A visit to White Thorn Lodge, home to the largest naked volleyball tournament
I wrote reviews of most of the places we visited, but alas, one or two might have escaped. One was White Thorn Lodge, located on the Ohio-Pennsylvania border.
We ended up at White Thorn Lodge on a weekday, so it was pretty quiet. But we were still impressed by the grounds, facilities and the hospitality.
White Thorn Lodge has a large outdoor pool and gazebo hot tub, cozy clubhouse for events, snackbar, tennis courts, volleyball and other sports facilities. They also have two additional buildings, one for children only and another for adults only with a pool table and games.
With over 200 acres to its name, it’s a pretty large club overall with spacious campground areas not far from bath houses and outdoor showers.
The people we met there were very friendly and of various ages from young kids to grandparents. Since we weren’t there on a busy sunny weekend, we didn’t witness the usual crowd, but it’s definitely a family-oriented resort / club. Given their full calendar of events, spacious grounds and varied facilities, there’s no lack of things to do for any visitor.
As far as their rates are concerned, it’s also very affordable for young adults. As one member named Bud jovially said, “We got the best rates in town!” And he’s right. A 24-hour visit on a weekend is $27 for non-affiliated visitors or $21 for those with a social, associate or AANR membership. During the week it’s only $17 or $13.
We ordered pizza (delivered right to the gate), and on our way back in, offered a slice to an older couple sitting out on their lawn. “Do you know who I am?” said the lady sweetly. No, we replied. “I’m Superbowl Betty!” she exclaimed with pride. And so we learned what really sets this place apart from other nudist clubs: The Nude Volleyball Superbowl.
In 1971 Betty and Wayne started what must be the biggest, most competitive nude volleyball tournament in the U.S. It takes place every year after Labor Day and attracts over 1,500 people who go to compete or watch. Some arrive in teams while others make or join one when they get there. It became so well-known for its high-level competition that ESPN sent a team to cover it in 2009.
This year’s Superbowl will take place September 1-10, 2012 and also features live bands, dance parties, a corn roast and more. The club’s season begins Memorial Day weekend.
Visit their website to learn more: www.whitethornlodge.org
Has anyone ever been to Superbowl at White Thorn? The website nudistvolleyball.com lists games and tournaments at WTL and many other resorts. Is nude volleyball the most popular sport among nudists these days?
This post about the Nude Volleyball Superbowl and White Thorn Lodge was published by – Young Naturists And Nudists America – YNA