Hemet RV Resort A Hopping Place in Winter
If you think RV resorts are quiet places where there’s nothing going on, you haven’t been to Golden Village Palms RV Resort in Hemet, Calif.
During the winter months, this 1,019-site resort 90 miles east of downtown Los Angeles offers more than 200 different activities, plus a greater variety of activities and entertainment than most small towns, including dances, dinner shows and every flavor of musical entertainment, from country western bands to Mariachi and Flamenco and visiting bands that pay tribute to groups ranging from the “Rat Pack” to the Eagles, according to a news release.
“We are getting a lot of new RVers because of the concerts and events,” said resort manager Michael Carle. “They definitely want to be active.”
Indeed, while Golden Village Palms is unique because of the depth and variety of activities and entertainment it offers, RV resorts that cater to snowbirds find it behooves them to offer activities and entertainment.
“It’s the Baby Boomers,” said Debbie Sipe, executive director of the California Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds (CalARVC). “They like to be entertained, and they specifically seek out parks that offer a wide variety of activities and entertainment.”
As a result, she said, RV parks and resorts that offer the most activities and entertainment tend to be the busiest during the winter months.
Last week, Golden Village Palms filled its 300-seat ballroom with a band that paid tribute to the Beatles, while “The Crooners” will perform an interactive dinner play with the “Rat Pack” on Feb. 6. A group that pays tribute to the Eagles is scheduled to perform Feb. 13. On March 19, The Four Tops Revue will perform “Sugar Pie Honey Bunch,” “Baby I NeedY Lovin,” “I’ll be There,” and many other songs that thrilled audiences worldwide.
Other upcoming special events include an authentic Brazilian carnival event on Feb. 3 with food, music, dancing and a drawing to win free roundtrip airfare to Brazil from Copa Airlines; a car show and beer tasting event on March 3; jazz and cognac tasting on March 4; and a fiesta dinner show on March 9, with beer and tequila tasting, salsa dance lessons as well as a diverse lineup of performers including Mariachi musicians and Flamenco dancers.
The resort has even scheduled a Mediterranean Nights dinner event with Ouzo tasting on Feb. 20. The event will also include live snake charmers and belly dancing.
The entertainment isn’t limited to nighttime, either, since the Golden Village Palms offers more than 200 different classes, including woodcarving, stained glass and cooking. Many of the classes are exercise oriented.
“Just today,” Carle said, “we have sand volleyball, water volleyball, water aerobics, Zumba, meditation, Tai Chi and low impact aerobics. We’re trying to offer fun ways for people to stay limber and stay healthy.”
The resort also offers a monthly RV driving school, with February classes slated for the 7th and 21st.
Golden Village Palms also interacts closely with Hemet’s business community by inviting different local restaurants to come to the resort’s swimming pool area at lunchtime to introduce their menu offering.
“They sell their lunch items poolside,” Carle said. “This way, the guests get to try it and it introduces them to our local restaurants.”
Golden Village Palms also has its own farmers market once a week.
On Jan. 30, the resort will also host its first Taste of the Valley event, in which more than 60 businesses from throughout the Hemet area will come to the resort to showcase their products and services to the resort’s winter guests.
Golden Village Palms RV Resort is owned and operated by La Jolla, Calif.-based Sunland RV Resorts. For more information on Golden Village Palms RV Resort, visit its website at www.goldenvillagepalms.com.