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Real Estate Spotlight: Pool, Views & Walking Distance to Coral Bay Shops & Restaurants

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Today we’re talking real estate. As many of you likely know, there are lots of properties for sale around the island. But there aren’t too many within walking distance to some of the island’s best shops, restaurants and even a market. But one is. Today we’d like to introduce you to Seabiscuit…

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A Little Island Update

Hawksnest July 2021

Hi all, it’s Jenn! Hillary is on vacation this week, so she asked me to help out a bit. For those of you who know me, hello! I’ve missed you! And for those of you who are unfamiliar with me, I am the former publisher of News of St. John. Hello to you all too, and thank you for reading this great blog! I figured I’d provide a little island update for you all today. 🙂

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Real Estate Spotlight: Stunning Peter Bay Home with Unparalleled Views

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Every then and again we come across a home here on St. John that simply takes our breath away. Today we’d like to share one of these extraordinary spots with all of you. It’s located in one of the island’s most exclusive neighborhoods, and it happens to be looking for its next owner. Please take a few moments to check out Villa Carlota…

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Cinnamon Bay Campground Gets Reopening Date!

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Hello everyone, and happy Friday! We have such great news to share with you all today! A reopening date has been announced for the campground at Cinnamon Bay! How exciting!

For those of you who have known and loved St. John for some time, you probably know that the campground at Cinnamon Bay was destroyed during Hurricane Irma back in September 2017. The campground has been closed since.

In May 2019, we learned that Tom Secunda – a part-time resident, philanthropist and cofounder of Bloomberg LP – took over the campground, was rebuilding it and planned to donate the proceeds back to the island once it reopened. Thank you so much Mr. Secunda for that!

Well construction hit a snag when asbestos was found in some of the sewer pipes. And then the pandemic happened. So that delayed the project too. But now it’s back on track and will reopen this year… woohoo!

A December 2021 reopening date was recently announced at the Friends of the Virgin Islands National Park’s annual meeting. Such great news!

We took a little stroll over at the campground yesterday and took some pics to show you what’s happening over there. Please take a minute and check them out…

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It’s starting to come together, folks!

And here is a short beach video for those of you who are experiencing the arctic air up north… I hope this warms you up a bit!

In the meantime, if you are looking to take a fun tour of St. John, please check out my tour company – ExploreSTJ.com. And if you are looking to have dinner delivered directly to your villa, condo or even your boat, we’ve got you covered! You can order online at www.stjtogo.com and have your dinner delivered in under an hour! We have a few spots open for our Super Bowl delivery this Sunday, but orders need to be placed today. You can do so at order.stjtogo.com/superbowl  Thanks all! Have an amazing weekend! -Jenn

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Explore STJ: Water Catchment Trail

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The water catchment area

Hello everyone, and happy Wednesday! For those of you who know me, you know how much I love exploring this island! Well today, I’d like to tell you about a new-to-me hiking trail that I recently explored. It led me to something pretty neat, so I thought I’d share it with all of you!

Chances are, you’ve noticed a sign along Centerline Road that marks the Water Catchment Trail. It’s on your left-hand side before the intersection of Route 104 (commonly known as Gifft Hill Road) if you are heading toward Coral Bay. It’s a rather short trail – just .4 miles from the road to the water catchment area – although it’s downhill most of the way. That means it’s uphill most of the way back. 🙂

The trail itself is rather wide most of the way and is maintained pretty well. I’d recommend wearing sneakers for this one,  and perhaps bring a bottle of water if it’s a hot day.

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There is a small parking area at the trailhead.
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This trail also leads you to Caneel Hill, although that’s a very tough, steep trail.
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You will see several beautiful tyre palms along the way.
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You will come to an unmarked intersection a few minutes along the way. Take the trail to the right to get to the water catchment area.
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You will walk through a ghut briefly before arriving at the water catchment area.
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You have arrived!

Check out this quick video I took:

Now you’re probably wondering what the heck this is. The water catchment area was used for Caneel Bay Resort back when it was in operation. (Feels like a lifetime ago, doesn’t it??!) The actual catchment area consists of a large, fenced-in basin that collects rainwater in a large holding tank. Water from Caneel Bay desalination plant, which is still in operation, was also pumped up into this tank. The water from the catchment area was filtered and chlorinated before it was brought into the resort. The water catchment area is located high above the resort, so when the water flowed down into the property and its buildings, it had all the water pressure it needed to adequately serve the resort. Pretty neat, right?

So the next time you are on island, take a little hike in the woods and check this out. Or better yet, take an island tour with me! I would love to show you around! For more information on my island tours – which are rated “excellent” on TripAdvisor!! – please visit www.explorestj.com

And in the event that you missed our announcement last week, I am now offering restaurant delivery on the entire island through STJ To Go. You can order from several of your favorite Cruz Bay spots and get it delivered to your doorstep in under an hour! We’re even offering a special Super Bowl package for those of you who want to have fun, but you don’t want to go out. We’re bringing the fun to you! Learn more about this great new service at www.stjtogo.com

Thanks all! And thank you News of St. John for allowing me to shamelessly plug Explore STJ and STJ To Go. 🙂 Have a great day everyone!

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New Business Delivers Dinners to Your Doorstep

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Order online at www.stjtogo.com

Hello everyone, it’s Jenn Manes! I am super excited to tell you all about a new business I just launched here on St. John!

How many times have you wanted a great dinner from a Cruz Bay restaurant, but you didn’t feel like making the drive into town? Perhaps you didn’t want to pay for your entire family to take a taxi, you were too tired after a long day at the beach, or you simply didn’t want to deal with the hassle of finding a parking spot in town. And for those of you who’ve visited the island in recent months, there may have been a time or two when you weren’t able to get a table at your favorite restaurant because of the current Covid restrictions. Well guess what… Your problems have been solved because STJ To Go is now delivering dinners right to your doorstep! Oh and we can deliver locally-made St. John Brewers beers, and even wine and spirits from our other restaurants too!

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More Shade Soon Come at Maho!

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Maho, December 2020

Hi all, it’s Jenn again! Happy Friday! Hillary celebrated her birthday yesterday, so I’m here, yet again, to share some news with all of you!

For those of you who’ve read this website over the years, you know how much I love Maho Bay. And chances are, it’s a favorite beach of many of you too. Well I’m excited to tall you all that Maho is getting more shade! Such great news!

Numerous seagrape trees were planted along the shoreline a few months ago in an effort to replace native trees that were uprooted during the 2017 storms. These trees also help control erosion, and of course they provide some much needed shade on the beach too. This project was made possible by Friends of Virgin Islands National Park, a very important nonprofit organization that supports the National Park here on St. John.

Native trees have also been planted over at Hawksnest and Trunk Bay too. Great news!

We reached out to Todd Sampsell, president of Friends of the Virgin Islands National Park, and here is what he had to say:

“The plantings at Maho (and Hawksnest and Trunk) are an ongoing Friends effort to help replace native tree species that were lost in Irma/Maria,” Todd said. “These trees will root and help secure the beaches from further erosion from storm surge and rising ocean levels.”

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“This is part of our larger focus on native plant restoration for St. John that also includes propagating native trees and fruit trees for giveaways around EarthDay, invasive species management and propagation and planting of federally listed species found on St. John,” Todd continued. “Of course we also try to tie in education efforts for kids and adults.”

A win-win all around!

And in case you are wondering, the trees are fenced off so the deer and donkey don’t munch on them. 🙂

Side note: I came across a very pregnant donkey while walking along Leinster Bay yesterday… Baby donkey soon come!

That’s all I have for you today, folks. I hope you all have a wonderful weekend! And if you are lucky enough to be visiting the island soon, take an island tour with me! Covid precautions are in place, of course! You can learn more on my website at www.explorestj.com 

Thanks all! -Jenn