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Old 09-20-2009, 09:46 AM   #1
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Default Travel suggestions for Grenada?

The wife and I were thinking about taking a trip to grenada next year for some R and R. I'd love to hit up River Antoine, Sugar factory(old grog land), and westerhall (it looks like they're making a new sipper) but the real question is this.
-If anybody has traveled down there, was it a pain in the rear and was it a positive experience?
-Also what stuff is a must do other than rum stuff?

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Old 09-20-2009, 02:54 PM   #2
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Ron,
I have only spent a couple of days in Grenada a long time ago at the end of a now defunct "Windjammer" cruise. I had a great time though. Lots to see around this beautiful island. Beaches, forts, rum distilleries, cricket games, steel bands, rum cruises, nutmeg factories, waterfalls, markets, etc. the usual Caribbean stuff.
I was thinking about another trip in the near future too, but mainly for the rum sights, as I did not do much last time, so I would be very interested to hear and see the results of your trip.
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Grenada is one of my favorite islands and where I wrote most of the first edition of Rums of the Eastern Caribbean. I would recommend a visit to River Antoine to everyone. Grenada has retained much of its West Indian heritage though it is changing. Spend some time researching accommodations and you will be rewarded. Take a couple of days to go to Carriacou and you'll remember your trip a long time.

All of the public buses run from the waterfront in St Georges. The early months of the year would be the most interesting to see River Antoine.
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Old 09-20-2009, 11:41 PM   #4
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Definitely not a pain in the rear!

I was last there in 2006. River Antoine is the most interesting of the three distilleries to visit, although the rum itself leaves a lot to be desired eek.gif. They make two strengths - 69% alcohol which you can take with you on the plane, and 75% alcohol which you can't.

There's no actual distilling done at Westerhall now - they only age and blend imported rum - although it's still worth a visit. I would rate Westerhall Plantation as the best rum made in Grenada, and one of the best in the entire Caribbean.

Clarke's Court stopped doing tours after Hurricane Ivan in 2004 - hopefully they've restarted now - but you can still taste and buy all of their products at the factory.

Dunfermline was derelict and overgrown when I was there, and I have heard a rumour that they are going to try and re-open. I wouldn't hold my breath though.

You can probably visit all these sites in one day - I would recommend hiring a taxi for the day so that you can relax and enjoy the views.

Plenty of other things to see in Grenada. Lots of waterfalls, lakes, rainforest, nutmeg trees, beaches.....

The Nutmeg Processing Station in Gouyave is a "must-see", there's a chocolate factory and there's De la Grenade Industries where they make jams, jellies, syrups, rum punch and other drinks, all of which can be sampled and bought.

Finally, if you're in St George's on a Saturday morning, take a look round the market - you can buy all of the spices, as well as all the usual/unusual fruit and vegetables.

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Thanks Berbician, the market is worth seeing, especially on Saturday. I love the honey roasted peanuts sold by the vendors.

The National Marketing Board on Young Street across from Tikal is also worth seeing for local produce, spices, etc. And don't miss Art Fabrik. On Saturday, you can find fresh fish cakes in the market.
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If Berbican, Ed Hamilton, and the rumelier speak for it, than thats a great mark for it. If the misses has any doubts I'll show her the art fabrik site Ed, they look like they have some awesome stuff! Thanks guys.
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Art Fabrik is an amazing store where everything is made on the premises, Chris and her staff work with the deaf community to make unique handmade clothing and wearable art. St Georges is full of history and worth the visit. There is a lot to see and do on Grenada and the neighboring islands.
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Thank you again guys. This is been the brightest part of my day, well, that and whats in my glass.
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Ron, there are some good photos of rum attractions amongst other things on this facebook page, just scroll down to the photos albums and pick the Island tour, I'm really thinking about taking a trip now. This is how rum should be made!!!
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Thanks rumelier, Im a gonna check this out during lunch. Nothing wrong with a little mid-day day dreaming right?
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