Hunting with RVs

Planning CampOctober is that time of year to start thinking about indoors. Throwing up fall decorations in every shade between red and yellow, pulling out our favorite soup recipes, moving boots and scarves to the front of our closets – it’s endless on the rituals we have made each Fall.

Maybe the thought of RV isn’t really top of mind. In my house, October means camp.
Hunting camp to be exact.

RV Hunting

Weeks of planning go into finding the perfect spot for this group.. You can say these guys (and gals) are the RVers who don’t celebrate the last hurrah of the Summer with a final camping weekend. These campers take their RVs straight through Fall and one of the biggest trips of the year is hunting camp.

Hunting with RVs

If you ask any of them, coming home with a buck is less than 5% of why they do this each and every year. It can be a highlight for sure, but traditions are just that – something we do because we simply love it. Our group of guys take their RVs into the woods and “get lost” every Fall around their RVs, the group cook tent, campfires and tall tales.

Hunting Camp

There’s something to waking up before the sun and getting to your spot you found the day before. Knowing how many steps it takes you to get there because you’re tracking without daylight. Settling in and quieting yourself, and when you move around throughout the morning you do so with very deliberate moves, always looking for signs and knowing which way the wind is blowing. It’s a forced quiet that can feel like hours and times when hours feel like moments. You are up with the sun and around midday you find yourself back to camp.

Up with the sun

Camp has another feel to it. It’s louder there with sounds of breakfast, lunch and dinner cooking. Gear unpacking, log splitting, campfire crackling … but most of all laughter and stories of the day.

Campfire and Tall Tales

RVs are great for hunting camp. They bring the essentials from home. After a day in the woods hiking, you need a place to rest and recharge. GoRVing agrees and says “New ultra-light Travel Trailers and 5th Wheels make it easy to get in and out of the woods and convenient to get out of the cold. Outdoor showers mean clean gear for the next day. Full kitchens give you the option of dinner prepared indoors or over a roaring campfire. Locking storage compartments also let you store your gear safely overnight.”

Another great tip we found was from StayHunting.com where they suggest, “After you’ve decided you need an RV to make your camping or hunting trips more comfortable, you’ll want to make sure you choose an RV that is appropriate for the climate you’ll be in. For instance, if you’re hunting in a cold-weather area, you’ll need an RV with a heated underbelly and enclosed tanks.” They also recommend, “You wouldn’t believe how many people pack a motor home with hunting supplies, food, clothes, and forget basics like a jumper cable for their home on wheels. However, when the battery goes dead or a tire goes flat – everyone remembers they should’ve packed basic car tools as well.”

Montana

Our group also brings along a wall tent for a communal space for a stove and cooking and eating. Because we live in Washington state, we aren’t guaranteed rain free weather, so a bigger space instead of the RVs to break bread together is best. We recommend a Montana Wall Tent you can find at any Cabela’s or BassPro Shop.

We are taking 30% off ALL RV covers and accessories now through the end of October with discount code: FALLRV on our site. Just in time for the season. We hope you share the code with friends and family and we hope to be a part of protecting your next adventure outdoors.

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Hunting with RVs

Fall Road Trip

Fall Road Trip
We are always saying to Discover More Time Outdoors™ here at Classic Accessories.
Fall can be tricky (no Halloween pun intended here) to spend some quality time enjoying some of Mother Nature’s best show-stoppers. Maybe outside can be taken a little less literally. Time to grab the keys to the car or RV and hit the road this season.

Our very own Brad Dorcik is very familiar with the East Coasts claim to fame. He states, “Growing up in Pennsylvania, gazing at shades of yellow, orange and red this time of year can be breathtaking. The vibrant colors at their peak are worth seeing if you haven’t already.”
Brad did a little bit of research for us and found, “With a favorable summer this year, the leaves were eagerly waiting to put on a show. A healthy push and pull of rainfall against warmer temperatures help maintain the leaves colors, allowing them to stay vibrant longer. However, too much of a good thing can hinder the leaves in reaching their peak colors.”

Fall Road Trip

With that said, we put together a short list of some spectacular spots across the U.S. to see the leaves in all their glory as well as some camping spots in their area:

Find the Leaves this Fall

#1. Wissahickon Valley Park, PA
Camp Beaver Valley: http://www.campbeavervalley.com

#2. The Catskills, NY
Saugerties / Woodstock KOA: https://koa.com/campgrounds/saugerties/

#3. Green Mountain Byway, Vermont
Green Mountain Family Campground: http://greenmountainfamily.com/

RVing in Fall

#4. Upper Peninsula, MI
Sunset Bay RV Resort & Campground: http://www.sunset-bay.com/

#5. Aspen, Colorado
Carbondale / Crystal River KOA: https://koa.com/campgrounds/carbondale/

Fall in Aspen

#6. Columbia River George, OR & WA
Columbia River RV: http://columbiariverrv.com/index.html

#7. Enchanted Circle Scenic Byway, NM
Enchanted View RV Park: http://enchantedviewrvpark.com/

Family Fun Fall Road Trip

Most of these RV parks have seasonal activities for the entire family for the Fall season. We suggest asking the locals around the campground their favorite spots to visit. Grab your keys and go!

We are holding a contest NOW through the end of October to review a Classic Accessories RV item on our website or on Facebook and you’ll be entered to win a RV item of your choice. Winner to be announced November 1st. Two winners will be chosen, one from our website and one on Facebook. Good Luck!

Sources:
The Travel Channel
News PSU EDU
Fodors.com

 

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Fall Road Trip

Autumn Adventures

The Road to Fall
Autumn is bringing the colors here in our beautiful Washington State after one HOT Summer and we are finally seeing dipping temperatures that are a welcomed forecast around here. It seems like we celebrate the coming of this season earlier and earlier every year. So if you’re not kicking off Fall now because you did so earlier in September, (you’re not alone) what are some fun ways to celebrate this popular season?

Road Trip!
Fall Road Trip
Some of the best sights for Fall colors come right outside your car door. Especially if you live on the East Coast. Rolling fields on fire with Autumnal (said in your best Martha Stewart voice) colors. We have excellent views here in the Pacific Northwest, but if you’re looking for show-stopping colors, best to head East.

Soups On!
Fall Soups
Nothing is more comforting than a warm cup of soup in a crisp fall day. Over at All Recipes, the most popular Butternut Squash Soup is this one with this easy to make recipe:
Ingredients:

  • 6 tablespoons chopped onion
  • 4 tablespoons margarine
  • 6 cups peeled and cubed butternut squash
  • 3 cups water
  • 4 cubes chicken bouillon
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried marjoram
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cayenne pepper
  • 2 (8 ounce) packages cream cheese
  1. In a large saucepan, saute onions in margarine until tender. Add squash, water, bouillon, marjoram, black pepper and cayenne pepper. Bring to boil; cook 20 minutes, or until squash is tender.
  2. Puree squash and cream cheese in a blender or food processor in batches until smooth. Return to saucepan, and heat through. Do not allow to boil.

One of my personal favorites is crafting with what Fall has to offer:
Leaves
On my first walk with my daughter, I picked up leaves along the way from various trees with various colors. I brought them home and pressed them in a book between sheets of waxed paper. After 3 days I took them out and dipped them in beeswax and let them dry. Well, my daughter just turned 5 and those leaves have hung in our home every Fall since in my windows. It’s a cheap way to preserve memories and a fun story to tell house guests on where the leaves came from.

Another way is to plant Chinese or Japanese Lanterns to showcase the mystical Fall plant. They grow in stages and even fade away to intricate veined cages in the Spring that shows off the plant’s red fruit. Fall Lanterns

I am always saying “Grab my camera!” Fall is one of the best times of year to get the kids outside for some fun photography. Golden light comes earlier and kids are always down for a run or jump through the fall leaves. Fall Photos
Fall kids and leaves

And our last favorite for planning an Autumn Adventure is to visit your local pumpkin patch!
Fall Pumpkins
The sights are many and also fleeting as the temperature gets colder so enjoy them while you can. Go “grab your camera” and get outdoors!

Enjoy the weekend.

Source:
All Recipes
Pixabay
Pexels
Classic Accessories

 

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Madrona – Behind the Photoshoot

We have some amazing lifestyle images of our collections. After our latest photo shoot at Lake Oswego, our team sat down to tell us about their favorite shots, some of the more challenging aspects of how the days go and a little magic that happens when you design covers for the elements and Oregon throws you gorgeous days without rain:

Dorik Downing, Art Director.
Jake Sornsin, Product Manager.
Brad Dorcik, Associate Online Merchandiser.
Heather Thomas, Production Artist.

Madrona – Behind the Photoshoot

Top 10 Games

Backyard Fun

Autumn is officially here and what a Summer it was! We have compiled a list of our Top 10 Backyard Games this past season. If most of these games aren’t on the deep sale aisles some of them are completely DIY. What better way to spend rainy afternoons or weekends inside making fun games for next Summer? Have them ready for the first sunny BBQ with friends and family, or if you’re lucky enough to still have warm weekends in your forecast, go grab some paint and get creative!

Here’s our list of the best Summer games with quick links below for sales or How-To’s:

DIY Jenga
Pam Garrison’s colorful Jenga post-share of a Beautiful Mess.

Our #2 comes from Maria Provenzano via the Hallmark Channel for a quick and easy how-to for Balloon Dart Board. We suggest filling them up and making it a water balloon game for an even bigger splash!

Four in a row
Giant Four-in-a-Row comes from our friends over The Home Depot where you can shop their handmade project here.

Dominos
Oversized dominoes are always fun with their high contrast and geometric patterns. This version comes from mariage.com as a backyard reception game.

Twister
This highly Pinned Twister game is fun for kids of all ages! You can even spray paint in different colors for your favorite teams, holidays, etc. Stay true to the Twister colors and simply bring the game’s spinning wheel outside. Spray paint more circles for even more players.
RingToss

Bring our your fair game with an oldie-but-a-goodie: ring toss! You can collect all sorts of sizes and shapes and designate different points. Kristi from I Should Be Mopping the Floor (great blog!) gives a vintage take on the classic game in her how-to here.

Tic-Tac-Toe DIY
So many variations of this game are out there. Our favorite is right from Taryn at tarynwhiteaker.com where she mixes neutral stones and a simple walnut stained board to bring one of our favorite games outside. Here is her How-To for the Tic-Tac-Toe project.

Ladder Golf
Amazon has great offers on ladder golf that is perfect for any backyard in various styles and finishes like this ladder golf toss by Beach Bums.

Bean Bag Toss

Across the board favorite game is the bean bag toss or cornhole to some folks.
Check out how the DIY Network spins this game here.

Lawn Chutes

Our last game (in no particular order) is Lawn Chutes and we recommend this all-in-one piece set from Etsy’s 5-star reviewed shop: The UndergroundShop

What are your favorite backyard games to play?
Here’s to a great weekend … have fun!

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Top 10 Games

Photoshoot at Lake Oswego

Classic Accessories Photoshoot at Lake Oswego This past June, some of our Business Development team was sent down to Lake Oswego in Oregon to do a photoshoot. I asked Dorik how that shoot went and was even able to get my hands on some candid shots of the team working to get the right angles. Here’s what Double D had to say about their trip down south:

“The team consisted of myself (Dorik or Double D), Heather, Brad, Jake and Kristian our photographer.

To back up a little bit when we were first looking for home to rent, we were tasked to look for homes where we could do multiple patio collections. Boy did we find a great home!

The plan was to shoot Madrona, Montlake and Ravenna patio collections. Why not throw Montlake cushions and Umbrellas? Sure, why not!

Started to plan what furniture props we would need to bring, product we would need to order from the warehouse and how we would transport all this stuff to Oregon. Mutiple cars maybe or a big moving van?

Idea alert!: What if we were able to rent one of those Class B RVs. Yep, you guessed it, we would be trying to do a lifestyle RV photo as well:
PermaPRO Class B Cover

Trip down to Oregon was pretty easy, a cool 3 hours. House was tricky to find but we all arrived safely.

The following 3 days are what I’m truly grateful for.

Photoshoots are challenging due to sunrise, sunset, bright sun, shadows, clouds, electrical failure and hunger just to name a few.

Up at 4:45AM with the last camera shot around 9pm.

These are long days and the team never stopped making things happen. Everyone helped:

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Building furniture, staging furniture, setting up a cover collection shot, steaming wrinkles from fabric, discussing where to shoot the next shot, filming new video ideas, making it rain and somehow put together food at the end of the day. (thank you Heather!)”

Check out the final photos from the shoot:Madrona Collection of Patio Furniture Covers
Montlake Cushions and Umbrellas
Montlake Frameless Furniture

Take advantage of our 25% off our items NOW through the end of September with discount code: PREFALL at checkout on classicaccessories.com

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Photoshoot at Lake Oswego

Last Summer Bash

After the long weekend, so many of us are ready to call it a day to Summer. Some of us still hold on to our BBQs and plans of hosting outside gatherings until the Fall Equinox is upon us, (13 days left!) not that we’re counting.

After looking into backyard bashes and end of Summer parties online, one can get sucked into the Pinterest vortex. As overwhelming as it is, there are so many simply and easy ways to send off Summer in style.

Lighting in key to any party, but when daylight begins to transition into Fall, lighting can be one of the key features to a party that can be enjoyed into the fire-pit hours. Here are some really great ideas to keep the gathering well lit with dwindling daylight:

Lighting for the last Summer Bash

String lights are a super easy way to add that warm glow to any outdoor patio. If you are more into candles, try the tiki-torch variety or the little potted citronella votives to keep the bugs away around their biting twilight hours. We recommend adding our Patio Umbrella Mosquito Net Canopy to easily screen in the party and leave the bugs out:
Classic Accessories Mosquito Net Canopy Classic Accessories Mosquito Net Canopy

For lunch or dinner, we would suggest making one of our Art Director, Dorik Downing’s, Double D Burgers that we featured in our latest VLOG. They are spicy and delicious!

Double D's Burgers

Summer side dishes are a dime a dozen. Fresh produce is plentiful at any local farmers market. I am a huge fan of Delish.com’s  Watermelon Balsamic Caprese Salad:

and their Jalapeno Popper Potato Salad:

Or basically any kind of grilled corn on the cob!

Outdoor games are so popular these days and there are so many you can make as a simple DIY. Apparently LARGER versions of indoor games are all the rage as well like this fun idea for dice from Megan over at the Handcrafted Life:

The perfect ending to all the parties this season is and oldie-but-a-goodie … S’MORES!
They can be as simple or as elegant as you can dream up. With “bar” set-ups trending more and more each summer, a simple chocolate, gram and “mallow” have been thrust into the lime light with more refined flavors and ways to showcase the offerings. Sky’s the limit to what pairings hosts can serve up:
S'mores Bar
Check out the fun sign you can grab now on Amazon HERE.

After the party leaves and you find yourself starting to think about ending the BBQ season for the year, don’t forget the covers!

Madrona Collection

Check out our new Madrona Collection with taped seams ready for the harshest of Fall’s weather. We are even taking 25% OFF your entire order now through the end of September with discount code: PREFALL at checkout. (site-wide!)

Cheers to the last bash of Summer!

Sources:
BeaniPet
Bower Power
Optimum Garden
Handcrafted Life
Amazon
Catch My Party
Pin Img
Delish

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Last Summer Bash

Summer to Fall

Is there a bigger hashtag than #Fall? Seems that’s all we hear as Summer draws to an end. The days are shortening, the mornings are growing colder by the day, and somewhere someone is watching out for the first PSL (Pumpkin Spiced Latte for those of you who have never heard of a coffee shop called Starbucks) sighting.

Labor day is upon us and everyone always asks, “What are you doing to celebrate the end of Summer?” End of Summer?! We don’t want to put limits on when Summer will end so we are celebrating the Sunny Season with 25% off our entire site for the entire month of September! Just use discount code: PREFALL at checkout.

Now for those plans of celebrating the long weekend. We asked around the building what Classic Accessories employees do for the Summer to Fall transition. What are they getting excited for, what activities are already penciled in, etc. Check it out:
Summer to Fall with Classic Accessories Employees

 

Summer to Fall

Back at the grill with Dorik

We are kicking off our Vlog series with Dorik Downing. You remember him from his earlier blog spotlight Grilling with Dorik.

Well we just had a Summer Potluck here at Classic Accessories with our Business Development team that consists of our Product Design, Development, Creative, E-Commerce and Marketing Teams and that day he made us his famous D’s Burgers.
We decided to get his process in our first Vlog. Check it out below:

Sources:
Dorik Downing
Heather Thomas
Brad Dorcik

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Back at the grill with Dorik

Waterproof Cover Design for Grills

We know that even through Summer, keeping your grill cover handy at a moments notice is always a good idea to prevent elements like rust from damaging one of your favorite pieces of patio furniture to gather around. Sometimes, a Summer Shower means torrential rain, sometimes it just enough to water the geraniums.  We kept both of these scenarios at the top of mind when designing our Madrona Collection’s key feature: taped seams.Madrona Taped Seams

Delina, Designer of Madrona Collection
Delina Wells is the designer behind our Madrona Collection. (More from Delina and how she likes to enjoy sunny weekends in Seattle here!) When asked about the key element for this collection, she let us know that, “All of the critical seams in the Madrona collection are seam taped to prevent water seepage.

The vents and handles are patched on the covers in order to reduce the number of seams and design lines. We seam taped all of the patched on elements as well to help keep rain out and furniture protected..”

Delina puts in a ton of research into her inspiration for colors, fabrics and features and when asked what she brainstormed for Madrona, she quickly replied:

“The colors of the Madrona Collection were inspired by a lush lake front home with lots of large Madrona trees and window boxes filled with red geranium. These inspirational colors are evident in the details of the designer striped handles and webbing attachments.”

Madrona Collection Color Inspiration

The Madrona RainProof Collection by Classic Accessories keeps your grill safe giving you peace of mind for years to come. Our RainProof fabric combines style and durability with taped seam construction to keep rain and weather out in all conditions.

Our Madrona Collection is available here, we suggest the Madrona Rainproof Patio Barbecue Grill Cover for the remainder of the Summer with your grill, you’ll love it!

Sources:
Delina Wells of Classic Accessories
Photos:
Classic Accessories  |  Real Girl Friday  |  Rosemary Washington  |  The Home Depot Gardening Club

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Waterproof Cover Design for Grills