Finally-Elbow Room!!

If you have been to our offices in Matlacha Florida, you will notice two things:

First of all, our view is second to none. Our offices are located direct waterfront on the stunning Matlacha Pass. Credit to Jon Hunt capturing what is our island in the photo below.

Secondly, you will notice we are bursting at the seams. We knew we needed more office space, and we are finally getting it! Attached are some renderings of our new offices to be constructed on the same location as our current offices. To say we are a little bit spoiled is an understatement and we look forward to calling Matlacha home for the rest our our lives! We will be right up the street in rented offices while our new offices are under construction. Stay tuned for the Open House Invitation once we are back at home at 4700 Pine Island Road Matlacha! Thanks to all our clients who have trusted us and allowed us to grow beyond our wildest dreams. Let’s keep doing this thing together!

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Proud As A..Well You Know

You know how you take a baby and you help it grow past those initial first shaky steps-only to see them become a full fledged functioning adult? Well, that is a little bit how we feel today.

We are so very proud of Brian Faircloth and the team at Madison RV and Golf Resort in Madison Florida.

The story of how we met is a little funny. Brian attended one of my seminars at FARVC. He raised his hand and asked a question, and still to this day he will say I slapped his hand and shot him down in the middle of a packed house. Of course, he says it with a smile.

When we met him he had a great vision, but needed direction. We tweaked his land plan, got him started with software and marketing, and off he went. He is now booking, booking, booking, and if you do not book with him now, you will be out of luck. He is that hot and his course is that great.

This wonderful article in Woodalls this month highlights Brian, his team, and the stunning golf resort they have built in the northern part of Florida. We love it when it all comes together, and we at AOS are honored to be part of his story.

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“Thank You,” Will Never Be Enough

Several years ago my husband and I took some sabbatical leave and toured Europe by train. We were there for over a month. We started in Germany and ended in Normandy. It was, in our words, our “World War II Tribute Tour”

To say Normandy was sobering and awe inspiring is a feeble attempt to try to describe what is indescribable.

We walked the beaches, touched the german fortifications, admired the memorials, and held our breath as we visited the American Cemetery. There we walked for hours, not speaking, but admiring the tribute raised to those who stormed those beaches and changed the world forever.

One of the most touches moments was watching the French gardeners tend to the grass around the crosses. No motorized equipment was permitted around the crosses-all grass hand to be clipped by hand.

You can never visit such a place without being changed forever. This Memorial Day, we will once again take time to honor those who served and paid the ultimate price. We are forever, a grateful people.

Happy Memorial Day!

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Outdoors Here We Come

As I have been writing since COVID began-our parks remained hot commodities.

Now that the year of COVID seems to be somewhat waning, everyone is writing that the outdoor industry is THE vacation craze of the future.

Even Forbes came out with this article recently. Since 2003, we at AOS have been all about Outdoor Hospitality, but it seems COVID and Social Distancing are going to bring in a whole new wave of folks who wish to space out and breathe deeply the fresh air that comes with outdoor vacations.

Thinking RV’s are the only ones booming? Not according to our data. Our glamping and rental units still booking heavily during COVID and we are SOLD OUT for the holiday weekend. Again, space and lack of crowded rooms call to those who want to vacation, but with a little less contact.

Never had the industry been hotter and never have we been so thrilled to be at the forefront of grabbing those guests and getting them into YOUR parks. We have always known the outdoor industry was the way to enjoy life-we are just happy to see more people getting on board.

Happy Memorial Day Weekend!

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Driving Traffic

I wanted to share a one day screen shot from two of our parks. During this time of panic and COVID, we are thrilled that our portfolio parks are thriving. These screenshots, sent to me each morning, shows me what is happening across our portfolio. This particular one, shows me how our marketing department is reaching guests.

First thing to note, 166 people were driven directly to our Book Online Button from our “Call To Action,” campaigns.

139 were driven to the same site through our enhanced Google showing, and 60 directly to Madison through our Adwords. Keep in mind, this is ONE DAY. Most importantly, 239 of the 263 were NEW visitors.

Marketing is always important, but marketing during COVID has been a whole different animal. For the states that have allowed us to remain open, the team has absolutely slayed the competition.

If you are not seeing these kinds of results, you are with the wrong team. No one is more aggressive in their thinking than the team at AOS. We beat the data to death and then tweak each day as needed. It is what we do, and we do it well!

This screen shot tells you a couple things.

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Sweet Home Alabama

First of all, I am smart enough to never admit publicly if it is, “Roll Tide,” or “War Eagle.” Although if you know me well, you know which one.

Secondly, we LOVE the state of Alabama and the relationships we have made through both FARVC and AARVC. We have been speakers at both and have formed some great friendships.

We are also very happy to announce our latest client park hails from this great state. We could not be more thrilled to Welcome Johnny’s Lakeside RV Resort in Foley to our portfolio. Johnny’s has almost any amenity you would want during both a short term and long term stay.

We look forward to some of the new amenities that will be added and are excited about our GM, Connie. If you have not met her, make sure you stop by the office and say, “Hello.”

Johnny’s is currently booking both short and long term stays and Connie and her wonderful team will be happy to help you get settled and experience the best of Southern Hospitality.

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Welcome To Our Newest Park

The AOS team would like to say, “Welcome,” to our newest park. Junction West is located in one of our fastest growing states, the beautiful state of Colorado.

Junction West is right outside Grand Junction Colorado. Mari and Tom Garland were the long time owners of Junction West and are well known in the RV community. They hand off to us a rich legacy and we plan to continue to build on their successes.

Samantha Jager is the new GM. Samantha is native to Colorado and comes with a fantastic set of skills. She is in the process of building her team and forging ahead with exciting new ideas. We are thrilled to have this gem of a park in our portfolio.

Thank you to Mick and Ryan for entrusting us with your investment!

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Welcome to AOS

We would like to take this opportunity to welcome one of our new client parks to the AOS portfolio.

This special park is located in the great state of South Carolina. Hideaway RV Resort is located in beautiful Myrtle Beach. Beach bums and snow birds alike will find all they need at this waterfront gem. Located on the Intracoastal Waterway, we offer boat docks for those traveling north or south and wanting to stay a spell. This 119 site park offers back in sites, pull through sites, and sites directly on the water. A fishing pier and private boat launch are located on site for the enjoyment of our guests. We know you will love calling Hideaway your, “Home Away From Home.”

Hideaway RV Resort
Myrtle Beach SC

The entire AOS team says, “Thank you,” for your faith in us. We look forward to working together.

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Turning Dreams Into Destinations-Coming To You Soon

Most of our clients have come to us with a dream in their head….with or without a piece of land. We found this to be especially true at last year’s Glamping Summit.

To this end, we are very excited to be presenting again this year and our subject matter is, “Turning Dreams Into Destinations.”

It has been a tagline of ours for a very long time, but it is not just words. We have helped our clients invest over 500 million dollars in the Outdoor Hospitality Industry and have helped design guest friendly and award winning parks since 2003.

Our seminar will teach you the ins and outs of the strategies such as: how to choose your location, avoiding rookie mistakes, how to plan for the right mix of accommodations, what type of amenities are needed for my resort, where to go for lending and investors, and how to make your mark in your niche—even with strong competitors as neighbors. Bring your best questions-since we are really into Q&A and LOVE giving free and useful information.

Mark you calendars and join us in beautiful Aurora Colorado October 13-14 for the best this industry has to offer.

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Road Tripping Through the US

The AOS team have been road warriors so far this year. We are honored to have new clients in Michigan, Tennessee, New Jersey, Washington State, Colorado, Florida, Montana, and Oregon.

We have been all up and down the state of Florida working with new clients on new projects.

We have been in Colorado working with existing clients and getting their processes and procedures in place. As we exited, one staff member told us we got more done in three weeks than they have accomplished in years.

Well-that’s how we roll. We move quickly and efficiently to make things happen.

All in all, a pretty eventful start to the year.

We are also beyond excited to have been announced as speakers at this year’s NJCOA Annual Meeting in Dover DE. This is sort of where it all began, so we are really excited to be a presenter at this conference. We have also been invited back to speak at the Glamping Conference again this coming season. We really look forward to reconnecting with the many fine folks we met in Aurora. What a pleasure it was for Rachel and me to meet everyone.

Stay tuned for other news and events …and we hope to add your park to our portfolio along the way! Thanks to each of you for putting your faith in us.

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