Cruz Bay Bar Update

castaways dog house entrance

Back in May, we told all of you how Castaways, one of our favorite spots on island, had sold and that it would soon be transformed into a new bar – the Dog House Pub. The new owners have been working tirelessly to transform the spot, so we thought we’d provide you all with a quick little update.

party deck signFor starters, Castaways remains open and is still being called Castaways for the time being. The official name changeover will most likely happen within the next month or so when the lower level bar reopens. The lower level bar has been undergoing extensive renovations for several weeks now, and the entrance closest to the Connections building has been closed off. The upstairs bar and deck area, however, remain open and are accessible by the entrance closest to Bayside Market.

Some old time Castaways’ favorites remain like Bingo, which happens every Sunday around 5-ish (or whenever Casey is ready to begin). Karaoke now happens on Fridays and Saturdays from 9 p.m. to midnight.

There’s been some menu changes as well. Castaways is now offering an extensive burger menu with $5 burgers available during happy hour from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. They’re also adding a new pressure fryer, so soon they will have fried chicken on their menu.

burgers burger menu

Lastly they’re offering a new eating challenge. (Does anyone remember when Castaways used to do this with wings???) The new burger challenge, which is legendary in Dog House Pub’s St. Thomas location, is one burger with nine patties and one bun. Beat the current record of six minutes and 41 seconds and the challenge will be renamed in your honor. The burger will also be on the house, and you’ll get a $25 gift certificate too.


Sunday Funday in the BVIs

foxys hammock

One of the great things about the Virgin Islands is you simply never know who you’re going to encounter.

Yesterday I hopped on an Ocean Runner boat and took a little trip to the British Virgin Islands. The day started off relatively calm, as we did a little shopping at Foxy’s and then had a few beverages over at B-Line on Little Jost. For those of you who haven’t been to the B-line yet, it’s a fun, yet very laid back beach bar on Little Jost Van Dyke. It’s been open now for about a year-and-a-half and should definitely be a stop if you’re ever over in the BVIs.

(Click here to read about the first time I ever visited the B-Line.)

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From there, we cruised over to Norman Island and had lunch over at Pirate’s Bight. The food was delicious, the service was even better, and the view is simply to die for.

pirates bight

Then the fun really started.

After Pirate’s, we cruised over to the Willy T. The place was packed, which was amazing considering it’s the end of the July. The drinks were flowing, the music was blaring, and people were dancing and having a fantastic time. About an hour or so after we arrived, a boat pulled up and off walked what was perhaps the cutest older woman I have ever seen in my life. She was decked out in pearls, big sunglasses and a large straw hat. Seriously, she was the cutest grandma I have ever seen (beside my own of course).

She enjoyed a beverage at the bar, danced a bit and then was helped back to her boat by a few of the men onboard. As one of them walked past me, I asked if it was their grandmother and said how cute I found her to be. He replied in a British accent:

“Yes, that’s granny. She is 91. Can you believe that woman is 91??!! She is the matriarch of our family.”

Granny. Matriarch. 91. British accent. Hmmm…. Quick Google search to confirm my thought…

Holy moly, that was Sir Richard Branson’s mom!

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I looked around and realized we’d been spending the afternoon with several of the Bransons. That certainly doesn’t happen every day.

Before realizing who they are were, I shot a few videos of the fun. Here is super quick and very edited clip of the cutest lady ever dancing on the Willy T:

You may recall reading how Kate Winslet saved Eve Branson from a house fire on Necker Island a few years back. Mrs. Branson, however, was quick to retort that Kate Winslet did not “save” her, she merely helped her down four steps to get out of the fire. :)

Sir Richard Branson, if you ever happen to come across this blog, you’re mother is the.cutest.thing.ever. Oh, and if you ever need someone to help care for your lemurs, I’m your girl! :)

Have a great Monday everyone!

On the Market: Price Reduction in Coral Bay

340 land listing august 2014

How does a half acre lot near Coral Bay for only $75,000 sound to you? Pretty darn good, right?

This parcel, located off of Centerline Road in Carolina, has sweeping valley views and gets great breezes. Scoop it up quickly because it probably won’t last.

Sorry we don’t have any pictures yet … looks like you’re going to have to book a trip to the island to see it for yourself.

Looking for more information? Contact Tammy at 340 Real Estate Co. at

Snow on St. John?

snow on st john
So we had a volcano alert the other today, and we hear there’s snow in the forecast tonight. What’s happening on St. John?? Oh wait, It’s Christmas in July!

Our friends over at DR!NK are throwing their annual Christmas in July party tonight at 9 p.m. There will be drink specials, a holiday drawing and, of course, snow! Jello shots will be sold and all proceeds will be donated to Team River Runner. Each year, Team River Runner brings a group of wounded veterans to St. John for a week of rest and relaxation. It’s an amazing cause, one we support 100 percent.

christmas july

DR!NK is holding a second fundraising for Team Runner River tomorrow. Stop by DR!NK between 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. for a beach cookout. This event is presented by both DR!NK and the Westin. All proceeds from this event will be donated to Team River Runner.

Want to support Team River Runner and help bring wounded veterans to our little slice of heaven? You can do so by clicking here and supporting News of St. John’s fundraising team. All donations made to News of St. John’s Fundraising team will be donated to Team River Runner.

We’d like to thank John from Colorado for donating to our team. Thanks John!!

Here is the direct link to our fundraising page:

Wounded Warrior Cookout

Let’s Raise Money & Support Wounded Vets

kayak race

One of our favorite events here on St. John is right around the corner – the Chaotic Kayak race. For those of you not familiar with the race, it’s a wildly entertaining event in which teams from local businesses compete in a zany kayak race at Oppenheimer Beach. The teams raise money in an effort to get a head start during the race, and all of the money raised is donated to Team River Runner, an organization that brings wounded veterans to St. John for a week of rest and relaxation in November.

News of St. John is raising money to help this very worthy cause. Please click here if you’d like to donate to our team. 

This year’s 2015 Chaotic Kayak Race has been changed to ‘CSM Robert Gallagher Memorial Chaotic Kayak Race’. Command Sergeant Major Robert Gallagher passed away this year due to natural causes with full military honors at Arlington National Cemetery.

Retired Command Sgt. Maj. Robert Gallagher, who parachuted into Panama during Operation Just Cause, served as a platoon sergeant with Task Force Ranger in the Somalia battle known by “Black Hawk Down,” and fought his way into Baghdad in 2003. He was found dead in his Georgia home Oct. 13 of natural causes.
Command Sergeant Major Robert Gallagher was 52 years old.

This year’s race will be held on Sunday, August 2 at Oppenheimer Beach. The race begins at noon. The public is welcome and invited to cheer along their favorite team. Food and drinks will be available.

Here’s a pic of Team River Runner during their November 2014 trip:

Team River Runner at the Trunk Bay overlook on November 5, 2014.

Team River Runner at the Trunk Bay overlook on November 5, 2014.

kayak 2015