It’s been a tough summer. In our family we lost a beloved grandmother to cancer. I had my own cancer scare and yes, even some surgery to take care of things. My friend Susan, just days before our adventure lost her grandmother and while driving cross country to the funeral hit a deer, seriously damaging her car. It’s time to rest and recharge and be able to carry on for the remainder of one pretty tough summer start. It’s not often I get away without the children, but this particular weekend my best friend from college and their godmother decided to spend a little time away from everything, and the Wyndham Hamilton Park was our selected place to stay.
Disclosure: I received a media rate stay at the Wyndham Hamilton Park Hotel as part of the Wyndham Weekends campaign with New Creative Media. All other expenses are my own. All opinions expressed are my own and my companions.
Arriving at Newark Airport, I find myself in a whole new world. It’s not like I never leave Texas, we have traveled all over the world, but it’s been awhile since I’ve been north of the Mason Dixon line when it comes to traveling in the states. The first thing I notice is I can’t understand a word anyone is saying, but I’m pretty sure they can’t understand me either. After being picked up at the airport, Susan and I settle in for the drive to the Wyndham Hamilton Park, near Morriston, NJ. I admit, I’ve had longer drives in Houston, just trying to out to dinner.
Wyndham Hamilton Park Location
Not only convenient to Newark Airport but also located in this quietly, amazing and yes dare I say I saw some hilly areas, wooded area the Wyndham Hamilton Park was just close enough to everything I needed and wanted but far enough away from the hustle and bustle. I think one big advantage of this location is not only is it close to the train to take you into “The City” but the hotel even offers you a complimentary shuttle that takes you to the train! That makes travel to NYC so much easier and you can get away from the hustle and bustle. I also loved the wooded surroundings. It’s convenient to shopping and dining and national parks (Oh my!) which yes we took advantage of. I also enjoyed the villages that were just a few miles away (did I mention the complimentary shuttle?) where we could roam the streets and enjoy the day.
One of the first things we noticed about the room was that there were two desk/workstations! What a relief because even though we were taking some down time there were still things we needed to check on at home and work. This made it so much easier, we had our own desk and plugs. We had everything we needed from bath care items to even a iPod docking station on the digital alarm clock. The beds and pillows were incredibly comfortable and we slept like babies. Susan travels frequently working as an admission officer for a university and the first thing she does is look at the shower. It was Susan tested and approved! Coffee pots, water bottles, plenty of space for both of us all all our “stuff” even the stuff we bought. Getting that home – well that was another matter altogether.
One of the things I really liked was the woodwork accents. It just seemed to work well with the surrounding wooded areas. We could also see down onto the patio and outdoor pool. I loved the spots to sit outside, they were everywhere from breaksfast dining to dinner.
I do wish that I had known about the second elevator right off the bat. As it was I took the scenic route. Be sure to ask if the one near Vanderbilt’s is closer to your room.
I admit, by the time I got to a late dinner I was STARVING so it was with a lot of excitement I headed to Vanderbilt’s. We wanted to dine on site because well, to be honest we were hoping to hit the indoor pool for a little while and we were both pretty tired from traveling. Not only where the portions HUGE but honestly the food was phenomenal. I mean REALLY really good. There were unique takes on old favorites like a Kobe Beef Burger and my choice of a grilled chicken sandwich. I highly recommend the sweet potato waffle fries.
In the morning we did dining in the hotel’s breakfast area. My personal favorite was the made too order omelet (those are so much work at home!) and the buffet with fresh fruit selections. Susan enjoyed the made fresh waffles.
For those of you wondering about special event planning … the next night we had a small get together with over bloggers and local friends in the area. The food continued to be deliciously prepared and beautifully presented. The “Mexican Bar” is Texan tasted and approved. Oh and ask the bartender to make his signature drink, it’s famous!
Our stay was comfortable and clean. While very nicely kept up there were a few updates I could recommend, but Susan thought that it was perfect the way it was. The dining was amazing, I admit though that we didn’t get to try to cafe. Customer service was knowledgeable about the area and were able to give us directions when we decided to drive around as well as help us with arranging for the transportation shuttle.
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