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Carlisle Road Trip: Western Village RV Park

By Elizabeth Elstien

Close to Gettysburg, the state capital of Harrisburg, Hershey and the Amish in Lancaster, Carlisle may be small, but it's loaded with history. Noted for its rich agricultural land hosting about 1,500 farms of all sizes, the area provides a wealth of food, wine, and even alpaca wool. Several big annual collector car and truck events, such as the Spring Carlisle Car Swap Meet Car Corral and Auction, are also held at the 102-acre Carlisle Fairgrounds.

If you're on a Pennsylvania road trip and need to spend the night, you can get a hotel - but if you have an RV, like camping, or simply want a different kind of stopover, check out the Western Village RV Park. Offering RV parking spaces complete with electric, sewer and water, as well as cabin rentals and tent sites, you can choose to rough it - or not. Just make sure you have a reservation first, as the park can get booked.

"The No. 1 benefit of traveling via RV Parks is cost," states President Diane Schrader. "New research shows that recreational vehicle trips remain the least costly even after accounting for factors such as RV ownership costs and fuel prices. Other benefits include family togetherness, variety, comfort and experiencing the great outdoors!"

A RV park with a rustic feel that's open all year, Western Village is set in a large tree-filled area perfect for providing much-needed summertime shade as well as open sites to enjoy the sun all day long. Aside from its many nearby attractions, there is lots to do right inside the park. A swimming pool, large recreation room complete with pool table and arcade games, miniature golf, jumping pillow, pedal karts, and playground contribute all-round family fun. Additional outdoor activities include horseshoes, volleyball, tetherball, basketball, softball, and a walking trail.

The park also organizes events of its own to get visitors to interact and stay busy outdoors. Events may vary each year. Western Weekend in August has a flashlight treasure hunt, games with a western theme, and a DJ pool party. October events include a tailgate party and chili cooking contest and a spooky fun-filled Halloween weekend.

For the RV travelers that Western Village RV Park caters to, Schrader explains why this is such an appealing way to vacation: "One has the comfort of their 'home on wheels'. No need to pack and unpack suitcases and spend your time in a hotel room. After a day on the road, we see travelers pull in to our park, set up, then sit outside and relax, walk the dog, take a swim and enjoy the great outdoors." Now who can resist that?

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