Camp In Luxury Down the Shore

Beach-goers turn to new and improved campgrounds

With the economy still in a funk, vacationers are turning towards more affordable options to get their beach-fix. But that doesn’t mean they are willing to sacrifice luxury.

Campgrounds have answered the call, adding plush amenities from baths to digital TV to attract new customers, reported the Courier-Post.

Maggy and Dave Robinson, owners of Holly Shores Campground and RV Resort in Cape May, dropped $125,000 to expand the pool and add a waterfall, reported the Courier-Post.

“People want more these days than a tent and an outhouse," Maggy Robinson told the Courier-Post.

Other improvements included a nature trail, dog park, and 20 air-conditioned cabins equipped with full baths, kitchens complete with Corian countertops, and even lofts accessible by spiral staircases, according to the paper.

The improvements may have done the trick.

Some park owners have reported more reservations that last year, Jay Otto, co-executive director of the New Jersey Campground Owners Association told the paper.

"Many people discover camping in a down economy," said Linda Profaizer, president of the National Association of RV Parks & Campgrounds, told the Courier-Post. "Last year, we held our own despite the economy and this year it's even better."

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