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On one of our most recent trips to Jamaica, Noreen and I had just enough time from viewing our Exceptional villas in Jamaica to get out and discover some of the many wonderful attractions Montego Bay has to offer.
Whilst we love getting to know the amazing staff, food, surroundings and amenities which all of our Jamaican villas have to offer, we think that it is essential to get to see as much as possible of the beautiful Caribbean island you are visiting!
Our trips to the Caribbean are extremely jam-packed with villa inspections, meetings and emails but we always try to experience all of the best things to do. I believe the best way to accompany your luxury vacation is with a little adventure! Here are my top 3 things to do in Montego Bay.
3. Cinnamon Hill, Johnny Cash’s home
Noreen and I are both fans of Johnny Cash so we were most excited for our private tour of a home where Johnny and June retreated to for 6 months of the year for over 40 years. Jamaicans loved them and they loved Jamaica…They found their happy place at Cinnamon Hill away from all the hustle and bustle back in the States.
Emma at Cinnamon Hill, Home of Johnny Cash
You’re in my spot…
Johnny and June
We were introduced to Theisha, our wonderful tour guide who would tell us the great history of Johnny Cash’s Cinnamon Hill and sing us her own beautiful rendition of “The Ballad of Annie Palmer” at the end of the tour. As soon as we were walking up the beautifully landscaped gardens the hairs instantly stood up on the back of our necks… We walked into the front room and it was as if Johnny and June had just left.
It seemed as though they would arrive back at any moment and greet us with warm smiles. Theisha told us that they loved to entertain and always had many celebrity friends visiting… If only the walls could talk… and sing! The way they have preserved the home is as if they froze it in time.
I sat in Johnny’s favourite chair, studied family portraits on the wall and little trinkets that line all the shelves. Johnny’s shoes were in the corner of the front room as if he would walk in at any moment to grab them while Junes dainty
shoes and dresses hung neatly in her wardrobe upstairs.
June Carter takes centre stage here as Theisha showed us all the curtains, cushion covers and wall decorations that June made herself. Cinnamon Hill is a very special place full of happy memories, preserved in a way that will leave you easily imagining Johnny and June drinking their morning coffee on the two chairs on the porch or having a sing-along at the piano downstairs.
Not many people are aware that Jamaica was such a big part of their lives and I’m sure it was nice for them to keep it a secret for as long as they could.
They clearly loved Jamaica and its people as the first chapter in Cash’s autobiography is entitled Cinnamon Hill and he writes that “I feel truly at home in this beautiful country, and I love and admire its proud and kindly people.” Noreen and I wholeheartedly agree with this statement.
Cinnamon Hill is not yet open to the public, but Noreen and I can arrange a private tour for your group. It is a magnificent hidden treasure of Jamaica that not many know about… This tour could be one of the highlights of your trip, particularly if you are a fan of the “Man in Black”.
Would you like to have a similar adventure to Noreen and I? If so we would be delighted to help you plan an activity itinerary while you stay in one of our Exceptional Jamaican Villas. Contact Us for further information
About Emma O'Shea
Emma is one of our Luxury Caribbean Villa Specialists and has a detailed knowledge of our luxury villas located in the stunning Caribbean islands.
Emma has always been truly passionate about travel which instilled a desire to see and experience all of the world’s different cultures.