Date of Stay: March, 2014
We are Thousand Trail members, so we are not charged unless we select a 50 amp site, which costs $3 per day. We have camped at many TT campgrounds and feel strongly that this is one of the best. The bathrooms are clean and functional, which can't be said of some TT parks, particularly in California. The staff is friendly and helpful, and the grounds and sites are large and in good condition. Most sites have full hookups. Negatives--feral cats abound, though that seems to be a common problem with campgrounds in rural areas. And Medina Lake is no more, as both the drought and San Antonio have left it bone dry. But despite the absence of Medina Lake, this Thousand Trails campground is a very nice place to kick back and relax.
Date of Stay: October, 2013
My wife and I stayed at Rustic Barn for 3 months in 2012 and 7 months in 2013. (We traveled from California to care for elderly relatives living in Dubuque, IA.) Note that we paid a monthly rate, which was quite fair, so the daily rate that I entered for this review is my best guess as to the normal rate charged at the time. Of course, weekly and monthly rates yield significant savings. The campground is in a quiet rural setting overlooking the picturesque Wisconsin countryside, yet it is only six miles from Dubuque. Back-in sites are quite spacious, while the pull-through sites are certainly roomy enough to enjoy the outdoors at your campsite and to extend your slideouts with no problem (we have camped in both back-in and pull-through sites). There is a real barn that holds the office and activity center (cable TV, pool and ping pong tables, and a couple of arcade games). There’s also a separate building, the Parlor, which can be used for meetings, pot lucks, etc. All very nice. But the most important “Pro” that comes to mind is that the owners are really great hosts; they are very accommodating and take pride in the appearance of the park and the quality of the accommodations. Bathrooms are cleaned thoroughly every day, whether they need it or not; the campsites are nicely shaded and well-groomed; and the water and electrical services are reliable. We’ve been to all the campgrounds in the area, and Rustic Barn is by far the best. It was a great experience and we'll make the trip again in 2014.