March 9th, 2014
Some things never change on St. John. Time is one of them.
It’s always Atlantic Standard Time.
But unless you live on St. John, time did just change for you. Did you remember to Spring Forward?
Daylight Saving Time means your East Coast Happy Hour is now in sync with St. John’s Happy Hour.
Hope that makes up for the hour of sleep you lost.
March 7th, 2014
The Gatehouse was the first villa built in Peter Bay Estates.
It’s actually two one-bedroom residences, one up and one down. Neat place. Killer view.
Buy The Gatehouse here. Or rent The Gatehouse here. Or, stay for a couple of minutes for free, below…
March 6th, 2014
Travelocity has an Internet series called “Let’s Roam with Courtney Scott,” and Courtney and that Travelocity gnome recently made some stops on St. John.
In one episode, Courtney meets Hugo and Josephine at Coral Bay Garden Center, and Beverly at Pickles.
In another, she visits some beaches, including Hawksnest, Jumbie and Francis.
March 5th, 2014
Every time we go to Bongo we find at least two or three jars of peanut butter. Each only partially used up.
Why peanut butter piles up has always been a mystery.
Having a hankering for peanut butter, we grabbed a jar and opened it, and immediately images of the last owner double scooping with a freshly licked finger came to mind.
Leftover steak sauce, salad dressing and olive oil we’ll happily share. But some things aren’t meant to be shared with strangers. Like peanut butter.
It’s not cheap to buy new. Peanut butter’s about $7 on St. John. (Use a knife, please.)
March 4th, 2014
It’s not often St. John drivers encounter stop lights, and that’s a very good thing.
On occasion, they show up for traffic control around construction and that’s the case on Centerline Road, where the million dollar, federally funded repair of a stretch of washed out road is in full swing.
A refresher for full-time residents: Red=Stop, Green=Go, Yellow=Gun It.
There is one permanent stop light on St. John. That’s it, below. Know where it is?
February 28th, 2014
A couple of guys we know are building permit approval away from breaking ground in Chocolate Hole, despite our best efforts to talk them out of it.
We thought we’d post this picture to scare some common sense into them. (Go ahead. Click on it. That’s just the pool.)
You can follow their adventures when they start in earnest, here.
Like we posted on our building blog, when you start, you’re
Shirley Shelley Winters in that scene in the Poseidon Adventure. You dive in the water, hold your breath and swim as hard as you can, and eventually you come up on the other side.
Except in the movie Shelley Winters gets out of the water and immediately has a heart attack and dies…so not the best analogy.
Things turned out well for us. And for the bank.
February 26th, 2014
You can get the rubbery burger, or the average chicken tenders at the airport. The fresh salads aren’t bad.
But do what the sign says and eat local. Kingfish is a regular. We’ve seen ox tail before.
Today, a gigantic portion of pork roast in a yellow pepper sauce.
And chicken in caper sauce.
We had an early flight. Early is the time to fly. The airport is practically empty before noon.
February 25th, 2014
Jasmine Campbell, St. John’s contribution to the Winter Olympics in Sochi finished in the top 50, landing at No. 43 after her last two races Friday.
“I’ve never skied anything so steep and icy in my life,” Jasmine writes on the Virgin Islands Olympics Committee’s Facebook page. I put my best ski boot forward and was able to make the top 50 like i wanted.”
Jasmine calls it the most amazing experience of her life.
“It didn’t really matter to me that I wasn’t a medal contender because that is not the only thing the Olympics is about,” she says.
Read more about Jasmine’s experience here.
February 24th, 2014
Here’s another Webcam to add to your bookmarks. This one from Esprit Villa on top of Bordeaux Mountain.
The owners have named it their “Porch Cam.” Nice.
How many of those islands and cays can you name?
February 21st, 2014
Daisy the Duck, the white-cheek pintail adopted by Coconut Coast Studios artist Elaine Estern, is now memorialized in print.
Daisy, who preferred the company of people and dogs to ducks, had a short, but happy life in Cruz Bay.
“Each page is a vibrant watercolor depicting Daisy and her exuberant personality,” Elaine says.
You can get a signed copy at Coconut Coast Studios, or if you won’t be on island for awhile, you can get it on Amazon too.
The original paintings are also for sale.
February 20th, 2014
Here’s a new St. John Webcam that doesn’t plan to stay put.
Tory Lane and his friend Keith Woodbury have launched “St. John Now,” what they call a mobile Web cam.
They plan on streaming live events, starting with Saturday’s finish line action at 8 Tuff Miles. (If you want to watch, the first runners should start crossing the line around 7:45 a.m. Saturday.)
Tory says they’ll also stream things like the St. Patrick’s Day Parade next month, the Carnival Parade in July and the Coral Bay Labor Day Parade in September.
They’ll stream your events too, like your wedding, so family that can’t make it to St. John can still watch you get married live from home.
When not mobile, the Webcam will park at Tory’s East End home overlooking Friis Bay (above), or at Keith’s South Shore home overlooking Reef Bay.
Click here for details about upcoming events, or how to have your own St. John event streamed live.
February 19th, 2014
We know Coral Bay is popular with visitors, but Coral Bay turned in an unexpectedly strong showing.
“Coral Bay” encompasses a broadly defined area, but even if we combined Cruz Bay, Great Cruz Bay, Chocolate Hole and Gift Hill, the “other side of the island” still wins 55-to-27.
And that’s out of a thousand votes (and one vote per URL so no ballot stuffing), so it’s a credible nod to the Coral Bay side.
Those of you who voted for Coral Bay, it’s time to tell us why you prefer it over the rest of this lovely island.