A taste of history to complement local treats: St. Kitts Restaurant Week Day 3

 

Sunset St Kitts salt plageOur third day of adventures during St. Kitts Restaurant Week included historical sites and revelations. We began our day at the Wingfield Estate which was the first sugar cane planation. Recent excavations uncovered more of the rum processing on the estate. I wonder what else is hiding under the ground?

The Poinciana is the National Tree of St. Kitts and the giant trees with vibrant orange flowers were a favorite of our entire group. Many things grew well on the island including cotton, tobacco and sugar cane which was grown until 2005!

Saint Chrisopher Island now known as St. Kitts was called the “Mother Colony” as this was the first place the British took up residence in the West Indies. In 1623, the Brits settled in Sandy Bay. Samuel Jefferson who was in charge of this estate was Thomas Jefferson’s great great great grandfather and sold the property to the Earl of Romney and know it is known as Romney Manor. We also visited Caribelle Batik, where you can buy batiks made on the island.

Brimstone Hill is a giant fortress 750 feet above sea level. The views at this UNESCO site are truly incredible. It took 107 years to build starting from 1690. I enjoyed wandering around the windy upper levels and wondering what it was like to build and watch for the French from here.

As we drove the gorgeous coastline, we could see where the Caribbean Sea meets the Atlantic Ocean. We stopped at Black rocks to enjoy the views as a preamble to our lunch at Ottley’s Plantation Inn. Select Ottley’s Planation Inn for a relaxing stay at the edge of the rainforest. Our tour showed us the secrets of the fan palms and the rubber tree.

I absolutely loved sunset at Salt Plage! Watching the sun set from this spot was like a wonderful show. The colors, the boats, the music and the drinks were fantastic. I loved the light boxes that changed colors. It was so perfect–we went back again another night!

For our fine dining experience, we ate at Carambola Beach Club and Restaurant on South Friar’s Bay, South East Peninsula, St. Kitts. They can seat 128 and they have sushi as well as international cuisine with a Caribbean flair. Everyone loved their meals and wine here!

Enjoy all my videos from our St. Kitts’ adventures!

VIDEO: Day 3 A taste of history to complement local treats

Brimstone Hill fortress #StKitts from 1690. 107 years to build, 750 feet above sea level #sknrestaurantwk #lgg4 A photo posted by Lisa Niver (@wesaidgotravel) on

Lisa Ellen Niver

Lisa Ellen Niver, M.A. Education, is a science teacher and is an award-winning travel expert who has explored 101 countries and six continents. A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, she worked on cruise ships for seven years and backpacked for three years in Asia. You can find her talking travel at KTLA TV and in her We Said Go Travel videos with over 1.3 million views on her YouTube channel. As a journalist, Niver has interviewed an Olympic swimmer and numerous bestselling authors and has been invited to both the Oscars and the United Nations. She is the founder of We Said Go Travel which is read in 235 countries and was named #3 on Rise Global’s top 1,000 Travel Blogs. She was named both a Top 10 Travel Influencer and a Top 50 Female Influencer for 2021 by Afluencer and is the Social Media Manager for the Los Angeles Press Club. She has been nominated for the inaugural Forbes 50 over 50/Know Your Value list due out in Summer 2021. She has hosted Facebook Live for USA Today 10best and has more than 150,000 followers across social media. Niver is a judge for the Gracies Awards for the Alliance of Women in Media and has also run 15 travel competitions publishing over 2,500 writers and photographers from 75 countries on We Said Go Travel. For her print and digital stories as well as her television segments, she has been awarded two Southern California Journalism Awards and two National Arts and Entertainment Journalism Awards. From 2017 to 2021 in the Southern California Journalism Awards and National Arts and Entertainment Journalism Awards, she has won four times for her broadcast television segments, print and digital articles. Niver won in 2021 as Book Critic and in 2019 for one of her KTLA TV segments NAEJ (National Arts and Entertainment Journalism) award. Niver won an award for her print magazine article for Hemispheres Magazine for United Airlines in the 2020 Southern California Journalism Awards and a 2017 Southern California Journalism Award for her print story for the Jewish Journal. Niver has written for National Geographic, USA Today 10best, TODAY, Teen Vogue, POPSUGAR, Ms. Magazine, Luxury Magazine, Smithsonian, Sierra Club, Saturday Evening Post, AARP, American Airways, Delta Sky, En Route (Air Canada), Hemispheres, Jewish Journal, Myanmar Times, Robb Report, Scuba Diver Life, Ski Utah, Trivago, Undomesticated, Wharton Magazine and Yahoo. She is writing a book, “Brave(ish): It's All About Perspective 50 Adventures Before 50,” about her most recent travels and insights. When she's not SCUBA diving or in her art studio making ceramics, she's helping people find their next dream trip.  http://lisaniver.com/one-page/

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