b'CAMPSITE VISTASNo Tan Lines HereClothing Optional Parks Seeing More TrafficThey may vary by park, but there are also rules and guests need to fol-low naturist etiquette. None of these parks allows photography. No in-Sue appropriate sexual contact is permitted. While clothing may be optionalBrayaround the park, the pools and hot tubs are limited to nude bathing.To dress or not to dress? Probably not chasedbyThousandTrails.It here are truly nudists and not gawkers.aquestionRVersaskeachothertoo never reopened and in 1997 was They may vary by park, but there areoften.Andprobablynotsomething purchasedbyDaveLandman, also rules and guests need to follow na-which crosses the minds of those in the who had recently retired as vice turist etiquette. None of these parks al-campground business. But believe it or president of a major mortgage- lowsphotography.Noinappropriatenot, there are a growing number of RVers banking firm. sexual contact is permitted. While cloth-who choose not to dress when they are Daveandhiswifehadbeen ing may be optional around the park, thecamping, preferring to recreate at camp- membersofanotherCalifornia pools and hot tubs are limited to nudegrounds in the buff. nudist resort but had never been in bathing. Suwannee Valley even requiresApproximately 30,000 of them belong thecampgroundbusiness. The firsttimegueststoundergoaback-to the American Association for Nude park was a semi-retirement proj- ground check. Were basically lookingRecreation(AANR), an organization that ect, and something we wanted to for sexual offenses, said BG. We do thathas been around since 1931, advocating dowithapossibilityofmaking to keep our park and people safe. Inand protecting the rights and benefits of some money, he said. Today, he short, the parks managers do all theynudity in appropriate settings. And ac- has 311 RV sites built on 125 acres, Clothing-optional campgrounds and RV parks have noticed can to keep their guests comfortable andcording to Erich Schuttauf, AANRs ex- along with a motel, park models an uptick in interest as more campers explore the lifestyle. at ease.ecutivedirector,avastmajorityof and cabins. The family-friendly re- None of these parks spend much timethose members own RVs and campers. sort offers two pools, a hot tub, gym, hall where clothing-optional weddings or money on marketing, relying on wordAANR also boasts 200 member clubs, restaurant, bar, convention center and a can take place. ofmouthandtheAANRconnection.whichcanbeeitherlandedornon- dog park. Guests can play pickleball and Suwanee Valley is also in the enter- Weekend occupancy at Suwannee Riverlanded venues. Landed clubs tend to be tennis and hike numerous trails on the tainment business, offering two large runs at 90% and theyve never adver-campgrounds catering to nude guests, surrounding 522 acres. Theres even an music fests every year. We try to offer a tised. All the money weve made, weveaccordingtoSchuttaufandCarolyn annual Bare Booty 5K race. different event every weekend, said BG. putbackintotheparkforimprove-Hawkins, AANRs director of member- On the other side of the country, BG People like to have something to do and ments, said BG.And for the past fourshipclubandmemberliaison,while Parkesand her partner Tom Gillenwater something to look forward to. We want to years, weve been the fastest growingnonlanded clubs are temporary venues purchased a former Kampgrounds of give them a better bang for their buck. AANR club. Dave Landmans DeAnzalike cruises or other group tours. America Inc. (KOA) campground eight- Shangri La Ranch, located in the Ari- Springs Resort relies heavily on socialCampground activities and facilities and-a-half-yearsago,renamingit zona desert north of Phoenix, was built media and Shangri La also has an activeappear to be remarkably like what the Suwannee ValleyRVResort in White as a nudist resort back in 1959 and has Facebook presence. All three parks alsogroup refers to as textile campgrounds, Springs, Fla. They had previously owned operated as one ever since. Patty Faber, enjoy a healthy share of full-time guests.other than the fact that guests are not anonlandedmotorcyclenudistclub, who now co-owns the 48-acre park with All three park owners agree that thewearing clothes. A number of textile Bare Buns Bikers, traveling around the her four siblings, explains how her par- demand for nude vacation experiencesparks have become naturist parks, said United States marketing tours, which ents purchased the property in 1997. My is growing. Traffic is up, said Dave. Schuttauf. They offer similar amenities raised money for veterans, but had al- parents were from Germany and had al- Ive been raised here, and I only seesuch as pools, fishing and other recre- ways wanted to settle down and open an ways been nudists. Dad had been a busi- it getting more popular, especially withation common to both types of parks. RV resort. nessownerallhislife,andwhenhe families, said Cindi. Nude camping is aSome parks are clothing optional so peo- Unlike Landmans park, Suwanee Val- retired they hit the road in their RV. Mom great way to overcome self-esteem issuesple can break into it gradually, but its al- ley requires that their guests be 21 years had bronchitis, so they decided to head and normalize body esteem issues. As aways naked at pools and hot tubs. Its a of age or older and primarily caters to west and wanted to buy a park. Shangri lifestyle, its so beneficial for your physi-natural way to relax for people of all ages. military, police, fire and EMS personnel. La was a natural extension. cal mental state.The environment is an atmosphere with Our guests want peace and quiet to Today, Patty manages the park along Said BG, I think theres a strong fu-no apologieswhat a person would relax and really dont want to be around with her daughter Cindi. Her husband ture. A lot of people enjoy it for relax-find at any RV park. kids. Its a very tranquil environment, handles the maintenance. There are 160 ation. Its good for body and soul, andLocated 70 miles east of San Diego, said BG. units, including about 100 RV sites, plus people enjoy it because its nonjudge-DeAnza Springs Resort was built in the Situated on 30 acres including 584 feet parkmodelRVsandmobilehomes. mental. When youre naked, youre notearly70sandoriginallyattracted on the Suwannee River, the park offers Guests come from the greater Phoenix competing with the Joneses. (clothed) country music fans on week- 102 RV sites, four cabins and 12 tent sites. area, but in the winter they attract snow- AANRs Erich Schuttauf cited a recentends who came to camp and listen to top There is a bar and restaurant, a nine-hole birds from all over the United States and survey that consistently shows that 18%performers. After damage from a storm chip-and-putt golf course, and BG and Canada. of the traveling public would appreciatefollowed by the 70s gas crisis, the park Tom have installed a new pool and hot Like the other parks, they put a big some kind of clothing optional experi-went bankrupt and was eventually pur- tub. Theres even a chapel and reception emphasis on activities. During the win- ence while on vacation.ter, we have something going on every Schuttauf also sees more opportuni-night of the week, said Cindi. Theres ties for textile campgrounds to get in-linedancing,yoga,games,cards, volved with nude camping, particularlykaraoke, a DJ dance every Saturday, ten- if there are private areas which could benis and more. Various groups go hiking designated as clothing optional for cer-and take ATV day trips or just soak in the tain periods of time.Arizona sun. We try to offer a little bit of Parks interested in exploring theseeverything for everybody. From the very options can contact Carolyn Hawkinsbeginning, my grandparents wanted this at the American Association for Nudeto be a family-friendly resort. Recreation,1703North All three parks offer membership pro- Main Street, Kissimmee, Fla. 34744, grams.DeAnzaSpringsrequiresthat by phone at (407) 933-2064 or email:guestsjointheirannualmembership [email protected]
, which includes AANR mem-bership. Shangri La only requires that Sue Bray is well known in the RVtheir full-time guests purchase a mem- community,primarilyduetoherbership, although a membership option workasexecutivedirectoroftheis available to everyone after three visits. Good Sam Club. In 2009, she was in-Suwannee Valley asks that guests visit ducted into the RV/MH Hall of Fame.two to three times before purchasing a When she retired in 2012, she startedrequired annual membership. Said BG, herownconsultingbusiness;visitWe do that so that people who come www.suebray.com. WCM12 -December 2020Woodalls Campground Management'