Breakfast, lunch, dinner or dessert Around the Campfire
Whether it’s breakfast, lunch, dinner, dessert or anything in between, you may be surprised at just how much awesome food you can cook over a campfire. This week, we’re going to give you the 8 best campfire recipes of all time (according to us). We only have a few weeks left of summer folks (where did it go?), so be sure to get out and try these delicious treats! We’ll break the meals down into four categories, and you can click the links above the photos to get full recipes. Read on!
If you’ve recently become a Midwest Outdoor Resorts Member, or are looking into a Membership, we’d like to offer some ways to get the most out of your purchase. There are a ton of amazing benefits that come with a MOR Membership, including safe and fun family vacation destinations, access to awesome resorts around the world, and of course, lifelong memories. Read on to find out how to make the most out of Midwest Outdoor Resorts!
When heading out on the road, rule #1 is to be prepared for the worst. Unfortunately, things happen, and we need to make sure we have some basic maintenance skills if we’re travelling in an RV. This week, we’re going to show you how to change an RV tire, which can be a little intimidating compared to a car. Don’t worry, we’ll walk you through it step-by-step so you’re prepared next time disaster strikes. Read on!
A little preparation can go a long way for a safe camping experience!
To us, there’s nothing greater than camping. Getting the opportunity to spend time outdoors with friends and family, eating campfire food, telling ghost stories and watching the sunrise and sunset in the wilderness are memories many of us will never forget. However, being in the outdoors presents unique safety hazards we’ll want to be aware of in order to enjoy our time. Read on to find some of the most important safety tips you’ll want to follow while camping this summer.
It’s summer, which means it’s time to get outside! This week, we’re going to give you some fun yard (and camping) games you and the family can enjoy in the outdoors! You won’t have to break the bank to build these fun games, and chances are the adults will have just as much fun as the kids. Read on!
Going on vacation this summer? If so, you might want to partake in some mini-golf, or possibly even real golf! This week, we’re going to give you some tips on how to improve your putting, so you can have a great time on the astroturf (or regular turf). Two of our Midwest Outdoor Resorts destinations (Rushmore Shadows and Hidden Bluffs) have mini-golf courses, and we offer discounted rates for MOR members at Hart Ranch Golf Course in Rapid City, SD. After you read this post, stop out and see us to try your hand at some putting!
Looking for a great way to see the beautiful Black Hills? How about from the saddle?
The Black Hills of South Dakota are not only known for their pristine beauty, but also their history. In the late 1800s, pioneers and prospectors from the eastern U.S. settled in the Black Hills, with high hopes of striking it rich in the gold rush of 1876-77. This lead to clashes with the native Sioux tribes, who consider the land sacred to this day. Towns like Deadwood, Hill City and Custer are chock-full of all sorts of Old West history and landmarks.
Although times have obviously changed, you can still experience the same trails they did in the old west…on horseback! This week, we’re going to give you some of the best horseback trail ride barns in the Black Hills, so you can experience this unique adventure with the whole family. Most all the Forest Service roads and trails in the Black Hills are open to horses, but some require a user fee. For the purpose of this post, we’re recommending guided tours. Read on to find some great rides!
Campfire Cooking Doesn’t Have to Mean Kicking Your Diet to the Curb
Let’s face it, it’s not easy to eat healthy while camping. There are all sorts of temptations, from the moment you hit the road until you’re settled into your campsite. This week, we’re going to give you five easy recipes that won’t destroy your diet. Read on to find five easy recipes that will keep you and your weight-loss goals on track!
Check Out of Favorite Games to play whether you are inside or outside of your RV
If you’re hitting the road this summer, you need some ways to pass the time. Audiobooks and DVDs are great, but they can only give you so much entertainment on long stretches of driving. This week, we’re going to give you 10 fun games you can play with friends and family to get everyone involved in the trip. Read on!
Planning on getting outdoors with the family this summer for hiking? Check Out Our List of the Best Hiking Shoes for the Whole Family.
Shoes are underrated, especially if you spend a lot of time hiking. This week, we’re going to give you some of the best new hiking shoes for Mom, Dad and the kids. No one wants blisters and strained muscles on their feet, so read on to find some great products you can wear on your next family hiking adventure!
Your Pups are Family, check out our list of must have camping gear for your furry friends.
If there’s one thing we know our furry friends love, it’s being outdoors in the summertime. What they love even more is being with YOU outdoors in the summertime, especially in nature. With all kinds of new sights, smells and things to explore, you want to keep them safe and happy.. This week, we’ll take a look at some camping accessories to help your dogs have the time of their lives out in the elements. Read on to find some great products for your pooches!
How to Let Tech Make Travel Easier and More Enjoyable
If you’re someone who’s on the road constantly, you’re probably aware of the convenience of travel apps. For those of us who don’t get away from home all that often, we might not realize the awesome conveniences we hold right in our palms.
Say you’re looking for some cheap airfare. You can get a notification as soon as the price of a flight drops. Maybe you’re on a cross-country road trip. You can get traffic information about a crash on the interstate 20 miles ahead. If you have a long layover in an airport, there’s an app that can give you the best places to eat and some fun activities so you don’t have to sit in an uncomfortable chair for 10 hours.
This week, we’re going to make you a tech-savvy traveler and give you a few new apps that will relieve some of the inherent stress that comes with travelling. Read on!
One of the best parts of camping is getting to get away with your family, check out our ideas for getting your kids involved in the Camping Experience.
If there’s one thing that can ruin a camping trip, it’s an unhappy child. If they’re bored, or feel like they’re not involved in the experience, the whole vacation can quickly go downhill. One of the best ways to keep your child(ren) occupied and happy is to directly connect them to the whole camping adventure. This week, we’re going to give you some tips on camping with kids, and how to involve them so they learn valuable lessons and the entire family has a great time!
Healthy Snacking doesn’t have to mean no fun, try these ideas for fun and healthy snacking this summer
Let’s face it, it’s difficult to eat healthy while travelling. It’s even more difficult when we’re enjoying the outdoors. There are a lot of enticing treats to try, and of course, there’s nothing wrong with indulging every now and again.
If you’re looking to shed those unnecessary pounds however, a good diet is key. This week, we’re going to give you some healthy options to try when you’re out in the wilderness. Check out these simple recipes to feel great on those long hikes!
Midwest Outdoor Resort’s Newest Location is Sure to Be One of Your Favorites!
As people all over the U.S. can attest, it has been a crazy spring weather-wise. Mother Nature has struck again..and again…and again! Due to the late snow in Minnesota, the Ham Lake Grand Opening has been rescheduled to June 2nd, 2018. We’re so sorry for any inconvenience this may have caused and hope you’re still able to make it! Please click on the link below to RSVP and we’ll have a treat waiting for you!
MN is the Land of 10,000 Lakes and one of our nation’s best fishing destinations
It’s almost here ladies and gentlemen! Summertime fishing is right around the corner, so we thought we’d prepare you by sharing some of the best spots in Minnesota. Now, to be honest, the Land of 10,000 lakes offers tons of great fishing opportunities, so it’s tricky to narrow it down. We’re going to give you five of our favorites, but please let us know in the comments if you have any lakes or rivers you’re partial to. Read on to find five great fishing spots in Minnesota!
The Black Hills are rich with history, scenery, and oxygen get out and experience all if it on these awesome hikes!
We’ve said it before, but if you’ve never made it to the Black Hills in the summer, you’re missing out. We’ve written about the top 5 places to visit in the Hills, as well as the best restaurants, but if you really want to capture the spirit of the Black Hills, it’s best to get outdoors. This week, we’ll take a look at some of the best off-the-beaten-path hiking destinations around the area.
Packing can be one of the toughest parts when you are starting out camping. Check out our Must Haves for your Check List.
So, you haven’t camped much, if at all. You’re not really sure where to start, and for that matter not really sure if camping is for you. No worries, because we’re here to help you with some useful tips and hints so you and your family can enjoy an awesome time outdoors.
First, realize that it doesn’t have to be a two-week excursion into the deep wilderness. Chances are there are many places within an hour or so of home that will do just fine (if you’re in the Midwest, or are looking to vacation there, check out Midwest Outdoor Resorts for five awesome camping destinations). As long as you’re prepared, camping is simple and one of the best ways to unplug from the daily grind and get back in touch with nature.
Here are a few useful tips to follow when embarking on your first camping adventure:
1. Choose a good campsite for you
This is key. There are almost always a large variety of places to choose from, but not every site is made equal. Do they have bathrooms and showers? Are they considered child and/or pet-friendly? Is there a town close by where you can get supplies if needed? You’ll want to do your research before just picking somewhere random. If you’re a beginner, we’d recommend choosing somewhere not too far off the beaten path, so you can get to town for things if needed. Also, make sure you book early. Campgrounds can fill up quickly, especially during peak seasons. As always, feel free to contact us if you need help.
2. Choose a good tent
If you’re planning on doing a lot of camping, don’t skimp on this one. You definitely want one (or two) you know will fit everyone comfortably. Here’s a handy guide if you’re having trouble choosing. Some quick tips: always set the back of the tent to the wind, and drive in the pegs at a 45-degree angle. You’ll also want to find a level spot that’s clear of a lot of debris. Practicing in your backyard is recommended if you’re trying this for the first time.
3. Choose good sleeping bags
Some areas that are considered extremely warm year-round can actually get really cold at night. Always have sleeping bags for everyone, even if the temperature isn’t supposed to be too bad. Sleeping bags will generally have a temperature rating that can help you make your decision, otherwise here’s another guide to help you.
4. Know what to take:
Obviously this is key. You don’t want to overburden yourself, but at the same time you don’t want to be caught without something necessary. Depending on where you go, it’s usually a good idea to pack some of your own food (research the animals nearby and seal everything tight so you don’t have something trying to get into your cooler at night!). If you’re going on a short trip, you can easily plan each meal beforehand, and semi-prepare every meal at home.
As far as camping gear, here’s a quick checklist of stuff you’ll definitely want to have:
Tent, Poles, Stakes
Ground Cover (for the tent)
Flashlights with Extra Batteries
Cooler with Ice
Matches and/or Lighters
Gloves and Hats
Remember, this is a short trip checklist. If you’re going somewhere for a longer period of time, or outside of peak camping season, you’ll want to bring more.
Hopefully this gives you a rough guide to one of the most fun ways to vacation! Camping season is coming up shortly, so give us a ring at (800) 231-0425 and we’ll be more than happy to help you plan your trip today. Happy exploring!