Ever since Don Temple and a group of investors purchased Guadalupe River RV Resort in Kerrville, Texas seven years ago, they have constantly worked to improve park, investing more than $1 million in improvements.
And, according to a press release, their efforts are clearly paying off.
Last week, the riverfront resort won the “Park of the Year” award in the large park category from the Texas Association of Campground Owners (TACO) for the third year in a row. Guadalupe River RV Resort has also won top ratings from the nation’s leading campground directories, including 5W ratings from Woodall’s North American Campground Directory and 9.5/9/9 ratings from Trailer Life.
The park, which borders the Guadalupe River, has 212 RV sites, including pull-through sites with 30- and 50-amp service as well as wireless Internet and cable television service. It also has 46 park models, 17 cabins, three swimming pools, including an indoor heated pool during the winter, a hot tub, a dry heat sauna, a steam sauna, exercise room, laundry rooms and two large recreation halls, plus an attractive onsite bar with indoor and outdoor seating.
“We’re still the only RV park in Texas with a liquor license,” Temple said, adding that the onsite bar is a popular amenity for RVers who like to enjoy their drinks without having to worry about getting back on the road. Temple also has barbecues on weekends, which are always well attended.
But while the improvements and amenities and fine customer service ensure repeat business for his park, Temple said the ratings and awards help put Guadalupe River RV Resort on the map. “People pay attention to ratings,” he said.
Guadalupe River RV Resort plans to purchase a 15-acre tract of land in Kerrville, Texas, as part of its campground expansion effort.
The $3.2 million expansion could take place either later this year or early 2011, according to the San Antonio Business Journal.
“The expansion will be nothing but high-end park model cabins,” says Bob Temple, who is the managing partner of the investor group that owns the park. “It will be a gated community and will have its own clubhouse and pool.”
Five years ago, Temple and his partners bought RV resort property in Kerrville and invested in $450,000 worth of improvements.
These improvements included building an amphitheater and concert stage by the river. The upgrades also included installing new plumbing and electrical services for more than half of the campsites. The investors also obtained a license to sell beer, wine and liquor at the campground and set up the camp to host rock and country concerts. The park has concerts planned this year for Memorial Day Weekend, Fourth of July Weekend and Labor Day Weekend.
“The previous owner is a nice guy, but he had not employed sufficient staff to maintain the property or bring out its natural beauty,” Temple says. “The grass was 5feet high all the way to the river.”
The current expansion plan comes on the heels of the RV resort earning two top ratings from prominent campground industry organizations.
The Texas Association of Campground Owners (TACO) named the Guadalupe River RV Resort its “Park of the Year.” The Kerrville resort also earned two 5W ratings from Woodall’s North American Campground Directory.
The park has been recognized for excellence in operations, customer service reviews, park promotions, management skills, employee training and community service. The park has also been recognized for having quality RV and recreational facilities.
“This tells me that people are noticing that we’re actually doing our job,” says Temple.