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Snowbird migration creates vacation opportunities

Posted: April 7, 2011 1:50 p.m.
Updated: April 7, 2011 3:00 p.m.

Spaces are opening up at RV parks and resorts in the inland and desert areas of Southern California as snowbirds from the Pacific Northwest and Canada make their way back home.

But activities and special events are continuing at several parks, which is good news for Southern California residents looking for getaway vacation before the summer heat arrives. And even if you don't have an RV, that's not a problem, since many parks offer condo or park model rentals.

"Now is a very good time for people from San Diego to Los Angeles, Orange County and the Inland Empire to take a trip inland or to the desert to enjoy the wildflowers, the pleasant weather and the wonderful activities and amenities that many of our inland parks provide," said Debbie Sipe, executive director of the California Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds.

Consider these examples:

Emerald Desert RV Resort in Palm Desert
This resort, which features condo rentals and RV storage, offers many activities, including water aerobics, bocce ball, yoga and Zumba classes, game nights as well as barbecue potlucks and poolside breakfasts and lunches and margarita receptions with chips and salsa.

The resort is also offering discounts to Knott's Soak City Water Park beginning May 1, as well as special rates on the weekend of May 19.

Visit for a complete activities schedule and information on special deals and promotions.

Fountain of Youth Spa in Niland
Originally conceived as a snowbird RV resort with healing natural hot springs, the Fountain of Youth Spa has since become a diversified, year-round vacation resort with cottage rentals, vacation homes, and an increasing array of health and wellness services, including onsite hair and nail salons, massage therapists, as well as therapeutic exercise classes, including water aerobics, tai chi and yoga.

With advance reservations, massage, hair, manicures and pedicures are provided through May.

Visit for more information.

Golden Village RV Resort in Hemet
This park will have a Beer Fest on April 16, featuring beers from around the world, as well as a chili-cooking contest with a $250 first place prize.

The resort will also feature a car show with food, arts and crafts vendors as well as a 20 piece Bavarian band, country music and a DJ. An ice cream social is slated for May 11 and a barbecue with live music is scheduled for Memorial Day weekend.

The resort also offers many activities, including water volleyball, water aerobics, Tai Chi classes, shuffleboard and card games.

Visit for more information.

The Springs at Borrego RV Resort in Borrego Springs
This park, located in the desert near Anza Borrego State Park, offers many activities, including water aerobics classes and an onsite health and wellness center.

Upcoming activities include a mini outdoor music festival on April 23-24 with Jacqui Foreman, a folk singer-songwriter, and classic pop by Patty Holley and Dayton Borders.

Other events are planned for late spring and early summer.

Visit for more information.

The California Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds operates, a travel planning website that features a statewide list of campgrounds, RV parks as well as activities and special events throughout California.

For additional commentary, statistics and sources on the latest camping trends in campgrounds, RV parks and resorts or for leads on parks in your news coverage area, contact Debbie Sipe at the California Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds at (530) 885-1624 or (530) 906-4592.


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