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Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Visit to "Collinwood", day one

Barnabas Collins: What is it that you want, Angelique?
Angelique Bouchard: Your love! Yo DO still love me, don't you, somewhere deep inside that cold but beating heart?
Barnabas Collins: My dear, even Aphrodite herself could not construct a more odious union!

The drive from Long Island to Tarrytown was uneventful, for the most part. Drew had printed out directions from Google, but forgot to bring the second page. No big deal, I have 3 different GPS apps loaded onto the iPad. The way the GPS took us was a bit weird, not nearly as direct as I would have liked.

As you drive up White Plains Road, you get a splendid view of the pseudo medieval tower that is Castle on the Hudson.

(You can also see the Castle from the Thruway, just before the approach to the Tappan Zee Bridge. When I was a little girl, my aunt Eileen would tell me it was Cinderella's castle.)

We arrived at our hotel, Courtyard by Marriott, and checked in with no trouble at all. The hotel is three stories tall and built around a courtyard (duh). Our room, on the second floor, is at the back of the hotel -- which makes it "ground level" because of the hill. Hence, no balcony, only a door that can be opened to let in fresh air. Third floor rooms have balconies.

Still, it's a nice room, with a king-sized bed, sofa, desk, even a refrigerator. The sink is located outside the bathroom - more convenient that way. Free WiFi. Electrical outlets built into the lamps so you can charge phones, tablets, etc.

Hotel has a fitness center and an indoor pool.

There is a small shop in the lobby where you can buy snacks and toiletries, and "The Bistro", a counter service restaurant open for breakfast and dinner.

We arrived around dinner time, so the first order of business after locating our room was to find a suitable place for dinner.

There is a T.G.I. Friday's just down the road. We arrived at the restaurant around 7:00. The place was busy but not overwhelmingly so. Maybe because it's located in an office park, it's probably busier during lunch.

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We started our meal with the wam pretzel appetizer. Four large, soft, hot from the oven pretzels were accompanied by a mustard dip. Really enjoyed that. We ordered the Jack Daniels ribeye, which was tender and flavorful. Fried shrimp were crispy, not greasy. I had rice pilaf and steamed broccoli, which were pretty standard but very tasty. Drew had French fries (which he thoroughly enjoyed), and macaroni and cheese (which is now in the hotel refrigerator).

Service was a tad bit slow, but nothing terrible. The food was exactly as we anticipated. A decent meal for the price.

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