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.

 

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! 

The Ultimate Roadmap For Your 30 Days in Texas

The Lone Star State is the biggest in the contiguous United States, with an even bigger personality. Texans are proud, (sometimes loud), and among the friendliest people you will ever meet.

30 days may not seem like enough time to visit the second largest state in the union (after Alaska) but if you follow this guide and apply some Texan gumption then it is more than enough time.

Lake Texoma (Days 1 – 7)

Texas may be big, but most of its major cities lie in a narrow corridor from north to south (with the exception of El Paso in the far west), so this is the route that our trip will take. We’ll start in the far north, right on the border with Oklahoma at Lake Texoma.

Attractions

Lake Texoma is one of the largest man made lakes in the country, turning the dry grasslands that surround it into some of the most fertile farming land in the country. The area has two wildlife refuges, two state parks, fifty four USACE-managed parks, twelve marinas, twenty-six resorts, hundreds of campgrounds and a variety of excellent golf courses.” Popular pastimes include, camping, fishing, powerboating, sailing (Lake Texoma has some of the best inland sailing anywhere in the country), water skiing, windsurfing, swimming, and more. Suffice to say there is a lot to do.

Anglers should be aware, however, that you may need to obtain a fishing license from both Texas and Oklahoma to fish in this area.

Where to Stay

Lake Texoma RV Campground is the best choice for RVers looking to enjoy all this area has to offer. Located right on the shores of Lake Texoma, the resort offers RV and open air camping along with all the amenities that you need to make the most of your time in this amazing part of northern Texas.

Lake Whitney (Days 8 – 14)

Just a short drive south from Lake Texoma is the less famous, but equally beautiful Lake Whitney. Whereas Lake Texoma is 223 square miles, Lake Whitney is just 32. Still, people flock from across the state to golf, swim, fish, hunt, powerboat, sail, and relax on Lake Whitney. In 2005 the Texas state legislature even named the area Texas’s “Getaway Capital”. More importantly, it is close to the Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington area.

If you love sports, then this is the area for you. Comprised of, well, Dallas, Fort Worth, and Arlington, the area is home to over 7 million people and MLB, NFL, NHL, and MLS teams as well as 4 college football teams.

Then there is the Dallas World Aquarium, the unmistakable Reunion Tower, the Dallas Museum of Art, the Sixth Floor Museum in the book depository building from which Lee Harvey Oswald assassinated President Kennedy, the Dallas Zoo, the botanical gardens, and the Meadows Museum (home to more Spanish art than almost anywhere outside of spain).

Where to Stay

Lake Whitney RV Campground is right on the shores of Lake Whitney, and only a short drive from Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, so whether you want to spend more time on the water, or explore one of the country’s largest metropolitan areas, Lake Whitney RV campground is in the perfect location.

Lake Conroe (Days 15 – 21)

Just over 3 hours south of Lake Whitney is Lake Conroe. Like both Lake Whitney and Lake Texoma, Lake Conroe is a reservoir and while it is smaller than Lake Texoma it is more than double the size of Lake Whitney. Unlike both its northern counterparts however, Lake Conroe is surrounded by the beautiful east Texas landscape full of rich pine wood forests.

Lake Conroe is just an hour north of Houston, making it the perfect distance for a day trip (or two) into the city. Houston is home to just over 2 million people, making it less than ⅓ the size of the Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington area, but there is no shortage of things to do and see. The city is home to an MLB, NFL, MLS, and NBA team as well as the Grand Prix of Houston, the Houston Open golf tournament, and the Houston College Classic and Texas Bowl.

Of course we couldn’t mention Houston with out talking about NASA. Houston is home to the Johnson Space Center which has a huge visitors center that really is a must-see. Learn about the illustrious history of the Space Center and the bright future of NASA focusing on future missions to Mars. Show up on a Friday between 11 and 1 and you might even meet an astronaut! There is also the museum district, Zoo, Buffalo Bayou Park, great restaurants, and much, much more.

Where to Stay

Lake Conroe RV Camping Resort is right on the shores of Lake Conroe and includes a boat ramp on site so you can get boating as soon as you arrive! With an expanded marina and new beach, this is the perfect resort to relax and catch some rays. In fact, Lake Conroe RV Camping Resort is all about fun on the water, and if you don’t have a boat you don’t have to miss out on the fun. You can rent jon boats, paddle boats, kayaks or canoes.  

Medina Lake (Days 21 – 25)

At just over 9 square miles Medina Lake is by far the smallest of the lakes that you’ll visit, but it still is great for relaxing. Interestingly the dam which forms the reservoir was privately financed in order to improve irrigation to the surrounding farmland, and at the time was the largest concrete dam in the country. It is now a historical site.

Nearby San Antonio is smaller than Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington and Houston, but it is home to the most iconic location in all of Texas: the Alamo. In the center of the city is the historic battleground where the Republic of Texas defenders fought to the last man against General Santa Anna’s invading army. Although they died and the Alamo was lost, ultimately the Mexican forces were forced out of Texas. Visiting the Alamo is free and will likely be the highlight of your trip

Where to stay

Medina Lake RV Campground is a tranquil escape from the big city life of San Antonio, complete with beautiful lake views, and whitetail deer that roam the grounds. With a junior Olympic sized pool, you’ll be able to sit poolside with a refreshing beverage while enjoying the beautiful scenery and wildlife that this campground is known for.

Harlingen, Texas (Days 26– 30)

Just four hours south of Medina Lake is Harlingen, Texas, a great last-stop for RV’ers who are on route to Mexico. Harlingen is a premium shopping destination and has several epic golf courses and nature hotspots. With year-round tropical weather, visitors can enjoy surfing, horseback riding, and kayaking. Outdoorsman (or woman) will enjoy the plentiful fishing and hunting opportunities.

This area is part of the Rio Grande Valley, which is known to have the best birding opportunities in the country. That’s because the Rio Grande Valley is home to beaches, wetlands and lakes. Be sure to check out the Lower Rio Grand Valley National Wildlife Refuge System, and South Padre Island, where you may be lucky enough to see a sea turtle (or two).

Where to stay

Lakewood RV Resort in Harlingen is minutes from the Padre Island National Seashore, which offers amazing views and glimpses of protected wildlife like the Kemp’s ridley sea turtle, and over 380 bird species. The Padre Island National Seashore is a protected park with 70 miles of coastline and dunes, and is one of the few hypersaline lagoons remaining in the world.

Fun-N-Sun RV Resort and Sunshine RV Resort are both right in the heart of the Rio Grande Valley.  With beautiful sandy beaches, these RV resorts live up to their names —you’ll enjoy lots of sunshine here.  

Where to Next?

By following this itinerary you’ll see everything that Texas has to offer, but RVing is all about freedom, so go ahead and create your own path if you choose! Our customer service team is happy to help you build a customized vacation itinerary. Give them a call at 1-877-570-2267 or visit RVonthego.com to plan your own trip.    

 

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!

6 Benefits of RVing for Adults +55

Have you always loved camping, sightseeing and the great outdoors? Are you looking for a fun and convenient way to see more of the US? If so, RV’ing may be for you. With your kids grown up and retirement fast approaching, taking to the road in an RV has many benefits.

Time

With kids and limited time off work for vacationing, in the past you may have planned trips that minimized travel time. Now you have time to spend travelling, which means you can take your time planning an extended vacation, enjoy getting to your destination and see more things along the way through a relaxing road trip.

A Second Home

With an RV that is your own, you have the freedom to customize it to your liking. Most RVs are quite spacious and have room for you to make it your second home. Your RV can become the backdrop for many memories and will feel more personal and convenient than a hotel room or a bed and breakfast.

Community

Although campgrounds are not the only option of places to stay in your RV, they are a popular one. Many RV parks are known for their welcoming and inclusive culture and their strong community.

You’ll find your fellow RVers share your sense of adventure and are keen to get to know you, share a meal, or sit around a campfire. Likewise, many campgrounds and RV resorts offer activities, programs, sports and recreational facilities to help you fill your time and enjoy your stay to the fullest.  

Affordability

For seniors who want to travel, but must budget carefully in their retirement, RVing offers many affordable options. Compared to a cruise or all-inclusive resort, the RV lifestyle is much more affordable.

For anyone who is contemplating RVing, consider renting an RV first to ensure that it’s for you. Then, when it’s time to purchase your own RV, explore your options. If a new RV is not in your budget, consider purchasing a used one. Many of them are in near perfect condition and this route can save you a lot of money.

While you will need to consider maintenance and operational costs, being able to stay in your vehicle means eliminating the rising costs associated with staying in a hotel. You can also save money on food since you can cook in your vehicle rather than eating out for every meal (which is also much better for your health).

Convenience

If you have always enjoyed camping but do not have the energy or man power to do all the work involved with setting up and taking down your tent and campsite, then try an RV. You’ll enjoy the same benefits that camping provides (like communing with nature, relaxing under the stars, and seeing new places). One of the greatest aspects of RVs is that everything is ready to go, just hop in the driver’s seat and head out on your next adventure whenever you feel like it!

Visiting family and friends

For people with friends, family, or kids who live across the country, an RV is an affordable option for visiting. If you have the time, then you can save on the cost of a plane ride and get more visits in throughout the year. You can park the RV in their driveway or stay at a nearby RV resort. This gives you some personal space, doesn’t put your hosts out and still allows you to spend lots of time together.

Having an RV is like having a mobile cottage. By purchasing an RV later in life, you are making an investment in the quality of your retirement, opening doors to travel and trying new things, while forming and maintaining relationships. What better time to hit the open road than after 55?

Any other benefits we may have missed? Let us know in the comments below!

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.