The Friendliest RV Park in the Valley

They call themselves, “the friendliest park in the valley,” and the people who stay here agree! It’s as if the majestic Rio Grande Valley welcomed you with open arms. Imagine waking each morning to the invigorating scent of nearby citrus groves. Some days you may detect a waft of enticing Gulf of Mexico air to tickle your olfactory senses.

Add to that plenty of activities, free coffee, dancehalls and dozens of groups to join. You’ll love this winter home away from home.

Park Your Wagon

Alamo Palms RV Resort makes for an excellent hitching post. The perfect place to park your wagon while you’re out exploring the Rio Grande Valley and the beautiful South Padre Island. When you want to stick closer to the comforts of your RV, this resort offers numerous choices in recreation, fun, and entertainment.

Get moving with pickleball, tennis, swimming, and shuffleboard. Keep your swing in top shape at the large golf driving net. For those traveling with four-legged canine friends, there are two spacious dog parks so your furry buddy can run free.

Many have made lifelong friendships with their fellow snowbirds here. There are several active and fun social experiences, such as regular potluck suppers and bingo games. When you’re in the mood to cut a rug, head over to one of the two large dance halls. Don your best duds, shine up your cowboy or cowgirl boots and get ready to do-si-do the night away.

Go Exploring!

When you head out to explore the area, you’ll find plenty to do. The City of Alamo, nicknamed the “Land of Two Summers”, is known for being the doorway to the Santa Ana National Wildlife Refuge. This popular 845-hectare (2088-acre) refuge is home to a large percentage of all North American butterfly species. There approximately 400 species of birds, and rare creatures such as the Indigo Snake and the endangered Ocelot living here. If you’re visiting the refuge during the winter months, take the tram that meanders throughout the refuge three times a day.

For something a little different, visit the Alamo Angels Museum for a divine exhibit. The Angels in Alamo display is a heavenly host to over 1,500 angels. Shirl Pfeiffer began collecting angels as a young child and donated them to the museum.  

If outdoor fun is more your speed, just a short drive away from Alamo Palms Resort lies the warm sandy beaches of beautiful South Padre Island. Once you arrive, you’ll have many wonderful activities to choose from. Kick off your shoes, run your toes through the warm sand, enjoy a leisurely swim, then let the sun warm your soul while lying on the beach. Maybe you’d like to try your luck on the water by boarding a boat and going shrimping or deep-sea fishing.

For a unique water experience, consider joining a group and searching for dolphins with The Original Dolphin Watch. These amazing mammals often put on a show for spectators aboard The Double Sunshine. Be sure to have your camera ready and your ears tuned to listen for the many clicks, whistles, squeaks, and squawks these playful and intelligent creatures make.

After a busy day of outdoor adventure, imagine how good your body will feel after a relaxing massage. The Massage and Healing Arts Center has many different services to offer, such as deep tissue and Swedish massage, manicures, pedicures, and rejuvenating facials. Be sure and set some time aside to pamper yourself!

For history and culture buffs, the International Museum of Art and Science is a must see. Located in the City of McAllen, just a short drive from Alamo, this world-class museum is sure to amaze you with its wide variety of exhibits. Take your time and discover the fascinating feature of the ceiling being reflected as you look through the front door of the museum. Hint: there is a mirror involved.

Local Cuisine

Before heading out on a full day of excitement and adventure, enjoy a delicious Mexican inspired breakfast at Alamo Tortilleria and Bakery. This eatery was given a 5-star rating on Tripadvisor.

Several mouth-watering options await you at this quaint little restaurant, such as homemade corn and flour tortillas, freshly made Mexican sauces, cheeses, as well as boiled beans. With so many delicious items to choose from, the hard part will be deciding which to try first.

At the end of a day of exploration, your tummy may be grumbling. It’s the perfect time to check out Willie B’s Barbeque who has, according to one reviewer, “the best barbecue in the Rio Grande Valley!” When it’s time to satisfy your sweet tooth, be sure to stop in at Manjar Bakery for some delicious Mexican pastries, such as their delicious sweet bread.

When you’ve done all you want to do for the day, return to your RV knowing tomorrow is another day filled with as little or as much to do as your heart desires.

5 Reasons You Should Attend a Local RV Show

Whether you’re looking to upgrade your RV, are ready to hop into the RV lifestyle for the first time, or are just curious, keep an eye out for local RV shows near you. When you go you’ll find everything you need to know (and more) all in one place. All in all, spending an afternoon at an RV show is well worth the time. Here’s why:

  1. Massive Discounts on RVs and Mobile Homes

Winnebago, Palomina, Gulfstream, Jayco and Keystone are just a few of the brand names that you’ll find on display at shows like the Toronto Fall RV Show. The savings are huge as the top local dealers vie for your attention with deep discounts on a wide variety of the top RV brands and models.

If you’re willing to make an on-the-spot purchase you can save thousands of dollars on your next RV. Not only will you find discounts of $4,000 or more off the retail price, you can expect to take advantage of show bonuses like a free 5-year warranty, and lots of additional fees and products reduced, waived, or included at no cost including:

  • Freight
  • Pre-delivery inspections
  • Sewer hose with adapters
  • Deep cycle RV batteries
  • Propane tanks
  • Electrical adapters
  • Water hoses.

Deals will depend on the dealer, so it’s worth it to take your time and stop by each one to see what they’re offering. The one drawback is that these deals are usually limited to the show, which means you usually have to be ready to make a decision while you’re there.

  1. Best Comparison Shopping in One Place

An RV show makes comparison shopping possible. Imagine having to drive from one dealer to the next to see the brands, models and discounts they offer. Most dealers don’t display this information on their website, nor are they often willing to share it over the phone or email – they want to get you in to their store to “wow” you with their beautiful selection.

However, at an RV Show you can do the comparison shopping, see the deals and discounts and get to know the dealers all in one convenient location, which will massively reduce the time you spend finding the right RV for your lifestyle and needs.

  1. First Hand Design Trends and Ideas

You really will be wowed by the beauty and space that modern RVs offer. But one of the most surprising elements is how much these RVs feel like home when you enter them. From granite countertops to second floor bedrooms to retractable balconies and decks, you’re bound to find something new and surprising at an RV show that you can apply to your own RV living.

  1. Discounts on RV Resorts

RVs themselves aren’t the only discounts you’ll find at RV shows. You’ll find RV resorts supplement the list of exhibitors and they often offer deals that aren’t available elsewhere. For example, Encore Resorts has exclusive offers only available to show attendees that simply aren’t available elsewhere. These offers include special weekly, monthly or seasonal rates that can add up to hundreds of dollars of savings. Plus, when you purchase a Thousand Trails membership you can sometimes get the benefit of a free zone with your purchase.

These are some examples of the discounts that RV resorts offer at these expos, but another advantage of attending a show is that you can get first-hand information about the resorts themselves – where they’re located, when you should book your stay, what the amenities are like – all the details you need to plan your next RV road trip.    

  1. Free Swag and Chances to Win Big Prizes

Most exhibitors will have free swag on hand – including coupons, re-useable bags, snacks, even tattoos and stickers for your grandkids! Some exhibitors have selfie-contests and other types of promotions that you can take part in. Plus, the RV show’s organizers usually have a big give away for attendees – at the Toronto Fall RV Show there was the chance to win $5,000 cash back on your RV purchase from a participating dealer. The free swag and contests make attending an RV show lots of fun, even if you’re not looking to make an immediate purchase.

Ultimately, an RV Show is time well spent, whether you’re looking to buy, upgrade or are just curious about what the RV lifestyle is all about. Consider attending the next RV show in your area and take advantage of all the cool stuff these shows have to offer – and don’t forget to stop by the RV on the Go booth to say “Hi”!

Palm Desert: Full of Famous Attractions You Won’t Want to Miss

Palm Springs Oasis RV Resort straddles the line between California’s famous Palm Springs and Palm Desert regions. It’s the perfect place to stay to soak up the incomparable experiences available in both snowbird hot spots. From golfing in the Coachella Valley to riding the world-renowned Tramway, to visiting the Western movie set Pioneertown, you won’t be bored for a moment in Palm Desert. Here’s our guide to the famous attractions you just can’t miss.

Pioneertown

Hollywood came to Pioneertown with the intention of building an Old West set that would double as a fabulous town to visit, and they succeeded. Cowboys and horse-drawn carriages amble down Main Street and stop at the saloon, bank, or saddlery. Inside you’ll find real entertainment, food, shopping and other Western-themed experiences. Among the most unusual offerings is a fabulous vintage bowling alley, full of western memorabilia.

Joshua Tree National Park

Joshua Tree National Park sits between two great areas– the Mojave Desert and the Colorado Desert. So, this park is the perfect place to get your fill of gorgeous desert views and clear, starry nights. Lizards, golden eagles, and the roadrunner can all be spotted at the park.

Of course, you don’t have to hike to immerse yourself in nature. Consider going on a Hummer Adventure through the park– it is rated the number one off-road tour on all of TripAdvisor. Next, visit the nearby and equally famous Palm Springs Aerial Tram Way for a bird’s eye view of the steep mountains.

You can get a closer look at this area’s splendid nature in town, at the Living Desert Zoo & Gardens. Ride a camel, feed a giraffe, and tour on a carousel that gets you close to all kinds of endangered species.

Town Treasures

Want to head into town for some shopping or art? Palm Desert will wow you with both. The El Paseo Shopping District has every store you’re craving and if you love the excitement of a street fair make sure you check out the Street Fair at College of the Desert and its art, gift, and furniture vendors. Fresh fruit is available too!

Also in town is the CODA Gallery, which was just named California’s best art gallery by the American Art Awards. For a more educational art experience, you can’t beat the Palm Springs Art Museum, home to a beautiful collection of ancient Mesoamerican art, and art of the West, including gorgeous desert landscapes.  

Golf in the Coachella Valley

Palm Springs and Palm Desert offer some of the best golfing in the Coachella Valley, including the former Bob Hope, Classic Club and the Marriot’s Shadow Ridge, which has acclaimed Australian-inspired design.   

For a challenging course at a reasonable price try Cathedral Canyon, which is nearby Palm Springs Oasis RV Resort. Or, book a tee time at the Club at Morningside for gorgeous views and perfectly manicured greens.

So many of these experiences are truly unique, top-rated attractions. From your home base at Palm Springs Oasis RV Resort, you can experience all of this and the many other gems Palm Springs and Palm Desert offers.