Lively Little Campers: A Jayco Family’s Adventure Guide to Cape Cod, Massachusetts
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Image1CapeCod Everyone in the family agrees: Cape Cod is our new favorite beach camping destination. We spent a magical week there this summer and can’t wait to return. Here is our list of suggestions for where to stay, what to eat, and how to have tons of family fun!

Where to Stay

Image2CapeCodAtlantic Oaks RV Park is perfectly situated for exploring the best Cape Cod has to offer. With direct access to the famous Cape Cod bike trail, the campground is only minutes away from beautiful bay beaches and the stunning National Seashore. Located in the quaint town of Eastham, it is a beautiful drive to Provincetown. Famous seafood shacks, miniature golf courses, and a drive in movie theater are all close by. The campground has friendly and welcoming staff, clean facilities, and a well-stocked camp store. We also loved the comfortable lounge and updated game room. The full hook up sites were spacious and well maintained.

What to Do

Image3CapeCodIt is a short and scenic bike ride from the campground to the Coast Guard Beach in the National Seashore. Along the way we enjoyed spotting foxes, rabbits, and birds. Go in the evening, climb up on the life guard stand, and soak in the quiet beauty of the wind and the waves.

Image4CapeCodThe bay beaches are particularly wonderful for families with small children. If you go during low tide, kids will have a blast exploring in the islands of sea grass and tidal pools. The water is surprisingly warm and crystal clear. We recommend bringing along your kayaks, kites, and a picnic lunch for a perfect day on the Cape.

Image5CapeCodThe five dollar entry fee to this state park is the best bargain on Cape Cod. Hike around one of the many kettle ponds, or take a swim and a kayak ride in Flax Pond, where boat and stand up paddle board rentals are available. The park is also famous for biking, birding, and catch and release fishing. There are over 400 sites at the beautiful and secluded campground.

Image6CapeCodOur boys are still learning to ride bikes and the bike trail was a wonderful way for us to embrace this fun, family activity. We can’t wait to return without the training wheels. The 26-mile trail, directly connected to the Atlantic Oaks RV Park, glides through tunnels and over bridges, pass quiet ponds, noisy miniature golf courses, and sinfully delicious seafood shacks. We recommend rewarding yourself after a bike ride with ice cream at Arnold’s.

Image7CapeCodAfter spending several days enjoying the beach, the bay, and the kettle ponds, head over to the Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary run by Mass Audobon. Visit in the morning or late afternoon since many of the trails are not shaded. If possible, go at low tide so you can enjoy the beautiful Boardwalk trail. The nature center has puzzles, books, and lots of tanks with fish, turtles, and rare blue lobsters. The variety of landscape was stunning, with salt marshes, wooded areas, and ponds full of frogs and lily pads.

Image8CapeCodThe Cape Cod Baseball League calls itself “the premier amateur baseball league in the nation,”  and after enjoying a warm summer evening watching the Harwich Mariners competing against the Orleans Firebirds, it is easy to see why.  The collegiate talent is top shelf and so is the clam chowder.  Admission to this wooden bat league is free, but donations are welcome.  Take home a team cap or t-shirt for the perfect souvenir.

Where to Eat

Image9CapeCodAt least one morning of your vacation should start with donuts from the Hole in One Donut Shop in North Eastham. Get in line early for Cape Cod’s best breakfast splurge, the Glazed Old Fashioned. Yum.

Buy enough coffee for your whole trip at Beanstock Coffee Roasters in Eastham. Then buy some to bring home. We loved the dark and robust Wellfleet Blend and the Vineyard Blend.

If you are on the hunt for the perfect lobster roll, you’d better try one at Arnold’s Lobster and Clam Bar. Bring cash…your cards are not excepted here.

Let the kids romp on the playground at the Friendly Fisherman while you enjoy lobster rolls and crab cakes. If you listen to the locals, this may be the best seafood shack in Cape Cod.

The Marconi Beach Restaurant is perfect for lunch after hiking at the Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary. Ask for Janine as your waitress, since she will gracefully clean up if your kids knock over a huge glass of milk like ours did. She might also recommend the Cape Cod Reuben. Make sure you order it.

Cape Cod had everything we look for in a family-friendly RV vacation. Has your family traveled to Cape Cod? What were your favorite things to do and places to eat? Drop us a comment so we know where to go when we visit next summer! We would love to add to this list…

Jeremy and Stephanie Puglisi blog about camping and traveling with their three young children at livelylittlecampers.com.

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Lively Little Campers: 10 Reasons RV Vacations Are Better
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featuredimage10reasonsA few years ago, a great hotel deal tempted us into booking a weekend getaway with the boys. We had never stayed in a hotel with them, and we were quite worried that everything, including sippy cups and blankies, would hit the fan.

Well, it did. Two nights in a hotel room with our two year olds had us running back to kiss the road our RV traveled on. After yelling don’t touch that three million times and locking ourselves in the bathroom to eat snacks and watch a movie on the laptop after bedtime, we were pining for the camper, the campground, and the campfire.

We have stayed in a few hotels since then, and we always leave grateful that our main form of travel is an RV. Here are our top 10 reasons we choose RV vacations over any other type of travel.

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The RVIA (Recreational Vehicle Industry Association) reports that RV vacations are 23-59% less expensive for families owning RVs. We have found that we save over 50% on most trips by traveling in our camper. This savings allows us to spend up to 40 nights a year on the road, something we could never do if we were staying in hotels.

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Do you remember all those friends you met while staying in hotels?  Yeah, neither do we. But we meet and talk to people from all over the world when we are staying at campgrounds. Over the last year we have met lovely folks from Canada, Wales, California, and Germany. We have been given impromptu floor plan tours by more campground neighbors than we can count.

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When you rent a campsite, you also get room for your kids to roam. We can sit and relax while our boys play soccer or ride their bikes right in front of our site. This sure beats chasing them down a hotel hallway or yelling at them as they press every button in the elevator and set off emergency alarms.  Not that we would know about that!

4activities

You don’t have to leave to find activities. They are right there at the campground. Some hotels have pools, but most campgrounds also have playgrounds, volleyball courts, fishing holes, mini-golf courses, crafts, and outdoor movie nights. The campground is not just a place to stay…it can become one of the most memorable parts of your vacation.

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We have set up mini bars in hotel bathrooms and watched a movie on a laptop with shared earphones while the boys slept. Completely pathetic. At a campground, you put the kids to bed and then hangout around the campfire with food, friends, drinks, and music. What’s the contest?

6familyandfriends

RV vacations make it very easy to travel with family and friends. Our travel trailer sleeps eight comfortably, so we love it when guests come on trips with us. Buddy sites allow two families to camp side-by-side, creating a common area in the middle for meals and playtime. Both families have their own private space and plenty of room to socialize.

7wholefamily

Most campgrounds are dog friendly, and many RVers travel with their four-legged family members. Many places have dog runs and pet playgrounds. There is also, of course, plenty of space for your morning and evening walks.

8ownfood

This saves you money and helps everyone eat healthier. We spend about the same amount of money on groceries whether at home or on the road, and we know our kids are getting a balanced diet—very tricky to accomplish while eating out three meals a day.

9ownbed

Yeah, someone else didn’t sleep in your bed the night before. And the night before that. ‘Nuff said.

10reconnectnature

Campgrounds encourage us to truly enjoy the great outdoors. From morning walks, to picnic table meals, to hide and seek under the stars, an RV vacation brings us closer to nature and closer together. There are tons of studies that point to the rejuvenating effects of time spent outside. Our three happy kids are proof enough for us.

 

Jeremy and Stephanie Puglisi blog about camping and traveling with their three young children at livelylittlecampers.com.

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Lively Little Campers: We’ve Earned Our Jayco Hiking Badge. Have You?
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Image1 Our family loves to hike.  It’s that simple.  Whether it is a weekend getaway or a big summer adventure in our White Hawk, we always look for campgrounds that are close to great, kid-friendly hikes. Wesley is more than happy to relax in one of the backpacks (provided we bring enough raisins and crackers) and our twins, Max and Theo, are fast becoming hiking pros at the ripe old age of five.

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The older boys’ strength and confidence have grown quickly as they have moved out of our packs and onto challenging trails.  They have learned to follow blazes, overcome rocky obstacles, and enjoy breathtaking mountaintop views.   Our boys are growing up hiking—and we believe the lessons they are learning will last a lifetime.

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We have enjoyed dozens of great hikes over the last four years, but these four stand out as our favorites.  We hope they inspire you to pack up your RV this summer and head to the mountains for some serious family fun.

1. The Great Head Trail, Acadia National Park, Maine

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The Great Head Trail has just the right amount of adventure for your next family hike.  It begins with a walk across Sand Beach, continues along a rocky trail around the Great Head Peninsula with dramatic ocean views, then pulls you into a magical forest of white birch trees before dropping you back off on the beach.  If you feel like a swim at the end of the hike take a quick dip in the sparkling Atlantic —and I do mean quick!  Summer water temps rarely exceed 55 degrees.

2. The Lake Minnewaska Trail Loop, Catskill Mountains, New York

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Two summers ago we spent 12 days camping in New York State.  We visited the Finger Lakes, Niagara Falls, and the Catskill Mountains.  One of the highlights of this trip was the hike around Lake Minnewaska in the Catskills.  It is the perfect family friendly hike.  The trail itself is easy to moderate but the views of the lake are stunning.  When you reach the end of the loop there is a small sandy beach where you can kick off your shoes and go for a refreshing, well-deserved swim.

3. The Precipice Trail, Mount Tom, Woodstock, Vermont

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Last summer we camped in Vermont for nine days, and we found so many family-friendly hikes.  Max and Theo gave up their seats in the hiking packs and Wesley claimed his.  We ambled up Mount Tom on a moderately paced carriage road and enjoyed views of downtown Woodstock and the mountains beyond.  We descended on the steep, narrow, and aptly named Precipice Trail.  It was the biggest trail challenge we had experienced as a hiking family—and we relished every rocky step.

4. Mount Tammany, Delaware Water Gap, New Jersey

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This past Memorial Day we hiked Mount Tammany in the Skylands Region of Northwest New Jersey.  The sky over the river was dramatic and so was the hike.  The trail was rocky and often steep and it required all of our effort and attention.  I would not call this a family-friendly hike…at least not if you have very young kids.  But I would call it a full-fledged family adventure.  The boys performed admirably—and I am certain that the promise of camp store ice cream had a whole lot to do with it.

The benefits of family hiking don’t end when the hike ends.  When we get back to the campground we eat dinner, read the boys their favorite stories in the bunkhouse, and then put those kids to bed. They are so exhausted that they fall asleep the second their heads hit the pillow.  This guarantees the parents a whole lot of quality campfire time. Family travel perfection.

Now that we’ve earned our Jayco badge for hiking, what’s next? We’ve got our eyes on the kayaking badge and the fishing badge, and we have a long summer of camping ahead of us. New Hampshire, here we come!

 

Jeremy and Stephanie Puglisi blog about camping and traveling with their three young children at livelylittlecampers.com.

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