Getting Outdoors with Outdoorsy!

One good thing to come out of the crazy year of 2020 was the return of the road trip. Adulting means putting away our childish things and for many of us, that meant saying goodbye to the road trips of summer vacations long past. Too busy, not enough vacation time, and the list goes on. But with social bubbles and social distancing, the road trip has become the best way to get away, whether for a short jaunt or a long expedition. Take the ultimate road trip to the next level when it comes to “beyond” and considering renting an RV.

We’ve partnered with Outdoorsy.com, considered one of the most trusted RV rental marketplaces in the country, to highlight some of the coolest rentals around when it comes to RVs.

Cathedral Rock in Sedona, AZ.

Camper Van! Anyone watch Nomadland? Camper vans played a major role in the movie where life on the road was the way to be. Consider the rental from PHX VAN LIFE and road trip from the pick-up point in Gilbert, Arizona, down to Sedona. Book a stay at Verde Valley RV Resort in Cottonwood and along the way enjoy Montezuma’s Castle National Monument, the splish-splash fun of Slide Rock State Park and of course, the beauty and tranquility of Sedona and the Red Rocks.

Bambi

Check out Bambi, a towable camper with sleeping space, a kitchen, sink, and fridge! Hook up with Bambi in Austin, Texas, and enjoy a 239-mile road trip to our Bay Landing RV Resort.  From Austin to Bridgeport, the road trip itinerary can include a stop along the way in Waco to see Magnolia Market, the Dr. Pepper Museum, and take a hike on the Cotton Belt Trail, an 11-mile paved route, accessible for all levels of hikers.

Fiesta Key in Long Key, FL.

A VW Vanagon sounds like a great option for being a road trip vagabond while exploring Florida. This iconic wagon sleeps two and can be picked up in Gulfport located on, of course, the Gulf Coast. From there, why not drive leisurely down south to take the mother of all road trips tackling the Overseas Highways and the fabulous Florida Keys. Plan to stay at one of our great Keys locations, Sunshine Key or Fiesta Key and explore the Keys with its water sports, nature preserves and plenty of fun found in Key West.

VW Vanagon

How about a California Coast trip? Pick up the well-equipped Fleetwood Tioga Arrow just outside LA. Take a day or so and stay at the Palm Springs RV Resort to check out Palm Springs – think Joshua Tree and great desert hikes – and then hit the coast and head to Santa Barbara and plan a stay at Rancho Oso RV Resort. SB fun includes breathtaking sunsets, plenty of beach time, and all the SB attractions including architectural tours, winery visits, shopping, and great waterfront restaurants.

Fleetwood Tioga Arrow

Heading to the Midwest? Get hip and rent this retro-style 2015 Shasta. Meet up with your new digs in Indianapolis and then settle in for an extended Midwestern road trip. Stops could include Indiana’s Amish Village of Shipshewana (and a stay at Twin Mills RV Resort), Michigan’s Harbor Country (and a stay at Bear Cave RV Resort in Buchanan), and a beautiful drive around Lake Michigan into Wisconsin. Make reservations at our Wisconsin RV resorts, including locations in the Wisconsin Dells, outside the capital city of Madison and in beautiful Door County. Wisconsin highlights could include Dells attractions like the Ishnala Supper Club, a magical dining establishment nestled among the pines with great views, or water tours of Lake Delton aboard the iconic Ducks; charming Door County with its kayaking, biking and hiking opportunities; and Madison and its fabulous Saturday Farmers Market, Olbrich Botanical Gardens and a trip to nearby Taliesin, Frank Lloyd Wright’s 800-acre estate that includes his home and studio.

2015 Shasta

Doesn’t it seem like the iconic Airstream and road trips go hand in hand? Consider renting the one that’s available in Allentown, Pennsylvania, and then exploring PA Dutch Country and staying at any of our locations sprinkled throughout the area. Amish culture, craft breweries and distilleries, rolling fields and serene landscapes, farmer’s markets, and more are part of this PA adventure. Or, trek into Philadelphia for some history lessons and a Philly Cheesesteak!

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Winter in Sedona: Sixties, Sunny, and Styling

Sedona, AZ
Sedona, AZ

It doesn’t matter which season you visit Sedona because the magic of the desert and the Red Rocks is there year round. However, if you’re more of a cooler weather person, winter is the best time because the average temperature is around 60 degrees, which makes any outdoor activity enjoyable.

Another thing you will find enjoyable in Sedona is accommodation options at Verde Valley in Cottonwood. Just as unique as the Red Rock formations that dot the Sedona desert, your accommodations at this conveniently located resort are unique as well. Cabins, cottages and the oh-so-trendy tiny homes are available options at Verde Valley.

Rose, Tiny House, Verde Valley RV Resort

Cabins are complete with a kitchenette, flat screen TVs and covered porches while the cottages have private bedrooms, full-sized refrigerators, and flat-screens, too. You certainly wouldn’t be roughing it while taking in the beauty Sedona has to offer! Or, opt to be a trendsetter and choose from one of two tiny houses, Finn or Rose, and enjoy big-time amenities in small-space sizes. While the hospitality of the resort and the cozy charm of your choice of accommodation may find you not wanting to leave “home,” don’t miss everything that makes Sedona, and the surrounding area, so magical.

Take a trip up into the mountains and explore Jerome, a charming ghost town that was once a booming mining town. Stop in at the Douglas Mansion which serves as the history museum for the town and learn all about Jerome. There’s also the Sliding Jail, an actual Jerome jail that slid 225 feet downhill due to the land shifting from so many mining shafts in the area. Jerome also has some neat restaurants, shops, and even a winery.
Tuzigoot National Monument and Montezuma Castle National Monument are where you will find well-preserved dwellings used by the Sinagua people almost a thousand years ago. In 1906, Montezuma Castle was one of the first four National Monuments designated by President Theodore Roosevelt.

Another interesting way to get some historical insight into this area is the Verde Valley Archaeology Center and Museum which is dedicated to preserving artifacts and archeological sites of the area. Visit verdevalleyarchaeology.org to learn more.

If you’re planning to spend a chunk of your winter soaking up the culture, history and Sedona sunshine, there are two big events you’ll want to take note of.

Sedona VegFest cooking demonstration; Image courtesy of Sedona VegFest.

Sedona VegFest 2019 is scheduled for the weekend of January 19-20, 2019, and is a celebration of plant-based eating with exhibits, products, and speakers who are national experts in plant-based nutrition and lifestyle. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit the official Sedona VegFest page! To stay connected, visit the Sedona VegFest Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter!

From February 23 through March 3, the Sedona International Film Festival will feature more than 160 films (from documentaries to foreign films), and host celebrities, filmmakers and movie fans alike. For information visit sedonafilmfestival.org.

Image Courtesy of the Sedona International Film Festival

Don’t wait! Make your reservations for your winter getaway with Petite Retreats, today!

Covering all the Options at Verde Valley RV Resort

A getaway to Verde Valley RV Resort in Cottonwood, Arizona, is actually like experiencing multiple vacations at once.

Let’s say you like the mountains but your traveling companions might be looking for more of desert locale. Or, they want secluded and you want plenty of activity. Or, they want to stay in a rustic cabin and you want a cozy cottage. Maybe everyone thinks a tiny home is a perfect option. There are so many choices but just one answer: Verde Valley RV Resort. Here’s why…

Mountains? Yes, Verde Valley RV Resort is surrounded by mountains – namely Red Rocks to the north, Mingus Mountains to the west and the Hackberry Mountains to the south. And, the mountains are situated in the high desert of Arizona.

Desert? You got it. The Sonoran desert offers plenty of canyons, butte and pine forests, and plenty of hiking, birding, and breathtaking scenery.

Sedona, AZ

Secluded? Yes, Verde Valley, only 30 minutes from Sedona, provides the feeling of a relaxing oasis thanks to the surrounding mountains and desert landscape. Take a hike in Red Rock Country and we guarantee you’ll feel like it’s just you and nature out there – no lines, no crowds, just peace, quiet and an unmatched vista.

Tiny House Rose, Verde Valley RV Resort

Activity? Yes, you can kayak the nearby Verde River, play a round of bocce ball without even leaving the resort, take a Jeep tour in the desert or drive into Sedona and enjoy the unique shops and galleries.

Cabin? Cottage? Tiny Home? Yes, yes, and yes! Verde Valley RV Resort has a variety of accommodations. Cabins with stunning canyon views and covered porches, complete with kitchenette and flat-screen TVs; cottages with private bedrooms, full-sized refrigerators, and flat-screen TVs; and Finn and Rose, two of the most adorable tiny houses you’ll ever meet that offer all the amenities in the coziest of spaces!

Verde Valley RV Resort

So you see – one location covers all the bases when it comes to variety in a vacation. Verde Valley RV Resort is basically one-stop shopping for a dream vacation where everyone ends the day with a big smile and a check mark in the “satisfied” box!

Tiny House Finn, Verde Valley RV Resort

Make your reservations at Verde Valley RV Resort today!