Coastal Breeze RV Resort Now Open For Gulf Coast Camping In Texas

Coastal Breeze RV Resort recently celebrated their Grand Opening in November 2018. A short drive from the scenic beaches of the Gulf Coast, this luxurious new resort lies along the shore of Salt Lake in Rockport, Texas.

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Coastal Breeze RV Resort. Photos via Facebook

They have over 250 pull-thru and back-in RV sites with full hookups. The sites are extra roomy at 130 feet long and also include a soft carpet grassy area. They also have a few park models available to purchase.

Guests are welcome to relax in their swimming pool, clubhouse, or dog park. Head down to their beach and wooden pier for the best views of the lake and vibrant sunsets. The area is renowned for great fishing and the resort has a kayak launch available.

Rockport has lots to see and do and hosts various festivals, pop-up marketplaces, and concerts throughout the year. The downtown is full of shops and restaurants to browse, as well as attractions like the Maritime Museum.

The resort’s rates vary by season—you can see the current prices on their website. You can also check site availabilities and make reservations online here.

Have you visited this new Texas resort yet? Let us know about your experience on RV Park Reviews!

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4 Unique Places To Visit Near Austin In Spicewood, Texas

1. Willie Nelson’s Pedernales Cut N Putt

Country music singer Willie Nelson croons about being “on the road again’ and goin’ places that I’ve never been.” When your travels take you on the road to Austin, Texas, be sure to visit Willie’s nine-hole Pedernales Golf Course in nearby Spicewood. The official course name is Willie Nelson’s Pedernales Cut N Putt. The par 36 course measures 3,330 yards.

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Willie Nelson Cut ‘N Putt Golf Course 

There is no pretense of a country club feel to this popular course, just an overwhelming country feel! The course opened in 1968, and Willie purchased it in 1979, along with the adjoining recording studio, hence the Cut in Cut N Putt. Over the years, the singer has given the course its down-home feel.

How can you not like a course that allows you to bring your own cooler or wear flip-flops? Another local rule says that a foursome can have as many as a dozen golfers! Hmmm.

2. Pace Bend Park

While experiencing this unique golf course and the surrounding Spicewood area, park your RV at Pace Bend Park, formerly known as Pace Bend State Park. Offering great views of the Texas Hill Country, Pace Bend Park has nine miles of shoreline along Lake Travis.

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Lake Travis at Pace Bend Park. Photo by Marcus Calderon/Flickr

Though the park features more than 400 primitive campsites, Pace Bend offers 20 improved campsites for RVs. These sites offer water, 30/50 electrical hook-ups, showers, and restrooms. These improved sites, as they are called, are all located on the east side of the park just above Levi Cove.

It’s an easy walk to the lake. They feature plenty of shade trees and flat, grassy areas. All sites are back-in only. Reservations are highly recommended.

3. The area wineries and vineyards

Worth exploring in the area is Spicewood Vineyards. They produce a variety of wines including reds, whites, and a few sweet wines as well.

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Spicewood Vineyards. Photo via Facebook

Other area wineries include El Gaucho Winery, Flat Creek Estate Winery, and Stone House Vineyards.

4. Hamilton Pool Preserve

Also, many visit the area just to experience Hamilton Pool Preserve. This incredible natural pool with a waterfall is located in nearby Dripping Springs.

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Hamilton Pool Preserve. Photo by david_mah/Flickr

Check out this link for more information about Spicewood. You can also read more about camping in Pace Bend Park on RV Park Reviews.

See also: Seven Reasons Why You Should Go RVing in Texas



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NomadFEST 2018 in Wellington, Texas

NomadFEST is here and the much anticipated premier of The RV Nomads movie! The event includes so many fun activities, entertainment, presentations and good food! We’ve been honored to work with such a great cast and crew and be a part of this project. It’s been a labor of love and every single person has given it their all. We’re so excited to see the movie for the first time with everyone.

Nomads are steadily arriving and excitement is in the air! We are looking forward to meeting so many members of the vibe tribe in person! It’s amazing to see the RVing community come together from all over the country.

Everyone’s getting parked and settled in now. We’ve been meeting our neighbors and preparing for a non-stop weekend of fun!

We will be performing Friday night with a full band and we have some great new merch that will only be available during NomadFEST. We have a very special version of our album “Among the Giants” with new storyteller tracks before each song, sharing our inspiration and the meaning behind them. We also have t-shirts with a great new design, and stickers and koozies to match!

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If you aren’t going to be at the festival you can still buy online. The cart is only open Oct 18-22, so be sure to get yours before we sell out!

You can buy our limited edition swag here – https://www.vibetribemarket.com

You can stream the RV Nomads movie here – https://www.epicnomadtv.com/

We’ll be filming the and sharing photos and stories of NomadFEST along the way, so be sure to follow us on IG, FB and YT.

Here’s the schedule of events for NomadFEST:

10:00 AM – VIP Coffee With Cast

12:00 PM – RV Show Downtown Wellington (Friday noon to 4:00 PM Sunday)

2:00 PM – Cotton Gin Tour (sign up at check-in)

5:15 PM – Escapees/Xscapers Welcome Rally (Fairgrounds Pavilion)

6:30 PM – Fish Fry Kick Off (Fairgrounds Pavilion)

7:30 PM – Live Music Featuring Audrey Callahan (Fairgrounds Pavilion)

8:30 PM – Live Music Featuring Drivin’ & Vibin’ (Fairgrounds Pavilion)

9:30 PM – Stargazing With GEOASTRORV

7:00 AM – RVNomads and Community Pancake Breakfast (Wellington Lions Club – Bura Handley Community Building)

9:45 AM – Opening Remarks (The Ritz)

10:00 AM – Panel: “Living The RV Life” hosted by Marc & Julie Bennett of RV Success School (The Ritz)

11:00 AM – A Humorous View Of RV Life Featuring Dan & Lisa Brown of Always On Liberty (The Ritz)

11:30 AM – Lunch Break/RV Show (Downtown Wellington In Front Of The Ritz)

1:00 PM – RVing To Alaska Panel Featuring Pau Hana Travels, Less Junk < More Journey & J9B2 Adventures (The Ritz)

2:00 PM – RVer Domicile Panel with Susie Adams & Escapees RV Club (The Ritz)

3:00 PM: Off-Grid Living Panel Featuring Tom Morton, Gary Quimby & Battleborn Lithium Executives (The Ritz)

4:00 PM – Dinner Break/RV Show (Downtown Wellington In Front Of The Ritz)

6:00 PM – World Premiere Of RV Nomads Documentary (The Ritz)

8:15 PM – Overflow/Second Screening of RV Nomads (The Ritz)

9:00 AM – Opening Remarks (The Ritz)

9:15 AM – Panel: Making Of The RV Nomads Movie with Eric Odom (Producer), Tom Morton (Director) & ENTV CEO Marc Bennett.

10:00 AM – Measurements Of Success with Caitlin Morton

10:15 AM – Panel/Workshop: Vlogging & Video 101 with Jesse Ingram

11:30 AM – Lunch Break & VIP Meet With Cast (The Ritz)

1:00 PM – Workshop: Blogging for Business – CAMP – Content, Audience, Monetization, Partnerships.) – Camille Attell & Julie Chickery (The Ritz)

2:00 PM – Panel: Working On The Road Featuring Escapees RV Club (The Ritz)

3:00 PM – Featured Presentation – Less Junk < More Journey (The Ritz)

4:00 PM – “Elevate The Story” With Eric Odom, Producer & Creator of RV Nomads (The Ritz)

5:00 PM – RVillage BBQ Cookoff Competition & Potluck Dinner (Fairgrounds)

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Golfing In San Marcos, Texas

Located in Central Texas between Austin and San Antonio, San Marcos is where you’ll find the first golf course built in the Lone Star State in the last six years. Recently opened is the Gary Stephenson-designed Kissing Tree Golf Club.

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Kissing Tree Golf Club (Photo via website)

The name is derived from Texas Gov. Sam Houston’s affection for the ladies, who were attending his gubernatorial speech delivered in front of a mighty oak tree in San Marcos in 1857. History aside, the course is sure to attract golfers far and wide. The par 72, 18-hole course is not long by any standards, measuring 6,522 yards from the tips. It is sure to become a popular track for those golfing in the Texas Hill Country.

“The course offers all levels of golfers a fun and exciting round of golf,” said Josh Clay, general manager of Kissing Tree Golf Club. The course features drivable par 4s with picturesque water hazards around the greens, along with a few par 5s where golfers will have plenty of chances to make birdies and eagles. The course serves as an extension of the natural landscape, blending gradually into the slopes and contours of the fairways.

The pragmatic approach in Stephenson’s design has already earned Kissing Tree Golf Club certification as a Signature Program facility with Audubon International. The Audubon Certification Program for Golf is an award-winning, environmental and conservation assistance program created to help golf courses protect the environment, including wildlife and habitat management, and adhere to comprehensive sustainable resource management principles.

In addition to the 18-hole golf course, Kissing Tree Golf Club also features a short game practice facility, an extensive practice range, and an 18-hole putting course. A state-of-the-art clubhouse and restaurant are expected to open in 2019.

Though Kissing Tree is the first Texas baby boomer-centric community designed specifically geared toward the 55 and older crowd, Kissing Tree Golf Club is open to the general public.

In spite of its tacky tongue-in-cheek humor on the company website, the venerable Pecan Park Riverside RV Resort offers a quality setting in San Marcos. Located about nine miles from Kissing Tree Golf Club, Pecan Park Riverside RV celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2018. Pecan Park features 116 sites on 24 peaceful acres paralleling the San Marcos River.

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Pecan Park Riverside RV offers shady sites.

The pet-friendly park offers large concrete patios and pull-throughs at most sites, full hook-ups including sewer, water, restrooms, and showers. Additional amenities include free Wi-Fi and free cable TV, laundry facilities, a camp store, available propane, a recreation room, indoor swimming pool, hot tub, and plenty of nearby trails.

Places to visit in San Marcos, Texas

Featuring an average annual temperature of 69 degrees, San Marcos also offers 275 days of annual sunshine. There are many activities and sites to visit while in town.

If you enjoy history, don’t miss the Lyndon Baines Johnson Museum of San Marcos, which is dedicated to the 36th President of the United States. Johnson spent his college years in San Marcos at Southwest Texas State Teachers College–now Texas State University–from 1927-1930. The museum hosts numerous events throughout the year, including an annual golf tournament in June.

A few popular attractions in this vibrant city of 65,000 include Dick’s Classic Garage. Part of the Central Texas Museum of Automotive History, Dick’s Classic Garage is a museum with more than 80 automobiles from 1901 through 1959. The museum preserves and displays historical vehicles and related memorabilia. San Marcos outlet malls are another popular attraction.

The San Marcos River also offers plenty of activities for the majority of the year. Visitors and locals alike take advantage of the many activities available on the tepid waters of the river and enjoy activities like rafting, stand-up paddleboarding, and canoeing, to name a few.

For a comprehensive overview of the San Marcos, Texas area, visit www.toursanmarcos.com.

Rick Stedman is an avid golfer, RVer, and writer who lives in Olympia, Washington. Rick writes a weekly golf blog, The 19th Hole, for RV Life. You can reach him at rstedman@gmail.com.



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The Last Tour Bus That Elvis Toured In Is Now In Alvarado, Texas

Motor Home Specialist is proud to sponsor this article.

Did you know you can still tour inside the last bus that Elvis Presley bought for his band?  The custom-designed 1976 MCI Crusader, which he purchased in 1976 and dubbed the “Taking Care of Business” (TCB) Bus, now resides at Motor Home Specialist in Alvarado, Texas and is occasionally open to the public for viewing.

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The Taking Care of Business (TCB) Bus.  Photos courtesy of Motor Home Specialist

Motor Home Specialist bought the bus from Julien’s Auction House in May 2015.  It sold for $268,000 and also included copies of the original $25,000 check provided by Elvis to cover the down payment on the bus.  CEO Donny O’Banion says,

“Myself and my family are all huge Elvis fans and after recently losing our mother Mary Ann to a short, but courageous to the point of inspiring, fight against cancer we thought this would be the perfect memorial to her and something we think a lot of other RVers and Elvis enthusiasts alike will get a real kick out of while visiting MHSRV.”

The bus seats twelve people, has nine sleeping births, and was custom designed inside and out with his signature TCB lightning bolt logo.  It was originally purchased by Elvis for his supporting singers in The TCB Band, which was led by Elvis’s close friend and mentor J.D. Sumner.

“Elvis once gave it a joy ride, calming Sumner’s nerves by promising to buy him another if it crashed,” Martin Nolan, executive director of Julien’s Auctions, told AFP. “He took the bus out from Graceland, he drove right out into the country and then he was worried, ‘how am I going to turn this bus around,’ so he drove into a cornfield, drove back out again and back home.”

Motor Home Specialist is currently planning to build a museum to house the bus and other Elvis memorabilia, including all of Mary Ann’s personal collection.  The bus is also open to the public free of charge twice a year during their semi-annual World’s RV Shows.  These are held every spring and fall, but you can find the same RVs and all of their photos, videos, and information online year-round at TheWorldsRVShow.com.

To learn more about the last Elvis tour bus and see the interior, visit MHSRV.com and stop by their expansive complex at 5411 S. I-35W in Alvarado, Texas.

See also: You Won’t Believe These New Luxurious Motorhomes



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