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ABC Announces TV Series Based on Elin Hilderbrand Trilogy

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If you are an avid St. John vacationer and you love a good beach read, you have likely followed along a notorious author named Elin Hilderbrand.  Dubbed “the queen of the summer beach read” by the New York Times, Hilderbrand is a local celebrity on St. John and created the “Paradise” trilogy.  In these page turners, Hilderbrand drops the names of many St. John locals and locales, business owners and bar dwellers…Making Love City enthusiasts feel right at home, regardless of from where they are enjoying the three novels.

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Last month, ABC announced the possibility of a new limited series entitled “Winter in Paradise” that features the characters and stories from these Best Selling, St. John centric novels.  And, in turn, St. John herself 🙂

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Online Art Auction and Virtual Concert Series

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Good Morning All!  I have mentioned many times before the absolutely devastating effect that COVID-19 has had on our island’s very necessary non-profits over the past year.  The majority of them host fundraisers throughout the year that give the little island that could a reason to get out and socialize for a number of great causes.  This year, many of them have struggled with the cancelling of these momentous annual events which has caused drastic decreases to their annual fundraising efforts.

But, in the true spirit of St. John, most of them have been flexible and creative; developing new ways to raise funds and collect donations online.  And fortunately for all of you who are not currently on St. John, this means that you can participate and support from afar like never before!  This month, the St. John School of the Arts has taken their annual concert series to the web and are hosting an online art auction to “keep their lights on” and support the artistic community and students of St. John!

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The Simplistic Beauty of Cinnamon Bay – By Alex Glass

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Happy Monday!  A few weeks ago, I received a message inquiring as to whether we would accept a submission from a student.  Without asking questions, I immediately said yes.  And I’m so glad I did.  On Friday the following article about Cinnamon Beach came in from Alex Glass.

Alex is in fourth grade and is spending the year away from all of his friends at Maret School in Washington DC. His family relocated to St. John for a short time and Alex is remote learning.  Here, he writes with a great deal of gratitude about the opportunity to be here this year and enjoy his favorite beach in abundance.  I hope you enjoy his perspective on the beauty of Cinnamon Bay 🙂

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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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Real Estate Spotlight: Find Your Paradise at Little Palm Villa

Views from Little Palm Villa

Good Morning!  Today I have a home to share with you that has me a little green with envy towards the future buyer.  This two bedroom, two bath masonry villa has so much sophisticated charm, an affordable price tag, plenty of space without being extravagant and an incredible location with views to match.  Little Palm Villa is, for me personally, a perfect St. John escape.

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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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Under The Sea: More Than Just Sun Rays

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I feel like we can all agree that there is something extremely inviting about the turquoise waters surrounding St. John.  And I’m not just talking about floating around and sipping on a cocktail inviting (because we all know how wonderful that experience is).  I’m talking about sticking your face in the water and exploring the world beneath the surface.

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Keep Left!

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Good Morning and a happy Monday to you all!  I’m afraid that I have some not so great news this morning, but it needs to be addressed.  For it comes with a little PSA that I suppose is necessary given the number of first time visitors traveling to the USVI this winter and the unfortunate events of last week.  So, today, we need to go back to St. John basics….Driving on the left side of the road.

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Local Livin’- Local Cuisine with Smitty at Island Breeze

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Good Morning and a happy Friday to you!  I hope that all of you are wrapping up your work week with a smile on your face and ready to get into some fun this weekend.  I’m excited to be revisiting the Local Livin’ series this morning with a highlighted local business that offers amazing food, weekend specialties and really, really good company.

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Real Estate Spotlight: True Caribbean Charm at Caribyn Odyssea

Caribbean views

Good Morning and a happy Thursday to you!   Today I would like to share with you a three level masonry home tucked into a quiet corner of Coral Bay with expansive views and outdoor spaces and TONS of Caribbean charm.  Caribyn Odyssea has been on the market for a bit and just underwent a $55k price cut.  AND, if you’re not currently checking out the Love City housing market, this four bedroom slice of paradise is available for short-term rentals….So, still worth checking out!  Let’s take a look….

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