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The Dove: Road Town, Tortola

This won best restaurant on the island for 2010 and it was, indeed, a fantastic meal.  Inventive, subtle tastes and reasonable portions, if not prices.  We were glad to while away an evening of torrential rains in warm ambiance of this converted colonial house.  Are those old ceiling tile samples on the restroom wall or what?

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Jolly Roger: West End,Tortola

This place is right on the water- even has a small dock if you want to come by launch. It's very casual with a lively bar and good food, especially the barbeque.  I adore the ribs and so did my friends.  The only place I ever eat them these days.  Many nights there is live music and dancing. I think you can get a good feel for the place by the sign in the bathroom!

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Sage Mountain Rain Forest: Tortola

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When I decide I need ro vary the beach walks on the island- and get motivated to get in the car rather than just march up and down the hill I live on- there is this lovely rain forest to trudge through.  I always forget how wet, and cool, it is and how caked with mud my sneakers are going to be.  It is not the most spectacular of rain forests, but it does have a variety of habitat and some spectacular views.

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Club House at Frenchman’s Cay: Tortola

This place has had its ups and downs over the years, but it is on a definite up right now. We had one of the best meals of the week in the newly redecorated restaurants which features an open air setting with bamboo blinds that can be unfurled on overly windy or rainy evenings, but keep the air circulating on warm nights. They have rooms if you want a charming place to get away from it all with a small private beach, a little pool and lounge chairs that look like rattan peapods.

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Long Bay Resort:Tortola

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This is supposed to be one of the better resorts on the island and the rooms are fine and those right on the beach must be spectacular if only for the surf affect. The beach itself is a mile long and has also been cleared of rocks this year making it easier to get into the water. The food is good enough and there is a pop up beach bar half way down which gets more expansive every year. Yet the rest rooms remain old and dirty looking and barely functional. Probably because the bus loads of tourists off the cruise ships DO come here!

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Josiahs Bay:Tortola

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This has always been my favorite pocket beach on the island. Never crowded, a destination for afternoon surfers and a perfect little cresecent beach with a dotting of wooden unbrellas for shade. Every year it gets better. Last year they cleared the beach of rocks, made it wider and added some lounge chairs. This year the building which houses the bar has been fixed up and painted, the sandy restaurant has added a tiny gift shop and they have spiffed up the bathrooms in the out building which now are under lock and key. A lovely use of indigenous product for decoration in this one I'd say. Don't tell anyone about this place. I'd hate for the tour buses to start pulling in.

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Long Bay: Beef Island, BVI

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I had heard many times about the lovely beach near the airport, but this was my first visit. It was deserted, probably because of the showery day and it was nice enough which is hard to see by this photo.

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AA Lounge: San Juan

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Okay, so no one is actually going to sit on this little bench which is placed against the wall between the toilet stalls, but it makes for an attractive decoration and I also like the painting.

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American Airlines: Hartford to San Juan

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I snuck into the business class lavatory just before take off. Nothing superior about it. Notice there is a pool of water in the sink. I did manage to get an emergency exit aisle seat with no one next to me. Divine except that I was in the first exit row, so I could not recline my seat even one inch. Don't make that mistake if you plan to nod off.

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Merrion Hotel: Dublin, Ireland

This was home for 3 nights in Ireland, both beginning and ending my stay. Both times I was upgraded to a suite. First in the new wing, then in the old. Though both bathrooms were like this- gorgeous!- I adored the second room.It was huge, overlooking the garden, with high ceiling, antique desk and full dressing room.Why leave? The hotel has a fantastic collection of Irish art.Also a smashing afternoon tea which I reserved by the fire and it turned out to be 70 degrees.Oh,well.Worse things happen. PS-President Obama stayed here.

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