The Good Sam Club announced the recipients of its 2008 Welcome Mat awards, aimed at recognizing RV-friendly businesses for their customer service and commitment to the recreation vehicle lifestyle.
All Good Sam Club members are asked to vote for their favorite businesses in several categories that treat RVers like royalty. Awards are directed to the many diverse interests of RV owners, including their favorite sandwich shop, ice cream parlor, fuel and gas station, RV tow vehicle, golf course, as well as favorite sit-down restaurant.
Cracker Barrel, a casual family restaurant located throughout the U.S., has been named the winner of the sit-down Restaurant category since the award’s inception six years ago. And America’s Best Campground, a Good Sam park in Branson, Mo., was again named the most RV-Friendly campground.
“Our Welcome Mat Award winners continually go out of their way to accommodate RVers and their RVs as they explore the great American outdoors,” said Sue Bray, vice president and executive director of the Good Sam Club. “We congratulate them, but most of all, thank them for the extra miles they go to make us feel so welcome.”
The following is a full list of this year’s honorees:

  • Fuel/Gas Station: Flying J
  • Propane Outlet: Flying J
  • Outlet Mall: Tanger’s
  • Casino: Sam’s Town
  • Fast Food Restaurant: Wendy’s
  • Ice Cream Parlor: Dairy Queen
  • Sandwich Shop: Subway
  • Sit-Down Restaurant: Cracker Barrel
  • Shopping Center/Mall: Mall of America
  • Dinghy Vehicle: Jeep
  • Tourist Attractions/Amusement Parks/Museums: Disney World
  • Golf Course: Pebble Beach, Carmel, Calif.
  • NASCAR Event: Daytona 500
  • RV Show: Hershey, Pa.
  • State/Province to Fish: Florida
  • Good Sam Park: America’s Best Campground, Branson, Mo.
  • Motor Oil: Rotella Shell
  • Pet Supply Store: PetsMart
  • RV Accessory Store: Camping World
  • State to Visit: Florida
  • Province to Visit: British Columbia
  • Tow Vehicle: Ford
    Awards will be presented at the opening night festivities at The Rally 2008 on March 14, where thousands of RVers will gather at the Georgia National Fairgrounds & Agricenter in Perry, Ga. All Welcome Mat winners will also be honored in the April issue of Highways Magazine, the official publication of the Good Sam Club.