Celebrating Thanksgiving in an RV

Turkey Legs

Photo by Joe Shlabotnik (Flickr Creative Commons)

Part of the fun when RV traveling is the option to dine in with delicious meals prepared in your kitchen or dining out with something extra tasty on the grill or simmering over the campfire. With Thanksgiving just a few days away, there’s still time to plan a delicious holiday feast.

Turkey Options

Determining how much cooking room and cooking time you’ll have is the first place to begin.

  • Start with a check list of everything you’ll need.
  • The meat is the main attraction and if you’re planning to serve turkey, you’ll need ample time for the bird to defrost.
  • If your RV’s oven is large enough to accommodate cooking a turkey, choose the appropriate size. A Tom turkey is generally larger than a hen so that gives you an option.
  • If possible, cook the turkey at home before leaving. This eliminates any cooking issues.
  • Smoking or frying the turkey is also an option. Allow plenty of time for smoking and enough oil for frying.
  • Instead of cooking a whole turkey, choose turkey breast or drumsticks or cook a small ham.
  • The easiest option is to order a turkey already cooked so all you’ll need to do is pick it up at the store, heat, and serve on Thanksgiving Day.

Side Dishes

Turkey day isn’t complete unless you have traditional side dishes such as collard or turnip greens, deviled eggs, green bean casserole, mashed potatoes, stuffing, cranberry sauce, and pumpkin pie. Consider these cooking options to help save time for those items you want to prepare yourself.

  • Cut down on preparation time by using as many packaged, canned and frozen goods as possible. This includes instant mashed potatoes, stuffing mix for the stove top or microwave, and canned cranberry sauce.
  • There are excellent choices in canned greens complete with seasoning.
  • Pick up additional side dishes already prepared at the grocery’s deli such as potato salad, gravy, and fresh cranberry-orange relish.
  • Desserts are a big part of the day. Purchase whipped cream to go along with a slice of frozen or fresh-made pumpkin pie.

Before starting your holiday traveling, schedule an appointment at Jim’s RV Center. With complimentary overnight facilities while waiting for service, you’ll be ready to take to the highway just as soon as your RV is ready to roll.

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RV Destination: Jalama Beach, California

Photo By Courtney McCaffrey

There’s a special place on the Pacific coast that Californians don’t want you know about. Just a short drive outside of the hustle and bustle of Santa Barbara, there’s actually a beach that’s undeveloped and open to the public. Even better, you can park your RV just a few steps from the sand and a few more steps to the ocean.

Jalama Beach County Park in Lompoc, California, is one of the best county park’s in the entire country. Not only can you relax in your RV with a view of the ocean, walk on the beach, and surf, but you can also eat a tasty meal at the Jalama Grill and stock up on provisions.

Reservations

Reservations aren’t necessary at Jalama Beach County Park in the off-season, but the campground fills up quickly in summer. To ensure your camping spot at Jalama Beach, you can make a reservation up to six months ahead of time.

Campsites

All 109 of the county park’s campsites have a fire pit, barbeque grill, and ocean view. Thirty-one of the sites are designated for RVs and offer dump stations and electrical hookups, and if you’ve been on the road for a while, you’ll appreciate the spacious hot showers, restrooms, and fresh water.

Sightsee and Play

While it’s perfectly acceptable to kick back, relax, and enjoy the sound of the ocean from your RV, there are tons of other outdoor activities waiting for you at Jalama Beach. Spend your days whale watching, surfing, fishing, birdwatching, or just sinking your toes into the sand.

Jalama Beach Store and Grill

Whatever you decide to do in Jalama Beach, make sure you visit the Jalama Beach Store and Grill. Load up on firewood, bait, toiletries, and souvenirs in the fully-stocked general store, or sit down for a world famous Jalama Burger at the grill – you won’t be disappointed.

Jim’s RV Center

Before you start cross-country on your adventure to Jalama Beach (or elsewhere!), don’t forget to stop by Jim’s RV Center. We’re your local New York RV dealer, and we’ve got everything you need from brand new RVs to used travel trailers, so come check out our selection or just chat with us about our favorite topic – the RV lifestyle.

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Veterans Day

Today is Veterans Day and, by being out-and-about and enjoying local celebrations and events, you can show your support for those who have served our country.

Veterans Day History

When the “Great War” ended (WWI), an armistice went into effect on the 11th day of the 11th month on the 11th hour of 1918. The official signing of the Treaty of Versailles meant “the war to end all wars” was officially over.

Since this is a statewide event, many, if not most, cities across the US will commemorate the day with flag raising ceremonies, parades featuring a military presence, surviving veterans, 21-gun salutes at memorials, and guest speakers at special events.

Plan your trip to include stops at local cities along your travel itinerary and enjoy the Veterans Day festivities, visit military museums and monuments, and take part in events. If you are a veteran or on active-duty, take advantage of the many dining, shopping, and recreational deals available across the country. Call ahead to ensure the location you plan to visit is participating in the Veterans Day program. Some programs are nationwide while others may be city specific.

Restaurants

Some good food along the way will keep your motor humming. These are just a few participants offering free food and/or discounts on Veterans Day.

  • Applebee’s
  • Golden Corral
  • Hooters
  • Krispy Kreme
  • McDonald’s
  • Outback Steakhouse
  • Subway
  • T.G.I. Friday’s

Shopping

From free downloads to discounts, these retail stores are focused on Veterans and their immediate families.

  • Amazon.com
  • Cabela’s Outdoor Store
  • Fashion Bug
  • Home Depot
  • Lowe’s
  • Seven-Eleven
  • Sports Authority
  • The Dollar General

Recreation

  • Anheuser Busch-Parks
  • Colonial Williamsburg
  • Knotts Berry Farm
  • National Parks Fee Free Day
  • Pro Football Hall of Fame

Most likely, you will be required to supply proof of military identification in order to receive these specials, so travel prepared. Acceptable ID can include a photo of you in your uniform, Veterans Organization Card, or discharge papers.

Like a hardworking veteran, your RV has seen plenty of “road duty” and needs to be cared for with a maintenance and service check. Before leaving to enjoy Veterans Day activities, stop by Jim’s RV Center and let the certified technicians get your RV ready for action.

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November Events in New York

At Jim’s RV we love RVing and we also love living in this part of the country. There are always things to do, even as the weather turns colder. Here is a list of November events in the area:

At the Tioga Downs Casino on Saturday, November 23, at 8 pm, join in on the “Quack Dynasty Look a Like Contest” and dress as your favorite Duck Dynasty star. Don’t forget to practice your duck call. First, second, and third place prizes are up for grabs.

Saturday, November 30, Bingham University in Vestal, New York, hosts the Holiday Arts and Craft Show. This is the 10th year and the cost for admission is $4. Come out and finish off your Christmas shopping, or maybe get it started!!

The Corning Senior Center has their Annual Tree Lighting ceremony on Thursday, November 21st beginning at 5:30 pm. This event includes activities for the children, food, a free toy, and Santa is there for children to have their pictures taken with the big guy.

Don’t miss out on the Corning’s Light Parade set for Saturday, November 30, beginning at 6:30 pm. Come see loads of floats with beautiful illuminated decorations. Bring the family and enjoy watching the floats and the children’s faces light up!

For something new and different, join in on the very first Chili Chocolate Challenge held from November 8 until November 11 in the Gaffer District in Corning. Taste the creations of the participants and vote for your favorite. Don’t leave the children at home because there will be activities for them as well. This event helps kick-off the Christmas season.

The season is in full swing so enjoy these unique events. Remember, for the RVer on your list, Jim’s RV offers excellent selections of RV parts and accessories. We look forward to seeing you soon at Jim’s RV in Nichols, New York.

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