The Home, Vacation and RV Show is this weekend. I'm getting the camping itch. There's nothing better than pulling into the campground, getting completely set-up and cracking the first beer of the weekend. A weekend filled with laughs, bags, music, more laughs, more beer and...well, you get the picture. I've been camping since I was a teenager and I've been to many campground but there are 5 that stick out for me. I've also included the phone number for these places if you ever wanted to check them out. Also, if you've got a favorite, email me and let me know. We're always up for traveling.

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    Flambeau Lodge - Ladysmith WI - 715-532-5392

    This place is amazing. It's great because in front of you, you've got the beautiful Flambeau River and behind you, a full bar with a great menu and cold beer. We haven't been there in a while but I'm hoping to head back up there this year. It's the most peaceful campground I've ever been to. If canoeing and or fishing are your thing, you NEED to check this place out. Get all the info at their website

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    Wildcat Campground - Brownsville, MN - 608-337-4775

    I like going to Wildcat for a few reasons.

    • It's close to Rochester (About an hour or so.)
    • The sites are plenty big
    • The Top of the Rock Bar

    Whether you sit around the campground or want to get a beverage at Top of the Rock (with its great view of the Mississippi) it's a great place to camp. It's pretty quiet, except for the occasional barge that goes through, but even those are cool to watch. It's even better if you've got a boat. There are a couple party spots on the river. If it gets a little warm out, just head to the shore and put your chair right in the water. I couldn't find a website but here's their Facebook page.

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    Harvest Farms Campground - Cresco, IA - 563-883-8562

    This place is GREAT for MANY reasons.

    • It's out in the middle of nowhere... but not far from town, if that makes sense. If you NEED to run into town, it's not far, but...
    • You don't really need to run into town for anything. They have a "store" on site for anything you'll need for camping... including BEER. And the cool part is, you can go into the store, get what you need and you don't have to pay for it until the end of your stay... all at once.
    • You can tube the Upper Iowa River. It's a nice 3 to 4 hour float, depending on how fast the current is.
    • Easy in and out access to your site with plenty of room for a vehicle.

    Even if you don't have a camper or tent, they've got really nice cabins on site. Check out their website for all the info.


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    Dakotah Meadows RV Park - Prior Lake, MN - 800-653-CAMP

    I've only been to Dakotah Meadows RV Park once. We went with a few friends for a Warrant concert. It got rained out but we had a blast. The camper pads are cement and there's full hook-ups. Sewer, water and electric. There's a huge strip of grass in between campsites with fire pits. Nice and relaxing and I hope to get there again this year.

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    Rice Creek Chain of Lakes Campground - Centerville, MN - 651-426-7564

    We were here once, years ago, but it's still one of my favorite campgrounds. There's not a lot to it but what they do have are some BIG sites with plenty of privacy. Nice and quiet.