8 Tuff Miles Weekend Parties

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Cruz Bay is going to be the place to be this weekend!

As you all know, the 8 Tuff Miles road race is happening this Saturday, February 25th. We’re not running the race this year, but we will be waiting for all of you at Mile 8 with water, Gatorade and some adult beverages. :)

For those of you who aren’t attending the event, but you’d like to get in on the action, there are two great events that shouldn’t be missed.

The Ninth Mile Awards Ceremony – Saturday at 3:30 p.m. at Mongoose Junction

This isn’t your ordinary awards ceremony. The top runners will be named and the college scholarships will be handed out. Door prizes will be announced too, including a $1,000 shopping spree at Mongoose Junction, a weekend at the St. John Inn, plus four tickets to Puerto Rico on Cape Air. The Tap Room will be offering up some of their finest brews along with a pig roast, chicken and veggie appetizers. Brother Nature will be performing, as will Magician Lisa Menna of Cause to Wonder. This is such a great event, so please do not miss it. All are welcomed and encouraged to attend.

The Beach Bar Recovery Party – Sunday from 11 a.m to 4 p.m. at the Beach Bar on Cruz Bay beach 

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This is going to be a very fun day that’s supporting a great cause – the St. John Cancer Fund. There will be music provided by DJ Top Notch and DJ Adonis, as well as a barbecue and delicious libations. If you’re lucky enough to be on island Sunday, please stop by Cruz Bay beach.

For those of you who missed our story last week, click here for all of the details on Saturday’s 8 Tuff Miles race.

Villa Spotlight: The Studio at Sunset Serenade

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Hello everyone and happy Monday! Who wants to start the week off with a little daydreaming or perhaps some trip planning to your favorite slice of paradise? Well for those of you who are looking to vacation here on St. John, but you don’t want to break the bank, you’re going to love this…

The Sunset Serenade Studio is a cute and comfortable unit with beautiful views of Cruz Bay, the Sir Francis Drake Channel, St. Thomas and the surrounding cays. This cozy, clean and convenient studio – it is located less than five minutes from town – has everything you need to enjoy an unforgettable stay on the breathtaking island of St. John. The best part, however, is that is rents for as little as $129 a night. You can’t beat that!

The Sunset Serenade Studio has its own private entrance and is equipped with a beautiful four-poster Queen bed, a compact bathroom (shower, toilet, sink), kitchenette, air conditioning and private deck with beautiful views.

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When staying at the Studio, you’ll have everything you need for an unforgettable vacation right at your fingertips. This includes coffee for your mornings, beach towels, beach chairs and a cooler for daytime fun, and comfortable outdoor furniture where you can relax while watching the sun dip down into the Caribbean Sea.

Sunset Serenade has wifi throughout and a large parking area providing ample off-street parking to all guests. It also features an outdoor grill area that is shared between Sunset Serenade’s guests.

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The Sunset Serenade Studio is a great economical option for vacationers looking for clean and comfortable, yet affordable accommodations close to Cruz Bay.

And for those of you who are able to book your stay by the end of the month, you can book six nights and get the seventh night free! You must book directly with the owners using the coupon code ‘seven’ to get this deal.

To learn more about the Studio at Sunset Serenade or to book your stay and receive your free night, please visit www.islandabodes.com

Win a Kekoa Sail & a Three-Night Stay on St. John While Supporting Pediatric Cancer

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Villa Bougainvillea

Who would like to win a three-night stay at a beautiful, newly built villa here on St. John? How about a daysail aboard Kekoa? Both sounds pretty great, right? Well thanks to our friend Leslie McKibben, you can. Here are the details…

Each year Leslie, who owns Kids Night In babysitting here on St. John, shaves her head for St. Baldrick’s, a charity that raises money for pediatric cancer. She’s done it for the past four years, and in doing so, she has raised a ton of money. So kudos to you Leslie!

Leslie McKibben at a past St. Baldrick's event.

Leslie McKibben at a past St. Baldrick’s event.

This year she would like to get all of you in on the action, so she’s holding a raffle. For a $25 donation, you can get one raffle ticket for a Kekoa daysail to Jost Van Dyke. During the sail, you will snorkel the tranquil waters of St. John before enjoying fresh, island-style snacks and open bar. Then you will sail to White Bay, home of the Soggy Dollar Bar. The sail is good for up to four people until March 18, 2018.

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For a $75 donation, you can receive one raffle ticket for a three-night stay at Villa Bougainvillea, a beautiful two bedroom, two bath condo located within walking distance to Cruz Bay. You will also receive three raffle tickets for Kekoa with your $75 donation.

Check out a few pics of Villa Bougainvillea:

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And for a $100 donation, you will receive two raffle tickets for the villa and four raffle tickets for Kekoa.

So you can support a great cause and win some pretty cool stuff … sounds like a win-win to me!

Want to participate? All you have to do is go to Leslie’s St. Baldrick’s participant page and make a tax-deductible donation. Oh an please check with your employer, as many match charitable donations. :)

Click here to visit Leslie’s St. Baldrick’s page. Thank you in advance everyone and good luck!

Boyson Inc. Gets Mister B Back

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(Really old photo)

Well folks, it sounds as if our car barge issues may be alleviating sometime soon … island soon most likely.

As you may know, federal marshals seized the Mister B back in January 2016 after its owners, Boyson, Inc., failed to make payments on a pretty sizable loan to a Connecticut-based company. The seizure snarled traffic between the islands, as the Mister B was our largest barge. Couple that with the unreliability of the other three barges – all three have been offline from time to time over the past year – and was pretty much an inter-island travel nightmare at times.

The Mister B was set to go up for auction last month. That auction was subsequently canceled because Boyson Inc. filed for bankruptcy protection halting the sale of its vessel.

We have heard from multiple sources, however, that Boyson was able to get the Mister B back, which is great news from our island, and men have been seen working on the vessel in the past days.

We’re not sure how long it will take to get the Mister B back up and running seeing how it’s sat in Enighed Pond for roughly 14 months, but we’re pretty certain Boyson will put it back in service as soon as it’s able to.

So, good news on the car barge front today. Now if we could only get the new people ferry back up and running…

Details On 8 Tuff Miles

Well everyone, it’s officially the second half of February, so you know what that means… it’s almost time for 8 Tuff Miles!

For those of you unfamiliar with 8 Tuff Miles, it’s a pretty amazing event that happens on the fourth Saturday of February. This year’s date is February 25th. It’s a road race where participants run, jog, walk or a combo of all from the National Park Visitor’s Center in Cruz Bay all the way out to the ball field in Coral Bay. The total course is 8.3 miles long. It starts at sea level, climbs up to 999 feet and then heads back down to sea level. It’s pretty amazing.

The best part of 8 Tuff is that you don’t have to enter the race to participate. There are water stations along the way that you can help out with (please email me at jenn@newsofstjohn.com if you’d like to help us out at ours). You can also cheer on the runners from anywhere along Centerline Road between Cruz Bay and Coral Bay, or out in the ball field at the finish line.

Several businesses get in on the action too. Cruz Bay Landing, for example, will hold a Pasta in the Park fundraiser on Friday, February 24th from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. They’re also holding a wall of wine-ival fundraiser (play games, win wine!) and are looking for wine donations. Proceeds will benefit the St. John Cancer Fund.

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The event itself starts at 7:15 a.m. on Saturday February 25th. Centerline Road will close in both directions right around 7 a.m. and will not reopen until the race is over, so please plan according. For those of you who entered, here are the times you can pick up your race bibs:

  • Sunday Feb. 19th 4 PM until 8 PM @ The Tap Room.
  • Monday Feb. 20th 4 PM until 8 PM @ The Tap Room.
  • Tuesday Feb.21st 4 PM until 8 PM @ the Tap Room.
  • Wednesday Feb. 22nd 4 PM until 8 PM @ The Tap Room.
  • Thursday Feb. 23rd 4 PM until 8 PM @ The Tap Room.
  • Friday Feb. 24th at The National Park Visitor Center Cruz Bay, St. John (AKA the Starting Line) from 5 PM until 6 PM. Only one hour.
  • Saturday Feb. 25th (Race Day) at The National Park Visitor Center (Starting Line) from 6 AM until 7AM. Race starts at 7:15 AM.

Please pick up your bib number as soon as possible. The earlier the better. :)

There will be a post-race party at Mongoose Junction and a Recovery Party on Sunday on Cruz Bay beach. We will give you all the details on that in the upcoming days.

In the meantime, check out this video we made a few years back from the starting area to Mile 1:

Cruz Salon Up For Sale

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Well this makes us sad to write… Our friends over at Cruz Salon have decided to list their very successful business up for sale. It’s a great opportunity for the right person. Here are the details straight from its listing:

Great location in the heart of Cruz Bay. Cruz Salon St John is a turn key barber-salon business complete with four stations and an established, and growing, clientele. Outstanding foot traffic, along with established long-time restaurant and retail businesses in the same complex, Lemon Tree Plaza, has led to additional walk-in customers. Live and work in Paradise…

Cruz Salon is located right next to The Lime Inn. It’s listed for $78,000. For more information, Please contact Eric Bauman at (340) 513-2755.