Travel Resorts of America

Travel Resorts of America Newsletter

October Newsletter, Spotlight Member Fun Resort Updates Contest Winner

Pinehurst BBQ Festival

Travel Resorts of America was excited about our partnership with the 2021 Pinehurst Barbeque Festival, our first local event for our members and the community of Pinehurst. Our own Sean Harrison (Senior VP of Sales) had a triumphant Friday night with his debut on stage with the Trailer Park Romeos! Over 2,000 attendees in the Pinehurst community enjoyed a great afternoon of music and libations. The actual barbeque event on Sunday could not have been better! The Pit Master Invitational brought quite the crowd for a wonderful Sunday afternoon of good people and great food! We were excited to give away a brand new Traeger Grill to Mr. and Mrs. Fred Stevens from Seven Lakes, who had won the raffle! We foresee this being an ongoing partnership for many years to come!

Mr. and Mrs. Fred Stevens

Pinehurst BBQ

BBQ Winner


Team Member Of The Month

Sam Eckenrode


Sam has been a team member with TRA since what seems like the very beginning! It’s hard to believe that he originally started as a seasonal employee, working for Resort Manger Richard Kellermann at Gettysburg Battlefield Resorts nearly 22 years ago!

“He was hired seasonal, and his season never ended!” – Richard Kellermann.

Sam has been at with the company through it all. He has helped with the growth of the resort in Gettysburg, building sites, improving procedures, and catering to guests. His value goes beyond words with his knowledge of the resort and experience in the industry. During his tenure, he has earned the name “Superhero Sam”. It’s a title he’s earned from his excellent ability handle any situation that may arise, while always making sure that the guests are taken care of. He is a true team player at the resort! Thanks for putting on the cape every day you come to work Sam!

Member Of The Month

Leeanne Merchant

Our Member of the Month is Leeanne Merchant. She camps with her husband Conor, her daughter Khaleesi, and her dog Bella. She joined our Travel Resorts Family in 2019, just months before the COVID outbreak, after staying at our Sycamore Lodge Resort. “It was our place to get away from the Covid and everyday life chaos. It made things feel normal again, in a time when there was not much normalcy.” They found the people at Resort were all so friendly, mentioning how amazing Bob, Gina, and Jenn were. Since becoming members, they have stayed at Sycamore Lodge many times, always trying new spots in the resort. They enjoy early morning fishing at the lake, playing the putt-putt golf course, and dining from the food trucks. Their daughter loves the pool and going to the General Store for their candy. They love grilling steak kabobs. And their favorite time to stay with us is our Saturday Night Live Music. We are so happy to have Leeanne Merchant and her family as a part of our TRA Family!

Contest Winner

Paul & Freda Williams

October Contest Winners

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