Thursday, July 31, 2014

Winterset RV Resort Summer BBQ

The smell of barbecue chicken wafted through the summer air. It's a smell that creates memories and brings them back for residents of Winterset RV Resort in Palmetto, Florida. The empty clubhouse was decorated in bright summer colors, sombreros, maracas and streamers. It was time for a fiesta.

Each year, Newby Management hosts a summer BBQ as a way to give back to the residents in their communities. Winterset has hosted this event for many years, and it's one that residents have come to love. Soon the clubhouse began filling with people, dressed in Hawaiian shirts, bold festive colors and smiles.

Within minutes chatter, laughter and music brightened up the room even more. Today, everything was special, even the music. Classic country tunes rang through the air with a smooth, beautiful, captivating voice. That voice was one of Winterset's own guests, Sarah Getto. Born blind and with a severe cleft palette, Sarah let nothing stand in her way. She sings covers, but also writes many original pieces from adult contemporary and country to Christian and instrumentals. You can check out Sarah's music at www.sarahgetto.com.

Other distinguished guests at the BBQ included Pastor Harry Bush, and his wife Barbara. From November to April they offer an inter-denomination church service in the clubhouse starting at 10 AM on Sundays. Wonderful events like this are just some of the activities offered during the winter season at the resort.

One Winterset resident is spending her first summer at the resort. Her and her husband came to the resort last winter season and never left. Although they hadn't planned to be full-time residents they decided after just 5 days that they wanted to stay. Last season she watched friends reunite joyously, and this year she is excited to do the same with friends she made.

Coming to the park and never leaving is a common trend at Winterset. Harry and Martha Hudak came to the resort 41 years ago and have been there ever since. In fact, they are some of the first residents to ever stay at Winterset.

In their front yard they have a special goose that was ready for the summer BBQ in her poncho and
sombrero. That goose, Martha said, has outfits for many holidays and frequently has a festive wardrobe change. It's not uncommon to see beautiful yards at Winterset, as residents take great pride in their homes and their communtiy. Once a month, one resident is awarded "Yard of the Month" and is given a $25 gift card to Lowes to continue beautifying their yard.

With such a great community and so much going on, it's no surprise that the room didn't quiet down. Even with BBQ chicken, potato salad, baked beans, rolls and cake filling everyone's plates. If you're interested in purchasing a park model home or in making an RV reservation at Winterset, feel free to visit them online or in person!

8515 US Hwy 41 N
Palmetto, FL   34221

Thursday, July 10, 2014

5 Tips for Renting an RV

Woohoo! You just rented your first RV and you're ready to hit the open road. Your bags are packed, food is stocked and reservations are made. But before you leave, it's a good idea to take a few moments to look over these 5 tips for renting an RV.

1. KNOW YOUR OPTIONS

We all know how easy it is make decisions on a whim. After all, when you walk in to rent an RV and a sales person pitches you all the great features of an RV for a low cost it can be easy to rent the first one you see. But shopping around can definitely pay off in the end.

Once you've found a few places to go, check out the type of RVs they have for rent. For both comfort and safety, make sure to choose a home that will accommodate your entire traveling party. Even though it may be cheaper, a party of six would not want to squeeze into a home meant for five.

Check out the motor homes for features as well. For example, if you're traveling with small children it might be nice to have an on-board television and movie player. If you have appliances or electronics with cords, check for a good number of outlets. Try to picture yourself and everyone who's coming with you in the RV and make sure it will be a comfortable and fun trip for everyone.

2. COMPARE RENTAL PRICES 

Once you have a list of options, it's time to compare prices. Narrow down the type and size of RV you want and then compare prices based on size, availability and amenities. Lists will be your friend when doing price comparisons. Make columns and write down the following: Rental Store, RV Type, RV Size, Amenities, Price & Rental Terms. Fill out the columns for each of the RVs you love and pick the one that will make your vacation the best it can be! Doing this will give you a side-by-side comparison so you can make the best decision possible.

3. READ ALL THE FINE PRINT

We're all guilty of signing contacts or clicking agree without ever reading a word. Many RV rental contracts are similar to that of a car. Still, you never want to assume contracts are the same. Read first, ask questions, get clarifications and then sign. If something looks suspicious, don't sign. When in doubt, ask to take the contract home so you can review it first. Better safe than sorry! It won't be a fun read, but it will be worth it.

4. BE CAREFUL WITH USE

Like with any rental, you want to use with caution. You should still have a fun, laid back and relaxing vacation, but don't take any unnecessary risks. Make sure to be cautious when preparing food and when coming in from outside. If you have young children with you, make sure to set some ground rules. Over all, have fun and use common sense!

5. RETURN YOUR RENTAL ON TIME

This is an important one! Returning your RV rental on time will save you money. Late fees are an expensive cost. If there are any late fees, it will be outlined in your RV rental contract. If you're running late, be sure to call your RV rental company to inform them of your delay as soon as possible.

Last but not least, have a great time! The open road is calling and renting an RV is an awesome way to see if you're ready for ownership, or to have a fun vacation without the commitment of purchasing an RV. What are your rental tips?