The tastiest celebration in the USVI is returning to Lovango Resort + Beach Club this spring! Last year, the boutique resort on Lovango Cay, just a seven-minute ferry ride from St. Thomas or St. John, hosted its first annual Taste of Lovango celebration of fine food, craft cocktails, delectable wines and accomplished chefs from around the globe. And, on May 29, the second Taste of Lovango weekend begins with an aim to explore, and elevate, our palates and culinary horizons.
Good Morning, Good Morning! How is everyone’s holiday season shaping up? We are in full-on Christmas cheer mode here in Love City with tons of extra special seasonal activities for all ages happening here on island this week (I’m tired AND overjoyed just thinking about it!). Slim Man’s Christmas lights are up and better than ever and the parking lot across from the post-office is literally overflowing with last minute gift senders and receivers. You know what other seasonally specific natural occurrence happens at just about this time of year? You guessed it…The Christmas Winds! These seasonally high winds (sometimes between 20 and 30 knots) traditionally blow into the Caribbean through the month of December, marking the true beginnings of sailing season. Which brings me to the main topic of this story…Sailing Asante!
It’s the most wonderful time of the year…And I’m not just talking about the uplifting holiday spirit decking the halls of Love City! On Monday, Lovango Resort + Beach Club re-opens for the season with a ton of amazing new offerings featuring the top-notch service, divine dining and imbibing and those picture-perfect views that they have become so well known for since they opened in December of 2020.
Good Morning, Good Morning! And Happy Holidays to you! I don’t know how everyone else is feeling out there, but I personally have had some serious issues with getting into the “spirit” of things this year. Life things happen at unfortunate times sometimes and, while adulting through some recent challenges in life, it’s been tough for even perpetually positive me to start spreading that holiday cheer. But as I sat down to write this article, I was reminded that those life’s challenges are precisely the reason for this particular St. John holiday tradition. An annual gathering that allows us to be together and celebrate the year’s accomplishments and recover from the difficulties that island life may have thrown our ways. A gathering that gives us the opportunity to get dressed up and get into that holiday spirit before the crazy busy of Christmas on St. John actually begins. I’m feeling a bit more festive already…Are you?
Good Morning, Good Morning! Many of you may, or may not, be aware that America Recycles Day is just around the corner. On November 15, organizations dedicated to keeping America beautiful will celebrate, promote and educate for recycling in the United States. Which is great! But many, perhaps most, recycling programs around the nation are run by a municipality and/or government funded. Here, on St. John, we have even more reason to celebrate recycling. First, because up until just three short years ago, we had almost no recycling program at all. And second, we are now able to say “cheers” to keeping aluminum cans and select plastics out of our landfills. And for that, we owe a huge thanks to the CHARITY who makes sure we have the ability to do just that: Island Green Living.
Good Morning, Good Morning! How is everyone doing out there in the world? As the slowest time of the year comes to a blissful close, things are starting to pick up, slowly but surely, here in Love City. And next week many local businesses and community members will take advantage of this dwindling slow time to welcome a group of wounded veterans to St. John for a week of healing, exploration, adventure and relaxation.
It’s that time of year again…The St. John Land Conservancy launched their annual Love for the Land Fundraiser this week. And this time around one lucky winner will have the opportunity to island hop a bit while indulging in this amazing prize package. For the cost of ONE raffle ticket, two guests will enjoy FOUR nights on Lovango Cay at the Lovango Resort + Beach Club and an additional THREE nights at Joy of Life Villa in Coral Bay. Top that off with some delicious dining and drinking indulgences, complimentary transportation while on island AND a few boat days and, well…you’ve got yourself a picture-perfect vacation!
Good Afternoon everyone! I hope that all of you have been well…I have absolutely missed sharing the stories of St. John with you! When this one hit the interwebs last week, I was so excited to be able to report back to you on the new developments in the Caneel Bay story. In March, the National Park Service concluded the second public comment period in regard to the fate of the Caneel Bay Resort, stating that they would release the results by late Spring. In the true spirit of Island Time, we finally received word from them last week about the completion of the Caneel Bay redevelopment and management environmental assessment (EA) and their decision to move forward with the development of overnight accommodations at Caneel. But this time with more emphasis on public access, conservation and potential community collaboration.
A few weeks ago, I wrote about a St. John resident who had planned to swim 15.5 miles through the Sir Frances Drake Channel from Virgin Gorda to St. John in an effort to raise funding and awareness for two charities that we all hold near and dear to our hearts. Today, I’m ecstatic to say that Thursday evening, just after the sun had set into the sea, Jeff Miller pulled himself out of the water on the shore of St. John’s East End after nine hours and eighteen minutes in the water. On May 25, 2023, he became the first person to successfully swim and document this particular traverse. And he, his wife, Jude Woodcock, and the rest of his safety team maneuvered this stretch of water with the unpredictability of Mother Nature without incident. (Cover photo courtesy Steve Simonsen Photography)