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Natural Phenomenons on St. John: Waterspout to the East, Sahara Dust to the West

Natural Phenomenons on St. John: Waterspout to the East, Sahara Dust to the West 1

Yesterday afternoon, St. John received visits from two different natural phenomenons…Both of which are impressive feats of nature in my book!  The west side of the island sat under stagnant, hazy air, while the east end received a bit of rain and quite a show from Mother Nature!

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New Activity Alert- Self Guided Historical Tour of Cruz Bay

New Activity Alert- Self Guided Historical Tour of Cruz Bay 3

If you are interested in more than just happy hours and sunshine when you are visiting St. John, this is something you should definitely pick up!  One thing that gets overlooked by many visitors to St. John is the rich history of the island and her people.  The St. John Historical Society just rolled out a colorfully designed map with a self guided walking tour of Cruz Bay.  So, on your next trip, you can add a little history and culture into your vacation!

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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) 5

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! 6

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! 7

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

Win an "All-Inclusive" Trip to St. John! 8

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 9

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 10

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 11

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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