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Dana Dotoli

Dana Dotoli

N Tustin, CA, USA

Single Mom of 2 crazy teenage boys. Currently working full time, family chef & acting principal at The COVID Home School. Lover of travel & the outdoors but mostly snowboarding and tennis. Super fun, super funny, adventurous, loyal to a fault, smart, ambitious and loves to live life on the edge!

July 10, 2020
Rated 5.0

Beautiful place to watch the sunset over the harbor!

Excellent location just across from fanuell hall with plenty of outdoor seating.

Plenty of options on both the drink and food menus.

I ordered the Frozen Captain Colada with Captain Morgan and Malibu. It was tasty but it’s weird being in a nice restaurant and drinking from a plastic cup,

I had the shrimp and lobster scampi over linguini. It had plenty of lobster and shrimp served in a generous portion. I might switch it to angel hair but I asked and they didn’t have it. I just think the angel hair lightness pairs better with the delicate taste of the shrimp and lobster.

Nice atmosphere, lively and fun!

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July 10, 2020
Rated 5.0

Spectacular!

This iconic clock tower building in the center of everything contains the Marriott Vacation Club villas.

Known as the Custom House and part of the newer Pulse collection with amazing properties in the middle of the most sought after cities, this property is awesome.

I have a one bedroom villa. The main room contains a dining/living area with seating for 4 at the table. The living area has ample seating for a family or for guests and a flat screen tv with ample storage.

The kitchenette has a micro/mini fridge/sink/toaster/blender and cabinets filled with all you need.

Bath can be entered through the main area or through the bedroom.

The bedroom has a king bed, ample closet and storage space and a moveable flatscreen.

The 26th floor has an observation deck that provides a lovely 360 view of the city.

24th floor contains game room, guest laundry and the inner workings of the clock tower. This was super cool.

Gym and activities were closed but I took a peek where I could and can confirm family friendly.

Oh and Barbara and the front desk crew are super friendly and helpful.

Best part ..... views views views!

If you love the city feel and want to be in the heart of it all, close to north end Italian and Mikes Pastry, walk a block to the harbor for city tours, do the freedom trail, walk across the street to Fanuell Hall and Quincy market ..... this is your urban Mecca!

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July 09, 2020
Rated 4.0

Beautiful property in the heart of downtown and walking distance to places like the rock and roll hall of fame and the river front entertainment area.

The hotel is pretty and has a ton of very beautiful and eclectic modern art.

The restaurant and most other things were closed so we didn’t have a chance to dine or use any of the facilities.

The room was on a high floor and overlooking the water. It was a standard sized room, nothing special but the view was pretty.

Parking is next to the building and you had to park yourself.

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July 09, 2020
Rated 4.0

This was a welcome break from all the traveling we did.

The water was beautifully cool and the sand felt wonderful between our toes.

I was truly surprised by the height of the dunes and the hike back up after enjoying the beach was a serious glute and calf workout!

The hike was very beautiful through the trees to the dunes from the parking area. There are several places to visit and several different things you may see depending on where you are.

It is confusing with the national park versus the state park within the national park. There is no fee for parking at some of the spots but parking areas are small. During Covid it was great because so few were out.

The state park charges a fee and they dont honor the annual pass and they are snotty about it as well.

Definitely should check it out!

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July 08, 2020
Rated 4.0

I love that as an adult I can take my kids to the restaurants on campus I could never afford to go to!

The Original Sin drink was a tasty treat and they made my Malibu drink exactly how I asked .... in a tall glass but not a double.

We enjoyed the great ambiance and appreciated the social distancing but after the great apps I was disappointed. My food was super bland. I ordered the shrimp scampi and it lacked flavor. Needed more seasoning and more garlic and maybe a sprinkling of hot pepper flakes.

Our server was from NM, where I lived for 7 years. Funny how small the world can be. She went to high school with a friends kids. She was super friendly.

Best part was creamery ice cream!

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July 08, 2020
Rated 5.0

You just can’t go wrong at the Corner Room!

The wings were so good we ordered seconds and thirds! Our fav were the dry rub with the honey! You can see in the photos I posted how much my younger son liked them!

The pretzel appetizer had two large pretzels that were warm and soft and delish!

The Reuben was decent but sorry to say we were at Zingerman’s in Ann Arbor earlier in the week and not sure anything will compare to that.

The Shephard’s Pie was good but I prefer mine served like a pot pie.

Of course, the sticky was well received by the boys and we even got some to go.

So glad Corner Room is still selling them. I thought when Ye’ Old College Diner closed they would be gone forever!

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July 08, 2020
Rated 5.0

What a great surprise! I had no idea this was added and I loved it.

The grounds were beautiful, I loved how they marked all the different types of flowers, plants and trees and what a great escape from the campus noise this is.

Set out by the stadium and across from the new law school (another new I didn’t know about) this is a place you need to visit. It is continuing to expand in all its loveliness.

There is a large area outside for Parties that is covered but open on the side and the view is fabulous.

I think this is a must see.

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July 08, 2020
Rated 5.0

Kids first trip to Penn State and my first trip back in 20 years.

Such a great time playing the blue course and super awesome rate for juniors.

The staff are great, the course was in great shape and we even saw a few furry friends along the way.

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July 08, 2020
Rated 3.0

The Shawnee Inn was highly recommended and maybe back in it’s day, it might have been great, but I was not impressed.

The good:

This is a great location right over the Delaware Water Gap. It’s right next to the water and there is a large amount of property that is beautiful in all seasons.

There are many activities including biking, hiking, kayaking and golf.

We played golf on one of the 3 (9) hole courses. The course was fun and a bit challenging and we even saw a mama and baby deer. The fees were fair and the golf staff were great.

The Shawnee Craft brewery on property is super cool with great prices on good beer and great live music. I was disappointed that a large crowd of very loud patrons were allowed to drink their own beer and eat their own food without tipping but still able to enjoy the music.

The manager was great! I told him about everything that happened. He was keen on listening and working to make the resort experience better.

The bad:

I know it was closed for a few months but honestly, this place needs a major makeover.
The main lodge is beautiful but up close it’s very dirty.

We were in the Delaware Lodge which is a small single story lodge just to the right of the the entrance which is no longer guard secured or even gate secured. It’s almost like it was an after thought and not a good one.

It is very dark and it’s surrounded by what looks to be staff buildings and garages full of equipment. We had no idea where the entrance was because it isn’t marked well so we drove around the back. There was a huge dumpster overflowing with trash and garbage built up all around it on the ground.

The room was a nice size with two comfortable queens, a tv, desk, dresser, refrigerator and bathroom. It was rustic and the bathroom had a giant soaking tub which my kids loved because my little one could stand up in it, but I thought it was a huge hazard.

To get in you had to climb on a bench and then hike your leg over to a big step on the other side. Honestly, any adult probably wouldn’t even try. One slippery soap spot and you are doing the splits! Naked. Not a good thought!

One of the beds was missing a comforter, the lights all flickered, the bathroom light was missing a cover, the laminate sink top was coming up, the air conditioner looked like it was going to fall out of the wall. It was heavily caulked with black “stuff” and the night stand was heavily marked and stained.

The ugly:

The same loud group at the Brewery were our neighbors in the lodge. OMG! They blasted music until after midnight, they slammed doors, had screaming babies and left their doors open.

Then....at 7am....yep you got it right.....7am, crying babies and doors slamming and super loud. Everyone is so edgey lately so I was afraid to call the front because I’m a single mom traveling with another gal pal and my two kids.

Outside of our lodge a family had basically set up a campsite. They had the back of their Jeep open. The kids were sitting on chairs around a fire they made. They were cooking out. The next day, the spot they left was littered with garbage.

Note: I would try again after Covid and insist on being in the main lodge or one of the cabins or glamping tents.

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July 08, 2020
Rated 5.0

If you are a fan you just have to stop and check out Poor Richards.

In the show it’s a stand alone but in reality it’s in a bowling alley.

The staff are super cool and the drinks are cheap.

And .... if you know the dance ..... ya gotta do it! My son did the dance and then did it again with other kids who were visiting for the same reason we did......jump to the right .... shake that hand .....

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