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Camp-California Tweet is Tops, Touts Twitter

September 11, 2013 by · Comments Off on Camp-California Tweet is Tops, Touts Twitter 

One of the Top Tweets of the day.

Each day, the gurus perched at Twitter choose the best and most interesting Tweets of the day, notes Debbie Sipe, executive director of the California Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds (CalARVC) and Camp-California in this week’s “Wednesday Morning Coffee Talk & Updates.”

These Tweets are chosen from the 400 million posted each day. They watch for good conversations and Tweets coming from reliable sources with consistently good content. Last week, they chose Camp-California!

“Theresa Christian, part of the myCampmate team, used a popular hashtag #wewannaknow, to help the Tweet stand out. It worked! She asked if “story telling or singing around the campfire” is your most favorite activities.”

Way to go, Theresa and myCampmate, for working hard to “Keep California Camping Top-of-Mind!”

 

 

California Parks Active over Holiday Weekend

August 27, 2013 by · Comments Off on California Parks Active over Holiday Weekend 

Campgrounds across California are gearing up for Labor Day weekend with a variety of activities that range from arts and crafts activities for children to outdoor salmon and chicken barbecues. Some parks also offer live entertainment and outdoor movies.

But while many campgrounds are sold out for the holiday weekend, Camp-California.com has compiled a statewide listing of campgrounds, RV parks and resorts that still have spaces available, according to a news release.

“Most campgrounds are offering activities for people of all ages,” said Susanne White, a spokeswoman for the California Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds, which hosts Camp-California.com, a statewide travel planning website.

Camp-California.com includes travel information and links to privately owned and operated campgrounds all over California as well as an updated list of campgrounds that still have vacancy over Labor Day weekend.

To find them, click on the “Discover California” tab on the upper left section of the Camp-California.com homepage. Then click “Places to Go” and click on “Labor Day Weekend” to find a listing of campgrounds, RV parks and resorts with holiday weekend vacancy.

As of Monday (Aug. 26), several campgrounds across California still had vacancy, including:

  • Barstow/Calico KOA in Yermo: This park has RV and tent sites. Labor Day weekend activities include a Saturday pancake breakfast and a Saturday night movie. The park offers a free shuttle service to Calico ghost town. www.koa.com
  • Butterfield Ranch Resort in Julian: This park has RV and tent sites and three swimming pools. Arts and crafts for kids are planned for children. Stay two nights over Labor Day weekend and get the third night free. www.butterfieldresort.com
  • Castaic Lake RV Park in Castaic: This park is one half mile away from the lower lake, while the upper lake is two miles away. Castaic Lake is open for boating, fishing, picnics and swimming. Six Flags Magic Mountain is five minutes from the park. www.castaiclakervpark.com
  • Champagne Lakes RV Resort in Escondido: This park has both RV and tent sites as well as three catch and release fishing lakes. www.champagnelakesrvresort.com
  • Coachland RV Park in Truckee: Enjoy the clean, fresh, mountain air away from urban crowds and smog. Located on 30 acres, there is plenty of open space and an abundance of natural beauty within’ the park premises. Wildlife is attracted to the seasonal stream which runs through the park and deer often frequent the ball field. www.coachlandrvpark.com
  • Emerald Desert RV Resort in Palm Desert: This park will have a barbecue pool party on Friday night with a dinner, dance and live music. Saturday activities will include kids games and a pajama party with pizza, movies and crafts at night. A pool party is being planned for Sunday. www.emeralddesert.com
  • Far Horizons 49er Village in Plymouth: This park will celebrate Labor Day weekend by hosting its 34th annual Kids Day Games. www.49ervillage.com
  • Flying Flags RV Resort in Buellton: Activities at this park include hay rides, a barbecue and poolside DJ and outdoor movies. www.flyingflags.com
  • Gold Country Campground Resort in Pine Grove: This park is planning a Western themed weekend with activities, crafts and games. www.goldcountrycampground.com
  • Kamp Klamath in Klamath: This park has RV and tent sites. Labor Day weekend activities include an all you can eat barbecue with chicken or salmon, stir fry vegetables and salad for $14.95. Live music and dancing will also be provided. www.kampklamath.com
  • Meadowcliff RV Resort in Coleville: Meadowcliff Lodge was originally built as a 10-room motel in 1959 and has spacious rooms that are twice the size of today’s hotel rooms. The lodge also has separate, fully stocked kitchens, which families can rent so they can prepare their own meals. Meadowcliff also has its own restaurant, which is frequented by guests as well as travelers and local residents from nearby communities. The park has a Labor Day weekend special. Spend three nights and get the fourth free. www.meadowcliff.com
  • Mountain Gate RV Park in Redding: This park’s Labor Day weekend activities include a Labor Day picnic with a bonfire and Karaoke. www.mt-gatervpark.com
  • Oceanside RV Park in Oceanside: This park has both RV and tent sites. Nearby attractions include the California Surf Museum and the San Luis Rey Mission. www.oceansidervpark.com
  • Rancho Oso Guest Ranch, Santa Barbara: Families that stay at this campground can go horseback riding and spend the night in covered wagons, which are arranged in a circle around a campfire pit, just like in the days of the pioneers. The resort has RV spaces and park model cabin rentals. You can see the covered wagons and other photos on the park’s website: www.rvonthego.com/ca
  • River Oaks Resort in Lewiston: This park, located along the Trinity River, is offering 50 percent off for disabled veterans on stays of up to seven days. www.riveroaksresort.com
  • San Diego RV Resort in La Mesa: This park has RV sites. A Labor Day weekend barbecue is planned from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, with hot dogs, hamburgers and refreshments. In addition to having a heated pool and spa, state-of-the-art exercise facilities and a pet walking area, this park has its own trolley stop on San Diego’s Trolley Line. The park has also developed a five-day Trolley travel itinerary that includes visits to the San Diego Zoo, Seaworld, Balboa Park, Seaport Village, the Gaslamp Quarter, Little Italy, Old Town San Diego and the beaches of Coronado Island. Other Labor Day weekend events include the Festival of Sails, a Beer and Reggae Festival and the U.S. Sand Sculpting Contest. www.sdrvresort.com
  • Soledad Canyon RV Resort & Campground in Acton: This park will have poolside activities and games, face painting and free cotton candy and snow cones for the kids. www.rvonthego.com/ca
  • Springs at Borrego RV Resort in Borrego Springs: Located next to Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, this park offers championship golf, tennis, swimming pools and hot mineral baths as well as classes in yoga, Tai Chi, Pilates, water aerobics during the winter season. www.springsatborrego.com
  • Victorville Shady Oasis in Victorville: This park has both RV and tent sites. Labor Day weekend activities include Saturday and Sunday bingo in the afternoons with kids’ movies and live music in the evenings. http://shadyoasis.tripod.com
  • Yanks RV Resort in Greenfield: This is a new park that opens this weekend. Nearby events include the Monterey County Fair. www.yanksrvresort.com
  • Yreka Trailer & RV Park in Yreka: This park has 102 RV sites, 82 of which are pull through. www.yrekarvpark.com

For more information on camping opportunities in California, visit www.Camp-California.com.

 

 

 

MultiMedia Camp-California! Guide Launched

July 19, 2013 by · Comments Off on MultiMedia Camp-California! Guide Launched 

Camp-California Marketing has created the first-ever, multimedia Camp-California! The Campers Guide to California.

Available for desktop computers and soon to be at the iTunes Store, this 21st century guide includes over 15 embedded videos, 500 hot links, table of contents quick links, Twitter feed, integrated social media sharing, customizable pdf generator, integrated advertiser index, along with search and print tools, according to a Camp-California news release.

According to Debbie Sipe, executive director and CEO for Camp-California Marketing, “As far as we know, this is the first, true multimedia camping guide with embedded video content. We are excited to bring the full force of the digital age to our 39 year-old publication.”

Campers now have the option to carry the traditional printed version or switch to the digital version on their iPads or lap tops. The camping guide is an annual publication with 200,000 printed copies available to consumers in January.

Digital proponents say that print is going away. And while it is certainly on the decline, many RVers and campers still prefer a printed guide. “Our camping guide is not going away,” says Sipe. “What will change is how many are generated on traditional paper vs. how many are downloaded onto tablets and laptops. It’s all dependent on the campers’ preferences.”

Click here to see the new guide.

 

CalARVC Promotes July 4 Holiday Openings

July 3, 2013 by · Comments Off on CalARVC Promotes July 4 Holiday Openings 

July 4th activities promoted.

Campgrounds, RV parks and resorts across California are filling up for the long July 4th holiday weekend. But campers can still find parks with empty spaces by visiting Camp-California.com.

The statewide travel planning website has an online reservation function that enables consumers to search privately owned and operated campgrounds all over California, according to a news release.

“You can even use Camp-California.com to identify campgrounds that have park model cabins, yurts, tipis and Airstream trailers for rent,” said Debbie Sipe, executive director of the California Association of RV Parks & Campgrounds (CalARVC), which operates the Camp-California website.

Camp-California.com is packed with information on things to see and do in every region of the state. “We’ve taken the time to identify some of the campgrounds that have the best onsite activities as well as the best fireworks viewing opportunities,” Sipe said.

Camp-California has also identified many of the campgrounds that still have spaces available for July 4th weekend. Go to Discover California tab, then hit “Places to Go,” then “July 4th” to pull up the list.

Here’s a sampling of some of the activities taking place over the July 4th holiday weekend at or near campgrounds up and down the state:

  • Campland by the Bay in San Diego: This family friendly campground has a private beach on the shores of Mission Bay with special areas for swimming that are ideal for children. The park also has swimming pools and a Jacuzzi as well as a skate park, a fitness center and an onsite restaurant. July 4th weekend activities include live music.
  • Castaic Lake RV Park in Castaic: Fireworks are visible from this park, which is located one half mile from the Castaic Lake Recreation Area and a short drive from Magic Mountain.
  • Coachland RV Park in Truckee: This park is close to the July 4th parade in Truckee.
  • Chula Vista RV Park & Resort in Chula Vista: This park’s amenities include a swimming pool and Jacuzzi as well as a fitness center. July 4th weekend activities include a pig roast, hula dancers and fire dancers as well as a patriotic pet parade and a K-9 unit display.
  • Emerald Desert RV Resort in Palm Desert: July 4th activities at this park include a delicious barbecue dinner along with a watermelon eating contest and bobbing for apples. Music will also be provided for guests before a complimentary shuttle takes everyone to see the fireworks at Palm Desert Civic Center.
  • Forest Park RV Spaces: There are fireworks and a parade at Lake Almanor. This campground is located about a third of a mile from the south end of the lake.
  • Fridays RV Retreat and McCloud Fly Fishing Ranch in McCloud: This park is unique in that it has onsite fly fishing ponds as well as a runway for model airplanes.
  • Hiouchi RV Resort in Crescent City: This park is located nine miles from Crescent City, which will have a July 4th festival with a parade and fireworks.
  • Kamp Klamath RV Park and Campground in Klamath: This park is located along the Klamath River, one of California’s most sought after salmon fishing rivers. Park activities include barbecues, live music, bonfires and guided tours into Bigfoot country. The park will be celebrating the grand opening of its Big Foot Fun Deck over July 4th. The park is also offering four nights for the price of three.
  • Klamath River RV Park in Klamath: This park will have a barbecue on July 4th with hamburgers and hot dogs and pot luck side dishes provided by guests. There will also be games and prizes.
  • Meadowcliff Lodge & RV Resort in Coleville: Meadowcliff Lodge was originally built as a 10-room motel in 1959 and has spacious rooms that are twice the size of today’s hotel rooms. The lodge also has separate, fully stocked kitchens, which families can rent so they can prepare their own meals. Meadowcliff also has its own restaurant, which is frequented by guests as well as travelers and local residents from nearby communities. The park is offering four nights for the price of three during July 4th weekend.
  • Redwoods River Resort & Campground in Leggett: This park, which has RV and tent sites as well as cabin and motel room rentals, features movie nights, rock painting, ice cream socials, Karaoke nights and “Find the Rock” games in which children search for brightly colored rocks in exchange for a prize. One of the park’s biggest onsite events takes place over July 4th with a chocolate pie eating contest and canoe races in the swimming pool. Reggae Rising, an internationally acclaimed three-day Reggae music festival, takes place six miles north of the resort during the first weekend of August.
  • River Oaks Resort in Lewiston: This park, located along the Trinity River, is offering 50 percent off for disabled veterans on stays of up to seven days.
  • San Diego RV Resort in La Mesa: This park will have a barbecue beach park on July 6th with hot dogs, hamburgers and refreshments provided by the resort. In addition to having a heated pool and spa, state-of-the-art exercise facilities and a pet walking area, this park has its own trolley stop on San Diego’s Trolley Line. The park has also developed a five-day Trolley travel itinerary that includes visits to the San Diego Zoo, Seaworld, Balboa Park, Seaport Village, the Gaslamp Quarter, Little Italy, Old Town San Diego and the beaches of Coronado Island.
  • Smithwoods RV Park in Felton: This park’s summer activities include outdoor movie nights, ice cream socials and scavenger hunts. Other special events this summer include a July 4 children’s wheels parade in which campers are invited to decorate their bikes, trikes, scooters and wagons and red, white and blue. The park will also have its annual dog show competition on July 27, a vintage trailer rally on Aug. 3 and a wiffle ball tournament on Labor Day weekend.
  • Truckee River RV Park in Truckee: This park is close to the Truckee 4th of July Parade.

Camp-California Promoting Member RV Parks

May 23, 2013 by · Comments Off on Camp-California Promoting Member RV Parks 

Camp-California parks offer variety of activities and features.

Campgrounds, RV parks and resorts across California are offering a full slate of family activities and entertainment this summer, from pet costume contests and cardboard boat regattas to birding, wildflower and medicinal plant walks.

“Camping isn’t just parking an RV or pitching a tent anymore. Campgrounds increasingly offer everything from educational opportunities to fun family activities like arts and crafts activities, scavenger hunts and competitive events,” said Debbie Sipe, executive director of the California Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds (CalARVC), which hosts www.Camp-California.com, the statewide travel planning website.

According to a CalARVC news release, here’s a sampling of some of the activities taking place this summer at campgrounds up and down the state:

Campland by the Bay in San Diego: This family friendly campground has a private beach on the shores of Mission Bay with special areas for swimming that are ideal for children. The park also has swimming pools and a Jacuzzi as well as a skate park, a fitness center and an onsite restaurant. Activities include scavenger hunts, beach volleyball, kickball, capture the flag, soccer, horseshoes and adult darts. Special events include live entertainment and dances, including periodic “Glow in the Dark DJ Dances” as well as talent competitions involving Campland guests.

Casini Ranch Family Campground in Duncan Mills: This park, located 60 miles north of San Francisco, has frontage along the Russian River. The park has hayrides, weekend beach bonfires with marshmallow roasting as well as outdoor movies on holiday weekends. Canoe and kayak rentals are also available. Many guests also enjoy feeding the ducks and other waterfowl on historic Moscow Mill Pond.

Chula Vista RV Park & Resort in Chula Vista: This park’s amenities include a swimming pool and Jacuzzi as well as a fitness center. July 4th weekend activities include a pig roast, hula dancers and fire dancers as well as a patriotic pet parade and a K-9 unit display.

Coloma Resort in Coloma: This park, which includes campsites, RV sites, park model cabins and safari tents, offers several onsite activities, including a ropes course, gold panning and fishing along the American River. Nearby activities include whitewater rafting, river tubing and biking.

El Capitan Canyon near Santa Barbara: This resort, which is affiliated with Ocean Mesa Campground, features RV sites, tent sites, park model cabins and safari tents. The resort has a Saturday night concert series that runs through the summer, featuring everything from oldies and classic rock to blues, old school funk and Latin jazz. Nearby recreational activities include hiking, biking, golf, glider rides, whale watching and ocean kayaking.

Emerald Desert  RV Resort in Palm Desert: This resort has a Father’s Day weekend special that includes three nights in a deluxe campsite, a round of golf with a cart at the Classic Club and a day of fishing on Lake Hemet. In honor of Father’s Day, Emerald Desert is also hosting a beer and brats barbecue on Saturday, June 15.

Far Horizons 49er Village in Plymouth, California: In addition to offering over 300 full-service RV sites, this Sierra Nevada Gold Rush Country resort also features 15 vacation cottage accommodations that are available on a bed and breakfast plan in conjunction with Café at the Park, an on-site deli/espresso café. The resort also offers organized activities and special events, the most popular of which are its two Halloween-themed weekends, which include resort wide trick or treating, costume and campsite decorating contests, a pet costume contest, a pumpkin carving contest and a best scream contest.

Flying Flags RV Resort in Buellton (Solvang): This park, located five minutes from the Danish-themed village of Solvang, has RV sites as well as luxurious park model cottage and vintage Airstream trailer rentals. Several activities are provided, including Friday night Tri-Tip barbecues, Saturday night ice cream socials, movies under the stars and Sunday breakfast in bed delivery service. Golf and wine tasting packages are also available.

Frandy Park in Kernville: This park is located on the banks of the wild and scenic Kern River and offers sites for tents and RVs. Three river rafting companies are located onsite and there are opportunities for golfing, horseback riding, hiking, biking and ATV riding nearby. Fishing opportunities also abound for golden, rainbow and brown trout as well as crappie. Nightly dancing and weekend live bands are available at local dinner houses.

Fridays RV Retreat and McCloud Fly Fishing Ranch in McCloud: This park is unique in that it has onsite fly fishing ponds as well as a runway for model airplanes. The park will have its second annual RC Fun Fly model airplane event Saturday, Aug. 24. weekend.

Golden Village Palms RV Resort in Hemet: This resort will have a car show on June 1 from 9 a.m. to noon. Guests will enjoy cars, games and food and live music.

Kamp Klamath in Klamath: This park is located along the Klamath River, one of California’s most sought after salmon fishing rivers. Park activities include barbecues, live music, bonfires and guided tours into Bigfoot country.

Lake Minden RV Resort in Nicolaus: This park’s summer activities include a 1950s and 60s themed weekend over Father’s Day weekend with Matchbox cars, Hula Hoops, Pick Up Sticks, Etch-A-Sketch, Silly Putty, Spirograph and Battleship games. Guests can also show off their best twist moves at the Saturday night barn dance.

Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort & Marina in Newport Beach: This resort has frequent ice cream socials, guitar hero hours, teen pizza nights, card nights and outdoor movies on the beach. Special events include cardboard boat regattas on June 15, July 20 and Aug. 17. Fall activities include pre-Halloween costume and campsite decorating contests. Amenities include a secluded beach with a waveless swimming lagoon on the bay; a swimming pool; and an onsite bistro. Pet friendly amenities include a dog wash station. Kayak, pedal boat, sailboat and electric boat rentals are available. The resort includes RV sites and park model cottage rentals. Tent camping is also allowed on the beach.

Pacific Dunes RV Resort and Riding Stables in Pismo Beach: This 215-site RV park is next door to Pacific Dunes Ranch Riding Stables, which offers horseback riding trips on one of the only beaches in California where people can go horseback riding. Guides take riders through a lushly forested area that includes a creek that’s inhabited by beavers and frequented by deer. Riders then go along the beach for a short time before circling back on another trail that crosses the Oceano Dunes, an 18-mile-long stretch of sand dunes that were once inhabited by the Chumash Indians.

Rancho Oso RV & Camping Resort in Santa Barbara: This park also offers guided horseback riding trips. Guests at this park can watch stock dogs herding sheep and cattle every Saturday. The park also offers a bucking bull demo with “baby” bulls that are being prepared for future work in rodeos. Amenities include bike trails, miniature golf, nature hiking trails, plus an onsite restaurant and clubhouse. Camping options range from RV and tent site rentals as well as park model cabins. The resort also offers horse camping sites for campers who bring their horses with them. The resort also has several covered wagon rentals, which are arranged in a circle around a campfire pit. Covered wagons sleep up to four people and are equipped with four cots and an electrical outlet.

Redwoods River Resort & Campground in Leggett: This park, which has RV and tent sites as well as cabin and motel room rentals, features movie nights, rock painting, ice cream socials, Karaoke nights and “Find the Rock” games in which children search for brightly colored rocks in exchange for a prize. One of the park’s biggest onsite events takes place over July 4th with a chocolate pie eating contest and canoe races in the swimming pool. Reggae Rising, an internationally acclaimed three-day Reggae music festival, takes place six miles north of the resort during the first weekend of August.

Sacred Rocks Reserve in Boulevard: This campground is located at the 3,500-foot level in the mountains about an hour’s drive east of San Diego. They do a lot of nature, artistic and meditation activities at this park, from star-gazing activities to weekend workshops with water color painters, writers and poets. They also have a Native American drum circle and California’s largest labyrinth. This park is also horse-friendly and accommodates people who travel with their horses. They also have park model cabin rentals and a bunkhouse that sleeps 10.

San Diego Metro KOA in Chula Vista: This campground features a variety of organized activities from tie-dye t-shirt making classes to ice cream socials, pony races, hayrides, flashlight lollipop hunts and outdoor movies. The campground also has an outdoor laser game facility called a Surf Shack Shootout. Rental accommodations range from an African safari style tent that’s furnished to rustic cabins to fully furnished park models, two more of which were expected to be available for rent this summer.

San Diego RV Resort in La Mesa: In addition to having a heated pool and spa, state-of-the-art exercise facilities and a pet walking area, this park has its own trolley stop on San Diego’s Trolley Line. The park has also developed a five-day Trolley travel itinerary that includes visits to the San Diego Zoo, Seaworld, Balboa Park, Seaport Village, the Gaslamp Quarter, Little Italy, Old Town San Diego and the beaches of Coronado Island.

San Francisco Petaluma KOA in Petaluma: This campground, which features park model cabin and RV rentals as well as RV sites, features a petting farm with goats, chickens, miniature donkeys and horses; a 30-foot rock climbing wall; horse-shoe pits; a bocce ball and ring toss area; a jumping pillow as well as a huge swimming pool. Organized activities include Karaoke nights, hay wagon rides, pancake breakfasts and outdoor movie nights. The campground also has themed activities, including a Father’s Day week from June 10 to 16, which includes a chili cookoff and a decorated dad parade. A Harry Potter week is set for July 15 to 21 and includes a magic show. A prom flashback and ugly bridesmaid dress contest is set for the week of July 29 to Aug 4 with a tacky tuxedo contest for men.

Santee Lakes Recreation Preserve in Santee: Operated by Padre Dam Municipal Water District, the Preserve has over 190 acres of stocked lakes and parkland as well as a 300-site campground with RV and tent sites as well as 10 fully furnished park model cabins with kitchens and bathroom facilities. Seven of the cabins are right on the water’s edge, while three of cabins are actually floating on the water. The cabins come equipped with air conditioning and heating as well as wireless Internet service and barbecues. Other campground amenities include swimming pools and a Jacuzzi, a water sprayground and regular playground facilities as well as a camp store that offers food and fishing tackle as well as canoe, rowboat and kayak rentals. Bicycle rentals are also available. Special events also take place at Santee Lakes from time to time, including a 5K fun run on Sept. 21.

Smithwoods RV Park in Felton: This park’s summer activities include outdoor movie nights, ice cream socials and scavenger hunts. Other special events this summer include a July 4 children’s wheels parade in which campers are invited to decorate their bikes, trikes, scooters and wagons and red, white and blue. The park will also have its annual dog show competition on July 27, a vintage trailer rally on Aug. 3 and a wiffle ball tournament on Labor Day weekend.

Sorenson’s Resort in Hope Valley (near Lake Tahoe): This resort features 35 cabin rentals and 25 campsites for tent or RV camping, plus a vintage 1947 trailer and a three-bedroom, two-bath house for rent. The resort also offers a variety of on-site and off-site classes for an extra fee. Upcoming events include a fly fishing weekend, June 7 – 9; a historic Emigrant Trail tour, June 24; a birding seminar, July 6; a medical plants walk, July 7; a wildflower identification class, July 18; a landscape photography workshop July 27; and a watercolor workshop Sept. 16 – 20.

Ventura Ranch KOA in Santa Paula: This campground has a 1,400-foot long zip line, a rock climbing wall and jumping pillow. “Bigfoot Adventure Walks” also take place from time to time on weekends. Other activities include rock and tie dye t-shirt painting. This campground offers fully furnished safari tents, Native American style teepees and park model cabin rentals in addition to RV and tent sites.

 

The Latest RV Park and Campground Briefs

January 24, 2013 by · Comments Off on The Latest RV Park and Campground Briefs 

2013 Camp-California guide cover

CALIFORNIA

From a news release:

The California Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds (CalARVC) is now distributing its 2013 Camp-California! The Camper’s Guide to California.

The camping guide is an annual publication with 225,000 copies available to consumers in January. Camp-California! distribution and saturation focus is California, host to 5.1 million campers annually. About 80% of California campers are from California.

The guide is distributed throughout California via consumer shows, Camping World stores, California Welcome Centers, RV rental agencies, RV dealers, at various PR events promoting camping and outdoor recreation and at many of our member parks.

This is the only visitor’s guide that represents all segments of California’s camping industry and each region of California. It’s the only guide that focuses on having fun in California while including camping information that is available at all California Welcome Centers.

NEW MEXICO

From The Daily Times, Farmington:

Bloomfield police evacuated the Desert Rose RV Park during a structure fire there early Monday (Jan. 21).

A family’s motorhome was fully engulfed in flames when police arrived at the park shortly before 8 a.m., Bloomfield police Sgt. Marlyn Wyatt said in a news release.

There was a 200-pound propane tank attached to the RV so officers evacuated the entire park, he said.

William Jones, who owns the RV and lives there with his wife, said he heard a “pop” and a roar early Monday and said the home caught fire near their refrigerator, police said.

The Joneses were not hurt during the fire.

The family did lose most of their belongings and is receiving aid from The American Red Cross.

San Juan County Fire Marshal Chris Cardin said the RV was a total loss.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation, he said.

No other RVs were damaged because of the fire.

BRITISH COLUMBIA

From The Free Press, Fernie:

Following a positive and well-received public hearing, a planned RV park is one step closer to coming to Fernie.

The owner of the property commonly known as the wrangler or rodeo grounds is proposing to turn the lot into an RV park. Reto Barrington owns close to 30 acres of land located west of the Fernie Golf Club and north of McDougall Creek. He’s asking the city of Fernie to allow him to rezone the lot from Rural Residential to Parks and Open Space to allow for campground development.

After reviewing Barrington’s proposal in December, the council posted their intention to allow the rezoning and held a public hearing on Jan. 14 to give Fernie residents a chance to weigh in.

As of Jan. 11, the city had received nine emails and eight letters, all of which were in support of the RV park.

NEW BRUNSWICK

From a news release:

A new online system for booking campground spots and cabins at provincial parks is now available.

“The system recently went live, and now that we have begun a new year, it is time to get the word out about it; how interactive a tool it is; and how it will add to the visitor experience,” said Tourism, Heritage and Culture Minister Trevor Holder.

The system enables potential visitors to complete their reservation online. It was developed and is powered by Camis, a company that has provided the service to other provinces, neighboring American states and Parks Canada for a number of years, with great success.

To help visitors choose, there are photos and details of each site. Visitors can reserve in advance and ensure they get the site they want; they do not have to wait at the entrance gate to complete their reservation; and there is no disappointment at finding the campsite they were hoping to get is already booked.

 

Rue Mapp Blogs About KOA Kamping Experience

April 25, 2012 by · Comments Off on Rue Mapp Blogs About KOA Kamping Experience 

Rue Mapp with children

Editor’s Note: Oakland, Calif., resident Rue Mapp founded OutdoorAfro.com to promote camping among African-Americans. She maintains a website and posts stories about her camping adventures. Here is the introduction to her latest post.

Awesome! Fabulous! Wonderful!

These are some of the words that come to mind after such a terrific weekend at California’s Central Coast near Santa Cruz camping with KOA with my Arwen and Billy, plus family friend Milan Martin. KOA is a private campground franchise with over 475 locations around the country. As part of our partnership with Camp California to demonstrate the various ways families can choose to camp, we decided to try a KOA for our third RV experience.

Unique about KOA are the many options to experience camping. You can sleep under the stars in a tent, pull up in an RV, or stay in a cabin or lodge. Some KOA sites offer novel arrangements such as the iconic Airstream, a Tree House or a Caboose! In addition to the sleeping options, there are many recreational activities available on site, such as swimming, mini golf, banana bikes, a climbing wall, playground, horseshoes, basketball, volleyball, and outdoor movies during peak season.

Click here to read the entire blog.

CalARVC Touts 2012 Camp-California Guide

February 15, 2012 by · Comments Off on CalARVC Touts 2012 Camp-California Guide 

2012 Guide now available

Editor’s Note: The following story appears in this week’s issue of “Wednesday Morning Coffee Talk & Updates,” an online service of the California Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds (CalARVC).

The 2012 Guides are available!

And they are gorgeous, but of course we are a bit biased. In coordination with our new creative consultants, Advanced Media Marketing Group, Camp-California Marketing has put a fresh face on Camp-California! The Campers Guide to California. Newly designed amenity grids, pin-friendly maps, top-notch photos, and an easy to read font, coupled with our award winning content makes the 2012 Camp-California! Guide the best ever!

A page-turning digital edition will be available soon on Camp-California.com.

You can get a sneak peak by clicking here. New features will be included in the digital version including audio and video content. Soon you will be receiving an offer to load your park’s best video content to enhance your listing in the digital edition. By early spring, consumers can download the Camp-California! Guide app from iTunes onto their iPhones & iPads.

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California Parks Sponsoring $50 Weekend

September 3, 2010 by · Comments Off on California Parks Sponsoring $50 Weekend 

Nearly 50 private California campgrounds and RV parks from San Diego to Crescent City plan to offer two nights of camping for $50 on the first weekend of October, California RVer reported.

“Our members offer this promotion to boost shoulder season camping and to entice consumers who have never camped before,” said Verna Wiseman, director of communications for the California Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds (CalARVC), which organized the promotion.

Here’s a sampling of participating parks by region:

San Francisco and the North Coast

  • Crescent City Redwoods KOA, Crescent City
  • Kamp Klamath RV Park & Campground, Klamath
  • Mirabel Trailer Park & Campground, Santa Rosa
  • Novato RV Park, Novato
  • Sportsman’s RV Park, Fort Bragg

Shasta – Cascade Region

  • Fawndale Oaks RV Park, Redding
  • Mountain Gate RV Park, Redding
  • Old Lewiston Bridge RV Resort, Lewiston

Central Valley

  • Bakersfield Palms RV Park, Bakersfield
  • Flag City RV Resort, Lodi
  • Merced River RV Park, Delhi
  • New Horizons Mobile RV Park, Fresno
  • Two Rivers RV Park, Manteca
  • Vineyard RV Park, Vacaville

Gold Country and High Sierra

  • Bridgeport Reservoir RV Park & Marina
  • Clio’s Rivers Edge RV Park
  • Coachland RV Park
  • Frandy Park
  • Meadowcliff RV Resort
  • Movin’ West RV Park
  • Paradise Shores RV Park
  • Tahoe Valley Campground
  • Wishon Village

Los Angeles

  • Acton Los Angeles North KOA
  • Valencia Travel Village

Inland Empire

  • Anza RV Resort, Inc., Anza
  • Golden Village Palms RV Resort, Hemet
  • Pine Tree RV Park, Big Bear Lake

Deserts

  • Big River RV Park, Big River (near Parker, Ariz.)
  • Black Meadow Landing, Parker Dam
  • Emerald Desert Golf & RV Resort, Palm Desert
  • Fountain of Youth Spa, Niland
  • Shadow Hills RV Resort, Indio
  • The Springs at Borrego, Borrego Springs

San Diego Area

  • Bernardo Shores, Coronado
  • Champagne Lakes RV Resort, Escondido
  • Circle RV Resort, El Cajon
  • Escondido RV Resort, Escondino
  • Oak Creek RV Resort, El Cajon
  • Rancho Los Coches RV Park, Lakeside
  • Sacred Rocks Reserve, Boulevard
  • San Diego RV Resort, La Mesa
  • Vacationer RV Resort, El Cajon

Listings of private campgrounds, online reservation requests and other camping-related information is available at www.Camp-California.com.

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