After a successful social media marketing presentation at the IABC Heritage Conference in Hartford, CT, my family and I headed off to the airport for a mini-vacation. What was supposed to be 2 hours of collective flight time ended up taking nearly 12 hours. Our flight to Newark got us there only a few minutes late, but mechanical problems on our flight to Bermuda caused a costly 4 hour delay, which means we drove across the scenic island in darkness, instead of afternoon sunlight. Cue violins, I know.
Anyway, we arrived at our ultra casual Bermuda resort, 9 Beaches, after an hour of tedious but entertaining driving through 20 miles of windy narrow roadway. The first thing that struck me, besides windblown rain, about Bermuda, was how green and clean it is. I don’t think we saw one piece of litter on our drive across the entire length of the island. The second thing I noticed, was how terribly friendly the locals were to us. It should be said by comparison, that I have not experienced anything like it in my visits to The Bahamas, Grenadines or Jamaica, let alone Hawaii or Mexico.
The resort at which we stayed, 9 Beaches, is considered ultra casual. Unlike most other resorts on the island that require collared shirts, 9 Beaches is happy with if you get your pants on at some point. With 80 or so fabric cabanas and, you guessed it, 9 separate sandy beaches, the resort is ideal for privacy for those that appreciate the rustic feel. Unfortunately, with usually stormy weather the evening of our arrival, the fabric cottages provided an experience similar to that of sleeping in a moving truck.
Our first morning in Bermuda, I headed over to Cambridge Beaches Resort & Spa, one of the highest rated and most exclusive resorts on the island. A hotel and resort since the 1920s, the main building is over 300 years old. While just across the bay from 9 Beaches, it offered a much more exclusive and pampered experience. One interesting fact is that all roofs in Bermuda are coral slate with a white lime covering, which filters rain water before it is collected via downspout into a cistern under each house. Lacking freshwater wells, the island relies on rainwater.
I returned to pick up the family and head to The Dockyards via minibus. Built in the 1800s, the Dockyard employed over 1,000 islanders in its heyday. With a variety of buildings and fortifications, the Dockyard is expansive and impressive. The Maritime Museum is housed in the Commissioner’s House, which was the first cast iron bulding in the World. With an impressive collection of coins, paintings and miniatures, the museum offered a comprehensive history of Bermuda.
We enjoyed lunch at Frog & Onion Pub, which houses Bermuda’s only microbrewery. Located in the former coopery building, the Pub’s rustic feel reflected the building’s former use. With full stomachs, we headed back home for a nap. The weather didn’t participate with us, so we took advantage and napped or worked. With wi-fi, we elected to take advantage of in-room delivery for dinner and watched the Presidential debate streamed via CNN. All in all, a good way to kick off our vacation.