When you’re planning an RV trip, you may notice that it’s difficult to find the smaller attractions, the hidden gems of an area. If you’re traveling through Northern California this winter or spring, don’t pass up a chance to visit Downievile.
It’s not a big place and you’ve likely not heard of it, but it’s definitely worth a visit. While not being near anything else and boasting under 300 full time residents, Downieville nonetheless has a lot to offer visitors who make their way out to visit.
Enveloped in the Yuba River District and Tahoe National Forest, Downieville is a perfect base of operations for a variety of outdoor activities and sports. Fishing in the Yuba River is popular among fishing enthusiasts who go there for the painted rainbow trout and German brown trout. Mountain biking is also a popular activity in the area. The best trail in Downieville is the “Downieville Downhill,” a trail that drops 4,400 feet over 17 miles of trail.
Those interested in learning more about Downieville can visit the visitor center and memorial park, which hosts exhibits on the gold rush past of the town.
There are also a number of local businesses for tourists to enjoy, including dining and shopping options.
Visit Pan Pacific RV
If you’re traveling through Northern California this winter, be sure to stop by Pan Pacific RV for any of your RV needs. From service to parts and accessories, Pan Pacific RV can help make your season of RVing easier.
This is a simple recipe that doesn’t call for many ingredients and can be made without problems in your RV’s kitchen. It’s great for a special holiday treat: make it in batches and give them to your family, friends, or neighbors or save them for your big meal as a dessert.
HOT CHOCOLATE FUDGE
- 2 cups dark chocolate chips
- 14 ounces sweetened condensed milk, divided
- 1½ cup white chocolate chips
- 1½ cups mallow bits mini hot chocolate marshmallows
- In a microwave safe bowl, combine white chocolate chips with 5 tablespoons sweetened condensed milk.
- In a separate bowl, combine dark chocolate chips with remaining sweetened condensed milk.
- Line a square 9×9 pan with foil and generously grease with butter or shortening.
- Microwave dark chocolate 30 seconds, then stir. Microwave 15 seconds then stir vigorously until chocolate is smooth. Transfer mixture into prepared pan and spread into an even layer.
- Microwave white chocolate 30 seconds. Stir until smooth. Spread mixture on top of dark chocolate layer. (This will take some finesse to spread into a thin layer.)
- Top with mini marshmallows then gently press down.
- Refrigerate at least 6 hours to set.
- Remove fudge and foil from pan. Carefully peel all foil from fudge.
- Cut fudge into bite sized pieces and serve.
Visit Pan Pacific RV
Stop by Pan Pacific RV this fall to shop for a new RV. Tour any RV in the inventory and learn more about the models that interest you. If you’re not on the market for an RV, Pan Pacific RV can still help you with RV service before you hit the road.
If you are planning on a road trip in the winter, where you go depends on what kind of weather you want to visit. Want to see snow this winter? While snow’s not difficult to come across, especially the further north you go, here are some places to visit that really give that wintry landscape that little bit extra.
Norman Rockwell Country
If you prefer to stay in the colder climates, take a road trip to Ellicottville off I-80 in New York. Ellicottville is home of HoliMont, a private ski resort – the largest one in North America. From there, ride south on U.S. 219 along the Allegany State Park to go ice skating, sledding or cross-country skiing at Relais & Chateau Lodge at Glendorn. You can also go ice fishing for walleye then warm up in front of one of 43 fireplaces in the Lodge.
Vermont and New Hampshire
Visit Jackson, New Hampshire, in the White Mountains for some great pictures of red covered bridges and over 154,000 cross-country ski trails. Stop in Burlington, Vermont, for some great coffee at the Maglianero Cafe, then head up to Montpelier through the White Mountain National Forest. Visit Bretton Woods for some downhill skiing and be sure to stop at the Christmas Farm Inn and Spa for some great relaxation and more cross-country skiing.
Minnesota and Wisconsin
If you have a ton of time or don’t mind flying to take a road trip, head out to Duluth to start a 240-mile loop. Start out on state route 13, making sure you stop at Apostle Islands National Lakeshore to see the ice caves, spend the night at the Old Rittenhouse Inn in Bayfield, and then head out on U.S. 63 for some Nordic skiing in Hayward at the American Birkebeiner trail system. Head back to Duluth to catch your flight home – or drive that long distance back to Virginia.
Stop by Pan Pacific RV
Before you head out, whether you are heading north, south, or east, be sure to have your RV serviced at Pan Pacific RV – especially if you’re set to head somewhere snowy.
There’s no need to feel homesick when you’re traveling in your RV for the holidays. In fact, your RV can be one of the best places to enjoy this season’s festivities. These simple but effective tips will help you make the most of your small space this holiday season.
Decorate It Like Home
Decorations play a big part about making you and your family feel more festive during the holidays. Consider parking at one campground for a week or two over the holidays, so you can decorate the interior and exterior of your RV without having to pack it all away before moving locations. Use holiday lights and natural decorations (like wreaths or garlands) on the exterior of your RV and a small table-top tree on the interior.
If you enjoy natural trees, consider purchasing a potted natural tree, so you can plant it somewhere and leave a positive impact on the environment when the holidays are over.
Shop for RV-Related Gifts
Traveling in your RV probably means you don’t want bulky presents that will take up a lot of space. Consider shopping for supplies and accessories that will make the RV lifestyle more comfortable for you and your fellow campers. Card games, books, and camping supplies are great for kids, while adults may be more interested in some of the latest and greatest RV electronics and space-saving devices.
If you’re traveling in your RV this time of year, it may mean you’re someplace warm. Consider throwing your holiday festivities outside at the campsite to keep the interior of your RV clutter free. Invite fellow campers over for a potluck or cook Christmas dinner over the open fire.
Visit Pan Pacific RV Center
Don’t forget to stop and see us here at Pan Pacific RV Center for all of your holiday RV travel needs.