Many people have questioned whether we liked where we stayed at St. John, since it was semi camping. I like to call it luxury camping because we weren’t actually staying in a tent and sleeping bag. Well, I guess it was a tent–they call it tent-cottage. Besides the nasty bugs, we did like it very much. The place is called Maho Bay Camps, located right in Maho Bay. Our tent cottage was right off the beach. It did have beds, electricity, wood floors, camping stove, cooler. It was all screened in, but we were often visited by lizards and other insects. No phone or TV. There was a communal bathroom–very clean actually. The cool thing about the campground is that it is a non-profit, green resort. The whole place was constructed to avoid soil erosion. Water conservation and recycling is practice. Water is heated by solar panels. I like the sense of community. Lots of fun activities. I did yoga every morning with a beautiful overlook (that’s Suki the instructor in the bad-light picture). I also took a glassblowing class (I’ll post later). Lots of fun trails within walking distance from the campground (all blue picture). The restaurant had yummy food and another fabulous overlook (beautiful sunset picture). There was a cool art gallery–beautiful artwork from recycled trash. Anyway, it was a good way to really get to know the island. And not to mention on a budget!
I love not-so-perfect pottery…I like to call it shapely pottery. The place we stayed at St. John had a ceramic studio, and I signed up for a class to make some pottery. Unfortuately it got canceled, so I never ended up taking it. But they had an art gallery with some handmade pottery. I just like the raw look. Soule Studio makes hand-painted pottery that I admire.
Of course when I travel I have to bring my favorite jewelry pieces–it’s a good way to accessorize and change around your minimal number of outfits. Anyway, I wish I had Toss Designs’ darling travel jewelry case for my trip to St. John. Not only are they cute, but they have 12 compartments inside and would have helped to separate my earrings from my necklaces. Only $22, not bad.
Seth and I went snorkeling almost everyday while we were in St. John. There are a lot of cays (tiny little islands) off the island that we would snorkel over to or sea kayak. We saw a lot of sea life–a lot of fish (most of them I don’t know the name), octopus, sting rays, eel, nurse sharks, sea turtles, sea cucumbers, jellyfish, conches, and starfish. And most of this sea life was seen right off the beach. There was one area we used our full face snorkel and we had came across a field of hundreds of starfish. We were ecstatic because on previous scuba dives and snorkel trips we had never seen a starfish. We also came across a beach with hundreds of conches in the shallow waters. Seth is hold a conch in on the pictures. Anyway it was pretty cool, but one thing we were disappointed in was that the coral wasn’t as colorful compared to other places we have been. They say the coral’s been bleached out from the water current and global warming.
There is a new frozen yogurt franchise–it’s called Pinkberry. They sell all natural yogurt with no preservatives or additives. And the toppings are fresh fruit (no canned fruit in the yucky syrup). Anyway, I found out there is one in the city. May have to make a trip to sample their flavor, also to check out their cool store design. It looks pretty sweet on their website.
The owner of this darling little room did a few style updates for only $300. One of the main style update is she bought a shower curtain and attached it to a batted-covered board–voila…artwork! Then she put a new slipcover on her sofa with new pillows and refinished her coffee table with a metallic paint. Cute!
Ahh…I feel refreshed and renewed! Our trip to St. John was very enjoyable and most needed! We had lots of fun and kept ourselves very busy exploring the little island, which is roughly the size of Manhattan. St. John is two-thirds a national park so there are alot of hidden beaches, hiking trials and untouched forest. Soft white sandy beaches and turquoise blue waters surround the hilly island. Everyday we went snorkeling/sea kayaking in the morning (conveniently off the beach), hiking in the afternoon, evening beach walks and nightime star gazing, and somewhere in between there was sunbathing and swimming in the ocean. We were away from our kids a long time, but are already thinking when our next visit will be. I’ll try to share bits and pieces of our trip this week.
I noticed while I was sunbathing on the island that I was in need of some new sunglasses–more glam. I guess I haven’t kept up on it. Anyway, Oliver Peoples is a favorite for sunglasses. I like how they don’t have logos on the side. Here are few of my picks.
I noticed a few people in St. Johns carrying umbrellas to shade from the sun because it’s so hot. I like this umbrella for summer cooling. Very Missoni.