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

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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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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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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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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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24 Mar

Campground #20 Zion River Resort in Virgin, Utah

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On this episode of Campground of the Week, Brett Neilson tells us about his rare visit to a private campground, Zion River Resort, located near Zion National Park. Brett and his wife, Ashley, escaped for a weekend camping date to this beautiful location, and they can’t wait to return with their daughter in the near future.

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25 Feb

Campground #16: Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park in Luray, Virginia

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On Episode #16 of Campground of the Week, our northeaster correspondents, Stephanie and Jeremy Puglisi, give a complete review of Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park in Luray, Virginia.

This is the very first Jellystone that Jeremy and Stephanie ever visited, and they were blown away by the resort experience. This is the type of campground that has virtually every activity and amenity that you can imagine. Added bonus? It is just five miles away from the stunning Shenandoah National Park.

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In this episode, Jeremy and Stephanie highlight the following campground details:

  • Printed daily schedule with organized activities ranging from team sports to crafts to story time.
  • Many opportunities to visit and spend time with the characters, from the morning flag rising to story time.
  • Multiple bounce pillows and pools/splash pads, creating uncrowded recreation spaces.Image8
  • No additional charge for most of the campground activities, including paddle boats, mini golf, and water slide.Image6
  • Amazing customer service.
  • Complete discussion of site details including the pros and cons of different campsite areas and options.

You will also hear about their favorite area attractions:

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Jeremy and Stephanie adore great road food joints, and they highly recommend:

Shenandoah National Park is one of our country’s great RV destinations, and Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park in Luray, Virginia is a wonderful base camp that offers families resort-like amenities next door to countless opportunities for outdoor adventure. Definitely a win for RVing families.

Have any other recommendations for this area? Leave a comment below! Or head over to our RVFTA forum, where you will find great discussions on RV travel happening everyday.

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24 Dec

Campground #7: Barton Lake Jellystone in Fremont, Indiana

Located near the crossroads of Indiana, Michigan, and Ohio, Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park Camp Resort at Barton Lake is the perfect example of destination camping. Whether you are visiting for a weekend or an entire week, there are enough activities and amenities to keep you entertained right on site. This Jellystone is located about an hour from South Bend and about 3 1/2 hours from Chicago.

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On Campground of the Week Episode #7, Melissa and Matthew Kellas will give us a complete review of the campground, starting with a description of two different camping areas and tips for choosing your own best site. They recommend looking at a Barton Lake Jellystone campground map while making reservations by phone, just to make sure you wind up in a good spot for your family. They also recommend booking as early as possible, since this is a wildly popular regional campground.

With 3 outdoor pools, an indoor pool, a splash park, jump pillows, and a volleyball court, it is virtually impossible to be bored at the Barton Lake Jellystone. Nevertheless, they also offer a full roster of daily activities beginning at 9 am and running into the evening hours. Melissa and Matt will talk about some of their favorite activities, and you can also check here for a sample daily schedule.

Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park Camp Resort at Barton Lake just celebrated it’s 50th camping season, and it is easy to see why this is such a popular place for family campers.

Let us know if you visit this campground, and if you have any additional thoughts or area recommendations, make sure to drop us a comment below!

See you at the campground!

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