Moments in life are meant to be made, remembered and reflected back upon. When my family and I were invited to be hosted at the Ventura Ranch KOA by Go RVing this event would end up being a stay-cation weekend to do just that. It was a family first.
The day was Jan. 3rd, 2017 when I received the invitation. KOA and Go RVing sent a great vacation weekend opportunity my way. In that moment of reading the invite many images of ‘what would be’ filled my head. The cabin type was a Park Model RV style. It greeted my family with splendor on ‘Arrival Day’ in quiet solitude. Lovely schrubbery and foliage surrounded the cabin making it a secluded hideaway. The rooms were cool from the A/C units and several lovely gifts awaited opening. There wasn’t ample time just yet. Scheduled to transpire in only 15 minutes was the welcome evening event.
Showered, dressed and ready we drove up to the Penthouse Villas. Now what awaited us was a serene grassy area overlooking the Santa Paula hills. Splendid view. It was a meet & greet accompanied with drinks to then be followed by dinner. There was also an opportunity to tour one of the penthouse villas which affords home-like decor and amenities. So here I was with my children at a campsite nestled in the hills above Santa Paula California on the edge of the Topatopa Mountains. Wow!
Dinner was catered with tacos, rice, beans and all the sides/toppings. Plus margaritas helped keep the adults cool while my children played and explored the Club House area overlooking more of the campsite. Later that evening after mingling with my best friend Kathy King and other invited guests it was s’mores making time. What fun to toast marshmallows on the campfire and make this classic dessert. Yummy, fresh and warmth in every single bite.
Day two’s itinerary left my children and I overly excited. After breakfast there was rocket making & launching for the children. Following that was Tie Dye t-shirt making, lunch and zip lining too. I conquered my fear of heights thanks to my children who braved the entire ride for the very first time in their life. That was a proud father moment coupled with inspiration witnessing my children living life to the fullest.
Here is more of what awaited our day & other amenities (campsite map):
- Gem & Fossil Mining
- Rock Wall Climbing
- Jumping Pillow
- Playground Area
- Bigfoot Adventure Walk
- Poolside BBQ Dinner
It was a very active engaging camping trip to say the least. A welcome addition to the trip was having my friend Andy join us. He made sure my children and I enjoyed the firepit right outside the cabin. It was only the fire flames and the plethora of stars that dotted the night sky keeping us all company that final night. Nature is beautiful.
Sunday morning came with clear sunshine rays illuminating the cabin sleeping loft areas with shadows cast by the leaves of the surrounding trees. A make-your-own waffle breakfast and fresh orange juice (pressed by you) helped make this camping trip that much more memorable. A hayride around the campsite was the final activity. It was then time to reminisce on all that transpired on this camping adventure.
Little did anyone know that I grew up in Ventura County. I frequented Santa Paula many times as a child with my father, my aunt and high school friends. Attending this event made for a full circle moment in my parenting journey. To be able to do this with my own family created many first-time experiences like the night-time Bigfoot Adventure Walk, seeing many peacocks roaming and observing a male peacock with his tail in full view.
If you are seeking a camping trip for the enitre family I highly recommend Ventura Ranch KOA. The 77 acre park offers 148 sites, varying from tents, cabins & luxury penthouse accommodations with breathtaking views. RVs are available as well. Other park amenities include complimentary Wi-Fi through most sites, a propane filling station, a campground store, large pool (open during summer months), a pavilion, coin operated laundry, RV storage, and activities for the whole family every weekend.
Here are a few links to videos showcasing more of the awesome camping trip.
Cabin Tour & Gift Basket Opening:
Cabin Leisure Time & Virtual Reality: