The (surprisingly) Good, the (insufferably) Bad, and the (unbelievably) Ugly
Played a very worthwhile muni, in the downtrodden Catskill Mountains of New York, of all places, that was an extremely pleasant surprise. Tarry Brae in the village of Loch Sheldrake is well-conditioned, with lots of interesting elevation changes, modestly priced, uncrowded, and an excellent option for a half-day’s worth of golf entertainment.
And here’s a better option if you have the profound misfortune of booking a cottage at the generically-named “Guest House” in the nearby burgh of Livingston Manor. Sleep on a park bench instead.
The Guest House in Livingston Manor, NY is a wonderful experience. If you’re a cockroach, rodent or reptile. Humans, particularly those who believe that cleanliness is next to Godliness, beware. But beyond the generally shoddy condition of the bathroom, shower, bedroom, etc, is the hard-to-fathom mentality of the, and I use this term loosely–Innkeepers. Though they run a so-called lodging establishment, apparently they’ve never actually visited one. Because they don’t provide those petite individual shampoo bottles or personal-size soap cakes. Instead, visitors are charmed by the full-size generic shampoo bottle that’s just 99% empty, and the half-full squeeze bottle of soft-soap. But that’s just half the story of this B&B. The breakfast tale is even more grotesque. Cereal? Out-of-date. English muffins? ditto. Milk? Spoiled, and get this–served in Tupperware, not an unopened carton. Yogurt? Same sorry story! Jelly? Perhaps you see a pattern here–a half-empty jar! I’m a risk-taker by nature, and like to ski, snowboard, climb mountains and take risky 3-wood shots over water, bt I draw the line at sticking a knife into a sugary jar of fruity pectin that has been God-knows-where and defiled by God-knows who before I ever got there! Oh yes–The Ugly. The cost for this Anti-Ritz, this Faux Four Seasons–just $471 for a single night! Caveat Emptor, blog-readers, caveat emptor..
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As for the bead-and-breakfasts, I can tell you what part of the problem is. Such places are often owned by liberals, as many of them have a romantic "dream" of owning a b&b; I actually knew a guy like this. The problem is that liberals tend to be cheap and not very conscientious (they're also ridden with other unpleasant frailties). You can scoff, but that is the truth.