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Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Our Vacation Home

Our vacation home is located in a gorgeous retirement resort.  The club house is absolutely stunning and so it should be at the price $3M price tag it cost to build it!  We went down in early 2009 specifically to see a house my husband was interested in.  While we did not buy that year we thoroughly enjoyed our stay.  The following year we managed to get a great deal on a house in the resort in March but did not see our newly acquired home until May.  The club house has been a regular attraction for us each trip we have made.  The food was always quite good or at least it was up until last December.

Club House burger
During our winter vacation we noticed that the quality of the food had diminished somewhat.  It was still good but nothing like before.  Our kids visited us during our recent spring vacation so we took them down to the club house for dinner.  What a disappointment.  The menu has been pared down to mainly sandwiches and even at that the selection was very limited - hamburger, chicken burger, club house and chicken wrap.  The taco salad remains on the menu.  The wonderful pasta bar on Thursdays has been discontinued as have actual dinner meals like roast beef with potatoes and vegetable.  The hours that food is available have been reduced.  The price of the food has increased but the food itself has become much plainer.   While there likely will still be special event meals from time to time, these will likely be considerably more expensive. 

This really is a shame!  It has been the same chef ever since we have been going there.  He's a nice enough guy with good cooking skills but he can't decide whether he wants to cook or sing opera.  As a result he doesn't focus on putting out good quality food.  Many are voicing their complaints over this.  Unfortunately our home owner's association has had difficulty attracting another chef.  We don't eat out a lot when at our vacation home.  Occasionally eating at the club house was a bit special with the social element added in.  We'd go down for dinner then stay for a bit of dancing and socializing.  Unless something changes it appears we will only be going for the socializing now.

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