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Hello Travel Resorts of America Campers! Welcome to the December 2018 Newsletter. Here you can find updates on your favorite resorts and more!

 

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We hope everyone had an amazing fall! We loved 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

Manager Update:

Hello from Wally World,

December here at the Resort is rather laid back. Until we get hit with a snow storm that is. The Christmas decorations are up, and the music is playing. If any of you are in the area this winter stop and see us. Sheds are being cleaned out and organized. Working out side as much as we can in between the rain and snow.

We are still booking entertainment for next summer as well as working on our planned activities. Tonia and Shauna have been working together and coming up with some great ideas. Keep warm this winter and we look forward to seeing everyone soon. Happy Holidays!

Barb McClintock, Resort Manager

Gettysburg Battlefield Resort

Manager Update:

Brrrrrrr…….. Certainly what I was feeling earlier today. Now while writing this article, I am warming up inside with a nice warm cup of coffee on my side.  December is here and what shall I discuss?  This is the time when well, not too many folks come camping in their RV, yet it’s always welcoming to see those that brave the cold.  This is also the time when we start with some projects and hope weather is not too unbearable. Over the Fall we rehabbed the Grant Cabin deck and next in line is the Meade Cabin deck scheduled during the mid-month. We also plan to spruce up both the interior of the upper and lower bathhouses.  We shall also continue the trimming and dropping of some trees thru-out the resort.

Many of you already know that Lisa Fisher is in Georgia managing “North Shore Landing” and well, the time has come that Mike Fisher has left to join Lisa.  Mike certainly is missed. His position was not going to be easy to fulfill, yet, we have found a replacement, Bill Willders the 2nd, I was informed to that I had to put the 2nd.  He has been here the last few weeks working side by side with Mike along with Sam and Callan; we feel he is going to fit in quite nicely.

I am very excited that this year we will be in the Gettysburg Parade and the team has been braving the weather to make sure our ‘Float’ comes alive. In fact, the theme is ‘GBR Elves Bring Magic to Life’; I personally think it fits perfect, not that we are Elves but the fact that we bring “Magic” to the resort.

Until next time. Happy Camping,

Richard Kellerman, Resort Manager

Activities Update:

Hey here is the newsletter from GBR!

As the year ended, we gathered to count our blessings. We started off by honoring our veterans with a children-led song and Pledge of Allegiance. Member veterans were recognized, and a gratitude cake was enjoyed by all! Members loved playing candy bingo, and on Veteran’s day weekend, they participated in our monthly GBR Gives Back Program – earning extra playing cards by donating items to be sent to troops overseas and helping us restock a local soup kitchen! Children also wrote thank you letters and hung a wreath on our own Civil War monument. In November we had our first snowfall of the year, and it was a doozy!! Ten inches of snow fell over Gettysburg and lasted just long enough for us to enjoy its beauty, then melted quickly away. Midmonth we celebrated Harvest Feast with a traditional Thanksgiving dinner. Centerpieces for all our tables were made by our members and were just beautiful! The meal was delicious and sharing Thanksgiving with our members was a wonderful opportunity to thank them for all they do. The latter part of November was spent preparing our Santa’s Workshop float in our inaugural entry in the Gettysburg Christmas Parade! And just like Halloween, Mother Nature literally rained on our parade! Due to an expected heavy downfall, the parade was canceled, but we didn’t let that dampen our spirits!! The GBR elves always have a Plan B – and in this case, it was a pop-up i Holiday Party in the Sunroom! There were Christmas games and crafts, holiday music and even a visit from St. Nicholas himself!!! Why even PetValu came with holiday cheer for our 4-legged friends! Later in the afternoon members arrived to decorate the Lodge and brought crocks of soup to share! There was even hot chocolate and cookies for dessert!!

We are so grateful for all our members and all the wonderful memories we have made over the past year. We are already planning for next year and cannot wait to see all the wonders it will bring!!

Rachel Lockwood, Activities Director

North Shore Landing

Manager Update:

Welcome December!

As we hunker (and I use the term loosely) down for winter here at North Shore Landing, you will find that there is still a lot going on. Seawall construction is complete, electrical repairs are underway as are deck and site repairs. Trees are being limbed and removed as necessary. It may seem like winter is a slow time and it is in many respects, but it is also our time to prep the resort to the coming season. You will find grounds and maintenance hard at work clearing, cleaning and repairing. Housekeeping is cleaning, refreshing and updating the insides as the rest work on the outside. The store is busy with inventories and rearranging to receive new merchandise in the spring. No, winter is not a quiet time here at NSL and we are still here everyday to see you when you arrive.

We have sadly lost some crew members and gained some new. Krystal our lead housekeeper and her husband, John Thomas had to leave us suddenly for a family emergency. Their great energy and enthusiasm will be severely missed. In the short time she was here Krystal turned housekeeping on it’s ear, and gave it a much needed lift, she will be hard to replace. JT was a quieter energy but the pools were beautiful while he was here and he had some hidden talents in the activity field that we will miss.

We have gained Michael Fisher, he joins our maintenance team from the Gettysburg team. And for those wondering yes, it is my husband. He is working less hours and enjoying a semi-retirement.

With great sadness we also lost a member recently. Lenny DiGiovanni passed away suddenly. It was a great shock to all. Lenny was often seen with his wife Pat walking the resort or touring on their golf cart to see what new changes we had made. While I did not know him long, I counted him as a friend and will miss seeing him washing and waxing his vehicles. “Wax on, wax off” my friend and thank you for the gift of your friendship and your advice.

Christmas is approaching and while we do not have an activity person on staff our members have been holding bingo and potluck on their own in the clubhouse so make sure you check when you stop in. We are also decorating for the season if anyone wishes to help. And I have heard a rumor that Santa might be visiting us on the 22nd. Well Happy Holidays all and we will talk again in the New Year!

Lisa Fisher, Resort Manager

Pymatuning Adventure Resort

Manager Update:

Hi Friends!

Pymatuning is getting an early dose of winter this year. We had snow in October and most of November. If it isn’t snowing it’s raining. We closed up for the season on November 1st and winterized thereafter. Management has their winter to-do list already started. We’re going to be revamping the Clubhouse. I won’t disclose too much information because we want it to be a surprise, but I think our campers will LOVE it! Maintenance is busy giving our cabins and park models some new touches and fixings and we hope to provide a wonderful cabin experience for the 2019 season. Most of our staff will be returning for 2019 and we couldn’t be happier to see familiar faces again. It’s been a great year with great staff and we look forward to what they’re capable of next year. Looking back on the 2018 season I realize just how fast time flies. It seems like yesterday we were filling the pool up and playing with our giant pool ball.  It’s been a memorable year for sure and Erica and I can’t wait to welcome you all back for another great year of camping! Stay warm and Merry Christmas!

Heather Logue, Assistant Manager

Rocky Fork Ranch

Manager Update:

Season Greetings from Rocky Fork Ranch!

The lights are illuminating the beauty of the ranch and spreading Christmas spirit throughout! Make your reservations to come and spend time with us this month and enjoy some great activities and make some lasting memories!  Just remember when traveling in be careful coming to the ranch this winter. It is also that time of year when the deer are out and about. Please drive with caution.

November found us having our traditional Thanksgiving Turkey deep fry and potluck. There was an abundance of wonderfully cooked food and great tasting turkey. Thank you to all the volunteers that helped to make this happen. We truly are thankful for all of you members out there that come and visit us here at the Ranch. If it were not for you, we would not have this bustling happy Ranch.

As December rolls in, we want to remind you of our Christmas on the Ranch Weekend. This exciting Christmas themed weekend builds up to our annual Christmas potluck starting at 5 P.M. on Saturday, December 8th. It has also been confirmed by one of Santa’s elves that Santa is coming that day at 2 P.M., so don’t miss out. Also, we will be having our annual New Year’s Eve bash. Come on out and bring in 2019 with your fellow members. The party starts at 9 P.M. and goes until 1 A.M. Don’t miss it, get your reservations in today!

We hope you and your family have a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! We also hope you and yours find the time to take a break work and enjoy some family time if not here at the ranch at one of our other wonderful resorts. Life can get in the way so take the time to make some memories and you’ll be glad you did!

Happy Holidays,

Sharrie Yarber, Resort Manager

Luna Sands Resort

Manager Update:

Your Luna Sands Resort is really starting to get busy.  Our winter snowbirds are arriving, and the weather is awesome.  We actually had a “COLD” spell the last week of November but the temperatures warmed back up to 80 by December 1st.  Cool nights perfect for campfires and warm days perfect for the beach or TIKI Bar parties.

We recently repaired the wall and floor in the Clubhouse, and are working upgrading 2 sites for the winter.  Site #22 and #23 are being re-worked so we can put larger rigs on them.  We hope to have that done by mid-December.  In addition, the old barn out in the woods was finally torn down and we are still working on cleanup of that area.  We moved the activity office into the Clubhouse, and the internet service was re-routed to the clubhouse.

During the month of November, we hosted a really nice Thanksgiving Day potluck with over 50 people attending.  The Tiki Bar and deck at the Clubhouse continue to be a great party area and all activities are scheduled to take place there.  When the weather demands that we move inside, arrangements are made to move to another building, but we really enjoy the deck when we can.  Phyllis planned several activities, and hosted the first Women’s Luncheon on Thursday November 29th.  We celebrated Veterans Day at the beginning of the month with a special party, and crafted some really neat snowman chimes.  We also started POKENO, bingo, and Decked the Halls all around the resort.  It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas!!!!!!

The first weekend of December on the 8th we will host an UGLY SWEATER contest at the Clubhouse at 7pm, and we’ll celebrate a Golf Cart Christmas Parade followed by large bonfire on December 15th.  On Dec 22nd, we will have our annual Christmas Party and gift exchange at 7pm, and on Christmas Day at 2pm we will have a Christmas Day Potluck with our Luna Sands Family.  The following weekend of Christmas on the 29th is a special Soup Supper followed by an evening of games.  To complete our year, “Dance with Me” DJ will be here on New Years Eve and our party will begin at 9pm and end on New Years Day with a Breakfast brunch.

For more details on any activities, please contact us at: lsrrecreation@travelresorts.com.  We will be happy to return details and instructions for any of our events.

From all of us here at Luna Sands, we wish you all a very happy holiday season.

Lewis Emert, Resort Manager

Bass Lake Resort

Manager Update:

The winter has definitely arrived.  The month of November was filled with cold and snow, I guess you can say that the camping season is over in the state of New York.  Although the resort is beautiful with snow on the ground, there are a few set backs when the weather turns ugly and nature isn’t prepared.  The very wet and heave snow on November 28th brought down trees and the entire surrounding area of Bass Lake was out of power from 6am until 9:15pm.  The power company had their hands full cutting trees and replacing power poles that snapped due to the heavy and large amount of snow fall.  We got 11” on that day.  By November 6th, our temperatures dipped below 32 and stayed that way for the entire month.

There were several families that enjoyed the peaceful solitude that winter camping brings.  They stayed in our cedar lodges.  The clubhouse does remain open when guests are on the resort.  The lower clubhouse also has fully operational men’s and women’s bathrooms.  Nikki has organized all of the board games and they are available for your use at any time during your stay.  Fell free to come out and sled down the hill, or if you’re really brave, you can ice fish.  There are miles and miles of “groomed” snowmobile trails off the resort and they are easy to get to from our resort.   Please remember to contact us by phone if you are thinking of day trip to Bass Lake.  The weather could be fine where you are, but treacherous where we are.  We answer the phone daily from 9am to 4pm.  315-728-9437.

Come see us.  We wish you a very happy holiday season, and Merry Christmas.

Lizette Bradley, Resort Manager

Sycamore Lodge

Manager Update:

Can you believe it’s December already?  November flew by but not without leaving its mark with great memories here at Sycamore Lodge.  Bob has taken a few well-earned days off so it’s a perfect time for us to give him a shout out for being the amazing Activities Director that he is.  He really puts life into all the activities here at Sycamore and we are very thankful to have him!

We started off November by celebrating our amazing Haunted Forest volunteers with an appreciation dinner.  Our own Smokin’ Joe prepared BBQ and there were plenty of fixins to go with it as we recognized the volunteers and gave out the trophy for the 2018 best house.  Congratulations to Halloween Horror Nights, Christian & Whitney Woodell, and their crew, for the 2nd year running!  And congratulations and a big THANK YOU to all our volunteers because, even though we don’t have a concrete number as of this writing, it looks like we are going to top our last year’s donation and set yet another record donation to the Leukemia Lymphoma Society of NC.  Way to go everyone!

The following weekend, we honored our Veterans with a ceremony which was very humbling.  We had representatives from every branch of service and multiple eras.  Pastor Gene led a tribute service to them, and it was an opportunity to remember that our freedom is not free.  Later in the day, we had a parade and then a potluck dinner.  It was a great day of celebration!  Thank you, Veterans, for your service – past, present, and future.

And then it was time to celebrate Thanksgiving at Sycamore!  Over 220 of you joined us for a Thanksgiving FEAST!  We had over 20 turkeys and I wish I would have counted the number of side dishes and all those glorious deserts that were brought in!  Again, there were so many of you that volunteered your time to help with the cooking and set up and clean up and it was a great event and we are so thankful!

We wrapped up November with a pretty little bow by decorating the Lodge for Christmas.  The resort looks amazing!  I absolutely love the celebration of Christmas and the Lodge is mesmerizing.  And throughout the entire month, all our weekends included crafts, contests, parades, and always, always food!  Our intern, Kristen, also updated the Activities pictures in the Lodge so be sure to peek and see if you can find yourself maybe covered in chocolate or at the end of Captain Jack’s sword!  Thanks everyone for a great November!  And again, thank you, Bob, for paving the way for us to make great memories!

Now that December is upon us, our focus be directed to all the winter projects that need attention.  We will be freshening up the cabins with new stain, leveling sites, doing some work on the roads and a myriad of other things to keep Sycamore Resort hopping.

And, of course, the activities will continue!  So if you’re not already here, we hope you’re planning to be and we look forward to seeing you soon!

Safe travels and God Bless!

Jeanna Plants, Assistant Manager

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