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Virgin Islands Update – Current USVI COVID Information and BVI Seaport Re-Opening

Virgin Islands Update - Current USVI COVID Information and BVI Seaport Re-Opening 2

Good Morning!  And a happy Thursday to you all.  We received some updates from the BVI and from Governor Bryan this week and I wanted to get you all up to date.  I have also been continuing to receive a ton of messages in regards to COVID testing for travel.  So, let’s get to that first.

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A Simple Twist of Fate- Behind the Scenes of Kenny Chesney’s “Knowing You” Video (Part 2/3)

A Simple Twist of Fate- Behind the Scenes of Kenny Chesney's "Knowing You" Video (Part 2/3) 3

When we left off in Part One of this story, Sailing Vessel Kai and her crew were about to head south from North Carolina in order to sail home to the USVI and meet up with Kenny Chesney and Monica Knaggs for the filming of the famed musician’s “Knowing You” music video.  In this second chapter, Monica and her boyfriend Connor leave St. John for St. Croix with some traveling woes while Kai struggles to make it in one piece to Puerto Rico and then St. Croix in time for production day.

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Win an All-Inclusive Trip to St. John – Raffle Update and Your Questions Answered!

Win an All-Inclusive Trip to St. John - Raffle Update and Your Questions Answered! 4

Good Morning!  Last week we posted about Island Green Living Association’s “Two Tickets to Paradise” raffle that will give a lucky someone an all-inclusive trip to St. John!!!  If you missed the initial post, please check it out first before reading on.  Ok, all set?  Sweet.

Well, I’m happy to say that in just over 48 hours you guys helped them raise OVER $30K in support of green initiatives on St. John!  And today, the raffle ticket sales total $46,855 putting them at one third of their goal of $150k.  Nice work out there!

Win an All-Inclusive Trip to St. John - Raffle Update and Your Questions Answered! 5

Between Kelly McKinney of Island Green and myself, we have received a lot of questions and I wanted to take a moment this morning to answer those and also start to highlight some of the businesses who so generously donated to the grand prize.

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On the Market: Budget Friendly and Convenient “Paradise” Awaits!

On the Market: Budget Friendly and Convenient "Paradise" Awaits! 6

Good Morning!  I have quite the gem for all of you house hunters out there today!  Paradise on the Rocks is a three bedroom, three bathroom sturdily built masonry home perched high atop Ajax Peak between Cruz Bay and Coral Bay.  This home is move in ready with a bit of income built into it.  And it rings in at under a million dollars.  To be honest…It’s kind of a unicorn.  Let’s check it out!

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Win an “All-Inclusive” Trip to St. John!

Win an "All-Inclusive" Trip to St. John! 7

This is NO April Fool’s joke!  The Island Green Living Association is launching a raffle in celebration of Earth Month and in support of their mission to “Preserve St. John!”  The winner of this particular raffle will take home a prize valued at over $10,000 that includes accommodations, boating adventures, car rental, airline tickets, dining vouchers and other activities that will ensure their next trip to St. John has a five star stamp on it!

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An Afternoon With Elin Hilderbrand

An Afternoon With Elin Hilderbrand 8

A while back, I received a message from “the queen of the beach read” and best selling author Elin Hilderbrand. She reached out to me via Instagram to ensure that I had seen the story about ABC’s possible option on her Paradise Trilogy. I asked the famed novelist if she wouldn’t mind sitting down with me when she was next on island. She told me she would be on St. John this month for her annual five week “Winter in Paradise” and, with a green light from Captain Teddy, I invited her to join us for an afternoon of conversation and sailing on Asante.

So, on March 18, Elin and her boyfriend, Tim, joined Teddy, Chewy and myself on the boat to celebrate their ninth anniversary and chat about the madness of 2020, Love City of past and present and some interesting parallels between the author’s home of Nantucket and her beloved winter “paradise,” St. John.

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Tourism Skyrockets in the USVI

Tourism Skyrockets in the USVI 9

Good Morning!  I hope that you all had a great weekend and that your work week is off to a great start this morning!  Earlier this month, Caribbean Journal reported on the crazy high (comparatively speaking) tourism numbers in the US Virgin Islands.  With bargain basement flights available, our borders fully open to American visitors and many of our sister islands remaining “closed” or requiring mandatory quarantines, its no wonder.  USVI is one of the very few “paradise” destinations currently accessible to American visitors who are anxious to get out and travel after being cooped up for nearly a year.

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Paradise Sometimes has its Price

Paradise Sometimes has its Price 10

Good Morning and a Happy Fri-Yay to you all!  I often say that “Paradise has its Price.”  St. John is, in my heart, the most beautiful place on earth.  The people, the food, the views, the community…It’s all just kind of perfect for me. But, it does come with its minor inconveniences.   And yesterday was a solid example of that statement.

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BVI Welcomes Back Cruise Ships, Pushes for April 15 Seaport Opening

BVI Welcomes Back Cruise Ships, Pushes for April 15 Seaport Opening 11

Ah, the BVI…Zipping around from one stunning island to another, Painkillers at Soggy Dollar Bar, lobster quesadillas from One Love, lobster from Sydney’s, honey rum and corn hole at the Bee Line, jumps off the Willie T, exploring The Baths and beautiful local characters with charisma and charm and the ability to make you laugh.  I cannot believe it has been a year.  And it’s looking like it’s going to be a bit longer for pleasure boats and day trippers.

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The Baths- Virgin Gorda

Every week, I check the BVI government pages, scanning them for information about an eventual re-opening that makes sense for USVI residents and visitors.  And for several weeks, there have been no updates.  But, on Friday, and after several weeks without a chirp, there was a bit of movement with a press release from the BVI Ports Authority and a statement from Premier Fahie.  Both releases were dated March 19.

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