Kathy Chittenden poses with her rescue dog, Rommell. Dogs are a big deal with a majority of RV enthusiasts, and as a result, Hilton Head National RV Resort will include a significant dog park amenity. COURTESY HILTON HEAD NATIONAL RV RESORT

Hilton Head National RV Resort has named Kathy Chittenden as its general manager, and is looking to a grand opening this Fall, said Bill Palmer, President of Scratch Golf LLC, which owns the new RV Resort and adjacent 18-hole, championship golf course in Bluffton.

Chittenden brings more than 35 years of management experience in RV resort and hotel property operations. Most recently she was general manager of the Hilton Head Island Motorcoach Resort, and before that served 12 years as general manager for the award-winning Blazing Star Luxury RV Resort in San Antonio, Texas.

“Kathy’s addition to our Hilton Head National team is outstanding news for our property,” said Palmer. “She is a seasoned professional in the RV hospitality field. She knows how to create a welcoming and authentic guest experience while handling the day-to-day responsibilities of launching and operating an upscale RV resort.”

Chittenden said she is “extremely excited” about the opportunity. “I fully believe Hilton Head National will soon be considered one of the finest luxury RV resorts in the Southeast,” she said.

Located on Bluffton Parkway less than one mile from the bridges to Hilton Head Island, the gated 97-acre RV resort features 340 rental-only RV sites.

“We have an ideal location close to Hilton Head’s beautiful beaches plus the shopping and historic sites of Bluffton and Beaufort,” said Chittenden, “but the adjacency of a premier championship level golf course will be the amenity that distinguishes Hilton Head National RV resort from all others.”

Palmer pointed out that the Hilton Head National team did significant research into what amenities would be the best to offer. “As a result we have incorporated many features which owners of today’s top flight RV’s seem to prefer, while also focusing on privacy and security,” she said.

Chittenden said the resort itself will feature two main activity areas: Double Eagle, the main Clubhouse, and Waters Edge Clubhouse for adults only.

The Double Eagle will be an 8,500-square-foot beach access pool with a lazy river plus a general store with a bar, restaurant and snack area as well as a fitness center and arcade. Here, the grounds include a playground plus recreation courts for basketball, pickle ball and bocce ball, plus lounging cabanas with TVs and fire pits.

Water’s Edge, designed for adults only, will include its own private concierge lounge and bar with a more intimate pool and hot tub, as well as private cabanas.

Another popular feature is expected to be The Rough – an expansive dog park that will accommodate both large and smaller dogs, complete with its own dog wash station and shower.

All guests at the new RV resort will have access to wireless internet, complimentary cable, laundry, men’s and women’s shower facilities, walking trails and golf carts. Access to the RV Resort will be through a main entry gate from Bluffton Parkway. Paved roads will run throughout the 97-acre grounds.

Chittenden said a website (hiltonheadrv.com) and Facebook page (facebook.com/HHNRVResort ) are now available to learn more about the resort. Additional information is available by emailing hhnrvresortinfo@gmail.com or by calling 843-540-0208.