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Normandy Farms Family Camping Resort (Foxboro, MA)

Normandy Farms Family Camping Resort (Foxboro, MA)

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Normandy Farms is huge.  It’s probably the largest campground we’ve stayed at except for Cherry Hill just outside of D.C.  There’s so much to do at Normandy Farms, but we didn’t have much time to partake.  We spent most of our time traveling to Boston to visit with my dad and his lady love Sindy.

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The rates vary depending on the season and how many services you’re looking for.  They break it out nicely on their website so it was pretty clear to us.  They do give a discount if you’re a member of one of the big clubs.  The office is open late and well-stocked with RV supplies, gift items, and small groceries.  The roaring fire made me want to camp out on the sofa there instead of at our site!  Did I mention that it was 20 degrees during our visit?! NormandyFarms1

Surprisingly, we had a lot of company during our stay over Veterans Day weekend.   The place was overrun with kids dashing between playgrounds, families walking their dogs, and couples riding bicycles on the nature paths.  We took the bark babies to the dog park, the brisk air quickening our steps and theirs.  The dogs enthusiastically darted around, sniffing and plowing through the dead leaves.  The dog park is really cool – with a dog wash area, a separate enclosed run for small dogs, an agility course, and fenced-in “cabins” where you can leave your dog for a time.  The “cabins” and dog walking services are available for a fee.

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Normandy Farms closes for the season on November 30th.  They kept the water on through the long holiday weekend and then shut it off that Tuesday morning.  They advised us of that when we made our reservation and again when we checked in, so we were prepared.  It was obvious that most of our fellow campers were there just for the holiday because the place emptied out pretty quickly on Monday.

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Normandy Farms is the first “resort” RV park we’ve stayed at, and it lived up to its description.  There’s swimming, a recreation lodge, a creative arts enter, and business & information center, a fitness center, playgrounds, the dog park, a bike park and disc golf.  While we were there, they were hosting movie night and candy bar bingo.  That’s all in addition to plenty of pull-through, full hook-up sites with grassy strips and picnic tables.  This would be an awesome place for families, and we would’ve loved to stay when we could do all the nifty stuff they have to offer.  My dad wasn’t really up to making the 45-minute trek from Boston to hang out with us, so we were away almost more than we were there.

NormandyFarmsDogWelcomeBags I loved the doggie welcome bags that we received upon check-in.  There was a biscuit for each bark baby along with poop bags and notes on the rules and amenities for dogs.  My favorite part was the personalized tag for each dog that had their names on one side and our campsite on the other.  This is a b-i-g park.  How to smart to make sure that, if they got away, whomever found them would know who they were and where to return them.

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Nashville Shores Lakeside Resort (Nashville, TN)

Nashville Shores Lakeside Resort (Nashville, TN)

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It was happy news when the GPS routed us through Nashville on our way to Mike’s next gig in Sioux Falls.  Nashville is close to where Mike’s oldest daughter, Stevi, lives in Smyrna.  Since we had a few days to kill, why not spend them with Stevi, catching up with her and delving into the history of the area?

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We chose Nashville Shores Lakeside Resort for a few reasons: good reviews, pretty lake views and an on-site adventure park.  The park has 84 RV sites, all with some sort of view of Percy Priest lake.   Rates range from $45 to $55 a night.  At this time of year, the adventure park is only open on the weekends.  Since we arrived late on a Saturday night and were leaving Tuesday morning, that left Sunday as my only day to do the zipline and ropes course.  Unfortunately, the weather was abominable on Sunday.  Although the course is open rain or shine, the heavy wet drops and cold winds were not conducive to a positive outdoor experience.  I chose to stay cozied up with Mike and the pet babies, getting stuff done in the RV and reading.

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Nashville Shores has the best dog run of all the campgrounds we’ve visited so far.   The long enclosure is shaded by tall, leafy trees and has picnic tables where owners can sit comfortably while watching their bark babies cavort.  Meeko had room to run flat out, and Sadie delighted in dashing back and forth, barking vociferously at kids on bicycles on the other side of the fence.  (The KOA in Laramie, Wyoming, is a close second with its fenced-in doggie agility course.)

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We enjoyed Nashville Shores in the fall, but it’d be even better in the summer when the water-based amenities are open and the adventure park is running every day.

  • Laundromat
  • Horseshoes, volleyball, basketball and shuffleboard
  • Pet-friendly with dog park
  • Waterpark with wave pool and lazy river, multiple water slides, pools, beach, lake cruises and much more – open seasonally
  • Treetop adventure park – open seasonally
  • 310-slip marina with fuel dock – open seasonally
  • Private access to Percy Priest Lake
  • Waterfront RV sites
  • Pull-through sites
  • Free cable
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • 50-amp full hook-ups
  • Fishing
  • Nature trails
  • Camp store
  • Bathhouse
  • Playground
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Sadie meeting her “cousin”, a 15-year-old Boston named Samantha, who, like Sadie, is petite and tailless

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