Texas Campgrounds keep busy with Fall activities

Texas Campgrounds keep busy with Fall activities

CROWLEY, Texas — Fall is a busy time at campgrounds across the Lone Star State, many of which accommodate nature enthusiasts, fall festival attendees and Winter Texans making their way south toward Hill Country, the Gulf Coast and the Rio Grande Valley.

“Campgrounds, RV parks and resorts make great base camps for many different types of fall activities, so we expect Texas parks to stay quite busy throughout the fall shoulder season,” said Brian Schaeffer, executive director and CEO of the Texas Association of Campground Owners (TACO), which hosts travel planning websites at www.TexasCampgrounds.com and www.TexasCabinRentals.net.

Here’s a sampling of the many different types of festivals and other activities taking place in Texas this fall along with descriptions of nearby campgrounds that can be used as base camps for traveling Texans as well as visitors from other areas:

Fall Festivals in the Dallas / Fort Worth Area

— Autumn in the Dallas Arboretum (www.dallasarboretum.org): This event, which runs through Nov. 23, features more than 150,000 fall blooming flowers, including zinnias, impatiens and salvias as well as over 90,000 beautifully arranged pumpkins, gourds and squash. Fodor’s Travel named this event one of America’s best pumpkin festivals while Architectural Digest named the arboretum one of the world’s 15 most breathtaking gardens.

— State Fair of Texas (www.bigtex.com): This event takes place through Oct. 23 at Fair Park in Dallas

Nearby Campgrounds

— Texan RV Ranch in Mansfield: This 145-site park is within 20 minutes of major Dallas / Forth Worth Metroplex attractions, including Cowboys Stadium, Hurricane Harbor and Hawaiian Falls. The park features big rig friendly pull through RV sites as well as one bedroom cabin and two bedroom cottage rentals. Amenities include a swimming pool, a pavilion and free WiFi and cable TV.www.rvparksdallasfortworth.com

Fall Festivals in the Austin / New Braunfels Area

— Wurstfest (www.wurstfest.com): This is a 10-day German themed food and craft beer event from Nov. 4 – 13 at the Wurstfest grounds in New Braunfels.

Nearby Campgrounds

— Leisure Resort in Fentress: This is a 117-site campground with 22 cabins, five of which have full size kitchens. The park also has elevated 12-by 12-foot “tree houses,” which feature bunk beds, mini-refrigerators and barbecues. It also has a clubhouse as well as a pavilion for hosting weddings, family reunions, birthday parties and other special events.

The park is east of the Texas Hill Country and is roughly 40 miles from Austin and 60 miles from San Antonio.

“We are a destination park,” said Patricia Lopatowski, the park’s general manager. “People come to go river tubing and rafting on the San Marcos River.”

The spring-fed river, she added, has been replenished by heavier rains this year.

Leisure Resort also has numerous onsite amenities, including a pet park, fishing, a nature trail, playgrounds, pool and sand volleyball court and basketball court, and a shuttle service for river tubing enthusiasts. www.leisureresort.net

— Pecan Park Campground in San Marcos: This park was featured last year in Country Living Magazine as one of the nation’s “must visit” RV campgrounds in America. It sits on a scenic bluff overlooking the San Marcos River and is a popular location for river tubing enthusiasts.

The campground, which has access to nature trails, has numerous pull through sites and is shaded by mature pecan trees.

“It’s just a nice place to be,” said Daryl Cagle, a retiree with a son in Buda and a daughter in San Antonio who has frequently camped at Pecan Park since 2008.

“They have nice big campsites,” Cagle said. “The water pressure is always good. They have a guy come in who keeps the park mowed and manicured and looking nice. They also have a nice indoor pool. My wife likes to swim and my grandkids like to go down to the river.” www.pecanpark.com

— Stone Creek RV Park in Schertz: This park is a great base camp for excursions to major attractions in New Braunfels, such as Schlitterbahn Waterpark, Rockin’ R River Rides and Texas Tubes, and San Antonio, which is home to The Alamo, The River Walk, the San Antonio Zoo and Aquarium and many other attractions.

Onsite amenities include a hot tub; family and adult swimming pools; two large off leash dog parks with dog agility equipment; and two large recreation halls. The park also provides free cable TV and WiFi and cabin rentals. www.stonecreekrvpark.com

Fall Festivals in the Rio Grande Valley

— Texas Butterfly Festival (www.texasbutterflyfestival.com): This event takes place Oct. 29 – Nov. 2, at the National Butterfly Center in Mission. Activities include field trips and educational activities designed for beginners to experts.

Nearby Campgrounds:

— Oleander Acres RV Resort in Mission: This park is a great place for nature enthusiasts. Not only is it located near the World Birding Centers of the South Texas Rio Grande Valley, but it features more than a dozen butterfly gardens that attract about 100 different types of butterflies.

Oleander Acres also features leash free dog runs for big dogs and small dogs. The park is about an hour’s drive from Brownsville and South Padre Island. www.oleanderacres.com

— VIP La Feria RV Park in La Feria: This big rig friendly park has two heated swimming pools; two whirlpool hot tub spas; a large rec hall with live music and shows as well as kitchen and banquet facilities; horseshoe pits and fenced dog park areas. www.viplaferia.com.

Sample Base Camps for Outdoor / Nature Activities

— Fort Amarillo RV Park in Amarillo: This park is often used as a base camp for excursions to Palo Duro Canyon State Park, which features a rugged 800-foot deep, 110-mile long chasm that is the largest canyon in the U.S. after the Grand Canyon.

Fort Amarillo RV Park also accommodates travelers bound for the annual Albuquerque Balloon Festival, which takes place during the first week of October, as well as people interested in seeing Amarillo area rodeos.

Fort Amarillo RV Park has many amenities, including a 4,500 square foot dog park, tennis courts; an indoor heated swimming pool; and a unique gift store called Lizzie Mae’s Mercantile, which features everything from Texas-themed souvenirs to Christmas ornaments, unique baking mixes and condiments and home decor items. www.fortrvparks.com

— Loyd Park in Grand Prairie: Loyd Park is a 791-acre recreation area located in the middle of the Dallas/Fort Worth metroplex on the west shore of Joe Pool Lake.

The park has 221 campsites, eight lakefront cabins, an 18-room lodge and a two-bedroom, one bath house for rent.

Built on a site with large majestic oak trees just a few steps from Joe Pool Lake, the Loyd Park Lodge, which opened last year, features a fully furnished kitchen, a covered porch with rocking chairs, barbecue grill, a fire pit and big screen TVs and WiFi.

“The new Loyd Home is the newest rental addition to Loyd Park,” said Heather Markham, program coordinator for the Grand Prairie Parks, Arts and Recreation Department. She said the home can accommodate up to four guests who want to enjoy the natural beauty of Joe Pool Lake while still having all of the comforts of home, including a fully furnished kitchen and a living room with satellite TV, and a backyard deck with a hot tub.

Loyd Park also features furnished one- and two-bedroom cabins with kitchens and bathrooms as well as large private and group campsites, each of which comes with its own picnic table, pavilion, grill and fire ring.

In addition to offering boating and swimming at Joe Pool Lake, Loyd Park offers canoe and kayak rentals as well as a paddling trail along Walnut Creek. Hiking, biking and equestrian trails are also available. Additional amenities include volleyball courts, a softball field and a playground. www.loydpark.com

Base Camps for Fall Rafting and Water Sports

— Pecan Park Campground in San Marcos: This park was featured last year in Country Living Magazine as one of the nation’s “must visit” RV campgrounds in America. It sits on a scenic bluff overlooking the San Marcos River and is a popular location for river tubing enthusiasts.

The campground, which has access to nature trails, has numerous pull through sites and is shaded by mature pecan trees.

“It’s just a nice place to be,” said Daryl Cagle, a retiree with a son in Buda and a daughter in San Antonio who has frequently camped at Pecan Park since 2008.

“They have nice big campsites,” Cagle said. “The water pressure is always good. They have a guy come in who keeps the park mowed and manicured and looking nice. They also have a nice indoor pool. My wife likes to swim and my grandkids like to go down to the river.” www.pecanpark.com

— Rio Vista Resort in Kingsland: This park is located on Lake LBJ, which is popular with water sports enthusiasts. The resort offers kayak and canoe rentals, while jet skis and larger boats can be rented from other businesses along the lake.

In addition to RV sites, Rio Vista Resort offers lake houses that sleep up to 20 people and villas that sleep up to eight. Most RV sites are within 200 to 300 feet of the lake, many are on shady spots, and all of them have easy access to the lake, fishing pier, and boat slips. Other amenities include a swimming pool, a water trampoline, water slides, a splash pad and mini golf. www.riovistaresort.com

Year Round Destination Parks and Nearby Attractions

— BCS Marino Road RV Park in Bryan: This big rig friendly park is located near Texas A & M University, the George Bush Presidential Library and Museum, the Blue Bell Creamery, Lake Bryan and the Brazos Valley Museum of Natural History, among other attractions.

The park features nice landscaping and sitting areas with gazebos, barbecue pits and charcoal grills. A dump station is also located onsite. www.bcsmarinoroadrvpark.com

— Mill Creek Ranch Resort in Canton: Located 60 minutes east of Dallas, this upscale park is an ideal base camp for shopping enthusiasts who are itching to visit the world’s largest flea market, which takes place on the streets on Canton Thursday through Sunday before the first Monday of every month. Mill Creek features RV sites as well as cabin and cottage rentals. Amenities include hiking and bike trails; disc golf; catch and release fishing ponds, paddle boat rentals; life size chess and checkers games; horseshoes; volleyball; basketball; swimming pools, a hot tub; and an onsite spa with yoga instruction.www.millcreekranchresort.com

— Rayford Crossing RV Resort in Spring: This park will have its annual chili cookoff and Halloween party on Saturday, Oct. 29. The weekend will also include family craft activities and a DJ by the pool. Rayford Crossing also has a Thanksgiving Day potluck where the park provides the meats and the guests bring the side dishes. The park also offers special Black Friday events for children so that some of the adults can go out shopping.

Guests often use Rayford Crossing as a base camp for sightseeing in the Houston area or for attending local festivals and sporting events. Concerts in the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion, one of the world’s top rated outdoor amphitheaters, are another big draw.

Rayford Crossing is a three-time winner winner of TACO’s “Park of the Year” Award, also offers plenty of recreational activities, including hiking and biking trails as well as an exercise room and luxurious bathroom facilities with granite and stone showers. Park owners Bill and Gwen Craig recently completed more than half a million dollars in improvements to their swimming pools, buildings and patios. They also built a new dog park. www.rayfordcrossing.com.
Consumers can research campgrounds, RV parks and resorts and book their reservations through TACO’s travel planning websites. TACO also offers a free printed campground directory, the 156-page RV Travel and Camping Guide to Texas, which can be ordered through TexasCampgrounds.com or accessed in digital format online.

For more information about camping in Texas, call Brian Schaeffer at 817.426.9395.

SOURCE: TACO press release

Ultimate Flats Fishing with Captain Joe Prado

captainjoepradoJosh Rodriguez, finance manager for Ron Hoover RV & Marine of Donna Texas, shows off a great catch on a day of “Ultimate Flats Fishing” with Captain Joe Prado aboard a Majek Boat. Josh is celebrating his birthday!  Majek boats are available at Ron Hoover RV & Marine. Contact Captain Joe Prado @ 956-357-1301 to book your next fun filled day of flats fishing!  Happy Birthday Josh!joshrodriguez

Congratulations Rick Manzanares!

The Ron Hoover Companies is pleased to announce that Rick Manzanares is now a certified service writer for the Ron Hoover RV & Marine location in Corpus Christi.  Rick was awarded the certification by successfully studying and passing the exam given by RVDA’s (Recreational Vehicle Dealers Association) Education and Learning Center. The exam requires the passing of areas such as satisfying customer’s requirements, coordinating customer appointments, coordinating technician workloads and maintaining daily operations. The net results will ensure higher customer satisfaction by providing the Ron Hoover staff with the necessary tools required by the largest and most trusted RV and marine dealer in Texas.  On behalf of Blake Anthony, General Manager and Tony Clark, Vice President of Service congratulations Rick!

Houston June Boat Show June 22-26, 201

See the great selection available at the summer boat show with Ron Hoover!

Show Admission/Hours

Show Hours

Wednesday-Friday
June 22nd-24th
1 PM – 9 PM
Saturday
June 25th
10 AM – 9 PM
Sunday
June 26th
11 AM – 5 PM

Admission :   Children 5 and under are free, children ages 6-12 are $5.00 each and adults 13 and up are $12.00 each

Only cash will be accepted at the ticket windows. Credit cards are not accepted at the ticket windows. The onsite ticket windows will open 30 minutes prior to show opening and close 30 minutes prior to show closing.

 Parking at Reliant Center

$12.00 Per Day for Onsite Parking – Cash Only

Ron Hoover Houston Grand Opening

State’s largest RV, boat retailer opens doors on Katy location

GrandOpening

Dozens gathered at Ron Hoover RV and Marine’s grand opening of its ninth location in Katy this past Thursday, April 28. The 11-acre, 90,000 square-foot facility contains 19 service bays, large parts and accessory areas and accommodates up to 30 RVs and 50 boats.

The Katy Rancher       yourkatynews.com

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Posted: Friday, April 29, 2016 8:31 pm

By Landan Kuhlmann

What began as a little shop in Rockport TX has grown into the Lone Star State’s largest RV and boat retailer, and they are bringing the experience to Katy.

This past Thursday, April 28, Ron Hoover RV and Marine celebrated the grand opening of its ninth Texas location with a ribbon cutting at 29029 Katy Freeway. The 11-acre, 90,000-square-foot facility will include 19 service bays as well as a large parts and accessory area. It will accommodate up to 30 RVs and 50 boats for service.

When Ron Hoover RV and Marine President and CEO Chris Hoover approached the city, Katy City Council Member Chuck Brawner said it was immediately clear the two had mutual interests, and an alliance was formed.

“It’s been a great relationship between Mr. Hoover and the city of Katy and you can see the outcome of that,” Brawner said of the company’s flagship store. “When the city and developers/business owners come and work together, you’re going to have a fine operation—this a beautiful operation and it’s going to be a benefit to the city of Katy.”

Beginnings

Hoover’s father began the business nearly three decades ago, and it quickly spread from their hometown of Rockport down to the Valley, west to San Antonio and quickly to the north side of Houston. However, he quickly came to the realization that the city contained an entire population in the western portion of the city which was underserved.

Eventually the company opened its doors on Barker Cypress Road, but still felt as though a portion of Houston’s west suburbs was in need and made a move.

The right fit

Hoover says they knew of the need to expand, but for years simply had no room to do so on the Barker Cypress campus, leading to partnering with the city about two years ago on a tract of land the company had owned for a decade.

“The stars just weren’t aligning, but finally everything settled in and here we are,” he said “We always knew we wanted to be here. We had the right people, we had the right product—we knew we just needed the right facility.”

The rest was a match made in heaven.

“The city of Katy fits us very well—we’re small town kind of people,” Hoover said. “We like the small town feel and just thought Katy made a lot of sense.”

Additionally, Katy’s family dynamics mesh well with what Hoover says is a growing recreational activity.

“The biggest difference is that younger families are making RVing a priority in their lives because they realize it is a cost-effective and fun way to spend time with family and friends,” he said of the rising level of RV ownership.

Brawner said approving the new facility fits with Katy’s “open for business” economic development mentality, which he said was one of Mayor Fabol Hughes’ primary focuses upon taking office.

Such an attitude has led to the city ending up with several projects planned up and down the Interstate 10 frontage road in both directions, such as a a Buc’cees soon to built across the freeway from Hoover and other potential developments extending down to Woods Road which he believes will even further benefit the city.

“If we can have businesses come in here and develop a good tax base on the commercial side, then we can improve our services to our citizens,” he said. “We’ve been lowering the tax rate two cents per year for the last three years. When you have a development like this that’s going to prosper, the city prospers.”

Employees hold the key

Ron Hoover’s RV and Marine’s newest location will employ 45 staff members year-round. Hoover says that group holds the key to the location’s success, and in that vein significant efforts have been made to provide the most comfortable environment possible.

“We wanted each salesman to have a home. All of our service technicians have a home. We have specific areas for all of our parts people and all of our service people,” he said. “We wanted a good facility that was well-suited towards an employee home.”

““We think that with good employees we’ll get the best customers, and that’s what we’re here to do,” he added.

Symbiotic relationship

Attracting businesses such as Ron Hoover serves a two-fold purpose and is part of a relationship in furthering Katy’s economic development while also benefitting both business owners and residents of the community.

“Word got out to business owners and developers and now look what’s going on here,” Brawner said. “Those kinds of things bring in the revenue so we can keep our tax base low for both our residents and businesses so that there’s a good business environment and a good quality family atmosphere in the city.”

Ron Hoover RV & Marine Just Got Bigger

Katy Magazine

Katy, TX (march 8, 2016) Ron Hoover RV & Marine Centers, Houston’s #1 Google-rated dealership, will celebrate the Grand Opening of its new 100,000 square-foot dealership, located at 29029 Katy Freeway in Katy, Texas (just west of Katy Mills Mall), April 28 through April 30, 2016. This special 3-day event will include lots of door prizes, free hamburgers and hot dogs from 11am to 2pm, and a Grand Prize that will be your choice of a Sabre 365MB 5th Wheel or a Blue Wave 2200 Pure Bay boat.

Ron has included two gourmet coffee bars, a play area for the kids with videos and games, and a pet area for the four-footed members of your family. And, when our customers bring their units in for service, there are 19 service bays, ensuring the quality service and fast turnaround time that Ron Hoover is famous for. Add to that the RVIA-Certified Service Technicians, Factory-Certified Marine Technicians and an entire staff of Service and Sales support personnel, and it’s no wonder that Ron Hoover RV & Marine Centers is Texas’ largest RV and boat dealership.

During this fun-filled 3-day event, we will be joined by Manufacturers Reps for those with questions, Bank Reps for those looking for financing, and the Hoover family will be there as well to meet you and welcome your family to our newest location. Food, fun, friends and a first visit to our new comfortable “home” where every day, in every way, we care about making your time with family a time to remember!

March 08th 2016 Posted to Business News,Katy News |

Lori Fink-Award of Certified Service Writer

Pictured left to right are Larry Ramirez, Service Manager, Lori Fink, Recipient, and Blake Anthony, General Manager.

Lori Fink of Ron Hoover RV & Marine of Rockport was recently recognized for her receipt of the status of “Certified Service Writer”. This certification is highly esteemed in the RV Industry and is sanctioned by RVIA (Recreational Vehicle Industry Association) and RVDA (Recreational Vehicle Dealers Association). The program consists of a completion of many study modules. Proficiency tests  have to be passed in order to achieve this level of professional credentials. Lori has been employed with Ron Hoover RV & Marine for 9 years. This achievement program is available through the Human Resources Office of Ron Hoover RV & Marine located in the Rockport corporate office.