Whenever I hear the word “cozy” to describe a place for a weekend getaway or vacation, I’m often skeptical that I will be staying in a substandard room with a shared sink for washing dishes and my face. This was before I took a leap and booked a two-bedroom unit at the Andril Fireplace Cottages.
1. I’m not a fan of communal hot tubs. Considering that there are 20 units and a few of those units have five bedrooms, you had to hover around like a pervert waiting for fellow bathers to get out so that you could get in. And I won’t go there with the Speedos and the hair.
2. Our two-bedroom cottage did not have a dishwasher and lacked the number of dishes needed to avoid immediately washing the same plate. This, I guess, is a good thing since housekeeping services also don’t do the dishes during your stay. Cue trombone music.
Now, back to what I loved. Perhaps one reason that this place is so family-friendly (to the four-legged variety of children as well) is that it’s been owned and operated by the Smiths since 1960. And they are nice enough to share complimentary coffee, snacks, a HUGE selection of DVD movies (also free) and good ol’ fashioned board games. They also left the original romance and campiness that made Americans fall in love with road trips and motels.
Note: the author of the article was not compensated in any way or given a special rate while staying at the Andril Fireplace Cottages.