3 Camping Dishes for St. Patrick’s Day

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May your pockets be heavy, your heart be light, and your stomach be full on this St. Patrick’s Day! While the traditional Irish dishes are delicious and a must-have on this holiday, it’s hard to fully celebrate when your resources are limited by traveling in an RV. You probably have the green shirt and decorated RV down, but how can you have an entire Irish feast when you’re camping out?

Luckily, we have 3 RV-friendly Irish recipes that are perfect for St. Patrick’s Day.

The Irish Stew

Irish stew, made with lamb, stout, potatoes, carrots and herbs.

With a dish that has meat, vegetables and warm, delicious broth, you can’t go wrong with this satisfying and easy meal. Camping Roadtrip says all you need is:

  • 2 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 4 large onions
  • 5 large carrots
  • 1 1/2 pound steak
  • 6 large potatoes
  • 1 cup water
  • salt and pepper

First you heat the oil in a large skillet. Cut the onions in wedges and saute them. Cut the carrots in thick slices and cook for a few minutes. Then you cut the steak into 1/4 inch cubes and add it to the vegetables. Wash, peel and slice the potatoes and throw them with the meat and vegetables. Pour in the water and sprinkle salt and pepper and wait for the stew to boil. Simmer the stew over low heat until everything is tender,

Irish Campfire Potatoes

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This dish, thanks to Daily Leisure, is the ultimate go-to for St. Patrick’s Day. This mean can be cooked on a grill, over a fire, or in an oven if your rig has one. All you need is:

  • 1 1/2 lb of red potatoes
  • 1 large onion
  • 1 tbsp minced garlic
  • 4 tbsp butter
  • 2 tbsp Worcester Sauce
  • 1/8 tsp Cayenne Pepper
  • salt and pepper

The first thing you do is slice the potatoes and onion up into 1/4 slices. Place the slices on aluminum foil large enough to fold over and roll the edges up. Make sure you top the potatoes and onion generously with butter, garlic, cayenne and Worcester sauce. Fold the foil and leave on the grill or over the campfire for 30 minutes. If using an oven, cook the potatoes at 350 for 40 minutes.

Corned Beef Hash

Southern breakfast of corned beef hash and sunny side up eggs

This meal is a traditional Irish dish and luckily can be easily made in an RV. According to Valerie’s Kitchen, all you need is:

  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 large onion
  • 1 green bell pepper
  • 1 tsp minced garlic
  • 3 gold or red potatoes
  • 1/2 tsp dried thyme
  • 2 1/2 c cooked and chopped corned beef
  • 4 eggs, fried or poached
  • 1 tbsp of fresh parsley
  • salt and pepper

First, you heat the olive oil on medium in a large skillet. Dice the onion and bell pepper and add to skillet for about 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add the garlic for another minute. Throw in the potatoes and start seasoning with thyme, salt and pepper. Let the mixture cook for another 5 minutes. Finally, add the corned beef and heat until it has warmed up. Flatten the hash with a spatula and serve an egg over each portion.

Don’t allow travelling in your RV to take away your Luck O’ the Irish! If you’re looking for an RV with an oven to let you go all out for holidays, visit Reines RV Center in Manassas or Ashland, VA. We also have a fully-stocked parts and accessories store where you can purchase all your RV and camping essentials.

5 Most Romantic Campgrounds

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Now that the kids are back in school, your camping adventures can go from family-friendly to romantic getaway. So instead of packing the RV with toys and snacks, get ready for a couples retreat with your sweetheart at these 5 Most Romantic Campgrounds.

First Landing State Park

With over 200 campsites at this gorgeous campground on Cape Henry in North Virginia Beach, there is plenty of space to sneak away for a secluded camping experience under the stars. Off the main campground road you can find small alcoves that will give you extra privacy. There are also over 19 miles of hiking and biking trails and picnic areas so you can exercise or roast marshmallows by the campfire.

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Pennyrile Forest State Resort Park

This 36-site campground with full utility hookups is located in the serene surroundings of Pennyrile Lake near Dawson Springs, Kentucky. This historic park has over 15,000 acres of lush Kentucky trees and forests. Pennyrile’s 56-acre lake is perfect for a romantic canoe, kayak, or pedal boat ride, all of which can be rented at the boat dock. You can also ride off into the sunset on a 1.25 mile horseback riding trail near the campground.

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Sugarloaf Key / Key West KOA

While some people prefer the rustic, woodsy type of camping, others would rather spend their time on white sandy beaches underneath the palm trees. The campground at Sugarloaf Key in Key West boasts the most beautiful views of the crystal clear Gulf of Mexico and Atlantic Ocean. You and your partner can enjoy waterfront meals, sunset cruises, or walk along the historic “Conch Republic” streets.

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Belle Isle State Park

With seven miles of shoreline along the Northern Neck’s Rappahannock River in Lancaster, Virginia, Belle Isle State park has some of the state’s most beautiful trails and waterfront views. Located near the historic town of Bel Air, this gorgeous area is one of the most popular wedding locations for couples looking to tie the knot. The full-service campground has electric and water hook ups, and accommodates RVs up to 45 feet. You and your honey can explore the 10 miles of nature-filled trails, horseback ride, or launch your boat for a day on the water.

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Photo provided by www.dcr.virginia.gov

Wellesley Island State Park

A park that can only be accessed by foot or boat is clearly designed for peace and serenity. This year-round campground in Fineview, New York is the largest camping site in the Thousand Islands region. You will be surrounded by wilderness and rustic charm along the St. Lawrence River. The amenities and activities range from swimming and jet skiing in the summer to snowshoeing and ice fishing in the winter. As the weather gets cooler, you can snuggle up by a romantic campfire and enjoy all the beautiful views this camping destination has to offer.

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Photo provided by Full Frame Works Photography

Whether you’re looking to travel across the country, or stay close to your Virginia home, make sure your RV is ready to take a romantic camping adventure with your loved one. Visit Reines RV Center in Manassas or Ashland to get a new or used RV of your dreams. We have a huge selection of motorhomes, travel trailers, fifth wheels, toy haulers and pop-ups to choose from.

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Oktoberfest in Virginia

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You may not be able to take an RV vacation to Germany for Oktoberfest this year, but you can certainly make it to Virginia. And with Oktoberfests spread throughout the state from the tail end of September through October, you can spend your fall months taking in the gorgeous Virginia weather with a dose of German culture. The following are our favorite Virginia Oktoberfest celebrations that shouldn’t be missed this fall.

Oktoberfest Reedville

This year mark’s Reedville’s fifth Oktoberfest, and it’s guaranteed to be bigger and better than ever. Combine bratwursts with tasty German beers, homemade sauerkraut, giant soft pretzels, polka dancing, antique car rides and tons of exciting activities for the entire family, and you’ve got one of the best Oktoberfests in the state. The event will take place on Saturday, Oct. 11, from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m., and admission is free.

Richmond Oktoberfest

Celebrate German heritage at one of Virginia’s largest Oktoberfest Celebrations. The Richmond Oktoberfest is on its 46th year, and it has become one of the city’s most anticipated yearly events. Bavarian dancers, the crowning of the Oktoberfest queen, tasty German foods, Bavarian beers, wine and tons of other German-style treats and activities will be available for the entire family. The party starts on Friday, Oct. 17 and extends through Saturday, Oct. 18 at 11 p.m.

Martinsville Uptown Oktoberfest

The Oktoberfest International Arts and Culture Festival in uptown Martinsville is one of Virginia’s most authentic and unique Oktoberfest celebrations. Two streets will be blocked off for everything from fine art to kid-friendly bounce houses. Tons of food vendors, crafters, artisans and craft beer sellers will flood the streets to celebrate this showcase of art and German culture. The event will take place on Saturday, Oct. 4 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Make Your Fall Special at Reines

Nothing makes fall more exciting than purchasing a new or used RV from Reines RV Center in Manassas. And if you’re already in the motorhome, travel trailer or fifth wheel of your dreams, don’t forget about us for all of your RV service, parts and accessories needs.

Labor Day Weekend Events in Virginia

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Labor Day weekend is just beginning, and our beautiful state of Virginia is jam packed with exciting events and activities for the entire family to enjoy. It’s not too late to plan your Labor Day RV getaway, so fire up your RV and head to one of these unforgettable holiday weekend events.

Labor Day Spectacular — Wintergreen

The central Virginia town of Wintergreen comes alive from Aug. 29 through Sept. 1, for the Labor Day Spectacular. This family-friendly event includes an arts and crafts show, live music, chairlift rides and tons of other activities to help you end your summer with a bang.

American Music Festival — Virginia Beach

Head over to the Virginia Beach oceanfront for the 21st Annual American Music Festival presented by Chevrolet. It’s the East Coast’s largest music festival, and will be featuring big name bands like Hunter Hayes, Train, Credence Clearwater Revisited and Blues Traveler on the 5th Street Main Stage. Whether you’re into country, blues, jazz, R&B or rock and roll, there’s something for everyone at the American Music Festival.

Lake Anne Plaza’s Annual Jazz and Blues Festival — Fairfax

If you’re jonesing for some live music this Labor Day weekend but won’t be able to make it to the coast, the Lake Anne Plaza’s Annual Jazz and Blues Festival in Fairfax is the place to be. The one day event on Saturday, Aug. 30, involves tons of family-friendly activities and plenty of world-class blues and jazz from local, regional and nationally acclaimed artists. This year’s headlining band is the Adrian Duke Project — a New Orleans jazz, blues, funk and R&B band that is guaranteed to get you on your feet.

Continue Your RV Travels Into Fall

Summer may be coming to a close, but that doesn’t mean you need to put your Virginia RV travels on hold. Here at Reines RV Center in Manassas, we know the RV season is year-round, and we’d love to help you get into a new or used RV for the fall camping season. And if you’re already in the RV of your dreams, don’t forget to stop and see us for all of your fall and winter RV supplies.

Thomas Stone National Historic Site

We’re in close reach of some incredible tourist sites here in Manassas, and the Thomas Stone National Historic Site is one of our favorites. This historic location is where Thomas Stone — one of the 56 men to sign the Declaration of Independence — once lived, farmed and practiced law. At just over an hour’s drive from Manassas, it’s the perfect rural setting to enjoy a relaxing, fun and educational day or weekend away from the city.

Indoor and Outdoor Activities

The Thomas Stone National Historic Site is an ideal place to visit rain or shine. The park spans over 300 acres and includes tons of hiking trails, Thomas Stone’s gorgeous estate, outbuildings from the 1800s and burial sites. An on-site visitor center offers a film room, exhibits and restrooms that are open to the public.

The Thomas Stone National Historic Site is now a part of the geocaching network, and you can find more about the caches to be found their on the park’s website.

Park Details

The park is open Wednesday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and it’s always closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day. Admission to the Thomas Stone National Historic Site is free and reservations are not required unless you’ll be bringing a group of 15 or more visitors for a group program.

Dogs are welcome at the historic site, but they must remain on-leash on the parks trails at all times.

Music on the Porch

Summer is one of the best times of year to visit the Thomas Stone NHS, and on Aug. 17, the site will be offering the third “Music on the Porch” concert of the summer. Free tours of Thomas Stone’s restored mansion will be followed by a free concert. The performance begins at 3 p.m., but visitors are encouraged to arrive early to explore the grounds.

Stop in and See Us This Summer

Summer may be coming to a close, but camping season never ends here at Reine’s RV Center. Get into one of the top-quality new or used RVs on our lot, and spend your fall and winter exploring all of America’s best national parks, historic sites and campgrounds.