What a crazy week it has been! My hometown in the States is Pawleys Island, SC. Hurricane Florence looked to be heading straight for them as well as the entire coast of SC putting so many of my friends in danger. For almost a straight week, Mandatory Evacuations, Curfews, waiting… lot’s of waiting.. and RAIN. Watching it all unfold and keeping track of all my friends was like a full time job. 😮 While I was watching all of the posts, I saw so many humorous meme’s to get everyone through it, and am glad people still have a sense of humor through it all.
If you don’t know, this is our normal “rainy season” here in Nosara, Costa Rica. It is so beautiful here during rainy season. The mountains are lush green. The storm clouds hovering over those mountains. The monkeys, Pizotes, birds all enjoying the abundance of fruit, vegetation and water. It’s so calm and peaceful. Until the late afternoon evening thunderstorms. It’s a good thing I LOVE a good thunderstorm with lightning and the loudest Thunder I’ve ever heard. When it cracks over the mountains and river it shakes the whole property. Nothing like it. I grab a nice glass of Pinot Noir, settle in to my hammock and enjoy the free show.
K-Rae’s is still open during the rainy season and I’ve been getting quite a few new people coming to check out the awesome scenery. It is so great and such a big part of the reason I am in this business. To meet people from all over the world, learn what they do or did for a living. Learn about the areas in the countries they are from. It’s better than any class I could take. 🙂 I now have a list of 25 countries I would like to visit and names and phone numbers of people who are eagerly awaiting my arrival to be my personal tour guides. Can not wait for that……….. 🙂
I hope everyone has a wonderful day. Stay safe and smart in those storm areas people.
People often ask what I miss in the States. While I sit here writing this blog, my power went out.. again… I have a battery backup that lasts for 2 hours so I will continue working until either 1) My power comes back on or 2) until the battery backup dies. Soooo one thing I miss about the States.. continuous power. 🙂
Losing power is an hourly occurrence here on the mountain. Most times it comes back on within a minute. Other times, it takes days. Also, although we have a water pump for all of the houses on the mountain, often times, especially in dry season the well needs repairs or needs the water to be pumped manually. I am the first to lose it and the last to get it back. (Of course). But luckily we have Chimbolo who gets us back up and running as quick as he can.
Losing power and water are just 2 things that have made me stop, look around and say “No problem, not the end of the world, it’ll be back before you know it”. Something I am grateful to have learned here and wish more people could have the experience. 🙂
What a GREAT day we had today. A group of expat friends came up for the day and while they were here a couple staying in town from California and another group of 3 (2 awesome young ladies and a gentleman from Chicago). Everyone started chit chatting and eventually moved their tables together and it became one big happy group! Eating, drinking, swimming, chatting, laughing…. Then the Howlers showed up! For the tourists who hadn’t seen them yet it was perfect timing. They hung out in the trees next to the beer garden and moved along to above the bar where they watched while swimming in the pool I heard one of the girls say, “How cool is this, swimming with a delicious craft beer in hand while chatting with new people and watching a large family of monkeys hang out in the trees above”! that’s exactly what I’ve been trying to tell people. 🙂 The views are AMAZING, the wildlife that you see is incredible and of course the food and service are the BEST! (If I do say so myself).. It’s days like yesterday that make me stop and remind myself…. “this is my home and the reason I moved here.”
So a big Thank you to Pam, Louis, Shelly, Jim, Nikki, Joe, Kim, Chris, Alex, Sarah and Tom for such a fun, laid back, “friendly” kind of day! Have a great Night Everyone! Pura Vida.
Happy Friday Everyone!
It’s been a busy, interesting week here at the K-Rae’s. When I say busy I don’t always mean crazy busy with lots of people but busy with a nice small group of people that I sit and chat with for hours learning all about there lives. Where they are from, what they do for a living, their history, their culture.
I met a wonderful couple and their son who live in the Cayman Islands. He is a DR., she owns her own IT business and have lived in Cayman for 26 years. Another couple from Germany and their 2 young boys. He owned a very popular nightclub and retired early. They just moved here and their kids will be starting school at Del Mar Academy soon. Two guys come up regularly, smoke cigars, drink draft beer and just chill for hours under the beer garden. I sit and talk with them and learn all about their wives, kids, grandkids. We talk about the different areas of Costa Rica, how much Nosara and the surrounding area has exploded in the last year. What to do for fun in town, in the country. Where to rent quads, where to eat, drink, zipline, hot springs, monkey refuges, turtle time on the beach… So much to talk about and to learn.
Although i was able to do this a bit at K-Rae’s Waterway Bar & Grille, K-Rae’s Beach House, K-Rae’s Pubs 1 & 2, I never had the chance to really listen and learn about so many different cultures and countries. It is why I moved here and why I don’t mind when it is not so busy that I am “in the weeds” every day.
How cool is this life?
Boy oh boy what a busy 2 days of wildlife here at the La Vista Montana Resort. I see the Howler monkeys and Pizote’s almost every day here and it never gets old. Lately they have been hanging out allll day instead of simply in the morning or afternoon. So many little babies, and teenagers, Moms and Dads. Today after the Howlers moved on for a bit, the Capuchin (white faced) Monkeys showed up. They move so fast and are SO different from the Howlers. They stare you down, move up and down when they see you looking at them. They have a higher pitch too. Of course no day would be complete without my resident Iguanas here too. Mr. & Mrs …. Hangin out in the trees napping most of the day. I’m usually closed on Mondays so I have a chance to head into town to do banking, shopping etc. today however I had a local call from the gate to ask if he and his Dad could come in for a beer. ABSOLUTELY! If you make that trek up the mountain, I will absolutely reward you with opening the gate and the PUB to enjoy a nice local craft beer or two. The guys enjoyed the Amber from Angry Goats and the Stout from Costa Rica Craft Brewery. Loved them actually. Today I had a nice guy from Chicago pull up on a 4 person golf gart. If he can make it from Playa Guiones in a GOLF CART there is no excuse not to come on up. 🙂 He enjoyed few Pilsens and we had a great chat before he headed off to Yoga.. 🙂 I always enjoy seeing repeat guests, especially locals, and meeting new ones, especially with their family members. After all, an Irish Pub is like a family. You never meet a stranger, just a new friend, especially here at K-Rae’s Black Sheep Pub. Never a dull moment and just one of the many reasons I LOVE my house in the mountain. Pura Vida 🙂
People often ask me what I like best about my property and business here in Nosara, Costa Rica. Days like today are a perfect example. Started out at 9:30 am when a new friend and fellow expat from Sturbridge, MA brought a friend from my hometown of Worcester, MA. We are the same age and boy do we know a lot of the same people and hung out in the same places. What fun to stroll down memory lane with her and how great that I now have two new fellow expat friends from MA.
Shortly after, cars started pulling in. Oscar, Ivonne and the kids who frequently visit here joyfully bounded up the stairs and jumped in the pool. They own their own little resort down in Pelada and like to come up here to get away from it all. The kids play in the pool while they relax in the beer garden. Three more cars pull up and how nice to see a new couple I met Thursday when they were here with the rest of the family. Frederica and Jesse and their little boy. Jesse loved the pulled pork sandwich so much he couldn’t wait to come back for another. Shanna and Ryan, our esteemed Fire Chief and beloved local expats as well came with their 2 boys. Shanna saw the picture of our Shrimp cocktail and had to have it. Next were Van, Pixie and their 2 beautiful daughters who were looking for another location and ended up in Ostional. Lucky for me, they turned around and followed the signs up the mountain. They, like so many others, were pleasantly surprised when they saw the authentic Irish Pub, the pool with so many other kids and parents swimming and of course the beautiful views of the mountains.
Although everyone arrived at the same time, the little dream team of Kerri and Krhisly managed to get the Fresh Fruit Smoothies and food orders out in no time and everyone ate, hung out in the pool and got to know each other, comparing stories of new and old adventures.
So when people ask.. I say THIS IS WHAT I LOVE about my business and location. It is so special and a must see when visiting the Nosara area. 🙂
Hello Hello Everyone! I have finally been taught how to add a blog to my website! So much happens here in Costa Rica that makes this adventure so interesting. Happy to have you join me in my journey!
Short background… I am from Worcester, MA and lived in Murrells Inlet & Pawleys Island SC for 13 years and had 3 restaurants there. I wanted a warmer climate and less stress, congestion, traffic and technology usage so I did my research and landed in Nosara, Costa Rica in August of 2016. I continued to operate my restaurant in Murrells Inlet until December of 2016 and opened K-Rae’s Black Sheep in Nosara on New Years Eve of 2016. In November of 2017 I named the property La Vista Montana Resort to let people know I also have three cabina’s that I rent out on on a daily, weekly and monthly basis. With the 3 rooms, the 50′ lap pool and the Irish Pub in the middle of this beautiful scenery why would you stay anywhere else? Casa de K-Rae Red Room, Blue Room and Theresita room can all be found on Air BnB. It’s so fun meeting people from all over the World! It has been a long, fun, sometimes stressful, educational experience. I am of Irish decent and our motto has always been, “Laugh at yourself and the hard times, it’s what makes you stronger”. “If I don’t laugh I’ll cry and that is not happening”. 🙂 Well I do a LOT of laughing. 🙂 That is what makes life interesting, no?
K-Rae’s Black Sheep is an Irish Pub in the middle of a jungle on a mountain in Nosara, Costa Rica. It has it’s challenges but it is only 5 miles from Playa Pelada, Playa Ostional and Playa Guiones. It is VERY easy to get to and WELL worth the trip up. The views are amazing, the wildlife you get to see in one place are awesome, the food is simple, yet delicious and affordable and the staff is outstanding. It is a MUST visit when visiting Costa Rica, especially if you are anywhere in the Guanacaste region. Come on up and see what EVERYONE is talking about. Until next time… Pura Vida! 🙂 Kerri Rae (K-Rae)
I woke at 6am to the sun shining and a cool breeze blowing! Reminds me of fall in my hometown of Worcester, MA! As I sit here writing this blog at 9am, the cool breeze continues and it feels GREAT. The curtains are blowing, the pets are lounging on the front porch and the monkeys are settling in the trees for a morning nap. If you’ve ever been to Nosara, Costa Rica you know that this breeze is very much enjoyed by us all.
The monkeys have been hanging out here quite a bit lately. I can watch them for hours and it never gets old. I especially like seeing the babies foraging for their own food. So clumsy but so smart , so young. The Pizotes are also getting more comfy hanging here and as long as they don’t create too much havoc, they are a joy to see. I have one youngin’ that “watches” me cook in the outdoor restaurant kitchen. Yes, I know he is watching and hoping for scraps thrown his way but if you know anything about Pizote (similar to raccoon) you know, once you give them food, they do not stop at any length until they get more. It’s hard with those cute little faces but it gets easier when you see what they can get into! Oy Vey!
With so much to see and do up here at K-Rae’s Black Sheep Pub, you’d be crazy not to come check it out. We are only a 5 mile drive from the beach and once you get here you won’t want to leave. 🙂 Until next time.. Pura Vida.. K-Rae 🙂