Romancing the road.

Feb 12, 2021

American Coach Feb 21 Blog

This February is getting hot.

And we don’t care who knows it. Traveling in your American Coach is a showcase of your love of travel and sharing new experiences. With this in mind, we’ll show you some romantic road stops to visit, along with some tips and hacks for putting (and keeping) long-lasting beauty in the finish of your coach. Then, we’ll share some highlights on Florida’s biggest RV show and wash it all down with a smooth adult cocktail beverage recipe that’s sure to warm your heart. So, let’s get started!

We want to see you on a romantic outing! Tag us on our social sites with the hashtag #ACLove! Pets are welcome, too!

Romancing the road: Three romantic road stop

For luxury RV enthusiasts and those who love travel, this time of year is ideal for exploring the warmer climates of the U.S. and savoring time with your significant other. Here’s a sampling of three romantic destinations, each selected for their scenic drives, sensual allure, and idyllic scenery.

And with amenities found in new American Coach models, like quartz countertops with waterfall edges and hand-crafted kitchen cabinets, spacious and luxurious master bedrooms, and baths with articulating mattresses, spa showers and his and her sinks, getting in the mood has never been easier!

Hot Springs, AR

Nestled in the Ouachita Mountains, Hot Springs is a southern gem. For couples, it offers a mixture of relaxation and exploration set against a backdrop of history. Hot Springs National Park, which was established in 1921 to preserve the 47 hot springs that flow out of Hot Springs Mountain, is celebrating its centennial this year.

While Hot Springs National Park is the second smallest urban park in the country, it still offers 26 miles of trails. Trails begin in downtown Hot Springs and vary in length. Those who are adventurous can make their way to the top of Hot Springs Mountain or West Mountain either by foot or a scenic drive.

The park includes historic Bathhouse Row with eight grand bathhouses that were constructed between 1892 and 1923 and built over the naturally occurring hot springs. Today, enjoy a private soak in the mineral-rich, thermal waters at two of the original bathhouses -- the Buckstaff Bathhouse or Quapaw Baths & Spa. Buckstaff offers the Traditional Bathing Package, which recreates the bathhouse experience from the early 1900s. Each location also offers a menu of modern-day spa services.

Another don’t-miss item is the Grand Promenade. Located directly behind Bathhouse Row, the half-mile red-brick walking path is perfect for a romantic stroll. The walk delivers views of historic downtown Hot Springs. Along the way, there’s an open hot spring and plenty of benches, ideal for enjoying quiet time together.

Approximately one hour southwest of Hot Springs is a one-of-a-kind romantic adventure at Crater of Diamonds State Park in Murfreesboro. Together, couples can search a 37-acre field for diamonds, amethysts, garnets, and other gemstones. Anything that’s found is yours to keep!

RVers can spend the night at Catherine’s Landing, which is just five minutes from Hot Springs.

Sedona, AZ

If red and pink are the colors of love, Sedona is the epicenter. Take the Red Rock Scenic Byway and keep an eye out for romantic stops along the way—like Cathedral Rock Vortex. The vortex energy is said to be feminine and delivers feelings of softness, receptiveness, and compassion. For couples who connect with golf, along the Byway are three golf courses that are open to the public.

Don’t miss the Sedona-Oak Creek Airport, one of the most scenic airports in the country. The airport is located on top of a high mesa overlooking the city. Sit outside at Mesa Grill and watch as helicopters and Cessna and Beechcraft planes take off for new adventures.

Travel 25 minutes to Clarkdale and book first-class passage on the Verde Canyon Railroad to take in the “love birds.” According to the railroad, in February, “The bald and golden eagle populations are at their peak and the clear waters of the Verde River are a perfect respite for a variety of migrating raptors looking for romance.” Enjoy an intimate table for two in front of a picture window that delivers sweeping views of the amazing red rock formations and native flora and fauna. During Valentine’s weekend, there’s a special Chocolate Lovers package with a curated selection of artisan pastries and chocolates plus a champagne toast.

RVers can spend the night at Verde Ranch RV Resort, ranked as a top RV park and just 30 minutes from Sedona, would be a great place to “park” for the night.

Amelia Island, FL

A 90-minute drive south of St. Augustine is laid-back Amelia Island with its 13 miles of rolling dunes and pristine seashore. Its picturesque beaches are a perfect backdrop for togetherness.

Start the day with a sunrise horseback ride on the white sand beach that ribbons the Atlantic Ocean (assistance is provided to make the ride accessible to all ages). Afterwards, walk arm-in-arm and discover seashell treasures like great heart cockles, sand dollars, and olives. For couples’ pampering, visit the Omni Resort. Try a Swedish massage or cleansing facial. Make a reservation at Salt at the Ritz-Carlton, one of only five-diamond restaurants in Florida, and while you’re going all out consider booking the chef’s table in the kitchen. At the end of the day, take a sunset cruise to catch the spectacular oranges, pinks, and reds as the sun dips behind the horizon.

No matter which part of the country you happen to find yourself in, with your American Coach, a romantic new location is always within reach, across the state or across the country!

Finishing Touches: Tips and hacks for long-lasting shine

While major finish care and corrections are best left to RV detailing experts, there are a lot of owners that take a personal pride in performing regular cleaning and finish care of their American Coach. If that’s you, you already know how the rigors of the road and the ravages of UV sunlight seek to dull your coach’s finish. And one thing you certainly don’t want to do is add to it by using an improper product, process or technique. So here’s some advice you can use to keep the shine on.

Different kinds of clean.

Be aware that there are two major modes of cleaning: One is a general cleaning, where you’re sloughing off surface dirt from a well-waxed and protected surface. In this case, you want a mild cleaner that will clean the dirt, but won’t strip that wax you worked so hard to apply. The other is a deep clean, where you’re using a strong cleaning product, designed to remove dirt and wax, prior to buffing, detailing and a fresh coat of wax. Knowing the difference and using the right product and technique is vital.

Keep it cool.

Never wash an RV when the surface is hot, or in direct sunlight. Doing this will dry the cleaning solution on the finish, baking it to the surface. Early hours are best, as the coach will have the night prior to cool down, and allow the cleaner to do its best work once you start application.

Start small.

Ok, you’ve gone out and scored the newest cleaning/detailing/waxing product on the market. Your first temptation will be to tackle the whole coach with it. Don’t! When trying a new product, designate a small six by six-inch test area on the coach to see the results. Better yet, try it side-by-side with your current favorite product and see how it compares! If it shows favorable results after a few days, it’s likely good to go (but always read the complete directions and owner’s manual recommendations). Small also means, don’t use too much product as doing so can adversely alter results (and waste product, too).

Question everything.

We can’t stress this enough: When considering a new product, process or technique, ask questions! Take it upon yourself to become a student of your finish, what it likes and what protects best. Visit websites and message boards. Talk to RV detailers. And keep in mind, the advanced properties of the finish of your American Coach are formulated to provide long-lasting shine and durability, only requiring periodic cleaning and occasional waxing. Harsh products or drastic methods need not apply. Keep asking, keep learning and only use a product once you have a high confidence level in its performance.

Stick to this advice and you’ll be well on your way to making sure you keep that amazing healthy shine for miles on end!

2021 Florida RV Show highlights: Great expectations for a tremendous RV season

With a 40% increase in year-over-year show sales, the REV Recreation Group, along with American Coach experienced an unprecedented surge at the recent RV SuperShow, in Tampa, Florida. The event, hosted by the Florida RV Trade Association at the Florida State Fairgrounds was by all accounts, a huge success.

"We had our best Tampa RV Show ever and are extremely pleased with the buzz around our product line," according to Lenny Razo, Director of Sales for REV Recreation Group. "We had tremendous success across our entire line-up, right up through our luxury American Coach line." Razo continued, "There was a tremendous buzz throughout the display, and many compliments from our customers on our product".

If the success of the SuperShow is any indication, 2021 is shaping up to be an amazing year of RV travel and life on the road!

The Magnificent Mixer: Valentine’s Day Cherry Strawberry Screwdriver

Hey, Valentine’s Day only comes once a year, but you may find yourself craving this delicious recipe at any special occasion that you want to add a little spice! This Valentine’s Cherry Strawberry Screwdriver is fun, flirty and festive. Serves two.

Ingredients:
2 oz Maraschino cherry juice
2 oz strawberry syrup
4 oz vodka
12 oz cherry lime Italian soda
Maraschino cherries/strawberries

Directions:
Add Maraschino cherry juice, strawberry syrup, vodka, and ice in a cocktail shaker.
Secure the lid on the cocktail shaker and shake vigorously for 30 seconds.
Strain into a cocktail glass filled with ice.
Add soda and garnish with a fresh strawberry and a stemmed cherry.
Serve and enjoy!

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(Please enjoy responsibly)