Visit a Pumpkin Patch

Pumpkin patch with green leaves on cloudy fall day

Spending the day at a pumpkin patch is a fall tradition, especially here in Minnesota. Whether you intend to use your pumpkins for Jack-o-lanterns, bake them into delicious pies, or just as decoration, your day out at the pumpkin patch is sure to be a hit with your family.

There are nearly 200 pumpkin patches to choose from in Minnesota, many of which offers rides, petting zoos, and other fun diversions that everyone will love.

Here are some of the best pumpkin patches in the state:

Peter’s Pumpkins & Carmen’s Corn

12860 Old Brick Yard Road, Sharkopee, MN 55379

(952) 906-0247

This patch caters to families and offers many activities in an attempt to have something for everyone. Of course you’ll be able to select a pumpkin, but there’s also a corn maze, hayrides, face painting, and other crops to choose from.

Lendt’s Pumpkin Patch

6903 Wyoming Trail, Wyoming, MN 55092

(651) 462-1516

Sprawling over 40-acres, wander the patch and find the perfect pumpkin. This pumpkin patch is really a tradition, and you’ll find a lot of locals out there enjoying the weather.

Waldoch Farm Pumpkin Patch

8174 Lake Drive, Lino Lakes, MN 55014

(651) 780-1207

This working farm, located outside of the Twin Cities, offers a full selection of pick-your-own crops, including zucchini, squash, and, of course, pumpkins. There are farm animals, hay bales, and homemade kettle corn.

Visit PleasureLand RV Center

Head to a pumpkin patch in your RV for even more fun. PleasureLand RV Center is happy to provide RV sales, service, parts, and accessories.

5 Must-Try Hiking Trails in Minnesota

Minnesota is one of the country’s best travel destinations for outdoor enthusiasts. This is especially true in the fall months, when the temperatures remain cool and comfortable for invigorating mountain, woods and coastal adventures. The following are five hiking trails every traveler should try when passing through Minnesota.

Eagle Mountain

Eagle Mountain is the highest point in Minnesota, and although it sits at just 2,301 feet, the stunning views of the state’s expansive forests are well worth a visit. The round-trip hike is 7-miles long and can be steep at times, so be sure to attempt some of the state’s more mellow adventures before heading to the peak.

Glendalough State Park

This western Minnesota state park offers an array of hiking trails for all levels of hikers. The Battle Lake Trail is a must-do, and you’re guaranteed to love the lack of traffic, as vehicles are not allowed near the trails or campsites.

Gooseberry Falls State Park 

Many travelers don’t know that Minnesota is home to some of the best waterfalls in the U.S. Gooseberry Falls State Park, located just north of Duluth, is loaded with 20 miles of scenic hiking trails including those to waterfalls and the scenic shores of Lake Superior.

Itasca State Park

The trails at Itasca State Park offer photogenic views around every turn. Hike to the Alton Heights observation tower to snap photos and pay a visit to the Mississippi headwaters.

George Crosby Manitou State Park

Avid hikers love to frequent Manitou State Park and its 24 miles of backcountry trails. These rugged, challenging trails are designed for experienced hikers, and those who make the trek always return bragging about the views.

Travel Minnesota in Your RV

There’s no better way to visit Minnesota’s best hiking trails than in the comfort and convenience of a new RV from PleasureLand RV Center. Stop in and see us at one of our many Minnesota locations to start your dream RV lifestyle today.

The Top 3 Steakhouses in Minnesota

A steak dinner is an iconic piece of the American dining scene, and Minnesota is home to some of the best steakhouses in the country. Whether you’re headed out on a first date, enjoying an anniversary dinner or are simply in the mood for a mouthwatering Minnesota steak, these three steakhouses are the best of the best in the Land of 10,000 Lakes.

Mancini’s Char House and Lounge

Mancini’s Char House and Lounge is the place to be in Saint Paul if you want a classy atmosphere with one of the top steaks in the state on your plate. Unbeatable service, classy retro decor and an emphasis on serving up the best steaks in the area, sets Mancini’s apart from the rest. Even better, Mancini’s doesn’t break your bank with high prices, so you can enjoy a mouthwatering, five-star meal without worrying about your budget.

Burch

Burch is a classic steakhouse on Colfax Ave., in Minneapolis that has become one of the most famous in the state. They serve up the classic cuts as well as innovative cuts many have never seen, so there’s always something new to try. The steakhouse’s ambiance makes every visit a special one, and it’s a place you can take even the pickiest steak lover.

Lindey’s Prime Steak House, Restaurant and Bar

Lindey’s Prime Steak House, Restaurant and Bar is a delicious steakhouse without the high prices and sometimes stuffy feel. It’s a small, casual place that focuses on flavor rather than promoting a swanky atmosphere. The sirloin steak is their famed cut, and there’s no doubt you’ll leave feeling full and satisfied. The laid back atmosphere also means you don’t need to dress up, so you can just kick back, relax and enjoy a delicious meal.

Stop and See Us at PleasureLand

Don’t forget to stop and see us at the PleasureLand RV Centers when you’re cruising throughout the Land of 10,000 Lakes in your RV. We have everything your RV lifestyle needs from new and used RVs to service, parts, accessories and so much more.

Tips for RVing as a Couple

Traveling the country in your RV with a partner is one of the most enjoyable things in the world… or one of the most frustrating! Depends on the day, really. While you might get along most of the time, there’s something about being in close proximity with another person for days, weeks, or even months without pause that can really leave you feeling like your buttons are being pushed.

RVs mean unrivaled intimacy due to the face that they’re both your means of travel and your living quarters all in one compact package. To prevent yourself from becoming tired of your partner, it’s important to practice certain habits to distance yourself when need be.

Headphones Are Everything

There’s nothing better at creating an immediate barrier between yourself and another person than a good pair of headphones. Whether you need to cool off or simply need some alone time, headphones provide it. Listen to some music you like, catch up on an audiobook or podcast, or watch some videos. After some “alone” time, you can rejoin your partner by simply pulling the earbuds out.

Have Your Own Interests

Sure you’re traveling together and doing pretty much everything else together, but you should definitely bring along some personal hobbies with you on the road. Just like practicing them at home, your hobbies allow you to have that stress relief that only comes from doing something you love on your own. Whether it’s calligraphy, photography, writing, scrapbooking, knitting, or whatever else, don’t leave your hobbies behind.

Keep Lines of Communication Open

No matter how annoyed you are or even angry, it’s crucial that you keep communication open with your partner. While the silent treatment might sound appealing, there’s no chance that fences will be mended if you don’t talk. On that note, don’t stay angry with your partner. You’re on the road with them with nowhere to go, so make the best of any situation and let go of any anger you’re harboring.

Visit PleasureLand RV Center

Stop by PleasureLand RV Center this fall to tour a new or used motorhome or travel trailer. Find one that’s perfect for you and your travel plans this fall. If you’re not on the market for an RV, you can still stop in at PleasureLand RV Center to schedule service, to learn more about RVing, or to shop for parts and accessories.

The Basics of Hiking with Trekking Poles

If you’re a beginning hiker that’s never used trekking poles, it may be because you’re not sure what to make of them. What advantages do they confer and are they right for your hikes? If you’re thinking about acquiring a pair and taking them out on your next hike, here’s how to make the most effective use of them.

They Help Support You

Just like a walking stick, trekking poles times the advantage by two. They’re especially useful on treacherous terrain, like loose gravel, wet rocks, or when fording shallow creeks. Not only do they help keep you upright, but they also promote good posture that in turn helps you shoulder your pack better. By putting some of your weight onto the trekking poles via your arms, you take some of the stress off of your legs and back. When you get tired later during an all day hike, you can also rely on them more and more to support you even when your knees are getting tired.

They Come in Handy in Ways You Wouldn’t Expect

Having some trekking poles on hand can be unexpectedly beneficial. They can serve as arm extensions if you need to poke something from a distance or attempt to bring something closer. Not that we recommend battling wildlife, but in a pinch they can be used to ward off an aggressive animal when escape isn’t possible.

Visit PleasureLand RV Center

There’s no better way to travel to your favorite Minnesota hiking trails than in the comfort and convenience of your RV. Stop in and see us at one of our many Minnesota PleasureLand RV Center locations to start your new RV lifestyle today.

3 Reasons RVs are Better Than Flying

Many travelers are convinced that flying is the best way to get from one destination to another. However, RV enthusiasts know that isn’t the truth. These three reasons why RV travel is better than flying will make you want to buy or rent a comfortable and convenient RV for your next travel adventure.

There Are No Deadlines

Can you imagine a vacation without flight schedules, hotel check-in times and dinner reservations? That’s what vacation is like when you travel in an RV. You no longer have to leave home at a specific time, arrive at your destination on a certain day or wait outside of busy restaurants to eat. RV vacations have no set deadlines or plans, so you can stop and go as you please, and you always have a cozy place to relax and sleep at the end of the day.

Enjoy the Journey

When you arrive at your destination in an airplane, you don’t see any of the scenery or attractions along the way. Traveling in an RV lets you make the most of your vacation, because you get to take in all of the sights on the route to your destination. Many times, the stops you make at new and interesting places become the best parts of vacation.

You’ll Save Money

RV travel is far more affordable than air travel. When you travel in an RV, you avoid costly hotel rooms, expensive restaurant meals (unless you want them) and outrageous plane ticket prices for every member of your group. Renting an RV means you pay one low price plus the cost of gas along your journey. The opportunity to cook meals in your RV kitchen and park at inexpensive campgrounds means you save big bucks when traveling as a family or group.

Visit PleasureLand RV Center

PleasureLand RV Center is the best place in the country to start your RV vacation. We rent all types of RVs, ranging from Class A motorhomes to ice houses, so your next vacation can be the RV trip of a lifetime. If you love RVing, you can cut straight to the chase and simply purchase one!

A Mouthwatering Ice Cream Recipe for National Ice Cream Month

July is National Ice Cream Month, and we can’t think of any better way to celebrate than with a mouthwatering and ultra-easy ice cream recipe for your travels. Stock your RV with an ice cream maker, and your family can enjoy tasty and affordable frozen treats any time of  day.

Homemade Butter Pecan Ice Cream

This homemade butter pecan ice cream recipe tastes even better than the ice cream shop and costs a fraction of the price to make.

What you’ll need:

  • 1/3 cup chopped pecans
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 2 eggs (beaten)
  • 1 1/2 cups half-and-half
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream

Preparation instructions:

  1. Cook the pecans in the butter in a small skillet on medium heat. Stir the mixture constantly for 3 to 5 minutes or until they’re lightly browned. Set the pecans aside.
  2. Whisk the eggs in a mixing bowl and set them aside.
  3. Stir the brown sugar and half-and-half together in a saucepan. Bring it to a boil on medium-high heat. Remove the half-and-half mixture from the heat and gradually pour it into the eggs. Whisk constantly until the mixture forms a custard.
  4. Move your custard back to the saucepan and cook it while stirring occasionally. Continue cooking until the mixture is able to coat the back of the spoon.
  5. Remove the mixture from the heat and stir in the pecans, vanilla and cream.
  6. Pour your custard into the ice cream maker and freeze it according to the instructions from the manufacturer.
  7. Enjoy on a cone, in a bowl or however you please.

Find Hot Summer Items at PleasureLand RV Center

Whether you’re interested in a new or used RV for your summer adventures or something as simple as a few camping supplies to help you make the most of your time outside, we have all of your summer outdoor needs right here at the PleasureLand RV Center in Minnesota.

Hit the Road to Rock Fest XVII in Your RV

Rock Fest XVII is set for July 13, 14, and 15 in Cadott, Wisonsin, and if you’re a rock lover it’s one music festival that you’re not going to want to miss.

The lineup is phenomenal this year with dozens of bands and artists taking to the stage over the festival’s 3 days.

July 13 has acts such as Slayer, Volbeat, Lamb of God, Anthrax, Insane Clown Posse, Mushroomhead, Gemini Syndrome, Failure Anthem, Badflower, Rachel Lorin, Sin 7, Awaken the Shadow, Valora, The Nearly Deads, The Zealots, Hand of the Tribe, The 9th Planet Out, Kissin Time, Cowboys from Hell, Antistar, Anthem, and Probable Cause.

July 14 has artists like Avenged Sevenfold, Korn, Stone Sour, Clutch, Cinderella’s Tom Keifer, Lita Ford, Avatar, Texas Hippie Coalition, Lacey Storm, One Less Reason, Scattered Hamlet, Nuisance, Valora, The Nearly Deads, Emergent, Emperors and Elephants, Motley 2, Rock N Roll, Via, Oblivious Signal, Scarlet Canary, and Stare Across.

Finally, July 15 has Rob Zombie, Shinedown, Megadeth, Sevendust, Hellyeah, Lit, Thousand Foot Krutch, Vimic, Devour the Day, City of the Weak, Shallow Side, Veilside, Ignescent, Matrekis, The Crown Jewels, Who’s Who, Fall II Rise, Wrecked, 7’s Catacomb, and My Memory Remains.

Campgrounds are available if you want to attend in your RV, which is definitely a major convenience at any music festival.

Visit PleasureLand RV Center

Before you hit the road for any destination this summer, such as Rock Fest XVII, in your RV, be sure to stop by PleasureLand RV Center to make sure that your RV is in good shape for travel. If you don’t have an RV or you do but it’s time to upgrade, stop by PleasureLand RV Center to tour a new or used motorhome or travel trailer.

RV to Country Fest 2017

There’s nothing quite like attending a music fest in your RV. Head to Wisconsin to check out one of the country’s biggest country music festivals.

Country Fest is happening June 22 to June 25 in Cadott, Wisconsin. For the last 30 years, Country Fest has brought the best live country musicians and bands to the stage, making it the ultimate outdoor summer country festival in the country. Some of the biggest names in country music have graced the festival in the past, such as George Strait, Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings, Kris Kristofferson, Brad Paisley, Reba McEntire, Miranda Lambert, and more.

The musical acts for 2017 include Blake Shelton, Eric Church, Thomas Rhett, Alabama, Chris Young, Dan + Shay, Jamey Johnson, Brothers Osborne, Wynonna & the Big Noise, The Oak Ridge Boys, Cam, The Cadillac Three, William Michael Morgan, Tucker Beathard, Brandy Clark, Drake White and the Big Fire, Ryan Hurd, Luke Combs, Whiskey Myers, Runaway Jane, DJ DU, Caitlyn Smith, Reverie Lane, Morgan Wallen, Lucie Silvas, Lit, Chris Hawkey, Olivia Dvorak, Jake Worthington, Elizabeth Lyons, Derek Norsworthy, Bobby McClendon, Kaleb Hensley, Alan Turner and the Steel Horse Band, Alexandria Corn, Sasha McVeigh, Elizabeth Mossell, Radio Romance, Morgan Alexander, Roadhouse 6, Cody Hicks, Shane Martin Band, Stetsin and Lace, Kat Beal, Them Coulee Boys, Aileeah Colgan, Diesel Drive, and Fire On High.

Besides the amazing music acts this year, festival goers can enjoy delicious foods and beverages, interactive exhibits, exciting activities, and the largest campground in Wisconsin with over 7000 sites. The sites are all 18 feet by 40 feet and are limited to one sleeping unit per site and 6 campers per site. You must leave 10 feet of clearance between your sleeping unit and your neighbors, so measure accordingly.

Visit PleasureLand RV Center

Stop by PleasureLand RV Center this summer to make sure that your rig is ready to roll. If it’s time to upgrade your ride or even if you’re ready to purchase your very first RV, PleasureLand RV Center would love to help. Stop by and tour a motorhome or travel trailer and to learn more about the various models and layouts.

11th Annual Moondance Jammin Country Fest

Attending music fests in your RV is probably one of the reasons you got your motorhome in the first place, right? After all, there’s nothing quite like a weekend full of music, food, and fun where your home is parked practically in sight of the stage.

If you’re interested in some live country music, check out the Moondance Jammin Country Fest, now in its 11th year. The festival runs from June 23 to 24 in Walker, Minnesota, with a “pre-jam” on June 22. Tickets are on sale now!

The scheduled lineup for this year is:

June 22 – Thursday

  • Devon Worley at 6pm
  • Maiden Dixie at 8pm
  • Parmalee at 10pm

June 23 – Friday

  • Drew Baldridge at 4pm
  • Eric Paslay at 6pm
  • Dan + Shay at 8pm
  • Old Dominion at 10pm

June 24 – Saturday

  • LANco at 4pm
  • William Michael Morgan at 6pm
  • Danielle Bradbery at 8pm
  • Thomas Rhett at 10pm

Other scheduled events include a traveling art pub, Harvest Moon beer tasting, a tribute to Bill Bieloh, a beer pong tournament, a tribute to the troops, and a breakfast buffet and Bloody Mary bar the the Lazy Moon.

Visit PleasureLand RV Center

Stop by PleasureLand RV Center this summer to find an RV that’s right for you if you don’t own one yet. Even if you do, it may be time to upgrade. Whatever the case, you can find your dream RV right here at PleasureLand RV Center before you head out on road trips or to more music fests. Visit the service department if you just need a quick checkup on your rig before you take it cross country.