Imagine this: A peaceful getaway tucked in the mountains, where you can fall into a steady trance from hypnotizing mist and a chorus of birds.
Let’s make the visualization a bit easier.
Now that the vision is a bit clearer, how does spending a few days in the mountains sound? You may be familiar with the Blue Ridge Restaurant from a previous review, but allow me to take you inside the whole experience.
The Peacock Cottage
Behind the restaurant is a walkway descent lined with wooden handrails and peeking flora leading to the cottages. The Peacock Cottage is 1 of 2 available guest rooms on property, which was built by family of one of the co-owners. Blue Ridge is all about subtle details, with hints of peacock feathers and imagery sprinkled throughout the cottage. The entrance is adorned with a peacock to greet you as you step in to what I like to think of as the physical manifestation of a comfort zone.
A king size bed is covered with a velvety polyester blanket and topped with an abstract floral sheet; appropriately so, both are blue. On either side of the bed is a nightstand stocked with magazines and novels in pristine condition to complete the vision of the perfect mountain getaway.
The 2 mesh-lined windows in the bedroom will not only provide unparalleled views from the comfort of the room, but also a continuous supply of refreshing mountain air. There is a fan in the room, but it was never needed throughout my visit, even when the windows were closed. If the blanket isn’t enough to keep you warm, the in-room coffee station can help to heat you up. Brew authentic Blue Mountain coffee from the family-owned farm and enjoy a cup in any of the 2 cushioned seats beside a window.
The bathroom also has a small view of the outdoors, right by the stone-finished shower raining hot water. Here’s where I was extra impressed: the cleanliness of the bathroom! Get this, the first time you turn on the shower, when the water hits the floor suds are formed to clean before you even step in. The toilet is cleaned with every flush from being filled with a blue sanitizing liquid instead of water!
The room’s private balcony allows you to step out right into nature where you can enjoy the scenery and even do a bit of bird watching. Coloured critters flutter to and fro the flourishing banana trees and other vegetation surrounding the room, you’re sure to see at least a handful on a clear day. At night, it’ll get a bit chillier and the moonlight will illuminate the room. You can’t help but feel peaceful isolation, which makes way for a good night’s sleep.
After a night well spent in your mountain home, be awakened by the sun softly peeking through the windows.
*N.B. 5:30am looks like 7am up in the mountains; my intention to watch the sunrise sadly didn’t happen as planned.
After wiping the sleep from your eyes, take a stroll to the on-site restaurant for an inclusive breakfast of a small fruit plate, juice, hot beverage, and a warm meal, which is only offered to cottage guests. My breakfast choice was an omelette stuffed with callaloo, onions, tomatoes, and cheese with sides of bacon and buttered toast. I sh!t you not, possibly one of the best omelettes I’ve ever had!
Dining with ambiance at The Blue Ridge Restaurant
The restaurant space is decorated with trinkets and signages, and one side completely dedicated to uncensored mountain views. One of the wooden window slots are usually left open to allow passage of nature’s air conditioner. If it gets a bit too chilly the staff is ready to offer a blanket to cuddle with while you enjoy your meal.
Start with Appetizers
As the day progresses, you may choose to sample items from the framed menu which is standard for both lunch and dinner. The last time I visited I enjoyed the Smoked Pork Chop in Guava Glaze with a side of the popular Blue Ridge Mac and Cheese, this time I wanted to try something (actually, a few things) different. First up was a whole new meaning to Popcorn Shrimp, served with BBQ sauce, and Bacon-wrapped Plantain with Cilantro Sauce. Both tasty starters were enough to tease and have you wanting more, as appetizers are supposed to.
It was mentioned that Blue Ridge was about cute and subtle details. Each meal is served on a tray by a smiling staff member, complemented by a quirky ornament. We actually had to keep one of our knick-knacks until after dinner because we were having so much fun – a cup and ball game, that turned into what seemed like a never-ending competition.
Main Course + Dessert
I went ahead to order the Land and Sea special: Chicken Breasts stuffed with Seasoned Crab Meat and topped with Grilled Shrimp and Creamy Garlic Sauce! Do I really need to describe the taste? I think the meal speaks for itself. I also had the Mac and Cheese again because… it’s popular for a reason; only wish the bowl was bigger 🙂 ! A Rocky Blue Mojito with my choice of red rum had the right amount of alcohol to top off the meal and put me in a complete state of bliss. If you feel for something sweet, indulge in dessert whether it be a pastry or hot beverage. The homemade Oreo Cheesecake drizzled with Chocolate Syrup, and the signature Blue Ridge Hot Chocolate are lovely choices to satisfy various sweet tooth sizes.
As the sun fades behind the mountains, the space is lined with the soft orange glow of pepper lights and an indigo sky palette just before dark.
- Room Atmosphere 85%
- Cleanliness 85%
- Staff Interactions 85%
- Food 82.5%
Wake up in the peace of the Blue Mountains while staying in the Peacock Cottage (sleeps 2) or the Butterfly Cottage (sleeps 4).
Call 876-562-7580 or book online for pure tranquility.
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