A photo journal about returning to full time RVing after seven years of homeownership. We full timed in a motorhome for three years, then came off the road to a house for seven years, we missed full timing so much we sold our house and bought a fifth wheel. On the road again!
Sunday, August 22, 2010
It's SUNNY in Sunnybrook!
club house living room
It took us about two and a half hours to get from Manistee, MI, on the west coast of northern Michigan, to come south on 131 to the great harbor town of South Haven, MI. We are staying in a gorgeous RV resort called Sunny Brook. Normally, the rate runs about $50-55.00 a night, which is now above our retired budget amount but we saw an August special online that was $99.00 for three nights if you stayed Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, or Tuesday, Wed., Thurs. so here we are!...this is one of our favorite places to stay. We watch for specials when we are in the area because it is one of the most beautiful places we have stayed that are the RV resort type...whoever did the interior design for the clubhouse has outdone themselves on a cozy, warm and inviting decor--it's nautical in colors--red, white, and blue tied in with light lemon yellow and sky blue colors...the pool is one of the larger ones for a resort of this type. There's a hot tub right next to the pool. The clubhouse has a massive stone fireplace, game area, a fitness room, a large full kitchen for throwing parties and for larger scale entertaining. There are quality restrooms, computer room, game room and playground for kids... The laundry facilities are decorated just as beautifully as the clubhouse. There's a small pond you can paddleboat in, and a beach available for swimming if you don't want to use the pool. There are people with all different sizes and shapes of RVs--from travel trailers to 5th wheels, to RV coaches ranging from $90,000.00 to $500,000.00 to a million dollar coach sitting on a site a few doors down from us. The resort fusses a little about the age of the unit--it can't be over 10 years old, or it has to be in mint condition for its age...
The RV resorts really want you to buy a lot, and then you can customize it with a small "coach house"/garage, stamped concrete patio, custom brick grill, etc., but Sunny Brook has plenty of lots for RVers to come in and spend a night, a couple of days, or longer. Our favorite places are in the back row, up against the beautiful woods, but they are all now taken by seasonal campers who have purchased the lots. The sites are nicely spaced out, you are not crowded up against your neighbors at all...they have concrete pads, fire pits and picnic tables..
Now the best part? South Haven is a short bike ride away (4 miles one way) on the Kal-Haven Trail, or 10 min. by car...wonderful restaurants and shops and tomorrow, we'll tell you and show you our favorites!