Back in the early 2000s, Elizabeth Funke and her husband decided they’d like to try something a little different when it came to a winter getaway.
“We tried a few places and one day we drove through a park in Mercedes, TX.” said Elizabeth. “We were driving slowly around and people waved to us. We stopped to get a brochure and the people that had waved to us came up to us before we could even get in the building. They were welcoming us to park and wanted to know when we planned on coming to stay.”
Elizabeth was pleasantly surprised to find out the hospitable folk weren’t employees of the park, they were residents! “We were overwhelmed at being accepted so quickly,” she said. “They were very warm and welcoming. We decided to stay for a few weeks and see if that was really the way it was at Paradise South RV Resort.”
A week or two has since turned into over 13 years. The couple moved from a fifth wheel, to a park model home to a mobile home. Elizabeth’s husband passed away; however, she decided to stay because Paradise South was where her friends lived.
“I can hardly wait to get back every fall,” she said. “It’s a super area and the folks in the valley… well they are hard to describe. South Texas is different. The people are so thrilled that we are there. I can’t imagine being any place else. It’s just wonderful here.”
It’s not just the Paradise South residents, or the town folk that make the RV resort number one in Elizabeth’s eyes. The personnel play a big part in her staying in her winter home.
“I just love the outstanding staff at Paradise South. It’s typical of a lot of RV resorts to have transient workers that come and go. Many of the folks that work here have been here a long time and that’s important to seniors,” she said. “First of all, senior citizens are like children, but with life experiences. We know way too much and we still get into trouble. It takes special kinds of people to be able to deal with seniors.”
Elizabeth speaks fondly of some of the office staff. “There are two ladies that we have in the office and they know what makes us tick. They are visible and accessible. They don’t just sit in the office. That’s one of the best things. They belong with us and that’s important. We never get the feeling that we are too much to deal with. They are friendly and not condescending at all.”
The residents of Paradise South don’t just stick to the resort. They are a very active bunch and are always up to something.
“We go to South Padre Island and we go to Rio Grande City,” explained Elizabeth. “We go wherever there’s a good place to eat. There’s a lot of great activities in the valley too. The Rio Grande Valley has rodeos and horse shows and fiestas. There’s a live music and exhibits, bazaar days and so much more. We try to get out of the park enjoy the area just like the local folks.”
For those who wish to stay closer to home, Elizabeth has some words for you. “It’s your fault if you’re bored here! We have a board up in our hall that has 40 – 50 activities a week planned by our activity department.”
Paradise South RV Resort… it sounds a bit like one of those places where you come for a short time and stay for the long haul.
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