The Best Beaches on the East Coast for RV Enthusiasts

America’s East Coast is home to some of our country’s best beaches. Whether you’re looking for a secluded North Carolina beach getaway, the towering palm trees of South Florida or a place to park your RV and let loose with friends, an East Coast beach is waiting for you this summer. These three summer beach destinations are ones you don’t want to miss.

Cape Hatteras — North Carolina

North Carolina’s Outer Banks are a 200-mile-long stretch of barrier islands that sit off the coast of the Tarheel State and a small part of Virginia. They’re known for offering some of the most secluded stretches of beach in the country, where your family can enjoy long summer beach days without struggling to find a parking space or a place to lay your towels.

Visitors love the Cape Hatteras area for its gorgeous cape Hatteras Lighthouse, calm salt marshes, pristine beaches and starry skies. Even better, there are a number of RV-friendly campgrounds that will let you set up camp just steps from the sand.

Juno Beach — Florida

If you’re looking for a beach getaway that offers hot summer temperatures, swaying palm trees and tropical turquoise waters, Juno Beach is one of the best places in the country to park your RV. Stay at the Juno Ocean Walk RV Resort, and you’ll enjoy a short walk to the Palm Beach area’s breathtaking beaches. Visitors can take part in activities held at the RV resort or venture just a few minutes away to world class golf courses, sport fishing charters, pristine beaches, shopping and countless other Florida activities.

Atlantic City — New Jersey

RV enthusiasts looking for non-stop fun on their summer vacation will find it in Atlantic City. This New Jersey coastal town feels a lot like Las Vegas at the beach with casinos, 24-hour bars and restaurants, music venues and everything you need to let loose with your friends. The Atlantic City boardwalk is one of the best in the U.S., so bring plenty of money to spend on games, shopping and quick eats.

Start Your Getaway at Jim’s RV

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Spend Father’s Day in New York City

There’s no better place to be on Father’s Day than in the Big Apple. There’s something exciting in every corner of the city, whether you’re seeking the perfect Father’s Day meal, a cruise on the Hudson River or a one-of-a-kind marketplace in Brooklyn. The following are just three of the countless things there are to do with your dad in New York City this Father’s Day.

The Brooklyn Makers Market

Discover unique crafts, handmade furniture and more at the Brooklyn Makers Market, held on Saturday, June 18, and Sunday, June 19. The market features handmade goods created by artisans from around the country. Attending the event at 175 Broadway in Brooklyn is free, but you’ll want to bring your wallet to shop and dine with the numerous food vendors that will be on site.

Father’s Day Glass Workshop

There’s nothing quite like building something with your dad, and you can do exactly that in NYC. Let the esteemed glassblowers of Brooklyn Glass guide you through making your very own glass beer mugs. The workshops take place every half hour and are held the Sunday after Father’s Day (June 26), so it’s a perfect event for those who are unable to celebrate the holiday on time this year.

Father’s day Beer Brunch Cruise

Considering a day of drinking and eating with dad in the city? Start with the Father’s Day Beer Brunch Cruise on the Hudson River. Hop aboard a luxurious yacht and enjoy a hearty brunch buffet, live jazz music and all-you-can-drink beer. The event will take place at 12:30 p.m., on Sunday, June 19, and the boat departs from Pier 40 in Soho. Tickets are $70 per person.

Find Dad His Dream RV

If you’re searching for the ultimate Father’s Day gift this June, there’s no better place to shop than here at Jim’s RV Center in Nichols, NY. Our lot is overflowing with the latest and greatest RVs for some of the best prices in the industry.

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March Events Around New York

With warmer temperatures coming up in March, you may want to plan some trips and taking in festivals at the same time is the perfect reason for getting out for a few days. You’ll find festivals throughout the state including the Finger Lakes region, Central New York and Chautauqua-Allegheny.

If you don’t have an RV and think that spending a weekend enjoying a festival in an RV where you can relax in familiar surroundings sounds like fun, stop by Jim’s RV Center in Nichols, New York to walk through the many floor plans that we have.

Bacon on the Lakein

Head up to Cayuga for the Bacon on the Lakein festival, which will be held on March 19 and 20, 2016. You’ll get a souvenir stemless wine glass and sample all the bacon-featured food you want, along with wine pairings. As you reach each winery, remove one of the ticket stubs for a chance to win a barbecue-themed gift basket with sauces, wine, utensils and more. You’ll even have a chance to win a barbecue smoker. Hours are from 10:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. and admission is $30 per ticket. There is space for motor coaches. For more information visit cayugawinetrail.com/events/661/2nd-annual-bacon-on-the-lakein-sponsored-by-wqny-1037.

Bluegrass Americana Festival at Foothills Performing Arts Center

On March 18 and 19, 2016, the Foothills Performing Arts Center will host the Bluegrass Americana Festival. The fun starts at noon on Saturday and the event is free on Friday and $30 on Saturday. Artists include Hop City Hell Cats, The Howlin’ Brothers, The Ruddy Well Band, Milkweek and The Steeldrivers. Friday hours are from 7:00 p.m. until 1:000 p.m. The Foothills Performing Arts Center is located at 24 Market Street in Oneonta. For more information call (607) 431-2080 or visit foothillspac.org.

Holiday Valley’s Winter Carnival and Mardi Gras Parade

On March 12 and 13, 2016, visit Ellicottville for the Holiday Valley’s Winter Carnival and Mardi Gras Parade. Enjoy contests, games, music, parade and food. The Mardi Gras parade will be held on Saturday night. This event will be held at 6557 Holiday Valley Road in Ellicottville. For more information call (716) 699-2345 or visit holidayvalley.com.

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Stop by Jim’s RV Center in Nichols, New York to walk through the many RV floor plans we have available if you are looking for your first RV or are ready to upgrade to something newer.

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Most Beautiful Winter Destinations in New York

If you are getting stir crazy, pack up the RV and head out to visit some of the most beautiful destinations in New York. Yes, it’s cold, but the RV will keep you nice and warm; and when you bundle up to go out, you can look forward to a big, steaming cup of hot cocoa when you get back to the RV.

Oheka Castle

This castle is located in the middle of North Shore; and was built for Otto Kahn in 1919. The Oheka Castle has 127 rooms and is in the middle of a French-inspired garden. The castle was Xanadu in Citizen Kane.

Ludlowville Falls

To see one of the most beautiful frozen waterfalls, visit Ludlowville Falls. Even in the winter, you can hike the area and if you’re really adventurous, try ice climbing.

Beardslee Castle

If you really like castles, visit Beardslee Castle, a replica of an Irish castle. This castle was built in 1860 and then rebuilt twice because of fires. Now, it is a restaurant near Little Falls and is covered by ivy vines that seem to glow when it’s lit up at night. To get the prettiest pictures, visit right after it snows.

Mohonk Preserve

If you like hiking and exploring, even in the winter, visit Mohonk Preserve. The preserve features 8,000 acres of cliffs and forests.

Locust Grove Estate

Head out to Poughkeepsie to visit this 200-acre estate and historic lawn farm and a museum pavilion – and some of the most gorgeous views of the state. Take a tour or take a hike on many of the hiking trails. You’ll need snowshoes if you go when it snows.

Bear State Mountain Park

Since the bears are asleep in the winter, visit this park without worrying about them. Go skating on the outdoor skating rink from October through mid-March. Go hiking and just enjoy the scenery.

Visit Jim’s RV Center in Nichols New York

Stop by Jim’s RV Center in Nichols to pick up any winter camping accessories you may need; or walk through the many floor plans in our RV showroom if you’re ready to buy a new RV.

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Top Five National Parks in New York

If you are looking for something to do, whether it’s a road trip in your car or a road trip in the RV, visit some of the national parks in New York. Some of the best parks include Gateway National Recreation Area and Fire Island National Seashore. For each of these, call ahead to check for camping and reservations.

Gateway National Recreation Area

This national recreation area encompasses 26,607 acres and is scattered throughout Queens, Brooklyn, Staten Island, and Monmouth County, New Jersey. Enjoy swimming in the ocean, boating, bird watching, hiking and camping. Gateway National Recreation Area was created in 1972 by congress to preserve resources.

Fire Island National Seashore

This national park protects a 26-mile section of Fire Island, which is only about 30 miles long. Fire Island is separated from Long Island by the Great south Bay and it is located in Suffolk County. Two bridges allow access to Fire Island and there are no public roads. Take the Robert Moses Causeway to the Robert Moses State Park on the western end of the island or the William Floyd Parkway to the eastern end of the island. You can access the seashore by private boat or ferry from Sayville, Patchogue and Bay Shore, all on Long Island.

North Country National Scenic Trail

Starting at Crown Point in eastern New York, the North Country National Scenic Trail stretches about 4,600 miles to Lake Sakakawea State Park in central North Dakota. The national scenic trail is administered by the National Park Service. Various state, federal and local agencies manage the area.

Saratoga National Historical Park

This historical park is located in Stillwater, New York, about 40 miles north of Albany. Visit the site of the Battles of Saratoga, the visitor’s center, catch a 20-minute orientation film, see a fiber-optic light map, and enjoy artifact and timeline displays.

Governors Island

This 172-acre island in Upper New York Bay is separated from Brooklyn by Buttermilk Channel and accessible by ferries. You’ll find plenty of oak, chestnut and hickory trees on the island. The island was used for defensive troops in 1776 by the Continental Army; and from 1783 through 1966, was a U.S. Army post. From 1966 through 1996, it was a major U.S. Coast Guard installation.

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Stop by Jim’s RV Center to pick up any RV accessories you might need for your next trip; or walk through our many floor plans if you are considering a new RV or upgrading your current RV.

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January Events in New York

For those who love to go RVing in the winter, you’ll find plenty of events where you can pack up the RV and enjoy. If you’ve never used the RV in the winter and any of these January events would be the first time, you’ll have to de-winterize the RV before you head out.

If you need help or tips on how to keep everything from freezing, call the service department at Jim’s RV for an appointment and we’ll help you with de-winterizing the RV, plus give you tips for keeping your RV safe while you’re using it and while it’s waiting for the next winter trip.

The Rod Serling Archive

On Wednesday, January 6, 2016 from 11:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. visit the Bundy Museum, 129 Main Street, Binghamton, NY 13905 to see the Rod Serling Archive. Fans will learn more about Serling and Broome County in addition to viewing his works. The collection features unique and rare items and new items are added monthly.

Trivia Night at Matty B’s

On January 7, 2016 at 9:00 p.m. head over to Matty B’s on the corner of Glenwood and Prospect Street in Binghamton to play trivia and enjoy $5 tall margaritas. Prizes include a $20 grand prize plus tickets to the Binghamton Mets and a one-month membership to CommuniKey.

Phelps Mansion Tour

On Friday, January 8, 2016 from 10:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. visit the Phelps Mansion Museum, 191 Court Street, Binghamton, NY 13901 to see some of the best Victorian architecture. Admission is $5 for ages 13 and up and free for those 12 and younger. The last tour starts at 2:30 p.m. For more information call (607) 722-4873.

Digital Planetarium Shows

On Friday, January 8, 2016 at 7:00 p.m., visit the Roberson Museum in Binghamton, New York to see traditional Chinese astronomy, the Solar Quest, The Life and Death of the Sun, Mission to Mars, a seasonal sky tour, an advanced sky tour, Rock on Demand and more. Members are free with their membership card. Otherwise, admission is $12 for adults and $10 for seniors. For more information call (607) 772-0660, ext. 236.

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Be sure to stop by Jim’s RV Center to walk through our floor plans or call our service department for an appointment for service, de-winterization or winterization.

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All About the Appalachian Trail

The 2,190-mile-long Appalachian Trail is known as one of the greatest hiking tails in the world. The trail, dating back to the 1920s, spans from Georgia to Maine and passes through 14 states along the way. For hikers who are seeking the ultimate challenge, or day trippers who just want a taste of one of the world’s most famous trails, the Appalachian Trail is the place to be.

Trail Details

Part of the Appalachian Trail’s greatness is in the numbers. Roughly 3 million hikers visit the trail at one point or another every year, and the highest point has been noted as Clingman’s Dome in Tennessee. The dome stands 6,643-feet high.

Those who want to hike the trail in its entirety should plan on spending five to seven months cruising along the carefully marked path. However, Andrew Thompson blazed through the trail in 2005 with a record-setting time of just 47 days, 13 hours and 31 minutes.

Finding Your Way

Whether you choose to tackle the trail in day trips or as part of a much longer journey, you’ll be happy to see that the trail is well-marked. White blazes, 2-inches by 6-inches in size, mark the trail along the way. There are also more than 250 campgrounds and shelters along the route, so wherever you travel along the trail, it’s likely there’s a place to rest nearby.

Staying Safe

The Appalachian Trail is known as a safe place to hike. The greatest wildlife dangers along the trail are Copperhead snakes, the Eastern Timber Rattlesnake and the American Black Bear. Mosquito and tick repellant is necessary to prevent harm from the woodland ticks, which are also common. Other Appalachian Trail wildlife varies greatly based on where you’re traveling, but there’s no doubt that photo-worthy wildlife sightings will take place along your journey.

Make an RV Your Home Base

An RV is the perfect home base for Appalachian Trail excursions. Find your dream RV for your 2016 adventures along the trail right here at Jim’s RV Center in Nichols, N.Y.

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The Best Fall Road Trips in Your RV

Fall is one of the best times of year to hit the road in your RV. The roads are less crowded, campgrounds are more serene and the fall colors provide scenery that can’t be rivaled in any other time of year. Fire up your RV and cruise throughout the country to these three unbeatable fall road trip destinations.

Old Forge — New York

Old Forge, a small town on New York State Route 28 at the foot of the Adirondack Mountains, is a charming haven for fall foliage lovers. Dine in cute cafes, canoe the rivers, hike the mountains or simply enjoy the scenic drives loaded with brightly-colored trees. About 45-percent of the trees have changed colors as of Sept. 21, 2015, so the scenery will only get more beautiful throughout the remainder of September and October.

Harpers Ferry — West Virginia

Harpers Ferry is a charming West Virginia town that becomes surrounded by vibrant leaves in the fall months. Take in the fall colors while tubing along a river, kayaking, canoeing, stand-up paddleboarding, biking, rafting or on an exhilarating canopy tour. The historic town serves as an ideal place to relax and enjoy an award-winning meal after a day of adventure and snapping photos.

San Juan Mountains — Colorado

Colorado’s San Juan Mountains offer a different type of fall foliage — the mystifying bright yellows of the oaks and aspens. The Silver Thread Scenic and Historic Byway and San Juan Skyway are driving routes that are just waiting for you and your RV. The colors peak in the San Juan Mountains in October, so start making your campground reservations today.

Stop and See Us

New York is one of the best states in the country for admiring fall foliage, and here at Jim’s RV, we’re in the heart of it all. Stop in and see us in Nichols, N.Y., for all of your fall camping supplies and RV needs.

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3 Places to Road Trip if You Don’t Want to Say Goodbye to Summer

Summer may be winding down in New York, but the weather is still hot and sunny in many parts of the country. Summer doesn’t ever have to end when you live the RV lifestyle, so fire up your RV and cruise south to these warm-weather American destinations.

Long Key State Park — Florida

Long Key State Park is conveniently located n Florida’s Long Key, where you can camp steps from the Atlantic Ocean.  It’s one of few state parks in the country where you can walk just 100 feet to throw a line in the water and catch your dinner. Pack your RV with your kayaks, paddleboards and hiking shoes, because you’ll want to spend a lot of time exploring this hot and sunny Florida state park.

Emerald Desert RV Resort — California

Palm Springs is an ideal snowbird destination that’s loaded with high-end RV parks that will extend your summer fun all the way through winter. The Emerald Desert RV Resort will make you feel like you’re on vacation every day you’re there with spa services, temperature controlled pools, a putting green, a driving range, a fitness center, tennis courts, pickleball courts, full hookup sites and even villa rentals if you feel like spending a night away from your RV. It’s the perfect place to kick back, relax and enjoy the perfect temperatures of Palm Springs.

Desert Trails RV Park — Arizona

Tucson is a big city that offers a small town feel, and it’s a comfortable place to escape the harsh winters up north. The Desert Trails RV Park offers a scenic, unspoiled desert setting that’s loaded with outdoor adventures, including hiking, mountain biking, sightseeing and so much more. The resort offers tons of on-site recreational options too, so you’ll always have the opportunity to meet fellow travelers and let loose in a vacation-like atmosphere.

Before you hit the roads to escape the cooler weather, stop and see us at Jim’s RV Center in Nichols, N.Y., for all of your RV lifestyle needs.

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Visit the 3 Oldest Roadside Attractions in the U.S.

Roadside attractions have been integral parts of American road trips for decades, and it’s unknown which ones are actually the oldest. Although, these three must-see roadside attractions are considered some of the oldest and most iconic in the country.

Fire up your RV and start cruising throughout the country to these three unbelievable attractions today.

Lucy the Elephant — Atlantic City, N.J.

Lucy the Elephant is widely considered America’s oldest roadside attraction, and at 129-years-old most experts find it hard to disagree. Lucy is regarded as the mascot of Margate, N.J., because she has been standing in the same place since 1881. Visit Lucy the Elephant and even go inside her in Margate, just a four-mile-long drive south of Atlantic City.

Plymouth Rock — Plymouth, Mass.

Plymouth Rock isn’t just one of America’s oldest roadside attractions, it’s often considered our country’s first tourist attraction. It’s known as the place where the pilgrims first stepped onto American soil in 1620. Although, the tale of the historic rock wasn’t actually reported until more than a century later in 1741. Visit Plymouth Rock at Pilgrim Memorial State Park in Plymouth, Mass.

Randy’s Giant Donut — Inglewood, Calif.

The giant donut at Randy’s Donuts in Inglewood, Calif., may not be the country’s oldest attraction, but it has been standing in the same place since 1952 and has earned celebrity status. The giant donut atop the donut shop — where you should undoubtedly grab a bite to eat — has appeared in I Love L.A., Mars Attacks!, and countless other Hollywood flicks. Don’t miss a visit to this colossal donut on your next trip to the City of Angels.

Start Your Road Trip at Jim’s RV Center

There’s no better way to travel to all of America’s roadside attractions than in the comfort and convenience of your dream RV. Our lot here at Jim’s RV Center is fully stocked with all of the highest quality new and used RVs, so you can start your new life of adventure today.

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