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The GORGE-OUS Gorge & Watkins Glen State Park, New York

This is the second article in a series about The Roadster’s travels to New York’s Finger Lakes Region.  

After two days in Niagara Falls, NY, we braved the potholes and traffic on I-90 E and then took 14 South to Watkins Glen, NY (which took about 3.5 hours in Bessie the RV).  Once you get off I-90, it’s a gorgeous drive that took us through the historic town of Geneva, NY, and past wineries and farms along Seneca Lake. Continue Reading

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Free Winery & Farm Overnight RV Parking

RVing BEFORE Harvest Hosts

Picture this.  You are on vacation.  For several days, you hopscotch to various destinations so you can thoroughly explore an area. Or maybe you’ve been driving for hours and need a break. Out of necessity, you are grateful to come across the parking lot of a rest area, Wal-Mart or Sam’s Club to rest your weary head.

RVing AFTER Harvest Hosts

Now picture this… at the end of a long day of traveling, you pull into a winery or a farm.  An incredible landscape unfolds before you with beautiful flowers, trees, a vineyard, and sometimes, animals.  You step out of your RV, take a deep breath, pull up a chair and slow down for the night in lovely, peaceful surroundings.

Sounds perfect, right?  Speaking from experience, it is as perfect as it sounds.  Continue Reading

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Finding Our First RV: Motorhomes vs. Travel Trailers

We decided we wanted to buy our first RV.   We had a strong desire to get “out there” and experience life.  Since we were inexperienced with just about every aspect of camping and RVs, we rolled up our sleeves and began our research.  For months, we traveled to RV lots, read classifieds, visited State Parks all over Ohio, and watched YouTube endlessly.  Finally, we had a sense of what we were looking for and narrowed down the myriad of RV options to a Travel Trailer or a Motorhome.  Here’s a look at our observations and conclusions about Travel Trailers (and Pick Up Trucks), Class A Motorhomes and Class C Motorhomes.  Continue Reading

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An Ode To Glorious Mosquito Lake State Park

We are fortunate to frequent one of Ohio’s most beautiful State Parks, Mosquito Lake.  I know, I know… the name.  It’s a little concerning.  Even better, there is a “Swine Creek” in Northeast Ohio, too.  Continue Reading

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Balancing the “Go-Go-Go” With The “Aaaahhh”

We live in Ohio and usually travel and camp in Bessie the RV regionally. When possible, we bring our car along, and it allows us to run errands, zoom all over the park and the city, etc.  Our Niagara Falls/Finger Lakes journey was our first big trip in the RV and we decided that Bessie would serve as both our home and our mode of transportation as we visited the region. Afterall, we told ourselves, portability and flexibility was one of the main reasons we bought a Class C RV.  Continue Reading

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Falling For Niagara Falls, NY

This is the first article in a series about The Roadster’s travels to New York’s Finger Lakes Region.  

I’ve been to Niagara Falls twice in my life.  The first time was fifteen-ish years ago, when my hubby (boyfriend at the time) cut an ad out of the paper for an all-inclusive Niagara Falls Valentine’s Weekend Extravaganza package that included food and a place to stay on the Canadian side.  We didn’t find out until later that the meal part of the package was a Denny’s coupon.

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“Why Do You RV?”

We are asked versions of this question regularly. Usually, it’s asked from a place of genuine curiosity. Every once in a while it’s asked sarcastically, and followed by the humming of “Dueling Banjos” (that creepy music from the movie “Deliverance”), or better yet, with an enthusiastic, “Shitter’s Full!” (an ode to Randy Quaid’s motorhome-driving character in the movie “Christmas Vacation”).  Continue Reading

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