12 Oct

Campground Review #102 Kozy Rest Jellystone in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania

On this episode of Campground of the Week, we are reviewing the Kozy Rest Jellystone in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.

The Kozy Rest Jellystone is located in western Pennsylvania just a short 35 miles from the Ohio border. It’s about an hour north of Pittsburgh, and offers easy access for a day trip from the campground.

There is a ton of variety within the Jellystone franchise, and this campground is a great example of a quieter weekend getaway destination with a focus on family fun and activities. We think it is particularly well suited for folks who may typically camp in more rustic environments but are looking to experience Jellystone activities, amenities, and character interactions.

Campground Details

This is a nicely wooded country campground with a mix of transient and seasonal sites. Kozy Rest is neat and tidy, but expect a good deal of rules and procedures that keep it that way. Prices range from $40 for tent sites with no hookups to $85 for premium full hook up sites holiday or Halloween weekends. There are a ton of special deals offered throughout the year, so check out the website to see if you can find one that fits your camping schedule.

Activities and Amenities

Kozy Rest offers an activity wristband that can be purchased for $15 per child for the duration of your stay (up to 7 days). The wristband includes unlimited access to the jump pad, jump pillow, mini golf course, and bike rentals. Other amenities include…

  • playground
  • pool
  • horse shoes
  • shuffle board
  • gem mining
  • camp store
  • dog park
  • game room

Kozy Rest Jellystone also offers a full schedule of organized activities with weekly themes like Christmas in July, Dinosaur Discovery, Night at the Races, and From Oldies to 80s. During our visit we enjoyed crafts, potato sack races, bean bag tosses, and lots of visits with Yogi.

Area Attractions

The Kozy Rest Jellystone has a fantastic website page that details all the great hiking, biking, and kayaking in the area. They highly recommend visiting…

  • McConnells Mill State Park
  • Lake Arthure
  • Clear Creek State Forest
  • Pittsburgh

We also highly recommend a stop at Beans on Broad, a great coffee shop in nearby Grove City. We stocked up on some beans for the rest of our trip while we were here!

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Stephanie + Jeremy

08 Feb

Campground Review: Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground in Disney World, Florida

On this episode of Campground of the Week, we are reviewing what may be America’s favorite campground of all time: Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground in Disney World, Florida.

After camping at Fort Wilderness, we can honestly say that it has earned every bit of it’s stellar reputation. Simply put, we will never stay anywhere else on return trips to Disney World.

If you are planning a trip to Disney World, one of the most important things to know is that Fort Wilderness is considered a Disney Resort property, which means that you will enjoy the benefits of staying ‘on property’: early dining reservations, early Fast Pass booking, and access to daily extra Magic Hours. You will also have access to Disney transportation: busses and boats connect Fort Wilderness to all the other Disney properties and parks.

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26 Jan

Campground Review #65 Lincoln/Woodstock KOA in the White Mountains of New Hampshire

On this episode of Campground of the Week, we are reviewing one of our very favorite New England campgrounds–the Lincoln/Woodstock KOA in the White Mountains of New Hampshire.

This is a perfect example of a well-operated campground, with owners that tend to the details and create a fun and welcoming space. The White Mountains is full of adventure and this is the perfect place to stay while exploring this storied region of New Hampshire.

The campground has a wide variety of sites, from premium patio sites to wilderness sites. Definitely study the campground map when deciding what will be best for your family when staying here.

The Lincoln/Woodstock KOA also offers a complete roster of amenities:

  • Pool
  • Bounce Pad
  • Volleyball court
  • Sports Field
  • Playground
  • Disc Golf
  • Fishing Pond
  • Game Room
  • Well-stocked campstore

Plus, we love the daily campground activities that are offered all summer:

  • Face Painting
  • Bingo
  • Wagon rides
  • laser tag
  • tie dye

The White Mountains has more area attractions than we could ever talk about in a short podcast, but here are a few of our favorites:

We also wrote about the White Mountains of New Hampshire on the Go RVing Blog and in our most recent book, Idiot’s Guide to RV Vacations.

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27 Oct

Campground Review #52 Timberlane Campground outside of Philadelphia in Clarksboro, New Jersey

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On this episode of Campground of the Week, we have a review of Timberlane Campground which is the closest campground to Philadelphia.  Located in Clarksboro, New Jersey, this is what we like to call a base camp: a great place to park your rig or pitch your tent when exploring an urban destination.

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Timberlane is a private, family-owned campground and offers a surprising amount of natural beauty considering its proximity to the City of Brotherly Love. The amenities are not fancy, and some things could use updating, but they are sufficient for relaxing after a long day of enjoying the food and historical sites that Philadelphia has in spades.

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06 Oct

Campground Review #49 Rafter J Bar Ranch in the Black Hills of South Dakota near Mount Rushmore

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On this podcast episode of Campground of the Week, we are so excited to share Kerri Cox’s review of Rafter J Bar Ranch in the Black Hills of South Dakota, just minutes away from Mount Rushmore.

Kerri explains why Rafter J Bar Ranch might just be her favorite campground ever. Yes, that’s right…EVER. The tall pine trees, scenic views, and lovely amenities won her family over during their stay in the Black Hills.

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This campground has an unusual feature though–there are 6 distinct campsite areas, and it is important to know the differences so you chose the best one for your family. Kerri describes all the areas in detail, so listen before you book:

  • Main Camp
  • Base Camp
  • Line Camp
  • Ranch Camp
  • The Island
  • Lower Ranch Camp

Kerri also discusses some of the highlights of the grounds, including the hiking and biking trail that runs adjacent to the campground. Add in a lovely pool, solid bathhouses, and full hook ups and we understand why Kerri is gaga for the Rafter J Bar Ranch.

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Even though you could while away your days at Rafter J Bar Ranch, this campground is located in the heart of a bucket-list RV destination, the Black Hills of South Dakota. Guests are within minutes of:

If you are planning a trip to Mount Rushmore (now or in the distant future) you have to listen to this review of the Rafter J Bar Ranch in South Dakota. It may just become your favorite campground ever as well.

Also head over to travelswithbirdy.com and check out Kerri’s blog posts on the campground and surrounding region!

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29 Sep

Campground SmackDown: Lake in Wood Campground vs. Jellystone Quarryville in Pennsylvania Dutch Country

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On this episode of Campground of the Week, we are introducing a new format: the Campground SmackDown.

We have recorded almost 50 campground reviews from all over the country in the past year, and we noticed a bit of a pattern. When we released a review of a campground located in a popular destination, we received emails and comments about other great campgrounds in that area as well.

So a new idea was born…let’s put two reviews side by side so our listeners can choose which one sounds right for them. We won’t do this for every episode, but we are definitely planning on SmackDowns being in the regular rotation. Stay tuned for more in the future!

For the first Campground SmackDown, we decided to do two campgrounds that we love in the Pennsylvania Dutch Country region. Lake in Wood Campground and Jellystone Park Quarryville are both fantastic resort style campgrounds in the heart of Lancaster, Pennsylvania. However, the atmosphere, activities, and pricing are very different.

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We have both reviews back to back in this episode, so you can listen and decide which place YOU would enjoy more. At the end, we make a choice on our favorite, and we invite you to chime in as well. Which sounds like a better pick for your family campground style? We would love to know!

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01 Sep

Campground #43 Jellystone Park Quarryville in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania

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On this week’s episode of Campground of the Week, we are reviewing one of the best campground resorts in the country: Jellystone Park Quarryville in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania.

This is not your typical camping…this is a family resort where you bring your RV. And that should definitely be your mindset when visiting. The price tag reflects the level of amenities and service, and on this episode we discuss how to measure the value of a resort campground.

 

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From the water park to the pools to the hot tubs, expect to spend a lot of time in your swim trunks while visiting Jellystone Park Quarryville. In addition to the water features, special cabana rentals and snack bar service set this campground experience apart from anything you have ever seen before.

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11 Aug

Campground #40 Jellystone Park of Estes near Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado

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On episode #40 of Campground of the Week, Brett Neilson reviews his base camp for exploring Rocky Mountain National Park–Jellystone Park of Estes. Rocky Mountain National Park is the 3rd most visited national park in the country, but surprisingly enough, people have some difficulty finding a great campground with reasonable access to the park.

Jellystone Park of Estes stands out for its combination of location and amenities. Listen to hear Brett’s review of his family’s first Jellystone Camp Resorts experience. We’ll give you a hint…we think another visit with Yogi might be in their future!

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28 Jul

Campground #38 Lazy River Jellystone in Gardiner, New York

On this episode of Campground of the Week, we are reviewing the Lazy River Jellystone in Gardiner, New York. This resort campground is located just 10 minutes from the funky town of New Paltz, nestled between the Catskills and the Lower Hudson Valley Region.

The Lazy River Jellystone is unique in that it offers you all the activities and amenities of the best Jellystone Camp Resorts, and it is also situated in a region full of amazing outdoor opportunities. In fact you might struggle each day to decide whether to stay put and enjoy the wonderful facilities, or head out and explore the beautiful countryside.

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30 Jun

Campground #34 Atlantic Oaks in Eastham, Massachusetts on Cape Cod

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On this week’s episode of Campground of the Week, Jeremy and Stephanie Puglisi review Atlantic Oaks Campground located in beautiful Eastham, Massachusetts on Cape Cod. This destination and campground also appear in their recently released book, Idiot’s Guide: RV Vacations.

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