First of all we had a wonderful time and didn't do alot of "firsts"as this has been our fifth trip in the last 4 years. Lot's of relaxin' on our beach. Stayed at Beside the Pointe in Savannah Sound, it's a studio and the only house on the bay, very secluded & a mile in from Queens Hwy., perfect for us, all you hear & see is nature, oh, and au natural if you prefer thank you very much Keith & Sharon!
This was our last trip for awhile since we have purchased a property (which needs ALOT of work) for retirement so it was kind of a bittersweet type "goodbye for awhile" kind of visit.
Because of Bahamas Air scheduling we had to leave a day earlier and overnite in Nassau (will never book with them again, as has been discussed in other posts). The flights went ok MKE-CLT-NAS - ELH- GHB. Only problem was in NAS when the flight was delayed because of a problem with the plane and had to wait for a replacement, no problem- Kalik's at the bar! Got to GHB, got the jeep, got the provisions and off to the cottage. Home sweet home!
Places we shopped: Millard's in NPP, great Abaco whole frozen chickens and steaks for $5.00 a piece (really good, make sure you look in the freezers) and a good selection of veg. and other goods, highly recommended! Banks Road Deli, good selection of italian speciality items such as lunch meats, cheeses & bread. The Bakery in GHB for pastries (for the BF) and MORE bread (also for the breadie BF). Rock Sound Market for a bigger selection of necessities during the stay where we got gas also and beer at the liquor store next to it and some more sweets (for the BF again, a real sweet tooth goin' on there) from a sweet grandma selling outside of the store. Island Farm for more veg. and sauces/salsas.
Beaches: Ours of course, went to Coconut Forest-second time but great for exploring, Savannah Sound-great for looking for treasures that have washed up, Gert Bay, Club Med, Gaulding Cay, Blowing Bluff, Cotton Bay, Cape Eleuthera - interesting but way off the grid, Ben Bay- also interesting- I think we went thru blackwoods trying to find this and as some said quite awhile ago to stay away from here as it is a hatian settelment, we were greeted with friendly waves, smiles & hello's from all. Preacher's Cave & Tay Bay (revisited) and also Current Bay- a bit difficult to find but a beautiful beach. Alot of access roads in the area that dead end to no where as thet were chained off by property owners. The road to Preacher's has been improved quite a bit and was really easy to navigate since our last visit. Poponi- great beach!
Bottom Harbour- nobody home but a great area to explore!
Places we ate & drank: Sunset Inn- my personal favorite- breakfast, not their strong point but good, got the grouper fingers and cracked conch & a side of coleslaw for take away after a kalik on their NEW covered deck (done in 1 day) and they still have the best imo. Beach House: We were here several times as our potcakes (long story) frequent the area after losing there adopted dad from cancer and now they are orphans again. We did get to see the female pup (Deb) who was staying with a couple staying at Richview (Thank You to them, great people!) but did not get to see the male pup (Mark) as he was staying with someone who visits 6 months of the year. Thanks so much to the people at The Beach House & to a woman in GHB (Sally-wonderful woman) for looking out for the potcakes! Anyway, we had the lobster ravioli & seafood brushetta, very good!
Windchimes: a small local bar in PP on Queens, we went for drinks and had the most wonderful time here, good time with the owner for local chatter and some of the best conch salad (spicy but very good) I highly recommend a stop here. We don't go out to bars ( ok, forget I said that, but only on Lutra) much but this was a highly enjoyable stop and a first for us.
All in all the second best trip (the first was the best being newbies) knowing where everything (almost) is and being comfortable in this adopted home that we have grown to love. I have to say it is they only place I would go for a "vacation". The people's of this island know how to do it right, locals, transplants, expats & vacationers for the most part, are the best I have had the great fortune to be a small part of. It is Love to me!
In closing I would like to thank Dave & Kay for having us over at Poponi & for their hospitality, Thank you so much, you are both treasures in every sense of the word!
Any questions or comments are highly appreciated! I'm sure I forgot to mention some ting's, just ask!
Lutra Love to All!