April 11th, 2012
April 10th, 2012
It’s easier to hike to Salomon and Honeymoon beaches from Cruz Bay…not that it was ever that tough anyway.
Recently installed steps by the National Park dock take some the hike out of the first few yards.
Calling this a hike is an exaggeration, really. It’s a nice walk. 30 minutes if you’re really taking your time. 20 minutes if you can’t wait to get there.
Never been? Take a walk on the Lind Point trail with Gerald Singer, below…
April 9th, 2012
Meet Buster Keaton, the one-eyed rooster now living at the Tourist Trap.
“I found him in the middle of the road in front of Miss Lucy’s practically dead, with signs he’d been used in cockfighting,” says Cheryl Geller, who nursed him back to health. “Buster sits on my shoulder like a parrot and jumps off the ground, about two feet high to take treats out of my hand.”
Cheryl says Buster hangs out with her other pets, and one of her cats even grooms Buster.
April 8th, 2012
No one got both signs right, and only OSJ readers Zen, and close enough Miguel got the first one right.
The NO SAND IN THE SINK! sign is in the restroom used by some Wharfside tenants, including Joe’s Rum Hut.
It’s a harshly worded sign, but hey, we guess there is a problem with idiots putting sand in the sink and leaving a mess so, don’t do that.
The RELAX sign is above the bar at the oh-so-breezy outside patio at Chateau Bordeaux. It’s a very nice place to stop. How about we take you there for lunch Friday.
April 7th, 2012
Today’s Lunch of the Week takes us to 9D and 9F on US Airways. What lunch looks like in the magazine, above. And what you get, below.
The BBQ Chicken wrap: “Chicken tenders tossed in BBQ sauce with coleslaw and cheddar cheese wrapped in Lavosh bread,” for $8.
And the Southwest chicken salad: “Sliced fajita chicken breast served on a bed of spring lettuce mix with black beans, corn, shredded cheddar and topped with tortilla strips with creamy cilantro dressing,” for $8.
While not nearly as tasty as the menu makes them sound, both are perfectly edible.
April 6th, 2012
April 5th, 2012
Big Planet is staging some Stand Up Paddle Board training in Cruz Bay.
The store, which opened its new location in the old Low Key Watersports spot in February, is now also renting boards and paddles, and has set up a little training course just off the beach.
“In our beginner lessons we teach basic board handling, and we have a little skills test,” says Big Planet’s Pretlow Majette. “It’s fun and really not that hard.”
Lessons, all day every Tuesday and Thursday, are $45 for 90 minutes. SUP rentals are $40 for a half day, $65 for a full day or $200 for a week.
Big Planet will rent boards and paddles to anyone who takes their lesson, or experienced paddlers who can pass the skills test.
April 4th, 2012
There will be no Blues Fest this year, but that doesn’t mean there can’t be a “There Ain’t No Blues Fest” fest.
Which there will be. April 7th. This Saturday.
Organized by Matt Mikrut of the Coral Bay bar band Locals on the 8′s.
Matt’s hoping for as many musicians as possible to join in playing blues and anything else for an few hours of music at the Shipwreck Landing parking lot starting at 1 pm, with Shipwreck serving up the food and drink.
“I don’t know what’s gonna happen,” says Matt, who is also a chef at Shipwreck. “We’re winging this for sure, but I do know when St. John comes together it’s usually a good time.”
We also hear Tall Ship Trading Company has some tee-shirt designs in the works for the event.
April 3rd, 2012
St. John is shifting gears, from High Season to Low Season, and that means lower villa rental rates, less crowded beaches, and a more laid back vibe.
“Typically, low season begins close to the middle of April, depending on where Easter falls, even though this is still prime time for St. John,” says Cindy Ward at Carefree Getaways. “Vacationers who have been coming to St. John for previous years often try to wait until rates drop, and low season is more flexible for families with kids in school.”
“Most often the winter traveler is well traveled and the summer travelers seem to be first timers. We’ve also noticed more people booking villas two to four months in advance, instead of the usual six months to a year,” says Kristen Cox, at St. John Ultimate Villas.
So, how has the St. John traveler changed over the years?
“In the 20 years we’ve been in business, there has been a shift,” says Destination St. John’s Laura Brego. ” Affluent travelers used to come here to really unplug and get away from it all, but now we are getting younger professionals and families, many of whom cannot live without the technology and creature comforts they left at home. It’s our job to provide this, as best we can on our little island.”
“Visitors today do a lot of research, read reviews and inquire more about the home than ever before,” says Viva! Vacations’ Sherrolyn Stapleton. “While price is still an important factor in choice, we’ve noticed that past reviews and photos really are a key selling point. We really encourage owners to keep things fresh, to listen to what past guests say and to implement reasonable changes.”
(A Low-Season day at Trunk Bay, above. And High-season, below.)
April 2nd, 2012
That’s Reese Garver, from West Des Moines, Iowa, sitting in the 1985 custom Jeep Scrambler that his father, On-StJohn.com reader Rob Garver won in the Jeep’s Gifft Hill School re-raffle.
Rob and his wife Niki placed an online bid of $11,000, mostly to help the kids, and now they want to see if the Jeep can raise even more money for the school.
“We already keep a vehicle and a scooter on island, so we thought it would be a good idea to let the Jeep keep on with its mission of providing money for the school,” says Rob, who owns a villa overlooking Frank and Turner Bays. “Reese thinks the Jeep’s cool because of the Iowa Hawkeye colors, but we know we are lucky to have a place on St. John and giving back from time to time feels good.”
Online bidding starts today with an opening bid of $7,500. Everything over $7,500 goes directly to the school for the students’ upcoming trip to Costa Rica.
(The Garver family, Rob, Niki, Reese and Erin.)