Whether motivated by environmental impact concerns, embracing the minimalist lifestyle, or just because of nostalgia, everyone’s getting in on the renovated RV/Bus craze! Most of us have known for some time, however, how fabulous the RV lifestyle is, but now that the whole world is realizing it, that’s not a bad thing!
Recreational vehicles (RVs) are synonymous with road trips and summer. Whether you’re taking a cross country drive in a giant motorhome with all the amenities of a real house, or camping out in a renovated van, these vehicles epitomize freedom and travel — and they’re getting more and more popular.
Today, RVs — be they trailers or converted vans — have seen a resurgence in popularity based on nostalgia. You can even stay in a renovated Airstream trailer via Airbnb.
Keep reading for a look into how RVs have changed over the years.
When you park your RV in the Alliance Hill RV Resort, you may wonder what you’ll do with all your free time. After all, you won’t have to wait in long lines of traffic, you won’t get stuck in any crowds and you definitely won’t be subjected to the sounds of civilization. (That sounds just about perfect, to us!) Sometimes, however, you just want to get out and DO SOMETHING. If you want to head out and explore the area, stop by the Seacrest Wolf Preserve in North Florida for an experience unlike any other. This once-in-a-lifetime opportunity gets you up-close and personal to some of nature’s most beautiful creatures.
As the largest wolf preserve in the Southeastern United States, the Seacrest Wolf Preserve is located on over 400 acres of nature trails, ponds and lakes perfect for the variety of wildlife that call it home. Wild wolf species include the British Colombian wolf, the Gray wolf and other animals such as fox, racoons and coyotes.
The walking tour through the 3-acre wolf habitat is designed to give visitors the experience of being part of the wolf pack. It includes hands-on interaction with the wolves, as well as the chance to be part of a wolf howl. A concession and restroom stop partway through the tour gives you a chance to rest, while reflecting on the experiences you’ve had so far. The Small Animal Adventures experience lets you meet and greet some of the preserve’s most adorable creatures and provides photo ops that you’ll treasure forever. Before you leave, stop by the gift shop to wander through their selection of wolf-themed merchandise to take home as souvenirs.
We can’t guarantee that you’ll see a wolf while you’re staying at the Alliance Hill RV Resort, but you will have plenty of opportunities to enjoy the beauty of unspoiled Florida nature. Who knows – once you’ve spent an afternoon getting to know the creatures at the Seacrest Wolf Preserve, maybe you’ll be more attuned to the animal world and they’ll stop by and say hello.
Looking for a place to explore Florida’s wildlife? Give us a call – we’ll reserve your RV site today!
Camping is about getting away from the hustle and bustle of life. It’s a chance to unwind and unplug from the busyness life brings and to reconnect with your family and nature. When you pull your camper into a campground that boasts of hundreds of sites and every amenity possible, sometimes it doesn’t feel that different from everyday life.
Sometimes, that’s not a bad thing. Once in a while, it’s nice to be surrounded by other vacationers who share some of the same experiences and enjoyment of camping. With so many things to do on the activity list, you never have to worry about being bored. But when you truly want to get away from the cares and pressures of every day, getting lost in the crowd can just be another form of stress.
When you’re ready to truly unwind, you need a campground where the owner meets you at the gate, and your “neighbor” invites you over for a game of cards after you get set up. A place where a traffic jam means the deer are crossing the road, and the pool has plenty of room for everyone. Smaller doesn’t mean less amenities – it means more access. More access to the services and amenities, more individual connections with someone who knows you by name and more of a chance to enjoy the peaceful surroundings.
Next time you’re looking for a campground to park your RV, think smaller for more of what you’re looking for. Need a suggestion? You’ll find more than you expect at Alliance Hill RV. With over 60 acres, you get a front row seat to some of Florida’s most beautiful forests. With limited RV spots, you’ll be more than a campsite number, you’ll be a friend. If you’re heading to North Florida, or if you just want a place where you can breathe easy and truly get away, head up I-10 to Alliance Hill RV. We’d love to meet you!
Travel can be rewarding. Getting to see new sights, meet new people and participate in new experiences keeps life interesting and offers a wide range of benefits. Did you know that there are health benefits to taking a vacation? Who knew that loading up in an RV and heading out for parts unknown is more than just fun – it’s good for you!
A Canadian study done in 2009 found that taking a vacation can alleviate stress. (Makes sense, right?) That same study, however, found that a vacation can also help promote peace, increase personal and social development, expand intercultural communication, and improve your well-being. Not only do vacations benefit you as an individual, they benefit your family, building a bond that is developed through shared experiences. Collective memories create positive ties among family members (and provide material for great ‘Remember when?’ stories in the future!).
Medical studies show that there are physical benefits to taking a vacation as well. On average, people feel healthier after a vacation, they have less physical complaints and even see a reduction in cholesterol.
Not surprisingly, people returning to their regular activities after a vacation report feeling happier, less stressed and more satisfied with their lives. As a result, they are more productive, have lower rates of absenteeism from their jobs and are less likely to burnout.
Take care of your health – head out of town this summer for a chance to recharge, refresh and renew. Head to Alliance Hill RV Resort to enjoy 64 acres of unspoiled Florida beauty. Wander through our hiking trails, check out the native wildlife or spend time relaxing in our clubhouse and pool. Visit nearby Florida attractions, dust off your fishing pole or float down a spring-fed river. Whether you’re looking for a weekend getaway or a month long vacation, you’ll be enchanted by how much relaxing you can do at Alliance Hill. Call us today to schedule your ‘just what the doctor ordered’ vacation.
Looking to explore the natural treasures hiding amongst North Florida’s forests? The ideal location and Southern charm of Alliance Hill RV Resort offers RVers a perfect launch point, proving that you don’t need white sand beaches to experience the perfect Florida vacation!
Spring came early to North Florida this year, sweeping in mid-afternoon showers, pollen from blooming flowers, and, of course, adventurous RVers. With summer just around the corner, Marianna temperatures will soon reach 90 degrees – a dream for Florida vacationers and sun-seeking RV owners.
Unlike Central and South Florida, North Florida’s most beautiful scenery isn’t white sand beaches; they’re karst formations or landscapes formed by the dissolution of soluble rocks from years of trickling water. Trade in getting sand lodged between your toes (and other places) for swimming in the bluest of freshwater springs or hiking amongst old growth forests. From springs to creeks and underwater caves to dry caverns, North Florida’s breathtaking natural wonders present RVers with a truly unique Florida experience.
Jackson Blue Springs Recreation Area, conveniently located five miles east of Marianna, is a natural freshwater spring with a sprawling underwater cave system. Nature enthusiasts can hike the wooded trails surrounding the springhead and expect to see native wildlife like herons, cormorants, and ibis, as well as turtles. Experienced scuba divers can rent diving equipment from Cave Adventurers to explore the magnificent underwater cave complex. Or if you’re just looking to bask in the blue waters, individuals can rent tubes, canoes, and paddle boats.
Blue Springs is located at 5461 Blue Springs Highway Marianna, FL 32447. The spring opens to the public the weekend of May 28th and will remain open seven days a week until August 7th, at which point it will only be open on weekends until September 5th. There is an admission fee of $4.00 per person and the park gates open at 9:30am and close at 6:00pm. Guests are encouraged to arrive earlier given the location’s massive popularity amongst tourists and locals, alike.
Individuals can rent canoes or paddle boats for $10.00/hour or rent tubes, volleyballs, and basketballs for $1.00/hour. There is a fee of $30.00 to dive in the limestone caves. To learn more about planning a day trip to Blue Springs call (850)-482-2114 or visit their website: Blue Springs.
You can thank thousands of years of water erosion for the glistening and spectacular caves at Florida Caverns State Park. A beautiful example of the karst topography that dominates the North Florida region, the dry caverns offer vacationers a unique respite from the Sunshine State’s iconic beaches. Stalactites, stalagmites, soda straws and flowstones decorate the air-filled caves, creating a mesmerizing display of limestone formations.
Visitors can explore the vast caverns on guided 45-minute tours that are available five days a week except for Tuesdays and Wednesdays. The tour is considered to be moderately strenuous, so individuals with certain disabilities or health concerns can call the Ranger Station at (850)-482-1228 to better understand the tour’s difficulty. In addition, an audiovisual program can be viewed at specific areas of the park and at the visitor center.
Florida Caverns State Park isn’t all about exploring cave passages, either. Visitors can play a round of golf on the park’s nine-hole golf course dating back to the New-Deal era. Or, individuals can fish or boat along the Chipola River, which has its own boat ramp, and swim or canoe on Blue Hole spring, a refreshing 2-vent spring.
The park is located at 3345 Caverns Road Marianna, FL 32446, just three miles north of downtown Marianna. The park opens at 8:00am and is open 365 days a year, except for major holidays. There is an admission fee of $5.00 per vehicle with a maximum capacity of 2-8 passengers and $2.00 for pedestrians, bicyclists, and extra passengers. Learn more about the state park or book your guided cave tour on their website: Florida Caverns State Park
Want to spend the day floating in Florida’s emerald waters? Then Bear Paw Escape is for you! Visitors can float along the Chipola River in rental tubes, kayaks or canoes and enjoy spectacular views of old growth forests, freshwater springs and winding creeks.
Guests wanting to rent a tube can choose between five different types: a regular black tube for $15.00, a caddilac tube for $20.00, big bertha (fits two) for $30.00, the air head boat shaped tube for $25.00 and the wow zoom for $40.00 (fits two). There’s only one tubing trip offered, which takes visitors on a four-hour floating excursion down Spring Creek.If you want a more fast-paced river adventure, visitors can rent a kayak or canoe for $35.00 and choose between three different river trips, as well as the Spring Creek trip. There’s the Hinson Trip, which takes three hours for canoes and two hours for kayaks to finish and features a large cavern and several freshwater springs. The Yancey Bridge trip will take five hours by canoe or three and a half hours by kayak to complete the 9.8-mile aquatic journey. The last option, the Peacock Bridge Trip, is an ideal route for experienced or daring handlers as the trip features several small whitewater rapids. It will take visitors four and a half hours to float by canoe and three and half hours by kayak to finish this 14-mile adventure.
Bear Paw is located at 2100 Bear Paw Lane Marianna, FL 32448 and opens every day at 8:00am. All trips include a parking pass, shuttle pass, and necessary equipment. Bear Paw escapees purchase their trip options at the Bear Paw office, park their vehicle in the parking lot and then wait for a shuttle to take them to the launch destination. It is very important to note that Bear Paw does not offer instructions on how to use equipment and doesn’t have lifeguards or perform rescue missions.
To learn more about Bear Paw Escape’s river trips, prices and rules check out their website at BearPawEscape.com or call (850)-482-4948.
Florida-bound RVers and Big Rig owners can park their RV overnight or even stay for a month on our spacious 65 ft lots equipped with 30-amp and 50-amp hookups, as well as sewer, water, and electrical service. The Resort is a gated community, offering peace-of-mind during your stay as well as plenty of entertainment with the park’s swimming pool, clubhouse, and dog park.