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Thousand Trails 45 Years

Thousand Trails 45 Years

Mark your calendar, put on your party duds and come celebrate 45 Years of Making Camping Memories with Thousand Trails. The date of the preserve-wide shindig has been set for Saturday, July 19, 2014. And while we definitely know there will be cake, final activities and events plans are still in the works. Watch TrailBlazer, the Thousand Trails website and our newsletters for more details.  But don’t miss this – it’s gonna be big fun.

 

May TrailBlazer

May TrailBlazer Contents

May TrailBlazer Contents

Is a major road trip on the agenda for your summer plans? If that’s what’s in store for you, don’t miss the May issue of TrailBlazer as we explore the Mother Road, aka Route 66, and all the fun stops along the way as this road takes you from Chicago to LA.  We also checked with your favorite amusement parks to see what new rides are being unveiled this season. You will be thrilled by what we’ve found!

 

Kentucky Bound? Visit Diamond Caverns

Diamond Caverns

Diamond Caverns

The Kentucky Derby is right around the corner so perhaps a visit to a Kentucky will make you a winner when it comes to planning a family vacation. Diamond Caverns, in Park City, is a little over an hour’s drive from all the Derby fun in Louisville. But that’s not all that makes this resort a winner for a May visit. Conveniently located near Mammoth Cave National Park (less than 10 minutes), you can spend the day exploring this national park’s amazing cave systems and then return to relax camp side at Diamond Caverns.

Spend the next day exploring the 743-acre resort that includes an 18-hole golf course, hiking, biking and walking trails, a pool, game room and mini-golf course. It’s family friendly, pet friendly, and guarantees a great family vacation – even if you don’t play the horses!

For more information on Diamond Caverns, or to make reservations, visit www.thousandtrails.com.

 

Hot Dog, that’s good!

Hot Dog, that's good!

Hot Dog, that’s good!

A main staple for campfire dinners is the ever-popular hot dog. But, in addition to being a family favorite, the hot dog can also be very versatile. Try these topping alternatives to give your dog some flair!

Pizza Dog

Top your roasted hot dog with marinara sauce, mozzarella cheese and some fresh basil for an Italian twist.

 Mac and Cheese Dog

That’s right, cook up a pot of your favorite brand of mac and cheese to top your toasty dog for a combo of the best comfort foods around.

Reuben Dog

To make this tasty dog, simply top your dog with sauerkraut, Swiss cheese and Thousand Island dressing.

Tex-Mex Dog

Enjoy your dog South of the Border style by topping it off with guacamole and salsa.

Sides Inside

Instead of enjoying your French fries or onion rings on the side, just put them right in the bun and enjoy everything at once!

 

Preserve & Local Events

Leavenworth RV Resort

Leavenworth RV Resort

Feeling lucky? Have some fun at California’s Palm Springs Kentucky Derby Weekend, scheduled for May 2-3. Make your own Derby hat to wear while you watch the race with everyone in the Family Lodge. And, of course, the evening movie is none other than “Secretariat.”

New York’s Rondout Valley is celebrating Cinco de Mayo with a Mexican Potluck during the weekend of May 2-4, while Michigan’s Bear Cave is going all out with Mariachi music, a Mexican hat dance, pinatas and a taco bar.

Our preserves are making sure that it’s all about Mom during the Mother’s Day weekend, May 9-11. There are special crafts, Mother’s Day teas, pampering events and scrumptious breakfasts scheduled just for Mom. Check out the Thousand Trails’ website to see what your favorite preserve has planned.

Grab your favorite BBQ recipe and head on over to Lake Texoma Preserve, in Gordonville, TX for their BBQ Cook-Off, planned for May 24.

The circus is coming to Leavenworth, Washington and the Leavenworth Preserve is scheduling plenty of fun to coincide with the Greatest Show on Earth, including softball tournaments, an outdoor movie and Popsicle and Lemonade Socials. All the fun is set for May 23-25.

And don’t forget, May 17 is Member Appreciation Day across all the preserves. See what your favorite preserve has planned for the day!

 

April 2014 Photo Gallery

 

Encore Deals: Venture In/Show Low, Arizona

Arizona's White Mountain Trail

Arizona’s White Mountain Trail System

Come visit us in sunny Arizona and enjoy the spectacular summer weather that can be found in Show Low. With daytime highs that average 85, the evenings cool down enough for you to enjoy the warmth of a campfire. Plan at stay at Encore’s Venture In and enjoy the White Mountains that surround the area and some of the best trout fishing just 30 minutes from the resort.  Explore the Petrified National Forest, which is just an hour away or hike the loop trails in nearby Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest. Onsite fun includes live entertainment events, potlucks, card games, dances, and jam sessions.

The White Mountain Trail System consists of 11 loop trails offering over 103 miles of hiking. This system is located within 15 miles of the recreation area in the adjacent Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest. Trail maps are available at the park headquarters.

May deals at Venture In include a $199 monthly special (for May only), 30% of weekly and monthly rates and 3 months for just $999. For more information on Venture In, visit www.rvonthego.com

 

New Rentals Coming To Several Preserves

New Rentals Are Coming

New rental cabins and cottages are being delivered to several preserves.

If you’re looking for a switch from tent or RV camping, consider reserving one of the new rental cabins and cottages that are coming to more than 20 preserves.  West coast locations include California’s Idyllwild, Lake Minden, Lake of the Springs, Pio Pico, Rancho Oso, Russian River, San Benito and Yosemite. In the Pacific Northwest, new cabins and cottages are being delivered to  Oregon (Whalers Rest) and Washington (Crescent Bar and Long Beach). Lake Conroe, in Texas, is on the list as is Illinois’ Pine Country, Indiana’s Indian Lakes and Michigan’s St. Clair Preserve. In the east, look to Maine (Moody Beach), New Jersey (Lake and Shore and Sea Pines), Pennsylvania (Gettysburg Farm, Scotrunand Timothy Lake South) for new rentals.

These are sure to be quite popular, so visit www.thousandtrails.com to see if your favorite destination is ready to book you into a sweet new rental!

 

Northeast Zone | January 2014

Oceana, Ocean City, WA

Oceana, Ocean City, WA

Make a New Year’s Resolution to see what other Zones have to offer. Read on to see what our other Zones may offer that’s similar to your favorite spot in your Zone.

If it’s the ocean you love, our Northeast preserves are the perfect spot to enjoy the lure of the Atlantic. But what about taking a trip to other big pond and visit the Pacific Coast at our Northwest Preserves? The Pacific is in reach from Canada on down through Oregon in our Northwest Zone.  Dreaming of a horseback ride on the beach? Come stay with us at Oceana, in Ocean City, WA and enjoy plenty of beachy fun. Let your pooch romp at the beach at Long Beach, which is just a short walk to a dog-friendly beach, plus the charming town of Seaview is an added plus to this location. Check out Oregon’s Pacific City where you can’t get much closer to the beach than this. Enjoy clamming, crabbing, magnificent sand dunes and more.  Swim, scuba-dive, whale watch and soak up the salty sea air with a visit to Whalers Rest, in South Beach, Oregon which is just 150 yards from the beach.  Or, try visiting our Southwest Zone’s California coast preserves, including Soledad Canyon, in Acton, near Los Angeles, or Rancho Oso in Santa Barbara.

 

Southeast Zone | January 2014

Forest Lake, Advance, NC

Forest Lake, Advance, NC

Make a New Year’s Resolution to see what other Zones have to offer. Read on to see what our other Zones may offer that’s similar to your favorite spot in your Zone.

If you enjoy this Zone, you have probably experienced more than a fair share of good-weather camping. And if you consider a visit to our Southwest Zone, you’re probably looking at some spectacular weather as well. Arizona’s Verde Valley, set amidst the beautiful red rocks, offers a temperate climate and unparalleled hiking opportunities.   And then there’s California, with over 18 preserves you’d be hard pressed to find better weather or better locations than our CA offerings. From north to south as well as inland, our California preserves offer everything from mountains to beaches, to sight-seeing and serenity.