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Our Weekend Stay At Kampgrounds Of America


I’ve always wanted to take my family out to a cabin and this past Memorial Day weekend I finally got to fulfill that wish. Thanks to the folks at Trekaroo and Kampgrounds of America, we had a taste of tiny house living at our local KOA.

Unfamiliar with KOA Kampgrounds or camping in general, we made sure to pack all of our essentials plus linens (this includes pillows, y’all), towels, and food. Since we planned on doing some grilling, I came up with a camp friendly spread of our favorites. The afternoon before taking off, I prepared all of our food, lightly cooking and foil wrapping everything to be grilled the next day.

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When we arrived at our KOA, we were greeted by a friendly staff member and directed to our deluxe cabin where we observed our surroundings and dropped our bags. Now, my primary reason for wanting to retreat to a cabin was to have some private family time and focus on my desire for simpler living. So imagine my introverted distress when realizing how close the cabins and campsites were in proximity to each other (more on that here). The boys were super excited to be in such a magical place, so I had to trek along and keep it moving.

We stopped by the general store to pick up our keys and park pamphlet. The owner and staff were very welcoming and hospitable. On our way back to our cabin, we stopped at the playground where the boys burned a little energy before dinner. Once back at our cabin, we settled in and prepared for the day ahead. We made a little fort for the boys from the bottom bunk… for them to chill out with their tablets until bedtime. No shame.


Greg and I woke up fairly early the next morning and had a chance to function before being bombarded with requests. I decided to take advantage of the complimentary coffee in our cabin so that I could properly adult. We noticed that the park actually started clearing out as the day progressed. I may have done a slight jig of glee. I used that as an opportunity to take some photos around our cabin. While out, our neighbor in the next cabin over offered to take our family photo if I took one of hers. We were both armed with Canons so it was a smooth transaction.

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After our mini photo session, I got started on the grill. Greg took the boys on the trail and kept them occupied with the frisbee until it found its way up into a tree. Luckily, it stormed later in the day, releasing it from tree captivity. The time spent during our second day at the cabin really inspired us to seek more destinations with cabins available and to also look into acquiring a tiny house we can tow during road trips. Usually I’m the one with these crazy ideas, but Greg was totally on board and making suggestions. Sometimes it takes an actual experience to ignite a passion.

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After lunch, we headed over to the playground. We spent quite a while on the swings and Jax claimed the Kids Kabins. We will definitely be building a Kids Kabin or two of our own once we purchase a home. How could we not? They are SO stinkin’ CUTE. On our way back to our cabin we paid a visit to the resident Donkey, Jenny. The boys were no longer amused once they learned they couldn’t feed her. Within thirty minutes of returning to our cabin, Jax helped himself to a nap. He was ‘wo out… we all were. That meant early bedtimes for all of us and another early morning to pack up and get in our last hurrahs.

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We spent our last few hours at the cabin packing up and preparing to head home. We didn’t get a chance to hit the pool before checkout, but the staff was kind enough to let us spend a few minutes for a quick dip. I honestly just wanted photos to share with you all. Blogger life. It started pouring as we made our way to the pool, but I managed to salvage a few decent shots from a series of awkward outtakes.

KOA Kamping Lodge

It was hard handing over the key to our cabin. Our weekend at Kampgrounds of America was one to remember and the start of a yearly tradition. We’ll definitely be back.

KOA giveaway

Win a KOA camping trip!

Have you ever wondered what’s behind the yellow sign? The folks at Kampgrounds of America are giving away camping trips good at any KOA Kampground! Enter to win over at Trekaroo!

Grand Prize: 3 complimentary KOA Camping Vouchers good for one night apiece; including Deluxe Cabins, at any KOA campground in North America. $500 prize value.

Smaller Prizes: 2 complimentary KOA Camping Vouchers good for one night apiece; including Deluxe Cabins, at any KOA campground in North America. $300 prize value

This post was in partnership with Trekaroo. We received complimentary lodging in order to share our KOA experience.

To support my blogging efforts and site expenses, I do share relevant affiliate links in my posts. Thank you for your support.

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  • Reply Brandy the Mommy Blogger

    I just discovered your blog, and love the travel and activities that you feature. You also take really beautiful pics of your kids. I’ve included you in my Friday Link Love. Thanks for sharing so much of your life with us ;)

    July 11, 2015 at 3:31 PM
    • Reply Sheena Tatum

      Thanks so much for featuring me on your blog! I so appreciate it! XOXO

      July 28, 2015 at 12:33 AM
  • Reply Neal Trautloff

    Pretty fun time

    June 29, 2015 at 4:43 AM
  • Reply Hollie Jahnke

    Looks like a great weekend! I love camping!

    June 28, 2015 at 1:10 AM
  • Reply kathy b

    If you want to simulate tiny house you might want to look at a small pop up camper. Ours was cheap on Craigslist and it is our little home away from home.

    June 27, 2015 at 5:12 PM
  • Reply Kirsten

    Okay, now I want to go camping. This is the kind of camping I would love to do.

    June 23, 2015 at 12:19 PM
  • Reply Jill McHale

    I want to try glamping :)

    June 22, 2015 at 8:45 PM
  • Reply AshlyR

    This looks like a fabulous compromise for my family!

    June 22, 2015 at 5:57 PM
  • Reply Dave J.

    Looks like there is a ton to do right at the campground. Love the cabins too!

    June 20, 2015 at 3:02 PM
  • Reply Chantelle Walker

    Looks like such a great time!! Plus there was a donkey!! Always a plus ;)

    June 20, 2015 at 2:53 AM
  • Reply Lauren Drake

    Looks like the whole family really had a great time! The cabins look perfect.

    June 18, 2015 at 2:56 PM
  • Reply Gretchen in HB

    Please don’t let my boys see the Kids Kabins or I’ll be headed to a KOA this weekend! Looks like a great mini vacay!

    June 17, 2015 at 2:51 PM
  • Reply Sara B.

    What a great place to stay and good experience. I love camping!

    June 16, 2015 at 11:16 PM
  • Reply ashleyB

    Love these little cabins!!

    June 16, 2015 at 5:09 PM
  • Reply Chris N

    Looks fun!

    June 16, 2015 at 2:17 PM
  • Reply Jennifer H.

    The cabins look amazing!! Looks like you had a great vacation.

    June 16, 2015 at 1:50 PM
  • Reply Ashley @ Cute as a Fox

    I hear you on the blogger life thing. It’s pretty awesome they had a swimming pool to enjoy. I’ve never been to a campground with a pool before!

    June 16, 2015 at 12:25 PM
  • Reply Katie LE

    You got some really good pictures too! It looks like you guys had a good time, and it seems to me that KOAs are good for kids of all ages. We will also be looking for a KOA for our next vacation.

    June 16, 2015 at 5:00 AM
  • Reply Callie Raykhonov

    Thanks for all the wonderful photos! Looks like a fun getaway!

    June 16, 2015 at 4:39 AM
  • Reply PlumBlossomMom

    We love to camp but have never tried KOA. Now that we have 2 littles (almost 3yo and 6w), I’m thinking a KAO cabin might be the way to go!

    We’re also in the midst of planning our tiny house transition in the next 12-24montngs so, the cabins might be a good test run for a weekend or so. :)

    June 16, 2015 at 4:27 AM
  • Reply Cynthia Mercado

    That looked so amazing!

    June 16, 2015 at 4:07 AM
  • Reply Alicia

    Those cabins look so cozy!

    June 16, 2015 at 2:22 AM
  • Reply LiLing Pang

    Beautiful photos of your experience. Everyone looks so happy.

    June 16, 2015 at 2:19 AM
  • Reply Rachael

    We weren’t too far from you! We were at the Elkhart Co/Middlebury KOA that weekend! What a fun campaign! Your pictures are just gorgeous.

    June 15, 2015 at 8:59 PM
    • Reply Sheena Tatum

      We almost went to that location! They are about the same distance from our house!

      July 28, 2015 at 12:31 AM
  • Reply Emily Floyd

    Um, awesome playground! And adorable baby bump. :)

    June 15, 2015 at 3:10 PM
  • Reply Natalie O.

    I’ve never stayed at KOA, but this looks like a fun option!

    June 15, 2015 at 12:37 PM
  • Reply April

    Love those cabins, they looks so nice.

    June 15, 2015 at 12:03 PM
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