Reporting Tony Lopez
WILTON (CBS13) – Temperatures rising means business is booming at a place where folks are letting it all hang out.
“I tell you Dave, if you have friends who live in a nudist colony, tonight wouldn’t be a bad night to visit,” I said.
It was that comment to Dave Bender during Wednesday night’s broadcast that sparked an email from a nice lady.
Kitty told CBS13 the naked truth.
“It’s a nudist resort, not a colony, silly. And business, thanks to the area’s heat wave, has never been better,” wrote Kitty.
CBS13 ventured out to Wilton to Laguna Del Sol on, yes, Rawhide Lane to see how these sun-drenched skinny dippers are soaking in the summer sizzler.
“Obviously everybody wants to wear as little as possible when it’s hot. It’s too hot to mow the lawn, and you see people going where there’s water. And this is just a great place to go,” said Suzanne Schell, a visitor.
Suzanne and her hubby, Wayne, have been urging people to come out of their shell for years, but fighting through the stigma of being a nudist hasn’t been easy.
We asked Wayne what is the biggest misconception about nudists. He replied, “I think they think it’s a sexually oriented recreation, and it’s not.”
The Schells call this 250-acre resort family-friendly; and even though they’re nude, dude, no shenanigans are allowed. It’s just good clean fun.
“It’s a recreation like any other campground or resort. We have archery here; pickle ball is really popular right now; water volleyball,” said Wayne.
Archery might be kind of dangerous.
Their sense of humor was easy to find. Where would they hide it?
Lisa Flannery isn’t hiding anything. She’s one of 80 full-time residents of Laguna Del Sol and wouldn’t have it any other way.
“It’s absolutely heaven, every day. When you come in here to come home, all your stress is left at the gate,” said Flannery.
Others say being here fuels their “fountain of youth.” From hopping on a bike to enjoying the scenery to soaking in the pool, it got us thinking, “Who was really the fool on this 100-plus degree day?”
“I know you’re definitely hot. It’s time for a swim,” said Lisa.
No, I didn’t jump in, but I stand corrected. This is a resort and the people are as friendly as they are free.
If you’re ready to have a ball and come out to Laguna Del Sol, there is a day rate. Everyone’s welcome, and don’t worry about what to wear.
And, this boost in business comes during a perfect week. That’s because it’s National Nude Recreation Week.