August 2, 2003
Daily scheduled activities include horseback riding, arts and crafts, volleyball, horseshoes, Wine and Cheese night, bingo, and movies. Supervised activities to allow parents some free time include swimming, boat rides, and game room. There is a beautiful community room (the Catskill room) where many of these activities take place.
There are paddle boats and rowboats available for a small rental fee, racquetball courts, swimming pool, hot tub, sauna, and an exercise room with a new nautilus machine. The town allows free use of its pool and tennis courts as long as day camps aren't in session.
Our room (3F) was a duplex with a balcony off the living area and the bedroom. A murphy bed slept two downstairs with closet and drawer space in the wall and there was a roomy bedroom upstairs. The kitchen was fully equipped. The only thing we found wanting was measuring cups. There was a liquid measuring cup, but nothing for dry meaure. Two full bathrooms, the downstairs bathroom having a separate vanity area.
Beautiful white pine wood paneling surrounds the brick fireplace. Nights were chilly enough for us to enjoy a fire two or three times. Although the weather back home was hot and humid, we enjoyed mid-70s with no humidity and no mosquitos or black flies! Do be careful if you are easily sunburned. I got bad sunburn on my legs the second day because I didn't notice with the cool breezes what exposure I was getting. The staff supplied white vinegar to take out the sting.
When you check in you get a binder with hotel policies and instructions, water quality report, restaurant menus, movie listings, phone numbers, etc. They also give you the activity listing, directions to area activities, and a restaurant listing with a discount card. Asterisked restaurants on the list gave residents of Deer Run a 10% discount. The rooms don't have movie channels, but you can request movies be played from the playlist (R rated only after 8pm). We brought our own VCR to hook up to the television which we were told was no problem.
Sunday morning there was a meet and greet and the activities director let everyone know about both resort and area activities. She encouraged long timers and repeat customers to share their experiences. We found all the residents both new and old to be very friendly.
We only had one maintenance call when the girls each took a hot shower one after the other and set off the breaker because they didn't use the exhaust fan. Maintenance arrived within 5 minutes of my call and flipped the breaker on the hidden panel. A few minutes later a knock on the door revealed the maintenance man again. He said he noticed our door slammed and asked if he could fix it.
Our last paddle boat ride exposed us to many of the wild inhabitants of the area. We encountered a beaver, mink, jumping frogs and fish and almost had a jaws like encounter with a large snapping turtle! The rule is keep your fingers out of the water and we know why. He was huge.
We didn't do Howe Caverns and Cooperstown becaue we are waiting until our son can join us next year. I can't say enough about the staff. They were great with directions and putting up with the girls constantly requesting movies, towels, dishwasher detergent, etc. Lorraine, the activities director was asking for suggestions for next year and said to call ahead if we thought of anything.
Deer Run is a great place just to relax. There are many activities near by, but if you don't want to run, you can sit by the pool with a book and relax. It is very quiet and rural. The place really grew on us and we are looking forward to returning next year.
From journal Summer in the Catskills