It’s that time of year again – colder weather! Some like to camp during the warmer months so they can swim and view the beautiful green trees as they hike. Others, however, prefer camping when it’s cold, so they can sit by the campfire and bundle up while cooking some cold-weather recipes. We’ve put together a list of our favorite make-ahead recipes for long days out in the woods hiking or biking!
Make-Ahead Camping Recipes
Chili is such a winter staple that has so many variations, so no matter which way you make it, it’s totally your recipe. This list of ingredients is, again, extensive, but most of it is spices. So, to make it easier, you can just add chili powder and call it a day. Or, you can add all the spices and have the smokiest, most flavorful chili ever.
We think most everyone agrees on the fact that good broccoli and cheddar soup is just the ticket to the end of a good day. It’s so creamy and hearty. Buy a baguette to soak up the soup with and you’ve got a delicious dinner! The best thing about this recipe is you can make it ahead and reheat it when you’re ready to eat.
Who said you can’t have delicious appetizers while camping? The best part? It’s only three ingredients!
Who says comfort food is out of the question when camping? Not us! Try making a shortened, streamlined version of jambalaya in this Dutch Oven Jambalaya recipe that is easy and can be made over a fire. Or, you can make it in advance to let the flavors develop.
The best part about these Apple Crisp Foil Packets is they only require five daily ingredients! They also only take about 20 minutes to cook, so in the time it takes to clean up from dinner, you’ll have a delicious and easy dessert that’s ready to satisfy your sweet tooth.
Making soup while camping is almost a given, but it’s time to get creative. You can make these Dutch Oven Cheesy Garlic Bites to dunk in your soup. It’s only five ingredients, two of which are seasoning. (Hopefully, you already have those in your RV pantry.) It also uses frozen dough to have them ready in under an hour before you head out!
The taste alone will make you want to keep craving this Campfire Bean N’ Ham Soup, but line your Dutch oven for easy cleanup and you’ll never go back to your old ways of cooking. Serve hot off the grill to impress a crowd.
Do you have a go-to make-ahead recipe for RV trips? Let us know in the comments!
As winter drops its first round of snow across the States, many campers will start packing away their gear. But for some avid RVers, this is their favorite time of year — trading in the holiday madness for a life of adventure on the road.
Here at Juniata Valley RV, we’ve toured the great state of Pennsylvania once or twice, and we know a few things about the best campgrounds around.
Top 5 Winter Campgrounds in Pennsylvania
Appalachian RV Resort
Enjoy Pennsylvania’s Americana Region, located in Reading, PA. From food and wine to heritage museums, entertainment and arts, and outdoor adventures, there is sure to be plenty of activities to keep you entertained. If you’re bringing the family along, there is even a kids’ corner and an Upcoming Polar Express ride.
While you’re visiting, you can park your RV at the ever-beautiful Appalachian RV Resort. “Nestled in the foothills of the Blue Mountains, Appalachian RV Resort features 357 spacious campsites within 87 acres of nature’s most beautiful setting. Whether you stay for days, weeks, or even an entire season, quality amenities and unsurpassed customer service will have you returning in no time.”
Appalachian RV Resort offers a variety of spacious RV sites including 50-foot super pull-thru sites, 45-foot back-in sites, and 25-foot wooded sites. All campsites include picnic tables and fire rings, perfect to warm up around after a long day of exploring. Whether you’re hiking the Appalachian trails, fishing in the fully-stocked pond, or spending time in neighboring Reading, you’re sure to have an amazing time the whole family can enjoy, all year around.
Whispering Pines Camping Estates
Located just outside of Red Rock Mountain, Whispering Pines Camping Estates is a family-friendly campground with a community feel. “Nestled among rolling hills and rich farm country, Whispering Pines is a friendly place to access some of the most idyllic conditions for hunting, fishing, and hiking in Columbia County.”
With RV slots starting at just 42$ a night, this is a campground where you can certainly get the most for your money any time of year. Each camping site offers a fire ring, picnic table, and most spots also offer water, sewer, and electric hookups. They can accommodate any-length RV and they are also pet friendly!
Visit in the winter to witness the stunning ice falls that form in the cold temperatures, hiking trails with access to a rare eastern fire tower, play games, view meteor showers, and so much more.
Penn Avon Campground
Penn Avon Campground is located just two short miles from downtown Selinsgrove, where families can wander the streets, enjoying the colonial atmosphere. If you’re looking for hiking, Penn Avon Campground is also located near Bald Eagle State Forest — fit with ATV trails, free-flowing streams, and dense forest.
Penn Avon Campground offers year-round RV sites with full hookups, cable TV, and free Wi-Fi. They also have a newly-renovated bathhouse that is roomy and conveniently located. This family-friendly, pet-friendly RV campground is the perfect place to have a relaxing get-away.
Well-maintained, wooded, shaded, and cozy is how visitors have described this quaint spot, making it the perfect spot for your winter vacation.
White’s Haven Campground
Another quaint and quiet spot tucked in the beautiful, western Pennsylvania hills, you’ll find White’s Haven Campground. Just west of Clear Creek State Forest, there is ample hiking and nature exploring to be had.
White’s Haven offers ample RV hookups with showers, free wifi, laundry service, and a fishing pond. They even have an on-site convenience store where you can purchase propane and other necessities during your stay.
The friendly staff is attentive and helpful, while not overbearing. This simplistic and quiet campground is great for a secluded weekend getaway.
Mountain Vista Campground
Whether you’re searching for hiking with waterfalls and scenic views, outlet-mall shopping, or even a little gambling, the Mountain Vista Campground has something to offer the whole family in every season. This traditional-camping style resort is tucked into the Pocono Mountains, just east of Stroudsburg.
This fully-loaded campground is fit with free Wi-fi, a convenient Laundromat, a recreational area, clean bathhouses, a campground store with fire, ice, and other necessities, as well as a multigym, dog run, relaxing pavilion, and picnic tables.
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As you pack up for your winter adventure, we want to encourage you to winterize and service your RV before you hit the road. In fact, it’s best to make it a part of your annual camping trip, to save yourself from trouble down the road.
You can trust our four RVIA Certified Recreational Vehicle Service Technicians to keep you and your family safe this holiday season. With over 40 years of combined experience, we provide professional and reliable services at the most reasonable prices in Central Pennsylvania.
In the event you want to upgrade your RV, we offer a wide selection of new and pre-owned RV’s. We also accept trade-ins and offer reasonable financing.
So what are you waiting for? Stop in and see us at Juniata Valley RV, or just give us a call. We’re always proud to serve our Central Pennsylvania community.