RV camping trips can be a wonderful way for couples to connect through a shared love of travel. Combine romance and camping by visiting one of these three wine regions across the country. Each unique destination provides activities that are both fun and romantic to fit the personality of any couple. Here are some fantastic wine-focused camping trip getaways.
Paso Robles, California
The first destination most people of think about in terms of visiting wineries in this country is California, and that is not without good reason. The first wine grapes were planted in the states by Franciscan missionaries as early as 1797. The state now produces 93% of the domestic wine consumed in the United States.
One of our favorite wine regions in the Golden State is Paso Robles. Located on the Salinas River in Central California halfway between San Francisco and Los Angeles, Paso Robles is home to over 200 wineries. While there are many award-winning wines here, we felt like it was a very relaxed atmosphere.
One of the best ways to explore this area is to take a tour. The Wine Country RV Resort offers tours from their property to 3 different local wineries. This four-hour journey through the Paso Robles Wine Region allows you to enjoy the area (and wines) without worrying about who will do the driving.
While wine may be the main attraction in Paso Robles, it is not the only one. The Wine Country RV Resort is within walking distance of the Ravine Water Park, and only a short drive away from Lake Nacimiento. The lake has 18 miles of water for visitors to enjoy by boat, water ski, or fishing equipment that can be rented at a full-service marina.
If you want to experience the Pacific Coast, there are several beaches to visit just 30-minutes by car from Paso Robles. What better way to end a visit to Paso Robles Wine Region than with a romantic beachside sunset.
Finger Lakes, New York
Did you know that three and a half percent of all US wine comes from New York? The Keuka Lake area in the Finger Lakes has a long history in winemaking. It was here, in 1860, that the first bonded winery was established. It was also here that the first Vinifera vines were planted, sparking a renaissance in winemaking.
At the base of Keuka Lake is my favorite of the Finger Lakes small towns, Hammondsport. Idyllic in every sense of the word, this small village boasts the most charming town square. Just beyond downtown is the Great Western Winery Visitors Center where you can learn about Finger Lakes wine history and sample wines from the Pleasant Valley Wine Company.
For more regional history, be sure to pay a visit to the Finger Lakes Boating Museum. It is a nod to Hammondsport’s roots, dating back over 100 years to the steamboat. The museum is situated on the shores of Keuka Lake and is filled with a fascinating history of the Finger Lakes boating industry.
Camp Bell Campground in Campbell, NY is the perfect spot for your getaway. This family-owned gem is true camping—out in the country where you can enjoy the sounds of nature. While it feels remote, it is only 17 miles from Keuka Lake and 30 miles from Watkins Glen State Park, the crown jewel of the Finger Lakes.
Within two miles of its start, the glen’s stream descends 400 feet past 200-foot cliffs, generating 19 waterfalls all along its course. The gorge path travels over and under waterfalls.
Not many people think of Texas when looking for wineries, but it is actually the fifth largest wine producing state in the country. Located in the center of the state, Texas Hill Country has more than 50 wineries spread over nine million acres.
With so many to choose from it is hard to pick a favorite, but high on our list is Kerrville Hills Winery. Situated at the top of a hill high above the Guadalupe River Valley, it really showcases the area’s spectacular scenery. On the first Saturday of every month, the winery provides live music and local food.
The entire region is dotted with historic small towns with restored downtown areas. Many have waterfront views along the Guadalupe River which begins just north of Kerrville.
The ideal base to explore the Texas Hill Country is Buckhorn Lake RV Resort. It has every amenity you’d expect at a resort and then some, including 2 pools, one of which is located in the adults-only section of the campground.
These are just three examples of wine regions with stellar camping options for you to enjoy. From romantic resorts to rustic retreats, it is easy to find the best location for you.