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Lovango Resort + Beach Club Sneak Peeks!

Lovango Resort + Beach Club Sneak Peeks! 1

Good Morning, Good Morning!  We are getting into that time of year where the holiday crowds will be rolling in soon and everything is opening up!  A few weeks ago, Teddy and I went out to Lovango Resort + Beach Club for an afternoon to tour the grounds with Operations Director, Matt Snider, in order to see what new experiences the beach club and resort on Lovango Cay will have to offer this season.  I have to say, I’m once again pretty freaking excited to watch it all unfold.  And I am once again impressed at Matt and his staffs’ uncanny ability to, not only listen to the guests and community partners, but also implement the relevant changes and updates!  This season is going to be the best one yet at Lovango Resort + Beach Club…Quite simply because there is absolutely something for everyone!

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Business Spotlight: On The Sea to STT Will Cure Your Last Day Blues!

Business Spotlight: On The Sea to STT Will Cure Your Last Day Blues! 2

Good Morning everyone!  I have to admit, I’m pretty excited about the boating opportunity that I’m about to share with you.  I absolutely love this grass roots, two boat company, On the Sea Charters, and the owner, Ryan Matthews.  And I have very much enjoyed watching him build this business over the years and put in the hard work to make an immense success of himself here in Love City.  And, in addition to all of their trip options, the new excursion that he has dreamed up is absolutely guaranteed to wash your last day on STJ blues away and leave you with a grand finale that will keep a smile on your face long after your flight departs.

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Just in Time for the Holidays: St. Johnopoly is Ready to Ship!

Just in Time for the Holidays: St. Johnopoly is Ready to Ship! 3

Happy Cyber Monday to you all!  Anyone else out there getting absolutely inundated with texts and emails about deals on the world wide web today?  Me too!  LOL.  If you’re having trouble making a decision about which direction to go for holiday gift giving, let me help you out.  The Fourth Edition of St. Johnopoly is now ready to go!  To those of you who pre-ordered your games, they are already en route to you!  If you haven’t yet ordered a copy of everyone’s favorite island-style board game, there is still time for a guaranteed holiday delivery.

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Wandering Manatee Sighted in the Virgin Islands

Wandering Manatee Sighted in the Virgin Islands 4

Yes, you read that right!  A freaking MANATEE has been sighted in the waters surrounding the BVI, Lovango Cay and Fish Bay area of St. John!  Can you believe that!?  Probably not…And this is why.  Manatees tend to habituate in areas with brackish water because most species of them need fresh water to survive in a healthy manner.  And you have probably noticed that we don’t have a ton of that in the VI 🙂  So, where did he come from?  What is he doing here?  And how can we help him get home to a healthier habitat?

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Thanksgiving Dining Options and Events in Love City

Thanksgiving Dining Options and Events in Love City 5

Good Morning!  It has been absolutely gorgeous on St. John these past few days.  Which makes the upcoming holiday even more meaningful as we have so much to be grateful for!  I wanted to share the updated dining and event info for this week once more for those of you who are thankful to be on island this week.  Because there is a lot going on over the holiday week and weekend!

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Real Estate Spotlight: Rare Opportunity of Three Parcels & Cottage Bordering National Park

Real Estate Spotlight: Rare Opportunity of Three Parcels & Cottage Bordering National Park 6

Good Morning, Good Morning!  Happy Monday everyone!  And Happy Thanksgiving week!  Speaking of giving thanks, this absolutely incredible opportunity for home AND land ownership on St. John just hit my desk.  And it is surely something to be grateful for.  Two and a half acres on three separate parcels, most of which borders the Virgin Islands National Park, with panoramic views AND close proximity to Cruz Bay are currently listed with 340 Real Estate as one bundled package.  And there is a charming, renovated cottage and outdoor dining gallery and lounge on site that are move in ready so you can stay while you expand onto the other ready-to-build parcels!  This place is such a rare find on St. John.  Let’s take a closer look.

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“My Virgin Island” Music Video – Produced By Steve Simonsen

"My Virgin Island" Music Video - Produced By Steve Simonsen 7

Good Morning!  And happy Fri-YAY!  I have a quick but very uplifting update for all of you before we get into the weekend.  Last week, renowned St. John photographer Steve Simonsen reached out to me about a music video project that he has been working on with a young artist who was born in the Virgin Islands.  The video he sent me moved me to tears and was so incredibly well produced with beautiful imagery of the people and places of the Virgin Islands that I absolutely had to share it with you all!

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The Guided Reef Bay Hike is Back: Sneak Peeks from This Week’s Tour!

The Guided Reef Bay Hike is Back: Sneak Peeks from This Week's Tour! 8

On Monday afternoon I received an email from Paula Smail, Friends of Virgin Islands National Park Outreach Director:

“We are doing a test run on the guided Reef Bay Hike tomorrow and we have room for you if you would like to tag along.”

My answer was YES.  Absolutely!  For those of you not familiar with this amazing expedition led by Virgin Islands National Park Service Rangers and Friends staffers, it has literally just started again with public tours beginning next week on Mondays and Tuesdays.  It is an extremely informative guided hike through some of the tallest trees on island and down the 2.6 mile traverse from Centerline Road to the Reef Bay Sugar Factory with a boat ride back to town as the grand finale.  And it was one of the most amazingly informative and entertaining things I have done on St. John (yes, even I learned a lot!).

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Win the Emerald Ticket! Enter to Win a Trip for TEN to St. John!!!

Win the Emerald Ticket! Enter to Win a Trip for TEN to St. John!!! 9

Good Morning!  You probably already know this if you have been following along on News of St. John, but I LOVE the good work that our local non-profits accomplish here in Love City.   And I very much enjoy shining a light on their progress.  So, I tend to share a lot of different opportunities for all who love this island to get involved.  And sometimes that involvement includes the opportunity to win a trip to your happy place (that’s St. John 😉 ).  But this particular raffle is not a trip for two.  No, it is a trip for up to TEN people and includes a stay at one of St. John’s most gorgeous villas as well as shopping, dining and activity vouchers.

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Where to Stay Spotlight: Direct Booking For Two Beautiful Villas in One Incredible Location

Where to Stay Spotlight: Direct Booking For Two Beautiful Villas in One Incredible Location 10

Today, we are revisiting two amazing villas, perched high above Great Cruz Bay.  Between the two homes there are two pools, six bedrooms, seven and a half bathrooms, two beautifully equipped kitchens and a wide variety of exquisite indoor and outdoor lounging and dining areas from which you can enjoy that beautiful view of the Caribbean Sea.  These villas can be rented separately with total privacy.  Or you can rent them both and open a privacy door to a long walkway that connects the expansive verandas.  Oh, and the new website allows you to BOOK DIRECT, avoiding the high fees of a third-party service!  Let’s take a closer look at The Other World and Villa L’Autre Monde….

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