Hard to say whether this place is friendly. We never saw a soul. Just signs telling us where to drop our money. We called the phone number posted, but the woman who answered was nowhere near this place and knew nothing. So we deducted the Good Sam discount since they advertise on their own sign and in Trailer Life as a Good Sam park and dropped the resulting $20 in the box. There's no reason to ever come back. If the trains persist, there will be a good reason to stay away. The rumble actually shakes the motorhome slightly, and the whistle is louder than we like to have the television volume. I agree that the banners with the Bible verses are over the top considering the contrast between what they imply and the complete indifference these people seem to have to the people from whom they want to take money. It won't be us again!
This is a lovely old campground that is being turned into a fantastic place by its new owners! For one thing, they've already opened the pool. We didn't use it in January (!), but it's very pretty, as is the large playground area. The ponds are very pretty as well. Even though the campground is near enough to the highway to hear some road noise, it isn't bothersome because there is so much here to command attention away from that--the trees and light on the water and the really pretty little cabins. But the people who own it are the best feature of the campground. We live on the road full-time with our dog and run into a lot of places that claim to be dog-friendly. At some, we been told we can't let our dog step on the grass! Here, they love dogs! Their own dogs are very friendly (and very well behaved) and will play with yours if you want them to. Of course, you pick up after your dog as you would anywhere, but there's no feeling of having a gun held to your head over it here--just that you're trusted to do it. And your kids are at least as welcome as your dog. WIFI is coming soon, according to the owners, and a fenced dog play area is in the plan. A few sites work for internet satellite dishes--most have too many trees. The owners are very helpful with picking which one's right for you. These people are so nice that it's worth a stopover here just to spend some time talking with them!
For the price (Coast to Coast), this was okay. But be aware, if you use this place, that the sewer sites (half of the available sites) may not allow you to use all hookups at the same time. We are sitting on a site that has all three hookups, but the water and electricity hookups are on one side of the motorhome about sixty feet away from the sewer hookup on the other side. Interesting. The other caution is that this is a time-share business. We are not here under that compulsion, but if you see the tours office out front, don't get hooked into it. When I went online to try to find a web address to include in this review, I found nothing but awful stories about how badly people had been ripped off by the company that runs this place. If you use it as a stopover, it's a decent place. That's all.
We don't "worship" Briarcliffe, nor are we "enthralled" with it. However, we find it clean, welcoming and accommodating--and cheap in comparison to others in the area. Owners of spaces here will rent to individuals for a very good price off-season for a month at a time, which is excellent if one is a full-timer. (The price I've listed was out Coast-to-Coast price.) I'm sorry the poster below had a hard time and was unhappy, but having grown up in South Florida, I find it humorous that children would refuse to walk where there are ants. Perhaps a less argumentative attitude with staff who are, essentially, volunteers, would go a long way toward making his or her life more pleasant. We found Briarcliffe very pleasant. We will be looking forward to returning under Coast to Coast as well as under rental terms with individual owners. By the way, the staff allowed us to move around to accommodate our need to use an internet satellite dish without question--and with a return smile, something places we've paid a lot more have grumbled about.
One to avoid. We called ahead after reserving through CTC--called twice to ensure that we could get a site from which we could use our internet satellite dish because we have to in order to do our jobs. Both times we were assured that we would be able to because we would be placed in "The Meadow." Not only were we not put there on arrival; it was closed and the road to that area was impassable in a motorhome. We had confirmed a site with full hookups and 30 amps. We were put in a 20 amp site without sewer--and no chance of a shot at the satellite, so no chance at getting the work done that we had to do. Whereas we had intended to get our work done in the morning and have a pleasant afternoon and part of the Sunday in a tourist village nearby, we had to leave immediately the next morning instead of staying through our three nights because these people lied to us twice and about three different elements of the reservation. There's no excuse for this. If they don't want CTC members, they need to drop the program. We could easily have gone elsewhere. All they had to do was say no when we first called to ask our questions. (We were not the only CTC members there treated this way. The nice people next to us were told they could pay $10 for one night of cable TV and $25 to dump their tanks after having reserved a full hookup site. They were equally happy. Perhaps this place treats everyone this way?)
Here's the good: 72 channels of cable TV free. Very clean facilities, friendly people, open sky for satellite dishes. But this place is very like a large urban parking lot/truck stop with grassy patches added. When we opened the windows at night, the breeze was cool, but it smelled of nothing but the deep fat fryers from the fast-food restaurants all around us. Traffic noise is constant. Wifi is free but very inconstant, as is water pressure. I honestly can't see staying here except for a swift overnight unless you really had to be in Montgomery for business or medical needs.
We made reservations, asking three times whether we would be able to shoot the satellite for internet access, as we both work via the internet. We repeatedly asked about internet dish access because it is so difficult to get people to listen past "satellite dish" to hear "internet" when most people mean TV. We were assured that we'd have no problem. We got there and were given a site where shooting south meant shooting directly into a clump of trees. No way it could work. And no other spots could, either. Management just claimed they assigned sites by length only. Someone lied on one end or the other. To top it off, a very loud amplified band started playing ten minutes after we got there not fifty feet from the site they'd assigned us. We left after a long day, needing some rest. Thank God Wilderness was right down the road. This is a case of getting what one pays for. (ROD=no charge) It's a pretty park, but we won't be back.
Very basic but quiet, safe, neat and good dependable utilities. But that's not the reason we'll return. The unusually pleasant gentleman who owns and runs this little park makes being here a pleasure. BTW, he also sells propane right there at a very fair price.
Pets tolerated. Lovely for what it is--new and clean, etc, as said below. But with all the space they have here, including along a mile-long lakefront, not even a little fenced area where a dog can run and swim off-leash? Seems a shame at their prices. (Not terribly high,but this is the dead of winter and there's NOTHING to do here.) We won't return, not because of anything wrong here but because of much less expensive, perfectly nice opportunities close to a wonderful dog park with a lake in it south of Myrtle Beach.
The campground is very nice even though the laundry facilities are pretty rough. The sites are pleasant, and there are enough sites with shade trees for those who like them as well as enough clear ones for those of us who need a clear sky for satellite dishes. But the most striking aspect of this place for us was the aggressively rude woman who was registering people when we checked in. In our full-timing lives, this is the most astonishingly rude behavior we have ever witnessed. Later, it started to become funny as we watched another Pedroland employee floss her teeth behind the front counter of "El Drug Store"! If you arrive when a heavily made-up blonde woman is on duty, be prepared to enjoy some pretty amazing behavior.
All previous positive comments are correct. I need to add that the management here is an exemplar of good customer service. We paid for two nights but had to leave after one because of nearby construction noise starting at 4 AM (a temporary problem that has nothing to do with the park and should be over in a few days!). We left a note explaining our departure, and the owner called us on the road to say he would credit our account (we paid by debit card) for the missed night. At such a high occupancy rate, he certainly didn't need to do that, but it's why we'll be back. (Besides the fact that it's a really nice place.)
This is a membership campground with lots of affiliations (ROD, WHR, Coast to Coast...). It has seen better days but the new management is also working hard to improve it now. All basics are in good shape, including steady power and good water pressure, and the laundry facilities are good and cheap. The grounds are pretty. Everything needs a good scrub and paint job. I hope it gets one over the next year, as this place could be quite lovely if it gets the attention it needs.
Given the urban location, this place is as good as it gets. The only downsides for us are the road noise (unavoidable and not that bad at night) and the absence of an off-leash area (not really enough room for one here but essential for us to give a place a ten). Lovely salt-water tiled pool and hot tub, beautiful facilities and exercise room. Friendly hosts. If you're going to get "concerned" about armed security or "spooked" by the beauty of a New Orleans cemetary, why are you here? And those housing projects are for people who need to live here. Give them a break. Come stay here and spend some money in New Orleans. It's beautiful again, and the restaurants are still killer!
Agree with previous reviewer's comments. We were supposed to pay, but a dollar less. No big deal, but this place is in such disrepair that we wouldn't return here at any price. This is our third member park since we bought our membership, and we're beginning to wonder whether we've made a costly mistake. It's a shame, too, since there is potential here. It needs lots of attention, though, and personally, we'd prefer a fenced dog park to a church service and "No Alcohol in the Clubhouse" signs. If that's for you, just be sure to bring a circuit breaker and lots of extensions for wires and hoses.
No cable. No wifi, though the park says it's here. No cell service. Too far from anywhere to easily restock and pretty dirty for full-timers, especially with the large population of permanent residents driving close by to get in and out constantly. I wouldn't return, but I'm not camping. I live here. Without a sat dish, this would be a small step above boon-docking. AOR price may be low, but after the thousands we spend buying in, that's hardly the point. Some services would make this rating a lot higher.
This resort does indeed have good FREE WIFI--I am using it to submit this review, as it functions a good bit better than our Datastorm dish has recently. It also has grass and hedges and trees on the jacuzzi sites for $30 this time of year and through December. The trees don't provide shade, but they do provide fruit if you're here at the right time. I have to say that this is the first RV park we've stayed in during six months of full-timing that truly deserves the name "resort," and we've stayed in many that called themselves that. The customer service makes the difference. The people who work here act like the employees at Disney, not those at a convenience store who get annoyed at being interrupted on the phone. It has been a pleasure, and it's hardly a parking lot. The streets are paved, yes. My house is clean because of it. We also had work done on our Motorhome the same day we requested it, and a slight delay in processing the paperwork resulted in a free lunch for two a their very good restaurant where the employees had kindly spent a half hour telling us about Tucson the morning before. What's to complain about?
A week before we needed to stay here, we called to confirm that they were still Passport America. They told us no. Okay. We agreed that $30 starting on October 1 was a good rate. Two days before we came, we called again and were once again told there were plenty of spaces available and the basic site was $30. Both times we were told NOT to make a reservation "because there were plenty of sites." Oddly, the website, where the $30 price was posted, went down the day before we arrived. When we got there, the man who "greeted" us said "I don't know who YOU talked to, but there aren't any $30 sites HERE!" The papers he handed us still included the old price along with a sheet of new prices, calling it a small increase (between the price increase and the additional tax which had been included, the basic site now costs nearly 50% more than was posted on the website two days ago and confirmed on the phone to us). Clearly, the whole interaction was meant to deceive. We are now at a much nicer place in Chula Vista, paying about what the people at Mission Bay tried to charge us. It's their business if they want to leave Passport America, of course, as it is their business to raise their prices. Deception, however is very bad business, and we'll never stay there. Would you want to give people like this your credit card information?
I honestly don't understand what the previous reviewer means by clean. This is one of the dirtiest places we've stayed. All sites are dirt, and they rake the dirt up, creating clouds of blowing dirt so we had to close our windows. At $33/night (the dog's a dollar ten extra even though the "dog run" is a strip of dirt and no services are provided for the charge.), one would expect a bit of gravel if grass won't grow. Also, you have to be careful when you pull in and ask for what you want. We said "full hook up," which in the rest of the world means water, sewer and electricity. Here it means an extra $4.50 for a satellite feed we don't want or need--no refunds--no choice. I suppose if you are careful enough what you say when checking in, have no dog and don't live in your RV so don't mind it getting really dirty inside, this is a good beachside park. For us, on top of the very dog UN-friendly nature of the town, we won't be back.
Extraordinarily beautiful place with exceptional management. Long quiet hours and lovely garden setting make being outside here most peaceful. A short handful of strictly enforced rules make for a relaxed, wonderful place to be with very clean facilities. Pond-side sites work for internet satellite access. The prettiest pet area I've ever seen. A fence around it to let the dogs play together would make this place perfect!
Great for people interested in fishing. Facilities just okay. Riverfront sites lovely. Interior sites are not as cramped as previous reviewer implies. They are actually quite spacious. Not much to do if you don't fish, though.
Perhaps the most relaxed place we've stayed to date. Huge variety of sites, from secluded and shady to open-to-the-sky for our internet satellite dish. All are pleasant. Owners run a great little restaurant on site and make the best Black Forest ham I've ever tasted! (Great sausages, too) We filled our freezer before we left. Concrete was plenty long for our 34' motorhome. Site was almost perfectly level, anyway. Owners corrected any minor problems immediately. If you require everything to be paved and regulated by a long rules list a la "resort," this place may not be for you, but if you want all the necessities and many extras in a relaxed, friendly environment, it really doesn't get much better than Honeybear. For example, all the dogs that needed to be leashed were (including ours, who doesn't have enough sense to stay in our site unless she's leashed), but the few who knew how to stay by their owners' sides could wander around their sites with their people unmolested. That's a dog- and people-friendly place!
Very nice "resort"-type park despite loud road noise. Especially nice laundry. However, if a park is going to allow pets, it should allow them to walk on the grass. Here, we were handed a rules list that prohibits our dog from walking on the grass even in our own site! (It's close to 100 degress here this week!) We are expected to walk her on the blisteringly hot blacktop roads to the "pet area" (not a fenced exercise area; a dirty space outside the fencing surrounding the park). The rules sheet included a threat to throw out all the pet owners in the park if people persisted in breaking these rules. We will not return. Perhaps that's the idea.
If this place had a fenced dog park, it would be ideal. It is one of the friendliest, most pleasant places we've stayed, and with Passport America, cheapest at that! People are great, place is beautiful, and the horses with their foals across the road were a lovely sight every day. All facilities were excellent. Satellite internet worked great. (Recently added cell phone access for Verizon only.)
Lakewood is very quiet and has a very "gated" feeling. It is safe and constantly being worked on. All of the residents and workkampers and some of the family who work there are very pleasant and friendly. It has the potential to be the nicest RV park in three counties. The problem is that at least one of the family owners seems to be very unhappy about being there and appears to want to run a rigid little ship. Even that would be okay if the rules didn't keep changing according to daily whims. My impression was that we were not welcome. Since we know of many very nice places where we are very welcome, I doubt we'll be back here where we do not feel that we are.
Lovely place with friendly owners (We don't consider it our business what religion anyone else is, so we don't care whether they're Christians! They seemed just fine to us). Beautiful location though park is small. Center area would be nicer if a part of it were fenced as an off-leash area for dogs, but dogs are made very welcome. The only trouble is--and the reason I won't go back--there is a small zoo of animals right next door guarded by a horribly lonely dog chained to a barrel all alone. I can't look at that night and day every time I walk my dog and enjoy the time I spend there.
This campground and its owners are terrific! The sites are spacious and clean, and the amenities for dogs are generous and well maintained. We enjoyed an Asian dinner thrown by the owner-hosts, who have many years experience in the corporate hospitality world and know how to do things right. Everything here is well thought out. I only wish that insurance rules would allow it to be a bit more child-friendly (no under-18's in tent area with or without parents), but that's not the owners' call. We took our dog here to teach her campground manners before taking her to places where she might be living next to people who don't like dogs. Here, we discovered tolerance and friendly people. I wish all campgrounds were like this one!