Visit Napa Valley this Summer

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When you’re ready to start planning your itinerary to explore Napa Valley, a visit to Pan Pacific RV Center will get you on your way in style and comfort in a new RV or used travel travel.

Activities

Enjoy the valley by bicycling along the routes that connect the wineries. With a bike tour, leisurely make your way through the vineyards enjoying the scenic beauty of the valley. Choose from a classic Napa Valley tour, self-guided or an afternoon tour. Add to the fun with a combination biking and hot air balloon tour package or sign up for a morning bike ride followed by lunch and ending with a refreshing visit to the spa.

For a special evening, make reservations to dine on the Wine Train in a vintage Pullman car and savor dinner as the train travels through the vineyards. Also in the wine valley, travelers can spend the day exploring the 400-acre Sonoma Serengeti and its abundant wildlife of over 900 birds and mammals.

Wineries

Traveling through the wine region brings you face to face with well known names in the wine business. There’s Mondavi, Sutter Home, the 12th century medieval castle of Castello Di Amorosa, Patz and Hall Winery, Trefethen Family Vineyards and the Franciscan Estate, to name just a few. Many wineries offer tours of the estates and vineyards and opportunities for sampling in the tasting rooms.

See Us at Pan Pacific RV Center

Stop by Pan Pacific RV Center and we’ll get you on your way so you won’t miss a single minute of the events and activities in wine country.

Whiskeytown National Recreation Area

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The Whiskeytown National Recreation Area is well-known for its beautiful sapphire-blue lakes bordered by stunning mountain peaks. This gorgeous setting is located in Shasta, California. However, water-based activities are only a small part of what this park has to offer guests. This area is also home to immaculate mountain creeks, four waterfalls, over 70 miles of hiking trails and endless opportunities to explore the rich history of California’s Gold Rush era.

Fishing, kayaking, water skiing and swimming are just a few of the activities visitors can enjoy on the lake’s clear, cool waters. There are also numerous picnic areas located throughout the park. Each site is shaded and includes tables, a grill and restrooms nearby. You can find these picnic areas at Brandy Creek, Oak Bottom and the Whiskey Creek boat launch area.

With fall coming up, the perfect way to view the abundance of changing fall colors is a by exploring one of the many nature trails. There are 24 of them located at Whiskeytown ranging in varying degrees of difficulty. The Buck Hallow Trail is one of the easier ones. This trail is just one mile long and passes through several small creek crossings. It’s an easy walk and is recommended for families with children or those looking for a pleasant stroll. For a more challenging hike, check out the James K. Carr trail. This one measure 3.4 miles, round trip, and leads you to the Whiskeytown Falls. The reward is the breathtaking site of a 220-foot waterfall. For the safety of all guests, it’s prohibited to go beyond any railings and is strongly advised to remain on the trail at all times.

While visiting, you may want to stay a few nights with your RV. The Oak Bottom RV Park is located just miles away and it offers 22 dry RV sites. All of which are within walking distance of the restrooms, beaches and a boat ramp. These sites are affordable and range from $10 to $18 per night, which means you can stay as long as you want.

Visit Pan Pacific RV

Before heading out to Whiskeytown National Recreation Area, or anywhere else, stop by Pan Pacific RV to view our inventory, schedule some service, or shop for much-needed RV accessories.

July Events in California

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It’s always summer in California, but July just makes everything about the Golden State even better. Fire up your RV and cruise to California for these three free July events in San Francisco.

San Francisco Symphony Outdoor Concert – July 10

A summer tradition, the acclaimed San Francisco Symphony performs with conductor Edwin Outwater in a performance celebrating the centennial of the National Parks Service. Join for an afternoon truly “in concert with nature.”

Edwin Outwater will be participating in an informative pre-concert Artist Talk with Associate Director of Artistic Planning Richard Lonsdorf as moderator. The Artist Talk will take place at Stern Grove’s Trocadero Clubhouse at 12:00 noon on the day of the concert.

“Off the Grid” Food Truck Party – July 22

Off The Grid features nearly 30 food trucks, food tents and dessert carts, plus a cocktail bar, wine bar and beers all coming out to Fort Mason Center, rain or shine. There’s typically DJs from 5-8 pm and live bands from 8-10 pm.

San Francisco Ballet Outdoor Performance – July 31

The incomparable San Francisco Ballet returns to Stern Grove Festival in the company’s only Bay Area summer appearance. Led by Artistic Director, Helgi Tomasson, the Company performs selections from their current repertory, with the GRAMMY-winning San Francisco Ballet Orchestra and conductor Martin West.

Shop for Your Dream RV

Get into the spirit of summer by shopping for the RV of your dreams this July. Browse our huge selections of in-stock new and used RVs at our Pan Pacific RV locations in French Camp, Morgan Hill and Sacramento.

The Best Red, White, and Blue Dessert Recipe

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Fourth of July cookouts are one of the holiday’s most enjoyable traditions. And there’s no better way to end a tasty Fourth of July meal than with an extravagant red, white and blue desert. This “Surprise Inside Independence Day Cake” is guaranteed to impress all of your friends and family at the campsite with its festive red, white and blue interior.

Surprise Inside Independence Day Cake

What you’ll need:

  • Cooking spray
  • 1 package white cake mix (18.25 ounces)
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 1 package instant French vanilla pudding mix (3.5 ounces)
  • 3/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 drop blue food coloring
  • 1 drop red food coloring
  • 1 cup unsalted butter (room temperature)
  • 1 cup butter-flavored shortening
  • 8 cups confectioners’ sugar
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon clear imitation vanilla extract

Cooking instructions:

  1. Preheat your RV oven to 350 degrees. Spray three 9-inch cake pans with the cooking spray.
  2. Beat the cake mix, instant pudding, water, eggs and vegetable oil together with an electric mixer in a large bowl. Continue mixing until batter is smooth.
  3. Divide the cake batter into three small bowls. Tint one bowl of batter to your desired shade of blue and tint the other bowl red. Pour each bowl of batter into its prepared cake pan.
  4. Bake the cakes in the preheated oven for about 10 to 15 minutes or until a toothpick is inserted and comes out clean.
  5. Let the cakes cool for roughly 10 minutes after removed from the oven, then turn them out onto three separate pieces of plastic wrap. Move them to a clear working surface to finish cooling.
  6. In a large bowl, beat the butter, butter-flavored shortening, salt and imitation vanilla with an electric mixer until creamy.
  7. Add 1 cup of confectioners’ sugar at a time and continue beating. Mix in the cream until the frosting is smooth.
  8. Slowly lift the red layer of cake using the plastic wrap and place it on a cake plate. Remove the plastic wrap and frost the top.
  9. Place the blue cake on top of the red one and frost again. Top the cake with the white layer and frost the top and sides.

Don’t forget to drop in and see us at Pan Pacific RV Center. There’s still plenty of summer left and the open road is calling your name! Come view our new inventory of RVs to find the one that’s right for your family.