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WHEN A REGULAR CAMPGROUND WON’T DO....
RV travel is a different lifestyle for every woman who hits the road. Perhaps you travel for shopping or for business or to visit friends and relatives. You might camp to follow bird migrations or NASCAR or your favorite baseball team or to research your family genealogy. Some RV travelers “collect” national parks, golf courses, roller coasters or Civil War battlefield sites.
The more deep research you do into finding your ideal campgrounds, the better. You can find directories for almost every lifestyle in camping, from nudist resorts to campgrounds for stoners, LGBTQ folks, swingers, hunters, anglers, people on the autism spectrum and skiers.
Here’s where search engines come in. General campground guides are good but you will need a special search for, say, “equestrian campground” , “casino with RV park” , “clothing optional RV resort” or “campground with square dancing.”
No matter how specialized your travel interests, there is surely a campground just for you. Here are just some specialty areas that can mesh with your RV travel lifestyle.
Campgrounds for Horseback Riders
Campgrounds with facilities for horses are found throughout North America in scenic areas that offer great camping as well as great rides. Some are private parks. Some state and national park campgrounds also have equestrian facilities. Some serve the rodeo or horse show circuits.
Once Google finds your key words, “RV camping + equestrian” , you still need to know exactly what the place offers you and your mount. Amenities vary from basic hookups and stable facilities to resort features such as a swimming pool and extensive riding trails.
For your horse, the campground may offer boarding, an arena and hot walkers. A negative coggins is required for all horses at equestrian campgrounds, and you’ll also need to look into what other requirements must be met as well as what services and facilities are available on site.
Campgrounds with Spa
Long before the first European settlers came to North America, the natural healing of mineral hot springs was sought out by Native Americans. The word “spa” in connection with a campground could mean a full-service facility with massage and salon services or just a place to soak in warm mineral waters. Prices could range from modest to millionaire. Research carefully to get the type of campsite and also the kind of spa experience you seek. Many casino resorts have both spa and RV parks.
Campgrounds with Casinos
At least 21 states have legal casino gambling. Many casinos are luxury resorts with hotel, restaurants, retail shops AND a campground to accommodate RV travelers. Before you go, look into the total facility. Where is the campground on the property and how can you get around? Can campers use the pool? Get the same deals and discounts as hotel guests?
Most casinos are also glitzy resorts, so campers usually have access to a variety of resort services such as golf and restaurants but you may need a golf cart of shuttle bus to get around the complex.
Campgrounds for Volunteers.
If you travel to volunteer, hook up with the group first. One such group is RVICS.com, Roving Volunteers in Christ’s Service. They travel to do projects for churches and charities.
Habitat.for Humanity, habitat.org welcomes volunteers who can travel, bring their own housing with them, and hammer out new homes for the needy. Here the focus is on a short, intense work project, camaraderie and self-satisfaction of making a difference.
This is just a start of the specialty camping and RV travel available. Go for it!
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CAMPGROUNDS GOOD NEWS/BAD NEWS
These news items are from local media sources and may be premature or incomplete. Follow up for yourself as stories develop.
* It’s been off and on for a while, but for now approval has been given for a new, luxury RV park in Gulf Park Estates in Ocean Springs, Mississippi. Stay tuned.
|The future Kah-Nee-Ta Hot Springs Village Resort
* The shuttered Kah-Nee-Ta Hot Springs Village Resort in Warm Springs, Oregon will reopen next year as a grand resort with an eventual RV campground, hotel, an 18-hole golf course, dining options, poolside cabanas, meeting spaces and the soaking tubs the resort has been known for. The planned 2023 reopening was delayed by weather. The resort is owned by the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs. Since it will open in phases, RV travelers should keep tabs on facilities to make sure sites are available.
* Newly opened in Cape Coral, Florida, Encore Tranquility Lakes is a 200-acre resort with lakes, 500 full hook-up RV sites, a large clubhouse with fitness facilities and billiards and cards room, a swimming pool and lap pool, hot rub, outdoor game courts and a dog park. Sites have concrete pads and 50-amp service. See (www.)thousandtrails.com/florida/tranquility-lakes-rv-resort/
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