Hit the Road for President’s Day

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Many RV travelers use the long President’s Day weekend as the first RV trip of the new year. Make this year’s President’s Day getaway one that’s both educational and fun by visiting an exciting presidential destination. The National Parks Service offers tons of great presidential destinations for travelers of all ages, so get out and explore these historic places dedicated to our nation’s leaders.

Thomas Jefferson Memorial, District of Columbia

Washington, D.C., is one of the best places to see a number of presidential destinations in one vacation, and the Thomas Jefferson Memorial is one of the must-see sites when you’re in the city. Jefferson was one of our country’s founding fathers, author of the Declaration of Independence, a statesman and a visionary for the founding of the United States. Interpretive tours of the Jefferson Memorial take place every hour from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m.

Andrew Jackson’s The Hermitage, Tennessee

Visit the plantation home that was once owned by Andrew Jackson, our nation’s seventh president. The home, also known as The Hermitage, is just 12 miles from Nashville, making it the perfect place to visit on your Tennessee road trip. The Hermitage is open from 9 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., and visitors can take part in a number of self-guided tour packages, offering access to the mansion, exhibit gallery, grounds and a number of other sites.

Woodrow Wilson’s Boyhood Home

If you’re hoping to visit a presidential destination in a warm-weather destination this year, the Boyhood Home of President Woodrow Wilson in Augusta, Ga., is the place for you. Woodrow Wilson’s boyhood home is located within the boundaries of Augusta’s historic district, so you can enjoy one of our country’s great historic cities on your getaway too. The home is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday.

Start the New RV Season Off Right

A new year means a new RV season, and there’s no better way to ensure that your RV is in top condition than by bringing it by Reines RV Center in Manassas. We’re your one-stop RV shop with everything from new and used RVs to service and supplies, so stop and see us for all of your RV needs.

Valentine’s Weekend Road Trips

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Valentine’s Day is right around the corner, and if you haven’t made plans for the holiday yet, it’s time to start searching. Traveling inside your RV is the perfect way to enjoy an unforgettable Valentine’s Day, and with so many events happening throughout Virginia, it’s easy to make some last minute plans. The following are some of our favorite getaways for this Valentine’s Day, and we guarantee a trip to one of them will win you some brownie points.

Cruise Along the James River

Virginia is known for its untouched natural beauty, and a road trip along the James River offers breathtaking scenery you may not even know exists. This scenic drive, following Route 5 from Richmond to Yorktown, skirts along the James River taking you and your loved one through some of America’s most enchanting natural scenery and history. The drive is just 63 miles long, so you can take it slowly and find a magical place to camp in Jamestown or continue even farther to Newport News.

Visit Historic Charlottesville

If you’re more interested in indulging in mouth-watering food and delicious cocktails this Valentine’s Day, there’s no better place to dine, shop and explore than beautiful downtown Charlottesville. A romantic evening of dinner, drinks and a stroll down the gorgeous brick-lined downtown mall will make this a Valentine’s Day you and your loved one will never forget. Find affordable and romantic camping options, including cabin rentals, at the Charlottesville KOA.

Escape to Virginia Beach

There’s nothing more romantic than a beach getaway, and believe it or not, one of the best times to visit Virginia Beach is in the winter. Colder weather makes for uncrowded beaches, low beachfront hotel prices, restaurant discounts and all kinds of other great perks. Camp at the North Landing Beach Campground and RV Resort and enjoy a romantic outdoors atmosphere that’s still close to all of the action of the beach.

Start Your Adventure at Reines

Don’t let RV trouble get in the way of your romantic Valentine’s getaway. Bring your RV to Reines RV Center in Manassas before you hit the road, and our certified RV technicians will make sure your RV is ready for all of 2015’s adventures.

February RV Accessories at Reines

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Whether you’ve been traveling in your RV throughout the winter or are preparing for the spring camping season, there area always some upgrades that can be made to your current vehicle and camping lifestyle. The following are some of the latest and greatest parts and accessories available in our Reines RV Center online parts store that are guaranteed to make your travels more enjoyable in 2015.

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Chrome Shower Handset

This chrome shower handset by Camco is designed specifically for RV use, so you can enjoy longer, more pleasant showers. An on/off switch on the handle allows you to stop the flow of water while you use soap and shampoo, so you don’t have to rush through your shower just to save water. Personalize every shower experience with the numerous comfort settings, and know that you’ll be able to use this heavy-duty, top-quality shower head year after year.

Universal Roof Repair Kit

Save yourself from costly roof repairs and stop the leaks yourself with this universal roof repair kit by Pro Guard Coatings. The kit works great on all metal, rubber and fiberglass roofs as well as vinyl and thermoplastic membranes. Keep your RV in top shape with seamless, waterproof repairs for an affordable price.

Folding Shovel with Storage Pouch

Whether you’re still shoveling snow or digging your all-terrain vehicle out of the dirt, this folding shovel with storage pouch by Camco is a must-have RV travel item. This heavy-duty steel shovel with locking collar and serrated edge can help you out of a bind whenever you need it. Even better, it tucks into a small, easy-to-carry storage pouch, so you can take it on all of your travels.

Find Everything You Need at Reines

Find these RV supplies and tons of others at our Reines RV Center online parts store. We have everything from RV upgrades to outdoor furniture and grilling supplies by the best brands in the industry for unbelievable prices. And best of all, the online parts store is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, so you can get what you need exactly when you need it.

3 Virginia Events You Must Visit This Month

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Whether you’re looking for a unique Valentine’s Day event or a fun festival to help you warm up this winter, there’s plenty going on throughout Virginia to keep the cool weather at bay. Fire up your RV and cruise to some of these February events and activities throughout our beautiful state, and you might never complain about winter again.

Valentine’s Beer Dinner

Make this Valentine’s Day one to remember at the Valentine’s Beer Dinner at Blue Mountain Brewery. This Afton brewery will present a five-course dinner paired with unique seasonal brews, and all of it will be hosted by Blue Mountain’s renowned brew master, Taylor Smack. Call (540) 456-8020 today to make your reservations for the evening of Feb. 12.

The Annual Virginia Wine Expo

The best way to warm up in February is with an extraordinary glass of local Virginia wine. The annual Virginia Wine Expo will take place at the Greater Richmond Convention Center and will feature unforgettable wines from the Richmond region. In addition to wine tastings, visitors will enjoy dozens of events, premium dinners, tours, brunches, lunches, seminars and tons more. The event begins on Tuesday, Feb. 17, and continues through Sunday, Feb. 22, with events every day.

The Music of the Rolling Stones: A Rock Symphony

For one night only, the Virginia Symphony Orchestra will perform “The Music of the Rolling Stones: A Rock Symphony.” This unbeatable event will feature the famous Virginia Symphony Orchestra welcomed by a full rock band and vocals by Brody Dolyniuk. The show will take place on Feb. 20, from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m., at the Ted Constant Convocation Center. Tickets start at $20 per person and are available at the Virginia Arts Festival Box Office and the Constant Center Box Office.

Stop and See Us at Reines

Kick off your February travels with a visit to Reines RV Center in Manassas. Whether you’re in search of a new or used RV, some service performed on your current RV or a few camping supplies to get you through winter, we have it all right here at our convenient location in Northern Virginia.

Valentine’s in Virginia

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They say, “Virginia is for lovers,” and that’s especially true on Valentine’s Day. There’s so much to do throughout our beautiful state, from luxurious weekend getaways to exciting cooking classes and a cost-effective but romantic trip to the beach. Surprise your loved one with one of these unforgettable Valentine’s Day events in Virginia this year.

Visit Virginia Beach

No matter what time of year it is, a trip to the beach is always romantic. Fire up your RV for a romantic weekend at the North Landing Beach Campground and RV Resort in Virginia Beach. With such small crowds at the campground this time of year, it’s likely you’ll enjoy the campground’s private beach and gorgeous grounds all to yourself. Stay in a full hook up RV site, or spend a little extra to experience the warmth of a rustic log cabin for the weekend.

Valentine’s Day at the Carriage House

A romantic escape for Valentine’s Day doesn’t have to be expensive. The Carriage House Inn Bed and Breakfast in Lynchburg is offering romantic nights away from the hustle and bustle of daily life starting at just $75. During your stay at the charming bed and breakfast, you’ll enjoy a four-course breakfast, chocolate dipped strawberries, a rose in a bud vase, a chilled bottle of Prosecco and a stay in one of the Carriage House’s spacious rooms. Book at least 72 hours before you plan to arrive to allow the staff plenty of time to make your stay unforgettable.

Dine at Trummer’s on Main

Head down to Main Street in Clifton for a Valentine’s Day wine tasting and dinner you’ll have to try to believe. Start with the “Wine and Chocolate Tasting,” before dinner on the 13th or 14th, then stick around or stop back by for the special three-course menu for Valentine’s Day. Come see why Trummer’s on Main is one of the D.C. area’s top restaurants.

Shop at Reines RV Center

A new or used RV can open the door to romantic getaways year round. Stop by Reines RV Center when you’re cruising throughout Virginia this month, and take a look at our huge selection of affordably priced new and used RVs. http://www.reinesrv.com/default.asp

2015 Thor Motor Coach Axis 24.1

The 2015 Thor Motor Coach Axis is such a revolutionary RV that it was named RV of the Year in 2014 by RV Business Magazine. In fact, the Axis is so unique, the Thor Motor Coach company considers it more than an RV; it’s a recreational utility vehicle or RUV. This new RUV offers the luxury and convenience of a Class A motorhome in a compact package, so travelers enjoy the best of both worlds.

What Is An RUV?

The 2015 Axis is a recreational utility vehicle, offering the drive-ability of an SUV and the comfort and convenience of a Class A motorhome. It’s ready for everything from weekend excursions to cross-country road trips with plenty of space for you and your family to cook, sleep and relax after a long day of adventure.

The 24.1 Floorplan

The Axis 24.1 is far more spacious, comfortable and convenient than you’d expect in such a small package. The front of the RV features the driver and passenger seats with a coffee table between as well as a drop-down overhead bunk sleeping area. The RUV’s living area features a sofa with air bed, pedestal table, galley-style kitchen, full bathroom and entertainment center. The rear of the Axis offers two twin beds that can easily be converted into a king and an optional LED TV.

High-End Features

One of the greatest appeals of a Class A motorhome is the luxury features that come standard. The Axis offers many of the same features you’d expect in a much larger vehicle. From the 12-volt attic fans in the living area and bedroom to the 15,000 BTU air conditioner, holding tanks with heat pads, slideout room awning, outdoor shower, touchscreen dash with Bluetooth technology, LED lighting and nickel hardware, you’ll be amazed at how high-end this compact motorhome looks and feels.

Drive It Away Today

Come see the 2015 Thor Axis for yourself right here at Reines RV Center in Manassas. We’re your one-stop RV shop in Virginia, offering everything from new and used RVs to RV maintenance, parts and camping supplies.

Visit the Gulf to Warm Up This Winter

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Winters in Virginia start to seem extremely long this time of year. Escape the cold this February and head down to the Gulf of Mexico, where the weather is warm, the ocean is calm and the RV parks are bustling with fellow RV enthusiasts escaping the cold. The following are some of our favorite places to camp on the Gulf Coast, so fire up your RV, pack your bathing suit and check one out this winter.

The Bayou Shores RV Resort — Galveston, Texas

The Bayou Shores RV Park offers a convenient location close to Galveston’s exciting historic district. Campsites are located right on the beautiful Galveston Bay, and boats can be launched easily from inside the RV park. Just a few blocks away, opposite the bay, is the Gulf of Mexico, offering ideal swimming temperatures, calm water and gorgeous beaches.

Camp Gulf RV Park — Destin, Florida

If you want your winter RV vacation to land you steps from the beach, there’s no better place to camp than Camp Gulf in Destin, Fla. This award-winning RV resort allows you to camp feet from the white sand beach and pristine waters of the Gulf of Mexico. Other amenities include free WiFi, two heated pools, a hot tub, an activity center, laundry and other touches to make your winter RV trip feel like a top-dollar luxury vacation.

Mustang Island State Park — Port Aransas

If you’re more interested in a state park than an RV resort, the Mustang Island State Park offers the best of both worlds. This park near Corpus Christi offers surfing, swimming, fishing, hiking trails, kayaking and tons of other outdoor activities for your entire family to enjoy. Even better, there are 48 electric campsites available, so you don’t have to miss out on your favorite RV amenities by choosing a more rustic destination.

Stop and See Us

Before you hit the roads this winter, bring your RV by Reines RV Center in Manassas. Let our certified RV service technicians ensure your RV is ready for the long journey down to the Gulf of Mexico. And don’t forget about our online parts store for all of your last minute camping supplies.

Try This Delicious Recipe for National Soup Month

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Nothing eases the winter blues like a hot bowl of soup on a cold day. January is National Soup Month, which means there’s no better time to cook a steaming pot of soup for your fellow campers. This hearty corn chowder recipe is easy to prepare in a small RV kitchen and is guaranteed to help you stay warm this January.

Sweet Corn Chowder

What you’ll need:

  • 2 ribs celery (chopped)
  • 2 cups milk
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 4 cups fresh corn kernels
  • 1 pound boiling potatoes (peeled and diced)
  • 1 red bell pepper (chopped)
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 4 scallions (bulbs and green tops chopped and separated)
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 quart low-sodium chicken broth
  • 1/4 teaspoon fresh-ground black pepper
  • Sour cream for serving

Cooking instructions:

  1. Melt the butter over medium heat in a large saucepan.
  2. Stir in the celery, bell pepper and scallion bulbs. Stir the vegetables until they begin to soften (roughly 10 minutes).
  3. Stir in the 2 cups of corn, chopped potatoes, chicken broth, bay leaf and salt.
  4. Bring the entire mixture to a boil.
  5. Reduce the heat and let your soup simmer for 15 minutes. Stir occasionally.
  6. Place your remaining two cups of corn in a food processor (or blender), and puree them with the milk until the mixture is smooth.
  7. Stir your corn puree into the saucepan with your soup, then stir in the black pepper.
  8. Allow the soup to simmer for roughly 5 to 10 minutes or until it has slightly thickened.
  9. Remove the bay leaf and stir in the scallion greens.
  10. This recipe yields four servings, so separate the soup evenly into four bowls, and serve with a dollop of sour cream on top.

Stop and See Us This January

The RV season is year-round here at Reines RV Center in Manassas, and we’re here to help with all of your RV travel needs. Whether you’re interested in a new or used RV, need some service performed on your current RV or simply want a few camping supplies to get you through the winter, we’re here to help six days a week.

Seafood Recipes for National Seafood Month

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October is National Seafood Month, and that means it’s time to start cooking up some tasty seafood dishes in your RV. Many RV enthusiasts think that seafood dishes can be too difficult to cook within the confines of a small RV kitchen, but these quick and easy meals will make you think otherwise.

Grilled Seafood Skewers

What You’ll Need:

  • 1/2 pound large sea scallops
  • 1/2 pound fresh salmon
  • 1/2 pound fresh prawns (deveined)
  • Oil
  • Metal skewers

Cooking Instructions:

  1. Chop the salmon into bit-size pieces (about the same size as a scallop).
  2. Preheat the grill.
  3. Put the same type of seafood on each skewer to ensure each piece of seafood is properly cooked. Leave enough room on each end of the skewers to use as handles.
  4. Brush the pieces of seafood with oil once they are on the grill.
  5. Cook the shrimp and scallop skewers for roughly 2 minutes on each side or until they are thoroughly cooked.
  6. Cook the salmon skewers for roughly 1 minute on each side or to your preferred temperature.
  7. Serve with your favorite seafood dipping sauce and enjoy.

Foil Baked Salmon with Basil Pesto and Tomatoes

What You’ll Need:

  • 2 salmon filets
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 5 medium tomatoes (sliced 1/4-inch thick)
  • 4 teaspoons basil pesto
  • Aluminum foil

Cooking Instructions:

  1. Preheat your grill.
  2. Tear two pieces of aluminum foil large enough to wrap your salmon filets.
  3. Place one piece of foil on top of the other and brush 2 teaspoons of oil on the top piece.
  4. Lay the salmon on the foil.
  5. Brush each salmon piece with 2 teaspoons of basil pesto, then place the tomato slices on top.
  6. Wrap the salmon in the foil and place the packet on the grill.
  7. Cook for 15 minutes, then remove the packet and let it sit for roughly 3 minutes before eating.

Upgrade Your RV This Fall

Fall is the perfect time to upgrade your Virginia RV lifestyle. And Reines RV Center in Manassas is offering crazy discounts on new and used motorhomes, travel trailers and fifth wheels this fall season, so you can start living the RV lifestyle of your dreams.