Try only of these Patriotic Treats this 4th of July
What better way to spend Independence Day than with friends and family in the great outdoors? This week we’re going to offer a few awesome recipes if you’re celebrating America’s freedom in the wilderness. We’ll have some red, white and blue-themed dishes and drinks because as you know, besides fireworks, the staple of Fourth of July is good food.
Kids, you could win a Go Pro of Your Very own & be featured in an upcoming MOR Commercial!
Looking for a cool way to document your summer adventure? How about using a Go Pro? At every Midwest Outdoor Resorts location, we are giving kids (ages 7-17) the chance to get creative! Kids can check out a Go Pro from the front desk of each resort for 45 minutes as long as they are accompanied by a BIG CAMPER (adult). Go Pros are an awesome way for kids to showcase their filmmaking skills and use their imagination to create amazing vacation videos!
Make these awesome diy remedies for your next camping trip!
The last thing you want when camping is to get caught without a first-aid kit. When you’re out in the wilderness, the first rule is to be prepared. Luckily, we’re here to help you take care of your sunburns, bruises, cuts and bug bites!
How about foregoing the chemical bath and making your own treatments? Simple, inexpensive and effective homemade remedies are the way to go. We’ll show you some easy ways to make your own, so you’re well prepared and have a little extra spending cash on your next outdoor adventure!
Try these Tips for Capturing & Documenting the Best Family Memories
Ah, the summer vacation. It’s a staple of Americana, a symbol of what we work so hard in our daily lives to achieve. We strive so we can provide awesome summer trips like this for our friends, families and ourselves. Today, we’re going to go over some of the best ways to document your summer vacay so you and your loved ones can cherish the memories many years down the road.
Take the stress out of your next trip with these DIY camping hacks
Don’t get us wrong, we love camping. There’s nothing better than being outdoors with friends and family, hearing the crickets under a full moon and enjoying nature for all it’s worth. Unfortunately, like any outdoor activity, camping has its drawbacks. There are bugs, it’s not always comfortable and the weather can be fickle. Luckily, we’re here to give you some camping hacks to make your next trip to the wilderness as cozy as possible. Try out some of the tips below, and be sure to let us know any of your own camping hacks in the comments!
Try one of these recipes to spice up your next camping trip
Forget the hot dogs, s’mores and popcorn. If you’ve never made a Dutch oven campfire meal, you’re missing out. A Dutch oven is a large, heavy pot with a lid that was traditionally used cooking under hot coals. It looks something like this:
Nowadays, Dutch ovens are used on stovetops, in the traditional oven or even while camping (we always suggest making sure food is cooked thoroughly, especially when outdoors)! They’re great for making hearty meals, and they’re so delicious you’ll feel like you’re at home. Dutch ovens can make a large variety of dishes, including soups and stews, roasts, fried meals, breads, casseroles and more. We’ll offer 5 easy recipes you can make while camping with your Dutch oven. Once you start cooking with this thing, you’ll never want to go back!
Explore the best Minnesota has to offer on foot, on these amazing Hikes!
Mention Minnesota to someone who’s never been, and they’ll likely think cold, lakes and the movie Fargo. The truth is, Minnesota has splendid scenery and is one of the best outdoor recreation states in the U.S. People are highly active throughout the year, and the terrain varies from mountainous regions in the north to prairie land in the south. There’s fishing, biking, camping, and most importantly for this post, hiking. If you’re travelling to the state, or are looking for some great spots near home, take a look at our 7 best hiking trails in Minnesota:
Follow our tips and tricks and you will be well on your way to amazing Family memories!
It’s finally May! The weather is getting warmer, the days are getting longer and camping season is right around the corner. As humans, we have an innate desire to connect with nature (there’s even a word for it: biophilia).There’s no better way to get close to nature than camping, and it has been shown to be beneficial to your health and happiness (levels of serotonin naturally rise when you’re outdoors). If you’re as excited about getting outdoors as we are, take a look at the 8 tips below to make this the best camping season you’ve ever had!
Good news folks - Spring is in the air! The trees are budding, flowers are blooming, the days are longer and all of our resorts are opening May 1st! We decided to give away some special prizes for our loyal readers this week. Check out a quick overview of all our resorts, then share this post with your friends on Facebook and tag @MidwestOutdoorResorts in your post for your chance to some crazy cool prizes!
Plan your next getaway around our country’s most delectable desserts!
The U.S. is famous for all kinds of delicious comfort foods. From mouth-watering burgers to delicious pies, we are a food nation. Imagine how fun it would be to base an entire trip around food. You could try to find the best hot dog, breakfast burrito or even…dessert!We’re going to take a look at a few hot spots for sweets around the U.S., and see if we can point out some great locations near you. Of course, traditional dining powerhouses like New York, Chicago and San Francisco offer plentiful delectable treats. We’ll see if we can also pick out some hidden gems near you. This imaginary road trip begins on the West Coast and ends on the East, so let’s find some places to satisfy that sweet tooth…
Our April theme is the road trip, a tradition as American as apple pie. Road trips can bring people together like nothing else, but if you’re going to cruise across the country, you’ll want to be prepared. When traveling with friends, family and/or kids, it can be difficult to keep everyone entertained and occupied for the long stretches this vacation requires. We’re going to take a look at 10 ways to pass the time on your asphalt adventure, and maybe even have some fun along the way.
A trip isn’t the same without your best buddy by your side!
If we’re about to take the road trip vacation of our lives, don’t we want our best friend(s) by our side? The last thing you want on a long drive, however, is an anxious dog or cat. If you’re traveling with human family or friends, there are enough concerns to deal with. Luckily, we’re here to help.
Discover why the Soo Line Trail is a perfect weekend getaway!
Winter is what we make of it. It’s often difficult to escape the drab monotony of never-ending snow, small windows of daylight and clenched fists on icy roads. If we let it, winter can really get to us mentally, physically and emotionally.
One thing is for certain: no one who entered 2016 will depart it the same way. It was a tumultuous year, with unprecedented political turmoil, beloved celebrity deaths, the largest mass shooting in U.S. history and the Zika scare. There were also positives: the Cubs won their first World Series in 108 years, the U.S. high school graduation rate reached a record high, unemployment went down to 4.6% and the National Park Service turned 100.
Check out our Tips to Beat that Christmas Time Panic Attack!
Merry Christmas! Hopefully, those two words still bring you a childlike sense of wonder and joy. Remember when the holidays were fun? School was out, you were anticipating what Santa might bring (and in my case, contemplating if you’d been truly good or bad), the sledding hill was packed and all the holiday burden was on the adults. It was truly the best time of the year.
How to make the most out of your small space this Holiday Season!
If you’re in a small cabin or RV for the holidays and still looking to spread the Christmas cheer, we’ve got ideas for you! With some imagination and space-saving savvy your place can be plenty festive with minimal square feet. Making shrewd use of walls, furniture, flat decorations and lights will give your abode a cozy, winter-wonderland type feel. Also, you won’t need to go through the hassle of stuffing an 8’ tree into your house, so you’re already ahead of the game. Take a look at some of these ideas and please let us know what you think in the comments!
Don't sacrifice quality gifts because your funds are running low! Check out our list for the best gifts on a budget!
We all want to give the people we love something sincere and meaningful for the holidays. To many, that means waiting in long lines, scouring the internet for the latest and greatest craze and inevitably spending way more dough than you meant to. No fear! We’re here to help you get through the most stressful season of the year on a budget.
We all know Christmas shopping can be a challenge. Gift cards are great, but aren’t always heartfelt. Everyone loves getting cash, but it can show a lack of initiative. What do you get the person who seems to have everything? It’s usually best if we can narrow down the recipient’s interests and/or hobbies and go from there.
Well, I have some good news! If you have a camper/RVer in your life, there are all kinds of unique gifts sure to please. Chances are, he or she won’t have one of the items listed below. Whether or not you purchase one of these directly, hopefully this will help spark some ideas. Enjoy!
Once a year, I’ll gorge until my pants don’t fit, watch football for 10 consecutive hours and eventually fall asleep in an unflattering position on the couch. This has become my Thanksgiving. In reality, it’s a day that was originally entirely devoted to gratitude. In that spirit, I’d like to mention a few things about camping and the outdoors that we can reflect on and feel grateful for this Thanksgiving season. Here are 4 ways camping makes you more thankful:
Well, we’ve unfortunately hit that time of year. Camping season is coming to a close, and when the temperature starts regularly dropping below 32°F (0°C), it’s time to winterize. Basically, winterizing entails protecting your RV from freezing temperatures so it’s prepared when the snow melts, the frost thaws and spring flowers start poking out. (Yes, I’m currently listening to The Beatles’ classic “Here Comes the Sun”).Your main goal when winterizing your RV is taking care of the water system. Here is a step-by-step guide so your rig is thoroughly prepared to hibernate through Jack Frost.
Before getting started, make sure you read through your owner’s manual carefully to take any additional recommended steps.
Drain all water tanks completely –Take your RV to a waste station and drain all tanks.
Drain the water from the hot water heater (DO NOT DO WHILE WATER IS HOT OR UNDER PRESSURE)– Small lime deposits may come out. This is normal.
Drain the pipes –Turn on all faucets (hot and cold), flush the toilet, and turn on the outside shower.You can also use an air compressor to blow out all the pipes (set to no more than 30psi).
Open all low-point drain lines –There will be a hot and cold water line.
Once all lines are drained, recap, close and turn off all drains and faucets.
Bypass the water heater –This isn’t a must, but will save you gallons of antifreeze. If you don’t have a bypass kit, you can get one installed relatively cheaply.
Pump antifreeze through your water lines (RV antifreeze is PINK) –Most newer RVs have a valve attached to the water pump that will allow the pump to draw antifreeze directly from the bottle. Turn on water pump, and starting with the closest faucet, open the hot and cold valves one at a time until you see pink antifreeze, then close. Keep replacing the bottle as needed, don’t let it run dry.
Open each faucet until each has antifreeze coming out –Also, keep flushing your toilet until you see antifreeze. Make sure you run antifreeze to the outside shower as well.
Turn off the water pump –Open a faucet to release pressure, then close.
Pour antifreeze down each drain and into the toilet.
Make sure if you have an electric heating element on your water heater, it is turned OFF.
Make sure all valves and faucets are CLOSED.
If you have other appliances (ice maker, dishwasher, etc.) consult the owner’s manual to winterize