Where to Camp in Alaska

Alaska has an amazing network of camping options for the outdoor enthusiast. Whether you are tent camping or RVing it through this incredibly beautiful state, Alaska’s campground don’t disappoint. Alaska is an ideal location for campers, as they tend to have camping options right on the water or in the middle of a forest. Most campgrounds have electrical, water, and dump stations as well as showers and covered kitchen areas. You might be trying to decide where to camp in Alaska, and here are a few great ideas to help you decide.

Where to Camp in Alaska

 

Where to Camp in Alaska

 

Alaska Highways

All along each Alaskan Highway are numerous places to pull off and camp. Quite a few areas are free and require no reservations. Many of the roads that lead to glaciers cross through both state and federal land. They will have places to pull over and set up camp for a couple days. They want you to enjoy the area and see what Alaska is about. A couple of great places can be found along the Sterling Highway towards Homer where you can park next to the infamous Kenai River where fishermen are trying to snag salmon in the summer months. When traveling on the AlCan, there are campgrounds about every 45 miles. Always check with The Milepost to see which ones are open at what time of the season. With Alaska’s harsh winters, some campgrounds are not open year round.

Seward and Homer, Alaska

Seward is down Highway 1 and overlooks Resurrection Bay. All along the bay are numerous campgrounds. You can salmon fish right from the shore and have beachfront views from your RV or tent. There is a specific area for tent only campers, but if you wanted a site with water and electric, you could get it. Most of these are not on a reservation system, but rather first-come first-served. If you head two miles south of Seward to Lowell Point, you can camp at Miller’s Landing where they do take reservations and can sometimes be found on Groupon. In Homer, you can camp right on the spit in the bay. It is very windy here but the views are nothing short of spectacular!

Denali National Park

North of Anchorage is Denali National Park, home of Mount McKinley the highest mountain on the North American continent. You can camp there at federal campgrounds that charge less than $15 per day to camp. You can bring your RV or tent camp at Denali.

 

Where to camp in New England

New England has some amazing camping spots that are quite close to metro areas like Philadelphia and New York City. A couple hour drive lets you leave the worries of city life behind and fall back into the world of nature. Whether you love to go hiking, see wildlife and bird watching, or love to sit by the lake and read a good book, you can do that all quite easily while camping. Here are the Best Camping Spots in New England for your weekend getaway- we made it easy to find out where to camp in New England!
Best Camping Spots in New England

 

Best Camping Spots in New England

  1. Hickory Run, Pennsylvania. This state ran campground lies in the western foothills of the Pocono Mountains and has the serene swimming lake of Sand Spring Lake. This campground is perfect for hikers with over 40 miles of hiking trails and quite a few find the waterfalls in the area. The campsite has all amenities and RV accessible. During hunting season, you can train your bird dogs here. The fishing is also quite stellar if you want to throw your pole into the water for the afternoon. Remember in the State of Pennsylvania that it is illegal to have alcohol on campgrounds.
  2. Fish Creek Pond Campground, New York. Head out to the city and over to Fish Creek Pond for a relaxing weekend. Bring your bike as things are spread out here among the trees and around the lake. This is a great spot to bring your boat and relax out on the water. Over 300 campsites are right on the water, which is rare and makes this a very popular campground. It is on the New York camp reservation system and definitely reserve a space ahead a time. Spend some time hiking the Catskills and enjoying Beaverkill River, especially if you want to try fly fishing.
  3. Sandy Point, Plum Island, Massachusetts. Just off the tip of Plum Island is Sandy Point Campground, which is on a barrier island facing the Atlantic Ocean. If you want to camp on the beach, this is a great choice. The area has a lot of wildlife including Harbor Seals that have started to call the place home. Perfect place to watch the sunrise over the ocean!

 

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Bear Creek Campground at Lake Compounce

Lake Compounce, America’s oldest continuously operating amusement park in North America, recently opened their new Bear Creek Campground to visitors.  Having a campground with close proximity to the park seems like a natural progression and a great way for this staycation destination to become a vacation destination.Thanks to Lake Compounce, we were able to stay the all new Bear Creek Campground and spend the day a  Amusement Park in Bristol, CT.  It features the award winning wooden roller coaster, Boulder Dash and has Crocodile Cove water park.  Now, you can stay at Bear Creek Campground and enjoy even more time at the park.

Camping at Lake CompounceFrom Bear Creek at Lake Compounce Website

The Lake Compounce Bear Creek Campground is a brand new 15 acre campground which features 20 fully furnished cabins that sleep up to 10 people, 56 RV sites with water and electricity hook ups, and 30 tent sites. In addition, five tipis have been added to the campground; each sleeping six and equipped with cots, electrical outlets and a miniature refrigerator. The campground also has a main lodge that features a general store for stocking up on camping staples, as well as a 24-hour restroom, shower and laundry facility. Each campsite has a picnic table perfect for games and meals, and a campfire pit for barbeques and simply relaxing.

Features

Tents

  • • Picnic Table
  • • Fire Pit
  • • Daily Kid and Family friendly Activities
  • • Close Access to clean Public Restrooms (showers and toilet)
  • • Leashed Pets Welcome!
  • • Discounted Tickets to Lake Compounce

rv set up at Bear Creek
RV’s

  • • 50/30/20 amp capabilities
  • • Water Hook up
  • • Electricity Hook up
  • • Can accommodate any size RV or Motor home
  • • Cable hook up
  • • Fire Pit
  • • Picnic Table
  • • Wi-Fi access
  • • Daily Kid and Family friendly Activities
  • • Close Access to clean Public Restrooms (showers and toilet)
  • • Leashed Pets Welcome!
  • •We offer a dump station on site
  • • Close Access to clean Public Restrooms (showers and toilet)
  • • Discounted Admission Tickets to Lake Compounce

bear creek lake compounce
Regular Cabins

  • • 2 full size beds (linens included)
  • • 1 twin size bunk bed (linens included)
  • • Full Kitchen
  • • Full bathroom (shampoo, soap, and towels included)
  • • Loft
  • • Dining Room table
  • • Wi-Fi and Cable
  • • Heat and Air Conditioning
  • • Picnic table
  • • Fire Pit
  • • Daily Kid and Family Friendly Activities
  • • Parking for two vehicles
  • • Discounted Admission Tickets to Lake Compounce

tipis at bear creek


Tipis

  • • 4 Cots (up to 5 cots available)
  • • Mini-fridge
  • • Plug ins for electronics
  • • Fire-pit
  • • Picnic table
  • • Close Parking available
  • • Wi-Fi
  • • Daily Kid and Family Friendly Activities
  • • Access to clean Public Restrooms (showers and toilets)
  • • Discounted Admission Tickets To Lake Compounce

Our Review of the Campground

We enjoyed our stay at Bear Creek.  The fact that it is on the same property as Lake Compounce is a huge selling point.  Bear Creek did just open up at the start of July 2014 and the staff is working hard to get many projects done.  The camp store is well stocked with food and camping items and the bathroom/showers are brand new and well maintained.

We stayed on an RV campsite.  It was easy to pull into and it has electricity, cable and water hookups.  The sites are level.  There have been trees planted but right now the sites are not shady.  They show great potential and I am excited to see how the campground grows.

There were activities everyday such as movies, bingo, tie dying and daily wake up with Kyle the Crocodile.

Kyle the crocodile

The campground was quiet and night and we got some really good sleep after a busy day at the park.  We spent 7 hours there and then took the convenient shuttle back to our camper.  We returned to Lake Compounce in the evening to play games and watch the light show.

Bear Creek Campground is new and not 100% set up.  The area has some construction equipment around, construction supplies and dirt piles.  All of the areas have not been seeded with grass yet so it was a little dusty.  It is their first season and we talked with a staff about all the work that is being done to make it a better place.  I would go back again.

Where to Camp in Massachusetts

The good thing about Massachusetts is that it is close to some amazing camping spots. (And super close to Connecticut!) When you are ready to walk out of the office and sit next to a campfire making s’mores, Massachusetts’ outdoor playground doesn’t disappoint. Whether you want to camp near the dunes on the Cape or in the forest near a lake, you can find a great camping spot in MA. Where to camp in Massachusetts is as simple as deciding what you want to relax around and drive just a couple hours to get there.

Where to Camp in MA

Nickerson State Park, Brewster

Close to Cape Cod is one of the largest campgrounds at Nickerson State Park. There are over 400 campsites, yurts, and a group campsite is available. This camping mecca sits on 1900 acres of forested land and has eight kettle ponds where you can fish, canoe, or go swimming. One of the best things about the camping spots is that they are very large and have a lot of privacy with all the trees around. There are no hookups here but they do have flush toilets, showers, picnic tables with fire rings and dumping station available.

Wompatuck State Park, Hingham

Just 35 minutes outside of Boston is a great campsite that can accommodate both tents and RVs. Bring your bicycle and hiking boots and have fun on both the paved and hiking trails. You can fish at Cohasset Reservoir and have fun kayaking there too. Bring your water jugs and fill up on the fresh drinking water at Mt. Blue Spring – a true treat to do on a hot summer day. The campsite offers electric hookups, a dumping station, and potable water.

Shawme-Crowell State Park, Sandwich

When you want to camp near the beach out at the Cape, this is the campsite you want to head to. It has 285 sites in a wooded area and it even has yurts to rent. You can bring your horses and ride them on 15 miles of roads and trails. It has full hookups and a dumping station for your RVs.

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Where to Pitch a Tent in New York

New York State is filled with amazing places to pitch a tent. Whether you like to hike up mountains, fish in a crystal blue lake, or just read a book in a good camp chair, New York has you covered. There are many federal and state run campgrounds throughout New York ranging from $15-55 per night. Typically the higher the price the more you can expect in amenities such as hot showers and flush toilets. Federal campgrounds usually do not have showers or laundry and are thus much cheaper. If you have kids, look for the campgrounds that have ranger stations as they often will have camp programs for kids. Here are a few suggestions on where to pitch a tent in New York.

Where to Pitch a Tent in New York

Where to Pitch a Tent in New York

 

Allegany State Park

At 65,000 square feet, Allegany State Park is the largest park in New York. Here you can camp, fish, hike, and even take in the beautiful waterfalls of Bridal Falls. There are Red House and Science Lake for you to put your boat in or do a little swimming. This park is handicapped accessible and has electric hookups as well as shower facilities for campers. It is an amazing place to spend a weekend! Bird watching and wildlife viewing is pretty awesome here. There are so many activities to do for the whole family, that you can’t go wrong with choosing Allegany State Park for a weekend getaway into nature.

Beaverkill Campground

Calling all trout fisherman to Beaverkill River, which is right next to Beaverkill Campground. This park is incredibly beautiful and Beaverkill River is great place to have a picnic next to and awesome fishing abounds. Pull up a chair, a good book, and get lost in the sounds of nature by the river. This is the campground where you go if you want a true camping experience. It can fill up quickly, but it isn’t overly large so it doesn’t feel like you are camping with the whole neighborhood. There is a 150-year old wooden bridge that is the perfect place for a picnic and to capture a great family photo.

Meacham Lake Campground

If you like hearing the sound of loons calling out over a pristine lake, head over to Meacham Lake Campground. They have daily organized activities for the kids, and a great place for the fisherman in the family to have fun too. This is one of the most scenic and beautiful campgrounds in New York and should be on your short list of where to go this weekend.

 

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Enjoying Hot Coffee when Camping

Whether you are camping in a tent or a camper, a great way to start the day is will a hot cup of coffee.  Some may say that hot coffee when camping is a luxury, I might argue that it’s a necessity.  Enjoying a cup of coffee outdoors surrounded by nature is a pretty amazing way to start the day!

Cuppow sent me the Perk Me Up! Ultimate Coffee for One Gift Pack to to try out and I LOVE it.  Everything is reusable, BPA free and it makes a great cup of coffee that I can drink while listening to nature.Camping Coffee Cuppow The Perk Me UP Cuppow  set (retails for $40) includes one of each

    • #2 Organic cotton CoffeeSock Filter (2-Pack)
    • Wide mouth jar Pour-Over Cone
    • Wide mouth Cuppow (Colors options: Clear, Orange, or Mint)
    • 16oz or 24oz Wide mouth Ball Jar
    • Cuppow Freaker Jar Insulator!

coffee gift set

This set is so easy to use.

While your water is brewing place the brewing cone and filter on top of your jar.  Scoop in your favorite ground coffee.  When the water is ready slowly pour a bit of water on the grounds to get them wet.  Once they are wet continue to pour in the hot water and watch the coffee greatness drip in to your jar.

drip brew 1 cup coffeeIt is as simple as that.  No electricity needed, no disposable cups and truly great coffee.  I don’t just use this when camping, I also use it for a nice afternoon brew.

coffee with almond milkCuppow has many other great items to offer so head on over and check them out.

What Every Camper Needs

Cuppow provided me with the set to facilitate the review.  All opinions are my own.

Portable Ice Maker is Great for Camping

Aportable ice maker may not be What Every Camper Needs but it is a great luxury item for summer camping.   We are so excited to add this ice maker to our camping packing list.  Yes, camping! We also have found that this ice is great for making smoothies. The ice is clear, odorless and easy to chew!  We received this item for review.

Luma Ice Maker IM200SS

 

The Luma Comfort IM200SS Portable Clear Ice Maker is the ultimate luxury entertaining necessity for your home bar or kitchen. Producing up to 28 pounds of crystal-clear, restaurant-quality ice every 24 hours, the IM200SS features modern technology with a timeless style. Includes low water and full ice indicators, as well as an LED control panel. Retails for $239.00 online at at local dealers.

Clear ice maker

 

  • Plug & play operation
  • No plumbing required
  • Produces up to 28 lbs. daily
  • Sleek stainless steel finish
  • Space-conserving countertop design
  • Push button controls & LED display
  • Utilizes modern commercial technology
  • Clear ice melts 5x slower than cloudy ice

ice maker for campingWe are going to use this ice maker all year.  It is great for parties, holidays, and camping.  I wish we had gotten one years ago.

What would you use an ice maker for?

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I received the ice maker to facilitate this review.  All opinions are my own.

 

Camping lanterns and campfire tongs

This camping lanterns and Campfire Tongs review post is brought to you by our friends at Snow Peak and Campfire Tongs.

What Every Camper NeedsWhen we go camping we have loads of fun hiking, biking, swimming and just being outdoors.  Some of the best camping memories are made when the sun goes down and the campfire gets started.  Campfire skills are something to brag about and a nice pair of Campfire Tongs will be something to show off at any campground.

Campfire Tongs camping gear

 

The original Campfire Tongs retail for $24.95 and are

  • Constructed from lightweight, high-quality aluminum

• Finished with Attractive Real-Wood Handles

• Complete Satisfaction Guarantee

• Made in the USA

The Campfire Tongs allow you to pick up and move a log, not just poke it around or try to move it with a stick.  These are safe, efficient and affordable.   These make a great gift for anyone with a firepit, RV or camper.  They can even be handy for a wood burning stove.  So buy a pair or 2!

Snow Peak Mini Hozuki Lantern for camping
While sitting around the fire, someone always needs to get up to get a snack or go to the bathroom.  A good flashlight or lantern is a must when camping.  Check out the Mini Hozuki Camping Lantern from Snow Peak. It is super cute, easy to use and the LED light gives off a candle-like light to your tent or campsite.

It has a flexible silicone loop and magnetic ball that allow you to hang it from any surface. When it arrived we all played with it. The loop can even be attached to my dog’s collar to provide light for a nighttime walk. I love the video and this lantern will go with us on all our camping trips. The Hozuki Mini retails for $39.95.


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What Every Camper Needs: All-Weather Sleeping Bag #giveaway

I am excited to start a new series called, What Every Camper Needs. This all-weather sleeping bag review post is brought to you  by our friends at Teton Sports.

What Every Camper Needs

Camping is a great way to relax, unwind and connect with nature. When camping is mentioned it can evoke very different reactions from people.  Some people camp on mountain tops, deep in the woods, others camp in an RV at a campground and many camp in their backyards or even living room.  It doesn’t matter how you choose to camp, there are a few things that Every Camper Needs, or may just want.

Today I am going to talk about a warm, all-weather sleeping bag.  Growing up I had a sleeping bag, it was nothing fancy but I loved to sleep in it.  My brother and I would watch TV while laying in our sleeping bags and camp in the living room.  That sleeping bag was fun but not very warm and had no features.  Teton Sports sent me the Fahrenheit Regular 0°F and now I want to go camping!  As you can see in this picture, my son loves it too.  He “stole” it from me and has been sleeping in it.  This sleeping bag is plenty warm and the first night he woke up sweaty, guess I can turn the heat down at night!

Teton Sports Camping Gear

  The Fahrenheit Regular 0 F is a roomy all–weather sleeping bag. Durable two–way zipper, thick taffeta shell, cotton flannel lining, mummy–style hood, inside Velcro pocket. Includes stuff sack with compression straps.   My son tried it out and then I had to climb in.  The lining is so soft and warm and there is plenty of room to move around and get comfy.

  • 100% Cotton flannel liner
  • Double layer construction entire width and length of bag increases warmth and durability
  • Suitable for multi–season use in rugged conditions
  • Rated for cold temperatures
  • Sturdy taffeta shell stands up to years of use
  • Sturdy no–snag two–way zippers with metal pulls
  • Full–length zipper baffle reduces drafts
  • Right and left zippered bags zip together

Mummy style hood keeps head or pillow off the groundTeton sports camping gearAfter a couple of nights I convinced my son to let me try out the Teton Sports sleeping bag.  It is so soft on the inside and gave me plenty of room to move around and get comfortable.  I could even sleep with my knee bent and on my side.  The bag does weigh about 5 lbs so it may not be great for backpacker but it is perfect for driving to a campsite.  It comes is a great compression bag for quick and safe storage.

Fahrenheit Regular Sleeping bag Teton Sports

  • Teton Sports Fahrenheit Regular 0°F sleeping bag is going to get a lot of use and I believe it will last for many years to come.
  • Teton Sports Fahrenheit Regular 0°F retails between $60 and $72 and can be found online at Amazon or Sportsman’s Warehouse.
  • Enter to win one of your own.

What item do you think every camper needs?

 

A sleeping bag was provided to facilitate this review.  All opinions are my own.

 

Vino2Go™ Wine Sippy Cups

The Vino2Go™ wine sippy cups I received for review from TheProductFarm.com are perfect for two of my favorite things, wine and being outdoors.  This BPA-free, durable drink-ware has a familiar wine glass shape making it a convenient and easy to use product. I received one 8 0z. Vino2Go with a verde green lid and one one 12 oz Vino2Go XL with an ice clear lid.  These cups make a great gift and every time we go camping I get comments on them.

Vino2go Vino2goXL wine sippy cups

The Vino2Go holds 8 oz of your favorite wine or other drink in a BPA free plastic.  I love that the cup is insulated so my whites don’t get too warm on a summer day and the top keeps out any bugs or dirt.  Overall, the Vino2Go is functional and fun.  They offer the lids in at least 13 colors to match any color themed party.

The Vino2Go XL comes in the same great variety of lid covers and holds 12oz of wine or an entire bottle of beer.  Yup, my husband figured that out really quickly!  The first XL we received did have a breach between to the 2 layers and TheProductFarm.com was very quick to replace the cup.  Great customer service goes a long way in my book.

Vino2go XL beer and wine sippy cup

We have used our Vino2Go wine sippy cups in the house, on the deck and while camping.  Their next trip will be to the beach.  Sunsets, sand and wine sippy cups!  What a great combination.

Where will you use your Vino2Go wine sippy cups?

I received products to facilitate this review, all opinions are my own.