24 Aug

Campground Review #95 Shelter Cove Resort and Marina in Crescent, Oregon

Shelter Cove Resort and Marina is a beautiful lake retreat on Lake Odell in Crescent, Oregon. Located about 70 miles from Bend, Oregon and about 70 miles from Crater Lake National Park, Shelter Cove is remote but offers opportunities for great day trips.

Shelter Cove is also located right off the Pacific Crest Trail, and the campground is actually a resupply stop for through hikers. We thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity to meet and chat with some of the folks that were stopping over on their Pacific Crest adventure.

Campground Details

Shelter Cove Resort and Marina is a smaller campground with only about 60 RV sites, 8 cabins, a lodge, and a handful of tenting sites. We stayed in the Giant Sequoia Cabin which slept 10 people and would be the perfect lodging for two families looking to vacation together.

Most of the RV sites are back ins with 30/50 amp electric hook ups. There are no sewer hook ups, but there is a dump station available for guests. Some sites are located up near the marina, while others are tucked away in the forest. Check out a campground map before booking to make sure you find a site that suits your particular needs.

Campground Activities and Amenities

The main attraction at Shelter Cove is the beautiful marina, which offers private mooring and a large selection of rental opportunities including SUPs, kayaks, small motorboats, and pontoon boats. There is also a large fish cleaning station at the docks.

The camp store is well-stocked with groceries, toiletries, and fishing supplies. Other activities and amenities include…

  • laundry facilities
  • cable
  • group bonfire events with free s’mores and lemonade

A highlight of our stay was the Hook and Talon restaurant which served breakfast, lunch, and dinner. The food was delicious, particularly breakfast. Breakfast burritos and biscuits and gravy quickly became family favorites.

Regional Attractions

Less than 90 minutes away is the magical Crater Lake National Park, and we highly recommend making the drive to this NPS site even if you only have a few hours to spend there. We particularly enjoyed our brief stop at the Steel Visitor Center for the educational movie. Then we headed up to the Rim Village and did a 2 mile rim hike that let us take in all the amazing iconic views of Crater Lake.

On this visit we did not have the opportunity to visit Bend, but it is an easy drive from Shelter Cove and all the locals raved about what a great destination it is. There is always a next time, right.

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Stephanie + Jeremy

09 Aug

Campground Review #93 Oceanside Beachfront RV Resort in Charleston, Oregon near Coos Bay

Oceanside Beachfront RV Resort is the type of campground that you leave with a heavy heart, knowing that you won’t find any other place quite like it on your journey. Camping on the beach is certainly a pleasure like none other…but camping on the beach along the southern Oregon Coast? Well, that’s just a dream come true.

On this episode of Campground of the Week, we are sharing all the details from our stay at the Oceanside Beachfront RV Resort in Charleston, Oregon just south of Coos Bay. This is a paired travel episode, so make sure you listen to RVFTA episode #154 to hear about all the hikes, lighthouses, day trips, and restaurants we recommend in the area.

Campground Details

Oceanside Beachfront RV Resort is about 20 minutes south of Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area and about 30 minutes north of Bandon. Portland is four hours away, so this is a great destination for a long weekend escape from the city.

The campground is owned by Highway West Vacations, which has properties in California, Oregon, Washington, and Utah. This was our second stay at a Highway West Vacations property and we were just as impressed with the level of customer service and attention to guest experience.

It’s a smaller campground with only about 60 RV sites. Additional accommodations include safari tents (which we stayed in!), cabins, and vintage RV rentals. Listen to hear all the details on our magical stay in the safari tent!

There are a mix of back ins and pull thrus, but you will probably want to choose your site on based on location. Check out the campground map to decide if you would prefer to be right near a beach entrance or in a more private site that backs up against the coastal cliffs.

The prices for RV sites range from $54-$68 depending on the season and the day of the week. Oceanside Beachfront RV Resort is open year round, and if you are visiting during the summer you will probably want to make a reservation. The campground was sold out during our stay in July.

Activities and Amenities

The campground has all the basics:

  • clean restrooms and showers
  • laundry facilities
  • cable
  • wifi
  • well-stocked campstore

But it also has some super-duper special offerings, like a crab cleaning and cooking station, complete with pot and propane provided. How do you catch the crabs? Why, just use one of their crab nets available for loan from the campground!

We love on-site dining at a campground, and the Coos Bay Crab Company is one of the best we have ever experienced. The fish and chips are divine, and we could enjoy the clam chowder bread bowl for dinner over and over again.

Make sure to listen to RVFTA episode #154 Greetings from the Oregon Coast to hear other recommendations from the area!

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Stephanie + Jeremy

08 Mar

Campground Review #71 Astoria/ Warrenton/ Seaside KOA in Oregon

On this episode of Campground of the Week, our Pacific Northwest correspondent, Neil Potter, shares a glowing review of the Astoria KOA. Located in the northwestern corner of Oregon, a two-hour drive from Portland, this resort campground is just minutes from Highway 101 and the beautiful coastline.

The Astoria KOA was Neil’s first experience with resort camping, and he talks about what an amazing time his family had enjoying the activities and amenities at the campground. It’s a pretty large place, with over 200 campsites and dozens of cabins, but Neil says that the layout makes it feel comfortable and cozy nevertheless.

Activities and Amenities include:

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15 Sep

Campground Review #46: Ainsworth State Park near Portland, Oregon

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On this week’s Campground of the Week’s podcast episode, Larissa Richardson from ThePopUpPrincess.com, takes us back to the amazing state park system in Oregon, and reviews Ainsworth State Park, just 30 miles east of Portland.

This campground is simple, but makes a perfect base camp for exploring both the downtown area of Portland and the beautiful Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area.images

One of the best features of the campground is that it offers full hook ups at a bargain price of $24. Larissa also raves about the clean (and free!) showers with plenty of hot water to keep her teenagers happy. The campground isn’t large though, so if you want to nab a spot you should probably book early. Listen to the episode to hear even more insider tips from Larissa and also her one (loud) nobody’s perfect complaint.
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12 May

Campground #27 Silver Falls State Park, Oregon

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We are thrilled to welcome Larissa Richardson, aka The Pop Up Princess, onto Campground of the Week to review an amazing state park in the state of Oregon. Larissa stayed at Silver Falls State Park to break up a long haul from California to Seattle. Her family ended up loving it so much, they can’t wait to return.

In the first segment, Larissa gives us a review of the campground itself, discussing the different loops and where you might want to stay on your visit. She will also give you the reservation lowdown, noting that this is a popular spot for the locals so you will definitely want to book in advance.

In the second segment, Larissa tells us all about the rest of the state park, where they found more activities than they ever imagined. Silver Falls State Park actually has its own blog, keeping everyone informed about their regular events and happenings.

Silver Falls State Park is considered one  of the gems of the Oregon state parks system, and the Pop Up Princess tells us why on Episode #27 of Campground of the Week!

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