St. Cloud Events to Make This July the Best One Yet

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July is one of the best times of year to spend time outdoors in St. Cloud, and the city offers tons of events for locals and visitors to enjoy. The following three festivals, concerts and other events are just a few of the many ways to get outside and experience the city this month.

Middle Eastern Festival

Learn more about the Middle East at the St George Antiochian Orthodox Church on July 15, 16 and 17. This ninth annual edition of the event will feature family-friendly games, live entertainment, a traditional Middle Eastern marketplace, a silent auction, camel rides and tons of delicious Middle Eastern cuisine. Admission is free, and everyone is invited to come take part in the cultural fun.

Loring Park Art Festival

Loring Park’s brightly-colored wildflowers and formal gardens are the ultimate setting for a day of live music, food, art and entertainment. The Loring Park Art Festival, held on July 30 and 31, will features 140 top-quality artists circling the picturesque pond. The park, located in Minneapolis, is just a 1-hour drive from downtown St. Cloud, and the event will take place from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., on Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., on Sunday.

Takin’ It to the Streets ’16 Music Festival

End the month of July with a bang at the Takin’ It to the Streets ’16 Music Festival right here in St. Cloud. The July 30, event will take place from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m., and will feature Lou Gramm, Collective Unconscious, Transit Authority and Allman Joy. Details and tickets can be found at ppfive.com.

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The Benefits of RV Ownership

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Buying an RV is a purchase you’ll never regret. Owning an RV means more time spent out exploring, more time with the ones you love and more time to relax. When you commit to the RV lifestyle, whether you travel full or part-time, your life becomes less stressful and more fulfilling.

The RV Lifestyle Is Affordable

One of the greatest benefits of RV ownership is that traveling in an RV is more affordable than traveling other ways. Travelers who use their RVs for vacations save big money by not purchasing flights, costly hotel rooms or expensive meals at restaurants. Those who travel full-time have the opportunity to live in a compact space that is far more affordable than the average home. Even utility costs are drastically reduced when you’re living life on the road.

The RV Lifestyle Is Simple

Life at home is stressful, but life on the road is relaxing. The RV lifestyle forces you to live in a compact space with the ones you love. Inside an RV, belongings are limited and time spent together is maximized. Stepping away from your busy daily lives helps everyone relax and make memories together.

The RV Lifestyle Presents New Opportunities

Every time you hit the road in your RV, you encounter new people, places and adventures. The RV lifestyle keeps life interesting by presenting kids and adults with new experiences on a daily basis. You may think traveling in an RV will broaden your kids horizons, but there’s no doubt it will broaden yours too.

The RV Lifestyle Keeps You Active

Traveling in your RV means you’re cruising to scenic places, campgrounds and other recreational spaces. When you’re not cruising down the road, you’re outside exploring your natural surroundings, playing games with fellow campers and embracing the great outdoors. Additionally, the compact space inside your RV practically forces your family to get out and explore together.

Find Your Ideal RV at PleasureLand RV Center

Finding the perfect RV for your traveling family can seem intimidating at first, but our qualified PleasureLand RV staff is here to help. Log online or stop in and see us at PleasureLand RV Center to find the RV of your dreams and start enjoying the benefits of RV ownership today!

Best Family Summer Camping Destination in the Southwest

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The summer camping season is all about spending time with friends and family in the great outdoors. The American Southwest is packed with some of the best family camping destinations in the country. Whether you’re looking for a beach escape, relaxing woodsy getaway or a trip to one of America’s most iconic wonders, there’s an RV destination in the Southwest waiting for you to visit this summer.

Jamaica Beach RV Park — Texas

There’s nothing quite like being on the ocean in the summertime, and the Jamaica Beach RV Park on Galveston Island is one of the best places to soak in the sun. It’s one of the newest RV parks on the island, offering breathtaking views of the Gulf of Mexico and the Galveston Bay area. The campground features 111 RV sites with full hookups, mini golf, tether ball, a splash pad, bounce house, adult pool with swim-up bar, hot tub, family pool and summer movies. Best of all, the beach and gorgeous Gulf of Mexico are directly across the street.

Cave Springs Campground — Sedona

Families who enjoy hikes in the woods, bird watching, sandstone peaks and fishing in streams will love the Cave Springs Campground in Arizona’s Oak Creek Canyon. The campsites are shady, nearby hiking trails are plentiful and Slide Rock State Park (with its famous swimming hole) is just minutes away.

The campground features 82 sites and coin-operated showers, grills, vault toilets and drinking water. There are no sites with hookups, but motorhomes and travel trailers up to 36-feet long are always welcome.

North Rim Campground — Grand Canyon Village

There’s no summer adventure quite like one to the iconic Grand Canyon. The North Rim Campground is located at Grand Canyon National Park, so you’re always seconds from one of the world’s most magnificent wonders. Adventurous hikers will love the location for its easy access to the 14.2-mile-long trail that leads into the canyon.

The park doesn’t offer sites with hookups, but it always welcomes RV campers. A dump station, restrooms, campsite grills, showers and coin-operated laundry machines are available for campers as well. Fees for the North Rim Campground are $18 to $25 per night in addition to the usual park fee. Be sure to reserve your campsite as far ahead of time as possible, because the Grand Canyon is even more popular in the summer months.

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3 RV Dinners You Can Make in Roughly 30 Minutes

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The RV lifestyle means time spent with your friends and family in the great outdoors. It doesn’t mean spending hours in the kitchen creating elaborate meals. However, you don’t have to sacrifice delicious dinners to live life on the road. These three mouthwatering RV dinners can be made in under 30 minutes, and they’re guaranteed to wow your friends and family.

1. Aunt Jane’s Sloppy Joes

What you’ll need:

  • 4 pounds ground beef
  • 1 green pepper
  • 1 medium onion
  • 4 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 teaspoon glutamate food enhancer
  • 2 cups ketchup
  • 4 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon white vinegar
  • 4 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 cup water

Cooking instructions:

  1. Brown the ground beef, then drain.
  2. Chop the green pepper and onion, then add them to the ground beef pan.
  3. In a separate mixing bowl, combine the ketchup, water, vinegar, brown sugar, seasonings and Worcestershire sauce. Add this mixture to the ground beef and vegetables.
  4. Simmer the entire mixture for 20 minutes and enjoy.

2. Easy Breezy Chicken Casserole

What you’ll need:

  • 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 small can mushrooms (drained)
  • 1 family-size box rice and pasta mix
  • 1 large can green chiles (diced)
  • 1 small can chopped olives (drained)
  • 2 cups (1 full package) Monterey Jack cheese, grated
  • 1 small container sour cream

Cooking instructions:

  1. Cook the chicken for about 15 minutes on each side, then cut the breasts into bite-size pieces.
  2. Cook the rice and pasta mix according to the instructions on the package.
  3. Layer your green chiles in the bottom of a casserole dish, then layer the other ingredients on top in this order: chicken, rice and pasta mix, mushrooms, olives, cheese and sour cream.
  4. Bake the casserole for about 15 minutes or until the cheese has melted.
  5. Serve with your favorite bread and salad.

3. Italian Sausage Kabobs

What you’ll need:

  • 2 medium zucchini (cut into 2-inch pieces)
  • 1 medium green pepper (cut into 2-inch pieces)
  • 1 medium onion (cut into 2-inch pieces)
  • 1 medium red pepper (cut into 2-inch pieces)
  • 1 1/2 pounds Italian-style sausage (cut into 2-inch pieces)
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon dried basil leaves
  • 1 can pizza sauce

Cooking instructions:

  1. Stir the pizza sauce, oil and basil together, then set aside.
  2. Cook the sausage pieces in a skillet over medium heat until they’re partially cooked.
  3. Drain the sausage grease.
  4. Place the zucchini pieces, peppers, onions and sausage pieces on metal skewers in an alternating order.
  5. Grill the kabobs covered over medium heat. Turn them two to four times and brush them with the reserved pizza sauce every time.
  6. Remove from heat when the sausage is fully cooked and the veggies are tender.

If you’re searching for the perfect RV for the summer, there’s no better place to shop than right here at PleasureLand RV Center in Minnesota. Give us a call, login online or stop in and see us to start your new RV lifestyle today.

The Best Flyfishing Destinations in the U.S.

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Summer RV adventures are some of the best of the year. They involve warm summer days and cooling off in rivers, lakes and oceans across the country. It’s also one of the best times of year to get in the water and catch some fish. These four fly fishing spots are some of the best in the country, so you can catch more fish on your summer adventures this year.

San Juan River, New Mexico

There’s no better way to cool down on a hot New Mexico day than in the waters of the San Juan River. It’s one of the country’s most impressive big-trout rivers, known for sending fishermen home with trout as long as their arms. Catch brown, rainbow, and rainbow-cutthroats one after the other. The fishing gets a bit busier in the summer months, but don’t worry, there are plenty of trout in the San Juan to go around.

Alagnak River, Alaska

A trip to Alaska this summer may seem like a journey, but it’s the best time to visit a state that is frigidly cold in the winter months. Guided fly fishing tours are some of the best ways to go on the Alagnak, because the experts will guide you to the best spots to snag massive arctic grayling, rainbow trout and Pacific salmon. Other perks of fishing in Alaska are the moose, beaver, eagle and Alaskan brown bear sightings that are common along the river.

Bighorn River, Montana

Montana is known for some of the country’s most impressive fly fishing areas, and the Bighorn River is guaranteed to send you home with some massive trout. The waters are highly productive, which means large amounts of insects hatch year-round. Don’t be surprised if you reel in more trout than you can eat.

Colorado River Headwaters, Colorado

If you’re not into fishing with crowds, you’ll love a guided experience on the ponds, alpine lakes and rivers of the Colorado River headwaters. Ten miles of private water provide some of the best catch-and-release fly fishing for brook, cutthroat, rainbow and brown trout in the U.S.

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The 2017 Grand Design Reflection 27RL

There’s no better time to find your dream RV than now. The 2017 Grand Design Reflection 27RL is the luxury fifth wheel you need to spend more time on the road this summer and throughout the entire year. This live-able RV is loaded from front to back with high-end, residential features that make it feel more like a second home than a home on wheels.

The Reflection 27RL Floorplan

The 2017 Grand Design Reflection 27RL features a residential layout that comfortable sleeps four travelers. The front of the RV features a full, private bedroom with queen bed and abundant storage space. A large, full bathroom with skylight separates the bedroom from the remainder of the RV.

Down the stairs, you’ll find the residential kitchen, a free-standing dinette, theater seating and a tri-fold hide-a-bed. A 32-inch TV, entertainment center and fireplace complete the comfortable living area.

Top-Quality Features

The 2017 Grand Design Reflection 27RL is loaded with the industry’s highest end features. Travelers enjoy the luxury of hand-rubbed maple cabinet doors, solid core cabinet stiles, premium Beauflor flooring, large panoramic slide room windows, solid surface LG countertops, gunstock fixtures and hardware, a Black Label pillowtop mattress, residential bedspread, electric fireplace and long list of additional features. This RV feels more like a high-end brick-and-mortar home than a fifth wheel.

The exterior of the RV is just as luxurious as the interior with a one-touch electric awning with LED lighting, LED night lights under the bedroom slide, 80-percent tint radius safety glass windows, storage areas, outdoor speakers, an outdoor shower, Equa-Flex rubberized suspension system, an under carriage spare tire and numerous other touches that make life on the road easier and more enjoyable than ever before.

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The Tastiest Food Trucks in Minnesota to Chase Down

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Food trucks are popping up across the country, and Minnesota is home to some of the best. Whether you have a craving for spicy Indian food, street-food-style tapas, fish and chips or freshly-baked cupcakes, there’s a food truck for you in the Land of 10,000 Lakes. The following are just a few of the tastiest trucks in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area.

A Cupcake Social

Need a more unique way to start or finish your day? A Cupcake Social offers everything from iced lattes to gourmet cupcakes and cake crumble sundaes. This gourmet take on a traditional sweet-filled ice cream truck will have you running out of the office and down to the street like a 10-year-old.

Baldy’s

You can find Baldy’s in the St. Paul and Lakeville areas, and you’re bound to be blown away by the truck’s flavorful barbecue dishes. Ranging from pulled pork and brisket to Missouri sausage, ribs and baked beans, you can enjoy authentic barbecue without having to fire up the grill.

A La Plancha

A La Plancha offers street food unlike anywhere else. This on-the-go tapas restaurant serves up Spanish-inspired dishes, including cubanos, quesadillas, gazpacho, empanadas, and a wide selection of vegetarian and vegan options.

The Bison Butler

The name may be strange, but the food is delicious. The Bison Butler serves farm-to-table barbecue and bison meals, including burgers, sausage, brats and mouthwatering steak tacos. Eating fresh, sustainable foods on the go just became a lot easier.

FunFare Global Street Eats

FunFare Global Street Eats is one of the most exciting food trucks on the road. Taste flavors from around the world, ranging from Louisiana shrimp po’ boys to pulled pork, Baja fish tacos, baklava and Cuban sandwiches. The multinational theme means everyone in your group will find something they love.

Don’t forget to stop and see us at the PleasureLand RV Centers in St. Cloud, Ramsey, Brainerd, and Long Prairie when you’re cruising throughout Minnesota in your RV this summer.

National Fresh Fruit and Veggies Month: Best Produce for Travel

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June is National Fresh Fruit and Veggies Month, and it’s the perfect time to become more aware of what you’re eating on the road. Enjoying fresh fruits and vegetables along your travels can seem difficult at first. Some produce ripens too quickly and other fruits and veggies just aren’t the tasty snacks you want when living life on the road. The following fruit-and-vegetable-filled snacks are ones that you’ll start to crave on every journey.

Clementines

Clementines travel extremely well. You can stuff one in your pocket, a few in your backpack, or a bunch on the counter and snack on them as you please. They’re easy to peel and slightly hydrating for those long, dry days on the road. Keep your clementines in a container to keep them from getting smashed.

Cherry Tomatoes

Cherry tomatoes are a produce item you can pick up at nearly every farmers’ market across the country. Pull over and grab a box for snacking while you’re in the passenger seat. Even better, cherry tomatoes taste delicious at room temperature, so they don’t have to take up precious refrigerator space.

Miniature Bell Peppers

Bite-size bell peppers are one of the healthiest alternatives to chips that you can find. They taste delicious dipped in hummus or salad dressing for a flavorful and healthy snack on the go. Even better, the seeds inside the miniature bell peppers are unnoticeable when chomping them down.

Blueberries or Raspberries

Many travelers grab a box of strawberries at the farmers’ market for snacking, but the stems can make them messier than other berries. Opt for blueberries or raspberries, which come in smaller containers and can be enjoyed by the handful.

Find Your Dream RV

Upgrading your RV to one with a full kitchen could make a huge difference in the way you eat on the road. Stop in and see us at the PleasureLand RV Centers throughout Minnesota to find your dream, residential-style RV today.

Must-Visit June Events Near St. Cloud

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It finally feels like summer in Minnesota, and there’s no better time to fire up your RV and visit the Land of 10,000 Lakes than now. June is packed with must-visit festivals and events that shouldn’t be missed. The following are just a few of the action-packed festivities happening throughout the St. Cloud area this month.

Downtown St. Cloud Art Crawl

Summer has already arrived in St. Cloud, and that means the Downtown St. Cloud Art Crawl events are underway. A crawl through the downtown area will be held on June 10, and is set to feature artists displaying their work in more than 35 locations. Visitors will enjoy live music, performances, painting, ceramics, jewelry, printmaking, glass, sculptures and more.

Lemonade Concert and Art Fair

This year’s Lemonade Concert and Art Fair will be held at St. Cloud State University on June 23. The event will feature more than 200 arts and crafts vendors, live performers, handmade artisan foods, live music, children’s activities, summer lemonade stands and a must-see performance by the St. Cloud Symphony Orchestra. This year marks the 42nd year of the event, so be sure to show up prepared to shop, dine and be entertained.

Lakes Jam

The anticipated Lakes Jam festival will take place this June 23, 24 and 25, in Brainerd, Minn. The weekend-long festival features excellent campsites, a must-see car show, a water cross competition, numerous contests, countless vendors and live music by world-renowned acts, including Styx, Toby Keith, Chase Bryant and more. This must-visit event is an ideal time to enjoy nonstop music and entertainment from the comfort of your RV.

Be sure to pay us a visit at the PleasureLand RV Centers in St. Cloud and Brainerd when you’re cruising throughout the area in your RV this June. We have all of the summer camping supplies and RV accessories you need to make the most of Minnesota’s lakes, outdoor festivals, campgrounds and more.

The Best Bakeries in St. Cloud

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The St. Cloud area is no stranger to delicious eats. In fact, it can be difficult to decide where to dine with so many options available. But when you’ve got a craving for sweet or savory baked goods, these three bakeries are the ones to visit.

Dutch Maid Bakery 

The Dutch Maid Bakery, on East Saint Germain Street in St. Cloud, is one you’ll hear the locals raving about. The massive selection of fresh baked goods make it a must-stop location for anyone, whether you’re into sweet or savory baked goods. Even better, the Dutch Maid Bakery has been family owned and serving the St. Cloud area for more than 50 years, which means you’re getting a true taste of local flavor.

Great Harvest Bread Co. 

You can find Great Harvest Brad Co., at 135 Division St., in Waite Park. This bakery chain specializes in delicious, healthy, whole-grain muffins and breads made with fresh Montana wheat. It’s an ideal place to grab a loaf of bread before dinner, a mouthwatering sandwich at lunch time or a fresh baked scone for breakfast. If you’re trying to stay off the donuts and opt for a healthier morning option, Great Harvest Bread Co., should be on your radar.

Sweet Nature Gluten Free Baked Goods

You don’t have to have a gluten allergy to fall in love with Sweet Nature Gluten Free Baked Goods in nearby Sauk Rapids. Visitors rave about the cookies, cupcakes, energy balls, miniature cakes and abundance of other healthy, gluten-free baked treats. Even better, the bakery offers free delivery in Sauk Rapids, so you can have special treats delivered straight to your door during a busy work week.

Stop and see us at the PleasureLand RV Center in St. Cloud, when you’re cruising throughout the city in search of mouthwatering baked treats. We’re your one-stop RV shop for all of your spring and summer RV needs.