There’s no better way to cure the winter blues than by planning your next RV getaway. And although January is the heart of winter here in Minnesota, the spring RV season is closer than it seems. Get your family excited about camping in 2015 by scheduling your getaway to the unbeatable Timberline RV Resort in Sturgeon Lake, Minn.
Fun for the Whole Family
The Timberline RV Resort is guaranteed to offer a camping experience your family will never forget. This campground is packed with resort-style amenities like an outdoor heated swimming pool, paddleboat rentals, tubing, canoeing, free bike rentals, two playgrounds, berry picking, a game room, snack bar, basketball courts, volleyball, hiking trails, ATV trails and a convenient location between two exciting casinos. Whether you’re looking for an action-packed vacation or a relaxing getaway, the Timberline RV Resort is able to provide exactly what you’re seeking.
Spacious and Private Campsites
The Timberline RV Resort offers over 200 campsites, so you can find one that’s perfect for you and your fellow travelers. All campers, whether in basic tent or full-service RV sites, are granted access to all of the resort facilities, including a massive recreation building with adult lounge, laundry room, modern toilets and showers. Camp near the pond, along the Horn River, next to the playground, close to the pool or in a spacious private site away from it all. The Timberline RV Resort offers everything you need to have an unforgettable Minnesota RV vacation in one convenient place.
Make Your Reservation Today
This exciting RV resort is extremely popular in the peak camping season, so it’s recommended that you call and make your reservation for spring or summer as early as possible. The campground opens with off-season prices from May 1 to May 23, then rates increase for the peak summer season. Daily, weekend and weekly rates or available, so contact the resort to choose your campsite and get your RV vacation set in stone today.
Pay a Visit to PleasureLand
Whether you’re searching for a new RV or some upgraded RV supplies for the upcoming camping season, you can find everything your RV lifestyle demands right here at PleasureLand RV Center in Minnesota.
gomattolson/Flickr Creative Commons
Minnesota is more than the Land of 10,000 Lakes, it’s the land of 10,000 adventures too. No matter what time of year you plan on visiting Minnesota, there are tons of exciting indoor and outdoor excursions to enjoy. Put these adventures on your bucket list for 2015, and it may just be your best RV travel year yet.
It doesn’t have to be warm outside to go rock climbing. Vertical Endeavors, with locations in Minneapolis, St. Paul and Duluth, is an indoor rock climbing facility with exciting climbs for all ages and all skill levels. The facility is open year round with programs and lessons for groups or individuals. Whether you’re an expert climber or complete novice, Vertical Endeavors can provide the adventure you’ve been seeking.
North Shore Expeditions
Getting out on the lakes is a must when you’re in Minnesota, and a kayak adventure can be one of the best ways to do it. North Shore Expeditions in Grand Marais offers day trips, camping trips and kayak lessons on some of Minnesota’s most gorgeous waterways. If you’ll be traveling to Minnesota in some of the warmer months this year, a visit to North Shore Expeditions will be an adventure you’ll never forget.
Silver Creek Sled Dogs
Embrace winter in Minnesota with a Silver Creek Sled Dogs adventure. Silver Creek Sled Dogs offer partial day, full day and overnight dog sledding excursions in the gorgeous Minnesota wilderness. Rides are available until April 15, and the Silver Creek Sled Dogs company in Two Harbors can be reached at (218) 834-6592 for reservations.
Start Your Adventures at PleasureLand
PleasureLand RV Center is your one-stop RV shop in Minnesota, and with locations in Ramsey, Willmar, Brainerd and St. Cloud, there’s always one nearby when you’re visiting the North Star State. You can count on us for all of your RV sales, service, parts and accessories needs while you’re out adventuring in 2015. And if you’re just getting started with the RV lifestyle, our qualified staff is here six days a week to help you buy or rent the RV of your dreams.
Bill Gracey/Flickr Creative Commons
New Year’s resolutions have a reputation of being difficult to keep. We start the year focused on our goal, and lose sight of it just a month later. This year, start 2015 with a resolution that you won’t let slip away. Resolve to fire up your RV and travel more in 2015.
It may sound like an easy resolution, but like many others, it’s also an easy one to lose sight of as you develop a busy schedule and begin to budget the year’s money. These simple RV resolutions are easy to keep and are guaranteed to get you on the road more often in 2015, no matter what your schedule or budget may look like.
Resolve to Use Your Weekends
RV adventures don’t always have to be thoroughly planned cross-country road trips. Weekend getaways will give you and your family the outdoor refreshment you need without the hefty fuel bills or expensive RV park or campground fees.
Resolve to Start Planning Now
Many RV vacations go missed due to poor planning and preparation. Plan this year’s big RV adventure now, so you can start saving and have all of the expenses covered before it comes time to hit the road. A properly planned RV vacation is more likely to happen and much less stressful than one that is done on a whim.
Resolve to Go Someplace New
Do you have an RV destination that you visit year after year? Stop heading to that familiar place — whether near or far — and venture to an entirely new destination this year. Visiting an unfamiliar place will reignite your love for exploration and may even open your eyes to a destination that’s even better than the last.
Start the New RV Year at PleasureLand
Start the new year off right by covering all of your RV sales, service and parts needs at PleasureLand RV Center in Minnesota. We’re offering some insane deals on new and pre-owned RVs this season as well as great specials on service and accessories to ensure your RV is always running like new.
rpeteg/Flickr Creative Commons
If you’re tired of staying inside and want to take a road trip, consider one or more of these destinations. Even if you’ve been there before but not during the fall season, take a trip and make it a weekend – or even a week! Be sure to bring your camera.
If you do decide to make it a long weekend or a week-long trip, make sure your RV is in perfect condition, especially the furnace. If you haven’t used it yet this season, turn it on and make sure it works. If not, stop by PleasureLand RV so our service techs can repair it before you leave.
While many may thing Taylors Falls is a summer destination, don’t discount it for a fall or winter trip. In addition to the kayaking and canoeing you might do during warmer months, the town also has shopping, amusement parks, dining, exploring volcanic potholes and more. Head over to Stillwater on the St. Croix River, and then make your way out on Highway 95 toward Taylors Falls for some fun and some great photo opportunities.
If you like “quaint,” then be sure to head out on State Highway 16 – from the north, take U.S. 63 south – to find caves, Amish colonies and quaint downtown harbors. Go through Lanesboro’s historic downtown for shopping, culture, arts, or just to explore the Root River.
If you take Interstate 94 and Highway 371 and go past St. Cloud, you’ll be in Paul Bunyan country. Once there, you’ll be able to visit many amusement parks, eat walleye sandwiches and experience Native American culture and crafts. You’ll also find plenty of lakeside campgrounds and resorts among the 400 lakes in the area.
Take Interstate 35 to Duluth to get some great photo opportunities – and continue past Duluth to see some of the best winter pictures along Lake Superior. If it’s cold enough, you may catch iced-over water falls, plus you can stop at plenty of shops and attractions in the area between Duluth and Canada. And, you’ll find plenty of campgrounds so you can stay overnight – or longer, if you choose.
Stop by PleasureLand RV
Before you head out, stop by PleasureLand RV to pick up anything you might need or to get your RV serviced if needed.
Kay Gaensler/Flickr Creative Commons
Road trips are filled with the excitement of arriving at your destination, but there’s a lot of time to occupy between leaving home and your arrival. And that’s when a perfectly good road trip can start to go sour. Keep your next RV road trip exciting from start to finish by incorporating these fun road trip activities into your drive.
Get Your Questions Ready
You don’t need fancy hand-held games or DVD players to keep your kids occupied on the road. And cruising in your RV is the perfect time to engage them in educational conversations to pass the time. Keep your little ones entertained by creating a list of roughly 10 questions before you hit the road, such “What is your favorite season, and why?” Let everyone in the family answer the question, and prepare to be amazed at how much your answers vary.
Keep Your Eyes Peeled
Spotting out-of-the-ordinary animals, signs and other sites along your route can become an entertaining and educational experience. Suggest that every member of your family shouts out, “That’s not something we see every day,” when they spot something they’ve never seen before. If the entire road trip seems like a bit much, try playing the game for 30 minute intervals.
Road Trip Bingo
Road Trip Bingo has become such a popular road trip game that free bingo boards are available online. Be sure to print off plenty of copies of the board, because you’ll want to mark off the squares with a pen or pencil to reduce the mess of using real bingo chips. If you have time to laminate the boards before you go, dry erase markers allow you to play game after game without creating too much waste.
Get Your Road Trip Games at PleasureLand
Here at PleasureLand RV Center, we’re more than just your home for purchasing new and used RVs in Minnesota. We’re your one-stop shop for RV sales, service, repairs ands parts too. And our online parts store is fully stocked with all of the camping supplies and games you need to enjoy your time getting from point A to point B.
Image by Matthew Paulson (Flickr Creative Commons)
From music festivals and baseball games to fishing, shopping and city life, Minnesota is full of non-stop adventure for travelers. Fire up your RV as summer comes to a close and cruise up to Minnesota for some of the best excitement August has to offer.
The 26th Annual Bayfront Blues Festival
Don’t miss the much-anticipated 26th Annual Bayfront Blues Festival — the Midwest’s largest outdoor blues festival — in Duluth, Minn. The festival will feature regional, national and world-famous international blues acts from Aug. 8 through Aug 10., so visit the festival website and get your tickets today.
See What’s New at the Mall of America
With the new Radisson Blu hotel, tons of new stores and exciting special exhibits, the Mall of America is one of the most happening places in the state. Take your kids to the “Barbie: The Dreamhouse Experience,” or test your crime-solving skills at “CSI: The Experience.” And don’t forget about the new Midwest Music Museum, Toddler Tuesdays and all of the other excitement the Mall of America has to offer.
Catch Some Fish
Fishing is one of Minnesota’s favorite past times, and with over 10,000 lakes to choose from, the fishing options are endless. Sunfish, crappies, bullheads and catfish are continuously swimming in the waters, so don’t forget to bring your boat on your Minnesota adventure.
Don’t have a boat? Head out on a charter fishing excursion or hire one of the state’s many knowledgeable fishing guides.
Root for the Home Team
There’s no better way to end a great summer than with a trip to Target Field to watch the Minnesota Twins in action. The ballpark offers breathtaking views of the Minneapolis skyline, and you can be in the heart of downtown enjoying the city life just minutes after the game.
Stop and See Us at Pleasureland
No trip to Minnesota is complete without a stop at one of the Pleasureland RV Centers. We’re your home for the highest-quality new and used RVs for the best prices in the industry. And if you’re just looking for a few extra RV or camping supplies for your Minnesota getaway, our parts department is fully stocked with everything you need.
If you decide to go RVing in Canada this year, be sure to visit at least one of the top camping spots. Before you leave, be sure you have everything you need, including warm and cool weather clothing and your passports.
Stop by PleasureLand RV to pick up any accessories you might need for your trip. You can pick up space-saving accessories, outdoor cooking accessories, chemicals for the black water tank and replacement parts for the RV.
Kluane National Park and Reserve, located in the Yukon Territory, is one of the largest protected areas in the world. The park also features part of Kluane Lake, which is the largest lake in the Territory. Watch the beautiful sunsets on the lake or look west to see the Saint Elias mountain range.
Pacific Rim National Park, located in British Columbia, is another “can’t miss” location. The national park is located on Vancouver Island and features Long Beach and the West Coast Trail. Don’t wait too long, as it is pretty rainy in the Fall, but during the summer, you should be able to get several clear days to go exploring.
Banff National Park, located about an hour and a half from Calgary, is Canada’s oldest national park. It has tons of sights to see, including Lake Louise’s aquamarine water and the Ice Fields Parkway. Because of the mountains and the lake, it is considered one of the best places to take your RV.
Douglas Provincial Park, located in Saskatchewan, features cacti, beaches and tons of fish. This is the perfect place to go for those who want to combine fishing and hiking. Since you can see various landscapes, this is one of the best places to get pictures.
Spruce Woods is a newer park – it was established in 1970. You’ll see sandy dunes and can walk on tons of walking trails. This park also rents yurts if you want to sleep outside of your RV for a change. Additionally, the camping sites are very private.
Before you head out on a long trip, stop by PleasureLand RV to pick up any accessories you need, make sure your RV is in good working order and grab parts, chemicals, RV toilet paper and other items that you may need for this trip.
Image by Carlos Greene via Flickr Creative Commons
When you take a long road trip, you may want to look at the scenery, especially if you’ve never been through the area. However, the kids will definitely be bored! It is good to have some activities planned to keep them occupied – or at least have something for them to do.
If you are traveling in a motorized coach, it’s a bit easier to keep the kids occupied – they can play games at the dinette or they can take a nap on the bunks. If you are hauling a travel trailer or fifth wheel, it’s not going to be that easy. Before you go, make sure you have something that will keep the kids occupied – that is as important as stopping at Pleasure Land RV before you leave so you can have the RV checked and so you can pick up accessories you may need.
- Play road games such as the alphabet game, the license plate game, yellow car or even a story-telling game where a person says a sentence, then another person has to add to it. You can also include I Spy and variations of any of these games to keep them interesting.
- Bring hand-held gaming modules such as the Nintendo 3DS or PlayStation Portable.
- If you have games on your tablet or phone, you can also keep the kids occupied with that if the games don’t require WiFi.
- Catch up on your reading. Kids can also catch up on reading. If they brought homework with them, they can also study.
- Be sure to pack a lunch – or stop someplace to eat. If the kids are getting grouchy, taking a break from driving – even if it’s eating a sandwich in the car – might calm them down. And, with a carbohydrate high, they just might crash for a couple hours!
Keeping everyone happy while on a trip is the key to sanity. Kids tend to get bored easily with one thing – be sure to bring several things for them to do or be prepared to play games with them.
As always, stop by Pleasure Land RV before you head out on your road trip to make sure the RV is working properly, to have the engine and transmission checked on a motorized coach, and to pick up any accessories you may need.
Image by AnneCN via Flickr Creative Commons
If you are taking your vacation during the summer and have the time to drive, load up your RV and take a trip to Sevierville, Tennessee. The trip takes about 16 hours if you go through Chicago. If you want to skirt Chicago, it takes about 17 ½ hours. On the way down, take your time and visit some destinations on your way.
Before you leave, stop by PleasureLand RV to have your RV service or checked since this is quite a long drive. Also be sure to pick up any accessories you may need for your trip.
Once you get to Sevierville, you have numerous places to camp, including places in Pigeon Forge. Places include River Plantation RV Resort, Riverside RV Park and Resort, Up the Creek RV Camp and Riveredge RV Park. Since Sevierville and the surrounding area is a popular destination, it is advisable to make reservations before you leave.
Once there, you’ll find tons of shopping and activities, including hiking, fishing, boating, swimming and more. Don’t forget to spend a couple of days at Dollywood, even if you don’t have children.
Other nearby places include Lynchburg, Tennessee, home of Jack Daniels Distillery. If you take I-40 West, you’ll pass close to Oak Ridge, America’s Secret City and Muddy Pond, which is just outside of Monterey. Muddy Pond is a Mennonite community that has a leather shop, outdoor furniture maker, general store, and, if you visit in the Fall, you can see how to make sorghum the “old-timey” way.
Also in the area – within a 1- to 3-hour drive from Monterey, you’ll find tons of state parks – some that offer RV camping – such as Burgess Falls, Sunset Marina, Caney Creek and more. If you want to go about 2 hours out of your way, you can take 101 out of Crossville to Fall Creek Falls State Park to see some of the best waterfalls in the area.
Dale Hollow Lake, accessible from many points including Sunset Marina and East Port Marina offers big fishing opportunities – the lake is huge. You can rent pontoon boats, bass boats, ski boats, house boats and jet skis at both marinas. Sunset Marina is about an hour from Monterey while East Port Marina is about 45 minutes from Monterey.
Before you leave for this large trip, stop by PleasureLand RV for service and accessories, and be sure to visit our Facebook page to tell us about your trip.
After one of the coldest winters on record, summer is being welcomed with open arms here in Minnesota, and that means there are tons of exciting outdoor events and activities for Minnesota citizens and tourists alike. Fire up your RV and travel to some of these unforgettable summer events throughout our gorgeous state, and you’re guaranteed to forget about winter in no time.
Memorial Weekend on the North Shore
Head over to the gorgeous town of Grand Marais for an action-packed Memorial Weekend full of live music, photography and a wide variety of arts, crafts and activities. Not only are most of the events at the Grand Marais Memorial Weekend on the North Shore absolutely free; you can spend your spare time dining, hiking, fishing and indulging in the natural beauty of Grand Marais.
Willie Walleye Day
Mark your calendar and head to Baudette on June 7, for the famous Willie Walleye Day. Get some exercise in the morning with the Willie Walleye 5K run and walk or just indulge in the live entertainment, countless food vendors, craft and merchandise vendors, kids activities, community garage sales and so much more.
Dinner and Leaf Cruises
Spice up your summer with a trip to Taylors Falls for a romantic evening cruise through the Dalles of the St. Croix. Enjoy a narrated tour of the scenic Dalles on the leaf cruise or just take in the live music and indulge in the delicious buffet on the dinner cruise. Dinner cruises are available every Saturday evening throughout the summer from 6:45 p.m. to 9:45 p.m., and leaf cruises board on Saturdays at 6:15 p.m. to return at 9:15 p.m., so call ahead and make your reservation for a romantic Taylors Falls getaway today.
Get Your Summer RV at PleasureLand
There’s no better way to enjoy the warm summer months than on the road in a new RV from your local Minnesota RV dealer — PleasureLand RV Center. And if you’re already in the RV of your dreams this season, stop in and shop our extensive RV parts and accessories store to make your summer camping excursions even better than ever.
Image by Scott Smithson via Flickr Creative Commons