SEE WHAT EVERYONE IS SAYING ABOUT TERRA COTTA INN:

AOL- 10 best nudist resorts in world.

CBSmarketplace.com- Most mainstream nudist resort in US. Perfect for couples trying topless or nude sunbathing for first time.

Los Angeles Times- Most popular small resort in Southern California.

AOL Travel- Best value nudist resort in the world.

Visit our site at http://sunnyfun.com for you best vacation ever. Call 800-786-6938.

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

This November 2009, we have Special Discount rates for New First Time Guests Only of the Terra Cotta Inn


Palm Springs has been having fantastic weather. We are having one of our most popular summers ever in our history and October and November look to be just as busy just as busy.

Palm Springs is the sunniest city in the US. For instance the last time it rained here was in February 2009 over 8 month ago. Why risk having a tropical storm in Florida, Mexico, or the Caribbean raining on your fall this year, when you are almost always guaranteed sunshine in sunny Palm Springs!

We average one of the highest repeat guest rates in the travel industry at just over a 75% repeat guest rate. And that is with couples from around the world vacationing here.

We are the only clothing optional vacation resort in the western US that caters to couples on vacation. What that means is we are popular 7 days a week. We are not just a weekend getaway like most other places.

This November, we are running a special for new guests of the Terra Cotta Inn on Sunday thru Thursday nights. Take $25 off on your over night stay. Just mention this special when you book and bring in this discount coupon. Once you stay here, you will want to become a repeat guest forever!

Just click on the discount coupon to be able to print it or print off this whole page, which ever is easier.

We have always been the best value nudist resort in the US and the best value hotel in ALL of Palm Springs. And this special saves you even more money. With every nights stay we include complimentary breakfast and and afternoon snacks, early check in (10am) and late check out (5pm) at no extra charge. Plus, we do not charge resort fees or day fees to overnight guests. So there are no hidden charges. We are such a great value that in our soda machine, Coke and Pepsi is still only $.50/can.

We have top of the line beds, free Godiva brand in room coffee, state of the art salt water pool and jacuzzi that feels heavenly on your bare skin, high pressure poolside misting/cooling system, free wifi, DVD players in all rooms and a free video library, iPod docks and much more.

This November our massage therapists are running a special, get 1 one hour massage and the 2nd massage is half priced. This can be split by a couple or taken by the same person. And obviously you do not have to receive both massages on the same day. This special is available 7 days a week. It is popular so book your massages in advance.

If you have always wanted to try topless or nude sunbathing, now is the time. We are the most mainstream clothing optional resort in the US and perfect for couples topless or nude sunbathing for the first time.

Last year AOL.com picked us as one of the 10 best clothing optional resorts in the world. And in July, Australian's major media site news.au.com picked us as one of the 10 best nudist resorts in the world.

So this November, say goodbye to your funny tan lines forever. Give us a call at
800-786-6938.

Visit our site at http://sunnyfun.com

Ask to be a friend on Facebook at http://facebook.com/terracottainn

Follow us on twitter at http://twitter.com/nudist_resorts

We hope to see you soon in sunny Palm Springs!

Monday, September 28, 2009

Ending at midnight Tonight, Jet Blue's 1 day only $29-99 airfare sale


Jet Blue $29-$99 1 day only airfare sale ends TODAY at midnight!


I just learned Jet Blue has a 1 day only airfare sale. Tickets are from $29-$99 one way plus tax. This sale ends tonight at midnight. I looked at some of the fares. For instance only $39 one way from Seattle to Long Beach and $49 one way from Portland.

Jet Blue flies into Long Beach, California which is 110 miles away and less than a 2 hour non rush hour drive. You can also fly into Las Vegas which is only 280 miles away and a 4 hour drive. Many guests fly to Vegas for the weekend and then spend the rest of the week relaxing and having fun at our resort.

Here are the details from their site:

"Super low prices - book now!

We have a huge inventory of flights to assorted destinations at super low prices! Casual, business, family—no matter what kind of traveler you are, our free TV, lots of legroom, free snacks and award-winning service will fit you to a tee. Grab your seat now. Our sample sale is today only!

Sale details:
Oneway flights from $29-$99*
Sale fares are available for purchase on September 28, 2009 only, between 12:01 a.m. MDT to 11:59 p.m... Sale fares... are valid for travel between October 6 and December 16, 2009, on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

Click here for Jet Blue's site

Tired of boring overpriced chain hotel vacations? Looking for something fun and romantic? How about a clothes free vacation at The Terra Cotta Inn clothing optional resort and spa located in Palm Springs, California the sunniest city in the US.

Terra Cotta Inn is the most mainstream nudist resort in the US. It is perfect for couples trying topless or nude sunbathing for the first time. You will love it here as it is so much fun.

Give us a call at 800-786-6938 to make reservations or for more information and to check on our availability.

Visit our site at http://sunnyfun.com

Become a Facebook friend at http://facebook.com/terracottainn

Follow us on twitter at http://twitter.com/nudist_resorts

We hope to see you soon in sunny Palm Springs!

Above is a photo of Patty our manager at Terra Cotta Inn. The guests all love her and you will too.

Twitter - Fading Fad or useful tool? Vanity Fair survey results


Is Twitter a Fad That will Fade?

I've been using Twitter since about May letting people know all about our resort The Terra Cotta Inn clothing optional resort and spa, last minute availability,airfare sales, interesting stories in the nudist world, etc.

I find twitter useful and stupid. I have learned about last minute airfare sales from it (and I pass on the information or retweet it), I have learned more marketing techniques. I have learned interesting news stories and more. So in that respect, Twitter is a useful tool.

Also Twitter was the first to break many news stories even alerting the mainstream media to them such as the uprisings in Iran over their elections and information about the jet that had an emergency landing a few months back in the Hudson river.

Why People Magazine even sent out a tweet on Friday August 28th about our resort dog Godiva passing away. Here it is:

"RT @PEOPLEPets R.I.P. Godiva the dog, a nudism fan Lady Gaga would've loved: http://ow.ly/n7k3 (Tx and condolences to @nudist_resorts)
2:00 PM Aug 28th @peoplemag" That's pretty big as People Magazine has 1.4 million followers.

That said, twitter is also an extremely boring fad. I don't care that Shaquille O'Neal ate an ice cream cone. I don't care that someone is bored and painting their toenails. And I would bet most people don't care about those tweets either.

I think twitter will be like blogs and evolve. There are well over 100 million blogs and most are abandoned shortly after being started. Technorati estimates 1.6 million blogs are active on a daily basis and 16 million blogs are active at least once every 90 days.

So I find twitter will be very useful for people looking for information and useless for people who don't care what some stranger ate for lunch.

Here is a poll from Vanity Fair and 60 minutes. You will notice a good percentage think Twitter is a fad. It will be interesting to see what twitter evolves into.


"November 2009 The Vanity Fair/60 Minutes Poll


Do you think TWITTER is … ?


TOTAL 18–29 30–44 45–64 64+ MEN WOMEN
A fad that’ll fade 39% 51% 48% 35% 16% 10% 37%
Heard of it, but unsure what it is 33 24 24 36 53 54 41
Important new tool 15 22 14 14 9 11 8
What’s Twitter? 10 3 12 11 15 17 13"

For the full poll click here

Tired of boring overpriced chain hotel vacations? Looking for something fun and romantic? How about a clothes free vacation at The Terra Cotta Inn clothing optional resort and spa located in Palm Springs, California the sunniest city in the US.

Terra Cotta Inn is the most mainstream nudist resort in the US. It is perfect for couples trying topless or nude sunbathing for the first time. You will love it here as it is so much fun.

Give us a call at 800-786-6938 to make reservations or for more information.

Visit our site at http://sunnyfun.com

Become a Facebook friend at http://facebook.com/terracottainn

Follow us on twitter at http://twitter.com/nudist_resorts

We hope to see you soon in sunny Palm Springs!

Vanity Fair Poll - Vacation trends




60 Minutes together with Vanity Fair came out with a poll about the economy, politicians, twitter, the recession, spending cut backs and more. The whole survey and article is 12 pages long on Vanity Fair's website.

One of the question had to do with cutting vacation spending as in how easy or hard it to to cut vacation spending.

Of the 18-29 year old respondents, 82% said it was not difficult to cut back on vacation spending. Contrasted to only 65% of people age 64+ saying it was not difficult cutting back on vacation spending.

This has a few implications on marketing nudist resorts. One implication is people say it is so hard to get younger people to vacation at nudist resorts. That is true. We are one of the few nudist resorts in the US where our guests are between 21-75 in age. But, I know some of the major reason why are younger people don't have as much money to spend as baby boomers and older guests, and they don't have as much vacation time. So I don't think it is all doom and gloom that younger people don't like to get naked, they just can't afford to and don't have the vacation time. Vacations is one of the first things people scale back on during hard economic times.

The other thing is 65% of older people said it still was not difficult cutting back on vacation spending. For nudist resorts, this means tell new customers what great values it is to vacation at nudist resorts.

Our resort, The Terra Cotta Inn is not only the best value nudist resort in the US, we are also one of the best values of ALL hotels in Palm Springs. True Palm Springs is a more expensive city to be located in because we have the BEST weather of the whole US. We will never be inexpensive like a motel located in the middle of Nebraska for instance, but for being located in a world class resort city such as Palm Springs, we are a fantastic value.

Nudist resorts need to continue to empathize our great values here in the US. Nudist resorts need to continue to get the message out to Americans to stop vacationing at overpriced non nudist owned places in the Caribbean and Mexico. Send the message to new customers to go with value in the good old USA.

Here is the question regarding vacation cutbacks from the survey:


"November 2009 The Vanity Fair/60 Minutes Poll


In this recession, which of the following has been the most difficult thing for you to CUT BACK SPENDING ON?


TOTAL 18–29 30–44 45–64 64+ MEN WOMEN
Dining out 33% 39% 34% 36% 20% 34% 33%
Vacations 27 18 32 26 35 29 25
New clothes 14 23 12 12 8 9 18
Alcohol 4 10 1 4 1 6 2
None of the above 13 6 13 15 22 15 12"

For the full article and survey click here

I'm sorry everyone, I have the above numbers in columns. However, each time I hit publish, blogspot scrunches the numbers together.

Tired of boring overpriced chain hotel vacations? Looking for something fun and romantic? How about a clothes free vacation at The Terra Cotta Inn clothing optional resort and spa located in Palm Springs, California the sunniest city in the US.

Terra Cotta Inn is the most mainstream nudist resort in the US. It is perfect for couples trying topless or nude sunbathing for the first time. You will love it here as it is so much fun.

Give us a call at 800-786-6938 to make reservations or for more information.

Visit our site at http://sunnyfun.com

Become a Facebook friend at http://facebook.com/terracottainn

Follow us on twitter at http://twitter.com/nudist_resorts

We hope to see you soon in sunny Palm Springs!

Sunday, September 27, 2009

Want a successful nudist blog? Here's 6 tips.



For more than 3 years, I have been blogging about nudism, our resort, and things i think are interesting to people. Because of both of my blogs, this one and our "safe" version that does not show nudity Click here for safe version I get a lot of e-mails. About 1000-1500 users per day see my blog.

In talking with new guests of our resort The Terra Cotta Inn clothing optional resort and spa, Palm Springs, CA, most have read our blog which originally got them interested in taking a vacation at our resort.

If you are thinking of doing a blog whether on nudism or some other topic, I thought this post was helpful. Here it is:

6 Tips for Customizing Your Small Business Blog


If you’re like most socially-savvy companies, your business probably has a blog. It’s a great way to connect with your customers, announce new products, and provide a human face to your company’s image...

A Few Key Tips

1. Install some top blog plugins:... While there are tens of thousands of plugins available on multiple platforms, a business blog should focus on search engine optimization (SEO), making the blog load faster, and making it easy for others to share blog posts via email, Twitter, and other social networks...

2. Integrate social media links and buttons: Don’t be afraid to integrate Facebook and Twitter on a business blog. It’s a standard practice and will help drive new visitors to your blog. Social media buttons make it easy for customers to tweet out your work, while adding links to the company’s Twitter and YouTube accounts will help bolster their numbers and improve their ranking in search.

3. Focus on simple designs, not bells and whistles: The focus of a blog should be on the content, not on widgets or sidebars or flashy designs...

4. Do show effort in the design, though: A corporate blog is also a chance to show off a human element of the company and to be creative...

5. Have your blog on your own web domain: Most companies have their blogs at blog.companyurl.com...

6. Don’t hide your “about” information: Assume that your average reader has never heard about your company. If you have that in mind, you want to be sure they can quickly find out more about you. Either have a paragraph at the top or on the side describing the company, or make the “About” page very prominent.

For the full article click here

Good luck with your blogging. It's lots of fun and lots of work.

And for those of you looking for a fun vacation here is my plug following top #6 above:

Never been to a clothing optional resort before? Not a nudist? No problem!

We are the most mainstream clothing optional resort in the US and are perfect for couples trying topless or nude sunbathing for the first time.

Give us a call at 800-786-6938 to make reservations or for more information.

Visit our site at http://sunnyfun.com

Follow us on twitter at http://twitter.com/nudist_resorts

Become a Facebook friend at http://facebook.com/terracottainn

We hope to see you soon in sunny Palm Springs!

Friday, September 25, 2009

Terra Cotta Inn only has 2 rooms left this weekend on Friday & Saturday, September 25th and 26th


The Terra Cotta Inn clothing optional resort and spa located in sunny Palm Springs, CA only has just 2 rooms left this weekend Fri & Sat September 25th and 26th. You are more than welcome to book just this Saturday night September 26th or book both Friday and Saturday nights September 25th and 26th and have a nice relaxing, fun weekend.

You can check in as early as 10am on Friday or Saturday and stay until 5pm on Sunday. We are the most mainstream nudist resort in the US and are perfect for couples trying topless or nude sunbathing for the first time.

The weather has been fantastic here in Palm Springs. With our state of the art poolside misting system and salt water pool and jacuzzi, no matter what the temperature you will have a fun time here.

We have guests from around the world staying with us. From England, Canada, Washington, Oregon, Montana, and California.

You don't even have to be a nudist to stay here. We are the most mainstream clothing optional resort in the US and are perfect for couples trying topless or nude sunbathing for the first time. Many women start first with European style sunbathing and then quickly realize it is much more fun sunbathing nude.

Also if you like shade, we have plenty of big umbrellas for shade.

Our site is http://sunnyfun.com

So call us at 800-786-6938 for more information or to make reservations.

We hope to see you soon in sunny Palm Springs!

The above photo is of our manager Patty. She has worked here for 7 years and the guests all love her.

Thursday, September 24, 2009

West Coast airfare Sale on United Airlines ends midnight 9/25


Both Westjet and Air Canada had big airfare sales that ended at midnight tonight. We had 6 couples (all repeat guests) who took advantage of that sale and all booked week long vacations in Oct, Nov, and December.

Now United has a big west coast airfare sale that ends Friday at midnight central time. It is their West Coast splendor sale. It is time for Americans to really save money on their vacations here in sunny Palm Springs, California at The Terra Cotta Inn Clothing optional resort and spa.

Here's the information from their site:

"West Coast splendor sale
Take advantage of low fares

West Coast fares are falling. Take advantage by booking your travel on united.com by September 25, 2009.


Terms
Purchase by September 25, 2009.
A 14-day advance purchase is required.
Travel must be complete by November 18, 2009.
Sale fares are valid for travel on Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday. Fares will be higher for travel on other days of the week.
A 3-night, Friday night or Saturday night minimum stay is required and a maximum stay of 30 days is permitted.
Exceptions apply. See the fare facts for full rules and information.
Additional checked baggage fees may apply. See U.S./Canada baggage information for details.
Fares below are subject to availability and may not be valid on all flights/dates.

For more information or to book a flight, CLICK HERE

Never been to a clothing optional resort before? Not a nudist? No problem!

We are the most mainstream clothing optional resort in the US and are perfect for couples trying topless or nude sunbathing for the first time.

Give us a call at 800-786-6938 to make reservations or for more information.

Visit our site at http://sunnyfun.com

Follow us on twitter at http://twitter.com/nudist_resorts

Become a Facebook friend at http://facebook.com/terracottainn

We hope to see you soon in sunny Palm Springs!

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

The 50% off airfare sale on Air Canada ends Thursday September 24th


The Canadian airline industry wants everyone to book a vacation this fall in sunny Palm Springs, California at The Terra Cotta Inn clothing optional resort and spa. Air Canada also has a major airfare sale to Palm Springs, California, the sunniest city in the US. Tickets are up to 50% off. You have to buy tickets by midnight Thursday September 24th.

Here's the details from their site"

"U.S. destinations: Up to 50% off

Fares are valid for travel until December 16, 2009. Most destinations in California, plus Las Vegas, are valid for travel until January 31, 2010. Blackout period: December 17, 2009 - January 5, 2010.
Advance purchase and day-of-week restrictions may apply.
Book by September 24, 2009."

CLICK HERE TO BOOK ON THE AIR CANADA SITE

With the Canadian dollar almost at par to the US dollar, this fall is the perfect time to take a vacation at Terra Cotta Inn located in sunny Palm Springs, CA.

Not a nudist? No problem. The Terra Cotta Inn is the most mainstream nudist resort in the US. It is perfect for couples trying topless or nude sunbathing for the first time. You will love it here as it is so much fun.

Give us a call at 800-786-6938 to make reservations or for more information.

Visit our site at http://sunnyfun.com

Become a Facebook friend at http://facebook.com/terracottainn

Follow us on twitter at http://twitter.com/nudist_resorts

We hope to see you soon in sunny Palm Springs!

50% off airfare sale to Palm Springs on Westjet ends Thursday September 24th


Palm Springs is the perfect city for your fall vacation. It is the sunniest city in the US. The last time it rained here was over 7 months ago in February. Westjet has another major airfare sale to Palm Springs, California. Tickets are up to 50% off. You have to buy tickets by midnight Thursday September 24th.

Here's the details from their site"

"Take advantage of this offer:

Book a flight on Westjet.com ... for travel until January 31, 2010.*

For Canadian and U.S. destinations travel on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Blackout dates between December 18, 2009 and January 4, 2010*...

Fares on other days may be slightly higher. Advertised fares already reflect the discount. Discount is applied to WestJet’s lowest fare. Taxes, fees and surcharges are extra where applicable. Seats at these fares are limited and may not be available on all flights. Flights may not operate on certain days. New bookings only.100% non-refundable. Advance purchase required. Offer combinable with other fares. All fares shown are one way

CLICK HERE TO BOOK ON WESTJET'S SITE

With the Canadian dollar almost at par to the US dollar, this fall is the perfect time to take a vacation at Terra Cotta Inn located in sunny Palm Springs, CA.

Not a nudist? No problem. The Terra Cotta Inn is the most mainstream nudist resort in the US. It is perfect for couples trying topless or nude sunbathing for the first time. You will love it here as it is so much fun.

Give us a call at 800-786-6938 to make reservations or for more information.

Visit our site at http://sunnyfun.com

Become a Facebook friend at http://facebook.com/terracottainn

Follow us on twitter at http://twitter.com/nudist_resorts

We hope to see you soon in sunny Palm Springs!

Monday, September 21, 2009

This weekend September 25th and 26th, only 3 rooms left at Terra Cotta Inn, Palm Springs


At the Terra Cotta Inn clothing optional resort and spa located in sunny Palm Springs, CA, they only have 3 rooms left for this weekend, September 25th and 26th. If you want a fun weekend away give us a call at 800-786-6938.

You can check in as early as 10am on Friday and stay until 5pm on Sunday. We are the most mainstream nudist resort in the US and are perfect for couples trying topless or nude sunbathing for the first time.

The weather has been fantastic here in Palm Springs. With our state of the art poolside misting sytem and salt water pool and jacuzzi no matter what the temperature you will have a fun time here.

Our site is http://sunnyfun.com

So call us at 800-786-6938 for more information or to make reservations.

We hope to see you soon in sunny Palm Springs!

Saturday, September 19, 2009

A Woman writes about her first experience at a nude beach - And loves it!




Click on the above money saving coupon to enlarge it and print it off. We are encouraging first timers to try topless or nude sunbathing at our resort, The Terra Cotta Inn, clothing optional resort and spa. We are called the most mainstream nudist resort in America and are perfect for first timer couples. So just print off this page to use this discount coupon at our nudist resort.

Once here, you will find we are a great value which is why we have one of the highest occupancy rates of ALL hotels in Palm Springs!

Bloggers and webmasters are more than welcome to re-post this discount coupon on other sites and blogs.

Below is a post from a woman writing about her first experience at a nude beach. Like all women, she went from being nervous to really liking it and recommending everyone trying it.

Here's her story:


"10 Traveler’s Tips For Rocking A Nudist Beach

Travelers tend to enjoy ultimate freedom on the road, though jumping the psychological hurdle of experiencing nude beaches can remain a challenge...

..I come from a family where modesty was a virtue, and was shocked when I moved to the Netherlands and found an open approach to public nudity. (I once saw a naked man in Amsterdam, riding his bike to work).

I felt outraged and insulted.

“Never, never in my life will I be naked in public,” I told myself. However, since then, some things have changed.

I became a nudist. My current boyfriend happens to be a nudist and on our first holiday he introduced me to the joy of being naked on the beach.

And I rather liked it.

Being naked on the beach gives you the feeling of being free and in union with nature. And it is rather natural, considering that humans only started to wear clothes 72,000 years ago. For more than half of our existence we have been nudists.

What I noticed at the nudist beaches is that people come in all shapes and forms, and rarely do they resemble Kate Moss. However, being natural with nature is not that easy nowadays. It is still a controversial issue. Some regard public nudity as exhibitionism. Others say that nudity sets a bad example for the children. In most states of the US, for a woman to be topless can result in a fine.

Woman are paradoxically bombarded by glossy magazines with pictures which depict thin, beautiful and mostly naked women. Even if you would like to be a nudist, you might avoid going to a nudist beach for the reason that your body doesn’t correspond to the beauty standard.

But curiously enough, what I noticed at the nudist beaches is that people there in all shapes and forms, and rarely do they resemble Kate Moss. It can be indeed a liberating experience, especially if you have some confidence issues.

I started my nudist experience when I considered myself slightly overweight, and it helped me to realize that human body is beautiful as it is. And I certainly recommend everyone try it at least once.

Here are some tips, which could come quite handy if you are ready to try it
yourself..."

Click here to read the authors 10 nude beach tips

And vacationing at nice nudist resorts is even more fun than nude beaches.

Give us a call at 800-786-6938 to make reservations or for more information.

Visit our site at http://sunnyfun.com

Become a Facebook friend at http://facebook.com/terracottainn

Follow us on twitter at http://twitter.com/nudist_resorts

We hope to see you soon in sunny Palm Springs!

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Only a few rooms left at Terra Cotta Inn Fri and Sat Sept 18 & 19


The most popular nude sunbathing resort in the western US is our resort, the Terra Cotta Inn. We have guests from around the world stay with us. As and example, we only have 2 empty rooms tonight on a Tuesday.

We just got a cancellation for this weekend. We now have 1 room left on Friday Sept 18th and 2 rooms available on the 19th. You are more than welcome to book both nights, or just the Saturday night.

Many times guests have seen one of our last minute availability posts a couple of days later and don't bother to call assuming the room was booked. And no one had booked it. I always say, give us a call when you see this as the room may still be available.

We are the best value hotel in all Palm Springs. You are more than welcome to check in as early as 10am and stay until 5pm. We include complimentary breakfast, afternoon snacks, free wifi, salt water swimming pool and jacuzzi (which feels heavenly on your bare skin and much, much more.

Above is a photo of our manager Patty. She has worked with us for over 7 years. She is a great person and the guests all love her.

We are perfect for couples trying topless or nude sunbathing for the first time.

Give us a call at 800-786-6938 to make reservations or for more information.

Visit our site at http://sunnyfun.com

Follow us on twitter at http://twitter.com/nudist_resorts

Become a Facebook friend at http://facebook.com/terracottainn

We hope to see you soon in sunny Palm Springs!

Monday, September 14, 2009

Commentary by the AANR President - Has AANR become outdated?


AANR which is the American Association for Nude Recreation and TNS, The Naturist Society are the two major nudist organizations in the US.

I am on the AANR West board of directors http://aanrwest.org AANR has done more for mainstreaming nude recreation than ever before in the last 10 years under their present director.

The President of AANR just wrote an article for Pasco Naturally newspaper. Here it is reprinted from AANR's blog:

"For the second time in 15 months, the AANR Board of Trustees voted to suspend the charter of a major club in Florida. The particulars were different, but both centered on the board’s feelings that the marketing practices of the clubs were contrary to our principles and standards related to sexual exploitation of the human body. In 2008, the issue was Caliente which invited swinger groups to sponsor “theme nights” at the resort and planned to sponsor a booth at “Swingfest.” This year it was Paradise Lakes which scheduled a “Miss G String” contest with non-nudist models and planned to air the event on the Playboy Channel under the theme “69 sexy things to do before you die.”

The AANR ruling documents provide that “A charter may be temporarily suspended by the President if charges are filed by the pertinent regional division or the suspension is approved by the board of trustees; such suspension to be effective until the next in-person meeting of the board of trustees.” Suspension is not a finding of guilt. It gives the association time to complete further investigation and gives club management time to develop an appeal before the charter is revoked. In both cases, club management decided to withdraw from AANR before the process could be completed.

Management of both clubs told me that economics were the reason for their decisions. They claim that traditional nudists do not spend the dollars on room rentals, meals and drinks that are necessary for the resort to be profitable. They need to reach another audience with the propensity to spend more money. I understand the problem. AANR, itself, has experienced a drop in membership as have nearly all membership organizations. As we manage our organizations, we need to adapt and do things differently in order to survive. However, we also need to step back and remember what we stand for.

In the past several years, AANR has been very successful in changing public perception about nude recreation. Major media outlets have featured nude recreation as a legitimate recreational choice. AANR has also been very successful in changing the viewpoint of elected officials and government agencies. We have differentiated ourselves from the adult business industry. We are being recognized as the credible voice of reason for nude recreation. The affiliation with AANR has enabled many clubs to get building permits, liquor licenses, and sometimes to be allowed to exist. That public trust cannot be jeopardized.

This past summer, AANR sponsored The AANR World Record Skinny-Dip. Club owners and beach organizers reported that many people participated who had never before been nude in mixed company. The press reports were the greatest we have ever seen for an event. Clubs signed up new members. The event portrayed wholesome family nude recreation. No one confused it with a strip show or a swinger convention. The event told me that, with focused marketing, our resorts and AANR can grow in membership without a sexual tone.

One of the resort owners told me that “the only thing acceptable to AANR is sitting on a log watching a campfire.” I think that most AANR members would disagree with that assessment. Times have certainly changed from the 1950s when I became involved as a child. We have more tolerance. But, most of us see that there is a line which should not be crossed if we are to be true to our brand and to the promises we gave to public officials. The AANR plaque on the wall of a club or participating business needs to stand for something. Sometimes we need to take a stand to enforce that.

I am sorry to lose two clubs with wonderful facilities which have provided a destination resort for many AANR members and potential members. My wife and I have visited both many times. I also feel for the members who have invested thousands of dollars to buy a condominium in a resort that has changed its image. My personal hope is that the management of these resorts re-examine their marketing strategy and agree to uphold the principles and standards of AANR.

After years of fighting for our right to exist, it’s a bit strange to hear from a club owner that we may be “outdated.” We walk a tough line between ultra-conservatives who would outlaw our clubs and the adult industry which wants to piggy-back on our success in bringing public acceptance. We know our niche and what it takes to protect our brand. And, we draw the line."

For AANR's Blog click http://aanr.blog.com

One of the most important sentences in this post is "Management of both clubs told me that economics were the reason for their decisions. They claim that traditional nudists do not spend the dollars on room rentals, meals and drinks that are necessary for the resort to be profitable."

Nudists only have themselves to blame for losing both Paradise Lakes and Caliente resort to becoming swinger and sexual oriented clubs. Every time a nudist vacationed in the Caribbean or Mexico at a non nudist owned naked place, it took money away from the real American nudist clubs. I bet, less than 20% of our business at Terra Cotta Inn comes from AANR and TNS members. Further I have found most AANR & TNS members only want to stay at our resort on weekends and go to the non nudist owned places in the Caribbean and Mexico for a week.

Nudists, if you want nice places in the US, WAKE UP!!! You have to vacation at them. STOP going to naked places in Mexico and the Caribbean that laugh in your face charging you sometimes over $100 a night more to stay on the "nude" side. Stop going to these places where to eat nude you have a hamburger shack, and the prude side has all the nice meal options. Otherwise, some day you will wake up and say, where did all the nice nudist resorts in the USA go? It's happening already.

AANR does a great job in supporting nudist rights in the US. You should also support them by belonging to this fine organization.

Now if you want to take a fun vacation, give us a call at The Terra Cotta Inn clothing optional resort and spa located in sunny Palm Springs, CA.

We are the most mainstream nudist resort in the US and are perfect for couples trying topless or nude sunbathing for the first time. You don't even have to be a nudist to vacation with us.

Become our Facebook friend at http://facebook.com/terracottainn

Visit our site at http://sunnyfun.com

Follow us on twitter at http://twitter.com/nudist_resorts

Hope to see you soon in sunny Palm Springs!

Saturday, September 12, 2009

A Hotel Room is available tonight Saturday, September 12th at Terra Cotta Inn


There is a room available tonight, Saturday night Sept 12th at Terra Cotta Inn clothing optional resort, Palm Springs, CA. We had a no show last night, so you are more than welcome to book just tonight.

We are Palm Springs' most popular nudist resort. We have guests from around the world that stay with us.

We are the best value hotel in all Palm Springs. You are more than welcome to check in as early as 10am and stay until 5pm. We include complimentary breakfast, afternoon snacks, free wifi, salt water pool and jacuzzi (which feels heavenly on your bare skin and much, much more.

Above is a photo of our manager Patty. She has worked with us for over 7 years.

Give us a call at 800-786-6938 to make reservations or for more information.

Visit our site at http://sunnyfun.com

Follow us on twitter at http://twitter.com/nudist_resorts

Become a Facebook friend at http://facebook.com/terracottainn

We hope to see you soon in sunny Palm Springs!

Wednesday, September 09, 2009

Fly to Palm Springs on Alaska Airlines big airfare sale - Buy tickets by midnight Sept 10th Fly until Feb 10th


Don't miss out on Alaska Airs big airfare sale for fall and winter travel to Palm Springs.

Many people are always surprised when they learn that we have more guests from the pacific northwest stay at our nudist resort, The Terra Cotta Inn clothing optional resort and spa, Palm Springs, CA than we do from Southern California.

But, then you have to figure, most guests from the pacific northwest love taking 1 to 2 week long vacations with us or they come here midweek and go to LA or San Diego on the weekends. We are the ONLY nudist resort in the western US that does cater to couples on vacation. That's why we are busy 7 days a week, not just weekends like everyone else.

Alaska Airlines has a big airfare sale that ends on Midnight Thursday Sept 10th. You can fly between now and February 10th. It's a great deal. Give us a call at 800-786-6938 to check on our availability.

Here are details from Alaska's site:

"Autumn leaves are falling, and so are our prices. Enjoy fall savings to nearly everywhere you want to fly on Alaska Airlines or Horizon Air.

For the best deals within the Continental U.S. and Canada, travel on Monday through Thursday, or Saturdays, between September 14, 2009, and February 10, 2010...

Seats are limited and may not be available on all flights on all days so book now for the best selection of flights. Additional restrictions apply...

Terms and Conditions: Purchase tickets by September 10th, 2009. Tickets for travel within the Continental U.S. and Canada must be purchased within 24 hours of making your reservation and 14 days prior to departure...

Blackout dates for travel within the Continental U.S. are November 20-21, 25, 28-30, December 18-21, 23, 26-28, 2009, and January 2-4, 2010.

Blackout dates for travel between the Continental U.S. and Canada are December 18-21, 23, 26-28, 2009, and January 2-4, 2010.

Seats are limited and may not be available on all flights or all days. Charges apply to checked baggage. These fares may be purchased at alaskaair.com or horizonair.com...

For Alaska Airlines site Click Here

Now if you want to take a fun vacation, give us a call at The Terra Cotta Inn clothing optional resort and spa located in sunny Palm Springs, CA.

We are the most mainstream nudist resort in the US and are perfect for couples trying topless or nude sunbathing for the first time. You don't even have to be a nudist to vacation with us.

Visit our site at http://sunnyfun.com

Follow us on twitter at http://twitter.com/nudist_resorts

Hope to see you soon in sunny Palm Springs!

Fly to Palm Springs this fall on Westjet and save 65% - Sale ends 9/10/09


Check out the WestJet airfare sale. Savings up to 65% off - Book by midnight 9/10/09.

WestJet is a bargain flying into Palm Springs. Right now they have one of their best airfare sales I have ever seen. Up to 65% off!

And Canadians love topless and nude sunbathing in sunny Palm Springs.

This is for travel this fall from now until Dec 17th. The fall is a super busy time here at The Terra Cotta Inn clothing optional resort and spa. It is tropical storm season in Mexico, Florida, and the Caribbean so nudists never go to those areas in the fall for vacations unless they enjoy lots of rain.

Palm Springs is the sunniest city in the US. For instance, the last time it rained here was in February.

We still have some rooms available this fall, so give us a call at 800-786-6938 for availability. We answer the phones from 8am-10pm PST.

Here's the details from Westjet's site:

"Book by September 10, 2009 (11:59 p.m. MT) for travel until December 17, 2009.
For Canadian and U.S. destinations travel on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays."

Go to Westjet's site for the full details and to make reservations Click here for the WestJet site

Now if you want to take a fun vacation, give us a call at The Terra Cotta Inn clothing optional resort and spa located in sunny Palm Springs, CA.

We are the most mainstream nudist resort in the US and are perfect for couples trying topless or nude sunbathing for the first time. You don't even have to be a nudist to vacation with us.

Visit our site at http://sunnyfun.com

Follow us on twitter at http://twitter.com/nudist_resorts

Hope to see you soon in sunny Palm Springs!

Monday, September 07, 2009

Looking to go somewhere fun this Labor Day Holiday?



Try something fun and different this Labor Day Holiday. Come to the Terra Cotta Inn clothing optional resort and spa for day use. Spend the day with us topless and/or nude sunbathing. We are perfect for first time couples as we are the most mainstream nudist resort in the US.

Day use only costs $25/couple for the day from 10am-5pm. We are the best value nudist resort in the whole US whether you are here for the day or overnight. And speaking of overnight, we only have 3 rooms left tonight, Labor Day Monday Sept 7th.

We are the most popular nudist resort in Palm Springs. We have guests from around the world that stay with us. We are the only nudist resort that consistently is busy midweek. For instance we have 2 couples from England, 1 from Australia, and one from Switzerland here right now. And the British couples are multiple repeat guests. We also have couples from all over the US and Canada here.

Day use is a great bargain at our resort. When we are full, our guests if they are unable to change their vacation dates, will normally check into another hotel in town like a Marriott or Hilton and then come to our resort each day for day use. Day use is also perfect for guests who book time shares in town. And we have many Southern Californians who are just escaping for a day of sun, fun, and relaxation.

Our swimming pool and jacuzzi are both state of the art salt water systems. We also are the only hotel in Palm Springs with a poolside cooling system so no matter what the temperature you will be nice and comforable here.

Day use is from 10am until 5pm. We have day use available 7 days a week.

It is only $25/couple on Monday thru Thursday and $30/couple on weekends. We even serve complimentary snacks at 4pm for our guests each day. Our day use is the best bargain in town.

We provide you with big fluffy pool towels so you don't have to go back with wet towels.

For those guests playing hookie from work, we have free wifi so you are more than welcome to bring your laptops abd stay connected.

You do need to call in advance to make reservations at 800-786-6938.

We have a soda machine where soda is only $.50/can. You are also welcome to bring your own beverages. Coolers are welcome.

We use a local restaurant that serves lunches such as pizza, pasta, burgers, subs, salads, and lots of sides like fries, chicken wings, onion rings, etc. We take orders poolside and deliver you your lunch poolside everyday at 1pm. You can also bring your own lunch and snacks.

You are also more than welcome to book one of our many fantastic massages. Examiner.com recommended our massages as some of the best in Palm Springs. We were honored to be on their list of the top 8 spas in town. Naturally, we were the only nudist resort that was recommended.

Give us a call at 800-786-6938.

Visit our site at http://sunnyfun.com

Follow us on twitter at http://twitter.com/nudist_resorts

We hope to see you soon in sunny Palm Springs!

Sunday, September 06, 2009

Nudists will be ticketed at San Onofre Nude beach starting Tuesday, September 7th



This was posted by the Naturist Action Committee or NAC on Friday September 4th. So nudists beware!

"Friday, September 04, 2009
Tickets for nudity at San Onofre?

California Parks Department says tickets for nudity are imminent at San Onofre State Beach, despite current court order requiring adherence to the Cahill Policy as it existed last August.

posted by Naturist Action Committee

Tuesday, July 21, 2009
NAC Advisory: California

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NATURIST ACTION COMMITTEE
ADVISORY
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http://www.naturistaction.org
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Copyright 2009 by the Naturist Action Committee, which is responsible for its content. Permission is granted for the posting, forwarding or redistribution of this message, provided that it is reproduced in its entirety and without alteration.

DATE: July 21, 2009
SUBJECT: California Advisory
TO: All naturists and other concerned citizens

Dear Naturist,

This is an advisory from the Naturist Action Committee (NAC) concerning an important situation in the state of California.

Responding to a request from legal counsel for the California Department of Parks & Recreation (DPR), the California Court of Appeal for the 4th District has published the previously unpublished ruling it rendered last month in the San Onofre State Beach case. The recent appellate ruling overturned a 2008 Superior Court victory by the Naturist Action Committee and Friends of San Onofre Beach, a local naturist group.

At issue is whether DPR has followed proper procedure in abruptly ending the application of the Cahill/Harrison regulation at San Onofre State Beach. Cahill/Harrison is long-standing and well-known means for managing and regulating the clothing-optional use of portions of state parks.

The unpublished ruling applied only to San Onofre State Beach. However, publication gives the ruling greater precedential effect and allows the possibility that rangers may ignore the Cahill policy and may begin issuing citations for nudity at other state parks under Title 14, Section 4322 of the California Code of Regulations.

CAHILL

It has been suggested by some that the Cahill Policy has remained in effect throughout the years entirely through the good will of the California Parks Department. If that has been so, then the good will ended in May, 2008, when Parks Director Ruth Coleman singled out San Onofre State Beach and said, "Cahill does not apply there."

From that moment, the Cahill Policy became badly damaged goods. If it could be terminated abruptly and without appropriate process or public involvement at one state park, then it could happen at any state park, at any time. So much for good will.

Trusting the good will of public officials for something as important as protection from arrest for benign behavior has never been an intelligent choice. Relying on that same promise of good will after the trust has been publicly and intentionally broken is simply folly.

CHOICES

Confronted with the crippling damage dealt to the Cahill Policy at San Onofre, the Naturist Action Committee faced a basic choice. It could accept the loss of San Onofre, it could negotiate, or it could fight.

When the Parks Department refused to negotiate, NAC chose to fight.

NAC did not, and does not, look on the Cahill/Harrison regulation as a matter of good will. It’s a regulation, and it has been used exactly as regulation by each successive administration of the California Parks Department for THIRTY YEARS.

The Superior Court accepted NAC's contention that Cahill/Harrison is a regulation. The Court of Appeal recognized it as a regulation, too, though its different view concerning quality and extent were what allowed the reversal of the Superior Court’s procedural requirements for undoing the regulation.

NAC's legal challenge to DPR’s arbitrary destruction of Cahill at San Onofre did not cripple Cahill. That damage quite clearly had already been inflicted. Trusting "good will" while waiting for the next shoe to drop will NOT restore the damaged Cahill Policy. And at NO point has it EVER been true that accepting the loss of San Onofre will somehow inoculate naturists against the similar loss of another California beach or another California state park.

TICKETS?

DPR spokespersons have given conflicting information. One predicted that the Department would "tread lightly" on the matter of citations for nudity in state parks. Referring to San Onofre, another has said that no action was planned until at least after Labor Day. The truth is that there's really no way to know for sure.

WHAT HAPPENS NEXT?

Later this week, the Naturist Action Committee will file its petition to have the case heard by the California Supreme Court.

NAC will continue to issue Action Alerts, Advisories and Updates on this issue as circumstances require. Look for them.

MORE INFORMATION

Details of this situation and specifics of the Cahill/Harrison Regulation and associated documents may be found on the NAC Web site: www.naturistaction.org/sanonofre

There, you will find background documents related to the Cahill Policy, the Harrison letter and NAC's lawsuit. You will also find this NAC Advisory on the NAC Web site: www.naturistaction.org . Click on ALERTS, ADVISORIES & UPDATES, and look under Current Advisories.

PLEASE HELP NAC TO CONTINUE HELPING NATURISTS!

The Naturist Action Committee remains committed to the vigorous defense of the clothing-optional use of public land. Activism on behalf of naturists can be expensive. NAC relies entirely on the voluntary financial support of people like YOU.

Won't you please send a generous donation to:

NAC
PO Box 132
Oshkosh, WI 54903

Or call toll free (800) 886-7230 (8AM-4PM, Central Time, weekdays) to donate by phone using your MasterCard, Visa or Discover Card. Or use your credit card to make a convenient online donation: www.naturistaction.org/donate/

Thank you for choosing to make a difference.

Naturally,

Bob Morton
Executive Director
Naturist Action Committee

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Executive Dir. Bob Morton - execdir@naturistaction.org
Board Member Allen Baylis - rab@baylislaw.com
Online Rep. Dennis Kirkpatrick - naturist@sunclad.com
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Labels: Cahill, California, DPR, Harrison, San Onofre"

It will be a shame if San Onofre can no longer be used as a nude beach.

Tom Mulhall
Terra Cotta Inn clothing optional resort and spa
http://sunnyfun.com
Follow us on twitter at http://twitter.com/nudist_resorts
1-800-786-6938

Nude Photography rules criticized at Burning Man event


About 50,000 attend Burning Man every year. Burning Man's popularity continues to grow and grow. We have had guests attend it and tell us all about it. We would like to go some year, but our resort is always so popular it is hard to getaway.

Most nudists have a big fear. Having naked photos of themselves appear on porn sites. Now in my opinion that is nothing compared to a teacher for instance having a nude picture taken appearing at Burning Man or a nude beach, having someone find it and report it to their school district. Many people can still lose their jobs for having nude pictures on the web. Sadly nudists are still discriminated against.

Here's the story:


"Burning Man criticized for rules, says protection needed

Organizers of the popular Burning Man festival are facing criticism for new rules on photography for the clothing-optional event. Organizers claim the rules will protect participants by preventing nude pictures being posted on porn sites.

The annual private art event that runs for seven days always ends with the burning of an effigy, hence the name for the festival...The clothing-optional event has always tried to protect participants from opportunists, and last year Burning Man (BMO) was able to have five sites remove pictures taken at Burning Man. A Burning Man representative said that three of those sites were porn sites. The stance taken by organizers of the festival, which draws about 48,000 people, has been criticized by the U.S. Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF). The EFF works to defend free speech on the internet, to protect individual's privacy and consumer rights...

EFF's position came about after Burning Man organizers announced new rules in August. The rules let the BMO hold the copyright for images that BMO participants might post on social networking sites or third party sites. These rules enable BMO to have sites that fall under the definition remove unapproved images. BMO has responded that it is simply trying to protect participants, who may not want the world to know what they did for their summer holiday..."

For the full articleclick here

One of the issues here is the expectation of privacy. Burning Man is open to the public like a nude beach. People wander around with cameras. There should be no expectation of privacy there. If you don't want you photo snapped in the nude, don't go to a nude beach or burning man nude.

That is one of the major advantages of nudist resorts. Guest safety. NO ONE walks around with cameras at nudist resorts. Now that sad, many guests want vacation pictures. At our resort, we always accommodate them by taking their pictures. That way they can have nude vacation photos and no cameras are outside.

Bottom line is if you are worried about your job if a nude photo of you appears, don't go to a nude beach or Burning Man.


Now if you want to take a fun vacation, give us a call at The Terra Cotta Inn clothing optional resort and spa located in sunny Palm Springs, CA.

We are the most mainstream nudist resort in the US and are perfect for couples trying topless or nude sunbathing for the first time. You don't even have to be a nudist to vacation with us.

Visit our site at http://sunnyfun.com

Follow us on twitter at http://twitter.com/nudist_resorts

Hope to see you soon in sunny Palm Springs!

Thursday, September 03, 2009

The Travel writer Chris Elliott says Nude Recreation is Fun


Chris Elliott who writes for National Geographic Traveller and MSNBC.com is a very influential travel writer. He interviewed Erich Schuttauf, the executive director of AANR, the American Association for Nude Recreation.


I have always said, nudist resorts and nudist organizations need to do a better job of marketing nudism. Especially for conveying how much fun it is. Earlier this week I even wrote that nudists need to get across the point that nude recreation and nudism is fun.

So what's the headline of this article by Chris Elliott? "Nude Recreation is fun."

Now as much as I would like to take some credit for it, Erich Schuttauf is a very savvy director. He also preaches that nude recreation is fun.

So, way to go Erich. You make me and all other AANR members proud!

Here's the story:

“Nude recreation is fun”

Erich Schuttauf is the executive director of the American Association for Nude Recreation, a group that represents clothing-optional resorts. There’s been a lot of talk about nudism in the travel world lately, from two highly-publicized incidents this summer in which disruptive airline passengers disrobed, to the group’s efforts to coin a new term: the “nakation.” That’s right, folks. AANR has trademarked the word. Do nudists have an image problem? I asked Schuttauf...

[Chris]While we’re on the subject of image, I wanted to ask you about Paradise Lakes Resort in Florida, which withdrew from your association after being temporarily suspended for violating what have been termed “family-friendly” principles. Do nudists have an image to uphold, and if so, what is it?

[Erich] Behavior within the nudist community should require no apology. We have earned a reputation as the credible voice of reason for family social nude recreation since 1931 and take that reputation very seriously.

[Chris]Section 1.4 of the AANR procedure manual says “it is important that we maintain the highest standards of courtesy, dignity, and personal integrity.” Call me a prude, but I think there are a lot of Americans who think the words “nudism” and “dignity” — let alone “personal integrity” don’t belong in the same sentence. Am I missing something?

[Erich] Those who have not given nude recreation a try are definitely missing out on something: the level of body acceptance and personal comfort that comes with allowing yourself and others to be who you are. We often say it but a visitor to a nudist club doesn’t know a bank president from a bus driver. Likewise, those with scars or a few pounds to lose find self-confidence. Its about body acceptance rather than bodies...

[Chris] The latest Y Partnership 2009 National Leisure Travel Monitor finds that interest in nude recreation slipped from 11 percent in 2008 to 10 percent this year. In the interests of full disclosure, I should also mention the Y Partnership is your public relations firm. Are you concerned that your popularity has peaked?

[Erich]Reviewing the entire study the traveling public’s interest in virtually all activities has dropped a little bit. I attribute this to the fact there are even more and more choices of things to do. And, relative to many widely popular activities, nude recreation is doing very well. [Tom's note. Chris, get real, it's the worst recession since the great depression. That's fantastic numbers.]

[Chris] Speaking of your PR firm, I understand it coined the term “nakation.” That’s very clever. What do you think of that term?

[Erich] A nakation is a vacation you will want to brag to friends about. I love the term chiefly because it’s so much fun. Anyone who has ever gone skinny-dipping or as a kid romped through the back yard sprinkler in their birthday suit knows. Nude recreation is fun.

[Chris]I can’t help but notice surveys like TripAdvisor’s “5 naked events and top 5 nude beaches,” which, if you don’t mind me saying so, seem a little exploitative. Come to think of it, there are some who will think this interview is just a shameless attempt to attract visitors. Where do you cross the line between legitimate journalism and a titillating ratings grab?

{Erich] We’re more than willing to have a little bit of fun in the media if it means having an opportunity to let others know about where they can experience the joys of going clothes-free. For example, in July we convinced members and first-time visitors alike to give swimming in the buff a try as we set a Guinness World Record for the most number of people simultaneously skinny dipping. We’re talking about 13,648 people in more than 100 locations throughout North America shedding clothes.

On the other hand the importance of maintaining credibility means that we’re committed to striking a balance. Nude recreation is a lot of fun to experience and to talk about, but only if we can be a good neighbor as we do so..."

For the full article click here

This is a great article. Erich talks about the wholesomeness of nudism. He talks about the body acceptance and confidence building of nudism. But, he also talks about the FUN. And that is what Chris Elliott picked up on is the FUN.

Way to go Erich and Chris. A great interview!

Now if you want to take a fun vacation nude vacation, give us a call at The Terra Cotta Inn clothing optional resort and spa located in sunny Palm Springs, CA.

We are the most mainstream nudist resort in the US and are perfect for couples trying topless or nude sunbathing for the first time. You don't even have to be a nudist to vacation with us.

Visit our site at http://sunnyfun.com

Follow us on twitter at http://twitter.com/nudist_resorts

Hope to see you soon in sunny Palm Springs!

Wednesday, September 02, 2009

Nudist campground in Ontario, Canada will be closing down this fall


Nudist resorts and nudist organizations need to do a better job of marketing themselves. Otherwise, nudism will join the horse and buggy era.
Glen Echo, the oldest nudist campground in Ontario, Canada will be closing this fall. The owners could not find a buyer.

Now descriptions of this nudist campground makes it sound rustic. I have never been there. Maybe it deserves to be sold off to non nudists. I don't know.

This is a disturbing trend for American and Canadian nudism.

Who's to blame? I put the blame squarely on many American and Canadian nudists.

Every time an American or Canadian nudist goes to Mexico or the Caribbean and stays at a corporate owned, non nudist owned resort, beach or hotel, that is taking money away that could be used to grow the nudist industry in the US and Canada.

Paradise Lakes in Tampa, Florida decided they had to go way more risque because they felt nudists were not supporting them enough. Caliente  Resort books swinger groups. Again they say nudists didn't support them enough.

I don't understand why American and Canadian nudists way overpay to stay at the Caribbean and Mexican naked places. I've been to most of them once before we started Terra Cotta Inn. They are nothing special. They were way, way overpriced and we never went back to them. And we have been to some of the newer ones in Mexico and the Caribbean since we started Terra Cotta. These places are still way too overpriced for what you get.

Now if you want to support a great nudist place like Sorobon, in Bonaire then you should. That place is owned by nudists and they charge a fair price. But all other nudist places in the Caribbean are way overpriced for what they deliver in my opinion.

Due to the recession, nudists are finally realizing they have been had for years at these non nudist owned places in Mexico and the Caribbean.

Nudists sometimes spend more then a $100/night extra to stay on the nude side instead of the prude side at some of these places. Worse, they are supposedly getting tolerable meals as they are all inclusives. But on the nude side, they only have hamburger shacks if you want to eat nude. What a rip off. And nudists put up with this in Mexico and the Caribbean.

Could you imagine an American nudist resort treating their guests this badly? Never. But, lots of nudists will spend up to $5000-$8000 for a week at these places and then complain that they can't find enough good places like Terra Cotta Inn in the US to stay at.

Figure the commision that people pay to travel agents to stay in the Caribbean or Mexico would pay for probably 5 -7 nights at Terra Cotta Inn or Cypress Cove in Florida. Yes, the Caribbean and Mexican places factor in the commissions they have to pay to travel agents and pass that expense right along to their guests in the form of higher room rates.

If nudists stayed at American or Canadian nudist resorts more instead of going to Mexico or the Caribbean, there would be more nice nudist resorts in the US. But, as long as nudists flock like lemmings to to Mexico and the Caribbean, there aren't a lot of choices.

My business is probably less then 20% AANR members and less than 5% TNS members. If it wasn't for us converting first timers into loving nude sunbathing at our resort, we would be belly up.

Nudists have to realize they are their own worst enemies. Stop giving your money to big greedy corporations in Mexico and the Caribbean who laugh at you because they can over charge you.

Start supporting American and Canadian nudism! Keep the vacation money home.

Here's the story:

"Left out in the cold

Naturist park’s closing leaves nudists with limited options

By this time next month, about 150 nudists will be cast out of the province’s oldest naturist retreat because their 100 acres of Eden is being sold to a private owner...

“We’re all very disappointed. You suddenly lose your second home, our home away from home.”

The nudist movement in Ontario had its genesis with Glen Echo Park, which was founded in 1955 as a co-operative. Most in the community got their first taste of naturism at the site... In its mid-1990s heyday, as many as 350 families were members...

Glen Echo’s owners, Mary and Edward Todorowsky, are approaching 80. Off and on Since 2005, they’ve been trying to sell to someone within the nudist community, who would keep their sanctuary open.

But after fours years of trying and several failed offers, the Todorowskys gave up...

“Losing a club is not good for naturism,” said StĂ©phane DeschĂȘnes, who owns Bare Oaks...

Hoping to attract a younger crowd, both resorts are moving away from the old “roughing it with nature” mentality by installing plumbing, electricity hook-ups for trailers and satellite television.

“We just added WiFi,” said Four Seasons manager Tom Landers. “I’ve been talking to the owner of Bare Oaks and both of us feel that this market is in its infancy.”

For the full story click here

Now as I said, the grounds sound very rustic at Glen Echo, so it may have been the correct thing to do to let it go textile. But, if nudists don't stop going to Mexico and the Caribbean, then one day they will wake up and find that there are NO nice nudist places left for them to go to without going out of country. And they will only have themselves to blame.

If you want to vacation at one of the best clothing optional resorts in the world according to tripadvisor.com and AOL.com, then give us The Terra Cotta Inn clothing optional resort and spa a call at 800-786-6938.

Visit our site at http://sunnyfun.com/

Follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/nudist_resorts

We hope to see you in sunny Palm Springs!

Vacation spending to be up this Labor Day

The Labor Day holiday is almost here. We have a few rooms elft this Wed and Thurs, only 1 room availabile on Friday, we are full, Saturday, 1 room availabile on Sunday and just 3 rooms left on Monday.

Here at the Terra Cotta Inn, we too feel the pent up demand for Labor Day getaways. Our guests have ALL taken extra time off of work then and are staying from 4 nights to 2 weeks over this Labor Day.

Of course we are the only nudist resort in the western US that caters to couples on vacations, which is why we are so busy.

Here's the story:

...Capping a rough stay-cation summer for the tourism business, the American Automobile Assn. estimated that about 39.1 million people will travel at least 50 miles from home between the Thursday and Monday of Labor Day weekend -- down 6 million, or 13.3%, from last year's holiday traveler tally. It's also the first decline since 2006.

About 4.7 million Californians will travel over the weekend, off 13% from 5.4 million last year, AAA said.

... Vacationing more cheaply and closer to home has been popular in Southern California, said Carol Martinez, a spokeswoman for LA Inc., the Los Angeles Convention and Visitors Bureau.

..."People are looking at shorter-distance trips more nowadays because it's usually not as expensive," Martinez said. "One of our leading visitor markets right now is San Francisco, and we've begun to market more within the region and the state because of that."

...While fewer people are expected to travel this coming holiday weekend, 2009 should still produce the third busiest Labor Day weekend this decade, trailing only 2008 and 2003, AAA said.

Hotel consultant David Brudney sees pent-up demand for pleasure travel and thinks AAA's estimates may be conservative.

"There's no question about it," said Brudney, an independent hotel consultant based in Carlsbad. "I think we're going to have a better demand for Labor Day rooms than is expected right now, across the board, all segments of hotels."

The reason? People feel entitled to a vacation, he said.

"I still believe vacations, if they're mini or full blown, are something people stick to," Brudney said. "They feel like they deserve it. They might think, 'We didn't do it in July, we didn't do it in August, so let's do it now.' "

... "They're trying to win back customers and for them, right now, it's all about those two things -- price and value."

...A sign of a growing belief that the country's economy is beginning to rebound can be seen in how much travelers are willing to spend; AAA's report said 80% of the surveyed travelers said they're planning to spend more this year on their Labor Day trip than last year.

Travelers also should be motivated by gasoline prices, which are down compared with this time last year. The U.S. average price of a gallon of regular gasoline was $2.633 on Wednesday, $1.05 less than a year ago, according to the AAA's daily Fuel Gauge Report.

"Our forecast shows Labor Day travel will be up over this summer's Fourth of July holiday, and that's a positive sign," AAA Chief Executive Robert L. Darbelnet said.

Only 4% of travelers are expected to fly to their destination, while an estimated 84% will drive, the auto club said.

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