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Old 07-13-2015, 06:52 PM   #1
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Our trip to TN, KY and WV

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We just finished up a 2 week trip from CT to Bristol and Nashville, TN then to Lexington, KY to Ronoake, WV. I thought I would share some information and pictures of the campgrounds and our adventures. Hope you all enjoy. Had a great time.

6/27-6/29/15

Lakeview RV Park
Bluff City, TN (near Bristol)

Campground was fine, easy to park in our sites, overlooked the river which was extremely low due to dam being closed off as the fixed things. Sites were adequate in size. On Sunday we took a tour of Bristol Motor Speedway. Interesting to view from the race track/pit/winning circle area. Is a half mile round track. The van that took us on the tour drove the track up the embankments at speeds 50-60mph, much to our surprise. It appears so small on the track, and the embankments go so high around. We then took views from the sky boxes for a different view point. Also during the day we stroll through Tri-State flea market which was directly across the street from campground.

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Old 07-13-2015, 07:08 PM   #2
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6/29-7/4/15

Nashville KOA
Nashville, TN

We treated ourselves to Deluxe patio sites. I had been concern by reviews saying the sites were small and recommended the deluxe sites though pricy. They were awesome sites, agreed by all. We met Joe and Kim there, they had arrived a few days prior to us. The weather predicted was to be cool in 80s all week, but with showers/T storms forecasted everyday. The Opry Mills Mall and Grand Ole Opry were only 5-10 minutes away. We enjoyed some bike rides during the days since all was paved and roadways outside the campground were even level. Also did some shopping in the mall, Camping World next door and Willie Nelson Gift Shop along with the Cooter’s. On Tuesday evening the Jurgens and us had booked to see the performance at Grand Ole Opry. We had fifth row seats down front—awesome. The seating is cushioned benches, like church pews. Performers are not announced until closer to the scheduled date. This evening we saw: Larry Gatlin, Will Hoge, Aaron Tippin, Audio Adrenaline (first time at Opry), Bill Anderson, Lorrie Morgan, Kesea Ballerini (new female artist who’s first song just reached #1 a week ago), and Diamond Rio. All were great performances. Later return to a fire with Joe and Kim at campsite. Enjoyed views of the reddish full moon do to the haziness due to fires from Canada.

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Wednesday was pretty much a wet day. We went to Fontanel Mansion, which was the 27,ooo square foot home of Barbara Mandrel from 1987 to 2002. It is a huge log cabin. Unfortunately they will be adding to it adding a resort. We also had lunch at the bistro and stopped at Prichards Distillery which is on the premises. President Obama was in Nashville and we learned traffic was expected to be effected and the highway which is alongside the campground was the roadway that most likely be utilized. On our return from Fontanel we noticed the highway was stopping on one side and the other side no traffic was approaching. We waited alongside the street to the campground and see the presidential motorcade drive by. The evening appears to be humid but dry.

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Thursday we went to Downtown Nashville. We took advantage of a shuttle service from the campground to downtown which was good, especially since streets were already being closed off preparing for the upcoming 4th of July festivities. We walked by Ryman Auditorium, up and down Broadway – stopping into some bars to listen to singers performing…they have performers all day long. We walked up a pedestrian bridge where we took photo ops of the city. We toured the Country Music Hall of Fame along with a tour of Studio B. A lot of history. Later that evening John and I listened to a performer at the KOA (Chelse Nicole), she is a songwriter and singer. The show was set inside because of the rains that continue to come through starting late afternoon and into the evening.

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Nashville Continued

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Friday we went to take the Back Stage Tour of the Grand Old Opry. With the tour you viewed the multiple backstage rooms and walk on the stage. Again impressive to see, also to learn how the flood of 2010 effected the location and how the community got all back on track. After our tour we walked over to the Gaylord Opryland Resort, unfortunately we got caught in a downpour and arrived at the hotel soaked. In any case as the rain ended when we arrived, we walked through the resort center viewing the waterfalls, gardens and trees, storefronts, etc that the hotel guestrooms surround. Very impressive. That evening we attempted to take in a comedy show, but left early because found the show sucked. We had our last fire, since an early departure for us was on tap for the next morning.

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7/4-7/7/15

Kentucky Horse Park Campground
Lexington, KY

After a 3.5-4 hour commute we pulled into the Kentucky Horse Park Campground, arriving around 12:30p, after gaining an hour crossing the time zone once again to EST. Kentucky was at least dry during our stay. Partly Cloudy Saturday, Cloudy Sunday and Sunny Monday. The campground was just about filled for the holiday weekend, with many pulling out on Sunday. The sites are a good size, wide, with a drive back in spot for the trailer. The campground is designed with two sides which both have a 2 paved loops-one outer and one inner with campers on both sides. Our site is on the inner side of the outer loop. There is a spacious area between our sites and the inner, outer sites; where kids could play.

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On Sunday, we went next door to the Kentucky Horse Park it was very open grounds, clean and was not busy at all. We viewed the various buildings, took in a couple of shows about horses stabled at the park. Kentucky Derby winners Go For Gin (94) and Funny Cide (03). Plus a show about various breeds of horses. When returning to the campground, many of the campers had left. We enjoyed a bike ride, and found the bike trail from the campground which leads to downtown Lexington, a 12 mile ride…No we did not ride all the way. Just enjoyed a ride through part and returned to prep dinner.

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Monday, was a sunny day. We left to travel to Louisville to tour Churchill Downs, where the Kentucky Derby takes place. We went in the museum and took a walking tour of the paddock, grandstand and raceway areas. This was really cool. The tour guide provided the unique facts about the facility. Where the jockeys stay and where the horses are checked prior to the race, all bets are in cash only. etc. We took some photo ops with some Kentucky Derby hats…Cheese! On the trip back we stopped at Woodford Reserve Distillery, which is part of the Bourbon Trail.

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7/7-7/10/15

Stonewall Jackson Campground
Roanoke, West Virginia

Now we are on the more layed back restful part of our vacation. Stonewall Jackson Resort is an upscale exclusive resort. The grounds include an Arnold Palmer golf course, surrounded by a man made Stonewall Jackson Lake and State Park, and a small campground on the peninsula across from the resort. There is a boardwalk over the lake to get to the resort from the campground. Our sites were very spacious, larger than any thus far, with a gravel patio the length of the trailer and 20 feet wide. We did not have great views of the lake from our side of the road, due to many trees, but across the road we can see the other side of the lake, boardwalk and resort. We were able to enjoy the indoor/outdoor pool with hot tubs during the day and night, ate at the Stillwaters restaurant overlooking the lake, the guys went kayaking, plus took a ride on their Sorrel Cruise Boat….most of these were enjoyed through the rain drops which plagued all of the days during our stay. It still remains to be very humid, humid, humid but temps still 70-80s.

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Great pictures and stories. Keep them coming. Sounds like your having one heck of a time.
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7/10-7/12/15

Twin Grove Campground
Pine Grove, PA

Our final stop on the way home. Very nice campground with nice size sites. We enjoyed some time in the 2 pools which also have slides for some crazy fun, restaurant, Arcade, kiddie rides, ice cream shop, mini golf, fitness center, volleyball court, horseshoes, tetherball, basketball, disc golf. They also had a hayless hayride which they added the fun of a water gun fight. Everyone on the hayride was equiped with water guns to spray at people as they passed by. Little did they know that people at their campers were allowed to spray water at them. We were ready and armed with garden hoses. On Saturday night they had a country band playing in the ampitheater. Sunday morning we hit the road heading back to CT and home. After 16 days and 2300 miles, our vacation has ended.

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Very familiar with Twin Grove. That's where the last two Northeast Crossroads rallies have taken place. Excellent campground. We really enjoyed it there.
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It sounds like you had a great time! Thanks for sharing!

We were in Nashville this spring on the way home from Florida. We also enjoyed the Fontanel mansion. We didn't know about the plans to add a resort. This could be new info. We did enjoy the tour very much and also went to the distillery.

We strolled around the Opryland Hotel and were just blown away by it!

We also stayed at the KY Horse Park in 2012 at the suggestions of friends in Ohio and we liked it a lot.

There is so much to see in North America and RVing is such a great way to do it!
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Great pics and reviews! We stayed at Stonewall this March and really liked it. Very spacious sites!
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