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Tourism Skyrockets in the USVI

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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

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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

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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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On the Market: Quaint Island Cottage with Ideal Location and Price Tag!

On the Market: Quaint Island Cottage with Ideal Location and Price Tag! 5

This hidden gem is a perfect escape for a solo or duo looking to call St. John home or for a resident ready to take the plunge into home ownership!  The lovely cottage I’m highlighting today is move in ready with a budget friendly price tag, convenience and tranquility.  Let’s take a look at this quaint abode nestled in the hillside overlooking Coral Bay Harbor!

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A Simple Twist of Fate- Behind the Scenes of Kenny Chesney’s Knowing You Video (Part 1/3)

A Simple Twist of Fate- Behind the Scenes of Kenny Chesney's Knowing You Video (Part 1/3) 6

On Friday, March 12, Kenny Chesney released a new music video entitled “Knowing You” that was filmed partially in Gloucester, MA and partially on the Virgin Island of St. Croix and in her surrounding waters. The video is a bittersweet love story from the eyes of a sailor in which the Pop Country super star reflects from chilly New England back on the memories he created with a beautiful free spirit in a very different time with a very different backdrop.

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Even though the video was filmed on St. Croix and not on St. John, the iconic artist never ceases with his love affair for Love City and selected his beautiful co-star from his circles here. Through these same circles, this young woman also found the boat, Sailing Vessel Kai, for him to use in this video. A vessel that was coincidentally making her way back to the USVI after spending the fall in a boatyard in the same New England mariner town where the first part of this video was filmed.

Last week, the lovely co-star from “Knowing You,” Monica Knaggs, Kai’s First Mate for the journey south, Sarah Ford, and myself hopped aboard Asante with my boyfriend, Captain Teddy, who also sailed south on Kai and was kind enough to play taxi for the three of us for the day. 🙂

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We left Great Cruz Bay and headed out to Christmas Cove to meet up with the 70-foot sailboat, Kai, and her Captain/Owner, Justin Smith. Monica, Sarah, Justin and I sat down in the beautifully appointed salon of Kai so I could get the story from the three of them about how they became a part of “Knowing You,” their journeys to St. Croix and their experiences working with Kenny Chesney and his team.

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Captain Justin Smith, First Mate Sarah Ford, Monica Knags and Sam the Boat Dog on the bow of Kai

This is a synchronistic, three-part story of how the boat, the girl and the musician came together to create this video that, in the end, reflects a calm after the storm.

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Coffee Break in Great Cruz Bay

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Good Afternoon and Happy Fri-YAY!  If you’re in the same boat (figuratively speaking:)) as I am, it’s been a CRAZY busy week and could use a little break.  I’m working on three very amazing stories and have been conducting and transcribing interviews all week in addition to writing the daily posts, working on Asante with Teddy AND doing all of my design and marketing side projects.  This morning, I decided to take a quick break and come up for air away from my computer to soak in the sun and the view for a moment.  And I wanted to share it with you 🙂

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Live Music Update

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Good Morning!  Things are in full swing on island with live music happening nightly at a few establishments and sporadic traveling acts being scheduled at various venues.  Oh, and music is BACK at the Beach Bar!  March kicked off with VI Jam Fest bringing some world class musicians to St. John and I can’t tell you how good it felt to be watching and listening to a full band right in front of me again.  So, if you’re passionate about live music, like myself, and REALLY missed it while it was gone, read on so you can get your fill while you’re on St. John this month!

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The Inside Scoop on Kenny Chesney’s “Knowing You” Video

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Good Morning!  Kenny Chesney released his “Knowing You” music video today and I wanted to share a bit about the people, and the boat, involved in this video….The following is a sneak peek into a more in depth, upcoming interview with the video cast and sailing crew aboard the featured vessel, Kai.

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On The Market: Mint Mecca is Move-In Ready!

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Good Morning!  I hope everyone out there is making it gracefully through their work week and looking towards some weekend fun!  Speaking of fun, take a break and a little virtual tour with me as we walk through a stunning three bedroom, three bathroom masonry home on a beautiful half acre lot in St. John’s Chocolate Hole neighborhood.

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Business Spotlight: A Day of Leisure at Lovango Resort + Beach Club!

Business Spotlight: A Day of Leisure at Lovango Resort + Beach Club! 14

Back in December, the Lovango Resort + Beach Club opened their docks to their first phase of enjoyment on the little cay of Lovango.  I’m happy to say that from what I have seen and experienced at the little oasis, just moments from Cruz Bay or Red Hook by boat, it seems the Snider family is making waves in great ways.

In keeping with the plans that were outlined in the sneak peak published in late 2020, the full service Beach Club, Boutique Shopping Area and Waterfront Restaurant opened on December 23 and is stacked with tremendous views and built by local contractors.

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Unbeatable views with sustainable build by local contractors

The first phase including all of the above opened on the 23rd of December.  Future plans for the off-the-grid resort resort have sustainability at its core.  Limited home sales, glamping tents and bungalow style hotel rooms are in the works and when it is complete, will occupy just 15% of the land.  But, for now, let’s take a look at the Beach Club and Waterfront Dining Experiences!

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