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Posted on: August 21st, 2015 by admin No Comments

The Lonestar Sportsman is back! Tune in to Lonestar Sportsman on News Radio 1200 WOAI every Saturday morning from 5 – 7 a.m. to hear interviews from Texas Campgrounds (TACO) members as they weigh in on the RVing and camping lifestyle. Click play below to listen to the interview or visit the broadcast website.

rvThousand Trails RV Resort is located on Medina Lake in Lakehills, TX. Medina Lake levels have been low for several years, but now it’s back at lake levels! The lake holds a special place in the hearts of many San Antonio residents. You can enjoy boating, sitting by the water, fishing and water sports. The park is located on the east side of the lake on the river portion.

Thousand Trails opened in 1982 and has an excellent reputation, with many guests coming back year after year. The park offers 300 acres, with 100 acres of full hook-up campsites with water, electric and sewer hookups. If you don’t have an RV, enjoy one of the 17 cabins. You won’t be “rouging it”. These are 400-sqaure-foot park models with TVs, satellite and modern amenities. However, you can walk right out your door into a serene park with wildlife, vegetation and natural beauty.

Families love staying at Thousand Trails, as it offers a serene vacation spot with access to San Antonio attractions like the River Walk, Fiesta Texas and SeaWorld just 45 minutes away. Fishermen also come out to Thousand Trails all year-round, and starting in about October, Winter Texans venture south for the colder season.

Thousand Trails offers a variety of sites and amenities for every camping style. The park is associated with Texas Campgrounds, a community of campgrounds all across Texas. For more information, visit the Texas Campgrounds website.

Lone Star Itinerary: 10 Essential Texas Stops

Posted on: August 11th, 2015 by Joe Laing No Comments

When you hear “Texas road trip”, what images come to mind? Cowboys? Beaches? World-class music venues? All of those are accurate, plus there’s so much more to experience when you come to the Lone Star State. Come along on a whirlwind tour of ten essential Texas stops no visitor should miss.

Lone Star Essential #1: Stockyards National Historic District-Fort Worth

This vibrant cultural and historical district has shopping, dining and plenty of Texas cowboy-themed attractions, so why not make it #1 on your Lone Star Itinerary?

Lone Star Essential #2: Dallas World Aquarium

From the red-backed bearded saki to mysterious seadragons and giant clams, the creatures here will captivate the most jaded Texas travelers.

Lone Star Essential #3:  – Austin Live Music Venues

If you’ve only got a day or two to explore, order tickets for Austin City Limits at the Moody Theater. You should also plan to crawl the Warehouse District, 2nd Street District and East Sixth venues to hear your all-time favorite musicians plus up and coming stars.

Lone Star Essential #4: San Antonio River Walk

Five miles of shops, restaurants and Spanish architecture along the San Antonio River have thrilled visitors for decades. Whether you hope to find artistic treasures or the best Margueritas in Texas, you’re bound to find them along the River Walk.

Lone Star Essential #5: USS Texas – La Porte

If history’s your thing, the Battleship Texas is a ‘don’t miss’ Lone Star attraction. The only remaining US battleship to have served in both World Wars, it’s an enormous floating museum worth spending a day exploring. You’re also a quick walk away from the San Jacinto Battleground, making this a double-dip Houston area essential.

Lone Star Essential #6: Palo Duro Canyon – Texas Panhandle

Did you know the country’s second largest canyon is tucked away in the Texas Panhandle? Palo Duro Canyon is a wonderland of hiking, biking and riding trails and the view is breathtaking everywhere you turn.

Lone Star Essential #7: Galveston Island Historic Pleasure Pier

There’s no shortage of theme parks in Texas, but if you’re hoping for classic, family-friendly fun on the Gulf of Mexico, head to Galveston. The Pleasure Pier has been rebuilt to match its World War II era glory, with eateries, rides and amusements for the whole gang.

Lone Star Essential #8: Padre Island/Corpus Christi

So much to do here, you’ll want to stretch your vacation. South Padre Island with its beaches, hotels and attractions, Padre Island National Seashore—undeveloped dunes and beaches teaming with wildlife, and Corpus Christi’s Bob Hall Pier and adjacent Padre Balli Park offer a world of fun on the water.

Lone Star Essential #9: Texas State Railroad-Rusk to Palestine, TX

Tour the East Texas Piney Woods Region by vintage railcar on a twenty-five mile trip from Rusk to Palestine. Lots of options for excursions, but book your tickets early, this one’s popular!

Lone Star Essential #10: Lake Sam Rayburn, Jasper, TX

At more than one-hundred-thousand acres, this lake in Deep East Texas is sure to deliver on fishing, boating, swimming and just plain relaxing on the water. Bring the bass boat—the largemouth population is epic!

Round up the family and make tracks to Texas—these ten essential stops are just the beginning of a memorable Texas adventure.

Joe Laing is the Director of Marketing for El Monte RV and has worked in the travel industry for over two decades.  He has been exploring the outdoors most of his life and enjoys spending time camping throughout the United States. Joe has also been involved with the RVIA’s Go RV’ing committee, campground associations, and many travel industry associations. 

Thousand Trails at Lake Whitney is Open for Summer Fun

Posted on: June 26th, 2015 by admin No Comments

Due to recent flooding, Lake Whitney State Park is currently closed. But that doesn’t mean summer vacation is cancelled! Thousand Trails is still open for the season, so call today to book your stay.

cabinLake Whitney State Park will be closed for most of the summer, or until further notice. You won’t be able to boat on the lake, but you will still be able to unwind at Thousand Trails. You can enjoy nature at a primitive campsite in the shade, a cabin or a pull-thru RV site. Take a dip in our pool to cool off this summer!

If you want to get outdoors and soak up the summer sun, you can go for a horseback ride on one of our equestrian trails and enjoy the view of Lake Whitney. Our RV resort includes a fitness center, clubhouse, hot tub, mini golf, shuffleboard and more! Enjoy free Wi-Fi and cable TV at all sites. Feel free to bring your four-legged friends along, because pets are always welcome!

Thousand Trails at Lake Whitney is located north of Waco and south of the DFW metroplex, near Hillsboro. Hillsboro is home to a variety of restaurants and an outlet mall that brings in visitors from all over Texas. To reserve your vacation with Thousand Trails, call 1-877-570-2267 or visit their website.

Whether you’re looking to hook up an RV, rent a cottage or pop a tent, Texas Campgrounds include parks that offer a variety of sites and campground experiences. Stop by the Texas Campgrounds website to enter your name into a quarterly drawing to win a $250 Valero gift card, and to find more information about your next camping destination.

 

TACO Community Helps Rebuild After Severe Flooding

Posted on: June 16th, 2015 by admin No Comments

 

With the recent devastation of flooding ripping through Texas, many communities, churches and organizations have come forward to help those in need as the sun begins to shine on this tragedy.

sunsetThis week’s interview on the Lonestar Sportsman features David Rowley from Pecan Park Riverside RV and Cabins, one of the many places damaged by severe flash flooding. You can listen to the interview below, or visit the SoundCloud channel.

David speaks of the challenges faced during this traumatic experience. During the month of May, Texas saw record-breaking water levels, and the San Marcos River quickly flooded. Thankfully, Pecan Park owners and residents had a few hours to grab their belongings and evacuate the park. But when they returned, they returned to irreversible damage and flooding. Five cabins were damaged and the owners’ home was flooded with eight feet of water.

Though Pecan Park is still open for business, they are in the rebuilding stage, and have seen something truly amazing. Because TACO parks are outstanding with incredible customer service and satisfaction, Pecan Park has created a community of supporters. Many people have stepped forward to volunteer time and money to put toward rebuilding the campground.

Pecan Park is truly a gem of an RV Park near the San Marcos River, providing a peaceful and fun-filled destination perfect for families and children. Faithful TACO customers like you make miracles like this happen, and we couldn’t be more thankful. To learn more about Pecan Park, stop by their website.

Whether you’re looking to hook up an RV, rent a cottage or pop a tent, Texas Campgrounds include parks that offer a variety of sites and campground experiences. Stop by the Texas Campgrounds website to enter your name into a quarterly drawing to win a $250 Valero gift card, and to find more information about your next camping destination.

Summer Vacation is Still On

Posted on: June 3rd, 2015 by admin No Comments

Rain, rain, go away! Our hearts go out to the families impacted by the floods. If you’re concerned about your summer reservations, we have good news. Many of our parks are free of flooding and are ready for you to come enjoy the summer.

heartTexas Campgrounds is an association of campgrounds and RV parks all across Texas. Whether you’re eyeing San Antonio, dreaming of strolling down the River Walk, or wanting to head south to the Rio Grande Valley, TACO has a place for you to feel right at home. Swing up to North Texas and enjoy many sports events, from Rangers baseball to hockey and more. Or venture out to East Texas and enjoy the beautiful pine trees. As always, the beautiful hills and delicious wines in the Texas Hill Country might be calling your name.

Don’t let the rain put a damper on your summer vacation plans. Feel free to call any of our parks to check their flooding conditions. To search for a park, simply visit our website and select “Find a Park.” You can search by park name, city or region. Each search result will pull up an information page that includes contact information for the park, as well as their website. So simply call, then pack your bags and have a new adventure this summer!

Whether you’re an RVer, a tent camper or a cottage renter, Texas Campgrounds includes parks for every type of adventurer. Travel somewhere new, or revisit your favorite destination. Stop by the Texas Campgrounds website to enter your name into a quarterly drawing to win a $250 Valero gift card, and to find more information about your next camping destination.

 

 

 

Music Festivals and the Lone Star State

Posted on: May 28th, 2015 by Joe Laing No Comments

What better reason to come RV camping in Texas than the chance to attend an exciting multi-day music festival? Held year-round throughout the state, Texas music fests are famous for their top-notch entertainers and friendly hospitality. Even better, most are within a short drive of a top-notch RV campground. Here are five to consider as you’re planning your next camping trip to Texas.

Kerrville Folk Festival – Quiet Valley Ranch, Kerrville – May 21 to June 6

Come immerse yourself in the family-friendly festival atmosphere and the chance to hear beloved artists such as Emmylou Harris and David Crosby. Held at Quiet Valley Ranch just south of Kerrville, TX, this annual folk festival features dozens of acts, workshops of interest to budding musicians and activities for every age music fan.

There’s a campground on-site, but it fills up fast. If you don’t secure a campsite on the Ranch, there are plenty of excellent campgrounds near Kerrville.

Dallas International Guitar Festival – Fair Park, Dallas – May 29-31

Since 1978, guitar enthusiasts from around the globe have met in Dallas to celebrate the guitar and the world-class guitarists who take music to whole new heights. Whether RV campers love to listen to, or play, the guitar, they’re going to want to make this festival an annual camping destination. Located at Fair Park just outside downtown Dallas, the events are easy to reach from most Dallas area campgrounds. Rock on!

UtopiaFest – Utopia – Labor Day Weekend

What to expect at this music fest: Family friendly, free camping (no hookups), an eclectic lineup of bands, and tickets limited to 2,000 to create a cozy, fan-centered experience. An hour and a half west of San Antonio in beautiful Texas Hill Country, it’s one of the Lone Star State’s best festivals. Click here for Central Texas campgrounds if you prefer to camp away from the crowds. Tip: Buy your tickets early!

Salmon Lake Park Bluegrass Festival – Grapeland – Labor Day Weekend

For decades, bluegrass fans who love to camp in a lovely rural setting have flocked to Salmon Lake in Grapeland, Texas on Labor Day Weekend. The combination of lakeside listening, a homey, family atmosphere (think opening night potluck dinner!) and hours on end of classic bluegrass music draws big crowds year after year. Camp on-site or reserve a campsite

Austin City Limits Music Festival – Austin – October 2-4, October 9-11

Where else but the Live Music Capital of the World can you experience a world-class festival with dozens of acts offering an amazing range of music? Austin’s fame as a live music paradise has built this festival into two full weekends of listening enjoyment. Held at the city’s Zilker Park, this celebration offers attractions for the entire family, in addition to awesome performances on multiple stages. 2015 weekend one is sold out, so if you’re planning to come to Austin, get those weekend two tickets now! Here’s a link to Austin area RV campgrounds to help you plan your trip.

These are just five of the music festivals that draw RV campers each year to Texas. Why not add at least one to your camping plans and find out why all kinds of music fans have fallen in love with the Lone Star State?

Joe Laing is the Director of Marketing for El Monte RV and has been in the travel industry for over 20 years.  He has been exploring the outdoors most of his life and enjoys spending time camping throughout the United States. Joe has also been involved with the RVIA’s Go RV’ing committee, campground associations, and many travel industry associations. 

Consigned Motorhome Dealership Makes it Easy to Buy and Sell

Posted on: May 15th, 2015 by admin No Comments

Tune in to Lonestar Sportsman on News Radio 1200 WOAI every Saturday morning from 5-7 a.m. to hear interviews from Texas Campgrounds (TACO) members as they weigh in on the RVing and camping lifestyle. Click play below to listen to the interview or visit our SoundCloud channel.

rvThe rainy, cold Texas winter is over and the bluebonnets, and the RV business, are blooming! With many new RVers entering the market, new motorhomes and trailers are flying out of dealerships. But there is also a surge in current RVers changing their minds, and wanting to trade used vehicles for something new.

That’s where PPL Motorhomes comes in. PPL is the largest RV consignment dealership in the U.S. with three locations, Houston, Cleburne (DFW) and New Braunfels. The business showcases over 700 consigned motorhomes, travel trailers and fifth-wheels for sale by private owners.

Many people are interested in motorhomes this year with the current price of fuel. PPL offers a variety of quality used motorhomes for every personality. These used motorhomes are in great shape, as the average RVer only puts 3,000 miles on their vehicle per year.

If you’re trying to sell your motorhome, travel trailer or fifth-wheel and are experiencing the frustration of potential buyers not showing up and deals falling through, come to PPL. They will help you sell your used vehicle or orchestrate a fair trade. Testimonials include motorhome owners who had been trying to sell for one and half years before coming to PPL and finding success. PPL can sell your vehicle faster and get you the price you deserve. To find more information about PPL, visit their website.

Whether you’re looking to hook up an RV, rent a cottage or pop a tent, Texas Campgrounds includes parks that offer a variety of sites and campground experiences. Stop by the Texas Campgrounds website to enter your name into a quarterly drawing to win a $250 Valero gift card, and to find more information about your next camping destination.

Deep in the Belly of Texas: 10 Things You Have to Eat on Your Texas Road Trip

Posted on: May 6th, 2015 by Joe Laing No Comments

Traveling to Texas and hoping to sample the best in Lone Star cuisine? You may think this super-sized state is just about thick steaks and Tex-Mex, but there’s so much more to savor while you’re here. From Brownsville to Amarillo and all points in between, here’s a quick list of ten great eats to relish on your Texas road trip.

 

Smoked Brisket: Pit-smoked beef brisket is the soul of Texas-style barbecue. Smoked to tender perfection and served with sides like pinto beans and potato salad, it’s enough to lure barbecue-lovers from every state in the Union. There’s plenty of brisket being smoked throughout the state, but Central Texas is prime brisket territory.

 

Pecan pie

 

“Pecan pie” – By Joe Hakim, via Wikimedia Commons

 

 

Pecan Pie: The sweet, sticky goodness of a Texas pecan pie may bring tears to your eyes. Crowned with roasted pecans and baked in a flaky crust, this regional treat is the claim to fame of many a Texas café. 

 

King Ranch Chicken Casserole: Speaking of ooey, gooey goodness—King Ranch chicken casserole has been a standard good eat for decades in Texas. This cheesy, spicy south Texas concoction screams ‘comfort food’ quite deliciously.

 

Tacos: Tex-Mex, that unique blend of traditional Mexican dishes and Texas cuisine, has at its heart the humble taco. With an abundance of taquerias to tempt your taste buds, you’re sure to find one no matter where you travel in Texas. Look for warm, homemade tortillas and then pick the fillings that suit your palate, from brisket to veggie combinations.

 

Chili con carne with garnishes

“Chili con carne with garnishes”- By Jeffrey W, via Wikimedia Commons

 

 

Chili con Carne: If you want to start a range war in Texas, ask who makes the best chili! Everyone has a favorite recipe, but the basics are the same: tender Texas beef and spicy chili pepper gravy. What else is added is up to the cook, so be ready to sample several combinations before you choose your top pick.

 

Steak: It’s no accident the Lone Star State is king when it comes to great steaks. Prime beef is the legacy of Texas cattle ranches and the tradition continues with filets and ribeyes served up in cafes and restaurants throughout Texas. Primo steak territory? Dallas/Fort Worth boasts some of the best-known steakhouses in the state.

 

Crawfish boil

“Crawfish boil”- By Giovanni Handal, via Wikimedia Commons

 

 

Boiled Crawfish/Shrimp: The Gulf Coast waters off Texas offer seafood lovers a special treat. Crawfish and white shrimp boiled in spices are a standard offering in Gulf Coast cities like Houston and Port Aransas. Dive into a couple pounds of shrimp or crawfish boil for a classic Texas Gulf Coast dining experience.

 

Pecan Pralines: Pecan groves dot the state and produce the key ingredient in Texas pecan pralines, a delightful candy you won’t want to miss. Buttery, sugary and crunchy, the adjectives go on and on, but why not taste them for yourself while on your Texas road trip?

 

Czech Kolaches

“Czech Kolaches”- By Petr Broz, via Wikimedia Commons

 

 

Czech Kolaches: Towns like Boerne, West and La Grange were heavily influenced by Czech immigrants to Texas and one of their sweetest contributions to the state is the kolache. These fruit or meat filled pastries float off the plate, so watch for them on the menu as you make a stop at bakeries and restaurants in these Texas towns.

 

Chili Con Queso: Are you sensing a theme of cheesy, spicy goodness in Texas cuisine? This iconic dip is a staple in Texas eateries, so why not make a game of grading the queso as you eat your way through the state?

 

And there you have it—ten foods to keep foodies happy on a Texas road trip. Try them all or make several trips to try regional cuisine in the Lone Star State. Either way, you’ll be happy you let your taste buds wander their way through Texas.

Joe Laing is the Director of Marketing for El Monte RV and has worked in the travel industry for over 20 years.  He has been exploring the outdoors most of his life and enjoys spending time camping throughout the United States.  Joe has also been involved with the RVIA’s Go RV’ing committee, campground associations, and many travel industry associations. 

Relax Beachside this Summer

Posted on: May 4th, 2015 by admin No Comments

Tune in to Lonestar Sportsman on News Radio 1200 WOAI every Saturday morning from 5-7 a.m. to hear interviews from Texas Campgrounds (TACO) members as they weigh in on the RVing and camping lifestyle. Click play below to listen to the interview or visit our SoundCloud channel.

sunsetThis week, we’re talking to Greg Smith from Pioneer Beach Resort in Port Aransas. This beach town is just two and a half hours from San Antonio, and three and a half hours from Austin. The beautiful area draws in Winter Texans every year, who find themselves staying longer into spring as the beautiful Texas wildflowers bloom. Local Texans also enjoy the park during the summer, as it offers easy access to the beach. Just walk or drive your golf cart over their boardwalk to the water, and let your troubles float away.

Pioneer Beach Resort started in 1995, initially attracting Winter Texans. Now the park sees visitors all year-round, with some guests staying the whole time. They’ve even had kids return who used to camp at Pioneer with their parents when they were younger. The park is home to 361 one full-hookups with concrete pads. The sites fit any make and any size RV, and their friendly staff can help guide you into your spot.

This time of year is beautiful in Port Aransas, with spring blooms, great fishing, and plenty of summer sun. Relax and unwind near the waves and feel the sand between your toes. Visit their website for more information.

Whether you’re looking to hook up an RV, rent a cottage or pop a tent, Texas Campgrounds includes parks that offer a variety of sites and campground experiences. Stop by the Texas Campgrounds website to enter your name into a quarterly drawing to win a $250 Valero gift card, and to find more information about your next camping destination.

Discounted Camping at Thousand Trails

Posted on: April 21st, 2015 by admin No Comments

Tune in to Lonestar Sportsman on News Radio 1200 WOAI every Saturday morning from 5-7 a.m. to hear interviews from Texas Campgrounds (TACO) members as they weigh in on the RVing and camping lifestyle. Click play below to listen to the interview or visit our SoundCloud channel.

thousandThis week’s interview features a conversation with Terry Munoz from Thousand Trails RV Resort. Thousand Trails is a corporately owned network of campgrounds across the U.S., with seven locations in Texas. All properties are located on lakes and rivers, which provide plenty of opportunity for family-friendly fun.

The name derives from the original owner in Washington who bought a piece of land and cut trails in it to ride his motorcycle. He added camping sites and the business grew, expanding to other states. Thousand Trails is a unique way to camp and save money doing it. If you’re an avid camper or RVer, check out their Annual Membership Pass. The pass requires an annual fee and gives you year-round camping access to any Thousand Trails property, as well as discounts on cabins, cottages and rentals. Terry Munoz says the pass includes 30 days of free camping and nightly rates as low as $3.

Thousand Trails campgrounds attract Winter Texans and other snowbirds who love to escape the colder seasons. There is also a large population of families at their campgrounds, who seek to spend time in the outdoors and make memories on vacation. Every property features planned activities and abundant wildlife, so there is plenty to do and see.

To find a Thousand Trails property near you, visit their website. Whether you’re looking to hook up an RV, rent a cottage or pop a tent, Texas Campgrounds includes parks that offer a variety of sites and campground experiences. Stop by the Texas Campgrounds website to enter your name into a monthly drawing to win a $100 Valero gift card, and to find more information about your next camping destination.

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