HGTV Films New Caribbean Life Episode

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Well folks, it’s pretty clear that the crew over at HGTV really loves St. John because they were back on island yesterday filming a new episode of Caribbean Life.

According to its website, Caribbean Life follows “families as they leave the mainland behind and head to the Caribbean to live on island time. Join their search for an affordable slice of heaven, touring gorgeous homes on white sandy beaches.” This latest episode follows Dana and Troy Neil.

Troy is part owner of Cruz Bay Watersports. The couple has a very adorable son named Tucker. :)

Dana and Troy filmed at Joe’s Rum Hut on Cruz Bay beach yesterday for several hours alongside realtor Amanda Arquit. Amanda is a realtor with Cruz Bay Realty.

This is the third time that HGTV has filmed on island over the past year. Julie Hoy and David Thomeczek, managers of Coconut Coast Villas, filmed an episode last November. That episode should air soon. Liz and Steve Horner, owners of Barefoot Cowboy, also filmed back in 2016. Their episode aired January 1st.

We’ll keep you posted on when this latest episode will air.

(Side note: I know there will be several people who will not be happy about the filming. We get these comments a lot. But please remember, that these shows promote our island and subsequently bring visitors here. Tourism is what this island runs on. So these shows are a blessing for us, not a curse.)

Today is the Last Day to Enter the Raffle

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Today is the very last day to buy a raffle ticket. Ticket sales will end tonight at 11:59 p.m. EST. There will be four winners.

 

Here are the prizes:

Package A (the first place winner): 

  • A Five-Night Stay at The Penthouse at Sunset Serenade by Island Abodes (Click here to check out their website and Click here for terms)
  • A $200 VISA Gift Card courtesy of St. John Car Rental (to be used toward a Jeep rental, airfare, etc.)
  • A Beautiful “Reef Bay” Bracelet courtesy of VIBE Collection (Click here to see a pic)
  • A Turtle Picnic Snorkel Sail for two on Island Spirit courtesy of Cruz Bay Watersports (Click here for more details)
  • A Sunset Sail for two on Island Spirit courtesy of Cruz Bay Watersports (Click here for more details)
  • Snorkel Gear Rental courtesy of Just Beach!
  • Two Personal Training Sessions courtesy of Love City Fit Club
  • A Pizza Party for 10 at Joe’s Rum Hut – Unlimited Pizza & Beer for One Hour!
  • A $100 Gift Certificate to UMAMI
  • A $75 Gift Certificate to The Terrace
  • A $50 Gift Certificate to Barefoot Cowboy
  • A $25 Gift Certificate to Cruz Bay Landing
  • A $25 Gift Certificate to The Longboard
  • A $25 Gift Certificate to Woody’s

Package B (the second place winner):

  • A Three-Night Stay at Gallows Point (Click here to check out their website)
  • A News of St. John Island Tour (Click here to check out our website)
  • A Scuba Trip (two tank for certified divers and one-tank for non-certified) OR a Full Day US Trip on Busy Bee Charters
  • A Sunset Sail on Born to Rhumb (with yours truly as your first mate!)
  • Snorkel Gear Rental courtesy of St. John Beach Bum
  • Two Personal Training Sessions courtesy of Love City Fit Club
  • A $100 Gift Certificate to Waterfront Bistro
  • A $50 Gift Certificate to Ocean Grill
  • A $50 Gift Certificate to Sun Dog Cafe
  • A $25 Gift Certificate to Cafe Roma
  • A $25 Gift Certificate to The Tap Room plus a case of beer! (your choice of flavors)
  • A $25 Gift Certificate to High Tide
  • A $25 Gift Certificate to The Beach Bar

Package C (the third place winner):

  • A full day US sail with Flyaway Charters. Flyaway Charters is one of the longest running powerboat charters on St. John. Its captains have years of experience and are always excited to share their passion for the islands with you. Flyaway Charters is based out of Coral Bay, and they promise a day out with them will be the best day of your vacation.
  • A $100 Gift Certificate to Morgan’s Mango
  • A $100 Gift Certificate to Thirsty Donkey – This is a new restaurant in Coral Bay, formerly Sweet Plantains. We will tell you all about it soon…

Package D (the fourth place winner):

  • A half-day sail aboard Kalina, a 50-foot sailboat. The half-day sail is three hours and include a snorkel stop and beverages. This item is for up to six guests. Karina stays within the US Virgin Islands, so there is no BVI customs/immigration. The winner can choose to sail either in the morning or afternoon, any day of the week. (Click here to learn more about Kalina.)
  • A “Shirt of Art” painting workshop for six with Sloop Jones. (Click here to learn more about these great workshops.)
  • A wine flight tasting for two and a charcuterie board courtesy of Island Cork.

Raffle drawing details: All tickets will be entered into one drawing, and four winner will be chosen. The first ticket drawn will receive Package A. The second ticket drawn will receive Package B. The third ticket drawn will receive Package C. The fourth ticket drawn will receive Package D. The winner will be chosen on or about June 10th. Everyone who purchases a ticket will receive an email with the exact date and time of the drawing. If you have previously unsubscribed from the News of St. John mailing list, you will not be able to receive this confirmation email unfortunately.

 

The fine print: All prizes are subject to availability. All prizes are subject to the specific business’s terms and conditions.

New Ferry Service Between STJ & STT Temporarily Suspended

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Last month, we told you how Interisland Boat Service planed to begin offering ferry service between Crown Bay Marina and Cruz Bay. Crown Bay is the closest marina to the airport – roughly a five minute or so drive – so it was a great option for people traveling to and from the airport, and also for cruiseshippers.

Well unfortunately due to some “island politics”, the service has been temporarily suspended. The following image was pasted on Interisland’s Facebook page the other day:

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We were out and about in Cruz Bay the other day, and we heard that the temporary suspension was due to complaints made by the two current ferry operators that bring travelers between Cruz Bay and Red Hook – Transportation Services and Varlack.

Apparently these two companies felt that the new service would take away from their trips, and therefore demanded that Interisland stop offering the service. Keep in mind that Transportation Services and Varlack are the same two companies that received brand new ferries just a few years back, refused to maintain them even though they received them for free, and now run very old ferries instead. That’s just my two cents, folks.

Personally I like the idea of the new Crown Bay ferry. Hopefully service resumes soon. We will keep you all posted.

 

Festival Music Schedule Released

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Well folks, the Festival flags went up over the weekend and Pan-o-Rama filled the streets with music Saturday … Festival 2017 is here!

The 2017 Festival music schedule was released over the weekend, and it looks great! It starts on Wednesday, June 28th when the Village opens and concludes on Tuesday, July 4th with Destra. Check out the full schedule:

2017 festival music

And for those of you who’ve missed it, here is the full Festival schedule:

2017 festival schedule

Happy Monday everyone! Have a great one!

Fourth Package Added to Our Raffle!!

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It keeps getting better folks! We have added a fourth package to our News of St. John raffle!! Here are the details:

The new package (Package D) will be given to the fourth place winner. This package includes:

  • A half-day sail aboard Kalina, a 50-foot sailboat. The half-day sail is three hours and include a snorkel stop and beverages. This item is for up to six guests. Karina stays within the US Virgin Islands, so there is no BVI customs/immigration. The winner can choose to sail either in the morning or afternoon, any day of the week. (Click here to learn more about Kalina.)
  • A “Shirt of Art” painting workshop for six with Sloop Jones. (Click here to learn more about these great workshops.)
  • A wine flight tasting for two and a charcuterie board courtesy of Island Cork.

Ok, so here’s how the raffle is going to work. We will now pick four winners. All tickets will be entered into one drawing. The first ticket drawn will receive Package A. The second ticket drawn will receive Package B. The third ticket drawn will receive Package C. The fourth ticket drawn will receive Package D. The winner will be chosen on or about June 10th. Everyone who purchases a ticket will receive an email with the exact date and time of the drawing. (We have a lot of names to write folks, so please bear with us.)

Tickets are only $10 each. You can buy as many as you’d like. Proceeds will be given to the new Island Health and Wellness Center. (Click here to read the story we wrote about the Center last week and learn why it’s such a crucial part of St. John.)

The goal is to raise a ton of money for the new health and wellness center, so we are not limiting the number of tickets sold.

The raffle will end at 11:59 p.m. on June 7, 2017. Again, the winner will be announced on or about June 10, 2017.

 

Here is the full list of all three packages-

Package A (the first place winner): 

  • A Five-Night Stay at The Penthouse at Sunset Serenade by Island Abodes (Click here to check out their website and Click here for terms)
  • A $200 VISA Gift Card courtesy of St. John Car Rental (to be used toward a Jeep rental, airfare, etc.)
  • A Beautiful “Reef Bay” Bracelet courtesy of VIBE Collection (Click here to see a pic)
  • A Turtle Picnic Snorkel Sail for two on Island Spirit courtesy of Cruz Bay Watersports (Click here for more details)
  • A Sunset Sail for two on Island Spirit courtesy of Cruz Bay Watersports (Click here for more details)
  • Snorkel Gear Rental courtesy of Just Beach!
  • Two Personal Training Sessions courtesy of Love City Fit Club
  • A Pizza Party for 10 at Joe’s Rum Hut – Unlimited Pizza & Beer for One Hour!
  • A $100 Gift Certificate to UMAMI
  • A $75 Gift Certificate to The Terrace
  • A $50 Gift Certificate to Barefoot Cowboy
  • A $25 Gift Certificate to Cruz Bay Landing
  • A $25 Gift Certificate to The Longboard
  • A $25 Gift Certificate to Woody’s

Package B (the second place winner):

  • A Three-Night Stay at Gallows Point (Click here to check out their website)
  • A News of St. John Island Tour (Click here to check out our website)
  • A Scuba Trip (two tank for certified divers and one-tank for non-certified) OR a Full Day US Trip on Busy Bee Charters
  • A Sunset Sail on Born to Rhumb (with yours truly as your first mate!)
  • Snorkel Gear Rental courtesy of St. John Beach Bum
  • Two Personal Training Sessions courtesy of Love City Fit Club
  • A $100 Gift Certificate to Waterfront Bistro
  • A $50 Gift Certificate to Ocean Grill
  • A $50 Gift Certificate to Sun Dog Cafe
  • A $25 Gift Certificate to Cafe Roma
  • A $25 Gift Certificate to The Tap Room plus a case of beer! (your choice of flavors)
  • A $25 Gift Certificate to High Tide
  • A $25 Gift Certificate to The Beach Bar

Package C (the third place winner):

  • A full day US sail with Flyaway Charters. Flyaway Charters is one of the longest running powerboat charters on St. John. Its captains have years of experience and are always excited to share their passion for the islands with you. Flyaway Charters is based out of Coral Bay, and they promise a day out with them will be the best day of your vacation.
  • A $100 Gift Certificate to Morgan’s Mango
  • A $100 Gift Certificate to Thirsty Donkey – This is a new restaurant in Coral Bay, formerly Sweet Plantains. We will tell you all about it soon…

Package D (the fourth place winner):

  • A half-day sail aboard Kalina, a 50-foot sailboat. The half-day sail is three hours and include a snorkel stop and beverages. This item is for up to six guests. Karina stays within the US Virgin Islands, so there is no BVI customs/immigration. The winner can choose to sail either in the morning or afternoon, any day of the week. (Click here to learn more about Kalina.)
  • A “Shirt of Art” painting workshop for six with Sloop Jones. (Click here to learn more about these great workshops.)
  • A wine flight tasting for two and a charcuterie board courtesy of Island Cork.

The fine print: All prizes are subject to availability. All prizes are subject to the specific business’s terms and conditions.

More fine print: Once a ticket or tickets are purchased, I Jenn, owner of News of St. John) will personally write all of your names on raffle tickets. I will then put them all in a hat, bucket, etc. and we will pull the winner live on video. That will be posted here on newsofstjohn.com. Raffle tickets will not be mailed to the purchaser. We ask for your address, so we know where to send the winning packages. 

On the Market: Beautiful Home in Fish Bay

Hello everyone and happy Friday! We’re getting ready for someone who is very important to us’s birthday this weekend, so we’re taking a slight break on the news today. Instead we’d like to remind you of a beautiful home that we first introduced to to back in January. It’s one of the most beautifully decorated homes we’ve come across here on St. John, and we think you will enjoy it too. Check it out:

This beautifully appointed three bedroom, 3.5 bath masonry home is located in the quiet neighborhood of Fish Bay. It has spacious living areas, beautiful finishes and craftsmanship, stone accents and even a two-car garage, which is very rare on St. John. The home has a gourmet kitchen with high-end appliances and custom mahogany cabinetry flows into the spacious great room, which overlooks the pool area. This home has water views of Fish Bay and beyond.

Here are a few pics:

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Isn’t it stunning?? This home is listed for $1,799,000. For more information, please contact Tammy Donnelly of 340 Real Estate Co. at 340RealEstateCo@gmail.com