|The Bitter End Yacht Club main building|
|Chris, Steve, and Lynn strolling by the beach|
If you’ve ever read a cruising magazine, you’ve heard of the Bitter End Yacht Club and Resort, supposedly THE place to go in Gorda Sound if you’re a cruiser. Being contrary, and knowing that a place’s prices usually match the size of its reputation, Chris and I had no intention of going there, but Steve and Lynn invited us along with them to walk around the resort grounds. I’m glad we went; the place is beautiful! The landscaping is lush and colorful and very natural-feeling. The lobby and restaurant were open buildings with lots of carved dark wood. The resort is isolated – you can only get there by boat or on the ferry – in a lovely area of green hills and blue water. They had lots to do: sailing hiking, swimming, a pool with a bar (of course!). But you know, no one at the resort looked happy, neither staff nor guests. We smiled and said hi to everyone we met in our stroll around the grounds, but I think only two people said hi back, and forget about smiling. So being in paradise can’t make you happy if you don’t want to be. And those prices – waaaay up there!
|Gorgeous plumeria blooms|