Do you hike on St. John?

October 21st, 2014

There are at least three dozen well-maintained hiking trails on St. John and several others for the truly adventurous.

The Reef Bay Trail to the Petroglyphs is probably the most popular and well known, along with our favorite, the short hike from Cruz Bay to Salomon Beach.

If you’re a hiker, what’s your favorite trail? Here are 12 of the most popular. Vote – or add others, along with your hiking experience advice or observations, in the comments. Give non-hikers a reason to try.








Beach Break: Brown Bay

October 20th, 2014

You’ve got to hike here and the water is grassy under foot, but Brown Bay is a beautiful spot.

See for yourself, below…







There goes Joe’s

October 16th, 2014

Cruz Bay’s restaurant scene is down to just two “Joe’s” now ( Uncle Joe’s, Joe’s Rum Hut), with tasty Joe’s Diner now disassembled to make room for a new restaurant.

Joe’s Diner survived a lot, including a fire that gutted its upstairs neighbor Cafe Roma last year.

Joe’s had darn good fried chicken. In memory of:







Second annual Paddle the Park race Nov. 2

October 15th, 2014

The Friends of the National Park’s Paddle the Park race is Sunday, November 2, and includes a new “Elite” course that takes paddlers from Maho Bay, around Whistling Cay, then around Cinnamon, back around Whistling Cay and back to Maho.

That’s a 5 1/2 mile paddle. The equivalent of paddling boarding from the ferry dock to Chateau Bordeaux.

If the thought of that exhausts you, there’s also a short course, about 1 mile, and an open course, about 3 miles.

Read details about registration and fees here.







St. John Vistas: Trunk Bay Overlook

October 13th, 2014

A Trunk Bay picture is with a thousand words.

At 30 frames per second, this two minute video is worth 3.6 million words.

It’s yours for free. The next best thing to being there…







Staying in Chocolate Hole? Take the bus

October 10th, 2014

If you’re staying in Chocolate Hole North, now you can take the bus to town.

VITran stops at the intersection of the South Shore Road and Rock Ridge Road and Roman Road.

It would be an easy walk up the hill from the Westin too.

Good luck finding a schedule though. If you can find one, let us know.







Order a Thanksgiving feast from Sam & Jack’s

October 9th, 2014

Spending the Thanksgiving holiday on St.John? Don’t skip the turkey.

Samantha and Erik, who celebrated their one year anniversary as owners of Sam & Jack’s Deli this past summer, are serving up Thanksgiving dinner to go again this year.

The whole, traditional spread, will be ready to go for you with 6 pick-up times on Thanksgiving Day.

Click on the menu below for prices and what you get.







What you get for $1.125M

October 8th, 2014

Woodbine on Mamey Peak has a lot you won’t find at most St. John villas. A two car garage, a lawn and a lot that’s just over one acre.

There are also four bedrooms spread throughout two buildings and the view speaks for itself.

“It’s a lot of house for the money,” says Cruz Bay Realty’s Gretchen Labrenz. “This villa could not be reproduced for the price.”

See the listing details here.

 







Your Trunk Bay Overlook photos

October 7th, 2014

Don Warner

 

Heather Duncan

 

Quenton Lowe

Ron Fitzmeyer

Mike Faughey

Chad Lindsey







Do you need a land line at your villa?

October 6th, 2014

On-StJohn.com reader, and serial villa builder/owner Mike Mullen poses an interesting question: In this age of wireless, do villa guests really expect a land line telephone?

Most management companies will suggest you have one. It will work even if the power goes out, and they like having just one contact number for the guests moving in and out of each of the villas they’re watching over.

There are some places where villa owners can’t get a land line, even if they want one. On the flip side, there are places where cell coverage is lousy or doesn’t exist at all.

Mike’s question is still a good one. A single line from Innovative is about $42 a month, not much, but if nobody’s using it, it is just money wasted.

What’s your answer to Mike? Do you expect (and use) a land line at the villa you rent?







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