Hello Travel Resorts of America Campers! Welcome to the November 2017 Newsletter. Here you can find updates on your favorite resorts and more!
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We hope everyone is excited for the fall season of camping. We love seeing happy campers all over the map at our Travel Resorts of America resorts!
We have so much in store for the rest of the summer camping season and can’t wait to enjoy our time with you while you stay with us. Read on to find out all about what is to come this year. So many exciting events and activities for you and all of our Travel Resorts of America Family!
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TRA Firewood Policy
In keeping with continuing to provide a great outdoor experience for our members and guests, as well as protecting the natural resources on our beautiful resorts, TRA will no longer be allowing members to bring firewood with them when they visit a TRA resort. By now, most Members are familiar with the numerous “Don’t Move Firewood – It Bugs Me!” campaigns that are in place in states where we have resorts. Our alliance with these state campaigns is intended to protect our trees and continue to provide our Members with the lush destinations our resorts offer. We have recently discovered damage at one of our resorts from the Emerald Ash Borer, and we wish to be more proactive in protecting our tree resources. Our Members who wish to have campfires, you will be able to purchase firewood at the resort store. Firewood that is sold at the resorts will either come from trees harvested on resort property, or from vendors who deliver certified insect-free packages of bundled wood. For more information on this spreading problem we invite you to visit websites such as www.dontmovefirewood.org or any of the state DNR websites. We appreciate your help and cooperation with helping to prevent the further spread of this problem.
Gettsyburg Battlefield Resort
RV having fun yet???
October was certainly great fun, Halloween was amazing! So many thanks to all those who made it possible.
Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! to Tony Lanet and Lois Klarecki for all the effort they put into our pirate float that took 2nd place at the Old Gettysburg Halloween parade! They rocked! As did all the “pirates” that participated. We certainly appreciated the support from many of the members whom attended the parade and cheered us on; while we may not have seen you directly, we certainly heard.
Many thanks to all the volunteers that helped make our Halloween activities the smashing success that they were. But I will leave Tyler to tell you about all of that. As October ends we welcome November! Cozy sweaters, hot chocolate, and warm fires await us. This is a time of family, friends and gathering to give thanks. Life becomes a bit quieter on the resort and we begin to work on all the things that we can’t during the height of the season.
The water will shut off to about half of the park and the lower bathrooms mid-month and we will settle in for the winter season. Maintenance will start their winter projects; the store will be open less hours and the host station will close for the season.
With all that being said, we are still here and look forward to seeing you, and you families this season.
Richard Kellerman, Resort Manager
North Shore Landing
We’ve been busy here at North Shore Landing and have hardly had time to catch our breath during the month of October. Now November is upon us and winter holidays are quickly approaching.
During the month of October North Shore Landing hosted the Middle Georgia Project Linus Chapter’s quarterly meeting. The meeting was well attended and enjoyed by all the groups within the Chapter. Project Linus provides security blankets for preemies and children in crises and our local volunteer group, the Sew & Sews, donated over 50 blankets this quarter. We would like to thank everyone who donated or participated for their generosity. If you’re interested in joining our local group or want to help in any capacity please let the Activity Office know and we’ll be happy to provide you with information.
During our “Fall Harvest” weekend we were delighted to find that many of our members enjoy breakfast for dinner at our well attended “Breakfast for Dinner” Potluck. The third weekend we celebrated Howling Fun and played a haunting Halloween version of Pictionary where all players were tricked and laughter and fun was a treat for all. We also held a Halloween Potluck Contest where our members again surprised us with their imagination, creativity and daring dishes.
Our celebration of Halloween the last weekend of October are now treasured memories by all who attended. Even with rain we had lots of fun from the fun fair and raffle to the Halloween dance and festivities in between. Our costume contestants ranged from all size pets to kids of all ages from 0 to 101 and it was difficult for our judges to pick our winners out of all the contestants. The coloring contest brought out the artist in all of us and we have some great colorists. The site decoration contest was great fun to judge and all our contestants did wonderful at decorating their sites but we had to choose only three. Congratulations go out to Karon Patrick for First Place Trophy, Bonnie Helms won Second Place Trophy and the Third Place Trophy was awarded to Lisa and Jeff Herndon.
Make plans now to join us at our Veteran’s Day Pancake breakfast and our celebration of Thanksgiving on November 18th and maybe even get a few hours fishing in the lake. The average mean temperature here at North Shore Landing is 55 degrees during November and it’s a great place for year-round camping. We look forward to seeing members visit with us and enjoying our beautiful Lake Oconee. Safe travels to all who wander wherever you may wander!
Cindy Hammond, Activities Director
Pymatuning Adventure Resort
Hello everyone from Pymatuning!
By the time you read this Pymatuning Adventure will be all buttoned up for old man winters arrival. Once again thank you all for an amazing season! We will be busy here getting ready for spring and counting the days until those warm summer nights are back. So many highlights this year and so many memories made. It is my hope you enjoyed your stay with us and will be as excited as we are to return. If you didn’t visit Pymatuning make your plans to do so in 2018. Please enjoy a couple of photos to remind us all what this adventure is all about!
Wishing you all a wonderful family filled holiday season!
Sharrie Yarber, Resort Manager
Rocky Fork Ranch
Well it’s officially then end of our busy season, but we still have cabins available throughout the winter. So, now is the time to come on out and enjoy the peace and quiet the Ranch has to offer throughout our winter months. It’s hard to believe that you can possibly have the indoor pool and hot tub all to yourself. The cold evenings make snuggling by the fire that much better, so come on out for a romantic weekend getaway or bring the family to spend quality time together.
Our weekends of Halloween this year were incredible. We had more folks come out than ever before. We would like to thank all of our members for decorating their sites and cabins and especially for volunteering in the haunted maze. It was unanimous that this year’s haunted maze was the best it’s ever been. Thank you to Matthew Marsh, our recreation director, for putting in the time and creativity.
We are as busy as ever maintaining the Ranch. We will spend the month winterizing campsites and cabins to ensure the cold Ohio winter doesn’t damage any plumbing when it freezes. Once this is complete, we will get into our cabins to paint and upgrade flooring and fixtures. On that note, please know that we will begin to turn the water off beginning November 1st. Camping will still be possible after the 1st, however it will be dry camping. We have several locations to fill up your tanks before you set up. Simply inquire at the Captain’s Club upon check in and we will get you taken care of.
From your friends on the Ranch,
Randy Revell, Resort Manager
Luna Sands Resort
Your Luna Sands Resort is gearing up for a busy winter season. September and October we spent in clean up mode after Hurricane Irma. The resort is looking green and almost all the broken and damaged trees have been removed. The extremely hot weather finally gave up sot some weird cold days at the end of October, and we’re looking forward to temperatures in the mid-70’s to 80’s for the entire month of November. Yahoo!
The resort has limited sites for monthly and seasonal visitors, and if you’re interested in this program, you should contact the resort immediately to make your reservations. The resort phone number is (386) 775-3996. Normal 2 week reservations can be made through the normal reservation number with is: 855-432-8457. Remember that Luna Sands has some very inconsistent sized sites and we may not have sites that larger rigs will fit on. Sites are going fast so make your plans now.
Most organized activities will begin after Thanksgiving, and we have scheduled a T-day potluck. Call us and make your plans to be here to share your special day with us at Luna Sands. We have a sign-up sheet located in the store, we’ll supply the turkey and dressing, you bring the side dish of your choice (bring enough for your family plus 6 others). The Thanksgiving Day potluck will be held at the Clubhouse and begin at 1pm and end at 2pm.
Our Octoberfest was huge success. Clarence, Kelly, and Lewis cooked brats, sausages and cauliflower, and everyone else brought a potluck dish and their own type of special beer. Beer and brats, such a fun activity and we enjoyed each other’s company.
Come join us in November for more fun. We look forward to seeing more campers as the weather cools off and our winter snowbirds return. Travel safe, see you soon!!!!
Lewis Emert, Resort Manager
Bass Lake Resort
Hello to all our Bass Lakers and other TRA members. Bass Lake has just entered into our winter season “limited” operation. October was a fantastic month, full of very warm weather and beautiful color. We’re looking forward to November and cooler temperatures. We really didn’t have a season of summer temperatures until after Labor Day this year, and we set some high temp record levels in September and also October. Columbus Day weekend was in the mid 70’s and gorgeous.
This is the first year that we have scheduled 2 Halloween Weekends. The only difference between the two weekends was the Friday night bands, and the Saturday afternoon dinner. The same activities and costumes we provided both weekends. The haunted house was huge success, with over 480 people the first weekend and 680people on the second weekend going through. The activity staff, headed up by Nikki Mayers, did a fantastic job of building the haunted house and then scaring everyone to death. Many members participated by decorating at their sites and scaring people as the hayrides went by. Thank you to everyone that contributed to the success of both Halloween weekends.
Columbus Day usually designates the end of the camping season. The café and store were closed on Columbus day for the rest of the winter ,and the rest of the resort campsites were winterized by October 16th. We had some really nice weather after the 16th and still had lots of campers dry camping.
Beginning in November, the Lower Clubhouse and bathrooms will remain open for the rest of the winter months. The cards and games are ready for your use at the lower clubhouse, and the tv is always available. Organized activities are suspended until May 5th, 2018. The gate is staffed until 5pm daily, and all members that are going to camp or use a cabin should contact the front gate prior to 5pm to confirm their arrival. (315) 728-9437. We hope everyone has a very happy thanksgiving and look forward to seeing you at the resort this November.
Lizette Bradley, Resort Manager
It’s that month again where we gobble till we wobble!
We just finished up another amazing Haunted Forest! I have never seen so many hard working and dedicated volunteers as we have here at Sycamore Lodge! We had a small army of folks who came together and build what I think was something incredible. I think we may have broken some attendance records this season as well. The numbers are still rolling in as I write this but I will follow up with more detail next month. I would like to thank everyone for working so hard to make this the success that it was and look forward to the next. Don’t forget… that this benefits the Leukemia/Lymphoma Society of North Carolina!
We have now completed phase one on the new sewer lift station and bath house. We started last fall on the high pressure drip system next to the ball field and after a bunch of hard work and a ton of plumbing are reaching the point of completion. This was the largest and most complex phase of the process that will eventually lead to all of our sites being full hook up. It’s been a long process and we are making excellent progress. The next phase will begin to add additional sewer sites starting with the sites already plumbed at the front of the resort. I will pass along updates each month as we progress.
We will be wrapping up the new covered deck at the lake this month and putting some final touches on the drive in movie screen just behind the pool house. We will also begin some of our winter projects soon with more site leveling, gravel and road work
Please remember that alcohol drinks need to be in a cup or can/bottle coozie while away from your sites. Also remember that your pets must always be on a leash or tie out without exception. We also need to be aware of some basic guidelines such as not speeding, having a light on your bike for night riding and not tying objects to trees. These are in place for you and your guest’s safety. I encourage all to pick up the guideline sheet at the store.
As always, it is our most sincere hope that you enjoy your stay at Sycamore Lodge Resort! Sit back, relax and get your camp on! See you all very soon.
Take care and see you soon!
Rod Jones, Resort Manager