29 Nov RV: Where To Take A Winter Escape
(Broadry) — Winter is upon us and travelers looking to escape the cold are seeking new ways to travel this season, after being mostly shutdown last year. While looking for that sunny vacation getaway seems to be universal, many are still looking for ways of travel that avoid large, crowded airports and busy hotels with lots of small, shared spaces like elevators and hallways. This is just one of the reasons RVing has soared in popularity over the last year and throughout the pandemic.
According to a survey conducted by Lending Tree, “Interest in RVs was up 41% and 56%, respectively, in January and February 2021 compared to the year prior.” And when planning a vacation this winter, RVing checks many boxes: It’s a great way to travel safely in today’s COVID environment, it’s a quick and easy way to leave the expected bitter cold behind, and it also makes for a truly unique vacation experience when visiting sunny hot spots like Southern Arizona and South Texas.
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No RV? No problem!
You’ve tried Airbnb or VRBO, now it’s time to try a peer-to-peer RV rental company to experience the RV trend! This is an easy way to explore the open road and get a taste of the RV lifestyle without the commitment of buying your own. Whether renting in a hometown location and hitting the road to your destination or securing an RV rental upon arrival at your vacation destination, a rental makes it easy. One to try: Outdoorsy. The platform has hundreds to RVs in all shapes and sizes available for rent across the country, perfect for your next getaway.
Now where to take the vacation RV? The southwest is home to some of the best winter RV resorts in the country. Here are some fantastic options to explore this winter and enjoy the sunshine and 70-plus degree weather.
With the sun shining 360 days a year, Yuma, AZ is known to be the sunniest place on Earth, averaging more than 4,000 hours of sun per year (out of 4,456 possible). Winter guests enjoy activities like the nationally recognized Medjool Date Festival, where thousands of visitors head to Yuma’s historic downtown to get a taste of the delicious southwest fruit from local and regional growers. Looking for some history? Touring the Yuma Territorial Prison, a famous Yuma landmark which was opened in 1876 and operated for 33 years is the city’s number one tourist attraction. Visitors can tour the prison, view the cells, get a feel for what 1800’s solitary confinement felt like and get a mug shot memento to take home. Visitors who looking for some action do not need to look any further than the Imperial Sand Dunes National Recreation Area. With sand dunes topping 300 feet, these massive dunes are perfect for all-terrain vehicle riding and also made the perfect backdrop for the scenes in Star Wars: Return of the Jedi.
When pulling up to Yuma, here are some great locations that are close to all the action and provide top notch amenities, making them the perfect resorts for that sunny getaway!
Foothill Village RV Resort sits on the east side of Yuma known as The Foothills which is a prime location for any vacationer. This small, friendly, clean resort of 160 sites has that big resort atmosphere and provides easy access to the surrounding amenities. Just a short walk off property and guests are immersed by venues the whole family will enjoy, including restaurants, three golf courses, the library, and of course, dancing at Mickey B’s. There are two casinos, swap meets, Yuma Palms Mall and the Mexico border just a short drive from Foothill Village. While onsite, guests enjoy the swimming pool and hot tub, shuffleboard and the billiards room, along with activities like the monthly potlucks and jam sessions.
Araby Acres RV Resort offers a full calendar of activities each month during the winter season as well as popular amenities like a fitness center, swimming pool, business center, laundry facilities, and clubhouse. Guests enjoy the tranquility of the resort, which features more than 330 sites offering either 30 or 50 amp service along tree-lined streets.
Desert Paradise RV Resort located just east of downtown in the Yuma Foothills, this welcoming resort provides the best of both worlds as it is close to all the shopping, casinos and even Mexico while still maintaining its distance from Yuma’s regular snowbird traffic. Onsite amenities and activities include a swimming pool, horseshoes and shuffleboard, a business center and clubhouse. There are weekly potlucks, jam sessions, and a card room for guests to join together in some winter fun.
During the winter, the seasonal warmth visitors enjoy from both the sun and the southern hospitality makes Texas the place to be when looking to escape the cold. With the Texas winter temperatures averaging in the mid-70s, visitors enjoy the sandy beaches of South Padre Island, which is also the longest stretch of an undeveloped barrier island in the world. The water sports and the abundant fishing throughout the Gulf provide plenty of opportunities for fun in the Lower Rio Grande Valley. For travelers looking to develop a new hobby, it’s not only the human snowbirds that make the seasonal trek to South Texas, as there is a wide variety of migratory birds to spot throughout the area. The World Birding Center has nine locations throughout the Rio Grande Valley that are suitable for first timers or expert birders hoping to glimpse some of the more than 500 bird species flying through this migration corridor. Of course, when thinking of Texas, one can’t forget The Alamo. The 300-year-old Spanish Mission is located in San Antonio where the Battle of San Jacinto took place on April 21, 1836. Visitors also enjoy the miles of dining, shopping, and museums along San Antonio’s well-known Riverwalk.
Here a few nearby RV resorts to make a Texas winter getaway as comfortable and fun as possible.
Fun-N-Sun RV Resort is located in the heart of the Rio Grande Valley at the southern tip of Texas, making it a perfect winter getaway for a group of friends or a winter vacation for two. Surrounded by cultural history and plenty of restaurants, Fun-N-Sun is well known for its onsite activities and amenities. The activities include line and swing dance lessons to stained glass and woodworking. There is water aerobics, ice cream socials and even remote control (RC) racing on the resort’s very own racetrack. Amenities include a swimming pool, fitness center, dog park, business center and sports courts for tennis, shuffleboard, pickleball, volleyball, bocce ball and horseshoes.
Victoria Palms RV Resort is a lush South Texas resort nestled in the tropical Rio Grande Valley. This sprawling resort offers a variety of ways to enjoy your stay with both pull-through and back-in sites with full hookups. The resort offers a full restaurant, tropical pool and outdoor whirlpool hot tubs, fitness center, two-story craft center and two off leash dog parks. With onsite entertainment and activities year-round from poolside movies to karaoke nights, guests of Victoria Palms almost feel like they are vacationing on a cruise ship.
A little farther to the north, Medina Lake RV Campground, which is a short drive from the heart of San Antonio, offers beautiful lakeside views and a wealth of wildlife sightseeing. Medina Lake provides large, shaded sites with picnic tables and barbecue grills. With plenty of activities to enjoy onsite, from mini golf to line dancing, or enjoying the café’s delicious meals on the weekends, there is no shortage of fun to be had. Perfect for the whole family, the surrounding area also allows guests to enjoy Fiesta Texas, Sea World and numerous dude ranches. When playing onsite, be on the lookout for the large white tail deer population that frequently roams the grounds.