My husband and I just returned from the happiest, most relaxing vacation we have ever taken. We stayed at Aunt Marjorie’s Cottage on the small island of Spanish Wells, in the Bahamas. I had visited the island back in the 1980’s, and have always wanted to return. The water is crystalline blue, the beaches surround the island in white, powdery sand, the little conch cottages are welcoming in bright shades of pink, yellow, blue, and green, and the residents are the friendliest people you can imagine. Other than a few more streets, houses, and a real grocery store, nothing has really changed.
Aunt Marjorie’s Cottage is wonderful. It is built in the old conch style, with cozy rooms that wrap you in comfort. You can open the windows and smell the sea air, using the air conditioning only when absolutely necessary. Everything is available to meet your needs, including Wifi and a toll-free phone to the U.S. While we swore that we were going “off the grid,” it was reassuring to know that we could be in contact with our family, when necessary. The house has a lovely yard and garden, with chairs for relaxing and a grill to use. We sat every day and watched doves, hummingbirds, and the neighborhood cats come to visit. A very short walk north takes you to one of the gorgeous sand beaches on the island, on which you only occasionally meet others. An even shorter walk to the south takes you to Budda’s Snack Shack, a casual, outdoor bar and grill with excellent food and a very laid-back atmosphere. Budda also has a liquor store on the premises, if you are interested. Truthfully, we ate there every night of our stay, since it was less expensive than buying groceries!
While the whole vacation was an amazing experience for the senses, it would not have been the same, had we not met Roy and Linda, the owners of Aunt Marjorie’s Cottage. When we arrived, Roy met us at the town dock with our “buggy,” a big smile on his face, and a huge hug! He is vibrant, entertaining, and as we came to find, both generous, and kind. From there, we followed him to the cottage, only to find Linda waiting for us on the front steps. She had prepared a delicious lunch of baked lobster, twice-baked potatoes, broccoli, and homemade cake, ready for us to eat at the dining room table. Linda, too, is extremely kind and generous and welcomed us as if we were family. Indeed, we were treated as family during our entire stay. When Roy made his delicious conch