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Upscale Getaways: Wine Tours and Camping


California Grapes. Photo Credit: Flickr User Maureen Didde

Michigan Wine Festival. Photo Credit: Flickr User J.K. Califf

Virginia Vineyard. Photo Credit: Flickr User Ted Eytan

While 90 percent of the nation’s wine production stems from California’s famous valleys, emerging wine regions are popping up all across America. And many RV parks and campgrounds are catering specifically to the growing wine tourism culture, including some of these spots.

California

California wine country attracts about 20.7 million tourists annually, and is the fourth-leading wine producer worldwide after Italy, Spain and, of course, France. Though the most well known wine region of California is Napa Valley, wineries are sprinkled along the coast as far south as San Diego.

Wine Country RV Park

Located just five miles south of Santa Rosa –considered to be the urban center in wine country,the site features more than 150 full-service RV hook ups with water, cable TV and Wi-Fi. Nestled in the heart of Rohnert Park, visitors are mere minutes from hiking and cycling paths, golf courses and public parks. View website.

Far Horizons 49er Village RV Resort

Far Horizons, in the Sierra Foothills, is within a stone’s throw of more than 35 award-winning wineries. Located in Amador County, visitors can take a break from wine tasting to tour the nearby historic towns dating back to the Gold Rush. This resort also offers cottage rentals for those who prefer a home away from home sans four wheels. View website.

Dutcher Creek RV Park and Campground

This campground in Cloverdale offers a quiet setting, with easy access to the Russian River. Whether your passion is fishing, canoeing or boating, Dutcher Creek provides an excellent home base for adventurers and wine-drinkers of all ages. Another perk? Dutcher Creek offers handy boat and RV storage. View website.

Vines RV Resort

Vines RV Resort provides visitors with a luxurious experience right in Paso Robles. Amid a picturesque setting, amenities at Vines RV Resort include an adults-only and family swimming pool, a fenced-in dog park, library, fitness center, and on-site boat and RV storage. View website.

Michigan

Traverse City is known as the “Cherry Capital of the World.” The same landscape of northern Michigan that makes for excellent cherries also lends itself to remarkable wine production. The cooler temperatures of northern Michigan allow wine to hold aroma and fruit flavors like no other. While the region specializes in white wine production, it now also boasts delightful red and dessert wine varieties. Northern Michigan is even being referred to as the Napa Valley of the northeast—and for good reason.

Thunder Bay Resort

This all-season resort, located on 500 acres in Hillman and is known for its award-winning Elk Viewing Dinner Ride and Wine Tasting. Thunder Bay also boasts an 18-hole golf course for every putting enthusiast, and offers suites, villas and chalets as homes away from home for guests. View website.

Timber Ridge RV & Recreation Resort

Whether renting a cabin, pitching a tent or rolling up for the weekend in an RV, Timber Ridge has something to offer for every adventurer. This park is open year round. After all, every season is wine-tasting season! View website.

Wild Cherry Resort

Wild Cherry Resort, located in Leelanau County, is surrounded by cherry orchards, vineyards and woodlands and provides a pristine escape for all visitors. The resort offers tent sites, yurt rentals and RV hook-ups. View website.

North Carolina

North Carolina – home to more than 400 vineyards and 100 wineries –is the only place in the world where every major type of grape is grown. Wine festivals abound in the fall, so hop in your RV, pack up your tent or reserve your cabin today.

Carrollwoods Campground at Grapefull Sisters Vineyard

Located just 17 miles northwest of Myrtle Beach, this campground offers daily wine tastings and free vineyard tours by the owners themselves. The grapes grown in the nearby vineyards, Muscadine grapes, are naturally low in sugar and high in antioxidants—a win-win for visiting wine connossseurs. View website.

Holiday Trav-L-Park

Holiday Trav-L-Park is an ideal place for a beach vacation with the perks of nearby wine tastings. Bring your bikes, as the small community of Emerald Isle also features more than 10 miles of bike paths through town. View website.

High Rock Lake Marina and Campground

Located in Lexington, this lakeside campground offers RV hook-ups and cabin rentals, and even offers pontoon rentals for visitors. Fishing lovers flock to High Rock Lake, which was host to the BASS Master’s Classic in 1994, 1995 and 1998, and the Bass Masters American Series in 2007. This campground is just a few miles from Childress Vineyards, which is located in the state’s first federally-designated grape growing region. View website.

Pennsylvania

You may think the northeastern United States isn’t exactly known for its vineyards—but Pennsylvania wine country may change your mind. The region has come a long way since the first vineyard started more than 300 years ago. Today, more than 150 wineries and nearly a dozen wine trails make up the state’s six wine regions.

Whispering Winds Campground

This campground, nestled in the beautiful Allegheny National Forest, is the perfect place for a family getaway. Allegheny National Forest is considered by many to be the gateway to Big Foot territory. Visitors can track Sasquatch then reward themselves with the nectar of Allegheny Cellars Winery or Flickerwood Winery. View website.

Brandywine Creek Campground

Located near the Brandywine Vineyard Wine Trail, this campground is all about location. It’s close to the historic Philadelphia and Valley Forge National Park and borders Marsh Creek State Park, making it a great home base for history buffs and nature lovers alike. View website.

Round Top Campground

Round Top Campground offers cottage and cabin rentals, as well as RV hook-ups for guests. This campground is the perfect place for active families with an Olympic sized swimming pool, mini golf, volleyball and basketball courts and more right on-site. Located in Gettysburg, this park is also just minutes from one of the most important historical sites of the Civil War. View website.

Virginia

Virginia is home to 16 wine regions, more than 25 wine trails and about 250 wineries of all sizes. The first Virginia winery was established in Jamestown by British settlers more than 400 years ago, and the industry has steadily increased in size ever since. Today, Virginia wines have received national and international recognition—and for good reason.

Meadows of Dan Campground

Meadows of Dan Campground, located in the Blue Ridge Mountains, offers full service RV campgrounds, tent campsites and log cabins available for rent. While visiting, guests can explore the Blue Ridge Wine Region with more than a dozen nearby wineries to choose from. View website.

Candy Hill Campground

Just outside of Winchester, Candy Hill is a year-round campground with RV hook-ups, tent sites and small cabins available for rent. Though the campground is tucked away in the woods, it sits just a matter of miles from the wineries along Tuskie’s Wine Trail. View website.

Shenandoah Valley Campground

This campground is located near the Middle River, and is an excellent vacation spot for visitors looking to fish, tube and try some of Virginia’s finest wines. The Shenandoah Valley wine region is home to more than 30 wineries, and many of them just a short drive from this campground. View website.

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