Good Sam Names Welcome Mat Award Winners
The Good Sam Club, the world’s largest RV owners’ organization with nearly 1 million member families, today (June 2) announced the recipients of its 2010 Welcome Mat Awards, aimed at recognizing RV-friendly businesses for their customer service and commitment to the recreation vehicle lifestyle.
Good Sam Club members chose businesses they see providing RVers with superior customer service and meeting their specific needs. The awards reflect the diverse interests of RV owners, including their favorite sandwich shop, ice cream parlor, fuel and gas station, RV tow vehicle, golf course and favorite sit-down restaurant. Members voted for 23 categories through online ballots submitted on the GoodSamClub.com website.
The awards recognize Cracker Barrel, a casual family restaurant with locations throughout the U.S., as winner of the sit-down restaurant category once again. The restaurant has won every year since the award’s inception eight years ago.
“The Welcome Mat Awards distinguish the quality, value and service of roadside heroes – businesses that understand the needs of RVers and consistently take the extra steps for our Good Sam Club members,” said Sue Bray, director of member benefits of the Good Sam Club. “We congratulate all the award recipients and thank them for constantly going the extra mile and offering exceptional service for RV-friendly places.”
The following is a full list of this year’s honorees:
- Fuel/Gas Station: Flying J
- Propane Outlet: Flying J
- Outlet Mall: Tanger
- Casino: Hard Rock
- Fast Food Restaurant: Wendy’s
- Ice Cream Parlor: Dairy Queen
- Sandwich Shop: Subway
- Sit-Down Restaurant: Cracker Barrel
- Shopping Center: Mall of America, Bloomington, Minn.
- Dinghy Vehicle: Saturn
- Tourist Attractions/Amusement Parks/Museums: Disney World, Orlando, Fla.
- Golf Course: Pebble Beach, Carmel, Calif.
- NASCAR Event: Daytona 500
- RV Show: Tampa RV Supershow
- State/Province to Fish: Florida
- Good Sam Park: America’s Best Campground, Branson, Mo.
- Motor Oil: Shell Rotella
- Pet Supply Store: PetSmart
- Craft Store: Michaels
- RV Accessory Store: Camping World
- State to Visit: Florida
- Province to Visit: British Columbia
- Tow Vehicle: Ford
All Welcome Mat winners will be honored in the June issue of Highways magazine and at a ceremonial awards dinner taking place July 23 at “The Rally 2010” in Louisville, Ky.
To learn more about the Good Sam Club, log on to www.goodsamclub.com or call (800) 234-3450.