Hello Travel Resorts of America Campers! Welcome to the May 2018 Newsletter. Here you can find updates on your favorite resorts and more!
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We hope everyone is excited for spring! We love seeing happy campers all over the map at our Travel Resorts of America resorts!
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.
Wally World Riverside Resort
Hello from Wally World,
Spring is here and it has been a very winter like one so far. It has been a struggle getting outdoor projects finished up but I here warmer weather is on the way.
It has been so exciting for us to see all the familiar and new faces as you all start the camping season. We are so looking forward to a wonderful summer.
We have brought Shauna Wilson onboard as our activity director for the season. She has some great ideas and is excited to get the season started with Minute to Win it weekend. You will see some familiar faces back for the season as well.
A few reminders as we start into the new season. 1. You must register your golf cart and pay $120.00 registration fee and show proof of $100,000.00 liability insurance each year. You will be issued a sticker and this is good at all TRA Resorts. You may pay $5.00 per day if you choose. 2. Anyone that has or wants to store their camper must sign a storage agreement each year. New this year is a sticker for your camper. This will help us identify who the camper belongs to. 3. Speed limit in the Resort is 5 MPH. This keeps the dust down and more important keeps the children safe. Please, when you pull into Wally World we want you on slow time. Leave the fast pace at home and enjoy not having to hurry to be somewhere. We love our children please drive SLOW! 4. We love your pets but please clean up after them. There are 8 locations on the Resort where you can pick up dog poo bags. We appreciate your cooperation.
Here is to a wonderful summer!
See everyone soon!
Barb McClintock, Resort Manager
GettySburg Battlefield Resort
May Flowers, Mother’s Day and Memorial Day weekend! The season has begun in earnest. Hello Summer and Hello Members! We are so glad you have arrived!
The pool is progressing very nicely and should be open for Memorial Day weekend. You will notice that we are adding another section of pavers to expand the deck along the left side. Many thanks to Lester and Ray Collins for all their challenging work on this project.
We are continuing replacing old water hydrants with new water faucets and replacing leaking pipes as we locate. This has greatly reduced our water consumption; however, as always, the ground is wet and boggy with all the rain, hence the term “Gettysbog” is heard quite often. But a couple of days of sunshine and we will dry out quite nicely. We thank you all for your patience as we wait for the sunshine.
We have added some gravel to the roads and more is to come, as we level and fill potholes and dips.
We say good bye to our Store Manager Sherry and Welcome Kathie Nye on board this month. Kathie comes to us with a background as a manager of Carters and at Sheetz. We are excited to welcome her to the crew.
Tyler Little has left us this season as he is dealing with some personal things but left a great plan in place for the upcoming season and left Kodi Walker with us for the summer to run the Activities programs. Kodi has helped Tyler with many of his activities from the Haunted trail to now so we are excited to see the new direction that he will be taking us.
Until next time, stay dry and Happy Camping!
Richard Kellerman, Resort Manager
North Shore Landing
Greetings from North Shore Landing, Everyone:
April showers truly do bring May flowers and they are blooming in bright colorful hues all around North Shore Landing to the delight of all. The month of May signals the beginning of the camping season here in Georgia and we are all looking forward to fishing on lazy summer evenings.
Around the park we have continued with general maintenance, repairs, cleaning up, painting and laying the foundation for our new improved WIFI system, and for all that effort the park looks great and we’re ready to greet you with Southern hospitality and lots of smiles.
During the month of April activities stayed busy with Game Show Weekend, Membership Appreciation and lots of relays for our Derby Days Celebration.
May will be a busy month here at North Shore Landing and includes our Cinco de Mayo celebrations and a musical performance by Justin Huff during our Mother’s Day weekend. Our first member build project on May 19th will be building a much-needed dog park here at North Shore Landing during our Hot Diggity Dog weekend. Memorial Day is the last weekend of the month and there will be lots of red, white and blue fun.
We look forward to seeing all our members as they journey to the shores of Lake Oconee here in Georgia and wish you all safe travels wherever you may wander.
Cynthia Hammond, Activities Director
Pymatuning Adventure Resort
April showers bring May flowers!
We are hoping this is true here at Pymatuning Adventure Resort!
We have been really focusing on clean up and restoring our beautiful campground. Water is now on and our staff is beyond ready to start creating memories with our campers!
Our staff is please to say we are giving the campground a facelift! We lost a large amount of trees which is devastating to us, but we are working on replanting and adding new growth. The office buildings and gate house will get a new coat of paint. Stay tuned for picture updates on our Facebook page!
Erica Schork, Resort Manager
Rocky Fork Ranch
May is here and it’s a welcome sight for us all! We are enjoying the sights and sounds of spring’s arrival here at the ranch. The grass is growing, flowers are blooming, bees are buzzing! We have been preparing for camping season these past few months and have seen all the snow and rain we care to for a long while! It’s time for warm days and cool nights by the campfire and all we need now is you to come enjoy this beautiful resort. I have enjoyed meeting so many of you since my arrival and look forward to meeting many more in the coming months. One of my passions is walking so if you see me hoofing up these big hills wave back or better yet, just come and join me for a stroll! See you soon😊
Sharrie Yarber, Resort Manager
May is here and the Rocky Fork Recreation department is ready. To start the month out we will be hitting the trails during the Recreation Beaver Work weekend. During this we will be installing guard rails on the trail to the cave, then comes Mother’s day weekend. For Mother’s Day Weekend this year, the Recreation Staff will be pampering our mothers with flowers, wine, cheese, and much more. Following this weekend the full recreation team will be starting for the season. This year’s team will consist of four returning staff, Theresa, Maiah, Aubrey, and Sam, and then we are welcoming a new member to our team, Brennan. This will bring us to the end of May with our annual yard sale weekend followed by the must anticipated Memorial Day Weekend. Memorial Day Weekend as usual is the big weekend of the spring. The Recreation team will be rolling out of some new fun activities this weekend such as our new bowling event for the teens call “Thunder Valley” and adult event “Human Foosball”. With so much going on around the Ranch don’t forget to stop in to the Recreation office in the Clubhouse to say “Hi”. See you around the Ranch and happy spring.
Matthew Marsh, Activities Director
Luna Sands Resort
Luna Sands has officially entered into its quiet and peaceful existence once again!!!! We enjoy a mild temperatures during May and the majority of our Norther guests have departed the area and gone back to the North Country. For the rest of the summer, and until November, we will have limited weekend activities. Although the camper use has slowed down, we still have many projects and that we want to get accomplished this summer.
We had a lot of fun with our Easter this year, and hosted an evening Easter egg hunt. It took about 5 minutes for the eggs to found, however, another 45 minutes of searching turned up 5 that hadn’t been found. We hope that you’ll come visit and join the fun coming up in May. It’s a beautiful and peaceful Luna Sands in the month of May.
Lewis Emert, Resort Manager
Bass Lake Resort
After a very long, wet, and cold hibernation, your Bass Lake Resort is ready to get back into the “spring” of things. As the snow melted and the rains came, our grounds and roads turned into a soggy muddy mess. Just like everyone else in New York, we are experiencing cabin fever. Your resort operations team is working hard to get everything back up and operating from our winter season. This includes bringing everything out that was stored, turning water on, repairing broken boats, picking up broken limbs and cutting broken trees, straightening posts, and repairing winter worn roads. This is an exciting time of the year for us and we’re happy to be outside when we can.
Below is a summary of important May information beginning May 4th:
#1 Water turn on to all campsites, May 1st through the 4th.
#2 All bath-house facilities will be operating beginning May4th.
#3 Store hours of operation, 9-5 Thursday through Sundays. (Longer hours for Memorial Day weekend, posted at store)
#4 Café will re-open on May 10th for Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays only until Father’s Day. Hours will be 4-8pm. During Memorial Day weekend, you can expect longer hours of operation.
#5 RV storage is very wet and muddy. It may be too wet to get RV’s out of storage. Please be patient if this happens to your rig.
#6 The boats and dock will not be available until Memorial Day (wind and ice damage)
#7 The upper pool will re-open for Memorial Day weekend.
#8 The floors at the Upper Clubhouse will be re-polished and sealed on May 8th
Information from Activities:
We are ready to hit the ground running with activities. We have some fun things planned for the summer, and we’ll start out our season with Fiesta weekend on May 4th and 5th. We will have Bingo and a Fiesta party. Mother’s Day the following weekend with a breakfast potluck, crafts and our first Bass lake Horse Derby. Then its on to Game Show weekend May 18th and 19th. Come play some classic games like Family Feud, Price is Right and Who wants to be a millionaire. Our Memorial Day weekend is also planned. We will have Human Foosball, Tie Dying, Obstacle Course, Ice Cream Social and so much more.
We look forward to seeing you soon. Enjoy your spring.
Lizette Bradley, Resort Manager
Camping season is here!
The resort is looking fantastic with all the beauty nature has to offer. The summer flowers are planted and look great. The roses look amazing this year along with everything else.
We hit the ground running this year as it started off on the colder side but as the weather warmed everyone was eager to get out and enjoy their home away from home. We have been busy getting the lodge and game room floors super shiny and sprucing up all of the buildings with some spring cleaning and fresh paint. There are new rocking chairs on the lake deck for you to enjoy. We have put down literally tons of fresh gravel on the roads and just finished getting the pool ready to open. We have put more steps in the hot tub to aid getting in and out as well.
We will be doing another Member Build Project later this summer with the addition of a GaGa Ball Pitt. Watch Facebook for the date.
Phase one of the new sewer system was completed last fall and we’ll be moving forward on phase two soon. I will supply updates as we progress.
With fiber optic high speed internet now in the resort at the Lodge, pool, game room and store area we are working to have internet connectivity to the sites very soon.
New merchandise is arriving at the store so be sure to pop in and see what’s different.
We will no longer be accepting general mail at the resort as of July 1st 2018. We will however still accept UPS/Fedex packages for members that have been forwarded in advance of your visit with us. For those folks who visit frequently and using the resort address as a primary address we ask that you set up a P.O. Box at the nearest Post Office of your choice.
Everyone using the storage area needs to please stop by the store and fill out a new storage agreement and receive a new sticker to display on the tongue of your camper.
Please be sure to pick up after your pets and leave your site as tidy as you would expect to find it.
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 safe travels,
Rod Jones, Resort Manager
Wow, April at Sycamore Lodge was a very busy and exciting month of Activities. We started out with Easter Weekend where the Easter Bunny visited us. We took pictures, did some face painting, raw egg toss competition and several Easter Egg hunts for all ages too include night flashlight hunts for the teenagers and adults. We had the Tonez band play for us Saturday night. Sunday consisted of an Easter service, a parade with the Easter Bunny, another egg hunt and finished off with an Easter movie.
The whole next week was Spring Break for the kids. We had activities every day to keep them occupied. Started out with a pool tournament, a corn hole tournament and movie on Monday. Tues was tie dye t shirts for a craft, lemonade social and a night sensory trek thru the woods. We found bigfoot. Yikes! Wednesday we had candy bingo, mini golf, a bocce ball tournament and finished with a mid week bonfire with Sycamore S’mores. Thursday we had a volley ball game, shuffleboard tournament and a fun family game of kickball. Lots of participation from all of the members.
The next weekend we had a very successful pizza party. Members brought their favorite toppings and we made pizza. This weekend was also our Spring Masters Golf outing for the golfing members Foxfire Country Club. The rain didn’t deter our avid golfers who played a round of golf anyway for fun and prizes. The Dixie sundown Band played for us Saturday night.
The third weekend was Science Fest Weekend where Science Bob helped the kids make slime. He also conducted several science experiments for the members. No he didn’t blow up Sycamore Lodge. This was lots of fun for everyone. We ended Saturday night with The Sand Band playing for us.
On the fourth weekend the horses arrived for Spring Western Weekend. We had face painting while you waited to ride, horse rides for all ages, an awesome horseshoe coaster craft, a country wagon ride around the park and a horseshoe tournament. Saturday night we had a new band The Home Wreckers that played for us. Excellent music to end the weekend.
We are looking forward to upcoming activities here at Sycamore with 1st Responder Appreciation Weekend the last weekend in April, Cinco de Mayo, Mother’s day, Armed Forces Day and Memorial Day weekends coming in May. Come out and enjoy the fun and Activities at Sycamore Lodge. We’ll be waiting for you. Thank You all from the Sycamore Lodge Activities Department.
Bob Johnson, Activities Director