This winter, step back in time with a trip to
Bermuda’s UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Historic
Town of St. George. First inhabited in the early 1600s
by English settlers, this uniquely preserved community centre embodies centuries of cultural growth and
architectural development. It’s no wonder that the town
has the highest proportion of old Bermudian churches,
cemeteries, forts and parliamentary buildings, to name
a few. Be sure to visit the old Town Hall to enjoy an
impressive collection of traditional cedar furniture and
original portraits of the island’s former mayors.
If you fancy a quiet, relaxing afternoon, take the family
for a slow stroll down St. George’s narrow cobblestone
alleys. There are many hidden shops, restaurants and
art galleries well worth the trip. You are also invited to
experience history in action at a re-enactment led by the
Town Crier himself. Or tag along with a guided tour of the
town’s landmarks beginning in King’s Square. Whatever
you do, just don’t forget the camera! Family photos in the
famous cedar stocks make the best Christmas cards!
Whether you’re celebrating a birthday, anniversary
or just a kid-free evening, consider booking a luxurious
weekend at one of the island’s best hotels. Not only are
resorts quieter this time of year, they’re cheaper too.
Better yet, money saved on airfare can go towards spa
days, tennis lessons or in-room champagne instead! Here
are a few of our favourite ideas for unforgettable weekend
escapes during Bermuda’s post-tourist-season lull.
Impeccably decorated accommodations, pristine
gardens and the brand new 1609 Bar and Restaurant are
three reasons to choose Fairmont Hamilton Princess for
a well-earned “staycation”! Now through March 31, the
resort is offering a special Staycation Residents Package
for you and your loved one. Starting at $309 per night,
couples are treated to two or more nights in a deluxe
room located in either the recently renovated Poinciana
Wing or the Bermudiana House near the swimming
pool. Stays must include a Friday or Saturday night and
are subject to taxes; room gratuities and resort levy not
included in the rate.
For the perfect romantic getaway (hint, hint: Valentine’s Day is just around the corner), look no further
than the pastel cottages of Grotto Bay. From the end
of October through mid-March, the hotel entices locals
with its panoramic vistas, outdoor Jacuzzi and greatly
reduced nightly rates. Relax and unwind while enjoying a
panoramic vista from the patio of one of their newly refurbished ocean-view rooms. Or, plan a full- or half- day spa
package with a full-service lunch.
Though we’d be loathe to admit
it during sweltering summer
months, nothing beats the damp
Bermuda chill like a cozy fire.
Adorned with festive trimmings
and holly boughs, a fireplace instantly embodies that holiday glow.
It’s almost as if a magical switch
had been flipped, and Christmas is
Most houses in Bermuda
have traditional open fireplaces,
utilising wood from seasoned,
locally grown casuarinas. These
trees, which were introduced from
Australia after the cedar blight in
the 1940s, are harvested for their
very hard, dense lumber that burns
consistently and with little smoke.
The logs should be stacked and
dried for at least six months to
reduce the moisture content by
Horsfield Landscape & Design
Ltd. has been selling casuarina
firewood to clients for over 35
years. The wood is sold by the
truckload. It is seasoned and
sawed into handy logs and ready
to be enjoyed during the next cool
season. The cost is $350 per load.
Call 238-0138 to place an order.
LEARN MORE ABOUT ST. GEORGE’S
LANDMARKS AND ATTRACTIONS BY VISITING
FAIRMONT SOUTHAMPTON WILL BE OFFERING THE
FOLLOWING RATES FOR LOCALS THIS WINTER:
• $209 PER NIGHT BASED ON DOUBLE OCCUPANCY
IN A MODERATE ROOM UN TIL DECEMBER 31, 2014.
TAXES, GRATUITIES, & RESORT LEVY ARE ADDITIONAL.
• $219 PER NIGHT BASED ON DOUBLE OCCUPANCY
IN A MODERATE ROOM FROM JANUAR Y 1 - MARCH
31, 2015. TAXES, GRATUITIES, & RESORT LEVY