New England Spring Road Trips

Spring heralds the beginning of RV season. If your RV has been in storage and you’ve been cooped up in your house all winter, put your RV through its paces and hit the open road on a spring trip to New England.

Acadia National Park, Maine

Drive the 27-mile round trip Mount Desert Island Loop from Bar Harbor. The island’s Loop Road circles this rugged island. Be sure to bring a picnic lunch and stop by the Hulls Cove Visitors Center.

Rangely Lakes Scenic Byway, Maine

Take Maine routes 17 and 4 through the many mountains and lakes in the area. Stop at the Height of Land pullout to get some great pictures. And watch carefully – you should see plenty of bobcats, bear and moose. This scenic byway is about 50 miles.

Alpine Drama, Vermont

Take Vermont 108 from Stowe up into Smugglers’ Notch in the Green Mountains. Watch for corkscrews, cliffs and boulders. Stop in Jeffersonville for lunch or dinner. This route is about 18 miles.

Green Mountain Ribbon, Vermont

Travel Vermont Route 100 along the Green Mountains. This roadway runs from north to south and runs the length of the state. You’ll see tons of charming villages and history, especially between Ludlow and Waterbury. The route between these two towns is about 90 miles.

Coastal Crossing, New Hampshire

Take an 18-mile drive from Seabrook Beach to Portsmouth. While this is a short route, it could take you a day or two as there are many places to stop, including New Castle to see Wentworth by the Sea, Fort Constitution and Hampton Beach.

Stop by Jim’s RV Center

When you start planning for a road trip, be sure you plan to have your RV serviced before you head out, especially if this is the first time you’ve had it out since last fall. If you don’t have an RV, but think driving across New England sounds like fun, stop by to walk through our many floor plans. Be sure to call Jim’s RV Center to set up a service appointment or stop by to pick out a new RV if this sounds like something you’d like to do on our next vacation.

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Winter Camping in New York State

If you’re looking for some places in New York state to camp and enjoy the winter season with your RV, you’re in luck: New York is home to plenty of spectacular natural features, campgrounds, and other must-see sites.

Head Into the Mountains

New York may not be your first thought when you hear the word “mountains,” but it’s actually got quite a few of them. Ideal for travelers who enjoy hiking, you can find a campground for your RV in the Catskill or Adirondack Mountains and go on all-day hikes. The scenery, of course, is breathtaking, no matter what time of year you visit.

Relax Lakeside

There are also abundant lakes in New York, particularly the Finger Lakes region, a collection of five lakes, each of which are great for those looking to fish, swim, or go boating.

Stop in at Award Winning Campgrounds

If you haven’t been to Old Forge yet, it’s time to go. The Old Forge Camping Resort is not only open in the winter, it’s one of the best places in the state to enjoy all of your favorite outdoor activities like snowmobiling, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, alpine skiing and tons more. Buckle down and spend the entire winter season (from Nov. 1 to April 15) in Old Forge for one low winter rate and have easy access to all of the incredible snowmobile trails the area has to offer.

Looking for a winter destination that gives you access to tons of family fun? Look no further than the Frost Ridge Campground – a campground known for its ideal location and exciting activities for the entire family. Located right at the base of the Frost Ridge Ski Area Snow Park and just off of I-90, you’ll never get bored in this area.

Other Sites to Visit

Be sure to visit natural wonders such as Niagara Falls, Howe Caverns, Whiteface Mountain, and Watkins Glen.

Jim’s RV Center

When you’re traveling around our beautiful state this winter, don’t forget to stop by Jim’s RV Center to tell us about your New York camping adventures. We’ve got a huge selection of discounted new and used RVs for sale this winter season, and if you run into any problems with your existing vehicle, our RVIA certified technicians can have you back on the road quickly and safely.

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Tailgating Tips for your RV

Football season is here, and that means tailgating season is right with it. If you want to bring your RV for tailgating – a brilliant idea, by the way – you need to pack it up for the game. If the game is local, packing is a bit different than packing for a long trip. If the game is not a local game, then you need to pack as you would for a road trip.

Accessories

You’ll need enough folding lawn chairs for everyone who will be at your tailgate party, assuming they will be riding with you in the RV. If not, you can save space by having them bring their own chairs. Have some extra ice trays in the freezer. You can turn the fridge/freezer on to keep the ice frozen, plus you’ll have the ability to make more for after the game. Additional accessories include a grill big enough to accommodate food for everyone, a table and coolers full of your favorite brewskies. You can pick up most accessories that you’ll need at Jim’s RV Center in Nichols, New York.

Packing it Right

While you will only need food for a day if you are going to a local game, you might need more than what will fit in a smaller RV fridge. If your RV has a residential fridge, then you don’t have much to worry about. However, if you have a smaller fridge, make things like salads ahead of time. You can pack those in the fridge.

Pack the ribs, burgers and hot dogs in a cooler full of ice. You don’t want the meat to be completely frozen when you put it in the coolers as it won’t thaw in time, even for a night game. Take it out of the freezer the night before and let it thaw for about an hour on the counter, then finish thawing in the fridge (overnight). The ice in the cooler will keep it cold enough the next day.

Pack the coolers in the outside storage under the RV in case the ice water starts to leak. You can pack the other stuff inside the RV if it’s anything that can’t get wet. Tables and other items that dry easily can be packed with the coolers. Chairs with nylon or other material for seats should be packed away from the coolers.

Visit Jim’s RV Center

Stop by Jim’s RV Center to pick up grilling accessories and other accessories you might need for a tailgating party – and don’t forget to fill the water tanks and close the caps to the black and gray water tanks before you go.

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Short and Sweet Hikes in New York

Hiking, to some, evokes the image of walking mile upon mile through rough terrain, an interminable march through the wilderness. If you’re included in that number, then you’ll be pleased to learn that not all trails take a day and a half to complete. You can walk these trails and still have plenty of daylight left over after. Each of these is less than five miles long, so they’re perfectly short and sweet if you want a dose of nature and nothing more. Plus, each of these packs a visual punch of natural beauty. So lace up those hiking boots, spray on your bug repellent, and fill up that water bottle: it’s time to hike.

Auger Falls Trail Loop

Just of NY 30 in Adirondack Park, there’s the lovely little Auger Falls Trail Loop. It’s only 1.2 miles long and doesn’t even require you to retrace your steps (you know, being a loop and all), but it packs a lot of visual splendor into its small frame. The highlight of the hike is the waterfall you see along the way, which tumbles and roars down into a stone-strewn river flanked by emerald green trees.

Hadley Mountain

It’s short, but the rise in elevation that comes with hiking up the small mountain makes it moderately intensive. The entire round trip hike lasts 2.6 miles and the view at the top is wonderful, especially considering that there’s a fire tower that you’re welcome to ascent to give you a real eagle eye view of the surrounding valley.

Nine Corner Lake

The hike around Nine Corner Lake is short but it’s beautiful. Nine Corner Lake is located in the Adirondacks and the trail along it only lasts for 2 miles on a round trip. It’s jam-packed, though, with lake views and waterfalls. It’s a wonderful place to not only hike, but to stop and take a refreshing dip to cool off on a hot summer day.

Visit Jim’s RV Center

See more hiking trails this summer in an RV from Jim’s RV Center. An RV allows you to travel in comfort and convenience, seeing the road and what it offers on your own terms. Stop by today to tour some models, ask some questions, and learn more about the RV lifestyle and the features of your favorite RVs. Even if you’ve got an RV, Jim’s RV Center offers a service center you can visit to make sure that your rig is road worthy.

 

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DIY Valentine’s Day Gifts

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When you’re out on the road traveling, sometimes it’s hard to stop in at a store and get a traditional bouquet of roses and box of chocolates with a Hallmark card. We said “traditional,” but you can also say “cliche.” If you really want to wow your Valentine, don’t go the easy route — instead, put some effort and love into your gift by making something yourself. It will be more memorable and, ultimately, more cherished, if you add that personal touch.

Create a Heart Bag

Purchase a basic canvass hand bag in a light neutral tone – khaki is a good choice. Cut out a cardboard heart that fits the face of the bag and place it on the bag. Using red or pink acrylic paint, take a standard pencil and dip its eraser in the paint. Dab the eraser around the outline of the cardboard heart, varying the saturation and weight of application. Once you’ve gone around the cardboard heart to your satisfaction, pull it up and you’ll have a clean heart shape in the middle outlined with an eye-pleasing dappled effect.

Make Your Own Card

All you need is some craft paper and markers to make a basic DIY card, but really the sky’s the limit on how fancy you want to go. With enough imagination and some witty writing to put into it, a DIY card is much better than something store bought as you can truly customize it to match your Valentine and the nature of your relationship.

Bake a Heart-Shaped Cake

Buy your favorite cake mix or make your favorite recipe from scratch – once in a square pan and another time in a rounded pan. After both cakes have been baked, cut the round cake in half and turn the square one onto a corner, then place the round halves onto the diamond so it makes a heart shape. Decorate with frosting and toppings as you see fit!

Get Creative with the Wrapping

If you’re going to wrap your DIY gift, or even if you just bought something at the store, you can also make the wrapping special. One way to do this is to take a sheet of sturdy paper that you’ll use to wrap your gift. Cut out a small heart shape and use it as a stencil to trace hearts on this wrapping paper. After you’ve traced the desired number of hearts, cut along half of each heart shape and then fold back each one so that you’ve got half of the heart acting as a door of sorts. Behind each of these cutouts (on the side of the wrapping paper that will not be visible), tape or glue red glitter paper. Your wrapping paper will now have a distinct, uniquely DIY look to it!

Visit Jim’s RV

Stop by Jim’s RV this Valentine’s Day (or any time you can this February) to tour our inventory and perhaps get yourself and your Valentine into a new RV that’s able to take you on all sorts of fun adventures together.

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Fun New York Events Happening in January

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Check out these fun events happening this January around New York.

Long Lake Winter Carnival – January 14

Head to Long Lake in the Adirondacks for the Long Lake Winter Carnival. This fun annual celebration of winter offers carnival goers plenty to see and do, including cardboard sled racing, coronation of the king and queen of the carnival, sledding, free ice skating, ladies frying pan toss, wacky hat competition, and men’s caber toss. Fireworks happen at 6:30pm. This is a free event that takes place outside in the fresh air. The carnival will go on, rain or shine, so check the forecast and dress accordingly.

NYC Broadway Week – January 17 to February 5

If you have a love for Broadway or especially if you’ve never been, head to New York City and get your fill. NYC Broadway Week offers two-for-one ticket purchases, so you and a date can get in for the price of one! 19 of Broadway’s top shows are participating, including Aladdin, Cats, The Lion King, The Phantom of the Opera, School of Rock, and Wicked.

1757 Battle on Snowshoes Reenactment – January 21

Taking place in Ticonderoga, this battle reenactment commemorates a clash between French forces and Rogers’ Rangers on January 21, 1757, during the French and Indian War. The British combatants wore snowshoes during the engagement. Rogers’ Rangers were ambushed by larger French and Native forces, but were spared due to wet gunpowder misfires. This allowed the British to stave off the French and withdraw. Come see a bit of history brought back alive for only $10.

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.

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A Thanksgiving Entree to Spice Up Your Meal

Whole Homemade Thanksgiving Turkey

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

Cooking instructions

  1. 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.
  2. Stir rosemary, garlic and 3 quarts cold water into the pot and let cool. Add the turkey and let it chill, covered overnight.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. Preheat the grill to 400 degrees. Turn off one burner and place a large drip pan on it. Fill the pan halfway with water.
  6. 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.
  7. 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).
  8. 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.

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November Events in New York

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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.

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Homemade Halloween Candy

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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

Cooking Instructions:

  1. 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.
  2. Stir the peanut butter and sugar into the bowl until the mixture is dough-like.
  3. Roll the dough into bite-size, pumpkin-shaped balls, then use a toothpick to make ridges in them.
  4. Add a drop of green icing to the top of your pumpkins to imitate a stem.
  5. 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

Cooking Instructions:

  1. Preheat your oven to 200 degrees.
  2. In a large roasting pan, mix the popcorn and pretzels together, then set aside.
  3. Combine the corn syrup, brown sugar, butter and salt in a saucepan.
  4. Cook the syrup mixture over medium heat until it is fully boiling, then continue cooking for roughly 5 minutes.
  5. Remove the mixture from the heat and stir in the baking soda.
  6. 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.
  7. Stir the mixture again, and mix in the candy corn and M&Ms.
  8. 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.

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What’s Going on This October?

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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!

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