The RV Atlas Blog

Thoughts on camping, parenting, and travel.

03 Nov
RVFTA 2015 Fall Rally: Fun Times, New Friends!

RVFTA 2015 Fall Rally: Fun Times, New Friends!

A fantastic group of RVFTA podcast listeners gathered last weekend at the Philadelphia/West Chester KOA for our second go around at this whole rally thing. Rallies aren’t so popular with our generation, so we felt like we were taking a risk last spring when we decided to host one for the first time. In short, it was a smashing success and everyone refused to wait an entire year to gather again. Enter the RVFTA 2015 Fall Rally. We are pretty convinced that the heart of a successful family camping rally is lots of free time for kids to... Read More

Recipe of the Week: Julie’s Michigan Sauce

We are huge fans of Jane and Michael Stern’s Roadfood book, a wonderful collection of American roadside restaurant recommendations. No matter where we are traveling, we always consult the book before we leave to see if there are any gems in the region to which we are heading. Before we took off for Lake Placid last month, we cracked open Roadfood and found that every Adirondack entry referenced the “Michigans” on the menu. A Michigan? What’s a Michigan? So glad you asked. First things first. A Michigan is not from... Read More
05 Oct
Falling in Love with the Adirondacks at the Lake Placid/Whiteface Mountain KOA

Falling in Love with the Adirondacks at the Lake Placid/Whiteface Mountain KOA

The Adirondack Park in New York State is our newest favorite place. Why?  Maybe because of its fragrant and thickly wooded forests of spruce, maple, beech, and birch. Maybe because of its sparkling lakes, winding rivers, and rocky streams. Maybe because of its charming lakefront towns such as Lake Placid and Saranac Lake. Or maybe because the region hosted the Winter Olympics in 1932 and 1980 and the sounds of supreme, almost mythological, athletic greatness still can be heard if you listen closely. “Do you believe in miracles?” ... Read More
24 Sep
Beach Camping: Three Small Products that Make a Big Difference!

Beach Camping: Three Small Products that Make a Big Difference!

Most people do not think of beach camping when they think of the fall season. But here at RV Family Travel Atlas, we believe September and October are the two best months of the year to park your rig in the sand. The crowds are gone, the weather is cooler, and the water is still warm. We are headed off to one of our favorite beach camping spots in North Carolina this fall, so it is the perfect time to share three of our favorite little products that make a BIG difference when vacationing on the shore. Kids Backpack Beach Chair This was... Read More
13 Sep
4 Fall Beach Camping Favorites on the East Coast

4 Fall Beach Camping Favorites on the East Coast

On Episode #51 of the podcast–Fall Camping Rocks!–we talked about how our family adores beach camping in September and October. The crowds have thinned, the weather is cooler, and the water is still warm. We love wearing our bathing suits during the day and our hooded sweatshirts at night. Here are a few favorite spots for beach camping on the East Coast… Cape Cod   The summer crowds disperse at the end of August and the bike trail, national seashore, kettle ponds, and Provincetown are yours to enjoy. Plan a trip around one... Read More
03 Sep
RV Organization: Restocking through the Season

RV Organization: Restocking through the Season

About a year ago, I was working on a RV packing article and reached out to some well-traveled acquaintances for their best tips. One of the greatest pieces of advice came from a friend of mine who spends a ton of time on the road as a touring musician. Allie told me that she always restocks her toiletries kit right away when she gets home from a trip. This way she knows exactly what she is low on and isn’t scrambling around and forgetting things before she leaves on her next trip. Brilliant and simple, right? How many of us forget what... Read More
18 Aug
Catching the Spirit of Vermont at the Quechee/Pine Valley KOA

Catching the Spirit of Vermont at the Quechee/Pine Valley KOA

The Green Mountain State calls us back again and again in the summertime.  The days are warm enough for swimming in lakes and rivers, and the nights are cool and comfortable.  It’s perfect weather for curling up around the campfire with a blanket and book…and sleeping with all the windows open. But this heavenly New England weather doesn’t last long, and if you blink you will miss it. So where do we camp in Vermont when we want to escape the humidity of the Mid-Atlantic states? Two years ago we discovered a little gem of a... Read More

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