VIDEO: Happy Fourth of July From WCM

Today's video features a rendition of the National Anthem sung by Jennifer Hudson, which is largely regarded as one of the best versions ever performed. Happy Fourth from WCM. To view the video and other selections of National Anthem performances click here.  Read More →

MARVAC Announces New Board Members

The Michigan Association of Recreational Vehicles and Campgrounds (MARVAC) recently elected new members to the 2015-2016 board of directors. MARVAC is the only full-service, non-profit, state trade association that represents all segments of the recreation vehicle and private campground industries in Michigan. MARVAC's members include RV manufacturers, dealers, suppliers, private campgrounds, financial/lending institutions, insurance companies and special service firms. The following were elected... Read more

Firm with Ties to ELS Buys Park for $9.84M

A 34-acre campsite in southwest Florida's Miami-Dade County sold for $9.84 million, according to Miami-Dade County records. The Real Deal reported that Miami Everglades Resort sold to MHC Miami Everglades, a Chicago-based company tied to Equity LifeStyle Properties. Equity LifeStyle has a controlling interest in more than 370 communities and resorts in 32 states and British Columbia with nearly 140,000 sites, according to its website. The Miami property includes cabins, a main store and swimming... Read more

Black Bear Invades Arkansas Campground

A black bear is creating a stir in Heber Springs, Ark. The bear ran through town and a nearby campground this past weekend. KTHT TB reported that as the Fourth of July nears, it's what everyone's talking about at this holiday hot spot. The bear was last seen at Dam Site Park around about 5:45 p.m. on Sunday. Ever since then, campers like Judy Parish say they're taking caution. "We started running in the house and I said, hey there's a bear out here." Parish says she... Read more

Go RVing Hosts Top Travel Writers at KOA

Top travel writers stayed in park models at Mystic KOA Holiday Go RVing and co-hosted a Father’s Day Camping Weekend from June 19–21 at the Mystic KOA Holiday in Mystic, Conn., for the top writers from the popular family travel website. Eight writers and their families camped in park model RVs during the weekend and enjoyed a traditional camping vacation that included cookouts, campfires, s’mores, swimming, hiking and arts and crafts. During the weekend, the writers shared... Read more

Carefree Purchases Islamorada RV Resort

Arizona-based Carefree RV Resorts closed on the purchase of Seabreeze RV & Mobile Home Park in Islamorada Wednesday (July 1), Seabreeze Associates owner Joe Weiselberg told The Real Deal. Located on Plantation Key, Seabreeze has 101 RV and mobile home sites, making it the largest mobile home park in Islamorada. Neither Weiselberg nor Carefree would disclose the purchase price for the seven-acre oceanfront site. As of Thursday morning, the sale had yet to be posted on the Monroe County Clerk’s... Read more

ARVC Offers Update on 352 Reg Proposals

The National Association of RV Parks & Campgrounds (ARVC) referred 352 proposals for new state legislation and regulatory changes to its state affiliates during the first half of this year. “Minimum wage and employment issues seem to be the front runners along with a variety of tax issues,” said Jeff Sims, ARVC’s director of state relations and program advocacy, in a press release. ARVC reviewed more than 7,690 legislative and regulatory proposals during the first six months of this year.... Read more

Consumer Confidence Jumps During June

Consumers feel much better about the economy and labor markets in June, a positive trend for future spending according to data released this week. The Wall Street Journal reported that the Conference Board, a private research group, said its index of consumer confidence jumped to 101.4 in June from a revised 94.6 in May, first reported as 95.4. The index equals the multiyear high of 101.4 in March. Economists surveyed by WSJ had forecast the latest index to increase, but only to 97.5. The University... Read more

Carson City Using Yonder to Boost Tourism

The Carson City, Nev., Visitor’s Bureau has partnered with Yonder, the leading outdoor recreation mobile app and platform, to attract summer travelers to the city, which was recently named one of the top 10 most travel-worthy state capitals by USA Today. Carson City has always been popular for its numerous attractions, but is now growing into a leading destination for outdoor enthusiasts, according to a press release. Using the Yonder app, summer travelers can find ideas on how to get outside and... Read more

Michigan State Parks Filling Up Over July 4

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources (DNR) reported an increase over 2014 in all occupancy projected at state parks for the July 4 holiday weekend.  “There are some campsites remaining, but the word is out. Michigan’s state parks are a great place to enjoy the holiday weekend,” said Ron Olson, DNR Parks and Recreation Division chief in a press release.  State parks offer a variety of lodging options including campsites, rustic cabins, yurts, teepees and modern lodges. Weekend occupancy... Read more

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