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Date of Stay: January, 2015 - $25.00
Great family park. Stayed over New Years and had a blast.
No cell phone service or WIFI but got Sat TV.
Very cold but made the campfire more enjoyable. We camped at Vail Lake Resort in a Motorhome.
Close to wine country.
Date of Stay: January, 2014 - $50.00
This is Not a resort. It is a high priced, run down campground. The roads have pot holes, the trees along the road hit the top of our RV, the trash dumpsters were overflowing, the camp sites are dirt or gravel, most sites are unlevel, and no Wi-Fi in the camp ground. Verizon cell coverage is very poor, no picnic tables, and empty beer bottles on the miniature golf course. After two days of overflowing trash dumpsters, there is a mass of trash lying on the ground around the empty dumpsters and no staff to clean it up. The campground is two miles from the lake and there are fees to use the lake. On the positive side, they have an attractive swimming pool area, a separate water slide for kids, and nice live oak trees on the property. It would not be so bad if it wasn’t so overpriced. Based on our experience, it should have been half what we paid. I heard the campground is in bankruptcy and also heard they are tied up in financial lawsuits. We will never stay here again. We camped at Vail Lake Resort in a Motorhome.Undo
Date of Stay: January, 2014 - $60.00
Where to start? Very unhappy with this place. It's dirt/gravel with uneven sites. I had to change sites 4 times to get level and away from trees. Virtually no cell phone service and they charged me $5 for internet that you can not get at your site: supposedly can get it at the office. Who wants to only use internet at their office? The bath house was horrid. It looked like it was from the 1960's without any work done on it. Also, there are lots of old trees with sites essentially fit in between and around them. Extremely overpriced!!! I will NEVER stay here again! We camped at Vail Lake Resort in a Motorhome.Undo
Date of Stay: April, 2013 - $70.00
Huge park with 500 sites, they are relatively large and spacious. There are no picnic tables, bring your own. Wi-Fi only at office. There is mini-golf ($3), waterslides ($10/hr), really nice pools (3 of them), small kids fishing hole, and horseshoes. Vail Lake is available to resort guests for $10 person about 2 miles away from resort. A bike is needed to get around here. The restroom was clean. Dumpsters were overflowing after weekend. We stayed in the oaks area which is more central. Lots of golf carts here. We camped at Vail Lake Resort in a Motorhome.Undo
Date of Stay: March, 2012 - $85.00
Huge, beautiful park with enormous shade trees. Big sites for easy access. They are not paved, but for the most part level. This park is not adjacent to the lake. The lake is a few miles down the road. But, since you are camping at the campground you can fish for a reduced fee and don't need a license. Kind of pricey as it has a ton of amenities during the season. Also has an extremely popular Haunted House in October. Book early for that. We camped at Vail Lake Resort in a Travel Trailer.Undo
Date of Stay: May, 2011 - $90.00
We camped here with our entire family. We had three spaces, plus paid for 2 extra tent users. The place is very large and you can't really walk to things. We used our car. We stayed in the lower Merlo which I would not recommended. There was no shade trees, the ground was gravel with a lot of rocks. Everyone here uses gas powered golf carts which is really loud and they seem to use them at all hours of the day and night. We were here for Memorial Day and even though there was a lot going on, I wouldn't do it again. It was way too pricy for what we got. We paid $400 for each site for the 4 days we were here. I always hear people talk about it, but it just wasn't for us. I would not go again. We camped at Vail Lake Resort in a Travel Trailer.Undo
Date of Stay: May, 2011 - $70.00
Expensive for what you get and they tried to charge me $5 extra for registering on the phone after hours. Not mentioned on the website. BTW Live band and dancing but a bit of a hike from our site. The "lake" is a mile away, you must drive it, I don't think there is a path. We won't return, just too expensive! We camped at Vail Lake Resort in a Motorhome.Undo
Date of Stay: March, 2011 - $65.00
This is a very pretty and a bit rustic park; and in Spring when the hills are green, is a great time to visit. The staff is extremely friendly and helpful. Unfortunately, it's a bit rundown and the amenities are not up to the price. At $65, I would expect WiFi and cable TV. I'm fine without them, but then don't charge so much. There weren't even picnic benches at the campsites. A few had broken patio chairs. The dumpsters were full to overflowing, this on Friday night going into a weekend and off-season at that. The owners need to invest a little and/or drop their prices. For such a beautiful place on a weekend with 70 degree temps, the place should have been busy instead of 3/4 empty. We camped at Vail Lake Resort in a Fifth Wheel.Undo
Date of Stay: March, 2011 - $70.00
This resort has a lot of nice amenities at the campground. Miniature golf, horseback riding, quad area with entertainment, bar, waterslides in summer, pool, etc. I really like this campground but the only drawback is it is getting too expensive to stay here. They provide extras on holiday week-ends but $100-120 a night is just getting too much for this middle class, Dad on a budget. I try to go in the Spring/Fall when rates are down and I have a great time. I would give this campground an 8 or 9 but the affordability factor brings it down a bit. We camped at Vail Lake Resort in a Travel Trailer.Undo
Date of Stay: March, 2011 - $80.00
Very disappointing. Under new management it would seem. Not enough staff ,and everyone seems to complain about everything. We heard they were always changing staff which is why it is so badly run. Would not recommend it and would never go back. We camped at Vail Lake Resort in a Fifth Wheel.Undo
Date of Stay: July, 2010 - $92.00
We really liked the rustic setting of the campground, as it really felt like we were in the woods. When we were here, you could have campfires in CDF approved fire rings, which was provided at each site. I have a 95 lb dog and he had a blast walking on all of the trails around the park. The pool was nice, yet unheated, so it was a bit cold, in my opinion. The restrooms were a bit dirty, but this is likely due to the fact that this was a holiday weekend, and the more folks drink, the worse off their aim is. What really bothered me was the way that the nightly rates were jacked up significantly for this weekend. When the rates are normally $42 per night on regular weekends and you raise it to $92, that is pretty close to extortion!! The other problem is that quiet hours were not enforced. One night there was a party going on until 0300 (no sign of security) or so, and another night, security finally got things somewhat tame by 1215. I would have called security myself, but my mobile phone (Verizon) did not have reception, this in and of itself is a safety issue. The other knock is the number of golf carts, mopeds, and Polaris that were buzzing around faster than the posted 10 mph speed limit. I would consider staying here again, but not for 92 bucks a night, and DEFINITELY not on a holiday weekend!! We camped at Vail Lake Resort in a Motorhome.Undo
Date of Stay: June, 2010 - $45.00
We stayed here for a bike race. The bike trails are great. Kids enjoyed the "frog pond" and swimming pool as well as the water slides. The sites were spacious, loved all of the shade trees. The restrooms were a little dirty, although had nice hot water in the showers. They had signs on them saying keep doors closed due to various things that could get in (birds, snakes, etc). The womens restroom door near our site would not stay closed. The entire time we were here (3 days) it was open. If you tried to shut it, it would just pop open again. We would stay here again. We camped at Vail Lake Resort in a Fifth Wheel.Undo
Date of Stay: July, 2009 - $75.00
I rated this park in July 2008. Not much has changed. We had hoped with new Management there would be a turn around. This 4th of July was the worst ever. Mortars and bottle rockets were going off in the lower Chardonnay area. We were given a number to call Security, but they never answered the phone. All we got was a recording all weekend long. Dogs were running loose throughout the campground, which made it difficult to walk our own two dogs on a leash. Children were driving gas powered golf carts round and round the loop day and night, and cutting through our campsites, next to satellite dishes and nice cars. When asked to stop the children said it was "their campsite" and called us the "B" word. We called Security numerous times and had talks with the gate guards on several occasions. Even then, talking to these people didn't help because as soon as they were gone the bad behavior started up. We had some people camp across from us who decided to play Jenga with 2x4's at 2 a.m. The police were called one night and hauled someone away for assaulting a Security Guard. I understand the group in lower Chardonnay threatened other campers. I imagine it was the same group as the one setting off fireworks in a burn area. The same broken soap dispenser remained unfixed from this Memorial Weekend. Our electrical boxes didn't have covers on them. The electrical power was going up and down all weekend as we notice from our air conditioners. We cancelled our reservations for next 4th of July and didn't book for next Memorial Weekend. They got $75 for Friday night, $100 for Saturday night and $65 for Sunday night. There is no cable TV. For these prices I expect a little more. Half the picnic tables and chairs are broken in the campground and you have to scrounge to get them. They are not available in all sites. The owner feels it's more important to plant grape vines at the entryway than to repair broken faucets in the bathroom, electrical boxes and replace picnic tables. We're not going back, which makes me sad as this was a very nice property. The owner just doesn't seem to care any longer and is letting it go down hill. This year there were 8 tents on 2 campsites, so much for the limit of people per site. They tried to say they didn't know, but if you read my review from last year, it was the same site. This guy is in it to make a buck any way he can, and has not put money into any improvements. If you go on a non holiday weekend I believe the fee is $65/night. We camped at Vail Lake Resort in a Motorhome.Undo
Date of Stay: July, 2008 - $85.00
We have been going to this campground for years, but it's gone downhill. Used to be nice tables and patio chairs. Now the chairs are so cheap they are unsafe to sit on. Bathrooms were not clean. The rules say "no motorized vehicles" yet motorized golf carts cruised the park all day and night. We mentioned this Memorial Weekend to the management and again 4th of July and nothing was done. We're talking loud motors til midnight. Never saw a Security Guard the whole trip. Called at 11:30 at night to report a loud group partying and got a recording. Children were driving motorized vehicles as young as 10 years old although rules say must have licensed driver. Electric golf carts are allowed and owner seems to have now allowed motorized ones which buzz around all day and night. Used to be tenter's were only allowed with RV's in the Chardonnay area or had to camp in tent area. Now they are scattered all over and there seems to be no limit per site so you get large groups in each site, tossing their beer cans wherever. This was a burn area a few years back, yet we saw mortars and bottle rockets 4th of July with no signs prohibiting them. Yet they are illegal in the county and have a $1500 fine. We go to get away from fireworks. Trees need to be trimmed in the sites and on the way in and out of the park. Difficult to avoid low hanging branches. Water slide price is $20 all day or $10 hour, but on holidays it's $10 hour, with no all day discount. Store used to be stocked, it was almost empty. Video arcade was filled with broken machines. Soda fountain in store was not working. Everything has totally gone downhill, except the pricing. We paid $75/night, but if you booked less than a year ago it was $100/night. Complaints to the office fall on deaf ears. When I said I saw a mortar, office worker told me it was her kids and poppers. Ridiculous response. They just don't seem to care about anything but making a buck. Still the sites themselves are nice in Chardonnay, crowded elsewhere. This place is better in the off season. Only positive is you can book side by side sites in advance. We camped at Vail Lake Resort in a Motorhome.Undo
Date of Stay: April, 2008 - $65.00
Overall, nice campground. The GOOD. Huge RV spots and incredible views. Huge grass areas and lots of room to move about. Grass is very well maintained and watered. They even had plastic chairs and tables at each campsite. However, the lake is a long way away, probably not walking distance. The Chardenay area appears to be the nicest. The BAD. Not even close to be worth the $65 per night. The 3" sewer hookups need at least 25' hose on many spots. Road condition was horrible, and narrow. Strange, because the sites were rather large. Trees need to be really trimmed along the roads to get your 30-40' RV out to your site. Grass is pretty much the only thing they seem to maintain. Can't comment about the restroom/showers as we did not use them. But the structure looked clean and relatively new. No Wi-Fi, except within a few feet of the office, which is a long, long way from the RV sites. For $65/night you DO NOT get cable TV either! Office staff seem to be more interested in yapping/giggling on the phone than seeing to our questions/check-in. We waited about 5 minutes for them to even acknowledge us! Maintenance staff zoomed through park in their truck and when confronted about their speeding, claimed they spoke "no English." Office staff said, "There's really nothing we can do about that since we did not see it." We were with small children and this attitude caused us great concern. This campground really is a diamond in the rough and could be a $65/night resort. But, in it's current state, is more of a $30-35 per night RV resort. We camped at Vail Lake Resort in a Fifth Wheel.Undo
Close to wine country.Elcajonee • April 2015
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