Another Gateway to Paradise; and maple syrup

April 16th, 2014

There’s a wave of beginning-to-end rainbows.

Here’s one from Bill Ryan, from his place at Sunset Ridge Villas. (Click on it.)

Bill’s email that accompanied this photo was also something you don’t usually hear.

“It was our last day. We were packed up and headed out and saw this. A day later we arrived home to have our neighbor hand us a still warm from the evaporator quart of maple syrup as a thanks for letting him tap our trees.”

Say what?!

Bill replies that they live on Grande Isle on Lake Champlain about 24 miles from the Canadian border.

“It’s about the size of St. John. There is a causeway to the Vermont side and a ferry to the New York side. Sometimes when people ask where we’re from, I just say ‘almost Canada.’”

Bill apparently also has a herd of maple syrup trees that migrated across the VT causeway.







Castaways steps up the food, tones down the rowdy

April 15th, 2014

Castaways in Cruz Bay has been many bars over the years, but one thing it has always been is rowdy.

Castaways owner Dan Boudreau has rebooted the bar and restaurant as a more grown-up destination and he wants his place to be known for great food and a more  relaxed, island environment. So he’s advertising with us.

“We are going for different everything,” says Dan. “We’re keeping the food prices low, but now we’ve got Eric Leubner from Fatty Crab who has joined Jimmy Rudder in the kitchen upstairs, and they’re coming up with inventive Tex-Mex. And Jason Howard, from the old La Plancha del Mar, is upstairs making craft cocktails.”

Dan’s really going for an “upstairs, downstairs” kind of business.

There’s still live music and karaoke downstairs some nights. There are big screens for sports and he just added 14 draft beers at the bar.

“Upstairs is a more relaxed and quiet place now. And the food is great,” says Dan.

Want to give it a try? Try $1 drinks and half priced food from 3 pm – 6 pm.







Jeep Cam: The Centerline stop lights

April 14th, 2014

For the first time ever, St. John drivers are talking like Manhattanites.

“Sorry I’m late. I swear, I hit every red light!.”

Two stop lights. 30-second waits at each if you hit red. An extra minute to get to Coral Bay is no inconvenience.







Snorkel the mangroves with Capt. Siska

April 12th, 2014

Charter boat Island Roots and Captain Jason Siska is one of the few charters that can take you to snorkel the mangroves in Hurricane Hole, an experience anyone who loves to snorkel should put on their list.

Jason was born and raised on St. John, and he also made it pretty far as a contestant on Survivor Micronesia. (Machete and fire making skills and all.)

Consider a Coral Bay side charter. There’s lots of snorkeling, beautiful places you’ve never seen, lunch spots and yes, great rum punch stops too.

Meet Jason and snorkel the mangroves, below…







Coming up this weekend…

April 11th, 2014

Why is this Survivor finalist our newest advertiser? We’ll let him tell you his St. John story and his Survivor story … and better yet, let him tell you what he can show you on St. John that not many others can, this weekend.







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