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Sawmill Camping Resort
FloridaGardener
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3 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
“What Gay Community?”
Reviewed 2 July 2012

They keep advertising Sawmill, as the "Americas first Gay Community". I have yet to see any sense of community! Since it became a co-op they have a board of homeowners running the place. They obviously have no idea how to run a campground. They are literally running it into the ground. First they raised the yearly pass rate from $75 to $200. Then they raised the rates for camping, and instituted mandatory three day stays, on holiday weekends. They closed the courtyard to only bar patrons. I could go on and on.
It used to be a fun place to go to. Now it's a place run by a bunch of old farts who think everyone likes to watch fat drag queens trying to be movie stars. They brag about how many new members they have, but I can't believe it. When I'm there even on holiday weekends, the crowd is smaller than what it was five years ago, on a normal weekend! While raising the rates, the quality of the place has gone totally down hill.

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  • Stayed May 2012, travelled solo
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Brooksville, Florida
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 June 2012

as a long time member of sawmill resort (over 6 years now) i have come to the conclusion after several weekends since the first of this year turned into flops. the place is just not worth wasting time and money one anymore. they advertise certain forms of entertainment. and it doesnt happen. not to mention raising prices on almost everything and a reservation policy that literally screwed you if for some reason you could not make it( even with several weeks notice). after several months of poor business they relaxed some things. but all in all i have decided to quit spending my money there. and i used to be there every weekend. i will say that most of the employees do try to make your visit as enjoyable as they can.

  • Stayed June 2012, travelled solo
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 October 2011

All the staff were very welcoming and friendly, the food at Splash was standard coffee shop fare but surprisingly good, and the BBQ steak at Woody's with all the fixins was awesome! I danced on Blade's black lit dance floor with werewolf body paint to great music, sang Karaoke, swam and sunbathed with lots of friendly no-attitude guys my age, and walked on very nice trails by Ricky Lake. I am 52 but this week I just switched the numbers and turned 25 again, what the hell!
This is my first trip to Florida and I will definitely be back at Sawmill next year!

  • Stayed October 2011
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Grand Rapids, Michigan
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 June 2011

I visited The Saqwmill on Memorial Day weekend on Sat & Sunday to fine the staff extremely outgoing and accomodating. Only did day passes but found everyone I came in contact with very friendly and doing their best to heop out any aqnd every camper there. Check in was amazing and very friendly and absolutely had a great time there. Pool was crowded but very "friendly" for both men AND women alike!
Have been to other gay campgrounds and found THIS to be one of the friendlieset and most outgoing I have been to yet. In fact liked it so much I will be applying for employment ther eto be part of the excitement. Have read teh negative reviews, and my response to that is....... Guys, they just took the place over, give them a chance!!!!!!!!
Be part of the fun and excitement not the negativity. It takes time and money to make things better. From what I have seen they have come a long ways. Yes, still a ways to go, but Rome wasn't built in a day! Patience my dear!!!!!!

  • Stayed June 2011, travelled solo
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Kittanning, Pennsylvania
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 1 April 2011

Spent 10-days, March 18th. thru the 27th. at Sawmill. Had a great time for Country weekend and Bear weekend. Could not have had any better weather, beautiful sunny upper 80's the total 10-days. All the campers were so friendly and so was all the permenent residents as well as all of Sawmills hired staff. The campground is always so friendly which this is why I keep coming back (my 5th. year). I have always got the same cabin every year.
Thanks Sawmill for a great time !!!!!!!!!

  • Stayed March 2011, travelled with friends
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Miami, Florida
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 March 2011

My partner and I made the trip from Miami to Dade City and while it was a five and a half hour drive, I was extremely impressed. Having been to other campgrounds in the country, Sawmill by far is the best.. From the moment we arrived, until the time we left there was not one staff member who was rude or unhelpful. There are too many great employees to name, but they know who they are.
The campsite itself was for our pop-up and was in a prime location. Very quiet, no one else around us and great for sleeping and relaxing. Also close enough to pool and other activities.
The best part has to be the pool and bar area. Very social and relaxing. since it was Country Weekend there was plenty to do and the food "themes" each nite were quite impressive for the price. The other bar areas (Woody's/Blade) are just impressive when you walk in until you leave - VERY clean and AWESOME staff.
Reading other reviews, I cannot attest to cabins, but the rest of the place was very clean - including the bathrooms) Remember, you are camping, not at a five star resort - but you are made to feel like you are at a five star resort.
Also, you are only about 20 minutes from Tampa and less than an hour from Orlando. Great for day trips to Busch Gardens, Universal, Sea World, etc.).
Overall, this place is simply the best gay resort/campground that I have been to. We are both looking forward to heading back in April and May. You will not regret spending time here and meeting so many great people! Good job guys!

  • Stayed March 2011, travelled as a couple
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 January 2011

Dirty rooms most things here are run down. The bar is full of flys that get on the food and in the drinks. The people are not friendly. I would advise you not to waste your money on this place

  • Stayed January 2011
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Property: Sawmill Camping Resort
Address: 21710 US Highway 98, Dade City, FL 33523-6600
Region: United States > Florida > Dade City
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 7 Speciality Lodging in Dade City
Number of rooms: 32
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The premier gay and lesbian Camping Resort in the Southeast. Rent a cabin, RV or tent site for a night, long weekend or fabulous vacation. Day & Evening passes also avail. Clothing Optional Pool, activities 365 days/yr. Weekends: theme events, contests, high energy music/DJ in Woody's nightclub, country music in courtyard, T-Dances; Splash Pool Bar & Grille w/delicious food; Wi-Fi, spacious grounds and lake. Nearby: Disney World, Universal, Busch Gardens, Honeymoon Beach, Caladesi, Raymond James Stadium, Homassassa Springs, trails. ... more   less 
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Sawmill Camping Resort Dade City, Florida

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