The New Way to Glamp: Luxe RV Tripping Within a Drive From Charlotte

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We know. When we say “RV,” scenes of “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation” come to mind. Maybe you’ve even experienced some of those scenes play out in real life. Are they nostalgic memories? Or have they left you feeling uneasy about the thought of giving luxe RV tripping a try?

No matter your answer, trust us – we’re not talking about attempting luxe glamping in a 1972 Ford Condor II RV. Instead, there are so many options to elevate your RV game. Think automatic lift sky lounges, Viking stainless steel refrigerators, Wolf induction cooktops, radiant floor heating, farmhouse sinks, soft-close cabinet doors, stacked washer dryers, paneled appliances, and more – the RV experience has come a long way. Thank goodness because this does offer a relatively safe way to travel with your quarantine crew. And, once you’ve nailed the best vehicle for you there are great luxe destinations to enjoy within a 5.5-hour drive (or less!) from our Queen City.

So, where can you take your newly purchased or rented luxe RV? Within a reasonable drive from Charlotte, imagine wonderful options that offer all of the amenities you could hope for from high-end motorcoach resorts: saunas, spas, clubhouses, golf courses, breathtaking views, complimentary cocktail carts, and more. Here are our five nearby favorites in order of proximity:

Location: Lake Toxaway, North Carolina

Amenities: Panoramic Mountain Views, Private Clubhouse Lodge, Fitness Facility, 9-Hole Golf Course, Organized Outdoor Pursuits, Bocce Ball, Pickleball, Onsite Concierge, Two Pools and Bath Houses, Laundry Facilities, Dog Park, WiFi, and more.

Logistical Info: Open Year-Round. Restricted to Class A Motorcoaches 26-feet or greater in length. Coaches more than 10-years old are inspected to determine suitability to occupy sites.

More Reasons to Love: Some sites features private patios with a built-in grill, stone fireplace, and mountain views. Others feature private fenced in dog runs with fire pits boasting Adirondack chairs and breathtaking mountain views.

Location Notes: Mountain Falls is located a short drive (just 11-minutes!) from Greystone Inn which means you’ll have easy access to fine dining and a spa should you want to venture outside of the Motorcoach Resort. Additionally, Highlands is just a 40-minute drive away if you want to indulge in shopping and/or additional spa and fine dining experiences!

Seasonal Perks: In May, the Liberty Coach Cocktail Cart returns. What does this mean? Every Thursday evening the cart roams the resort and pours complimentary adult beverages for those enjoying Mountain Falls!

2Anchor Down RV Resort | 3-Hours & 30-Minutes

Location: Dandridge, Tennessee

Amenities: Fire Pits, Outdoor Fireplaces, Basketball Court, Arcade Room, Beach Area With Volleyball, Sites With Lake Views, Fishing, WiFi, Ample Rental Options (Golf Carts, Boats, Lake Inflatables, Life Jackets, Kayaks, Paddle Boards, and Jet Skis), Laundry Facilities, Leash Free Pet Park, Trash Pickup, Paved Walking Trail, Pickleball, Pool With Waterslide, a Playground, and more.

Logistical Info: Anchor Down is open the first Friday in March through December 1 and the pool is always open Memorial Day through Labor Day. You’re able to make a reservation as early as 2-years in advance!

More Reasons to Love: Anchor Down will deliver firewood to your site so you can enjoy s’mores on a chilly night, hassle-free. You can bring your own boat or jet ski and receive a boat slip/dock for just $20/night.

Location: Hilton Head Island, South Carolina

Amenities: Tennis Court, 2 Swimming Pools, 1 Hot Tub, 5 Star Restaurant On-Site, Marina With Fuel Dock, Fishing Pier, Boat Ramp, Exercise Room, Laundry Facilities, Playground, Ample Water Sports (Jet Skis, Kayaks, Paddle Boards, Dolphin Tours, and more), WiFi, 2 Bathhouses/Showers, and more.

Logistical Info: Non-peak season is September 16th through March 14th with peak-season being March 15th through September 15th.

More Reasons to Love: Waterfront sites with beautiful sunset views are available! And, mature landscaping provides privacy.

4Crossing Creeks RV Resort & Spa | 4-Hours & 9-Minutes

Location: Blairsville, Georgia

Amenities: Pool and Hot Tub, Fitness Center, Steam Room, Sauna, Spa and Massage Rooms, Pool Table, Trout Streams, Putt-Putt Greens, Tennis Courts, Pickleball, Croquet, Dog Park, Bath House, Laundry Facilities, Clubhouse and Activities Center, Card Table, WiFi, Darts Board, and more.

Logistical Info: Crossing Creeks is open year-round and accommodates all RVs, including Class A, B, and C motorhomes, travel-trailers, and 5th wheels.

More Reasons to Love: Situated on 100 acres, Crossing Creeks is surrounded by the scenic North Georgia Mountains and the picturesque Coosa and Anderson creeks. With premium creek-side sites available, you can unplug in nature and experience the soothing sounds of the water from the comfort of your large patio. If mixing RV and cabin life is more your style, Crossing Creeks does have large cabin sites so you can park your RV next to your cabin!

Location Notes: If you’re ready to head outside of the RV Resort, the historic Blue Ridge Mountain town of Blairsville, Georgia is just a 3-miles away. Brasstown Bald, the highest point in Georgia, is also just a short drive away.

Location: Roanoke, West Virginia

Amenities: Premium Lake View Sites nestled in Over 1,900 Acres of Rolling Parkland, WiFi, and more.

Logistical Info: Briar Point is open year-round, and most recreational vehicles are accommodated.

More Reasons to Love: Briar Point is a 5-minute drive (or 9-minute walk) away from Stonewall Resort. What does that mean? You’ll have easy access to several dining options, a spa, and golf!

6Bonus: Bella Terra RV Resort | 9-Hours

Location: Foley, Alabama

Amenities: Infinity-Edge Pool, Jacuzzi, Dry Sauna, Fenced-In Dog Parks, Center Piece Lake Fully Stocked for “Catch and Release” Fishing, Expansive Lake Views, Putting Green, Fitness Center, Outdoor Fire Pit and BBQ, Grand Clubhouse, Private 14-Person Movie Theater, Shower Suites and Restrooms, Laundry Facilities, Business Center, WiFi, Daily Programmed Activities, and more.

Logistical Info: Bella Terra is one of the Top 5 Class A RV Resorts in the US and consistently maintains very high ratings on Google, TripAdvisor, and more. It’s certainly a drive from Charlotte but we had to include it as a bonus option given its luxe reputation. Our tip – breakup the drive with one stop along the way at another RV campground. If its status holds true, this is an incredible family destination on the Gulf Coast!

More Reasons to Love: Premium site options at Bella Terra include private screened-in gazebos, outdoor entertainment centers with BBQs, gas or wood fire pits, storage units finished with restroom and laundry options, and carriage houses.

Location Notes: Situated on 40 acres with a 9-acre centerpiece lake, Bella Terra is only minutes from the sugar-white beaches of Gulf Shores and Orange Beach along the Emerald Coast.

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As you embark on your luxe RV tripping adventure, remember that maintaining CDC guidelines to protect you, your family, and our community from COVID-19 is of most importance.

We can’t wait to hear about your adventure! Share your favorite spots with us by contacting us at [email protected] or by tagging us @adventuredesigned. If you need any help as you tackle this trend, we’re just a complimentary consultation away.