Another podcast: A Mermaid’s Life for Me

January 28th, 2016

Brandon Gross is one of nine students who took part in Atlantic Public Media’s audio story telling workshop on St. John, and he chose Leah Randall for his project.

You met Leah as “Lobster Leah,” in a series of stories we did about Kidd Kraddick visiting St. John, but Brandon’s story introduces us to another Leah.

Here is Brandon’s very personal story about Leah, a Texas school teacher turned St. John adventurer, and her healing ties to St. John, called “A Mermaid’s Life for Me.”







Boston Globe picks up on story of ACC’s Moose

January 27th, 2016

The Boston Globe has written about Moose, the pit-bull mix who spent 5 years at the St. John Animal Care Center who finally found a home in Boston after an ACC social medial campaign to find him a home went viral.

Moose got a private jet to Boston and a limo ride to his new home.

Read the Boston Globe’s story here.

And follow the ACC on Facebook here.







“Mister B. has been arrested”

January 26th, 2016

If your trip to St. John, or home includes the car barge, plan on some extra time. Maybe a lot of it.

The St. John Source reports the Mister B. barge has been seized by creditors.

The Source quotes court documents as saying the barge was “arrested” by the U.S. Marshal.

Taking Mister B. out of service, the biggest and fastest of the car barges, is a major hit to St. John barge service. By one estimate, it cuts barge capacity in half.

Plan ahead.







Do you have a ‘stranded by the storm’ story?

January 25th, 2016

For every family enjoying an extra couple of days on St. John because of the East Coast blizzard, there’s a family whose plans to get to St. John over the weekend were snowed out.

Do you have a stranded story?  Are you fuming because you’re not on St. John, or are you smiling because you still are?

Here’s what some of you are missing…

 







Stranded by the snowstorm

January 21st, 2016

There will be a lot of St. John visitors spending an extra day or two on St. John this weekend (and a lot of visitors coming that won’t get there for awhile.)

Airlines serving St. Thomas to places like Charlotte, Washington, New York and Philadelphia for Friday and Saturday have pretty much canceled all flights because of the monster storm that’s about to hit the Northeast.

This is kind of a crisis for villa management companies and, obviously, for a whole lot of visitors.

You can re-book without penalty. but that doesn’t make up for the major inconvenience.

If you haven’t already heard from your rental villa’s management company (and you almost certainly have) please communicate with them ASAP.

If you’re there, you’re going to get an extra day or two so you might as well enjoy it. If you’re supposed to be on your way… I am so sorry!







Deli for your belly

January 20th, 2016

Sam & Jack’s and North Shore Deli are really on par with each other.

Both are a a bit on the expensive side and you’ll wait a few minutes both places to get your sandwiches, but both serve huge, fresh sandwiches.

Here’s the Sam & Jack’s Uncle Peep turkey and cranberry sandwich ($12) and the Chuckles hot pastrami and swiss, hold the coleslaw ($12).

We got spaghetti and meatballs for dinner too ($13)…







The St. John way

January 15th, 2016

This plaster damage has annoyed me for three years. The only way to repair it is to re-plaster the entire wall, color match and all.

But sometimes, you have a rum punch-inspired “eureka” moment.

There. Fixed.







Are you a low-season STJ visitor?

January 12th, 2016

High season is just now heating up on St. John, but St. John makes Travel Channel’s list of “5 Destinations Every Traveler should Visit Off-Season.”

There are many reasons that is right.

Carnival is in early July, but after that things quiet down, the ocean August through October is incredibly warm, you can actually get a parking spot at Trunk Bay, and – I’ll just say it – low season travelers are, generally speaking, a whole lot more laid back.

Why do you choose low-season for your STJ trip?







An outlet mall in Coral Bay?

January 11th, 2016

Coral Bay is #4 on the New York Times’ new list of “52 Places to Go in 2016,” citing Coral Bay’s laid back vibe.

But the New York times just told its readers if they want to go to Coral Bay, they better go soon.

“Visit before a proposed outlet mall and megamarina, expected to engulf the bay, transforms the laid-back atmosphere of this little corner of the United States Virgin Islands,” writes the Times.

The New York Times thinks this is a done deal apparently. And an outlet mall?

Let’s hope this is one story the New York Times gets wrong.

Here’s the story.







The two words that will slow your buzz

January 8th, 2016

There might be a reason you get tipsy faster than you think you should when out and about on St. John.

It’s called the “island pour.”

Most bartenders employ the island pour, a much healthier dose of booze than you’re used to.

But. If you evoke the words “stateside pour,” every single bartender will know what you mean and will accommodate without judgement.

Practice saying this: “Rum punch. Stateside pour, please.”  ( Or, don’t.)

Now, to which one of us will Janelle give the island pour?







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