Date of Stay:
March, 2017 -
You can tell an RV park is well run when the staff is friendly, engaged, and happy to work there. The owners of this park are very involved with recent improvements evident and ongoing during our stay. Although turnover is high, every morning there is a table laid out with documents ready for a quick check in. We had a problem at our site when we arrived that was taken care of promptly by one of the staff. And we saw quick attention to a few minor issues others had during our stay for the month of March. The bathrooms and laundry were kept very clean. There are activities in season - we liked the pancake breakfast (good way to get to know people) and Saturday night music. The Old Town Trolley Tour has a shuttle that picks up and drops off at the office - a great way to get a feel for the downtown. Most sites are gravel, but some have pads, and an expansion in the back has just started. Site sizes vary quite a bit, the roads are a decent size, and the staff guides you into your spot. Some sites are more level than others, but I get the impression they keep working on this during the off season. The price was a bit high and the washers expensive, but you can see that they are putting the money back into the park. We stayed 3 weeks in site 2 (big site, gravel, tree pollen) and one week in site 85A (big site, sunny, concrete pad, nobody next to us on the driver's side). We camped at Compass RV Park (formerly Indian Forest Campground) in a Motorhome.
We ate at Ned's Southside Kitchen several times. A local place with excellent food.
Date of Stay:
February, 2017 -
I feel compelled to write a review on this place. Under new ownership since December, 2016, but from what I can see Encore is more about promoting their brand than running a park. The location is fantastic and the pool area is great. We were there for February 2017 in an RV on a gravel site that was fine. We lost water for long periods of time twice, each followed by 3 days of a boil water alert. During the day-long + water outage the restrooms were off limits, no portables were brought in, and water was not offered until very late in the process. Lost water other times too - 10 out of 28 days with water problems. The men's room ran out of toilet paper, had no soap often - once for 4 days or so. When I asked why no soap I was told it was on order. Come on now, why not run down to the store and get some pump bottles? There are chairs in the shower stalls to put your things on leaving little room to change. One shower stall had a nice, narrow bench that worked, but only one in the whole place. I went to the front desk several times to bring items to their attention, get mail, and ask questions. More often than not there was a line at the counter while employees were on the phone with customers. Aren't these back room tasks for such a large, active park? Talked to several employees who said they were not pleased with the new management. If you are self-contained and will be off property a lot, this place will work. But if you plan to use the facilities or stay for awhile, be ready for a disappointment. Hope they get their act together. We camped at Tropical Palms Resort and Campground in a Motorhome.
Old Town is an easy walk with a lot of activity at night. Great to have so close.
Date of Stay:
November, 2016 -
This is our current benchmark resort after spending one month at a time at 6 different places in Florida, and visiting many others. The driving is tight in places, but manageable with the resort help. It is so well landscaped that feels more luxurious than compact. Well landscaped sites with night lighting make it great to walk around in the evening. The pool is heated and nice as well. All sites have pavers that make it great under the coach and under your feet. The bathrooms and laundry were nicely kept and spacious. We were there in November and this early in the season there were less activities, but we were welcomed at the Wednesday night socials. All the owners we talked to love the place. The location is great. We often walked around the village or across the bridge to see the sights or the sunset. We camped at Holiday Cove RV Resort in a Motorhome.
Date of Stay:
September, 2016 -
Best value we have found. Excellent location off the main road that is quiet and friendly. We stayed in the newer blue sky sites with gravel base and grass separations. The staff was exceptionally friendly and made us feel very welcome. Although cash only and no bathrooms keep the cost down, there is nothing holding us back from highly recommending this RV park. We had to change our time frame due to a family event and the staff was most accommodating. It is worth noting that this is the best cable we have received at any RV park. We plan to return at some point. We camped at Cross Creek RV Park in a Motorhome.
The sidewalks are excellent and bicycling is safe in this area.