The Wrap: Recapping The Best of the Best of MobileGolfer’s East Coast journey

The Wrap: Recapping The Best of the Best of MobileGolfer’s East Coast journey

The Old Course at Pennsylvania’s Omni Bedford Springs lives up to its historic name.

Cabin fever affects people in different ways. Some binge on food. Others on Netflix. Some people cry. I write bucket lists and plan golf trips.

On a bitter cold day last winter, when the doldrums threatened to eat my brain, I began planning this particular epic trip. I spent three weeks researching, going state by state across the Northeast, seeking great resorts with great golf in that region. I formalized my plan and pitched it to my 3-year-old daughter. “Fumbs up,” she said. Excellent. So I pitched it to the 18 resorts I wanted to feature.

I honestly didn’t know what the response would be for such an absurdly huge project. Thirteen of them jumped on board immediately. Three others really wanted to but my desired dates (Father’s Day Weekend and the 4th of July) were understandably impossible for them to accommodate. There were two outright rejections, but that duo was eventually replaced by two of my kids’ three favorites -- a blessing in disguise.

The trip couldn’t have possibly gone better, and I couldn’t have been more impressed with the quantity and quality of the golf across the 18 resorts I was able to cover. In a year that featured separate two-week golf “assignments” in Hawaii, Colorado, Scotland and South Africa, I have to say that being able to take my entire family along for these 31 days in the Northeast made it the greatest trip of them all.

Nemacolin Woodlands Resort

The racap: 31 days, 25 golf rounds, six people’s opinions

18 RESORTS VISITED: Nemacolin Woodlands (PA), Rocky Gap Resort (MD), Omni Bedford Springs (PA), Lansdowne Resort (VA), Federal Point Inn (PA), Delamar Greenwich Harbor (CT), Crystal Springs Resort (NJ), Foxwoods Resort (CT), Ocean’s Edge Resort (MA), The International Resort (MA), Sebasco Harbor Resort (ME), Boothbay Harbor Resort (ME), Sunday River Resort (ME), Omni Mt. Washington (NH), Okemo Mountain Resort (VT), The Equinox (VT), Turning Stone Resort (NY), Seneca Hickory Stick Resort (NY).

Favorite Golf Courses: 1. Mystic Rock at Nemacolin Woodlands (PA), 2. Old Course at Bedford Springs (PA), 3. Trump Ferry Point (NY), 4. Atunyote at TurningStone (NY), 5. Belgrade Lakes (ME), 6. Seneca Hickory Stick (NY)

Favorite Resorts: 1. Crystal Springs (NJ), 2. Nemacolin Woodlands (PA), 3. Okemo Mountain (VT), 4. Omni Bedford Springs (PA), 5. Sunday River (ME), 6. Sebasco Harbor (ME)

Favorite Restaurant: 1. Tin Rooster at TurningStone (NY), 2. Frontier Tavern at Omni Bedford Springs (PA), 3. Abbott’s Lobster in the Rough (CT), 4. TS Steakhouse at TurningStone (NY), 5. CAMP at Sunday River (ME), 6. Polly’s Pancake Parlor (NH)

Favorite Spa: 1. Ska:na´at Turning Stone (NY), 2. Elements at Crystal Springs (NJ), 3. Woodlands at Nemacolin Woodlands (PA), 4. Springs Eternal at Omni Bedford Springs (PA), 5. The Spa at Omni Mt Washington (NH)

Favorite Resort Activities: 1. Adventure Zone at Okemo Mountain (VT), 2. Action Park at Crystal Springs (NJ), 3. Adventure Center at Sunday River (ME), 4. Adventure Park at Nemacolin Woodlands (PA), 5. Wild Animal Nursery Tour at Nemacolin Woodlands (PA), 6. Moose Tour at Omni Mount Washington (NH)

Favorite Free Activities: 1. Walking across Brooklyn Bridge at night (NY), 2. Walking through Central Park (NY), 3. Playing in Atlantic Ocean (ME), 4. Waterfall jumping at Mount Washington (NH), 5. Smithsonian Natural Museum of History (DC), 6. Washington DC monuments

Favorite Paid Activities: 1. One World Observatory tour (NY), 2. Cave of the Winds at Niagara Falls (NY), 3. Swan boats in Boston Public Garden (MA), 4. Perils of the Lost Jungle Mini-Golf (VA), 5. Statue of Liberty (NY), 6. Reading Terminal market (PA)

Best Resort Hospitality: 1. Omni Bedford Springs (PA), 2. Sebasco Harbor (ME), 3. Okemo Mountain (VT), 4. TurningStone (NY), 5. Delamar Greenwich Harbor (NY), 6. Federal Pointe Inn (PA)

Best Restaurant Service: 1. TS Steakhouse at TurningStone (NY), 2. Tin Rooster at TurningStone (NY), 3. The Fireplace Room at The International (MA), 4. The Frontier Room at Omni Bedford Springs (PA), 5. Aqueous at Nemacolin Woodlands (PA), 6. l’escale Restaurant at Delamar Greenwich Harbor (NY)

Best Golf Service: 1. Omni Bedford Springs (PA), 2. Potomac Shores (VA), 3. TurningStone (NY), 4. Trump Ferry Point (NY), 5. Lake of Isles (CT), 6. Omni Mount Washington (NH)

Favorite Swimming Pool: 1. Biosphere Pool at Crystal Springs (NJ), 2. Outdoor at Lansdowne (VA), 3. Indoor at Okemo Mountain (VT), 4. Outdoor at Sunday River (ME), 5. Outdoor at Omni Bedford Springs (PA), 6. Outdoor at Omni Mount Washington (NH)

About the author

Eric N. Hart

Eric Hart (aka MobileGolfer) is an award-winning travel and leisure writer for Golf News Net and the owner of Stays + Plays Travel Agency in the Midwest. Eric has stayed at 250-plus resorts and hotels around the world and played 500-plus golf courses. He has worked with 16 tourism agencies and written more than 1,100 articles for 14 regional, national and international golf, family and travel publications since he began in 2007. With a passion for promoting both golf and family travel, Eric routinely hits the road with his son and/or the full family (wife and four kids).

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