Meet Alison from Clerbrook Golf & RV Resort in Clermont, FL

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  • Name: Alison Schulz
  • In position since: February 2016
  • Title: Resort Manager
  • Work Location: Clerbrook Golf and RV Resort in Clermont, FL
  •  Favorite hobbies or sport(s):  Walking my dogs and horseback riding

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

Meeting new people and making sure they have the best experience while they are in our park.

How do you help make guests vacations at Clerbrook special?

From the time they check in I believe first impressions are very important and ensure that the staff is prepared and ready to give the best customer experience possible to our guests. This includes accommodating them with their needs or to be ready to give suggestions in regards to entertainment and things to see in the area.

What’s special about Clerbrook?

We are a hidden gem in the middle of Florida with an 18-hole golf course and many other amenities, including a fitness center, shuffleboard court, and even great fishing and hiking sites.

 

 

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

Accommodating, Friendly & Fun!

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

Lakeridge Winery is an amazing, local vineyard where guests go to tour the vineyards and enjoy the tasting room. During the season they even have festivals!  If a guest enjoys live music, I always send them to the Orange Blossom Opry to enjoy their variety of concerts and jam nights. And of course Walt Disney World is only a short drive away.

What accomplishment at Clerbrook are you most proud of? Why?

I’m most proud of bringing the property back to life by helping our park to be more involved in with the local community. We help with hospice fundraisers and regularly contribute to the local food bank.

What does a typical day at Clerbrook look like?

I love arriving at the property very early every day and the first thing on my agenda is to drive around the community and make contact with all my smiling residents and guest. Afterwards, as my staff comes in, I meet with them and disseminate our goals for the day and work matters that need attending to.  

What’s your favorite funny story to tell from Clerbrook?

When guest come in and ask me where I am from (usually due to my English accent), I tell them “North Carolina!” They usually give me a weird look and then I tell them “England”, we always laugh and it is a fun way to break the ice.

Can you share your favorite memory at Clerbrook?

This past season when all my veteran guests returned at the beginning of November, they all had big smiles on their faces! They were like children, excited to be back in the park.

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

Yes, Miss Glenda (a long-term guest) brought in flowers for me and my team. It was very sweet of her.

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

I have seen many friendships form this past season. Canadians inviting new residents to their dinners; Canadian-American bands always put people together and create friendships that last past their time at the resort.

RV communities look out for each other. Can you share an example of how Clerbrook exemplifies the idea of community?

When someone is ill, the guests all come together and help. We also have people who help out for our homebound residents. If a RV is broken, there are always people in the park to help those who need it.

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

Some of our residents have been coming here for over 20 years and they do consider this a second home. They feel there is a sense of community and family within the park.

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

My door is always open so why don’t you just stop by have chat and stay awhile.

 

Tips to Ensure You’re Ready: Emergency Preparedness for RVers

You’ve planned your route, packed your bags and are looking forward to taking a trip in your RV to relax, take a break, see some beautiful places and create lasting memories with your family and friends. However, sometimes no matter how well you plan, you can be faced with unexpected circumstances. From unexpected health concerns to Mother Nature (who has a mind of her own), it is important to ensure you’re prepared in case of an emergency while you are out on your RVing excursions.

Let Someone Know

Before you leave, make sure someone at home knows where you will be. Give them a copy of the itinerary for your trip and ensure they have up-to-date contact information for you and those you are vacationing with. Be specific with the information you leave behind: provide names of the RV park you are staying in and contact information for their main offices and any friends you are planning to meet up with.

Pack an Emergency Kit

Always make sure you’ve packed an emergency preparedness kit. Go over it each time you set out on a new adventure to make sure it is up to date and fully stocked. Things to include in your emergency kit are:

  • A flashlight and extra batteries
  • Roadside flares
  • Traction Aid
  • Fully equipped toolkit
  • High visibility vest
  • Booster cables
  • High-quality first aid kit
  • Portable air compressor
  • Tire repair kit
  • Emergency blanket
  • Extra windshield washing fluid
  • Hand crank emergency radio and/or device charger
  • Engine oil
  • Tow strap with hooks
  • Spare windshield wipers
  • Winterized sleeping bag
  • Whistle
  • Insulated rain poncho
  • Gloves
  • Waterproof matches
  • Ready-to-eat snacks and meals
  • Water
  • Plastic Tarp
  • Paper maps
  • Toque
  • Candles
  • Bottled water and non-perishable snacks

Customize Your Kit

Remember to consider how many people you will be traveling with to ensure you have included enough emergency materials. Also, before packing your emergency kit do some research about where you are traveling to see if there are specific risk factors to that area (like forest fires, flooding, or tornados) so you can customize the kit accordingly.

Finally, always ensure that your RV is well maintained and full of gas. It is a good idea to thoroughly inspect the vehicle every time you stop and make sure you always have more gas than you need to get to the next checkpoint.

Ask for Local Information

When you arrive and register at the RV park, ask the attendant about the emergency plan for the park.  The park attendant should be able to provide you with local emergency numbers and the location of the nearest hospital or walk-in clinic. Knowing this information ahead of time will save you valuable time if you are faced with an emergency situation.

Of course, no one ever expects to be faced with a natural disaster or a medical emergency when you are enjoying a vacation in your RV, and this is why you can never be too prepared. Put your mind at ease and enjoy your trip to the fullest by being proactive and making sure you are prepared for the worst.

 

Park of the Month: Tropical Palms RV Resort

A Quiet Hideaway

Come and experience an oasis tucked within the vibrant and energetic area of central Florida at Tropical Palms RV Resort in Kissimmee, FL. The relaxing atmosphere, delightful amenities, and friendly community makes it a favorite place for guests.

“Our guests love how relaxing it is at Tropical Palms,” said park manager, Karla Hettinger. “We have 69 acres tucked away from the hustle and bustle surrounding the park. After a day of exploring you can enjoy time with other colorful guests by playing mini-golf, bocce ball, horseshoes, or just kick back and relax. We have 122 cottages for rent so you don’t need an RV to stay here. If you do bring your own RV, your friends and family can come visit and stay in the cottages.”

Tropical Palms has undergone some major upgrades and overhauls for 2018. “We have renovated many of our rental cottages with new floors, walls, furniture, deck furniture, beds, the works,” said Hettinger. “And, most of our cottages have new efficient AC units.”

 

The landscaping has been recently refreshed as well as the bocce ball court, horseshoe area, and mini-golf sections.

The bathrooms have all received a facelift as well. “Each of our five bathrooms has shower stalls on one side and toilets on the other with a great vanity space in between for getting ready. We’ve updated them with new granite counter tops, and new tile floors and walls,” said Hettinger. “They are just beautiful.”

Other improvements include electric meters so you only get charged for what you use and upgraded WiFi and cable.

Places to Go… Things to Do

“One of the great things about being where we are, is that we have two amusement parks right next door, and they don’t charge admission,” said Hettinger. “Old Town is one of Florida’s oldest amusement parks. Next to that is Fun Spot, which is a great place to take your guests, without having to drive to the larger theme parks.”

Old Town is a unique blend of shops, dining, attractions, rides, and weekly events. Stroll the streets and take in the historic architecture and browse unique stores. There are 18 acres here to explore as you walk down tree-lined brick streets and enjoy their family-friendly attractions. Old Town is home to the longest-running weekly car show and cruise.

Right next to Old Town is the Fun Spot theme park. You and your guests can ride the world’s tallest Sky Coaster or one of the other dozens of rides. There is a great arcade and a classic midway with games and fun prizes.

When you’re ready to extend your adventure a bit further, there are dozens of theme parks nearby.

At Walt Disney World® check out Living With the Land, a leisurely boat ride through a greenhouse that gives visitors the opportunity to see various plants that might eventually become part of their meal! Over at Epcot, there’s the Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival (until the end of May), the Epcot International Festival of the Holidays, and the Epcot International Food and Wine Festival (Aug. 30 to Nov. 12, 2018).

Over at Universal StudiosTM, you can experience Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville®. Enjoy the leisurely pace, laid-back lyrics, and island-themed eats, including grilled fish tacos and key lime pie. There’s also the opportunity to party with a rock star! Velvet Sessions at The Hard Rock Hotel offers guests two different levels of interaction with legendary performers, with each level offered either monthly or a few times a year.

Visit the Kennedy Space Center where you can get the Astronaut Training Experience. At Busch Gardens, you’ll find more than 300 species of animals, ranging from the slow-moving sloth to the lightning fast cheetah, the world’s fastest land animal. Come and see why this park was recently recognized as one of the best theme parks in the world.

Meanwhile… Back at the Park

Once you’ve had your fill of what lies outside Tropical Palms, you can return and relax at your RV or cottage, or take part in one of the many programs. There are wine and paint nights and dances with live music. There are lots of parties too; appreciation parties, block parties, bean bag pizza parties, casino nights, ice cream socials, and yard sales!

And if that’s all too much, then kick back, relax, and enjoy the peace and quiet of Tropical Palms RV Resort.

The End of Your Road Trip: From California Back North

If you’re like most North Americans, you want to soak in the beautiful sunshine in California at least once in your life. While getting back north for the summer can be a long drive, there are lots of fun stops you can make along the way. Here are a few places to stop if you’re traveling up the West Coast this spring.

Los Angeles

You’ll want to hit Los Angeles as you leave California, but at the end of a trip, you’re probably tired of the crowds. Head a little north to the Santa Clarita Valley to take in exciting attractions without the hustle and bustle of LA.

For a unique experience, stop in at Animal Tracks Inc, a sanctuary for animals that can’t be returned to the wild. Make reservations to visit with clever capuchin monkeys, squirrel monkeys, and baboons. Other animal favorites include the regal fennec fox, several wolf-hybrids, an elegant serval cat, and a young kangaroo. You’ll be up-close in the animal enclosures so wear clothes that you can get dirty. And, if you want the animals to bond with you quickly, bring an approved treat, like grapes, yams, avocados, or cucumbers.

RV campgrounds in the Los Angeles area include Soledad Canyon RV Resort and Wilderness Lakes RV Resort.

Sacramento

You won’t make it out of California in a day from the Santa Clarita Valley. So, you’ll need to stop over somewhere, and Sacramento is a great spot. It hosts the California Automobile Museum, a real treat for car enthusiasts. There are over 150 vehicles on display that represent California’s history from 1885 to 2011. If you happen to be there on a Sunday you can even drive in downtown Sacramento—in a classic car!

For lunch, try something just as classic at The Shack. Their menu is simple and not too expensive, with thick burgers and refreshing beer, matching the low-key, relaxing atmosphere. It’s just the stop you need to help soak in the last few days of your trip.

RV campgrounds in the Sacramento area include Ponderosa RV Campground and Lake Minden RV Campground.

Portland

Maybe you want to pass through Portland, OR on your way to California. There are affordable attractions here, including the Crystal Springs Rhododendron Garden. It’s free on Mondays, or five dollars the rest of the week. Enjoy the lush greenery, and spot some fantastic wildlife (like Mandarin ducks). If flowers interest you, Portland also has the largest rose test garden in the country, in Washington Park. It’s free!

RV campgrounds in the Portland area include Portland Fairview RV Park and Mt. Hood Village RV Resort.

Instead of feeling like your vacation is over make most of the last days of your trip home! Visit rvonthego.com to book your stay today.