Hope House transported us to a simpler era; time slowed down, the views hypnotized, the bananaquits and anoles enchanted.
We've been there twice, both times in March, and were immediately reminded of the US Virgin Islands back before they became a cruise ship “destination.” A comfortable, relaxing, refreshing Eden far away from the real world....
For us, the house has a great layout for three couples travelling together, lovely West Indian stonework, ingenious louvered shutters, and private porches with each bedroom, while the kitchen and indoor living room/outdoor main porch were ideal spots for all of us to gather together for cocktails or backgammon or emailing the outside world.
While we hesitated to leave this hilltop paradise, the hike down to the beach is worth every step (and better exercise than going to a gym). A fun adventure. Next time, we’d bring a picnic lunch, a couple good books, snorkels and masks and plan to stay longer.
Port Elizabeth is wonderfully colorful. One afternoon we stopped to ask a fisherman about his day’s catch and ended up buying some of it for our dinner. Other places to enjoy, in Port Elizabeth and around the island, include Jack’s Bar and Grill on Princess Margaret Beach, pizza at Mac’s Pizzeria, lunch at Sugar Reef Café, dinner at Devil’s Table or Gingerbread or Tante Pearl’s (an amazing place from which to watch the sunset), shopping at Whaleboner (beautiful fabrics!), the Old Hegg Turtle Sanctuary, and a day sail on the Friendship Rose, a magnificent schooner built in Friendship Bay (the moment you climb aboard, they give you fresh coffee and a delicious breakfast).
Speaking of delicious, back at Hope House, every meal prepared by cook Selma was delightful, and her chicken curry is amazing, and whenever we had questions about the property, the island, St. Vincents or the Grenadines, Hope House’s manager, Herman, willingly shared history and stories.
The only bad thing: Having to say goodbye. Hope House will work its way into your heart -- it's a special place worth sharing with friends.