May I have s'more, please!

According to nationalgeographic.com, s’mores have been around since 1927, which is when a recipe for “some mores” first appeared in a cookbook called “Tramping and Trailing with the Girl Scouts.”…Continue Reading →

Family around a campfire

A State of Fun

Thrillist.com recently rated our 50 states from most fun to least fun. Lucky for you, eight of the top 10…

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Livin’ Large

If your family was the road tripping type, chances are you more than likely stopped at some roadside attraction or…

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la olympic coliseum

Summer Game Moods

Here’s hoping the 2021 Tokyo Summer Games (which are really just the postponed Summer 2020 Games) go off without a…

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Road Trip

Road Trip

Quite simply, there’s never been a better time for a summer road trip in the United States. It’s time to…

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One Cool July!

One Cool July

July is a hot month. In fact, according to the National Climate Report, the contiguous U.S. average temperature in July…

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Leaning Tower

Let’s Get Small

The concept of taking something from a large scale down to a miniature version, while remaining authentic to all details, isn’t anything new. In fact, dollhouses dating back to the…Continue Reading →

Queen for a Day

Is Mom the Queen of the family castle? After all, doesn’t she rule over everything including all things domestic and…

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Loggerhead Marinelife Center

This spring, Thousand Trails and Encore RV Resorts will announce a partnership with Loggerhead Marinelife Center (LMC). Comprising innovators, explorers,…

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April Adventures

Spring break is over and summer vacations are a few months away, but don’t pack away the travel and camping gear. We’ve got some ideas for some fun April getaways.…Continue Reading →

The Mighty Mushroom

April 16 is the Day of the Mushroom, so we thought we’d cook up some recipes for you to celebrate…

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All in for Arbor Day

The last Friday in April is more than just the beginning of the weekend. It is also traditionally the day that our country celebrates Arbor Day. Have you ever celebrated…Continue Reading →

Breakfast Casserole

Some call it a breakfast casserole, some call it a “strata,” but whatever name you have for it, this dish…

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March (Mural) Madness

If spending hours inside in public places still isn’t your favorite thing (or maybe it never was), consider exploring these…

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Color Your World

Remember the world that Harold created with just a purple crayon? The classic children’s book, by author Crockett Johnson, tells the story of one boy who heads out for walk…Continue Reading →

Ranch-Obsessed!

Did you know that Americans may well be the only country in the world as obsessed with Ranch dressing as…

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American Heritage Sites

George or Abe: Who’s your Favorite The presidential birthday boys of February, George Washington and Abraham Lincoln, have a few things in common and, of course, a few differences. For…Continue Reading →

Change Your View

A new year brings a chance to reflect on the prior year, set your resolutions, and put a plan together to make sure your resolution lasts longer than a month.…Continue Reading →

Florida Island Style

Hold on to your sunhats when we give you this statistic because it may just blow you away. Did you…

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Florida Is for Foodies

Florida may be known for its balmy weather, wealth of sunny days, and miles and miles of beaches, but here’s…

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Florida's Rails-Trail

Lots of options for two wheels & two feet By Lynn and Cele Seldon Florida’s wide expanses of generally flat…

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Winter Sun Towns

If “2020” and “cooped up” sound synonymous, then it’s probably time you think about flying that coop. Consider spending this winter spreading your wings in the sunshine. You can still…Continue Reading →

The List-Makers

Any research you do on travel, you’re bound to find “the lists” compiled by bloggers, travel magazines, influencers, and other…

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Gift Ideas for the Camp Crowd

Let’s end this not-so-fun 2020 by giving some really fun gifts to friends and family this holiday season. Here’s a…

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Winter Gift Guide

We’ve got a list for you that will cover everything you need for gift-giving this year, from grab bags to Secret Santa items, and gifts for all your friends and…Continue Reading →

A Thanksgiving Feast, Campside

Campfire Roasted Stuffed Squash (Makes 2 servings) The traditional turkey can be found inside this stuffed squash! Ingredients: 1 acorn…

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You & Sunny Yuma

The Great Outdoors & More Await in Southwest Arizona Designated as the “Sunniest City on Earth” by the folks at…

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Seeing Stars in Arizona

The Astrotourism Capital of the United States BY LYNN & CELE SELDON With its diverse landscape –from the Grand Canyon…

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Easy Foil-Pack Dinners

Thanksgiving dinners are traditionally oven-baked turkey, oven-baked sweet potatoes with the gooey marshmallow topping, and oven-baked corn casseroles with a…

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Winter Fun Towns

Historic downtown Charleston in South Carolina By no means does winter mean no more outdoor fun! In fact, in many…

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Adirondack Mountains in northeast New York.

Cornucopia of Camping 

Adirondack Mountains in northeast New York. A cornucopia is “an abundance of good things of a specified kind.” In our…

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Fall from the Inside

Fall foliage at Lynchburg RV Campground nearby the scenic Blue Ridge Parkway When the pandemic first hit, everyone ventured outdoors…

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Fall Bucket List

Summer is over and the holiday season is just around the corner, but there’s all of October to take in. What’s the best way to spend these last few weeks…Continue Reading →

Colorful Fall

Come fall, people head off in search of colorful leaf displays, consulting charts and websites to determine the best time…

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Blueberry Crisp

Blueberries for All

It’s blueberry season! Blueberries have almost no fat, are low in sodium and have tremendous nutritional value. And, whether dressed…

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Scavenger Hunt

August is Family Fun Month

August is National Family Fun Month, although according to nationalcalendarday.com, no one really knows why this month was chosen for…

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Honoring Elvis

Since his untimely passing in 1977, thousands of fans have flocked to Graceland, Elvis’ Memphis estate to pay homage to…

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Dutch Country PA

What to do in July

In addition to Independence Day on July 4, the month of July has many national days to celebrate including the…

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BBQ Spareribs

We’re serving up some tangy barbeque and gooey chocolate and marshmallows…see what we’ve got cooking this month… July is a fun month when it comes to national holidays for food.…Continue Reading →

Dutch Baby Pancake

INGREDIENTS 3 tablespoons unsalted butter, room temperature   3 large eggs   3/4 cup whole milk   1/2 cup all-purpose flour (spooned and leveled) 1/4 teaspoon salt 1/2 teaspoon pure…Continue Reading →

King of the Keys

Stretching close to 125 miles from tip to tip, the Florida Keys are a wonderland of natural beauty, underwater magic,…

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Do Go Chasing Waterfalls

Did you know waterfalls are classified into 10 different types based on the way the water descends? Those classifications include plunge, punchbowl, cascade, and tiered. And while Angel Falls in…Continue Reading →

Take it to the Bridge

They are functional works of art made of steel, stone and wood…check out some of America’s coolest bridges. There are…

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Look How We’ve Grown!

Sunshine Key RV Resort and Marina welcome new arrivals!By Joan Rykal Sunshine Key RV Resort and Marina, Encore’s fabulous location…

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Happy Birthday, Earth Day!

In keeping with the activist environment of the late ‘60s and early ‘70s, Senator Gaylord Nelson (D-Wisconsin) had the idea to harness the concept of the popular “sit-in” but instead…Continue Reading →

Come Check Out Yuma!

Yuma, Arizona Your Sunniest Winter Destination! By Joan Rykal Yuma, Arizona is considered one of the sunniest places, if not the sunniest place in the world. Yuma offers a whopping…Continue Reading →

Austin vs. Asheville

By Cele & Lynn Seldon  Although these cities are 1,100 miles apart and one is ten times larger than the other (Asheville’s…

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Seattle vs. Portland

The Pacific Northwest has much to offer in terms of stunning geography, outdoor activities, cool temperatures and a robust wine…

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Lets Make Lemonade!

Classic Lemonade Ingredients: 1 cup sugar 5 cups water 6 lemons Ice Directions: Combine in saucepan 1 cup sugar, 1…

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Small Towns Big Charm

By Joan Rykal When planning a travel adventure, some people go for the draw of the big city with its…

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