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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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Field & Stream RV Park (Brookline, NH)

Field & Stream RV Park (Brookline, NH)

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As we head into winter, it’s getting harder to find campgrounds that are open year-round.  That’s how we ended up  an hour away from where Mike was working in Swanzey – at Field & Stream RV Park in Brookline.  Even though we would have preferred to be closer, Field & Stream was a nice place to bunk for a week.  About half the rigs there seem to be permanent residents, parked on the outer edges or back section of the park.  The sites are paved and level, able to accommodate large rigs.  It’s a gated campground, so they give you a key to get in and out.  My mum and her husband David, who live about 45 minutes away, in Raymond, loaned me one of their cars to use during our stay, and the campground kindly gave us a second access key.

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Another challenge we’re having at this time of  year – since we’ve been working in the northeastern part of the country – is the availability of water.  Because the water to the sites comes through pipes in the ground that aren’t heated, they’ll freeze when temperatures drop.  This, of course, can be a problem in a stick house, but it’s much less likely.  Field & Stream advised us that they’d be shutting off the water toward the end of our stay, and they did.  We had been filling up our tank every night, just to be on the safe side, so it didn’t create too much of a hardship.  I did, however, stop doing laundry in the rig and instead went to a laundromat with Mum.  It turned into a rather nice afternoon of chatting and crafting while the clothes washed and dried.

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As with most parks, our site included a picnic table.  Dogs had to be leashed and picked up after, but there was no designated area that they were confined to.  The bark babies enjoyed crunching through the leaves and sniffing at the muddy little lakes that formed on the dirt road around the park.  Field & Stream had the other amenities that we’ve learned are pretty standard:

  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Paved, level sites
  • Water
  • 30- and 50-amp electric
  • Sewer
  • Cable TV
  • Laundry facility
  • Shower house
  • Propane

In the good weather, campers can enjoy the play area, the fishing pond and a canoe dock.  The campground is also very close to pretty Lake Potanipo.  There’s no path around the lake, but it’s got parking and boat access.  The best part of the lake, though, is the small lighthouse that I got to walk by on my commute to work at The Cozy Tea Cart Cafe, just a mile and a half away.

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