Happy Thanksgiving from Reines RV

Plymouth Rock

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What better way to celebrate Thanksgiving than traveling American making your own discoveries at destinations near and far. With your clothes packed, the refrigerator stocked, and the RV ready to go, celebrate the day the way the Pilgrims did so long ago.

History of Thanksgiving

It all began in 1620 when over 100 Puritans who had fled from England to Holland made the journey to the New World. The trip was financed by the Merchant Adventurers, a group of English investors.

The passengers set sail to their new home aboard the Mayflower on September 6, 1620. It took over 65 days for the voyage. The group arrived in Plymouth, Massachusetts and began the arduous task of setting up a settlement.

History tells us that Samoset – an Abnaki Indian – visited the new settlement and welcomed the Pilgrims in March 16, 1621. He returned with Squanto, a Patuxet Indian. Both men spoke English but Squanto spoke eloquently and with a British accent. He had been kidnapped a few years earlier by Captain Thomas Hunt who had plans to sell him into slavery along with other Native Americans.

Squanto was rescued by a group of friars and ultimately made his way to London where he lived with John Slaney, the treasurer of the Newfoundland Company. He learned the language and was ultimately employed by the company as an interpreter. He returned to Plymouth in 1619 and first met the Pilgrims on March 22, 1621.

With his help, the Pilgrims learned to survive the harsh winters, which poisonous plants to avoid, removing sap from maple trees, fishing techniques for catching eels, making fertilizer for crops, and how to plant and harvest corn and other crops. With this knowledge, the Pilgrims were able to sustain their food supply especially during the winter.

The Thanksgiving celebration began when Governor William Bradford of Plymouth wanted to acknowledge the successful harvest. The Native American Indians were invited and both the Pilgrims and the Indians prepared food which is thought to have consisted of fish and venison. The feast lasted three days.

Since 1946, Reines RV Center has supplied their customers with the best in quality service and an impressive inventory of new and used recreational vehicles. Stop by for a visit and let the expert staff get you rolling, like the Pilgrims, on to your next great adventure.

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A Trip to Canada in Your RV

Banff National Park: Banff Mountains

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If you’re thinking about taking an extended trip outside the US, Canada is a good choice for couples, friends and families. The country has it all from pristine beaches to snow-capped mountains. For year-round entertainment, Canada offers a true adventure with its diverse environment.

Quebec

Soak up the culture of this beautiful city, dine on traditional fare, and enjoy the many attractions such as the Granby Zoo founded in 1953. The zoo has over 1000 animals representing more than 200 species.

Adding to the fun, the Amazoo Water Park offers more entertainment and is located across from the zoo.

An amazing place to see is the Hotel de Glace. Open from January 5 through March 24, take the tour of this unbelievable ice hotel.

Ontario

For a grand site you’ll always remember, Niagara Falls is a must on your Canadian itinerary. Don a rain slick and make your way around this magnificent example of the power of Mother Nature.

If you’re planning a winter trip, bring your skates and enjoy free ice skating at the TD Rink at the Brink from December 9 through December 16. Also, the Winter Festival of Lights is ongoing through January 31, 2014.

Make time for a trip to the 300-acre Canada’s Wonderland theme park when the park reopens in the spring of 2014.

Parks

Your entire vacation can be spent camping, hiking, touring, and sightseeing the numerous parks. This short list will give you an idea of destination locations.

  • Glacier National Park – bordered by Montana and British Columbia and Alberta.
  • Canadian Rockies – located in the province of British Columbia features Mount Robson as its highest point.
  • Jasper National Park – located in the province of Alberta, has the distinction as the largest national park in the Rockies.
  • Grouse Mountain – is part of the North Shore Mountains in North Vancouver, British Columbia. Hiking the trail and traversing on snowshoes will keep you busy.
  • Banff National Park – established in 1885, it is the oldest park in Canada.
  • Camping is available in or near the parks.

Other Points of Interest

  • Toronto Zoo
  • MarineLand
  • Parc Safari
  • Vancouver Aquarium
  • Butchart Gardens
  • Montreal Botanical Gardens

Reines RV Center has been serving customers since 1946. For new and used recreational vehicles, maintenance, and assorted accessories, Reines has the service and inventory for all your needs.

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Sweet Holiday Treats

The holidays are always a treat in more way than one. From cool gifts to sumptuous meals and sweet treats, there’s something good to look forward to.

For those planning to be on the road during the holidays, a couple of simple recipes you can make in less than an hour will turn your RV into your home-away-from home with the fragrant aroma of baking and the sweet taste of chocolate.

To liven up your holiday trip, stock up your pantry and fridge and be prepared to whip up these holiday goodies everyone will enjoy.

Chocolate Chip Inspired Biscotti

Biscotti de chocolate y nueces

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These tasty treats are perfect for a snack and to satisfy a sweet tooth.

  • Combine 1 pouch of your favorite sugar cookie mix with 1/4 cup all purpose flour, 1/3 cup softened margarine or butter, 1 egg, 1/2 cup each chopped dried cherries or cranberries and toasted hazelnuts, and 1 1/2 cups of semi sweet chocolate chips.
  • Blend into a soft dough.
  • Split the dough into equal parts and roll each half into a rectangle measuring 8 x 2 1/2 inches.
  • Bake the rectangles on an ungreased cookie sheet 20-25 minutes at 350 degrees. Cool for 10-15 minutes.
  • Cut the rectangles into 3/4-inch slices. Cut crosswise, not lengthwise.
  • Arrange the slices on a cookie sheet, cut side down. Bake for an additional 12 minutes turning each slice once.
  • Remove from oven and let cool.
  • Melt 1/2 cup of the chocolate chips. Stir until smooth.
  • Lightly drizzle the melted chocolate over each slice on one side, only.

Peppermint Hot Chocolate

What’s a holiday without this seasonal favorite.

  • Combine 11/2 cups each milk and heavy cream, 1/4 cup sugar and 1/8 tsp. salt over medium-low heat.
  • Once the mixture begins to steam, stir in 6 ounces of chopped, bittersweet chocolate and stir until completely melted.
  • Add 3 drops of peppermint oil and stir.
  • Pour the mixture into mugs and garnish with sweet whip cream and chocolate shavings.
  • Serves 4.

Get everything you need at Reines RV Center before making your way to your vacation destination. Whether you need a new or used RV, fifth wheel or trailer, or kitchen supplies and accessories, Reines can hook you up with everything you need with the same quality service they’ve provided since 1946.

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November 17 Is National Take a Hike Day

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When traveling in an RV, it’s easy to get caught up in the routine of driving from campground to campground without exploring every stop along the way. Although cruising the country (or countries) in a travel trailer is supposed to be relaxing, sometimes we forget to take those days off to enjoy the scenery and spend some time in nature. Sunday, November 17, is National Take A Hike Day – a day to remind us to get outside and smell the roses.

It’s Good for You

Unlike most holidays in which we gorge ourselves with food until we practically fall asleep at the table, National Take a Hike Day promotes exercise instead of eating. Hiking is an excellent way to burn calories, benefit your cardiovascular system and even promote bone strength and muscle growth.

Because hiking is so versatile, practically anyone can do it. You don’t have to be a marathon runner to start hiking, just choose a hike that is appropriate for your fitness level and advance to more difficult hikes as you feel comfortable.

It’s Free

There are no excuses for missing out on National Take a Hike Day, because it doesn’t cost a dime. Hiking is an activity your whole family can enjoy together without having to buy tickets or rent equipment; it’s absolutely free.

Hiking Clears Your Mind

Whether you’re headed out for a long hike with friends and family or are just looking for a little alone time (we all know that’s hard to come by in mobile homes), hiking can bring you happiness and reduce stress. When you wear yourself out with an invigorating hike, you may actually sleep better and benefit your overall mental health.

Hike on Over

Reines RV Center is a supporter of National Take a Hike Day, so if you’re near Manassas, Virginia, hike over and check out our extensive selection of travel trailers or just chat with us about our favorite thing in the world – the RV lifestyle.

Happy National Take a Hike Day!

2014 Winnebago Era 170X Review

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It’s relatively easy to decide if you want to pull a travel trailer or drive a motor home, but once you’ve made that decision, deciding the size of your RV can seem overwhelming. Do you want extra space and luxury or low gas mileage and driveability? Enter the 2014 Winnebago Era 170X – a seemingly perfect combination of luxury and driveability.

The Technical Stuff

Although it may be more exciting to examine the interior features of this campervan, the engine is equally, if not more, impressive. The 24-foot-long Winnebago Era 170X contains a Mercedes V6 turbo diesel engine that gets a comfortable 17-19 miles-per-gallon. Not only fuel efficient, this motor home is easy to handle in tight spaces and drives as smoothly as you’d expect from any Mercedes vehicle.

Luxury Interior

It’s hard not to correlate size with luxury, but the Winnebago Era 170X may change your expectations. Enjoy many of the features of a class A motor home, such as a refrigerator, microwave, furnace, stove, DVD player, flat-screen TV, and GPS navigation. Even more, this vehicle offers comfortable leather furniture, plenty of closet space, and modern cabinetry to help you feel even more at home in your RV.

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Exterior Frills

There’s no denying that the outside appearance of your RV is important, and the Winnebago Era 170X isn’t lacking much in the curb-appeal department. Although, what you’ll really appreciate about the exterior of your RV is the power awning, backup monitor and keyless entry. Not only does the backup monitor aid with safety, it’s the icing on the cake for the driveability of this vehicle.

Disadvantages

Although disadvantages of the Era 170X are tough to find, the vehicle may not be suitable for families. While some models do come with enough sleeping space for four, the bathroom space and sleeper sofa really suggest that this is a vehicle for two.

Where to Find It

Searching for this RV in Virginia? Look no further than Reines RV Center in Manassas. We’ve got the Winnebago Era 170X and tons of other class B motor homes to suit your RV lifestyle.

Veterans Day

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Here in Virginia we have a little more appreciation for history than some parts of the country. After all, we have had an active part in much of it. Our state is home to large numbers of military personnel and many veterans call our state home.

Every one of us at Reines RV Center understands November 11th’s significance. That is Veterans Day in America, and while Memorial Day honors those that gave their lives to our country, Veterans Day recognizes everyone that has served. We’ve sold many motor homes and camping trailers to veterans and appreciate their business along with their service to our country. To each and every one of you, you have our sincere thanks.

Observances for the day take place across this great land with parades and speeches. Veterans will proudly wear caps and vests that designate them as one of those who served. Our World War II veterans are becoming rarer, and those who served in Korea, Vietnam, and more recently the Middle East have stepped into their places. We not only encourage your participation in the patriotic events of the day, but to personally thank a veteran.

For veterans themselves, many businesses are offering perks to recognize them. A variety of restaurants from Applebee’s and Subway, to McDonalds and Little Caesar’s Pizza all have free food specials for veterans on the 11th. You should call ahead to verify your location’s participation. Retailers like Lowes, Home Depot, Big Lots, and even Dollar General are providing discounts to veterans and active service personnel. Seven-Eleven offers a free Slurpee to all veterans and active duty service men and women on Veterans Day. The offer is available from 11am until 7pm that day. Again, you should call ahead to verify details. Our National Parks are providing free admission to veterans for the entire Veterans Day weekend.

The folks here at Reines RV are grateful for the freedoms we have. We know our customers have a special appreciation for the beauty this country has to offer. We all should be grateful to our veterans for helping provide the freedoms necessary to fully enjoy it. So, from all of us Reines RV in Virginia, a big thank you to our veterans everywhere.

Local Events in November

November is the month that many of us begin our Christmas shopping in earnest and is also the month of thanks. It is difficult to imagine that Thanksgiving is just weeks away, Christmas is next month, and 2014 is creeping in on us!

Are you are looking for things to do in November in the Manassas, Virginia, area? Here is a calendar of events for the Reines RV region.

November 9 – The 5th Annual Greater Manassas Veterans Day Parade. The parade steps off at 11 am and will last about an hour. Nashville recording artist Ginger Harvey will start the parade in Old Town Manassas by singing the national anthem. The parade includes military units, police and fire units, military vehicles and high school marching bands.

Also on the 9th, there’s a Ham/Oyster/Turkey Dinner at St. Thomas United Methodist Church at 8899 Sudley Road in Manassas. Dinner starts at 4 pm. The event includes a free gospel concert featuring The Promisedland Quartet. Open to the community, make reservations by calling 703-368-5161. Adult tickets are $15.

November 14 – There is a Farmer’s Market at Loy E. Harris Pavilion at 9201 Center Street in Manassas. The Farmer’s Market starts at 7:30am and lasts until 1 pm. If you want fresh, locally grown produce, mark this down on your personal calendar.

November 16 – This year’s annual Manassas Neighborhood Conference entitled “Bridging Cultures, Education and Service in Our Neighborhoods” features workshops, food, door prizes and more. If you are interesting in making our neighborhoods better, contact Kisha Wilson-Sogunro at 703-257-8315. The conference starts at 10 am and lasts until 4pm.

November 17 – The First Baptist Manassas Blood Drive scheduled from 9 am through 1:30 pm. First Baptist Church is at 9258 Center Street in Manassas. Call 703-368-2935 for details and to schedule an appointment.

If you own an RV camping trailer or motor home, you may have some accessories on your gift list this year. Keep Reines RV in mind for your parts and accessories. We are open all year for your convenience.