Chili Cook-Off Happening Tomorrow

coral bay overlook

The St. John Land Conservancy is holding a chili-cookoff fundraiser tomorrow afternoon in Coral Bay. So if you’re lucky enough to be on island, you should definitely check it out.

The St. John Land Conservancy is a non-profit organization dedicated to the protection of lands of important historic and natural beauty on St. John in the U.S. Virgin Islands. The chili cook-off is their first fundraising event.

The event starts at noon tomorrow, April 29th, at Skinny Legs in Coral Bay. In addition to the cook-off, there will also be live music, a children’s parade, silent auction, 50/50 raffle and more. The winner will be chosen by a panel of judges; however you can get in on the action too as there will also be a “People’s Choice” winner.

The St. John Land Conservancy is an all-volunteer organization that is independent from the VI National Park, yet the two groups do collaborate for land protection outside the park’s authorized boundaries.

For more information on the Conservancy, please visit its website or check out its Facebook page.

Very Special Group Currently on Island

Photo credit: Little Pink Houses of Hope's Facebook page

Photo credit: Little Pink Houses of Hope’s Facebook page

There is a very special group currently on island, and if you happen to bump into them this this, we ask you show them some St. John love.

For the fifth year, Little Pink Houses of Hope has brought couples down to St. John for a week-long retreat. The mission of Little Pink is to promote breast cancer recovery by offering opportunities for survivors and their caregivers to reconnect and celebrate life. Eight couples are currently on island, in addition to Little Pink’s president and founder. The couples come from all over the United States and the average age of the survivors is 38.

One of the nicest parts of Little Pink’s annual visit is how much love and support the community shows this group of men and women. For example, all of their housing has been donated both by Grande Bay and some of its private owners. Activities and food throughout the week have also been donated by numerous local business.

The group arrived on Sunday and had a welcome reception sponsored by Drink. On Monday, they went kayaking courtesy of Arawak, and had lunch and dinner provided by Dog House Pub and The Tap Room.

On Tuesday, they did a little snorkeling with equipment provided by Just Beach and lunch courtesy of Sam & Jack’s. Later in the day, they hopped aboard Kekoa for a sunset sail and then had dinner on the beach courtesy of Joe’s Rum Hut.

The women are getting private massages today donated by several therapists on island, including Mae Agna, while the men went out on a private charter. Tonight several restaurants will host the couples for dinner including ZoZo’s, La Tapa, Extra Virgin, Ocean Grill, Waterfront Bistro, The Terrace and Rhumb Lines.

High Tide will host the group tomorrow after they get portraits courtesy of STJ Creative Photography.

They round out the week with a day at Villa Marea, one of the island’s most luxurious villas, and then dinner at The Beach Bar.

“It’s really an amazing week because, as a breast cancer survivor, the women typically have the ability to find each other … but really the caregivers, I feel that this is such an important experience for them because they end up with a very, very tight support group too,” said Jeanine Patten-Coble, President and Founder of Little Pink. “And yes, the mountains are beautiful here; the water is beautiful. But it really, truly it’s the beauty of the people of the island that makes this so special.”

So a big thank you to all of the businesses who have supported this group, and a HUGE thank you to Tim Hanley of The Tap Room for being Little Pink’s on-island coordinator.

“He has a heart for this that I cannot even put into words,” Jeannine said of Tim. 

On the Market: Walk to Beach from this Oversized Parcel

lot view (1)

For those of you looking to build a home on St. John, this newly listed parcel may be the spot for you.

Walk to two beaches within just a few minutes or paddle board and kayak pretty much from your front door! This beautiful, oversized parcel with a gentle, downhill slope is bordered to the south by the walking path to Hart Bay, is just a short walk to Chocolate Hole Bay, and it borders a salt pond. Once the home is constructed, there will be water views from the upper floors.

This parcel is located in an established neighborhood with multimillion dollar homes and is the lowest priced parcel currently on the market in Chocolate Hole.

This parcel is being offered for $159,000 by John McCann at 340 Real Estate Co. Please contact John at john@helloimjohn.com or (340) 998-0423 for more information.

chocolate hole lot

street view lot

New Restaurant Coming to Cruz Bay?

peno st john

An image from their Facebook page

Is a new restaurant coming to Cruz Bay? Well according to a recently-created Facebook page, one is.

Peno Mediterannean Grill St. John USVI appeared on Facebook back in February, and announced it would be bringing “the freshest food to St. John”. They claim to be opening “in the heart of Cruz Bay” although no location has been announced.

Peno Mediterranean Grill currently has two North Carolina locations with three more pending in both North and South Carolina. According to its website, it’s a franchise.

On March 20th, the Facebook page wrote, “We will be reviewing our location this week so that we can hopefully start the construction process soon. Stay tuned as we are very excited together to bring authentic Mediterranean food to St. John.” And on April 22nd, they wrote about working on permits; however they’ve still yet to announce a location.

We reached out to them to ask for more info and this is part of their response:

I can tell you our place will be locally owned by residents of 15 years who own other businesses in USVI, this will not be a franchise and will employ local residents.

Hmmm…

That’s all we have right now folks. We will keep you all posted as we learn more. In the meantime, have a great Monday everyone!

Some Aerial Pics…

Hello everyone and happy Sunday! I took a quick vacay last week and took some pics from the plane along the way. They’re not the best quality – they were taken through dirty plane window – but I still think they’re pretty cool. I think you’ll all like them too. Enjoy!

Looking toward St. John

Looking toward St. John

St. Thomas' East End

St. Thomas’ East End

little st james

Little St. James looking toward Red Hook

Looking toward Gallows Point

Looking toward Gallows Point

st john south shore

St. John’s South Shore

A very gloomy looking Norman Island

A very gloomy looking Norman Island

Looking toward Peter Island (I think)

Looking toward Peter Island (I think)

The Baths at Virgin Gorda

The Baths at Virgin Gorda

St. Kitts looking toward Nevis in the West Indies

St. Kitts looking toward Nevis in the West Indies

Harper’s Bazaar Names Maho Best Beach, But They Got It All Wrong…

Not Maho Harpers Bazarre
One of our beaches just made a “best of” list, but unfortunately the authors got it all wrong.

Harper’s Bazaar, one of the oldest monthly magazines in America, released its “Best Beaches in the World” list yesterday and included Maho Bay as number 7. We couldn’t agree more, as it’s also one of our favorite beaches in the world. Here’s what they had to say:

One of the U.S. Virgin Islands’ finest white sand beaches, Maho Bay is also a great place to go swimming with sea turtles. 

All true. However, they used a picture of Trunk Bay to illustrate it. Goodness.

Pretty much the same thing happened last year when CNN named Maho a top beach. It too used a pic of Trunk. Click here to read that story 

For those of you who love Maho like me and know exactly what it looks like, here are a few pics to get you through your Friday…

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feb 7 maho

Maho turtle