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“Mohegan Sun” — The Two Swimming Pools Are A Let Down!

by Anura Guruge

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The one word that always comes to mind when I think of “Mohegan Sun” (which I have had the chance to visit three times) is ‘opulence‘.

It is quite the resort and it is visually stunning — a veritable smorgasbord of visual stimulation.

Everything is ‘First Class’ but for the two swimming pools and that is very incongruous and disappointing.

Teischan (10) likes to swim in hotel pools, and those two last words have to go together. In other words she only likes pools attached to a hotel. She is also not that keen on swimming in lakes which is a shame since we do have beach rights to a nice lake. So, whenever we go on vacation I try to make sure that the hotels we are staying at have pools.

I saw that “Mohegan Sun” had two pools and that seemed to fit the bill.

But, we were surprised by what we discovered. And this post is to give other a ‘Heads Up’ if you are planning a stay at “Mohegan” and swimming is something you are planning to do.

  1. The pool (on the ground floor) of the newly opened ‘Earth Tower‘ is MINISCULE. Not much bigger than a large hot tub (and I am not exaggerating by that much).
  2.  The pool (on the 3rd floor) of the ‘Sky Tower‘ is ‘large’ (maybe even ‘huge’) but it has a constant depth of 3.5′ — i.e., there is no deep end. [This is also case with the titchy pool in the ‘Earth Tower’.] I guess this eliminates the danger of folks diving and is probably better for kids. While you can of course swim in 3.5′ feet it feels strange and there is something perverse about not being able to take a breather at one end of the pool without your feet on the bottom.
  3. There is NO HOT TUB at either pool. This seems ludicrous. {Continue reading …}
  4. There is a large bar, serving alcoholic drinks, by the large pool — but it is not what I call a true poolside bar in that you can’t get served without getting out. I would rather have a hot tub than a bar.
  5. The water temperature in both pools was a couple degrees BELOW ideal. And not having a hot tub to help warm up meant that the whole experience was slightly degraded.
  6. At the large pool they have ‘Towel Monitors’! While I fully appreciate that maintaining a supply of towels at a busy pool is a COSTLY proposition it seems crazy that they make you feel guilty about asking for a couple of towels — given what you are paying to stay there!
  7. Neither pool has an attached changing room. At the big pool the changing rooms, which are inside the respective gender-specific bathrooms, are across the hall and you have to walk across dripping.
  8. The little pool is in a little, dark, claustrophobic room. [Not so the large pool. That is in a huge, well lit, atrium-like hall.]

So, just letting you know. It did not ruin our vacation and we went swimming on 3-days but the experience could have been better.

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by Anura Guruge

The Meredith, N.H. Rental Waterfront Featured This Week On WMUR Used To Belong To Me.

The dock in 1999 — with the 25′ Larson, the first ‘Waiters on Water’ boat.

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Winston & Maggie, named after British Prime Ministers, brother and sister, under the deck at this Meredith house in 1998.

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Anura Guruge Meredith NH waterfront house 1997 to 1999

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I, of course, recognized it as soon as I saw it though I have not seen it from this side (i.e., the back facing the water) in years. That is my hot tub, from ‘Energy Savers‘ (who were just right up the hill), from 1997 — though I had it to the side.

I bought it in March 1997 when there was still lots of snow on the ground and you could not see the beach. I took the words of the two Realtors and some pictures from years earlier. The listing agent was the famous Peg (‘Broadway Star’) Lamprey of the eponymous Real Estate Firm. Peg and I got on well. We understood and liked each other. She was great. Epitome of a great Realtor.

The house was only 1/4 of the size at the time — which is why I ended up selling it in September 1999. Just the glass middle section — seen in the picture. The two wings were added by the folks who bought the house from me. They owned a large building company. When I had it it only had two bedrooms, a large master bedroom on the upper level and another on the ground level. The rest of the space was open. There were two small kitchens — one on each floor, the one of the ground floor handy if you were entertaining ‘down below’ — rather than on the deck. Nice touch — the underneath of the deck had a waterproof lining with drainage. So you could entertain underneath, without getting wet, if it was raining.

This, my 2nd waterfront and the 1st (of three) on Lake Winnipesaukee was my ‘Cisco house‘. I bought it, cash, with money I had made on Cisco options. Long story. 40 minutes of work on a Sunday! Yes, those were the glory days of dot.com. In 1997 prices were still reasonable. I know I paid less than $300K for it. I also know that I sold it for less than $400K in September 1999 — within 24 hours of it being listed. Listed it on Thursday before the Labor Day weekend. The buyers saw it first thing Friday. At 4pm, they INSISTED that I sign the ‘P&S’, for the asking price, because they were worried that somebody else might buy it over the holiday weekend. Those were the day. I had asked (and got) a 2.5 month closing window. I was in the middle of a seminar tour and did not have time to move until after Thanksgiving. Also had to find another waterfront to move to.

The timing, for ME, could NOT have been better. When I owned this delightful property (with the scenic railway at the front) there were ONLY 7 houses, all waterfront, on Mile Point, Meredith. We were on a posted private road, the first 1/4 mile which was kept as dirt to deter tourists. The hill above us only had wildlife. Mile Point was a quiet refuge. The only real noise being the train. I those days I had taken a break from my running. It was the height of my 3-4 days travelling period and my body had taken a pounding. But if I was home I would walk Winston and Maggie up the hill. In the Summer I saw them surveying the land. I asked them what that was all about. They said the owners were just checking the boundaries. None of us on Mile Point had ANY IDEA as to what was to come. Obviously nothing showed up in the title searches done by the buyer — though at the last minute I had to fork out ‘big bucks’ to a lawyer to sort out a right-of-way that had expired.

Just 6 months after I moved out all hell broke out. They started that MASSIVE development at Mile Point on the hill above the house. I would NOT have been able to cope with that disruption. It would have driven me nuts. There was no way that I would have driven Cadillac STS on the railway track to get home! I still can’t believe that I dodged that ‘bullet’. Luck like that normally escapes. Luckily the folks that bought the house, in the construction business themselves, did not mind at all. As far as they were concerned it would in the end appreciate the value of their property because it was waterfront. So everybody was happy.

Nice house. Nice location. Rent it. You can have a lot of fun.