On our way back from Florida, we saw that the temperatures in Raleigh were supposed to be extremely cold in the next few weeks, so we decided it would be best to blow out the lines before putting it back in storage. We thought we’d give try the Fayetteville RV Resort a try since it’s about an hour from our storage garage.
This was previously a KOA, so it’s got all the things you’d come to expect from a KOA (pool, little cabins to rent, a store, full hook ups, level spots, propane) but I feel the new owners are really working to make it better. All the restrooms are being updated, they’ve obviously done a lot of work on the landscaping and overall, it’s a really nice park for a day or two.
They have a section for fulltimers in the back that doesn’t have as many trees as the front of the park, but the spots are still nice (definitely nicer and bigger than several spots we lived in while fulltiming).
Since moving here, we’ve definitely noticed a shortage of nice RV parks in the area (and by nice I mean clean and safe), so I’d definitely recommend this park if you’re traveling through the area and need to make a pit stop.
For the first time almost 4 years (I think — time goes so fast) we found ourselves needing to winterize the Airstream, so we took one last trip to a full hook-up park to empty/blow out the tanks. Finding a good, safe, nice looking park is a little harder in the Raleigh area than we thought, but we came across Jones Station which has been under new ownership since January and looked good (note: they told us they were having internet problems, and their website seems to be up and down lately).
The park is located in Mebane, NC, an easy 46 miles drive from Raleigh, with a quaint downtown. When you first see the park, it looks a little parking-lot-like, but only the first row is tree-less. We were in the third row, and you can see the nice trees and little lawn area. The owners are super nice and have had the park since January. They’re planning a second building phase even further into the woods.
Entrance to the park.
The park is typically packed all the time — good for them, not great for campers looking for a full hook-up spot in the area, especially with really good internet!
Another shot from our spot.
Definitely take a trip to downtown Mebane too. There’s coffee (Reed’s), dinner (The Mebane Downtown Table), shopping Solgarden, Fifth Street Books, and a few bars.
Deke and Lu walking down the street in Mebane.
Outside Dick and Jane’s.
We had a great time here and will go back soon!
Grandfather Campground, in the shadow of Grandfather Mountain, is right over the Tennessee- North Carolina border in an area that’s a popular vacation spot in the summer and the winter (skiing!). I feel like I say this a lot these days, but it’s not so much a campground as an RV park with sites so close together I couldn’t figure out if the fire pit next to our site was ours or our neighbors.
Behind our site.
We were in spot A5 — if you can get A2 to A18, I’d recommend it. There’s a creek that runs behind those sites, so you can sit back there and at least have a nice view.
The town of Banner Elk is 8 miles away — it’s a cute town to shop and eat at (but with really narrow roads up a mountain) — and there’s the Banner Elk Winery. There’s also the Puerto Nuevo Mexican Restaurant which has the largest margeritas I’ve ever seen. The glass was so big, I needed two hands (which means, unfortunately, I didn’t take any photos).
We’re looking forward to doing some more exploring of this area but we’ll look for a state park in the area next time!
Recently we met up with Kevin and Laura for a long weekend at the Timberlake Campground and RV Park along the Columbia River Gorge –and it was great (That’s us and them, plus another couple who pulled in Friday with a new Bambi). As some of you may know, I’m working a few days a week at the RV park office where we stay, and I think I have a better appreciation for what it takes to get people in and out (and taken care of ) during their stay — I mean, it’s a bit harder than it looks.
The park office.
LeRoy, the owner of the park, really does an amazing job — from little dog packs for your pooch to special events (ours was Beer Tasting)
– we wanted to stay longer. It doesn’t hurt that the park is in a beautiful hillside location a few miles from the river, Beacon Rock,
View from the top of Beacon Rock (842 ft).
and my favorite, the Carson Hot Springs. Don’t just take my word for it, read about Laura and Kevin’s experience as well: http://www.riveted-blog.com/2013/06/sunday-in-the-columbia-gorge.html.
Last weekend Chad and Emily came over to check out the Airstream. They’re thinking of buying one and they live in Bothell, so they asked if they might swing and talk about it for a bit, to see what its like. As I was showing Emily around, I opened one of the kitchen drawers and she said “You have a junk drawer!” Why, yes. Yes, I do.
Definitely not junk!
I’ve always had a junk drawer, and just because we live in 180sq ft does not mean I want to give it up. Everyone needs a place to store rubber bands and clips and tape and laundry quarters, and surprisingly the middle drawer in our kitchen can actually hold a lot! I took some inventory of it this week and trust me, we need all this.