Jellystone Park-Resort Named ‘Best’ by TACO
One of the biggest trends in the campground business is the move by park operators to provide their guests with rental accommodations in addition to RV and tent sites.
But while most parks are investing in factory built park model cabins and cottages, the Burleson/South Fort Worth Jellystone Park Camp-Resort has built its cottages the old fashioned way – from the ground up.
“We have 37 cottages, and each one is unique and very upscale,” said Steve Stafford, the park’s manager. So upscale, in fact, that the Texas Association of Campground Owners (TACO) recently awarded the park its first “Best Accommodations” award for 2010, reflecting the cottages’ innovative architectural designs and furnishings.
“The park really has beautiful cottages,” said Brian Schaeffer, TACO executive director and CEO, adding that the Jellystone Park was named best in the state by an independent panel of judges.
All of the cottages have unique handmade pine and oil-rubbed bronze furnishings from Mexico and east Texas. Most of the 37 cottages also have their own private, two-person Jacuzzis, as well as separate showers and stone fireplaces with handmade wood mantles.
“Our guests have been overwhelmed by how inviting and comforting these rooms are,” Stafford said. “People even call us back after they’ve stayed here asking where we bought our mattresses because they’re so comfortable.”
Perhaps not surprisingly, the cottages are in high demand and are booked every weekend through most of the summer. “Once people see these cottages, they’re sold,” Stafford said.
The cottages, however, are only one facet of the 248-site park, which joined the Jellystone Park chain earlier this year.
Formerly known as Rustic Creek Ranch, the park has nearly doubled in size and had numerous improvements since Ronnie Bowyer acquired the property nine years ago.