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Bodensee Restaurant – Helen, GA
64 Munich Strasse, Helen Georgia
30545

Bodensee Restaurant is perfect for a quick delicious lunch or a relaxing dinner with the family. Located in the center of Helen, they offer a wide variety of German foods for any taste.   They offer dining specials and kids menu.  Don't forget to ask about their Bavarian pretzel that is a special item not on the menu!

http://www.bodenseerestaurant.com/
706-878-1026
Dreher Island State Park – Prosperity, SC
3677 State Park Road, Prosperity, SC
29127
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Located a half hour northwest of Columbia, SC, Dreher Island State Park is spectacular!   First, it's location cannot be beat.  The park consists of three islands that jut out into beautiful Lake Murray.  This provides excellent lake views just about any place you are hanging out.  There are two camping loops, both with many lakefront sites that can accommodate rigs up to 45 feet (trailers 30 feet).  Sites are roomy, scenic and the campground is well-maintained.  Lake Murray is one of the best-known largemouth and striped bass fishing destinations in the South.  Fish from shore. bring your boat from home or r rent one.  Boat delivery to your campsite is available from outside vendors.  Don't have an RV or tent?  Beautiful Island Villas are available for rent too.  Either way you decide to stay, there will be plenty of things to do or you can choose my favorite activity.... do nothing but relax!

Campground:

Ninety-Seven paved sites located on two loops may be used by both RVs and tents, while 15 sites are for tent campers only.  Each site has water and electrical hook-ups and a picnic table. Many sites accommodate RVs up to 45 feet, others up to 30 feet. There is a dump station available as well.   All sites are convenient to hot showers and restrooms.  Leashed pets are allowed!

Cabins:

Five lakeside villas include linens, basic cooking and eating utensils, heat, air conditioning, gas fire logs, microwave, satellite television, complimentary wi-fi, automatic coffee maker, screened porch, outside grill and picnic table.   A three-bedroom villa is user friendly for the physically impaired.

Pets are not permitted in villas or villa areas.

Please visit website for pricing, reservation information and more details.

Available Activities:

Bicycle Riding
Boat Launch & Ramp
Dump Stations (Camping & Marine)
Fuel (marine)
Hiking
Marina
Photography
Playground
Recreation Programs
Retail Store
Swimming

803-364-4152
Flying Flags RV Resort & Campground – Buellton, CA
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Flying Flags RV Resort is a full-service resort in the heart of Santa Barbara wine country.  It is also a great jumping off point for day trips to Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo, or Paso Robles.  Golf is nearby.

Address

180 Avenue of Flags, Buellton, CA 93427

RV Sites/Services Available

Basic Site - No hook-ups

Premium - Full hookups 50/30 Amp, crushed granite RV pad, concrete patio

Super-Premium - Full hookups 50/30 Amp, end site, concrete RV pad & patio, firepit, & gas BBQ

Free Wi-Fi, free kids (under 9), free cable and free pets (2 max)!

Cabins

Flying Flags cottages are fully furnished and include a wraparound deck complete with outdoor fireplace and gas BBQ. Each cottage has a bedroom with a queen size bed, a living room with sleeper sofa, bathroom, and fully equipped kitchen. Many of the cottages also have an upstairs loft perfect for the kids. There are at least 2 flat screen TVs in each cottage with cable connections. Wifi is also included at no extra fee. Cabins and Cottages can accommodate up to 6 people. Friendly pets are permitted with additional fee.

Luxury Tent Villas

Oversized tent on platform furnished with King bed, bunk bed, microwave, refrigerator and coffee maker.  There is also a patio area fireplace and gas BBQ

Vintage Airstream Rentals

Flying Flags Airstream Alley offers fully furnished Airstream trailers!  Each of the 10 vintage Airstreams have been completely renovated in custom styles and themes with modern touches that include wine refrigerator, iPad bar, flat screen TVs and much more! Airstreams vary in size and style but all have a queen size bed, bathroom with small shower and is furnished with a K-Cup coffee maker, microwave oven, BBQ grill & fire pit. Ask which ones have the bench sofas or twin beds for kids.

Campground Amenities

Large Heated swimming pool with snack bar/diner
Splash Park
State of the Art Playground
Two spas
Recreation Room
Arcade
Clean restrooms and showers
Laundry Facility
TV Hook-ups
Free Wi-Fi
On-site camp store, propane & dump station

Check their website for pricing information!

www.flyingflags.com
805-688-3716
Mesa Verde National Park, Colorado
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"Mesa Verde, Spanish for green table, offers a spectacular look into the lives of the Ancestral Pueblo people who made it their home for over 700 years, from A.D. 600 to 1300. Today the park protects nearly 5,000 known archeological sites, including 600 cliff dwellings. These sites are some of the most notable and best preserved in the United States." National Park Service

There is a lot to do at this park including guided (see directory pages for Cliff House and Balcony House tours) and self-guided hikes to different cliff dwellings. A couple of hikes we did was to Far View Sites (flat on top of the plateau) and the Step House which is a steep trail down to the dwellings.

Other activities include: cross country skiing (in winter), evening programs, stargazing, photography, research center, museum, and Junior Ranger program!!!

Park open year round, however, operation hours change as well as availability of some features of the park.

Entrance fee high season: $15 and low season $10

Morefield Campground is  just 4 miles inside Mesa Verde. There are 267 sites that include a table, bench, and grill. Camping is open to tents, trailers and RVs, including 15 full hookup RV sites that require reservations. Several hikes leave from the campground.  Additionally, campground is close to Morefield's village. Here you will find a gas station, RV dumping station, coin-operated laundry, complimentary showers, a gift shop and grocery store.

Directions

Mesa Verde National Park is in Southwestern Colorado. The Mesa Verde Headquarters is a one-hour drive from Cortez, Colorado, heading east on Highway 160 to the park turnoff, and a 1.5 hour drive from Durango, Colorado, heading west on Highway 160 to the park turnoff.

http://www.nps.gov/meve/index.htm
970-529-4465
Old One Hundred Gold Mine – Silverton, CO

Old One Hundred Gold Mine is a fantastic tour which takes you 1/3 of a mile into Galena Mountain in ore cars.

You don mining hats and bright yellow coats as you take your seat in a real mining car.  After a brief history of the area and the mine, the cars slowing roll into the dark and wet cave.  The clack of the cars on the tracks is all you hear as you feel drops of water dripping from the cave ceiling.  Once you reach the 1/3 mile area, you leave the cars for a very informative tour that shows you old and current mining equipment, the mine shaft, how they dynamited the rock, and more.  There will be some good storied told as well!  Once back above ground, try your hand at REAL gold panning for silver, copper and gold flakes with water coming directly out of the mine.  New "miners" will not want to leave!

Address

721 County Route 4a, Silverton, CO

Pricing

See website for pricing

Tour Frequency

Tours depart hourly 10am through 4pm daily - no need to make a reservation

Tour Season: Usually goes from mid-May to mid-September

Tips

• Temperature underground is a cool 48°F, so a sweater or jacket is recommended and comfortable shoes
• Underground portion of tour lasts approximately 45 to 50 minutes.
• Mine altitude is 10,000 feet above sea level.
• Smoking is not permitted on the motor-coach, mine shuttle, or underground in the mine
• Rest rooms located at gift shop building.
• Video and flash cameras welcome!
• Large parking lot with plenty of room for RV’s
• Highly scenic road to the mine is paved for 2 miles, then well maintained gravel for the last three miles. Accessible to all cars and recreational vehicles.

** Tip your tour guide if they do a good job - ours was fantastic!

Directions

To get here, take US Hwy 550 (the San Juan Skyway) to Silverton. Drive down Silverton's paved main street through town. Just past the Courthouse and Museum, take a right turn onto County Road 2. Continue on CR 2 for two miles - passing the Mayflower Mill where the road becomes gravel - then two more miles to the ghost town of Howardsville. Past the "Alpine Loop" sign, cross the creek and immediately turn right onto County Road 4-A. Continue on CR 4-A 3/4 mile to the mine. Follow the blue and white "Mine Tour" directional signs that are located along the way after you leave the Silverton town limits.

 

www.minetour.com
800-872-3009
Ouray Hot Springs, Ouray, CO

Ouray Hot Springs, in operation since 1927, offers a 1,000,000 gallon sulfur free mineral pool that is open year round.  Hot mineral water is continuously entering and exiting the pool in what is referred to as a flow through design. This flow through design allows for fresh, clear, odorless mineral water 24 hours a day seven days a week for your enjoyment!  There is also a Fitness Center, Massages and a Snack Bar on property.  For the kiddos there are the following attractions:

RED AND BLUE SLIDES

You must be at least 48” tall.
All children under the age of 7 must have an adult at the bottom of the slide ready to assist the child in the water and must stay within arm’s reach at all times.

KIDDIE SLIDE

The kiddie slide is reserved for children under 48” tall.
All children under the age of 7 must have one adult accompany their child down the slide or remain at the bottom of the slide ready to assist the child in the water.  Adult’s must stay within arm’s reach of their child at all times.

WIBIT

You must be at least 13 years of age or have passed the deep water test.

Address

1220 Main St PO Box 468 Ouray, CO 81427

Pricing

Check out their website for current pricing and specials

 

Pool Hours

Peak Season (Memorial Day - Labor Day: 7-days a week 10am - 10pm

Off-Season (After Labor Day - Before Memorial Day) - Monday through Friday 12pm-9pm  and Saturday 11am - 9pm  Inflatables are closed in off-season

Directions

Located off Highway 550 at the north end of town.

http://ourayhotsprings.com/
(970) 325-7073
Pirate Cove Resort & Marina – Needles, CA
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This is quite a cool resort. The staff I encountered were all helpful and pleasant. There were plenty of options available to keep kids and grown-ups entertained. You can use your off-road vehicles or your boat here which is a bonus. Love that they have not only a store for getting those items you may have forgotten, but a restaurant and bar in case you just don't feel like cooking. They also have a zip line attraction onsite.

Address
100 Park Moabi Road, Needles, CA 92363

RV Sites/Services Available

Colorado Riverfront - Peninsula Campsites - Full Hook-ups
Launch Ramp - Play Area Campsites - Full Hook-ups, Electric & Water Only
Note: There is a Two Night Minimum for Camping Reservations

Trailer Rental - You reserve your site - They provide the trailer

You can rent a 31' travel trailer that will be placed on your reserved campsite. These trailers are fully equipped with bedding and kitchen essentials. Sleeps 6, Air conditioning/Heating and a 17" TV. Just bring your food, lawn chairs, and clothes and you are ready to go!

Cabins

First Class Two Story Beachfront & Marina View Cabins featuring King and Queen beds along with a sofa-sleeper, 2 baths, full stocked kitchen with dishwasher, microwave, refrigerator, washer & dryer as well as beach patio with BBQ grill and attached balcony that overlooks the waterfront Resort. Fully Furnished - just bring your food and clothes and you are ready to relax!

Resort Amenities

- Restaurant & Bar
- Boat Rentals
- Boutique & Store
- Off-Road Trails
- Swimming Beach
- Playground
- Zero Depth Water Park (free)
- Zip line experience to hopefully open in Spring
- Coin Showers & Restrooms
- Dump Station (charge)
- Picnic Pavilions (charge)
- Pets OK (charge)

**Check website for pricing, specials or packages

Industry Awards
TripAdvisor 2014 Certificate of Excellence

piratecoveresort.com/
760-326-9000
Volcan Valley Apple Farm – Julian, CA

Volcan Valley Apple Farm is Julian's largest U-Pick. They have over 7000 apple trees and 7 varieties of apples. Easy hand picking for all ages! Purchase a bag and pick until full. Super family friendly and loads of fun. Don't forget the camera and sunscreen!

Open seasonally only!

Located at:

1284 Julian Orchards Drive
Julian, CA 92036

760-315-1071

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