Caribbean

Nevis for New Year’s

P1080319It felt a little strange heading south this year in unseasonably warm winter weather.

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But, we have one week where our kids’ college schedules overlap between Christmas and New Year’s.  So…

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My husband and I planned a surprise getaway as a combo christmas gift/family time week of “togetherness.”  Opened on a 70 degree christmas day.  Not quite the impact we wanted!

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We have been to Nevis before, to our beloved Nisbet Plantation.  This made the trip really easy.  We knew the drill.  Unpacked with a rum punch in hand in no time.

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I made everyone choose one activity to do during the week.  Mainly to get off campus because it is easy to get lazy and become one with your lounge chair.

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Here is what we chose:  Bike around the island (19.5 miles), climb Nevis Peak (3,232 feet), dip in the 108 degree volcanic mineral baths and visit the birthplace of Alexander Hamilton.  Guess which one I chose?

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There was also snorkeling, croquet on the Great House lawn, multiple card games of hearts, a little spa action and requisite rum punch tastings at our favorite places on the island.

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The house where Alexander Hamilton was born is charming.

Birthplace of Alexander Hamilton

Birthplace of Alexander Hamilton

I got out of the Nevis Peak climb (bad knee, in need of a massage), but everyone else went.

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This is ideally how the weather should be for the hike.  No clouds, the top of Nevis Peak exposed.

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This is how it actually looked…

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 The end result pictures are a bit

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cloudy at the top!

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Off to the restorative mineral baths for this crew.  The water is HOT.

The Bath Hotel, built in 1787.

The Bath Hotel, built in 1787.

The Bath Hotel is the first official tourist hotel in the Caribbean, built to take advantage of the unique volcanic mineral baths and close proximity to downtown Charlestown.

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Rum punch tastings…

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…and New Year’s Eve

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Patterson is quite dapper in his tux.

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Cheers to 2016!

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The week flew, as you can imagine.

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The Nisbet crew anticipated our every need (Patterson, Angela, Roslyn, Violet, Dan, Caddy, Leonora, Derrick, Glendina).  This wonderful group keeps us coming back!

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I love having the whole family together before everyone scatters.

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2016 is going to be an AMAZING year.

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Nevis

Nevis

Desperate times call for desperate measures.  Even though this winter started off mild, it ended with a vengeance.

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We forgot to hire the guy to shovel the driveway.  My new, long down coat was now at the top of my hit list.

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Even our dachshund, who adores winter, turned up her nose when we let her out into snow that was well over her head.  Time to GET AWAY.

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Pooling airline miles and American Express points, I cobbled together a four night / four day trip to Nevis.  I know I could have searched the Internet for a “deal” to go somewhere warm.  But this is where we wanted to go.

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School and work obligations kept two of the four of us at home, so I took off with my older daughter to do nothing but sit in the sun.

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We have been to Nevis before.  My husband and I first went there in 1998 and stayed at a lovely place called Nisbet Plantation.  Nisbet was our destination on this trip (and many before…) too.

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Nisbet Plantation is what I would describe as classic Old Caribbean.  A historic stone plantation sitting on a hill with a stunning view of palm trees all the way down to the water.

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Yellow cottages dot the property.  There is only one TV in the main house, a book exchange and lots of board games.  Our kind of place!

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A tropical cocktail over on the boat, stunning turquoise views and our favorite Nisbet staff greeting us ~ it took about 3 minutes to relax when we arrived.

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There are a lot of things to do on Nevis.  The Botanical Gardens are beautiful.  You can hike Nevis Peak (an inactive volcano) with a guide or dip into the restorative mineral baths in downtown Charlestown.

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We like to rent a car and drive around the windswept side of the island where you can see Saba and St. Eustatius off in the distance.

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Stop and visit the other historic plantations: Gorgeous Montpelier, Golden Rock or The Hermitage for lunch or a cocktail on your tour.

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Lime and Sunshine’s are perfect for a grilled Caribbean lobster on the beach.  Dinner at Miss June’s (call to see if it is open), the Gallipot or Bananas is a treat.

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End your day with sunset views of St. Kitts and a traditional Nevisian rum punch at the Mount Nevis Hotel.

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This time, Emily and I did not leave the Nisbet “campus” once.  The path from our room to the beach was about the only one we could manage.  The staff (Angela, Violet, Roslyn, Patterson, Lendora, Glendina, Derrick and Dan) took EXCELLENT care of us, as always.

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The food was too delicious.  The hammock on the beach too inviting.

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We will be more adventurous next time.  Maybe.

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Some Caribbean Inspiration

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Thanks to my 4am insomnia and the loud PING of an arriving e-mail, I ended up in the Turks and Caicos.

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Grabbing my iPad to see what the e-mail was about (surely it must be urgent at that hour), I saw it was only from JetBlue.  JetBlue having a one-day sale.  Why I decided to open it and browse through what cities were on sale can only chalked up to my mental state at 4 in the morning.

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In my tired stupor, I actually booked two tickets online to the Turks, leaving the day after Memorial Day.  I would take my daughter who just finished her first year at college as a……  not sure what exactly.  A celebratory trip for finishing her freshman year?  Maybe not the right message!

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The minor detail of a HOTEL hadn’t entered my mind either until I got the confirmation e-mail from JetBlue about the flights.  In a rush and wanting to reduce any work on the other end (dinner reservations, renting a car, finding activities for my daughter), we ended up at Club Med.

Emily takes a "shellfie"

Emily takes a “shellfie”

It was an assault of color when we arrived at the resort, framed against pale sand and white clouds.  The perfect design inspiration for summer.

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Citrus pink and orange

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Emerald foliage, colorful sails

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Clear turquoise and blue

View from the water

View from the water

The Club Med beach was stunning.

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Paddleboarding, reading, yoga and zumba were on the agenda.

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Many books were read on the beach.

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We felt like we had the place to ourselves.

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It was beautiful!

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Design ideas from Caribbean colors were everywhere.

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Emily and I had a wonderful time.  Four days of R&R, lots of laughing and tons of time spent in the water.  The Caribbean is HOT in May!  Maybe decisions made at 4am are not all that bad?

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