Winter is a busy time of year at many campgrounds, RV parks and resorts, particularly for ones that cater to winter Texans.
“When Winter Texans come to campgrounds, RV parks and resorts, they want more than a place to park their RV. They want to be entertained, and many of our affiliated parks provide activities and entertainment to varying degrees,” said Brian Schaeffer, executive director and CEO of the Texas Association of Campground Owners (TACO).
Based in Crowley, TACO is the trade association that represents campgrounds, RV parks and resorts across the Lone Star State.
One case in point is Rayford Crossing RV Resort in Spring, which is located in the Woodlands area north of Houston.
“There are only three days in February that we do not have some sort of event going on,” said Scott McGee, Rayford Crossing’s general manager.
In addition to providing RV sites, park model RV rentals and occasional excursions to neighboring attractions, Rayford Crossing is offering its guests a fresh lineup of social activities this winter, many of which involve food and wine.
“New events we have done this season include Saturday morning breakfasts, where guests can have a meal prepared for them and socialize with other guests in the club room,” McGee said. “We have also held a wine tasting event where guests bring bottles to share and then participate in a blind taste testing, scoring which wines are their favorites.
“Another event that has gone over well is a Sunday night dinner,” continued McGee. “The guests get to socialize with each other and are prepared a hearty, home-cooked meal, usually something like pot roast or meatloaf with potatoes, veggies and dessert.”
Another popular event held each month during the winter season is called “Mens 3Bs,” which stands for beer, brats and bull.
“This event encourages guests to meet up and enjoy our barbecue pavilion area, which is fully equipped with tables, chairs, barbecue pits and fire pits,” McGee said.
- Loyd Park in Grand Prairie: Loyd Park is a 791-acre recreation area located in the middle of the Dallas/Fort Worth metroplex on the west shore of Joe Pool Lake. The park has 221 campsites, eight lakefront cabins, an 18-room lodge and a two-bedroom, one bath house for rent. Built on a site with large majestic oak trees just a few steps from Joe Pool Lake, the Loyd Park Lodge, which opened last year, features a fully furnished kitchen, a covered porch with rocking chairs, barbecue grill, a fire pit and big screen TVs and Wi-Fi.
Loyd Park also features furnished one- and two-bedroom cabins with kitchens and bathrooms, as well as large private and group campsites, each of which comes with its own picnic table, pavilion, grill and fire ring. www.loydpark.com
- Mill Creek Ranch Resort in Canton: This park, which often serves as a venue for weddings and other special events, features park model cottage rentals and lodges. Amenities include six stocked fishing ponds, paddle boat rentals, a fenced dog park, horseshoe, volleyball and basketball courts, an infinity pool and hot tub. www.millcreeranchresort.com
- Summer Breeze USA Resorts in the greater Houston area: Summer Breeze USA owns and operates three resorts in the greater Houston area, including Summer Breeze USA Victoria RV Resort, Katy Brookshire RV Resort and Kemah RV Resort. The Kemah resort features a swimming pool and hot tub, and park model rentals, while Summer Breeze USA Victoria features heated swimming pools, a clubhouse with kitchen, shuffleboard and outside pool, as well as cabin rentals. The Katy Brookshire RV Resort features a 10,000-square-foot indoor heated pool, a giant indoor Texas boot shaped hot tub, a NASA-themed water park, park model and cabin rentals, as well as a clubhouse and fitness center. www.summerbreezeusa.com
- The Vineyards Campground & Cabins in Grapevine: The Vineyards Campground & Cabins won last year’s “Park of the Year” and “Best Accommodations” awards from TACO in the medium size park category, despite suffering severe floods in 2015 and 2016 that submerged the campground for months at a time, causing hundreds-of-thousands-of-dollars in damage. The park also offers new services, including cable television lines and an upgraded Wi-Fi service, a new pavilion and new restroom facility. Campsites have concrete pads. The Vineyards Campground & Cabins occupies 52 acres of an 850-acre, mostly wooded scenic area encircling Grapevine Lake. www.vineyardscampground.com
For more information about camping in Texas, please call Brian Schaeffer at 817-426-9395.