Our family just got back from a magnificent family reunion at Brattleboro North KOA campground in East Dummerston, Vermont.
Camping in Vermont
The Brattleboro North KOA (Kampgrounds of America) is located in Southern Vermont, and an easy 1-1/2 hour drive for all the relatives to make in a day trip.
Brattleboro North KOA Campground
Several members of our group have camped in the past at KOA campgrounds around the country, because they’re known for being extremely clean, peaceful and fun. At a KOA you can either drive your RV in, pitch a tent or stay in one of their rustic cabins for your camping experience.
The Brattleboro North KOA is a small campground with a park-like setting, and has earned the KOA President’s and Founders Awards since 2007.
We all arrived on Friday, which was a beautiful sunny day, and warm enough in New England to enjoy the crystal-clear pool in June!
The Brattleboro North KOA campground amenities included large sites with grass lawns, natural shade, grills and fireplaces fire pits. Each night we had firewood delivered and sat around the campfire toasting S’Mores made with marshmallows, graham crackers and Hershey’s Chocolate while singing campfire songs. Quiet Hours are from 10pm to 8 am, so after the merriment, the kids and grandchildren turned in early and the adults weren’t far behind!
Friday was our nicest day and the kids and grandchildren got to stretch their legs after the ride on the play areas that had swings, seesaw, monkey bar, a wooden rocking horse, a pirate ship sandbox and helicopter. There’s also a basketball hoop and plenty of lawn space to set up lawn games for the older kids to enjoy.
Saturday turned out to be a total washout with unrelenting rain. Fortunately the Brattleboro North KOA campground had a TV computer lounge and game room that was well stocked with DVDs, videos, books, magazines and tourist information. Both parents, grandparents and the kids had the chance to get out of the RV campers for awhile and relax in larger quarters. There’s also a very nice laundry area with pay washers, dryer and ironing board.
The Brattleboro North KOA also has charming cottages with private bathrooms, TV, refrigerators and heat for those who enjoy Glamping. This way hesitant grandparents can still enjoy the activities of camping with the creature comforts of home or a hotel. While there I saw a woman who was traveling solo, and thought that this is a great way to tour the country while staying in a family campground.
The Brattleboro North KOA had a log cabin with TV, refrigerator and heat. Guests, however must bring own bedding. It’s an excellent alternative for those grandparents who aren’t into camping and need more creature comfort to enjoy participating in the family reunion vacation.
We took the kids and grandchildren up to the General Store that was stocked with provisions,
camping accessories, gifts and keepsakes. Slugger, my three-year old grandson scored a “digger truck” that turned out to be his prize possession! The weekend was capped off with an ice cream social and outdoor movies for the kids.
Area activities include nearby farmers’ market and flea markets, hiking, golf, river rafting, boating, fishing and kayaking along area streams and the Connecticut River. Several members of our group brought their kayaks and canoes, but the weather was too rainy and they never got launched.
On our way up Interstate 91, we passed Old Deerfield Village and the Yankee Candle Headquarters in Massachusetts. Basketville, Santa’s Land and the Vermont Country Store are a little farther north in Vermont, but an easy day trip.
Everyone had a great time despite the fact I locked my only set of car keys in my trunk!
Brattleboro North KOA
1238 US Route 5
East Dummerston, VT
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