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TOP 6 ITEMS ON THE ‘MUST DO’ LIST WHEN NOT STAYING IN A HOTEL IN CANTON TX

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6. When not staying in a hotel in Canton TX visit the beautiful Edgewood Heritage Park historic outdoor museum and the Blackwell House, Canton’s oldest residence.   As described on their website, this outdoor museum encompasses 20 authentically restored and furnished structures representing rural life in East Texas from the 1800’s to the 1920’s.

5 .  If golfing is your thing, you won’t want to miss visiting the championship Twin Lakes Golf Course.  Ranked by Texas Outside as one of the top 10 golf facilities in Texas.  Twin Lakes was designed to challenge serious players while still giving novices a great place to learn to play.  The picturesque course was designed around two beautiful lakes and a 1,000 acre tree farm giving the course a beautiful tranquility.

4.  When not staying in a hotel in Canton TX we recommend visiting theYesterland Farm for a nostalgic step back in time — it’s old-fashioned fun on the farm with a new twist! From Fall festivities to a holiday wonderland of Christmas trees and Santa, it’s all farm-tastic family entertainment.

3.  For a change of pace, visit the Edwin L. Cox, Jr., Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center (TFFC).  The TFFC website indicates they combine visitation and outdoor education with a production fish hatchery. The Center’s mission is to provide an educational, entertaining visitor experience that promotes freshwater sport fishing and the enhancement, conservation and stewardship of aquatic resources in Texas. 

2. TripAdvisor.com describes Canton’s First Monday Trade Days as the self-professed oldest and largest flea market in the United States including more than 7,000 vendors.  The event draws up to 500,000 people and is held each month on the Thursday through Sunday preceding the first Monday of the month.  If you want to visit First Monday Trade Days be sure to book your hotel in Canton TX far in advance, as accommodations fill fast!  

And FINALLY and most importantly:

1. Don’t stay in a hotel in Canton TX!  Instead, stay in the fabulous resort at Mill Creek Ranch Resort where not only will you have beautiful and relaxing accommodations, you’ll enjoy our fabulous amenities including: concierge service; stocked fishing ponds; paddle boats; live music, full bar and great food every Friday night at “The Creek” in the Grand Lodge; swimming pools; hot tub; beautiful playground; disc golf course; places for bike riding; a dog park; volleyball; basketball; horse shoes; etc.  You get the idea, there’s truly something for everyone at Mill Creek Ranch Resort.

Hotel Canton TX
Mill Creek Ranch Resort
2102 N. Trade Days Blvd
Canton, Texas 75103
877-927-3439

 

 

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Another Great Texas RV Park Recipe!

What goes along with summer fun while vacationing with family at a Texas RV Park? Great food of course!  If you’ve done much camping at Texas RV parks maybe you’re already a pro at dutch oven cooking, or maybe you’ve always wanted to try your hand at it, but have been a bit too intimidated to get started.

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Roger L Beattie of the Backwoods Home Magazine describes dutch ovens: “squatting heavily in dank basements, drafty attics, and dusty, cluttered garages, these three-legged hulks from a bygone era wait impatiently to release their treasures.  Until then, they are pitted by time and tarnished by neglect.  For those who will uncover the mystery, their gaping caverns can once again be brimming with magic.

“From the birth of our nation, Dutch ovens have been an integral and versatile part of Americana.  Sadly today’s high-tech hustle-and-bustle lifestyle has all but forgotten the art of “leather-glove cuisine.”  The coal-black cast iron ovens appear outdated, unfriendly, and forbidding.  Interestingly however, with seven simple secrets revealed, the beginning camp cook and the consummate backyard chef can utilize these forgotten friends to produce a marvelous and unforgettable variety of succulent delicacies.”

Here is a helpful link for beginners and expert dutch oven cooks alike with Roger’s seven secrets of dutch oven cooking.

If the first thing that comes to mind when you think of dutch oven cooking is dump cake, think again!  Virtually anything you can cook in the oven, on the stove top, or in the microwave can be cooked in a dutch oven.  Dutch ovens are one of the most versatile pans you can own!  For those that are new to the art, here is a link to some handy tips from WikiHow on how to use a dutch oven.  

And for those of you who are ready for your next trip, take advantage of the RV specials  here at our beautiful RV resort, a top rated Good Sam Park for 2012 and who many call the best East Texas RV Park.  And while you’re doing your meal planning to decide what delicious food you’ll enjoy while you’re here, here’s a great dutch oven recipe for you to put on your menu list, Campfire Jambalaya, the grand-prize winning recipe from Scouting magazine’s national contest.  Complements of Kevin Young and Jim Brown, Scoutmaster and assistant Scoutmaster of Troop 44, in Heyburn, Idaho:

 

SEAFOOD JAMBALAYA

1 pound boneless chicken breast, cubed

1 pound mild Italian sausage, chunked

1 pound mixed seafood (shrimp, crab, crawfish)

1/3 cup oil

1 large onion, sliced and chopped

1/2 cup celery, chopped

2 small red or green peppers, quartered and sliced

2 medium tomatoes, coarsely chopped

1 14-oz. can chicken broth

3 cups okra, sliced

2 cups mushrooms, sliced

1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper

1 teaspoon black pepper

1 teaspoon white pepper

1 teaspoon gumbo filé (powdered sassafras leaves)

1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce

1/2 cup orange juice

2 to 3 cups long-grained white rice 

* Option: Replace cayenne with crushed and dried hot red peppers.

Cook in a deep, 14-inch Dutch oven. Heat chicken and Italian sausage until cooked through, but not browned. In a separate pot, steam seafood mixture until done (shrimp will turn pink).

In the Dutch-oven lid or another pan, sauté onions, celery, and red or green peppers until tender. Add the sautéed mixture, along with the tomatoes, broth, okra, and mushrooms to the chicken and sausage. Mix thoroughly.

Add dry peppers, gumbo filé, and rice. Mix thoroughly.

Cover and bring to a boil, then reduce heat to a simmer. Add Worcestershire sauce and orange juice. Add water as necessary to cook rice. Add steamed seafood mixture. Simmer for another 10 minutes.

 Serves 8 to 10.

Texas RV Park
Mill Creek Ranch Resort
2102 N. Trade Days Blvd
Canton, Texas 75103
877-927-3439

 

 

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Finding The Best of East Texas on the Piney Woods Wine Trail While Staying in our Texas Cottages

texas cottages | Mill Creek Ranch Resort Canton TXOnce known only for its wild grape species growing naturally for thousands of years along lakes, rivers and streams, Texas has matured to become a full-bodied and rich wine country.  No longer must you spend a fortune traveling to France or California, great tasting wine is made in our own backyard.
 One needn’t spend hours formulating a self guided wine tour in East Texas, the work’s already been done and for your next weekend getaway all you need do is follow the Piney Woods Wine Trail .  May we suggest an enjoyable afternoon trip, or a tranquil weekend tasting wine and then relaxing in one of the beautiful Texas cottages along your route?  But which route?

How about beginning in the beautiful highlands of the Sabine Valley at the Fairhaven Winery located just north of US 80 at 5340 South FM 2369, Hawkins, TX 75765?The folks at Fairhaven Winery pride themselves in fine grade handmade wines produced from hand picked estate grapes.  

Upon leaving Hawkins our recommended second stop is the unique Miranda Lambert Store and Red 55 Winery located at 100 E Hubbard St, Lindale, TX 75771.     Many folks enjoy the winery store’s gifts and products from Miranda’s merchandise line, but the Belle of the ball is the wonderful wine.  The Lambert family partnered with Lou Vinery Vineyards to produce an amazingly diverse wine offering with Miranda’s signature names.

Next stop we suggest visiting the Crump Valley Vineyards (127 Crump Lane, Sulphur Springs, TX 75482)  where you’ll enjoy great wine at a great price and a whole lot of great home grown entertainment to go along with it!

Finally head to Canton, Texas where the town of 3,581’s claim to fame is it’s tremendous growth once a month of up to 400,000 shoppers converging for the World Famous Trade Days which they tout as the oldest and largest continuously operating outdoor market in the United States.

But Canton is much more than a 4 day a month shopping mecca, it’s home to two of the areas’ superb wineries, Savannah Winery & Bistro and Texas Roads Winery & Roadhouse.  The Savannah Winery & Bistro  located at 574 E Dallas St, Canton, TX 75103 offers wine tasting any time.  If you agree that variety is the spice of life then Savannah Winery is the stop for you.  They carry wines from Brushy Creek Vineyards, Homestead Winery, Landon Winery, Los Pinos Ranch, Lou Viney Cellars and Messina Hof.

The Texas Roads Winery & Roadhouse is a short hop skip and a jump down the road at 124 W Dallas St in Canton.  Offering over 30 local Texas wines with signature wines by winemaker Michael Ramsey.   

After you’ve shared your self guided wine tour with that special someone, why not give your trip the perfect ending by enjoying the rest of the weekend at a beautiful Texas cottage?  A short mile and a half away is the ideal place to relax with a fantastic Romance Package at Mill Creek Ranch Resort.     There’s no need to rush home when you can enjoy one of Mill Creek Ranch Resort’s peaceful Texas cottages.  Pull out the wine glasses and your newly acquired spirits and enjoy overnight accommodations for two in a luxurious Texas cottage, with a dozen roses awaiting your arrival.  The special package includes a $100 dinner credit at Four Winds Steakhouse , full use of the wonderful Mill Creek Ranch Resort amenities and a special 2 p.m. late check-out.

If you feel you must visit  just one more vineyard before your trip is complete, head South to Athens, TX to Tara Vineyard and Winery.  They have a unique bottle shaped bar and fine cuisine that perfectly pair with their signature wines .  You can have a pleasant reminder of your adventure each month when you join the Tara wine club.   The winemakers choose a special wine to share each month with the club members.  You can choose from 1-3 bottles per month.

Make plans today for your next weekend getaway enjoying the finest wines and Texas cottages that East Texas has to offer!

texas cottages
Mill Creek Ranch Resort
2102 N. Trade Days Blvd
Canton, Texas 75103
United States
877-927-3439

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Characteristics of a Great RV Park | RV Travel Tips Canton TX

According to a popular RV blog there are 7 things to look for in a great RV park. Mill Creek Ranch Resort meets and exceeds all seven with our Canton, TX RV park resort. Today we will be looking at 3 of those points.

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First Impressions – A friendly staff will greet you when you come to our RV park in Canton, TX. We pride ourselves on making sure that we are there for our RV guests from the minute they enter the park until they roll on to their next adventure. We offer complimentary concierge for our park guests. We also offer complimentary shuttle service to Canton’s First Monday Trade Days. Our friendly staff always has a nice hot cup of coffee brewing in our Grand Lodge & RV Lodge with large screen TVs and space for the RV Rally Groups. Each RV site has a fire ring where your first night’s firewood is provided courtesy of Mill Creek. We want our RV guests to come in to our RV resort, forget the world, relax and enjoy the hospitality that Mill Creek Ranch Resort has to offer.

RV Park Canton TX RV Site SpacingSite Spacing is also an important point to consider when choosing an RV park. Mill Creek offers a variety of RV sites. We have premium sites that are lakeside or nestled in the trees with stand up grills, patio table and chairs, and a lighted pedestal for your outdoor pleasure. We have pull through sites that have plenty of room for slides. We also have back-in sites that are lined with trees allowing you to enjoy the piney woods of East Texas experience in its fullness.

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Site Landscaping: Our grounds are meticulously manicured and maintained. We have many beautiful water features for your enjoyment. We maintain walking trails for a safe and pleasant nature walk for our RV park guests. Click here for a photo tour of our beautiful RV park resort.

Our next blog will talk about 4 more things to look for in a great RV park. We hope that you come stay with us soon and experience all that Mill Creek Ranch Resort has to offer our RV park guests.

Contact us for more information about our luxury rv park in Canton, TX, 903-567-6020 or book your reservation online.

RV Park Canton TX
Mill Creek Ranch Resort
2102 N. Trade Days Blvd
Canton, Texas 75103
United States
877-927-3439