As a travel writer, I estimate that I’ve been on, oh, a squillion historic house tours. These can be incredibly interesting or bone-numbingly boring, depending on the people who lived in the house, and how good the tour guide is.
Well, I went to Barbados last month, and toured St. Nicholas Abbey, pictured at left, which has found a sure-fire way to make a historic house tour enjoyable: serve cocktails. Of course, St. Nicholas isn’t only a historic house, but also a still-working sugar cane plantation, which distills small batches of 10 year old rum, and offers tastes gratis to visitors. That’s the kind of history that I think we can all appreciate. Read more about history and rum on Barbados in my latest column for The Street.