ViewPoint RV & Golf Resort – Your Arizona Getaway

Stay in the heart of Arizona at ViewPoint RV & Golf Resort. There are so many great things to do here, you many never want to leave. If you do, there’s no shortage of places to go and explore. Take in the gorgeous views of the Superstition Mountains or spend the day exploring Tonto National Forest, or the surrounding cities.

Located on the edge of Mesa, Arizona, off Arizona State 202, this thriving community is the perfect place to relax, or be as busy as you want.

Activities Galore

There is such a wide variety of activities here, you may have to stay the entire season to do them all. The creative side of you will love the arts and crafts groups and classes here. Try your hand at creating a ceramic masterpiece, or carving the perfect bowl.

Put on your dancing shoes and spend some time at the dance hall. Come out for Square, Line, Round and Ballroom dances. Can’t dance? They have Line, Country Western and Swing dance lessons at the resort.

There are men’s and women’s exercise classes and co-ed water aerobics where you can have fun as you keep fit. For those who just want to relax, ViewPoint has a sauna, three swimming pools, and six hot tubs.

You don’t have to leave the resort to be entertained either. ViewPoint has weekly dinner shows, a live concert series and Live Music on the Green.

Get out and enjoy a game of tennis on one of their 10 tennis courts. If softball is more to your liking, then you’ve come to the right place. Softball is a major activity here and they usually have ten men’s and one women’s team for league and tournament play. There’s a billiard room, shuffleboard, volleyball and basketball courts here too. If that isn’t enough, there’s also pickle ball, bingo, cards and a chipping, putting green.

Golf is Steps Away

Golfers love to stay at ViewPoint. There are two golf courses here; an 18-hole championship golf course and a 9-hole executive course.

Their par-71, 6,374-yard Championship Course opened in 1996. Imagine spending the day on their generous tree-lined traditional fairways and immaculate greens with panoramic views of the Superstition mountain range. Challenge yourself on the 40 bunkers with lots of water hazards. There are four sets of tees to accommodate all levels of players.

Should you conquer these courses, there are dozens more within a 45 minute drive of ViewPoint.

Onsite ProShop

The Viewpoint ProShop has pretty much everything you’ll need for golf and tennis. They have a full line of equipment, clubs, accessories and golf apparel. You’ll find brand names like Adidas, Footjoy, En Fuego, SportHaley, Bette & Court, and Fairway Outfitters here. They are also the authorized custom club fitters for PING and Tour Edge.

You can also find hundreds of gifts and knick knacks here. How about cookie jars that look like stacks of golf balls, wall plaques with clever sayings, or lamps trimmed with nostalgic miniature balls and clubs.

No RV – No Problem

ViewPoint has stylish park models ready for you to move right in. Sleep on a comfortable queen size bed in your new bedroom with dresser and a flat screen TV. There’s a three piece ensuite bath with a sit in shower and a washer and dryer.

The galley kitchen has all the comforts of home including a full-sized fridge, stove, microwave, dishwasher, coffee maker, toaster and dinnerware for four. The dining table seats four comfortably. Relax on the love seat or full size sleeper sofa. There a TV and a DVD player for those times you just want to stay indoors. Outside is a covered patio with a gas grill so you can barbeque and eat outside if you wish.

All rentals come with linen, towels, toiletries, paper products, basic cable, Wi-Fi and an outside faucet. While this is a pet friendly park, pets are not allowed in the rentals.

Explore Mesa, AZ

You won’t have to go far to stock your kitchen, with several shopping centers nearby. When you don’t feel like cooking, there are dozens of restaurants within a 10-minute drive and even more within a 20-minute drive.

For some major shopping, head over to Superstition Springs Center where you’ll find everything from shoes to couches, bubble bath to potting soil, and so much more at this two level shopping center.

Treat yourself to a night out at the Mesa Arts Center. They have classical music, ballet, jazz, special speakers, live theatre, comedy and more!

Take a public-art walking tour through downtown Mesa. You can get a map online that will show you about 40 pieces including Humpty Dumpty on a wall and a Flowering Stiletto, a giant heel paired with an orange flower. Nearby is the Wind Cave Trail at Usery Mountain Regional Park. A great way to explore the area on easy walking trails.

Take a Day Trip

Tempe, is a short 30-minute drive from the resort. Once there, stroll the brick lined sidewalks to shopping, restaurants, and attractions. Visit Sea Life Arizona, and get a close-up view of clownfish, turtles, sharks, rays, seahorses and many other sea creatures. At the Tempe Marketplace, you’ll find over 1.3 million square feet of shopping heaven with water features, light and laser elements and fireplaces.

Phoenix is just a few minutes west of Tempe, home to high-end spas, more golf courses, and the Desert Botanical Garden. There’s also the Phoenix Zoo and interactive museums. Walk the canals or rent a grid bike and tour Phoenix’s arts and culture scene

Since you’re in Arizona you might as well take a day trip to the Grand Canyon. It’s about 3.5 hours from ViewPoint RV. Get a copy of their self-guided tour and explore away! You can also head south for 3.5 hours to the Mexican border.

There’s so much to explore from your home away from home at ViewPoint RV and Golf Resort.

Beach and Ocean Fun in Fort De Soto Park, Florida

When you are looking for a bit of get-away-from-it-all, Fort De Soto Park is the place to go. Water lovers, history buffs, animal lovers, hikers, bird watchers, and others, will find more than enough here to enjoy. Come for a day, or visit every week, the Fort De Soto Park is waiting for you to discover all its wonders.

Beaches and a Bombing Range

Once you arrive at Fort De Soto Park you’ll notice there’s not much here, except miles and miles of beaches, a concession stand, a pier and an historical fort. Take a peaceful stroll along the beach collecting shells. Look out into the water at sunrise or sunset, and you’ll probably spot dolphins playing in the surf. You can bring your four-legged friend with you as there is a dog park here and dog beaches. You don’t have to walk far to find some solitude. The park is quite large. There’s 1,136 acres containing five interconnected keys. It is estimated there are over seven miles of waterfront here, with three miles being nothing but white sandy beaches.

Pack a picnic lunch and relax in one of their picnic pavilions. Should you prefer, hike and bike the surrounding area. There are seven miles of paved trail connecting North Beach, East Beach, the boat ramp and the camping area. Or just spend the day lazing about on the beach. This is also a great place to take out your kayak and explore along the shore. There is natural beauty for as far as the eye can see.

This park is also chock full of history. Once inhabited solely by the Tocobaga Indians, that changed in the 1500s when Spanish explorers landed on their shores. In 1940, it became a bombing range, but Fort De Soto was never the site of any major battle and their weapons were never fired in combat. You can take a walking tour of the fort and imagine what it must have been like all those years ago.

Park Flora and Fauna

The keys of Fort De Soto Park are home to palm hammocks, mangroves, hardwoods and a variety of native plants. This amazing ecosystem is home to more than 328 species of birds. These have been documented by ornithologist over the past 60 years, and they are still adding more.

Like turtles? Look closely and you may find a loggerhead sea turtle taking refuge here. They nest between April and September.

Fishing is great in this area and there is a boat launch here with plenty of docks, should you happen to bring your boat. If not, there are dozens of boat rental facilities, and tour operators who would love to take you out for a day of saltwater fishing. Fish from your kayak, from shore, or off the pier if you prefer. There are two fishing piers here, each with a food and bait concession.

There are many places to stay in the area, our favorites are the Terra Ceia Village RV Resort and the Winter Quarters Manatee RV Resort. Both are between 35 and 45 minutes from Fort De Soto Park.

Terra Ceia Village RV Resort

Located south of Tampa, in Palmetto, FL, when you stay here you’ll also be close to some great attractions within about a 50 to 90-minute drive.

Walt Disney World, Epcot Center, and Sea World are great for day trips and are about 1.5 hours from the resort. In Tampa, 50 minutes away, there’s also the Seminole Hard Rock Casino, the Adventure Island water park and Busch Gardens.

You won’t be disappointed by the variety of restaurants and shopping nearby. At last count, there were about 160 restaurants in the Palmetto area. Choose from seafood, pizza, steakhouse, Italian, Greek, Thai, Mexican, or Chinese. As for shopping, there’s everything from outlet malls, to antique shops, to clothing and jewelry stores.

When you just want to stay close to home, there are still plenty of things to do at the Terra Ceia Village RV Resort. Try your hand at arts and crafts or take an exercise class. There’s bingo, cards, sightseeing tours, as well as weekly potlucks.

Winter Quarters Manatee RV Resort

Twenty minutes SE of Terra Ceia is Winter Quarters Manatee RV Resort in Bradenton, FL. It’s a great location to get you to other Florida must-see places like Anna Maria Island. Its main avenue is lined with places to eat, galleries and shops. You’re also a short drive away from Siesta Key and their glorious beaches. Sink your toes in as you walk over eight miles of the finest, whitest sand on the Gulf of Mexico.

The city of Bradenton has a perfect mix of museums, parks, a vibrant downtown, and a working artists’ community. Check out the South Florida Museum which contains the Parker Manatee Aquarium and the Bishop Planetarium. When you meet the manatees, you may understand why sailors once mistook them for mermaids. There’s also the Manatee Village Historical Park where you can step back in time to days before paved roads and electricity.

Have a need for speed? Then spend some time at the DeSoto Super Speedway. The front gates open at 4:30 and the racing starts at 7 p.m.

Meanwhile, back at the RV park, there’s dozens of things for you to do. Sign up for the Men’s or Women’s Golf League and enjoy some of Florida’s finest golf courses. Put on your dancing shoes and head over to the dancehall. Choose from ballroom, line, country western, swing, and square dancing. They’ll even teach you if you don’t know how. Try your hand at woodcarving or one of their arts and crafts. One thing’s for certain, you won’t be bored here.

When you’re thinking of spending your winter near white sandy beaches, tons of history and among fun and friendly people, these are the places to stay.

Meet Heather Mayercak From Barrington Hills RV Resort in Hudson, Fl

Bio

  • Last name: Mayercak
  • First name: Heather
  • In position since: March 2015
  • Title: Resort Manager
  • Work Location: Barrington Hills
  • Favorite hobbies or sport(s): Spending time with my friends and family

What’s the most rewarding aspect of being a Park Manager?

To see the faces of the lives you touch every day.  It is also rewarding to build relationships and friendships with all the residents and guests at Barrington Hills.

How do you help make guests vacations at Barrington Hills special?

We always make sure they feel welcomed and that we are excited they are there to stay with us.  We also do our best to meet all their needs during their stay.

Can you share something you’ve learned from your guests?  I have learned so much from my guests.  Their life stories, their past travels, stuff about their family – it is so important to just sit and listen and you can learn so much about someone.

What’s special about Barrington Hills?

At Barrington Hills we are more like a family.  We always have a great time and enjoy all the events together.

Can you use 3 words to describe your RV park to someone who is considering visiting your property?

The three words to describe Barrington Hills is family, friendly and fun.

What area attractions or entertainment do you recommend guests experience while at Barrington Hills?

We are less than an hour from Clearwater’s famous beaches and only 30 miles from the springs in Weeki Wachi.  We are also part of Florida’s Nature Coast!

What accomplishment at Barrington Hills are you most proud of? Why? 

Over the past 2 years we have made a lot of improvements to the property and we are continuing to do so. This includes adding the first floor curling court among out Florida RV resorts. We have also built a lot of positive relationships by being part of their lives by going to their events and parties.

What does a typical day at Barrington Hills look like?

A typical day at Barrington Hills always starts off with a smile and positive attitude to make sure we are ready for the day ahead of us.

Can you share your favorite memory at Barrington Hills?

My favorite memory at Barrington Hills was during Easter 2016.  My residents all asked if I would be joining them for Easter Dinner. When I walked in with my husband and kids, seeing the excitement on their faces was priceless! They loved that we joined them before they journeyed back home.

Can you recall a time when the guests at your property surprised you?

The guests at Barrington Hills are always sending thank you cards, buying flowers or candy for the office. It’s a surprise each time!

Can you tell us about some of the friendships that have developed between guests at Barrington Hills?

When you walk in to an event knowing that someone may have lost their spouse or child, seeing the love and care between the residents is something that I will never forget.

Why do you think your veteran guests keep coming back to Barrington Hills?

There are many reasons why guests return to Barrington Hills.  One is the friendships that have built over the years – most of my guests have been returning for 10-15 years.  We always do our best to make sure everyone is welcomed and feels like they are part of our Barrington Hills family.

Do you have any last words or thoughts for your guests?

Our goal at Barrington Hills is to provide our guest with the best experience, whether they are there for one night or six months.  We want everyone to feel welcomed and like they are part of our community and that their stay with us is not like any other resort.

Top 10 RV Gifts Under $50

The holiday season is fast approaching, but for some of us it’s a time of stress, not joy, especially when it comes to buying a gift for the person who has it all. Well, whether it’s a spouse, a parent, or yourself, if you know an avid RVer then this is the ultimate Christmas gift list for you! And the best part? All these gift ideas are under $50.00!

Fun Gifts

Remote Controlled Cooler ($44.95)

The remote controlled beverage cooler is both an entertaining and practical gift for the RVer in your life. Running on two AAA batteries, it rolls around delivering cold beverages. The host has the remote control and can decide where the cooler rolls (watch out and make sure they share)!  

Rainbow Flame Sticks ($5.99)

Rutland rainbow flame sticks can be tossed into any campfire to make the flames turn beautiful colors for up to forty minutes. Children and adults will both love the ambiance created by these colorful flames.  The packaging burns to ash and you don’t have to worry about these sticks harming your fire pit or chimney.

 

Scattegories ($22.95)

Scattegories is just one of many popular games that can be played with several people. Games and puzzles are great gift ideas for an RVer, especially when rainy days hit and they’re stuck inside their RV for hours at a time. Scattegories offers entertainment and some brain exercise!

Removable State Stickers ($47.01)

Keep track of all the states you’ve visited during your RV adventures with this pack of state stickers. The best part is that they’re removable so you can bring them with you if you upgrade your RV!

Practical Gifts

RV Step Rug ($28.00)

For anyone with RV steps, this step rug is a must-have. Available in a variety of colors, this rug will help keep your RV clean by minimizing the dirt and mud that’s tracked in. Plus, it’ll also add safety by increasing traction on your steps, especially on rainy days.

Portable Grilling Set ($27.60)

The Cuisinart portable grilling set is a must-have for any RVer. The travel case contains a chef’s spatula, grill tongs, silicone basting brush, cleaning brush, extra brush head and four pairs of corn holders – everything you need when you’re barbequing on your RV trip. The aluminum case keeps everything contained in one spot and makes it perfect for traveling.

Solar Power USB Charger ($25.82)

Sometimes in an RV, there are long periods of time during travel where passengers do not have access to electricity. The solar power USB charger is a great gift for an RV’er. With this nifty device, you can charge your phone anywhere and never run the risk of having a dead phone if you need to make an emergency phone call or access the Internet or an app to find directions.

Scrubba Laundry Bag ($46.09)

The Scrubba portable laundry system is a wash bag that is easily transferable for those times when you don’t have access to a washer and dryer. Fill the bag with water, soap and your clothes and roll it around. The built-in nodules give your clothes a deep scrub and ensure they come out sufficiently clean. The Scrubba can be folded up and stored easily in the RV.

Awning LED Light Strip ($29.88)

LED Lights are a simple way to add light and increase safety around your RV at night. This LED Light Strip is easy to install and comes in a variety of lengths to ensure the perfect fit. It’s extremely bright and includes a standard 12V power cord and 44 key IR remote.

Camco Grey Plastic Stepstool ($8.94)

This little step stool is a perfect size because it helps give you the lift you need to reach things that are high up and is small enough to store easily.

Do you have a great gift idea for RVers? Let us know! And be sure to check out the Camper’s Inn RV online store for even more ideas!