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Summer in SoCal: rent an RV and camp at Vail Lake

This trip was made possible by Vail Lake RV Resort & Star RV Rentals.

Driving down from Palm Springs to Vail Lake was such a pretty, scenic route as it wove through Temecula Wine Country, simply stunning. We easily found Vail Lake Resort, only about an 1 1/2 drive from home in PS. I’m going to tell you all about the stunning grounds and plethora of activities available at Vail Lake Resort, but first we have to talk about our home for the next 3 days, a rented travel trailer from Star RV Rentals on the most gorgeous, shaded campsite.

Star RV Rentals is a family owned and operated company. They are full service; they deliver your RV to your chosen campsite, hook it up and are available 24/7 to answer your questions. I communicated with them through Facebook Messenger with my random questions and they were SO helpful. They also check in on you during your stay, super friendly. I couldn’t have felt more at home and I plan on using them again in the future. I’ve also recommended them to personal friends here in the Coachella Valley as they deliver to Coachella Fest.

Here are the locations that Star RV Rentals will deliver to:

  • Vail Lake RV Resort
  • Coachella Music Festival
  • Stagecoach Music Festival
  • Lake Elsinore
  • Ocotillo Wells
  • HITS Horse Show
  • Indian Waters RV Resort
  • Campland on the Bay

We pulled up to our temporary home wide-eyed and giddy. I couldn’t wait to get out of the car and already have our campsite set up – what a luxury that is! No worrying about putting up the tent or hooking up the trailer…. We camp a lot and so purchasing a travel trailer is on our short list of wants. We’ve been shopping around, checking out all types and building a priority list of features. The trailer that Star RV Rentals set up for us was seriously just what we need! Let’s do a little tour inside:

As you can see, we had ALL of the creature comforts on this glamping trip. From a fully loaded kitchen featuring a fridge, freezer, oven, range, microwave and sink to a TV with a Roku that we watched Netflix through… we were set up. The kids absolutely loved the bunk beds and Neil and I were quite comfy in our separate bedroom. The bathroom was simple, a flushable toilet and sink, but I was surprised to see a tub! Gabe was excited to have a tub sized just for him. The living spaces were a couch that folded down into a bed and a dining table with booths. It was the perfect amount of room for our family.

Cleanliness-wise, the trailer was immaculate, not a speck of dust or dirt (or bug) in sight. The beds came already with sheets on them and there were kitchen utensils/dishes/pots. You need to bring your own pillows and blankets – sleeping bags worked great for the kids on their bunks. You’ll also need to bring bath towels. That’s about it besides your food, toiletries and personal items.

Oh, I almost forgot. This travel trailer featured an outdoor kitchen with storage, a fridge and a sink. It was SO helpful. We popped up our camp stove by it and that’s where we grilled up all kinds of vegan burgers, sausages and veggie fare.

A+ Star RV Rentals, seriously.

Learn more about Star RV Rentals here

When we arrived at campsite 50 in the Chardonnay Mesa section of Vail Lake RV Resort, we were stunned by the beauty and the tree shade. Up in this area of the campground, you have the best view. It overlooks the valley and Vail Lake, so it is quite stunning. We didn’t want to leave our campsite AT. ALL. Day 1, so we didn’t. By our campsite is a huge hillside covered in blooming clover and bunnies, seriously. The kids really loved running up and down it, playing games on it and rolling down it.

I’m not sure if there is anything more magical than bunnies roaming your campsite at sunset, but it happened every night! They were so adorable but they were not the only wildlife we saw on our trip, including a turkey down in the lower campsites!

In the morning, we were ready to head to the pools. Yes, pooooools with an “s”. Vail Lake RV Resort has three pools, a 25 meter lap pool, a kid’s wading pool, and a full sized leisure swimming pool. All three pools are open year round but are not heated, so summertime is the best time to enjoy them.  You’ll also find a nice bathroom and a huge sandy space with rows of cabana seating. I’ve never seen such a nice pool area at a campsite, ever, and we’ve been to quite a few!

Here’s the bathroom, because I always appreciate a nice, clean bathroom at a campground!

Then it was back to the hillside for more rolling and picking flowers for the dinner table.

The next morning, we could wait to check out the putting green. At Vail Lake RV Resort, you can putt all 18 holes on a very cute, newly renovated mini golf course. This is down by the clubhouse where you can pick up all kinds of loaner equipment: bocce ball sets, horseshoes, soccer balls, footballs, basketballs, badminton, Frisbees, croquet sets, disc golf, ping pong and of course clubs and balls for the mini golf course.

Over here is where the Bunkhouse Bar and Happy Camper Cafe are, which are only open during the weekends. There is also a nice area for live music and other events. I would check in on their website to find any upcoming happenings. I bet it gets pretty fun over here though on the weekends.

Okay, time to head over to the 18 hole mini golf course, which is super cute and a nice relaxing thing to do while camping. The outhouse hole was definitely the highlight for me.

Then it was back to camp for lunch, a little work and suiting up to go back to the pool!

While Gabe and Neil we’re playing around in the pool, Savannah and I sneaked over to the badminton (or is it a volleyball?) net which is right nearby. I brought a badminton set with us, but if you don’t, you can grab some gear at the clubhouse. This was the highlight of the trip for us together, away from the boys!

The day was finished with a campfire and s’mores, because no camping trip is complete without one. <3

All in all, this was one of our favorite camping trips ever. I can’t recommend both Star RV Rentals and Vail Lake RV Resort more. We visited during the week and it was peaceful, serene and quiet. All of the other campers were super friendly or kept to themselves. My kids ran around with the others at camp and had a good ol time! I also found the staff very helpful and polite. I honestly cannot think of any negatives except we didn’t bring out bikes. Vail Lake Resort is one of California’s most popular and desirable mountain biking destinations. It’s like, a thing, so definitely bring your bikes and hit the trails!

Learn more about Vail Lake RV Resort


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