Introducing Our Best Raffle Yet!

dont stop believing

We have amazing news to share with you all today! Our 2019 raffle is officially underway! And it’s our best one yet! Here are all the details…

For the past two years, our annual raffle benefited Island Health and Wellness, St. John’s only nonprofit primary care center. And thanks to all of you, we were able to donate more than $130,000 … how amazing is that?!? I am still blown away by that number to be honest. :)

This year, we plan to support Island Health and Wellness once again. We also plan to support several other worthy organizations. There are numerous organizations on St. John that need funding. We are hoping to support some of the lesser known groups, the ones that don’t receive as much press on a regular basis. Through this raffle, we hope to support the following:

  • Island Health and Wellness: Currently the center is only able to treat patients ages 15 and up, and it sees all regardless of their ability to pay. A donation of $75,000 would allow island Health and Wellness to launch a pediatric program. Currently there is not a pediatrician on St. John. This is a much needed service for our children.
  • Love City Community Network: If you have been to St. John, you are likely aware that a good deal of the North Shore is a dead zone including many of your favorite beaches. A donation of $27,000 would complete LCCN’s funding request to install 911 call boxes, complete with AEDs, on six North Shore beaches including Hawknest, Trunk Bay, Cinnamon Bay, Maho Bay (one at each end of the beach) and in the Annaberg area. This would greatly reduce EMS response times in the event of an emergency on the North Shore. This system can truly save lives.
  • Julius E. Sprauve School: The school sustained significant damage during the 2017 hurricanes. It is currently in need of gym equipment, musical instruments and teacher supplies.
  • St. John Christian Academy: The school is in need of gym equipment, room dividers and a security system.
  • Carolina Corral: The corral is a safe haven for injured and rescued donkeys, horses and other animals. The cost to feed these animals is upwards of $100 a day. The corral is also in need of new fencing.
  • Love City Pan Dragons: St. John’s only steel pan orchestra is looking for funding for pan tuning, new uniforms and travel expenses.
  • St. John Historical Society: The group is looking for funding so it can complete its “Our History Keepers” project by hiring a videographer to film St. John’s elders.
  • C.O.R.E.: This program inspires communities to be better stewards of the environment through marine awareness education and hands on coastal programs. They are looking for funding that will allow them to clean up bays of storm debris and to allow them to educate the public on sunscreens that are toxic to reefs. C.O.R.E has been instrumental in helping to alleviate the lionfish problem in the waters around St. John.

Together, we can support each of these very worthy causes. Together we can make a difference. Now here’s how…

For just $25, you can enter to win one of the following prizes:

  • First Prize: A five-night stay for up to six people at Ardisia. This prize has a value of $8,214.
  • Second Prize: A seven-night stay for up to four people at Great Expectations. This prize has a value of $5,900.
  • Third Prize: A five-night stay for up to six people at Aquamare at Grande Bay. This prize has a value of $3,500.
  • Fourth Prize: A five-night stay at Sapphire Sunrise for up to six guests. This prize has a value of $3,000.
  • Fifth Prize: A seven-night stay at Samba Azul for up to four guests. This prize has a value of $2,850.
  • Sixth Prize: A seven-night stay at Miles Away for up to four guests (or a family of five). This prize has a value of $2,170.
  • Seventh Prize: Three night stay for two people in Island Abodes’ Garden Suite at Chocolate Hole, or at the Papaya Suite, One-Bedroom Suite or Honeymoon Suite at Sunset Serenade. This prize has a value of $747.
  • Eighth Prize: A two-night consecutive stay at Cruz Bay Hotel. This prize is valued at $530.

Tickets are just $25. That’s right, for just $25, you can enter to win your share of more than $25,000 worth of prizes … how amazing is that??!! A HUGE thank you to all of the villas who graciously donated stays.

There will not be a limit on entries, as we are trying to raise as much money as possible for these worthy causes.

To purchase a ticket, please choose the number of tickets below. You can buy up to 10 at a time. Then click the Buy Now button. This will bring you to a secure PayPal page where you can check out. (All entries will be treated as donations to St. John.)


Number of Tickets



All entrants will receive a confirmation email from PayPal after purchasing your ticket/s. Because of the expected high volume of entries, we cannot personally email each entrant. Your email from PayPal will serve as your confirmation of entry into the drawing.

How the drawing works: Once the entry period is over, the raffle committee will personally write/type the names of each entrant on a raffle ticket. If you bought one ticket, we will write/type your name on one ticket. If you bought two tickets, we will write/type your name on two tickets. And so forth… All of the names will be placed into a secure bucket/basket. Once all of the names are written on tickets, we will draw the winner live on video. That video will be posted on newsofstjohn.com

The raffle period will end on Saturday, March 30, 2019 at 9 a.m. EST. The winner will be announced on newsofstjohn.com on or about April 3, 2019.

Want to share this raffle on your Facebook page, or with your family and friends? If so, please direct them to www.newsofstjohn.com/raffle

Now go ahead and enter! Good luck!!

The Fine Print: 

  • Each winner must adhere to the individual property’s rules and restrictions.
  • If a property requires a deposit, the winner is responsible for paying that fee.
  • In the event that the property becomes uninhabitable due to a storm, fire, or Act of God, the winner agrees to forfeit the prize.
  • We strongly encourage each winner to purchase travel insurance.
  • None of the prizes are transferrable without owner’s consent.
  • The five-night stay at Ardisia is good for low season dates only. These dates are now through December 17, 2019 (the week of Thanksgiving is excluded) and also from April 16, 2020 through December 16, 2020 (Thanksgiving week 2020 is also excluded). This five-night stay is subject to availability. You will book directly with the villa at www.ardisiastjohn.com. This stay is good for six people. Add-on guests are not allowed. Please visit ardisiastjohn.com for complete reservation policies. This stay is valued at $8,214. 
  • The seven-night stay for 4 people at Great Expectations must be taken between May 4 – December 21, 2019 or May 2 – December 19, 2020, and is subject to availability. Additional guests up to all 8 bedrooms can be added at the standard rate of $1000 per room per week (double occupancy) to accommodate larger groups. The award value of $5900 can be applied to any standard rate stay of 7 nights or more through December 31, 2020. Stay must be completed by Dec 19, 2020.
  • The five-night stay for six people at Aquamare at Grande Bay must be taken between May 1, 2019 and October 30, 2019 only and is subject to availability. The winner will be contacted by owner to arrange mutually acceptable travel dates. 
  • The five-night stay at Sapphire Sunrise is good for up to six guests. The stay must be taken between August 4, 2019 and November 9, 2019 and is subject to availability. The winner must book directly with James M. Miller Property Management. 
  • The seven-night stay at Samba Azul is good for up to four guests from April 16, 2019 through November 22, 2019 only and is subject to availability. The stay is not valid for the week of July 4, 2019. The winner must book directly with James M. Miller Property Management. 
  • The seven-night stay at Miles Away is good for low season only between May 4, 2019 through November 23, 2019 and is subject to availability. The stay must be taken from a Saturday to Saturday. The stay is good for up to four guests only or a family of five. No children under the age of eight are able to stay at Miles Away. This prize is not transferrable without owner’s consent. The winner must book directly with James M. Miller Property Management. 
  • The Island Abodes prize is good for a three-night stay for two people in its Garden Suite at Chocolate Hole, or the Papaya Suite, One-Bedroom Suite or Honeymoon Suite at Sunset Serenade during off or shoulder season (May through mid-December) and is subject to availability. Stay must be completed by December 31, 2019. The gift certificate amount of $747 can be applied on any of Island Abodes’ 6 rentals at any time for three+ nights. No blackout dates apply. The winner must book directly with Island Abodes. 
  • The two-night stay at Cruz Bay Hotel is valid from May 1, 2019 through Dec 15, 2019 and excludes Festival/Week of July 4th. The two night-stay must be consecutive. The winner must book directly with Cruz Bay Hotel. 

 

Stuff is Happening at Caneel!

Caneel Entrance March 4 2019

The entrance to Caneel Bay, March 4, 2019

1. You know I have something good to share if I am posting a story at 3 p.m. EST on a Monday.

2. This story is one of my famous “Seinfeld stories.” It’s about something and nothing all at the same time. Enjoy. :)

Something is happening at Caneel!

We drove past Caneel this morning during one of our News of St. John island tours and we noticed that several of the trees by the front entrance were marked with pink and yellow tape. This led me to believe that the operators of Caneel Bay were finally going to do something about the dead trees that have made the entrance look like Jurassic Park for the past year-and-a-half. We chatted about it for a minute, and then I continued on with the tour.

Trees at Caneel have been marked for cutting.

Trees at Caneel have been marked for cutting.

Fast forward to about an hour later. I received several pics from a friend who happened to be on Caneel property (legally, I’d like to point out). The pictures showed several workers on site who appeared to be removing debris from the property. How exciting is that??! The pictures aren’t great as it was raining at the time they were taken this morning. But we’re simply happy to have received them. Check them out:

This is the area next to Zozo's.

This is the area next to Zozo’s.

The main road and guest parking lot

The main road and guest parking lot

According to our super sleuth source (and I am saying that super sarcastically, but with a smile), the work is being done by a local contractor who is being paid by the operators of Caneel Bay. Perhaps they are simply cleaning up the property. Perhaps, they are going to work to reopen the resorts. Who knows. All I do know is that stuff is happening, and that’s always a good thing. :)

So Caneel, I know I have given you a lot of flak for doing nothing since the storms. Today, I would publicly like to say kudos for finally taking steps to start cleaning up the property.

I will keep an eye out on what’s happening at Caneel, and I can assure you all that as soon as I know more, you will all know more.

On a separate note… We’re about to launch a pretty amazing raffle, so please stay tuned!!



St. Johnopoly, 2019 Edition – $50 – Get Yours Today


 

The fine print: This is a preorder sale. All games are expected to ship in late March or early April. Only a limited number of games are available. All sales are final.

 

 

On the Market: Beautifully Maintained Villa with Views

Dos Palmas Exterior

Hello everyone, it’s house hunting Wednesday! For those of you looking to escape the cold – which is likely many of you up north – a nice home with great views recently listed for sale. Here are the details…

Dos Palmas is a beautiful appointed and impeccably maintained villa located in Coral Bay. The upstairs great room has kitchen dining and living room, 1/2 bath and deck with panoramic views of Coral Bay harbor, Hurricane Hole, the Sir Francis Drake channel and out to the British Virgin Islands. The home features three bedrooms and three baths, all of which are located on the level below the great room beside the pool.

The home sits on a beautifully landscaped lot that is extensively terraced and featured beautiful stone walls, fruit trees and flowering plants. It is a gated home.

Dos Palmas is a turnkey property whose owners paid lots of attention to detail. Nearly everything in this is new. Check out some pics…

Pool and views

Pool and views

Well maintained and gardens throughout

Well maintained and gardens throughout

Lots of stonework, flowering plants and fruit trees

Lots of stonework, flowering plants and fruit trees

The great room

The great room

Beautifully appointed kitchen

Beautifully appointed kitchen

One of the three bedrooms

One of the three bedrooms

One of the home's patio areas

One of the home’s patio areas

Dos Palmas is being offered for $1,470,000 by Jennifer Doran of 340 Real Estate Co. For more information, please contact Jennifer at jdoran.340realestate@gmail.com

 

Here’s What’s Happening on the Spice Cam…

Dinghy dock replacement Feb 25 2019

Repairs on the south side dinghy dock began Monday.

Hello everyone and happy Tuesday! We received several emails yesterday asking us what was happening on the St. John Spice Cam, a very popular webcam here on St. John.

“What going with the old dock that was destroyed at the ferry?” One reader asked via email. “Are they restoring it?  From the web cam, it looks like planter boxes!!”

Well, I can assure you that it is not planter boxes. It is, in fact being restored, which is another great step for St. John.

A screenshot from the St. John Spice Cam Tuesday morning

A screenshot from the St. John Spice Cam Tuesday morning

The north side dinghy dock was restored last month thanks to Dan Boyd and his company Island Expeditions – they’re doing the work – and Kenny Chesney’s Love for Love City Foundation, which is funding the project. They’ve now moved on to the south side dinghy dock. It should be useable next month.

“I kept asking Jeff Quinlan from Love for Love City about rebuilding the dinghy docks,” Dan told me last month. “I even asked Kenny himself. It is being funded by No Shoes Reef Foundation and Engle Coolers, through Love for Love City and St. John Community Foundation. The VIPA (Virgin Islands Port Authority) has been very helpful and supportive.”

So for those of you who donated to the Love for Love City Foundation, thank you. I cannot stress enough the impact that your hard earned dollars are having here in our community. I would also like to thank everyone who has donated to our recovery. You are all truly making a difference.


Be the first to get the 2019 edition of St. Johnopoly! Preorder yours today!

St. Johnopoly is just like the traditional Monopoly board game, but it’s 100% customized for the island of St. John. Using the tokens – a palm tree, Jeep, petroglyph & more – land on your favorite island spots including St. John Spice, Cruz Bay Landing, High Tide and more!

St. Johnopoly, 2019 Edition – $50 – Get Yours Today

 


 

The fine print: This is a preorder sale. All games are expected to ship in late March or early April. Only a limited number of games are available. All sales are final.

 

New Floating Bar Coming to St. John

Lime Out January 2019

The Lime Out checking out its new spot last month

Well folks, I know many of you will be excited about this! A new floating bar is coming to St. John! And even better, it’s going to offer amazing food and it’s being brought to you by one of our favorite restaurants on island. Are you as excited as I am??!! Then please read on!

Lime Out is expected to make its debut soon (Island speak = soon come), and is the latest venture from our friends at The Lime Inn. The Lime Inn is located in Cruz Bay, and Lime Out will anchor over at Round Bay near Hansen Bay beach. Cute, right??!!

(Feb. 26, 2019 edit: Round Bay is outside of the National Park.)

Lime Out will serve a variety of drinks included delicious craft cocktails. They will also offer a variety of tacos to munch on while you’re out there. Check out the menu below:

LimeOutMenus

Now this may make you think a bit about Angel’s Rest, the floating bar we lost during Hurricane Irma. Lime Out is a bit different in that you can not actually go on it due to licensing restrictions. That means you can either raft up and enjoy it from there, lounge in the water on a floatie or you can grab a seat at Lime Out’s swim up bar.

lime out boat pic

Image credit: Lime Out's Facebook page

Image credit: Lime Out’s Facebook page

Looks pretty great, right??!

As of now, the estimated opening date is simply “soon.” We will let you know when soon comes. :)

In the meantime, have a great day everyone! Oh, and if you missed it this weekend, we started presale orders for St. Johnopoly (Monopoly, but for St. John) which features The Lime Inn and many of your other favorite businesses here on St. John. Click here to get yours!

 

The 2019 Version of St. Johnopoly is Here!

The 2019 St. Johnopoly box top

The 2019 St. Johnopoly box top. All images were taken post-storm by Steve Simonsen.

I am so excited to share this “news” with all of you today… The 2019 version of St. Johnopoly is now available for preorder sales! And you know what?? It looks amazing!! Well, I think it looks pretty amazing. :)

For those of you who are not familiar with St. Johnopoly, it’s exactly like the traditional Monopoly board game, but it is completely customized for the island of St. John. Instead of passing Go, you will pass the ferry dock before landing on The Beach Bar, The Longboard, Miss Lucy’s and some of your other island favorites. Even the tokens are customized for the island and include a petroglyph, a Jeep and more!

Can’t actually be on St. John? Well this is the next best thing!

A section of the game board

A section of the game board

The 2019 version is brand new and celebrates the island and its resilience following the 2019 storms. (Sadly our remaining inventory from the 2016 edition was lost during Hurricane Irma.) We’re excited to tell you that BBC Electric is on board (literally!) along with WAPA, the two organizations that worked so hard to power the island back up! And rather than drawing a Community Chest card like in traditional Monopoly, you will draw a Community card because ours is so darn special!

A few of our Community draw cards.

A few of our Community draw cards.

All of the images used in the game were taken post-storm, and the cover features several stunning images taken by famed island photographer, Mr. Steve Simonsen.

So what do you all think??!!

The 2019 version is now available for preorder. We expect it to ship in late March.

Ready to get yours? Click the Buy Now button below. This will bring you to a secure PayPal page.

St. Johnopoly, 2019 Edition – $50 – Get Yours Today


St. Johnopoly will be available on island in April/May. It will be sold exclusively at St. John Spice.


Please email me at jenn@newsofstjohn.com with any questions. Thanks all! Happy shopping!

The fine print: This is a preorder sale. All games are expected to ship in late March or early April. Only a limited number of games are available. All sales are final.