Camping has shown steady growth in popularity in recent years and experienced aggressive growth across the U.S. in 2020 due to COVID-19 as people viewed camping as a safe way to travel and avoid crowds. RV ownership is up across the U.S. and Canada and according to the 2021 North American Camping Report, which surveyed U.S. and Canadian campers’ sentiments and behaviors on outdoor recreation in January 2021, more than 86 million U.S. households consider themselves campers and 48 million of those households took at least one camping trip in 2020 – up more than 6 million over 2019. Campers are showing optimism for increased camping in 2021 as well and seeking out experiences like RVing, glamping and resort style parks with a variety of accommodations and activities.
According to the 2019-2020 APPA National Pet Owners Survey, pet ownership is also on rise with 63.4 million American households owning at least one dog, so it’s no wonder many campgrounds and resorts are also catering to pet owners.
One company that knows how to make the most of your camping experience is Northgate Resorts. Northgate Resorts operates some of the most awarded camp resorts across the nation, from CA to TX to NH and VA. Northgate Resorts takes camping to a new level. With resort styled parks, Northgate Resorts is able to offer vacationers a variety of accommodations and activities in traditional camping locations. Whether a first-time camper or a veteran traveler, their parks have something for everyone.
Take Northgate Resorts Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park™ Camp-Resort Golden Valley for example. Tucked away at the base of the scenic Blue Ridge Mountains, and conveniently located between Asheville and Charlotte, Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park™ Camp-Resort Golden Valley, North Carolina is a perfect family getaway destination. The picturesque 600+ acres features accommodations including luxury cabins and lodges with all the comforts of home, full hook-up RV sites, glamping tents with lake views, and premium tent sites. Campers can spend the day enjoying an unparalleled line-up of attractions including canoeing/kayaking, fishing, an interactive water playground with water slides, a huge swimming pool, hiking trails, sports courts, laser tag, arts & crafts, a jumping pillow and jump pad, 18-hole mini golf course, playgrounds, and numerous planned activities and themed weeks. Now the Camp-Resort is offering not only pet friendly accommodations, but also pet amenities that increase revenue such as the Evolution Dog Wash.
Northgate Resorts recently purchased Evolution Dog Wash machines for four resort locations: Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park™ Luray in Luray, VA; Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park™ Tower Park in Lodi, CA; Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park™ Glen Ellis in Glen, NH; and Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park™ Golden Valley in Bostic, NC.
Kelly Edington, operations team member for Northgate Resorts explains, “Our resorts offer fun for the whole family, including your pet! We know that sometimes our furry friends play a little too hard outside and they can get dirty. We are adding dog washes to some of our resorts to make sure your pets can be clean at the end of the day then you can bring them into your cabin or RV for the evening worry free!” Evolution Dog Wash machines are not only a nice perk for guests, they also help also attract pet owners and increase revenue with the self-serve pay-per-use model. When deciding which dog wash supplier to partner with Evolution Dog Wash was the clear choice. “We looked at several different ways to add dog washes to our resorts and Evolution Dog Wash came out on top! They have a great product matched with top-of-the-line customer service,” says Edington. “We are just getting started and can’t wait to see where this partnership will go!”
Many popular campgrounds are enjoyed by thousands of families each year. Make memories in the great outdoors and don’t forget your four-legged family members as well! For more information on Evolution Dog Wash, visit http://www.evolutiondogwash.com/.