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Lovango Resort + Beach Club to Re-Open with New Amenities This Winter

Lovango Resort + Beach Club to Re-Open with New Amenities This Winter 1

Well, it seems like December is going to be a busy month for new things to do and places to explore!  In addition to this week’s announcement about the Cinnamon Campground re-opening this winter, we just got word that Lovango Resort + Beach Club will be opening their shores once again on December 20 with significantly expanded amenities. accommodations and experiences!

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Cinnamon Bay Campground Sets Sights on Winter Re-Opening

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Hello!  I have some GREAT news to share with you all today!  I received an email on Friday from CiCi Davis with Cinnamon Bay Campground containing some tidbits about what they have been up to at the campground…And we can look forward to some more information in the weeks and months to come on the upcoming (hopefully December!) re-opening!

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Caribbean Cocktails at Home: The Daiquiri

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If you can honestly say you have never ordered a Daiquiri…Well, hats off to you.  The sweeter than candy frozen cocktail with artificial fruit flavors is generally topped with Reddi-Whip and served at beachfront and on-board establishments around the world.  And, it may have been my go to in earlier years of tropical vacations.

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But, this popular cocktail is actually so far from what a traditional Daiquiri is.  It has evolved over the past hundred years or so into a shriveled and tourism friendlier version of itself.  Although popular with all ages and levels of alcohol consumption, the present day daquiri mocks the sophistication of the classic cocktail of the same name.

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Explore the Annaberg Plantation

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Many times in the past, I have shared with you videos and photos and even web cams of St. John in order to give you a little virtual vacation and way to transport yourself to our happy place.  Well, today I want to share with you a way to virtually transport yourself to the historic Annaberg Plantation.  In 2015, Virgin Islands National Park and Friends of Virgin Islands National Park teamed up with CyArk, “a non profit organization founded in 2003 to digitally record, archive and share the world’s most significant cultural heritage and ensure that these places continue to inspire wonder and curiosity for decades to come.”

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Explore the history of the Annaberg Plantation online!

It’s a great way to enjoy some sites of St. John AND dive into the sordid history of this island…long before the days of beach vacations and happy hours…And, you just might learn something!

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Tune in Tonight: Island Tunes for Island Health

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Good Morning!  And a beautiful Tuesday to you all!  This evening is an absolutely great time to dust off the recipes for those Caribbean Cocktails we have been practicing and tune in for some sounds of St. John to benefit the Island Health and Wellness Center….Party with a purpose, if you will 🙂

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BVI Update- Arrival Protocol Restrictions Ease Up on October 1

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I saw a Facebook post in my morning internet wanderings today that made me go “Hmmmm.”  A friend of mine had shared a post from an individual who blogs about the BVI that basically said day trips would be allowed as of October 1.  Well, that’s totally true and there will be some changes made to the current restrictions as of that day that will likely make that a bit easier.  But, don’t book a boat for the BVI and pack your bags quite yet.  There is some serious fine print to look at….

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Local Livin’: Baked With Love in Love City

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A while back, I was privileged enough to sit down for dinner with two dynamic and talented St. John born women to chat about their homegrown business in Coral Bay.  An ingenious build out of a shipping container with the lingering smells of freshly baked treats sits adjacent to the building that used to house Pickles in Paradise.  And within the walls of this shipping container, Ann Monsanto and Brenda Stephenson create magical, freshly baked flavors on par with the quality of a decadent corner bakery in Manhattan with the charm and hospitality of Love City.  Building their dreams, one muffin at a time.

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Caribbean Cocktails at Home – The Rum Punch

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We all know it.  We all love it.  And we have all had some very different variations of it in our travels.  I personally, have made Rum Punch according to the staple recipes of five or six different establishments on St. John.  Not one of them is the same but all are similar in their exploration of tropical juices, Cruzan flavored rum and, for many, the simultaneous splash of bright red Grenadine that gives the concoction its notable pink hue.  Some places add fresh nutmeg.  Some a dark rum float.  But all of them have a very similar outcome.  A “goes down too easy” fruit rum libation that is sure to please anyone who enjoys a good easy going tropical cocktail.

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Explore St. Croix For the Day!

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Good Morning, Good Morning!  I hope you all had a lovely weekend and are staying safe, happy and healthy out there in the world 🙂  A lot of folks have recently asked about going to St. Croix for the day.  Well, during normal times of year, I might not necessarily recommend the ferry…Especially if you have a tendency to get a little woozy on the water!  But, during these beautiful months of the year where the water is calm and the breezes have subsided, The Native Son Ferry to St. Croix is a lovely option for a day trip from St. Thomas!

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