Category: Destinations

Lakeshore RV Park, Chelan

Lakeshore RV Park is in the heart of Chelan, WA, bordering a gorgeous 50-mile glacial fed lake aptly named, Lake Chelan. RV sites boasts full hookups for $34/night (value season) to $65/night (peak season) and tent sites range from $27/night (value season) to $35 (peak season). Full list of rates.

The Reinbold’s save the day!!

We spent the last week of August 2018, vacationing in Lake Chelan, WA, and it has taken me ten months to put the review to the keyboard because I’m just now able bring myself to relive the horror. We found ourselves broken down on the side of the highway in Entiat, pulling our Coachman Freedom Express 257BHS. We straddled the white line of a tiny, practically nonexistent shoulder in 90-degree heat on day 1 of our vacation. Oil gushed out of the bell housing of our tow vehicle. One child cried from the backseat, “More screen time,” while the other threw a vicious tantrum because we wouldn’t let her jump out while semi’s barreled past us. The summer forest fire season was in full effect and while our eyes burned from poor air quality, our cash was about to burn from our wallets. I’ll post the whole ordeal in the coming days, but for now, please enjoy my Lakeshore RV Park review below.

Pros:

Family summertime activities are the bread and butter of this seasonal tourist destination popular with Seattlites craving the sun and Spokane residents looking for an affordable Coeur d’Alene alternative. Everyone from all corners of the state and beyond enjoy the dry warm air and welcoming community.

Within walking distance of Lakeshore RV Park:
  • Don Morse Memorial Park has a scrumptious sandy beach and grass area for all-day lakeside lounging.
  • A block toward town is the City of Chelan Putting Course (this putt-putt puts all others to shame)
  • LakeRider Sports (go-karts) is fun for the kiddos, comical for tall people.
  • Shoreline Watercraft and Boat Rental will happily take your money in exchange for something that goes vroom.
  • If delicious hometown pizza is your thing, we can’t say enough about Company Creek Pizza across the street to the entrance of the RV Park. The atmosphere is modest, but the flavor of the food will make your eyes roll back in your head.
  • Also across the street is Chelan Lanes. When you walk through the doors of this old-school bowling alley, buckle up for a ride back to the early 1980’s. Fun for all ages.
  • Don’t miss the variety store. One of the few places you’ll find overpriced plastic crap you’ll actually want.
  • There is a Starbucks in town.
Cons:
  • Forest fires during the high season are a real concern here. The air quality declines rapidly and you will incur cancellation fees if the smoke is enough to deter you (see mid-day photos below).
  • There is a Starbucks in town. (It’s a pro and a con)
Must Do:
  • If a water park with rambunctious screaming children is your thing, I suggest Slidewaters. Best when coupled with hot weather (photos below).
  • Wine. Seriously. Grab a designated driver, leave the kids with grandma and drink your way through the vineyards. In the photo below, my friend Danielle is pointing out something terribly funny (likely of the falling cow variety), at the Lake Chelan Winery. Special mention to Tsillian Cellars (possibly the most elaborate koi pond in Eastern Washington) and Karma (ask for a flight).
Good to know:
  • It’s busy during the high season. Lakeshore RV Park is one of only a few full hookup parks servicing the area. We highly recommend making reservations 9 months in advance.
  • Cellphone coverage in the surrounding area is less than stellar.
Lakeshore RV Park, Chelan, WA

Seaquest State Park

Seaquest State Park & Mt. St. Helens

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Seaquest Explorers

Our August 2017, Seaquest State Park was memorable for two things; the Mt. St. Helens bugs and our first experience with a full hookup site! Magical!

I have to admit, I’m a wee bit concerned all the seismic ring of fire exhibits might frighten my girls away from visiting a volcano ever again. Fingers crossed Mt. Rainer happens someday.

Pros:

  • Full hookup pull-through sites available.
  • Smaller, more private primitive sites available for smaller RVs.
  • Yurts available for group camping.
  • Clean and well-kept.
  • Lovely day-use picnic area with covered shelter.
  • Good access from I-5, with easy maneuverability for large RVs
  • Close to Mt. St. Helens Visitor Center (connected by an under highway pedestrian tunnel).
  • Dump station.

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Fort Worden State Park

Mother/Daughter Road Trip Spring Break 2018

Two nights and one full day at this magical place is simply not enough time! I wouldn’t call the constant precipitation sideways rain as much as a pummeling mist. Pacific Northwesterners know what I’m talking about. Unfortunately, due to weather and time restrictions, we didn’t see half of what was available so have made plans to come back during the summer and we’ll bring the entire family!

Pros:

  • Historic – plenty of learning opportunities for kids and adults alike. There are few places in Washington with a history as long and rich as Port Townsend, which is older than Seattle and Tacoma and retains much of its original charm.
  • Great walking trails.
  • Lodging in the Officer’s Quarters is a unique and fun experience.
  • Breathtaking views of the Strait of Juan de Fuca, Mt. Baker and Whidbey Island.
  • The Port Townsend Marine Science Center is worth checking out.
  • There are several on-site food options.
  • Convenience store next to beach sites.
  • Conference center.
  • Camping bathroom and laundry facilities are top-notch.
  • Cell service is great and you can even get a decent TV signal from Seattle.

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Camp Dakota, Oregon

August 21, 2017, the Great American Eclipse traversed the continental United States and we had to be there. My husband, well-informed in all that is nerdy and scientific, warned me of it in late 2011 and come hell or high water we were going to see it. I called hotels years in advance and after much ado found a hotel on the Oregon Coast. After rumors of price gouging, I decided to call and verify our reservation only to learn our room was no longer available, with no explanation. I panicked.  Desperate, I found Camp Dakota in Oregon, a campground with numerous amenities that all took a backseat to the fact it was in the path of totality.  I called Camp Dakota nine months in advance and to my surprise, they had several spots for us to choose from and they were not raising their listed rates at all. I was skeptical after already getting burned, but took a chance, and ended up very happy I did. Continue reading “Camp Dakota, Oregon”

Rasar State Park

Our second trailering adventure was a group camp trip to Rasar State Park between the towns of Hamilton and Concrete, WA. This is a beautiful campground in the middle of nowhere on the Skagit River yet it’s everywhere I want to be. The group campsites are situated around a large circular grass field with a shared firepit bordered by a paved area perfect for a slew of camp chairs, roasting sticks, and glasses of something delicious. Also in the shared space is a covered shelter with lights, water, tables and a fireplace. Trailer and tent sites spoke out from the center grassy knoll and are large, yet private. Continue reading “Rasar State Park”

Deception Pass – Quarry Pond

Our first camping trip with our trailer was to the Deception Pass Quarry Pond campground with our daughter’s Girl Scout troop in June 2017. Quarry Pond campground is located on the east side of Highway 20, while the park entrance is on the west side of the highway for check-in. Cranberry Lake and North/West Beaches are also on the west side of the highway.

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