WAAAR EAGLE!!! to one and all.
Came to town for the Clemson game after a 20 year absence; boy has the town changed....bars in downtown?? Haley Center dwarfed by the stadium!, LIGHTS on the stadium!!! What an awakening.
Stayed at the Hampton Inn first night- very accomodating folks with the usual Hampton amenities. Nice extra was the sandwich buffet offered on Thursday night.
The rest of our visit we stayed out at Chewacla State Park in a cabin. What a great experience..built by the CCC as a Works project, the buildings are simple but very adequate. Renovations have updated the bathrooms and kitchens and a boat is available for your use. It is a bit far from the campus, but the shuttles go out to WalMart so access for game day is not difficult.
Restaurants visited- Hamilton's, which we enjoyed very much for its lively atmosphere and good food at not-too-bad prices; Barbecue Hut, which still serves delicious pork but could really use a good cleaning; Arricia ( at the Hotel and Conv. Center)- a very good italian restaurant where we experienced excellent service and extremely good food right after the game on Saturday. Would highly recommend making a reservation here for post-game dining as it fills VERY quickly; El Dorado Steakhouse- a really good experience for both food and service, the bartender did goof one drink, but other than that we had delicious steaks prepared as ordered and exceptional service from a young lady with a very unusual name which I can't recall at the moment.
Toomer's still has the best lemonade on the planet, IMO and thank God they are still there; Auburn without Toomer's would be like peanut butter without jelly.
We were stunned by the growth to our alma mater but were proud to see how well integrated the new is with the old; Auburn is still the loveliest village on the Plains.
One of the coolest things was to return and find that the students are still as friendly and polite as they were 30 years ago; we had to ask directions a couple of times and there was never a hint of disrespect or exasperation from the students we spoke to. Manners still exist among the young adults! YAY!!!
Thanks, Auburn for a great weekend after too long an absence. We will try to return more often.