Archive for July, 2010
While researching accommodations in St. Lucia, each property appeared lovelier than the next. However, the Fond Doux Holiday Plantation won our hearts!
The Fond Doux Holiday Plantation in Soufriere is a restored 1864 plantation home, on 135 hilly acres with 11 individual cottages set amongst lush, tropical gardens. Here is the good part- it is still a working plantation, and produces cocoa, citrus, banana, coconut and vegetables. Spelling it out, that means, King Foodie will be in his very own, “Garden of Eden,” surrounded by delicious edibles growing all around him- think Charlie and the Chocolate Factory!
Seriously, I feel relaxed, rejuvenated and refreshed just looking at the website. [ Read the full article ] »
Joe and I are visiting St. Lucia for our summer vacation. We are so excited! Here is some info about how we planned our trip.
First, we narrowed our trip (from anywhere in the world) down to the Caribbean. I wanted to incorporate my love of the beach, outdoor activity, eco-adventure and exploration with Joe’s love of food.
St. Lucia was a top choice from the start. It is gorgeous, lush, with beautiful beaches, and is relatively undeveloped compared to other neighboring islands. Many of the fancy, 5 star, spa hotels are pretty pricey for our current budget, so I focused my research on eco-lodges, bed & breakfasts, cabins and cottages. Not only is this type of lodging less expensive, but may also provide a more intimate experience.
I further narrowed the location to Soufriere, the small fishing village in the south known for its magnificent lush scenery- most recently, in the lime light as the location for ABC’s The Bachelors overnight dream dates. Yup, this is where we watched Jake propose to Vienna, as well as frolic in the mud baths. [ Read the full article ] »
For those of you unfamiliar, Fearrington Village is a charming, picturesque property located near Chapel Hill, NC. There are many attractions in this unique community including a 5-star Inn, scenic gardens, walking paths, boutiques, restaurants, and their famous belted Galloway cows. In addition, Fearrington has lovely venues for wedding receptions and hosts events such as art shows, culinary classes and book clubs.
Dining at the Fearrington House is truly a special experience. Upon entering, you are warmly greeted by the host, Juris. From that moment on, you are made to feel like an important guest due to the attentive, professional staff. The atmosphere is intimate with multiple small rooms, all elegant, yet simply decorated, treated windows overlooking the gardens, and soft lighting. Details such as table candles, fresh flowers and light background music add to the ambiance. [ Read the full article ] »
“Home is a place we all must find, child. It’s not just a place where you eat or sleep. Home is knowing. Knowing your mind, knowing your heart, knowing your courage. If we know ourselves, we’re always home, anywhere.”
Glinda, The Wizard of Oz, 1939
Many of us constantly yearn for “home” as well as “over the rainbow.” Perhaps at home, things are safe. We are no longer afraid and alone. But maybe, things are better and more beautiful over the rainbow.
I invite you to take a moment to look outside your own window and see the rainbow. Even bolder, look at yourself and see the colors. [ Read the full article ] »