Explore Econfina Creek

Located in Florida’s northwest panhandle between Panama City and Marianna, Econfina Creek offers paddlers and other watercrafters an at times languid and at other times harrowing route full of scenery and pristine springs.

Part of the route is great for beginners or those looking to enjoy a languid trip while the rest of the creek is extremely difficult and fast-moving and only suitable for experienced water-goers.

Stretching about 26 miles starting near Panama City and heading to Deer Point Reservoir and the Gulf of Mexico, there are a number of pullovers to enter the river or to picnic along its side.

There are a total of 11 springs along the creek’s length and very little human development to spoil the natural beauty. You can snorkel in the gentle parts of the creek or in the springs themselves. The creek is also good for tubing.

There’s one canoe outfitter situated on the creek just north of the Hwy 20 bridge. They can provide canoe, kayak, or tube rentals and will even shuttle visitors to and from access points along the creek. Even if you’re not renting watercraft from them, they still offer the shuttle service.

Vegetation along the creek isn’t typical Florida foliage, and includes mountain laurels, magnolia, beech, cypress, sweetgum, and white oak, among others.

Visit RV Connections Super Center

Stop by RV Connections Super Center before you visit Econfina Creek to find your perfect summer RV or to schedule service for your current RV.

5 Reasons Georgia Should be on Your Mind

The weather is warm, the oak trees are thriving and the old southern charm is still intact. With everything from stunning outdoor scenery to quaint beach towns and tourist attractions the whole family can enjoy, there’s no doubt that Georgia should be on your mind this summer. Fire up your RV and cruise up to the Peach State to visit these five must-visit Georgia attractions.

Jekyll Island

Admire the mansions, cruise the cozy streets or sit in the shade under a magnolia tree — Jekyll Island is known for its Georgian luxury, but it’s also the perfect place to sink your toes into the sand and relax.

The Georgia Aquarium

Atlanta’s Georgia Aquarium is the largest in the world, and the building’s 10 million gallons of water are home to stingrays, jellyfish, gators, sharks and countless other underwater species. Your kids will love the touch pool where they can learn about, and even feel, live sea creatures.

Historic Savannah

Carriage rides, ghost tours and some of the best southern eats in the country are just a few staples of downtown Savannah. Spend your days exploring the historic city, then indulge in the fine foods and happening bars at night.

Pebble Hill Plantation

Get a true taste of southern history at the Pebble Hill Pantation in Thomasville, Ga. Enjoy a picnic under the oak trees and admire the horses roaming about the estate. Book your tour of the main house ahead of time, because the Pebble Hill Plantation is a popular destination in summertime.

Stone Mountain Park

Just 15 minutes from downtown Atlanta is the exciting family-fun center of Stone Mountain Park. With rides, ropes courses, nature trails, a cable car and plenty of other outdoor activities sprawled across the park’s 3,200 acres, your entire family can run wild and blow off some steam away from the city.

Get Your Road Trip Supplies Here

At RV Connections in Panama City, we’re more than your go-to Florida RV dealer, we’re your No. 1 spot for finding all of the RV and camping supplies you need to enjoy the Georgia road trip of a lifetime.

North Carolina is a Great Place to Travel This Summer

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From the undeveloped beaches of the Outer Banks to historic Wilmington and the beautiful Blue Ridge Parkway, North Carolina offers vacation destinations for beach-combers and mountain-lovers alike. Check out these three amazing destinations throughout the Tarheel State this summer, and you’ll quickly realize why North Carolina is such a great place to RV.

The Outer Banks

North Carolina’s Outer Banks are unlike anywhere else in the world. This 200-mile-long strand of barrier islands floats out to sea offering pristine ocean views on one side and the mild waters of the Pamlico, Albermarle and Currituck sounds on the other. RV-friendly campgrounds dot the entire coast of the Outer Banks, and finding a convenient and scenic spot to park your RV is actually easier than finding a hotel.

Historic Wilmington

Still on the North Carolina coast but only about one hour from the South Carolina border is the historic city of Wilmington. Wilmington offers five-star eateries, quaint shops and art galleries, plenty of pubs and historic tours in the downtown area as well as family beach towns (Wrightsville Beach and Carolina Beach are closest) on the outskirts. Winner’s RV Park is just steps from the shops, ocean and boardwalk in Carolina Beach and the Wilmington KOA will put you on Market Street just moments from the city’s historic downtown riverfront.

Mountainous Asheville

You don’t have to be a beach-lover to fall in love with North Carolina. Asheville is Western North Carolina’s biggest city, but it’s not just the incredible dining, music scene and countless craft breweries that bring tourists to Asheville in droves — it’s the area’s breathtaking scenery. Check out downtown Asheville then cruise the famous Blue Ridge Parkway 45 minutes southwest to Mount Pisgah Campground — the highest and most serene campground on the entire Blue Ridge Parkway.

Stop and See Us First

Before you make the road trip from Panama City to North Carolina, stop and see us at RV Connections — your local Florida RV dealer. Whether you’re in the market for a new or used RV or just need a little service done on your existing vehicle, we’re here to ensure you enjoy the road trip of a lifetime.

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5 Must-Visit Summer Events in Florida

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Here at RV Connections in Panama City, we think there’s no better place to be in the summertime than Florida. And with so many amazing events happening throughout the state this summer, we think you’ll definitely agree.

Fire up your RV and cruise down to Florida for these five must-visit summer events, and you’ll see why the Sunshine State is not just for snowbirds anymore.

Downtown Lakeland Food Truck Rally

Reserve the second Thursday of each month for the delicious Downtown Lakeland Food Truck Rally. Sample some of the best food in Lakeland from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. in the exciting downtown, outdoor atmosphere.

Bonita Springs Country Music Barbeque

Kick off summer a little bit early on June 1st and 2nd at the Hyatt Regency Coconut Point Resort and Spa for an unforgettable concert by the J.J. McCoy Band, a massive barbeque buffet, full bar and tons of cowboy-themed fun.

The 24th Annual Harvest Festival

Explore one of Florida’s most anticipated events of the season at the Lakeridge Winery in Clermont June 20-22. With tons of live music, over 80 craft and art vendors, plenty of wine and beer and the popular grape-stomping competition, you don’t have to be a wine-lover to have a blast at the Harvest Festival.

Panama City Beach Fourth of July Spectacular

Celebrate the Fourth of July right here in Panama City Beach at the annual Fourth of July Spectacular. With a wide variety of live music, free events, kids activities, food, drinks and so much more, you may just enjoy the best Fourth of July ever right here in Panama City.

Yogi Bear’s Beach Party Weekend

There’s no better way to enjoy summer with your kids than Yogi Bear’s Beach Party Weekend from July 11 to 13. Camp at the Jellystone Park in Madison all weekend and experience endless family fun including beach music, karaoke, beach volleyball, sand castle building and tons more.

Make a Stop At RV Connections

When you’re cruising throughout Florida this summer, don’t forget to pay us a visit right here at RV Connections in Panama City. As your local Florida RV dealer, we’ve got everything you need to enjoy the best summer camping season yet.

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Spring Break Trip Ideas Along the East Coast

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Here in Panama City, we know that spring break is all about fun in the sun, and while Panama City is certainly a spring break hot spot, we hope you’ll check out these awesome East Coast RV destinations that are guaranteed to make this spring break the best one ever.

Outer Banks, North Carolina

March is the month it really starts to heat up in North Carolina, and that means it’s the perfect time to visit the Outer Banks. Whether you’re seeking sun-bathing, surf, shopping or seafood — the Outer Banks is an uncrowded East Coast gem that boasts some of the most beautiful untouched coastal scenery in the country. If you’ve got a four-wheel-drive RV, you’re welcome to camp right on the sand in certain areas of the Outer Banks. And if not, there are a variety of RV parks stretching from Kitty Hawk all the way down to Ocracoke Island.

Charleston, South Carolina

If you’re looking for a spring break destination that combines culture and nightlife with the serenity of East Coast beaches, you’ll love Charleston. Spend your days exploring historic downtown Charleston and indulging in some of the nation’s best dining and shopping or just kick back and relax at a scenic campground near the beach. The Oak Plantation Campground on John’s Island is just moments from all of the action, and the James Island County Park gives easy access to the quaint and serene town of Folly Beach as well.

Cocoa Beach, Florida

You don’t have to venture out of our home state to find some of the best spring break destinations in the country. Cruise over to Cocoa Beach, and you’ll be relaxing on the beach with a cocktail in no time. Stay at the Jetty Park Campground and enjoy all of your favorite amenities from bathhouses to laundry facilities, a convenience store and a playground — all just steps from the Atlantic Ocean.

RV Connections

Before you hit the road, don’t forget to stop by RV Connections here in Panama City. We’re your local Florida RV dealer, and we’re here to help with all of your RV lifestyle needs from sales to parts, accessories, advice and so much more.

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Florida Events to Attend in 2014

Regardless of when you plan to travel, Florida is a great destination location. Whether you plan to travel during the winter or head down during the spring, summer, or fall, RV Connections will help you get there in comfort and style.

The Sunshine State offers a wide variety of events and festivals that will entertain everyone of all ages, year-round.

Gasparilla Pirate Invasion

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Tampa has been celebrating the invasion of the city by pirates for more than 100 years. It begins on January 25 with the Jose Gaspar sailing up Hillsborough Bay followed by a brunch and a parade featuring the many krewes aboard their festooned floats. Think Mardi Gras atmosphere. The parade winds its way to downtown Tampa where the party continues into the night with live music on multiple stages.

Daytona 500

Racing fans have been making the trip to this annual event since 1959 and this year is no exception. On February 23, the track heats up as the leaders in the racing world compete for the coveted title. RVs, travel trailers, and pop-up campgrounds are available onsite.

Strawberry Festival

If you enjoy the sweet taste of these plump red berries, then the Strawberry Festival in Plant City is for you. Located approximately 25 minutes from Tampa and an hour from Orlando via I-4, the festival offers plenty of entertainment, rides, concerts from headliner musicians, handcrafted items, agriculture and horticulture displays, food, and plenty of strawberry goodies. The festival runs February 27 through March 9.

Firestone Grand Prix

For racing fans, the Firestone Grand Prix hits the streets March 28 – 30. Enjoy the excitement of the Indy Car series in downtown St. Pete. Plenty of entertainment, exhibits, music, food, beer gardens, and driver autograph sessions along with the races. RV parking spaces are available.

Clearwater Jazz Holiday

Jazz enthusiasts travel to Florida every year to attend this musical event in its 34th year. For three days, your ears will experience the best from legendary to new musical talent. The festival is scheduled for October 26 – 19.

Stop by RV Connections and take a look at their red tag inventory or if you’re interested in selling your current RV. If all you need is a tune-up, they’ll take care of that, too.

East Coast Vacation Spots

Kancamagus Highway

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Whether your travel plans are for fall foliage observation, seasonal winter festivals, spring outings or summer beach destinations, the best way to see it all is in a RV. For a new or used recreational vehicle, visit RV Connections and travel the east coast in style and comfort.

Chincoteague Island, Virginia

One of the most beautiful scenic destinations is the quaint town of Chincoteague along Virginia’s eastern coast. From interesting shops to fresh seafood, the cozy town is a picturesque step back in time with a relaxed and serene atmosphere. Chincoteague Island is well-known for its long expanse of ocean shoreline, abundant aquatic and aerial wildlife, and its herd of wild horses that roam freely in protected areas. Assateague Island in Maryland and divided from Chincoteague by a wire fence, has another herd of wild ponies.

During the spring, the 35th Annual Easter Decoy & Art Festival takes place in April. In July, the 89th annual Pony Swim takes place drawing thousands to watch the wild ponies from Assateague Island make the swim to Chincoteague guided by the Saltwater Cowboys for the traditional pony auction. During October, visitors relish fresh seafood at the annual Chincoteague Island Oyster Festival. Several RV campgrounds in Chincoteague include Tom’s Cove Park, Pine Grove Campground and Waterfowl Park and Maddox Family Campground. Each has full hook ups.

Kancamagus Scenic Highway, New Hampshire

Relax and enjoy the ride along this scenic highway takes you through the White Mountain National Forest. The 34.5 mile highway has the designation as an American Scenic Byway because of its long history and for its stunning views especially the brilliantly colored leaves and fragrant scents during the fall season. Along the highway, there are numerous hiking opportunities and you can get plenty of pictures of the Sabbaday Falls, Rocky Gorge, Lower Falls and the White Mountains.

There are six campgrounds along the highway. Several accept RV’s and provide bathrooms, showers, fresh water, and picnic table but none of the campgrounds has water, sewer or electric hook ups. Some campgrounds are only open mid-May through mid-October and some allow winter camping.

Visit RV Connections for all of your recreational vehicle needs. From service to accessories, the customer friendly staff will get you on your way to exploration and discovery of east coast destinations.

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Florida Vacation Spots

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Florida has a plethora of locations from coast to coast that make excellent RV vacations.

For travelers looking to purchase their first recreational vehicle or update what they already have to visit these locations, RV Connections is your go to RV dealer in Panama City.

With plenty of new and used vehicles available from over 20 brands, you’ll “connect” to the perfect ride from the Tiffin Allegro Bus to a Class C Forest River Forester.

Once you’re ready to go, choosing a Florida vacation spot will be next on the list. Pick a location close to home or venture out on the open road to some of Florida’s most well-known areas for fun-in-the-sun.

East Coast

Florida’s east coast will keep you busy from St. Augustine – the oldest city in the US – to the Keys. Along the way, there’s Daytona Beach and its famous Boardwalk, the Kennedy Space Center in Melbourne, Fort Lauderdale’s beautiful beaches and beautiful people, and Miami’s South Beach area and nightlife. The Art Deco area, Little Havana’s culinary delights, and family attractions such as the Miami Zoo make this a “go to” Florida destination.

Key West

Heading out of Miami, keep going across the bridge all the way to Key West. Stop at cities that make up the keys such as Islamorada, Key Largo and Marathon to enjoy the cool waters for scuba diving, snorkeling and fishing. Visit Fort Zachary Taylor Historic State Park dating to the Civil War and take a boat ride to the Dry Tortugas.

West Coast

The Tampa Bay area has so many areas to visit. The St.Petersburg and Clearwater area has miles of golden beaches and the best seafood restaurants. Fort DeSoto has an ancient fort, Tarpon Springs has the sponge docks, Silver Springs for snorkeling, Tampa features Busch Gardens and Lowry Park Zoo, and Sarasota has pristine beaches and the Ringling Museum. These are just a few of the places you won’t want to miss.

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The theme parks: Disney, Universal, SeaWorld, Legoland, Islands of Adventure, and Pleasure Island, to name a few, for family fun.

Plan a visit to RV Connections and let the friendly staff at this family owned RV dealership get you going in the right direction.

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Florida’s Best Fall Events for RVers

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Florida RVer’s have plenty of events available throughout the year and it’s never too early to start making plans.

In preparation of anticipated traveling, a visit to RV Connections, a Panama City, FL, new and used RV dealer, has the inventory to satisfy every situation.

Festivals

Consider two music festivals scheduled at the Dixieland RV Park in Waldo. Bill Bailey’s Fall Gospel Jubilee is set for Thursday through Saturday, October 24-26 and features over 10 artists performing at the open-air pavilion. Shows begin at 7:30 on Thursday and Friday and 6pm on Saturday. Bring a lawn chair.

On October 30-31 and November 1-3, toes will be tapping at the 2013 Dixieland Fall Bluegrass Festival with multiple bands and solo artists performing. Dixieland RV Park has more than 300 campsites with full hookups, 30/50 amp, shaded sites, free WiFi and pull-thru sites. Pets are welcome and there’s a restaurant onsite if you don’t feel like cooking.

The Suwannee Hulaween Festival celebrates Halloween October 31-November 2 with 3 nights of musical performances at the Suwannee Music Park and Campground near Live Oak. The 500-acre park offers hiking, canoeing, wildlife observation, exhibits, an Arts and Crafts Village, and an onsite restaurant. RV sites have full hookups with water and electric and bath houses with hot showers.

Events

The Lake Mirror Classic Automobile Festival is celebrating its 14th year in downtown Lakeland October 18th through October 20th. On display will be over 600 show vehicles at the Lake Mirror Promenade. For car enthusiasts and collectors, this show is one not to be missed. The classic draws more than 35,000 spectators and features ongoing events over the 3 day event. Several RV campgrounds are less than 15 minutes away from the downtown area.

No matter where you plan to travel for an event, stop by RV Connections and take a look at the new and used RV’s, schedule a service check, or visit the parts and accessories department and select an outdoor lawn chair to take to a concert.

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