Have you ever wanted to sell everything you own and just "take off?" Travel the country's back roads, paddle down a meandering stream, experience breath-taking mountain views, walk among 100-year old trees, and just marvel at America's beauty? That is the dream that my partner, Betsy, and I decided to make a reality. This blog describes our adventure. The food we eat, people we meet, sights we see, and the enjoyment we find in traveling.

Wednesday, December 27, 2017

RV Park Review–Poncho’s Pond (Ludington, Michigan)

This park is a very nice RV park.  All 257 sites are full hook-up (with cable), level, and have paved patios and for a $2 nightly up charge you can get a paved site.  Our site was super long (over 100’) and had a nice view of the large pond. 

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All of the sites are really nice and range from back-in to pull-thru and the park is definitely big-rig friendly.  Some are situated on the “pond” while others are tucked under large trees.  There is pretty good separation between sites and on one side of us were large bushes that added privacy from our neighbors and the adjacent pathway.  There are tent sites set off along one area of the park near the bathrooms. There are a few trees among the tent sites but they are not very private and located near the garbage dumpsters/recycle bins and on a main exit thoroughfare.  There are also three nice-looking “haciendas” for rent.

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One of our favorite features of the campground was the fitness center.  Poncho and his wife are triathletes so the facility is top notch with weight machines, free weights, cycles, treadmills, elliptical, medicine balls, and lots of resistence bands. There are three heated pools on the property – two outdoor and one indoor and two spas.  Since we were there in mid-October the outdoor pools were closed but the indoor hot tub and pool were open (albeit, super crowded on the weekend with kids).  There are two laundry rooms and three bathrooms that are very modern and clean.  One of the cable television stations displays security camera footage around the property which was nice because you can see how busy the laundry is before carrying all of your stuff there.  There is a game room for kids, playground, shuffleboard, a clubhouse and a stocked pond on the property but it is only for kids (17 and under) to fish in.  Cable television yielded 55 channels and WiFi was available at our site with a decent signal.  The campground is very well-maintained with nicely mowed grass and while the grounds crew was always working they were not annoying with constant loud machines.  There is a railroad track that runs behind the park but it does not get a lot of use so the noise was not too bad.  If you don’t want to be near the tracks, ask for a site away from the south side of the park.  There is an off-leash dog park but it really is too small and narrow for big dogs.

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The campground is very convenient to lots of shopping and restaurants and within walking distance of a McDonalds, fruit market, drug store and grocery.  Downtown Ludington is only about five minutes away which has a cute downtown with shopping, galleries, and restaurants.  Ludington State Park is about 15 minutes away and has miles and miles of hiking trails and beach access.  There is also a city park downtown which is along Lake Michigan with beach access and lots of room for a nice walk (but dogs are not allowed).  The office staff was super helpful pointed out places to hike and things to do for the weekend.  Also loved that they gave us a choice of sites and let us drive around the campground (in their golf cart) and pick out the one we wanted.

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We really couldn’t find anything we didn’t like about this park and even extended our stay.  New customers get a 10% discount and during our stay we fell into low season and nightly rates were discounted 50%.  So for $28/night we got a really nice site with lots of amenities in a great location.  If you are looking for a nice RV park at a great price near a nice coastal Michigan town, give this place a try.

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