East Texas Resorts and Hotels Are Noticing a New “Daycation” Trend

The economy is driving local business to local resorts.

Canton, TX, March 29, 2009 --(PR.com)-- A new trend is being noticed by local hotel and resort owners. Spring Break in Canton, Texas brought a dramatic increase in travelers from nearby cities like Dallas, Tyler and Shreveport. According East Texas’s Award Winning Mill Creek Ranch Resort “We had a dramatic increase in numbers over last year that are coming in large part from local travelers who want a special and memorable family vacation, but at more affordable rates and located closer to home”. Resort General Manager Bud Surles says, “We believe that one reason our reservations are much higher than Spring Break a year ago is a new trend called “Daycations”. The economic downturn is actually working in our favor in this way”.

The resorts weekly occupancy for the deluxe cottages soared close to 90 percent last week and the RV sites are up considerably, as well. “We are thankful for the tremendous amount of local support we receive. We are most pleased with the number of return guests and also the growing rate of “word-of-mouth” business, as well.”

Mill Creek is also likely attracting a large numbers of guests due to the many activities planned to entertain then and their families. Last week “Daycationers” enjoyed each beautiful Spring Break daywith local field trips to the Gator and Wildlife Farm, Tiger Creek Wildlife Sanctuary, Wired Zip Lines, Splash Kingdom, and Athens Freshwater Fisheries.

“We are pulling out all the stops to thrive in this economy and it’s working!” says Surles. “We had obstacle courses, fishing derbies, smore’s around a bonfire each night and many other fun activities to enjoy”.

The market is responding to the growing trend of local “Daycations” and Mill Creek Ranch Resort is prepared to continue growing with the increasing business. Surles adds, “We have added six new cottages in the last month, bikes and fishing poles to rent and just received a shipment of paddleboats that will launch in the next few weeks.”

In this rough economy, this is a great deal to be excited about. Mill Creek Ranch Resort and “Daycations” where locals can get away without “spending an arm and a leg”.

Mill Creek Ranch Resort is located just south of Interstate 20 on Trade Days Boulevard (Hwy 19) in Canton, Texas, and features 200 contiguous acres along the banks of Mill Creek. The park design carefully preserved stands of majestic oaks, sycamores, cedar, black walnut, persimmon, and hickory trees interlaced with abundant natural hiking trails that meander along the creek banks and through the wetlands; offering guests an extraordinary wildlife and bird watching experience.

The resort amenities include 100 RV sites with full hook-ups, rental cabins and cottages, two resort swimming pools, hot tub, RV Center, stocked fishing ponds, beautiful island gazebo, Outdoor Pavilion with a grill and smoker, poolside Cabana, gated playground, and conference and banquet facilities in the main lodge. The services and family-oriented activities offered at Mill Creek are unlike any RV resort in the region, including concierge service.

In addition to the recognition by the National Association of RV Camp Grounds, Mill Creek won “Business of the Year” in its first year of operation and is rated second in Texas RV Resorts. Additional information is available at www.millcreekranchresort.com or by calling (903) 567-6020.

Mill Creek Ranch Resort
Ashley Smith