Weak for St. John… A Family’s Video

Hello everyone and happy Monday! One of the things I love most about St. John is seeing other people fall in love with the island. I received an email from John Dickinson of North Vancouver, Canada over the weekend. John just returned home from a three-week trip with his family to the island. It was their first trip, and they all clearly fell in love with this tiny slice of paradise. His teenaged girls made a video highlighting the trip. We’re sharing it with you all today, because I think it will make you all smile. And I think it will make many of you start dressing out your next trip. You can watch it with or without music, so it’s safe for work. Enjoy. :)

On the Road: Coral Bay to East End

Hello folks and happy Saturday! Who wants to take another ride out east today? Well here’s another video we took for you. We started at the Coral Bay triangle and ended at the end of the road. We had to speed it up just a teeny bit for YouTube, but it’s still pretty sweet. Enjoy!

Island Getaways – Enjoy Great Winter Discounts

Hello everyone and happy Friday! Who wants to escape the ice and snow of winter? I’m sure that’s pretty much all of you! Well our friends over at Island Getaways have a great selection of vacation villas here on St. John, and for a limited time, they’re offering pretty significant discounts for those of you who book visits for either this month or next – from 10-25 percent off! Check it out…

Cinnamon Stones – Rare Opportunity for February/March Bookings 

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Enjoy absolutely breathtaking views over Cinnamon Bay and Peter Bay out to Tortola and beyond! Cinnamon Stones is a three bedroom, 4.5 bath vacation rental. Amenities include a heated 40′ x 8′ pool and jacuzzi. The owners will not be on island for February and March – so this is a truly rare opportunity to enjoy Cinnamon Stones during High Season!

Click here to learn more.

Great Escape – Island Getaways’ Newest Villa Rental 
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Nestled inside the Virgin Islands National Park and high above Cinnamon Bay sits Great Escape. As the name implies, this wonderful four bedroom, four 4 bath vacation rental is worlds away from any hustle and bustle. Take in expansive views from the pool deck with its own 60′ swimming pool. Enjoy amazing sunrises and sunsets too! Great Escape features two king suites, as well as two queen suites – all with a/c.

Click here to learn more. 

Rendezview Villa

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Rendezview is a four bedroom, 3.5 bath beachfront villa that offers a combination of sophistication and romantic tropical charm. Rendezview has a massive 45×14 pool that’s 52″ deep with bench seating throughout, surrounded by 3,500 square feet in decking. This villa is located just steps from Hart Bay beach, known for its great snorkeling and beach combing. Rendezview has panoramic views of St. John’s South Shore, the Caribbean Sea and out to St. Croix on clear days.

Click here to learn more. 

Casa Luna 

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Casa Luna is a unique five bedroom, four bath Caribbean-style home with pool, spa, a/c in all the bedrooms and its kid-friendly. And even better, is located just minutes to Maho and Francis bays. Enjoy spectacular Northshore views of Jost Van Dyke, Sandy Spit, Whistling Cay, Great and Little Thatch, and the British Virgin Islands of Tortola, Peter Island, Norman Island, Virgin Gorda as well as Coral Bay and the Sir Francis Drake Channel from this stunning home.

Click here to learn more. 

Villa Madeira – New to the Rental Market

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Villa Madeira sits high up on the hillside overlooking St. John’s south shore. This wonderful three bedroom, 3.5 bath, fully air conditioned villa has expansive views from every room. Enjoy sun filled days lounging around the 18′ x 12′ pool and spa. Children 8 years and older are welcome!

Click here to learn more.

Chateau Margot 

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This impressive six bedroom, 5.5 bath vacation rental sits high up on the lush green slopes of Bourdeaux Mountain with expansive views over Coral Bay to the BVIs. This home is just three minutes to the restaurants and shops of Coral Bay and under 10 minutes from St John’s famous North Shore beaches. Enjoy double master suites, three queen suites, a heated 28’x14′ pool, A/C in the bedrooms, security gate and more!

Click here to learn more. 

For more information on any of these villas, please call Kathy McLaughlin at Island Getaways at (888) 693-7676 or visit www.IslandGetawaysInc.com

All offers are subject to availability. Offer applies to dates booked for January and February, 2017 and cannot be combined with any other offers. Discounts do not apply to VI Hotel tax, cleaning fees or deposit. No discounts for President’s Week.

Support St. John’s Cancer Fund Tonight through Sunday

LUTN 2017The St. John Cancer Fund’s annual Light Up the Night event is happening this Saturday and Sunday, and several businesses around the island are holding special events leading up to it in an effort to raise money for this very worthy cause.

Light Up the Night,” is a 16-hour, family-oriented and community-supported overnight event that begins at 4 p.m. on Saturday, January 14th at the Winston Wells Ball Field in Cruz Bay. It’s a great opportunity for the community and our visitors to support St. Johnians who have been affected by cancer. The event consists of teams, created by local businesses and organizations, who will walk for 16 hours to support and raise awareness for those affected by cancer.

Participating teams are asked to raise $1,000, however most teams go way above and beyond.

The Beach Bar, of the event’s top money raising teams each year, is donating 100 percent of its tops today, Thursday the 12th, to the St. John Cancer Fund. Brother Nature will be playing a free show tonight at 9 p.m. (with a few special guests), and we hop to see you all there! The Beach Bar will also have a dunk tank at Light Up the Night, and all proceeds will be donated to the St. John Cancer Fund.

Umami is also having a “prohibition style” fundraiser tonight to support the Cancer Fund. This speakeasy-themed bash will be Umami’s main fundraising event with all of its proceeds and tips going to the St. John Cancer Fund. Shutters will be closed so enter through the side door. The password is: UMAMI loves you. There will be classic cocktails, photo booth, dice, flappers and more.

Joe’s Rum Hut is getting into the action on Friday when it will donate all of its Happy Hour tips to the Cancer Fund. So please stop by between 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. for its famous $3 “You Call It” Happy Hour.

The St. John Cancer Fund was created in July 2012 to help support St. Johnians affected by cancer. Every dollar that goes into the fund goes directly to those in need here on St. John. \There are no administrative or management fees (not even a bank fee), meaning literally every dollar is available to those in need. Since its inception, the fund has granted more than $300,000 directly to patients on St. John, which is simply amazing.

Here are some key event’s from this year’s Light Up the Night:

Saturday at 3:30 p.m. – The children of St. John will parade through Cruz Bay to the Sprauve School field and will take the first lap around the field.

Saturday from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. – The Warrior Dinner – Warriors are invited as guests of honor to enjoy the best of St. John’s cuisine provided by area restaurants.

Saturday at 8:30 p.m. – Luminaria Ceremony

Saturday at 8:45 p.m. – Keynote speaker Delrice Varlack

Entrance is $5 per person. Please, if you are on island, come out and support this worthy cause.

ACC’s Annual Gala Happening at Villa Tesori

screen-shot-2017-01-11-at-8-46-37-amIt’s almost that time of year, folks. It’s time to support St. John’s dogs and cats!

The Animal Care Center is gearing up for its annual gala, and this year’s event is taking place at Villa Tesori, a stunning five bedroom villa on St. John’s south shore. The gala is happening on Saturday, February 4th from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. This year’s theme is superheroes, and guests are encouraged to dress up. If that’s not your thing, island fancy attire is fine too.

The event will feature food, music, drinks, a photo booth, raffle, silent auction and more. Tickets are $135 and can be purchased at the ACC and other locations on the island.

There is no parking at Villa Tesori. Guests can park at Gifft Hill School where a free shuttle will drive guests to and from the gala.

For more information on the ACC, please visit its website at www.stjohnanimalcarecenter.com

On the Market: Beautiful Fish Bay Home with Views

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We see lots of villas for sale here on St. John, but none have caught our eye lately quite like the one we’re about to tell you about today. This three bedroom, three bath home is set in a quiet neighborhood, has beautiful views of Fish Bay and the National Park, and is simply beautiful throughout. Here are the official details straight from its listing:

Experience the ease of living all on one level in beautiful Fish Bay. Beautifully appointed and finished custom built home with pool and south east views of Fish Bay and beyond. Attention to every detail was made in the construction and finishing of the villa. Flat ample parking area.

Sometimes, however, it’s best to let the pictures do the talking. That’s the case here.

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Isn’t it beautiful??!! This home is listed for $1,699,000. For more information, please contact Tammy Donnelly of 340 Real Estate Co. at 340RealEstateCo@gmail.com