Camping meals that satisfy the whole family have some common elements: The meals are easy to prepare, easy to clean up after and have palate pleasing elements for everyone. For campground cookery, keep things simple; the challenges and joys of eating in the outdoors will add the extra dash of flavor.
If you’re an RV enthusiast, especially one who goes to the “boondocks,” “off the grid” or “dry camps” occasionally, chances are you already know a thing or two about going green. RVers are among the “greenest” of vacationers – using small, energy efficient transportation, cooking simple meals outdoors, minimizing water use, and eschewing energy-eating entertainment for quiet evenings of star gazing.
For all the low energy consumption, high voltage fun of RVing, there’s still more RVers can do to preserve the great outdoors for future generations.
Small changes – and a few bigger ones – can help you go green in your RV.
Traveling in your camper is great fun, but when the weather gets cooler and the snow starts to fall, you may want to consider a new destination. As fellow NJ residents, we understand that camping in winter can be rough. If your RV or trailer isn’t equipped to keep you comfortable this December, you may want to visit our Crossroads service department. If palm trees and beaches are more your thing, check out these top camping spots in the Southeast. Continue reading
Camping in the Fall is not only beautiful, it can also be a great time to enjoy some special rates from all your favorite campsites. But don’t worry, you don’t have to look far. We’ve researched some campgrounds that will offer you a great rate for your upcoming camping trip! Continue reading to learn more: Continue reading
Sometimes you want to get away without having to take a long drive. Lucky for you, the Ocean View Resort is a gorgeous campsite located right in your own backyard! So next time you need a little mini vacation, head to Ocean View, NJ for a weekend of fun. Continue reading
Packing for a road trip or camping trip can feel a bit overwhelming, especially when you have a large family or little kids. Instead of stressing or rushing at the last minute, use this easy guide to make sure you bring all the essentials. Continue reading
From boardwalks to bees and rivers to wetlands – and many adventures in between — New Jersey is chocked full of summer activities for the whole family. So grab the kids and pack up the RV as you head to these family-fun destinations!
The boardwalks of The Wildwoods have been welcoming families with rides, restaurants, shopping and water parks for years – and among the most famous amusement areas is Morey’s Piers. New for this summer is the Starlux, 27 beach-themed holes of miniature golf – perfect for some low-key fun-for all family time. The fun at the Starlux tee’d off for the first time on May 27.
If putt-putt golf is too tame for your family, head to the Adventure Pier for the Grand Prix Raceway, now winding its way through the pier on a longer, twistier wooden track. If go karting isn’t thrilling enough for your clan, take a 105-foot plunge on the Great White roller coaster. Reach top speeds of 50 mph on the classic out-and-back wooden coaster, a favorite of families and coaster enthusiasts worldwide.
If the kids are older and craving cutting edge thrills, head to Six Flags Great Adventure and Safari in Jackson, New Jersey to take a spin on the new-for-2016 Joker roller coaster. The park’s 14th and most unique coaster is ironically, no joke. Head straight up a 12-story, 90-degree hill, on the 4-D, free-fly coaster, flipping head-over-heels along the weightless journey. Experience exhilarating leaps and dives along and unexpected drops as you tumble from one level to the next – all with no track above or below. Riders must be at least 48 inches taller and no taller than 76 inches. But don’t be deterred if you have little ones too, there are rides and attractions for all ages!
Castaway Cove may be Ocean City’s oldest amusement park, but it hosts one of the state’s newest thrill rides, GaleForce. Joining the park’s 32 rides, GaleForce blows away others roller coasters at 125 feet with a drop that exceeds 90 degrees and launch speeds exceeding 64 mph. Riders must be 48 inches tall The park offers plenty of other rides and attractions for younger, smaller family members.
See the Lighthouses
Summer is is the perfect time for families to explore some of New Jersey’s 11 lighthouses. Seven of the light houses are especially suited for family visits. Even if the kids aren’t old enough to climb, lighthouses – located near beaches or state parks — are great, affordable, family destinations. Among family-friendly lighthouses to visit are Absecon, Barnegat, affectionately called Old Barney; Cape May; Hereford Inlet, with its beautiful butterfly garden; the oldest operating lighthouse in the U.S., Sandy Hook; Sea Girt and Twin Lights. Aug. 7 is National Lighthouse Day and many of New Jersey’s lighthouses will mark the day with special activities. Call each lighthouse directly for additional information.
Science for Everyone
Escape the summer heat at the Liberty Science Center in Jersey City, where little scientists can get their geek on with hands-on exhibits and displays. The Science Center features the nation’s largest IMAX dome and is home to the Joseph D. Williams Science Theater, which shows 3-D films. The center offers a variety of exciting traveling exhibitions from across North America and this summer is no exception with activities that include a Nikola Tesla Lightning Show, the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Eat and Be Eaten, Honey Bees: Home is Where the Hive Is and an interactive Dino Dig.
Drifting down the River
Escape the busy beaches and crowded amusement parks with a leisurely drift down the Delaware River. Tubing on the Delaware is the perfect opportunity for families to stay cool and enjoy a relaxing day together. The Delaware River is a refreshing 80 degrees all summer long and the river flows at a lazy 1 ½ mph. The shallow waters make it perfect for families. There are various locations along the Delaware to begin a tubing adventure.
Overlooking 6,000 acres of pristine coastal wetlands, the Wetlands Institute in Stone Harbor hosts over 40,000 visitors each year who go to explore and learn the exciting facts about wildlife in the salt marsh environment. In the summer, the Wetlands Institute offers family-friendly guided tours, as well as back bay boat rides, kayaking, live animal shows, family entertainment, guided beach and dune walks and educational programs for children.
Now that you have plenty of destinations to visit on your next road trip, the only thing you need to worry about is getting there. When it comes to family vacations, there’s no better way to travel than in a top-of-the-line RV. Crossroads Trailers in Newfield, NJ has a huge selection of new and used RVs and trailers including fifth wheels, travel trailers, destination trailers and more! Come on by and see our units, visit our website, or give us a call at 1-856-697-4497.
From New Brunswick in the north to Cape May Point in the south, the Jersey Shore offers a blend of upscale, family, casual and fun dining options to celebrate Mother’s Day. Pack up the RV and take a weekend trip, highlighted by a special Sunday meal with Mom.
When it’s Mother’s Day and the kids are away, grown-up or fine-dining ready consider a refined gourmet buffet in a gracious setting at Long Beach Island’s, The Gables, a gloriously restored Victorian inn and restaurant. The Gables was voted the most Romantic Restaurant at the Jersey Shore by Happening Magazine in 2015 and offers dining on the porch, in the beautifully restored Victorian Inn dining room, or in the garden, awash in spring blooms. Zagat rated Gables is the winner of numerous culinary awards and will be offering a brunch menu for Mother’s Day. A children’s menu will be available.
If a flight to Tuscany isn’t quite in your budget, plan a Mother’s Day trip to Ama Restaurant in Sea Brite for an authentic, Tuscany-themed a la carte brunch on Sunday until 1 p.m. The Oceanfront restaurant’s kitchen is headed by rising star Executive Chef Chuck Lesbirel, who was recently named one of the top chefs on the Jersey Shore. Treat Mom to award winning traditional and “re-imagined” classics at Ama Restaurante. The restaurant boasts menu items created from seasonal locally-sourced ingredients and a wine list that makes the most of small estate offerings. Dine in the elegant Tuscany-inspired dining room, enjoying views of the Atlantic Ocean to the West and Shrewsbury River to the west.
For more than 70 years, The Mill in Spring Lake Heights has been a favorite for destination and special occasion dining. Featuring innovative American cuisine showcasing fresh Jersey Shore seafood and classic cut steaks, the Mill is an ideal choice for a special Mother’s Day celebration. Dine in the exquisitely decorated dining room or enjoy casual outdoor dining on the lakeside deck, where Mom can watch the turtles and swans on the lake. Mother’s Day celebrations at The Mill will include a traditional brunch from 10 a.m. til 3 p.m.
When Mom just wants to hang out with the family, consider some laid-back, casual dining options at the Jersey shore for Mother’s Day. If Mom’s craving burgers, head to Point Pleasant’s The Ark Pub and Eatery. Not only does the pub serve up some of the Jersey Shore’s freshest seafood, it is home to the “Best Burger at the Jersey Shore” for two years in a row, as voted by local diners. The winning burger is a combination of, chuck, ribeye, and hangar meat topped with port wine cheddar cheese, caramelized onions, and a homemade honey barbecue sauce. The Ark Pub and Eatery will also offer a family-friendly Mother’s Day brunch until 2 p.m., followed by its regular menu into the evening.
When the kids are little or Mom just wants to wear her jeans, give a nod to a Jersey Shore tradition on Mother’s Day, and consider a stop at an Uncle Bill’s Pancake House, with locations in Avalon, Cape May, North Cape May, Ocean City, and Stone Harbor. At Uncle Bill’s they’ve been cooking up pancakes for over 46 years. Forget breakfast in bed, Uncle Bill’s will be serving up their regular menu of breakfast favorites – waffles, eggs, and 15 varieties of pancakes — all day long. Don’t forget another Uncle Bill’s tradition: the restaurant is cash only.
If Cape May is your Mother’s Day destination, head to the charming and family operated Mad Batter Restaurant in the Carroll Villa Hotel on historic Jackson Street. This year-round favorite is the recipient of many awards including “Best Brunch” and “Best Restaurant” in Cape May. The Mad Batter will offer a delicious brunch menu for Mother’s Day, with favorites including Blueberry Pancakes, Eggs Benedict and the Mad Batter Crab Cake Sandwich. Mom can enjoy the views from the Mad Batter’s front porch, be seated in the sky lit dining room, or in enjoy the garden terrace. A children’s menu with breakfast and lunch favorites will also be available. The Mad Batter doesn’t accept reservations.
Do something a little different this Mother’s Day and be doggone happy about it. Head to the laid-back Labrador Lounge in Normandy Beach. Born in Belmar as a surfer-friendly lounge and hangout, the Labrador Lounge now enjoys popularity in Normandy Beach thanks to its friendly service, laid back atmosphere and eclectic menu. Now a family-friendly favorite, the fresh seafood and sushi appeals to adults while kids can enjoy the canines on display in the restaurant. The Labrador Lounge accepts reservations, but is exclusively BYOB.
Speaking of dogs, even veggie dogs, keep it casual on Mother’s Day at Maui’s Dog House, in North Wildwood. Maui’s Dog House serves up fresh made hot dogs with over 29 toppings from homemade chili, sauerkraut cooked in beer. Other favorites include an Italian dog with peppers, onions, garlic and sharp provolone cheese, and the top-selling “Forget-About-It” with mustard, onions, chili, cheese and freshly cooked bacon. And, don’t leave without treating mom to the Maui Dog original house specialty, Salty Balls: small, fresh potatoes cooked in a salt and spice brine and served with drawn butter. The family operated seasonal favorite promises a hearty hot dog as well as a fun experience, perfect for a casual family Mother’s Day.
Finally, if Mom just wants to enjoy the day in her Pjs, head to Shut up and Eat! in Tom’s River. Not only does Mom not have to get dressed; she’ll get 13 percent off her bill for staying in her jammies. Open for breakfast and lunch only, get your fill of omelets, stuffed french toast, eggs and 65 varieties of waffles. Mom’s sure to get a warm welcome from the pajama-clad waitresses, relax while looking over the memorabilia-festooned walls and enjoy some peace while toddlers head to the toy corner to play. The Asbury Park Readers Poll has named Shut Up and Eat! The best breakfast in Ocean County, N.J., for 10 years in a row. If Mom’s not interested in breakfast, the Shut Up and Eat! lunch menu includes award-winning burgers, 14 varieties of grilled cheese “sammiches,” a selection of salads and other sandwiches,quesadillas, as well as soups made on the premises.
Before heading out for any journey, stop by the service department of Crossroads Trailer Sales to make sure your RV is road ready for Mom’s big trip.
From Atlantic City to Wildwood, there’s something for everyone along the boardwalks of New Jersey – all located within range of great campgrounds.
Atlantic City’s world-famous four miles of boardwalk is less crowded and cooler in the spring. It may still be too cold for the beach, but the roller coasters are running, the arcades are open and there’s fresh hot pizza and cold ice cream available, along with excellent shopping.
For adults, Atlantic City boasts bars, its world-famous casinos and top-notch entertainment by night
If family fun is what you have in mind, then head south to Wildwood for boardwalk fun with families in mind. While beach days may still be a few months away, Wildwood’s 38 blocks of boardwalks includes several miniature golf courses, water parks, shopping, restaurants and the famous Morey’s Piers seaside Amusement Park. With a choice of campgrounds nearby, Wildwood is an ideal family camping getaway.
Birds and Beaches
Spring brings longer, sunnier days and flocks of migratory birds to New Jersey.
To enjoy the best of beaches and birding, head to Cape May. Spring in Cape May is a great time to see migrating songbirds, shorebirds, and other species wearing their most colorful feathers. The spring migration begins in March and runs into July.
Cape May is at a crossroads for the spring migration of many bird species, and has numerous premier bird watching spots, thanks to the wind and geography of the region that funnel thousands of bird through the region. So dense is the bird population in the area, it is possible to see more than 70 species in a well-planned two to three hour walk.
Start your spring birding visit to Cape May at the Audubon Society Cape May Bird Observatory. While you’re there, pick up a free map, schedule of daily walks and programs for the season, and a birding checklist. So spectacular are the birding opportunities, The New Jersey Audubon celebrates with the annual Cape May Spring Festival, “So. Many. Birds.” in late May.
Another spectacle nature offers up in Cape May is the planet’s greatest concentration of breeding horseshoe crabs, according to Pete Dunne, director of the Cape May Bird Observatory. The crabs along the Delaware Bay beaches are accompanied by the shorebirds, lined up to feast on the newly laid eggs.
If birds and crabs don’t excite everyone in your RV, Cape May is still a top-notch destination. Visit the beautiful Victorian homes, Washington Street Mall and the Cape May County Zoo. Before Memorial Day and the crowds of summer, enjoy a quiet walk along the promenade or ride a bicycle to Higbee Beach. Reconvene your entire group — birders, beach-goers and shoppers – for a dinner at one of Cape May’s excellent restaurants.
With far fewer people than the summer months and temperatures in the upper 60s, it’s also a great time to enjoy long walks on the beach.
Cape May has many outstanding campgrounds with easy access to all the region has to offer.
The birding doesn’t stop in Cape May. If your spring journeys keep you to the north; visit the Edwin B. Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge, just 10 miles away from Atlantic City.
The Edwin B. Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge’s location in one of the Atlantic Flyway’s most active paths makes it a critical link in the network of national wildlife refuges administered nationwide by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. The refuge offers a peaceful break from the bright lights of Atlantic City with salt meadow, marsh, coves and bays that make it a prime location for spotting migrating birds, feasting and resting from their long journeys.
The Garden State
Spring brings the opening of camping season in many of New Jersey’s state parks. New Jersey boasts almost 20 state parks, forests and recreation areas with campsites and cabins. These top destinations celebrate the natural and historic sites with forests, recreation areas, historic buildings and restored villages.
Visit a state park to hike the Appalachian Trail through the forest until it opens up to a view of valleys and ridges, forests and farms. Walk the 50-mile Batona Trail through the fresh aromatic pine forests of the Pine Barrens. Step into history with a visit to Allaire Village, Batsto Village, the manor houses at Ringwood State Park or any of the historic sites in New Jersey.
Once you’ve mapped out your next roadtrip to one (or a few) of these awesome destinations, make sure your RV is ready to roll by heading to Crossroads Trailer Sales in Newfield. Their experienced staff will make sure you have the right RV for all your upcoming adventures!