5 Things to Do on Mt. Desert Island

Rugged! That may be the adjective that comes to mind when describing Mt. Desert Island, the Maine-based island that is home to Acadia National Park as well as the charming resort town of Bar Harbor. Why rugged – maybe it’s the soaring granite cliffs and the crashing waves of the Atlantic against the rocky shore. But for all the ruggedness, there is also gentle nature here including the tide pools and marine life found in Acadia, the rolling lawn of the Village Green and the amazing sunsets. If you’re planning a Maine glamping getaway, definitely consider a visit to Mt. Desert Island and a stay at a glamping cabin at Mt. Desert Narrows Camping Resort or Narrows Too Camping Resort. Here are five great ways to explore this New England destination.

Cottages at Narrows Too Camping Resort
Cottages at Narrows Too Camping Resort

1. Get in the Garden: There are plenty of beautiful gardens to explore here. The Charlotte Rhoades Park & Butterfly Garden is perfect for a short stroll among beautiful flowers and butterflies while the Asticou Azalea Garden is set among 2.3 acres of historic natural lands, gardens and trails and features something in bloom every month (summer blooms include azaleas and rhododendrons in June, Japanese irises in July and blooming water lilies in August). The Wild Gardens of Acadia can be found within the national park and include more than 300 native species set among the hiking trails.

2. Learn about the Lumberjacks: Maine has a rich history of logging and even carries the nickname of “The Pine Tree State” so of course a lumberjack show should be on the agenda when visiting. To do that, a trip to Timber Tina’s Great Maine Lumberjack Show is a must. The roughly 75-minute show features events such as log rolling, axe throwing and pole climbing. For more information and tickets visit mainelumberjack.com. BTW, Timber Tina is a world-champion log roller, among other titles!

Photo Captured from Mount Desert Narrows Camping Resort
Photo Captured from Mount Desert Narrows Camping Resort

3. Acadia Must-Sees: At nearly 50,000 acres, there is a lot to see in Acadia National Park. A few things not to miss include Thunder Hole, where a thunderous sound explodes when waves rush into the small cavern; the Bass Harbor Head Lighthouse; Jordan Pond House for tea and popovers and Cadillac Mountain (catch the sunrise here or just boast that you made it to the top of the tallest peak on the eastern coast.

4. Visit the Museums: Exhibits at the Mt. Desert Oceanarium include a 29-foot authentic lobster boat, rare lobsters including the Cotton Candy and Blue lobster and a touch pool. The Bar Harbor Historical Society is housed in the La Rochelle Mansion, a 1903 estate, and explores the history of the area, including its part in the Gilded Age. The Abbe Museum, a Smithsonian affiliate, explores the history and culture of the Wabanaki people, native to Maine.

Cabins at Narrows Too Camping Resort
Cabins at Narrows Too Camping Resort

5. Take the Land Bridge: For roughly 3 hours a day, a land bridge is available for visitors to cross over the water to Bar Island. The land bridge, technically a sandbar, is only available during low tide so it is a unique experience when visiting here as this is the “bar” in Bar Harbor. Once you’ve crossed over and reached Bar Island, check out the spectacular views of Mt. Desert Island or hike around the island which has about a mile of trails. Make sure to check tide hours so you know when you can go and return via the land bridge.

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Join in these 6 June Jubilations

There are 30 days in June and every one of them has something to celebrate – especially June 20 which is the Summer Solstice. Here are a few more days of note to celebrate and the perfect location to celebrate at:

National Moonshine Day (June 5): The official celebration may have passed, but you can still learn the history of bootleggers and “hooch” at the Mob Museum in Las Vegas.  Book a glamping cabin at Thousand Trails Las Vegas and enjoy a “Journey through Prohibition” at the museum’s Distillery where visitors will sample house-made distilled spirits and learn the history of prohibition and the drinking culture in the US before the 1920s. For details visit themobmuseum.com.

Cabin at Thousand Trails Russian River
Cabin at Thousand Trails Russian River

National Rosé Day (June 8): The second Saturday in June is National Rosé Day and what better place to celebrate this special day than in Sonoma County, California. Book a stay at Thousand Trails Russian River in Cloverdale and explore the wineries in the area known for their rosé. Enjoy a sparkling rosé in the outdoor tasting room at Iron Horse Vineyards or take lunch in the garden with your rosé at Lynmar Estate which offers a farm-to-table option (reservations required – lynmarestate.com). Both wineries are located in Sebastopol. Visit sonomawine.com for a listing of wineries in the area that have rosé.

Tiny House Container Village at Yukon Trails
Tiny House Container Village at Yukon Trails

National Fudge Day (June 16): Wisconsin Dells Fudge has been making fudge using Wisconsin cream and butter since 1962 and ranked 11th on the dailymeal.com’s listing of America’s 25 Best Fudge Shops. Glamp in the sweet and unique camping containers at Yukon Trails Tiny House Container Village and head into Downtown Dells for some delicious fudge.

Cabin Porch at Neshonoc Lakeside Campground
Cabin Porch at Neshonoc Lakeside Campground

National Go Fishing Day (June 18): No explanation needed here. This special day is all about encouraging you to get out and fish – in a lake, river, pond or stream. Some glamping ideas include Thousand Trails Lake Conroe in Texas or Neshonoc Lakeside Campground in Wisconsin. Lake Conroe, with glamping cabins, puts you right on Lake Conroe, a top destination for fishing enthusiasts, especially for largemouth bass, bluegill and catfish. Neshonoc Lakeside is the perfect place to glamp and fish to your heart’s delight with the lake right onsite. Take the bait here and book a glamping cabin to celebrate National Go Fishing Day!

Cabins at Thousand Trails Yosemite Lakes
Cabins at Thousand Trails Yosemite Lakes

National Selfie Day (June 21): According to touramerica.ie, one of the most amazing spots for selfies in the US is Yosemite National Park thanks to the simply gorgeous backdrops that you can find anywhere in the Park. Book one of the unique glamping accommodations at Thousand Trails Yosemite Lakes and you can spend several days taking all kinds of cool selfies in the Park with backdrops including the iconic Half Dome, Bridal Veil Falls or Cooks Meadow.

Yurts at Thousand Trails Circle M
Yurts at Thousand Trails Circle M

National Kissing Day (June 22): According to the lyrics of “As Time Goes By” a kiss is just a kiss, right? Well, find out on National Kissing Day by planting one your significant other at these great spost to kiss. According to mapquest.com, Cape May, New Jersey is noted because of the “horse-drawn carriage ride through the gaslit streets of the old Victorian town.” Book a cozy glamping cottage at nearby Thousand Trails Lake & Shore and get ready to pucker up! Where better to plant one on your favorite human than on a “kissing bridge” which is what old-timely covered bridges became known as since they provided privacy. Head to Pennsylvania’s Lancaster County to discover a whole lot of “kissing bridges” and plan a stay at Thousand Trails Circle M with its great yurts and cottages for a cozy glamping getaway. Visit discoverlancaster.com for a map of the bridge locations.

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What is…the Best Places to Glamp?

Since 1964, the game show Jeopardy has been a television viewer favorite and has maintained popularity 60 years later with more than 8000 episodes, 39 Daytime Emmy Awards and a Peabody Award. The category topics remain relevant and cover history, art, television, music, science and more with answers ranging from Actinium (the first chemical element) to Zendaya (Spiderman’s girlfriend and so much more.) We thought we’d have some fun with our own clues, à la Jeopardy, and see if you can guess which glamping location we’re talking about.

Clue: This Oregon location is home to a tiny house village that makes the perfect glamping spot to explore this part of the Pacific Northwest.

If you said “What is Mt. Hood Tiny House Village” you’re on the board. Indoors or outdoors, you’re a winner here. Take a ride and enjoy all 105 miles of the Mt. Hood Scenic Byway (roughly 3–4-hour drive, not including stops). Scenery includes of course the mountains, but also vineyards, farms, and orchards. Be sure to see the historic Timberline Lodge. Or choose to bike, hike, and look for Bigfoot. Yes, that Bigfoot – check out the North American Bigfoot Center in Boring (yes, that’s the town name!). The Center includes Bigfoot evidence and historic artifacts as well as all kinds of Bigfoot-themed merch. The Old Salmon River Trail is great for a short hike and, weather permitting, a dip in the water at the sandy beaches along the trail. Another interesting way to explore the area is the East Gorge Food Trail, which is an interesting mix of orchards, vineyards, farmers markets, eateries, cideries and breweries (eastgorgefoodtrail.com).

Clue: Nestled in New York’s Adirondacks, this glamping location offers outdoor adventure on the Queen of American Lakes.

The winning answer here is “What is Lake George Escape Campground”. Pick your favorite glamping cottage or cabin and take on the Adirondacks and all there is to explore here. For some history, check out Fort William Henry to experience life in a British fort, circa 1755, for kitschy, visit the House of Frankenstein Wax Museum with plenty to spook you from waxy monsters to the animatronic ones too! Cruise Lake George, which is known as the “Queen of American Lakes,” on a cruise offered by the Lake George Steamboat Company or hike to Shelving Rock Falls and see the beautiful waterfall. Relax waterside at Million Dollar Beach which is great for swimming and scenic views.

Cabin at Lake George Escape Campground
Cabin at Lake George Escape Campground

Clue: Located in the Granite State, this tiny house village is less than an hour from Boston and less than 30 minutes to Salsbury-Hampton beaches.

Call yourself a winner if you answered, “What is Tuxbury Tiny House Village” and keep up the good luck streak by taking a ride into Boston. Walk the 2.5-mile Freedom Trail, enjoy some cannoli and the other delicious Italian foods available in the city’s North End (Mike’s Pastry is often said to be the best cannoli in town!), take in a Red Sox game at historic Fenway Park or experience the vast and varied art collection at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. Cider Hill Farm in Amesbury, Massachusetts has plenty of events going on during the summer including the Strawberry Festival set for June 15-16, the Blueberry & Flower Festival scheduled for July 20-21 and July 27-28 and in August plan for the Peach & Sunflower Festival running for two weekends, August 10-11 and August 17-18. And, of course, you can never go wrong with a day at the beach and when you stay at Tuxbury Tiny House Village you’re less than 30 minutes from the beach!

Tuxbury Tiny House Village
Tuxbury Tiny House Village

Clue: Awash with southern charm, these six tiny houses provide the perfect Tennessee glamping getaway with access to city and country attractions alike.

“What is Natchez Trace Tiny House Village?” is what you want to ring in with here. Once you’ve booked the tiny house that best suits you, consider all the options for fun you have here. Those options include the hour drive into Nashville to explore Music City with its lively entertainment scene, great food and plenty of museums; leisurely drives to the charming towns that surround the area, or outdoor adventures on the nearby trails and waterways. For trails near Natchez Trace Tiny House Village consider the Meriwether Lewis Loop, where you can see the grave of famed explorer Meriwether Lewis, or the Fall Hollow Falls Trail to glimpse a 20-foot waterfall. In Nashville, consider a skyline paddle, available through cumberlandkayakadventure.com or visit Harpeth River State Park for canoe and kayak opportunities. Small town visits can include Franklin (don’t miss the Carter House and Carnton Plantation here for Civil War history) and Leiper’s Fork with its distillery, winery, antique stores and shops and the unique Leiper’s Fork Market.

Natchez Trace Tiny House Village
Natchez Trace Tiny House Village

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5 Things to Do in Lake Tahoe

Want to do a mountain glamping getaway that includes a sparkling alpine lake, sunny beaches and lots of fun indoor and outdoor things to do? First book a glamping cabin or cottage at Tahoe Valley Campground and then check out our list of five things to do when visiting this great destination nestled in California’s Sierra Nevada mountains.

1. Find Hidden Beach: Considered one of the best beaches in Lake Tahoe, Hidden Beach can be found just south of Incline Village. A newly installed paved trail is great for hiking and biking while the beach is great for swimming, sunning and water-side picnics. Consider stand-up paddling or kayaking the crystal-clear waters here.

Kayaking on Lake Tahoe
Kayaking on Lake Tahoe

2. Day Trip to Reno: Less than 70 miles from Lake Tahoe, this city is worth a little day trip. Of course, Reno, Nevada is known for its casinos, but there is a lot more than gambling to do in the “Biggest Little City in the World.” One of the reasons Reno has that moniker is because there is so much to do in such a small area. Two museums of note here are the National Automobile Museum where there are historic cars and cars that belonged to the stars (automuseum.org) and the Nevada Museum of Art (nevadaart.org) whose collections range from landscape to contemporary to art of the Great West. Reno’s Riverwalk District is great for walking the boardwalk, shopping and dining.

3. Donner Memorial State Park and Emigrant Trail Museum: While the Donner story is not one of the most pleasant in the history of westward expansion, the tale is still one to be told. The museum documents the story of the ill-fated Donner Party through detailed dioramas as well as other details about the history of the area. Pioneer Monument, located in the State Park, honors all of those who made the trek across the harsh plains to reach California in the 1840s.

Cabin at Tahoe Valley Campground
Cabin at Tahoe Valley Campground

4. Olympic Museum: With the Olympics set for this summer in Paris, it might be interesting to take a look at the history of the 1960 Winter Olympic Games which were held in Squaw Valley. There is a collection of memorabilia, videos and photographs that exhibit the history and highlights of the events. For details and directions, go to palisadestahoe.com/events-and-activities/activity-finder/olympic-museum.

5. Explore a different trail: Yes, there are plenty of trails to walk here in Lake Tahoe, but what about exploring the Craft Beer Trail. For a listing go to visitlaketahoe.com/things-to-do/beer-trail. The Hangar offers 30 rotating taps while Cold Water Brewery & Grill brews their all-grain beer right on site. The annual Lake Tahoe Brewfest is scheduled this year for August 24 and will feature beer, cider, spirits and kombucha brewers!

Lake Tahoe
Lake Tahoe

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Let’s Get Festival!

Nothing better than a festival in the summer air to make us appreciate the season. From flowers to wines to artists and more, these festivals should be on your agenda for the next two months.

If you plan it right, you may still be able to catch the tulip blooms in Holland, Michigan. While the annual Tulip Time Festival runs from May 4-12th, you will still be able to see blooms if you miss the festival. The town’s streets have six miles of “tulip lanes” while Windmill Island Gardens is known for the massive tulip displays. This attraction also offers visitors fields of other blooming perennials as well as an historic windmill, plenty of Dutch history and walking trails and wildlife glimpses. Book a stay at Thousand Trails Bear Cave and you’re about an hour’s drive away.

Leavenworth Tiny House Village
Leavenworth Tiny House Village

Leavenworth, Washington’s traditional Maifest is set this year for May 10-12. Book a tiny house stay at Thousand Trails Leavenworth and enjoy the festivities which include Bavarian dancing and food along with a traditional Maipole. The Festzug Grande March parade is set for Saturday at noon and will feature horse-drawn wagons, dancers and adorable Bernese Mountain dogs.

Yurt at Thousand Trails Pacific City
Yurt at Thousand Trails Pacific City

Set aside May 17 and 18 for an other-worldly experience at the McMenamins UFO Fest which honors the 1950 Trent saucer sighting. All kinds of fun await festival goers, including costume contests for adults and pets, a street fair, music, films and expert panels. Book a cottage, cabin or yurt at Thousand Trails Pacific City and you’re about 50 miles from the festival.

Cabin at Thousand Trails Chesapeake Bay
Cabin at Thousand Trails Chesapeake Bay

A glamping cabin rental at Thousand Trails Chesapeake Bay is a must if you plan on attending the Gloucester Arts Festival, a month-long cultural event in this Virginia town with events running all month. The festival kicks off on May 31 and runs through June 29 with events throughout the area including workshops, art shows, artisan markets and more. For details visit gloucesterartsfestival.com.

It’s all about the artichoke come June 8-9 in Monterey when the Monterey County Fair and Events Center hosts this year’s Artichoke Festival entitled “Where Fun Blossoms.” The event promises entertainment, chef demos, wine tasting, a parade and, of course, an Artichoke Queen and all kinds of artichoke-focused foods. A glamping accommodation at Marina Dunes RV Resort is a must if you are planning to attend this unique event.

Cabin at Thousand Trails Rancho Oso
Cabin at Thousand Trails Rancho Oso

Santa Barbara is home to one of the largest, and most popular, summer solstice parties in the US. This year is the 50th Summer Solstice Celebration held in Alameda Park and promises all kinds of fun over the three-day event that runs from June 21-June 23. Book a stay at Thousand Trails Rancho Oso to welcome the Summer Solstice Cali-style.

Don’t miss the Adirondack Food and Wine Festival scheduled for June 29-June 30 in Lake George, New York. Glamp at Lake George Escape Campground and enjoy the two-day event that will feature food trucks, artisan food producers, crafters, craft beverage makers, and, of course, over 120 of New York’s best winemakers.

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The Best Ways to Spend Your Summer Days

Want to have the best summer ever? Of course, start off with some great glamping plans and then see what other uniquely summer activities you can enjoy.

Cottages at Fiesta Key Resort
Cottages at Fiesta Key Resort

Go to the Islands: If you’re looking to spend your summer vacation on an island in the sun, check out the Channel Islands. This chain of five islands, known as the “Galapagos Islands of North America,” can be reached via ferry from Santa Barbara and offer hiking, kayaking, scuba diving, wildlife watching and more. If you’re glamping at Thousand Trails Thunderbird, there is plenty of island hopping to be done just off this area of the Washington coast. Bainbridge Island offers the Bloedel Reserve, a 140-acre nature reserve with gardens and walking trails. The charming town of Anacortes can be found on Fidalgo Island – check out the historic waterfront, the plentiful hiking trails and enjoy shopping and delicious seafood at the restaurants here. Of course, a trip to the Florida Keys is like a tropical getaway and there are plenty of islands to explore here from funky Key West to laid-back Key Largo (stay at Encore Sunshine Key or Encore Fiesta Key). Keys highlights include Fort Zachary Taylor Historic State Park, John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park, and Bahia Honda State Park.

Ride a Roller Coaster: Looking for some thrills this summer? Check out some of these top roller coasters on your next glamping trip: The Giant Dipper on California’s Santa Cruz Boardwalk is not only one of the oldest roller operating rollers coasters in the world but also appeared in several movies, including Lost Boys and Sudden Impact (book a stay at Marina Dunes RV Resort); one of the newer kids when it comes to the roller coaster block is the Jurassic World VelociCoaster. Opened in 2021 at Universal Islands of Adventure in Orlando, this newbie reaches top speeds of 70-mph and has four inversions (book a stay at Encore Tropical Palms in Kissimmee); New Jersey’s Six Flags Great Adventure offers El Toro with its 19-story climb only to then descend 176 feet! (book a glamping cottage at Thousand Trails Chestnut Lake).

Marina Dunes RV Resort Cottage
Marina Dunes RV Resort Cottage

By the Shore: Long days at the shore make for great summer memories. Some of the best beaches in the US are near our campgrounds and include Coronado Beach in San Diego, noted for its sparkling sand thanks to the mica found here (book at stay at Thousand Trails Pio Pico); Pope Beach in Lake Tahoe with towering pine trees, mountain views and plenty of sand (book a stay at Tahoe Valley Campground); Alki Beach with great views of the Olympic Mountains, the Seattle skyline, plus a 2.5 mile path along the beach for running, walking and roller-blading (book a stay at Thousand Trails Thunderbird); a classic New England beach with rocky shores and crashing waves, check out New Hampshire’s Hampton Beach complete with boardwalk and arcade (book a stay at Tuxbury Tiny House Village).

Cabin at Thousand Trails Pio Pico
Cabin at Thousand Trails Pio Pico

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5 Things to Do in the Wisconsin Dells

The Wisconsin Dells provide the perfect mix of fun, activity, history and nature. It’s no wonder this Wisconsin wonderland has been a favorite vacation destination for more than 150 years. Let’s see what we can mix up for the perfect getaway. Before you dive into all the fun found here, make sure to book a stay at the Yukon Trails Tiny House Container Village in Lyndon Station. The fun starts here with these unique container accommodations.

Tiny House Container Village at Yukon Trails
Tiny House Container Village at Yukon Trails

1. Spring Green Day Trip: About an hour’s drive from Lyndon Station, Spring Green has a lot to see including Frank Lloyd Wright’s Taliesin, the House on the Rock and the seasonal American Players Theatre. House on the Rock is one of Wisconsin’s most famous attractions and it all started as somebody’s idea of a dream house. In 1960, Alex Jordan began construction of his dream home atop a chimney rock here and continued to expand it through the years. The house itself and the exhibits including the amazing Infinity Room, the 200+ animal carousel and over 200 ship model displays, are a must see. Taliesin served as architect Frank Lloyd Wright’s home, studio and school on this rolling 200-acre estate and visitors have plenty of tour options. The American Players Theater offers both indoor and seasonal outdoor events devoted to performances of the classics.

Frank Lloyd Wright's Home in Wisconsin, Taliesin
Frank Lloyd Wright’s Home in Wisconsin, Taliesin

2. Viroqua Day Trip: Another trip worth the scenic drive is the 60 some miles to Viroqua, a charming town which some consider a “foodie destination.” Check out the Driftless Cafe, where the menu changes seasonally and at the chef’s whim, or Wonderstate Coffee, whose nearby roastery is 100% solar-powered. There’s also Magpie Gelato with homemade, artisan gelato or the Noble Rind Cheese Company with small plate offerings, cheese boards and charcuterie. One of Wisconsin’s largest used bookstores, Driftless Music and Books, can be found here too!

3. If you want to explore closer to home, check out Downtown Dells which is a mix of all kinds of fun – from history to treats and more. The Dells Fudge Company was the town’s first fudge shop and prides themselves on using Wisconsin butter and whipping cream in their deliciously sweet treats that include brittle, toffee and a variety of fudge flavors. A neat way to see the history of the Dells is a visit to the H.H. Bennett Studio, a Wisconsin historic site where photographer H.H. Benett began snapping pics of the Dells and its residents and visitors in 1875. There’s also the Museum of Root Beer and Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Museum, plus countless gift shops and eateries.

4. Of course, the 20 different waterparks are the main attraction in the “Waterpark Capital of the World,” but there is adventure to be found outside the waterparks as well. From March through November, visitors can ride the historic Wisconsin Ducks, which uses a World War II-era amphibious vehicle to tour the area on land and water. For an interactive experience, check out the Tommy Bartlett Interactive Science Center which offers over 175 mind-boggling experiences. And then there is Land of Natura, the recently opened outdoor “natural” waterpark that has a snorkeling cavern and an inflatable waterpark, among other outdoor activities.

Barrett Tiny House at Yukon Trails Tiny House Container Village
Barrett Tiny House

5. Devil’s Lake State Park: This is a destination you can visit every day and find something different to do. Activities available here include swimming, hiking, biking, rock climbing, bouldering, fishing and swimming. For details on all the how to’s on any of these activities, visit dnr.wisconsin.gov/topic/parks/devilslake/recreation. There are 29 miles of hiking trails, two sandy beaches and the lake is stocked with brown trout, walleye and Northern pike. One popular hike is the hike to the rock formation known as Devil’s Doorway, which is a moderate, looped hike.

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Glamp by Your Sign: Your travel Horoscope:

Nobody wants to spend money and time on a getaway and come back feeling that it didn’t quite hit the mark. One way to ensure you’re getting the trip suited for you is to take the advice of some of the travel blogs that point you in the right direction based on your horoscope sign. April and May signs include Aries and Taurus, so we’ve focused on those signs, along with a few more near our glamping locations.

Cabins at Thousand Trails Verde Valley
Cabins at Thousand Trails Verde Valley

Aries: From March 21 to April 20, it’s Aries time to shine. Ariens embody “action and energy” and the color for those of the Aries sign is red. So, it makes perfect sense that Discoverer.com suggests Sedona as the perfect travel spot. After all, hiking Red Rocks Canyon combines the vibrant red color, the activity of a hearty hike and of course, the energy of the vortexes found here. A cottage, cabin, tiny house – yes, there’s a red one! – at Thousand Trails Verde Valley is the place to glamp while exploring Sedona. Hike or bike the 400-plus miles of trails found here or take the dare and soar over the scenic canyon via helicopter or a hot air balloon.

Cabin at Thousand Trails Russian River
Cabin at Thousand Trails Russian River

Taurus: According to discoverer.com, Sonoma is the place if this is your sign (those born between April 20-May 20) because Taureans enjoy the finer things in life, like fine wines set among a beautiful, natural backdrop. Book a glamping cabin or cottage at Thousand Trails Russian River and indulge your senses in this wine country location. Some of the more interesting wineries to visit here could include Francis Ford Coppola’s winery (francisfordcoppolawinery.com) in Geyserville because the famed director describes it as “a wine wonderland, a park of pleasure where people of all ages can enjoy all the best things in life.” Or enjoy one of the largest, accessible private sculpture collections in the world, at The Donum Estate (thedonumestate.com) while sampling their award-winning pinot noirs and chardonnays.

Cottages at Narrows Too Camping Resort
Cottages at Narrows Too Camping Resort

Other horoscope signs that coincide with our great glamping locations include Cancers, Leos and Scorpios. Cancers fall under the water sign so a location near water, like Charleston, South Carolina is one option. Book a stay at Thousand Trails the Oaks at Point South and you’re close to not only Charleston, but also Savannah, Georgia, which both have beautiful waterfronts. Since Leos love to be the center of attention, Las Vegas is where you can show off among all the glitz and glam. Book a stay at a cozy cabin at Thousand Trails Las Vegas and shine like the star you are. Scorpios, on the other hand, prefer the quiet of nature and a less showy locale, like Bar Harbor. Book a cozy cottage or cabin at Narrows Too Camping Resort to enjoy the serenity of this quiet and quaint seaside town in Maine.

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4 Garden Getaways in Full Bloom

It’s spring, so garden blooms are getting underway and things are greening up around the country. If you’re looking for inspiration for your own garden-to-be, check out some of these great public gardens in the country.

Thousand Trails Rancho Oso Cabin
Thousand Trails Rancho Oso Cabin

Lotusland (Montecito, California): Stay at Thousand Trails Rancho Oso and take the trip into Montecito to visit the 37 acres of lush gardens that were part of Polish opera singer Madame Ganna Walska’s residence. Walska purchased the estate in 1941 and lovingly created and curated the gardens for the next 43 years. The different gardens showcased here are definitely unique and include the Bromeliad Gardens, the Aloe Garden, and the Cactus Garden. The best time to visit Lotusland (lotusland.org) is summer for the lotus flowers and April through June for the roses.

Cabin at Spring Gulch Camping Resort
Cabin at Spring Gulch Camping Resort

Longwood Gardens (Kennett Square, Pennsylvania): From formal gardens to open, forest meadows, Longwood Gardens would be the choice when planning a stay at Spring Gulch Resort Campground, our Pennsylvania Dutch Country location with great glamping choices that include lodge, chalet or cottage accommodations. Longwood Gardens was originally a Quaker farmstead and later the estate of industrialist Pierre S. du Pont. There are over 1000 acres of outdoor gardens here, plus centuries’ old trees, scenic vistas and the Italian Water Garden designed by du Pont himself. Crocus and tulip blooms welcome visitors in the spring while the Norway maple trees blaze brightly come fall. For information and special event details, visit longwoodgardens.org.

Key West Tropical Forest and Botanical Garden (Key West, Florida): Book a Keys glamping at adventure Encore Fiesta Key or Encore Sunshine Key and head to Key West to take in this 15.2 acre native garden and forest complete with boardwalks and nature trails nestled in the sunny Florida Keys. What makes this native plant botanical garden unique is that it is the only frost-free, subtropical, natural conservation habitat with three fresh-water ponds in the continental United States. Plus, dogs are welcome here! In addition to the “champion trees” found here, the garden is all great for birding as well as butterflies and blooming flowers. There are two butterfly gardens plus a waterfall wall where you can see turtles in their natural habitat.

Cottage at Greys Point Camp in Topping, VA
Greys Point Camp in Topping, VA

Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden (Henrico, Virginia): This beautiful garden in Virginia is celebrating 40 years this year and to recognize that milestone a special program, “Flourish: 40 Years and Growing” will feature events all year long which include concerts and children’s and adult activities. Plan a glamping getaway at Grey’s Point Camp and you are less than 70 miles from the Gardens. Visitors will enjoy a dozen themed gardens plus an historic domed conservatory when exploring Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden that guarantees blooms all year!

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5 Things to Do in San Diego

Weather, water, and wildlife are three big reasons to visit San Diego but that’s just the beginning. The weather in San Diego is never too hot, never too cold with an average daytime temperature of 70 degrees year-round! Water can be found easily since the Pacific Ocean is basically the backyard here; need we say more. And wildlife is a cinch with the world renowned San Diego Zoo, plus with the San Diego Safari Park and SeaWorld San Diego there are plenty of places to hear the call of the wild in San Diego. Book a stay at Thousand Trails Pio Pico and choose from cabin and cottage glamping accommodations and get ready to explore the city that is considered the “birthplace of California.”

Cabin at Thousand Trails Pio Pico RV Campground
Cabin at Thousand Trails Pio Pico RV Campground

1. Day Trip to Dana Point: Wait, we just got here, you say? Well, this roughly 65-mile drive will be worth it, especially if you’re traveling between now and mid-May. Why? Because it’s the best time for whale watching here and after all, Dana Point is considered the “Dolphin and Whale Watching Capital of the World.” There are plenty of excursions to book for a whale watching cruise but it is not uncommon to see them right from the beach. Additionally, the Dana Point Headlands Conservation Area has three miles of public trails and the viewpoints are perfect for catching a glimpse. Other sightings here can include dolphins, harbor seals, and sea lions.


2. Old Town San Diego: In addition to the more than 30 historic sites found here (Old Town is the oldest neighborhood in San Diego), there is also shopping, museums, art galleries, and eateries. Whaley House, which was completed in 1857, not only provides a glimpse into the history of the area but also provides a “spirited” adventure as it is considered one of the most haunted houses in the U.S. Day tours of the home area are available as well as the spookier evening tours (whaleyhousesandiego.com). Old Town also hosts several annual events including Taste of Old Town, Old Town Cinco De Mayo, and a Day of the Dead event (oldtownsandiegoguide.com).

Hotel Del Coronado


3. “Star” Destinations: Big screen and small screen enthusiasts will be delighted to know that there are several areas in and around San Diego that were the backdrop for many a scene or two. For example, Kansas City Barbeque was “the bar” from Top Gun and the piano that saw Goose and Mav belting out Great Balls of Fire is still there (sadly, a fire destroyed most of the original building) along with plenty of other Top Gun memorabilia. The iconic Hotel Del Coronado is almost as beautiful as Marilyn Monroe and was also featured in the classic Some Like it Hot, starring Monroe, Jack Lemmon, and Tony Curtis. “Stay Classy San Diego” and check out Balboa Park and the San Diego Zoo which were featured in Anchorman, the Will Ferrell funny film. And, small-screen shows like Veronica Mars and Animal Kingdom were actually filmed in Ocean Beach versus the fictional town setting portrayed in these shows.

Thousand Trails Pio Pico
Thousand Trails Pio Pico


4. Anzo Borrego: Springtime in Anzo Borrego Desert State Park is a blooming good time with wildflowers everywhere (note the drought has affected blooms in the past years and there is a Wildflower Hotline to call with questions (760) 767-4684). Hikers can enjoy the many trails here and a portion of the Pacific Crest Trail is within the Park – an easy trail is the 3.5-mile Palm Canyon Trail near the Visitors Center. There are also plenty of canyon and rock formations and the evening sky here is an event in itself.


5. Take a Tour: There are plenty of tours to take to get to know San Diego including the Gaslamp Quarter Food Tour (sidewalkfoodtours.com), the San Diego Highlights Tour (anothersideofsandiegotours.com), or a whale watching cruise (viator.com). If you want to DIY, check out the self-guided tours from GPSmyCity that include tours of Old Town San Diego and Coronado Island (gpsmycity.com/gps-tour-guides/san-diego-1033).

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