2023 National Park Bucket List

With the holidays come and gone, you may have received, or know someone who received, a National Park themed item. Maybe it was socks depicting Yosemite highlights, or a National Parks Scratch Off Poster for tracking park visits. One popular gift item is the token bracelet or keychain fob solely for the purpose of adding a national park token for each park visited. All good reasons to make a National Park 2023 Bucket List.

Combine a glamping adventure with Petite Retreats and visit to a nearby NP and you’ll have one great outdoor adventure. Here are a few National Parks near some of our best Petite Retreat accommodations. And don’t forget there are four days of the year when admission to the National Parks are free – April 11, August 4, September 23, and November 11, so plan ahead:

Yosemite National Park is just a stone’s throw (five miles from the Park’s entrance) from the unique yurt accommodations and cute cabins at Thousand Trails Yosemite Lakes RV Campground. Enjoy the spacious, cool vibes of your yurt while checking Yosemite off the list. Must-sees include Yosemite Falls, which at 2,425 feet are the tallest falls in North America; the soaring granite peaks of Half Dome and El Capitan; the giant sequoias at Mariposa Grove and of course, the miles and miles of hiking trails.

Yurt at Thousand Trails Yosemite Lakes Campground
Yurt at Thousand Trails Yosemite Lakes Campground

All the way across the country from sunny California is the rocky coast of Maine and the beautiful Acadia National Park. Book a cozy glamping cabin at one of our Bar Harbor resorts and set a course to explore as much you can of the 48,000 acres of wooded wonderland. Bike the carriage roads, take the Scenic Loop Drive, watch the sunrise from atop Cadillac Mountain or watch the stars at Jordon Pond.

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

In the beautiful desert outside of Palm Springs, Joshua Tree National Park is great spot for rock climbing, stargazing, and an abundance of spring wildflowers. Check out Cholla Cactus Garden for life-sized cacti, take the ultimate selfie at Skull Rock, or visit Keys Ranch, built in 1910 as a family home for a rancher and goldminer. Key Ranch is listed as a National Historic Register site. Check out a colorful cottage in Palm Springs for your California getaway.


If National Parks make you think of a wooded setting, check out Dry Tortugas National Park, an island in the Florida Keys, for something completely different. Book a tiny house at Sunshine Key at take off down the Overseas Highway to see what this island National Park is all about. Actually, seven islands make up Dry Tortugas National Park. Garden Key is home to Fort Jefferson, a 19th century fort. Snorkeling and swimming are big activities here, and a kayak ride to tour the various islands is another suggested activity. Plenty of coral reefs to see here and a great spot for birding.


While in Florida, check out a lesser known national park – Biscayne National Park, just about an hour from a cozy cabin accommodation at Miami Everglades. Accessible only by boat, guided tours are available and canoeing, kayaking, and snorkeling activities are also offered here. Of course, one of the most popular national parks, Everglades National Park, is also an option when glamping at Encore Miami Everglades RV Resort – it’s only about a half hours’ drive away!

Cabin at Miami Everglades RV Resort
Cabin at Encore Miami Everglades RV Resort

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3 Great Places to go Off the Beaten Path

If you’re planning to venture somewhere new this year, most likely you’ll either consult friends or family who’ve traveled there before or do a few internet searches to see what’s a not-miss when visiting this destination. But, what if you went off the beaten path (“OTBP”) and shied away from the major draws and reasons the city is appealing? Let’s go off the beaten path in a few of America’s most popular travel destinations.


Nashville: Most visitors to Nashville go for the music. After all, they don’t call it “Music City” for nothing! But what else is there to do in this Tennessee metropolis? First, make your reservation for a tiny house at Natchez Trace and then go OTBP. On the first Saturday of every month, downtown Nashville galleries open their doors, offering free admission, and welcome visitors to shop or just look at the amazing art on display. Hail, Dark Aesthetics bills itself as a gallery of antiques and oddities – whether you’re in the market for a baby octopus in a jar or not, this place is worth a look. Ok, you might as well listen to some music, but do it at The Caverns, a subterranean music venue in nearby Pelham. Visit thecaverns.com for more info about their musical events in a series of caves!

Door County: Goats on the roof, fish boils, and orchards loaded with apples and cherries – that’s the draw of Wisconsin’s Door County, but we found more to do! The Door County Maritime Museum details the maritime history of the area while the Alexander Noble House Museum is the oldest remaining structure in the town of Fish Creek and contains many of the original 19th century furnishings. Take the ferry to Washington Island and join the “Bitters Club” by downing a shot of Angostura bitters at Nelsen’s Hall Bitters Pub. While on the island, don’t miss the Washington Island Stavkirke, an absolutely amazing structure. Plan to glamp at Tranquil Timbers for a Door County adventure.

Tiny Houses at Thousand Trails Verde Valley
Tiny Houses at Thousand Trails Verde Valley


Sedona: Just under two hours from Phoenix, Sedona, Arizona, can be called other-worldly with mystical powers and healing vortexes that can even bring calm to the A-plusses of Type A personalities. Sedona is a healing place thanks in part due to the red-orange color of the red rocks that surround it which is considered one of the most neuro-stimulating colors. Book a cabin, cottage or tiny house at Thousand Trails Verde Valley and you’re on our way to restful retreat. Plan hikes to see the vortexes and soak up their healing energy; take a yoga class in the desert; or enjoy some of the spa services offered at one of the numerous spas in town. Plan ahead and enjoy the Sedona Yoga Festival, scheduled for June 2-5. The Verde River is great for relaxing canoe and kayak trips and a wine tasting at nearby Alcantara Vineyards may be just what you need to take the edge off!

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5 Things to Do in Las Vegas

If you think Las Vegas is all bright lights, big city buzzing 24 hours a day, seven days a week, you only need to know the meaning of Las Vegas to know there is more than a concrete jungle here. When the area was discovered by Spanish explorers on their way west, they named it Las Vegas, meaning “the meadows” because of the vast expanse of greenery. And certainly, the 32 million visitors to Las Vegas annually are most likely there for those bright lights and the 24/7 buzz, but we found five different ways to enjoy the area.

While exploring all Las Vegas has to offer, book a stay in our Las Vegas cabins.

Cabin at Thousand Trails Las Vegas
Cabin at Thousand Trails Las Vegas

1. Museums: Just like the variety of shows, Sin City also offers up some pretty varied museums. There’s the Atomic Museum, whose mission is to “tell the story of America’s nuclear weapons testing program at the Nevada Test Site.” Exhibits include the Phoebus 2-A, a real nuclear reactor, several lesser-known atomic weapons and the interesting Pop Culture, which displays artifacts like comic books and toys related to the atomic bomb (atomicmuseum.vegas). The Mob Museum tells the story of organized crime and law enforcement (themobmuseum.org) while the Neon Museum is dedicated to collecting and preserving the iconic neon signs of Las Vegas (neonmuseum.org).

2. Wildlife: The luxurious hotels along the fame Strip are home to more than gambling casinos and entertainment venues; there is also an amazing array of wildlife to be found. The Shark Reef Aquarium at Mandalay Bay has not only sharks, but giant rays, sea turtles, and piranha. If you drop by the iconic Flamingo Hotel, not only will you see the exotic Chilean flamingos but also other exotic birds, turtles, and fish among a four-acre garden complete with streams and waterfalls at the hotel’s Flamingo Wildlife habitat. The Mirage Hotel is home to Siegfried and Roy’s Secret Garden and Dolphin Habitat where visitors can see white lions, tigers, and leopards amidst a jungle setting while the dolphins can be seen from an underwater viewing area.

3. About 30 minutes outside Las Vegas is the town of Boulder City, which was built for the purpose of housing the workers who helped build the nearby Hoover Dam. Today the city is worth a road trip if want to visit the Nevada State Railroad Museum, walk or bike the Historic Railroad Trail, check out the Bighorn Sheep roaming the green grass at Hemenway Valley Park or enjoy the restaurants, shops, and galleries in the downtown area and glimpse some really cool 1930s architecture. FYI, Boulder City could be a great stop if you’re heading to the Lake Mead National Recreation Area, which is about 15 minutes away.

4. The Other Wild Life: As they say, when in Paris…so why not experience a bit of the wild side of Las Vegas? Consider Omega Mart, Meow Wolf’s interactive art installation with secret portals and storytelling to peak the imagination. Omega Mart is just one of several interesting sensory experiences found at AREA15 which also offers non-traditional dining experiences including the space-odyssey inspired LIFTOFF.

5. Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area: Just outside Las Vegas, this desert location has plenty to do. There are 26 different trails to hike and explore, the 13-mile Scenic Drive through the canyonlands, rock climbing options, and plenty of native flora and fauna worthy of an Instagram post or two.

Hiking at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area
Hiking at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area

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5 Things to Do in Temecula, California

Looking for a glamping destination that includes great rental accommodations, a beautiful setting, and plenty to do in the area? Consider a glamping getaway to the cozy cabins at Wilderness Lakes in Menifee, California, and check out what we found nearby:

  1. Wineries: The Temecula Valley has more than 40 wineries spread among the rolling hills of this scenic Southern California location. There are four separate wine trails to explore and a complimentary winery map can be found at visittemeculavalley.com. Miramonte Winery is known for its beautiful views in addition to the great wines while Somerset Vineyard and Winery specializes in Spanish varietals. For a carefree tour, consider the tours offered through temeculacablecar.com.
  2. Old Town Temecula: Rustic buildings and quaint storefront shops harken back to the old days in charming Old Town Temecula. Modern-day visitors can enjoy several breweries, as well as antique and artisan shops, boutiques, and eateries. Check out the Old Town Sweet Shop, Temecula Olive Oil Company, Temecula Lavender Co., and the unique Temecula House of Jerky. If you spend the day here, stay for the sunset – Town Square Park is a great place to catch it.
  3. Hiking: There is plenty of hiking in the area with outstanding scenery. Consider the Santa Margarita River Trail Preserve which offers the Scenic Trail that runs along the Santa Margarita River, running about 4.9 miles. Lake Skinner offers a 1.5-mile path great for sighting owls, hawks, and herons. Or consider walking through the Santa Rosa Plateau Ecological Reserve that offers great opportunities for sighting badgers, mule deer, and turtles and is also home to the historic Moreno and Machado Adobes, former cowboy bunkhouses dating back to the mid-1800s.
Wilderness Lakes Campground Cabin
Wilderness Lakes Campground Cabin

  1. Tenaja Falls: Located in Cleveland National Forest, a short hike from the trailhead (about 1.5 miles) will bring you in view of Tenaja Falls, which cascade 150 feet into the canyon below. Spring is the best time to visit to ensure the falls are flowing. Seasoned hikers take note – there is also a longer trail (about a 7.5-mile hike) through Fisherman’s Camp and San Mateo Creek with equally stunning scenery.
Hot Air Balloons rise over California Wine Country, Temecula, California
Hot Air Balloons rise over California Wine Country, Temecula, California

  1. Temecula Valley Balloon and Wine Festival: Plan ahead to attend this three-day event that includes ballooning, wines and wine tastings, live music, and unique events like wine barrel racing. Craft beer tastings and a fair with over 150 vendors and a food court are also part of this annual event, set this year for May 19-21, 2023.

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Go Glamping for These 2023 Events

If you want to make sure you have the best glamping spots reserved that are nearby to some of 2023’s big events, take note of these events below and get your rezzies in order with Petite Retreat accommodations.

Palm Springs International Film Festival: Scheduled for January 5-16, 2023, this event includes screenings of international films and documentaries, plus awards and celeb sightings in and around Palm Springs. Book a cottage stay at Palm Springs to be near festival events.

Cottage at Harbor Lake RV Resort
Cottage at Harbor Lake RV Resort

MLB Spring Training in Florida: Experience the 2023 Grapefruit League season and take in a few games as you glamp around the Sunshine State. Games start February 25 and run through March 28. Options can include cottage rentals at Sunshine Travel in Vero Beach to see the NY Mets play in nearby Port St. Lucie at Clover Park; Harbor Lakes to see the Tampa Bay Rays or Holiday Travel to see the Philadelphia Phillies in nearby Clearwater at BayCare Ballpark.

Nashville Cherry Blossom Festival: Scheduled for Saturday, April 15, this event has a Cherry Blossom Walk, a pup parade, live music, and a Sumo wrestling event. Sounds like a colorful, and interesting, way to welcome the beautiful cherry blossoms and the arrival of spring. Book a stay at Natchez Trace Tiny House Village!

Bar Harbor Music Festival and Bar Harbor Fine Arts Festival: Summer in New England is the quintessential getaway and Bar Harbor is a wonderful location to enjoy come summer. The Music Festival runs June 30 to July 28 and features all genres from classical to opera to jazz while the Fine Arts Festival, scheduled for August 2-4, showcases artist works from potters to painters. Book a stay at Mt. Desert Narrows or Narrows Too to be close to these events.

Mt. Hood Huckleberry Festival and Mt. Hood Salmon, Mushroom, and Big Foot Festival: Two great reasons to book a stay at Mt. Hood Tiny House Village in Welches, Oregon, in late summer. The Huckleberry Festival, set for the third week of August, celebrates all things huckleberry while the Salmon, Mushroom, and Big Foot Festival welcomes back the salmon to the Oregon rivers as well as celebrate mushroom harvest time.

Leavenworth Oktoberfest: If you can’t make it to Munich, Leavenworth’s Oktoberfest, spread over three weekends (September 29-30; October 6-7; and October 13-14) may be the next best thing. In addition to beer and brats, there will be live entertainment, dancing, and plenty of fun. Book a stay at Leavenworth Tiny House Village and get ready to say “Prost!” more times than you can imagine.

Urbanna Oyster Festival: Urbanna, Virginia, is known as the “Oyster Capital of the East Coast” so of course they have a festival every year to celebrate the oyster. Two days of everything oyster, plus live music, and contests (yes, oyster shucking is one of them) are scheduled for November 3-4, 2023. To be near all the fun, reserve a glamping accommodation at Bethpage Camp-Resort, conveniently located in Urbanna!

Cottage at Bethpage Camp-Resort
Cottage at Bethpage Camp-Resort

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Best Destinations for November Getaways

While some people’s plans for November travel involves an “over the river and through the woods” kind of journey, others are seeking out destinations to round out a year of adventure. Roamingtheusa.com, a travel site that bills itself as “the unofficial guide to America,” created a list of great destinations for November travel and luckily, we have glamping accommodations nearby to most! Based on weather, things to do, and holiday events, roamingusa.com, suggests the following:

Bend, Oregon: One reason Bend made the list is that the typical crowds of summer have all but disappeared come November.If you’re early in the month, you might still catch the last of the fall foliage color show. But, if the leaves are gone, the outdoor adventures are still here. Bend is great for hiking! Hike Tumalo Falls or check out the views at Pilot Butte State Scenic Viewpoint. The Bend Christmas Parade is set for Saturday, December 4, and for last-minute unique gifts, check out The Happy Campers Last-Minute Shopping Event featuring locally made gifts from pottery to jewelry. For your glamping consideration, try a yurt or cabin at Bend-Sunriver.

Cabin at Bend-Sunriver RV Campground
Cabin at Bend-Sunriver RV Campground

Key West, Florida: The waters are warm, the daytime temps range between 74 and 80 degrees, and there’s plenty to do in November here. November 12 promises to be a day of fun at the MOTE Marine Laboratory’s Ocean Fest (on Islamorada) that will feature touch tanks, animal experiences, live music, food, games, and other fun. Another great November event is The Big Pine and Lower Keys Island Art Festival, set for November 26. Of course, all the Keys have their own special island magic to offer so book a tiny house stay at Sunshine Key Tiny House Village or a waterfront colorful cottage at Fiesta Key and explore them all. Snorkel, stand-up paddle, take a ferry to Dry Tortugas National Park, enjoy quirky Key West, the beauty of John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park, or just soak up the sun on the beach at Sunshine Key.

Palm Springs, California: Palm Springs in November couldn’t be more perfect when it comes to weather – average rainfall is zero and the average daytime temperature a sunny 79 degrees with evening temps falling to a still-pleasant mid-60s. So, it’s no wonder there are plenty of special events planned during this time of year. For starters, there’s Village Fest, a regularly scheduled Thursday night street fair in downtown Palm Springs that features shopping, dining, and live music opportunities. Magic Lights of Coachella Valley, a drive-through holiday-themed light display, begins November 18 and the Living Desert Zoo and Gardens hosts their amazing holiday lights display beginning November 23. Other things not to be missed in the area include hiking in Joshua Tree National Park, a ride on the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway and a visit to the Palm Springs Art Museum. Book a colorful cottage at Palm Springs in Palm Desert to be in the swing of all things Palm Springs.

Cottages at Palm Springs RV Resort
Cottages at Palm Springs RV Resort

San Antonio, Texas: Weather-wise, San Antonio enjoys daytime highs of 74 degrees in November, so that’s one reason to head to this Texas treasure. Things to do here include exploring the amazing River Walk, where you can shop, eat, and just enjoy walking along the river. There’s also the historic Alamo as well as several other missions you can tour, including Mission San Jose. Special events can include the Wurstfest, in nearby New Braunfels, which runs through November 13 and pays tribute to the area’s German culture, the Ford Holiday River Parade, scheduled for November 25, and underground caroling at Natural Bridge Caverns. Reserve a glamping cabin at Medina Lake to be near all the fun in San Antonio.

For a full list of roamingtheusa.com’s suggested November travel destinations, visit roamingtheusa.com and then visit petiteretreats.com to find the perfect glamping accommodation to go along with your November adventure.

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Reasons to be Thankful for Glamping

If you became a camper by way of the glamping trend, you know that there is plenty to be thankful for when it comes to glamping. There’s a bit more of a solid structure to keep you comfy and cozy at night, there are some pretty neat glamping accommodation options in some pretty fun locations, there’s no need to arrive before dark so you can set up camp, and the list goes on. Here are a few more things to be thankful for when it comes to glamping with Petite Retreats.

Yurts: What makes a yurt so great is its spaciousness. Most yurts can easily accommodate six people, so they are great for family trips as well as getting together with your best glamping group. Plus, they are totally cool – there’s no denying that. You’ve got a sturdy canvas roof overhead, plenty of room to socialize indoors and out, plus amenities you can’t find in a tent, like mini kitchens, ceiling fans and cable TVs! Petite Retreat yurt accommodations can be found in California, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Washington, and Wisconsin.

Tiny Houses: The tiny house trend is only getting bigger as glampers find that these “home away from home” accommodations have everything you need for a perfect glamping adventure. First off, Petite Retreats’ tiny house locations are near some of the most popular travel destinations like Nashville, Tennessee, Oregon’s Mt. Hood area, Washington State’s Bavarian-styled charming town of Leavenworth, Boston’s quintessential New England towns, the vortexes of Sedona, Arizona, and the Florida Keys. Secondly, the Petite Retreat tiny homes are perfectly appointed from hip décor to the amenities like kitchens and full bathrooms! All you need to do is pick a location, settle in and check out these great areas, knowing that your comfortable tiny house awaits you at the end of a long day exploring.

Leavenworth Tiny House Village
Leavenworth Tiny House Village

Variety: If you’ve done the tiny house or the yurt glamp, there are still a lot more choices – including the unique tepee, glamping tent, and covered wagon options available at some of our California locations. Plus, there are cabins and cottages in great locations around the country. Want to experience a glamping trip in the mountains? Check out the two Lake George, New York, locations or Tuxbury Pond in New Hampshire. How about glamping near Maine’s charming Bar Harbor or the bucolic Pennsylvania Dutch Country? Our glamping accommodations are the spice of outdoor life! 

Rancho Oso RV Campground
Rancho Oso RV Campground

Location to Events and Attractions: Always wanted to experience Coachella? Book a stay at Palm Springs. Have you been wanting to see just how crazy Key West’s Hemingway Days can get? Book a stay at one of Petite Retreats’ Keys locations. How about touring Nashville’s historic Ryman Theater and taking in a show or indulging in a fried bologna sandwich at Robert’s Western World? Nashville glamping is possible with a reservation at the Natchez Trace Tiny House Village. Are healing vibes and great hikes on the agenda? Verde Valley can accommodate a Sedona glamping adventure. Check out petiteretreats.com and find your perfect glamping location.

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The Ultimate Creepies

We have to ask, “do you wanna see something really scary?” Fans of the 1983 movie “Twilight Zone” will remember that’s what Dan Akroyd’s character asks his travelling companion while driving down a dark desert highway. To not spoil it for those who have not seen the film, we won’t tell you what happens, but we can assure you, you will jump in your seat or be extremely startled. Kind of like what might happen when you visit some of these hauntingly good locations near some of our favorite glamping spots.

Jerome Grand Hotel (Jerome, Arizona): Who wouldn’t expect a hotel in a ghost town to be a bit more spirited than other hotels? Book a tiny house accommodation at Verde Valley RV Resort and find out what makes the Jerome Grand so spooky. One reason may be that in its former life, the structure was a hospital where more than 9000 people passed away. Have a drink in the bar or dine in the hotel’s restaurant and see if you feel (or see) the spirits. Or better yet, take one of Jerome’s famous haunted tours.

Cottages at Fiesta Key Resort
Cottages at Fiesta Key Resort

Fort East Martello Museum (Key West, FL): There’s plenty of scary doll stories out there from Chuckie to Annabelle, but if you want to get up close and personal, visit the Fort East Martello Museum and take a look at a doll called Robert, who is apparently the main reason the museum is one of the most haunted locations in Florida. He looks harmless enough with his cute little sailor suit and pet dog, but visitors are urged to introduce themselves and ask his permission before they take a picture of him. If not, bad things may happen! Book a stay at one of our Florida Keys locations, Sunshine Key Tiny House Village or Fiesta Key, and say hi to Robert!

Gettysburg (Pennsylvania): Again, as a site of one of the bloodiest battles of the Civil War where more than 50,000 souls were lost it’s not a surprise that the town of Gettysburg and the battlefield itself are super haunted. Some people have said the ghost of Robert E. Lee appears in pictures they have taken when visiting while others hear phantom sounds coming from the battlefield which include screams and cannon fire. There are all kinds of tours to take to see for yourself. Check out getyourguide.com/gettysburg-l32570. Spend a night or two glamping in Gettysburg and make a reservation at Drummer Boy or Gettysburg Farm and brave the nights in Gettysburg if you dare.

Cabin at Medina Lake RV Campground
Cabin at Medina Lake RV Campground

San Fernando Cathedral (San Antonio, TX): Swirling orbs, scary shadows and an apparition of a charging white stallion are some of the things visitors to this haunted Texas location have reported. Conde Nast Traveler named San Fernando Cathedral as one of the 30 Most Haunted Places in the U.S. in 2019. One woman reportedly followed a man who was part of her tour group who she said suddenly disappeared into thin air. Yikes! Book a cozy cabin at Medina Lake and take the 40-mile drive into San Antonio to check out the Cathedral. Watch out for charging horses!

Edgefield Hotel (Troutdale, OR): If you’re looking for a great place to stay outside of Portland, we suggest you book a tiny house at Mt. Hood Tiny House Village in nearby Welches. Other options could include the Edgefield Hotel, but you might want to rethink that considering it’s haunted! Opt for the comfort of your tiny house at Mt. Hood Village but check out the Edgefield if you wanna see something really scary. Guests have said to have felt hands on their shoulders, seen ghost children running the halls at night, and heard a woman yelling “get out.” This place is so scary the developers did a “spirit cleansing” while rehabbing and developing the building that once served as a county poor house (thus the sadness and death associated with the structure).

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4 Sweet Petite Retreats

Did you know the original recipients of the gift-giving and acts of kindness on the first Sweetest Day was not necessarily romantic partners? The story goes the gentleman who came up with idea, Herbert Birch Kingston, an advertising man for a Cleveland-based candy company, did so with orphans and the elderly in mind. Sweetest Day is recognized on the third Saturday of October. So, whether you choose to celebrate with a sweetheart, or instead show someone a random act of kindness by perhaps taking them glamping, check out these sweet Petite Retreats that are perfect for an October getaway.

Bend-Sunriver Yurt
Bend-Sunriver Yurt

Bend-Sunriver RV Campground: Rent a cottage, cabin, or yurt at Bend-Sunriver and experience the beauty of Bend. Hike, mountain-bike, drink some brews, and enjoy the charm of downtown Bend. There’s also the Bend Ale Trail and Smith Rock State Park, which offers 12 hiking trails and stunning views. An interesting adventure would be a visit to the Newberry National Volcanic Monument where you can explore a lava tube or walk the Trail of Molten Lava.

Palm Springs RV Resort
Palm Springs RV Resort

Palm Springs RV Resort: Here’s an idea for a random act of kindness – take yourself hiking in the beautiful desert lands of Palm Springs. Book a colorful cottage (guaranteed to make you smile) at Palm Springs RV Resort and be kind to yourself (and whoever you choose to take along on your adventure). Get in touch with your artistic side with a visit to the Palm Springs Art Museum. Find out about good things for our environment with a visit to the San Gorgonio Wind Farm or book a Jeep Tour through Joshua Tree National Park and soak up the healing vibes.  

Pacific City RV & Camping Resort: Let the Oregon coast be your sweet spot this October and book a cozy cabin at Pacific City. Walk the beach and listen to the rolling waves or drive into Tillamook and check out the Tillamook Creamery and enjoy a free cheese factory tour with samples! Take a leisurely drive on the Three Capes Scenic Loop and don’t miss the Octopus Tree, a roughly 300-year-old Sitka Spruce and the iconic, and definitely photo-worthy, Cape Meares Lighthouse.

Circle M RV & Camping Resort: Take your heart to the heart of Amish Country with a visit to Pennsylvania’s charming Lancaster County. Book the perfect glamping cottage or yurt at Circle M and get ready to be charmed by a simpler way of life. Take a guided buggy ride through the countryside, visit the Amish Farm & House to learn the Amish ways, or learn how to twist a pretzel at the Julian Sturgis Pretzel Bakery. Stroll downtown Lititz and see what the unique shops have to offer and check out the town’s Wolf Sanctuary (wolfsanctuarypa.org).  For those looking to make their trip to Pennsylvania extra sweet, a stop by the Wilbur Chocolate Store may be in order. Chocolate covered treats, a variety of baking chip flavors, and more Wilbur specialty items are available here. You can also watch candy makers create fudge while delighting in the smell of chocolate throughout the store.

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5 Things to Do In and Around Yosemite National Park

So do we mean five things to do in the magnificent national park itself, or the surrounding area outside Yosemite? Actually, a little bit of both. We’ve highlighted some great stuff not to be missed inside the park and some other pretty cool stuff not to be missed around the area.

Yurt at Yosemite Lakes
Yurt at Yosemite Lakes

Speaking of cool, are you aware of how cool the glamping accommodations are at Yosemite Lakes, which is pretty much up the block from Yosemite National Park (about 5 minutes from the entrance)? Glamping accommodations at this great location in Groveland can include cabins, cottages, and yurts. Choose whichever suits your glamping needs best and get ready to explore this beautiful area of California.

  1. Yosemite National Park: Of course, there are the must-sees like Half Dome, El Capitan, and the waterfalls (there are more than 25), but there are also some lesser known, but just as amazing, things to see and do here. Consider a visit to the Yosemite Museum, the first of its kind built inside a National Park. The museum showcases the cultural heritage of the Ahwahnechee people. Cooks Meadow is a great way to see the beauty of the park and the neat thing is that the trail is very friendly for wheelchairs, strollers, and the less-seasoned hiker. Cooks Meadow has a 2-mile loop trail and the average time to complete it is under 40 minutes. The Ansel Adams Gallery is another place not to miss – his stunning photos of the park are world-famous. In addition to works of Adam’s, the gallery also has books, handicrafts, and Native American jewelry.

  2. Wine Roads and Trails: Visit yosemitesierrawineroad.com to download a map of boutique wineries to visit on this route that traverses the backroads of Yosemite. Another option is to travel the Madera Wine Trail, located in one of California’s most famous growing regions – check out themaderawinetrail.com for a downloadable map.

  3. Visit Jamestown: Jamestown is an old mining town about 30 minutes from Yosemite Lakes and the spot where gold was first discovered in Tuolumne County in the 1848 by James Woods. The town became known as the Gateway to the Mother Lode. There are several antique shops and eateries, plus you can pan for gold here (gold-panning-california.com).

  4. Ride the Steam Train: A ride on the Yosemite Mountain Sugar Pine Railroad is a great way to see the Sierra National Forest. Climb aboard and have a seat in the open-air cars and enjoy the scenery. Several options for rides are available, including the Moonlight Special that includes dinner and entertainment. During the summer months, the train hosts the Yosemite Jazz Trail, which features a steam train ride ending with “unplugged” performances by various jazz artists every Saturday. For information visit ymsprr.com.

  5. If you’re planning a November trip to the area, check out the Pomegranate, Fruit, and Nut Festival that of course showcases, pomegranates, fruits, and nuts (this is an annual event each November so you can plan ahead, too). This year’s event is set for Saturday, November 5, and promises cooking demonstrations, educational seminars, and fun facts about the pomegranate (pomegranatefestival.com). Make note that Yosemite also hosts holiday dinners and events within the Park through the holiday season that include a Thanksgiving dinner, a Christmas Day brunch, and a New Year’s Eve celebration.
Cabins on the River at Yosemite Lakes
Cabins on the River at Yosemite Lakes

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