23 Nov

Campground Review #108 Inn Town Campground in Nevada City, California

Photo courtesy of Erin Thiem.

We love seeing new campgrounds open, and we love it even more when these campgrounds are built by young, locally rooted entrepreneurs who have their fingers on the pulse of a new camping generation.

Inn Town Campground just opened for business this past year in Nevada City, California, and Janine Pettit stayed there recently for a Girl Camping event. We are lucky enough to have a review of the campground on our podcast this week.

To hear more about the campground, check out our interviews with Erin and Dan Thiem on episodes #21#85, and #124 of the RV Family Travel Atlas podcast.

Campground Details

The Inn Town Campground is open year round, and offers tent sites, full-hook up RV sites, and glamping tents on the beautiful 15-acre property. Camping rates range from $45-$65, and the glamping tents cost $85-$150 per night. The campground is full of towering pine trees, creating privacy for the individual campsites.

But the campground also invites plenty of communal interaction. Erin and Dan were inspired by the Holiday Parks that they enjoyed years ago while traveling through New Zealand. Inn Town Campground has many indoor and outdoor shared spaces for friends and families to enjoy together, and for campers to meet new folks during their visit.

Activities and Amenities

Janine Pettit particularly enjoyed the well-stocked camp store full of local food and beverage options. She also raved about the communal kitchen, where she spent a cozy morning curled up on the couch with a cup of hot coffee. The kitchen is completely stocked with everything you need to cook a meal (sans food!). We think this feature makes spontaneous tenting and RV getaways so much easier.

Erin also talked about the activities they have offered and how they hope to grow their recreation schedule over on the Girl Camper podcast, where she was interviewed last month. Right now they host outdoor movies, arts and crafts, and fireside chats with experts on local topics of interest.

Other amenities include:

  • foosball and ping pong tables
  • pool
  • laundry
  • Wifi

Regional Attractions

Campers can visit the neighboring railway museum and stroll through the historic Chinese miner’s cemetery right on site. But of particular distinction is that the Inn Town Campground is located just under two miles from downtown Nevada City. Janine loved that she could take a beautiful walk through the woods and emerge in a town full of shops and restaurants.

Visitors can also enjoy the nearby Yuba River area, where folks can enjoy outdoor activities like fishing, kayaking, swimming, skiing, and biking.

Listen to Campground of the Week episode #108 to hear more recommendations for enjoying your stay at the Inn Town Campground!

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See you at the campground!

Stephanie + Jeremy


27 Sep

Top 10 Campground Reviews from the Campground of the Week Podcast

For the 100th episode of the Campground of the Week Podcast, we decided to look back and share the 10 most popular campground reviews from the show. When we looked back at the download numbers, the top reviews were a great mix of resort, national parks, and state parks from locations all around the country.

You can listen to us chat about the top 10 most popular campgrounds on episode #100 of Campground of the Week.

A huge thank you to all our campground correspondents for bringing such great RV and camping content to the RVFTA community!

And a special thanks to our sponsors for supporting weekly content for all our RV and camping fools…

Here’s to another 100 campground reviews!

We’ll see you at the campground,

Stephanie + Jeremy

03 May

Campground Review: Anaheim RV Park near Disneyland, California

On this podcast episode of Campground of the Week, we are very excited to have Brett Neilson of OurCampingAdventures.com on the show reviewing the Anaheim RV Park near Disneyland, California.

Anaheim RV Park is under two miles away from Disneyland, so if you want to stay near the theme park in your RV, this is definitely your best bet. Anaheim, California is 30 miles south of Los Angeles and about 250 miles southwest of Las Vegas.

Campground Details

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29 Dec

Campground Review #61 Ventura Beach RV Park in Ventura Beach, California

On this episode of Campground of the Week, Kate Dunbar returns to her old California stomping ground and gives us a great review of Ventura Beach RV Park in Ventura Beach, California.

This campground is a short 15-minute walk to the beautiful beaches of Ventura (or just 10 minutes along the gorgeous and well-maintained bike path) where you will find opportunities for surfing, paddle boarding, kayaking, bird watching, scuba diving, and sand castle building. It is also within biking distance of downtown shopping and dining.

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30 Mar

Campground #21: San Francisco RV Resort in Pacifica, California

San Francisco RV Resort Pacifica, California

On Episode #21 of Campground of the Week, Kerri Cox from Travels With Birdy, takes us far away from her home base in Missouri to review the San Francisco RV Resort on the California coast in Pacifica.

This Encore property is a great example of an urban RV base camp–perfect for exploring nearby San Francisco, but without the amenities and activities that your traditional campground might offer.


Kerri offers us the inside scoop on sites at this campground, and also shares her favorite attractions in the San Francisco area. To read more about her experiences, you can read these posts on her blog:


Thanks to Jayco RVs for sponsoring this episode of Campground of the Week! For more great RV Podcast content, check out RV Family Travel Atlas and Girl Camper, both available in the iTunes Store, on Stitcher, or your favorite podcast app!

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18 Feb

Campground #15: Lake Lopez Recreation Area, California

Lake Lopez Recreation Area

On Campground of the Week episode #15, our California correspondent Kate Dunbar the beautiful campground situated in the Lake Lopez Recreation Area. This lakefront campground offers fishing, boating, waterskiing, windsurfing, canoeing, hiking, and horseback riding opportunities.


Kate has been camping at Lake Lopez since she was a child, and her knowledge of the park and the surrounding area is encyclopedic. Kate was kind enough to give us the true insiders guide, and even included her very favorite campsite number. Listen to hear her advice for visitors with big rigs.


Also listen to hear her tips on area attractions:

Get in line early to sample the Old West Cinnamon Rolls in Pismo Beach, and don’t miss the fish tacos and key lime pie at the Cracked Crab Restaurant. You know if Kate Dunbar recommends the food, it’s gonna be good!

Let us know if you have been to Lake Lopez, or if you plan on making a trip! Tune in every week for another great campground recommendation…and we will see you at the campground.

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21 Jan

Campground #11: Ventura Ranch KOA, California

On Campground of the Week episode #11, our California correspondent Kate Dunbar reviews her favorite local campground the Ventura Ranch KOA. This 76-acre campground is located next to an orange orchard and a creek, offering a phenomenal natural experience just 60 miles outside of Los Angeles.

Ventura Ranch KOA, California

The variety of accommodations at this KOA is impressive, including tent sites, pull-thrus, teepees, cabins, lodges, and executive suites. Kate likes to visit during the less crowded times–during the week and in the shoulder fall and spring season. She notes that the summer and weekends are more crowded, but they are also full of fun activities for the family.


Scheduled events like the Bigfoot Adventure Walk and on-site activities like the zip lining are popular at the Ventura Ranch KOA. There is also a climbing wall, race car pedal bikes, a jump pillow, and movies under the stars.

The region is full of attractions that will keep you busy during your whole stay. In the second half of the show, Kate recommends her favorite area hikes, beaches, and NPS sites.

Take a listen, and let us know if you visit the Ventura Ranch KOA!

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10 Dec

Campground #5: Flying Flags RV Resort, California

On Campground of the Week #5, our California Correspondent Kate Dunbar is reviewing Flying Flags RV Resort in Buellton, California.  This campground is a member of the Highway West Vacations chain that has properties along the entire West Coast.

FlyingFlagsRV Resort, California

Listen to hear Kate describe all the perks to camping at this Good Sam Park, including on-site wine tastings and Friday night barbecue dinners. She gives great insider tips on the best RV and tent sites, and also gives intel on available cabins and glamping tents.

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