20 Sep

Campground Review #99: Sandy Pines Campground in Kennebunkport, Maine

We wrapped up our summer camping adventures in the best possible way this year…with a visit to Sandy Pines Campground along the southern Maine coast. Our stay checked off all the important boxes: warm days, cool nights, and lobster every evening.

Campground Details

Sandy Pines Campground is brand new, having opened in the Spring of 2017. It’s a large campground with over 300 sites, but somehow manages to have a small campground feel. The campground has many different ‘sections’ according to the map, but we felt like there were two distinct areas: the front part with the camp store, pool, playground, glamping tents and RV sites, and then the back area which is more tent friendly. The front feels like a charming private campground…the back feels like a remote state park. Rumors are that the back part will be developed in another stage of upgrades. Listen to the episode to here more on that scoop.

Sandy Pines Campground has gorgeous grounds. We were blown away by how well they landscaped and developed the sites so that it feels groomed but also beachy and woodsy…just like the perfect Maine campground should. The Lodge and General Store up front sets the tone: blueberry bushes are worked into the landscaping and our boys were encouraged to pick the berries. Believe us, they did!

Campground Amenities

  • Heated saltwater pool
  • Lawn game area with corn hole, frisbee golf, ladder golf, giant connect four
  • Kid’s camp craft tent with board games, crafts, etc.
  • Playground
  • Kayak , paddleboard, and bike rentals 
  • Great onsite breakfast/lunch/dinner options 
  • Onsite Lobster Dinner for 2, 4, or 6 

Listen to the episode to hear more details on campground wifi, activities, and insider details.

Area Attractions

One of the best parts about staying at this campground is that Goose Rocks Beach is less than a mile away, and you can easily ride your bikes there. If driving, get there early and buy a parking permit at the general store right by the beach. 

Other things to do in the area…

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Stephanie + Jeremy

20 Jul

Campground Review #90 Cranberry Lake Campground in the Adirondacks Region of New York State

On this episode of Campground of the Week, our correspondents Rachel and Justyn review Cranberry Lake Campground in the Adirondacks Region of New York State. Rachel and Justyn work a lot of hours in high-stress New York City media jobs, so escaping up to the Adirondacks was a welcome getaway for a long weekend.

Campground Details

Rachel and Justyn camped in a tent at Cranberry Lake Campground, but there were plenty of RVs on site as well. Justyn is a fan of backwoods camping, so he really appreciated the how much privacy each campsite offered guests. Other campground amenities include…

  • Miles of Hiking Trails
  • Lake beach and swimming
  • Basketball court
  • Showers
  • Volleyball
  • Boat Launch and Rentals

Regional Attractions

Cranberry Lake State Park is one of the largest remote areas in New York State. That means that most of your time here will be spent within the state park enjoying hiking and water activities. The park also offers plenty of interpretative programs. Rachel and Justyn enjoyed the regional food, raving about the fresh flavors and variety of options in one town after another. They recommend…

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29 Jun

Campground Review #88 Moorings Oceanfront RV Resort in Belfast, Maine

On this episode of Campground of the Week, we review Moorings Oceanfront RV Resort in Belfast, Maine. This campground is one of our very favorite places along the little slice of heaven known as Midcoast Maine.

Campground Details

Moorings Oceanfront RV Resort is a waterfront gem, with ocean views from most of the sites. There are under 50 sites altogether, so you will have to book early to get the premium locations. Listen to the episode to hear our recommendations for best water views.

The best amenity offered by Moorings is the location, but you will also find…

  • Playground
  • Private Beach
  • Kayak Launch
  • Horseshoes
  • Complimentary Wifi
  • Fee coffee in the campstore
  • Laundry Facilities

Regional Attractions

Belfast, Maine is a beautiful, charming, and hip downtown full of great shopping and good eats. It’s also close to many of the other famous Midcoast destinations like Camden, Lincolnville, and Boothbay Harbor. You can read more about our favorite things to do in this region on the GoRVing blog  or on our RVFTA website.

Some of our area highlights include…

Moorings is also located just an hour away from Acadia National Park, so it’s a reasonable day trip to make while staying at this campground.

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Stephanie + Jeremy

26 Apr

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

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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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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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