Planning is everything, and planning is especially important when it comes to travel. That includes planning arrival and departure dates and times, making reservations for not only your accommodations but also for the local events and attractions at your destination.

And before you even do any of that planning you have to decide just where you want to spend your time. Every trip you plan is designed to meet your needs — or your needs at that time! Maybe you want to relax. Maybe you want to try something new. Maybe you want to head to a destination that is completely different from what you typically seek – like a mountain lover heading to the beaches or vice versa. Maybe it’s all about family fun or meeting up with other families and ensuring there is fun for all ages.

Thanks to Thousand Trails, planning is so easy. Check out our Theme Weekend supplement included with this issue. We’ve listed all the fun theme weekends going on at the preserves and they didn’t miss a thing. There are sock hops, luaus, parades, beach parties, movie nights, cookouts, cook-offs and more. You can immerse yourself in a Pirate Weekend or spend a weekend just eating chocolate! So if you’re looking for something specific, look to this handy guide to summer fun.

If you want to plan around a specific location, check out our feature on page 34. From the mountains to the beaches, from horseback riding to whale watching you can find it at, or very near, our preserves.

If you want a history-based vacation, consider Gettysburg Farm or Williamsburg. Civil War history surrounds the Gettysburg location and our Williamsburg preserve puts you in reach of historic Colonial Williamsburg.

Have you longed for a beach vacation that includes boardwalks and old-fashioned fun? Consider our Jersey Shore locations, Old Orchard Beach in Maine or the beaches of Cape Cod.

Whatever you’re looking for you will find it with us – so get out those planners and make this the best summer ever.

And don’t stop there. Get your winter plans in order, too. I don’t know about you but I am sure glad to be done with winter. This winter was one for the record books – and not just in locations that are used to snow and cold temperatures. So, don’t be left the cold this winter – look to our sunny locations and book some time with us in (almost) always sunny locations in Arizona, California, Florida, and Texas. You’ll be the envy of all your friends when the cold weather hits and you planned ahead.

So start planning your stay with us – we look forward to seeing you soon.

Marguerite Nader
President & CEO