Rides of St. John

September 1st, 2015

How does a vehicle like this end up on St. John?

A classic, early-’80’s Cadillac Hearse on Gifft Hill Road.

Fine Detroit metal. Anybody know this beast’s story?







Villa Video: Lunazul

August 31st, 2015

Want views? Here they are.

Lunazul is near the top of Bordeaux Mountain on the Coral Bay side, straight up Costanzo Road.

Lunazul is both a vacation rental, and for sale.

Two cottages, four bedrooms: Live in one and rent the other. Rent all four bedrooms, or move the family in and put up a “Do Not Disturb” sign.

We really liked this place. Check out Lunazul, below….







No rain? Really?

August 29th, 2015

Erika was an almost direct hit, and still no rain. Less than a quarter inch of rain recorded on St. John, though there was some healthy wind.

It’s like St. John has a force field in place against rain right now.

There are advantages to no rain. You don’t need this thing right now.

 







Nutmeg grater with onboard storage

August 26th, 2015

You can’t make Painkillers at home without freshly grated nutmeg.

Check out the nutmeg starter kit at St. John Spice. Complete with a storage compartment for your nutmegs, and a hole to hang it on the inside of your cabinet if you want.

It’s a cocktail gadget. Perfect for your homemade Painkiller.







Villa Video: Solar powered Villa Tiffany

August 25th, 2015

Here’s a solar-powered 3-bedroom villa in Coral Bay with 180-degree, mountaintop views.

The villa is about 900 feet above Shipwreck landing in Freemans Ground.

Villa Tiffany is managed by James M. Miller Property Management and starts at less than $2,700 a week in low season.

That’s a lot of view for the money. Check out the Villa Tiffany video below…

Villa Tiffany from Steve Simonsen on Vimeo.







12 days on St. John for less than $2,000? Yes, if you work for it

August 24th, 2015

Outdoor adventure retailer REI is offering a 12 day volunteer package on St. John for $1,950 per person, meals included.

You stay at the Virgin Islands Environmental Research Station (VIERS) cabins at Lameshur Bay, and work 8 hour days in small groups as a National Park Service volunteer, mostly doing trail and ruins maintenance, with two days off to do whatever you want.

Looks like everything is included, except airfare (and booze). Check out the details here.







Open wide: Sam & Jack’s

August 21st, 2015

I always marvel at the sheer size of Sam & Jack’s Deli sandwiches. It is the Katz Deli of St. John.

The sandwiches are not cheap. The Uncle Peep and the Sammy Hammy here are $12. But look at them!

They’re big. The slicer is set to thick. And it’s quality stuff.

Great beach food. Great pick up and take home by the pool food.

Here’s the menu.







Where’s the beef?

August 20th, 2015

St. John Waterfront Bistro does have fun with their chalkboard. That’s a good one.

They’re still doing the artisan and exotic burger menu. The peanut butter-bacon burger sounds weird but it’s actually pretty good.

You can also get a burger with macaroni and cheese on it. Check out the menu.







What to skip on a Virgin Islands trip

August 18th, 2015

You won’t agree with all of this (biking is not the best way to get around in the Virgin Islands) but it’s always fun to read Virgin Islands travel tips.

Here’s an article from Travelzoo. (This being the Internet, Travelzoo, by way of Good Morning America, aggregated by Yahoo news, and now linked to by us.)

What first time visitors should skip, and what they should do instead.

Sloop Jones gets a mention. “Don’t buy a t-shirt. Paint one.”

Read the article here.







Capt. Siska and St. John featured on Travel Channel Sunday

August 17th, 2015

Point your DVR to the Travel Channel for Sunday, August 23, for a Travel Channel feature on St. John.

Island Roots Capt. Jason Siska, along with fellow life-long St. John resident Jane Conrad will share the snorkeling secret of Hurricane Hole with young St. Johnian Craig.

Check out the awesome Travel Channel promo for the upcoming St. John episode, below…







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