The Best Activities in Broken Bow, OK | Beavers Bend National Park

The Best Activities in Broken Bow, OK | Beavers Bend National Park

There are plenty of fun activities in Broken Bow that are perfect for everyone.

My family loves going to Broken Bow because it is a fun and relaxing place to rent a cabin, get back to nature, and bond with family.

We have been going to Broken Bow since 2010 and every trip it gets better and better.

The cabins we rent, the memories we make, and the fun activities we do are always the best.

Our favorite time to go is right at the end of the year because the winter is the perfect time to enjoy a cabin, sit by the fire, play games and so much more.

But, Broken Bow can be a year-round place to enjoy!

Activities in Broken Bow

Over the years, Broken Bow has become a popular spot for families and groups to rent cabins and enjoy Beavers Bend National Park. The Ouachita National forest and history of the area is spectacular.

There are so many outdoor and indoor activities for everyone of all ages to enjoy while visiting.

So, here are the top fun activities in Broken Bow.

Guided Fishing Tours in Broken Bow

Fishing is one of the top fun activities in Broken Bow for my family when we visit. Broken Bow Lake and Mountain Fork River are stocked with amazing trout that we love to enjoy.

TIP: If you do plan to go fishing, always get a license and learn your daily fish limit and all the rules to catching trout. These are easy to obtain at the local Walmart or here

If you get caught fishing without an Oklahoma Fishing License, the ticket will cost you more than the license would.

You can choose to go fishing on your own and find the best spots yourself, or you could always hire a fishing guide.

If you would like to hire a fishing guide, here are some great places you could check out.

– Beavers Bend Fly Fishing Guide 

You can choose from a Half-Day or a Full-Day Fish Guide. Pricing and times will vary.

Check out their website for more information.

3840 Old Broken Bow Highway
Broken Bow Oklahoma, 74728

– Private Fishing with River Man Trail Rides

Looking for a private fishing experience that is also ‘catch and release’?

Check out the River Man Fishing guide service.

1735 Pine View Road
Broken Bow, OK 74728

Wineries in Broken Bow

The adults in my family enjoy visiting the local wineries in Broken Bow. They have some delicious selections that are worth even ordering and shipping them year-round.

Here are four great wineries you can visit while in Broken Bow.

Girls Gone Wine

Visiting the Girls Gone Wine locations in Broken Bow is a great place to hang out with the girls, taste and enjoy some delicious wine, and relax.

This is our favorite Winery to visit on every trip we take to Broken Bow. We love browsing the boutique, sampling the wine, and enjoying a glass or two on their patio.

It is a perfect little afternoon delight to unwind.

10216 N US Hwy 259Broken Bow, OK 74728
Contact to make a Free Wine Tasting Reservation
580-306-WINE (5463)
Summer | June – August | Mon-Sat 12pm – 8pm | Sun 11am – 6pmFall / Winter / Spring | Sat 12pm – 8pm | Mon – Thurs 12pm – 6 pm | Sun 10am – 4pm

Another really cool thing that the Girls Gone Wine offers is the ability to make your own wine.

Check out how to reserve your spot for you and the girls to create your own concoction. —>> Make your Own Wine!

– Fish Tales Winery & Vineyard

Fish Tales Winery is another great place to visit for wine sampling while in Broken Bow.

There is also a bistro on site so you can enjoy lunch and relax with the family.

17 Oak Leag Ln.
Broken Bow, OK 74728
Sun – Thurs: 11am-5pm
Fri – Sat: 11am-8pm

 Off-Road Vehicle Rentals in Broken Bow

Broken Bow and Beavers Bend National Park is the perfect location to rent a UTV, ATV, or jeep and explore.

This is one of my favorite things to do in Broken Bow. It is a thrill and the scenery is absolutely gorgeous.

There are a couple of companies you can rent from below.

Bandits ATV Boat Rentals

Bandits ATV Boat Rentals is a great place to rent some fun toys for the whole family at any time of year. To find out more information on rentals, check out their website below.

9160 North US Highway 259
Hochatown, OK 74728


Mon-Sun: 9am-6pm


Activities in Broken Bow

– Beaver Bend Depot & Trail Rides

Beavers Bend Depot & Trail Rides is a combo family activity center with horseback trails and a train ride. This is perfect for kiddos to have a fun memorable experience while in Broken Bow.

The Train Ride is about 15 – 20 minutes through the wilderness where you could spot some wildlife.

You could also enjoy a 2.5-mile trail horseback ride that takes about an hour to get through. They have guided tours and wonderful morning or afternoon activity to do in Broken Bow.

Plus, after your rides, there is a gift shop and snack bar to re-energize the crew.

290 Beavers Bend Loop
Broken Bow, Oklahoma 74728


Mon-Sat: 9am-5pm
Sun: 9am – 3pm


Hiking Trails in Broken Bow | Beavers Bend National Park | Ouachita National Forest

Hiking in Broken Bow is a wonderful activity! There are so many trails and you’re almost guaranteed to see some kind of wildlife.

I remember one year during a fishing/hiking expedition we were welcomed by a little deer. 

If Hiking is your thing to do, here are 5 great hiking trails that you can explore while visiting. 

– Lookout Mountain Trail

Length: 2.9 miles
Type: Loop
Difficulty: Moderate

This trail is pretty rocky and not ideal for a stroller or anything with wheels.

– Lakeview Lodge Trail

Length: 1.4 miles
Type: Loop
Difficulty: Moderate

This trail features a river outlook that is just beautiful. 

– Cedar Bluff Trailhead

Length: 0.9 miles
Type: Loop
Difficulty: Moderate

Short little hike with gorgeous views.

– Beaver Lodge Nature Trail

Length: 3.0 miles
Type: Out & Back
Difficulty: Easy

This is a great hike that is easy for the whole family. 

– Friends Trail Loop

Length: 1.5 miles
Type: Loop
Difficulty: Moderate

This hike has a view of a waterfall and a beautiful river.

Brewery’s in Broken Bow

If you’re not a huge wine person, there are some great places to enjoy a nice ice-cold beer.

Broken Bow has a couple of Breweries that the adults can enjoy a distillery tour and tasting.


Mountain Fork Brewery

Established in 2015, Mountain Fork Brewery is a great place to enjoy a cold one. If you would like to tour the distillery, tours are on Saturdays and available for 10 guests if you call ahead. 

89 N Lukfata Trail Rd,
Broken Bow, OK 74728
Tap Room Hours
Monday – Thursday: 11:00 am – 8:00 pm
Friday – Saturday: 11:00 am – 9:00 pm
Sunday: 11:00 am – 7:00 pm
Tour Hours
Saturday 1pm & 3pm 

Beavers Bend Brewery

This is another great place to check out some great beer. They have year-round and seasonal beers available. Beavers Bend Brewery offers an IPA, Pale Ale, Amber Ale, and a Brown Ale. 

46 Coho Rd
Broken Bow, OK 74728

Mon-Thurs 12-8 pm

(closed Tuesday)

Fri/Sat 12-9

Sun 11-7
Beer Menu & Website

Canoe/Kayak Rentals in Broken Bow

Looking to get on the water for a little exercise in nature? If you don’t want bring your own canoe or kayak, and would like to rent and have a guide, there are great businesses that provide the service.

– Wild Goose Canoe & Kayak

They offer two basic floats to choose from. One float is 8 miles with a little difficulty and the other is 5 miles that are best for those with children. You can either rent a canoe/kayak from them or bring your own. 

466 Wild Goose Rd
Broken Bow, OK 74728
Contact – Must Call for Reservations


Activities in Broken Bow

Ziplining Activity in Broken Bow

I have never been zip lining but knowing that you can in Beavers Bend/Broken Bow is so awesome!

This is a fun day activity for those thrill-seeking family members to experience the forest in a whole new way.

– Rugaru Adventures

Ziplining is one of the best activities in Broken Bow! If you can get a reservation time slot, it’s a grand adventure. They have 6 lines hovering 60ft above the forest. You’ll go about 35 mph from one point to the next. 


2658 Stevens Gap Road
Broken Bow, OK 74728
580-494-2ZIP (2947)
Make Reservations/Check Available Times

Historical Museums in Broken Bow

History is one of my favorite subjects and visiting locations is the best way to learn.

My family visited the Beavers Bend Wildlife Museum one year to check out the history of the place we were staying. It was a nice learning experience and great for kids.

– Forest Heritage Center Museum

My family and I visited this museum one year while visiting Broken Bow. The kids had a great time learning about the culture. Plus, it is free admission.

Us 259 A
Broken Bow, OK 74728
Monday – Sunday 8am-5pm

Activities in Broken Bow

Final Thoughts

These top activities in Broken Bow are what makes the trip so much fun every time we visit. My family loves to go fishing, wine tasting, and enjoying each other’s company even when we stay at the cabin.

If you’re looking for a cabin to rent, check out our post 24 Incredible Airbnb Cabins in Broken Bow, Oklahoma.

I hope this begins your planning to Broken Bow because it truly is a great place to rent a cabin and explore!

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24 Incredible Cabins in Broken Bow, Oklahoma You Can Rent

24 Incredible Cabins in Broken Bow, Oklahoma You Can Rent

Cabins in Broken Bow, Oklahoma | Are you looking for a great cabin to stay at for a nice and cozy getaway?

Broken Bow, Oklahoma is the place to rent a cabin, fish, hike, and so much more.

If you didn’t know, it is an entrance town to Beavers Bend National Park and one of my family’s favorite places to vacation.

Broken Bow Cabins are perfect for a couples getaway or a large family reunion. Each Cabin has its own unique style and many include a hot tub, games, and more.

My big family of 20+ (including kids) has been vacationing in Broken Bow since 2010 and have enjoyed every trip.

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This area has a plethora of cabins to choose from and many of them can be found right on Airbnb.

So, here are some of the best Broken Bow Cabins that will have you wanting to book a trip today!

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1. Heavenly Bear

This first cabin is perfect for a family or group of14. This open floor plan will bring relaxation to everyone.


  • Sleeps 14
  • 3 Bedrooms – 4 King and 1 Queen
  • 3 Baths
  • Fireplace
  • Hot Tub
  • Wooden Card Table
  • Horseshoe/Cornhole
  • 3000 SQFT

Hosted by: Broken Bow Lake Cabin Rentals, LLC

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2. Toasted Marshmallow

Melt aways with new construction farmhouse style cabin. Enjoy 3 King Suites plus a loft for a perfect family getaway! If you need S’More information, you can rent this by checking the availability here!


  • Sleeps 10 guests
  • 3 King Master Suites
  • 4 Full Bathrooms
  • 1 Loft with bunk beds
  • Entire game room
  • Hot Tub
  • Outdoor living space with TV
  • Grill
  • Playground/Cornhole

Hosted by: Ashley Bear

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Cabin to rent in broken bow new

3. Grand Lux Cabin

Talk about Luxury, this next cabin in Broken Bow was designed with that in mind. With 5,900 total square feet nestled on 1.5 acres, it is a getaway dream.


  • Sleeps 20 guests
  • 6 Bedrooms
  • 6 Bathrooms – 5 Kings, 8 Bunkbeds, 1 Queen Sleeper sofa
  • Entire game room with Pool Table and Shuffleboard
  • Big Screen TV
  • Hot Tub
  • Outdoor living space
  • Barbeque Gazebo

Hosted by: Sweetwater Cabins

4. Our Happy Place Cabin

This cozy cabin in Broken Bow is so luxurious it will make you happy! It’s perfect for families and groups to enjoy a relaxing getaway.


  • 8 guests
  • 3 Bedrooms
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Sleeper Sofa
  • Hot Tub
  • Gas Grill
  • Fire Pit
  • Cornhole

Hosted by: Suzy

5. Chalet Creekside

This gorgeous chalet cabin sits right on the creek with amazing amenities and fun for the whole family!


  • Sleeps 12 guests
  • 3 Bedrooms – 6 Beds total
  • 2.5 Bathrooms
  • Hot Tub
  • Foosball/Jenga/Cornhole
  • Outdoor Living space with TV and Fireplace

Hosted by: Brad and Karla Cook

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6. Restoration Creek Cabin

The Restoration Creek Cabin is the perfect and cozy “Home away from Home”. Great for groups of 8 to 10 people to enjoy a nice getaway to Ouachita National Forest.


  • Sleeps 10 guests
  • 3 Bedrooms 
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Wrap Around Deck
  • Hot Tub
  • Fireplace
  • Outdoor Fire Pit with seating
  • Playground
  • Game Room w/Bunk beds 

Hosted by: Ashley Headley – Premier Host

7. Pinot in the Pines

This spacious 3 bedroom log cabin is another amazing option to rent in Broken Bow. Great space and wonderful amenities for the whole group to enjoy.


  • 8 Guests
  • 3 bedrooms
  • 3.5 bathrooms
  • Games / Cornhole
  • Hot Tub
  • Propane Grill
  • Fire Pit with Seating
  • Bunk Beds

Hosted by: Brenda Walters – Premier Host

8. Augusta Pines

Augusta Pines is a gorgeous and spacious cabin located in the piney woods of Southeast, Oklahoma. It is a beautiful and secluded cabin that is perfect for a couples getaway!


  • 8 Guests
  • 2 bedrooms w/ King Beds
  • 2 bathrooms
  • Hot Tub
  • Cornhole
  • Outdoor Seating w/ Fireplace

Hosted by: Brenda Walters – Premier Host

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9. Starry Respite

The Starry Respite gives you amazing vaulted ceilings, a double-decker porch, and so much more! Enjoy a game of ping pong or relax in the hot tub. 


  • 9 Guests
  • 3 bedrooms – 9 beds
  • 3 bathrooms
  • Ping-Ping Table
  • 3 Fireplaces
  • Hot Tub
  • Fire Pit

Hosted by: Melissa Kergosien – Premier Host

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10. Majestic Pines

The perfect and well-priced cabin to get away from everyday life. Nestled in the heart of Hochatown, this cozy cabin is perfect for a small group of 11 or less for a fun getaway.


  • 11 Guests
  • 4 bedrooms
  • 4 bathrooms
  • Tons of Games indoor and outdoor
  • Pool Table
  • Kids Slide
  • Hot Tub
  • Fire Pit 
  • Pet Friendly

Hosted by: Travis Howard

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11. Maple Lodge

A gorgeous modern farmhouse-style cabin is just dreamy. With luxurious decor, amenities, and plenty of space and games for 12 guests to enjoy a nice getaway.


  • 12 Guests
  • 4 bedrooms 
  • 4.5 bathrooms
  • Outdoor Games
  • Hot Tub
  • Outdoor Fire Pit
  • Fireplace

Hosted by: Stacy Powers – Premier Host

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12. High-Falutin’ Hideaway

One of the most epic cabins in Broken Bow, Oklahoma. The High-Falutin’ Hideaway has views for days and amenities that will make you want to never leave. A newly constructed hidden gem is the perfect getaway for the whole family.


  • 12 Guests
  • 3 bedrooms – 9 beds
  • 3 bathrooms
  • Ping-Poing
  • Cornhole
  • Horseshoes
  • Hot Tub
  • Breathtaking Scenic Views
  • Wrap Around Porch
  • Pet Friendly

Hosted by: Norma

13. Lazy Cowboy Cabin

Bring your ATVs and enjoy this cowboy style cabin with surrounding outback trails. It is the perfect getaway cabin in Broken Bow for couples or a family.


  • 11 Guests
  • 4 bedrooms
  • 3 bathrooms
  • Fire Pit
  • Hot Tub
  • Gas Grill
  • Foosball
  • Shuffle Board
  • Pet Friendly

Hosted by: Creative Escape Cabin Rentals

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14. Pier on a Pond

This brand new modern cabin build is what you’ve been dreaming about. If you’re looking to get away with the family, have a place for the kids of all ages to play, and still relax then this is the rental for you!


  • 12 Guests
  • 4 bedrooms 
  • 4.5 bathrooms
  • Fire Pit
  • Hot Tub
  • Gas Grill
  • Playground Area
  • Stocked Fishing Pond

Hosted by: Broken Bow Lake Cabin Rentals, LLC

Cabins in Broken Bow
Cabins in Broken Bow

15. The Retreat at Waters Edge

This brand new (2020) built luxury cabin sits right on a fully stocked pond for your fishing enthusiasts. Enjoy water activities and shore games like cornhole and more at this perfect family vacation cabin. 


  • 10 Guests
  • 3 bedrooms
  • 2 bathrooms
  • Fire Pit
  • Arcade Game
  • Stocked Pond
  • Hot Tub
  • Gas Grill 

Hosted by: Holly Draper – Premier Host

Cabin on the Water

16. ‘See Forever” Brand New Luxury Cabin

This gorgeous cabin is available to rent for a family getaway. enjoy this incredible and brand new luxury cabin with games, multiple fireplaces, a hot tub, and views for DAYS!!! 


  • 12 Guests
  • 3 bedrooms 
  • 3 bathrooms
  • Fireplaces
  • Pool Table
  • Foosball Table
  • Hot Tub
  • Gas Grill
  • Luxurious Amenities

Hosted by: Courtney Kernek – Premier Host

17. Jubilee – New Farmhouse

A gorgeous new farmhouse-style cabin has all the luxury amenities for a large family to have a fantastic time. A huge 4,000 sqft cabin and sleeps up to 19 people comfortably. 


  • 19 Guests
  • 5 bedrooms – 4 king, 1 Queen, & bunkbeds
  • 5 bathrooms & 2 half baths
  • Hot tub
  • Pool Table
  • Shuffle Board
  • Outdoor Fireplace

Hosted by: Courtney Kernek – Premier Host

18. Eagle’s Nest

This uniquely designed 2 story cabin is perfect for a couple of families to enjoy a nice getaway with their kids.


  • 16 Guests
  • 5 bedrooms 
  • 3.5 bathrooms
  • Hot tub
  • Kids Playground
  • Outdoor Fire Pit
  • Gas Grill
  • Air Hockey Table
  • Horseshoes
  • Ping Pong Table

Hosted by: Julie Blake – Premier Host

19. Iron Stone Lodge

This gorgeous lodge is a marriage between rustic and modern styles. A beautiful cabin with masculine colors and elements that will have you relaxing the moment you drive up. 


  • 14 Guests
  • 4 bedrooms 
  • 3.5 bathrooms
  • Fire Place
  • Game Room
  • Arcade Game
  • Playground
  • Outdoor Fire Pit 
  • Hot Tub

Hosted by: Julie Blake – Premier Host

20. Wolf’s Lodge

Hilltop views, high-end luxury amenities, and everything you’ve dreamed about in a rental cabin for your family is at Wolf’s Lodge. 


  • 3,600 SQFT
  • 14 Guests
  • 6 bedrooms – 5 beds
  • 5 bathrooms
  • Sunken Hot-Tub
  • Fire Table
  • Hot Tub
  • Fire Pit
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Ping Pong/Pool Table

Hosted by: Jennifer Graham – Premier Host

21. Rust Bucket Lodge

This ultra-luxury cabin is a great combination of rustic elegance and upscale comfort. Great location for families and groups to have a beautiful holiday vacation getaway. 


  • 4,100 SQFT
  • 18 Guests
  • 5 bedrooms
  • 4 bathrooms
  • Hot tub 
  • Kids Room
  • Game Room
  • Covered Patio 
  • Outdoor Seating
  • Fire Pit 
  • Gas Grill

Hosted by: Courtney Kernek – Premier Host

22. Fox Hollow Creek 

A Brand New luxurious 3 story cabin with gorgeous creekside views sleeps 22. This cabin has amazing amenities and 6,000 sqft for everyone to stretch their legs and relax. 


  • 22 Guests
  • 6 bedrooms
  • 6 bathrooms
  • Hot tub
  • Fireplace
  • Pool Table
  • Baby Gates
  • Cornhole
  • Outdoor Seating
  • Creek Side
  • Gas Grill

Hosted by: Courtney Kernek – Premier Host

23. Regal Eagle

A beautiful modern mountain cabin is one to envy over. High-End Luxurious comfort and can sleep up to 22 people, it’s the perfect house for a large family getaway! 


  • 22 Guests
  • 7 bedrooms
  • Bunkroom
  • 7 bathrooms
  • Hot tub
  • Luxury Spa Linens
  • Foosball Table
  • Pool Table
  • Shuffle Board
  • Outdoor Firepit and more!

Hosted by: Courtney Kernek – Premier Host

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24. Lakeside Mansion!

Whisk your family away to this incredible Lakeside Mansion! An 8 bedroom cabin that can sleep 32 people is the PERFECT large group getaway cabin to rent! 


  • 32 Guests
  • 8 bedrooms 
  • 6 bathrooms
  • Large Hot Tub
  • Wrap Around Porch
  • Covered Patio
  • BBQ
  • Fire Pit
  • Pool Table
  • Horseshoes

Hosted by: Broken Bow Cabin Lodging

Cabins in Broken Bow

Final Thoughts

I hope you feel inspired and excited to book a trip soon.

These cabins in Broken Bow are magnificent! They are perfect for families and groups of any size to get away and have some fun.

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Fall Camping Tips to Keep You Warm and Cozy in a Tent

Fall Camping Tips to Keep You Warm and Cozy in a Tent

Camping doesn’t only have to be a summer fun experience.

There are many benefits to fall camping when the air cools down and the leaves begin to change to red, orange, and yellow.

It truly becomes a beautiful sight to see!

It also allows for some beautiful photos for memories.

However, when you choose to camp in the fall, the weather is the most important thing to consider.

Fall camping can bring some chilly nights.

Fall Camping Tips

 There can also be unexpected rainfall as the season’s change and the air pressure or cold fronts come through.

So how do you prepare for a fall camping adventure to ensure you stay cozy and have a great time?

Let’s get started with what you should bring to wear because your clothes can make or break your trip.

What to wear for Fall Camping

The first thing you want to do is check the weather to see if there is rain in the forecast. You will also want to check the temperatures in the day and night.

During the fall months, the temperature at night can drop significantly so you will want to be prepared with these items.

This is a great list of items to get you started so you stay warm and dry during the fall camping trip.

What to bring to stay warm while sleeping

The nights will almost always be colder than the days, so having these items to stay warm while you sleep is a necessity.

  • 0-degree sleeping bag
  • Thermals
  • Wool blankets
  • Hand and feet warmers

Tips for keeping your Tent warm at night

There are different ways to keep your tent warm at night.

First, you can use a portable propane heater inside your tent.

This heater has tip-over protection, and I highly recommend always placing it in an area with plenty of ventilation and on a solid structure.

You could also purchase a tent with a wood stove that has the proper ventilation.

Fall Camping

Another great tip is to pack some rugs and extra blankets to place on the floor of your tent. This will help insulate the tent from the cold ground. 

If you choose the portable heater or wood stove tent with ventilation, please use it with care and caution. 

Additional Tips Before You Head To Your Campsite

–> Check your campsite for electricity and water

Every campsite is different. If you choose to rent out a spot that could also be rented out for an RV, there could be the option to have electricity and running water. This is a camping game changer.

Find out ahead of time by asking the park attendant when you book your campsite. 

If your campsite has electricity, then bringing an electric heater and/or an electric blanket can be great options for staying warm.

Another option if you have electricity and water at your campsite is to bring an electric water kettle or coffee maker. This speeds up the ability to have a nice hot cup of joe!

–> Check the park for rules on gathering firewood

Some state parks prohibit gathering firewood and require you to bring your own.

Check with the park attendant when you book your site.

–> Check for a fire pit and see if there is a burn ban

Some areas may have fire bans depending on how dry the summer was. If there is a fire ban, check out other options to have a campfire.

You may need to ask if you can bring your own personal fire pit.

So, how cold is too cold for Fall Camping?

Speaking of staying warm in your tent, let’s discuss the temperature that’s doable for fall camping.

Sometimes winter can come early for many parts of the United States and getting caught with freezing temperatures in your tent is not what you want. That is why checking the weather ahead of time is so important.

But, how cold is too cold?

I personally think anything below 45 degrees at night is too cold. Although your sub-zero sleeping bag should keep you nice and cozy, I don’t recommend camping if it’s supposed to get below 45 degrees.

That’s my opinion though.

Only you know what gear you have and what temperatures you will be comfortable with.

If you don’t know, then I would test out your gear one cold night in your back yard to see what you can handle. This way you have the option to go inside the house for warmth.

Food and Drink Ideas for Fall Camping

Nothing is better than sitting by a campfire and enjoying a delicious cup of coffee or hot cocoa. I personally also love chili and cornbread during this time of year.

So, here are some comfort food and drink ideas to keep you warm and satisfied while fall camping.  

Fall Festive Chili –  Over The Fire Cooking

Chili is a staple to fall camping. It keeps you warm and full! Pair it with some cornbread and you’ve nailed the idea of camping comfort food.

Check out this recipe here – Fall Festive Chili

Fall Camping Chili - OVerTheFireCooking

Campfire Skillet Cornbread – Fresh of the Grid

Looking for the perfect pair to your chili recipe? Look no further than Fresh of the Grids amazing campfire skillet cornbread. 

Check out the full recipe here – Campfire Skillet Cornbread 

Campfire Skillet Cornbread by Fresh of the Grid

Dutch Oven Mountain Man Breakfast – All Recipes

Don’t forget breakfast!! This mountain man breakfast is delicious with sausage, eggs, peppers and more. 

Check out the full recipe here – Dutch Oven Mountain Man Breakfast

Mountain Man Skillet Breakfast - All Recipes

Sausage Pumpkin Pasta – The Spicy Apron

Looking for a great alternative to chili but still want that fall feel in your food? This Sausage Pumpkin recipe is one to remember for every fall camping trip. 

Check out the full recipe here – Sausage Pumpkin Pasta

Sausage Pumpkin Pasta for fall camping

Mulled wine recipe – 50 Campfires

Looking to warm up with hot drink that isn’t your typical hot chocolate or coffee? This mulled wine is perfect for the campfire nights. 

Check out the full recipe here – Mulled Wine Recipe

Mulled Wine Recipe for Fall Camping

Red Wine Hot Chocolate – 50 Campfires

Maybe you’re wanting to spice up your hot chocolate as you sit by the campfire. Mix it up with this Red Wine Hot Chocolate recipe. 

Check out the full recipe here – Red Wine Hot Chocolate

Red Wine Hot Chocolate

Pumpkin Pie Cake – Let’s camp more

While S’ More is a camping staple dessert, you can always mix it up and try a new recipe. This pumpkin pie cake is perfect for fall camping. 

Check out the full recipe here – Pumpkin Pie Cake

Pumpkin Pie Cake for Fall Camping

Final Thoughts

Camping in the fall can be an amazing experience when you’re prepared. Staying warm, dry, and cozy is key to having a successful trip. 

I hope you’ve enjoyed these tips and especially the food and drink ideas.

I know that Sausage Pumpkin Pasta is a recipe I will keep forever! 

If you’ve enjoyed this post, feel free to share! 🙂 Thanks for stopping by and don’t forget to check out our related posts! 



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Magnolia Market & SILOs in Waco, TX | The Best Road Trip Stop in Texas

Magnolia Market & SILOs in Waco, TX | The Best Road Trip Stop in Texas

Magnolia Market & Silos | Are you a Fixer Upper fan? I know I am!

If you don’t know the show on HGTV called “Fixer Upper” with Chip and Joanna Gaines, I highly recommend checking it out! The first episode aired in April of 2014 and was extremely successful for 5 seasons.

After their first episode aired, a year later (2015) they purchased the Silos and the Magnolia Market in Waco, TX.

Since their purchase of the Silos property, they have transformed and keep transforming the 2.5-acre downtown space into a massive attraction.

It is definitely a SIGHT to see!!

Magnolia Market Fixer upper

Who are Chip and Joanna Gaines?

Chip and Joanna Gaines. HGTV's Home Improvement Stars of the show Fixer Upper.

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Chip and Joanna Gaines are small-town folks that began taking old houses in their hometown of Waco, Texas, and flipping them for homeowners.

With their unique style and loving family dynamic, they caught the eye of HGTV producers.

Chip and Joanna with their show “Fixer Upper” then stole the Hearts of the American people.

Since the popularity of their show, they capitalized on the opportunity of success. The couple has now made a fortune off their Magnolia brand and their “modern rustic farmhouse” décor style.

Honestly, I feel like they are the reason shiplap walls has become such a huge hit since 2014. They are leaders in the industry of real estate and interior design.

Their décor is sold online at and a home line through Target.

Fixer Upper Show and Their New Network

As mentioned, the show aired for 5 seasons on HGTV starting back in April of 2014. They recently had their 5th baby and called it quits for family time.

However, Chip and Joanna have announced they will be coming back for a 6th season but on a new network, their network. They recently partnered with Discovery Inc, to build their very own Magnolia Network with shows inspired by the Gaines’s creativity.

One show that will premiere on their new network will be a New Season of “Fixer Upper”.

It is expected to launch in 2021.

I know all the Fixer Upper fans are just as excited as I am!


Visiting Magnolia Market & Silos in Waco, TX

On our way back from Austin, we enjoy stopping in Waco to check out what’s new at the Magnolia Market.

This was our second time visiting.

Our first time going to Magnolia Market was back in 2017 when we were on our way back from our Anniversary Trip.

When we first went back in 2017, there was a cool turf yard with balls and bean bags for the kids to play.

They also had a food truck with coffee and yummy snacks. Since then, things have definitely changed for the better!

There is now a coffee shop called “Press” and a Magnolia Home Showroom.

Magnolia Home
Magnolia Home
Magnolia Home
Magnolia Home

What’s at Magnolia Market to Explore?

There are multiple places to stop and explore at Magnolia’s Market including;

  • Magnolia Market at the Silos
  • Magnolia Press
  • Silos Bakery Co.
  • Magnolia’s Home Show Room
  • Magnolia Table (Located off property)
  • Little Shop on Bosque (Located off property)
  • Seed + Supply and Gardens
  • Food Trucks
  • The Lawn in front of the Silos


While we visited in August of 2020, the Seed + Supply and Gardens, Food Trucks, and the lawn in front of the Silos were unavailable.

The lawn was torn apart and looked to be under renovation to expand the area.

That was ok with us because it was mid-August and reaching 108 degrees. The heat made us want to be inside as much as we could.

It turns out, they were going through some major expansion and renovation to the area. Which I could tell was going to be amazing once it was done.

You can check out the expansion plans here.

Even with the construction and fighting the Texas heat, we still enjoyed a delicious iced latte from Magnolia Press.

While enjoying our Iced Latte’s, we explored through the Magnolia Home Showroom and the Market at the Silos.

Side Note: We did not go the Silo’s Baking Co, mainly because the line was too long outside, and it was too hot.

Magnolia Coffee Press
Magnolia Coffee Press
Magnolia Coffee Press

Why it’s a great place to stop

I think the Magnolia Market and Silos is a must-stop if you’re driving through Waco, TX.

It’s a great experience for the whole family and the perfect place to stretch your legs while on a road trip.

As you visit the Market, you will be inspired by the décor on the outside as well as inside. It makes you want to buy everything and redecorate your house, or for us our RV.

There are also plenty of photo ops to take pictures to document your stay.

If you’re a Fixer Upper Fan and love the Gaines’s family, show, and décor style, it is a MUST STOP!!

You won’t regret it!

Magnolia Market
Magnolia Home
Magnolia Home

What we bought…

While visiting the Magnolia Market, we purchased a wood wick soy candle with the scent “Greenhouse” and a coffee mug.

Two items that I know I will use!

If we could afford it, I would purchase everything they have and redecorate our entire RV.

Final Thoughts

Magnolia Market is the perfect place to stop if you’re in Texas. Honestly, as soon as they are done with their hotel, I would love to book a room and spend a whole weekend in Waco.

It is a Bucket-list Sight to see, especially if you’re a Fixer Upper fan!

If you’re not able to stop by in person, you can always visit their website to check out their store online.

As always, thanks for stopping by, and feel free to share this post so others can add Magnolia Market to their Bucket-list.

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Lone Star Court Hotel Review | A Great Place to Stay in Austin, Texas

Lone Star Court Hotel Review | A Great Place to Stay in Austin, Texas

If you love staying at unique hotels and enjoy new experiences, then the Lone Star Court by Valencia Group is a great option.

My husband chose this hotel because the images were warm and inviting. After some research, we fell in love with the concept and thought we would enjoy staying in a place that looked fun and unique.

Lone Star Court is in a location called The Domain in Austin, Texas. It is surrounded by apartments, shopping, and delicious eateries. Perfect for the socialite and the introverted at heart.

Lone Star Court

Lone Star Court gives you the glamping hotel experience but in the big suburban city.

The hotel is a twist of modern retro with a touch of country chic. It brings in the past and merges it with the present today.

Fun Fact: Lone Star Court is rated #10 for Hotels in Austin by TripAdvisor and won travelers choice 2020.

Checking in Process

The check-in process was a breeze. The lobby is a nice and quaint space with a warm welcoming feel. You will also receive a free beverage of your choice, either bottled water or soda.

As you check-in, you will receive two keys, a map of the property with room location, and a brochure with all things you can do at the hotel and surrounding the hotel.

After checking in at the front office, we made our way to the closest parking space to our room location. This hotel has FREE parking and a lot of open availability around every building for easy access to all rooms.

Our room was located on the second floor with quick access either by elevator or by stairs.

All About the Property

Lone Star Court is located on 4 acres with three curved buildings. Each building is set up with the main walkway/balconies so everyone can enjoy interior courtyard views from their room.

The courtyard offers gorgeous landscaping and a pavilion that is perfect for their weekend entertainment, gatherings, or even weddings.

I remember saying to my husband while we were enjoying our drinks on the patio and listening to the music, that the hotel would be a great place to have an outdoor wedding. All the guests could book rooms and enjoy the entire place.

This hotel is also the perfect place for a date night couples that are looking to get away, enjoy some entertainment, drinks, yard games, S’ more’s, and more. They even have an option to add a S’ more package on to your room for the whole experience.

There are three different packages you could purchase: The Glamping Package, the Date Night Package, and the Pet Package.

YES, they are pet friendly, so you can bring your furry friends!

Here are some more facts and amenities you should expect while staying at Lone Star Court in Austin, Texas.

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Hotel Facts and Room Amenities

  • Free High-Speed Internet (WiFi)
  • Pool with Sun Loungers and Beach Towels
  • Free breakfast
  • Bicycles available for Guests
  • Business Center with Internet
  • Electric vehicle charging station
  • FREE Parking
  • Fenced in Outdoor pool
  • Bar / lounge
  • Complimentary welcome drink (Bottle Water or Soda)
  • Happy hour
  • Snack bar and Mini Fridge
  • Down Feather Bedding
  • Egyptian Cotton Linens
  • Luxury Robes
  • Plush Towels
  • Complimentary Toiletries
  • Desk with Phone
  • 42” Flat Screen T.V.
  • USB Charging Stations in the Rooms
  • Handicap/Hearing/Seeing Impaired Rooms Available
  • Elevators
  • Gated Interior with Key Access
  • Evening entertainment
  • Patio with Personal Rocking Chairs
  • Board games/puzzles
  • Taco Truck Outside
  • Banquet & Meeting rooms
  • Fitness Center
  • Non-smoking hotel
  • Outdoor fireplace
  • Outdoor furniture
  • ATM on-site
  • Umbrella
  • 24-hour check-in
  • 24-hour front desk
  • Express check-in / check-out
  • Dry cleaning & Laundry service

All about the Room and Accessibility

The room we received was a hearing-impaired room on the second floor in building E. After entering our room, about 5 minutes had passed, and we received a call from the front desk asking us how our room was and made sure everything was okay.

That was a first for me! I don’t know if it was because they gave us a hearing-impaired room or if that’s standard with all guests.

We enjoyed the location of our room because it wasn’t right above the music playing but we were still able to hear the band play at night.

Our room was spacious, clean, and inviting. The King Bed was comfortable and cozy. The colors were bright and the special unique touches of cool retro lighting and decor pulled the room together nicely.

I absolutely loved the bedding! The Egyptian cotton linens, the down feather mattress toppers, comforters, and pillows are so luxurious and comfortable.

We slept so well it’s inspired me to buy a feather down topper and pillows for our RV bed.

Here is a picture of our room!

Lone Star Court Room
Lone Star Court Fridge Desk

How did we get our Rate and was it worth the price?

We booked our stay at a rate through our insurance with USAA. The room price we paid was around $150 with taxes and fees. It was a simple booking process and only charged us after our stay.

Due to the pandemic, we had 24 hours up to check-in time to cancel for free.

I wish we would have checked the package options and prices on their website before booking with USAA. We will probably never use USAA “discounts” again because we could have received a better deal straight from their website.

What we learned: Always check the website prices before booking to make sure you’re getting the best deal with any Hotel.

For being a 3 out 5 Star on the Hotel Luxury rating, I believe the price for the unique hotel experience and the amenities that are available is on point.

When did we travel?

My husband booked our stay for Mid-August right before school was scheduled to begin. It was an end of summer small getaway that we wanted to take and enjoy.

Choosing to stay in the middle of a pandemic, the hotel adhered to all the safety precautions and guidelines.

All staff wore masks and they monitored the pool by allowing 18 guests at a time with 2-hour time slots for each family to enjoy swim time.

Did we enjoy our stay?

We absolutely did enjoy our stay and would book this hotel again for future trips to Austin.

We love Austin because there are so many outdoor activities to do and explore.

The property alone is worth the stay with the courtyard, restaurant, and games. It’s perfect for families with kids of all ages!

There are plenty of activities and options to enjoy a full day and night within the hotel property alone.

One thing I loved about the hotel is the feeling you get while inside. You completely forget how busy the exterior is with all the shopping and eateries.  Plus, there are gates to keep non-hotel guests out to provide safety since the hotel is surrounded by apartments and shopping.

We would definitely stay at this hotel again and recommend this place to our friends and family!

Final Thoughts

After our enjoyable stay, I wished we would have booked an additional night. It’s worth the price for the amenities and location in Austin. I can see why this hotel is ranked #10 in Austin, Texas by TripAdvisor.

If you would like to book your stay check out their website first;

Contact Information

Address: 10901 Domain Dr, Austin, TX 78758
Phone Number: (512) 814-2625

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16 Tips and Tricks for a New RV Owner | What You Need to Know

16 Tips and Tricks for a New RV Owner | What You Need to Know

2020 has been an interesting year for everyone with all the issues causing travel to be halted.
Cruise lines have shut down and they keep pushing back their sail dates.
Hotels have limited their occupancy.
Flights have presumed to full capacity but under strict restrictions of sanitation and mask coverings.
Countries have put 14-day quarantines on travelers or shut down to any outside visitors entirely.
All this combined has brought many people to buy RV’s so they can further their summer travels and avoid staying in Hotels. These unfortunate events have also allured people in lowering their living costs.
All these reasons could be why RV sales have skyrocketed. New RV owners are growing faster than ever before. 
The inspiration for this post came after a conversation I had with my sister-in-law. She and my brother recently decided to purchase an RV themselves.
After shopping at many RV dealerships they found that the industry is in high demand. One dealership, in particular, had 60 KZ Travel Trailers on order and 51 of them were already sold. The used lots couldn’t even keep an RV on it for a day before it was sold.
This makes me wonder how many New RV owners are starting their RVing journeys for the first time. Maybe they need little tips and tricks to make it easier.
If you’re visiting our blog for the first time, we have lived in our RV for over two years now. So, you could say we know a bit about RVing. We know how to make it a comfortable transition.
So, let’s get into the tips and tricks that you need to learn as a new RV owner.

Tip #1 – Learn to Hook up your RV

When we purchased our RV, we also purchased Husky Sway bars (we have a travel trailer, not a fifth wheel or motorhome). The guys at Route66 in Oklahoma hooked up our trailer for the first time for us and quickly ran through it with us.
However, when we got to our destination we ended up having to watch Youtube Videos on how to unhook and hook up our RV with the Sway Bars. It takes practice and time to get it down.
At the beginning it took us 30 minutes or more to hook up our RV, but now that we know how it’s much easier and quicker.
Also, don’t forget your plug, locks, pins, and chains when hooking up your RV. Make sure the ball is locked, the pins are in place, and the chains are crossed (it is illegal in some states to not have your chains crossed if you have a travel trailer/bumper pull).

Tip #2 – Drive Cautiously

Towing an RV of any size requires additional safety precautions on the road. As a new RV owner make sure you know your blind spots, give yourself space to brake, make wide turns, and take routes that allow you to clear any bridges.
I’ve seen some horrific pictures of brand-new RV’s in a ditch because the driver didn’t make a wide enough turn. There’s also some bad stories of RV roofs being ripped off due to not clearing a bridge.

Tip #2.5 – Learn to Reverse

In addition to driving cautiously, you will want to learn how to reverse your new RV. You can take the RV in an empty parking lot and practice there before you hit the RV park or national park.
Also, your reversing methods and maneuvering abilities will be different if you have a fifth wheel versus a travel trailer. So, having patience and learning is key.
Our Travel trailer is 32 ft long and it is a pain to reverse. Therefore, I let my husband do it every time as I’m better as the lookout to keep him from hitting trees or poles.

Tip #3 – Learn your weight capacity

Before you even pick up your RV, you’ll want to learn the gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR), dry weight of the RV, and your tow vehicle towing capacity. Learn how much you can tow and carry inside your vehicle before you reach your max.
We have a Dodge Ram 2500 Diesel that has a towing capacity of 14,000lbs. Our RV is about 10,000 lbs, so we have room to add items in the truck like dogs, and other camping gear before we reach our capacity.

Tip #4 – Read your Manual

I’m notorious for trying to figure things out before I open the manuals but reading your manual is important.
After all, it’s a home on wheels, and learning how things work as a new RV owner is essential. Many manuals are online so knowing where yours is and how to access it is important.

Tip #5 – Purchase the Needed Equipment

While many RV dealerships will give you a new RV owner starter pack, those items are only the minimal essentials. There are many more items you will need to purchase in order to stay safe and enjoy your RV trips.
I have provided an entire list of items on a related post here. 

Tip #6 – Learn to level Your RV
There are little sticky green levelers you can purchase to stick on your RV. This will make it easier to level your RV if you don’t have automatic levelers.
You will also want to get some leveler blocks just in case you have an RV spot that’s really unlevel. You’ll want to be able to put them under the tires or stabilizers. 
Important: Always level by the tire’s first, before you level the length of the RV. Also, if you have slides level the RV with the slides in, not out.

Tip #7 – Learn your Black and Grey Tanks

As a new RV owner, it’s understandable that you may be unaware on how the black and grey tanks work. But learning how they work should be a top priority. I can’t tell you how many stories I have read on Facebook RV groups of people flooding their bathrooms because they didn’t release their tanks. This can cause significant damage if not properly cared for.
If you have a washer or an outdoor kitchen learn which tank the water goes to. Depending on the RV, some might release in the Grey tank and some might release in the Blank tank.
Usually, though your Blank Tank is reserved for human waste and the grey is for everything else like the sink, washer, and shower water. Read your manual to locate the release valves and always hook up the sewer hose to the dump before releasing the valves. 
Also, use a tank deodorizer to prevent unwanted smells from the beginning. The best on the market is Happy Camper.

Tip #8 – Plan Ahead

Taking a Road Trip and planning on bringing your New RV, you will want to plan ahead. Figure out where you’re going to stay. Many RV parks require reservations and some parks fill up months to even a year in advance.
Another thing to plan for is your route. When you’re pulling an RV you’ll need to make sure you avoid roads or bridges that you can’t easily drive through. There are apps that will help you plan like Roadtrippers. Use this code BTR5QTP for a special $5 off!

Tip #9 – a dehumidifier and moisture absorbents

RVs tend to accumulate moisture so having a dehumidifier and moisture absorbents is going to help prevent mold growth

Mold is a huge problem that happens in RVs often, so this is a preventative measure that every RVer does.

Tip #10 – Clean you’re A/C Filter once a month

If you want to keep you A/C running, especially during the heat of the summer months, then cleaning your filters monthly is essential.

Ours are pretty easy to clean, we remove them and shake them out outside. Sometimes we clean then with water and let them dry as well.

Tip #11 – Learn Where your GFI and Fuse Box is located

Usually, the GFI reset plug is in your bathroom, at least that is where ours is located. You’ll only need to know where this is if you notice other plugs are not working. This usually means it’s been overpowered and the GFI prevents damage with the electrical system and will just need to be reset.
You’ll also want to know where your fuse box is. If you blow a fuse to your A/C or your lights aren’t working, chances are you’ll just need to change a fuse out. These are pretty cheap and can come in a pack to keep in your RV.

Tip #12 – Learn to hook up your propane properly

Hooking up your propane properly is essential and can mean safety for all parties. The last thing you want to do is fail and have a propane leak. Propane leaks can be harmful to your health and potentially disastrous is there is fire around.
Our Propane tanks run one at a time, once one is empty, we close the valve and open the other tank. It’s easy, but everything must be learned.

Tip #13 – Learn to lubricate your slides (if you have them)

If you have slides, it’s important to learn how to lubricate the rubber and metal portions.
Lubricating the rubber seals on the slides will keep them from drying out and cracking. This further prevents unwanted leaks when it rains.
Of course, lubricating the metal rods and chains under the slide will keep them from rusting and sticking.

Tip #14 – Learn to clean your hot water heater

This is important and super easy to do. The reason you want to learn how to clean your hot water heater is that sediment can accumulate at the bottom and you’ll need to remove it.
Another reason is if you have an anode rod, you will need to know how to replace them at least once a year.

Tip #15 – HAVE FUN and Stay Safe!!!

I know this seems like a lot of tips and things to learn and remember. However, don’t let them keep you from enjoying your new RV.
Traveling and Camping in your RV is a great experience for the whole family. They allow you to visit and explore places you may not have considered before RVing.

Tip #16 – BE PATIENT

Owning an RV and taking your RV out for the first couple of times is going to be a learning experience. So, the most important thing you must do is BE PATIENT.
Be patient with yourself, your significant other, and your family as a new RV owner. RVing will become easier the more experienced you get. So, don’t expect the first time you go out to be smooth.

Final Thoughts


These 16.5 tips are for the first time new RV owner that is just getting started. The longer you own your RV there are going to more things you will need to maintain like your roof, seals, etc.
However, if you just purchased your RV then I hope you’ve enjoyed these tips and HAVE FUN!
Happy RVing! 

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