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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. 

Snowbirds Gone To Texas!

Posted on: September 30th, 2013 by admin No Comments

If you haven’t already made reservations at a Texas RV Park, Campground or Resort for the winter, it’s time to start thinking about where you want to make your winter Texas home! Each year, campers from the north choose Texas parks for the mild winter, friendly people and many social activities that these parks have to offer.

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Head way down south to the Texas Valley, where the winter is mildest and the outdoor mountains and other scenery provides a beautifully tranquil place to park your rig for a while. Set up near Big Bend National Park for outdoor activities like hiking, birdwatching, scenic drives and stargazing. Or explore many other top-rated campgrounds in the Rio Grande Valley and surrounding areas by browsing through our South Texas region on TexasCampgrounds.net.

Central Texas is always another popular location for Snowbird camping. The Hill Country provides interesting scenery and changing autumn leaves on pecan trees, making pretty sites. And many parks take advantage of live, local music and Texas BBQ, hosting dinners and dances. Many parks also take bus trips into town, where residents can enjoy plenty of fall festivals going on in New Braunfels and Austin. Browse Central Texas RV Parks for a Hill Country winter getaway.

Or check out parks in the Houston area, where the natural beauty of East Texas Pines transitions well into the mild winter. There are plenty of activities in metro Houston, including football and basketball games, concerts, trade shows and more. And in the surrounding areas like Conroe and The Woodlands you can enjoy hiking, kayaking, golfing and more year-round. Browse Houston area campgrounds on TexasCampgrounds.net to find your perfect North Gulf Coast park!

Night in Old Fredericksburg

Posted on: July 9th, 2013 by admin No Comments

A charming town in Central Texas beckons visitors to attend Night in Old Fredericksburg, an irresistible annual event that is a lively celebration of German heritage. On the evenings of July 19 and 20, head down to Main Street to join the locals in enjoying music, dancing and food as well as shopping, carnival rides and clips from 1963 TV shows. Once you come, you’ll know that on these two enchanted evenings there is no better place to be in all of Texas.

This event that began in 1963 has become an annual party that showcases the qualities that make Fredericksburg special. The music will include traditional German oompah along with Texas country, so you can choose to dance the night away or just relax and watch the merriment. While you listen to the entertainment, you can sample famous local food and shop an eclectic combination of items that include jewelry, specialty foods and home décor. Admission is $6 per adult.

It’s easy to locate a campground in this town by visiting TexasCampgrounds.com and clicking on the Find a Park page. Search by city and select Fredericksburg. Two of your options are Fredericksburg RV Park and Oakwood RV Resort. You can make a reservation with our secure site.

Republic of Texas Biker Rally

Posted on: June 11th, 2013 by admin No Comments

Coming up on June 13 through 16, Austin will host the event that motorcycle enthusiasts wait for all year – the Republic of Texas (ROT) Biker Rally. The big bash on Friday night will begin when what has been called “the longest parade of motorcycles known to mankind” roars into the downtown district. Following the grand parade, the streets will be blocked to traffic, creating an environment for a biker party that will feature a concert by headliner bands.

Aside from an array of concerts, the 4-day event will involve much more. One of the most popular attractions is a Hot Rods and Classic Cars Show on Saturday, which will include Thundebirds and classic Chevys. Another exciting highlight is Mexico’s Motorcycle Acrobats, a riveting show involving stunts like forming human pyramids.

If you want a break from the high-octane entertainment of the ROT Rally, head over to Zilker Hillside Theater on at 7:30 on June 16 for a relaxing outdoor concert involving Broadway tunes, marches and classics. Austin offers something for everyone, including music that caters to every taste.

It’s easy to locate a campground by visiting TexasCampgrounds.com and clicking on the Find a Park page. Search by city and select Austin. Two options include Oak Forest RV Park and Royal Palms RV Community. Our secure site takes the hassle out of making reservations.

Texas Attractions: Cowboy Capital of the World

Posted on: May 28th, 2013 by admin No Comments

A visit to Bandera will take you to the cowboy capital of the world, where you can regularly enjoy rodeos, chuckwagons and more. While it may be a small town, it holds a big place in the hearts of Texans who cherish the state’s cowboy traditions. The local dude ranches offer horseback riding, and secluded cabins in the area make ideal spots for observing wildlife by day and star gazing by night.

You can catch a rodeo every Saturday night. Also, on some Saturday afternoon you can attend Cowboys on Main, an event that involves strolling musicians and a Western display.

Other Saturday activities include a BBQ chuckwagon dinner and cowboy stage show at the Flying L Guest Ranch. The ranch also offers roping lessons and wagon rides.

Drop into Dogleg Coffee House for a fabulous cup of coffee and a homemade treat like cookies or chocolates. You’ll come back for more.

Bandera exudes a true cowboy-era authenticity. It isn’t unusual to see a horse hitched to a downtown post. You haven’t experienced the Wild West of Texas until you’ve stayed in Bandera.

You can locate a campground in this town by visiting TexasCampgrounds.com and clicking on the Find a Park page. Search by city and select Bandera. It’s easy to reserve a spot at Pioneer River Resort or Skyline Ranch RV Park through our secure site.

Kerrville Folk Music Festival

Posted on: May 14th, 2013 by admin No Comments

Many of us who grew up in the 60s fell in love with the sound of folk music, and that love affair continues to this day. Groups like Peter, Paul and Mary masterfully combined poignant lyrics with musicality, producing amazing songs that have lingered in our consciousness all these years.

Campers will have the opportunity to hear today’s folk music at the Kerrville Folk Festival on May 23 through June 9. During this 18-day period, more than 100 singers and their bands will descend on Quiet Valley Ranch for a glorious round of performances, competitions and workshops. An array of food and drink will be available for purchase, including BBQ and vegetarian dishes, as well as smoothies and gourmet coffee. Daily ticket passes range from $25 to $40, depending on the day of the week.

The town of Kerrville offers several parks from which campers can choose. To locate them go to TexasCampgrounds.com and click on the Find a Park page. Search by city and select Kerrville. Two options are Guadalupe River RV Resort and Buckhorn Lake Resort. You can click on the ‘Book Now’ button and reserve your spot.

Texas Attractions: Georgetown

Posted on: April 16th, 2013 by admin No Comments

Georgetown is a small historic town about thirty miles north of Austin that exudes the irresistible charm of yesteryear. The downtown area sports antique streetlights and Victorian storefronts, along with brick walks lining tree shaded streets. Restored to its period beauty, the architecture in the downtown square is entrancingly adorned with gingerbread and other decorative elements of this era.

You can take a self-guided walking tour or elect to arrange a guided tour of the area. Don’t miss the courthouse, built in 1878, and the Palace Theater, an art deco structure built in 1925. Meander through the local museum and unique shops, and stop at one of the restaurants for a delightful repast.

Other attractions in the town include hike and bike trails, as well as a cavern and an archeological artifacts site. You’ll enjoy your stay in this friendly, interesting Texas town.

Visit TexasCampgrounds.com to find a campground close to this historic gem. Click on the Find a Park page, then search by city, selecting Georgetown. East View RV Ranch and New Life RV Park are both in town. You can reserve a spot on our secure site.

Texas Attractions: Willow City Loop

Posted on: March 14th, 2013 by admin No Comments

If the different types of landscapes in the state were to enter a beauty contest, undoubtedly two of the top contenders for the crown would be the majestic mountainous area of West Texas and the tall pine forests of East Texas. But perhaps the contestant that would be impossible to beat would be Willow City Loop, an amazing 13-mile stretch of road near Fredericksburg that will blow you away.

The surreal scenery through this unique geographical area features rugged terrain of hills and canyons, live oak trees and an abundance of wildlife. While it is beautiful any time of year, in the wildflower season of March and April it is a little piece of Heaven. A vast profusion of bluebonnets and other colorful blooms cover the meadows, creating an effect that is gorgeous beyond description.

Any visit to Texas Hill Country would not be complete without traveling this road. Moreover, the area is not only near Fredericksburg but is a drivable distance to New Braunfels, both of which are interesting towns to explore.

You can locate a park close to this attraction by visiting TexasCampgrounds.com and clicking on the Find a Park page. Click on “Search by City” then select Fredericksburg. Several campgrounds are in town, two of which are Lady Bird Johnson Municipal Park and Texas Wine Country. Our secure site makes it easy to reserve a spot.

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