Your Room With a View - 5 Things to Look For When Choosing a Campground

I can see it! In just a few weeks we will officially be entering Spring! Although I do love the winter and am always thrilled when a nor’easter is in the forecast, Spring has always been my favorite season. The weather starts to warm up, the daylight stretches into the nighttime, and nature blooms back to life with beautiful color.

As we look ahead on the calendar, the coming of Spring also means it’s time to book our camping vacations. Just like hotels and home rentals, campsites for holiday weekends, and weeks during the summer book up fast. With hundreds of campgrounds scattered all over New England, choosing the right fit for you and your family can feel a bit overwhelming. The following are the things that we look for when booking a campground and why.

In the Woods

This seems a bit obvious but for those of you not familiar with camping, campgrounds and sites are not always surrounded by trees. Some campgrounds, like Salisbury Beach State Reservation, are large open areas. Although camping at the beach is a fun experience, we personally prefer being surrounded by trees, on a heavily wooded site. The trees not only give your site some extra privacy but it gives you the make believe feeling of roughing it before you step into your RV, turn up the air conditioning, and climb into a real bed.

Spacious Sites and Location, Location, Location

I love thy neighbor, but I don’t want to hear them or their kids talking about what to have for breakfast as I’m sipping my coffee and taking in the view of the above mentioned woods. I’m sure your family is wonderful, but I don’t want to feel like I’m camping with two extra kids; I have four of my own, and that is plenty, thank you very much. Check out the campground’s site map on their website to have an idea of where you’d like to be or where they are suggesting to book you. Do you want to be near the pool to be close to all the activities for easy access for your family? Do you want to be far away from the busyness and have a place to get away from the action when you need a break? Would having a playground close by be good entertainment for your four-year-old or will it mean you will be spending your entire week with your toes in bark mulch, building up your biceps as you push your pride and joy on a swing. Knowing how you want to spend your time during your stay will help determine the best location for your campsite.


Want to keep busy without leaving the campground? When we camp, we camp. Although we don’t mind throwing a day trip into a week-long camping vacation, we love being at the campground. Being unplugged with a lax schedule that doesn’t require us to go anywhere is our favorite way to spend our vacation. Looking to do the same? Check the campground website to see what amenities the campground offers. Is a pool a must have? Make sure the campground has one because not all do. Would you like access to a beach or lake? Some campgrounds not only have waterfront sites but offer water activities like paddle boats and kayaks. Do you want to have daily scheduled activities for you and your family to take part in? Look at the campground’s calendar of events for weekly themes, entertainment, and daily activities. Do you want the option to order food on site? See if the campground has a camp store or restaurant. Once you figure out your must haves and hope fors, check out Tripadvisor for reviews.

Dog Friendly

This is a big one for us. In the last five years we have added two dogs to our family. Lola, our five year old Sharpei Mix and Daisy, our almost four year old Rottweiler absolutely love to come camping with us. They are both well behaved and we are fortunate that, just like us, going for walks, napping, and sitting around the campfire are their all time favorite camping activities. Unfortunately, some campgrounds have restrictions on certain breeds of dogs and Daisy is one of them. Although Daisy has completed the Canine Good Citizen certification and will only bark at you if you are not petting her, she is not allowed to stay at some campgrounds. So, if you are planning on camping with your furry bff, be sure to check the rules and restrictions regarding dogs. And if pets aren’t your thing, add that to your campsite location must haves. A lot of pet friendly campgrounds now have dog parks to cater to the large amount of people who camp with their dogs.

Local Attraction

Whether you need a day away or are just looking to check out the area outside of the campground, local attractions can be a big factor in where to stay. You may find some suggestions right on the campground website and if not a simple google search of “things to do” in the area will steer you in the right direction. I’m a big fan of Tripadvisor when looking for local activities and restaurants. It’s good to see common reviews from others who have vacationed in the area. You may even be planning your camping vacation around a fun local attraction that you want to go to. What better way to wind down after a busy day with your family than around a campfire under the stars.

Taking the time to research the campground you stay at for your RV vacation is always worth the effort. Start by using the mentioned topics and make a list of the things you must have and don’t want. Follow up by reading recent reviews, and past reviews written during the same month you are going. Once you have chosen the place, check for availability during your desired vacation dates. Some campgrounds have online reservation request options and others require an email or phone call to book. When you have received confirmation of your dates, reach out to us to request a reservation for your RV rental. Planning an RV camping vacation is easy and a lot of fun. There are so many amazing places to camp in New England and doing it RV style means you will experience it with all the comforts of home complimented by your hand picked view.

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