Van Go* visits a “Big Boy” Luxury RV Resort

Williston RV Resort, Williston, Florida

What’s Going on with Don & Norma?: I think this is a place I could spend the winter months. It’s not roughing it but the charm of the place is very real. I love the variety of places that we go.

In case you didn’t know, Don does most of the planning. We talk about where we want to go and he makes it happen. First we come up with  our “bucket list” locations, then pick a route and a loose timeline. Don follows several blogs (Wheeling It, Technomadia, Watsons Wander) and marks spots that sound like something we would like on his planning map. He also looks at a Reader’s Digest book “Off The Beaten Path” and Harvest Hosts to see if there is anything interesting to check out along the way. Later, if we are headed that way he checks the website RV Park Reviews for recent reviews to see what others have said about the park and we tie everything together with our routes. After checking Google maps, we try to keep the driving time to 3-5 hours.

We aim to stay at a range of parks, both private and public. This stop was at a high-end private park and I think you will agree it is something special, too.

*Van Go is the name we gave our little 25′ RV

Williston Crossing RV Resort, Williston, Florida

Opinion: Recommended. Williston RV Resort won the ‘Good Sam RV Park of the Year’ last img_8921year and it is easy to see why. It is a beautiful gated park with spacious sites. As a matter of fact, many campers have landscaped their sites and built structures because they always spend their winter season at the park and/or just rent the site year-round.

Activities: The park has its own TV channel so that you can keep up with the over 39 weekly activities (bible classes, bike group rides,crafts, cards, pot-lucks, etc.) or classes (watercolor painting, glass painting, yoga, etc.) going on around the park, or field trips, or cruises they are sponsoring. There is also a pickleball court, horseshoe area, shuffleboard court, community fire pit, hiking trails, restaurants, dinner dances, and a pool. The park has a Sewing Building, Activity Building, and Club House.

Rules Specific to this Resort: Williston RV Resort is adults only between October 5-April 15, with the exception that grandchildren can visit for up to two weeks but must be accompanied at all times. This resort also requires that your RV must be less than 10 years old, acceptable in appearance, and cannot be a tent, pop-up, van, or truck camper.

During our travels we have seen some RV resorts that were only Class A RVs (the big RVs) or even only AirStream RVs.

Dates of Stay: January 26 – 29, 2017

Weather During Stay: Overcast, some rain, and cold in the forties.

Overview of Sites: All 535 sites have FHU. There are 11 grass sites, 37 pull thru sites, 41 park models, and the remaining sites are back in.

Sites are level, large and paved (all but the 11 grass sites), separated by grass lawns with a picnic table. Trees are scattered throughout the campground.

Laundry: Very nice with multiple washers and dryers. All machines appeared to be in good working order.

Restrooms: Nice, clean, and well-kept. However, the shower water pressure is very low and it takes a while for the hot water to reach the shower.

Rate: We paid the Good Sam rate, $46.75/night for 30 or 50 amps FHU which is above our normal nightly rate. Monthly and season rates are very reasonable.

Our Site/Phone/TV: Site 174 – Partial shade from nearby trees. Perfectly level long parking pad. Verizon and AT&T worked img_8919for phone. Cable TV provided (bring your own cable) with 45 channels and wi-fi at the site was good and we were able to connect to check email and conduct uploads/downloads to our devices.

Elevation/Landscape/Terrain: It is a beautiful park, well maintained, and located in a suburban neighborhood.

Lighting/Noise: No obtrusive lighting or noise at night.

Favorite Camper Sites: I would be happy to camp at any of the sites, but prefer paved sites on rainy days.

RV Office: The office entrance is off Highway 27. Everyone we met were friendly and professional and full of great suggestions for places to eat or things to do in the community. Someone from the office escorts all RVers to their site and helps campers get situated.

Special Notes: If you come in the entrance off Route 121 there is a sign with phone numbers telling you to phone for an escort. The escort takes you to your site, helps you set up, and then drives you in their golf car to the front office to register.

Good Toad Hook-Up/Un-Hook Site: Coming into the park from the north we entered through Route 121 and un-hooked while waiting for our escort. We hooked up our toad by pulling into one of the long, empty pull-through sites on our way out.

Hiking/Walking: There are designated walking trails throughout the park.

Comments: This park is very dog friendly and there are several designated dog areas.

Interesting Tidbits of Information about the Area: Nearby there is a restaurant, The Ivy House, that was recognized by Ocala Magazine as ‘Best of the Best Restaurant in 2014’ for it’s southern cuisine.

We also visited Cedar Lakes Woods and Gardens. This was a beautiful quarry garden that was built by a dentist in his backyard and opened to the public in 2014.

Happy Trails

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