National Park touts VINP to its members

November 30th, 2012

The National Park Service has started a weekly feature called National Park Getaway, and this week directs its members to what we personally think is the Park Service’s most beautiful treasure: The Virgin Islands National Park.

It won’t take you long to read and you probably won’t learn anything you don’t already know, but it’s fun to read about St. John like you’re someone who hasn’t ever visited. We’re very lucky people, all of us St. John lovers are.

Check it out, here.







Loading up for a week

November 29th, 2012

We don’t know why, but one of the unavoidable St. John routines is the daily, maybe twice daily, stop at various grocery stores.  You never really load up for a week.

We’ve been determined for some time to do just that, and recently did. Three stores, one morning.

And it cost $250. Not bad, considering it included a week’s worth of wine, beer and rum.

What are your shopping habits when you’re visiting on vacation?







Ditleff Point views

November 28th, 2012

Ditleff Point sticks out into the sea with Rendezvous Bay on one side and Fish Bay on the other, two of the prettiest bays on the island.

We shot this video at Kaleidoscope Villa on Ditleff Point. We thought you might enjoy the view.







Shrimp in the Fork in the Road

November 27th, 2012

The Gifft Hill Fork in the Road now sports a bright orange shrimp.

And you can see it is a more neutral color now too. Maybe the red, white and blue look was a little to bold for the neighborhood.







Explore St. John app

November 26th, 2012

Here’s another St. John app for you to take a look at, developed by San Francisco graphic designer and travel writer Harry Pariser.

“I first visited St. John in 1983 while researching a guide for the Caribbean,” says Harry. “I think Explore St. John is a great resource to use on an iPad or tablet and I tried to make it useful for residents as well as visitors.”

It’s not cheap, by app standards, at $4.99. But there is so much content and so many links to more online content that it’s more like a $5 digital guidebook.

We gave it a spin and liked it.  Check out our very short video tour of the Explore St. John app below…

 







Evening in the Courtyard Friday

November 21st, 2012

St. John’s version of Black Friday starts Friday evening at Mongoose Junction.

It’s time again for the annual Evening in the Courtyard from 5:30 to 9:30, and the hook to get you there is the chance to win a $1,000 shopping spree.

And the more you shop and dine, the better your chances of winning because each purchase earns you a raffle ticket.

Lots of the retailers have special discounts or events too. Read all about Evening in the Courtyard 2012 here.







Happy Thanksgiving 2012

November 21st, 2012

Enjoy your long holiday weekend. We intend to. Gotta try that Six Finger Painkiller grill spray. (But Cruzan Dave. Pusser’s is blasphemy.)

See you Monday.







Where is this sign?

November 20th, 2012

If you happen upon this pile, pass quietly.

It may be just a pile of stones, but the sign says they’re Rattzosaurus eggs.

The name might give you a hint to where you might find them.







Caribbean ribs win Minnesota competition

November 19th, 2012

Say hello to Dave and Laurie Drolson, from Forest Lake Minnesota.

They’ve been traveling to the Virgin Islands since 1998 and have a fondness for St. John restaurants.

Enough so, that Dave was inspired to enter a local smoker rib competition using all Caribbean ingredients.  And he won 1st Place.

“My spices I ordered from St. John Spice, including Java Booty Rub and Cruz Bay Grill Rub, and my grilling spray was basically a six finger Pusser’s Painkiller,” says Dave. “The ribs were 100 percent St. John and St. Thomas themed, and the people here just loved them.”

Dave, whose favorite beaches are Leinster, Cinnamon, Hawksnest and Maho, says  he’d be happy to offer his services to a St. John restaurant. “I’d even be willing to re-locate!”







Soggy Dollar Painkiller in T+L

November 16th, 2012

Caribbean Travel and Life’s December issue has a little photo spread and column about the Soggy Dollar Painkiller (a cinnamon stick?)

You’ll probably recognize bartender Mic.

T+L says the Painkiller recipe on its Website is visited more than its entire BVI online guide.

Check out the one page spread here.







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