Lemontree Oceanfront Cottages

Before Easter - Lemontree Beach

The Saturday before Easter Sunday is a time for Family. The beach houses are typically owned by families and at Easter time the families get together before Church... for food, for warmth and for fun. The water temperature today must be over 85 degrees ion the shallows. As you can see no swell. The beaches here are all natural which means that they are narrow but shaded by overhanging trees. They are perfect for walking, a quick soak and some lounging. It is something of a tradition that family groups will float together in the water. The parents/aunts and uncles/grandparents can be enjoying an adult beverage and chatting while the children dart in and out. This is a vision of innocence. A kind of innocence that is precious.

An Ice-cream Wednesday... Mmmmm


A few days ago we had a taste for Ice-cream. No not the stuff that comes from the market... but for the nostalgia of the ice-cream truck... with the music. Today It showed up. Going nice and slow. Staffed by a grandmother (pictured above) her daughter (not pictured) and her grand-daughter (pictured). We had a taste for a Banana Split and a cup of vanilla with chocolate sauce. As we were completing our purchases a group of visiting teens came up... got in line.  A bit of a wait for one. Ah the impatience of youth.

What a wonderful way to glide into the late afternoon.

A Moment In Time, Rincon, Puerto Rico

Last week the New York Times ran a wonderful interactive photographic project called "A Moment in Time." On Sunday at 15:00 GMT or 11A here in PR around the world photographers were invited to submit images of their place and circumstances. The photographs were placed on a fabulous rotating globe and sorted by topic, location and recommendation votes.

Here is the photograph I submitted:

It was taken with a telephoto-lens just down the beach from the Lemontree... as seen from our main courtyard. Sunday is a slow day here and the morning unfolded quietly. Down the beach are beach houses which have been in families for a couple of generations. A morning of family, calm and tranquility.

You can check out the image in the NYTimes here as well as read about the entire project.

At this time this image has been the most recommended in the Puerto Rico pile.

That low door in the wall in Rincon, PR

Today was a paperwork day, some revision of the advertising for the Lemontree and then tax matters. In thinking about copy for the Lemontree I wanted to speak to the essence or soul of the experience that guests have when they stay with us. So much of advertising is written in "real-estate speak"... grandiose with promise of extraordinary amenities and luxury. Well... for us this place is an enveloping experience not just a swank bedroom for a couple of nights... its also a place for love... of all kinds and of privacy away from the rush of media and hard edged demands of a social scene. We welcome people of all persuasions looking for... something not to be had in their cities at home. It was then I recalled a quote from Brideshead Revisited... here it is:

"But I was in search of love in those days, and I went full of curiosity and the faint, unrecognized apprehension that here, at last, I should find that low door in the wall, which others, I knew, had found before me, which opened on an enclosed and enchanted garden, which was somewhere, not overlooked by any window, in the heart of that gray city."

I realized then that for many guests, the Lemontree could be that low door in the wall ...for grownups looking to reawaken their spirits here in our enchanted garden by the sea.