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Unique campground opens

by jmaloni
Sat, Jun 5th 2010 08:00 am
The `Commons,` above, includes a laundry room and a public restroom for campers.
The "Commons," above, includes a laundry room and a public restroom for campers.
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by Tiffany Hyman

Grand Island has recently opened the brand-new and unique $2.5 million investment, Branches of Niagara Campground & Resort, located just minutes away from Niagara Falls and Canada.

The 70-acre campsite has many fascinating features that accommodate families of varying tastes, from those who are used to roughing it to those needing more amenities.

May 21 marked the opening weekend for the campsite. Larry Stolzenburg, one of the owners along with Elaine Pariso and Don Benoit, expressed his excitement for the upcoming holiday.

"There is interest peaking for the Memorial Day weekend. Right now, we are halfway full and are still accepting reservations," he said. Stolzenburg also stated that the heated pool is now open to everyone.

The name Branches of the Niagara is derived from the branches of a tree, branches of the Niagara River, and from the bible verse, "I am the vine; you are the branches." (John 15:5).

In addition to the signature eight-acre scenic lake, there are a host of other activities available:

  • A heated swimming pool.
  • Wireless Internet.
  • Different games and activities like Country Weekend and Carnival Weekend for tourists of all ages to enjoy.
  • Canoeing, kayaking, and row boating are also offered for the adventurous.

There are three types of cabins available for families. One is the Standard Cabin that includes a beautiful wooden décor in the loft and a comfy kitchen with a refrigerator. The Deluxe Cabin is larger than the standard and has a bathroom. The Deluxe Cabin Plus has the most amenities. It has a larger family room, a stove in the kitchen, and offers privacy along with a beautiful view of the lake.

The price range is $89-$159 per night depending on the day of the week.

Branches of the Niagara also welcomes families that own a recreational vehicle. RVers can park it on the campground, where they will still get a scenic view of the lake. And Branches of the Niagara has space for families who wish to camp in tents.

Branches of the Niagara is hosting an open house on Saturday, June 12, from noon to 5:30 p.m. and families are invited to attend. Food, beverages, ice cream, and fun activities will be offered to all.

Branches of Niagara Campground & Resort is located at 2659 Whitehaven Road in Grand Island. Tourists are invited to visit its Web site for further information and questions at www.branchesofniagara.com.

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