Goodbye TTO

 Posted by at 12:07 am  Nick's Blog
Apr 022016

Yesterday it was time to say goodbye to the Orlando Thousand Trails preserve, known simply as TTO to Thousand Trails members who frequent this huge campground in central Florida. It’s become almost a second home to us; this was our second two-week stay this winter, and when we are in Florida we have stayed several times.

But it was time for new places and new faces, so we were up early and ready to hit the road. We had a short trip, less than two hours, to Horseshoe Cove RV Resort in Bradenton. This is a Carefree Resorts property, and they have a great off-season deal of $199 per month for any of their resorts you have not visited before. A couple of years ago we stayed at Carefree Pleasant Lake, just a mile or so away, and visited this place when John Huggins was checking it out for their first Living The RV Dream rally.

I don’t like the layout here as much as I do at Pleasant Lake, which is laid out in a nice circle around the lake. Here it looks like some drunk sketched out the design of the place while riding in the backseat of a Jeep going down a bumpy road. It’s not that it’s bad, just that there are a lot of interior streets and several turns to get to our pull-through 50 amp full hookup site.

Like most Carefree properties, this is a mix of RV sites and park model manufactured homes. And like all of their properties we have visited, the staff is very friendly and accommodating. And, it’s located right on the river, with its own boat and fishing dock. Hmm… I just may be tempted to go down and catch dinner some afternoon! They also have a woodworking shop and other neat amenities.

I said we were going to see new faces, but there are some familiar ones here, too. While we were checking in, our friend John Huggins from Living the RV Dream came by to say hello. He and Kathy had checked in earlier in the morning, and not long after we arrived, our friends Charles and Chris Yust pulled in. They are also taking advantage of the off-season special rates.

After we were hooked up and settled in, I was pleased to see that our rooftop satellite TV dish seems to be working here, though it did take a long time to lock onto the satellites. But at least we are getting all of the channels, something we have not been able to do at our last two campgrounds.

Since I had not slept well the night before, I took a short nap in the afternoon. When I woke up Charles and Chris picked us up and we went to dinner at a place called Full Belly Stuffed Burgers, which had a 4 1/2 star rating out of 184 Yelp reviews. Two bites into our burgers, we all knew why. They make delicious hamburgers that are stuffed with all kinds of interesting things, some rather simple like bacon and cheese, which I had, others with things like bleu cheese or jalepeno cream cheese. Or, if you are feeling really adventurous, you might want to try the Matty Mat, which comes stuffed with sweet maple bacon and peanut butter. No, none of us tried it!

After dinner we took a ride out to Anna Maria Island to see the sun setting over the Gulf of Mexico. It being Friday, and with a lot of the spring break crowd still in town, it was really busy. Terry and I visited the beach here a couple of years ago and liked it, but it’s very hectic over there. Too much so for our personalities.

Amelia Island Sunset small

Chris had told us about a local favorite of hers, Tyler’s Homemade Ice Cream, and asked if we wanted to stop on the way home. Yeah, I guess if you’re going to insist! Yummy doesn’t begin to describe how good the ice cream is at this place.

In fact, I liked it so much that I opened my own pizza place right next door so I wouldn’t have go far the next time I want some more!

Village Idiot

We’re looking forward to doing some more sightseeing and checking out a few of the local eateries while we are in this area.

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  3 Responses to “Goodbye TTO”

  1. Nick I went to their site and the rate was over $1000. Where is the $199 rate published with dates? Thanks

  2. Carefree Resorts was just bought out by Sun Communities a couple of weeks ago. I read that Sun paid 1.68 billion dollars for all of the resorts. Sun sure is coming up in the RV world. We are at Rock Crusher in Crystal River, FL and they bought the campground back in August of 2015. They say they are going to do great things in the park and already have! Hope your stay is a great one at Horseshoe Cove! Would love to get some of that ice cream!!!

  3. Nick, our favorite restaurant in the area is the Anna Maria Oyster Bar in Ellenton. Just up 75 at 301 on three north west corner. Great fish & chips, all you can eat on Mondays before 5 pm. Enjoy your time here.

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