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Good Sam Top Snowbird Destination Award for 2017

Bea Kraus, Mail Person; Bob Vess, Resident On-site Manager; Juanita Vess, Office Manager; Jim Hamel, Assistant Manager and Barbara Hamel, General Manager of Alamo Rec Veh show off their Good Sam Top Snowbird Destination for 2017 Award.

Alamo Rec Veh RV Park was recently surprised to find out they had been selected to receive the Good Sam 2017 Award for Top Snowbird Destinations. Barbara Hamel, general manager, said the award came as a surprise because Alamo Rec Veh was unaware their name had been submitted for consideration.

“It is not an honor we applied for as a park,” explained Hamel. “Some of our residents got together and made the recommendation to Good Sam. We were unaware we were even being considered until we were notified that we had won. It was a total surprise to us, but a very happy one.”

When asked why the recommendation was submitted, Hamel said the residents liked the amenities the resort offers and decided to send their recommendation to Good Sam. Hamel said the resort has 463 spaces and many or their residents return year after year. About 200 residents have stationary units on lots and stay an average of four to five months. Others have moveable units they bring and take back with them. But they still return to Alamo Rec Veh.

The resort offers the usual amenities such as swimming, a pool hall and cards. But it also has a gun range and this year it has become the “Remote Control Capital of the Valley” with a special course built to drive remote control cars, and areas to fly remote control airplanes and operate RC boats. The resort recently hosted a weekend RC tournament with 330 people taking part in it.

“This resort offers something for everyone,” added Hamel. “We have a Red Hat Society, the Helping Hands Quilting Bee for quilters and a bicycle club for those who enjoy riding. A woodworking shop is under construction. We even have a bocce ball court.”

“Jams are important to our residents and we have one every Monday,” stated Hamel. “This year they have been themed jams. One week it was country western but the next week it might be big band era or rock & roll. Jay and Tammy Roy had led the jams for the past six years but they are retiring so we are hiring a new jam leader for next year.”

The resort also offers entertainment two to three times a week. Sweetwater plays for most of our dances and we have a variety of entertainers come in during season so we have something for everyone.”

“Some of our residents still enjoy going to Progreso (Mexico) and we feel it is safe. There was never been an incident there to make us feel otherwise,” said Hamel. “They go buy (prescription) drugs and do a little shopping.”

“But because travel in other parts of Mexico is no longer safe, we have started offering day trips to locations of interest around the Valley at least once a week. These trips have been well accepted by our residents who love learning the history and other unique things about the Rio Grande Valley.”

“All of these different activities help keep residents coming back year after year. We are delighted to have been named as the 2017 Good Sam Top Snowbird Destination. And we would like to thank whoever made the nomination that got us the award,” said Hamel.

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