A beautiful marina! Exceptionally clean, good service and a fantastic view down river. There are cement floating docks, fuel dock with pump out, swimming pool, great restaurant and bar. Nice mini golf across the river serviced by a maina operated pontoon ferry. Evening concerts in the park too. There is a nice marine store accross the street, with a good supply of parts and supplies. Down town Norwich can be a little seedy at times, worth a visit anyway.
a pleasant cruise up the thames river brings you to the american wharf. The resort has substantial docks with competent dockhands to assist on arrival. slips have electric, water and cable. we found fuel prices to be well below normal.
the resort has a pool that has been renovated and is in a private area available only to guests. showers are clean and toilets are in several convenient locations.
the restaurant is now "daniel's on the wharf" and daniel seems to know the restaurant business as the lunch and dinners were excellent and well priced with the waitstaff attentive and competent.
the city of norwich has an attractive park and miniature golf is a few minutes walk from the marina. we found little else remarkable about the city.
the marina offers transportation to the nearby casinos and i believe that this service is gratus.
we will return to american wharf and stay on the grounds and enjoy the pool and ambience as we have no interest in gambling.
the amrican wharf remains high on our list of favorite destinations.
cruiser "second mate"
southampton, new york
It seems there is a new owner of this Marina and restaurant...his interest is not in providing the public a 'once a year' no hassle view of the Norwich fireworks and gain potential customers for his restaurant. For 15+ years, the public was able to picnic there, bring food/drink, altho in past yrs the cost of food/drink was reasonable so it was the freedom of choice in the past. This year instead, he had bouncers who harassed 'non-paying' customers, didn't know how to explain 'a no wine/beer policy' and food choice was his restaurant and outside bar, with very high prices. They didn't monitor people coming in with coolers, then told you you had to get rid of it. They sent the Coast Guard and Norwich Police to monitor this also (shame to waste their time on this kind of stuff, no?). The owner then made his rounds with an extremely nasty attitude, rather than just state his policy. We asked why he didn't post signs and have someone check coolers coming onto the wharf rather than create a challenging attitude with visitors after they were settled in....he did't bother with any answer. So, I'm sad to say I'm done with this place after many years of what was a very wonderful place to enjoy an American Freedom...called Independence Day and the associated fireworks display over the waters of Norwich. I guess he just wants high paying customers now, which is fine. I just won't be one of them.
Staff is helpful, bathrooms clean, shuttles to casino very timely, coffee shop staff great. Great ride up river, good fuel prices. However, kaydance cafe, the main restaurant is terrible. Service is untrained and moody, food was spoiled as a few from our group got sick. Clam chowder was sour. Manager was inexperienced and no owner around. (he owns another restaurant in town) Enjoy the marina staff and the river but stay away from cafe Kaydance unless you have barf bags on board.
Sea Ray boater
Great marina to stay at, regardless of what size boat you own.It is a lovely trip up the Thames River, Past the submarine base.The marina is clean,with a great restaurant on site.We go there every year for the Forth of July fireworks,there is a festival across the way with a free shuttle.The marina also offers shuttle service to either of the local casinos.Floating concrete docks are very nice.
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