In our travels, we’ve found two RV parks where I would be very happy to spend a month in summer: Valley Mobile Park in Buena Vista, Colorado (click here to read our review) and Trailway Campground in Montague, Michigan (click here to read our review). These two parks aren’t the best we have ever visited, but both have a combination of amenities that click:
Reasonably roomy, level sites with trees, flowers and grass. No “destination” amenities, no playground or kids programs, so no particular attraction for camping families. Mellow but attentive management. Located in a beautiful area with great recreational opportunities. Near (or in) an interesting small town with an emphasis on local shopping and services, and environmental awareness. A farmer’s market.
I would have been happy to stay in Montague another week, but the Independence Day weekend was looming and every camping family in the U.S. was about to hit the road to celebrate the three-day, action-packed holiday weekend. As we pulled out, half the rigs at Trailway were preparing for departure, clearing out of the spaces reserved months (or longer) ago by farsighted campers.
Finding an uncrowded campground on a three-day summer holiday is miraculous, but we did it: Northwestern Michigan Fairgrounds RV park (click here to read our review). Fewer than 10 miles south of Traverse City, the 100+ site campground is so under-advertised as to be almost unknown. We arrived to find great hosts, plenty of space (around 20 of the spaces were occupied), and – best of all – Boomer friends!
There is a lot happening in Traverse City this weekend: the week-long Cherry Festival starts today (cherry orchards blanket the hills here the way vineyards blanket the land in the Napa Valley), the Blue Angels perform today and tomorrow over Grand Traverse Bay, and, of course, fireworks. We’ve been our exploring, and have tickets today for a performance of The Capitol Steps at nearby Interlochen Center for the Arts. Our summer is in full swing!
Happy Independence Day, everyone, and safe travels.