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Friday, June 30, 2017

Sweet Baby Ray's Honey BBQ Ribs with Lord Hobo Brewing Company Glorious Pale Ale

Sweet Baby Ray's Honey BBQ Ribs with Lord Hobo Brewing Company Glorious Pale Ale

Sweet Baby Ray’s Honey Barbecue Sauce
Lord Hobo Brewing Glorious beer

Place ribs in slow cooker
Cover ribs w/ Sweet Baby Ray’s Honey Barbecue Sauce
Add 1/2 can Lord Hobo Brewing Glorious
Set Slow Cooker to 4 hours on High
Remove and place on foil lined baking tray
Baste w/ more sauce
Broil 5-15 minutes

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Rosewood Tucker's Point Bermuda 2107

A good friend suggested that I visit ROSEWOOD TUCKER'S POINT while on vacation in Bermuda. She told me that it's, "The only place she stays." I could see why. It's a beautiful place to relax away from the city center. The beach is beautiful with an infinity pool at oceanside. Let's take a look.

60 Tucker's Point Dr., Hamilton Parish, HS 02 Bermuda.

Website description:
Rosewood Tucker's Point® offers serene sophistication that eludes formality. A mere 90 minutes from most major U.S. East Coast cities, this Bermuda luxury resort is a tranquil island escape and a world apart.

I looked at a map to see if I could take a bus to the resort. The website says it's possible, but in the end I decided to take a cab from Hamilton town, which ended up costing just under $40.

Prior to visiting I contacted the resort to see if it was possible to visit, they said:
We are so excited for you to come to Bermuda! We love visitors, please feel free to visit our property. We may or may not have a surprise waiting for you when you arrive! Enjoy and see you soon!
Wow. That was nice.

When my wife and I arrived, we saw this view from the lobby:

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Then we were directed to the second pool and garden.

Second Pool:

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A view from one of the hallways:


Website description:
An all-in-one facility dedicated to pleasure and leisure, the Beach Club not only includes Bermuda’s largest private beach, but also two freshwater swimming pools. The Horizon Pool is reserved for guests aged 13 and older, while the Fountain Pool is perfect for families with young children.

Diners will delight at the seasonal open-air restaurant Sur Mer, dining terrace and bar pavilion, which overlooks the picturesque South Shore and the Atlantic Ocean. With the shaded pergola perched above a pink sand beach, this offers a dramatic setting for lunch and dinner, offset by the casually elegant atmosphere and simple, sophisticated menus.

With Beach Club amenities available April through October, guests need not worry about the details. For guests’ comfort and convenience, beach attendants will be on hand to assist with towel service and chair set-up, along with food and beverages. In the fall and winter months, the beach remains open from sunrise to sunset, but only limited service is available. Special events can be arranged.

For fans of snorkeling, everything a guest might need is available for rental from Rosewood’s Watersports Hut, located at the entrance of the Beach Club. Visitors can rent a mask, a snorkel and fins, and explore the reefs just off the shores of the private beach. The Dive and Watersports Center, meanwhile, is located on the shores of Castle Harbour, just a short tram ride away.

One the best beach/pool experiences ever. Tucker's Point Beach Club infinity pool by the ocean.

Amazing beach. Our cab driver told us that this was one of the most beautiful beaches on Bermuda.

Click for 360 view.

We had quite the visit.

One our way to the airport, we told our cab driver about the experience. He said that Tucker's Point Beach Club did indeed have one of the most beautiful beaches on Bermuda. All beaches on Bermuda are public, up to the water line. In order for you to see this beach, you'd have to be a guest of the hotel, a member of the beach club, or have a boat to get you there. ;-)

He also told us that there were also two other beaches that you could get to by cab, beaches that are accessible by moped, cab or boat. They are by the airport and called Clearwater Beach & Turtle Bay. Read the reviews on TripAdvisor to get a feel for the area.

Looking at the map, also there is Cooper's Island Nature Reserve.
Explore 12 acres of pristine nature reserve to spot seabirds, giant land crabs and ancient Bermuda cedar trees on Cooper’s Island, at the southeastern tip of Bermuda. This secluded area was off-limits for decades: The U.S. military occupied the area and built a battery during WWII, and in the 1960s NASA operated a space tracking station here. It was reopened to the public in 2011, and now it has nature trails and shallow-water beaches perfect for a day trip or picnic. Climb the wildlife observation tower to see a sweeping panorama of the island.
Something we might check out on our next trip to Bermuda.

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Hamilton Princess Bermuda 2017

Boston to Bermuda is only 1 hour and 40 minutes my plane. A direct flight on JetBlue is always a pleasure.

Our flight was half-full, so after everyone boarded, the flight attendant told us that we could move anywhere we wanted, keeping in my the EXTRA SPACE rows would be charged extra.

We took advantage and moved to the back of the plane, the you could have a whole row to yourself.

We did not anticipate how this would affect us later. Upon landing in Bermuda, we had to go though customs, So, we were at the end of the line. Luckily it moved along quickly.

Taxi to the hotel from the airport was about $35 Bermuda which had a 1-1 exchange rate with US dollars which were readily accepted.

We stayed at the Hamilton, Princess. The hotel recently underwent a multi-million dollar renovation and is now truly a 4-star hotel.
Hamilton Princess,
76 Pitts Bay Road,

Video Courtesy Hamilton Princess

Hamilton Princess in Legos.

There are two pools at the Hamilton Princess, one lap pool and one salt water infinity pool overlooking the harbor.

Pink hotel buildings made for a fun backdrop.

Harbor view from the hotel.

On the suggestion of a friend, we went to the Pickled Onion on Front Street. The restaurant/Bar is on the second floor. We got a table on the balcony overlooking the street and the harbor.

It was time to sample a beer from one of Bermuda's breweries, Dockyard Brewing Company.

Breakfast on the patio.

Hamilton Princess Beach Club. You can take a free jitney from the hotel to the beach club, which takes 20-25 minutes. There are actually three beaches there that you can use, two are calm and one is more ocean facing. That one looks like it's in someone's front yard, but beach club guests do have access.

It turns out that the Hamilton Princess bought the land where the former Sonesta hotel was. Same place we went on our honeymoon! There's a restaurant and tennis courts here too.

Down the road, about a 15-minute walk, is Horseshoe Bay beach.

Tea Time!

The forecast for the week we were there was for rain, but we only saw one rain shower.

Cocktail time. I don't usually like Heineken, but in Bermuda it tasted better.

Because of all the tea times and cocktail times, we only went to dinner one night, that was at one of the hotel's restaurants, MARCUS'.

Nice salmon.

We also had drinks and appetizers at the 1690 Bar and Restaurant. The two beers on tap were Sam Adams Summer and Honey Ale. I asked about the Honey Ale and the bartender told me it was local. I asked him to show me the tap handle, and saw that the name of the brewery was On De Rock. Here's their story"
The On De Rock Craft Brewery is the brainchild of friends Dave Jones and Simon Watkinson. Dave had been brewing craft beer in Bermuda as a passionate hobby and shared the 100% Bermuda made craft beer with Simon. Simon, a great fan of quality craft brewed beers loved every beer that Dave created. Similarly, everyone that tasted the craft beers Dave made, loved them. Naturally, discussion changed into turning Dave's hobby into a business and the On De Rock Craft Brewery was born.
Would have been nice if the bartender knew it.

The Bermuda Moongate.

Lap pool at night.

Some of the MANY pieces of art in the hotel. They spent millions. Guided tours are offered every Saturday at 10:00 a.m. and by special appointment through the hotel.

It's art!

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Bermuda Tree Frogs whistling for a mate.

Another breakfast. The eggs were off off a buffet, but were nut loose and running, they were nice and fluffy. Also great smoked salmon and fresh fruit.

Thank you Bermuda.

Wine by the water. #thirstythursday #gotobermuda

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