Posted by: islandhideaway | December 28, 2009

Beautiful St. Thomas

Glynn

Thank you so much for a beautiful and peaceful stay in your villa. My kids and I had a wonderful time, they love being able to walk out the door to the pool. Thanks for all the advice on where to eat and what to see. We loved Sapphire beach over some of the others we visited. To future guest, Blue Moon Cafe in Secret Harbor has some of the best food. The eater!!. Thank again Glynn, we enjoyed our stay and the beautiful view!

Diane, John, Brianna & Alissa Moyer from Dryden, Mi  Dec. 21-28, 2009

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Posted by: islandhideaway | November 14, 2009

Testimonial Nov.14, 2009

Glynn, Thanks for everything, we had a great 2nd year wedding anniversary. Life in St. Thomas is great!. To future guest, we love Magan’s Bay and Trunk bay St. John. Take the ferry from Red Hook, its 15 minutes.

See you soon
Lisa & Greg
Baltimore, Md

Posted by: islandhideaway | August 26, 2009

THANK GLYNN

 

Aug 2009

Thank you so much for having my mother and me. It’s a great location and you have been so kind and helpful. Thank you as well for the note about the internet. Maybe I’ll see you at the gym and when I get scuba certified., we’ll have to go for a dive. Take care until then

 

Cindy D

Posted by: islandhideaway | May 19, 2009

Testimonial May 15, 2009

Dear Glynn
This was a great base of operation for our vacation., and I do mean base, since we did about everything there was to do on St. Thomas & St. John. Our best memory will be all of our iguana buddies!. A special fondness for the two who watch television with us. Timeless memories!!
Thanks! Jenn and John Lakanen

Posted by: islandhideaway | May 6, 2009

Carnival 2009 “My First”

Our stay April 28th- May 6, 2009

I really enjoyed my stay and time here in St. Thomas. The beaches are great and the food was great. St. Thomas is full of lizard and iguana’s they crawl around you like they know you. Thank for a beautiful view on top of St. Thomas from upstairs. The music and parade was off the chain! I must say that my time here in the sun was fun and I must say that I will return again! Yes I will be back

Thank for 7 great days of hills, mountains’s and beautiful blue & green water yeah
The girls from “VA”

Posted by: islandhideaway | May 4, 2009

Carnival 2009

April 30- May 4, 2009
We had a wonderful time in St. Thomas. This was our first carnival celebrated in St. Thomas and I thank you for providing an affordable home away from home. The view, location, & studio was perfect for our vacation. I will definitely recommed this hideaway.
Leona Ford

Posted by: islandhideaway | April 28, 2009

Testimonies April 2009

Glynn
This studio high up on the hill is amazing for the price- thank for making my last minute trip affordable. The view of the bay from the deck is incredible and I enjoyed it every morning with my tea.
You are very personable- I like you immediately at the airport- and you knows the island well. A prefect guest house owner!! If I come back I”ll definitely check with you for availibility. A prefect spot, close to town and Red Hook which has some restuarant, a little night life and of course the ferry to St. John.
Thank for the suggestion of dining at Oceana.It was by far one of the best meals I have ever had {future guest try the aspargus soup and the prawns!} and Boston has many fine restaurants. This is a must if I ever visit again
George Flood

Posted by: islandhideaway | April 6, 2009

Testimonial

March 30 – April 6, 2009

Dear Glynn

We possibly couldn’t ask for a better place to stay at St. Thomas! We absolutely fell in love with our cozy home in the Virgin Islands. You made our stay very warm and kind-hearted. This is the best vacation we’ve ever had! We difinetely wish to come back and we hope we are able to visit St. Thomas again in the future. To those of you who are her for the first time;

*go to Magan Bay

*Have dinner at Oceana

*Visit St. John for a day and drive to Francis Bay there

Glynn, you have been a wonderful host and we wish you all the best!  Till next time!

Kaia and Kulda from Estonia

www.stthomasvirginisland.com

Posted by: islandhideaway | March 24, 2009

2009 Rolex Regatta Is More Viewer Friendly

 March 13, 2009 — With just two weeks to go, the St. Thomas Yacht Club is gearing up to host the 36th annual International Rolex Regatta, March 27-29.
     This year the regatta has some big changes aimed at pleasing local onlookers. With the race into the harbor slated for Saturday, March 28 and an open party on Saturday night at Yacht Haven Grande, there is something for everyone. There will be nightly entertainment after days of spirited sailing.
     Rolex watches will still be presented to four of the regatta’s class winners this year, one for each of the two IRC classes, the Caribbean Sailing Association class and the IC-24 class. The watches will be engraved on the back, race director Bill Canfield said.  With just 40 entries so far, the number of competitors are fewer than last year, a situation being felt at many regattas.
     The Rolex International Regatta has taken the tough economic times into account by lowering entry fees by $100.
     “We are worried about the world economy and yacht racing around the world,” Canfield said.
     Advance entries are the exception, and on-site entries give racers another opportunity to catch up with old friends at the entry desk, according to Linda Phillips, spokesperson for the BVI Spring Regatta, the next race following Rolex.
     On March 27, racing will be round the marks off the east end of St. Thomas, and while the courses are generally short, they demand a lot of quick and precise action by the crew to change sails for the upwind and downwind legs.
     March 28 is to be a big day for spectators, with a race right into the harbor downtown and a race mark right off the waterfront, allowing fans to see racers up close rounding the mark. The harbor race used to be held on Friday, but organizers wanted to change it to the weekend, so local people and tourists alike can experience the excitement of racing from the waterfront.
     “From about 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., there will be some pretty exciting racing downtown,” Canfield said.
     After racing, fans and racers can dance the night away starting at 7 p.m. at Yacht Haven Grande.
     “We’re excited about Saturday night at Yacht Haven Grande,” Canfield said. “Yacht Haven Grande is one of the best venues to host a big party.”
     There is no admission for the party, which will have cash bars and feature the reggae sounds of the Spectrum Band.
     Sunday’s race action will be back toward the east end of the island and the awards ceremony will start around 6 p.m. on the yacht club’s beach.
     The regatta has some new sponsors this year including Mount Gay Rum, famous for their highly coveted regatta-embroidered red caps. Yacht Haven Grande has provided free dock space, and other sponsors in addition to principal sponsors Rolex and A.H. Riise include Bellows International and the Virgin Islands Department of Tourism.
     The festivities will culminate at the St. Thomas Yacht Club at 7 p.m. on Sunday March 29 with an awards ceremony, entertainment and dancing.
     Racers and interested spectators can check out the race website or call 775-6320 for more information or to view a full schedule of events. 
 With just 40 entries so far, the number of competitors are fewer than last year, a situation being felt at many regattas.
     The Rolex International Regatta has taken the tough economic times into account by lowering entry fees by $100.
     “We are worried about the world economy and yacht racing around the world,” Canfield said.
     Advance entries are the exception, and on-site entries give racers another opportunity to catch up with old friends at the entry desk, according to Linda Phillips, spokesperson for the BVI Spring Regatta, the next race following Rolex.
     On March 27, racing will be round the marks off the east end of St. Thomas, and while the courses are generally short, they demand a lot of quick and precise action by the crew to change sails for the upwind and downwind legs.
     March 28 is to be a big day for spectators, with a race right into the harbor downtown and a race mark right off the waterfront, allowing fans to see racers up close rounding the mark. The harbor race used to be held on Friday, but organizers wanted to change it to the weekend, so local people and tourists alike can experience the excitement of racing from the waterfront.
     “From about 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., there will be some pretty exciting racing downtown,” Canfield said.
     After racing, fans and racers can dance the night away starting at 7 p.m. at Yacht Haven Grande.
     “We’re excited about Saturday night at Yacht Haven Grande,” Canfield said. “Yacht Haven Grande is one of the best venues to host a big party.”
     There is no admission for the party, which will have cash bars and feature the reggae sounds of the Spectrum Band.
     Sunday’s race action will be back toward the east end of the island and the awards ceremony will start around 6 p.m. on the yacht club’s beach.
     The regatta has some new sponsors this year including Mount Gay Rum, famous for their highly coveted regatta-embroidered red caps. Yacht Haven Grande has provided free dock space, and other sponsors in addition to principal sponsors Rolex and A.H. Riise include Bellows International and the Virgin Islands Department of Tourism.
     The festivities will culminate at the St. Thomas Yacht Club at 7 p.m. on Sunday March 29 with an awards ceremony, entertainment and dancing.
     Racers and interested spectators can check out the race website or call 775-6320 for more information or to view a full schedule of events.

by Pamela Reid

www.stthomasvirginisland.com

Posted by: islandhideaway | March 19, 2009

Virgin Islands Carnival Celebrations

Virgin Islands Carnival Celebrations

 

The word Carnival brings to mind an assortment of images; for music lovers it might mean heated Calypso shows and for children it brings to mind amusement park rides and cotton candy. To those who enjoy Caribbean delicacies Carnival may mean food fair and food/drink booths at the village. And to anyone who has experienced the Carnival parades, the word certainly brings to mind steel drums, bands, colorful costumes, people of all ages dancing in the streets, mocko-jumbies and fireworks. And if none of these images came to mind, perhaps you have never experienced Carnival in the U.S.V.I. Join us now, as we introduce you to Carnival!

Highly Anticipated Event

‘Everybody love the Carnival, No don’t stop de Carnival, Do as you like, but leave my Carnival, All West Indians love their Carnival, Everybody bound to have their fun, No rain at all can stop de Carnival, Not even hurricanes can stop de Carnival because all de Creole de love their Carnival.’ (Don’t Stop the Carnival by Duke of Iron. Calypso theme song for Carnival 1952.)

There is no denying that Virgin Islanders love Carnival! It is the most anticipated cultural event of the year! Carnival is a festival celebrating freedom through dancing, singing, parades, pageantry, music, drinks, food, friends and fun. It includes nightly displays of talented bands and individual musicians, pageants for Carnival royalty and fairs showcasing local crafts, food and drinks. Carnival however is much more than a large party. It is an exposition of culture and a treasured tradition that is passed down year after year. It draws on African and European customs including music, dancing and masquerades. Carnival can be found throughout the Caribbean and is celebrated on various islands at different times of the year. In the United States Virgin Islands Carnival events take place on St. Thomas in April/May, St. Croix in December/January and St. John in June/July.

If you would like to know what events are scheduled for this year’s Carnival please use our Events Calendar (select the appropriate month and year from the drop down menu).

 

www.stthomasvirginisland.com

The carnival tradition in St. Thomas began in 1912, however it would be 38 years before the festival would become an annual event. In 1952 Ron de Lugo revived Carnival in St. Thomas and we have been celebrating every year since. St. Thomas hosts the second largest Carnival cultural celebration in the Caribbean. It is a month long event that includes calypso shows, food fair, queen pageants, steel pan shows, parades and more. St. Thomas’ annual post-Easter Carnival is an incredible spectacle of spirit and tradition.

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