Life's Sweet Journey: 5 Reasons Cracker Barrel is a Full-Time RVers Boondocking Bestie

Friday, March 23, 2018

5 Reasons Cracker Barrel is a Full-Time RVers Boondocking Bestie

We did it!! 
We earned our boondocking in a parking lot badge! 
Ok, so as far as I know there are no actual full-time RV life badges, but there should be. 

Anyways, we spent this past Sunday night parked in a Cracker Barrel parking lot overnight and absolutely loved it!! I know what you might be thinking, "but, it's just a parking lot!" To me it is so much more. One, our night in the Cracker Barrel parking lot was our first night boondocking in Delilah the Dream Machine; two, the ambiance was actually perfect for a wonderful night's sleep. Here are 5 reasons we think boondocking at Cracker Barrel is an amazing component to full-time RV life.... 

Cracker Barrel for Full-Time Rvers


Cracker Barrel: The Bed and Breakfast for RVers

We actually ate two different meals at this specific Cracker Barrel. We pulled into the lot, after a long day of driving, and went in to grab dinner before tucking in for the night. We also made sure to introduce ourselves to the manager, just to let staff know we would be staying overnight. The staff was so hospitable and accommodating. The next morning, we woke up and went back in for a huge breakfast to fuel us for the next 6 hour leg of our trip out West. Cracker Barrel now offers specialty coffee beverages and we loved adding a little oomph to our coffee game with a caramel and mocha latte. 
Boondocking at Cracker Barrel for Full-Time RVers
Cracker Barrel Specialty Coffees fuel Full-Time RVers

Camping in a Parking Lot is Extra Cozy 

Due to the fact that we were in the parking lot we didn't put out the slides. We thought the squished space might be an issue, but it was actually just the opposite. It made our bedroom space feel extra cozy! Babe actually woke up to teach the next morning (thank God for a solid laptop battery life), while I slept in. I woke up to the sounds of early breakfast eaters and loved that the bed was closer to our window, so that I could peer up at the sky or people watch while I lounged lazily, waiting for him to finish teaching. We were also a little worried about the sounds of the interstate going by, but we use electric heaters in the camper to silence the sound between us while we teach, so we have grown use to background noise. The sound of the cars whizzing by lulled me to sleep and I didn't wake up until almost 10am. 

Cracker Barrel's Audiobook Program is Perfect for Long Road Trips

We try to keep our drive time around 4 hours between locations, but on this specific trip we are doing 6.5 hour stretches, because we are trying to book it to Colorado to hit the slopes before ski season ends. We love listening to audiobooks as a way to pass the time! Especially for longer stretches it really makes the time fly by. Cracker Barrel has an awesome selection of audiobooks. I especially love browsing the book choices when there is a wait for a table. You purchase the book at one location and then return it to any other Cracker Barrel location for a full credit on your purchase, minus a $3.49 per week exchange fee. Since we can no longer really use a library system, this is such a blessing! We love mystery titles from authors like Harlan Coben or James Patterson, but there are tons of other great genres to choose from. 

Cracker Barrel Audiobooks Program
Cracker Barrel Audiobook Program
**We did receive this specific audiobook for free, in exchange for our thoughts on the audiobook program; all thoughts and opinions are entirely our own.**


Cracker Barrel is a Great Place to Stock Up on Snacks 

I love all the old fashioned candy options at Cracker Barrel and we pretty much always have a thing of their soft peppermint sticks in our glove compartment for me to to suck on when the road gets windy (cue the car sickness)! Now that we are trying to eat a little better, and considering we are in the car for long stretches so frequently, we have branched out into less sweet snack options. We grabbed the beef jerky they had for sale and it was some of the best jerky we have had! I also love browsing through all their fun, retro decor, cute clothing options, and trying to kick Babe's butt at a game of checkers. 
Cracker Barrel bookdocking for Full-Time RVers
Cracker Barrel Checkers

Cracker Barrel is a Healthier Food Option 

Speaking of eating better... when you live on the road it can be all too easy to pull into a fast food restaurant, grab the easiest thing (see, french fries and gut bombs), and hit the road again. We have really been trying to stop that. If we don't plan ahead and make sandwiches, we will typically pull into a Cracker Barrel. They have some healthy meal options that are delicious. We just tried their Apple Cider BBQ Chicken and it was so good! Plus, it's nice to get out of the truck and sit at a table for a minute. Some of our other favorite options: campfire meals (when in season), country fried steak, and chicken & dumplings (ok, so maybe the full-on-healthy-eating lifestyle is a work in process- give me all the carbs!) 

Honestly, I am actually looking forward to our next parking lot stay! We have already decided we will hit up another one on our leg between Kansas and Colorado. It's nice to know that Cracker Barrel is there when we need a good pull-off spot to get some shut eye (and a good meal)! It really is a great option for any RVer looking for a parking lot to boondock in between longer stays somewhere.

19 comments:

  1. This is SO neat! Cracker Barrel is my go to stop for special treats for a snack basket, and around the holidays too. I had absolutely no idea about the audio books! I am definitely going to check this out, and pass it along to my in laws who are always road tripping to a new destination!

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    1. Cracker Barrel is such a great stop for gift baskets!! And yes, let them know!! If they are anything like us they would love them!

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  2. How fun! I've always thought it would be fun to live in an RV for a while. I definitely have to agree that Cracker Barrel's hospitality is spot-on. They really do pull out all the stops to make their guests feel at home.

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  3. My family and I absolutely LOVE Cracker Barrel. Any time we are traveling it is our "safe" eating place. Always something good on the menu and definitely something our kids will eat!

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    1. Yes, it was our go-to stop when I was a kid too. At least one leg of the trip we would stop. Cracker Barrel is always a win!

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  4. I have a few RV friends I'll pass this along to, but first: A) I miss Cracker Barrel so much that this sounds like a dream come true. B) they have an audio book program? How cool is that?! and C) I love how early they open...that must be a RV's dream!

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  5. I didn't know how beneficial it was for RVers, but I knew for certain how awesome it is to stop there on a road trip! LOL :)

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    1. Amen!! RV or no RV it makes for an awesome stop!

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  6. I LOVE LOVE LoVE Cracker Barrel. We'll have to keep it in mind when RVing!

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    1. Yes, you definitely need to try it during the fall when its cooler out. Great stop if you are trying to get further away and don't want to pay for a spot on the way.

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  7. So all Cracker Barrels allow overnight parking for RVers?! So good to know!

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  8. We LOVE Cracker Barrel. It's so nice that they let us stay in their parking lot one night with our RV too. However, at 3 AM when the lot cleaners used the leaf blowers all around our RV was a bit too early for even breakfast.

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    1. Haha, true! We haven't had that happen to us yet. Or if it has I have slept right through it!

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  9. Interesting! My over-the-road truck driving cousins won't patronize CB because they say truckers aren't welcome to park there. Why are RVs different, I wonder?

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    1. I think it might be because trucks can't turn off their generators/their engines. They don't allow you to have generators on while there. We were at one that had a truck next to us, but they turned their truck off while there. I think if they explain they will turn off then they can stay :) I don't know for sure though on that; it may be dependent on location.

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