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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Warm Southern Destinations

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When winter seems like its never going to go away, your only choice is to go away from it. Fire up your RV and head to one of these southern winter escapes. The warm weather, endless sightseeing, and sandy beaches will help you forget about snow and ice in no time.

Key West, Florida

Most travelers think of high-rise resorts and expensive cocktails on the beach when they think of Key West, but this tropical paradise doesn’t have to eat up your savings. Stay at Leo’s Campground — the most affordable RV park in the Florida Keys — and you’ll enjoy that upscale resort feel for a reasonably monthly rate.

Wilmington, North Carolina

Located just a few hours north of Charleston, Wilmington, N.C., is the Holy City’s mellow cousin. Relax on the uncrowded beaches, explore a more mild downtown scene or just kick back at the campsite and enjoy the warm winter temperatures. The North Carolina coast offers breathtaking views and outdoor fun all year long.

New Orleans, Louisiana

Whether you’re in the mood to party, dance, sightsee, eat or shop, few cities are as vibrant as New Orleans. Stay right in the French Quarter at French Quarter RV Resort or relax on the waterfront away from the action at Pontchartrain Landing RV Park. And whatever you do, don’t miss Mardi Gras.

Visit Jim’s RV Center

Before you put on your flip flops and hit the road, stop by Jim’s RV Center, your New York RV dealer. Our RV service department is here to handle all of your RV lifestyle needs, like preparing your vehicle for the long haul down south.

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The Best Hiking Trails in NY

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If you are looking for something to do this winter, pack up your RV and head out to some of the best hiking trails in New York. Choose from single- and multi-day trails; and trails that range from easy to difficult. If you are new to hiking, be sure you have the appropriate footwear – preferably hiking boots if you decide to try your hand at the trails that are more challenging.

Giant Mountain and Rocky Peak Ridge

This difficult trail is only 11 miles but will take a full day. The trail is a shuttled-car loop hike takes you over two 4,000-foot peaks, over smaller peaks and features great views. You’ll also pass several ponds where you can filter water for drinking and take some great pictures. This trail is located in Saint Huberts, New York.

Mt. Marshall

This trail is located in Tahawus, New York and takes a full day. This 13-mile hike is a difficult hike that runs from Upper Works and crosses the southernmost peak of the MacIntyre Range. The trails to the summit are not maintained; and the clearest herdpath starts at Herbert Brook between the Flowed Lands and Lake Golden. The difficult climb is worth it as you’ll get some of the best views you can find in the state.

Mt. Colden

This 14-mile hike take a full day and is a difficult trail. This loop hike travels through Avalanche Pass and returns via Lake Arnold. The peak is 4,715 feet and gives you excellent views of the MacIntyre Range, Mt. Marcy and the Great Range. The trail down from the lake is steep to don’t forget your hiking sticks.

Big Slide and Yard

For a moderate trail, head over to Keene Valley for this 11-mile trek up Big Slide and Yard. The descent over the Brothers in the High Peaks of NY is an easy descent. The trail creates a loop from the Garden Parking Lot just outside of Keene Valley and returns to the same place. You’ll find tons of open views of the Great Range. Plus, you’ll get to see the historic Johns Brook Lodge.

Visit Jim’s RV Center

Before you head out on your hiking trips this winter or spring, be sure to stop by Jim’s RV Center to have your RV checked or serviced; or to pick up any accessories or parts you may need for this trip.

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Decadent Holiday Dessert Recipes

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Desserts are some of the best parts of chowing down during the holidays. And just because you’re enjoying the holidays on the road this year, doesn’t mean you have to miss out on your favorite holiday sweets. These dessert recipes are simple and easy to make right in the comfort of your RV.

Old-Fashioned Gingerbread

What you’ll need:

  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1 cup molasses
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup hot water
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves

Cooking instructions:

  1. Preheat your RV oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Grease and flour a square baking pan (9 inches is preferred).
  3. Cream the sugar and butter together in a large bowl.
  4. Beat the egg into the creamed mixture, then stir in the molasses.
  5. In a separate bowl, sift the flour, salt, baking soda, cinnamon, cloves and ginger together.
  6. Blend the flour mixture into the creamed mixture, then stir in your hot water.
  7. Pour the entire mixture into the baking pan.
  8. Bake the gingerbread for one hour, then allow it to cool before serving.

Easy Holiday Cake Balls

What you’ll need:

  • 1 package chocolate cake mix (18.25 ounces)
  • 1 container chocolate frosting (16 ounces)
  • 1 bar chocolate-flavored confectioners coating (3 ounces)

Cooking instructions:

  1. Follow the directions on the box of the cake mix to prepare it properly.
  2. When the cake is finished baking, crumble the cake (while it is still warm) in a large bowl.
  3. Stir the frosting into the bowl of warm cake pieces, until they’re fully blended.
  4. Melt the chocolate coating in the microwave, stirring occasionally until it’s smooth.
  5. Use a small scoop to form the chocolate cake mixture into balls.
  6. Dip the balls into the melted chocolate coating using a toothpick.
  7. Let the chocolate-covered balls cool on wax paper until the coating has settled.

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Holiday Scents for Your RV

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.

Visit Jim’s RV Center

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.

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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.

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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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Fall Décor: Decorating Your RV

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Decorating your home helps to get both residents and visitors into the spirit of the season. Your RV is no exception. Fall is a ripe season for decorating because it possesses an easily recognizable color scheme, identifiable iconography, and many associated symbols. With the proper use of props, colors, and patterns, your RV will scream autumn in no time.

Dress for the season.

Dress your space, that is. Proper use of color is the first and best tool in your arsenal for decorating. Fall colors include deep reds, burnt orange, golden yellow, and earthy browns. A good strategy is to use those browns as a neutral and to use reds, oranges, and yellows as pops of accent.

Make use of icons and symbols

Fall has many associated symbols and icons. The leaf, the pumpkin, the owl… these and many others are quickly identified with autumn. The use of such symbols will help to further establish your theme.

Decorating isn’t just visual.

While decor is primarily visual, it’s not only visual. You can enhance and reinforce your decor with aromas. When your RV isn’t on the move, you can light scented candles with the smells of the season, like pumpkin pie, apple cider, even leaves. You can also use a potpourri mix that’s suitable for the season.

Use interchangeable elements.

This means that you ought to use decorating items that are easily switched out and stored. Things like pillow shams, curtains, wreaths… anything that can be switched out when the next season rolls around. Try to avoid anything that’s too bulky or large. After all, you’re traveling in an RV.

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. Jim’s RV Center is your go-to store for RV sales, service, parts, and accessories. While our accessories are geared more to utility than decoration, they’re still gadgets no RV should be without. Anyway, we’d love to see what you did with your place!

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September Events in New York That You Don’t Want to Miss

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New York has much more to offer than just the Big Apple… there’s an entire state to explore if you desire! September has a lot to offer New York travelers, especially if you’re traveling in an RV.

16th Annual Saratoga Wine & Food Festival – September 9-11

Indulge in a variety of wines and spirits from around the country, including some of the best and most awarded. Fine food from some of the best restaurants in the area will also be available. Hosted by the Saratoga Performing Arts Center, funds raised will go towards their Children’s Education Program.

2016 Adirondack Balloon Festival – September 22-25

Head to Crandall Park in Glens Falls and Floyd Bennett Memorial Airport in Queensbury from September 22 to 25 to see this amazing annual festival. This is a free event, so it’s too good to pass up. Enjoy balloon rides from a number of independent balloon operators. No need to schedule or make an appointment, but the rides will cost generally run you about $175-225 per person. Balloon flights occur at dawn and dusk. This is all weather dependent, so check the forecast before you commit to heading out. Rain or wind speed over 8mph means cancellation. Camping isn’t allowed at the festival, but RVs are!

Visit Jim’s RV Center

If you’re ready to hit the road in your very own RV, Jim’s RV Center in Nichols is just the place to go. Jim’s RV Center offers RV sales, service, and accessories and provides everything you need to hit the road in style and comfort. Enjoy your travels more with your very own RV this September.

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