Address: 5218 Patrick Rd., Verona, NY 13478
Phone: (315) 361-7275
# of sites: 175
Full hookup price: From $50/night
Open: May 3 - Oct 15
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Turning Stone is a Las-Vegas-style hotel-casino in Upstate New York, in Verona, a small town not far from Syracuse. Our stay was in early September, well before the fall foliage, and it rained off and on during the week. This is a Good-Sam- and Escapee-affiliated resort, so make sure you request your discount.
From their website: "The RV park features nature trails, a recreational area for bocce ball, horse shoes, tennis, basketball and volleyball and separate ponds for paddle boating and fishing. A heated pool and Jacuzzi are open daily from Memorial Day weekend until Labor Day weekend."
This resort is owned and operated by the casino, who provides a free shuttle to and from the property. Turning Stone is a unique casino and a step up from your usual Native American gaming venue.
This park is spacious, green and well-maintained. All of the sites have paved pads and plenty of room for laying out a "front yard." There were many larger rigs, so no concern for toy haulers or big motorhomes. The laundry room was exceptional and the staff professional.
The Turning Stone Casino is spacious and as beautiful as any in Las Vegas, with luxurious carpeting and decor. As one would expect they have the usual layout of electronic slots and manned gaming tables, and over a dozen high-end restaurants on the property.
We took advantage of Verona's proximity to the Thousand Island region of the St. Lawrence River near the northeast corner of Lake Ontario and defining the Canadian border at that location. It's quite unique and worth a day trip to peruse. Also nearby Verona are Oneida Lake, Syracuse and the eastern edge of the Finger Lakes.
It seems that this park all but closes down after Labor Day. We arrived on Labor Day and stayed the following week, so we were not able to take advantage of many of the perks that had been open the week before our stay.
Even though they have quite a number of amenities, there is no dog run or fenced play area.
Though gorgeous, Turning Stone Casino is very expensive and most restaurants were closed except for a few hours during the weekend. If they had been open we would have had to pay what appeared to be New York City prices for meals. The tables all had very high minimums and no free drinks were provided while gambling or playing the slots.
There's not much to do in the local area. The closest city is Syracuse, about 35 miles away, which is primarily a college town that doesn't really cater to an older age group.
The biggest disadvantage we found was the timing of our visit. We would recommend dates either before Labor Day or later to see some fall foliage. However, they close the park down for winter starting the middle of October, so seeing New York State's brilliant fall colors from here might be a gamble, appropriately.
Jack Huber is a novelist with 7 mysteries published, along with several books of poetry and photography. Now retired, he and his wife, Nadyne, are free to travel the country in their 32' 5th wheel and 1-ton Ford pickup.