Sledding and Snow Tubing in Minnesota

Happy couple sledding down the hill

While some might consider it “kid’s stuff,” you’re never too old to go sledding or snow tubing. Of course, any kids you have in tow will also appreciate it. And if you live or are traveling through Minnesota, you’re in luck — Minnesota has got some of the best downhill sledding and snow tubing locations in the country with its hilly terrain and consistent snow coverage.

If you’re an RVer, one of the best parts about sledding is that it requires minimal equipment, which is nice if you’ve got limited space.

Region by region, some of the best sledding and snow tubing opportunities in Minnesota can be found at the following places.

Minneapolis/St. Paul Area

Theodore Wirth Regional Park – Minneapolis

Green Acres Recreation – Lake Elmo

Brookside Park – Bloomington

Northeast

Pine Valley Tubing Hill – Cloquet

Newton’s Sliding Hill – Grand Rapids

Sphunge Island Sledding Hill – Kabetogama

Central

Primetime Restaurant and Music Loung – Pequot Lakes

Glendalough State Park – Battle Lake

Robbins Island Park – Willmar

Southern

Upper Sioux Agency State Park – Granite Falls

Judd Park Sledding Hill – Rochester

Frontenac State Park – Frontenac

Northwest

J.A. Hughes Elementary School – Red Lake Falls

Bemis Hill – Warroad

Coviseir Park – Detroit Lakes

Have fun, but play safe.

  • Sledding is generally safe, but to be fair you are sliding down a slipper slope at some fast speeds, so a little precaution can go a long way to prevent injury.
  • Children should sled only under adult supervision. If the child isn’t confident with their sledding abilities, an adult should accompany them on the sled.
  • Wear a helmet (such as a bike helmet) to help reduce the risk of head injury.
  • Avoid hills that have obstructions (trees, water, roads, fences, stones, etc.). The clearer the hill, the safer the sport.
  • Make sure that there’s a large and clear flat area at the bottom to safely glide to a halt.

Visit PleasureLand RV Center

Stop by PleasureLand RV Center to tour a motorhome or travel trailer and find an RV that’s right for you and your family. Stay out longer on your sledding adventures by traveling in an RV. With the warmth of an RV at the bottom of the hill, you can stay out as long as you want and not have to worry about a trek back to the car or home.

Load Up the RV and Head to Destin

Aerial image of the Destin Harbor in Destin, Florida

If you’ve decided it’s time to pile into the RV and head somewhere sunny to escape what remains of winter, you ought to consider Destin, Florida. With miles of pristine beaches, blue ocean, and tons of diversions, Destin in a family-friendly destination matched by few other places. Here are some of its best attractions.

The Boardwalk

The old Destin Boardwalk is an iconic place to visit, offering covered picnic areas, volleyball nets, restaurant and shopping, and vibrant nightlife. There’s plenty of parking, public restrooms, and outdoor showers for beach goers. The Boardwalk has enough variety to occupy everyone in your party for a day, so plan accordingly.

Big Kahuna’s

Swimming in the ocean is fun, but sometimes you want water that’s not full of salt and maybe a ride or two. Big Kahuna’s got more than two rides — with over 40 water attractions and an adventure park, Big Kahuna’s is perfect for a family looking to cool off.

Gulfarium

A comprehensive aquarium featuring marine life from the Gulf of Mexico and beyond, the Gulfarium will satisfy both those who love marine life and those who just love to learn something new. Featuring bottle-nose dolphins, sea lions, and mixed species shows, it’s quite a spectacle. Other habitat displays include otters, sharks, turtles, penguins, and even an albino alligator.

Visit PleasureLand RV Center

Don’t leave town before you stop by PleasureLand RV Center, especially if you’ve had your RV in storage and are dusting it off for the first trip of the season. The service center at PleasureLand RV Center can make sure that your rig is in good shape to handle any trip you’re planning to take, such as to Destin, Florida. If you think it’s time to retire the old RV for a new one or if you’re thinking about buying your first RV ever, don’t hesitate to drop by PleasureLand RV Center to find your new dream RV today.

Celebrate Cherry Month with Chocolate Cherry Cupcakes

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February is National Cherry Month, and there’s no better way to celebrate than by preparing a fresh and delicious cherry dessert in the comfort of your RV. These rich and fruity chocolate cherry cupcakes are so tasty, you may want to bake two batches.

Chocolate Cherry Cupcakes 

What you’ll need for 1 dozen cupcakes:

  • 3/4 cup cake flour
  • 3/4 cup whole-wheat pastry flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/4 cup canola oil
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups chopped pitted fresh cherries (plus 12 cherries for garnish)
  • Cream cheese frosting

Preparation instructions:

  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Line a 12-cup muffin pan with paper liners.
  2. Whisk the cake flour, whole-wheat flour, baking soda, cocoa, baking powder and salt together in a medium bowl.
  3. Beat the granulated sugar and oil together in a separate large mixing bowl with an electric mixer. Beat the egg and vanilla into the mixture until combined.
  4. Turn the mixer to low and alternately mix in the flour mixture and buttermilk. Scrape the sides of the bowl as needed until the mixture is combined.
  5. Fold the cherries into the mixture, then divide the batter into the cupcake pan.
  6. Bake the cupcakes for 22 to 26 minutes or until a toothpick can be inserted into the center and come out clean. Transfer the cupcakes to a wire rack and let them cool.
  7. Once cool, frost each cupcake with the cream cheese frosting. Top with a fresh cherry before serving.

Visit PleasureLand RV Center

Whether you’re searching for a travel trailer with a large kitchen or a truck camper to help you travel more in 2017, you can always find your dream RV at PleasureLand RV Center.

Head to New Orleans for Mardi Gras

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The Mardi Gras celebration in New Orleans is so famous (and so much fun) that is has begun to define the city. New Orleans is known for its delicious Cajun eats, incredible music scene, and non-stop party,  but the best of all three are combined for one unbelievable day every year — Mardi Gras.

Mardi Gras is on Tuesday, February 28 this year, and although the date is rapidly approaching, there’s still time to plan your RV trip to “The Big Easy.”

Full of Family Fun

The Mardi Gras celebration can be either a family-friendly or strictly adults-only event based on what you want to see. If you’re looking for family-friendly Mardi Gras experience, you can avoid the busy Mardi Gras crowds and visit Family Gras from Feb. 17 to 19 this year. This free celebration, including tons of family-friendly activities, live music, and plenty of famous Louisiana eats, will take place at the Lakeside Shopping Center in Metairie.

Mardi Gras Parades and Events

The Mardi Gras festivities are non-stop in the month of February, with parades on schedule in the days leading up to the big day in New Orleans and a number of other cities throughout the state. Visitors can take part in New Orleans Mardi Gras tours, see exciting exhibits at local museums (the Louisiana State Museum and Germaine Cazenave Wells Mardi Gras Museum) and enjoy an unbeatable Mardi Gras meals at the famous Antoine’s Restaurant. The Mardi Gras festivities are practically seeping out of every bar, restaurant and store in town.

Where to Stay

New Orleans is home to a number of top quality RV parks that are guaranteed to make your Mardi Gras experience even better than expected. Stay in the heart of it all at the French Quarter RV Resort or find a little more mellow refuge at the gorgeous Pontchartrain Landing RV park. New Orleans is home to numerous RV parks and campgrounds that are ready to host you for the celebration.

Find Your Perfect RV

If you’re still searching for the perfect RV for your 2017 adventures, there’s no better place to shop than right here at PleasureLand RV Center. Log onto our website or stop by PleasureLand RV Center to view our huge selection of new and used RVs for unbeatable prices.

Visit Black Hills, South Dakota

Stormy skies over the Needles area in the Black Hills of South Dakota.

“Go west, young man, go west” was first used in 1851 by John B. L. Soule and later reprinted by Horace Greeley in 1865. It was a saying that many took to heart, at that time, and moved to the west to set up a home.

Since the days of the old west when the frontier was a place of new beginnings as well as excitement and adventure, it has retained that spirit drawing vacationers year after year.

A trip to the Black Hills and the Badlands is one of those destination locations not to be missed.

Black Hills

With more than 6,000 square miles to explore, you’re sure to discover plenty of activities to suit everyone of all ages.

Within the Black Hills and Badlands, enjoy hikes, off road biking, boating, fishing and wildlife observation at these parks:

  • Black Hills National Forest
  • Custer National Forest
  • Badlands National Park
  • Custer State Park
  • Bear Butte State Park
  • Mount Rushmore National Memorial
  • Wind Cave National Park and Devils Tower Monument
  • Shade Hill Recreational Area
  • Bear Butte State park
  • Buffalo Gap National Grasslands
  • Jewel Cave National Monument

Attractions

Kids will get a kick out of Bear Country USA. Plan a zipline excursion at Rushmore Cave, take to the treetops at Rushmore Tramway Adventures or the Alpine Slide.

Sit back and enjoy the Dakotaride Summer Sled Dog Tours or settle in for a 20-mile ride on the 1880s steam train at the Black Hills Central Railroad.

For the adults, head to Deadwood for plenty of gaming action at one of many casinos including Miss Kitty’s Casino, Midnight Star, Mckennas Gold Casino, and the landmark Saloon No. 10 for more action.

Visit PleasureLand RV Center

Before you hit the road to the Black Hills of South Dakota, stop in at PleasureLand RV Center to ensure that your RV is in good shape for traveling. If you don’t own an RV yet and would like to make a trip to the Black Hills your inaugural trip, stop by and tour the inventory at PleasureLand RV Center and find the rig that’s right for you.

How About a Slice of Chocolate Cake?

Chocolate cake and coffee

There’s no better way to celebrate National Chocolate Cake Day than baking a delectable chocolate cake in the comfort of your RV. National Chocolate Cake Day will be held on Friday, January 27, this year, so there’s no better time to brush up on your cake recipes than now.

This easy-to-make chocolate cake recipe will wow your friends and family and convince them that you’ve been in the kitchen baking all day.

One Bowl Chocolate Cake Recipe

What you’ll need:

  • 2 cups white sugar
  • 3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 cup milk
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 cup boiling water
  • Your favorite chocolate frosting

Baking instructions:

  1. Preheat your RV oven to 350 degrees. Grease and flour two 9-inch round baking pans.
  2. Stir the sugar, flour, baking powder, cocoa, baking soda and salt together in a large bowl.
  3. Stir in the milk, eggs, oil and vanilla and mix for roughly 2 minutes with a mixer on medium speed.
  4. Stir the boiling water into the mixture last. The batter should be thin.
  5. Bake the cake for roughly 30 to 35 minutes in the preheated oven. Insert a toothpick into the cake. The cake is finished cooking when the toothpick comes out clean.
  6. Cool the cake pans for 10 minutes, then remove the cakes and place them on a wire rack to cool fully.
  7. Once cool, frost one cake with your favorite chocolate frosting, then place the other cake on top and frost them both.
  8. Allow the frosting to harden slightly, then slice and enjoy.

Visit PleasureLand RV Center

Don’t forget to stop and see us at PleasureLand RV Center when you’re cruising throughout the country in your RV this January. We’re stocked with all of the latest and greatest RV parts and camping supplies to help you enjoy 2017 to the fullest.

4 Great Spring Break Destinations

It’s never too early to start planning your spring break trip. With the kids out of school, a little time off for yourself, and an RV to travel in, spring break is a great opportunity to unwind, reconnect as a family, and share some new experiences. If you’ve got the will but don’t know where to go, why not try out one of these fun-filled destinations?

Hilton Head, South Carolina

Harbor Town, on the island of Hilton Head in South Carolina

For the beach-goer, Hilton Head offers miles of beautiful coastline. Hilton Head itself offers fantastic dining experiences, dozens of unique shopping opportunities, and plenty of annual public events that tourists can take advantage of. By the time spring break rolls around, the water is just right for swimming.

Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

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Those looking for sand, surf, and boardwalk fun need look no further than Myrtle Beach in South Carolina. With 60 miles of wide, soft sandy beaches and numerous family-friendly attractions, Myrtle Beach offers never-ending fun and adventure.

Branson, Missouri

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A popular regional destination for years, Branson has been drawing crowds from all over the country recently. Renowned for its live music scene (famous musicians associated with Branson include Johnny Cash, Dick Clark, the Oakridge Boys, the Osmond Family, and Kenny Rogers), Branson offers plenty of music and theater shows at its dozens of venues.

Yosemite National Park, California

Yosemite

If you’re interested in natural beauty, Yosemite National Park is not only one of the prettiest places in the United States, but the world as well. From hiking and camping to stargazing and nature watching, Yosemite National Park is a place that everyone should try to visit at least once.

Visit PleasureLand RV Center

Before you head out, remember to drop by at PleasureLand RV Center in St Cloud, Ramsey, or Brainerd, Minnesota. When taking such a long road trip, it’s important to get your RV checked over at a qualified service center, such as PleasureLand RV Center, before you hit the road. And, of course, if you don’t currently own an RV but would like to take your spring break getaway in one, now’s the time to start the shopping process and tour some models.

Visit Wild Mountain in Your RV

Looking for your next destination? If you’re not wanting to travel too far, head to Wild Mountain near Taylors Falls, Minnesota.

Open year round to families looking for outdoor fun, Wild Mountain is nestled in the scenic St. Croix Valley.

Winter Fun

It’s currently winter, and that means that it’s skiing and snowboarding season at Wild Mountain. With a mix of terrain to challenge any skill level, from novice to expert, there are 26 trails to try your hand at spread over 100 acres. The onsite school offers lessons to help learn the ropes of winter sports. Daily groundskeeping makes sure that conditions are always optimal for winter fun.

Other Seasons

If you can’t make it over to Wild Mountain this winter, plan to stop in later this year. There’s plenty to do every season, from sightseeing the spring blooms to the fun waterpark of the summer to the foliage of fall.

Stay at Wildwood RV Park and Campground

If you need a place to plant your rig, try the Wildwood RV Park and Campground located at 20078 Lake Blvd, Taylors Falls, Minnesota. The park has 70 sites, which include pull-thru access for big rigs, electric hookups for up to 50 amps, water and sewer, WiFi, and pool access.

Visit PleasureLand RV Center

Stop by PleasureLand RV Center before you head out to Wild Mountain. Whether you need to make sure your RV is in good shape before a road trip by visiting our service center or you need to purchase an RV, PleasureLand RV Center is here to help.

Take the Kids to Disney World

Disney World Fireworks

Disney World in Orlando, Florida, is a great destination for families with children. It’s a bucket list item for most kids and offers a great opportunity to have some fun on their terms.

If you’re also an RVing family, there’s no reason why you shouldn’t go there in your motorhome since there are plenty of good RV parks that are well-suited to visitors with Disney World in mind.

One of the better RV camping sites at Disney World is Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground. It’s the only campground located at Walt Disney World Resort, and guests enjoy easy access to the park via shuttle.

There are four types of campsites available for visitors and which campsite you need depends on your rig.

Tent or Pop-Up campsites are available starting at $53.00 a night. They provide room for either a pop-up camper or van-type camper, plus a tent or two.

Full Hook-Up campsites are available starting from $71.00 per night; these offer room for an RV plus a few tents. You’ll want this site for sewage hook-up.

The Preferred campsite level starts from $85.00 a night and offers everything that a full hook-up sites offers plus a view of the woods.

The Premium is the best type of site and starts at $90.00 a night. There’s room for extra-large RVs and 8 more feet of room than the other sites.

Go here to check dates and availability.

Visit PleasureLand RV Center

Before you head out to Disney World, or any other destination, stop by PleasureLand RV Center to get your rig checked out and make sure it’s up for the journey. Want to stay at an RV resort near Disney World, but don’t have an RV? No problem! PleasureLand RV Center can help get you into the RV of your dreams. Come on by and tour any model on the lot.

Which RV is the Best Fit for You?

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Determining which type of RV will suit your needs best can seem impossible. With so many RVs on the market, ranging from pop-up campers to high-end Class A motorhomes, choosing from such a large number of models can be daunting. These simple tips will help you discover which type of RV is perfect for you, so you can narrow down your options and start living your dream RV lifestyle.

Determine Your RV Use

The first step to choosing an RV is to determine which type of traveling you’d like to do. Are you seeking an RV for weekend family getaways or an RV that will replace your brick-and-mortar home? Do you want to move from one destination to another or stay put for months at a time? Typically, smaller, more budget-friendly RVs can be suitable for recreational weekend campers, while those who want to spend more time on the road should seek RVs with more durability and amenities.

Motorhomes are more ideal for travelers who like to stop in multiple places. Because they don’t take a lot of time to set up and prepare for departure (unlike fifth wheels and travel trailers), it’s easy to hop from one destination to another.

Consider Your Tow Vehicle

Many first-time RV enthusiasts forget that they may need to upgrade their tow vehicle to a more powerful model to tow a large travel trailer or fifth wheel. This can add a considerable amount of cost to upgrading your RV lifestyle and should always be considered. However, these more spacious RVs also offer more amenities, such as full bathrooms, fully-equipped kitchens, more seating space and quality sleeping areas.

Let Us Help

Here at the PleasureLand RV Centers, we’re experts on helping you find an RV that’s ideal for your travel needs. We’ll work within your budget to help you start the RV lifestyle you’ve been dreaming about for years.