24 Nov

Campground Review #56 Indiana Dunes State Park in Chesterton, Indiana

On episode #56 of Campground of the Week, Melissa and Matthew Kellas review Indiana Dunes State Park in Chesterton, Indiana, just about 45 miles east of Chicago, Illinois.

In fact, if you are looking to visit Chicago, this base camp might offer the best of both worlds–a remote, natural setting with easy access to one of our country’s most dynamic cities.

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Indiana Dunes State Park is also a great alternative to camping at the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore (Dunewood Campground) just up the road. Dunewood Campground only has primitive sites and they are all first come/first serve. At Indiana Dunes State Park, you are just minutes away from the National Lakeshore and you can reserve electric sites–even 50 amp!!!–in advance. Plus the state park is open year round.

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22 Sep

Campground #47 Streetsboro/Cleveland SE KOA near Cleveland, Ohio

img_9722On this week’s Campground of the Week episode, Stephanie and Jeremy review the Streetsboro/Cleveland SE KOA about 30 miles outside of Cleveland, Ohio.

This campground is a peaceful and quiet retreat from the hustle and bustle of the greater Cleveland area. The number of seasonal sites indicates that many people use this campground as a weekend getaway spot during the spring, summer, and fall months. But it is also a lovely place to stay if you are passing through the area and want to explore Cleveland.

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25 Aug

Campground #42 Platte River Campground in Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, Michigan

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On this week’s episode of Campground of the Week, we are reviewing the Platte River Campground in Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, Michigan.

Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore was names on of America’s most beautiful places by Good Morning America, and there is not better place to stay while exploring than the Platte River Campground. This is a hugely popular campground, and booking 6 months in advance when the reservations window opens is necessary if you want to nab a spot during peak season.

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18 Aug

Campground #41 Holiday Park Campground in Traverse City, Michigan

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On this week’s episode of Campground of the Week, we are talking about our family’s recent stay at the Holiday Park Campground in Traverse City, Michigan. This place is very special and served both as a great base camp for exploring downtown Traverse City, and as a peaceful waterfront lake retreat.

This is the type of campground where the site REALLY matters. We booked early (January 2, 2016) and were rewarded with one of the coveted lake front sites. Listen to this episode to hear us describe the various areas of the campground, and where you might like to stay if you visit.

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09 Jun

Campground #31 Rock Cut State Park in Loves Park, Illinois

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On this week’s episode of Campground of the Week, Matthew and Melissa Kellas review one of their favorite home state retreats, Rock Cut State Park in Loves Park, Illinois. This peaceful campground offers a great combination of back to nature experiences and easy access to fun local activities. Plus, it’s open year round!

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11 Feb

Campground #14 Covert/South Haven KOA in Covert, Michigan

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On this Campground of the Week episode, Matthew and Melissa Kellas are back on the show with a wonderful camping option in the great state of Michigan.

The Covert/South Haven KOA is located in the southwest corner of Michigan and is just a few miles from the beautiful shores of Lake Michigan. The campground features an array of amenities, but Melissa and Matthew particularly loved the wide variety of recreational activities available including a Gaga Ball pit and trampoline basketball court. Another unique highlight? The u-pick blueberry field that greets visitors as they pull into the campground.

The Covert/South Haven KOA is situated in a well-loved vacation destination, and there are many great attractions and activities in the surrounding area:

Listen to the episode for inside details on reserving a site at this fantastic campground. And add any of your own recommendations for the area below in the comments.

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24 Dec

Campground #7: Barton Lake Jellystone in Fremont, Indiana

Located near the crossroads of Indiana, Michigan, and Ohio, Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park Camp Resort at Barton Lake is the perfect example of destination camping. Whether you are visiting for a weekend or an entire week, there are enough activities and amenities to keep you entertained right on site. This Jellystone is located about an hour from South Bend and about 3 1/2 hours from Chicago.

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On Campground of the Week Episode #7, Melissa and Matthew Kellas will give us a complete review of the campground, starting with a description of two different camping areas and tips for choosing your own best site. They recommend looking at a Barton Lake Jellystone campground map while making reservations by phone, just to make sure you wind up in a good spot for your family. They also recommend booking as early as possible, since this is a wildly popular regional campground.

With 3 outdoor pools, an indoor pool, a splash park, jump pillows, and a volleyball court, it is virtually impossible to be bored at the Barton Lake Jellystone. Nevertheless, they also offer a full roster of daily activities beginning at 9 am and running into the evening hours. Melissa and Matt will talk about some of their favorite activities, and you can also check here for a sample daily schedule.

Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park Camp Resort at Barton Lake just celebrated it’s 50th camping season, and it is easy to see why this is such a popular place for family campers.

Let us know if you visit this campground, and if you have any additional thoughts or area recommendations, make sure to drop us a comment below!

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10 Dec

Campground #3: Baraboo Hills Campground, Wisconsin Dells

On Campground of the Week #3, our Upper Midwest correspondents Melissa and Matthew Kellas are reviewing Baraboo Hills Campground in Baraboo, Wisconsin.

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This private family-friendly campground is about 20 minutes outside of Wisconsin Dells and less than one hour’s drive from downtown Madison.

Listen to hear Melissa and Matt talk about the fun and engaging activities available at the campground. They will discuss amenities, best sites, and the pros and cons of the activity bracelet, available for an extra charge.

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