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.

 

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.

Sarasota Florida: An Ideal Destination for Snowbirds

The winter can be cold, long, and harsh. This reality drives many Northern Snowbirds to take flight (or drive in their RV) to somewhere sunnier and warmer for a much-needed Vitamin D fix.

Florida has long been a popular destination for Snowbirds looking to escape the winter as it is warm, beautiful and has lots to do without being too far away. Miami, Orlando, Tampa and Key West are some of the favorite Florida spots. However, Sarasota is gaining in popularity because of all it offers to snow-weary, Northern travelers.

What To Do in Sarasota

Sarasota is located on Florida’s beautiful Gulf Coast. This popular destination has something to offer everyone with its balanced blend of rich history and modern attractions.

The Ringling is a highly renowned art museum located in Sarasota. The home of John Ringling, this museum pays tribute to the Ringling Brothers with its Art Museum, Circus Museum, Ca’d’Zan and Bayfront Gardens. Here, visitors take a step back into fame and fortune during the early 1900s. In addition to their fame for founding the circus, John and Mable Ringling acquired an impressive art collection. This museum is a must-see for any art fanatics or history buffs!

The Marie Selby Botanical Gardens provide an escape from bustling urban life. Here, you’ll escape into a beautiful, lush, natural oasis. This gem is located on the shores of Sarasota Bay and provides the perfect opportunity to relax and reflect while taking in breathtaking botanical scenery.  

The Myakka River State Park, Historic Spanish Point, Sarasota National Cemetery, Mote Marine Laboratory and Aquarium, and Big Cat Habitat and Gulf Coast Sanctuary are some other popular attractions in Sarasota.

If you start to get tired from all the fun and exciting activities and attractions in Sarasota, you can unwind on Siesta Key Beach. This beach is recognized for its extremely white sands that stay cool even in the hot sun.

Where To Stay in Sarasota

As one of the top-rated resorts in the USA, Royal Coachman RV Resort will not disappoint. With some of the best amenities on site and its close distance to great beaches and local attractions, visitors tend to extend their stay here.

Hoping for convenience and excitement? Look no further than Winter Quarters Manatee RV Resort. This location is close to Sarasota’s beautiful beaches and exciting local attractions and culture.

Minutes from Sarasota, Ramblers Rest RV Resort is located along the Myakka River in Venice, Florida. This all-ages resort is perfect for vacationers who are looking for a quiet and relaxing place to stay while remaining close enough to Sarasota’s top attractions.

Terra Ceia Village RV Resort is located on Florida’s west coast between Tampa and Sarasota. If you are looking for convenient access to a wide variety of tourist hot spots including Walt Disney World, Epcot Centre, Seaworld and Busch Gardens, then Terra Ceia is the ideal location for you.

Whether you stay in Sarasota or close by, the area offers great attractions, dining, entertainment and nightlife as well as unique activities such as catamaran tours. There truly is something for everyone here.

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

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  • 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 8 RV Resorts for Sports & Recreation

For sports and recreation lovers, RVing is about living an active lifestyle, which is why so many of our RV resorts have focused on developing strong sports and recreation facilities.

Fitness centers, pickle ball, cycling, biking, exercise classes, swimming pools, water aerobics, baseball, lawn bowling, bocce ball and golf are just a few examples of the activities and facilities that can be found at several of our RV resorts.

Check out a few of our recommendations for the best sports and recreation RV resorts across the United States.

Voyager RV Resort and Hotel – Tucson, Arizona

Voyager is the top-rated RV resort in Arizona. It offers a feeling of community and friendship as well as an endless list of neat activities to participate in. Opportunities abound for horseshoes, pickleball, swimming, volleyball, tennis and hiking and these are just a few of the sports that can be found at Voyager resort. The Voyager even offers boxcar racing! If you can think it, it’s probably offered here.

ViewPoint RV and Golf Resort – Mesa, Arizona

The ViewPoint is the perfect RV resort for golf lovers. It has beautiful views and an engaging community dedicated to active seniors. Right on the resort there is an 18-hole championship golf course and a 9-hole executive course where many guests enjoy spending the morning hours playing a round of golf with fellow campers.

If you love sports, but not golf, then check out their fitness centre and basketball, volleyball, tennis, pickleball and shuffleboard courts. You’ll stay busy here, and you can also count on avoiding crowded pools during your swim – this resort has four swimming pools on site!

If you love nature, then you’ll love ViewPoint’s great trails for biking and hiking. Many of the walking trails wind through nearby parks (and a dry riverbed) and offer unique opportunities to view nature at its finest.

Paradise RV Resort – Sun City, Arizona

If you are looking for something unique, Paradise RV Resort is one of a few that offers lawn bowling. In fact, it even hosts and sponsors large international leagues from places such as Japan, Germany and Switzerland! Paradise RV resort takes the love for sports and recreation very seriously. In addition to lawn bowling, it offers other unique amenities such as seven spring training baseball and hockey facilities.

It’s no wonder this resort won the distinct honor of being the 2017 Mega Park of the Year. Here, RVers can enjoy hiking, tennis, swimming, volleyball and shuffleboard while in Paradise!  

Araby Acres RV Resort – Yuma, Arizona

With a full calendar of activities each month, sports lovers will never run out of things to do at Araby Acres. But what makes this resort unique is its floor curling court. With so many northern guests, the staff at Araby wanted to give their curling-loving Canadian visitors a piece of home away from home! Without the ice rink, converting one of the resort’s shuffleboard courts made this dream a reality. With rocks made especially for this awesome floor curling court, guests here can curl while enjoying Yuma’s beautiful, warm weather.

Victoria Palms RV Resort – Donna, Texas

Victoria Palms, located in the tropical Rio Grande Valley in Southern Texas, offers a restaurant, pool, outdoor spa and fitness centre. Additionally, the resort offers amenities for sports and recreation lovers such as shuffleboard, a tennis court, bocce ball, bike trails, horseshoes and pickleball. Those who like to keep busy will thoroughly enjoy their stay at Victoria Palms as there is always something active to do. With an average yearly temperature of 73° Fahrenheit, outdoor activities are on the top of everyone’s to do list here!

Fun-N-Sun RV Resort – San Benito, Texas

Fun-N-Sun RV resort offers exactly what its name suggests – fun in the sun! Keep yourself busy working out, swimming or playing games of volleyball, basketball, billiards, bocce ball, pickleball or horseshoes. This resort even has a large R/C car track for enthusiasts from all over! When you need a break from all the sports and recreation, enjoy citrus fruits from the Rio Grande Valley, sit and relax on a sandy beach, or bird watch in the warm, clear climate.

Goose Creek RV & Camping Resort – Newport, North Carolina

Goose Creek is slightly off the beaten path making it a unique gem among RV resorts. It is located on Bogue Sound along the Intracoastal Waterway and is only a few minutes away from the ocean by land or water! The resort offers several undisturbed beach vacation spots that are hard to come by anymore. As well, because of its location, Goose Creek borders waters that offer some of the best saltwater fishing.

Tropical Palms RV Resort – Kissimmee, Florida

Interested in making sure you catch some sun? Tropical Palms is a fantastic spot for swimming and biking. This pet-friendly resort offers bocce ball, volleyball, fishing, and a top-notch fitness centre; everything active guests need to make the most of the RV lifestyle.

Want to make the most of your vacation? Visit some of these fantastic RV resorts. With so many activities to pass the time, you’ll wish you could stay longer. So, what are you waiting for? Book your stay today! Interested in what other activities our resorts have to offer? Visit RVontheGo.com for more info.

Toby’s RV Resort in Arcadia, Florida is More Home Than Not

When you find a place that feels as comfortable and enjoyable as being at home, chances are you’re going to want to stay there, especially if the weather is great! Toby’s RV Resort in Arcadia, Florida is extremely popular, in part due to its great value among Florida RV resorts and its location off the beaten path.

Meet Bill

They say if you want to know something about a place, you ask a local. While most RV resorts have a fairly transient population, Toby’s RV Resort in Arcadia, FL, has residents who park their RVs here year-round and stay for more than a season. Bill Payne and his wife Ruth are two of those residents. They like living here so much here, they came down early!

“I heard about Toby’s from some friends that were down here,” explained Bill. “They loved it here so we came down to see what it was like. That was in January 2010 and we’ve been coming here ever since. We usually come down here for six or seven months. This year it will probably be eight or nine months.”

Bill is one of the 800 or so people who come to stay at Toby’s RV every year. There are a handful that live there year-round. “We get a lot of people here from Michigan, Ohio, New York, New Hampshire, New Jersey, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Connecticut and quite a few come down from all over Canada. We even have people come down here from Alaska,” he said.

Keeping Busy in the Resort

Bill knows how to keep himself and others busy. In fact, he arranges some of the activities. He sits on the activity board and is in charge of the Ice Cream Social, hall rentals, and helps with bringing in entertainment.

“There’s so much to do here!” he exclaimed. “We have something pretty much every day and night. We have the Unknown DJ, a park resident from Canada, who DJs 50s to 90s music, and there’s live music a few times a month. We have Christmas parties and New Years’ Eve parties, Valentine’s parties…”

Suffice it to say there are over 80 activities a month. Yes, that’s right, a month, that you can take part in. From pickleball to Pétanque, you’re bound to find a thing or two to keep you busy here.

“Our Ice Cream Socials are every Sunday,” said Bill as he looked for his activities list. “We have regular Bingo on Monday and Friday nights and Card Bingo, that you play with a deck of cards, on Wednesday nights.”

Bill finds his list and then the information really started flowing. “Our most popular activities are shuffleboard, bocce ball, and horseshoes. We have a live music jam every Tuesday night and every other Thursday there’s a pot luck supper. There are dances twice a month on Saturday and shows twice a month too. About 100 – 200 people will show up to each of these events. The hall here holds 300 people.”

With all these activities, you might think it would be expensive, but the activity committee has that all figured out. “We sell activity cards for $12.50 for six months from November to end of March. That will get you into the dances and the shows for free. If you don’t have a card – it’s $10 each to get into the dance or a show. Coming up in March we even have Dion Pride, Charlie Pride’s son, coming to perform for us.”

There’s more on Bill’s list. About once a month they have someone come in to cook up a lunch. The last few years they’ve had someone come in and smoke up ribs for their rib dinner. There’s coffee and donuts every Friday morning where the coffee is free and donuts are 50 cents.

Keep on Learning

There are classes here as well. And not just one or two, there are a dozen or so, with more being thought up every year. “You can take just about any kind of class here,” Bill said with a touch of pride in his voice. You can really tell he loves it here. “We have painting classes and if you want something different there are stained glass classes. There’s quilting and needlework and crocheting too, and beading classes every Friday morning.”

He pauses for a moment. “Oh, there’s line dancing classes too, that’s always fun. Then we have a younger gal from Canada who comes here and teaches Yoga and other movement exercises. You can even take tennis lesson here.”

Should you want to learn something else, they have someone at the resort who teaches computer classes, and woodcarving and basket weaving. “There’s something going on here every day,” said Bill. “We’re pretty busy here. We just keep goin’.”

Kick Back and Relax

For those who just want to sit back and relax a bit, there’s time and places for that too. There’s a park with a large pond on the property. “The pond has alligators in it,” Bill said matter of factly. “You don’t have to worry about them. You can just sit on the deck by the pond and watch them. They never come into the resort, and if the odd one does, we get rid of it quickly. You can fish here too. It’s all catch and release. If you want to go further out, Lake Okeechobee is only an hour east of here. You can go fishing and boating there.”

Many residents just like to relax in the pool or have a soak in the hot tub. There’s an exercise room, a weight room and pool tables and even a well-stocked library on site.

Happy Trails

The land around Toby’s is fairly flat, making it easy to bike around the RV resort and into the town of Arcadia. “The only hills around here are man-made,” said Bill. “It’s fairly flat countryside so you can go quite a ways.”

It’s about a 20-minute bike ride, or a 10-minute car ride to Morgan Park which has some nice easy hiking trails. There’s large open grassy areas for games and picnics. The park is located on the banks of the Peace River, which is reportedly a great spot for swimming and fishing. You may even see the odd armadillo, deer or squirrel as you walk the trails.

“There’s a bike and hike trail near Toby’s too and you can go up as far as the Winn Dixie and the hardware store,” said Bill. “You can even ride your golf cart up there!”

From Village to Cities

The cozy town of Arcadia, FL is just a few minutes away from Toby’s RV Resort. It has all the major amenities you’ll need including a Walmart Superstore, “There are some small restaurants as well as fast food joints,” explained Bill. “There’s a couple good Italian and Mexican restaurants too. And the town even has a walk-in clinic and a Goodwill store.”

One of the bigger draws to Arcadia are the antique shops. “There are over a dozen shops here,” said Bill. “Then every third Saturday of the month they have an antique show and people come from all over.”

As this is the middle of cow country, it’s a given that there’s an agriculture centre. The Turner Agri-Civic Center, has horse pulls, dog shows, beef sales and car shows, all within minutes of the RV resort. “They have a rodeo here in Arcadia too,” said Bill proudly. “They’re building a brand new rodeo station here. It will be the biggest rodeo east of the Mississippi and will have riders from all over the world come here just for the rodeo in February.”

For those who miss what the city has to offer, you can find all the theatres, live music, shopping and fine dining you need in the surrounding areas. “Port Charlotte is just 35 minutes south of the resort, with Fort Myers about an hour and a bit south,” said Bill. “Then there’s Sarasota, about an hour away to the west. Fort Myers and Fort Charlotte have some great theatres. Pretty much everywhere you want to go is about an hour, hour and a half from here.”

Do as You Please

With so much to see and do you may feel obligated to get out there and see and do as much as possible. Remember, this is your get-away, your time. Do as you please, knowing that at any time, on any day, there’s always something else to do at Toby’s RV Resort.

Have you visited toby’s RV Resort before? Let us know about your experience!

Life’s a Beach at Vero Beach, Florida on the Treasure Coast

Imagine beginning your day with a walk along a beautiful sun-kissed beach. Or grabbing a coffee while heading out to witness the nesting site of majestic loggerhead sea turtles. Or even donning your explorer’s hat to search for centuries old shipwreck treasure. You can do all of this at beautiful Vero Beach, Florida on the Treasure Coast!

Hang Your Hat

Find a place to hang your hat and your fishing rod before you head out to explore what Vero Beach on the Treasure Coast has to offer. Sunshine Travel RV Resort has some great amenities such as a billiards/game room, horseshoes, swimming pool, and fitness centre. Meet fellow travellers – who knows, you might make new lifelong friends! There are several fresh and saltwater game fishing opportunities within a short distance from your home base. Maybe you’ll catch a big one!

There are a multitude of beaches within exploring distance of the RV resort. Be sure to make time to visit Santa Lucea Beach on Hutchinson Island. This beach offers jungle like paths to meander down. You’ll discover wildflowers and butterflies, both leading towards the almost technicolor blue-green waters.

Golden Sands beach is the place to go and observe the incredible loggerhead sea turtle and the green turtle. The turtles that come here to reproduce, represent over a quarter of all the loggerhead and green sea turtle nests in the US. You can find this beach at the starting point of the Archie Carr National Wildlife Refuge. Come and enjoy a peaceful day at this protected nesting habitat for these turtle species.

Be sure to include Seagrape Trail Beach on your must-visit beach list. This serene, secluded beach is known for having silver coins from the 1715 sunken Spanish Fleet scattered throughout the warm sand. Maybe you’ll get lucky and find one!

Adventure

There’s plenty of adventure here with several exciting and historic places to explore. Take in a live performance at the Riverside Theatre in Vero Beach. You’ll find everything from comedy shows, to concerts, to a series of informative lecturers. It’s all here for you to enjoy at this non-profit professional theatre.

If your interest lies more in extreme adventure, Vero Beach offers exciting skydiving opportunities. Ever feel the urge to jump out of a perfectly good plane? Then this is for you! Imagine the feeling of free falling over beautiful Florida skies. Feel the wind lift and move you. Then it’s time to pull your chute and float safely back to each. Before you know it you’re back on solid ground.

There are also several boat tour companies willing to show you Vero Beach from an ocean vantage point. One such company is Gator Bait Airboat Adventures. Gator sightings are guaranteed. Be sure and have your camera ready!

For the golf lover, the semi-private Vista Plantation Golf Club offers a full driving range to get your muscles warmed up for a round of 18 hole, par 62 golf. There is also the beautiful Sandridge Golf Club, which has built a reputation as being one of the finest golf destinations in the state of Florida.

Get out into nature and tour the area on horseback. Angel’s Appy Acres provides well trained and patient horses, great for novice and experienced riders alike. The tour takes you trail riding through the beautiful St. Sebastian River Preserve State Park, home to over 50 protected species. Again, make sure you have your camera ready for this adventure.

For a unique experience that is not for the faint of heart, take a walking tour with Indian River Hauntings. Tour the haunted historical sights and sounds of Vero Beach. Bring a small flashlight for this hour and a half walking tour that is sure to get your heart beating a little faster.

If a little retail therapy is on your agenda, plan to include Vero Beach Outlets on your shopping excursion. With major savings on more than 50 brand name stores, there are deals to be found here on clothing, travel, tours and more!

Local Culinary Treasures

When your tummy is grumbling and it’s time to eat, Vero Beach has some incredible culinary choices. If you’re in the mood for a leisurely lunch, be sure to stop in to The Lemon Tree. This restaurant is a favourite among travelers and it’s right near the beach. They vegetarian and vegan options as well as regular fare. Come and see why it’s been given 4.5 stars on Tripadvisor!

For a fine dining experience that is second to none, plan to visit The Tides. They are known for great service, excellent seafood, and succulent duck. The Tides is the place to go when you’re in the mood to dress up for a romantic sunset meal.

If a quick drink is more what you’re looking for, wet your whistle at the Kilted Mermaid. The eclectic atmosphere offers such dishes as Duck Empanadas and Crab Gorgonzola Fondue. They have over 25 local and global wines on the menu as well as over 80 craft and imported beers.

Pamper Yourself

It’s your holiday, make sure you make the time to pamper yourself. Vero Beach offers several relaxing spa amenities.

The White Orchid Spa offers their guests the full spa experience with massages, facials, manicure and pedicures for men and women. You can book a couple’s massage or choose from their menu for whatever level of relaxation you’re looking for.

For something a little different, try a massage on the beach! This massage offers a specific technique that is choreographed to synchronize with the rhythmic sounds of waves crashing. This takes relaxing to a whole new level!

Whatever you choose to do, you’ll never be far from beach at Vero Beach on the Treasure Coast!

Let us know if you’ve ever visited Vero Beach and what other fun things there are to do in the area!

Meet Matt from Toby’s RV Resort in Arcadia, Florida

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  •   Last name: Cohen
  •   First name: Matt
  •   In position since: January 2013
  •   Title: Resort Manager
  •   Work Location: Toby’s RV Resort, Arcadia, FL
  •   Favorite hobbies or sport(s): Boating, Watching Football

 

 

How do you help make guests vacations at Toby’s special?

We make a very specific effort to learn everyone’s name (& their pet’s name) and use it as much as possible. We like to make them feel as if they’re at their second home!

 

What’s special about Toby’s RV Resort?

The resort is located in the central part of Florida and is  used as a jumping off point to explore all parts of the Sunshine State. We have our own activities board with almost 80 leaders who have something going on at the property from 7 am to 10 pm most days of the week. Since we’re located in a rural setting (we do have supermarkets and chain restaurants), it is important to have activities for guests to participate in.

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

“Quaint”, in that we are located in a rural part of Florida, but are close enough to both coasts to allow for day trips.

“Roomy”- we are a 40 acre resort with 400 sites. All of our sites are the same size (37’ x 59’) and have both 30/50 amp services at all sites. If you can drive it on the road, you can fit it on our sites.

“Community”- Once you’ve spent a season with us, you’re part of the family. There are many new friendships formed that extend well beyond the season of October- April here in Arcadia.

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

The 2nd weekend in March is the largest (& oldest) rodeo in the state of Florida. There are also many antique shops in downtown Arcadia.

What accomplishment at Toby’s are you most proud of? Why?

The accomplishment that I’m most proud of here at Toby’s RV Resort is being awarded TripAdvisor’s Certificate of Excellence for 2017, which was a direct result of the relationship that has been built with our guests. We have one of the highest referral rates and our guests’ share their experiences through word of mouth when they travel back home. They are also happy to share their experiences on social media platforms, which helps a lot!

What does a typical day at Toby’s look like?

We are treated to beautiful sunrises over the pasture lands that surround us. There are activities that start nearly at dawn (water aerobics and exercise classes) and go throughout the day. The shuffleboard leagues start mid-morning, as does the pickle ball round robin tournaments.

If you don’t feel like cooking for lunch, the activities board puts on a $5 lunch on a few different days of the week. After your afternoon activities, there is time to head back to the RV for a nap and a shower to get ready for the evening events. Bingo, karaoke, dances and variety shows pepper the monthly calendar throughout the season and provide something to do for everyone until the late hours.

Can you share your favorite memory at Toby’s RV Resort?

One of my favorite memories was at a manager’s meeting the year after I started with the company. We were awarded “Best Customer Service” out of all of our 40 RV properties in Florida, based on ratings from an internal customer survey. It was quite the honor and hopefully it reflected on the ongoing commitment to treating our guests well.

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

The guests here at Toby’s RV Resort continue to surprise me on a regular basis. Their willingness to volunteer their time and efforts to lead the activities here is a true testament to the sense of community.

Can you tell us about some of the friendships that have developed between guests at Toby’s RV Resort?

There are quite a few of our guests who have discovered that their Northern homes are only a short distance from each other. We get updates all the time of a Toby’s “North” gathering in different parts of the country.

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

The way that our guests reach out to each other in times of need or support is an inspiration. There are always times in everyone’s life when a major life event requires some additional or extra attention from those close to you. It’s an amazing feeling seeing all the different acts of kindness shared within the group.

Why do you think your veteran guests keep coming back to Toby’s RV Resort?

We have several guests that have been returning for 25+ years. We are one of the most cost-effective RV resorts in the Encore portfolio (due to our inland location) and the activities (led by the board) are superior to our much larger sister properties. As long as you can do without your daily Starbucks fix (25 minutes away), everything you need is located in Arcadia and everything you might want is just a short drive (or Amazon package) away.

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

I’d like to take an opportunity to thank all of our current guests for choosing Toby’s RV Resort as their winter destination. I know there are many choices in today’s landscape, but our continued repeat business shows that we are loved for many reasons. I would also like to personally invite anyone reading this to come visit us while in the SW Florida area. We love adding new family members to our community.

6 Tips for Getting the RV Ready for the Trip South

For many Canadian snowbirds, heading south—whether it’s to Fort Lauderdale, Scottsdale or Palm Springs—is an annual affair, one that takes careful planning and organization. Of course, before you can even begin to pack up, you’ll want to make sure your RV and its tires are ready for this epic journey.

1. Inflate & inspect

No one wants to start their trip south with a flat tire. One of the best ways to ensure your tires are healthy and ready for the journey ahead is to check their pressure and condition.

Inflate tires to the recommended PSI, including your spare tire.

Inspect sidewalls for signs of weathering and aging, including cracking, feathering and fading.

Inspect the tread for depth and unusual wear (which could point to an alignment problem that could decrease the life of your tire. For a journey like this, where you may be crossing through the snow and mud of Canada before hitting the dry, hot pavement of the South, it’s best to have a tread depth of at least 6/32”. Your tires should still be in good shape for the trek back to Canada in the spring if you follow this guideline

2. Prepare

Even with all that inflating and inspecting, you can’t always ward off debris on the road. Before you head out, make sure you have the necessary equipment to change a flat tire, including:

  • An accessible, well-inflated spare tire in good condition
  • Jack or ride-on ramp
  • Chock (for double-axle trailers and to keep other tires in place)
  • Tire iron
  • Cones to place around your RV as a warning to other drivers

3. Get your brakes in line

This is an essential step with any vehicle you plan on driving, and on any road condition. Even if your brakes are not making that horrendous squeaky noise when you depress them, a professional brake inspection should be done at least once a year, and an ideal time is in the weeks ahead of your cross-country journey.

A certified mechanic will check to see if your brake fluid is clear and transparent like cooking oil, and will replace it if it’s dark and cloudy. They will also check to see if your brake pads and/or discs need replacing or if there is any damage to your brake lines.

4. Make sure your wheel bearings are bearing up

Most people find out about their wheel bearings when they hear a loud rhythmic and vibrating noise emanating from below their RV while driving. Some people confuse it with tire distress, but it usually means the seal on your wheel bearings is broken or damaged and the bearings are not ‘rolling’ properly.

Wheel bearings are a set of steel balls that ride the axel inside your wheel’s hub and help your wheels spin fast and with as little friction as possible. A certified mechanic can check to see if the wheel bearings require repacking with new grease or if they need replacing. This can be done when you get your brakes inspected.

5. Get power to the people

Before you embark on any road trip, it’s important to inspect your RV’s electrical system (AC and DC), including all plug-in outlets, appliances, batteries, cables, AC unit, and especially your circuit breaker and fuses. Knowing where your circuit breaker is located and testing your fuses is imperative in preventing any power surges and your circuit from overheating, which in the worse case scenario can cause a fire.

If you’re unsure of how your RV electrical system works, visit your local RV dealer or a certified mechanic. For this task, it’s best to get assistance, as there is a risk of shock and serious injury.

6. Ensure lights are ready for action

Now it’s time to make sure your exterior lights are in working order. First, ensure headlights, high beams, indicator lights, marker lights and brake lights shine in front and back of your RV, and triple-check that the wiring is working if you are towing your vehicle behind your RV. Having someone inspect your lights while you are in the driver’s seat, turning them on and off, is best.

7. Have supplies at the ready

If your RV does break down, being prepared will go a long way. Carry an RV survival kit with emergency food and water, an LED flare, solar and hand-crank NOAA radio, LED flashlight, candles or lanterns, mobile phone charger, water purification tablets, hand warmers, etc.

Of course, double-check you’ve got what you need in the event of a flat tire, and that you’ve got tools to check your tire pressure throughout the journey.

Article courtesy of Snowbirds & RV Travelers