Head South for the Winter

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As the north gets pummeled by cold weather, many RV travelers are trading frigid temperatures for cozy winters, palm trees, and sugar sand beaches. These three snowbird destinations, ranging from the mild winters of Arizona to the summer-like temperatures of the Florida Keys, are some of the best places to make the most of this year’s coldest months.

Phoenix, Arizona

Phoenix is popular with snowbirds who like to stay active in the winter months. RV parks are affordable, the city’s surrounding scenery is breathtaking and the area is littered with hiking trails, golf courses, museums, gardens, shops, world-class restaurants and so much more. Phoenix’s abundant sunshine and mild winter temperatures create the perfect atmosphere for outdoor exploration.

Key Largo, Florida

When you’re seeking a tropical winter destination without the outrageous travel expenses, Key Largo is the place to plant yourself. It’s the northernmost of Florida’s keys, which means you spend less time on the road, but still enjoy the area’s crystal clear waters, world-class diving and snorkeling, scenic mangrove trails and so much more. Key Largo is also home to several campgrounds, including the Key Largo Kampground and Marina, which welcomes RV campers for the full winter season.

Charleston, South Carolina

Charleston is a historic city that offers a little bit of something for everyone. World-renowned restaurants and countless shops dot the city’s happening downtown streets, and some of South Carolina’s best beaches sit just minutes away. The area is littered with famous golf courses, waterways and historic areas to explore. A variety of RV parks and campgrounds close to the city center and beaches make the southern city of Charleston a must-visit snowbird destination.

Stock Up on Snowbird Supplies

Don’t forget to stop by one of the Jack Link RV Centers throughout Wisconsin before you hit the road for your snowbird getaway. We’re fully stocked with all of the latest RV models, camping supplies, and parts to help you make the most of your winter.

Top Snowbird Destinations Across North America

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The leaves have almost finished falling and cold weather is on the horizon. It’s time for snowbird travelers to fire up their RVs and head south. But setting your sights on the southern states every winter doesn’t mean you always have to travel to the same destinations. These top three snowbird destinations are ones you may want to consider instead of your go-to spot this year.

Austin, Texas

Being a snowbird doesn’t mean you have to travel to a slow-paced destination for retirees. Austin is a place where culture and the outdoors collide. Snowbirds can kayak, mountain bike or hike in the day and turn to the city for world-renowned eateries and live music at night. Austin is a city that will make the cooler months of the year fly by with excitement.

Scottsdale, Arizona

Many snowbirds already know Arizona is an ideal place to keep warm and watch the winter pass with sunny skies. It’s also a great place for travelers who like to stay healthy and active year-round. Scottsdale is a hotspot for golfers, cyclers, hikers and other outdoor enthusiasts. The area’s slightly older population may also appeal to more mellow snowbird travelers.

Jekyll Island, Georgia

Many snowbirds assume Florida is the place to be on the East Coast in winter, but Georgia offers mellower crowds, ideal weather and picturesque coastal scenery. Head to Jekyll Island this year for peaceful beaches, picturesque marshland, adorable towns, fresh seafood and southern hospitality that will make you never want to leave. This charming Georgian island is the laid-back alternative to the traffic jams and tourists crowds of Florida’s top snowbird spots.

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Warmer RV Destinations for Fall

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Wisconsin has enjoyed a pleasant start to fall, but the frigid temperatures and snowfall are just around the corner. There’s no better time to hit the road for a cozy southern destination than now. If you’re thinking about being a snowbird this season, or are just considering a quick fall getaway to a warmer climate, consider one of these three must-visit warm destinations in the U.S.

Palm Springs — California

Palm Springs is a desert city in the Golden State that is also a dream getaway destination. It’s a place for golfers, rock climbers, hikers, bikers, shoppers, foodies and just about every type of traveler. Even better, Palm Springs is loaded with luxurious RV parks and campgrounds that are geared toward those trying to escape the cold, so you can enjoy all of the luxuries of a resort getaway in the comfort and convenience of your RV.

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Many snowbirds and travelers in search of warmer weather head directly to Florida. However, those who stop short and settle in Jekyll Island, Ga., enjoy an entirely different kind of warm-weather paradise. This southern island paradise is quickly becoming a popular beach destination for its welcoming towns, deserted beaches and unhindered natural beauty. Miles of beaches, marshes and maritime forests allow you to get out and play while your friends back home are sitting by the fire.

Scottsdale — Arizona

Scottsdale isn’t a new destination for snowbirds, but it’s one of the best. The comfortably warm climate, world-class golf courses, endless shopping options, renowned eateries, hiking trails and ongoing list of things to do — indoors and out — ensures there’s never a dull moment in your escape from the cold. Although, Scottsdale’s laid-back city vibe, numerous resorts and spas allow you to relax whenever you’re looking for a slower pace.

Don’t forget to stop and see us here at Link RV Direct before you start your journey down south. We’re here to help with all of your fall RV travel needs.

Visit Effigy Mounds National Monument

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Effigy Mounds National Monument, located in Iowa on the border between Allamakee and Clayton Counties, is an astounding National Park that draws tens of thousands of visitors annually. The visitor’s center can be found in Harpers Ferry, Iowa, just north of Marquette.

The park is named after the hundreds of effigy mounds scattered across the park and aims to preserve those effigy mounds and to educate visitors on them.

The effigy mounds are prehistoric earthen mounds built by Native American people, most of which are shaped like animals, such as birds and bears. Most were built in the first millennium by the Woodland Culture.

The effigies cannot be viewed well from the surface, but seen from above they take many different discernible shapes.

The local flora and fauna present on the park’s land are linked to the effigy mounds and help visitors to understand the inspiration that went into the creation of the mounds centuries ago.

The mounds are culturally linked to approximately 20 modern Native American tribes and are considered to be sacred sites and cultural touchstones by members of those tribes.

Between the wildlife, the educational opportunities on Native American culture, and the spectacle of the effigy mounds themselves, there’s something for your entire family at Effigy Mounds National Monument.

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Explore the Ice Age National Scenic Trail

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The Ice Age National Scenic Trail winds its way through some of the most picturesque parts of Wisconsin, covering 1,200 miles.

Established in 1980, the trail is so named because it’s starting point is the terminal moraine, or stopping point, of a glacier from the last ice age before it ultimately melted about 15,000 years ago. The trail follows the general path this glacier took. The glaciers in Wisconsin are responsible for many of Wisconsin’s geographical features, including many lakes, river valleys, rolling hills, and ridges.

Along its route, the trail crosses numerous local parks, state parks and forests, state wildlife and natural areas, and the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest.

The trail is open primarily to hiking, although other activities are allowed where the trail follows other existing routes. Although the trail is divided into shorter segments, there are numerous opportunities for longer-distance backpacking trips, with camping opportunities including shelters in both units of the Kettle Moraine State Forest.

Primary attractions include topography left by glaciation in the Last Ice Age. Glacial features along the trail include kettles, potholes, eskers, and glacial erratics.

Numerous species of mammals can be seen along the trail, including red fox, American red squirrel, white-tailed deer, porcupine, black bear, and grey wolf. Birds seen along the southern part of the trail include the Acadian flycatcher, Henslow’s sparrow, red-hooded woodpecker, and hooded warbler. Further north, white-throated sparrows, ruffed grouse, and bald eagles are more common.

If you’re looking for a good mix of natural beauty, wildlife observation, hiking challenges, and learning more about glaciation, then the Ice Age National Scenic Trail is perfect for your summer road trip destination.

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Go Fishing in Wisconsin in Your RV this Summer

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Wisconsin is a great fishing destination. By all rights, it ought to be, considering that it’s positioned along the Great Lakes. Dotted with rivers and lakes, both great and small, the options are nearly limitless, so your destination may be unclear. Luckily for you, we’ve hunted down the best summer fishing spots in the state so you don’t have to.

Wisconsin Lake and River

We’d be remiss not to start things off with the eponymous lake and river. Fishing is open year round on the lake and river, and summer is a great time to visit.

Mid-May to early July is the best time to visit, if you want to be exact. The bites can slow down after July and into August. Walleyes are especially plentiful.

Kentuck Lake

Kentuck Lake is a great spot to visit in June. The lake is teeming with both smallmouth and largemouth bass, both of which can be found in shallow water.

Sturgeon Bay

Another great place for smallmouth bass, Sturgeon Bay actually possesses a premier smallmouth bass fishery, so you’re sure to get all the bites you could hope for.

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Before heading out to the best fishing spots in the state, make sure you drop by the best RV dealer in the state. Link RV Direct in Minong is a dealership for the people. View our extensive RV inventory online, or come by and see us in person. An RV is just what you need to take your fishing trip to the next level, giving you the comfort of home while allowing you to enjoy your favorite outdoor adventures.

Wisconsin Summer Festivals in 2016

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After you pick up a new vehicle from Link Ford of Rice Lake, you’ll be ready to head to festivals throughout the state of Wisconsin. Choose a favorite or try a new festival. Make reservations at nearby hotels or campgrounds so that you can have a fun-filled weekend instead of hurrying back home at the end of the night.

Acoustic Fest

On July 16, 2016 from 11:00 a.m. until 9:00 p.m., head out to this music festival at Washington Park, 1100 block of Marshall Street in Manitowoc. Admission is free and the area has disabled access.

Country Fest

From June 16 through June 19, 2016, head over to Cadott for a great music festival. Enjoy a great sound system, natural amphitheater, jumbo screens, souvenirs, food, and even a picture taking line up to the stage. The area also features 8,000 campsites next to the concert area, security, showers, medical and stores. The event starts at 3:30 p.m. and ends at 1:00 a.m. on Thursday; is open from 11:00 a.m. until 1:00 a.m. on Friday and Saturday; and from 8:00 a.m. until 11:30 p.m. on Sunday. The Country Fest will be held at the Chippewa Valley Music Festival Grounds, 24447 County Road S, Cadott, Wisconsin.

Metro Jam

From June 17 through June 18, 2016, head out to Washington Park at 12th and Washington Streets in Manitowoc, Wisconsin for the Metro Jam. This event runs from 5:30 p.m. until 9:30 p.m. on Friday and from noon until 10:00 p.m. on Saturday. Admission is free and the venue has disabled access. Enjoy 10 different regional and national acts, several music styles and more.

Rock Fest

This music festival takes place over three days and you’ll hear the best of rock music and great food. You can also camp out for the Rock Fest as you’ll find about 8,000 campsites, all within walking distance from the concert area. The Rock fest runs from July 14 through July 16, 2016 and will be held at the Chippewa Valley Music Festival Grounds, 24446 Count Highway S in Cadott.

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Granddad Bluff

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If you are near LaCrosse, Wisconsin, visit Granddad Bluff. This chunk of land is about 590 feet above the surrounding land and 1,183 feet above sea level. You can access the bluff via Bliss Road. Once you get to the top, you can relax in a park shelter, which is in a fenced off area so you don’t take a 500-plus foot tumble to the bottom. The park area features a panoramic picture of LaCrosse showing landmarks around the area.

The land was first bought by Judge George Gale in 1851; and it changed hands 83 ties between 1851 and 1912. Limestone was quarried from the bluff for many years; and then it was going to be sold to a company that did large-scale quarrying. The citizens of LaCrosse were against that, so in 1909, Joseph and Irene Hixon bought the land. The property was held in a trust until 1912 when the Hixons donated it to the city of LaCrosse as a park. G. C. Hixon and a group of the city’s residents raised $15,000 to build roads and to buy more land around the bluff. Hixon Forest lies below the bluff and is now a popular place for hiking.

The Works Progress Administration created a shelter on the bluff in 1938. The administration used stone that was quarried from the south side of the bluff. The LaCrosse Chapter of Reserve Officers Association erected a 65-foot flagpole on the bluff in 1941. And, in 1952, a split rail fence, parking and two new picnic areas were added.

In 1954, the shelter got electricity and around 1964, public restrooms were added. The bluff got a new pump house in 1976. Additional landscaping projects were done in the ’80s and the LaCrosse Jaycees erected a new 75-foot flagpole in 1994. On New Year’s Eve, the LaCrosse Skyrockers have a fireworks show from the top of the bluff.

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May Events for Your RV

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This May, make plans to take your RV to many of the events around Wisconsin. Many of them are within 100 miles of Rice Lake, so you can make a great weekend out of them. Enjoy fishing, biking, fairs and more.

Wisconsin Opener Fishing & Outdoor Expo

On May 6, 2016, head over to the Heartwood Conference Center & Retreat, N10884 Hoinville Road in Trego for the Wisconsin Opener Fishing & Outdoor Expo. Enjoy seminars, fishing equipment vendors, fishing organizations, boat dealers, educational displays and more. For more information call (715) 635-9696 or (800) 367-3306. Admission is free.

Flea Market and Craft Sale

On May 7 and May 8, 2016, head over to Thunderbird Village, N9517 Thunderbird Lane in Hatfield for food, a parade, music, family activities and over 60 vendors at the Flea Market and Craft Sale.

Turtle Lake Spring Market

On May 21, 2016, head over to Village Park at Maple Street N and USH 8 and 63 in Turtle Lake for the Turtle Lake Spring Market. Enjoy a plant sale, book sale and garage sales from 8:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. For more information call (715) 986-2241. Admission is free.

Ringelspiel Days

From May 27 through May 29, 2016 on at Lotz Park on Patton Street in Boyd, enjoy a parade, carnival, bands, a car show, a co-ed softball tournament, food and more at Ringelspiel Days. For more information call (715) 667-3420.

Woolly Mountain Bike Race

On May 1, 2016, head over to St. Croix Falls High School, 740 Maple Drive in St. Croix Falls for the Woolly Mountain Mike Race. Registration for the race is at 8:00 a.m. at St. Croix Falls High School. Enjoy mountain bike racing at its best. For more information call (715) 483-3278.

Visit Link’s RVs in Rice Lake

Stop by Link’s RVs in Rice Lake to walk through the many floor plans we have available. You’ll be able to find the perfect RV for your family and your lifestyle, whether it’s a toy hauler, fifth wheel, travel trailer or motorized RV. If you’re not ready for a new RV just yet, call our RV service center to schedule an appointment for spring maintenance.

RVing for Spring Break

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It’s almost time for spring break, and that means getting ready for vacation. Instead of planning an expensive trip with hotels, get the RV ready to enjoy some time with nature along with some time for visiting attractions, historical sites or even sightseeing in various cities and rural areas.

If you don’t have an RV yet, stop by Link RV Center of Rice Lake to walk through the many floor plans we have available; and if you do, give our service department a call to set up an appointment to de-winterize your RV and to have it checked thoroughly for the first trip of the season.

Choosing the Perfect RV

Whether you want a brand new RV or a pre-owned RV, you need to find a floor plan that suits your needs. If you have four children, you’ll want an RV that sleeps at least six people, so a bunkhouse model might be right. If you’re a couple with no kids, you’ll want something that affords you plenty of space for relaxation, so something with a front or rear living area would be ideal. You’ll find plenty of choices in our showroom, regardless of your situation.

Maintenance

Before you leave, it’s always best to have the RV checked out thoroughly to ensure all systems are working properly. Whether it’s the heat or air conditioning, the plumbing or the black tank flush, something not working could ruin your vacation. If you have a motorized RV, we’ll check out the engine, too.

Choosing the Right Place

Choose a favorite spot, try a new spot or create an itinerary if you want to visit several new areas. While one of the benefits of RVing is stopping when you want, it is a good idea to make reservations for those favorite spots that are known to fill up.

At the very least, if you prefer to wing it and can’t find a good campground when you decide to stop, in a pinch, you can always park overnight some of the big box store parking lots. Always get permission if you end up doing this; and be sure your tanks are emptied and that your fresh water tank is full. While that might not be what you want to do, if you have to do it for one night so that you can get to your favorite, it’s better than making a reservation for a spot that you arrive at too early in the day; or for a spot that you end up paying full price for when you’re only going to be there for a few hours.

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Stop by Link RV Center of Rice Lake to walk through our many floor plans if you are in the market for a new RV; or give our RV service center a call to set up an appointment so you’re ready to head out for spring break.