlefield:  By Forest Service Northern Region from Missoula, MT, USA [CC BY 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons


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Short or Long Term Stay in a Charming Small-Town Atmosphere

Thank you to our friends at Parkway Lakes RV Park for providing us with this…

Parkway Lakes RV Park, nestled among a picturesque grove of cottonwood trees, is located in Morgan Hill, California, a very small city with a charming small-town atmosphere. Morgan Hill is approximately 12 miles south of San Jose, 10 miles north of Gilroy and 15 miles inland from the Pacific Coast. Nearby Gilroy is home to the famous Gilroy Garlic Festival. The annual event attracts over 100,000 people and features gourmet food, entertainment, arts and crafts, and more. For 2009 the Garlic Festival will be held from July 24 through 26.

Entertainment and activities are abundant, including:

Residents and visitors to Morgan Hill enjoy special celebrations such as the Memorial Day weekend Mushroom Mardi Gras, Fourth of July Parade and fireworks, Taste of Morgan Hill Street Fair, and annual Christmas Parade. Sports enthusiast are not forgotten. Morgan Hill has a world-class sporting range, Aquatics Center, Indoor Recreation Center and Outdoor Sports Complex.

For those wishing to stay in their own RV while working, industry such as construction, real estate, technology, health care, wineries and Gavilan College provide a solid employment base.

Parkway Lakes RV Park would like to invite you to stay and enjoy Morgan Hill and all it has to offer. Whether you stay long-term a month or a few days, you will you chose Parkway Lakes RV Park. They offer all the amenities of an extended stay park with rates comparable to the area, and we are a gated community as well. Please check their website www.parkwaylakesrvpark.com for more options and information.

El Monte RV Rental locations that would be close to the Parkway Lakes RV park include our San Jose RV Rentals and Santa Cruz RV Rentals locations.

Other RV Campgrounds should feel free to share with us the wonders that may be found in and around their campground. Please send your article submissions to monty@elmonterv.com.

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