I used Housatonic lumber for a kitchen remodel. After hearing nightmare stories about remodels gone wrong, I found myself in the middle of one. Cabinets were half installed by my contractor, and all with a manufacturer's defect. Housatonic made good on their commitment by removing and replacing the cabinets with another cabinet of my choice, quickly and without extra cost to me. That level of reliability and commitment to the customer is difficult to find these days.
We have relied on Town Fair for many years to install or repair our tires on at least eight of our cars. Their prices are very reasonable, usually stock what we need, and make wonderful recommendations. As reliable customers, we get free repairs to our flat tires.
Sally's is a small shop with high end products that don't cost as much as in salons or even other discount stores. They also have the generic knock-offs that I have found to work just as well. My stylist, who works from her home & does not sell hair care products, recommends Sally to all her clients.
The food is very basic buffet, in a conga-line procession, but if you're watching your $, certainly a way to feed the family. It is far down on the boardwalk, so we found little parking nearby, and it does get rather crowded. There are other economical options for dinner in OC.
They really do have great burgers, and if you go off peak hours, no wait at all. Indoor dining is casual, family style in booths, with outdoor under a canopy. Prices are typical for OC, but at least the food is worth the price.
Not fancy, and out of the way, Crab Alley was recommended by a local for the best crabs around. We now agree. Portiions were larger and prices a little less than the downtown crab huts. Chowders and bisques were the best. Grab dinner then go to the raceway down the street.
Before we leave OC, we always go for breakfast at the Dough Roller. Their skillet breakfasts are wonderful, as well as the coffee. Conveniently located off the costal highway, can't go wrong.
With two teenage sons, we stayed at the Princess Royale in an atrium-side, typical hotel room, that overlooked the large multi-story indoor pool and recreation area equipped with ping pong & pool tables, and refreshment stand. We could see families below on the ground floor with adjoining rooms, flow in groups from indoor pool, to outdoor pool, to the beach right outside. The atrium accommodations are great in bad weather. Located well above the OC boardwalk, be prepared to drive a bit to the downtown areas.
With two teenage sons in tow, we stayed at the nicely appointed hotel accommodations at the bayside Ocean Edge resort, where we could eat at their two restaurants, walk to the calm, private bayside beach (equipped with concierge, blankets and umbrellas), tennis courts, indoor & outdoor pools, and fitness center. Condo rentals are also available. A short two mile drive inland also gave us access to their golf resort. We preferred beachside, but the golf resort condos, pools and restaurants looked inviting as well. (We toured some that were up for sale.) Best of all we enjoyed the stay using one of their discount weekday programs. Brewster is mid-cape and close to all major beaches.
We stayed at a rental home on the properties of Woodloch Springs with our two teenage sons three summers ago. It was two wonderfully maintained campuses of activities, one a golf course, the other a lakefront, with nightly family fun. The lake, pools, and surrounding activities gave our boys plenty to do. I would recommend that families come in groups, and stay in the lake hotels if you don't want to drive back and forth between the golf course at Woodloch Springs and the lake at Woodloch Pines. Unless you bring a group of teenagers, the activities are best suited for the 5 to 12 year olds, of which there are many.