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Old 06-16-2021, 08:32 AM   #61
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Interestingly, when I travel down South, corporate owned restaurant chains seem to reign supreme, particularly in heavy tourist areas.
Not sure what south is to you... I have friends in Crossville, TN area and we always eat at mom/pop places, a different one each time almost. I have traveled from the Fl KEYS to the FL panhandle to Ala Gulf Shores and have never eaten at corporate restaurants which I avoid like the plague. I often look to Tripadvisor app to find places and often find them in small strip shopping centers. I often look for oriental food ( Chinese ) and these are almost always out-standing and not corporate.

If you are a beer drinker you can find local brew pubs all over the place anymore often with great food choices.

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Old 06-16-2021, 08:38 AM   #62
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They seem most prevalent in Florida, Orlando area. Glad to hear they haven't smothered other areas like they have there. Maybe the strategy there is name-brand familiarity for travelers.
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Old 06-16-2021, 08:43 AM   #63
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Here’s my take coming from this as not a lifelong camper.

I have been around “camping” most of life. But to me that meant setting up a tent near a creek and sleeping on the ground. Lol. Then years ago I had some x in laws that owned a motor home and I used to hang out with them in campgrounds. It was cool.

Then many years later I took the plunge and bought me a camper. A large pull behind travel trailer to accommodate large family gatherings.

Where I live in southern KY, almost all campgrounds are state park or mom and pop owned facilities. Usually about $35 per night, with one decent playground for the kids and very few additional amenities. Count yourself extremely lucky if you get a sewer hookup. BUT they are usually clean and lots of fun to hang out in.

With that said we have also travelled some and gone to some of the higher end, more expensive paces loaded with amenities and activities. And they cost a lot more. We gladly pay the higher fees because when we are able to go to these paces my family really enjoys these kinds of trips as well.

So for us we enjoy both kinds of camping and I don’t think we will see the immediate demise of cheaper, less amenity type state park campgrounds anytime soon because you’re lucky to book a spot in there now.

There will always be people who prefer to pay less and stay in places like that because they either don’t want to additional amenities and luxuries or they cannot afford them.

And yes there is a gigantic difference staying at the Bellagio in Vegas than staying a super 8 hotel. But there is room and reason for both to be here and survive.
You hit the nail on the head! Couldn't have said it better myself.

My point was this - Just because you prefer one type; it doesn't make the other "bad" or forcing anyone to do anything.

In the military they like to use the phrase - "Clean, dry and serviceable."
I prefer a bit more than that. Happy Camping!
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Old 06-16-2021, 08:43 AM   #64
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most prevalent in Florida, Orlando area.
stay out of the Destin, FL area as well as Orlando
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Interestingly, when I travel down South, corporate owned restaurant chains seem to reign supreme, particularly in heavy tourist areas. Up here, mom and pop joints far outnumber chain restaurants. Maybe it's just my perception. I don't know how things evolved this way, but I'm very thankful for the mom and pop joints and their endless variety of cuisine. You can eat out every weekend of the year around here and never eat at the same place twice.
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