Happy Campers

Hunting & Gathering


Safe to say we were all ecstatic to hear red tide conditions up and down our coast have abated and the ban lifted. That includes Turtle Beach Campground—Sarasota County’s premier beachfront campground on Siesta Key—who’s happy to report they are back open and ready to welcome back campers! The boutique campground features palm tree-lined privacy, turtle nesting nearby and a picnic table at each site with full hookups and free Wifi for your own personal paradise. As we round out summer and head into fall, the cooler temps pique our senses for extended outdoorsy adventures. Thinking of camping in the next couple of weeks? Turtle Beach Campground is not only accepting reservations again, but any new bookings purchased and stayed between now and September 17 will receive a 50% discount off the base rate. That's only $21 per night (plus tax and applicable weekend premium).

Can’t remember whether you stashed away your tent in the garage or out back in the shed? It’s fine, you’re due for a new one anyway. Trailwalker Gear Outfitters is a veteran family-owned-and-operated store that all started with one small, yet rewarding, hiking trip to the Appalachian Trail. If they dig you, they’ll likely tell you to take a hike—and make sure you leave with all the proper gear to spend a night under the stars. Carrying everything from artisan beef jerky and sleeping bags to portable chargers and headlamps—stock up on all your camp life essentials for your 5(million)-star accommodations. The Wenzel EZ Rise tent is ultralight and makes setup and takedown a breeze. EZ Rise technology helps you snap tent poles securely into place in seconds with a twist-locking center hub, so you’re free to enjoy time swimming the Gulf instead of wasting time fiddling with collapsable poles. It also has mesh roof ventilation for extra comfort and sleeps up to five people for the ultimate slumber party.

Prepare for the inevitable with unexpected downpour or a tornado of mosquitoes with the rain-free and bug-free JungleLink Shelter System—it’s basically a giant umbrella that protectively encapsulates you like a caterpillar in a cocoon as you swing serenely in your hammock. Oh, need a hammock too? The ENO DoubleNest reigns supreme—being Trailwalker’s “bread-and-butter” and your all-access pass to relaxation. Big enough for two and palatial for one, the DoubleNest holds some weight and still manages to stuff easily into its attached compression sack. Now, all you need is a crackling campfire for a disconnected staycation (s’mores are invited, red tide is not).

This special promo is not available with online bookings�call Turtle Beach Campground at 941-861-2267 (CAMP) to book and mention SEPT50 to receive this rare discounted rate.

Photo provided by Trailwalker Gear Outfitters, 4818 14th St. West, Bradenton, 941-900-1360.

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