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Re: La Belle Creole
Posted by: Neil Rooney (Moderator)
Date: August 07, 2009 11:48PM

Yes, Grafton, Vermont.

One of my sisters is the local MD.
I'm playing Mr. Fix it on her 'farm'.

Grafton is the home of the awful move 'Funny Farm'

Cold as Hell tonight, but I do like it!

Don't know of many businesses other than the Cheese Company..??...

Just Another Ho Hum Day On D Planet

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Re: La Belle Creole
Posted by: John (---.nwrknj.east.verizon.net)
Date: August 08, 2009 07:00AM

Yes, I agree. Not much of anything in Grafton except really good cheese, lots of mud during off season, and skiing, but there is a small audio-visual company probably under the name of VCom now. I think their name was Whole Educational Suppliers at one time...not sure. My husband's company bought them years ago. He talks to them all the time.

Enjoy your time there. It certainly is different than the island but an interesting and beautiful experience, just the same.

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Life is not a child's game of follow the Leader. Instead, life is more about finding one's own purpose in life....your life's plan, and then making a positive difference on earth.

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Re: La Belle Creole
Posted by: Frank Rodriguez (---.sub-97-207-192.myvzw.com)
Date: October 29, 2009 10:55PM

Reading these posts has brought back many memories both positive and negative. I was a General Manager of LBC and recall the challenges of being responsible to Conrad but also to the owners, a French banking company. I agree with many of the posts in recalling the beauty of the property, especially the guest rooms. I'm glad I found this site.

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Re: La Belle Creole
Posted by: Neil Rooney (Moderator)
Date: October 29, 2009 10:57PM

Welcome Frank!

It's been a long time since our days at LBC.

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Re: La Belle Creole
Posted by: Bill2 (---.nwrknj.east.verizon.net)
Date: October 30, 2009 02:02AM

My wife and I spent our honeymoon at La Belle in October, 1988. I remember it as a beautiful place with great rooms, a great breakfast buffet and a bartender at the pool bar who made his own concoction, an "Angel Gabriel."

We had a couple dinners there as well, and I remember enjoying them as well.

We'd start our afternoons in a small cafe in Marigot, then explore the French side or maybe cross over to the Dutch side and hunt for jewelry.

Saddened to discover that La Belle is no more.

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Re: La Belle Creole
Posted by: Frank Rodriguez (---.sub-97-7-178.myvzw.com)
Date: October 30, 2009 05:46PM

Hi Neil,


Time has indeed passed. I also enjoyed my time in Aruba and St.Thomas but there was a beauty and uniqueness to St. Martin and St. Maarten.

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Re: La Belle Creole
Posted by: Antonio Ferreira (---.sip.bct.bellsouth.net)
Date: May 23, 2010 12:45PM

Who is the current owner of this hotel?

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Re: La Belle Creole
Posted by: Neil Rooney (Moderator)
Date: May 23, 2010 05:10PM

That is a GOOD question.....anyone???

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Re: La Belle Creole
Posted by: Barbara1 (Moderator)
Date: May 23, 2010 05:48PM


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Re: La Belle Creole
Posted by: Barbara1 (Moderator)
Date: May 25, 2010 09:02AM

well, what do you know.
according to The Daily Herald, La belle creole, now called La Belle Creole Estate, is owned by
Trown Associates from Aspen, Colorado.
It will become luxury villas, starting construction next year.

TDH article La Belle Creole

[barcann.livejournal.com]

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Re: La Belle Creole
Posted by: John (---.dyn.optonline.net)
Date: May 25, 2010 02:00PM

And from the description of that article, it truly sounds like what I had envisioned in 2008 when this thread began. smiling smiley

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Life is not a child's game of follow the Leader. Instead, life is more about finding one's own purpose in life....your life's plan, and then making a positive difference on earth.

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Re: La Belle Creole
Posted by: Neil Rooney (Moderator)
Date: May 25, 2010 02:29PM

About time!!!

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Re: La Belle Creole
Posted by: zf (---.smitcoms.net)
Date: July 30, 2010 10:51PM

just went to la belle today. pretty sure there were squatters in the tower. was wondering if anyone knows how to get into the 'elaborate cistern network' that was mentioned in one of these posts? pretty sad development, but hoping that the rumors of a fixup happening within a year or two is the truth.

location is amazing and the architecture is crazy nice, hoping that whoever renovates it keeps as much as possible.

anyone with questions about the current condition, i guess that i could be a good person to answer them for you

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Re: La Belle Creole
Posted by: Neil Rooney (Moderator)
Date: July 31, 2010 06:52AM

The cistern network is mostly in the buildings on your right as you drive into the main plaza, and some dead ahead too. Look for small doors at ground height on the sides of the buildings. One small building is an on site filtration plant.

The raw cisterns are filtered and flow into the largest 'clean' cistern for actual distribution. If there is not enough water in the main cistern then a valve opens and city water flow into the last 'raw' cistern, which is filtered and then flows into the 'clean' one.

Not too much to see, since I lived on site I was often woken early to deal with tempermental valves.

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Re: La Belle Creole
Posted by: bobw (---.dhcp.embarqhsd.net)
Date: September 05, 2010 02:32PM

Does Hilton still own this property, and if so what on earth will they do about fixing it up; and if not, who does own the property and what are any plans for fixing it up to be a pleasant resort again?

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