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Campers Enjoying New Options, Amenities

The following excerpt is from an in-depth look at modern day camping authored by Leo Roth of the Democrat and Chronicle, Rochester, N.Y. Roth examines several emerging trends, including park models, staycations, WiFi and the popularity of travel trailers. To read the entire article, click here.

As the Memorial Day weekend nears, state campgrounds and New York’s private campground owners are reporting occupancy rates at 80% to 100%, but the nature of camping is changing.

Tim and Stephanie Cicotta of Irondequoit, for example, enjoy camping with their two young daughters, Julie, 10, and Jamie, 9. But their family getaways no longer entail stuffing the car with all sorts of gear and then pitching a tent.

The Cicottas are regulars at Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park Camp Resort in North Java, Wyoming County, where the lodging options go way beyond a basic tent campsite. Available for rent are lakeside cabins, camping trailers, chalets and what the Cicottas like best, deluxe cabins trimmed in knotty pine that include a queen bed, sleeping loft for the kids, full bath, kitchen area, fireplace, television, Internet and air conditioning.

“It’s our way of roughing it, I guess,” said Stephanie Cicotta, 33. “The kids loved tent camping but it killed our backs sleeping on the ground. Comfort is a big thing for us. And in a tent, if it rains, the weekend is over. It’s nice to be indoors and the kids like it because we’re still away (on an adventure).”

A stress-free adventure, said Tim Cicotta, 44.

“I think it’s great. It’s camping without the pain,” said the former truck driver who is studying to become an accountant. To read the entire article, click here.

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