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Nickerson State Park
Brewster, Massachusetts (Cape Cod)

Stayed September-October 2013


My camping experience At Nickerson State Park was completely idyllic. This was also a great time of year to visit for peace and quiet without need of reservations because the campground was only about 1/3 occupied but the weather was still very pleasant. There is a wonderfully stocked store to pick up firewood, ice, and a fine selection of edibles - even all of the ingredients to make smores!



  • Walking trails around the ponds

  • Boating

  • Swimming

  • Inexpensive

Brooklyn, NY

​Stayed September 2013

Staying in New York City is super expensive, and finding a reasonable place that is dog friendly and that has decent parking seemed almost impossible to find for less than $400 a night. Through AirBnB I "rented" a great place in Ditmas Park, Brooklyn for a few nights that had everything I needed for less than $200 a night!


  • Flexible check-in/check-out with certain hosts (like mine)

  • Convenience of kitchen (my host left me some Brooklyn Lagers)

Big Lagoon State Park

Pensacola, Florida
Stayed October 2013

Without having done much research I ended up at the Big Lagoon State Park after two previous experiences in the week staying in other Florida state park campgrounds.


  • Walking trails

  • Dog friendly

  • Inexpensive

  • Convenient to amenities (short drive to grocery store with Redbox for movie night)

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