Thursday, September 18, 2014

More than Chocolate in Hershey, PA

America's Largest RV Show put on by PRVCA (Pennsylvania Recreation Vehicle and Camping Association) in Hershey, Pennsylvania (yes, that is where they make the chocolate!). This magical  event occurs once a year in September and draws people in from all over the country. We had the pleasure of attending as vendors for the first time this year and could not be happier with our experience! We definitely hope to be back next year. Here is a bit about our experience in Hershey, in the show and in town.

Hershey Chocolate Factory! 

Hershey factory is a must! A bit centered toward children, but also brings out the child in all of us. So much to do here including a free historical tour, create your own candy bar, chocolate tasting lessons, and much more! You will not have any shortage of chocolate by the time you leave here.

Hershey Amusement Park

Yes! An amusement park! We had no idea either. Generously, PRVCA had a vendor party here before the show began. All the vendors got to eat, drink, and be merry at the hershey amusement park for the last three hours of being open. After eating and socializing we decided it was time to go on some rides. Looking for the most thrilling ride there, we came upon Fahrenheit, a ride that drops at a 97 degree angle! There was no line, so we went on it three times, didn't even bother getting off. I definitely recommend stopping by the park if you visit Hershey! 

America's Largest RV Show!!

So well arranged and organized, and what a blast everyone is! The employers of PRVCA are great, so considerate and excited for each and every vendor there. They truly try and satisfy each and every person there, vendors and attendees. We were very lucky to receive a prime location after there was a no show. We had a big long space that allowed us to showcase all of our products and displays in a very clean and organized manner. 

We had so much fun meeting everyone that helps put this magic together, as well as all of our customers! Everyone that came by the booth was so gracious and pleasant; you could see there was real support behind every person that we were able to talk to. Thank you for that, it is very appreciative and we love having you all as not just customers, but members of the grasshaven community! Getting outdoors is difficult for a lot of people, and we try to make it easier. We also want to make your RV homes feel more like home, so please give us your feedback and let us know how we are doing and how you think we could improve. 

Friday, July 18, 2014

Backyard Camping: A Convenient Alternative to the Real Thing

Camping is a great escape from the media and technology consumed lives we live, but sometimes we just don't have the time to get all packed up and plan a full camping trip...

Introducing Backyard Camping!

Maybe it's the kids first time camping and you want to have a trial run in the backyard? Or perhaps you only have one free day and night to camp and you want to take advantage of what little time you have by doing it in the backyard? Or it could be that you just want to spend some time outdoors without having to drive somewhere? Whatever your reasons are, backyard camping is a great alternative because camping is really just about being in nature and having fun outside, and we can do that in our backyards!

Here are four steps to have a successful backyard camping experience!

1. Turn your Backyard into a Campsite

  First you have to gather the gear and actually make your backyard feel like a campsite! This includes setting up the tent, building a fire(or makeshift fire), preparing your outdoor meals etc. You can use your regular camping tent, or get creative and create your own outdoor tent with rope and tarps! Or if you have a trampoline, you can set-up a tent on top of it and save time filling up the air mattress! For the campfire, if you can't have a real one, go ahead and set up LED candles or lanterns in an area where you can sit around them and tell stories, really getting the feel for a true campsite. As far as outdoor cooking goes, set up an outdoor camp kitchen! Use an outdoor grill or a portable one and cook up some great camping foods outside! Some never-fail meals include shish kabobs, rib-eye, stuffed cheeseburgers, meatballs, corn on the cob, and pasta salads. Visit our recipe blog for more. Bring out the camping chairs and any other camp gear you may have, and once everything is outside, stay there! Unless of course for the need of restroom trips.

 2. Get in the Camping Mindset

Even though you are outside, you should still do a bit of exploring rather than just going straight to the backyard. After setting up camp, pack a backpack, take some water, and go on a hike, even if its just around the neighborhood. Don't forget the sunscreen! Explore areas you have never seen before and make games of it! Put together a hobo scavenger hunt, and get the kids amerced in nature and learning new things. This step is very important to backyard camping because you get to leave your property and work up a bit of a sweat. Going on a little walk and exploring the nature that surrounds you will give you and the kids a new appreciation for the outdoors, and maybe even provide some new locations to play or walk around at in the future!

3. Keep the Kids Busy with Campsite Projects

 After the hike, you still might have some time before dinner for some fun campsite activities! Bug catching is always a fun and educational classic that will work just about anywhere outdoors. Let the kids create their own camping journal and have them write about their hike and draw pictures of the bugs, birds, or plants that they saw. Practice your bird calls, on your own or with a real bird call. Collect pinecones on your nature walk and make a bird feeder. There are plenty of fun activities to enjoy right in your backyard, all it takes is a little creativity and an open mind.

More creative outdoor activities here.

4. S'mores and S'more Pre-bedtime Activities

 Dinner's over, but it's not bedtime yet. Camping tradition of s'mores is in action, and even if you can't have a real fire, there are plenty of ways to improvise. One way is to have a do-it-yourself s'mores bar or cone station with all the fixings. Ever had salted carmel monkey s'mores? If you really want to roast marshmallows, just do it over a charcoal grill, you may not have the flames, but it still gets the job done. Another after dinner activity, if you don't mind a bit of technology, is screening a movie in your backyard. Set up a picnic area with blankets and pillows and watch it right on your laptop. Popcorn anyone?

To hear founder Dawn Bitz talk about making summer memories in your backyard, click here

Monday, July 14, 2014

Photo of the Weekend!

We all love weekends, and hopefully we all try to have some fun during them! 

Photo of the weekend is all about trying to encourage fun and spontaneity during our short vacation every week. Getting outdoors is important to our wellbeing and we want to see how you spend your time outside over the weekend. So every week we will post one person's photo onto our blog and share it with the rest of the world. We want to see funny, beautiful, exciting photos, just as long as they represent the outdoors! Send us your picture entry every Sunday or Monday morning and you may just see it again on our page! Send to

August 18, 2014
Thank you Jesse Wiley of Clintonville, Wisconsin! This picture is priceless! Paddle boarding with the dog on Hasbrook Lake in Northern Wisconsin. 

August 11, 2014
Thank you Olivia Charlier of Green Bay, Wisconsin! This fabulous picture was taken on a family outing to the DeYoung Family Zoo in the Upper Peninsula, a place where the animals are pets, not exhibits.

August 4, 2014
Thank you Martin Myers of Oregon!! This picture is stunning! Showing Mt. Thielson at Umpqua 
National Forest in Oregon.

July 28
Thank you Buddy Suttle of Laguna Beach, CA! His dog Izzy LOVES hanging out in the tent while camping. Tent with a porch is perfect for her. Anyone else have furry friends who think the tent is their doghouse? 

July 21
Thank you Kevin Long of Boulder, CO! This is beautiful camp site for a family camping trip, which Kevin and his family had the pleasure of taking. Near Fort Collins, CO on the Poudre River is where you too can camp here!

July 14, 2013
Thank you Joe Selvick of Minnesota! Exploring Colorado at it's best, Joe and friends went camping in Winter Park at Vasquez Wilderness area this weekend and got to see a free concert in town! Many resorts hold free summer concert series' to keep people coming around year long, check it out!

August 20, 2013
Thank you Alex Lee from Los Angeles for sharing your photo of the double arches in Bryce Canyon. While camping and hiking around Bryce Canyon National Park in Utah, Alex came across the beautiful sight, thank goodness for Iphones!

July 29, 2013
Thank you Rob Guenther of Fort collins. While hiking along in Crested Butte he came across an old abandoned cabin that resembled one on a picture he had boughten... turns out it's the same cabin!

July 2, 2013
Thank you Michele Nevills, from Northern California. Her and her family go up to Lake Tahoe every summer and go camping. This year they got to experience the new water sport of paddle boarding! Thanks for sharing, definitely going to have to try that out.

June 10, 2013
Thanks Will Collins, for sharing your photo of Canoeing in the Northwoods! Always in for a good time when you gather friends and family in the outdoors!

May 28, 2013
Thank you Riley Walker for sharing your photo of hiking Bear Peak in Boulder, Colorado. Bear Peak is the highest point of the front rage in Boulder. From there, they were able to watch the end of the Bolder Boulder.

May 13, 2013

Natalina Rasonsky from Northern California camping in Yosemite. The mountains are big, but we challenge ourselves to reach the top to experience the natural beauty in our world. Never stop exploring.

April 29, 2013

Taken in Yorkville, Illinois, by Megan Moran on her families annual camp out, which has been a tradition for over thirty years. Traditions like these are great for getting families together, especially if they do not see each other often.
Do you have any family fun outdoor traditions? If not, start one!

April 22, 2013

Beach day with the family in Northern California. Spending the day at at the beach can be a tradition in some families, like this one, who only live 30 min from the coast, or it can be a new and exciting adventure. Finding jellyfish on the shore, digging holes with the kids(and making couches made of sand like Patrick from Spongebob) and bringing a picnic for the whole family to enjoy, even the dog, is an easy way to create lifelong memories. Picture taken by Chelsea Scherer of Petaluma, CA of her parents walking along the shore.

March 18, 2013

Blake taking a break to play in the snow on a hike up the backside of the Flat Irons. Taken by Ashley in Boulder, Colorado.

Monday, June 30, 2014

Wishing you a Stylish & Delicious Independence Day

Happy 4th of July!

Having a party, especially for a holiday, can rack up quite a large bill. That's why grasshaven has come up with some fun and inexpensive ideas, from recipes to DIY, that will make your party rock!

Patriotic Mason Jars : A DIY Project

 Pre-party DIY crafts are a blast! They get you in the party spirit and most of all, handmade decor looks awesome! This simple project requires three mason jars, red white and blue acrylic paint, a paint brush, and any additional decor to ones own liking. First paint two jars completely red, the other completely blue. Wait for them to dry and add the white stripes and stars. We used the jars to hold flatware for the party, but had to use a bit of tissue paper inside the jar to elevate the flatware. They can also be used as centerpieces with flowers inside, as lanterns with tea light candles, or as jugs to drink out of with a straw. Have fun and get creative!

Every Party Needs a Fruit Salad!

 It's true, every party is better with a fruit salad. In the spirit of the fourth, why not make it a red white and blue one! Simple enough! Chop red apples to squares or triangles, rinse red raspberries and blueberries and mix together in a festive bowl or platter.
Optional: sliced strawberries.

Dipped and Sprinkled: Patriotic Party Treats

Easy peasy treats for the party that everyone will love! Gotta have all the flavors: salty, sweet, and fruity. The pretzels and strawberries are the easiest: dip in melted white chocolate and set on parchment paper, add red and white sprinkles and let dry. The marshmallows get a bit trickier, but we have faith in you ;) Dip either end in the white chocolate and slip onto a skewer or toothpick. Sprinkle each end of the marshmallow with a different color and let dry sticking upwards so it does not smudge. You can use other people's hands to hold, or place into a jar as seen in the picture.

Red White and Blue Everything: last but not least, Patriotic Parfaits!

Simple and delicious treat to satisfy everyones sweet tooth at the party! In a clear glass (martini, margarita, mason jar, ice cream bowl, etc...) add a layer of raspberries, followed by a layer of cool whip, then blueberries, and cool whip one last time, then drizzle with raspberries and sprinkles! Add a spoon and they'll be gone in seconds.

Grasshaven Product to get your Party Stylin'

a. Red and White Checkered "Paper" Plates: 7.99 b. Red "Solo" Melamine Cup: 6.99
c. Blue "Solo" Melamine Cup: 5.99 d.+ e. Red and Blue Vintage LED Lanterns: 24.00
g. Melamine "Paper" Plate  Dinnerware: 5.75 - 24.45

Thursday, June 26, 2014

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Sunday, December 29, 2013

Get your kicks...and visit Amarillo's RV Museum

RV Museum is a MUST stop for RV and Non-RV enthusiasts alike

Recently the Grasshaven team made a visit to the great city of Amarillo.  Notably featured in iconic songs like (Get your Kicks) Route 66 and Amarillo by Morning, this thriving Texas town has long and deep roots in Americana.  Amarillo is also known as a major stop along historic Route 66. 

Gornike 1948 Flexible Bus from Robin Williams movie RV
The convergence of Americana and open-road travel necessitates a visit.  And, any visit to Amarillo should absolutely include the RV Museum located at Jack Sisemore’sTraveland.  During our visit, the gregarious Jack Sisemore greeted us, himself.  A true west Texan through and through, Jack is an expert on all things RV (and much more).  He also has a long history racing motorcycles and his experience with vintage and antique bikes can best even the most knowledgeable two-wheeled aficionados. 

We were here to see the RV’s.  Jack’s dealership offers the most current and state of the art traveling homes for sale.  Featuring brands like Winnebago, Grand Designs and other quality manufactures, his team epitomizes good ole Texas hospitality.  But, if RV history is your thing, than Jack Sisemore’s RV Museum is a must see.  The second most popular tourist attraction in Amarillo features nearly 10,000 square feet of curated and restored vintage and antique RV travel trailers and motorhomes that have been collected, curated and displayed over the past 25 years. 

A bright red 1948 Flexible Bus featured in the Robin William’s movie RV prominently greets visitors upon entry.  However, iconic transportable homes don’t stop there (actually there are 15 RVs on display and even more waiting for the completion of their expanded home). Round the corner and an early 1921 Kamp Kar emerges. Jack notes, “We think slide-outs are a recent innovation, but this old girl invented the idea”.  This early RV was only one of five made by Anheuser-Busch. 
1921 Kamp Kar Antique RV
The museum also features the first Itasca Motorhome ever made, making the museum a MUST stop for all Winnebago-Itasca Travelers (WIT) members; although, even an RV’ing novice can still appreciate these blasts from the past.  Jack and his son Trent have painstakingly sought after and in many cases restored these classic beauties.  Pair that with other nostalgic camping equipment and paraphernalia peppered throughout the museum and this is one memorable experience. 

Jack’s museum is not just about RV’s and travel trailers.  If two wheel vehicles are more your speed, the RV museum is sure to please.  Ten beautiful examples of classic and antique motorcycles line the walls.  One notable beauty is the 1977 Harley Davidson serial number 30.  This awe-inspiring bike was owned by Dr. Martin Jack Rosenblum, the historian for Harley Davidson, and features an autograph by Willie G. Davidson, the designer of that series.   

Vintage RVs Displayed with Camping Nostalgia
With visits growing exponentially year over year from around the world and an ever-growing collection, Jack and Trent are currently expanding this traveling tribute.  “We have many more RV’s and motorcycles just waiting to make their debut once the expanded museum is ready”, Jack notes.  “We want to capture nostalgia; a simpler time; when families hit the open road in search of adventure and time together.”

One visit to both Jack Sisemore’s Traveland and RV Museum and you’ll experience first hand the progression of RV’s from their inception till today.  Better yet, the museum as absolutely free.  So on your next visit to Amarillo, pop in,
meet Jack, and go back in time to relive some outdoors memories of old.  And don’t forget to tell them Grasshaven sent ya (or y’all, as they say in West Texas).

With 15 Vintage RVs there's a favorite for anyone
For more information contact:

Jack Sisemore’s Traveland and RV Museum
4341 Canyon Dr.
Amarillo, TX  79110

Admission: FREE!

Hours: Monday – Saturday 9 am - 5 pm