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Why Every Traveler Should Visit British Columbia

Wouldn’t it be fun to take your coach to a different country on your next trip? Go to Canada! Our northern neighbor offers so much to do and see, that we would suggest touring the country in a few trips. Trip #1 should absolutely be in British Columbia.

Some of the most scenic views and drives in North America can be found in BC and the Vancouver area. The Daily Telegraph was quoted as saying, “Vancouver is a city unlike any other. Wherever I look, I see water or mountains – or both. And everyone looks so healthy.” The city has also been referred to as “Manhattan with mountains”. The city of Vancouver should most certainly be your first stop on your Canadian adventure…it’s a gorgeous, eclectic town with an artsy culture and phenomenal food (try Blue Water Café + Raw Bar – they offer over 20 types of oysters to choose from and are consistently rated as one of the top restaurants in the city – www.bluewatercafe.net). However, we won’t be spending too much time in a city setting…the majority of this trip will be spent experiencing a ridiculous amount of natural beauty and scenic road trips.

Our journey will take place in the Pacific Rim Region, and our main road for traveling will be…you guessed it, the Pacific Rim Highway, otherwise known as Highway #4. Hwy #4 will provide you a taste of Western Canada’s beautiful landscapes all the way through so make sure the shades are up in your coach and your Instagram app is open. #Nofilter necessary. For those of you that have been, the Pacific Rim Highway is reminiscent of northern California’s PCH in the Big Sur area. Ride up to the Pacific Rim National Park Reserve, one of Canada’s most incredible national parks that is neighbored by gorgeous beaches and coastal rainforests (yes, there are rainforests in Canada).  Once at the park, find a safe spot for your motor home (might we suggest the Green Point Camground) and start exploring. Tourists can rent kayaks and cruise to small islands, go on whale watching tours – there is even a whale watching festival every March (www.pacificrimwhalefestival.com) – go on hikes, fish for salmon, and basically any other outdoor activity you can think of.

Pacific Rim National Park Reserve
Pacific Rim National Park Reserve

After a couple days at the national park, get back in your coach and head about an hour and a half northeast to Port Alberni. This early 1900’s town was built on logging mills and is revered for it’s historic charm and lush landscapes. One of the main attractions here is to ride the Alberni Pacific Railway train…a completely restored Baldwin logging train that takes passengers out to the McLean Mill National Historic Site. The ride is 35 minutes each way through windy tracks and dense forests with incredible, green views. Visitors of this small town frequent Victoria Quay, a small harbor point in the downtown area, and trade in whale watching for bear watching – from a safe distance of course.

Port Alberni
Port Alberni

Once you’ve had your fill of the quaint Port Alberni, we’ll end up in Tofino as our final destination to cap this trip off with more adventure. Tofino is roughly 2 and a half hours north, and has been rated as one of the best surf towns in the entire world by National Geographic. This place is absolutely ridiculous and if you love the outdoors you’ll be in heaven here. For one of the most fun days you can possibly have, take a short boat ride to Hot Springs Cove. Tucked away in Maquinna Provincial Park, Hot Springs Cove is the ultimate mix of natural adventure and relaxation. There are waterfalls with several spots for cliff diving for the adrenalin junkies, as well as relaxing rock pools that are almost natural Jacuzzi’s for those looking for a more peaceful experience. More whale watching, water taxis, and natural history tours can complete your experience in Tofino.

Tofino Hot Springs
         Tofino Hot Springs
View of Tofino
View of Tofino

No words can describe how absolutely gorgeous Western Canada and British Columbia are. If you’re looking for a new place to take the motor coach this summer, pack up the family, don’t forget your camera, and prepare to be amazed by the natural beauty that you’ll be surrounded by.

 

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The Best Waterfront RV Resorts for Memorial Day Weekend

It’s hard to believe, but Memorial Day Weekend is already upon us! After the winter we just had in the northeast, the official kick off to summer couldn’t have gotten here quicker. When you think of Memorial Day Weekend, there’s always a few things that come to mind…the beach, waterfront views, grilling, and probably most importantly just a few days to relax with the family and enjoy yourself. Those of us that opted for a luxury motor home over a beach home (see our blog on why it’s better to have a coach over a shore house), you’re in luck. There are gorgeous beachfront RV parks around the country that have all the makings of putting together an incredible summer holiday weekend.

Check out the Emerald Beach RV Park in Navarre, Florida. This place is directly on the Intracoastal Waterway and has 76 sites that can accommodate nearly any size coach. There are even lots that back up right to the beach, so you’ll never have a shortage of waterfront views and beautiful scenery while staying here. There are tons of activities for the whole family; Emerald Beach has a pool, private white sand beaches, dozens of decks overlooking the water, a gym, a pet walk, kayak rentals, and more. If you happen to be towing a boat with you this year, they even have a place for you to anchor up as well.

Emerald Beach RV Park
The Emerald Beach RV Park is the perfect spot for Memorial Day Weekend

If you’ve never taken a trip to the Great Lakes before, now’s the time to do it. Hearthside Grove is a luxury motor coach resort that sits right on the shore of Lake Michigan’s Little Traverse Bay in Petoskey. The grounds at Hearthside are absolutely gorgeous and are designed specifically for housing Class A motor homes. Petoskey offers everything you would expect from a Great Lakes town…sailing, kayaking, swimming, hiking, and of course, several championship golf courses. Each site at Hearthside has a full irrigation system and propane gas hookups, which is perfect because what’s Memorial Day without a barbeque? Don’t believe us on how great this place is? Don’t take our word for it, check out what previous visitors had to say on RV Park Reviews.

best beachfront rv parks
Hearthside Grove is the ultimate luxury motor coach resort

It shouldn’t be a surprise that two out of three parks we’re touching on in this post are in Florida…beautiful weather and lots of water, sounds good to us! Bluewater Key located roughly 10 miles from Key West, is a luxury coach haven that sits on it’s own small and private peninsula. Bluewater Key guests are able to fish, swim, and snorkel right off of their own private docks or they can take a 15-minute trip to sit on some of the most perfect beaches in the country. Many of the sites at this palm tree lined resort come equipped with their own tiki huts that are complete with table and chairs for the whole family and overlook the Atlantic Ocean. If you have a small boat, wave runners, or kayaks, request a site with a private dock. Oh, and let’s not forget that in Key West, it’s a perfect 82 degrees nearly every day this time of year.

Best beachfront rv parks
Bluewater Key is the perfect place for your coach and your boat

Check out one of these waterfront motor home resorts this coming holiday weekend and you’re guaranteed to have a great time. Life is just better with a luxury coach, isn’t it?

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Motor Home Resorts Every Avid Golfer Must Visit

motorhome and golf course resorts
Motor homes and golf are the perfect combination

If you’re like us, as soon as the weather turns there’s pretty much two things on your mind at all times…motor homes and golf. The combination of the two just makes so much sense. Is there anything better than playing 18 and then enjoying a few cocktails under the awning of your coach on a warm summer night? Has there ever been a more rhetorical question? Is there a reason you’re still reading this and not heading to the driving range to hit a couple buckets? Well, if you haven’t ditched us for the range yet, read on to get some info on a few of the finest motor home/golf course resorts in the country.

Lake Osprey RV Country Club

Set on beautiful Lake Osprey in Elberta, AL, this jewel of the south was designed specifically for high-end motor homes. Lake Osprey RV Country Club is located on the Gulf Coast, so there’s no shortage of beaches, shopping, great restaurants, and of course, golf. In just a few minutes, you can be playing a round at Soldiers Creek Championship Golf Course. Opened in 2001, this 18 hole course is located directly on the Gulf Coast surrounded by large trees, wetlands, and a variety of native wildlife. This course is unique as it features Tifeagle ultra dwarf grass, which allows for some of the best putting surfaces in the country.  If you’re a little rusty, don’t sweat it; Soliders Creek is equipped with a 10,000 square foot practice facility and driving range.

Lake Osprey RV Country Club
Lake Osprey RV Country Club is a gorgeous resort

Motorcoach Country Club

Located in Palm Springs, CA, this luxury motor home haven gives its visitors unparalleled scenery that never gets old. The MCC has all the amenities that country club members are used to…tennis, beautiful pools, boating, and golf. This resort gives members the option to either rent or purchase their own lot with several different packages to choose from. For you avid golfers, it would probably be a wise choice to consider the golf lot that backs up right to the course so your just steps away from getting a round in. The Motorcoach Country Club operates its own 9 hole course on meticulously kept grounds surrounded by a mix of palm trees and mountains, or members can opt to play at some of the finest courses in the world that are located just miles away. Visitors can choose to play at the Landmark Golf Club, one of 6 amazing courses owned by PGA West, Desert Willow, and several others.

Motorcoach country club palm springs
The Motorcoach Country Club in Palm Springs

Cocopah RV & Golf Resort

Referred to as “Yuma’s best kept secret”, this motor home resort and golf course sits along the stunning Colorado River in Yuma, AZ. At Cocopah, you certainly won’t run out of things to do…there’s a huge pool, card rooms, billiards tables, a dog park, tennis courts, archery, and an 18 hole USGA rated golf course. The course at Cocopah is home to the Southwest Arizona Women’s Golf Championships and lots of smaller tournaments taking place throughout the year. This is a great course for varying levels of skill, it’s easy to walk, and there is a huge emphasis on keeping the grounds in immaculate condition. Make sure to watch out for hole 17, though; this long, bush lined, par 4 has limited views of the green and can make or break your round depending on how you play it.

cocopah rv resort
Cocopah RV Resort is Yuma’s best kept secret

So get in the garage, dust of your clubs, grab your loudest pair of golf pants, gas up the coach and get out there and start playing!

 

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Food & Music Festivals You Must See This Summer

Every summer there are tons of awesome music and food festivals taking place around the country. So if you’ve been kicking around a few ideas on where you should take the motor home this season, try something different, get some culture, and have a blast while doing it. Be sure to pick your poison wisely though, because not every event would be what we consider “family friendly” (see Sturgis – a weeklong motorcycle rally in South Dakota…probably not the best place to bring the wife and kids but definitely a place for you and the boys). Here are our top 3 festival picks that you must check out this summer.

1.    Chicago Blues Fest – June 13 – 15

http://www.cityofchicago.org/city/en/depts/dca/supp_info/chicago_blues_festival.html

This event has been taking place every summer in Chicago’s Grant Park since 1984, a year after Blues legend Muddy Waters passed away. With over a half a million attendees, the Chicago Blues Fest is by far the largest musical event to take place in Chi-town. Blues fest has featured acts such as Ray Charles, BB King, Buddy Guy and more…no wonder Chicago is famed as one of the greatest Blues towns in the country. As far as food goes, there are tons of vendors serving up pizza, barbeque, and other Chicago classics. However, beware because lines can get a little out of control. It may be a good idea to pack a few sandwiches to avoid missing great performances because of the long lines. Oh, and did we mention that this festival is completely free? Bonus!

Chicago Blues Festival 2014 is a great trip to take
500,000 Blues enthusiasts flock to the Chicago Blues Fest every summer.

2.    Food & Wine Classic in Aspen- June 20 – 22

http://www.foodandwine.com/classic

Welcome to foodie heaven. This incredible event boasts 3 days of wine and food tastings, seminars, and discussions held by some of the most respected and talented chefs in the business, all while set in the beautiful scenery of downtown Aspen. Nearly 100 celebrity chefs and thousands of food and wine enthusiasts have been flooding the streets of Aspen for the past 30 years to put on this event. With seminars ranging from 5 Ingredient, 5 Minute Dinners hosted by Iron Chef Michael Symon to Tapas Technology by Jose Andres to The World of Eggs by Jacques & Claudine Pepin, you’re sure to be entertained. Do yourself a favor, and make sure to show up at least 15 minutes early to each seminar and tasting as seats are on a first come, first serve basis and fill up rather quickly. If you’ve been drooling in front of your TV over the recipes shown on Food Network, here’s your chance to meet those culinary geniuses head on to taste their food, ask questions, take pictures, and have a few glasses on wine all at the same time.

Food & Wine Classic in Aspen is a great trip to take this summer
The Food & Wine Classic in Aspen is the perfect example of sensory overload.

3.    World Food & Music Festival – September 19 – 21

http://worldfoodandmusicfestival.org/

The World Food & Music Festival has been growing into the spectacle that it is today since 2005. Set in Des Moines, Iowa, this event began as simply The World Food Festival, but as time went on and a greater emphasis on showcasing local talent became more and more important, local musical acts became part of the show. The World Food & Music fest now attracts more than 75,000 spectators, features cooking contests and demonstrations from locals and nationally recognized chefs alike, and multiple stages of live music. At its roots, this event is a great way for the city of Des Moines to promote its culture and beauty. If you haven’t taken a trip to the Midwest before, this would be a good opportunity to do so.

World Food & Music Festival is a great trip to make this summer
The World Food & Music Festival is a great showcase of all Des Moines has to offer

Other Notable Festivals Taking Place This Summer…

Firefly – www.fireflyfestival.com/

Maine Lobster Festival – www.mainelobsterfestival.com

Comic-Con – www.comic-con.com

If you’re in the mood for a different type of trip in your motor home this summer, the question isn’t are there any festivals to go to, rather, which ones do you want to go to?

Do you have questions about purchasing a new or pre-owned motorhome or just about the luxury motor home lifestyle in general? If so, please contact us so we can answer all of your questions and concerns!

 

5 Tips To Keep Your Kids Occupied While Traveling In Your Motor Home

If your kids are like most others, they may have just a slight issue with exuding patience…especially on a long road trip. Even if you’re traveling in a luxury motor home with all (or most of) the amenities of home, it’s totally normal for kids to go a little stir crazy while on the road. When the TV and iPad fail, you’ll need a few tricks in your back pocket to keep the kids occupied. Check out these 5 tips to keep your kids busy on your next motor home road trip.

1.    Teach them card tricks

A deck of cards should be a staple item for every road trip you take. At the very least, you and the kids can play games like Go Fish, War, or Spit – all of which are super easy to learn and fun to play. However, teaching your kids how to pull of a (semi) flawless card trick will be a fantastic way to kill time. Not only will it take a considerable amount of time for them to learn exactly how to pull the trick off, but they’ll get a huge kick out of it. Check out this video to learn a few relatively easy card tricks to help your kids master on your next trip.

2.    Bring some board games

Pack some board games for your next trip for the kids to play (preferably those that don’t make a lot of noise). If they don’t know them already, which is a total possibility, introduce them to some of the classics. As we all know, the average length of a complete game of Monopoly is about 2 years (seriously, isn’t that printed on the inside of the box?). While it’s extremely unlikely that your kids will start and finish a full game of Monopoly in one trip, it may be enough to occupy a couple hours of their time.

A game of Monopoly can chew up a lot of time on your next road trip
A game of Monopoly can chew up a lot of time on your next road trip

3.    Build a model airplane

Remember when you used to do this as a kid? Guess what? Kids haven’t changed as much as you think and they’ll still get a cheap thrill out of constructing their own model plane. Most model sets take quite a bit of time to complete, so whether or not it gets finished in one trip, it’ll still serve its purpose. Take a look at HobbyShipper for a huge selection on model planes, cars, and tons of others to choose from.

4.    Play “I Spy”

What’s better than teaching your kids a game that requires nothing more than scenery? All you have to do is be somewhere and the game is on. For some reason, children absolutely love this game. Maybe it’s just their young, inquisitive minds getting a kick out of guessing what their siblings and friends are thinking. Whatever it is, don’t question it! Once they start getting a knack for it, a game of I Spy might take you from New Jersey to Florida!

5.    The License Plate Game

Much like I Spy, all this activity requires is for you to be on the road. The goal of the game is to find as many license plates from different states as possible. Easy enough right? You’ve got to love a game that makes staring out the window at every car that drives by an exhilarating experience. The best part about the license plate game is that it never ends. As long as you’re in the coach, they’re playing.

Your kids will get a kick out of playing the License Plate Game
Your kids will get a kick out of playing the License Plate Game

The best thing you can do when taking a long road trip with young children is to prepare and plan accordingly. Make sure you have enough activities for them to stay occupied for long periods of time and try and limit the “are we there yet” chants as much as possible.  Luxury coach or not, kids are still kids.

 

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3 Places In Ireland To Go RVing To On St. Patrick’s Day

Happy St. Paddy’s Day! Whether you’re Irish or not, you’ve most likely celebrated St. Patrick’s day at some point in your life by drinking a few pints (and/or pitchers) of Guinness, maybe a few shots of Jameson, eating corned beef & cabbage, and touting your greenest attire around town. And like most of us in the States that celebrate St. Paddy’s Day, you’ve never been to Ireland and just assume that all native Irish wake up on March 18th as hung over and miserable as you. Well, we at Dylans are here to tell you that there’s more to do than get blackout drunk on this great holiday and being the travel experts that we are, we’re taking you to Ireland today through the magic of word to show you what we’re talking about. Our mode of transportation? A Lagan turbo diesel “caravan” as they call it across the pond.

After a 7 hour, non stop flight from Philly international airport to Dublin, you’ll need to head over to Celtic Campervans to rent a Lagan and get moving.

Lagan Campervan
Lagan Campervan

First stop, Armagh in Northern Ireland aka The City of St. Patrick (seems fitting) and then head up to the Tepee Valley Campsite to park the Lagan motor home. This small Irish town is home to one of the country’s largest St. Paddy’s Day parades held at Shambles Yard. Here, you’ll find a market filled with everything from locally grown and prepared foods to jewelry to clothing.  Today, you can expect to see thousands of people out on the streets and of course, lots of live Irish music. Soak that scene up (which is very family friendly, by the way), and then make your way to Saint Patrick’s Cathedral. St. Patrick himself founded this historic church in 445AD. Look at you, culture on St. Patrick’s Day? Who would have thought?

St. Patrick's Cathedral
St. Patrick’s Cathedral

Your second option will be to travel to County Clare, Ireland’s hub of “trad” or traditional Irish music and only minutes away from perhaps the country’s most frequently visited natural attraction, the Cliffs of Moher. Overlooking the Atlantic coast, the cliffs offer some of the most stunning views you could ever fathom and may help explain why St. Patrick decided to return to Ireland after being enslaved there for much of his teenage years. Grab some photos, and then take a ride into Ennis, park the Lagan (so as to be responsible) and grab a drink at Brogans Bar, one of the oldest family run bars in the city.

Cliffs of Moher
Cliffs of Moher

Finally, think about taking a ride to Cork, home of the Blarney Castle.  This attraction was constructed over 600 years ago and is extremely rich with Irish culture. Several gardens, trails, waterways and changing seasonal scenery make this place a must-see when visiting Ireland…especially when you have an RV to stay in so you can be mobile! After you’ve seen everything the Blarney has to offer get to the Franciscan Well Brewery. This craft brewery was built in 1998 on the site of a monastery that dates all the way back to around the year 1200.  See? Even the bars have history! Franciscan Well is known for their lagers and stouts so stay a while and enjoy some of their classic brews.

While you’re in Ireland and seeing how the natives celebrate, you may change the way you partake in St. Patrick’s Day festivities. Enjoy responsibly, and remember, if you’ve had too much, sleep it off in the Lagan before you start it up!

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Mardi Gras! Road Tripping From Philly to NOLA (with a few stops in between)

Mardi Gras

It’s Fat Tuesday, and if you’ve ever been to New Orleans during this time of the year you’re well aware that there’s a whole city that thinks it’s a pretty big deal.  As in, shut down schools, close offices and literally do nothing other than party all day and watch some of the most elaborate and detailed parade floats you’ve ever seen shuffle down Canal street. Since we’re in the Northeast suffering through this seemingly never ending winter, we thought it would be a good idea to outline a short trip you could take in your coach down to NOLA to escape the cold and snow and celebrate like you were born in the French Quarter.

Being as that we’re only a few short miles from Philadelphia, we’ll begin our trip in the city of brotherly love, a mere 1200 mile, 18 hour ride to The Big Easy and hit a few stops along the way.

First Stop: Silver Spring, MD (2 hours)

Most of you are probably reading this and saying to yourself “Why Silver Spring? Ever heard of Washington DC?” Part of the fun of going on a road trip is visiting places you’ve never been to before, and Silver Spring has the historic charm and a rich musical and artistic history that just seems fitting for a trip who’s destination is a town known for food and music. While you’re here, park the coach at Cherry Hill Park and go check out A Brushstroke of Discovery, a beautiful mural based on the uniqueness of life.

 A piece of the “A Brushstroke of Discovery” mural in Silver Spring, MD
A piece of the “A Brushstroke of Discovery” mural

 Second Stop: Knoxville, TN (7 hours)

Now you’re (y’all are…) really in the South and you’ve taken a beautiful drive down I-81 through the George Washington National Forest to get there.  While in Knoxville, it’s a must that you check out the Tennessee Theatre, ranked the #1 attraction in the city by Trip Advisor. This historic theater built with Spanish influence in 1928 features acts ranging from George Thorogood & The Destroyers all the way to the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra. Stay the night at the River Plantation RV Resort because our next stop is…

Birmingham, AL (3 hours, 45 minutes)

If you’re like a lot of us living the motor home lifestyle, you have an interest in all things motorized and that’s exactly why you’ll be checking out the Barber Motorsports Museum & Park. This place is like heaven for motor heads…over 1200 vintage and modern motorcycles and racecars, and it features the world’s largest collection of Lotus’.  Best part? $15 admission for adults, $10 for kids 4-12, and free for toddlers. Make a day out of it, and then head to the Carson Village Mobile Home Community for a one-night rental and rest up good because tomorrow you’re in N’awlins!

New Orleans, LA (5 hours)

You’ve finally made it down New Orleans! A city that has a bigger mix of culture, history and character than perhaps any other town in the country…and it’s Mardi Gras so all of those great qualities the city on the Mississippi River boasts are magnified by about a million. Make sure to pull your coach into the French Quarter RV Resort, a park that is pet friendly and has big rig access (so your Dynamax can rest comfortably) and is only a few short blocks from all the action. Get yourself over to the intersection of Canal and Bourbon streets to see the floats go by and start to drink in that insane atmosphere; all while you drink in a customary Mardi Gras beverage. Our suggestion would be a hand grenade, a combination of gin, grain alcohol, rum, vodka, and a few other ingredients that’ll give you a Southern draw regardless of where you grew up when you’re finished.

Perhaps the most important thing you can do while you’re in NOLA is eat, and eat a lot. New Orleans is a city known for some incredible cuisine that just isn’t the same when cooked elsewhere in the country. While you’re here forget about your diet and eat these things: Fried oyster Po’ Boy, beignet (French style doughnut), gumbo, étouffée (a shrimp and vegetable roux over a bed of white rice that could possibly make you see God), crawfish from Deanie’s, and then of course you’re going to need oysters. You’ll want to check out the Acme Oyster Co., but since it’s Mardi Gras and there’s a 3 hour wait, head directly across the street to Felix’s. Get the grilled oysters and grilled gator and you’re all set.

Fried Oyster Po' Boy
Fried Oyster Po’ Boy

Remember to keep your shirt on, sleep it off in your comfortable king size bed in your coach and high tail it out of there before you decide to never leave!

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