The $5 ATM

January 28th, 2013

ATM’s charge you a fee for out-of-network cash withdrawals, we are all cool with that.

But five dollars? That’s really highway robbery.

That’s the cost of cash at Scotia Bank’s Marketplace ATM.

“Did you click ‘Agree’ yet? ” I said to the guy next to me. “I already agreed. Let me take a picture of your screen.”

“Okay. I should  probably take more than $50 out, right?” he says.”

Math says yes. You should.







Saturday cookout celebrating 20,000 pounds of recycling

January 25th, 2013

The Island Green Building Association is marking its ReSource Depot’s one year anniversary Saturday with a cookout at the ReSource Depot to say thanks for the help in keeping 20,000 pounds of building supplies and home materials out of landfills.

The ReSource Center has been collecting surplus building supplies that might otherwise be thrown away and reselling them to fund the Island Green Building Association’s activities. A more organized, and monetized, form of dumpster diving.

Food and refreshments at the ReSource Depot (Gifft Hill Road at Centerline Road): Tomorrow, 11/26, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. On hand inventory half-off too.

Check IGBA out on Facebook, here.







You’re cold, St. John is not

January 24th, 2013

Nothing like a serious stateside cold snap to make St. John look even more like where you wish you were.

Cheryl at The Tourist Trap made this weather map for us, just so we could rub it in.

When is your next trip to St. John and where will you be staying?







What reminds you of St. John?

January 23rd, 2013

There are things you buy on St. John that you’d never consider buying in the states.

Like Red Stripe and Ting.  Ting is very hard to find in the states (though not impossible) and Red Stripe, frankly, only tastes good when you’re on the island.

What are your St. John only things?







The Guest Book

January 22nd, 2013

Do you write in the guest book when you stay at a villa?

We guess less than half of people do. It used to be a lot more.  Too bad.

Aside from valuable feedback for owners (mostly positive, but not always) guest books are full of suggestions. Good restaurant experiences, and bad ones. Best beaches. Day trips that went great. Places to stay away from.

Guest books are an old fashioned TripAdvisor suited just to the next guests.

When you settle in to a villa, you should spend a few minutes reading the most recent entries. You’ll probably learn something.

And just before you leave, take a couple of minutes to write something.  Yes, it’s pen and paper and there’s no spell check, but it’ll come back to you, and you might give the next guests an idea and put a smile on the owner’s face.







Take Mr. B to St. John

January 21st, 2013

Take the barge trip on Mr. B from Red Hook on St. Thomas to Enighed Pond on St. John.

It’s usually a 22 minute ride on Mr. B. You can do it in four minutes, below…







Our Newest Advertiser: SixFifteen Couture

January 20th, 2013

This is for the women of St. John. Nice clothes are a ferry ride away in Red Hook.

Say hello to Terrie Pantusco, and her marketing manager Vivienne, from SixFitteen Couture, in Red Hook.

Terrie, who lives on St. John, moved to the islands in 1994, and opened her women’s clothing boutique in July 2011.

“Most women here buy their clothes online or wait until they go to the states to shop. What sets us apart is our extraordinary service, high quality, name brand merchandise and the convenience of being able to shop and buy those things right here,” says Terrie.

“I can’t tell you how many times I hear ‘I love this brand! I’m so glad you are here.'”

Visitors are welcome too, so if you’ve got a ferry or barge ride layover in Red Hook, walk across the street and visit Terrie.

Check out SixFifteen Couture’s Website, here.







And the Dolphin Fountain Is…

January 19th, 2013

The spectacular dolphin fountain greets you at the gated Sirenusa.

We have no idea what’s going on up there.

The gate was open and we confess, despite how many people dislike it, looking up from below, the views from up there are pretty awesome.

We don’t know the official status of Sirenusa. Do you?







Lunch of the Week: Joe’s Rum Hut

January 18th, 2013

Variety is chef Mike Garbo’s signature at Joe’s Rum Hut. He comes up with several specials every day.

Like the Sweet and Sour Chicken with Fried Wontons, for $10.







The Dolphin Fountain

January 17th, 2013

Do you know where this beautiful fountain is?

It’s an amazing fountain. It must have a fun story and probably an expensive artist or sculptor behind it.

It’s also someplace most of us have never been. But we’ve all certainly talked a lot about it.







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