26 Apr

Campground Review #78 Gettysburg/Battlefield KOA Holiday near Gettysburg, Pennsylvania

Campground Review: Gettysburg/Battlefield KOA Holiday

On this episode of Campground of the Week, we are reviewing the Gettysburg/Battlefield KOA Holiday which is located just outside of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania and is a short 10-minute drive to the Gettysburg National Military Park.

We planned on using the Gettysburg/Battlefield KOA as a basecamp to explore the area nearby, including the national park site and historic downtown. We never imagined that the campground itself would charm the socks off of these very seasoned campers. We have stayed at hundreds of campgrounds around the country, and this one checks off all the boxes, offering warm hospitality, beautifully maintained grounds, spacious and level sites, and plenty of family-friendly activities for all ages.

The Gettysburg/Battlefield KOA has tons of amenities including:

  • heated pool
  • bouncy pillow
  • playground
  • dog park
  • recreational games such as corn hole, carpet ball, shuffleboard, and horseshoes
  • weekend pancake breakfast
  • on-site nature trail

They also offer plenty of activities:

  • bike rentals
  • shuttle tours for the battlefield
  • Thursday night ghost stories
  • rotating weekend activities (we participated in the flashlight egg hunt while there)

Listen to the episode to hear our insider tips for site selection and booking, plus our nobody’s perfect feedback.

We also chat about the local attractions, including the star of the show: Gettysburg National Military Park. A visit to this NPS site requires some advance planning and scheduling so listen for our recommendations on:

We also had a great meal at Food 101, coffee and treats at the Ragged Edge Coffee House, and enjoyed exploring the historic downtown.

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Stephanie + Jeremy

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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04 Jan

Campground Review #62 Branches of Niagara Campground and Resort in Grand Island, New York near Niagara Falls

On this podcast episode of Campground of the Week, we are reviewing Branches of Niagara Campground and Resort in Grand Island, New York near Niagara Falls State Park.

The Campground

This campground is a short 15-minute drive from the American falls and the city of Buffalo, and our family had a wonderful time there enjoying the close proximity to regional highlights paired with great resort amenities and activities.

Branches of Niagara is a newer campground that has only been open for about six years. Right now there are about 80 RV and tent sites, ranging from back in to pull thrus and offering 30 amp and 50 amp sites, some with just water and electric, some with full sewer. The range of prices reflects the range of the campsites and you should expect to pay anywhere from $40-$100 depending on your site and the time of your visit. The campground does offer a Good Sam and military discount.

Branches of Niagara has an 8-acre lake with a swimming area and beach, fishing, boat rentals, and two zip lines, one for the little kids and one for the big folks. There is also a swimming pool, playground, bocce ball court, horseshoe pit, mini golf course, basketball court, and volleyball net.

We particularly love the attention to family friendly activities. The staff offer a wonderful daily schedule of events including craft time, face painting, nature shows, field games, and more. While we were there, there was bird house building, bracelet making, and a visiting reptile exhibit.

Listen to hear our insider details and recommendations for improving the RVing experience at this campground.

Area Activities and Attractions

Also listen to hear our recommendations for regional activities and attractions including tips for visiting:

Niagara Falls is a huge tourist attraction, but we truly believe it is worth battling the crowds to see this awesome site. Branches of Niagara Campground and Resort is the perfect family-friendly place to stay, offering a great outdoors complement to tourist attractions.

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See you at the campground!

Stephanie + Jeremy

01 Dec

Campground Review #57 Cherry Hill Park in College Park, Maryland near Washington DC

On this episode of Campground of the Week, Stephanie and Jeremy Puglisi of RV Family Travel Atlas review Cherry Hill Park in College Park, Maryland just outside of Washington DC.

The Campground

This campground is their preferred choice for exploring the amazing city of Washington DC, and they highly recommend it as an “Urban Basecamp”, a campground that gives you easy access to a great American city.

Cherry Hill park is located within a highly urban area, so campers need to be prepared for some road noise. The tradeoff is that you are under 30 minutes from the major attractions in Washington DC. You also have access to DCs public transportation system–there is a bus stop within the campground that will take you to the Metro, and Metro cards are available for sale in the camp store. That’s about as easy as it gets!

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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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21 Jul

Campground #37 Bar Harbor/Oceanside KOA in Bar Harbor, Maine

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On this week’s episode of Campground of the Week, we are reviewing the Bar Harbor/Oceanside KOA in Bar Harbor, Maine. If you are planning on visiting Acadia National Park, make sure you check out our other resources for this area including:

The Bar Harbor/ Oceanside KOA is all about the location, and we talk about why we love the unique positioning of this campground on Mount Desert Island. It places you within 15 minutes of the Hulls Cove Visitor Center, but also allows you to easily access the quieter areas of the park.

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07 Jul

Campground #35 Normandy Farms in Foxborough, Massachusetts

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On this week’s episode of Campground of the Week, Jeremy and Stephanie Puglisi review Normandy Farms in Foxborough, Massachusetts. This campground has a reputation for world class amenities and an unrivaled daily activity schedule.

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14 Apr

Campground #23 Brattleboro North KOA in East Dummerston, Vermont

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On this week’s episode of Campground of the Week, RVFTA’s Jeremy and Stephanie Puglisi give a complete review of the Brattleboro North KOA in East Dummerston, Vermont. The Brattleboro North KOA is branded as a Journey, but we think you should stay here for more than just one night. The charming, family-run campground is the perfect basecamp for exploring the Brattleboro area, and its amazing array of outdoor activities and artisan foods.

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This is a small campground and the sites vary greatly, so make sure you listen to the episode and consult this campground map before you book!

Brattleboro North KOA site map

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28 Jan

Campground #12: Turkey Swamp Park, New Jersey

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On this week’s episode our Northeastern correspondents, Stephanie and Jeremy Puglisi, review their favorite place to camp close to home…Turkey Swamp Park Campground in Freehold, New Jersey.

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This county park campground is located in the hub of central New Jersey, but it feels miles away from anything with its large, wooded sites and remote atmosphere.

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Although tucked away, it is within driving distance of some of the best Jersey Shore beach towns and attractions. Listen to hear as these resident Jersey Shore locals describe everything you need to know about this campground and the surrounding region.

They will describe the best area beaches:

Popular area attractions and shopping:

Food Recommendations:

What are your favorite places to visit when vacationing on the Jersey Shore? Add your personal recommendations in the comments below.

See you at the campground!

17 Dec

Campground #6: Recompence Shore Campground, Maine

On Campground of the Week #6, our roaming correspondents Alexandra and Jeremy are reviewing Recompence Shore Campground in Freeport, Maine. This campground is located on Wolf’s Neck Farm, and offers beautiful waterfront sites, fresh eggs and milk, and easy access to shopping in downtown Freeport.

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Listen to hear Alexandra and Jeremy describe the various camping areas, the pizza garden, the children’s day camp, and online booking features.

In addition to biking, walking, and swimming at the campground, they also recommend area attractions including:

Hungry? Alexandra and Jeremy recommend:

Have you been to this campground? Have some more recommendations for this region of coastal Maine? Leave a comment below!