Lots Happening This Month…


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Well folks, there are a lot of fun events happening this month. Here’s a quick rundown of some of our favorites…

Tonight, December 8th: The Animal Care Center will hold its annual holiday party open house from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. It’s a potluck event, and everyone is welcomed to attend. It’s the shelter’s way of saying thank you to the community while also giving everyone the opportunity to meet some of the cats and dogs currently up for adoption.

Saturday, December 10th: The Coral Bay Bizarre Bazaar is happening out next to Pickles in Coral Bay beginning at 11 a.m. As always, there will be lots of shopping, a great raffle, activities and even a visit from Santa himself!


Saturday, December 17th: The All Island Holiday Party, also known as the Prom, was pushed back a week this year, but we’re pretty certain it’ll be worth the wait. It’s a great night to dress up a bit – swap those flip flops out for some fancy island wear, and take one of those fantastically awkward prom photos. I know I will! Everyone is welcomed to attend. The party starts at 9 p.m. over at Mongoose Junction. Hmmm, I wonder if I’ll get one of those tacky wrist corsages we all loved so much in high school… Gosh I hope so!

Captain Vic Dry Docked for Two Weeks

captain vic

Hey friends- looks like we’ll be down a barge for a bit. Here’s the official scoop from Love City Car Ferries:

The M/V Capt Vic is undergoing its regular bi-annual Coast Guard dry docking beginning Thursday, December 8, 2016. It is estimated that the dry-docking will take approximately 2 weeks. We hope to be finished sooner.

n order to accommodate traffic, we have asked Virgin Islands Port Authority to allow us to do earlier trips from both islands. We have been approved for a 5:00 AM departure from Cruz Bay and a 5:30 AM departure from Red Hook. If you have a commercial vehicle that normally departs with us at 7:00 AM from Red Hook, we ask that you instead arrive for the 5:30 AM departure. This will alleviate some of the congestion during the early hours.

If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact us 340-779-4000 or visit us online at www.lovecitycarferries.com

More Work Happening at Wharfside; Joe’s Set to Expand


For those of you who’ve been around Wharfside Village in Cruz Bay the past couple of days, you may have noticed a lot of construction happening between The Beach Bar and Joe’s Rum Hut area…

As of Wednesday morning, most of the stairwell leading to old X on St. John bar is now gone. From what we hear, this project is paving the way for a little expansion over at Joe’s Rum Hut, as well as cleaning up the area. From the way it looks and once the construction is done, there will be a much larger waterfront seating area for Joe’s Rum Hut. I don’t know about all of you, but that sounds pretty fantastic to me!

No more stairs.

No more stairs.

We’re not too sure what’s happening upstairs, but we’ll let you all know once we do. In the meantime, have a great Wednesday everyone! I’m heading up to chilly Connecticut in a few hours to start shipping St. Johnopoly games, so if you haven’t ordered yours yet, you may want to do that now. :) You can order yours at www.newsofstjohn.com/stjohnopoly All games should be received early next week.

On the Market: Large Price Reduction on Successful Short Term Rental

Main Level Balcony Dining Area

How does a gorgeous villa with incredible water and sunset views sound? Pretty amazing, right? Well today we’d like to tell you about Riley’s Retreat, a beautiful, six-bedoom home that’s looking for a new owner. Not looking to live on St. John full time, but still interested? Well you’re in luck because Riley’s Retreat is also a successful vacation rental. Check it out…

Riley’s Retreat is a beautifully remodeled six bedroom, five bathroom villa with amazing views of St. Thomas, St. Croix and Pillsbury Sound. The upper level has three bedrooms, including a master that has an en suite bathroom with large stone shower and access to another outdoor shower. The upper level also includes a gourmet kitchen including top of the line appliances with custom Brazilian cherry cabinets and granite countertops centered around a large island eating area. The villa features travertine floors and mahogany trim throughout.


Main Level Master Bedroom

Main Level Dining & Kitchen

The covered decks on both levels offer beautiful eating and sitting areas to enjoy the sunset views and cool breezes. The two bedroom, one bath lower apartment has its own kitchen and can be rented separately. It too features custom cabinets, granite countertops and travertine floors. It’s also fully air conditioned.

Main Level Balcony Sitting Area

Lower Level Bedroom 1

There is also an additional cottage on the property with a full bath and decorative concrete countertops.

The property is showcased with professionally landscaped grounds including mature fruit trees and large palms. The pool is 13.5 x 24 with a total volume of about 14,000 gallons The spa is a large, six-person hot tub. This area also has a large wrap around deck with bar area. There is an exercise room and additional full bath located right off of the pool deck.


Pool area

Riley’s Retreat has solar H2O and 2.9KW/HR solar electricity, so you can save a ton on your WAPA bill.

Riley’s Retreat is listed for $1,445,000. For more information or to schedule an appointment, please contact Tammy Donnelly at 340 Real Estate Co. at 340realestateco@gmail.com or at (340) 643-6068.

Island Cork Now Open at Wharfside

Hello and happy Monday! We’ve got some great news today – there’s a fantastic new wine shop at Wharfside Village, and we promise you’re going to love it!

Island Cork – the great little wine shop that opened up behind Mongoose Junction back in 2013 – is now located at Wharfside Village. The new store is much larger than the old location, and owner Paul Tsakeres now offers a pretty fantastic selection of artisan cheeses and meats in addition to fine wines.



Island Cork even has a small bar inside, making it a perfect spot to do a tasting or perhaps hang out for a few hours. There’s some construction happening outside  right now (we told you about a month or so back about the construction happening at Wharfside – click here to read all about it), but as soon as that’s done, there’ll be a nice little seating area outside as well.

Island Cork sells authentic wines from around the world ranging in price from $17 and up. The $17 bottles are a great value, Paul said. Spend between $25 and $27, and you can get a terrific bottle of wine. Those with a price point of $35 and up are fantastic, Paul said.

Paul describes the new spot as being friendly, welcoming, elegant and chic. It’s a place to have fun, he said, and perhaps learn something too.

Island Cork is open seven days a week from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Be sure to check it out the next time you’re in town.

Lots of Great Live Music Happening This Week


The Wheeland Brothers are coming to St. John this week.

First off, happy Saturday!! Well folks, if you are lucky enough to be on island next week, you’re in for a real treat because there is a lot of great music happening around town.

For starters, The Wheeland Brothers. They’re Southern Californian brothers who grew up in Orange County surfing, scarfing down hole-in-the wall Mexican food and jamming around beach bonfires. They were here back in 2015 for the Country Music Fest and they were pretty fantastic. They’re returning next week and will play on Monday, December 5th and Friday, December 9th at Barefoot Cowboy as part of the Barefoot Live concert series. Both shows will begin at 6:30 p.m.

This time around the boys return to the islands not as a full band, but as an acoustic trio being joined by their percussionist Joey Smithwick! They describe their music as being sunshine music, inspired by waves, hanging’ with friends, and dreaming of distant shores. It’s equal parts hip hop, beach country & new school American reggae.

“Basically, if you love the beach and good vibes, you’ll love our sound,” Travis Wheeland said.

The Wheeland Brothers will also play at Soggy Dollar on Jost on Wednesday, Myett’s on Tortola on Saturday and at the ABI Beach Bar on St. Thomas on Sunday.

Barefoot will also have live music Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday as part of the Barefoot Concert Series. Those shows also start at 6:30 p.m. It’s going to be a great week of live music, so be sure to check it out.