Myriad Resort Rental Only

April Fools perhaps? This was one of the last emails I received from Myriad Luxury Motorcoach Resort, the same folks behind Mountain Falls Luxury Motorcoach Resort. It hit my mailbox on April 1, 2019:

12 SPOTS SOLD

Only 13 Priority Reservation Agreements remain. Call Suzanne to learn more about the advantages of the Priority Reservation Agreement. Here are a few highlights of being one of the first 25 lot owners:
– Be among the first to select your preferred lot
– Discounted price advantage only available to agreement holders
– Lot trade advantage
NEW ADVANTAGE: Guaranteed a lot to occupy while you build a coach villa on your lot in the 2019/2020 winter season.

Except nothing in life is guaranteed. I was speaking with my American buddy about this development last week. He told me that he had gone down to take a look at it and that there was nothing to see. He thought that the project had been abandoned.

A few days later and I received a bit of an odd email from Myriad:

The update, for whatever strange reason, was a tiny embedded graphic. It reads:

The developer of Myriad RV Resort has modified their project plan. Moving away from a phased approach, Myriad will be built out all at once. The completed project will open in 2021. Lots will be available FOR RENT. The completed Resort will open in 2021. There will be no lots FOR SALE. Myriad Luxury Motorcoach Resort…
– same reputable high end developer
– same resort vision with a new project plan
– open for renters in calendar year 2021

Something odd happened with this development. I had posted about Myriad last January. You can find that post over here.

This was the original overview.

Designed in the French West Indies Vernacular, Myriad is truly a one of a kind Motorcoach Resort unparalleled in its fine finish, attention to detail and warm luxurious design.

We spent the last 5 years planning this resort, leveraging our experience in developing the finest in luxury resort communities and understanding the wants and needs of the motorcoach enthusiast. With oversized lots, lush landscaping, and deluxe coach villas for entertaining and overnight guests, to the meticulously designed infrastructure, we’ve anticipated your future wants and needs. We took the time to get it right.

This was the original park plan with owner sites to the left and renters crowded into the upper right on very small lots.

This is the new plan:

I can’t tell if it is basically the same plan as their website is a total mess with outdated information including a page with rental rates for the 2018/2019 season. Their Facebook page isn’t much better I’m afraid.

If Myriad is truly a one of a kind Motorcoach Resort unparalleled in its fine finish, attention to detail and warm luxurious design, then they might want to improve their website and their communication.

I have no idea whether this park will ever get built but their messaging sure does comes across as an amateur effort.

Welcome Home!

Welcome home! Such a lovely greeting from the owner of Myakka River Motorcoach Resort. And this will be our home for the next six months until we return to Canada.

We stayed here last year and we connected with so many wonderful people that we knew we had to come back. Aside from the awesome community at Myakka, it is hard to beat the views from the front of our coach. We have a riverside lot and we enjoy awesome sunsets.

Our coach is nestled amongst the palm trees with an expansive site. Life does not get much better than this.

We decided to arrive a few days earlier than planned and we skipped our stay at Bay Lake. It was a very long drive from Hilton Head Island Motorcoach Resort to Myakka. Part of the drive took us through the horrendous construction work that is ongoing on I-4 in Orlando. Not fun.

I will take a couple of days to rest and recover although I will be very busy in the woodshed preparing for several guitar dates in Florida and in Canada.

Nice to be back in shorts and t-shirts. Awesome to reconnect with our friends.

Here is a short video showing our arrival into Myakka.

Apple Valley Farm Motorcoach Resort

Paradise. The Cambridge dictionary defines it this way: a place or condition of great happiness where everything is exactly as you would like it to be. That is how I would sum up our experience at Apple Valley Farm Motorcoach Resort.

Bob McKee, owner of McKee’s 37 and McKee’s RV, invited us to spend some time at one of his sites at Apple Valley. The site we are on, site 148, is available for purchase and, if you were looking to own a bit of paradise, this site should be on your list.

I have posted about McKee’s products a few times, here and here. I’ve used McKee’s RV and car care products to detail our vehicles for many years. Great products and outstanding customer service.

Apple Valley is a Class A motorcoach resort located in Lake Lure, North Carolina. We arrived here on Saturday and we have been thoroughly enjoying the park, the beautiful fall colours and the pleasant weather.

The resort is a relatively small and closely knit community with 46 sites situated around this lake.

Quiet and peaceful. Early morning walks reward you with a wonderful connection to nature. There is nothing like being out in the refreshing mountain air. The coaches blend into the landscape, almost hidden by the trees and vegetation.

Our coach is parked here.

Our site has two decks. This is the upper deck.

One side of the deck runs almost the full length of the coach with several seating areas.

And the front of the deck offers wonderful views of the surrounding country.

A stairway leads down to the lower deck.

Great views of the park from here. Looking forward you have the water and the mountains.

And looking towards the right you can just make out the sites that are located within the towering trees.

Each site at Apple Valley has its own charm. Like this one.

All of the sites are generous in size with mature landscaping.

Our site includes a dedicated parking area for our toad.

This is our first visit to Apple Valley Farm Motorcoach Resort and it won’t be our last. A beautiful spot to consider if you are ever in the North Carolina area. We love it here.

Stonewall Jackson

It was a dark and stormy night. Let’s just say that the start of our journey south was a bit challenging. No issues at the border crossing. We handed over our Nexus cards, the officer asked us where we were going and how long we were staying after which he returned our cards and said “Have a nice day.”

The day was not nice for driving. It was a day filled with torrential downpours, high winds and tornado warnings. Oh, and bitter cold. Even after driving 600 kilometres south.

A long drive in the coach. Too long really. We were up at 5am and it took us two hours to prep and get the coach on the road. A 600 kilometre drive should take about 6 hours in theory. We were closer to 10 hours by the time we pulled into Stonewall Jackson State Park. It was good to get the jacks down and recover from the drive.

We spent two nights at Stonewall Jackson.

We had site 12.

Site 12 is one of the few 50 amp sites in the park. Most of the sites are paved although the pavement is very narrow. Our site was not level. We noticed that fifth wheels had a lot of difficulty backing into their sites. The loops here are very tight.

I had no issue parking the coach. We had a clear line of sight for our satellite and the park WiFi was much better than when we stayed here last year, meaning that we could at least do email and browse the web.

When we arrived, there was a break in the storm. That allowed us to setup without getting drenched.

The Canadian RV community, especially in the Class A coach community, is pretty small and we are never surprised when we bump into friends on the road. A couple that we have connected with several times over the years just happened to be staying here. We enjoyed a wonderful evening with them at a nice restaurant in the main lodge.

A few photos to share from the state park. Even though the sky was very overcast, I hope you can get a sense of the beauty of this particular spot.

A wooden pedestrian bridge connects the campground to the resort which you can see on the upper right hand side of the photo.

As Lorraine quickly found out, the people that live here in West Virginia are very, very tall.

There are a few piers along the lake. If the weather had been warmer, we might have rented a kayak or a canoe. The temperature this day was close to freezing. We opted to hike instead.

Several trails can be reached from the main lodge. We elected to follow the Lakeside trail, over 3 miles in length, although much of that trail was through deeply forested areas.

A few shots from the trail within the woods.

So many leaves. At times it was hard to find the trail but we manage to make it back to our coach.

We left Stonewall Jackson on Saturday and made our way to Apple Valley Farm Motorcoach Resort in Lake Lure, North Carolina where we are now. We will be staying here for the week.

Apple Valley Farm Motorcoach resort is a stunning place and I’ll share more about this place in tomorrow’s post.

Test Drive

Everything worked. Except the Internet. Hence being a bit quiet with the blog this week. But don’t worry. Back it at now. Pounding away on the keyboard. Feverishly following all things related to the RV world.

What is this everything I speak of? The everything that was working? You thought I was retired and I had stopped working?

The everything working was the test run of our coach.

We have been parked for over four months now. A bit of a long stretch for the coach to be standing still. We will start our trip south on October 23rd, a mere five weeks away. We thought it wise to take the coach on a bit of a drive for a few reasons. One, to determine if the coach still worked and two, to determine if we still remembered how to work the coach.

We booked a site at a KOA in Kingston, Ontario, very close to our old property in the country. This was our home for a few days:

Not bad. The site was gravel but the size of the site and the finished patio made it a very pleasant place to park. Although busier than expected for this time of year, the park was still very quiet due, I suspect, to the absence of families. Everyone is back to work and back to school. Everyone except us happily retired travellers.

We enjoyed spending time with our oldest son and his wife and with a number of our friends. It was fun to be back in Kingston as everything was so familiar but we both agreed that we are thrilled to be out living on the road.

The coach performed flawlessly and it seems to be ready for the long trip south.

I love driving our coach. It was a thrill to get back on the road and moving again.

Looking forward to starting our trip down to Florida.

Hopefully before the snow.