Four-story, L-shaped Residence Inn (RI) (90+ rooms) in newly developed area (with more lots yet to be developed). Numerous eateries & groceries in shopping plazas (within sight of hotel) on Berry Rd conveniently within brief walk/ drive down Technology Way (road hotel is on).
RI still clean, new, burgundy décor & furnishings in very good condition. (Faux leather-like wallpaper & wild patterned carpet in hallways give contemporary sensibility.)
Rooms are comfortably equipped studios/ suites that allow small apartment-like living. If you're staying just a few days or a few weeks (or months) -- you may feel as if you're in your own personal mini-condo, with the perk of prepared breakfasts awaiting you each morning.
1-Bedroom, King Bed Suite (Lower Floor)
Overall, comfortable 1-bedroom suite with all typical RI amenities.
• Bed -- too much 'give' in this particular mattress. Sank so deeply into mattress, to an onlooker, it may have appeared 'flat' as if no one was in bed. Much too soft/ squishy for those who require support. Sofa was firmer (more comfortable) & slept on at times. (Perhaps an overused mattress in just this 1 room & may not be representative of beds throughout hotel.)
• Hint of chlorine scent on sheets (not problematic), but if sensitive to smells this may irritate you until scent dissipates. (You know sheets are clean.)
• Average amount of floor space for 1 bedroom suite: spacious for 1, comfortable for 2, cozy for 3. Non-typical HIGH ceilings give average-sized room a feeling of spaciousness -- much appreciated by claustrophobes. (Despite unusually high ceilings, could still hear heavy footsteps from occasional guest overhead -- but, not as thunderous as typical low-ceiling rooms (where it can sound like elephants stomping on your head). Overall, much relieved (& appreciated quiet) once noisy neighbor left.)
• Still new hotel with minor hints of room wear: carpet stains, pet scratched comfy chair (still functional) and thankfully no pet odors. (Saw only 1 pooch (well-behaved) entire stay. (Not nicked/ dinged furniture or scraped walls -- overall furnishings, cabinetry, etc. in excellent to pristine condition.)
• Smallish flat screen TV with good reception to 40+ channels. (3 HBOs, News, Sports...). Swivel/ aim TV monitor to wherever you're sitting in room: sofa, desk, comfy chair. Likewise in bedroom -- aim TV precisely where you're viewing from.
• Enough surface area (desk, kitchen table, countertops) to spread out & work. Enough outlets to plug in numerous electronic gadgets.
• Kitchen sink cold-water tap runs lukewarm/ tepid -- not cool/ cold) at times. (Used cold water from bathroom sink tap to make coffee & for drinking.)
• Small (not full-sized) dishwasher that cleans cookware/ dishware fine. When running, may not be as loud as some full-sized washers, but you may want to be out of room as it's still noisy.
• Typical smallish bathroom with combo shower/ tub, high seat toilets (& countertops) found in newer RIs --not shorter/lower toilets & counters found in older RIs.)
• LOUD bathroom fan. (Since bathroom light & fan are connected to 1 switch, you can't just use the light without the jet-engine fan coming on as well.) Wish fan was considerably quieter or off altogether.
• Full-size fridge & ice maker (in freezer), garbage disposal, microwave, AC, all in working order -- no issues.
• Clean guest laundry room with functioning machines: 4 washers ($1.50), 6 dryers ($1.00). Dryers completely dried full load -- no damp items needing to be hang dried. No having to waiting for machine to be available. No detergent vending machine in laundry room -- did have a huge 25 cent candy machine (might keep little ones occupied).
• Free in-room Internet/ WiFi. (Access daily through 2 click-through Nomadix screens; no password needed.) Reliable, but can be annoying as Nomadix disconnects you from Internet/ WiFi if you're not *continually* active. If you're sporadically on & off laptop throughout day, it's irritating to continually/ repeatedly have to reconnect. (Not problematic -- merely petty annoyance.)
• Smallish exercise room: 1 elliptical, 2 treadmills, & weights. Water & a few towels provided. (No wet wipes.) Built-in TV screens on machines, but bring your own earphones/ earbuds. (Didn't see disposable earbuds.)
• Outdoor pool only (closed in Spring; open late May); no indoor pool.
• 2 computers/ printer in seated area across from lobby desk & lounge/ gatehouse eatery. (Comfortably print documents & boarding passes.)
• 1 elevator in center of hotel by lobby/ gatehouse. (Only a 4-story RI, so steps are doable if rushed & don't want to wait for sole elevator.)
• Rubbish bin in hallway allows you to dispose of overflow trash (or oversized items) from room. (Wish *every* RI would provide trash bins in hallways (or by elevators) on each floor.)
• Sturdy, solid trolley/ luggage carts -- particularly if moving heavy equipment/ suitcases. (Minor point, but appreciated if you've tried to use a rickety/ flimsy cart laden with equipment/ baggage. Wish all RIs would migrate to robust trolleys.)
• No difficulty finding parking spot in free, on-site, self-parking lot.
• Enough distance from busy roadways (Berry Rd, Western Pkwy, & Crain Hwy) so as not to hear traffic from room, but close enough to access these flowing arteries to get to your destination.
• Standard, hearty RI breakfasts, but bare-bones evening social fare (Mon., Tue., Wed.). *Convenient* if you're busy & haven't time or energy to prepare food in kitchenette.
BREAKFAST -- Every Morning
6:30-9:30am weekdays (Mon.- Fri.)
7-10am Sat. & Sun.
Smallish Gatehouse breakfast nook & seated dining area, but fully provided all standard hot & cold breakfast items a frequenter of RIs is accustomed to.
(Enough gatehouse seating for typical quantity of weekday guests, but if bustling weekend overflow, can bring meal (on provided trays) back to room to dine.)
Standard hot & cold breakfast items well done with ROTATION & VARIETY -- much appreciated by repeat/ long-stay guests intimately familiar with the RI breakfast routine. (You're not trapped into identical hot items & identical cut fruit each & every day.) The alternating variety each day is appreciated.
• Standard ROUTINE hot items: scrambled eggs, plain potato wedges, round turkey ham slices or sausage patties -- with standard choice of TOPPINGS: shredded cheese, salsa, sour cream, chives (thankfully *fresh* cut chives -- not dried/ dehydrated)
• Standard ROTATION hot items: sausage, egg, cheese biscuit; sausage hash; egg, cheese, turkey ham English muffin; burritos; potato pancakes; french toast sticks; gravy & biscuits (Hoped for *additional* rotation item: spinach, egg, ham english muffin.)
• WAFFLE station with toppings: strawberries, blueberries, chocolate chips, walnuts...
• OATMEAL with self-add choices: raisens, walnuts, brown sugar.
• Rotating CUT FRUIT: cantaloupe, honeydew, pineapple (varied each day so not stuck having identical fruit day after day.)
• CEREALS (granola, cheerios, raisin bran, fruit loops...)
• Whole grain BREAD (*much* appreciated whole grain), bagels, 2 flavours of sugary muffins...(Jellies, peanut butter, butter...)
• Sweetened fruit yoghurts -- no plain. (Always hope for plain yoghurt, but have difficulty finding plain at RIs any more. Plain yoghurt used to be an RI staple.)
• Whole fruit: apples, bananas, oranges. Appreciate all 3 placed out at once, so you have choice/ variety every day. (Excellent juicy oranges bursting with flavour.)
• Juices in self-pour containers: orange & apple juices (not in soda-fountain-like machine/ dispenser). (Hoped for addition of cranberry juice.)
• Milk in self-pour container (not small, single-serve cartons). For just a single-serving "to-go" (for the road), can use coffee cup with lid.
• No plain boiled eggs. (But, good rotation/ variety of numerous breakfast items allows you to not miss lack of boiled eggs. Would be nice addition.)
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• Sausage hash cooked to point of having crispy bits, which when you bite into have burst of flavour -- not just 'heated up' hash as found at some RIs. (Apologies for lack cooking vernacular to describe precisely.) Can only say preferred this hash to others that seem to be just 'warmed up'. Probably, likely identical ingredients, just variations in cooking methods that makes the taste difference.)
• Likewise with cooked vegetables (onions, red & green peppers) added to potato wedges -- nicely cooked veg add flavour to otherwise bland potato wedges; ended up preferring veg to wedges. (Hoped for INCREASED VEG, decreased wedge.)
• Scrambled eggs also good; guessing stirred/ scrambled as cooking, so egg doesn't come out as dry 'loaf' with darkened middle. At times can have liquid in serving pan, but easy enough to avoid scooping liquid onto your plate. (However chef cooks eggs, wish other RIs would do same.)
• Biscuit (which usually bypass) were different from typical biscuits at other RIs. These were golden topped & a bit flatter, but tasty. (An occasional indulgence -- as biscuits are essentially processed white flour; appears to be no such thing as a 'whole grain' biscuits.)
• Potato pancakes nicely crisped -- not typical soft heated lumps (as at many RIs) that turn to mush as breakfast hour progresses.
• Full-sized burrito (not cut in half) -- wrap in a napkin & eat 'on the go' if in a rush.
• Different type of sausage patty (thicker/ darker) -- haven't had elsewhere; didn't care for. (Just subjective personal taste; tried couple times but couldn't acquire taste for.) May be flavourful to others' palates. (Don't know how to describe other than to say unlike patties elsewhere.)
• Rarely had yoghurt parfaits; found only once. If you can find one, it's a treat. One of the few RIs (in recent memory) that makes parfaits with PLAIN UNSWEETENED YOGHURT. The tartness of unsweetened, plain yoghurt balances with sweetness of granola & blueberries -- perfectly. (You won't lapse into a diabetic coma from excessive sweetness.) Wish all RIs would go back to making parfaits this way; wished this RI made them *every* day. (If you don't find a yoghurt parfait, you can improvise if you don't mind sugary yoghurt base with added sweetened granola, & sweetened strawberry/ blueberry topping from waffle station. Way too sweet, but a fallback if you're desperate.)
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Attentive Breakfast & Dinner Staff
• Replenish items promptly.
• Genuinely helpful in anticipating guests needs -- providing trays.
• Thoughtfully rotating hot breakfast items & evening meals. (Much appreciated by repeat/ long-stay guests grateful for variety.)
• Overall, attentive service, attention to detail, & ability to prepare standard fare for appeal & taste.
EVENING FOOD -- 3 Weekdays
6-7:30pm (Mon. Tue, Wed.)
As good as the breakfasts are each morning, the 3 evening food/ meals are bare bones. Actually, 2 evenings (Monday & Wednesday) appear to be modest meals & Tuesday appears to be dessert/ snacks (fun for youngsters, not so fun for hungry adults who may be anticipating a meal). Wish all 3 evenings could follow the more hearty, substantive dinners of northward RI neighbors in & around DC.
Meals/ Desserts -- Mon, Tue, Wed
• Tomato soup & grilled cheese sandwiches (white bread, not whole grain) -- but tasty nonetheless. (Don't know how they do it, but no matter what cook(s) prepare, it's tasty; ability to make mundane ingredients flavourful.) (Again, plain white bread; wish WHOLE GRAIN would become the norm/ standard of all RIs.) No salad, no dessert, only saltine crackers & hot sauce on side. Pink lemonade was sole beverage. (Welcoming warmth, charm, & genuine helpfulness of exceptional hostess eases the disappointment of sparse evening meals.)
• Hotdogs, buns, potato salad, potato chips. (No veg, no green salad, no beans, & no alternatives for non-hotdog eaters.) Variety of full-sized canned sodas -- not half-sized cans.
• Waffles, ice cream (neapolitan or vanilla), pink lemonade was a dessert evening. (A treat for little ones & after dinner dessert for non-weight-watching grown ups. You may need to acquire meal *before* indulging on dessert/ snack evenings; be sure to check calendar menu on fridge, so you know what to anticipate & plan accordingly.)
Food for Thought
Wish nicer RIs, such as Waldorf, would rethink their evening meals -- particularly for repeat/ long stay guests who rely on hearty, diverse meals. Full, balanced meals with *all* the touches (sides, veg, soups, green salads, drinks...) are much appreciated. It's a bright spot of a long day that working (& non-working) guests look forward to -- especially if tired & not up to dining out or grocery shopping.
Because each RI appears to handle dinners differently (along a spectrum of quality, balance, service), the diverse dining "styles" contributes to guest confusion as to what to anticipate. If you're used to hearty meals (of DC area RIs for example), slipping back to barebones is disappointing. Ended up purchasing sides, salads (as well as full meals) at nearby grocery stores (Giant, Safeway).
It appears what is noted on FRIDGE CALENDAR MENU is exactly what is served. When the menu states: spaghetti & meatballs. That is precisely (solely) what you get: spaghetti & meatballs (with minor additions of grated cheese, Italian bread). (No side veg, no soup, no salad, no wine or beer.) Bare minimum. (Certainly life sustaining, just disappointing. Hope they consider expanding dinner menu -- potential for being a stellar RI.) Good variety/ rotation -- not stuck in rut of predictable sameness.
Upside of evening meals: save $ and enjoy convenience of at least 2 weekday dinners. (Not haute cuisine, but certainly acceptable, filling, economical.)
If you're particular about your meals, budget for out-of-pocket dinners -- plenty of nearby restaurants & groceries to choose from.
• Clean room with replacement toilet paper & paper towels provided. (Minor point: would have liked replacement box of kleenex.) Didn't have to scrounge around for dish liquid, Pyrex bowels, colander, or cookware as *everything* was supplied. (Much appreciated clean STAINLESS STEEL cookware -- not scratched/ worn Teflon cookware.) Very satisfied.
• Consistent, reliable, attentive.
• Clean, maintained common areas.
• Breakfast hours broadened to 6-10am weekdays & 6-11am on weekends. Yoghurt parfaits *every* day. (Also plain Greek yoghurt would be ideal.) Adding 'spinach, ham, egg English muffins' to hot food rotation.
• Dinner hours expanded to 5-7:30pm along with expansion of dinner menu for all 3 evenings. Heartier dinners to include veg, soups, & salads with all the accoutrements (tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers, croutons, etc.) Additional healthy choices & non-meat alternatives. (Repeat/ long stay guests are grateful for full balanced meals with variety & rotation.)
• Checking for & replacing well-worn mattresses.
• At times (weekends), tweens/ teens clustering in groups (typically 2, 3, 4) hang out in small breakfast food serving area, clogging the free flow of diners attempting to place food on their plate. (Clueless youngsters oblivious to obstruction they're creating; apparently no parental supervision guiding them to select their meal & have a seat.) Guest & kitchen staff end up bobbing & weaving in pinball fashion around youngsters saying, "excuse me, excuse me." Best try & get an early start to avoid obstructive dawdlers. (Funnily, in the already crowded, bustling gatehouse, some loiter by juice area, pour themselves a glass & proceed to stand there drinking -- blocking area for others to access -- utter lack of awareness & consideration for others.)
• Even with unusually high-ceiling room, if you are unlucky enough to have rowdy overhead neighbors you can be disturbed. (If you can't wait for them to leave, best visit front desk to see if a different room is available -- particularly if you don't believe neighbors are capable of quieting down or are here for the duration of your stay.) [Humorous side note: Unfortunately, an even noisier family (with children) moved in above & the youngsters proceeded to wrestle (or perform tumbles/ gymnastics) in living room early one weekend morning -- while parents *yelled* from bedroom. Ruckus went on for couple hours -- alternating between wrestling match/ crashes to floor & parents Y E L L I N G from other room. (Don't know which was worse, the crashing or the yelling.) So much for catching up on sleep. (Missed the previous, heavy-footed guest who routinely, noisily came & went in the wee hours.) Just something to be aware of if you've neighbors above -- you never know if they're going to be quiet church mice or thunder-footed, wrestling elephants.]
• Additionally if on lower floor, be aware cars can park just outside/ below your window at various hours; sound proofing (& black-out curtains) seemed adequate to minimize disturbance. But, also be aware the area in front of your room can become the "skateboard zone." Not too bad if relatively quiet skateboarders, but can be unnerving if they're zipping by & maneuvering around your parked car. (Perhaps parental guidance would help youngsters realize that skateboarding directly in front of people's dwellings & around their cars isn't neighborly behaviour. Other nearby open paved areas (*away* from rooms & parked cars) are safe spots where youngsters could enjoy themselves.)
• Perhaps at check in, the hotel could gently remind guests (with children) that they're responsible for guiding/ monitoring their offspring on the premises & not to leave youngsters to their own devices (not yet fully developed judgement & consideration of others). It appears some parents oblivious to their children's actions (disturbing other guests) require reminding that they are responsible for their offspring's behaviour in public. (Unfortunate to put staff/ management in position of guiding/ directing parents on how to "manage" their children; what else can be done if hotel doesn't want to drive away responsible guests because of lack of parental oversight.) [For clarification, most youngsters were well-behaved & within sight of a responsible adult's watchful eye. Just *some* youngsters appeared to be on their own, out of their parents hair, but well into others.]
Overall you'll need a car because most roadways aren't sidewalk-friendly. An exception is WESTERN PKWY (off Berry Rd.), which is a broad sidewalk (for walkers/ joggers/ bikers) where you can enjoy an after work/ dinner stroll. Lovely, serene Maryland greenery (& fenced in small ponds) on one side & the roar of traffic on the other.
The walkway leads to a residential area & intersects with Acton Ln. (a roadway leading to Crain Hwy, which parallels, Western Pkwy.) To avoid having to walk along the non-sidewalk, multi-lane, deafening loud traffic of Crain Hwy, best loop back on Western Pkwy & retrace your steps back to hotel for about a 2 mile stroll (3.2 km) round trip.
(You may spot a beautiful red-wing black bird with its bright flash of red & yellow on its wing against a shiny jet black body. Simply beautiful.)
You can walk to Waldorf shopping plaza (to left of hotel down Technology Way & left onto Berry Rd.) with numerous eateries/ shops (along Berry Rd, ) just be aware of busy traffic & exercise care walking on foot-worn grass pathway alongside curb. Best take car. (Not for walking in dress shoes or with children or heavy shopping bags in tow.)
(Also, if adept at crossing 6-lane busy roadways, Berry Rd. can be crossed (Bowfinger style) with extreme caution -- but wouldn't recommend. If you must get to shops on other side, best use CAR to drive over. (Didn't see pedestrian crosswalks.)
Eateries, Goceries, Shops
(Conveniently within 1-2 miles (2-3km) of hotel.)
For evenings when food isn’t served at RI, numerous eateries nearby. Call-in order & pickup on your way home from a day’s activities. Approximately 5-10 minute drive to eateries on Crain Highway (US 301):
• Chipotle Mexican (1.5 mi./ 2.4 km)
• Outback Steakhouse (1.5 mi./ 2.4 km)
• Carrabba's Italian (2.5 mi./ 4 km)
• Ledo's Pizza (off Berry Rd. on 2956 Festival Way in plaza). Unique, thin-crust, flavourful pizza. (Forewarning: addictive & withdrawal possible If you haven't a Ledo's in your area.) To burn calories you're about to ingest, consider walking (in sneakers/ trainers) to Ledo's: ~20-min. walk (0.8 mi/ 1.3 km) round trip (~10-min. walk (0.4 mi/ 0.6 km) 1-way)
For longer stays, if you’ve time & inclination to prepare meals in your furnished kitchenette, it’s about a 5-minute drive to groceries:
• Safeway (on 3051 Waldorf Pazza Dr.) 0.6 mi./ 1 km
• Giant Food (on 3297 Crain Hwy) 1.5 mi./ 2.4 km
• Target (on 3300 Western Pkwy) 1.5 mi./ 2.4 km
• Walmart (on 11930 Acton Lane) 2 mi./ 3.2 km
Approx. Driving Times/ Distances
Depending on traffic, roughly 50-min. drive (25 mi./ 40 km) to:
• Washington National Airport (DCA)
• DC, Washington Mall, Smithsonian Museums, Memorials, Sightseeing
Still comfortable for short- or long-term stays whether traveling on business or leisure with family/ friends, as a couple, or solo. (If need to be in area, have no problem returning.)
Unfortunately, 4 (simultaneous) auto break-ins occurred in 1 evening. (Disturbingly, found out after.) Speculation is window smash & grab in wee hours. Truly a shame. This area, hotel, & staff are wonderful. You wouldn't believe anything untoward -- never mind criminal -- could happen in such a setting.
Heed signs in parking lot reminding us NOT TO LEAVE VALUABLES IN CAR. (Don't brush it off thinking this looks like such a safe area; nothing will happen here.) [You realize how vulnerable you are when fellow travellers become victims of crime. Cars damaged, property stolen, police reports filed, insurance claims made -- not what you expect on your holiday or business trip.]
Best preventively take time to remove *all* belongings: navigation devices, travel bags, backpacks, computer bags, luggage, anything that may 'appear' to contain something of value -- even if actually empty.
Don't know what/ if anything else hotel can do to ensure property safety (security cameras? security guards? rooftop snipers?) other than posting signs to 'not leave valuables in car'. (Don't know how many times have seen such signs in hotel lots & gave it little thought. Now I pay attention.)
In addition to removing *everything* from vehicle, I'm considering putting a huge note under windshield noting: ALL VALUABLES REMOVED. [Or, leave a large dead rodent or, better yet, a severed dummy head noting: "Meet 'Joe', the last guy who broke into my car." (Now that's a useful rental car option, "Sir, would you like the severed-head package?"] Best develop habit of removing auto items for all hotel stays -- not just Waldorf.
Despite break-ins, I'll return to RI Waldorf. (Opinion of hotel hasn't changed an iota & don't take break-ins as a reflection on hotel.)
Back to *Hotel* Updates
• Overflow dining area (tables, seating) outside gatehouse by outdoor pool & family-friendly BBQ area. (Typically see families enjoying this spot at dinner time in nice weather -- particularly when pool is open.) Outdoor pool opens towards end of May. (No indoor pool for colder weather.)
• At times, couldn't find a luggage cart/ trolley as both appeared to be in use. An additional trolley (or 2) would help -- to avoid hunting around or waiting around for one to return.
• Mounting a hand-towel bar on wall (by bathroom sink) would be practical in addition to towel bar (under sink) at hip/ thigh level.
Dinners -- More Salads & Whole Grains
• On return, impressed that meals routinely included full SALADS (lettuce with purple cabbage, shredded carrots, grape tomatoes, cukes, onion, bacon bits, croutons, variety of dressing packets, ...) rounding out to overall healthier meal & much appreciated option for non-meat eaters.
• If you arrive later in dinner hour & main entree is gone, a substitute is provided; you won't go hungry or have to go back out for food. (Thankful for this consideration -- especially if you're tired from a long day's activities & just want to rest/ eat.)
• Some evenings, beverages are iced tea or lemonade, other evenings full-sized canned sodas (Pepsi, Mountain Dew, Iced Tea, Grape, ...).
• Breakfast & dinner kitchen staff *consistently* attentive, promptly replenish, & genuinely helpful.
Food, Glorious Food (more food details):
• Build-it-yourself BLTs sandwiches (bacon, lettuce, tomato, mayo...), potato salad. (Depleted bacon replaced with chicken.)
• Hard corn shell tacos (& soft flour tortillas), taco meat, lettuce, tomato, cheese, hot sauce. (Didn't see salsa, refried beans, guacamole...)
Various entrees with Green SALAD:
• Potato salad, macaroni salad.
• Ravioli, with tomato sauce, dinner rolls.
• Hamburger, chicken, beer brats. White-flour buns, potato chips, condiments. (Didn't see pickles.)
• Make-your-own deli sandwiches (ham, turkey, ...) cheese, lettuce, (condiments: mayo, mustard, ketchup, no pickles), tasty WHOLE GRAIN sub/ grinder bread.
Unexpected Wildlife Perk -- Goslings & Deer
When you've had enough gym treadmill/ elliptical tedium, consider walking outside to explore nature surrounding the hotel & on Western Parkway.
• If you arrive in Spring/ Summer you can observe the neighboring geese incrementally grow from infants to toddlers to teens in the span of weeks/ months. Depending on time of day, you may spot a family of geese with 2 parents watchful over their brood. (The wispy down-feathered goslings waddle along with father & mother. Depending on your length of stay/ return, you can see them gradually grow -- losing their down & replacing with more mature feathers & plumping up their 'torsos'.) Quietly enjoy watching them nibble on something in the grass & inch along -- staying together as a group -- remaining within eyesight of each other. [Your little ones may enjoy goose-spotting & watching the babies waddle single file (or as a gaggle) behind a parent, with the other parent on watchful lookout.] They nibble on whatever it is in the lawn that is so tasty, then meander behind the hotel, across the parking lot, down the embankment to the waterway (behind the shopping plaza) -- gently floating/ drifting away out of sight. (Just beware to hopscotch around their 'remnants' on the walkways/ parking lot till a heavy rain washes it away.)
• Nature by Western Parkway walking path: in addition to the lush, verdant beauty of the woods, you can actually spot an occasional DEER during your after work/ after dinner stroll. Remarkably, alongside the incessant roar of traffic (consider bringing earplugs), there's a serene wooded area where you can glimpse an occasional deer approaching the tree line for a nibble. If it's not spooked by movement (or blare of sirens) you can actually observe the deer for a time while taking in the fragrant flowering vegetation & cooling breeze coming through the trees. If you need a bit of nature, enjoy this unexpected wildlife perk. (Have camera ready if you're trying to capture this fleeting moment.) [Will miss this tree-lined area when this plot of land is developed (& all the beauty/ animals go with it).] In meantime, enjoy while you can.
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