I often say that not everyone wants the same experience in an RV Park, so for some,
this may be paradise, but surely not for us. I agree with the previous reviewer...it is
outdated, and a bit too rustic for my tasted, but admittedly, my husband and I prefer
a less remote location. When I made our reservation, I asked if this RV Park was
in the wine country, and I was told we were in the center of it, which is totally not
accurate. Now that we have explored the area, we know there are actually no
RV parks near vineyards in the Santa Barbara area...so if you want to be at a
dude ranch with covered wagons, trails, and horses to ride, you may love this place.
That all said, we had an overall negative impression, it was dusty from the trucks
that roamed the area. But, most of all, we have yet to have the following happen to us
in the past 5 years of our constant RV traveling. The "CAMP HOST" showed up at our
site just as we were heading out to take a walk. It was like he was waiting for us to
appear. We have a Florida license on our vehicles so he knew we were travelers. His
approach was unbelievably inviting and pleasant. He introduced himself, and asked us
for our names, then told us if we needed anything, just call him. THEN, he asked us if
we would like to have a free stay there...said he knew we were there for 2 nights and that
we could save the $110.00...that is, if we would sign up with him for a Thousand Trails
membership (this RV Park is owned by a corporation called Thousand Trails, and they
have parks on both east coast and west coast). He wanted to go over the paperwork,
and assured us that we would save a lot of money joining. He asked, "Would you rather
use your credit card or your Thousand Trails membership card"? He did not stop until
I told him that we'd read over the paperwork, but for now what we wanted to do was take
our walk. He threw his arms up in the air and abruptly said, "OK OK"...Move on folks".
When we returned from our walk his golf cart was at the next site and he was in deep
conversation with those people. I was appalled that we had to put up with his sales pitch.
SO, if the Camp Host welcomes you warmly, know that he wants $600.00 for a membership.
Actually, I read over the papers he left with us, and maybe if a traveler wants to save 20% on
fees, and get an occasion perk, this is the travel club for you. We would never want to be
trapped into spending that kind of money to find ourselves restricted...if all the Thousand Trails
RV Parks are as run down as this one, that makes it even move unappealing.
I found this place offensive...
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The spirit of the Old West abounds in this family-oriented rustic ranch setting. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Rancho Oso Hotel Santa Barbara