Retirement with a Beautiful View

Rustic Barn Campground owner lives his lifelong outdoor dream

As you drive North from Dubuque on busy U.S. Highway 61 through the edge of Wisconsin, nestled slightly off the beaten path is the quaint Rustic Barn Campground. Ranked number one in the area by TripAdvisor , Yelp and Good Sam, owner Mike Murphy is thrilled to live his dream as a host to more than 4,000 campers each season.

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With Galena, Dubuque and Platteville offering festivals, casinos, cheese factories, wineries and breweries—all within driving distance, the campground is a great place for travelers to rest. “It’s an incredible place and a great base for exploration throughout the tri-states,” says Murphy. “The Rustic Barn is unique—more unique than I ever thought it to be.” And, there’s a gorgeous, picturesque view of the plains to boot.

Murphy, a resident of Dyersville, couldn’t have done it without the help of his banker at Dubuque Bank and Trust. After 37 years of property management, Murphy retired and began a search for the perfect campground to manage. As a camper himself, he knew what he wanted and spent five years looking—and found the Rustic Barn not far from home. “The bank helped me ask the right questions to get the right answers,” says Murphy. “They helped me analyze and determine if it was a profitable investment.”

We are thankful for DB&T and have been extremely happy and very comfortable since the moment we first met with them,” says Murphy. “The online checking and online mortgage statements are helpful, they assisted with our 401(k) and the business credit card is seamless.”

With RVing expected to grow throughout the next 10 years, Murphy is confident the investment has been worth it. Since purchasing the campground almost two years ago, he has added new showers to the restrooms, built a sewer system that accommodates each campsite, rebuilt all the pull-thru sites and planted 40 trees along one edge of the campground. Future plans include: developing pop-up and tent sites with water hookups, with the help of his five part-time employees.