10 ways to feel the love in Bermuda by Brigitta Wohlmuth
With pink shorts, pink sand and pink buses, one could argue that every month is Love Month in Bermuda. Here are ten ways to really feel it:
1. Try the local cuisine
Savour the flavours of Bermuda’s diverse culinary scene and you’ll surely be impressed! During January and February, many restaurants offer a prix fixe menu in support of Restaurant Weeks, an initiative organised by the Bermuda Tourism Authority so that everyone can dine around at a lower price than normal (visit gotoBermuda.com for a full list of participating restaurants.)
2. Smell the flowers
In Paget parish is the Botanical Gardens, a modern-day Garden of Eden, where you can see a variety of exquisite roses, hibiscus, frangipani and other exotic flora. You can also enjoy a free Folk Medicine workshop on Sundays with local herbalist Dr. Kuni Frith, for a walk-through of the history of herb and plant use in Bermuda. The tour is from 2-4pm and
meets at the entrance of the Kitchen Garden in the Botanical Gardens.
3. Experience traditional romance
Bermuda is a popular choice for destination weddings but not only for its picturesque coast and landscape. There are a number of other charming features that attribute to feelings of old world romance. We recommend taking a Horse and Carriage ride through the old town of St. George’s. You can also find a Moongate to walk through, said to bring prosperity and goodluck to newlywed couples.
4. Discover retail treasures
Located Island-wide, but mostly in the city of Hamilton, there are a number of reputable jewellery stores where you can find a timeless keepsake to treasure. Antique gold doubloons, whimsical pink-sand filled charms, and pendants embedded with sea glass and gemstones are just a few popular choices among locals and visitors alike (click here for a list of retailers.)
5. Make some friends
Bermudians are known for their friendliness and there are a number of places to hangout where you can enjoy a drink, some good music and pleasant conversation. A good place to start is in the City of Hamilton where many pubs and restaurants host Happy Hour on a Friday night. We recommend Crown & Anchor in the Hamilton Princess Hotel, a great place for cocktails and they often host live entertainment.
6. Support the Arts
Feel the love for Bermuda expressed across a number of mediums by local and visiting artists alike. Must-see galleries include the Bermuda National Gallery and the Bermuda Society of Arts – both located in the City Hall. Another aesthetic gem is the Arts Centre at Dockyard. They have regularly changing exhibits and a variety of unique works for purchase.
7. Attend a Tea Party
Perhaps one of the most-loved colonial traditions in Bermuda is Afternoon High Tea which you can experience at a number of venues across the island. Local confectioner Sweet P hosts a popular Afternoon Tea every Wednesday within the fragrant gardens of the Bermuda Perfumery, where you can truly indulge your senses!
The Tea is held on Wednesdays and Saturdays, from 1-4pm and reservations are required. Info: 705 2390, [email protected]
8. Take a tour
Whether by land or sea, there are a wide range of tours you can book on Bermuda.com. If you have a full day to fill then we recommend the Hidden Gems All-Inclusive Eco-Tours, a frequent winner of TripAdvisor’s Certificate of Excellence and a great way to explore the island off-the-beaten path, especially in Winter. Click here to see other top-rated tours in Bermuda.
9. Explore the ocean
Go beyond the beach to develop a deeper appreciation for the oceans that connect us all. In addition to the Aquarium (BAMZ) in Flatts, the National Museum of Bermuda in Dockyard boasts fascinating exhibits on Bermuda’s maritime history, while the Oceans Discovery Centre (aka the BUEI) is a great place to learn about the deep sea.
10. Play a few rounds
Welcome to golfer’s paradise! Bermuda boasts a number of award-winning courses where you can Tee-Off like a pro. We recommend the world famous Port Royal Golf Course in Southampton- loved for its spectacular ocean views and 18 championship holes. There, visitors can enjoy a special rate every Monday.
Info: www.portroyalgolfcourse.com, or 441 234-0974.