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If your rural retreat needs an injection of urban living spend an afternoon in St. Helier. The bustling but charming capital has a plethora of swank and fashionable shops such as Beau Monde and White Collar. Have a rest and a pint at the Cock & Bottle (ahem) and take a spin through the wrought iron clad Victorian Central Market and order up a low key lunch from one of the local vendors. If you can bear the aroma, walk across the street to see where all of your dinner is coming from at the Fish Market.
For dinner make a reservation at one of the Michelin Star restaurants Senator Ozouf mentioned, Bohemia. This sleek spot in the Club & Spa hotel has been rated one of the top 25 restaurants in the UK so order up the Welsh lamb with Jersey honey and experience nirvana. To round out your downtown day head to one of the newer gay bars, Vada for a drink and a shimmy.
History buffs must tour the Underground Hospital built by the Nazi's when they occupied the island and design lovers must pop into St. Matthews Glass Church, the only church ever designed by Ren? Lalique. Bringing the kids? Don't miss the Durrell Zoo famous for its collection of rare and endangered species. And be sure to snap a picture with the Jersey flag somewhere in the background so friends and family wont think you just spent a week in 'Joisey'.
Jersey may be a small island but renting a car is the best way to zip around. Try Hertz or Avis.
The British Pound Sterling is accepted in Jersey but since Jersey is not part of the UK but a British Crown Dependant, you cannot use Jersey pounds in the rest of the UK so spend them before leaving.
British Airways flies from JFK to Gatwick, London where you then fly directly on British Airways to Jersey.
WHERE TO STAY
Harbour View is quite possibly the most charming inn on the island run by a fun married couple that told us gay couples are their favorite guests! (001-44-1534-741-585)
If unabashed luxury is more your style, then check into The Atlantic Hotel. Book a room with ocean views and try out Ocean Restaurant, another Michelin starred fine dining place. (011-44-1534-744-101)
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