Friday, April 12, 2013

Need a Place to Go for Memorial Day Weekend?

Memorial Day Weekend is right around the corner and you may be looking for a place to head for some rest, relaxation and FUN!  We have a couple of parks that want to let you know what fun they have planned for their guests.

The Springs at Borrego in Borrego Springs, CA is planning to have a blast!  They have RV sites available and are offering two great packages for you to choose from:
  1. Pampered Camper- $249, which includes RV site and 2 massage treatments.
  2. Romantic Getaway- $199, which includes RV site, dinner for two, wine and golf.
There will also be a free concert with the amazing Alice Wallace Band at the Dreamweaver Amphitheater on Saturday the 25th and a Star Party with Dennis Mammana on Sunday the 26th.  Call (866) 330-0003 to make your reservation today!

The Shady Oasis Kampground in Victorville, Ca would love to welcome you and your family to their park for the Memorial Day Weekend.  They still have some RV and tent sites available for that weekend.  On both Saturday and Sunday there will be live music, kids movies and bingo.  Come relax and enjoy some family fun at the park! Call (888) 452-6788 to make your reservation today!

Friday, April 5, 2013

Angels Camp RV & Camping Resort Is Celebrating 7 Years!

These days it is always nice to hear about a business that has stayed open for a significant amount of time, rather than another that is closing in this economical climate. We are happy to announce that Angels Camp RV & Camping Resort is celebrating 7 successful years in 2013 and are celebrating by having a PARTY!!!

On April 27th, 2013, the park will open their doors to their guests and the public in order to celebrate with as many people as possible.  The festivities start at 11am and go all day, with activities for the whole family.  There will be free hot dogs, chips and soda during lunch and many activities like:

  • Live music

  • Silent auction
  • Wood Carving at 1:30 & 3:30pm by Neil Egan (featured on the Discovery Channel) 
  • Cooking Demonstrations
  • Craft Show

  • Dog Show

  • Coffee

  • Wine Tasting 

  • Games w/ Prizes, including hula hoop contest, 3 legged race & water balloon toss

The day will conclude with the lighting of the new fire pit and karaoke on the back porch.  The owners at Angels Camp RV & Camping Resort would love to reserve a spot for you today and see you at this big celebration.  For more information and to make reservations call 209-736-0404 or visit their Facebook page.

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Things to do in Orange County

Orange County Events

The orange orchards of Orange County are a little harder to find these days, but not so the ideal citrus-growing climate. Theme parks, outdoor shopping complexes, and fine restaurants in Anaheim, Costa Mesa and quintessential beach towns along the coast take advantage of the great weather. Visit for a more extensive calendar of events.

Food & Spirits
Laguna Beach a la Carte In March, the Laguna Beach Visitors & Conference Bureau will embark on its annual food and wine event. Guests will experience world-class cuisine, prix-fixe menus, food & wine pairings, and special offers by local restaurateurs … taking place at various restaurants over four special days.

Strawberry Festival  Dating back to the late 50s, this festival features games, arts and crafts, food and carnival rides, as well as local performers, a parade and surprise celebrity appearances. The festival also features a fair amount of strawberry shortcake.

OC Wine & Beer Weeks  A two-week event in which restaurants throughout OC create fantastic meals to enjoy with wine or beer pairings. For the two back-to-back weeks of wine and beer fun, the selections will be varied for every taste and budget so that those interested may take advantage of amazing deals at the best restaurants.


Festival of Whales  This March festival celebrates the round-trip migration of the California Gray Whale from Alaska to Baja and includes an art show, street fair, parade, sand sculptures whale-watching tours and sailing and rowing instruction.

Return of the Swallows Festival  The Return of the Swallows Festival begins each year with the traditional observance of the Swallows Day, March 19, and includes performances, food, arts and crafts, and much more.  The Swallows are said to migrate annually to Goya, Argentina, in October and return to their spring and summer home in San Juan Capistrano each March. The celebration began centuries ago when mission padres observed that the birds’ return roughly coincided with St. Joseph’s Day, March 9 on the church calendar.

Just for Fun
Tet (Vietnamese Lunar New Year) Tet, the Lunar New Year, marks the beginning of spring and is the most observed holiday within the Vietnamese community. As a means to preserve culture, the Vietnamese American community celebrates Tet through a vibrant array of traditional foods, ceremonies and customs. Hosted annually by the Union of Vietnamese Student Association, the Tet Festival in Garden Grove is the largest Vietnamese Lunar New Year celebration in the U.S.
Newport Beach Film Festival  Set in beautiful Newport Beach, a few blocks away from the spectacular coastline and less than an hour from Hollywood, the annual festival hosts several premiers, galas and yacht parties for a singular festival experience. Films are shown throughout the city, which boasts one of the largest movie consumer groups in the world, a rich filmmaking history, as well as fine dining, shopping and exceptional recreational activities.  In addition, the Newport Beach Film Festival offers filmgoers an opportunity to meet the filmmakers.  Directors, screenwriters and cinematographers eager to share their work will provide an exclusive, inside look at the industry during post-screening Q & As.

Festival of the Arts  California’s finest summer art event is staged in a six-acre canyon park near the ocean in Laguna Beach. The stars of his summertime tradition, which began here in 1932, are more than 140 of the Southland’s most accomplished artists. This is a rigorously juried show; requiring exhibitors to demonstrated and maintain high aesthetic standards. Their work is truly fine art!
Pageant of the Masters  Ninety minutes of “tableaux vivant" or "living pictures” - incredibly faithful art recreations of classical to look exactly like their counterparts in the original pieces. An outdoor amphitheater, professional orchestra, original score, live narration, intricate sets, sophisticated lighting, expert staff and hundreds of dedicated volunteers have won recognition. 

Tall Ships Festival  This is the largest annual gathering of tall ships on the West Coast. You can explore the majesty and wonder of tall ships through the smells, sounds and sights of real working tall ships. Interactive living-history encampments, including blacksmiths and scrimshaw artists, and the infamous Port Royal Privateers, are sure to entertain and amaze quests of all ages.

Christmas Boat Parades  Join more than one million viewers and watch beautifully decorated yachts, boats, kayaks, and canoes sail along the harbor in the Annual Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade. As Newport Beach’s Christmas card to the world, the boat parade will set the harbor ablaze for five consecutive nights. The parade starts off Bay Island at 6:30 p.m. and finishes at the same site at approximately 9 p.m. each evening.


Laguna Beach Music Festival  This week-long  Festival, a multi-faceted event, presents classical quartet repertoire, contemporary musical composition, world music traditions and visual arts collaborations. As always, the Festival will match prominent and promising artists, creating unique opportunities for the audience.

Doheny Blues Festival  Every May, the Doheny Blues Festival kicks off the summer concert season in Southern California. Blues legends and up-and-comers take over Doheny State Beach for three days of the best music you’ll ever hear. Bonnie Raitt, Brian Setzer, B.B. King, John Fogerty and Derek Trucks have all graced the stage in Dana Point in years past, and it is this caliber of talent that brings this music fest worldwide acclaim.

Sports – watch or join, we’ve tried to find something for everyone

US Open of Surfing  What’s the closest thing to watching the world’s best surfers compete in a full-on stadium atmosphere? Look no further than Huntington Beach in late July, when more than 500,000 people will find their way to Surf City USA®, post up in the sand and cheer on their heroes at the pier. It’s been that way for more than 50 years, starting with the US Championships in 1959 and evolving to what it is today, the Nike US Open of Surfing.

Laguna Dance Festival Laguna Beach Dance Festival, held in the spring and fall, brings world-class dance companies and performers to Laguna Beach for a week-long celebration of movement and choreography. The event features dance classes on Main Beach, performances at The Laguna Playhouse and dance installations at local art galleries.

Newport Landing Sportfishing is great for both beginners and experienced fisherman, with day fishing trips offered in the morning, afternoon, and evening daily. Catch over two dozen different species of fish including giant yellowtail up to 40 pounds, halibut, kelp bass, barracuda, red snapper, and many more. Hundreds of fish per each trip is common. Catalina Island day trips are offered daily and they catch giant yellowtail to 50 pounds, white sea bass to 60 pounds, yellowfin tuna (summer months) and dozens more. Overnight and longer trips are also available. Check our website for availability and schedule. Each ship has a full-service kitchen onboard and fish cleaning. Rental gear and everything you would need for your trip is also available.

Friday, February 1, 2013

Anaheim Resort RV Park Seeing Turnaround in Business

ANAHEIM, Calif., Dec. 11, 2012 – The recent downturn in the economy took its toll on Anaheim’s tourism business, including Anaheim Resort RV Park in 2008 and 2009, which depends on Disneyland-bound families for most of its overnight business.  But a turnaround is taking place, and is being fueled not only by a
stronger economy, but by resourceful families who are finding that taking an RV trip to Disneyland can help reduce food and lodging costs while also providing a fun and memorable experience for the kids.

Anaheim Resort RV Park CEO R. Vernon Mangels said growing numbers of families are pairing up in private and rented RVs as a way to cut costs while they visit Disneyland.  “Three years ago, we had three or four guests per vehicle. Now, it’s six or seven per vehicle,” Mangels said, adding that families have figured out they can cut their RV rental costs in half by sharing an RV.  “People are coming with two full families in one RV -- two sets of parents and two sets of kids,” he said.  Disneyland-bound guests have also figured out that they can cut their food costs by having more meals in their RV rather than purchasing all of their food at Disneyland.

Many of Mangels’ guests come back to their RVs for lunch and then head back to Disneyland later in the afternoon, often after the kids have had a chance to swim in the RV park swimming pool or their parents have had a chance to take a nap. “They’re saving huge amounts of money by doing this,” Mangels said, adding that his park also serves its guests free coffee, tea and Otis Spunkmeyer muffins as a light breakfast.

Mangels is also seeing a change in the demographics of his visitors.  Instead of seeing mostly older RVers with Class A motorhomes, the largest RVs on the road, Mangels is now seeing younger families who travel with smaller Class C motorhomes and trailers.  “We’re seeing a whole new generation of campers,” he said, adding that many of his guests are in their mid 40s and early 50s with kids between the ages of 6 and 16.

Anaheim Resort RV Park is a two-time, “A” grade winner in the annual satisfaction survey of independent parks and rated the #1 specialty lodging in Anaheim by Trip Advisor. The park was also named the “Family-Owned Business of the Year” this year by the Anaheim Chamber of Commerce.

For more information about Anaheim Resort RV Park, please visit  Other privately owned and operated campgrounds can be found at and

Friday, January 25, 2013


INDIO, Calif., Dec. 11, 2012 – Shadow Hills RV Resort was one of 42 campgrounds, RV parks and resorts across the country to earn an all around “A” grade in the fifth annual GuestRated satisfaction survey of independent parks.  This 120-site park received an “A” grade in overall guest satisfaction for the year 2012.  The top-rated parks were announced at the Rio All Suites Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas during a Nov. 30th awards ceremony hosted by the National Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds (ARVC).
More than 30,000 camping and RV enthusiasts completed reviews in the online survey, grading their experiences at 3,200 independent RV parks and campgrounds.  “Consistently earning an overall ‘A’ grade from guests is difficult, and our 42 winners this year represent less than 2% of all of the nation’s campgrounds,” said Bob MacKinnon, president and CEO of, the Murrieta, Calif.-based company that conducted the online survey on behalf of ARVC.  Shadow Hills RV Resort provides its guests with a variety of amenities not typically found in RV resorts. Overnight guests are treated to fresh baked Otis Spunkmeyer cookies, which they receive upon check-in, while long-term guests are given a special gift that they can enjoy during their stay.  “These are the kinds of things that can bring a smile to a guest upon check-in,” said Paula Turner, who co-owns the resort with her husband, David.  Shadow Hills also provides its guests with luxurious country club-style restrooms that are fully stocked with shaver kits as well as oral hygiene and skin care products.  “In every part of the resort, we try to provide very good customer service,” Turner said.  “But it takes a lot of staffing to do that. We could not provide good customer service without an exceptional team.”  Indeed, when the Turners purchased the resort seven years ago, it had only two employees. Today, the resort has as many as 15 working during the peak winter season.

The Turners have also invested more than $500,000 in improvements, which include paving and reconfiguring their RV sites to accommodate today’s largest rigs with slideouts.  They have also installed a solar-heated, salt water swimming pool.  New improvements planned for this winter include construction of a
covered area by the swimming pool for outdoor massages and installation of more lighting by the park’s pond and fire pit to better accommodate outdoor activities.  While the Turners have developed many of their own ideas for park improvements, they have also used consumer survey feedback from to guide their efforts. “The surveys have enabled us to assess where we exceed expectations while also helping us focus on other aspects of the park where improvements are needed,” Turner said.  These improvements, combined with the Turners’ focus on customer service and input from guest reviews, have paid off.  Shadow Hills is fully booked with snowbirds through March. After that, the resort fills up with teenagers, 20-somethings and young-at-heart travelers from around the world who come to Indio to attend the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival and Stagecoach, one of the largest country music festivals in the
country. Both events take place in April.

The GuestRated national online review program was launched in 2008 in collaboration with ARVC.  For more information about the GuestRated program, please contact Bob MacKinnon of at (877) 707-7080 or For more information about Shadow Hills RV Resort, please contact Paula Turner at (760) 360-4040 and visit  To find privately owned and operated campgrounds, visit and

Thursday, January 17, 2013


ANAHEIM, Calif., Dec. 11, 2012 – Anaheim Resort RV Park has received local and national awards for its outstanding customer service as well as its exceptional business achievements and contributions to Anaheim’s business community.

Anaheim Resort RV Park was one of 42 campgrounds, RV parks and resorts across the country to earn an all around “A” grade in the fifth annual satisfaction survey of independent parks.
This 120-site park received an “A” grade in overall guest satisfaction for the year 2012.  This was the second year in a row that Anaheim Resort RV Park received the “A” rating. More than 30,000 camping and RV enthusiasts completed reviews in the online survey, grading their experiences at 3,200 independent RV parks and campgrounds across the country.
“Consistently earning an overall ‘A’ grade from guests is difficult, and our 42 winners this year represent less than 2% of all of the nation’s campgrounds.” said Bob MacKinnon, president and CEO of, the Murrieta, Calif.-based company that conducted the online survey on behalf of ARVC.  The top-rated parks were announced at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas during a Nov. 30th awards ceremony hosted by the National Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds (ARVC).  Five days later, Anaheim Resort RV Park was named “Family-Owned Business of the Year” by the Anaheim Chamber of Commerce in an awards ceremony recognizing the park’s exceptional business achievements and outstanding commitment to Anaheim’s business community.
“We’re obviously very humbled and blessed to receive these local and national awards,” said R. Vernon Mangels, Anaheim Resort RV Park’s CEO. Mangels is the grandson of resort founders L.V. and Miriam Bostwick and now runs the resort as a third-generation owner.  The park was originally founded in 1956 as Midway Trailer City, which in those days was a mobile home park. But when Disneyland expanded in the 1960s and bought up RV parks on the west side of the amusement park it created a need for more overnight RV spaces, so the Bostwick family decided to transition their park from a mobile home park to an RV resort in the late 1980s.    

It turned out to be a prudent decision. Even today, most of Anaheim Resort RV Park’s business is travelers heading to Disneyland.  But Mangels said business success -- and high customer ratings -- require much more than a good location. In the RV resort business, it also requires exemplary facilities and amenities and a willingness to make continual improvements.    

Toward that end, Mangels has spent between $500,000 and $750,000 on improvements during the past four years. This includes building an on-site 1960s Cafe, updating the RV sites with new utility connections and picnic tables; remodeling the park’s office and swimming pool, adding new areas for guests to walk their dogs (pet friendly), installing programmable swimming pool and restroom door locks and installing a reliable state-of-the-art Wi-Fi system.   Mangels has also increased the number of people working at the park to handle maintenance as well as front desk check ins.
“People receive an incredibly high level of guest service when they go to Disneyland, so I’ve raised the bar here,” Mangels said, adding that his park has also received more than 345 reviews on and been rated the number one specialty lodging provider in Anaheim.
And since the people who stay at Anaheim Resort RV Park are typically heading to Disneyland, Mangels has forged a partnership to sell Disneyland tickets. “We’re the only RV park that sells actual Disney tickets on our property,” Mangels said, adding, “We sell a lot of them.”
The park, which is less than a mile from Disneyland, also has Anaheim Rapid Transit (ART) shuttle stop on their property, which offers convenient transportation for RV park guests to and from Disneyland and the surrounding area.
The GuestRated national online review program was launched in 2008 in collaboration with ARVC.  For more information about the GuestRated program, please contact Bob MacKinnon of at (877) 707-7080 or For more information about Anaheim Resort RV Park, please visit
Privately owned and operated campgrounds can be found at and

Friday, January 4, 2013

Happy New Year!!

We had a great 2012 but are looking ahead to 2013 now and we are excited!

We hope as many of you make your New Year resolutions to lose weight and save money that you make room on your list for more traveling.  Our parks lie all over California, from the Mexico border to the Oregon border, from the Pacific Ocean to the Sierra Nevada Mountains!  No matter the destination you have decided to visit this year, one of our parks is sure to be close by.

To view our parks by region  online, click here.  In addition to finding a park's location information, you can read reviews, look at pictures and peruse a list of on-site amenities so that you know exactly what your home away from home will be like.

Camp California is proud to offer a comprehensive, 90-page California Camping Guide that includes color photos, maps, park and visitor information and calendar of events for each of the 12 regions.  The guide comes in 3 different layouts- print, digital and PDF.  Click here to get your copy today!!

As always we'd love to know where you are planning to travel to this year!  Let us know your plans or share a picture or two on our Facebook or Twitter page!

Happy Camping in 2013 from all of here at Camp California!