12 Oct

Campground Review #102 Jellystone at Kozy Rest in Harrisville, Pennsylvania

On this episode of Campground of the Week, we are reviewing the Jellstone at Kozy Rest in Harrisville, Pennsylvania.

The Jellystone at Kozy Rest is located in western Pennsylvania just a short 35 miles from the Ohio border. It’s about an hour north of Pittsburgh, and offers easy access for a day trip from the campground.

There is a ton of variety within the Jellystone franchise, and this campground is a great example of a quieter weekend getaway destination with a focus on family fun and activities. We think it is particularly well suited for folks who may typically camp in more rustic environments but are looking to experience Jellystone activities, amenities, and character interactions.

Campground Details

This is a nicely wooded country campground with a mix of transient and seasonal sites. Jellystone at Kozy Rest is neat and tidy, but expect a good deal of rules and procedures that keep it that way. Prices range from $40 for tent sites with no hookups to $85 for premium full hook up sites holiday or Halloween weekends. There are a ton of special deals offered throughout the year, so check out the website to see if you can find one that fits your camping schedule.

Activities and Amenities

Jellystone at Kozy Rest offers an activity wristband that can be purchased for $15 per child for the duration of your stay (up to 7 days). The wristband includes unlimited access to the jump pad, jump pillow, mini golf course, and bike rentals. Other amenities include…

  • playground
  • pool
  • horse shoes
  • shuffle board
  • gem mining
  • camp store
  • dog park
  • game room

Jellystone at Kozy Rest also offers a full schedule of organized activities with weekly themes like Christmas in July, Dinosaur Discovery, Night at the Races, and From Oldies to 80s. During our visit we enjoyed crafts, potato sack races, bean bag tosses, and lots of visits with Yogi.

Area Attractions

The Jellystone at Kozy Rest has a fantastic website page that details all the great hiking, biking, and kayaking in the area. They highly recommend visiting…

  • McConnells Mill State Park
  • Lake Arthure
  • Clear Creek State Forest
  • Pittsburgh

We also highly recommend a stop at Beans on Broad, a great coffee shop in nearby Grove City. We stocked up on some beans for the rest of our trip while we were here!

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Stephanie + Jeremy

04 Oct

Campground Review #101 Albuquerque Central KOA in Albuquerque, New Mexico

Albuquerque, New Mexico is a must-visit destination in the southwest with its unique blend of urban and outdoor adventure, plus an amazing local food culture.

On this episode of the Campground of the Week podcast, we review a great urban camping destination in the heart of the city, the Albuquerque Central KOA.

This campground offers the perfect urban camping experience in our opinion, combining a great location with a relaxing environment for unwinding at the end of a busy day.

Campground Details

The Albuquerque Central KOA is a small gated campground just minutes from Route 40. It has plenty of good-sized, pull thru sites well-suited for big rigs. The landscape is unabashedly southwestern, with few trees and crushed red rock as ground cover. The sites farther away from Route 40 will give visitors a better view of the nearby Sandia Mountains.

Amenities

The Albuquerque Central KOA is a simple basecamp, but it does offer some nice amenities for guests including a pool, hot tub, playground, and well-stocked camp store. There is also a small miniature golf course and a group fire pit/picnic area. We experienced excellent customer service during our stay.

Regional Activities

We enjoyed our visit to Albuquerque so much that we had to do an entire RV Family Travel Atlas podcast about it! Check out episode #162 of the RVFTA podcast to hear all our recommendations for exploring and EATING in the area.

The RVFTA Podcast Network also has some other great content about this beautiful area of the country. If you are visiting New Mexico or traveling along Route 66, check out RVFTA episode #140: Kate Gets Her Kicks on Route 66 and Campground of the Week episode #81: Enchanted Trails RV Park and Trading Post, another great option for camping near Albuquerque.

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Stephanie + Jeremy

27 Sep

Top 10 Campground Reviews from the Campground of the Week Podcast

For the 100th episode of the Campground of the Week Podcast, we decided to look back and share the 10 most popular campground reviews from the show. When we looked back at the download numbers, the top reviews were a great mix of resort, national parks, and state parks from locations all around the country.

You can listen to us chat about the top 10 most popular campgrounds on episode #100 of Campground of the Week.

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Stephanie + Jeremy

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

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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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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Stephanie + Jeremy

30 Aug

Campground Review #96 Whispering Hills Jellystone Park in Big Prairie, Ohio

Whispering Hills Jellystone Park is a beautiful campground retreat located just about an hour and a half southwest of Cleveland,  in Big Prairie, Ohio. This campground manages to offer all the greatest aspects of a Jellystone Park (family-friendly activities and amenities galore) while still feeling peaceful and relaxing. The entire family truly enjoyed our time here this summer.

Whispering Hills has been in business for quite some time, but only recently rebranded to a Jellystone Park. They have fully embraced the model, offering on-site food, pool, jumping pillows, and a full calendar of scheduled activities. We highly suggest reserving in advance if you are visiting on the weekend. Weekdays seemed to be much quieter, even during the summer peak season.

Campsite Details

Pull thrus and back in sites are available, but you will want to look at a campground map to see what area of the campground would suit your family best. Listen to this episode to hear our thoughts on the different campsite locations. We also talk about seasonal sites and cabin accommodations at the Whispering Hills Jellystone. Expect sites to run from $42-$82 depending on a number of different variables.

Campground Activities and Amenities

This is the type of Jellystone that appeals to all guests no matter what their age. The very youngest children, teens, and adults will find plenty to appreciate at Whispering Hills. We particularly liked the emphasis on recreation with two Gaga ball pits, mini golf, and a beautiful frisbee golf course. Other amenities include…

  • pool
  • jump pillow and jump pad
  • food service
  • arcade
  • corn maze
  • basketball
  • volleyball
  • outdoor theater
  • fishing
  • dog park
  • nature cabin

A full schedule of activities is available seven days a week during the summer season and includes pool games, bingo, crafts, and karaoke.

Although we were reluctant to even leave the campground during our stay, guests might want to wander into downtown Wooster while visiting Whispering Hills. We got a cup of coffee at Templeton Scottish Bakery and Coffee House, shopped at Books in Stock, and got a glowing recommendation for Broken Rocks Cafe and Bakery.

Listen to Campground of the Week episode #96 to hear more of our recommendations for visiting Whispering Hills Jellystone and the surrounding area. And check out our Facebook Live tour of the campground during our stay…

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Stephanie + Jeremy

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

17 Aug

Campground Review #94 Crescent City/Redwoods KOA in California

The fourth stop on our epic Pacific Northwest adventure was the Crescent City/Redwoods KOA where we stayed while exploring the Redwood National and State Parks.

On this Campground of the Week episode you will hear our complete review of the KOA. If you want to hear all our recommendations for regional highlights including hiking, beaches, and good eats, listen to RVFTA podcast episode #155: Greetings from the Redwoods National and State Parks…

Campground Details

Crescent City/Redwoods KOA is branded as a Holiday KOA, which means it is an ideal basecamp for exploring the local attractions. The campground is only about five minutes from Crescent City and a short 10-15 minute drive to Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park, where the famous Stout Grove is located.

The campground property is large with ten acres of Redwoods right onsite. The number of sites is limited though, so we recommend booking in advance of your arrival. During our stay we saw quite a few campers without reservations arrive only to find a fully-booked campground.

The campsites are a mix of pull thrus and back ins. If you are tenting or have a smaller rig (and don’t require full hook ups), we strongly suggest requesting a spot in the Redwoods grove which was remarkably beautiful. Listen to the episode to hear more details about recommended sites and areas of the campground.

Campground Activities and Amenities

The campground was comfortable for a five day stay, offering basic amenities without a ton of bells and whistles. While there we enjoyed…

  • Game room with ping pong table and foosball
  • Campstore/gift shop
  • Pancake breakfast
  • Clean laundry room
  • Bike rentals
  • Small playground

Additional Information

The cell service was strong during our stay, but the wifi connection was limited, depending on the time of day. One of our favorite features of this campground is the ample information provided about the region by the owner, Kevin. He helped us craft our itinerary every day and offers detailed self-guided tours with maps in the camp office.

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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