Mario, his wife Mary, and their two teenagers are avid campers who share a passion for traveling and exploring. Brunswick residents, and owners of local businesses, they are always on the lookout for new opportunities. Finding an underperforming campground for sale, they knew it was the chance to fulfill their dream of owning an RV park. After purchasing the campground in June 2019 Mario and his family changed the name to Southern Retreat RV Park and immediately started transforming and upgrading the property.
Quickly realizing the changing needs of contemporary campers, they started a massive expansion. The addition will include 190 sites about 30′ wide x 80′ long – perfect for big rigs. There will also be a 4-acre boating lake and a 60’ infinity pool. Other features include additional cabins, pavillions, and recreation facilities. Check out the expansion plans here.
Outgoing and humorous, Mario and his family go out of their way to ensure every guest feels welcome and appreciated.
Jo started as a front desk clerk and learned the business from the ground up. Mario quickly recognized Jo’s business acumen, boundless drive, and wonderful personality and promoted her to general manager. Jo and her law enforcement husband Jeff live on-site and work tirelessly to help Mario achieve his expansive vision for the park. She is equally comfortable managing the business, overseeing daily park and restaurant operations, and picking up a hammer to tackle renovations. Jo and Jeff can often be found around the campfire relaxing with guests, hosting fun community events, or cooking for a crowd on holidays so no guest ever feels alone.
The Assistant Manager:
With several years of work camping experience, natural leadership qualities, and an outgoing personality, Bonnie is the perfect choice to be Jo’s right-hand woman. Bonnie adeptly runs the campground office, hiring and mentoring staff, booking and liaising with rally groups, and creating a warm and welcome environment for all guests. Living on-site with her husband Lloyd and their friendly pup Snickers, Bonnie is a dedicated manager, always ready to pitch in wherever she’s needed, whether it’s helping with renovations, serving people in the restaurant, or finding creative solutions to resolve customers’ concerns.
Come stay with us and see why our guests may arrive at the park as strangers but leave as family!