SNOWBIRDING IT, COTTAGE STYLE
Where can you book a beautiful four-hundred square foot fully-equipped holiday cottage that's close to languid pools, awesome activities and ongoing entertainment, for a fraction of the price of a comparable hotel stay? Normally we're not on the lookout for accommodation when we motor south to our favourite snowbird home, as our roving fifth wheel is always in tow. But due to unexpected circumstances this year, our visit to Golden Village Palms RV Resort (GVP), in Hemet California, needs to be a shorter one, so we zip down quickly by air to where a park model awaits our arrival.
More than a dozen craftsman-like cottages are the newest kids on this popular resort's block. Our covered veranda extends a warm welcome and beyond is every primal comfort necessary for a lengthy stay; two flat screen TVs, WiFi, DVD, a heavenly pillow-top bed. Our spacious living quarters are decked out in designer duds and an all-equipped kitchen makes entertaining a breeze. The back door leads to a patio where a barbecue promotes dining alfresco and just steps away is fun, fun, fun!
Live music wafts over the pool deck every afternoon and both tribute and dance bands provide regular evening entertainment. Although we miss out on this year's featured bands like The Beach Boys, CCR and Santana, we enjoy a taste of Polynesia on our final night when the pool patio turns tropical and umbrella drinks are paired up with luau-style entertainment.
"It's been an amazing week," my husband says as we saunter back to our holiday home. "And thanks to our cozy cottage, our RV has enjoyed a total rest too!"
If you've always wanted to be included in the flock of snowbirds but are sans the roving home, here are a few other resorts that offer accommodation rentals.
Golden Village Palms RV Resort Address:
3600 West Florida Ave, Hemet, CA 92545
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Emerald Desert RV Resort
Located in Palm Desert, this oasis is close to championship golf courses, shopping and dining. A few of the upscale amenities include: temperature-controlled pools, a putting green, driving range, tennis and pickleball courts and a grand clubhouse. Emerald Desert offers twelve rental villas, ranging in size from studios to 3 bedrooms.
Daily rates $95.00 - $225.00
Rincon Country East RV Resort / Rincon Country West RV Resort
Both the intimate resort of Rincon Country East and spacious Rincon Country West aim to please. Between the two, there are over a hundred hobby and interest clubs to choose from. And while Bowser paws around the agility course at Rincon West, train buffs will be lured to its railroad garden the largest of its kind in Arizona!
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Sky Valley Resort and sister property, Caliente Springs Resort
Rentals: These nearby resorts are located in the Coachella Valley on the outskirts of Palm Desert. In addition to a great location and loads of amenities they feature natural hot springs pools and spas, golf, pickleball, tennis, and very active activities and chapel programs. Each resort hosts 13-15 fully-stocked park models, most of which are less than five years old.
Daily: $150.00 per night in highest season
PHOTOS by Brent Cassie unless otherwise mentioned
1. Golden Village Palms Jane & Brent's cottagy home - by Brent Cassie
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