I am just south of Boston (25 miles) so it took me about 3.5 hours to get there. Not a bad ride, I considered the distance just like going up to N. Conway.
I was first to arrive, so yes they don't let you in until 5:30. That was alright, I just hung out in the parking lot and chatted with the early arrivals. In fact; car number 2 and I ended up eating together a few times, doing activities together etc. Great people from New York. Who says Boston and NY can't mix?
Gosh, I just want to type a book here. I really have two negative things and the rest I am going to go back to positive. You see I gave it 5 stars so the negative does not win over what kind of place this is. The first negative; I had a friend that went with some of her pals. There were 4 of them and 1 of me. I was and still am cool with sharing a cabin with someone else, the only thing is that they couldn't have put us further apart. They told me they would put us close together, however I was over on lakeside (12b) and they were all the way over by the trampoline. I checked with the office to double check I did everything right while making my reservations and it was clear in the notes, but it must have been overlooked. We got together, but I think we would have crossed paths, been together a tad more if we weren't separated. In fact; they left earlier than I did and if we were closer we would have connected to say good-bye. Instead we caught up on our drives back. The second thing that bothered me was the "goodie bags" they gave the folks that bought a groupon/zozi. I got one, but it bothered me that everyone did not get one. The people that booked directly with the club did not qualify for the goodie bag, but the folks that got a discount off of groupon, zozi, or wherever they got their discount did get one. I sat with a couple at breakfast that paid full price and did not get the bags; they were disappointed. They asked and I am sure others that did not get the bags asked; "how did you get those?" I was a tad bothered that something so nice was not given to everyone (felt like most got it but not everyone got it). I think it should have been the right thing to do from this place, cause this couples disappointment really spread. Why not make everyone happy with that nice gift? Then they can pass them out on night one and their club advertisement will be noticed wherever people are from.
I am so impressed that I want you that is reading this to give this place a shot. Well that is if you are an open minded person and likes to meet people and have fun. Don't go pay a few hundred bucks to go lay at the beach there, you are going to take part in activities. If you want to go to the beach, go to the ocean. Now that said; you can go here and lay at the beach if you want to. =) There are things located everywhere, tennis, zip lines, swing, trampoline, so its really not like one location is better than the other. You are an active person to pick an activity weekend, so walking to and from activities is part of it.
There are so many activities you're going to be torn of which ones you want to do. You want to bike ride, hike, play tennis, jump on a trampoline.. Do it- why? Cause you can! I did swashbuckling, jumped on the trampoline, zip lined, pub hike, keg softball, flip-cup, took a tennis lesson, chair zumba. I really only spent $25 the whole weekend. You don't have to tip, but I did tip the girl that brought my luggage and the girl that took my luggage back to where I caught the van. I do that at hotels and I felt it was only proper to do that. Have a few bucks on you for that. This weekend was known as the adventure weekend (I am sure different weekends offer different things), but what I can tell you is that this place knows how to organize. One detail that really stands out is the staff. There are staff members everywhere. If there are not enough visitors ready to play volleyball, a staff member steps in and covers a spot until others show up. Not enough visitors to play dodge ball, there are staff members that are the fillers. How many times have you gone away to go play volleyball and there not be enough players? Maybe basketball? This place, you get to play. That stood out to me more than once, and they have fun while they are doing it.
The food was amazing! Yes, I said this and yes I have been on a ton of cruises and sometimes walked away saying the food could have been better. This place does the food right! I do think it gets crowded between breakfast and your lunch but if you wait 10 minutes or maybe get your dessert plate first then go back and get your food plate, you will be fine. I think the staff should kick back those first 10 minutes during lunch and wait for the lines to die down to help with that, but overall the food and its presentation was awesome!
I hope this review helps! I had two awesome roommates that did not know me before Friday, I met a ton of great people, enjoyed myself in some cases a tad too much, danced, made smores, laughed and laughed.... A cool experience that will be hard to beat. I think they need a frequent visitor program for someone like me =)
I think wherever you stay is going to great =)
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