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

27 Jul

Campground Review #91 Elwah Dam RV Park outside Olympic National Park in Port Angeles, Washington

Elwah Dam RV Park is a perfect base camp for exploring Olympic National Park, and on this week’s podcast episode of Campground of the Week, we are giving a complete review of the first place we stayed on our epic 25-day Pacific Northwest adventure.

Olympic National Park is HUGE, and it’s really important to pick a campground location that will give you easy access to the parts you are most interested in exploring. Elwah Dam RV Park is located just about 10 minutes from downtown Port Angeles, which is also home to the main Olympic National Park visitor center. For us, it was the perfect basecamp location since it placed us within easy driving distance of Crescent Lake, Hurricane Ridge, and Sol Duc Falls.

There are other popular NPS campgrounds located throughout the park, so make sure to check out RVFTA podcast episode #152: Greetings from Olympic National Park where we chat about the geography and highlights of this amazing NPS destination.

Campground Details

Elwah Dam RV Park is a small, rustic, and charming campground with about 60 RV sites and a handful of tent sites. All the sites are full hook up, with a mix of back in and pull thru. There is an entire section of sites for big rigs. The campground fills up during peak travel season, so book early if possible.

The sites are on the small side and close together, but this is definitely a base camp, so your time will be spent exploring the national park, not hanging out all day at the campground. The prices are also reasonable at $46.50-$49.50 per night.

It also has a house rental on property, which was where we stayed for our 6-day visit. The house was a large 4-bedroom, 2.5 bath residence, well stocked and hosting a washer and dryer. Most of the house has been remodeled, but there are still some finishing touches (molding, window dressings, etc.) that need to be attended to. However, for $175 per night, we felt this was a steal and would recommend it to anyone traveling to Olympic National Park without a camper.

Amenities and Activities

One of the best features of this campground are the charming owners and hosts, Dave and Chris, who live on site and are more than happy to share recommendations for local hikes, activities, and restaurants. There is also volleyball, horseshoes, and basketball. The playground is small and dated.

There is a beautiful, modern clubhouse with seating area, television, and communal kitchen. There is also an outdoor cooking space.

Elwah Dam RV Park hosted no organized activities while we were staying, but again, this isn’t the sort of campground that folks hang out at all day. For most of our stay, we left early in the morning and returning late in the evening.

For more information about our trip to Olympic National Park, check out RV Family Travel Atlas episode #152: Greetings from Olympic National Park. Also make sure to check out our Facebook and Instagram feeds for pictures of our stay at Elwah Dam RV Park and Olympic National Park. We included a ton of information about campgrounds and destinations in our social posts!

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Stephanie + Jeremy

12 Jul

Campground Review #87 Wanderlust RV Park in Eureka Springs, Arkansas

On this episode of Campground of the Week, Kerri Cox of TravelswithBirdy.com reviews Wanderlust RV Park in Eureka Springs, Arkansas.

Eureka Springs became a popular destination in the 1880s when people flocked from all around to experience the supposed healing power of the springs. Today visitors can enjoy many historic buildings from this time period, including Victorian houses and the Crescent Hotel.

Campground Details

Wanderlust RV Park is a wonderful base camp for exploring this area. This is a Good Sam park and enjoys the status of having  excellent ratings: 9.5/9.5/10. When reading reviews of this park, you will repeatedly hear people reference the friendliness of the staff and cleanliness of the park.

The campground has over 85 full hook up sites, half being pull thru and half being back in. Other amenities include:

  • Pool
  • Laundry facilities
  • Social Pavilions
  • WiFi

Wanderlust RV Park is located just three miles from downtown Eureka Springs, Arkansas. It is conveniently located along the “Blue Route” and guests can catch the Trolley for a ride right into town.

Regional Attractions

Regional Dining

Don’t forget to check out Kerri’s recommendations for nearby Bentonville, a must visit when exploring this area!

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Stephanie + Jeremy

05 Jul

Campground Review #89 Amarillo Ranch RV Park in Amarillo, Texas

On this week’s episode of Campground of the Week, Kate Dunbar reviews Amarillo Ranch RV Park in Amarillo, Texas. This campground is located along the historic Route 66, and Kate talked about her epic journey on the Mother Road over on Episode #140 of the RV Family Travel Atlas podcast. You can listen to that episode to hear more of her recommendations for the area.

Campground Details

Amarillo Ranch RV Park embraces all the traditional kitsch of Route 66 and offers a great atmosphere to talk in this region. The campground has 151 full hookup, pull thru and back in sites, and many are big-rig friendly. It also has plenty of other amenities including…

  • Indoor heated pool with jacuzzi
  • enclosed dog parks
  • playground
  • daily complimentary coffee and donuts
  • Pavilion and pool patio with grills
  • clubhouse
  • updated, clean restrooms and laundry facilities

Perhaps the most enjoyable amenity of all is the onsite restaurant, The Big Texan Steak Ranch. You have to listen to Kate describe the ridiculously amazing 72 ounce free steak challenge at this famous joint.

Area Attractions

On of the most famous Route 66 attractions of all time, the Cadillac Ranch,  is located right near the Amarillo Ranch RV Park. Other great regional attractions include…

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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

07 Jun

Campground Review #84 Unicoi Springs Camp Resort in Helen, Georgia

Unicoi Springs Camp Resort, located in the northeast mountains of Georgia, is a unique member-owned campground property. Our southern correspondent, Keith Sims, visited for a ‘boys getaway’ with his sons recently and was very impressed.

Campsite Details

So how does this member-owned campground work? Folks pay a one-time $5,000 fee which gives them the right to camp up to 14 days every month of the year. They pay an additional maintenance fee (currently $410) every year. The membership fee does not buy a particular lot on the campground, but rather access to any of the 300 campsites available.

All of the campsites offer full hook ups, a patio or deck, picnic table, cable, and high speed wifi. There are also on-site cabin and RV rentals available for members or their visiting family and friends.

Campground Amenities

Unicoi Springs is a resort style campground and offers amenities that measure up in that category:

  • Two pools
  • basketball court
  • volleyball court
  • tennis court
  • miniture golf
  • pickle ball court
  • clubhouse
  • activity center
  • gated security

Regional Attractions

Unicoi Springs is also located in a beautiful region, which offers many themed festivals throughout the year, including Oktoberfest in the fall. Helen, Georgia is a Bavarian-themed town complete with cobblestone streets and gingerbread trim on the storefronts. Other area attractions include…

  • Alpine Amusement Park
  • Unicoi State Park
  • Scenic Highway 197
  • White water rafting
  • Georgia Museum of Art in Athens
  • Anna Ruby Falls

If you find yourself struggling to get out to the campground as much as you would like, a camping membership option like this can be a fantastic solution. With concierge amenities like RV storage and setup, it’s worth checking out if you are near the northeastern mountains of Georgia.

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See you at the campground,

Stephanie + Jeremy

RV Family Travel Atlas

31 May

Campground Review #83 Jellystone Park Hagerstown in Williamsport, Maryland

We have had a lot of great stays at Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park Camp Resorts, but Hagerstown has shot to the top of the list after our stay there last weekend.

Located in northern Maryland, just a mile from I-81, this area is often referred to as the “Crossroads of the Civil War.” The Hagerstown Jellystone is less than an hour and a half from both Washington DC and Baltimore, making this a fantastic weekend escape option for residents of those urban areas.

The Campsites

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24 May

Campground Review #82: Luray KOA in Virginia, near Shenandoah National Park

Shenandoah National Park is one of our nation’s great natural treasures, and on this Campground of the Week podcast episode, Janine Pettit is recommending that you stay at the Luray KOA during your visit.

Campground Location

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17 May

Campground Review #81: Enchanted Trails RV Park & Trading Post in Albuquerque, New Mexico off Historic Route 66

Enchanted Trails RV Park & Trading Post is a privately-owned campground located just minutes off of Historic Route 66 in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Our correspondent Kate Dunbar from KatesCuriousKitchen.com stayed here on her epic solo adventure traveling the Mother Road. To hear Kate’s complete review of Enchanted Trails, listen to Campground of the Week episode #81, and to hear more about her entire Route 66 journey, check out RVFTA episode #140: Kate Gets Her Kicks on Route 66.

The Campground

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03 May

Campground Review: Anaheim RV Park near Disneyland, California

On this podcast episode of Campground of the Week, we are very excited to have Brett Neilson of OurCampingAdventures.com on the show reviewing the Anaheim RV Park near Disneyland, California.

Anaheim RV Park is under two miles away from Disneyland, so if you want to stay near the theme park in your RV, this is definitely your best bet. Anaheim, California is 30 miles south of Los Angeles and about 250 miles southwest of Las Vegas.

Campground Details

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