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lobby from 7 AM to 7 PM, are not what I would consider as ameni- ties, although THEY list them as that.

However, the free Sherry and freshly-made cookies from 5 til 6 each evening (except Friday & Saturday) and the free Continental Breakfast each morning (7 to 10 AM) were re- ally terrific. The breakfast had a good choice of breads, beverages, cereals, juices and even a fresh fruit compote. A good breakfast, combined with all of the restaurants in the area, left little reason to use the kitchen. Even though the kitchen was well equipped with ap- pliances, including a dishwasher, the icemaker did not have a basket for the cubes!

Lodge Alley is a complex of four buildings, two facing Bay Street and two on the next street, with a nice courtyard and fountain as connections. (The courtyard is emphasized in the RCI Book picture.) A Jazz quintet from a nearby club played there for about an hour and a half several nights, be- ginning about 5 PM. It was great weather to sit in the shade, sip Sherry and listen to good Jazz.

I must mention the TV reception because the list of stations received indicated 35 but the living room TV got only 27 channels while the one got 70! The bedroom remote went up or down only one channel at a time. I think it would be “justice” if the per- son who purchased that set up was forced to use it for a few years, per- haps sharing the unit with the designer of the bathroom to endure reaching behind himself to get to the toilet pa- per holder, which is mounted at elbow height. Those things, plus a bed that badly needed a footstool to get into, tarnished the quality of the experience daily.

Lodge Alley is a fine place to en- joy Charleston and do it in Charleston’s elegant style. Perhaps those annoy- ances would not be present in some other unit. I would rate Lodge Alley about a 9, with the understanding that no one gets a 10.

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Jul/Aug, 2002

Eagles at Sugarbush

By F. A. Thompson, Manlius, NY

After a friendly, quick and effi- cient check-in at this Waitsfield, VT resort, we were directed to our unit, one of 17 freestanding units.

Our first pleasant surprise was a garage. From the garage, we entered an anteroom, which has a rack with pegs for coats and skis. Behind closed doors in this room are a full size washer and dryer. From there, we entered a spacious 19’x22’ room with a wood paneled cathedral ceiling. This room contains a large ‘L’ shaped couch with a fold out bed, an easy chair and cof- fee table. Immediately to the right is the dining area of approximately 14’x18’, with a hutch, dining table and six chairs. This massive room also contains a fireplace with a good stock of kindling and firewood, in addition to a TV, VCR, and audio unit. A slid- ing glass door leads to a deck that runs the entire length of the unit.

calls. Calls to the office are made using their seven-digit number. Of course, a credit card or reversing of charges is necessary for long distance.

These units are twenty years old, but superior maintenance resulted in them appearing to be less than five years old. Sugarbush is only ten min- utes away. We could see no reason as to why Interval International had not classified this as a five-star resort, unless it is a lack of activities. Inter- val seems to withhold five stars un- less a resort has an abundance of on site activities.

This resort has swimming pools, tennis and racquetball. Whether you go there for skiing, fishing, kayaking on the Mad River, fall foliage or a sum- mer vacation, you won’t find better ac- commodations. A car is a necessity and there are many great nearby res- taurants, shops and boutiques.

On the left is the kitchen of ap- proximately 11’x10’ with breakfast counter and three bar stool chairs. It is fully equipped with stove, micro- wave, refrigerator, dishwasher and everything else that you could ever want to use.

Also, on this level is a full bath, one bedroom with twin beds and a small TV room, with futon couch and chair that could make a great room for children and their activities. On the second level is a bedroom with king size bed, desk, dresser, two chairs and a table. Off of the full bathroom is a sauna.

The telephone system is the best we’ve seen. Each unit has its own telephone number so that calls come in direct to the unit without going through the resort office. When you want to make an outside call, one doesn’t have to dial nine, as you are already outside when you lift the tele- phone, and there is no charge for local

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