Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Recession-Proof: Private Campgrounds

Low-cost, family-friendly private campgrounds, most of which are small businesses, are doing well despite the travel slump

Here is a great article by Karen Klien at Business Week, that shows private campgrounds around the country are doing well in these down economic times. I do not have to tell you that a camping vacation can save you ton of money vs. the drive/fly, hotel vacation. An interesting fact stated in the article, is that there are over 8000 private campground operators in the country with half independently owned by multi-generation families.

Another fact listed is that many of the private campgrounds are adding or improving existing amenities. Most of the higher-end campgrounds now have pools, cable T.V. and Wi-Fi.

I really like the more natural settings of the State Park and National Forrest type campgrounds. I am always on the lookout for a private campground that provides a balance between amenities and a natural park like setting. If any of my readers would like to list their favorite private campgrounds please list them in the comment section below.

1 comment:

  1. One of my favorites is Jalama Beach Campground -- between Santa Barbara & Lompoc, on a secluded large cove w/ cliffs, surrounded by private ranch lands.