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Aug 1st, 2012, 11:19 AM
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I love Cambridge Beaches, very old Bermuda. I would suggest you call the concierge to confirm this, but I believe they will provide a golf cart ride for your mother should the hills present an issue for her. The resort is charming. On each visit to Bermuda I make a point to go to their spa. It is very small, but well run and the treatments are better priced than at many of the Bermuda spas.
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Aug 2nd, 2012, 10:02 AM
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Thank you for all of the help. I'll try to make this my final question though I usually don't feel too guilty because I know someone will benefit from nearly every thread. I so adore fodors forums.

So food options at Cambridge? ARe there fridges and a grocery nearby or are you eating all of your meals at a restaurant at Cambridge.

I read somewhere that they had a shuttle into hamilton 3 days a week. Once you arrive by ferry, are you able to walk around or are you still taxi-ing or bussing? (This is a huge positive factor for me). Any other suggestions for travel? We're pretty happy settling in somewhere as long as we have food and drinks. Taking the ferry into Hamilton will provide an activity.

Do you know if they provide transport to the Dockyards too? I think I may have read that somewhere.

Also, I see kayaks in the photos. Are water sports included or additional fees?

I'm so upset that I missed the $300 flights and it's now $700 for the same flight but if we want to go, that may be what happens.

I saw there are 4 different beaches. The weather shows 10-20% chance of rain like every day. Does it usually pass quickly there or do you think we may stay overcast the entire week?
http://www.weather.com/weather/tenda...rport+BDA:9:BD

I'm so excited! Thanks!
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Aug 2nd, 2012, 01:50 PM
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Glad to help you visit my favorite place in the world.
a. There are I believe three dining options on site at Cambridge, one of which is room service. They also have dine around privileges at the Reefs and Pompano Beach, which are gorgeous properties with excellent restaurants. Also it is very easy to reach Dockyards where there are several good restaurant choices.
b. The best resource about the inroom amenities will be the concierge, because as I recall the fridges are not in every room.
c. there is a grocery in Somerset, but I suspect you will choose to take the bus there not walk.
d. I don't know if the hotel provides transport to Dockyards, but it is not a far bus ride and very easily reached.
e. I don't know if they include the water sports rental, but think they do. Probably best to call the concierge with that one, too.
f. I am a walker and would be comfortable walking to the little town of Somerset and its shops and restaurants. I would also be fine walking all over Hamilton. But, there are some hills in Hamilton, especially if you choose to visit Ft.Hamilton (which offers a splendid view) and you mentioned your mother's mobility issues.
g. Forget the rain. It is in most forecasts. If it happens it is over fast. Take a light rain jacket and rock on through.

Have a wonderful visit. It is another world.
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Aug 30th, 2012, 10:50 AM
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My wife and spent some time in Bermuda in late May 2012
1st Hotel - Coco Reef, nice hotel, rooms are rather old, great ocean views -Cafe Coco really good restaurant for lunch and dinner (eat on the veranda, one of the best ocean views on the island)
2nd hotel = Salt Kettle Inn (B&B) - very small, but great (we will definitely return), nice breakfasts, hosts are incredible.

Restaurants:
Cafe Coco - small menu, but very good food and service

Fourways Inn - excellent food and service, but we felt a bit rushed

Tom Moore's Tavern - excellent in every way possible

Mad Hatters - a bit cramped, but excellent food - interesting service

Hog Penny - nice pub, excellent fish chowder, rest ok - good in a pinch

A small bakery next to the ferry in Hamilton, you can get a good sandwich, drink and a pastry for about 10 dollars (hard to beat)

Frog and Onion - food just ok, but freshly brewed beer is served (ask for a beer menu)

Get a transportation pass either at the Hamilton ferry or some hotels sell them (be careful, if you want to sail on the pink ferry, there is a separate pass that costs about 7 dollars per week extra)

Beer & Wine - small store on Front Street has good prices (they also have snacks and sodas) - forget the name but it is about three blocks from the ferry, near the Hog Penny
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Aug 30th, 2012, 04:07 PM
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cmcfong, I can't believe the waterloo house is gone!!! I am in shock! that was a favorite restaurant and excellent food and service. This is the place on the water, part of the southampton fairmont, the really nice restaurant? Love that place.
I will never forget the time you had us sign up for fairmont club and we stayed in Bermuda, one of my favorite places, for 199 per night with out two teens. Great price!!!

Love the railway path for bike riding. Miss Bermuda. I haven't been in a few years...
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Aug 30th, 2012, 06:38 PM
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Girlonthego, I believe you are thinking of the Waterlot Restaurant. It is still there. The Waterloo House was a great small hotel in Hamilton, very near the Fairmont Hamilton Princess. I loved it. Very old Bermuda, lots of cedar and charm...it was a special place. But things change. Fortunately Bermuda is still a beautiful place to be so I will be headed back in December. Check out the Facebook page operated by Bermuda tourism, it often has specials like that great one at the Fairmont. Gotta love a deal!
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Aug 30th, 2012, 06:39 PM
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fbyrne, thanks for your trip report. The next best thing to being in Bermuda is reading about it!!!!
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Aug 31st, 2012, 05:32 AM
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Oh you are right! The Waterlot!
Still sorry to hear the hotel Waterloo House is closed. I didn't know it, but I have noticed over the years the changes on the Main St area, the closing of many of the old charming stores.
I remember when I was 12 and my family went to Bermuda. We thought it was so exotic. We had never travelled anywhere tropical before. My mom wore gowns to dinner every night. We stayed at the Sonesta which of course is gone now too.

But I also remember shopping in town and buying mohair sweaters and scarves. They were so itchy when we got home that I never actually wore them! Ha!
My dad loved to wear his Salmon colored sports jacket!He had so many cool Bermudian colored jackets!

Oh and we were all scared to fly over the Bermuda triangle...
Thanks for the memories!
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Aug 31st, 2012, 06:41 PM
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I will bet you would remember the Waterloo House if you saw a photo. Old sea captain's house on the water, all gorgeous pinks with huge gardens. It was very special.
I used to love to shop Bermuda but sadly that time is long past. I could still spend hours in Blucks' but it is about the only one of the wonderful shops still around.

But, it's still Bermuda, another world!
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Aug 31st, 2012, 07:00 PM
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Smiths and Triminghams are both gone, arent' they?
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Sep 1st, 2012, 04:46 AM
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Yes. Nothing similar in their place. There are a couple of cute small shops but unfortunately their pricing is not competitive with the USA even without the tax. I used to love Cecile because they carried unique European lines. It is still there, but the selection is relatively limited (unless you are a huge fan of Lily Pulitizer).
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Sep 1st, 2012, 06:44 AM
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No never paid for bright pink Lily. It is not my style really. So sad to see them go to the status quo on island shops.
There was an irish linen shop too. It was nice to get some specialty items from England. I always felt like Bermuda was the most british of all the islands we have been too. It carried on all the traditions. I know it still does for some stuff, but liked the shops with character and uniquness.
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Sep 1st, 2012, 09:07 AM
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I loved the Irish Linen Store, next to the Birdcage. It is still there, but the stock has changed dramatically. Very high end bed linens and children's wear upstairs, downstairs pretty random stuff. Used to be beautiful French tableclothes and lovely table ornaments (napkin rings, placemats, etc).
I know Bermuda merchants are struggling. Sales to cruise visitors are very low and people who stay on the island aren't buying a lot. So they have to focus on Bermudians, many of whom fly to PHL, BOS, or ATL and do much of their shopping there. Very tough times for Bermuda.
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Nov 7th, 2012, 04:42 PM
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cmcfong: We are headed back to Bermuda tomorrow for a 3rd visit.

Five nights -- just a short jaunt, to take advantage of a great seat-sale on WestJet, a Canadian carrier. (They had prices as low as $339 return, incl. tax and the connecting flight Ottawa-Toronto)

We're staying again in the apartment we have rented twice before, in a house called Barrule on Harbour Road in Paget parish. It is listed through Bermuda Getaways

The owners have become friends, so we're invited to dinner Saturday night. I expect we'll see his brother and sister in law, whom we connected with in Provence last year. We even visited the family's French property, the Chateau de Lascours, near Uzes.

Dinners planned at Blu and at Fourways - but we also like shopping at Lindo's on Middle Road (10 minutes on foot) and cooking dinner at home. Saves wear and tear on the nerves, since going anywhere after dark from that location is rather daunting - narrow roads, no sidewalks, very dangerous.

Temps will be low 20s C/ low 70s F. I plan to do plenty of walking on the Railway Trail, a bit of historical sightseeing (Verdmont, Tucker House) and perhaps, at long last, an exploratory mission to St David's....
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Nov 7th, 2012, 05:15 PM
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tedgale, I am so jealous! have fun!!!
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Nov 8th, 2012, 02:17 PM
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girlonthego, there are some major deals on the Bermuda Tourism website. Three nights for the price of two. Go!!!

Ted, have a grand time. I am headed down in about three weeks and would love to hear your reviews. I have been told Lindo's has closed, so let me know about that as well!

bon voyage.
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Nov 14th, 2012, 07:53 PM
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Cmcfong:
Lindo's on Middle Road is definitely open. They have a website with info on opening hours, etc for all their locations.

The country looked lovely, as always, though we had quite strong winds and clouds some days. Here is a link to an album on Bermudian flora, which are spectacular in this season:

https://www.facebook.com/#!/media/se...1&notif_t=like

I hope you can open this
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Nov 15th, 2012, 09:37 AM
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It was White's which recently closed. Lindo's on Middle Rd. was packed when we were there in October.
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Nov 15th, 2012, 09:53 AM
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Ted,
Beautiful photos! Bermuda seems to have been on my must go list forever. I'll have to look at those deals!
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Nov 15th, 2012, 02:05 PM
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I cannot open your link, Ted. I guess I will just have to fly down there and see it in person!!!

Thank you and Bette for the update on Lindo's. I usually walk there to stock my fridge at the hotel. I also love to get the prepared foods at Miles, they are very good.

Welcome home!
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