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

Posted on: May 6th, 2015 by Texas Campgrounds 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. 

Young RVers Take Up the RV Lifestyle

Posted on: April 7th, 2015 by admin No Comments

TrailerPeople may be hesitant to embark in the RV lifestyle because of their age. Feeling too young, many people shy away from the fun, exciting experience RVing has to offer. But the RV industry is open to all ages, and doesn’t exclude younger generations.

RVing has changed over the years, and now RVers are becoming more active. RV parks have begun to incorporate gyms, walking trails and fitness classes into their campgrounds to embrace this change. You’ll often find bike rental stations at RV parks, and with plenty of scenic views and trails, young RVers will have fun exploring the great outdoors.

Statistics show that the fastest-growing group of RV owners is 35 – 44 years old. This is good news for RV parks, as young RVers often spend more on the experience rather than goods. Young travelers take frequent trips and often return to parks. This new surge in younger RV owners has boosted sales for RV parks and campgrounds all around the country.

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.

 

Live Life On Vacation With Texas Campgrounds

Posted on: March 11th, 2015 by admin No Comments

CampgroundTune 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.

Are the great outdoors calling your name? Texas Campgrounds is a group of over 400 different RV resorts and campgrounds in the great Lonestar state. With parks offering everything from spacious pull-thru RV sites to fully furnished park model homes, there is a solution for every kind of camper, no matter where you want to go.

Cabins and park models have been receiving a lot of attention lately, with their unique advantages and amenities. If you’re tired of noisy hotel neighbors, kids running down the halls, and not having a sense of peace, consider staying in a park model at one of TACO’s campgrounds. Park models and cabins are usually fully furnished with amenities like cable, Wi-Fi and access to pools and entertainment areas.

With a park model, you’ll have your own unit and your own space to unwind and relax for the weekend, or even the month. Park models are a great solution for campers who don’t yet own an RV, but want to enjoy the experience of camping with friends and family members who do. And if you’re thinking about purchasing an RV, consider staying in a park model for a few months to get a feel of the experience. Ultimately, if RVing is not for you, some parks sell lots and units so guests can enjoy a permanent vacation home.

No matter where you are in your camping experience, TACO has a solution for you. 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.

Lonestar Sportsman: Interview with Teri Blaschke from Hidden Valley RV

Posted on: January 19th, 2015 by admin No Comments

2015 Camping GuideTune in to Lonestar Sportsman on News Radio 1200 WOAI every Saturday morning from 5-7 a.m. to hear interviews from Texas Campground (TACO) members as they weigh in on the RVing and camping lifestyle. This Saturday’s interview featured a session with Teri Blaschke from Hidden Valley RV Park near San Antonio. Click play below to listen to the interview or visit our SoundCloud channel to listen to it and other interviews.

Teri speaks on the different types of residents at Hidden Valley. There are several families who are permanent residents, several who work seasonally and stay at the park temporarily, and travelers who return each year for a particular season.

Hidden Valley’s RV sites are upgraded to handle advancements in RV size. The park recently upgraded their electrical hookups to provide a minimum of 50 amp. As more families travel full-time, work on the road, and come for a variety of reasons, Hidden Valley is equipped to keep up.

What makes Hidden Valley unique is the strong focus on customer service. Teri comes from a background of customer service and has worked for 40 years in the business, 30 of those at Hidden Valley. Management is always willing to meet customers’ needs and requests.

This quiet, country atmosphere is set in the heart of South Texas. The park is close to San Antonio’s major attractions, such as the River Walk and Alamo. Hidden Valley is open year-round, and Winter Texans and snowbirds love the wonderful weather.  For more information on Hidden Valley RV Park, visit their website.

 

 

TACO Showcases Camping Guide at Houston RV Show  

Posted on: January 11th, 2015 by admin No Comments

2015 Camping GuideTACO is taking a trip out to Houston, Texas for the 51st Annual Houston RV Show. At the show, Texas Campgrounds will be setting up a booth to showcase our 2015 camping guide and hand out copies.

The Houston RV Show, taking place February 4 – 8, 2015, is the largest in Texas with over 600 units on display. The event is under the sponsorship of the Recreational Vehicle Dealers of Texas and covers all elements of the RV industry.

Special attractions and events include an appearance by Yogi Bear courtesy of Lone Star Yogi Campground in Waller, TX. Billy Thibodeaux will present seminars that include information on RV towing, upgrades for performance and entertainment, RV maintenance and mobile technology.

TACO’s free camping guide allows customers to directly access RV parks, campgrounds and industry supporters. 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.

For more information about Texas Campgrounds, and to find your next camping destination, visit our website.

 

TACO Shares RVing Tips on the Lone Star Sportsman

Posted on: December 9th, 2014 by admin No Comments

You might have heard Texas Campgrounds’ name if you were tuned into the radio last weekend. TACO has a weekly Saturday morning spot on the Lone Star Sportsman with Alan Warren.

Screen Shot 2014-12-09 at 3.10.03 PMThe Lone Star Sportsman airs every Saturday morning from 5 – 7 a.m. on 1200 WOAI news radio in San Antonio, and is hosted by Alan Warren. During his 30-year career in outdoor TV, Warren traveled the globe looking for the best hunting and fishing destinations. When he returned to Texas his passion didn’t dwindle. Tune in for an engaging mix of outdoor information and education about conservation, property rights and more.

The radio show is fun for anyone who loves the great outdoors, and here at Texas Campgrounds, we certainly do. Our weekly spot on the show invites TACO members to discuss our parks and the RVing lifestyle. From buying an RV to traveling south for the winter, TACO discusses everything you need to know about making your vacation your dream getaway. To listen to recordings of Texas Campgrounds on the Lone Star Sportsman, visit Sound Cloud.

Stop by Texas Campgrounds to find a campground near your destination. 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.