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.

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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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A Sweet Treat for the Road

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When you’re out on the road this summer and craving something sweet, look no further than this recipe for crumb cake. Perfect for a light snack with tea or for after dinner with coffee, this crumb cake is as versatile as it is delicious.

The Best New York Crumb Cake

Ingredients

  • butter and flour, for greasing the pan

Cake:

  • 1 + ½ cups all-purpose flour
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • 2½ teaspoons baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 large egg
  • ½ cup milk
  • 2 tablespoons canola or vegetable oil
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract

Topping:

  • 2 + ½ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup packed light-brown sugar
  • 1 + ½ teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 cup (16 tablespoons) unsalted butter, melted and cooled to room temperature
  • confectioners’ sugar, for dusting

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 325°. Butter and flour a 9×13-inch baking pan or line with parchment and lightly grease with non-stick baking spray.

Make the Cake:

  1. In a medium bowl sift the flour, sugar, baking powder and salt together.
  2. In a separate large mixing bowl whisk the egg, milk, oil, and vanilla together until well combined.
  3. Add the dry ingredients to the wet and gently fold in with a spatula or wooden spoon.
  4. Scrape the batter into the greased pan and spread evenly from corner to corner – it will be a very thin layer.

Make the Topping:

  1. In a medium bowl whisk the flour, brown sugar and cinnamon together. Pour the melted butter over it and toss together with a spoon until well combined.
  2. Use your hand to sprinkle the crumbs evenly over the top of the batter breaking the mixture apart into big crumbs.
  3. Bake 10 minutes and rotate the pan. Bake 10 – 12 minutes longer or until a toothpick comes out clean from center.
  4. Cool in pan on a wire rack.
  5. Dust the top generously with confectioners’ sugar and use a serrated knife to cut into squares or rectangles.
  6. Store tightly covered in a cool, dry place up to 4 days.

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Stop by Jim’s RV Center this summer to tour a new or used motorhome or travel trailer and fine one that’s right for you. If you’re not on the market for an RV, but need your current one checked by a technician, just stop by Jim’s RV Center and schedule with our service department.

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Visit Watkins Glen State Park

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Watkins Glen State Park is a lesser known park located in New York’s Finger Lakes region outside of the village of Watkins Glen, just south of Seneca Lake in Schuyler County.

The lower area of the park is near the village while the upper area is open forest.

In operation to the public since 1863, it operated as a resort under private ownership until 1906, at which time it was purchased by the state and managed by the Office of Parks, Recreation, and Historic Preservation.

Only 1.2 square miles in size, the park is known for its centerpiece attraction, the Rainbow Gorge. The narrow gorge is 400 feet deep and is cut through by Glen Creek, which feeds the gorgeous Rainbow Falls. The gorge offers a wholly unique and beautiful site. A geological wonder, Rainbow Gorge is worth the drive alone.

This is not to minimize the rest of the park, however, as Watkins Glen State Park packs a lot into a small package. There are also three trails, which are open from mid-May to early November. There are also numerous camping sites that offer picnic tables, pavilions, playgrounds, dump stations, and showers. There’s also a gift shop located onsite. Fishing and hiking are popular activities at the park.

Visit Jim’s RV Center in Nichols, NY

Visit Jim’s RV Center in Nichols, NY, before you hit the road on your next RV road trip, whether to Watkins Glen State Park or anywhere else. Jim’s RV Center is your go-to store for RV sales, service, parts, and accessories.

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

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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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Celebrating Easter on the Road

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If you are traveling in an RV for the Easter weekend, you may think that it would be difficult to celebrate the holiday – but it doesn’t have to be so, even if you have kids. Even campsites without a lot of forest cover between sites offer opportunities to hide Easter eggs. Easter dinner is also an easy feat, even without an oven.

Hard boil eggs and color them the night before. When the kids are sleeping, hide them around your campsite. Sites with forest cover between them give you excellent hiding places. Just hide the eggs behind trees at the edge of the site. You can also hide eggs on top of the RV’s wheels, alongside the fire pit and near the water hookups. You can even hide them in or near accessories you purchased from Jim’s RV Center, such as an outdoor grill or tire covers.

Instead of hard-boiled eggs, you can use plastic eggs filled with candy if it’s not hot enough to melt the candy inside. Hang pastel-colored party lights from the awning.

Plan a ham dinner – even without an oven, you can make a delicious dinner right on the coals or a gas grill. If the gas grill has a temperature gauge, you can even use it as an oven. Just adjust the temperature to 325 degrees F using two of four burners or one of three burners. Prepare the ham as you normally would. Put it on the side of the grill with the unlit burners. Cook it as long as you would normally cook it in a regular oven.

Don’t forget the Easter baskets – you can hide them in the basement storage if it’s cool enough. If not, you can hide them in the master bedroom until it’s time to give them to the kids.

If it is your custom to attend church on Easter morning, check the area for a church of your denomination. You can still attend if that is your practice. Most areas have churches of all denominations. If church is too far to drive, you can always find one of the sermons on television.

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Before you head out on your Easter trip be sure to stop by Jim’s RV Center to have your RV checked over thoroughly.

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The Ultimate Spring Clearance at Jim’s RV

Head over to Jim’s RV Center today to take advantage of our clearance specials. These deals are hot and won’t last long, so don’t wait!

The 2017 Fleetwood Jamboree 31U

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This is a brand new Class C on sale for an incredibly discounted price. This 2017 Fleetwood Jamboree has an MSRP of $120,733, but it’s currently only $91,995. That’s almost $30,000 off!

This unit is great for those who want the comfort of a Class A, but want it in a smaller package. The 31U has an exterior ladder, lockable storage, 4 PT auto leveling system, electric entry step, mud flaps, running boards, remote HTD rear view mirrors, AM/FM/CD/DVD stereo, 32″ LED bedroom TV, 40″ Led front overhead TV, residential style fridge, microwave, solar panel prep, wrap around dinette, bunk ladder, and dual-glazed windows. It’s 31′ long with 2 slides and can sleep up to eight people.

The 2016 Coachmen Freedom Express 229TBS

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For those that prefer a trailer to a motorhome, this 2016 Coachmen Freedom Express is only $23,900 (normally $31,096).

It comes with the Freedom Value Package, aluminum wheels, power awning, AM/FM/CD/DVD, stonecast sink, night shades, ducted ceiling A/C, heated and enclosed underbelly, 6 gallon gas/electric DSI hot water heater, spare tire, black tank flush system, entertainment package, and power tongue jack.

It’s new, is 22 feet long, has one slideout, and can sleep up to seven people.

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Hurry in because these offers are likely to go fast. When you visit Jim’s RV Center, ask to see our clearance options. You’ll get a chance to tour them and learn more about their features.

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Gardening Tips for Your RV

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You don’t have to quit your favorite hobbies to live life on the road. In fact, gardening on the go is easier than many full-time or seasonal travelers assume. The following are a few ways that you can maintain your hobby of gardening while living in the compact space of an RV.

Get Into Container Gardens

A container garden is an effective way to enjoy a mess-free garden on the go. It also allows you to get a lot of growth out of a little space without having to worry about weeds or pests. Consider hanging a container garden of herbs over your sink to enjoy fresh picked herbs with all of your RV meals. Basil, oregano, mint and rosemary grow especially well in container gardens.

Purchase Window Boxes

If your RV stays put seasonally or year-round, purchasing RV window boxes will help you garden outdoors more conveniently and without having to do any damage to your campsite. A number of companies also manufacture window boxes for RV bumpers, so you can surround your RV with your favorite flowers, herbs or veggies.

Consider the Topsy-Turvy Planter

The Topys-Turvy Upside-Down Tomato Planter allows you to plant tomatoes practically anywhere by hanging the device from your RV awning, a tree or any type of stand. This unique device is ideal for RV travelers, because it eliminates the need to dig or use cages. Even better, you can enjoy the convenience and taste of fresh tomatoes from anywhere you travel. Simply bring the Topsy-Turvy inside when you hit the road and place it back outside at your next destination.

Upgrade Your RV at Jim’s RV Center

Enjoy more space for your favorite hobbies on the road by upgrading to a larger travel trailer, fifth wheel, or motorhome from Jim’s RV Center. Stop in and see us to shop our huge selection of RVs on sale for spring today.

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Visit Niagara Falls State Park

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If you’ve never visited Niagara Falls, one of the world’s most famous natural attractions, now is the time to go. Beat the busy summer crowds and experience the best waterfalls in the country during the more mellow spring months. Niagara’s show is best when the snow and ice begins to melt and temperatures are more pleasing for visitors. Don’t forget to allow yourself plenty of time to take advantage of the activities available at the waterfalls and in the surrounding town of Niagara Falls, N.Y.

Take a Ferry Out to the Falls

The oldest and most popular way to experience Niagara Falls is by taking the ferry ride up to the bottom of the falls. The Maid of the Mist tour has been a highlight of any trip to Niagara Falls for generations. For over 150 years, the park has offered a boat tour that embarks from the Observation Tower and proceeds past the American Falls to the basin of Horseshoe Falls.

Explore the Cave of the Winds

Take a guided tour down into the gorge for a breathtaking close-up view of the falls. You’ll be outfitted in a souvenir rain poncho and sandals to help keep you dry. You’ll follow wooden walkways to the viewing deck, which is just a few feet away from the waterfall itself. The proximity to the falls will allow you to experience tropical storm-like conditions.

Dine at the Top of the Falls Restaurant

The only restaurant in the park with a view overlooking the falls, the Top of the Falls Restaurant is the place to dine when you visit. Their menu offers modern American cuisine alongside classic dishes. While you dine, enjoy your one-of-a-kind view through floor to ceiling windows overlooking Terrapin Point.

Learn About Old Fort Niagara

Located about 20 minutes north of the park, tour the grounds of the original Fort Niagara, where American, British, French, and Native Americans lived and worked from the 18th to 20th centuries. The fort was a strategic point in many conflicts, especially the French & Indian War.

Visit Jim’s RV Center

Before you embark on your next RV journey, don’t forget to pay Jim’s RV Center a visit. The service department at Jim’s RV Center is standing by with certified technicians to ensure that your RV is in good shape for any trip you have planned. If it’s time to upgrade your RV, Jim’s RV Center has a large inventory that’s sure to include the perfect RV for you. Come tour some models today!

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Places to Avoid in Your RV

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While RVing is, in our opinion, the only way to travel, there are certain places that are best avoided if you’re in a motorhome. Travel far and wide, but give these places a wide berth when you’re out in your RV.

New York City, New York

Jim’s RV Center, as a New York RV dealer, wants you to know that New York is a fantastic state to RV in. If you reside in upstate New York, you probably already know this, but if you’re out-of-state and on the fence about RVing in New York: do it!

That said, the Big Apple is best avoided if you’re in an RV. The streets, tunnels, and bridges are crowded and can be frustrating to navigate in anything larger than a truck or SUV. The further in you go, to Queens or Manhattan, the worse it gets. If you’re determined to see New York City, do so by leaving your RV on the outskirts, perhaps in New Jersey, and take a train or ferry for a day of exploration by foot or taxi.

Downtown San Francisco, California

California is a a great place to RV, but, like New York City, San Francisco just isn’t a friendly town for larger vehicles. The traffic is bad on a good day and the steep hills and twisty streets (sometimes twisty streets on steep hills) make navigating the City by the Bay a stressful endeavor.

State Route 1, California

A spectacular drive, just not one that should be attempted in an RV. In fact, if you own a Class A or a trailer longer than 45 feet, you’re actually restricted from the route. Even with a smaller RV, the road is narrow and twists along steep drops into the ocean. With a larger vehicle, it can be slow and precarious going along certain stretches.

Going-to-the-Sun Road, Glacier National Park

While it has some fantastic scenery, vehicles longer than 21 feet are not permitted to travel Going-to-the-Sun Road. Winding over Logan Pass at 6646 feet, the best way to see it is by using your tow-along vehicle or by hopping onto one of the park’s tour vehicles

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Remember, these are just a handful of places. Nearly everywhere else in the country? The best way to see them is, undoubtedly, by motorhome or travel trailer. Come by Jim’s RV Center to tour any RV on the lot and find your dream rig today.

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Bucket List Spring Break Destinations

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When you get that much-needed break from school and work every spring, you want to spend it wisely. Fortunately, there are tons of unbelievable spring break destinations right here in the United States that you can visit in the comfort of your RV. So forget about pricey plane tickets and hotel stays, and visit some of these awesome bucket list destinations right here in the U.S.

Key Largo, Florida

The RV lifestyle is celebrated in the Florida Keys, where relaxing and having fun is the goal of every day. See breathtaking landscapes, venture out on paddleboards, go fishing, take scuba lessons or just relax in a hammock at your campsite in gorgeous Key Largo. Stay at the Key Largo Kampground and Marina and enjoy easy access to the Atlantic Ocean as well as all of the tropical outdoor activities the Keys have to offer.

Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona

Escape the freezing temperatures of Minnesota and see our country’s 15th oldest national park. Grand Canyon National Park is a must-visit spring break destination for any RV enthusiasts, and with easy access to cities like Flagstaff and Williams, you can also enjoy other activities like adventure tours, golfing, nightlife and luxurious accommodations. If you don’t want to camp at the Grand Canyon, opt for the Flagstaff KOA or the J and H RV Park to be closer to the action of Flagstaff.

Lake Tahoe, California

Lake Tahoe is known for its stunning scenery in all seasons, but spring is one of the best times of year to enjoy warmer weather on the mountain. Tahoe is home to a number of world-famous ski resorts, including Northstar California, Squaw Valley, Heavenly and Sierra at Tahoe, and nearly all of them stay open until late April. Off the mountain, visitors can enjoy the abundance of eateries, shops and pubs in North Tahoe and Tahoe South.

Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

Myrtle Beach is one of the best places in the U.S. to enjoy an affordable, family-friendly getaway. This coastal South Carolina town offers affordable accommodations, a beachfront RV park (among others) and plenty of downtown fun for kids and adults. Whether you’re hoping to relax with a swim-up bar, see some live music or enjoy fun-filled days with the little ones on roller coasters and water slides, Myrtle Beach offers all of the makings of an unforgettable spring break.

Start Your Spring Break at Jim’s RV Center

Make this spring break the best one ever by shopping for a new or used RV from Jim’s RV Center before you go. Our qualified staff members can help you find the upgraded RV of your dreams for a price you won’t believe. Stop in and see us or log online to view our extensive selection of affordable and luxurious RVs for sale.

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