My parents have lived here for almost 4 years, and this I never knew that it had a yelp page. So I find myself wanted to honestly tell you about vineyard Commons retirement community.
Let's begin at where this sits, smack dab between two vineyards. Rolling hill landscape where it had some breathtaking views. Just saying. When you walk in there are two huge murals on the walls, one of the Vineyard and the other of the Red Round barn from just around the corner. It's a warm feeling I get from their old house, it feels like home. Now don't get me wrong they have had a few bumps along the way with bad managers and staff that seem as if they were doing you a favor and didn't really care about you. I even had some personal issues about the care of my parents. In my opinion I truly believe the people who make me feel the most relaxed and wonderful here is the blue collar staff who work here. They seem as if they truly love my parents. They know everyone by name and I can't tell you how hard they work for all the residents living at Vineyard Commons. There must be 6 housekeepers always roaming the floors cleaning apartments. When I walk by I always see them smiling and engaging the people, laughing and really enjoying themselves. And when their not in their apartments, their playing multiple activities that are buzzing around in the house. You can hear the cheers from the Beanbag baseball game that's being played upstairs. All types of card games, Sewing clubs, arts and crafts, to gardening clubs. I think the activity girls name is Heather, sorry if I'm not correct. She's amazing at what she does for everyone there.
They do have a sales department person Karin whom I spoke with on several occasions when I first moved my parents. She was great, at the time of moving in, they only had a large one bedroom for us, but when a two bedroom opened up she called me right away and assisted me through the entire process so the transition wouldn't affect my parents in the least. Karin still goes out of her way for my parents and I'm sure everyone else. The other day I caught her with several residents laughing together because one of them told a joke, she stopped me and greeted me by first name, and it was an amazing feeling knowing she knew me by name.
Let's talk about the food. Hands down this is the BEST food I've eaten. When first looking at this place Karin invited my parents and myself to a lunch. All the residents were buzzing around talking about that it was Clam Chowder day. I never seen so many people talking about it like it was somehow magical. One bite and I now know exactly why they are excited. Sooooooooo Goooood ! Like everything served from this kitchen, its fresh and with so many choices off of the extending menu. It's the best I've ever seen. If you don't like / want what the special of the day is. The chef has an extended table menu that you can order a New York Steak? Seriously, 10 different sandwiches, fish, pasta, burgers, fries, fruit. This place is a full on restaurant. The chef came out and met with us while lunch was being served. He asked my parents what they liked and if they had any restrictions. It really took time to listen to them, and afterwards he offered to give them a tour of his kitchen. Of course my husband and I took him up on that. I really wanted to see if they were serving frozen / canned food. To our surprise, No frozen / canned food in there. They make everything from raw / fresh product. The kitchen staff was buzzing around calling out orders and working together to put out great food. With everyone working so quickly and efficiently, I saw a few cooks wiping down in between items to stay clean. I could see they really love what they do. It confirmed that my parents are in the best place next to their home.
Oh and I don't want to forget about the pastry case. When you walk in the front door, the smell of fresh baked goods is a must stop by. Kevin is the Prep / pastry chef whom makes his house-made peanut / almond toffee. Cookies, bear claws. OMG !
Thank you Vineyard Commons.