**I am a compensated blogger for KOA and this experience. I have received a complimentary stay at a KOA via Kampgrounds of America. The opinions stated are my own. This is a sponsored post for Mom It Forward.**
We have all seen them… the yellow signs with KOA pointing in one direction or another. But have you ever wondered What is behind the yellow sign? In my experience, at the KOA Kampgrounds in Bastrop, TX, behind the yellow signs are clean, quiet grounds that include RV hookups, cabins, amenities and a places to pitch your tent. This experience was unique to me. I am not a ‘camper’. I like running water, electricity and the ability to keep wild animals away from me while I sleep. But when I was approached to stay in a Deluxe Cabin and then tell you my brutally honest opinion about the experience, I thought I would try something new.
Something new meant booking a cabin. Yes, a real life cabin sitting on the KOA property with a door, walls and everything else I love about ‘camping’. I don’t have an RV and I was not pitching a tent, so this was the option I was most interested in. But first, I had to find a KOA I wanted to go to. So I opened up KOA.com and went searching.
Booking a cabin, or an RV space if you have one, was so super easy even I could do it. All I did was click ‘Find a Campground’ and then up popped so many around me. I had no idea there were this many KOA’s. It seemed that they were all where I would want to be as well. Small towns not far from big towns where State Parks, Rivers, eclectic environments and more would be available. Quiet places where anyone could get away and relax.
Booking was simple. I choose my dates, my location, number of people and debated on taking my dogs. Most properties have a pet friendly option. I opted out as I wanted to go and do and the dogs would have been alone in the cabin too much. Then I chose between my options to pitch a tent, hook up an RV or to stay in a cabin. I could also add any other equipment I might have had. A motorcycle, car or anything else that might be coming in with me. Once I chose the cabin option, the types of cabins came up too. I picked a deluxe cabin and checked out the photos. With a lot of room, a coffee maker, dishes, and other amenities, this was the way to go for me.
I chose my cabin and took a deep breath while I waited to see the cost. It had to be crazy pricey, right? I mean, essentially, I was renting a house for three nights. That could not be affordable!! To my amazement, it was! Only $120 a night (the hotel up the road was $129 a night). So the total tab was less than $450 for 4 days and 3 nights in my own little private cabin in a safe, clean, central location in Bastrop! Having paid out the wallet for lesser accommodations with less amenities, this was a great surprise for me!
But the best surprise lay ahead. I pulled into the KOA in Bastrop, TX, was met by the couple who owned it – Elizabeth was AMAZING – and was checking in and headed to my cabin in no time! It was nestled in the back of the campground, not far from the playground, the Colorado River and a walking path that would let me explore. I opened the door and WOW was all I could say.
The interior of the cabin was beautiful! Pine panel walls housed a very clean and functional living space, large bathroom and a bedroom that had a queen bed and a set of bunk beds! I so wished my kids were there to enjoy this with me and made a mental note to bring them back later in the summer!
In the living area was a couch, a small table and a kitchen with plates, cups, glasses, silverware and more. There was a small fridge and napkins too. A coffee maker, filters and a while canister of coffee – they know me so well – rounded out the benefits of having an almost fully stocked kitchen in the cabin.
The bathroom had more towels than I had ever seen at a hotel! They were fluffy and plenty for me. Plus, if I needed more, I just went to the front office to get more. I was glad that I had brought soap, shampoo and conditioner as those are not provided.
The bedroom was clean and, again I thought how my kids would love the bunk beds!
Once I settled in, it was time to see what I would be doing while there. I walked around the manicured grounds noting the playground that was in the shade, the pool that was clean and ready for play and the scenery that would be perfect for a picnic with a river backdrop. The grounds also included a splash pad for kids! The place was peaceful and as I say on the porch, perched on the swing, taking it all in, I thought, ‘Camping is easy.’
While in Bastrop, I explored the quaint town and local restaurants, went hiking through the eerily beautiful Bastrop State Park that was victim to a raging fire a few years ago, went kayaking and even went into Austin, TX to have dinner with a friend.
While at KOA I never used the laundry facilities, the separate and very clean bathroom available with showers for all of the campers, checked out the board games that are available or took advantage of the vending machines and the fully stocked and loaded on site kitchen, but I noted how valuable all of that would be to someone in an RV and a tent!
KOA impressed me from the moment I booked my travel to the moment I pulled out of the security gate out of the property. I never knew they had the amenities or benefits that they do. At the very affordable prices, I now know what is behind the yellow sign and I can not wait to go back!
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We have a KOA literally right down the street from my house. We don’t camp, though.
Thats an awesome place. I love how cozy the cabin is too. We have a few KOA in Michigan and I have some parks not too farm from me. I am going to have to check into a cabin. I love camping, but with the arthritis, I just cant deal with tent living anymore.
That’s my kind of camping,looks like a great place to stay.
Seems like they really took care of you and your family from the check-in to the oodles of towels. That’s my kind of “camping’ :)
Whoa, that cabin looks awesome! Way better than a tent!
That’s as close to camping as I’ll ever get. It’s really not roughing at all and that’s the way I like it.
Yep, that’s about the only way I will camp. We tried tent camping with the boys last year and it was such a flop!
I love a camping cabin. So much fun to stay in.
This is definitely not the type of camping I remember as a kid! Now this is luxury :) I would love to stay in such a beautiful cabin. It’s way better than a flimsy old tent.
Wow, that’s cool that they stocked the kitchen! That doesn’t usually happen. I love cabins too. This one looks like a GREAt one!
That looks like a beautiful property. I’ve never really gone camping before!
my kids would love to do something like this. How fun! Looks like you had a great time.
We love staying in cabins…fun family adventure. This looks like a really nice place.
I grew up camping. Looks like a great place to enjoy glamping!! Ha!!
I love how nice the KOA parks look. We are really wanting to go camping this summer and I think a cabin at the KOA park would be perfect. I’m heading over to find a location we can drive to.
I love going camping and have visited KOA a handful of times. Looks like you had a great time!
i havent’ been camping in a while. this place looks like fun
Wow! KOA has really changed over the years! It’s been a really long time since I have been there but looks like I need to check them out again!
I think I could only camp in style, ha! I have heard great things about KOA!
I love camping but have never been to a KOA. Looks like LOTS of fun though and I bet your girls had a blast!
Looks like you had a great time! I may be a city girl but I love camping! I’ve never slept in a cabin, always a tent, but this looks so much more comfy.
Looks like a great way to spend a vacation! And it is close enough to me
I remember tent camping and cabin camping as a kid. When I was younger, I enjoyed roughing it in the outdoors. Now cabin camping is much more up my alley. ;) The cabin looks gorgeous and I would have so much fun getting away from it all by myself for a couple of days.
I love KOA campgrounds– especially the cabins!
Now that is my kind of camping! Love that cabin and looks like a great trip!
Totally up my alley! More like glamping versus camping!
I would have said wow too. Everything looks fantastic.
Never heard of KOA. I’m not big on tent camping either, so this could work for me!
Would love to camp at a KOA site, since I have a 1 year old I think that’s the best way to go.
I would love to just get away from it all in a place like this! Just unplug and get back in touch as a family.
Camping in luxury, wow! I love your little cabin and definitely would stay here!
I had never heard of them until a friend stayed and loved it! Now I can see why, what a gorgeous campground.
When I think camping, I think roughing it in a tent. This looks like an awesome place to camp in comfort and style!
That’s my kind of camping! Sign me up! It’s more like glamping! LOL!
I’ve never heard of this place but WOW! I wish I lived closer. This is so cute and ‘campy’ but not, ya know? My family would have so much fun.
I’ve seen KOA signs when we’re visiting family in Colorado & Texas, but I had no idea what it was. That is an amazing cabin, one I wouldn’t expect! Looks like you had fun.
Very cool! I will say that I’m not going camping unless it’s something like this, haha.
If I was ever going to go camping, it would definitely be in a cabin. I had no idea KOA offered so many amenities!
I could live with camping like this! I enjoy visiting nature but not sleeping in it :)
They have a lot of critters at their KOA!
Now this is the kind of camping I could do! I’m not much of a camper but these sites look great!
Amazing cabin with everything needed for a wonderful trip with the family!
I remember seeing KOA on Undercover Boss awhile back (I believe it was them). I’ve wanted to stay there since I saw the episode.
Looks like how I’d want to camp! :D
I have never done a deluxe cabin. (looks awesome) but I have alway had good experiences with KOA. My family loves camping. Its great that these cabins can open the camping experience to more people!
This makes me want to plan another vacation!
I would love to stay in a Deluxe cabin! Looks like you really enjoyed kayaking! Once I get in the water with our kayaks and canoes, there is no place I’d rather be! <3
The deluxe cabins look fantastic! I would love to take my family there as we have young children!
Camping beats Disney for quality family time
Looks like you had a great time! The cabins look so nice. I can’t wait to go camping again!!
My eyes about fell out of my head at the picture of a LEATHER SOFA in a camping cabin! Wow! The cabins look so comfortable!
This camp site looks fun! I like the amenities.
Beautiful accommodations! Looks like a great place!
I am so glad that you wrote about this. This is an option I have not explored for camping. I am looking forward to checking out one of their cabins!
The cabins look so nice and enjoyable, much easier then tent camping! KOA sounds like a great place to stay!
Looks like a great place to camp.
I would love to go camping in a cabin in the country!
I’m ready to go camping!!!
I never considered camping because I’m not a tent gal….I never thought about the cabin option. Now I want to give it a whirl!