With so much talk these days about cities in the US that are booming on the west coast, we’ve decided that it’s time to head east for the second half of the summer. Check out some mini-itineraries that will take you from one Thousand Trails or Encore campground to another with some fun stops along the way!
#1 Massachusetts-Sturbridge RV Resort to Gateway to Cape Cod
Start your day in Sturbridge, MA at the Sturbridge RV Resort, with a walking tour of the Sturbridge area that takes you to period houses, stores, sawmills, blacksmith shops, cider mills, Thompson Bank,beautiful gardens, and tons of artifacts displays that show the history of the area. Then, take a packed lunch or order a pizza to Rapscallion Brewery for a couple of beers and a game of disc golf! (The disc golf course opens on July 30, 2016).
Then to head to Attleboro Art Museum in the afternoon; typically ; admission and parking are free. Then head to the Attleboro Art museum, where admission and parking are free. This museum hosts 8 exhibitions and over 40 events per year. As you head up to the Gateway to Cape Cod RV Campground, stop at the local restaurant, Matt’s Blackboard for dinner and a very short drive to set up camp.
#2 New York – Lake George to Alpine Lake
Start your day out early on Prospect Mountain, about 20 minutes from Lake George Schroon Valley Resort or Lake George Escape Campground for a moderate hike that takes you 2.7 miles out and back. Along the way you’ll get beautiful views of the lake, dogs are allowed on this trail and it is accessible all year round
For lunch, Sammy D’s Cafe, where they make everything fresh in house, roast their own meats, bake their own bread, and bring in local artists to show their work. On the menu – melts, wraps, salads, and vegetarian dishes.
Then drive out to Saratoga Springs. There is a lot to do here- a couple of easy-going options include relaxing with a glass of wine at the Saratoga Springs Winery or keep up with that adventurous outdoorsy streak by taking an balloon ride with Adirondack Balloon Rides. Once you land, whether that’s on the ground or putting the wine glass down, you (and your DD driver, if you’ve been drinking) can head to the Saratoga Springs campground, Alpine Lake RV Resort. Another afternoon activity option is to hang out at the Saratoga Springs Race Course, and opening weekend is July 22.
Opening weekend at the Saratoga Springs Race Course is July 22
#3 New Hampshire – Pine Acres to Tuxbury Pond
Drive just a little bit north of Pine Acres Resort in New Hampshire for a relatively easy hike on South Mountain in Pawtuckaway State Park . This 2-mile loop climbs around 500 -600 ft and what a great way to start your day with a bit of exercise and elevation gain. Though a relatively easy hike, you’ll work up an appetite so head out from there to Bruchetti’s Pizzeria for a slice or two. Belly full of pizza, head to Zorvino Vineyards. This family owned vineyard is most well-known for their “off dry” fruit wines, blends, and unusual fruit and vegetable wines like Pumpkin, Beet and Rhubarb. This vineyard also brings in grapes from Italy, California and South America. On your way to Tuxbury Pond RV Resort, stop at Jewell Towne Vineyards to pick up a bottle for a BYOB dinner at Brown’s Seabrook Lobster Pound. Enjoy some of New England’s best seafood as you look out to the sunset over the marsh.
Are you taking any day trips between campsites this summer? Tell us about it in the comments!