Glamping with Grandad at Bethpage Camp Resort

Wednesday August 22, 2012

Glamping aka “glamorous camping”

We take the kids camping every summer.  Typically for us this means a tent, an air mattress and access to a bathhouse.   This year, our camping trip got a major upgrade when we joined Grandad for a weekend of “camping” in his RV.  While I can’t quite consider this climate-controlled, wifi-enabled, cable-ready experience camping, I know better than to look a gift horse in the mouth.


We spent three days at Bethpage Camp Resort in Urbanna, VA.  Bethpage is an RV park located on the Virginia’s Middle Peninsula, close to where the Rappahannock River feeds into the Chesapeake Bay.  It is about 2.5 hours from Northern Virginia, as long as I-95 doesn’t clog-up with traffic.

This “camp resort” is an RV/camper only park (no tent camping allowed) and every site is equipped with full hook-ups for water, sewer, and 50 AMP electrical service.  Lucky for us, Grandad dad has a fancy schmancy RV, which we had a great time staying in.


The resort also has some cottages available to rent, for those without RV or camper.  The rates are fairly expensive, especially for camping, but the resort/park offers a wide array of amenities that families are sure to love.

The biggest attraction at the resort is the water park.


Entrance to the water park is included in the cost of your camp admission.  It features multiple pools — including an adult only pool, a zero depth splash pad area, and three big slides.


The slides were a big hit with my older kids.  There is a minimum height requirement (48″) and kids must pass a swim test (swim the width of the pool and back, then tread water for 30 seconds) before they can go on the slides.   Wendy & Sam (ages 8 & 7) were able to fulfill the requirements and very happy to tackle the slides.

The blue “funnel” slide was a unique experience.  You drop into a big bowl and then circle around until you drop down in the center into an 8′ pool of water.   It wasn’t quite as scary as it initially seemed, but was a lot of fun.


The kids, as you might imagine, had a blast.


In addition to the water park, there is a lakefront for swimming.


Unlike the pool, this area does not have lifeguards, so kids need supervision.  The highlight of the lake front is the aqua trampoline.  While there was no lifeguard, there was an attendant who made sure not too many kids went out at once and also enforced the 8 and older rule (a bummer for my 7 year old).


The water activities were fun, but for me the biggest asset of the park is it’s … paved roads!

The resort has wonderfully flat paved roads, making it the perfect place for bike riding.   There are tons of golf carts (people can bring them or rent them), so there is some road “traffic”, but in general it is a safe place to ride.  And ride they did!


The camp resort also has three very nice playgrounds.   This is the one closest to the pool.


Adjacent to the camp resort property is a mini-golf course and ice cream shop.   We had a surprisingly fun time playing mini-golf with friends.



Afterwards, we all enjoyed a tasty scoop of ice cream.


We spent our days biking, playing, swimming and eating.   The kids were super excited to make s’mores one night.   All in all, it was a wonderful little getaway and the kids are eager to return.


Thanks Grandad for the great times and great memories!

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