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September 29, 2003
Our unit was excellent... we could have slept eight easily and kept everyone happy.Resort Experience:Depuy Shawnee is part of the greater Shawnee resort at Shawnee on Delaware. The Shawnee resort features several RCI resorts. All of this is built around the 90-year-old Shawnee Inn and its golf course.
One arrives at Shawnee’s reception off route 209. The road recommended is Buttermilk Road and there is a real lack of signage. Arriving from the south on I-80, it is relatively easy. Approaching from the north one stays on 209, ignoring 209 Business into Stroudsberg, passes through and beyond Marshall’s Creek and if it’s not night you should see the road. The reception center is about half a mile to the left.
Looking around Depuy Shawnee we found that like many timeshares this site has evolved over time. It is built around "Fort Depuy", a maintenance building that had once been the clubhouse for a nine-hole golf course that previously occupied the site. The units near it were recent and we were fortunate to be in one of those. Each building had three units and while the buildings were quite attractive with their broad porches and chimneys, the unit interiors were doubly so. As we walked into ours we found a large living area with TV and fireplace on the left and a dining table that sat eight on the right. Behind the dining room was a large, fully-equipped kitchen with a second table which sat four. Passing between the living and dining areas we encountered a door on the left and an open-concept stairway on the right. The door led to a huge bedroom with two double beds, desk and bureau and its own full bath. Upstairs was a second bedroom that mirrored the first (plus TV) and a second full bath. Couldn’t have wished for more.
Further away at Depuy, the units resembled small two-story houses and some of them appeared considerably older and possibly smaller, and certainly less inviting. When you look for an exchange at a place as large as Shawnee there is a lot of serendipity in your assignment. Most of River Village II is beautiful, sitting on stilts in the trees on a steep bank. One section on its own road is less inviting… flat ground, few trees and too much parking lot. Most of the units at Ridge Top feature nice screened porches… what your porch faces, the woods or the road, is in the hands of the gods.
The list of things to do is extensive. Every day there are activities for children and families such as trips to NYC, massage therapy, psychic readings, kids bingo, tye dying, you name it. Most activities take place at the recreation center, which features an indoor pool, exercise room, video arcade, ping pong, gym, etc. Should you decide to stay on-site, it is possible to get out every day and you can take the shuttle bus and leave the car.
From journal Travelling in Eastern Pennsylvania