January 10, 2019

Sights to See: George Washington House Museum; Bridgetown, Barbados


George Washington House Museum  Bush Hill, Garrison, St. Michael, (246) 228 5461.  M-Sat 9am-4:30pm.

exterior of George Washington House Museum in Bridgetown, Barbados
exterior of George Washington House Museum in Bridgetown, Barbados

George Washington slept here.  George was 19 years old when he and his half-brother, Lawrence, who was sick with TB, sailed to Barbados in 1751 on the Success.  They stayed in this historic plantation house, known as Bush Hill House, for two months.  Washington’s political value system was shaped here, where he ate, slept, ate went to the beach.

This restored Georgian-style house is furnished in the style of a typical plantation residence of the mid-18th century.  A museum on the upper floor focuses on the story of Barbados in the 17th and 18th centuries, when it was one of the wealthiest countries in the hemisphere.  Bridgetown then was one of the world’s three biggest cities--along with Boston and London.  The only country to found a U.S. colony (South Carolina), Barbados was said to be at the time “the wealthiest spot on earth.”

Start a visit by viewing a film about George Washington in Barbados, then join a guided tour of the main floor of the house where you’ll see the bed in which Washington slept, and conclude upstairs with a tour the museum.  You might also be given the opportunity to see the only garrison tunnel open to the public--it stretches under the house for 2/3 of a mile and dates to 1820, when it allowed 3,000 soldiers to escape.  Visitors can additionally explore the grounds and gardens, and a cafe offers refreshment.

George Washington character beside the bed George slept in at the George Washington House Museum in Bridgetown, Barbados
George Washington character beside the bed George slept in at the George Washington House Museum in Bridgetown, Barbados


Dinner with George  Mondays at 7pm; BB$240.  This unique, intimate theater and dining experience allows guests to step back in time.  Flaming torches light the courtyard, the dining room is illuminated with candles, and a live violin and cello duo provide soothing music.  A period-correct five-course dinner accompanied by fine old world wines is served at a very long table in this historical setting--in the very dining room where young George dined for 6 weeks in 1751, and where now seemingly he himself regales guests with his exciting life story that includes his visit to Barbados in the 18th century.

musicians at the George Washington House Museum in Bridgetown, Barbados
musicians at the George Washington House Museum in Bridgetown, Barbados


long dining table at the George Washington House Museum in Bridgetown, Barbados
long dining table at the George Washington House Museum in Bridgetown, Barbados


place setting at the George Washington House Museum in Bridgetown, Barbados
place setting at the George Washington House Museum in Bridgetown, Barbados


lamb stew at the George Washington House Museum in Bridgetown, Barbados
lamb stew at the George Washington House Museum in Bridgetown, Barbados


characters at the George Washington House Museum in Bridgetown, Barbados
characters at the George Washington House Museum in Bridgetown, Barbados


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January 3, 2019

Great Sleeps: Hotel Havana, San Antonio, Texas



Hotel Havana  1015 Navarro St., downtown, (210) 222-2008.  27 rooms.  Pets ok. 

front door at Hotel Havana in San Antonio, Texas
front door at Hotel Havana in San Antonio, Texas

Situated within a stately Mediterranean Revival-style building dating from 1914--when it was a residential hotel--this intimate boutique hotel fits the vision of an imagined Cuban hotel.  The building is listed on the National Register of Historical Places and was recently restored.  The spacious lobby invites relaxing for a while, and from there both a stairway with a natural wood banister and an elevator take guests up to their rooms. 

colorful lobby at Hotel Havana in San Antonio, Texas
colorful lobby at Hotel Havana in San Antonio, Texas


grand staircase at Hotel Havana in San Antonio, Texas
grand staircase at Hotel Havana in San Antonio, Texas

Spacious guest rooms feature dark wood details and high ceilings, and each is outfitted with custom-made white linens and a unique eclectic decor.  Rooms also feature vintage fixtures, luxurious Red Flower bath amenities, and sweet vintage SMEG mini-bar refrigerators in various colors--including pink--that are filled with favorite local foods and drinks. 

guest room at Hotel Havana in San Antonio, Texas
guest room at Hotel Havana in San Antonio, Texas


guest room bathroom at Hotel Havana in San Antonio, Texas
guest room bathroom at Hotel Havana in San Antonio, Texas

And though the gift shop consists of just a few shelves in a case, among the goods are colorful serapi robes that are provided in-room. 

gift shop closet at Hotel Havana in San Antonio, Texas
gift shop closet at Hotel Havana in San Antonio, Texas

Though the hotel is just a 15-minute riverside walk from the center of downtown, on hot days you might want to opt for a taxi. 


Set in a gorgeous, high-ceilinged glass conservatory overlooking the River Walk, Ocho features aqua-colored trim and plenty of light.  An outdoor area adjoins.  The hotel’s restaurant offers a Latin menu and is open for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and late-night snacks, as well as for afternoon drinks.  Cocktails include a Margarita, a Mule, and an ice cold Michelada--plus the best Mojito I have ever had the pleasure of imbibing. 

interior of Ocho restaurant at Hotel Havana in San Antonio, Texas
interior of Ocho restaurant at Hotel Havana in San Antonio, Texas


bar at Ocho restaurant at Hotel Havana in San Antonio, Texas
bar at Ocho restaurant at Hotel Havana in San Antonio, Texas


ornate Victorian goldfish bowl on the bar at Ocho restaurant at Hotel Havana in San Antonio, Texas
ornate Victorian goldfish bowl on the bar at Ocho restaurant at Hotel Havana in San Antonio, Texas


drinks arrive at Ocho restaurant at Hotel Havana in San Antonio, Texas
drinks arrive at Ocho restaurant at Hotel Havana in San Antonio, Texas


The subterranean Havana Bar also serves drinks

entrance to subterranean Havana Bar at Hotel Havana in San Antonio, Texas
entrance to subterranean Havana Bar at Hotel Havana in San Antonio, Texas


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