As the Washington Metropolitan area was gripped by fear of the sniper attacks, my husband, best friends, and I put together a hasty plan to travel to Freeport. We had intended to do something fun anyway since my birthday in October falls the day prior to our best friends' wedding anniversary. We jetted off on a cold, rainy morning, for the first time in weeks feeling safe from the random shootings that were taking place all around our area. I highly recommend going to Freeport in the fall. Tourists were practically scarce so we found we basically had the beautiful beaches, shopping and other recreational opportunities to ourselves and very few others.
We paid for deluxe rooms at Pelican Bay Resort and were upgraded to suites. Because we were there for special occasions,the resort treated us to wonderful bottles of champagne and engraved champagne glasses. The weather was absolutely perfect.
One of our highlights was a private island tour (by a driver who took us far off the beaten path) because no one else but the four of us had signed on for the tour that day. Our driver took us to the house of a woman who is famous on the island for making fresh breads and we were treated to carrot cake bread and sweet potato pie bread.
We bought fresh conch from a local dealer and walked beach properties that are not available to tourists. It was extremely romantic in our two room suite where we awoke each morning to a view of the channel and fresh pastries delivered to our door. Topping off our stay we went to a bonfire on a secluded beach and danced our final night away as the flames licked the air. It is an indelible memory that we hope to achieve again.