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MountCinnamon BeachClub, Grenada

MOUNT CINNAMON RESORT – by Theresa

A couple of weeks ago we had our boat hauled out of the water for general, annual maintenance. During the time the work was being performed on Pilots’ Discretion we opted to treat ourselves to a stay at the luxurious Mount Cinnamon Resort and Spa. From the moment we arrived, we were made to feel like family returning home. Jesma, at the front desk, greeted us with an infectious smile and escorted us, via golf cart, to our two (2) story, two (2) bedroom, two (2) bathroom,  and two (2) balconied villa.

Mount Cinnamon Resort villa, Saint Georges, Grenada

Mount Cinnamon Resort luxury villa, Saint George’s, Grenada

Upon entering, one’s eyes could not help but be drawn to the spectacular panoramic view of the turquoise blue waters of St. George Harbor, and the white sand, palm tree-lined crescent Grand Anse Beach stretched out down below.

Upper balcony view, Mount Cinnamon Resort villa, Saint Georges, Grenada

Upper balcony view, Mount Cinnamon Resort villa, Saint George’s, Grenada

While the boys were ecstatic with the spaciousness of the villa, they were elated, equally so, by the deliciousness of the welcome pastries (delivered, much to their delight, every subsequent evening)!

As spacious as the villa was on the inside, the impeccably manicured grounds outside seemed also, to go on forever. While golf carts were available to take you anywhere on the property, we relished strolling through the tropical gardens taking in the vibrant colors and exotic scents.

Impeccably manicured grounds

Impeccably manicured grounds

Even our car park had a great view!

Even our car park had a great view!

The array of available activities likewise seemed never-ending! Ryan and Ronan enjoyed sharpening their shuffle board and croquet skills, and even challenged Mom to a lawn chess match.

R&R Shuffleboard

R&R Shuffleboard

Ronan playing croquet, Mount Cinnamon Resort, St. Georges, Grenada

Ronan playing croquet, Mount Cinnamon Resort, St. George’s, Grenada

Ryan playing croquet, Mount Cinnamon Resort, St. Georges, Grenada

Ryan playing croquet, Mount Cinnamon Resort, St. George’s, Grenada

Your move Mom

1. e4 – Your move Mom

There was ping-pong and beach volleyball, both in the shade of the palm trees.

Ping pong in the shade on the beach, Mount Cinnamon Resort, St. Georges, Grenada

Ping pong in the shade on the beach, Mount Cinnamon Resort, St. George’s, Grenada

And, as if living on a boat didn’t give the boys enough time on the water, we could hardly keep them away from the all included water activities.

Ryan tackles the stand up paddle board, Mount Cinnamon, Grand Anse Beach, Grenada

Ryan tackles the stand up paddle board, Mount Cinnamon Resort, Grand Anse Beach, Grenada

Ronan paddles out to join his brother, Mount Cinnamon, Grand Anse Beach, Grenada

Ronan paddles out to join his brother, Mount Cinnamon Resort, Grand Anse Beach, Grenada

Ronan catching a wave on his stand up paddle board, Grand Anse Beach, Grenada

Ronan catching a wave on his stand up paddle board, Grand Anse Beach, Grenada

The boys put their sailing lessons to use taking the Hobie Cats out in the ever blowing trade winds. Randy also went out sailing with them, while Patton and I enjoyed some quiet time on the beach (yes, Mount Cinnamon is dog friendly!!!)

 

 

Patton relaxing on the beach, Mount Cinnamon Resort, St. George's, Grenada

Patton relaxing on the beach, Mount Cinnamon Resort, St. George’s, Grenada

With all the activities, the boys worked up quite the appetites. The two on premises restaurants served up amazing cuisine.

Lunch at Savvy, Mount Cinnamon Resort, St. George's, Grenada

Lunch at Savvy, Mount Cinnamon Resort, St. George’s, Grenada

General Manager Mark Kitchen introducing the Mount Cinnamon management team

General Manager Mark Kitchen introducing the Mount Cinnamon management team

On Wednesdays, General Manager Mark Kitchen hosts a poolside meet and greet cocktail hour to introduce the  Mount Cinnamon Resort management team and staff. It is readily apparent that this team is a cohesive unit working hard to ensure their guests have a great experience while at Mount Cinnamon, which we surely did.

On Friday evenings, Savvy hosts a beach bonfire dinner under the stars. Feet in the sand, we listened to Caribbean calypso and steel pan drums. Graham crackers, marshmallows and Grenadian chocolate are provided to all for delicious, mouth-watering s’mores.

Friday night, blazing beachside bonfire, Mount Cinnamon Resort, Grand Anse Beach, St. George's, Grenada

Friday night, blazing beach side bonfire, Mount Cinnamon Resort, Grand Anse Beach, St. George’s, Grenada

Savvy is also available for special “private” dining occasions. Our stay at Mount Cinnamon coincided with Randy’s and my anniversary. Chef Kareem, and the team at Mount Cinnamon did an outstanding job making our anniversary a romantic and special day to be remembered!

The Mount Cinnamon Resort team preparing the flower pedal walkway to the anniversary dinner at Savvy, private beachside-waterfront-sunset, dinner for two, St. George's, Grenada

The Mount Cinnamon Resort team preparing the flower pedal walkway to the anniversary dinner at Savvy, private beach side-waterfront-sunset, dinner for two, St. George’s, Grenada

Putting the finishing touches on the flower pedal heart for the private beachside-waterfront-sunset, dinner for two, Mount Cinnamon Resort, St. George's, Grenada

Putting the finishing touches on the flower pedal heart for the private beachside-waterfront-sunset, dinner for two, Mount Cinnamon Resort, St. George’s, Grenada

Happy Anniversary

Happy Anniversary

 

Private beachside, waterfront, sunset, anniversary dinner for two, Mount Cinnamon Resort, St. George's, Grenada

Private beachside, waterfront, sunset, anniversary dinner for two, Mount Cinnamon Resort, St. George’s, Grenada

Anniversary dinner at Savvy, private beachside-waterfront-sunset, dinner for two, Mount Cinnamon Resort, St. George's, Grenada

Anniversary dinner at Savvy, private beachside-waterfront-sunset, dinner for two, Mount Cinnamon Resort, St. George’s, Grenada

Anniversary dinner at Savvy, private beachside-waterfront-sunset, dinner for two, Mount Cinnamon Resort, St. George's, Grenada

Anniversary dinner at Savvy, private beachside-waterfront-sunset, dinner for two, Mount Cinnamon Resort, St. George’s, Grenada

Eight days after she was hauled, the Pilots’ Discretion was safely back in the water, maintenance items complete and our brief landside stay at Mount Cinnamon Resort was over. We truly cannot say enough good things about Mount Cinnamon Resort. Whether you are taking a break from life aboard your boat or you need some really special accommodations for visiting guests, Mount Cinnamon gets our highest recommendation.

 

 

 

MountCinnamon BeachClub, Grenada

Our Neighborhood is Disbanding – by Theresa

Bus Load of Cruisers from Port Louis Marina

Bus Load of Cruisers from Port Louis Marina

As we have reported to you before, our entire family has enjoyed this amazing trip of a lifetime in ways that we could have never imagined prior to our departure. The friends we have made and the sense of community that we have experienced with our fellow cruisers is something that I do not think any of us fully anticipated. As this is being written during the third week of November, 2015, we are still tied to the dock at the Port Louis Marina in St. Georges, Grenada. The Pilot’s Discretion is ready for departure and once we have addressed a few minor issues, that required a last minute trip back to Florida, it will be time for us to cast off.

It appears that we will be some of the last members of our floating neighborhood to get underway. Each day for the past two weeks or so has been a new opportunity to say farewell to another fellow cruising family as our Grenadian flotilla has gradually begun to scatter to the four points of the compass.

S/V Slo Down Departing Port Louis Marina, Grenada

S/V Slow Down Departing Port Louis Marina, Grenada

Some of our friends are headed west, through the Panama Canal, others are headed south towards South America, while still others are headed north to continue exploring the islands of the Caribbean.

Regardless of the next destination, all of our new cruising friends agree that leaving Grenada has felt a bit like it did when we all left our respective homes at the beginning of our individual adventures. We have been in Grenada for 5 months and as a result have had the opportunity to get to know Grenada as our home away from home.

Our Favorite Beach

We have our favorite beach – Grand Anse, where we spent many a Sunday afternoon at Coconut Beach Restaurant. Toes in the sand, listening to live music, watching the cruise ships come in and out of port, all while enjoying local cuisine and fabulous sunsets … what’s not to love!

Grand Anse Beach, Grenada

Grand Anse Beach, Grenada

Our Favorite Resort

We have our favorite resort, Mount Cinnamon Resort and Beach Club (at the south end of Grand Anse Beach in St. Georges), where guests of ours visiting us in Grenada were pampered with turquoise Caribbean waters, lush tropical gardens, exquisite cuisine and magnificent scenery. Cruisers can enjoy fine dining in the resort restaurants and obtain day passes to enjoy all of the resort amenities. It is truly a hidden Caribbean gem!

Balcony Suite

Balcony Suite

Our Favorite Taxi Driver

We even have our favorite taxi driver, Martin “Cat Eyes” Lawrence (a.k.a. ‘Yellow Man’). Cat Eyes is well known throughout the island and easy to spot given his signature yellow highlighted A/C taxi and matching attire. He is available for island tours, airport delivery & pickup, shopping and running all around the island. He is often stationed at the taxi stand at Port Louis Marina, however, he can also be reached at (473) 440-8032 or (473) 414-7742.

What ever expectations each of us had for Grenada before we arrived here, they have all been surpassed. We will always have fond memories of our time on this Caribbean jewel but as Tennessee Williams wrote “There is a time for departure even when there is no certain place to go.” It is now time for us to move on.

Cliff Diver, Concord Waterfalls

Family Visitors in Grenada (a.k.a. “The Spice Isle”) Part I – by Theresa

Patti & Chuck at PLM beach, Carenage in the background

Patti & Chuck at PLM beach, Carenage in the background

My sister-in-law “Patti” recently asked me “When are you coming home?” I replied, “We are home. Home is where the boat is!” Upon hearing this, she decided that if she and her husband “Chuck” were going to visit us in the near future, then it was going to have to be on the boat. Since we are currently stationed in Grenada, she promptly made arrangements and within weeks we had the pleasure of hosting both Patti and Chuck on board the Pilot’s Discretion.

HASH HIKE

We wasted no time introducing them to our Grenadian adventures and on the first full day of their visit they accompanied us on our weekly hike. This week’s hike began on the north shore beach in Sauteaurs, continued up mountainsides, and did not disappoint in providing the usual vigorous exercise and spectacular views (click on any photo to enlarge or for slideshow).

GRAND ANSE BEACH

Having exerted ourselves on the hike, we opted to spend the next day relaxing on the beach.  First, some 50’s music, and dancing, at Coconuts, on Grand Anse Beach, and then dinner at The Aquarium Restaurant, Point Salines, at sunset.

CLIFF DIVING AT CONCORD WATERFALLS

With so much more to see and explore in Grenada, and only a short time to share with our guests, we chartered an air conditioned bus, with an experienced guide, Mr. Rawl Bell (“Rawl”). Rawl provided us with a wealth of  information regarding the beauties of Grenada, a.k.a. “The Spice Isle.” Our first stop was Concord Waterfalls, one of the countless natural waterfalls on the island.

The kids enjoyed playing on the rocks and we all enjoyed the natural beauty of the falls .

Shortly after our arrival at the falls, a local “cliff diver” climbed to the top of the falls and amazed us all with his daring cliff diving acumen.  It did not take long for my ever-adventuresome brother-in-law Chuck to dive in after him (click on any photo to enlarge or for slideshow).

(Note: We have created a dedicated YouTube channel at http://www.youtube.com where we have compiled videos from our blog, and uploaded additional videos from our journey. To view the videos, including VIDEOS of Chuck, and the cliff diver, cliff diving, click https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC94z5hCIrRiEvY8MTJegTbA  (or copy and paste into browser).

NUTMEG FACTORY

Nutmeg Receiving Station (Examined, Weighed, Payment to Farmer

Nutmeg Receiving Station (Examined, Weighed, Payment to Farmer)

After the cliff diving adventures at the waterfalls, our guide informed us that Grenada is the world’s second largest producer of nutmeg, after Indonesia, and that nutmeg is Grenada’s principal export crop. He then took us to the nutmeg-processing co-op, in the center of the west-coast fishing village of Gouyave (pronounced gwahv), where we got to witness first hand the nutmeg process from tree to spice. There we saw locally grown nutmeg being received, examined & weighed with payments made to the local farmers. We learned the nutmeg is then dried in drying racks for 6-8 weeks.

 

Once dried, the seeds are cracked by a machine and then sent down a chute to the floor below where workers manually separate the shells from the nuts. No resource is wasted and discarded shells are collected in burlap sacks and sold for mulch. The nutmeg fragrance at the factory is intoxicating.

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Next, nutmeg kernels are graded by floating them in water (sinkers are sound and floaters are defective). Workers then hand grade the remaining nutmeg, removing residual defects and running the remaining nutmeg through metal graders (for size). The final nutmeg product is bagged in hand painted stenciled burlap sacks with international destinations throughout the world. We were surprised to learn that Rotterdam and Antwerp are the two largest importers of Grenadian nutmeg. The factory produces approximately 3 million pounds of Grenada’s most famous export each year.

A lot of effort for a small, yet delicious, spice present in almost all spice racks!

LEATHERBACK TURTLES IN LEVERA BAY

After the nutmeg factory, we visited yet another notorious spot on Grenada, Levera Bay. Levera Bay is a Sanctuary to the endangered Leatherback Sea Turtle. Each year, Leatherback Sea Turtles return to Grenada to lay their eggs on the sandy beaches of Levera Bay.

Leatherback Sea Turtles can grow to more than six feet long, weighing as much as 1400 pounds, however, the initial hatchlings, only inches long, are left on their own to find their way from the beach to the sea. Due to a recent invasion of Sargasso Sea weed on Grenada’s coastline, the baby Leatherback Sea Turtles have been finding it difficult to reach the sea. On the day that we arrived in Levera Bay, the Park Rangers were assisting this group of baby Leatherback Sea Turtles in reaching the sea!

(To view a video of the baby Leatherback Back Sea Turtles click the “VIDEOS” tab at the top of this page.)

After all the excitement exploring Grenada, we stopped to rest, enjoying some local cuisine on the north shore of Grenada looking out over “Kick em Jenny,”  and Ronde and Caille Islands.

Chuck, Patti, Ronan and Ryan, lunch on the north shore

Chuck, Patti, Ronan and Ryan, lunch on the north shore

There was still much more of Grenada to explore … however, we will leave those adventures until another post!

Carenage waterfront, St. Geoarges, Grenada

A DAY IN THE LIFE IN GRENADA – by Randy

We have been exploring Grenada for a little over two months now and still there remains much more to be seen both on land and at sea. Fortunately, Port Louis Marina, in St.  Georges, is centrally located giving us easy land or dinghy-dock water access to the waterfront shops and restaurants in both St. Georges and Carenage.

PORT LOUIS MARINA

Port Louis Marina (PLM) is a resort destination unto itself and we have been enjoying all of the amenities, including the spa,  pool, grounds, restaurants, waterfront park and beach (click on any photo for slide show).

 GRAND ANSE

The pristine Grand Anse Beach is only a short distance from the marina by land or sea. The boys have been enjoying snorkeling with their friends just off the beach, as well as “sea-bobbing” (we had to look that up before agreeing to allow them to go do it), and getting pulled on a tube behind the dinghy.

 HIKING THE MOUNTAINS AND RAINFORESTS

Popular among cruisers, locals, and students from the on-island American University School of Medical and Veterinary Science, are the weekly organized hiking trips, known as hashes, which are scheduled at various locations around the island. Each week, bus loads of enthusiastic cruisers, locals and students arrive eager to get some exercise, explore local terrain, and partake in the after hike revelry.

We have been hiking in the mountains and rain forests where we have seen banana tree plantations, monkeys, tropical flower groves, and amazing vistas (click on any photo for slide show).

With equally compelling scenery, other hikes have taken us through the countryside and along the coast line(s) of Grenada.

Patrick teaching R&R how to wax the boat

Patrick teaching R&R how to wax the boat

 

With all of the above said, it is not all fun and games in Grenada. At the end of the day, the boat requires daily maintenance and upkeep, not the least of which is keeping her clean and waxed. Fortunately for us, a very friendly and competent local gentlemen named “Patrick” has been assisting us in with these ongoing laborious efforts. He has taken the boys on in apprenticeship teaching them how to keep the boat “ship-shape!” Additionally, we have utilized our time in Grenada to take advantage of the well developed yacht support infrastructure to complete some upgrades to the Pilots’ Discretion to make her more long term cruiser friendly.

 

Rainbow over Port Louis Marina

Rainbow over Port Louis Marina