Welcome to the Rawlins Plantation

The second day of our travels took us up the east side of the island working our way over the north end, then back home down the west side – with a few stops along the way. Joy said we absolutely had to take the time and spend the money to have lunch at the Rawlins Plantation Inn. As we drove along I missed a turn at a round-about and managed to get lost at the end of a narrow mountain road, something you’re not supposed to be able to do on a small island with one main road. But I did, and we had fun in the doing as we stopped in a small town to ask where we’d gone wrong. An older man laughed and said we had to go back to the round-about and take a left. I got the feeling we weren’t the first to end up in his town.

Where Are We?
Where Are We?

Once back on the main road, though we were both looking, we missed the turn to the plantation; the sign faced opposite to our direction of travel. When we realized we’d gone too far, it was quite easy to find it going “the right way”. 
Rawlins is a Large Sugar Cane Plantation
Rawlins is a Large Sugar Cane Plantation

 If you were driving up this narrow dirt road, would you think you’d found the right place? As our little car scraped and bounced through the ruts we seriously wondered until we came upon an improved section of dirt road and this welcoming sign proclaiming the Rawlins Plantation to be Straight Ahead! 
When we reached the top of the hill and parked near the main house, we didn’t see a single car or person anywhere.  It was a bit after noon, so I meandered up the winding pathway to the veranda and found a smiling lady waiting for me. I asked if they were open for lunch that day, and she asked, “Would you like to dine with us this afternoon?” I said, “Yes we would, but it will take me a few minutes to help my wife walk up the pathway since she normally uses a wheel chair”. Why no, she said. Just drive on the lawn around to the back of the house and we’ll guide you up the hill right to the back door. And so, we did.
We'll just post a few photos depicting this beautiful facility.
We’ll just post a few photos depicting this beautiful facility.

We parked on the lawn, just outside this door in the right photo and had a very short walk into the main house.
Dining on the Porch
Dining on the Porch

Those few steps transported us to a different time and place, a time of soft spoken words, quiet labor, and gentle leisure.
Inside Dining
Inside Dining

Joy and I were the only guests that day, and you would have thought we owned the plantation. Three servers, a lunch buffet specially prepared just for us, real honest to goodness had painted china service, and beautiful pressed linens!
Choose from Twelve Main Course Dishes  Then came dessert!
Choose from Twelve Main Course Dishes
Then came dessert!

We were awed at this gracious treatment.  
Croquet this Afternoon Anyone?
Croquet this Afternoon Anyone?

We left the plantation behind with a sigh and a wish for such simple peace in our own lives. 

Smell the Brimstone Fires