Expansion Fuels The Vineyards' TACO Honor
Six months after completing a $2.25 million expansion, The Vineyards Campground has received a “Park of the Year Award” from the Texas Association of Campground Owners (TACO).
The award recognizes excellence in operations, customer service reviews, park promotions, directory ratings, management skills, employee training and community service, according to a news release.
But that wasn’t the only award The Vineyards received. The park also won TACO’s “Website of the Year Award,” which recognizes the contemporary look and feel of the website, its ease of navigation as well as the timeliness and depth of the information provided. The website, which includes numerous photos, a blog, a newsletter archive and information on upcoming activities and special events, can be accessed at www.vineyardscampground.com.
“We’re obviously very pleased with this recognition,” said Joe Moore, manager of The Vineyards Campground & Cabins, which is located on Grapevine Lake midway between Dallas and Fort Worth.
The Vineyards won the Park of the Year award in 2009. But TACO’s judges took another look at the campground after it completed a $2.25 million expansion and improvement effort last November.
Improvements included construction of 23 additional RV sites, the installation of seven new park model cabins, the building of a new camp store, the replacement of a boat dock and construction of overflow parking areas. Yet, the biggest cost involved the installation of sewer service throughout the park.
“Before, we only had 28 sewered sites and a dump station. Now we have sewer service throughout the campground,” Moore said.
“Having sewer service at each campsite is a big convenience that actually encourages RVers to stay longer,” Moore shares, “since guests don’t have to worry about filling up and dumping their holding tanks.”
Having additional park model cabin rentals is also increasing business because it makes The Vineyards accessible to people who don’t have an RV.
“Overall, our revenues are up 30% this year compared to the same period last year. Some of that reflects the additional RV sites, sales from the camp store and the new cabin rentals. And, we’re also seeing a general increase in occupancy,” Moore said, adding that the physical improvements to the park are complemented by a welcoming staff and clean facilities.
“This renovation is all part and parcel of what people are looking for,” Moore said of the park, which has 88 RV sites and 13 cabin rentals, all of which can be reserved online.
The Vineyards Campground & Cabins is affiliated with Best Parks in America, the National Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds and the Texas Association of Campground Owners. For more information on the Vineyards, please contact Barbara Tipton at (817) 329-0318 and visit www.vineyardscampground.com.