Don Temple pours a cold one at the Guadalupe River RV Resort onsite bar.

Ever since Don Temple and a group of investors purchased Guadalupe River RV Resort near Kerrville, Texas, seven years ago, they have constantly worked to improve the park, investing more than $1 million in improvements.

But their efforts are clearly paying off, according to a news release.

Last week, the riverfront resort won the “Park of the Year” award in the large park category from the Texas Association of Campground Owners (TACO) for the third year in a row.

Guadalupe River RV Resort has also won top ratings from the nation’s leading campground directories, including 5W ratings from Woodall’s North American Campground Directory and 9.5/9/9 ratings from the Trailer Life Directory.

The park, which borders the Guadalupe River, has 212 RV sites, including pull through sites with 30- and 50-amp service as well as wireless Internet and cable television service. It also has 46 park models, 17 cabins, three swimming pools, including an indoor heated pool during the winter, a hot tub, a dry heat sauna, a steam sauna, exercise room, laundry rooms and two large recreation halls, plus an attractive onsite bar with indoor and outdoor seating.

“We’re still the only RV park in Texas with a liquor license,” Temple said, adding that the onsite bar is a popular amenity for RVers who like to enjoy their drinks without having to worry about getting back on the road. Temple also has barbecues on weekends, which are always well attended.

The bar is popular with Kerrville area residents, who come to the park to enjoy food and drink while mingling with RVers. Temple said Kerrville area residents have developed strong friendships with many of his Winter Texans.

“It’s not just a bar,” Temple said. “It’s ‘Cheers.’ Everybody has a ball here.”

The bar has also become a favored hangout for active and retired law enforcement officers, from Texas Rangers to U.S. Marshals, which helps ensure that Temple never has any problems with his bar patrons. “On any given night, there are at least five badges in the crowd,” he said.

Temple is currently expanding the bar to include a new outdoor stage and dance floor.

But while the improvements and amenities and fine customer service ensure repeat business for his park, Temple said the ratings and awards help put Guadalupe River RV Resort on the map. “People pay attention to ratings,” he said.

For more information on Guadalupe River RV Resort, please contact Don Temple at (830) 367-5676 and visit his website at www.guadaluperiverrvresort.com.

Guadalupe River RV Resort is a member of TACO, which publishes and distributes the Texas RV Travel & Camping Guide each year in addition to organizing awards competitions for its affiliated parks using outside judges. For more information about the 2012 directory or for statistics involving the latest camping trends in Texas, please contact Brian Schaeffer at (817) 307-0129 or visit www.texascampgrounds.com and www.texascabinrentals.net.