Date of Stay: January, 2009
Ramblers Rest RV (owned and operated by Encore) is located on a large area between North River Road and the Myakka River in Venice Florida. It is adequately staffed, and the grounds are very well maintained. Rates are negotiable and the longer the stay the better the discount. A camp store is practically non-existent and with the campground being quite far from any stores, should be better. The pool area is very clean, with plenty of lounge and upright chairs, and several umbrellaed tables with chairs. Lots of organized activities and field trips, dinners and entertainment. I wouldn't recommend for families with young children, as this is primarily a retirement park. Campground is comprised of around 80% permanent residents, with plenty of scattered over-night, -week, -month sites, many shaded and quite a few rental units for extended stays. They have a mail room and mail boxes, so they can and do handle forwarded mail. Security at night could be tighter as there were many cars broken into in February '09 and gps units, computers, cameras etc., stolen. I would have given them 10, except that the fee driven Wi-Fi vendor (Tengo Internet) they recommend is completely unreliable and connectivity is spotty and slow at best! Given the amount of online activity that snow-bird travel necessitates, and given that this is the unavoidable way of the future, this is a huge drawback for us, and will prevent us from staying here in the future. This saddens us because we really like our site, and the pace and atmosphere of this campground suits our lifestyle. If you don't need or care about internet access, then I highly recommend this campground. If you do need or want good internet access try to find a campground with a better wi-fi provider or have your own.
Date of Stay: August, 2008
We've stayed here several times, and each time we have more respect and admiration for the management. This campground is extremely well maintained and staffed by family with a dedication to keeping the standards high. There is a small but extremely well stocked store, videos and vhs rentals are available, with a book exchange area and free wi-fi in the dining area (no wi-fi at campsites.) Free coffee is available every morning at 8, along with pastries for purchase. A bar is open for beer and mixed drinks or wine coolers daily until around 9pm. There's a kind of bare and unimaginative, but adequate, 18 hole miniature golf course, and the swimming pool is huge with a large tabled deck far enough away to avoid being splashed. There are wonderful fish fry's on Friday nights, along with full camp cook-out activities on holidays into the fall. There is foot patrol security at night, with closed gates after midnight-no motor traffic. There are a lot of seasonal residents, but plenty of sites for travelers. This is a very child/family friendly campground, but the need for peace and quite is respected and honored. Being only 2-1/2 miles from the Wisconsin Dells proper, you are right near the action, but far away from crowds and noise. I would have given them a 10, except for the lack of wi-fi through-out the camp.
Date of Stay: June, 2008
We stayed for a week and were first attracted by the adult (for "older" kids) atmosphere. The circular road set up put the sites at an angle to each other so although the sites were a little narrow, you weren't looking directly in each others windows! No site is too far from the pool, and the public areas were clean and well maintained. Staffers are attentive and friendly. The campground is close to all the action or quiet areas. We love the location and will stay here again.