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Some questions about our Dec stay

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Some questions about our Dec stay

Hi everyone,

I've been reading the board avidly and have gotten some great info, so thank you for that. My husband and I wanted a relaxing vacation from NY over Xmas week. We had been looking at California but the airfare was outrageous. My friend went to Bermuda over last Christmas and had a wonderful time so we snagged some reasonable nonstop airfare from Jet Blue-- coupled with a sale at the Fairmont Southampton, we are really looking forward to this trip!

A couple of questions. We are arriving late (almost 11 pm) on Christmas. The hotel recommends booking a shuttle with CEO. I am assuming this will still be possible despite it being a holiday?

We don't celebrate Boxing Day in the US so I'm not familiar with openings/closings for it. I'm guessing we will just hang out at the hotel that day since a lot of stuff around the island will be closed-- again, is this a correct assumption?

I'm a big foodie and hoping we get to experience some great dining on the island. Do many places close for the entire week? I've read a lot about St. George's and its restaurants and shops so I'm hoping we will be able to check out some of them.

Finally, do things like boat rides and horseback riding and other non-swimming outdoorsy activities continue in the off season? We are active and would like to enjoy the outdoors as much as the weather permits.

Thanks in advance!

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1. Re: Some questions about our Dec stay

I'm not sure about all of your questions, but CEO did pick us up on Christmas day two years ago. Our flight arrived earlier than yours,but I bet there will be others on your flight using the same company. Enjoy your trip! We had a blast when we were there for Christmas and the weather was unseasonably warm, too. We stayed at our hotel on that trip,Pompano Beach, though because all we wanted to do was rest and relax. There is so much to see and do, though. If you have a rainy day, I would highly recommend the BAMZ in Flatts! Amazing little aquarium and zoo! Have a Bermudaful trip!

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2. Re: Some questions about our Dec stay

>>>...We are arriving late (almost 11 pm) on Christmas. The hotel recommends booking a shuttle with CEO. I am assuming this will still be possible despite it being a holiday?...<<<

It should be possible to book the CEO shared-shuttle for a Christmas evening flight. You'll find out quickly enough if you e-mail for a reservation...but service to the Fairmont Southampton will probably be a priority for CEO. In any event, there will be more than enough regular metered taxis waiting in the queue just outside the Exit doors from the Arrival Hall at the airport.

>>>...We don't celebrate Boxing Day in the US so I'm not familiar with openings/closings for it. I'm guessing we will just hang out at the hotel that day since a lot of stuff around the island will be closed-- again, is this a correct assumption?...<<<

You're correct. Tuesday, BOXING DAY--December 26th--is a National Holiday. Government offices, commercial businesses, most stores and shops will be closed. Most restaurants and pubs will be open.

>>>...I'm a big foodie and hoping we get to experience some great dining on the island. Do many places close for the entire week?...<<<

Bermuda has better beaches; Paris has better restaurants. If you want "..great dining..", switch your destination from BDA to CDG. Having said that, Bermuda does have some very good dining options...and if a "..big foodie.." can make do with that...then they'll be satisfied.

Local restaurants do not close down for Christmas week.

>>>...do things like boat rides and horseback riding and other non-swimming outdoorsy activities continue in the off season?...<<<

As you might expect during Winter/Off season, many tour and excursion operators will decrease their schedules. Because of cooler ocean water temps, many watersports operators will reduced or curtail their operations. It's best to double check on availability. Tour boat operators may reduce their shedules due to lower demand and high operating costs. (fuel is still the same high price summer or winter..and annual maintenance tends to be on off-season occupation) The trail ride operators, like Spicelands, should be doing business as usual...and can bring their tours down onto the beaches.

Edited: 16 October 2017, 03:07
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3. Re: Some questions about our Dec stay

Thanks so much for all the info!

While I know the main draw of Bermuda isn't food, I do like to seek out great local dining experiences, and from what I've read there will be plenty of places to explore. I am especially interested in local favorites and specialties. While we will certainly indulge in some of our hotel's restaurants (depending on what is open) we would like to get around the island for some other dining. I love all things British having spent a semester in London when I was in college and would specifically be interested in afternoon tea, pubs, and any other British-influenced dining. I am also curious about the local Bermuda food customs so hopefully we will be able to experience some of these on the remaining days we are there (27th to 30th). From what you said it seems like the rest of the week should be pretty much business as usual, which works out great for us.

I'll look around at the activities vendors and email some to see what is available.

Thanks again!

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4. Re: Some questions about our Dec stay

Bermuda's '..local cuisine..' isn't especially expansive. At Christmas, CASSAVA PIE is a tradition---"...A Bermudian Christmas without cassava pie would be like Easter without kites.."

Try a traditional Coffish Cake 'n Potatoes breakfast on Sundays.....a Bermuda Fish Sandwich (start at Art Mel's Spicy Dicy...you can feed a village with one).....Bermuda Fish Chowder (w/Gosling's rum and as much Outerbridge's Sherry Pepper sauce as you can stand)....and almost any Rockfish preparation....are the '..staples..' of Bermudian cuisine.

For the British influe...most pubs will offer Bangers 'n Mash...Fish 'n Chips...occasionally Bubble 'n Squeak...perhaps Toad-in-the-Hole (??).

Edited: 16 October 2017, 16:12
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5. Re: Some questions about our Dec stay

For proper Afternoon Tea--

SWEET P's TEA ROOM--(at: Bermuda Perfumery, Saint George's--Wednesday & Saturdays ONLY--1:00-to-4:00 PM)

https:/…afternoon-high-tea

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CROWN & ANCHOR Lounge--at: Hamilton Princess Hotel (Sat.& Sun.--3:00-to-5:00 PM)

https:/…ham-afternoon-tea-nov-2015.pdf

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6. Re: Some questions about our Dec stay

Winter is also the '..season..' (Sept. 1st-thru-Mar. 31st) for Bermuda Spiny Lobster--

gotobermuda.com/article/tis-the-season-bermu…

The BARRACUDA GRILL-- http://www.barracuda-grill.com/ --and the LOBSTER POT-- http://www.lobsterpot.bm/ --probably top most lists for seafood in Bermuda...but (as you might expect of an island in the Atlantic) most restaurants will offer a variety of tasty, fresh-caught fish dishes on their menus.

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7. Re: Some questions about our Dec stay

Not sure about the menus since the JASMINE LOUNGE at the Fairmont Southampton Hotel was recently remodeled/redecorated ( royalgazette.com/business/article/20170907/h… ) but they used to offer a pleasant Afternoon Tea service here as well.

If you find yourselves in downtown Hamilton during the day and are looking for someplace pleasant where you can just grab a '..quick bite..'...try--

SOMER'S CAFÉ-- https://www.facebook.com/SomersCafeExpress/ --(sandwiches, wraps, salads, etc) up on the 2nd floor-front of the main A.S. Cooper's store on Front Street. There's café seating indoors...as well as an outdoor terrace with wonderful Hamilton Harbour views. They also serve a pleasant, basic, Afternoon Tea-fro-Two ( http://tinyurl.com/ybj3epgn )

GLAZE CAFÉ...(sandwiches, wraps, salads, etc) up on the 2nd floor/front of the BOOK section of the Brown & Co. store at Front & Queen Sts.. There's indoor café seating as well as an outdoor terrace with wonderful Hamilton Harbour views ( http://tinyurl.com/ydx3sha8 .... http://tinyurl.com/mo7ypp7 )

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8. Re: Some questions about our Dec stay

In case you are wondering what a Bermudian breakfast is it's usually salt cod with a boiled potato, sliced banana and avocado and a hard boiled egg. Served with a tomato sauce. Delicious !! Check with the Frog and Onion in the Dockyard, they may serve it all day Saturday and Sunday. One of my favourite places for British style menu amongst other things. they also have a "full English" style breakfast.

www.frogandonion.bm

Edited: 16 October 2017, 18:54
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9. Re: Some questions about our Dec stay

>>>...a "full English" style breakfast...<<<

These days in most jurisdictions, when a '..Full English Breakfast..' (there would've been no '..British Empire..' without it) is served...it must be accompanied by a cardiac defibrillator on-the-side and the waitstaff must be CPR-certiied.

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10. Re: Some questions about our Dec stay

It's a pity that you won't arrive earlier on Christmas Day. You'll miss the free-style beach party down on Elbow Beach....where a decidedly good time is had by all (some, perhaps feeling a bit over-worked, a bit more than others)--

http://tinyurl.com/ybfv7kj8

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