Bermuda http://www.bermuda.com Bermuda.com is the island's number one internet portal -- dynamically connecting visitors and locals with Bermudian businesses, products and services through innovation and technology Fri, 20 Apr 2018 17:03:57 +0000 en-US hourly 1 The Peppercorn Ceremony: Experience a Bermudian tradition 200 years in the making http://www.bermuda.com/the-peppercorn-ceremony/ Fri, 13 Apr 2018 04:16:36 +0000 http://www.bermuda.com/?p=19869 The Peppercorn Ceremony began in 1816 when the old State House, which had been used by Bermuda's parliament and cabinet up until that time, was offered to be rented to Bermuda's Freemasons for the amount of one peppercorn.

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The Peppercorn Ceremony: Experience a Bermudian tradition 200 years in the making

The Peppercorn Ceremony began in 1816 when Bermuda’s capital was moved from the Town of St. George to Hamilton.  The old State House, built in 1620, had been used by Bermuda’s parliament and cabinet up until that time and was offered to be rented by Bermuda’s Freemasons.  An agreement was made that the annual rent would amount to that of one peppercorn which set the foundation for an annual celebration by the Freemasons to mark the paying of the rent.

Each year, Freemasons, members of Bermuda’s Parliament and the Governor gather to participate in the ceremony of the Freemasons presenting a peppercorn on a silver platter to the Governor as rent.

The ceremony begins with the town crier bellowing and ringing his bell introducing the various dignitaries.   The Governor and his wife arrive by horse drawn carriage which is marked by a 17 gun salute by the Royal Bermuda Regimental Band.  The Governor, dressed in traditional ceremonial attire inspects a military guard of honor while the band plays and then, on behalf of the government, accepts the peppercorn as payment for the year’s rent.

Following the ceremony there is a garden party hosted by the Mayor of St. George’s at nearby Somers Garden.

This event is open to the public and does not require registration.  However there is a Peppercorn Ceremony Celebration Package on offer if you would like to reserve seating, to have access to the exclusive garden party, the opportunity to mingle with local dignitaries and attend a Private tour of the State House.

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Offshore Adventures in Bermuda http://www.bermuda.com/offshore-adventures-get-your-feet-wet/ Sun, 01 Apr 2018 12:00:55 +0000 http://www.bermuda.com/?p=19305 Offshore Adventures in Bermuda Be sure to test the waters this month and get your feet wet. There’s a safe and exciting offshore adventure available to every type of traveller. Here are our suggestions for... Thrill Seekers   KS Watersports is known to have some of the best rentals and adventure tours on the island.

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Offshore Adventures in Bermuda

Be sure to test the waters this month and get your feet wet. There’s a safe and exciting offshore adventure available to every type of traveller. Here are our suggestions for…

Thrill Seekers  

KS Watersports is known to have some of the best rentals and adventure tours on the island. You can parasail over the waves or hop on a jet ski to ride them yourself! The company gleans multiple TripAdvisor awards for its awesome experiences and the possiblities are endless, whether you wish to brace the blue alone or join a group. We recommend a ride on the super-fast WildCat, a 50 ft high-speed catamaran that has become one of Bermuda’s most popular sightseeing adventures for all ages. (Bookings & info at kswatersports.com)

Offshore Adventures in Bermuda

The Wild Cat

Families

Shelly Bay beach in Hamilton Parish is the perfect picnic spot for families. With long stretches of shallow water and the adjacent park area (did we mention playground too?) you can spend a whole day here, soaking up the sun and sea. Animal lovers ought to visit Bermuda’s own Dolphin Quest in the Royal Naval Dockyard. There you can simply watch these magnificent creatures or book an encounter to go for a swim with them!  (There are age restrictions on some of the encounters, call 441-234-4464 or visit dolphinquest.bm to learn more.)

Offshore Adventures in Bermuda

Dolphin Quest Bermuda

Explorers

A unique and reliable way to travel around Bermuda is on the Sea Express ferry system. With a convenient network of embarking and debarking points – Hamilton, Dockyard, Somerset, Rockaway, Southampton, Warwick, Paget and St. George’s – passengers can enjoy the islands’ beauty from the water as they travel from one part to another. (There are also a number of private boat charters you can book, for an exclusive and customizable experience. )

Offshore Adventures in Bermuda

The Sea Express Ferry

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Inland Adventures in Bermuda http://www.bermuda.com/inland-adventures-experience-the-island-in-april/ Sun, 01 Apr 2018 12:00:54 +0000 http://www.bermuda.com/?p=19323 Inland Adventures in Bermuda  When you’ve had enough of the beach this April, then migrate inland to explore Bermuda's other attractions. There are many inland adventures to be had in Bermuda, here are our suggestions for... Science & History Buffs There are a number of fascinating museums in Bermuda that will surely pique your interest.

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Inland Adventures in Bermuda 

When you’ve had enough of the beach this April, then migrate inland to explore Bermuda’s other attractions. There are many inland adventures to be had in Bermuda, here are our suggestions for…

Science & History Buffs

There are a number of fascinating museums in Bermuda that will surely pique your interest. Learn about the infamous Bermuda Triangle at the Ocean Discovery Centre (aka BUEI) in Hamilton (click here to read more about the new exhibit.) Or head to either one of Bermuda’s historical hubs. St. George’s is an incredible UNESCO World Heritage Site and the Royal Naval Dockyard is home of the award-winning National Museum of Bermuda which showcases our rich maritime history. 

Inland Adventures in Bermuda

The new Bermuda Triangle Exhibit at BUEI’s Ocean Discovery Centre

Nature Enthusiasts

Bermuda is in full bloom and you can join in celebrating the island’s agricultural heritage at the annual Agricultural Exhibition from April 19 -21st. This popular community event is held in the Botanical Gardens each year, consisting of school exhibits, beautiful floral shows, animal exhibits and equestrian programs. Adventure seekers will love the Hidden Gems all-inclusive eco-excursions, a popular tour that takes you to explore nature reserves, forts and caves found off-the-beaten track. 

Inland Adventures in Bermuda

Orchids on display at the annual Agricultural Exhibition

Art Lovers 

With so much inspiration to draw from, you won’t be surprised to discover that Bermuda has a diverse and thriving arts scene. Must -see galleries include the Bermuda National Gallery and the Bermuda Society of Arts – both located in the City Hall. Another gem is the Arts Centre at Dockyard. They have regularly changing exhibits and a variety of unique works for purchase . 

Inland Adventures in Bermuda

The Bermuda National Gallery

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The Bermuda Triangle: Unlock the Secrets at BUEI’s Ocean Discovery Centre http://www.bermuda.com/the-bermuda-triangle-unlock-the-secrets-at-bueis-ocean-discovery-centre/ Sun, 01 Apr 2018 12:00:53 +0000 http://www.bermuda.com/?p=19293 The Bermuda Triangle: Unlock the Secrets at BUEI’s Ocean Discovery Centre by Brigitta Wohlmuth The Island is finally ‘claiming its fame’ as home of the Bermuda Triangle, with the launch of this new exhibit at BUEI’s Ocean Discovery Centre. Designed to enlighten visitors and locals alike, it has scrupulously compiled every shred of research together

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The Bermuda Triangle: Unlock the Secrets at BUEI’s Ocean Discovery Centre by Brigitta Wohlmuth

The Island is finally ‘claiming its fame’ as home of the Bermuda Triangle, with the launch of this new exhibit at BUEI’s Ocean Discovery Centre. Designed to enlighten visitors and locals alike, it has scrupulously compiled every shred of research together under one roof in an effort to ‘unlock the secrets’ of this mysterious phenomenon. From the earliest recording made by Christopher Columbus in 1492 to the most recent missing vessel in 1991, countless ships and aircrafts have strangely disappeared into the Ocean’s abyss without a trace … but why? What was the cause? Well, that’s for you to decide, and you’re advised not to make up your mind until you’ve digested the whole exhibit from start to finish. “In the exhibit we present you with thirteen theories. After you’ve read them all, you have to decide what you believe?” says Mel Ferson, the Museum’s Director and driving force behind the exhibit is my guide as I tour it for the very first time.

Scanning the walls intently, I’m impressed to see that they haven’t discarded any possibility, now matter how crazy or seemingly illogical. Aliens, Sea Monsters, even the Lost City of Atlantis are considered amongst the thirteen theories (with evidence to back up the claims), as well as a number of more “logical” reasons based in science; like methane gas hydrates that rise from the bottom of the ocean, rogue waves, the Sargasso Sea and Human Error.

“This was built as a living classroom,” Mel tells me, adding that all of Bermuda’s school children will be able to see the exhibit for free. “It’s important too that when they travel abroad or meet people from overseas that they’ll be better able to explain what is the Bermuda Triangle.” I had to agree, noting my time overseas and how, whenever someone would discover where I was from, they’d ask with eyes of wonder, “What about the Bermuda Triangle, is it real?” To which I never quite knew how to respond.  A pop culture display within the exhibit shows a 20-minute video compilation of every time the Bermuda Triangle was mentioned in a TV-show, Film or cartoon – highlighting the massive global interest in this enigmatic topic which is said to be the greatest unsolved mystery of the modern age.

Then Mel tells me that the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) would be coming to visit the following week. “It turns out they were doing a three-part video series on the Bermuda Triangle and they wanted to start each episode from Bermuda. They heard about the exhibit and contacted us, so that’s great coverage. Once it’s marketed overseas I think it will get a lot of global attention from people who have always been fascinated by the Bermuda Triangle.”

Designed by local talent Lana Leksina in collaboration with Canadian exhibit design firm 3DS/ THREE DIMENSIONAL SERVICES INC., it’s the very first exhibit of its kind. “In the past there wasn’t a single point where one could learn more about the infamous Triangle, and where better to have an exhibit on the Bermuda Triangle then in Bermuda?” Mel continues. “Everything that has ever happened or been written about is here, and it’s a life long exhibit so we’ll keep adding to it the more we find.”

It starts with a simulated dive into the depths of the Atlantic Ocean, and once you step inside there’s a number of techy highlights including a 3D hologram of a Hurricane from start to dissipation, a futuristic multi-user touch screen that visitors can use to learn more about every vessel recorded to have disappeared, and at the end of the exhibit is a Selfie Station where you decide what theory to use as the backdrop for your photo, which will be emailed to you. So be sure to check out the new exhibit for yourself,  and when you reach back home and all the questions come pouring in, you’ll know just how to respond.

The Bermuda Triangle: Unlock the Secrets at BUEI's Ocean Discovery Centre

A giant glass cylinder demonstrates how a large release of methane gas can sink a ship.

 

The Bermuda Triangle : Unlock the secrets at BUEI's Ocean Discovery Centre

A multi-user touch screen allows visitors to learn more about each vessel to go missing in The Bermuda Triangle.

 

The Bermuda Triangle: Unlock the secrets at BUEI's Ocean Discovery Centre

The exhibit’s wall of secret files.

 

Visit the exhibit at The Bermuda Underwater Exploration Institute | 40 Crow Lane, Hamilton

a 15 minute walk from the Hamilton Ferry Terminal!

Open Daily from 10am – 5pm, (last admission 4pm)

buei.bm / 441-292-7219/ www.BermudaTriangle.bm

Bus Routes: 1,2,7 & 9

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Do You Know… That Bermuda Passed the New World’s First Conservation Legislation? http://www.bermuda.com/19300-2/ Sun, 01 Apr 2018 12:00:12 +0000 http://www.bermuda.com/?p=19300 Do You Know...That Bermuda Passed the New World’s First Conservation Legislation? by Horst Augustinovic The first book about Bermuda was written in 1610 by Sylvester Jordain, one of the survivors of the ‘Sea Venture’. It includes the following descriptions about the abundant wildlife they found on their arrival on the island: “Wherefore my opinion sincerely

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Do You Know…That Bermuda Passed the New World’s First Conservation Legislation? by Horst Augustinovic

The first book about Bermuda was written in 1610 by Sylvester Jordain, one of the survivors of the ‘Sea Venture’. It includes the following descriptions about the abundant wildlife they found on their arrival on the island:

“Wherefore my opinion sincerely of this Iland is, that whereas it hath beene, and is still accounted, the most dangerous, infortunate, and most forlorne place of the world, it is in truth the richest, healthfullest, and pleasing land…”

“Sir George Sommers … found out sufficient of many kind of fishes, and so plentyfull thereof, that in halfe an houre he took so many great fishes with hookes, as did suffice the whole company one day. These fishes are very fat and sweete, and of that proportion and bignesse, that three of them will conueniently lade two men: those we called rock-fish. Besides there are such abundance of Mullets, that with a seane might be taken at one draught one thousand at the least…”

“The Countrie affordeth great abundance of Hogges, as that there hath beene taken by Sir George Sommers, who was the first that hunted for them, to the number of two and thirty at one time…”

“There is Fowle in great number vpon the Ilands, where they breed, that there hath beene taken in two or three houres, a thousand at the least; the bird being of the bignes of a good Pidgeon, and layeth egges as big as Hen egges vpon the sand, where they come and lay them dayly, although men sit downe amongst them…”

“Another Sea fowle there is that lyeth in little holes in the ground, like vnto a cony-hole, and are in great numbers, exceeding good meate, very fat and sweet (those we had in the winter) and their eggs are white, and of that bignesse, that they are not to be knowne from Hen egges.”

“There are also great store of Tortoses, (which some call Turtles) and those so great, that I haue seene a bushel of egges in one of their bellies, which are sweeter then any Henne egge: and the Tortose it selfe is all very good meate, and yeeldeth great store of oyle, which is as sweete as any butter; and one of them will suffice fifty men a meale, at the least: and of these hath beene taken great store, with two boates, at the least forty in one day.”

“There are also great Plentie of Whales, which I conceaue are verie easie to be killed, for they come so vsually, and ordinarily to the shore, that we heard them oftentimes in the night a bed; and haue seene many of them neare the shoare, in the day time.”

Within only a few short years the early settlers had so depleted certain species, that in 1620 an Act was passed against the killing of young turtles. This is considered to be the New World’s earliest written conservation legislation. Unfortunately the settlers did not know that sea turtles take up to 50 years to mature.

An act against the killinge of ouer young Tortoyses: 

In regard that much waste and abuse hath been offered and yet is by sundrye lewd and impvident psons inhabitinge wthin these Islands who in there continuall goinges out to sea for fish doe upon all occasions, And at all tymes as they can meete with them, snatch & catch up indifferentlye all kinds of Tortoyses both yonge & old little and greate and soe kill carrye awaye and devoure them to the much decay of the breed of so excellent a fishe the daylye skarringe of them from of our shores and the danger of an utter distroyinge and losse of them.

It is therefore enacted by the Authoritie of this present Assembly That from hence forward noe manner of pson or psons of what degree or condition soeuer he be inhabitinge or remaining at any time wthin these Islands shall pesume to kill or cause to be killed in any Bay Sound Harbor or any other place out to Sea: being wthin five leagues round about of those Islands any young Tortoyses that are or shall not be found to be Eighteen inches in the Breadth or Dyameter and that upon the penaltye for euerye such offence of the fforfeyture of fifteen pounds of Tobacco whereof the one half is to be bestowed in publique uses the other upon the Informer.

 

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The Big Day … Planning Your Wedding in Bermuda http://www.bermuda.com/the-big-day-plan-your-wedding-in-bermuda/ Wed, 07 Mar 2018 14:35:21 +0000 http://www.bermuda.com/?p=19119 The Big Day... Planning Your Wedding in Bermuda by Brigitta Wohlmuth  Here are some of our favourite services for planning a Bermuda-ful wedding: It’s all about the dress! But unfortunately, that means footwear is often an afterthought. Not to worry. Located on Queen Street in the City of Hamilton is Della Valle Handmade Sandals, a unique

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The Big Day… Planning Your Wedding in Bermuda by Brigitta Wohlmuth 

Here are some of our favourite services for planning a Bermuda-ful wedding:

It’s all about the dress! But unfortunately, that means footwear is often an afterthought. Not to worry. Located on Queen Street in the City of Hamilton is Della Valle Handmade Sandals, a unique boutique where they offer all-Italian leather footwear, lovingly fashioned by sandal-maker Vincenzo Della Valle who as a young boy, trained with the masters in his hometown of Capri. In just a few hours, he can customise sandals for the whole Bridal Party to enjoy well beyond your wedding day! Everyone from the Bride to the Ring bearer can have a custom pair, (yes, he makes shoes for men and kids too) with styles that range from simple leather (available in 40 different colors) to dazzling crystals. Six heel heights and wide or narrow soles are also available, as is their boutique to host bridal party events and private bookings complete with espresso and/or champagne- for that extra special touch! Click here to read more about Della Valle(contact: dvsandals@gmail.com or 441-236-7263)

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Della Valle Handmade Sandals

When it comes to photography, Fiander Foto is quickly rising in popularity both locally and overseas having won the Couple’s Choice award this year on WeddingWire – a leading global online marketplace for the wedding and events industry. Melanie Fiander, the photographer, holds a Masters in Fine Art Photography and though originally from Washington DC, she has been based in Bermuda since 2013 after marrying Bermudian hubby Jim West. She specialises in Weddings and Family portraits and has undertaken a number of projects both on Island and overseas, but what she loves most about photographing in Bermuda is “it has a unique landscape and expression. It gives a home town vibe to a wedding” she told the Royal Gazette in an interview earlier this year. (contact: info@fianderfoto.com or fianderfoto.com

The Big Day... Planning Your Wedding in Bermuda

Fiander Foto

As for the ring, Davidrose in St. George’s has a reputation as one of Bermuda’s trendiest jewellery stores for bespoke luxury pieces. The owners are husband and wife duo, David and Avrel Rose, who share a love of precious stones and metals, as well as helping other couples to create the ring of their dreams. The experience alone is  said to be magical as they meet one-on-one with couples in their beautiful boutique on Water Street, overlooking the crystal blue waters of St. George’s harbour. And speaking of crystals, they carry a gorgeous selection of gems and stones including ethically sourced diamonds in a range of extraordinary colours. (contact: info@davidrose.bm or 441-293-7673)

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Davidrose

 

To learn more about getting married in Bermuda, click here.

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Divots http://www.bermuda.com/divots/ Thu, 01 Mar 2018 14:47:10 +0000 http://www.bermuda.com/?p=19064 Conveniently located on the picturesque Belmont Golf Course in Warwick, family-friendly Divots is the perfect place to unwind with panoramic views of the Great Sound. A multi functional space, Divots plays host to golf tournament receptions, corporate dinners and private events. With 6 TVs the Divots bar is also a popular place to catch live

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Conveniently located on the picturesque Belmont Golf Course in Warwick, family-friendly Divots is the perfect place to unwind with panoramic views of the Great Sound. A multi functional space, Divots plays host to golf tournament receptions, corporate dinners and private events. With 6 TVs the Divots bar is also a popular place to catch live sports action while escaping the hustle and bustle of Hamilton.

Divots Opening Hours:

Closed Monday
Tuesday 11am to 4pm
Wednesday 11am to 9pm
Thursday – Friday 11am to 10pm
Saturday 9am to 11pm
Sunday 9am to 8pm

Contacts:
Mike Sheehy, General Manager
mike@divots.bm
admin@divots.bm

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Do you know about Juniperus Bermudiana – Bermuda’s National Tree? http://www.bermuda.com/do-you-know-about-juniperus-bermudiana-bermudas-national-tree/ Thu, 01 Mar 2018 13:00:54 +0000 http://www.bermuda.com/?p=18973   Do you know about Juniperus Bermudiana - Bermuda's National tree by Horst Augustinovic  Camden in the early 1900s was surrounded by an abundance of cedar trees Ever since Bermuda was colonised in 1609, Juniperus Bermudiana was used extensively as firewood and for constructing homes and ships. As early as 1622 legislation was

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Do you know about Juniperus Bermudiana – Bermuda’s National tree by Horst Augustinovic 

Do you know about Juniperus Bermudiana - Bermuda's national tree?

Camden in the early 1900s was surrounded by an abundance of cedar trees

Ever since Bermuda was colonised in 1609, Juniperus Bermudiana was used extensively as firewood and for constructing homes and ships. As early as 1622 legislation was passed to control the export of Bermuda cedar and although sixteen further acts were passed to restrict its use, ship-building denuded much of Bermuda by the 1830s.

Fortunately this trend was reversed with the decline of ship-building and the use of cheaper imported timber by the construction industry and Bermuda cedar trees were again on their way to becoming the most dominant trees on the island, until the scale insects that is.

Shortly after World War II, cedar scale insects Carulaspis minima and Lepidosaphesnewsteadi were accidentally introduced into Bermuda, resulting in the devastating loss of approximately 95% of Bermuda’s cedar trees. It was an ecological disaster that continues to affect us to this day.

Several biological control species, including lady bird beetles, were imported to attack the cedar scale insects, but unfortunately to no avail. To reforest the island after the cedar blight, exotic trees like the casuarina, favoured for its rapid growth, were imported and they in turn created some of the invasive species problems we have today.

An estimated 5% of Bermuda’s cedar trees were resistant to the scale and survived the insect attack of the 1940s. Using seeds from these scale-resistant trees is the basis of the effort to propagate and restore Bermuda cedar trees in gardens, parks and nature reserves throughout the island. The site should always be selected carefully to allow enough room for the trees to grow to their approximately 50 feet height.

It is estimated that there are now between 10,000 and 25,000 cedar trees in Bermuda, which is about 10% of the number of trees before the cedar blight of the 1940s. Today Bermuda cedar is still highly prized by craftsmen for making a variety of souvenirs.

Do you know about Juniperus Bermudiana - Bermuda's National tree?

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10 ways to enjoy springtime in Bermuda http://www.bermuda.com/10-ways-to-enjoy-springtime-in-bermuda/ Thu, 01 Mar 2018 12:59:51 +0000 http://www.bermuda.com/?p=18954 Warmer weather, longer days and pretty flowers are just a few reasons to be excited about the return of spring in Bermuda. Here are ten ways to celebrate...

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10 ways to enjoy spring time in Bermuda

by Brigitta Wohlmuth 

Warmer weather, longer days and pretty flowers are just a few reasons to be excited about the return of spring in Bermuda. Here are ten ways to celebrate:

Whale Watching

Humpback whales are a symbol of spring in Bermuda. As they make their annual migratory route this time of year, they pass through our waters and there are a number of tours bookable on Bermuda.com that allow you to watch them from a safe distance. (Read Bermuda Magazine’s March Cover Story to learn about local whale researcher Andrew Stevenson)

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Explore the wild outdoors 

When the early settlers first came to Bermuda they were astonished by the abundance of edible resources growing wildly across the island. Learn the folk tales and medicinal properties associated with native plants and herbs on a foraging tour. Wild Herbs & Plants of Bermuda tours take visitors for a walk on the wild side, followed by lunch prepared from your harvest.  (Bookings & info: 441-335-1958 or wildherbsnplantsofbermuda.com)

Ride & dine in the East End

Cycling has become an increasingly popular mode of exploring the island, and there’s a new tour that lets you balance your calorie consumption with this healthy exercise. East End Eats Bicycle Tours is offered in the town of St. George’s, led by Kristin White- a self-proclaimed ‘foodie’ and East End Ambassador- she will take you to sample popular dishes at the best eateries in the area. (Tickets available on ptix.bm, info: 441-705-1838)

Visit the gardens

Plenty of sunshine all-year-round allows for a diverse range of flora to thrive in Bermuda, and there are many famous gardens across the island that are open to the public. See roses of every shade and class at the historic Waterville Estate, or tread down the hibiscus trails and smell the frangipani at the Botanical Gardens in Paget. At Palmgrove in Devonshire, water lilies float on a magnificent Bermuda-shaped pond.

Experience The Peppercorn Ceremony, a Bermudian tradition 200 years in the making

The Peppercorn Ceremony began in 1816 when Bermuda’s capital was moved from the Town of St. George to Hamilton.  The old State House, built in 1620, had been used by Bermuda’s parliament and cabinet up until that time and was offered to be rented by Bermuda’s Freemasons.  An agreement was made that the annual rent would amount to that of one peppercorn which set the foundation for an annual celebration by the Freemasons to mark the paying of the rent.

Catch an indie film

Hundreds of emerging film-makers from around the world have submitted to the Bermuda Shorts Competition, hosted by the Bermuda International Film Festival which will take place from March 17th to 25th. Film lovers will want to make their plans around this exiting week, which will see a bevy of events, workshops, and film screenings for film makers and film enthusiasts alike. (Visit www.biff.bm for tickets and more info.)

Taste the seasonal fruits 

Loquats and Suriname Cherries are now ripe for the picking, and both fruits are not only delicious but an excellent source of antioxidants and vitamin C as well. Be sure to try them fresh off the tree, or you can sample these seasonal fruits in homemade jams, liqueurs, rum cake and other treats at the Craft Market in Dockyard.

Unleash the sand artist within

The annual Beach Art Festival aims to ignite the creative passion of locals and visitors alike. The unique competition sees beaches island-wide transformed into ephemeral canvases which are breathtaking from a birds-eye-view. This year’s competition will take place on March 27th. For information on how to participate, visit the Bermuda Beach Art Festival’s Facebook Page

Go bird watching

Another harbinger of spring is the white tailed tropic bird locally known as the Longtail– which is not indigenous but native to Bermuda. You can spot them flying overhead at beaches island-wide. Cooper’s Island nature reserve in St. David’s as well as Spittal Pond in Smith’s are other ideal locations for bird watching in Bermuda.

Take a trail ride

Trot along Bermuda’s scenic northeast coastline, across beaches and winding trails in the charming old town of St. George’s – a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Moran Meadows offers a variety of guided tours that take you to popular sites like Alexandra Battery Park, The Unfinished Church, Fort St. Catherine & Tobacco Bay. (Bookings & info at bermudahorsetrailride.com.)

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Willowbank Resort http://www.bermuda.com/willowbank-resort/ Mon, 26 Feb 2018 18:55:08 +0000 http://www.bermuda.com/?p=19022 At Willowbank, we believe that your holiday should be all about connecting with your people and experiencing what Bermuda can provide, while getting the value you deserve. We’re proud to provide you with an affordable stay and all the amenities you expect so that you can focus on what really matters: memorable experiences. Why Willowbank?

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At Willowbank, we believe that your holiday should be all about connecting with your people and experiencing what Bermuda can provide, while getting the value you deserve. We’re proud to provide you with an affordable stay and all the amenities you expect so that you can focus on what really matters: memorable experiences.

Why Willowbank?

It is simple. We offer more than the typical affordable resort. From comfortable accommodations, steps away from ocean views and beautiful beaches, to a complimentary continental breakfast and friendly service, it all adds up to real value for you.

Affordable, enjoyable and great for a weekend getaway, or a vacation with the best resort rates and several value adds, so you can focus on the making great vacation memories.

We offer vacations for everyone!

We make it our business to cater to guests of all ages, from tiny first-time flyers to seasoned travelers. From offering our “Get More” value adds of great fun, to sitting with our concierge to help parents choose kid-friendly dining options and planning unforgettable adventures around the island.

We also understand that it’s not all about the little ones—which is why our guests not only have access to our facilities but also can enjoy our sister property, the luxurious Cambridge Beaches Resort & Spa, and partake in indulgent spa treatments, gourmet restaurants and H2O watersport marina.

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