Cedar Creek and Belle Grove National Historical Park

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Nestled in the Shenandoah Valley of Northern Virginia, the Cedar Creek and Belle Grove National Historic Park offers deep American history coupled with breathtaking outdoor scenery that simply shouldn’t be missed. These national park grounds served as a home for Native Americans, pioneers and soldiers that fought in the Battle of Cedar Creek. If you haven’t visited the Cedar Creek and Belle Grove National Historic Park in Virginia yet, you’d better start planning your RV getaway today.

Things to Do at the Park

The Cedar Creek and Belle Grove National Historic Park serves to protect the Belle Grove Plantation, the site of the Battle of Cedar Creek and the gorgeous Shenandoah Valley. Visitors can enjoy the Cedar Creek and Belle Grove NHP Visitor Contact Station, the Belle Grove Plantation Manor House, the Hupp’s Hill Civil War Park and the Cedar Creek Battlefield Plantation Headquarters.

Rangers conduct a number of regular programs to teach visitors about the rich history of the area, and a number of movies, tours and orientation programs are open to the public. The extensive list of events for the fall of 2014 are listed on the national park’s website, so you can plan your trip according to your interests.

Park Hours and Fees

The Cedar Creek and Belle Grove NHP does not charge any fees to its visitors, and the numerous ranger programs are open to the public as well. Non-park visitor facilities like the Cedar Creek Battlefield Foundation and Belle Grove Plantation are not part of the national park’s non-profit organization and may charge a fee for entry.

The National Historic Park is open daily from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., but it is closed Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years Day. The Belle Grove Plantation and Cedar Creek Battlefield Foundation may operate on different hours than the national park, so check their individual websites before visiting.

Start Your Historic Adventure at Reines

The fall RV season is underway here at Reines RV Center in Manassas, and we hope you’ll stop and see us before you hit the road. We’re your one-stop shop in Virginia for all of your needs from RV sales and service, to parts, camping supplies and more.

An Apple Dumpling Recipe for National Apple Dumpling Day

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It may not be the most famous holiday on the calendar, but National Apple Dumpling Day is probably the tastiest. Use these easy and unique apple dumpling recipes to celebrate the upcoming holiday on September 17.

Unforgettable Apple Dumplings

What You’ll Need:

  • 2 cans crescent roll dough
  • 2 large Granny Smith apples (peeled and cored)
  • 1 1/2 cups white sugar
  • 1 cup butter
  • 1 can Mountain Dew
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon

Cooking Instructions:

  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Lightly grease a 9 by 13-inch baking pan.
  3. Cut the apples into eight wedges and set them aside.
  4. Unpackage the crescent rolls and separate them into triangles.
  5. Roll an apple wedge into one of the triangles and pinch the edges to seal it tight.
  6. Continue the same process with all of the remaining wedges and crescent triangles.
  7. Use a small saucepan to melt the butter, cinnamon and sugar together.
  8. Pour the butter mixture over the dumplings, then evenly pour the Mountain Dew on top.
  9. Bake the dumplings for roughly 45 minutes.

Apple Dumpling Pie

What You’ll Need:

Crust:

  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons sugar
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons milk

Filling:

  • 8 cups tart baking apples (sliced and peeled)
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour

Topping:

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup sugar

Cooking Instructions:

  1. Preheat your oven to 425 degrees.
  2. Mix the flour, sugar, milk, oil and salt together to create your pie crust, then press it into an 8-inch pie pan.
  3. Toss the apples in flour and sugar, then place them in the pie crust and dot with butter.
  4. For your topping, mix the flour and sugar together and stir in the butter until the mixture is coarse.
  5. Spread the topping over the apples, then lightly cover the pie with foil.
  6. Bake the pie covered for roughly 25 minutes, then remove the foil and bake for 15 more minutes.

There’s no better place to get all of your fall RV supplies than at Reines RV Center in Manassas. We’re open six days a week, so stop in and see us or shop our online parts store when our doors are closed.

September Accessories

Every now and then, you may get the urge to buy new things for your motorhome or travel trailer. If this holds true for you, then we have a lot of great items waiting for you at Reines RV. From small every day items to maintenance ones which are only required once in a while, we have you covered.

Rubber Roof Protectant, 128oz

Cleaning and protecting your RV’s rubber roof on a regular basis is a must. It only makes sense to use the B.E.S.T rubber roof cleaning product for the job. This cleaner removes surface oxidation along with black streaks, preventing early deterioration of your roof. This product can also be used on auto trim and inflatable boats.

Travel Pet Dish

The ideal solution for traveling with dogs or cats. Just fill with food and water and snap the lids together. The lids are airtight and keeps both food and water secure. Now your pet is ready to hit the road with you in your Manassas RV.

S’mores Maker

Enjoy the upcoming fall nights gathered around the campfire making S’mores. This handy item makes up to three S’mores at a time. Avoid messy, sticky fingers by cooking your gooey dessert in this chrome-plated steel S’mores maker. It is slim, light weight and is a great addition to any camping excursion.

The Pioneer Grill Package

This grill was designed especially for the outdoor chef on the go. It is great for a weekend getaway or family outings. The circular 18-inch circumference fits easily into small areas while giving you a cooking surface to feed the whole family. This portable grill includes a carrying bag, hot pad and glove.

Coffee Grinder/Brewer

Enjoy waking up each morning to freshly ground coffee brewing. Simply program this coffee maker to have a delicious 10 ounce cup brewing as soon as you greet the day. Features include a permanent filter, clock, fast-brewing system and an easily accessible water tank.

Slim Can Opener

Get rid of that big, bulky can opener. This lightweight, compact can opener folds down, fitting easily into small drawers. Made with nickel-plated hardened carbon steel, this 2 pack will stay sharp for years to come.

For more great deals, check out our parts and accessories store at Reines RV.

September Events

With summer drawing to a close and fall weather coming in fast, there are lots of autumn events that will be popping up. Don’t miss out on a lot of great family fun this month. Here’s what’s going on around your Manassas RV dealer.

Cirque Italia

This event will be taking place on September 3-7 at the Manor Square Shopping Center. You won’t be able to miss it since it’s under a white and blue tent. This show has been described as vivid, innovating, dramatic and a truly moving experience all under a custom traveling tent. It is the first water circus in the United States. Admission ranges from $10 to $50 and each show begins promptly at 7:30pm.

The Angels Love You

Embark on a four-week journey of connections with angels lead by Angel Therapy Practitioner Beth Carleton. The weekly classes will take place at the Rising Phoenix Holistic Center and begin Thursday, September 4 at 7pm. Open your awareness while growing spiritually and find a balance between giving and receiving. Learn to connect with your guardian angel. This 4-Week course is $80 per person.

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Healing with Crystals

This event is also held at the Rising Phoenix Holistic Center but will be on Saturday, September 6 at 10am. This class is an introduction on how to utilize crystals in your daily life for cleansing, healing and caring for your crystals. You will learn to cleanse and purify them and learn crystal placements for directing energies toward reaching a personal goal. This class will provide each participant with a personal pouch of the crystals discussed to use and take home. The cost is $40 per person.

Medicine Cabinet Makeover

On Sunday, September 7 at 4pm, join others at Kendal’s Apartment to learn about natural healing using essential oils. Learn which essential oils can help with depression, anxiety, pain & inflammation, insomnia, weight loss and more. This gathering is completely free and you are encouraged to bring a friend or two. There will also be a drawing at the end for the chance to win free essential oils.

This month, relax and work on yourself or watch an amazing show. Reines RV encourages you to do both.

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.

Trail Mix Recipes for National Trail Mix Day

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Trail mix has become a staple travel food for many campers and RV enthusiasts. And since this Sunday, August 31, is National Trail Mix Day, there’s no better way to celebrate than with some delicious and unique trail mix recipes.

Ultimate Trail Mix

What You’ll Need:

  • 1 cup dried blueberries
  • 1 cup dried cranberries
  • 1 cup dried apple slices
  • 1 cup dried pineapple
  • 1 cup peanuts
  • 1 cup almonds
  • 1 cup cashews
  • 1 1/2 cups puppy chow
  • 1 cup chocolate chips
  • 1 cup small marshmallows
  • 1 cup peanut butter chips
  • 1 cup white chocolate chips
  • 1 cup butterscotch chips

Preparation Instructions:

  1. Simply mix all of the above ingredients together in a large bowl, then pack into snack-sized Ziploc bags for easy access when traveling.

Kashi Trail Mix

What You’ll Need:

  • 1 cup Kashi crunch cereal
  • 1 cup raisins
  • 1 cup yogurt raisins
  • 1 cup Craisins
  • 1 cup chocolate covered soy nuts
  • 1/4 cup sunflower seeds (without shells)
  • 1/4 cup mini marshmallows

Preparation Instructions:

  1. Mix all ingredients together in a large bowl, then split the trail mix into snack-sized portions in Ziploc bags.

After School Trail Mix

What You’ll Need:

  • 2 cups pretzel rings
  • 1/2 cup dry-roasted peanuts
  • 2 cups sesame sticks
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/2 cup yogurt-covered raisins
  • 1/2 cup banana chips

Preparation Instructions:

  1. Combine all of the above ingredients into a large bowl. Stir the ingredients until they’re thoroughly mixed and split into Ziploc bags for easy access.

Get Your Camping Supplies at Reines RV Center

The fall RV season is just around the corner, and there’s no better place to stock up on RV and camping supplies than at the Reines RV Center parts and camping store. We’ve got everything from RV cookbooks to patio awnings, cleaning supplies, lights, ice makers, outdoor chairs, cooking supplies and more, so stop by our location in Manassas or log onto our online parts store to start your fall RV adventures today.

RVs on a Budget

Finding the perfect RV within your budget can seem like a daunting task, especially when you’re trying to pair comfort, luxury and space with a low price tag. If you’re struggling with the high prices on brand new motorhomes, travel trailers and fifth wheels, it’s time you try another option.

Start shopping used RVs. By choosing a used RV over a new one, you can spend more time on the road relaxing and less time stressing about travel expenses. Our lot here at Reines RV Center in Virginia is packed with some of the highest-quality used RVs for the best prices in the industry. The following are a few of our favorite models that are in stock and ready to be driven off the lot today.

2007 Damon Daybreak 3276

Can’t seem to find a large, live-in, class A motorhome in your price range? Come check out the 2007 Damon Daybreak 3276. This luxurious yet easy-to-maneuver class A offers a charming residential decor, luxurious kitchen with solid-surface countertops, a bunk space for the kids, a large private bedroom and all of the features you’d expect in a brand new luxury RV.

2012 Coachmen Freedom Express LTZ 260BL

Save thousands of dollars by choosing an RV that’s only been on the road a couple of years. This first-class toy hauler sleeps six adults comfortably and is packed with special features like a power patio awning, outdoor shower, exterior speakers, an entertainment center, stabilizing jacks, aluminum wheels and tons more. This Freedom Express is a great example of how you can save big by buying used.

2009 Keystone Montana 3665RL

If you want five-star luxury without the five-star price tag, this 2009 Keystone Montana 3665RL fifth wheel could be the perfect RV for you. With three slide-out sections, ducted roof air conditioning, a fireplace, slide-out awnings, a convection oven and countless other residential-style features, it’s the ideal RV for starting your full-time life on the road.

Stop by our lot here at Reines RV in Manassas to view or huge selection of used RVs and drive one off our lot today.

Stocking Up For Fall

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Summer may be coming to a close, but that doesn’t mean your RV travels have to end. After all, the fall camping season offers more comfortable temperatures in many regions of the country, and the snowbird winter season follows shortly after.

To help you prepare for your upcoming fall RV road trips, we’ve chosen a few of our favorite products from the Reines RV Center online parts catalog.

Freedom Box Awning

If you’re one of the many RV enthusiasts who head south for the fall and winter, you’ll have plenty more days of warm air and sunshine headed your way. The Freedom WM 3.0M by Carefree of Colorado is one of the top box awnings you can get for your van conversion or truck camper. It’s available in manual and push-button models, so you can be lounging in the shade just moments after you pull up to the campsite.

LED Light Strip

The 16-foot-long LED light strip with remote by Facteon is perfect for those warm fall evenings spent outside. You no longer need to build a fire (unless you want to) or buy expensive porch lights, this inexpensive LED light strip easily turns on and off with a remote and offers fun special effects.

Super Streak Cleaner

Fall cleaning for your RV can be just as important as spring cleaning, and the Super Streak multi-purpose cleaner is one of our favorites here at Reines. It works great to remove black streaks and grime on your engine, tools, fiberglass, grills, awnings and just about anywhere inside or outside of your RV.

Two Bike Bumper Mount

This simple bike bumper mount by Swagman/Danik is one of the easiest to use on the market. It fits on any 4-inch or 4.5-inch square bumper, and is made of heavy-duty steel, so you can tote your bikes along on journey after journey. This particular model holds two bicycles, but for a slightly higher price, Swagman/Danik produces a four bike model.

Tons of Other Great Fall Supplies

Log onto our Reines RV Center online parts store to view our huge selection of camping supplies and RV parts that will help you get the most out of your fall travels.

2015 Forest River FR3 30DS

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Life on the road just got a whole lot more comfortable with the Forest River FR3 crossover Class A motorhome. This top-quality RV offers your traveling family all of the luxuries of a residential home and plenty of interior space for a price tag that won’t cut into your fun.

The FR3 30DS Floorplan

The FR3 30DS is the larger of the two 2015 floorplans. The front of the RV is equipped with a fold-away bunk above the driver and passenger seats, a 32-inch entry way and a comfortable hide-a-bed sofa with foot rests. The kitchen and dining area houses a large galley-style kitchen and a wrap-around booth dinette that’s perfect for enjoying meals or planning adventures.

The rear of the FR3 30DS offers a spacious and private bedroom with a king bed, two wardrobes and a bathroom with separate toilet and shower spaces. The 30DS was designed with traveling families in mind, and you’ll notice it from the moment you step inside.

Residential Features

One of the biggest perks of the FR3 30DS is that it feels like a residential home inside. With stand-out features like wide wood plank linoleum flooring, vintage cherry cabinetry, full-extension drawer guides, LED lighting, a trash can storage area and stainless steel fixtures, you’ll always feel comfortable in your home on wheels.

The exterior of this Class A motorhome is just as comfortable and convenient as the interior with an optional outdoor entertainment center, “Super Storage” cargo compartments, a roof ladder, a power patio awning with LED lights, an exterior shower and slide room topper awnings. It doesn’t matter if you’re spending time inside or outside of your RV together, your entire family will notice the comforts and conveniences your new FR3 30DS has to offer.

The FR3 30DS at Reines RV Center

The brand new Forest River FR3 30DS is available right here on our lot at Reines RV Center in Manassas. And for a limited time only, we’re offering the FR3 30DS for nearly $30,000 less than the manufacturer’s suggested retail price, so stop in and take a tour of this top-quality RV before it’s gone.

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.