The senses are one of the best ways to set a mood, and that includes the “holiday spirit.” While the decorations in your RV stimulate the eyes and those holiday jingles playing on the radio stimulate the ears, your nose might be feeling left out.
This doesn’t have to be the case though. There are quick and easy DIY projects you can do in your RV to give your space that holiday smell.
Make Your Own Potpourri Mix
Experiment with your own blend of dried fruits, spices, and flowers. Try things such as cranberries, oranges, cinnamon sticks, cloves, and nutmeg.
This very blend is actually great if you use it to make a stovetop potpourri (while your RV is not in motion, of course).
Take half a cup of fresh cranberries, 1 sliced orange, 4 cinnamon sticks broken in half, 1 tablespoon of cloves, an eighth teaspoon of nutmeg, and 2 or 3 cups of water. Combine all ingredients in a pot and simmer on low heat to fill your space with this Christmas scent.
Buy Scented Candles
Head to any store that sells scented candles and pick out a few that are holiday inspired. This time of year, there ought to be plenty of options on the shelf that are holiday themed. Like the stovetop potpourri, make sure that your RV is not in motion and that the candles are monitored at all times.
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Stop in and see us at Jim’s RV Center this December to tour any RV on the lot. Start 2017 off right with a new motorhome or travel trailer from Jim’s RV Center.
Stay warm this winter with a Class C motorhome from Jim’s RV Center in Nichols, New York.
Class C motorhomes offer the convenience of a motorhome in a smaller, more manageable package. It’s easy to stay warm in a Class C because of how cozy they can be.
2016 Jayco Redhawk 31XL
This 2016 Jayco Redhawk 31XL is in new condition, has two slides, and can sleep up to ten people. It comes with the J-Ride package and customer value package. The kitchen is equipped with a 2 door fridge and microwave. It also comes with a 32″ television.
2017 Fleetwood Jamboree 31U
This 2017 Fleetwood Jamboree 31U is in new condition, has 2 slides, and can sleep up to eight people. The exterior is conveniently equipped with an exterior ladder, lockable storage, electric entry step, mud flaps, running boards, and solar panel prep. Interior comforts include a combo AM/FM/CD/DVD stereo system, a 32″ LED bedroom TV, a 40″ LED front overhead TV, and a residential style fridge.
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Ready to tour our selection of Class C motorhomes? Stop in at Jim’s RV Center today to tour any model we have in stock, to schedule RV service, or to shop for parts and accessories.
Every state in the union has its share of wacky roadside attractions. In fact, America’s highways have somewhat of a reputation worldwide for the oddities strewn along their lengths. New York is no exception to this tradition and plays host to some of the, dare we say, oddest roadside attractions you could hope to see anywhere.
Hop in your RV and head out… and while you’re heading there, stop in and see some of New York’s best roadside attractions, like…
Magic Forest – Lake George, New York
A fairy tale themed park, Magic Forest brings the world of children’s fairy tales to life with vivid displays, statues, and dioramas. The park winds through forested paths and leads to such characters as the World’s Largest Uncle Sam (38 feet tall), Pecos Bill, Paul Bunyan, Smokey the Bear, the Statue of Liberty, the Three Little Pigs, Jack Sprat, Hansel & Gretel, and other displays, about 20 in all. There are also rides, multi-colored cottages, and even a diving horse.
The forest combines a strange and oddly charming mix of woodsy allure and creepiness.
Address: Highway 9 N, Lake George, NY. I-87 exit 21 to Highway 9 North. Just south of Lake George on the east side of the road.
House of Frankenstein Wax Museum – Lake George, New York
This grisly wax museum, also located in Lake George, is full of strange and disturbing dioramas, such as “Strange Planet” where you walk through a blacklit room across wrestling mats while Pink Floyd plays, “Your Host” where a strange and deformed statue babbles dialogue, and the “Megalopolis, Man of the Future” who looks like the Colossus of New York with glowing red eyes.
Parental discretion is advised, though most of the displays are more bizarre and hokey than frightening.
Address: 213 Canada St., Lake George, New York.
Cardiff Giant – Cooperstown, New York
The Cardiff Giant isn’t just a roadside attraction, but a roadside attraction with history. This might be one of the oldest, if not the oldest, roadside attraction in New York.
Created by George Hull, a cigar manufacturer and atheist, the giant was inspired by a conversation he had with a minister. Remembering a bible passage about “giants in the earth,” he wondered if he could fool people that he’d found a petrified giant. He spent $2600 to create a 10-foot tall stone statue, modeled after himself, then washed it with sulfuric acid and abused it to make it look ancient and had it buried at a friend’s farm before he “discovered” it.
People bought it. So well, in fact, that he was able to accrue $30,000 in admissions at just 50 cents a peek.
It’s now on display again and, even though you know it’s fake, the history behind it is quite intriguing.
Address: 100 Lake St., Cooperstown, New York.
Visit Jim’s RV Center
Okay, we’re not really a roadside oddity, but Jim’s RV Center is an attraction in and of itself. Stop by and see us in Nichols, New York, to tour any of our RV models or to schedule some service for your current RV if you’re touring New York’s roadside attractions and need to make sure that your RV is in good enough shape to reach them all!
Thanksgiving dinner is all about the entree, and that’s usually a traditional whole turkey. Try this new butterflied turkey with rosemary gravy recipe to wow your friends and family with an innovative twist on that classic turkey taste.
What you’ll need:
- 1 1/2 cups kosher salt
- 5 garlic cloves (crushed)
- 1 12-pound turkey (butterflied)
- 2 tablespoons canola oil
- 6 sprigs rosemary
For the gravy:
- Reserved turkey neck, back and giblets
- 7 cups chicken broth
- 1 onion (chopped)
- 3 carrots (chopped)
- 3 garlic cloves (crushed)
- 2 garlic cloves (mashed)
- 2 celery stalks (chopped)
- 2 sprigs fresh rosemary
- 1 cup white wine
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon black pepper
- 3/4 cup flour
- To create the brine, boil 1 1/2 quarts water with salt in a pot big enough to hold the turkey. Stir until salt dissolves.
- Stir rosemary, garlic and 3 quarts cold water into the pot and let cool. Add the turkey and let it chill, covered overnight.
- For the broth, boil all of the ingredients (except the mashed garlic, rosemary and flour) together. Simmer for 1 hour, then strain and discard the solids. Let chill.
- Place a rack in a large rimmed pan and set the turkey on the rack to drain. Pat the turkey dry and rub it with oil.
- Preheat the grill to 400 degrees. Turn off one burner and place a large drip pan on it. Fill the pan halfway with water.
- Place the turkey on the grill skin side up. Cook until the thickest part of the thigh reaches 175 degrees. Remove from heat and tent the turkey with foil for 15 minutes.
- Meanwhile, toast the flour in a 6-quart pot until browned. Pour in 3 cups of broth and whisk until smooth. Whisk the rest of the broth, garlic and rosemary into the gravy. Bring to a boil, then let simmer for 10 minutes (whisk often).
- Season gravy with salt and pepper before serving.
Visit Jim’s RV Center
Don’t forget to stop and see us at Jim’s RV Center before you hit the roads in your RV this holiday season.
Considering a toy hauler for your next travel trailer? Perhaps the most appealing thing about a toy hauler is the area of the trailer that the class gets its name from: the garage. Not only can you use this as a place to put your toys, like ATVs, bikes, or kayaks, but it can also be used as a flex-space, providing extra sleeping room, living room, or even as a covered eating area if you want to get that patio vibe.
The 2017 Highland Ridge Highlander 31RGR Toy Hauler
Check out this 2017 Highland Ridge Highlander 31RGR toy hauler, which is a great example of the toy hauler class.
The interior is just like home, with washer and dryer hookups, LED lighting in the ceiling, an 8 cu. ft. fridge, a 29″ bedroom TV, a 39″ garage TV, and optional Dyson vacuum cleaner, linoleum in garage, and HAPPIJAC bed lift with pass-thru dinette.
Exterior options include a BBQ grill, MaxxAir MAXXFAN PLUS in bathroom and bedroom, patio ramp with railing, pull down screen door at the rear, slide-out awning covers, and dual pane windows.
The construction includes a 100″ wide body frame, 30 gallon fuel cell, ACCU-SLIDE slide system, frameless windows, spare tire, PVC roof material, side mount folding ladder, and generator prep.
This unit comes with the Executive and Four Seasons Protection packages.
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Come tour the Highland Ridge Highlander today at Jim’s RV Center in Nichols, New York.
Looking for somewhere to go and something to do this month? Check out these fun-filled events and festivals happening across New York this November.
Christkindl Market – November 11-13 in Canandaigua
The annual Christkindl Market is held on the lawn of the historic Granger Homestead and Carriage Museum. Market-goers can enjoy the market in decorated and heated tents. The market attracts over 100 regional artisans and food vendors. The market is heavily influenced by German culture, so expect German cuisine, music, and other German-themed festivities.
The market will be located at 295 North Main Street, Canandaigua, New York.
11th Annual Syracuse Wine and Chocolate Festival – November 26 in Syracuse
Wineries and wine enthusiasts from across the region will gather on November 26 for an unlimited sampling of dozens of award-winning wines of all styles and tastes. Buy bottles of your favorites and feel good about doing it: $1 from each bottle sold will benefit the Carol M. Baldwin Breast Cancer Research Fund. Chocolate will also be prominently featured, with master chocolatiers showcasing their best and tastiest work. Other vendors, such as crafts and decor, will also be selling their wares.
Set your course for 581 State Fair Blvd., Syracuse, New York. The festival will run between 2-9pm.
Visit Jim’s RV Center
Have more fun in your own RV from Jim’s RV Center. No matter your travel plans, they’re sure to be more comfortable and convenient with an RV at your command. Shop today at Jim’s RV Center; tour the models that interest you and get your questions answered by knowledgeable associates.
Trick-or-treating is one of the best Halloween traditions. And whether you’re a kid or an adult, there’s no doubt you eat a few sweets on the spooky holiday. Instead of dishing out store-bought bags of treats this year, these homemade Halloween-themed candies will spice up all of your holiday festivities.
Peanut Butter Pumpkins
What You’ll Need:
- 1/2 cup butter
- 1 package confectioners’ sugar (16 ounces)
- 1 1/2 cups peanut butter
- yellow food coloring
- red food coloring
- green decorators’ icing
- Melt the butter in a bowl, then add a few drops of red and yellow food coloring. It should turn to an orange (or pumpkin) color.
- Stir the peanut butter and sugar into the bowl until the mixture is dough-like.
- Roll the dough into bite-size, pumpkin-shaped balls, then use a toothpick to make ridges in them.
- Add a drop of green icing to the top of your pumpkins to imitate a stem.
- Refrigerate your pumpkins until firm.
Halloween Caramel Corn
What You’ll Need:
- 16 cups popped popcorn
- 1 cup butter
- 5 cups miniature pretzels
- 2 cups brown sugar
- 1/2 cup dark corn syrup
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 cup candy corn
- 1 cup salted peanuts
- 1 M&Ms
- Preheat your oven to 200 degrees.
- In a large roasting pan, mix the popcorn and pretzels together, then set aside.
- Combine the corn syrup, brown sugar, butter and salt in a saucepan.
- Cook the syrup mixture over medium heat until it is fully boiling, then continue cooking for roughly 5 minutes.
- Remove the mixture from the heat and stir in the baking soda.
- Pour the syrup over your popcorn and pretzels, then sprinkle the peanuts on top. Stir until all of your popcorn is coated, then bake for 20 minutes.
- Stir the mixture again, and mix in the candy corn and M&Ms.
- Bake for 5 more minutes, then spread the caramel corn onto wax paper and let it cool.
Stop By Jim’s RV Center This Halloween
Don’t forget to stop and see us at Jim’s RV Center during your fall RV travels throughout New York. We have all of the RV parts, supplies and accessories you need to make your fall camping season the best one yet.
New York is putting on her fall colors all across the state. If you’re looking to view some of the best and brightest fall color spots in New York, hop in your RV and head out to one of these fantastic destinations for fall foliage!
Hurry and get out there! While many areas of New York are currently near peak or at peak, whole swathes of the state are already past peak. Now is the perfect time to fire up the RV and see the foliage that the state has to offer.
Looming above Lake George Village, truly spectacular views await at the summit. You can drive your RV up the toll road near the summit and then hike the rest of the way (a gentle 1.5 miles on the Prospect Mountain Trail).
Catskill Forest Preserve
Head to Catskill Forest Preserve for the foliage and the scenery. Not only are the leaves in full fall color, but the surrounding area is gorgeous, with waterfalls and mountains.
Bear Mountain State Park
Take the Palisades Parkway through Bear Mountain State Park’s rugged landscape. Not only can you enjoy the changing colors, but the area is ideal for fishing, picnicking, hiking, and camping as well.
This scenic overlook of the Hudson River Valley offers superb views of the surrounding landscape. Also located at Trophy Point is the Battle Monument, which is one of the largest granite columns in the world.
Visit Jim’s RV Center
Fall foliage tours are better in an RV. Jim’s RV Center in Nichols, New York, can serve as your base of operations as you enjoy the fall foliage this year. Jim’s RV Center offers RV sales, service, parts, and accessories.
In the market for a new RV, but you don’t want to buy full price? Why not a new-to-you RV instead? Pre-owned models can be every bit as good as new models, but sell for much less. Get the most bang for your buck with one of these RVs, currently onsite at Jim’s RV Center.
2011 Monaco Vesta 32PBS
The 2011 Monaco Vesta 32PBS is a luxury model, available now for $99,000. This Class A Diesel only has 24,717 miles on it. It’s 32 feet long with a grey fiberglass exterior, tan interior, a road master engine, 1 slide-out, and can sleep 6 people.
2003 Northwood Nash 245N
The 2003 Northwood Nash 245N is a fifth wheel trailer, so you’ll need an appropriate towing vehicle. If you have one, this is a real bargain at $9,900. The unit is 24 feet long, has 1 slide-out, and sleeps 6 people.
1998 Fleetwood Bounder 32
The 1998 Fleetwood Bounder 32 is a Class A Gas that’s been gently used, clocking in only 47,698 miles. It’s 32 feet long, has a tan fiberglass exterior, blue interior, 1 slide-out, and can sleep 6 people. It’s in great condition, which makes the price tag of $26,900 very attractive for those who want a Class A on the cheap.
Visit Jim’s RV Center
Come by Jim’s RV Center in Nichols, New York, for RV sales, service, parts, and accessories. Whether you’re looking for a used or new RV, Jim’s RV Center has a large enough inventory to find whatever it is that’s right for you.
Get into the spirit of October with these upcoming events scattered about New York state. Regardless of your plans this month, New York has plenty to offer the discerning RVer. Get out there and explore!
Pumpkin Picking and Corn Maze Fun – All October in Stanley, NY
Every Saturday and Sunday in October, you can go to a legitimate pumpkin patch and corn maze in Stanley.
It’s fall harvest time – but it’s also a chance to play in the crops. Challenge yourself to find your way through the corn maze, and when you’re done, pick out your pumpkins for Halloween and fall decorating. It’s a family fun event that has even more to offer for the kids. Stop by and check out the fun!
Open 10am to 6pm.
Flaming Leaves Festival – October 8-9 in Lake Placid, NY
The annual two-day Flaming Leaves Festival features exciting competition between North America’s top ski jumping talent. Festival-goers will enjoy a spectacular show with soaring ski jumpers in the sky and live Blues, delicious brews and tasty barbecue below. The festival offers entertainment for all ages including lawns games, specialty craft vendors and a combined chairlift and elevator ride up the 120-meter ski jump. At the top, experience magnificent views of peak Adirondack Fall foliage as surrounding hills and mountains are highlighted by brilliant reds, oranges and yellows. Sat 10am-4pm & Sun 9:30am-4pm. Admission is $16.
Peek’n Peak Fall Festival – October 8-16 in Clymer, NY
Every Saturday and Sunday between October 8 and 16, come to the fall festival and enjoy Craft Show, farmers market, pumpkin cannon, children’s crafts and activities. Plus, the Annual Season Ski Pass Sale, entertainment, ski lift rides, petting zoo, snow sports equipment swap, horse-drawn rides, pony rides, and more!
Admission is free!
Visit Jim’s RV Center this October
Stop by Jim’s RV Center this October for RV sales, service, parts, and accessories. Jim’s RV Center is the place to go before you head to your next adventure!