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If you haven’t started decorating for Halloween yet, what are you waiting for?!?! Unless, it’s because you have no idea how to decorate your camper or campsite for the spooky holiday? If this is true, then you are in luck, because we’ve got some great ideas for Halloween crafts and decorations to spruce up your campsite!
I’m starting with the fun and easy Halloween crafts because you can use a lot of these as decorations when finished! Check out these great spooky craft ideas that are fun for the whole family.
Decorating for Halloween can be easy, fun, and cheap using many craft items that you may already have lying around. Pinterest is full of ideas on how you can accomplish the best decorations without breaking the budget.
Leelanau State Park is a great place to visit during the Fall. Leelanau means land of delight and it stays true to it's name. The trees at this time are changing colors, the weather is nice, and there are plenty of activities to do! Whether you just want to walk around on the coast, view a little of history, or wade in the lake; there is plenty of things to do for people of all ages.
We highly recommend this park for anyone who loves a little bit of Michigan history. There is a lighthouse located at the edge of the park on the coast of Lake Michigan. This lighthouse was built in 1852 and had been completely restored in the 1920s and 1930s. They have a nice gift shop for any souvenirs and are surrounded by beautiful trees and wildlife. There are also events at this lighthouse year around. Lobster festivals, educational programs, and multiple exhibits means you'll be finding plenty of things for you and your kids to do at the lighthouse in the Fall.
There is also camping available at the park. Allowing you to stay for a few days if you want to hunt for rocks, climb trails, and relax. The park can be somewhat busy at times but there is always somewhere to escape for some peace and quiet.
There are plenty of picnic spots as well if you'd like to just stop here for a day. It is a bit of a hike to the coast, but you can make it in a day if you want to find some neat rocks along the shore.
All in all, we highly recommend Leelanau State Park. Like we mentioned earlier there is a lot to do in this smaller park. This is a great place for all ages and a great place to escape for a week or for a day. This is a beautiful Michigan park that truly is the land of delight.
On August 21st, most of the United States will be in a prime position to watch the solar eclipse. If you happen to be in St. Joseph, Missouri that will be the best possible spot to watch the total solar eclipse. However, if you will be in Michigan, that’s okay too! There are many optimal spots to watch a partial eclipse, as listed below.
1. Robert T. Longway Planetarium - Flint
The planetarium will host a livestream of the solar eclipse, plus check out the free safe solar telescope observations and a show about the solar eclipse.
Labor Day is around the corner, and we think it is time to start planning your weekend trips! If you are wanting to stay somewhat local, but still have a getaway weekend, this is the article for you. We will list some of the top camping spots in and around Auburn Hills and Midland, Michigan so you can get a jump start on making plans.
As a member of the Route 66 RV Network, A&S RV Center is proud to say that if you are a member of the Route 66 RV Club, one of the many benefits is a 10% discount at all KOA campgrounds! You will just need to show proof of current membership at the time of check in.
KOA: Auburn Hills/Holly
This campground is full of fun surprises. Enjoy the jumping pillow, campground train, outdoor bowling and water-blasting hay rides. There is an on-site zipline, as well. The sites has RV camping sites, cabins and tent sites. The site is only a few minutes away from the shops at Great Lakes Crossing, Canterbury Village and more. For more information, please check here.
Clear Water Campgrounds
Located in Ortonville, this site has a 35 acre lake for fishing and swimming, with lots of shady spots for relaxing. There is also a recreation building, an open air pavilion, horseshoe pits, volleyball and playgrounds for the kids. For more information, please check here.
Soaring Eagle Hideaway RV Park
Including 67 RV lots, this park is situated on a 42-acre lake where you can enjoy water activities and fishing. Visitors can also enjoy a clubhouse, laundry facilities, walking trails and a playground. There is also an on-site waterpark, hotel pool, steam shower, hot tub, sauna, fitness center, restaurants and more. For easy access across the park, there is a complimentary shuttle service. Plus, there are horseshoe pits, fire pits, an outdoor pavilion, a dog run, playgrounds and more. For more information, please check here.
Lake of Dreams Campground
Located in Merrill, this site provides camping for your family no matter the type of camper you are in- an RV, pop up, tent and more. Lake of Dreams is a 77 acre facility, with 253 modern campsites, a 4 acre lake with a sandy beach, swimming, paddle boarding, hiking, biking, hayrides, fishing and lot’s of trails to explore. Each campsite has a picnic table and fire ring for you to enjoy a cooked meal and s’mores. For more information, please check here.
An Up North Fourth is full of activities! The main feature being the all of the beer, food and live music. The Norman Rockwell backdrop of Northern Michigan combined with great weather and an amazing array of activities makes the 4th of July a special day in Northern Michigan. The event will take place Saturday, July 2nd in Downtown Charlevoix East Park. The festivities kick off at 4PM. For more information click here.
Mackinaw City Scheduled events from 1:30-3pm include games on the Marina Lawn, strawberry social 1-5pm, music throughout the day at Mackinaw Crossing 9pm to dusk the Straits Area Concert Band performs, and at dusk, one of the largest fireworks display in Northern Michigan. For more information click here.
Mackinac Island Visit Fort Mackinac for the 38 Gun Salute, Soldier demonstrations, dancing, cannon firing and more from one of the only two remaining all original Revolutionary War Forts in America. Then feast at the All American Picnic at Fort Mackinac catered by Grand Hotel. Mackinac Island’s Fire Department is the host to the Fun & Games at Windermere Point. For more information click here.
The Crystal River is located in Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. The river is very popular among kayakers, rafters and canoe enthusiasts, with two outfitters located in the village of Glen Arbor. For the most part, the depth of the water is no more than 1 foot and averages 15 to 20 feet in width. The gentle current is easy for everyone to handle, although it does have a few obstacles along the way. The warm water is home to bass, sunfish and pike. The Crystal is popular with fly fishermen and has a large population of brook and rainbow trout. There is also a swimming hole down river where paddlers can take a quick dip.
2. Big Manistee River
The Big Manistee River has long stretches of undeveloped, forested banks and clear, clean water. The river is used extensively for recreation, offering excellent conditions for canoeing, boating and fishing. This easygoing, predictable river is a favorite choice for groups of young paddlers, like the Boy and Girl Scouts. The river also offers abundant fishing, a sandy bottom for swimming and incredible views of the valley. The river is considered among the finest trout and salmon rivers in the country.
3. Pine River
The Pine River flows through a valley in the Manistee National Forest. Spring water, wildlife and beautiful forests make paddling the PIne an incredible experience. With rapids in some sections and calm waters in others, anyone of any skill level can enjoy this river. Entry points and campgrounds are scattered along the banks which means you can take a day trip or spend several days moving down the river. The river has several camping spots along the way and is abundant with fishing and hiking opportunities.
4. Huron River
The Huron River winds its way past Ann Arbor, Detroit and many small towns, yet still feels wild because of the public land that lines much of its banks. A large system of parks along the river make it easily accessible at many points. A moderate current and few hazards make it a safe trip. Camping and picnic areas are scattered along its route as well. The river is heavily fished by sportsmen for rock bass, sunfish, bluegill, black crappie and a whole lot more.
5. Sturgeon River
The Sturgeon River is not recommended for beginners. It’s the fastest flowing river in the Lower Peninsula. There are also several obstacles in the water, such as rocks and narrow passages that must be navigated quickly through the swift current. Advanced paddlers seeking a thrill will love the exciting Sturgeon.
Camping season is on its way and we can’t be more excited! In order to get you ready for the 2017 season, we have listed out a few of the top National Parks to visit around the Michigan area. These destinations are sure to fill your 2017 with adventure, serenity and overall camping joy!
Isle Royale is not your average national park. This isolated island is surrounded by Lake Superior and offers a great landscape for backpacking, hiking, boating and much more! Isle Royale is made of 132,018 acres of remote wilderness that is surrounded by over 450 smaller islands. Sounds pretty ideal, am I right? There are a few species to look out for while you are exploring, mostly consisting of birds, gray wolf, moose, fox and other forest creatures such as squirrels and toads. The island is only accessible by ferry, seaplane or private watercraft, so be sure to make transportation arrangements before you go! Check out more information here.
Photo: NPS/Paul Brown
Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore
Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore offers everything you would want in weekend adventure. You can enjoy the scenic views including cliffs, beaches, dunes and forests or you can hike some of the many trails to find beautiful waterfalls. With over 100 miles of trails to explore, your day will be filled with stunning views and unforgettable experiences. This is one of the only places on Lake Superior where you can sit on the beach and then go walking through the forest. Get more information and travel details here.
Photo: NPS Photo
North Country Scenic Trail
Although this might not be your typical National Park, it is still a sight to see! The North Country Scenic Trail will, when completed, be the the longest continuous hiking trail in the United States (4,500 miles long!). It stretches from New York to North Dakota and passes through our home state of Michigan. As you are traveling through Michigan, you can choose to travel along the completed paths or do a little off-road trail exploring.
The holidays are coming which means it is time to start shopping! We thought we would help you out by giving you a few ideas for all of the RV Enthusiasts in your life.
Gifts Under $50
Camping helps us all relax and what better accessory to a relaxing evening than some of your favorite tunes! A portable speaker is the perfect way to add a little flair to your campfires. The best deal we found was the Cambridge SoundWorks OontZ Angle 3, originally $99, but on sale at Amazon for only $27.99! If you are looking for a wireless, outdoor bluetooth speaker, check out the APIE IPX6 for only $46.99.
Another must-have while traveling in an RV is unbreakable drinkware! No matter your favorite drink, we have you covered. We have a variety of sets in our online parts store including margarita glasses, wine glasses, pilsner glasses, and tumblers. Each of these 2-packs is less than $16.
As you are relaxing by the campfire, you might crave some good ol’ comfort food! This Rome Industry Heavy Duty Cast Iron Pie Cooker is perfect for a late night camping dessert. It is made of solid cast iron designed to hold up against the rigors of the campfire. You can also use it to cook sandwiches! This is available at our online store for only $24.39.
Gifts Over $50
It is important that you are comfortable both inside your RV and when you are outside, enjoying the weather and scenery. We have a wide variety of outdoor chairs in our online store. If you are looking for a comfortable rocking chair, check out the Prime Products Cobalt Camria Padded Rocker for $74.59. Or, if you are looking for a lounge chair, the Prime Products Baja Black Del Mar Recliner is the one for you for $98.89!
Coffee in the morning is a must if you are getting up early for a sunrise hike! A Keurig single-serve coffee maker is always a great gift. Prices start at $72 on Amazon with the Keurig K55 Single Serve. If you are looking for a higher-end Keurig, try the Keurig K475 with temperature control, on sale for $129.99.
If you are looking for any other parts or accessories for your RV, check out our online parts store. We have a variety of gifts for all of your favorite RV campers (or if you want to buy a gift for yourself)!
Located between Lake Michigan and Lake Macatawa lies Holland State Park; a beautiful park that was named after the city just 4 miles to its north. The park was acquired from the city of Holland in 1926 and has been used since for its magnificent beaches and campgrounds. Keeping the charm of the Dutch culture and architecture, you’ll find many buildings and landmarks that pay homage to the Dutch way of life throughout the park.
Since the park is located between Lake Michigan and Lake Macatawa, there are two parts to the park. Each part has its own campground and offers beautiful views of sunrises and sunsets and is perfect for recreational activities both on land and on water. The beaches are perfect for swimming in the summer months. There are over 25 miles of biking trails throughout the park and the hiking trails take you through the best nature of beautiful Ottawa County.
Visitors can also take advantage of the fishing and boating activities on either lake. The Lake Michigan side has beach volleyball courts set up and has a full service concession stand. You can walk the pier and take beautiful pictures of the Big Red lighthouse on the coast. Lake Macatawa has a new Dune walk stairway and hiking trail that is now open for you to explore.
The campgrounds on both sides of the park offer full amenities. There are 211 campsites available at the Lake Macatawa campgrounds with close proximities to the beach. On theLake Michigan side there are 98 paved campsites with 31 that have full hook-ups. This campground offers beachside camping so you can enjoy the beautiful sunset’s right from your campsite.
Daily admission to the park is $9. Season passes are available for $11 for in state residents, and $39 for out of state residents. For more information on Holland State Park or to make reservations, visit www.holland.org/listings/Holland-State-Park/22/
A&S RV Center
Looking for some end of season deals on 2016 RV’s?? We’ve got our biggest year-end clearance event going on right now at A&S RV Center in Auburn Hills, MI. From travel trailers to toy haulers and event fifth wheels and truck campers, our remaining 2016 inventory must go! Visit www.asrvcenter.com for more details!
We all know there are sometimes on a road trip where a little peace and quiet is needed to survive.
When the kids get cranky and your patience is running thin, just remember that with the great blessing of technology, your kids can give you a break while they also play fun and educational games.
Here a few of our favorite kid-friendly apps that are sure to keep your family happy when the road trips get long.
One of the coolest apps available is Google Earth. Not only can your kids explore the world and actually see what it is like on the streets in certain countries, they can also learn where you are going and see the lay of the land.
Showing them Google Earth can open their eyes and let them see the world in a whole new way.
You can zoom around the earth, select layers, and see photos of actual land and streets where you search. Your kids will be amazed at what they can do and see all in one app!
Stack the States
Stack the States is a United States geography game that helps kids learn about states through fun games. Kids can study the information first before playing some of the fun mini games like Puzzler and Capital Drop. More than one family member can enjoy playing because the game allows six different profiles and varied avatar choices.
The creative state images and fast-paced games that allow you to select the type of questions provided to each player make this app highly engaging. Kids can choose which state they want to represent their user account and what types of questions they want to be asked.
If you are looking for a fun way for your ids to know this great country, this game is for them!
LeVar Burton is back to offer kids the chance to get to read in a fun environment! Just like the popular TV show, Burton guides kids through the app, but let's the kids and books tae center stage.
The app offers tons of topics of books for kids to read, or they can choose to have them narrated so they can just listen. A great app for fun reads, Reading Rainbow does it again.
A&S RV Center
If you are taking the kids out on the road this Labor Day Weekend, make sure to download these apps and let your children's imaginations run wild!
If you need anything for your big Labor Day trip, let A&S RV Center help you out! We offer a full service station as well as a great online parts store that offers several things that you may need for the upcoming holiday weekend.
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