Last summer, our Yurt Village at the Circle M RV Campground opened! There’s so much to love about this Pennsylvania Amish country gem and staying in a yurt will make your experience totally unique!
What’s a yurt, you say? A yurt is a dome-shaped, circular tent-style structure that has been used for thousands of years as a shelter for nomadic peoples. Yurts have become a popular and fun way for modern vacationers to immerse themselves in the outdoors while maintaining the comforts of home.
Though our yurts boast a shape that harkens back to an ancient time, a time when nomads needed a portable and durable shelter, the yurts at Circle M will include all of the modern amenities that you’d expect – a functional kitchenette, space to sleep up to six people, and private restrooms with showers.
Circle M RV Campground is located in Lancaster County in the heart of Pennsylvania Dutch Country. This western-style campground has plenty of amenities – from swimming pools to shuffleboard, weekend activities to barbecues and picnics – it’s easy to make Circle M your next destination for relaxation! Plus, Circle M RV Campground is close to activities in Lancaster County including Amish attractions, or nearby shopping and dining.
One of the most beautiful and popular times to visit Boston is late spring through early fall. The temperatures are manageable and in the fall, the leaves are beginning to turn those vibrant, undeniable colors. From June through October, expect the town to be bustling with incoming students and activities at every turn. There are free concerts, film festivals, outdoor movies, and special events. There is a special vibrancy to the air as students begin to trickle into the town towards the end of August and start their semesters. One in 10 people in the city are students by the time school is in full swing. Boston is also nicknamed the Walking City because it’s the perfect place to explore on foot due to its compact design and has the seventh-highest percentage of pedestrian commuters in the country. If your dogs start barking, then don’t be afraid to snag a Charlie card and hop aboard the nation’s first subway system. Be sure to take in the sights and then retreat to the Tuxbury Tiny House Village in New Hampshire, just an hour drive from Boston.
Eat, see, do it all at Faneuil Hall.
A visit to Boston isn’t complete without a visit to Faneuil Hall, Boston’s central meeting place. Faneuil Hall is comprised of four markets in one – Faneuil Hall, Quincy Market, North Market and South Market. About 18 million visitors walk the cobblestone walkways of Faneuil Hall to shop the vendors, indulge in classic Northeastern food, and witness the famous street performers and speakers express themselves here.
Get lost in the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum
Though it’s no secret that Boston is home to some very famous museums, one of the most beloved is the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, located in the Fenway-Kenmore neighborhood of Boston. It is within walking distance of the Museum of Fine Arts and was once the home to Isabella Stewart Gardner, a leading American art collector, philanthropist, and patron of the arts. Gardner established the museum for her large art collection in a house constructed just for this purpose. The museum is characterized by its special gardens, its whimsical yet classic architectural style, and incredible indoor and outdoor gardens, in addition to the vast art collection housed here. The museum is also the host to a number of concerts, special events, lectures, and community programs every year.
Take yourself on the most historic of walking tours on the Freedom Trail.
The Freedom Trail is a 2.5 mile, red-lined route that leads history buffs on a self-guided tour to 16 historically significant sites of Boston. Along this path, you’ll explore museums, meeting houses, burying grounds, and churches, all while learning about the brave souls who helped shape this nation. Boston is a major player in the rich history of the US and the Freedom Trail is the perfect way to take in all that history.
The Boston Public Garden is the heartbeat of the city.
Spend an hour or two getting lost at the Boston Public Garden in the city’s center, right next to the Boston Common, the oldest park in the United States. Take a ride on one of the famous Swan Boats around the public garden lagoon. From the Boston Public Garden, you have a plethora of options. You can head to Newbury Street for some shopping, get lost in the Boston Public Library, or head to one of the city’s many museums.
On the Waterfront, you’ll find seafood and whale watching.
Established as a port city by Puritans in the 1670s, Boston is now well-known for its famous lobster rolls, clam steamers, and baked beans. For the best lobster rolls in Boston, head to the waterfront. A stop at Yankee Lobster Co. or James Hook & Co. will get you your lobstah’ fix and bring you to the beautiful waterfront of this old port town. Hop on a catamaran boat from the Long Wharf in the Boston Harbor for a whale watching adventure! The folks at the Boston Whale Watching Co. have been taking people out to see those majestic mammals for over 90 years. The Long Wharf is close to the New England Aquarium, the North End, Faneuil Hall, and other Boston landmarks.
Stay at Tuxbury Pond for the Perfect Respite from City Life.
Retreat from the city to a place of undeniable tranquility at Tuxbury Pond RV Resort. Visitors can snag an RV spot at this quiet campground or reserve a tiny house for the weekend. Tuxbury Pond is nestled in the forests of New Hampshire and is close to a variety of South Hampton’s most popular tourist attractions like wineries, apple orchards, restaurants, outlet malls, and the Salisbury-Hampton beaches.
You’re bound to have an unforgettable resort experience when you stay in one of the colorful cottages at Tropical Palms. These bright colored cottages boast Instagram-worthy hues, inside and out all year round. With easy access to the beach, amusement parks, and all kinds of activities, you’ll find that your colorful cottage is the perfect retreat for a siesta in style. The palm-tree lined streets of Tropical Palms greet you around every corner and the Florida sunshine generously warms the guests of this tropical paradise in Kissimmee. There is plenty to do nearby! Whether you spend your days sunning and surfing at Daytona Beach or stroll down the brick-lined streets of Old Town, where there are plenty of shops and restaurants and family-friendly activities at every turn, you’re sure to fill your days with a plethora of fun. Tropical Palms is just a short distance from all the major theme parks like Disney World, Universal Theme Parks, and Sea World.
Though close to the heart of Orlando, Tropical Palms boasts its own special activities and features- watch a classic movie from the pool at the “dive-in movie,” learn a new dance or perfect your steps at our on-site dance classes, gather your team for a shuffleboard tournament, or impress your friends with your best recipe at a potluck. You’ll see that Tropical Palms is the perfect home base for your Orlando vacation!
Glamping is all about the atmosphere and accommodations. Check out some of our favorite items to add to a more glamorous camping experience!
Glamp Up Your Atmosphere
With a bell-shaped canvas tent like this one, you’ll be on your way to glamping in no time. The canvas is waterproof too, so you’ll stay dry and comfortable.
Add cute and colorful decor to your space by hanging fabric bunting in the doorway of your tent or from the porch of your cabin to give a pop of cheer to your camping space.
These fairy lights add a whimsical element to your campsite and are made with a flexible wire so you can hang them up and around wherever you want a bit of extra light. Find a set of lights that are battery powered or opt for solar powered, like these!
Light up your campsite with a vintage feel with these vintage-style lanterns. They may look like classic lanterns, but the LED lights are 21st century and have handles that allow you to hang them wherever you please.
Add soft light
Take your camp lighting to the next level when you add a colorful soft light to the inside of your tent, cabin, or yurt. These battery powered ones give off a soft illumination and last for about 8 hours.
Don’t sacrifice your gourmet meals and stellar place settings with these glamorous campsite kitchen must-haves.
Complete cutlery backpack
Take your campsite barbecue to the next level with a cutlery backpack. Neatly packed, this pack is stocked with everything you need to set up a gourmet meal anywhere you like!
You’ve committed to the cuteness of glamping, but sometimes, you just need something that is sleek and functional to keep your food cold and the pests out. This cooler from Stanley has a sleek style, is easy to carry, and will keep ice frozen for 36 hours! Pretty cool.
Camp Vibes Enamel Mug
Enamel mugs are great for camping because they are lightweight and durable – perfect for roughing it in the woods. But grab an enamel mug with a cute design and bold colors and you’ll elevate your glamping vibes.
Pop this durable tablecloth on your picnic table and instantly elevate your barbecue! Set up the plates and silverware from your cutlery backpack and you’ve got a gourmet table setting at your glampsite.
This cutting board does triple duty! With its own knife and fine wood, this cutting board also works as a platter to present your meats and cheeses.
Cut down on clutter and plastic when you bring along a multi-use utensil set that has its own carrying case. Easy to pack, easy to clean, and easy to use! Each utensil has additional functions like a can opener hook on the end of the fork and a measuring tool on the handle of the spoon.
Keeping Things Cozy
Mystical Fire Packets
Turn up the volume on your typical campfire by adding these special color packets to the fire. Just remember to save this party for after you roast your marshmallows!
Wool Roll-Up Blanket
Keep warm in style when you bring along a patterned blanket. This one is extra functional and features a waterproof side plus straps and handle for easy carrying.
Tapestry or Rug
A lightweight rug or tapestry can create a cozy atmosphere when hung above your head or laid on the ground to give your feet something soft to step on. A tapestry infuses your glamping site with some of your own personality and a pop of color.
These fold up chairs are lightweight and give off the glamping vibes with their gold color and sleek design.
Boho Style Hammock
If you love a good portable hammock for lounging with a book at your campsite but don’t like the feel of a standard nylon hammock, opt for a contemporary style that has some bohemian character to it, like this one that has a lovely fringe and inviting camel color.
What are your favorite ways to give your campsite something extra? Share your style tips with us in the comments!
Introducing… Henry, Clara, Emerson, Murphy, and Riley, the newest additions to Petite Retreats! These five tiny houses live at the Tuxbury Pond RV Resort. Wickedly clever and full of character, these tiny houses all have their own personalities, catering to every kind of adventurer who walks through their doors.
“A modern innovator, Emerson is a creator in every sense of the word. As a child, he gravitated toward activities that involved building and learning how things worked. Truth be told, not much has changed. He’s a professional tinkerer and hasn’t met something he couldn’t fix. In his free time, he enjoys fixing up vintage appliances and selling them in his shop and online store. His goal each day is to make what’s old new again!”
“Murphy makes the ultimate buddy. He remains by his friends’ side through thick and thin and consistently puts others before himself. His true passion in life is anything and everything to do with sports, and he hosts the best viewing parties. Because of this, he is the best person to have on your sports themed trivia team. Murphy is someone you can grab a drink and chat with for hours, preferably while sailing or fishing.”
“A modern day Rosie the Riveter, Riley is a go-getter in all aspects of life. She stands up for what she believes in and does so gracefully. She is involved in local politics and specializes in civil rights. To unwind, she travels and explores whatever city she finds herself in. She prefers to go off the beaten path and always finds the extraordinary in the ordinary. A lesser-known fact about Riley is that she loves karaoke and does a killer rendition of ‘Born in the U.S.A.’”
“Henry is an inventor with a vision ahead of his time. While he’s a true industrialist, he has his roots in engineering. Henry loves racing, and his interest in cars is one of a kind. In time, he hopes to combine his love for engineering with his love of racing. However, with all of the races he’s attended, he still believes the greatest day of his life is the one he married his wife, Clara.”
“Clara is the friend you can count on to cheer you on as you chase your wildest ambitions. She is never too far from her partner in crime, her husband, Henry, as they lived down the road from each other and have been married for years. After growing up on a farm, Clara became a wonderful cook and gardener. When she’s not spending time with her family or tending to the garden, Clara is dancing through life, taking on one adventure after another.”
Vacation tiny just outside of Boston along Tuxbury Pond
The Tuxbury Tiny House Village offers vacationers a unique way to experience the Northeast. A respite from the hustle-bustle of everyday life, the tiny house village allows guests to rest up and recharge, all while experiencing a one-of-a-kind vacation. The tiny houses at the village are full of character and personality, and range from 180 – 300 square feet.
Tuxbury Pond allows you to relax along the tranquil shores of Tuxbury Pond, lounge by the pool, or enjoy a variety of fun-filled activities. Located in South Hampton, home of two of the area’s favorite vineyards and wineries, Tuxbury Pond puts you within reach of popular attractions, including apple orchards, farms, and one-of-a-kind restaurants. If you’re looking to be a go-getter, Tuxbury Pond is located within 30 minutes of the Salisbury-Hampton beaches, museums, and outlet malls. It’s just the Petite Retreat™ you’ve been looking for!
Not sure if you’re a snowbird? Try out the opposite and spend winter where the snow is plentiful!
If you’re looking to plan a snow-filled getaway, Thousand Trails Leavenworth RV Campground is the perfect spot. The beautiful Cascade Mountains provide the perfect backdrop to relax or enjoy numerous recreational activities in the alpine setting of Thousand Trails Leavenworth RV Campground. Enjoy 300 acres of beautiful forests and meadows await. During the winter months, you’ll be able to ride your snowmobile on over 200 miles of groomed snowmobile trails located directly across the street. You can cross-country ski, snowshoe, and sled down hills that are all located right here!
When you stay at the Tiny House Village at Leavenworth RV Campground, your Bavarian themed-vacation becomes even more festive! Rudolf, Adeline, Belle, Hanna, and Otto, the tiny houses, each has their own unique personality. Each house features special Bavarian touches, charming colors, and clever space-saving design within 180-300 square feet.
Easily one of the most beautiful and quaint towns in the Pacific Northwest, Leavenworth is the ideal spot to spend some time this winter if you’re a lover of all things that celebrate the season. The downtown area is lovingly referred to as “Little Bavaria,” complete with standard German architecture and countless Christmas celebrations, including over half a million Christmas lights and carolers galore! Visitors can look forward to a number of fun events put on by the town of Leavenworth including Alpenfolk in the Gazebo, a special showcase of alpine folk music; the Bavarian Boondocker’s Snowfest, a snowmobile winter power sports event; and the famous Christmas Lighting Festival, where this quaint Bavarian village lights up in millions of Christmas lights and the sounds of caroling drifts through the air!
Leavenworth RV Campground is located just 29 miles from Steven’s Pass Ski Resort, and just four miles from Fish Lake, a popular spot for ice fishing. The campground is also 17 miles from the Bavarian Village of Leavenworth where two to three million people visit each year. The village is world famous for its Bavarian architecture, seasonal festivals, unique German restaurants, specialty shops and art galleries.
Many locations feature on-site activities for the whole family! It’s just another reason why staying in a Petite Retreat is a great way to spend your vacation. Check out where you can go trick-or-treating, paint pumpkins, and get into the Halloween spirit below!
We can’t wait for all the pumpkin-filled activities! There will also be trick-or-treating throughout the campground with a Halloween dance on Saturday night. Don’t forget to pack your Halloween costumes and pumpkin carving materials!
Tennessee is a special place to visit almost any time of the year. Tennessee is famous for its barbecued comfort food that sticks to your ribs like an Elvis song can stick in your head; for its Great Smoky Mountains and endless opportunities for fishing and hunting; for Memphis and Nashville, two cities built on the blues and rock n’ roll; for Route 66, “the main street of America” that runs through Tennessee as roadtrippers traverse this land-locked state.
Immerse yourself in the charm, the culture, and the nature of the “Volunteer State” when you stay in a themed cabin at Natchez Trace RV Campground in Hohenwald, TN. These cabins are situated near the water among the trees on this beautiful forested property and each one celebrates a different facet of the Tennessee experience. There’s a cabin for the fishermen, the hunters, the Music City lovers; Tennessee Volunteer fans and Crimson Tide rivals; and for those who love the road, an ode to Route 66. Each cabin is ready for you to move right in- linens, flat screen TVs, fully stocked kitchens, coffee makers, and much more to make your stay feel just like home. At Natchez Trace, you’ll disconnect and relax – there’s no wifi connection here, but you’ll be too busy taking in the beauty of Tennessee and sleeping soundly in your cabin to notice anyway. No matter which cabin you choose, you’ll have the best view of the Tennessee sunset from your screened in porch.
Book your stay in a themed cabin at Natchez Trace RV Campground or another Petite Retreat today!
Vacationers have been going east for decades to experience Bar Harbor, the largest town on Mount Desert Island. Bar Harbor started as an exclusive resort town for famous families like the Vanderbilts, the Rockefellers, and the Astors, though the town has changed a lot since a major fire destroyed most of the town in 1947. Bar Harbor is still a popular place for visitors who come to experience the best that New England has to offer. Whether you’re hiking through Acadia National Park or trekking from the museums to a downtown Bar Harbor lobster bake, the best way to explore this coastal town is on foot. A shuttle bus runs from Mt. Desert Narrows and Narrows Too campgrounds to Downtown Bar Harbor and Acadia National Park.
From spring until fall, the hosts of Bar Harbor Whale Watch Co. take visitors from all over the world into the Gulf of Maine to see humpback, finback and Minke whales, some of the largest mammals on Earth. The Bar Harbor Whale Watch Co. also hosts a slew of other tours including sunset whale watching, puffin sightings, and lighthouse tours. You can even fish for your own dinner on the Lobster Fishing and Seal Watching tour aboard the Miss Samantha, Maine’s largest lobster passenger boat. Remember to dress warmly any time you go whale watching – temperatures can drop down to the 40’s ℉ even in the summertime. Whale watching tours with Bar Harbor Whale Watch Co. take off daily from 1 West Street in downtown Bar Harbor, Maine, just a 20-minute drive from Mt. Desert Narrows or Narrows Too campgrounds.
Acadia National Park
There’s no contest that people come to Bar Harbor to explore Acadia National Park. A hike that visitors of Mt. Desert Narrows and Narrows Too camping resorts may enjoy is a visit to Acadia National park’s deepest and clearest lake, Jordan Pond Path. Whether you decide to explore the perimeter of the lake or take on the more strenuous Pemetic Mountain Loop, the network of trails around the pond are mostly suitable for hikers of all ages. As with all hiking excursions, remember to bring water and always take into consideration your hiking abilities. The Jordan Pond Path trailhead is just a 30-minute drive from Mt. Desert and Narrows Too campgrounds. Jordan Pond is a public water supply and therefore, swimming in and drinking from the pond are prohibited. The Shore Path Trail is also a popular trail in Acadia National Park that wraps around the eastern shore of Mount Desert Island. It is a special treat to get up while it’s still dark and view the colorfully spectacular sunrise over the Atlantic Ocean with views of the Porcupine Islands across the way.
Downtown Bar Harbor
Downtown Bar Harbor is about a 20-minute drive from the Mt. Desert Narrows and Narrows Too campgrounds. Visitors and locals come to the Village Green for numerous special events, unique museums, and specialty local shops. The Natural History Center is the best stop to get information on exploring Acadia National Park and detailed guides of the area. Through educational exhibitions, activities, and quiet places for reflection, the Abbe Museum shares the history and culture of Maine’s native people, the Wabanaki. The core exhibit here is titled, People of the First Light, and shares the more than 12,000 years of history, conflict, adaptation, and survival in the Wabanaki homeland. The Bar Harbor Town Band performs free concerts at the Village Green from July through mid-August on Monday and Thursday evenings at 8pm. Across the street from the village green is Carmen Verandah, a popular spot in downtown Bar Harbor for the late night crowd. There is live music almost every week and they are open late for dancing. Also special to Bar Harbor is the Acadia Night Sky Festival, “a community celebration to promote the protection and enjoyment of Downeast/Acadia’s stellar night sky as a valuable natural resource through education, science and the arts.” The Acadia Night Sky Festival takes place September 21-24, 2017.
Seeking lobster? Look no further!
For the most authentic Maine lobster experience, head to Stewman’s Lobster Pound in downtown Bar Harbor. This oceanfront lobster pound has two locations and offers up the most authentic Maine grub that one could experience – lobster, steamers, mussels, clam chowder, plus a full menu of imported and local beers and selection of wine. For lunch or dinner, Stewman’s is a classic Maine restaurant that you won’t want to miss. If you’re a foodie who doesn’t mind a bit of travel for great grub, head down to Thurston’s in Bernard, Maine for the freshest New England lobstah-eatin’ experience. As you sit on the restaurant’s dock, you’ll see fishermen on their boats return to the wharf and bring their catch straight up to the restaurant. It doesn’t’ get fresher than that!