A morning thunderstorm made me think twice about keeping my appointment to tour the Kampong, but I’m so glad I risked the mud. By the time I arrived at their red gate, the rain had passed and it was a glorious day to view the former home of Dr. David Fairchild.
I mention the gate, because this is one attraction in Coconut Grove that requires a bit of planning. Although Kampong accepts guests throughout the week, you have to make an appointment in advance. You are welcome to stroll the grounds on your own, or you can join one of their informative tours. If you are interested in botany, history or just want a moment of tranquility, it is well worth the effort to call ahead.