Daniels Family Resort
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He hit the road right after grabbing a bite and filling up the gas. We have about a 4 to 5 hour drive ahead of us and I'm determined to do it in less. I am amazed at how beautiful the state of New York is. I think you always think of the city and forget about the state. We came through Geneva and Seneca valley on the way to Watkins glen. It overlooked Seneca lake and was lined with vineyard after vineyard all overlooking the lake at varying heights. It was very nice and extremely ...
... Not a great selection of their own beers, but a good selection of local beer. And if we looked just right between the trees located across the highway from the restaurant, we could actually see the river - the Susquehanna River, I believe. We have crossed and re-crossed that river about 20 times over the past week. It runs from New York south through Pennsylvania and into Chesapeake Bay in ...
... Nathan's Hot Dogs, Treachers Fish & Chips, and Subway. We settled for the hot dogs (two star food). Back at Steamtown we took the half and hour the train ride; I wandered around and took some picture; and we spent some money in the gift shop before heading to the hotel. (For the rest of the day see the hotel review.) Mary's Version My favorite part was the train ride. However, it did go back and forth over a bridge, (they were switching the train from one ...
... The Pennsylvania Railroad Museum, which we saw yesterday. There are a few very nicely preserved locomotives and a few rail cars that one can get close to, but there isn't nearly as much on display as there was at Strasburg. However, there are some very nicely done displays that show how things work and are very educational. All in all, it was a very good day. We're about to head out for dinner, so I'll sign off until tomorrow. ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Daniels Family Resort Canadensis
To start, let me say this was my second time here at this resort. The first time we were there my family and I had a decent time, most recently however- a little bit of a different story.
We've been going to Daniel's for almost 30 yrs. now with my family, ever since I was a child, and the 3rd generation is now going and creating thier own memories. The people we've met at Daniel's have become our third family, the one that we've chosen and that is what makes us return year after year. I agree that the accomodations aren't very well-scrubbed--but there's no way I would say that they're anywhere near filthy, either. I guess it depends on what you're expecting--and at thier prices, when you consider that breakfast and dinner are included (& the food is decent, the breakfast is good & there's alos a salad bar at night)--no one should expect the accomodations of a four star hotel. Besides, there's so much to do (skiing, sledding, indoor pool, etc. in winter; softball, volleyball, bocce, 2 outdoor pools, kids' activities, fishing, paddleboats, basketball, horseshoes, tiki bar, archery, etc. etc. in summer) you're hardly ever in your room anyway. The free nightly entertainment is a lot of fun, and there's also activities such as bingo and karaoke. All in all, it's well worth the price for a friendly family vacation!
Stayed at Daniels during President's week. The place was booked I guess due to the proximity of ski areas. We were in a "lodge" a half mile away. We had to drive to the main lodge for everything. Breakfast and dinner is included in the price. The food was horrible and the service was even worse. The toilet was clogged in our room which we complained about 3 times. My husband told them that they needed a "snake" but they just plunged it. It overflowed into our room on the third day we were there. You can't call them because they have no phones in the lodge we were staying in and our cell phones didn't work in the mountains(thank goodness no emergencies occured while we were there). The other people who were staying in this lodge stated that Daniels is one step up from tent camping. I think I would rather go camping than stay here again.
If you're looking for a place to create life long memories Daniels is the place. Although it may not be the lap of luxury, it is a place that you will return year after year. You will meet people who will be life long friends and quickly become family. Many families return year after year because of the family activities. It is a place where families can enjoy. There is something for every age. The kids are welcomed at all events and activities. I have been going for 17 years and it is now a place where our children bring their children. Many families keep in touch throughout the year and look forward to seeing one another on special weekends and in the summer. Even the owners, staff and social directors have become a part of our extended family. Come and join us. All can become a part of the Daniels family!
All the reviews are pretty accurate (give or take a few cobwebs), but the bottom line is my family and I go back to Daniels EVERY year. That's not to mean that we don't enjoy a nice cruise or something more "comfortable." But Daniels is a fun-filled FAMILY resort. If my kids (ranging from 1 to 13) were told they could go on any other trip (and I do mean ANY other trip) if they would opt not to go to Daniels for the year...then they'd turn down the trip to anywhere and demand to go to Daniels. Now, this doesn't mean my kids are crazy ... but it does mean that Daniels is about a good time. We see the same people (guests and staff) every year and there's a lot of comfort in that despite the acccommodations being a little "uncomfortable". A good time is not limited to the recurring visitors but also the new ones as well, for the "regulars" are always looking to welcome the new visitors and the core staff are DEDICATED to making you feel at home (maybe that's why you have to bring your own towels? ha ha). The social director, Kevin, is EXCEPTIONAL and makes the time at the resort fun for the entire family. As a matter of fact if I had to forfeit Daniels for a trip anywhere...I wouldn't do it either (but don't tell my wife). Love it or hate it...Daniels will definitely make an impact on you and not just be a boring trip to a place with a nice pool. Even if the surroundings are a little run down...you can "laugh it off" and join in the fun.
A Place where everyone knows your name!
We have been going to Daniels for 12 years. We always have such a good time! Every year, we get to see the same group of people, play lots of games, and just enjoy the beautiful area and great people. If your idea of dressing up for dinner means putting on a clean t-shirt, then Daniels is your place!
The property is really pretty on first-sight. Behind closed doors, though, is another matter. Our room was literally crumbling before us: wallpaper peeling off the walls, un-patched holes in the walls and ceilings, linoleum curling up at the edges, and stains everywhere. As soon as we arrived, we removed the many cobwebs around the room ourselves, and scraped a used Band-Aid off the back of one of the doors and threw it in the trash.
I just returned from Daniels Resort I visited for the 3 day Thanksgiving getaway and had a great time my kids loved it and the Thanksgiving Buffet was excellent. If you are looking for luxury this is not the place for you. I agree the accommadations are a little run down--needs a little TLC. I stayed in a house called BYE-A Brook walking distance from the lodge it is a three bedroom house- very comfortable. The resort is family orientated and with very warm atmosphere full with endless activities they have an indoor pool as well as an outdoor pool,hot tub and sauna and a great game room . We loved it so much that we stayed an extra night which we loved because everyone checked out and we practically had the whole resort to ourselves. I don't agree with the negative reviews I have read. Daniels family resort is affordable with Breakfast and Dinner included, What more can you ask for, so what the accomadations are not out of this world but the idea is to have fun and enjoy the activities that they offer. I believe I got my moneys worth. I can't wait till my next visit which I have already booked.
This family resort has passable outdoor facilities, but the rambling interior looks like it was last updated (and cleaned) during the Eisenhower presidency. The noise in the main lodge was unbearable. The outlying cabins are better, but leave much to be desired in terms of cleanliness. The resort does not provide towels or maid service so be prepared. The food is passable, but not very good. Though the staff tries hard and is generally pleasant, the resort is clearly decades beyond its prime. Unfortunately, the price we paid for this resort was well in excess of the quality.
Best feature is the low price
...but you get what you pay for. Numerous cabins are on a very large piece of property. There are two outdoor pools that are pretty nice, and an indoor pool that gave one of our kids hives. There is a softball field, shuffle board, horse shoes, etc. and we enjoyed using them. The central dining hall serves a good breakfast and a dinner that is honestly pretty bad. (The rate includes those meals.) There is a snack bar for lunch that is so slow it is unbelievable. Now for the cabins. If you don't mind mildew, bugs, broken air conditioners, leaky pipes, dirty bed linens, windows and doors that don't lock, etc. you might not mind this place. But if you are expecting a nice place to stay, this is not the place for you.