01 Nov

Campground Review #105 Pirateland Family Camping Resort in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

On this week’s episode of the Campground of the Week podcast, our correspondent Tatiana Coffinger reviews a controversial campground: Pirateland Family Camping Resort in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.

Tatiana’s family can usually be found at a New York State Park campground with minimal hookups and zero cell signal. However, they all simply adore Pirateland in Myrtle Beach and return as often as they can squeeze it into their very busy schedules.

There are soooo many campgrounds in Myrtle Beach and it can be tricky to choose just one out of the bunch. There are multiple state park campgrounds, as well as campgrounds right on the Grand Strand. Listen to hear Tatiana explain why the Pirateland resort is the only one that her family will ever reserve when traveling to this favorite spring break getaway destination.

Campground Location

Pirateland is located at the southern end of the Grand Strand area of Myrtle Beach and within walking distance of Myrtle Beach State Park. You are nicely situated to easily access Murrells Inlet and Huntington Beach State Park as well. Of course, the most important feature to most campers is the direct beach access offered by the resort.

Campground Details

Pirateland is a private family-owned campground that has been open for over 50 years. It is an extremely large campground with approximately 2,100 campsites, plus additional accommodations such as cabins and park model rentals. In her review, Tatiana emphasizes that the layout of the campground really keeps the place from feeling overwhelmingly big. There are different sections and plenty of landscaping, rather than the rows and rows of campsites found at many resort campgrounds on the beach. Tatiana gives a ton of really specific advice for booking the site that will suit you best, so make sure you listen to hear those tips.

One of the reasons that Tatiana’s family loves Pirateland so very much (besides the private beach!) is because of all the resort amenities. Some of the highlights include

  • Outdoor pool
  • Indoor pool
  • Splash Ground
  • Jacuzzi
  • Lazy River
  • kayak and paddle boat rentals
  • miniature golf
  • playgrounds

…and too many other amenities to list!

There are also plenty of organized activities your older kids as well as the little ones.

Area Attractions

Tatiana and her family are big fans of golf, so they know how to steer our listeners to some great golfing options in the Myrtle Beach area. There are over 100 golf courses in Myrtle Beach, and Pirateland will help you make your tee time reservations during your stay! Other area recommendations include…

Other Myrtle Beach Content from RVFTA

We totally agree with Tatiana that Myrtle Beach is one of the greatest RV destinations out there. In fact, we’ve visited a few times and offered some of our own favorite destinations on other podcasts. If you are planning a stay, check these out…

You can also search through the Myrtle Beach tag on our website for even more Myrtle Beach travel tips and recommendations!

Thanks to Tatiana Coffinger for reviewing this great resort camping option in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.

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See you at the campground!

Stephanie + Jeremy

13 Sep

Campground Review #98: The Resort at Massey’s Landing near Rehoboth Beach, Delaware

Beach camping resorts are having a moment in the Mid Atlantic region, and this week we are reviewing another great option: The Resort at Massey’s Landing in Long Neck, Delaware about 15 minutes from Rehoboth Beach.

This brand new campground, built from scratch, is privately owned by the a company called Blue Water Development that also recently purchased Sunset Beach Resort and Chincoteague KOA in Virginia. It’s located on a peninsula bordered by the Rehoboth and Indian Point bays.

The Resort at Massey’s Landing comes by its name honestly, offering enough onsite amenities and activities to truly earn the resort moniker. The most important thing to realize before booking a stay here is that this is a bustling, busy campground so if you are looking for a quiet, peaceful, and private camping experience, this probably won’t fit the bill.

It did fit the bill for us, though, and we had a fantastic stay enjoying the pool, bay beach, and onsite restaurant and tiki bar.

Campsite Details

Almost all of the sites here are back ins, and will run you from $60-$105 depending on season, length of stay, and location within the resort. In our perspective, it’s waterfront or bust when booking here. Make sure to listen to the episode to hear our specific campsite recommendations.

Amenities and Activities

You could easily spend your entire vacation without leaving the campground property, especially with all the delicious breakfast, lunch, and dinner options. Additional campground amenities include…

  • Heated pool
  • Adult pool with swim up bar
  • Private Beach on the Rehoboth Bay
  • Dog beach
  • Boat cruises that leave right from the campground dock
  • canoe, paddleboard, kayak, golf cart, and bike rentals
  • Happy Jack’s and The Jackspot restaurants
  • RV Storage and Valet option
  • Dog walking services
  • Well-stocked camp store and packaged goods store

The Resort at Massey’s Landing also has themed activity schedules from April through October as well as fitness classes and other scheduled recreation.

Regional Highlights

The Resort at Massey’s Landing offers a complete concierge service, connecting campers with the best experiences in the area. We enjoyed our Farm Tour run by Delmara Discovery Tours. Other area highlights include…

  • Dogfish Head Brewery
  • Historic downtown Lewes
  • Cape Henlopen State Park
  • Rehoboth Beach and boardwalk
  • Bethany Beach

If you are thinking of visiting The Resort at Massey’s Landing, book now. This campground is truly the hot, new spot in the Mid Atlantic Region and you will have to book far in advance to get the best spot.

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See you at the campground!

Stephanie + Jeremy

06 Sep

Campground Review #97 Sunset Beach Resort in Cape Charles, Virginia

Located on the eastern shore of Virginia, Sunset Beach Resort is a fantastic addition to camping in the Chesapeake Bay region. On this episode of Campground of the Week, we discuss our five-day visit to this new campground where we spend tons of time relaxing on the beach and exploring the surrounding area.

Sunset Beach Resort is owned by Bluewater Development, a private company that also manages Massey’s Landing in Delaware and the Chincoteague KOA in Virginia. From what we have seen so far, they are doing a great job bringing the hotel resort point of view to their campground properties.

Campground Details

Sunset Beach Resort is a very large campground with several hundred sites mostly for transient visitors. However there were a few rows of seasonal sites as well. Most of the sites are back in, but tune in to here our suggestions for the best four sites at the campground (rare pull thrus and easy to miss on the map!!!). Prices are reasonable for beachfront camping, ranging from $43 to $85 dollars depending on the season and day of the week.

This campground is a true resort property with onsite beach, pool, and full-service restaurant and bar area. Other amenities include:

  • campground store and gift shop
  • breakfast and lunch cafe
  • playground
  • new, clean bathhouses and laundry facilities
  • golf cart rentals
  • daily activities and themed weekends

Regional Dining and Attractions

We truly enjoyed our time exploring the surrounding Cape Charles region as well. Listen to hear more about our top travel highlights including…

You can also check out our Facebook Live video from our stay here…

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See you at the campground,

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

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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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