BIG LUXURY FOR BIG RIGS
For many RV owners, a patch of concrete in a quiet spot is all the comfort they require for a night or two. For others, a few more bells and whistles are in order. Just as some RVs are tricked out with plush amenities, there are RV parks that are more like five-star hotel resorts. Some boast souped-up sites with their own cabanas, while others have resort-style amenities like multiple pools, a spa, and scheduled activities that mean you'll never be bored. Here are 21 places for the most discriminating RV owners to spend their time.
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PECHANGA RV RESORT | TEMECULA, CALIFORNIA
In Southern California's wine country, Pechanga is for anyone who's allergic to boredom. There's a heated pool, two spas, cabanas, a poolside lounge, a fenced-in dog park, and a minimart with a quick-service Mexican restaurant. Use of an adjacent golf practice facility is complimentary for guests. The nicest RV sites have full fencing and private gazebos.
PECHANGA RV RESORT: WHAT REALLY SETS IT APART
Guests have access to all of the neighboring hotel resort's amenities, including a steakhouse and oyster bar, comedy club, full spa, rooftop lounge, golf course, and the largest casino floor on the West Coast. A free shuttle is available to whisk guests to and from the resort.
HEARTHSIDE GROVE | PETOSKEY, MICHIGAN
Could the "Four Seasons of Motorcoach Resorts" be in ... Michigan? Hearthside Grove's devotees think so. Premium rental lots at this Class A resort include features like pond views, fire pits, pergolas, and outdoor kitchens. Guests can take a cooking class or catch a movie at the clubhouse, home to both a cooking school and a theater. Of course, a pool, tennis courts, and fitness center are among other amenities.
HEARTHSIDE GROVE: WHAT REALLY SETS IT APART
RV'ers looking to own can build eye-popping on-site bungalows and truly luxurious post-and-beam "barndominums" on 1-acre lots.
BLUEWATER KEY | KEY WEST, FLORIDA
Does a private lot with swaying palms, views of the water, and its own thatched-roof tiki hut sound like your kind of spot? Then Bluewater Key is the place to park your RV. Explore mangroves and salt ponds in a kayak or on a paddleboard — both can be delivered right to your lot — or stay on site and take a dip in the freshwater pool or relax in a hammock.
BLUEWATER KEY: WHAT REALLY SETS IT APART
Many sites have private docks offering access to Saddlebunch Bay, and there's a community dock with boat slips for rent for those that don't.
HILTON HEAD MOTORCOACH RESORT | HILTON HEAD ISLAND, SOUTH CAROLINA
Let the scent of Hilton Head's palms and pines greet you every morning at this well-manicured spot on one of the country's most well-known resort islands. Some of the immaculate wooded lots have lake views and you're a quick walk to the beach.
HILTON HEAD MOTORCOACH RESORT: WHAT REALLY SETS IT APART
Regular activities include yoga, qi gong, crafts, group bike rides, and even a knitting club. There's also a large pool, spa and fitness center, tennis and pickleball courts, a dog park, a playground, and a bike path, too.
NORMANDY FARMS | FOXBORO, MASSACHUSETTS
Normandy Farms is the ultimate family camping destination, accommodating not just RV'ers but tent campers and pop-ups, too. Amenities are too numerous to list but include everything from classics like bocce and shuffleboard to novelties like disc golf and a bike park. Choose from not one but four swimming pools, including one that's indoors; there's also a double Jacuzzi and a sauna. And if you don't have an RV or a tent, you can still partake by renting a cabin or yurt.
NORMANDY FARMS: WHAT REALLY SETS IT APART
A ton of scheduled summertime activities, from yoga and bingo to kids' sports and group campfires.
MOUNTAIN VIEWS AT RIVERS EDGE | CREEDE, COLORADO
The sky's the limit at this tony Colorado RV resort, and that's not just because of the gorgeous mountain views. Would-be lot owners can design sites that included outdoor kitchens, hot tubs, fire pits, cabins with fireplaces, terraced stone patios, gazebos, and more.
MOUNTAIN VIEWS AT RIVERS EDGE: WHAT REALLY SETS IT APART
There are more than a dozen bronze sculptures of mountain animals and frolicking children that give the park a unique ambience. There's also a fitness center, two lodges, stocked fishing ponds, paddle boats, horseshoe, bocce, and campfires under the stars.
MOTORCOACH COUNTRY CLUB | INDIO, CALIFORNIA
This gated, Class A-only "crown jewel of motorcoach resorts" near Palm Springs is nothing short of spectacular with immaculate palm-lined grounds. Scheduled activities include golf, tennis, bocce, and a ton of classes at the state-of-the-art fitness center.
MOTORCOACH COUNTRY CLUB: WHAT REALLY SETS IT APART
The most souped-up lots feature their very own pools, spas, waterfalls or casitas, built-in barbecues, and golf course or water views. An on-site restaurant also serves high-brow options including pan-seared scallops and pistachio-crusted halibut.
LVM RESORT | LAS VEGAS
The Strip and other top-shelf Vegas attractions are just minutes away from LVM Resort, but you might not want to leave. Landscaped with more than 1,000 palm trees, this gated, Class A-only resort has a 10,000-square-foot clubhouse that includes an outdoor kitchen, a souped-up fitness center with saunas, massage rooms and marble showers, two pools, two whirlpools, and a lighted putting course. Owners have exclusive use of a lounge and bar with views of the city.
LVM RESORT: WHAT REALLY SETS IT APART
Grab some bacon and eggs or a BLT at the on-site '50s-style diner, complete with gleaming red stools and booths, a black-and-white checkered floor, and a polished jukebox.
MOUNTAIN FALLS | LAKE TOXAWAY, NORTH CAROLINA
This Class A-only "summit of luxury motorcoach resorts" in the Blue Ridge Mountains has a nine-hole golf course, two pools and spas, and even on-site coach detailing for guests. Many owner lots feature stunning stone craftsman-inspired cottages, and weekly activities include pickleball, yoga, and potlucks. An on-site concierge is available to cater to your every whim.
MOUNTAIN FALLS: WHAT REALLY SETS IT APART
The resort is at an elevation of more than 3,200 feet, and there are stunning views from just about every lot. The 5,000-acre Gorges State Park is just a mile down the road.
ZION RIVER RESORT | VIRGIN, UTAH
Though the RV sites themselves are relatively modest at Zion River Resort, the full slate of amenities and activities still makes this a destination for any discriminating RV'er. There is a guest services specialist to help arrange area sightseeing, a quick-service take-out restaurant, a large outdoor pool and spa, a social hall, a playground, and even a gem-mining sluice. Activities include bingo, pickleball, crafts, ATV riding, and ice cream socials. Sites accommodate all RV sizes, while tent sites, cabins, and even two-bedroom suites are also available.
ZION RIVER RESORT: WHAT REALLY SETS IT APART
A free shuttle bus whisks resort guests to nearby Zion National Park, just minutes away, from March through October. Bryce Canyon and the Grand Canyon are also close enough for a day trip.
CROSSING CREEKS | BLAIRSVILLE, GEORGIA
On 100 bucolic acres in the mountains of North Georgia, Crossing Creeks welcomes all types of RV'ers who want to stay for a few nights or own their lot. The hub of activity is Crossing Creeks Village, where guests will find a clubhouse, fitness center, spa with two massage rooms, dry sauna and steam room, a dog park, and putting greens. Some lots cozy up to the resort's namesake creeks.
CROSSING CREEKS: WHAT REALLY SETS IT APART
Treat yourself by renting or buying an RV pad with an adjacent cabin that sleeps up to six and comes with a stocked full kitchen, smart TV, and high-speed Internet. Some cabins even have lofts and fireplaces.
ALSATIAN | CASTROVILLE, TEXAS
Take a dip in the eye-popping infinity pool, fish for largemouth bass at the stocked lake, work out at the fitness center, or let your dog run wild in the dog park at this resort for all RV types outside San Antonio. Some motorhome sites have casitas with covered patios and golf-course views, and there are also rentable cabins for anyone who needs a little more space for guests.
ALSATIAN: WHAT REALLY SETS IT APART
Golfers will love getting a discount at the 18-hole golf course, which also has a putting and chipping area, driving range, and full clubhouse and restaurant.
DESERT SHORES | INDIO, CALIFORNIA
There's just not a bad lot at Class A-only Desert Shores, where every single spot you can park your rig has a view of landscaped lagoons with fountains and lush islands. You may not care about the view, though, because sites are tricked out with their own villas with expansive pergolas, plus private pools and spas that look straight out of any five-star hotel. Of course, there's also a community clubhouse with its own pool and spa, tennis, a dog park, and more.
DESERT SHORES: WHAT REALLY SETS IT APART
This is the spot to be if other RV parks make you feel like a sardine. The 60-acre site has just 141 lots, which it claims is the lowest per-acre density of any RV resort.
BUENA VISTA | ORANGE BEACH, ALABAMA
Brick-lined sites and streets, an event center with an indoor pool, a playground, and more await at Buena Vista, for Class A and Super C motorhomes. The most fully-featured sites even come with outdoor kitchens and private hot tubs or pools. Those looking to own can also build coach houses up to a whopping 1,400 square feet. Frolic in the waterpark-worthy zero-entry outdoor pool with its own lazy river, splash pad, and sun deck.
BUENA VISTA: WHAT REALLY SETS IT APART
It's just a quick stroll to Orange Beach Waterfront Park, where the Gulf's white sand beaches, a boardwalk, a canoe trail, and more await.
MASSEY'S LANDING | MILLSBORO, DELAWARE
You're only a half-hour from popular Rehoboth Beach when you set up camp at Massey's Landing, and you won't have to battle the crowds with Massey's own private beach on the bay. Other amenities include an arcade, market, two restaurants, and a pool with separate areas for kids and grown-ups, plus its own bar. A complimentary shuttle is available to take you to local attractions, too.
MASSEY'S LANDING: WHAT REALLY SETS IT APART
Ditch the RV for a night and go "glamping" in a fully furnished safari tent — Massey's will even throw in a golf cart.
VOYAGER | TUCSON, ARIZONA
With more than 1,570 sites available for most types of RVs, Voyager is more like a small community than a place to spend a few nights. Amenities include a bar and grill, small hotel, extended-stay casitas, a credit union, a nine-hole golf course and pro shop, a small market, and even an on-site health and wellness clinic.
VOYAGER: WHAT REALLY SETS IT APART
Voyager's size means there is a massive range of activities for anyone who likes to stay busy. Love ham radio? Adult coloring? Bible study? Square dance? There's a group for you.
NEWPORT DUNES | NEWPORT BEACH, CALIFORNIA
How's your own slice of the California coast sound? Newport Dunes offers beachfront RV sites, and if you can't snag one of those, the sand will be a short two-minute walk from your new "home." Want some room to spread out? There are also cottages with decks right on the beach. When you've had enough of the sand, frolic in the water by sliding down giant inflatables, or by renting kayaks, paddleboards, or small boats. When you're tired, pause for a meal at the waterfront bistro.
NEWPORT DUNES: WHAT REALLY SETS IT APART
Let them entertain you. Resort guests are welcome to take in a movie on the beach at dusk every Friday and Saturday night. Live music acts are also a staple here.
EVERGLADES ISLE | EVERGLADES CITY, FLORIDA
Pull up to your palm-lined, brick-paved site at Class A-only Everglades Isle and let the relaxation begin. There's an on-site movie theater, a full slate of spa treatments, a gleaming clubhouse, and a drool-worthy pool and sun deck. Owners can put a "chickee," or a locally built hut with a palm-frond roof, on their site for a true taste of Everglades living.
EVERGLADES ISLE: WHAT REALLY SETS IT APART
Love to boat? Rent a boat slip or arrange a guided fishing cruise. You'll have access to the Gulf of Mexico and thousands of islands from Everglades Isle's location on the Barron River. It also hosts the area's only deep-water fueling facility.
CATHERINE'S LANDING, HOT SPRINGS, ARIZONA
Sure, you can relax at Catherine's Landing, but there's plenty to do if that sounds like a yawn. Rent a kayak, canoe, or pontoon; tackle a nine-hole disc golf course; go eagle spotting during a hike; or swim in the heated saline pool. There are plenty of RV sites, including waterfront options, but there are also spots for tent campers as well as cottages and yurts.
CATHERINE'S LANDING: WHAT REALLY SETS IT APART
There's an on-site adventure park where you can feel the rush on over a mile of zip lines or test your skills on a treetop aerial course with 16 obstacles and three difficulty levels.
RIVERBEND MOTORCOACH RESORT | LABELLE, FLORIDA
This Class A-only resort has not just one but three clubhouses for guests to socialize: a river clubhouse with a restaurant and bar; a recreational clubhouse with a heated pool, two spas, and a fitness room; and even a creative clubhouse that hosts craft classes like jewelry making and painting. Some of the palm-lined RV lots include coach houses, too.
RIVERBEND MOTORCOACH RESORT: WHAT REALLY SETS IT APART
Hobbyists will find a well-maintained remote-control speedway where races are held twice a week from January to April. If you're more of a train enthusiast, there's an impressively detailed narrow-gauge model railway near the main clubhouse that runs from November through March.
SPRINGS AT BORREGO | BORREGO SPRINGS, CALIFORNIA
Need extra space? At Borrego, RV'ers can also rent two-bedroom cabins with full kitchens and bathrooms. Guests can hone their skills on the nine-hole championship golf course, relax at the pool, or ease sore muscles in a naturally fed hot mineral bath. If that's not enough, you can make an appointment for a massage or acupressure treatment.
SPRINGS AT BORREGO: WHAT REALLY SETS IT APART
Stargazers, this is your RV park. It's in California's only International Dark Sky Community and hosts frequent star parties where astronomers lead star talks and help with guided viewings.