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Trip Report Beautiful T&C - my belated trip report

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It seems like a long time already, but my first trip to T&C was just a month ago (the week after Thanksgiving)....and I really can't wait to go back. After many years of only going to St. John, and staying at Caneel Bay, we decided (for a variety of reasons) that it was time for a change. But...we really wanted a couple key things that we loved at Caneel: plenty of uncrowded space on the beach, beautiful sand/water, and a low key vibe. T&C really fit the description, on paper and in reality.
We stayed at Point Grace, a very small (compared to Caneel) resort, but we loved if for many reasons. The people working there were very nice and genuine. Special acknowledgement to Leslie on the beach (who knew there were resorts where someone brought you bottled water in an ice bucket, fruit in the morning and sorbet in the afternoon) and Jonathan at the front desk (who was a tremendous help with figuring out the remotes in the condo, among other things), and the young woman who handled breakfast service all by herself (and I'm sorry I don't remember her name). We stayed in an oceanfront two bedroom unit and while the decor wasn't our style...it had everything you could want/need. After years of not having TV in the room at Caneel, it was an adjustment to have TV access (and I'm not sure it was a good thing) but I certainly did a lot less reading than when going to Caneel. The wifi in the unit was excellent, as well, which I'm sure my boss was happy about. It was very quiet, both in the unit and throughout the resort, and I must admit that I didn't miss the golf carts that are forever being driven all over Caneel!
I loved the sign about being quiet around the pool! The grounds are truly amazing filled with beautifully maintained plants.
Every morning, they delivered a summary NY Times to your room so we were able to continue our crossword puzzle addiction.
The resort's lounge chairs on the beach were somewhat comfortable (the ones at the pool were amazing) but there were plenty and the beach never got that crowded. It actually seemed like more people were at the pool, which I thought was interesting, but to each their own. It was very nice to have the umbrellas/cabanas there to stay out of the sun (and rain, actually) when necessary.
Continental breakfast was included and was nice. I tried the oatmeal, which you read a lot about in reviews, and it was very good, but kind of an unusual item to serve in such a warm climate. There was a good assortment of fresh fruit and baked goods were always very good. It would have been nice to have a toaster, and also perhaps to have iced tea available without a charge. For some reason, there was no charge for iced coffee, but was for iced tea.
The resort's location was perfect, for us. It was a relatively easy walk into "town" to try out some of the shopping and restaurants, as well as walking to other resorts where we ate dinner one night (Hemingways). The shopping in town is ripe for development although we did like Anna's, which featured a nice assortment of local art (painter in residence), jewelry and good prices on the local salt. We had a great breakfast at the Diner in the shopping center....not quite the same as our NJ diners, but very good food and friendly staff.
The weather during our visit wasn't the best, but we knew to expect that during this time of year, and we still had plenty of beach time and more than enough time in the sun. We rented a car one day (arranged by Point Grace through a very accommodating Thrifty) and were able to see the island. In future visits, I'd do this earlier in the trip so we could drive to the grocery store for beverages (but be warned that a six pack of soda is $6-7). While we had the car, we did stop to have lunch at Da Conch Shack, and I'd make this a return stop as well. Very fresh conch dishes and great buys on their tshirts (most were $10). While having the car, it was also helpful to see where some of the resorts were that we had considered (ie West Bay Club) and realizing that Point Grace's location was perfect for us.
I've read/heard several horror stories about the airport when leaving, but it really was no problem. Perhaps it was because we left on a Sunday, or maybe because it was off season, or maybe because I was very used to the craziness of the St. Thomas airport, but I found the departure relatively painless and smooth. Can't say the same for the hour+ long wait for our luggage at Newark, however.
We met a number of guests at Point Grace for their 10th+ visit (and they weren't unit owners) and I could definitely see returning. Perhaps we'll try a different resort....but the lure of returning to Point Grace will be hard to resist!

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