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Canton First Monday: A Complete Survival Guide to Trade Days Shopping

first monday trade days canton txWith Canton First Monday just down the road, many of our guests book a cottage at our resort just to get a jump start on the Trade Days shopping.  Navigating the country’s largest flea market is a lot of fun, but can turn into one of those stories you like to tell your kids about to humble them pretty easily if you don’t know what you’re getting into. Follow our local survival guide to First Monday!

Don’t show up on Monday: Historically, “First Monday” was actually on a Monday. This is no longer the case. First Monday Trade Days is the Thursday-Sunday prior to the month’s first Monday. Keep in mind that if you want to actually see everything, you will need to plan on coming more than one day.

Do show up Thursday or Friday: If you can swing it, showing up on Thursday or Friday will help avoid crowds and you’ll get to see all the stuff before it’s picked over. Friday is probably the best day, as sometimes not all the vendors have set up by Thursday (though there is still plenty to see).

Mind the weather, and dress for it: First Monday Trade Days is 450 acres. Some parts are air conditioned, but most of it is outside. Keep an eye on the weather, dress appropriately and don’t forget things like water and sunscreen for the warmer months. Keep in mind a lot of the items are old and dirty, so dress accordingly. Comfortable shoes are highly recommended. Scooters are available for rental to help navigate the market.

Bring a cart, and make sure your vehicle is big enough: Even though you may not expect to buy any large items, people often find great buys they don’t expect at First Monday. Bring a cart, large basket, Radio Flyer, or something to carry around your bargains. You can rent a shopping cart or scooter on-site, and the rent-a-scooters come equipped to carry things. Also, come in the largest vehicle you own so you’ll be sure to have room to tote your stuff home! If you find something too large for the car, there are van and truck rental businesses in the Canton area ready to help you get your items home.

Hone your haggling skills: In case you didn’t realize how flea markets work, be prepared to haggle, which brings us to our next point…

Bring Cash: There are ATMs on site, however, they can and often do run out of money. If you’ve even thought about needing a new piece of furniture lately, bring enough cash to pay and haggle for it.

Get a map: It’s easy to get lost amongst the oozits and whatzits galore, so grab a map. Even with a map it’s easy to get turned around. It’s helpful to note large, distinctive points of interest (like a certain vendor or food stall) to help decipher where you have and haven’t been.

Come hungry: Trade Days has loads of food vendors as well, selling all kinds of yummy treats. While some of it is your regular “fair food” to the tune of funnel cakes and generic concessions, much of the food is not. So, keep your eyes peeled for the good stuff.

Plan ahead: Your best bet is probably to stay in town at some point, if for no other reason than to get an early start at shopping the day you plan to go (the park opens at dawn). The whole town of Canton pretty much books solid, so find a place and book ahead! If you’re coming from Dallas you could day trip it, but it’s so much more fun to book a place and stay the night!

Mill Creek Ranch Resort is just ¼ mile from the Trade Days Canton Marketplace, and we have a shuttle service to the main pavilions. This means that after you shop ‘til you drop you’re just a hop, skip and a jump away from our relaxing on-site cottages and scenic grounds! Call 877-927-3439 for availability and rates or book online now!

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Mill Creek Ranch Resort
2102 N Trade Days Blvd
Canton, Texas 75103

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RV Park in Canton TX: Keeping Your Pets Safe On the Open Road (Part Two)

rv park canton tx | Mill Creek Ranch ResortIf you own an RV, you know what it feels like to be king of the open road. Watching miles of freeway fall into your rear view, you’d cruise along peacefully and let the wind brush through your hair. But every road warrior knows that a faithful co-pilot is crucial to an enjoyable journey. For a large number of RVers, their best companion has four paws and coincidentally also enjoys the feeling of wind-swept fur. Traveling with your pet in a home on wheels can be challenging, so let this second half of our two part series guide you and your pet as you travel to an RV park in Canton TX. These top tips will help solve and prevent any problems you might encounter, making your best pal’s accompaniment one of your journey’s greatest pleasures.

Keep it clean: Pets in tiny places can make for a not-so-tiny hair situation. For your own comfort, come prepared with a way to deal with the extra fur that will inevitably accumulate in your RV. A Swiffer Sweeper will tackle any extra hair and dirt tracked in by your pal’s tiny paws (and it takes up very little space).

Bag it up: Turn all those used picnic ziploc bags into doggie doo depositories. By turning the bag inside out before use, you have a clean surface to grab and a quick method to seal, making sure the business stays where you want it.

Play it safe: In case (heaven forbid) your pet accidentally wanders too far from home, bring along a recent colored photo. This will be handy to show around the RV park in Canton TX if Rover ever goes MIA. It is also a good idea to visit your vet before travelling to acquire all the necessary prescribed medications your pet may need—tranquilizers, motion sickness medication, etc. This will help you avoid entrusting your friend’s care to someone you don’t already know.

Feed in style: Use rubbermaid containers to serve your pals—they work just as great with dog food as they do with breakfast cereal. (And they don’t take up too much space.) You can also install fold-out food and water stations into the walls of your RV—pull them out for chow time, tuck them back in when empty for space conservation and travelling ease.

Keep your cool: Let’s be real—your furry pal can’t accompany every single human adventure. What if you need to leave your friend behind and the scorching summer sun refuses to be gentle? Keep your pet cool by purchasing a nifty gadget programmed to send a special alarm call to your cell phone if the internal temperature rises above or drops below a set point. This device plugs directly into the cigarette lighter of your RV.

If your vacation plans include a family road trip to an RV park in Canton TX, the best choice for your getaway is Mill Creek Ranch Resort. At Mill Creek, we have the finest amenities that will keep faces smiling and tails wagging all summer long. Book online or call 877-927-3439 today, and start planning your next adventure!

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Mill Creek Ranch Resort
2102 N Trade Days Blvd
Canton, Texas 75103

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Top Five Tips For a Fantastic Staycation

Therresorts in dallas | Mill Creek Ranch Resort e a lot of compelling reasons in today’s economic market to save money. While you may find yourself needing to tighten the purse strings, don’t automatically assume a vacation is out of your reach. For the creative family, a staycation can provide just as much glamour and excitement as the fancy jet-set options. This summer, make your destination your own hometown, by checking out at local resorts in Dallas TX. Follow these Five top tips, and you’ll be instagramming your budget friendly vacay in no time.

Draw the line: Setting a realistic budget is the first step in vacation planning. It’s not enjoyable to plan and book elaborate events, and realize after the fact that you can’t bankroll your fun. Does a fancy hotel make you really feel like you’re on vacation? Then you may want to allocate more funds into your digs. Don’t really care where you sleep but want to spend as much as possible going out and doing things? Then budget most of your money on outings. With a staycation it’s easy to get exactly what you want. Since you’re saving money on gas and airfare you can spend more on what’s important to you.

Play the tourist: Have you always wanted to visit an exclusive spa downtown, but always avoided it because it was too spendy? Well a staycation is just your chance to play tourist in your own town, spending time and money on all those things you typically avoid. Be bold, book front row seats to a show, splurge and go club level to see your favorite team. Spend the afternoon strolling through a local historic district or ritzy downtown. Check with your local chamber of commerce for ideas.

Think outside the box: Sometimes in order to have fun in your hometown, you have to be creative. Don’t just settle for the same old routine. There are most likely dozens of things to explore all around resorts in Dallas TX that you’ve never considered. Take a tour of the capitol building, or a historic home. Check out all the local museums that you’ve never set foot into. Don’t forget about antique shops and flea markets. A little creativity goes a long way.

Order out: A satisfying vacation usually centers heavily on eating. Now’s the time to check out all of those out-of-the-way places you never think of on a Friday night. Is there an Indian place that gets great reviews that you’ve never been brave enough to try? Go for it! What about that trendy bistro downtown that’s strictly black tie? Suit up! It’s your chance to eat your way through your hometown and discover new reasons why living here is awesome.

Check out: Don’t forget in all of your travels to make plenty of time for relaxation. You don’t have to leave town to let your phone go to voicemail or put a hold on the influx of email. Make your time off an oasis of relaxation, and your staycation will be your most memorable trip ever.

If you’re looking for fantastic resorts in Dallas Tx for your staycation, you need to

check out Mill Creek Ranch Resort, our rustic getaway offers vacation cabins, as well as deluxe RV sites with plenty of on-site amenities to keep your whole family happy. We are also ideally located to take advantage of the many local festivals and events in the Dallas area. Give us a call at 877 927 3439 and start planning your getaway today.

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Mill Creek Ranch Resort
2102 N Trade Days Blvd
Canton, Texas 75103

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Tips and advantages for booking vacation rentals Dallas TX

With the explosion Vacation Rentals Dallas TX | Vacation Rentals Dallas TXof websites like booking.com and Expedia, booking a cottage or home for your vacation rentals Dallas TX is all the rage these days. People love renting a place like a cabin or an apartment over a regular hotel because there are a lot of advantages. You can often get a pretty good deal on a place to stay that’s usually closer to sites and attractions you want to see than at any hotel. You also often get a full home, apartment, cottage or flat which includes a full kitchen (another important factor if you’re budget traveling) and sometimes even a washer/dryer. The other great thing about these kinds of rentals are that you can often get a local’s insight into great things to do in the area, the best options for public transportation, and area events and dining. These places also tend to include free parking. While there are a lot of advantages and most people have a wonderful experience, here are a few tips to keep in mind to make sure everything goes smoothly.


  1. First, make sure you are booking through a reputable outfit. You want a place with good reviews and a lot of properties to choose from.
  2. Book early, and be a little flexible with your dates. Finding a rental cabin or home can be a little tough at the last minute. Plan ahead and book ahead. When you book earlier, you actually tend to not have to be as flexible with your dates.
  3. Book at a place that let’s you book and pay online, that way there is no funny business with credit card security or payment.
  4. I know we are used to just breezing on by any Terms & Conditions and clicking right through. This is when you don’t do that. Read carefully the whole contract or any information about renting the property that includes rules, check out times, cancellation policies, etc.
  5. The most important tip is to communicate with the person you’re renting from, whether it’s the actual homeowner or a management company. They are renting their place to you and more than happy to answer any questions. Are they pet friendly? When is checkout? Is late checkout available? What’s the parking situation? Etc. Also make sure to get a good contact number or information just in case an issue pops up during your stay.

As a reputable resort for vacation rentals Dallas TX, the cottages at Mill Creek Ranch Resort provide everything you need for a great rental home stay. Feel free to call us at 877-927-3439 with any questions about our cottages, on site amenities and rates.

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Mill Creek Ranch Resort
2102 N Trade Days Blvd
Canton, Texas 75103

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Tips for choosing resorts in Dallas when traveling with multiple families


Resorts in Dallas | Mill Creek Ranch ResortGoing on vacation with one or multiple other families can be a lot of fun, especially if everyone has kids around the same age. You used to travel and go on road trips with your friends before you had kids. Why not after? Here are 4 great tips on planning a great getaway for multiple families at resorts in Dallas.

  • Make sure the resort meets everyone’s needs. This means don’t try to book an “adults only” resorts in Dallas when you know another family wants to bring their kids. On the flip side, if someone without kids is coming make sure there are options for at least one night of adult time, even if it’s just some bubbly in a hot tub after the kids go to bed. The main thing is to choose a place that has activities for everyone: don’t choose an especially “kiddie” place if you’re traveling with teens, etc. This rule also applies to budget. See what everyone’s budget is and stay within that.
  • Book everything at the same time. Flights and rental cars are helpful when booked at the same time but on the same bill isn’t necessary. It is, however, extremely helpful to book the whole block of rooms together for the resort. This lets the resort know that you are all together so they can better accommodate your needs. You can also often request adjoining rooms with a shared door from hotels.
  • Plan something away from the resort. Yes, the resorts in Dallas are awesome. This is why you booked it. However, making sure there are other things to do in the area gives options to everyone you’re with. All of your travel companions don’t have to be together every minute of every day. Maybe a few people want to go fishing while others want to go shopping. This keeps everybody from getting bored and/or tired of each other. We do, afterall, want to stay friends after this right?
  • Try to stay flexible. First, be flexible on dates. You’re not the only one with a busy work or life schedule. Secondly, be a flexible travel companion. Everyone has different interests and travel styles and preferences. Micromanaging the whole trip isn’t fun for anyone. So relax; you’re on vacation, remember?

Mill Creek Ranch Resort is one of the best resorts in Dallas to accommodate families and multiple families. We run specials on RV rallies and have activities for everyone from 9 months to 99 years old. Give us a shout at 877-927-3439 for availability and room rates to make a reservation for your crowd!

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Mill Creek Ranch Resort
2102 N Trade Days Blvd
Canton, Texas 75103

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Mill Creek Ranch Resort partners with Cruise Inn’s network of luxury RV parks

Mill Creek RancAmerica's Next Top Pet | Mill Creek Ranch Resorth Resort is proud to announce they have officially become part of the Cruise Inn brand, one of the most innovative concepts in the outdoor hospitality industry. Cruise Inn is the newest network of RV Parks in the country, helping to make your stay comfortable and fun filled every time. Staying with a Cruise Inn RV Park guarantees exceptional quality in service, facilities and amenities. As a Cruise Inn park, Mill Creek Ranch Resort has access to all of the Cruise Inn resources, like more education and training and a convenient and easy online booking system that’s also available and easy to use on mobile devices. As a Cruise Inn member, Mill Creek Ranch Resort will have the training, technology and resources to improve as a luxury RV park in Texas and better serve their clientele.

The best part about Mill Creek Ranch Resort joining the Cruise Inn team is what’s in it for their customers. All customers that are part of the Cruise Inncentives (creatively named) program enjoy thousands of discounts and special offers for dining, travel, shopping and events. All Cruise Inncentives members also automatically get a 10% discount when staying with a Cruise Inn affiliate. There are no confusing points systems and nothing to accrue before members start receiving discounts and rewards.

The Cruise Inncentives program is also completely free to join. There are no annual fees and the membership is ongoing, so there is no hassle of renewing at any time. Cruise Inncentives members also don’t even need their card with them to receive their discount; all that is needed is the individual’s member number as proof of membership to receive the discount. To get the Cruise Inncentives rate at participating RV parks, simply book a reservation through their website or call the individual park to inquire about their rate. The Cruise Inncentives Loyalty Club also sends out a monthly Newsletter to keep its members informed about all park deals and promotions happening at Cruise Inn locations. Mill Creek Ranch Resort is excited to partner with Cruise Inn so they can continue to offer an exceptional quality stay while keeping prices affordable for their patrons.

Cruise Inn also runs great incentives and contests, like our upcoming pet contest! Do you think you have America’s Next Top Pet? From now through June 15, 2015, post a photo of your pet enjoying the great outdoors at a Cruise Inn RV Park and Campground on the brand’s Facebook or Instagram page with the hashtag #TopPet for a chance to win great prizes!
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Mill Creek Ranch Resort is a luxury RV Park in Canton, Texas featuring many amenities and activities for its patrons set on 200 acres of beautiful scenic land in the East Texas Piney Woods, just 60 miles outside of Dallas. The park has received numerous awards and A ratings throughout the years.

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Tips for dealing with the elements at outdoor wedding venues in Dallas TX

wedding venues in dallas tx | Mill Creek Ranch Resort Outdoor weddings venues in Dallas TX can be wonderful, beautiful, perfect wedding days. Blue skies, nature as your background, and your closest friends and family to celebrate your union. There can, however, be a few tricky things with an outdoor wedding whether it’s just the ceremony, reception, or both, most of which are wrapped up in what we like to call “the elements.” When it comes to dealing with them, it’s important to think of everything.

The first rule of an outdoor wedding venue in Dallas Texas  is have a rain plan, have a rain plan, have a rain plan. Yeah, you may end up spending a little extra money you don’t use, but unless you have a gazillion dollars in your budget to pay a company to break up the clouds over your wedding, it’s probably better just to rent a tent, just in case. You can put the tent up anyway for extra shade. A lot of outdoor wedding venues have indoor lodges, covered pavilions or have a banquet hall or building, so keep those locations in mind when looking at venues. If you absolutely hate the indoor/rain option, maybe choose a different venue.

Another consideration is, of course, the sun. You want it out shining bright on your wedding day, yes, but don’t forget about it. It’s important to pay attention to time of day and the sun’s location at the wedding time. If the setting sun is setting behind you at the ceremony, keep in mind it will be blinding your guests and provide backlighting for the photography (whether or not you’re going for that). If you will have any elderly guests, it’s also probably best to make sure that they get priority for the shade, especially if both the ceremony and reception will be outdoors. You do want to keep all your guests comfortable, though. Your wedding program can be on a fan, you can figure out a situation with misters, and make sure to provide cool (or warm) beverages before the ceremony and in between the ceremony and reception.

Finally, think about the outdoors when planning your menu. It helps to work with a caterer experienced in outdoor catering, and then have a little fun with it! Have ice pops for dessert, serve margaritas or mojitos, and make sure to keep the outdoors in mind with the food (like stay away from mayonnaise-laden salads and the like.)

Mill Creek Ranch Resort is one of the outdoor wedding venues in Dallas TX that can accommodate any outdoor wedding, with a beautiful garden that has shade and a beautiful arch to get married under,, a lodge and pavilion for unexpected rain, banquet facilities and the backdrop of the beautiful East Texas Piney Woods. For more information on pricing or available dates, call us at 877-927-3439.

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Mill Creek Ranch Resort
2102 N Trade Days Blvd
Canton, Texas 75103

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Mill Creek Ranch Resort has a new partnership for on-site cabins for sale in Texas

cabins for sale in texas | Mill Creek Ranch Resortfront view 46 (2)Mill Creek Ranch Resort is excited to announce our new partnership with EcoCabins to increase our offerings of cabins for sale in Texas. EcoCabins is a premier provider of economical and environmental cottages and cabins to help us grow and make our resort even better for all our patrons and cottage owners.

EcoCabins now has two new models on our resort ready for immediate purchase (the “Zoe” and the “Levi”), ready when you are! This means you don’t have to wait for you new cottage to be built. Everything is included from the furniture, dishes, linens and decorations, all you need is your clothes and food.  If you’re willing to wait, they have other cabin models available for you to choose from. EcoCabins also has easy financing options for their new models They are also offering a try before you buy to anyone who stays in one of the the EcoCabins spec units and then decides to purchase the unit they stayed in.  This means up to 7 nights of your stay will be reimbursed to the new cottage buyer.  EcoCabins is also offering a $500 referral fee or free two night’s stay to anyone who sends us a buyer for our cabins for sale in Texas, so if you know anyone looking for a wonderful place to buy a vacation home send them our way. As usual, purchasing an EcoCabin on our property also provides you with the normal perks of Mill Creek Ranch Resort cottage ownership, such as no HOA dues, no property taxes, the possibility for rental income while you are away, very few ongoing expenses and no maintenance. (All maintenance, including cleaning, landscaping/lawn care, security, cable/internet is provided by your friendly staff at Mill Creek Ranch Resort.)

For all of our patrons, owners or visitors, as we finish filling the final part of Phase I of our resort, look for some new amenities on the horizon.  This is, of course, in addition to our current amenities, such as a resort-style swimming pool and loads of activities for the whole family. As we grow, Mill Creek Ranch Resort only becomes a more dynamic place to vacation!

If you’re interested in touring or buying one of our cabins for sale in Texas, don’t wait! Our spaces are limited and we are offering several incentives to first-come-buyers. For more information or to schedule a stay or a tour call Stacy at 877-927-3439. As always, our online information is available 24/7.

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Mill Creek Ranch Resort
2102 N Trade Days Blvd
Canton, Texas 75103

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5 Things to do during rainy days while vacationing at an RV Park Dallas TX

RV Park Dallas TX | Mill Creek Ranch ResortIt has been the rainiest of springs in North Texas, and we can only hope (fingers crossed!) that the rain will let up just in time for summer vacation. If it doesn’t, though, don’t worry. While rain isn’t ideal on your family vacation, there are still a ton of activities to do at Mill Creek Ranch Resort or any RV Park Dallas TX. Here are 5 great things to do when your family starts to get a little cabin fever. I mean kids can only read for so long, right?

  1. Play board games. Make sure you pack your family’s favorite board games just in case you have a rainy afternoon (or two… or three). It might also be fun to bring a new game so everyone can learn it together.
  2. Watch Movies. Yeah, yeah, you brought your family out into nature to get them away from TV. But you can’t control the weather. Most RV Parks Dallas TX have internet access, if not a fully equipped media room. Set up your ipad, pop some popcorn, and snuggle up and watch a movie, or, if the weather really isn’t cooperating, marathon a new-to-you TV series.
  3. Meet other travelers. When nature rains on your parade, make your own party. If you’re bored, chances are everyone else is bored too. Share a few drinks and snacks and strike up some good conversation. It’s a bonus if they have kids the same age as yours.
  4. Cook something delicious. Use the rain as an excuse to do what we like to call a “food craft,” which basically just means you get the kids involved in helping. This means making chocolate covered frozen bananas with sprinkles, or just plain old cookies, or put a little extra love into your evening meal. Clearly in your RV you’ll have limited ingredients; that just means you have to get creative! If you’re grilling, make sure the master griller has a good poncho, umbrella, and a nice cold drink.
  5. Don’t let the rain stop you! Especially if it’s not a hard downpour, there’s a peaceful calm that rain brings to nature. Plus, hiking boots are typically somewhat waterproof. And it’s really, really fun to jump in puddles. Grab a raincoat, umbrella, and take a nature walk anyway!

Don’t let the rain ruin your vacation! You can still have a great time with your family at Mill Creek Ranch Resort, rain or shine! Our RV lodge has a big screen TV, games, cards, and business center, and we host activities all throughout the summer. For rates and availability, call us at 877-9273439 or book online!

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Mill Creek Ranch Resort
2102 N Trade Days Blvd
Canton, Texas 75103

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How to Have a Romantic Getaway at an RV Park in Dallas TX

rv park dallas tx | Mill Creek Ranch ResortWhat could be more romantic than hitting the open road with your sweetie, and feeling the miles stretch behind you as you leave your cares behind. RV people don’t really need an excuse to pack up their home away from home and head off into the sunset, but these tips for a romantic getaway will leave you wanting to pack your bags and leave for the nearest RV park in Dallas TX. Read on to find the best ways to take your love on the road.

Location, location, location: The first step in your weekend of bliss is deciding where to park. You will want to choose a location that is away from the hustle and bustle. The RV sites here at Mill Creek offer a quiet, peaceful hookup in the heart of our resort and private hiking trails that meander through nature’s bounty. If you plan to travel in the off season locations will be less crowded with tourists and families vacationing. You may even have an RV park in Dallas Tx  to yourself at a discounted rate. Besides, visiting a state park in the winter gives you plenty of chances to stay in and keep warm together.

Learn how to unplug: It’s never romantic when your work follows you on vacation. Don’t let your iPhone be the third wheel in your relationship. Turn off the phone and let it go to voicemail. Don’t check facebook every 15 minutes, and avoid the need to tweet out your love on your twitter feed. If you cannot avoid being available for work, set boundaries. Agree that you will only check and respond to necessary emails once a day. Nothing says I love you like giving the gift of your full attention.

Plan activities for two: Staring deeply into one another’s eyes is fun…for a few minutes. After that’s over how do you plan to spend the next forty eight hours? This can be tricky especially for couples that have been together for many years. Plan activities that you both enjoy.  Choose activities that spark the connection we are often too busy for in everyday life. Do you love movies? Plan a marathon, go for a wine tasting or visit a local festival. Are board games your thing? Bring Scrabble and plan a tournament. Choose activities that will help your love grow.

If you are in need of a romantic getaway for two, there isn’t a better location than Mill Creek Ranch Resort. This pristine location offers an RV park in Dallas Tx that is second to none. Beautiful ponds, winding trails, and a host of amenities will make your weekend one to remember. Give us a call today at 877-927-3439 to plan your stay.

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Mill Creek Ranch Resort
2102 N Trade Days Blvd
Canton, Texas 75103