Archives for November 2015

Amora – The Essence of St. John Giveaway

And the winner is….
Jim Gross!

Jim, please contact the Amora Team at lauriedamron@gmail.com to give them your contact and shipping info!

Congratulations!

 

The package includes a Key Lime Pie Lip Butter, a Key Lime Pie Airpsray AND a Key Lime Pie Reed Diffuser! (worth $75)

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Tree Limin’ Extreme – Ziplining in St. Thomas


We arrived early on a Monday morning at Tree Limin’ Extreme to try out their zipline experience, currently listed as the #1 Outdoor Activity in St. Thomas on Trip Advisor. Thinking the skies would be clearest and the photo ops the best first thing in the morning, we requested an early time slot. Since we had a rental car the week we were in St. Thomas and were staying on the south side of the island, we left pretty early for our 8:20 am requested time of arrival.

This was not our first time ziplining; we’d ziplined once in Kauai and once in Jamaica, and even though we were not new to this type of experience, we were still  just a tad bit apprehensive.

Once we got there, we checked in and were greeted by our guides for the day – Kyle and Leon.

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Both super friendly, they immediately drew us in with their gregarious personalities.

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Leon helping our group with their gear.


Our group of 7 had a lot of questions, and they took the time to make sure everyone felt at ease as we got strapped in for our ride high atop St. Thomas.

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Don’t forget to rub the lucky coconut!

We all rubbed the lucky coconut to ensure our safe return, then made our way up to the Pinzgauer, the rugged vehicle that took us up the steep embankment to the first line.

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Once at the top, Leon and Kyle gave us our instructions, a safety briefing and one last chance to change our mind about the whole thing. No one chickened out, and although the adrenaline was pumping, we all climbed the steps to the first zip.

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Our Zipline Experience Video
(if you don’t have your own Go Pro, you can rent one at the desk to film your own experience!)


There are 6 ziplines and 2 sky bridges (suspension bridges) on the course as well as absolutely stunning views of Magens Bay and the islands surrounding St. Thomas.

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Sky Bridge #1

The ziplines take you through the dense jungle where we spotted quite a few iguanas hanging out in the trees and enjoyed the serenade of coki frogs and tropical birds.

Each line is different, and our guides would give us tips on getting the most out of each one. Both Leon and Kyle (ok, mostly Leon) encouraged us to scream like crazy as we were zipping to scare the zippers behind us, and some of us (we won’t name names here) had no problem complying, whether it was voluntary or not…

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The views were amazing everywhere we looked and we enjoyed reading the island information printed on the signs on each platform.

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View of Magens Bay from one of the platforms

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The sign on one of the platforms above Megans Bay

We got to the last line way too soon. Even though the tour takes between 2 – 2.5 hours, we were having such a great time that the time just “zipped” by.

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Sky Bridge #2

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A rainbow over our last zipline

The last line was interesting. It was preceded by the second and highest sky bridge. The drop looked to be the greatest of the 6 and this one didn’t end on a regular platform at the end. Once we stepped off the platform, we flew quickly down through the jungle and then yo-yoed back and forth a few times before being guided down a platform ladder in the middle of the line.

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The last zipline

We watched from below as the rest of our party came in for a landing, then headed down the path with visions of the fun experience still fresh on our minds.

What did we like best about our Tree Limin’ Adventure? Our guides were great and made us feel extremely safe and comfortable – even while hurling ourselves off a platform into the trees! They followed the safety procedures to a “T”, and took the time to answer any questions our group had. The views were spectacular and may have been worth the price of admission alone. And the best part of it all was just the chance to enjoy the beauty of St. Thomas while experiencing an adrenaline rush through the lush tropics of the island…

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To find out more about the zipline experience and how to book  your own adventure, go to the Tree Limin’ Extreme Website and follow them on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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10 Great Gift Ideas for the Beach Lovers on Your List!

Do you have friends or family on your holiday shopping list that love the beach, the laid-back style of island life, and maybe enjoy an umbrella drink or two?  The best gift for this type of person would probably be an all expenses paid trip to a beautiful tropical island, but if they haven’t been THAT good, or if you that’s just a wee bit out of your price range, we’ve assembled a list of gifts that could be the next best thing! Check out the list below for gifts that are sure to bring a smile to their sun luvin’ faces!

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Rum Therapy Caps – several styles and colors to choose from. Pirate Bones Cap, Island Girl, and Rum Therapy Cures What Ails Ya caps – find ’em all here!

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Matted Beach Photos with Quotes new this year! Get the full set of 5 – 8×10 beautiful island photos with beach quotes, each in a beveled double 11×14 soft white mat with 4-ply backing. Ready to hang or display as is, or to put in a larger frame.
Get the full set of 5 here
Shop individual photos here

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Anklet & Toe Anklet – the ladies will love this stunning set of foot jewelry. Comfortable, beachy and oh, so pretty!
Get the Toe Anklet here
Get the Set Here

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Women’s Necklaces – several styles to choose from including Patina Sea Necklaces, Life is Better at the Beach Necklace, May You Always Have a Shell in Your Pocket Necklace and the popular Sandy Toes and Salty Kisses!
Shop for Necklaces here

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Men’s Anchor Necklace – our adjustable Men’s Anchor Necklace will look good on all the salty sailors on  your list!
Find Men’s Anchor Necklace here

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Bracelets – beachy bangle bracelets and beautiful leather bracelets for the ladies!
Shop bracelets here

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Wristbands – great adjustable leather wristbands for the guys, including the popular Skull and Bones – Arrr Matey!
Shop wristbands here

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Wine Glass or Stemware Beach Charms – great for wine glasses or other stemware, these pretty charms come in two different styles: On the Beach, or In the Sea!
Shop Beachy Wine Glass Charms here

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Shot Glasses & Shooters – perfect for mixing up any of the delicious Rum Recipes found on our website!
Shop for Rum Therapy Shooters and Shot Glasses here

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RumHuggers – last, but certainly not least, the one and only Rum Therapy RumHugger! Great stocking stuffer! Easily wraps around any can, bottle and some glasses to keep your beverage cold and your hands warm!
Shop RumHuggers here

Happy Shopping & Happy Holidays!

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Thanksgiving Pie Recipes with Rum

What Thanksgiving pie do you prefer? Pumpkin or Apple? Well, whichever you prefer, here are two rum inspired pie recipes that may just make you want both. Just skip the mashed potatoes and go for it!

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Hot Buttered Rum Apple Pie. Seriously great. Get the recipe here.

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Pumpkin Rum Pie with Rum Flavored Whipped Cream. Oh so pumpkiny good. Check out the recipe here.

Apple vs. Pumpkin has been a debate in our house around Thanksgiving for a long time, but let me tell you, there wasn’t a crumb of pie left in either plate after we got done with these two. Let us know which one is your favorite!

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Rum Island Pub, an Island Oasis in the Middle of Charlotte Amalie

Looking for a bar with a good beach vibe to sit and enjoy a cold drink while exploring Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas? You might want to try Rum Island Pub – a bar in the middle of Drake’s Passage that feels like a little island oasis in the middle of a bustling town.

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We visited Rum Island Pub a few weeks ago as we wanted to find out more about this bar that has “rum” in its name. It had to be good with rum in its name, right? Well it was.

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Trish and Doug (CeeBass), some of the nicest people you’ll ever meet, are the owners of this unique bar that sits in a passageway of Charlotte Amalie called Drake’s Passage.

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Rum Island Pub consists of a covered open air bar with additional outdoor seating and a great gift shop with lots of locally made items including apparel, jewelry, art, photos, lotions and even hot sauce.

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Rum Island Pub is also the location of the one and only Husband Day Care. This is one place guys surely won’t mind hanging out while their ladies shop. Enjoy a few rum drinks or St. John Brewers beers, listen to some good music, chat with other day care patrons and enjoy the warm Rum Island breeze while you wait. Be sure to get a picture in front of the Husband Day Care sign to show your friends how you got to spend the day.

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Rum Island Pub was under a different name when Trish and CeeBass took it over a few years ago. The location has a pretty long bar history in fact, as it was formerly the site of the first Duffy’s Love Shack (now in Red Hook) until Hurricane Marilyn came along in 1995 and deposited a large boat on top of it. The building was re-built and is now the perfect spot for Rum Island Pub.

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What drinks to try? We each sampled (ok, drained) a signature drink called the RIP – Rum Island Punch. The RIP comes with instructions from the bartender (order one to find out what they are!) and they’re delicious. A mixture of Cruzan rums and fruit juices with a floater of 151 to finish the job; these babies are tasty and potent.

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We also sampled one of their Famous Nutwackers – a bushwacker with peanut butter & chocolate…needless to say it was also a hit.

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Stop by the island – Rum Island that is, and say hi to Trish and CeeBass on your next visit to St. Thomas. Pull up a chair at the bar, try a delicious Rum Island Pub rum drink, check out the local VI crafts in their shop, and be sure to tell them cheers from Rum Therapy!

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Sunday Serenity: Seven Mile Sunset

A perfect sunset can leave a permanent impression on your soul…Rum Therapy

Sunsets over the sea can be stunning and we’ve had the chance to witness a few during our travels, but one area that seems to have more than its fair share of sunset stunners is Seven Mile Beach, Jamaica.

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During our stay on Seven Mile Beach, we were treated to a colorful variation of a sunset like this almost every night depending on the clouds and weather. Seven Mile Beach sunsets definitely made an impression on us.

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Have you witnessed a sunset that left a permanent impression on you? Tell us about it!

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Apple Cider with Spiced Rum

Ahhh…warm apple cider on a cool autumn evening. Makes cold weather almost tolerable. Add some spiced rum (or use spiced rum you make yourself!) and maybe a dollop of whipped cream with a caramel sauce dribble, and well, that’s downright delicious. Check out this easy recipe for Apple Cider with Spiced Rum that makes enough for 4 and enjoy the taste of fall.

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(makes about 4 mugs)

6 c. apple juice
1 tsp. ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp. nutmeg
1 apple, peeled and cut in small chunks (we used Honeycrisp)
6 oz. spiced rum (we used Cockspur Spiced)
Cinnamon stick
Whipped cream and caramel sauce

Heat the apple juice, cinnamon, nutmeg, and apple chunks over medium heat until spices are blended and apple juice is warm. Pour in the rum and slowly stir until warm. Pour the mixture into mugs. Add a dollop of whipped cream drizzled with caramel sauce if desired, then garnish with a cinnamon stick and a sprinkle of nutmeg.

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Apple Cider with Spiced Rum
 
Ahhh…warm apple cider on a cool autumn evening. Makes cold weather almost tolerable.
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Recipe type: Drinks
Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 6 c. apple juice
  • 1 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • ½ tsp. nutmeg
  • 1 apple, peeled and cut in small chunks (we used Honeycrisp)
  • 6 oz. spiced rum (we used Cockspur Spiced)
  • Cinnamon stick
  • Whipped cream and caramel sauce
Instructions
  1. Heat the apple juice, cinnamon, nutmeg, and apple chunks over medium heat until spices are blended and apple juice is warm. Pour in the rum and slowly stir until warm. Pour the mixture into mugs. Add a dollop of whipped cream drizzled with caramel sauce if desired, then garnish with a cinnamon stick and a sprinkle of nutmeg.


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Finding Denis Bay Beach, St. John

 It was a Sunday and we had taken the car ferry over from St. Thomas for the day. Our mission? Well, we’d love to experience every single one of St. Johns beaches, so part of it was to find a few beaches that we hadn’t yet seen and the other was to find a beach to veg.

Gibney and Oppenheimer beaches were on our list, as the few parking spots for them have been full every time we’ve driven by. This time there were open parking spots, but there was a sign on the gate that said “Closed for a private event”. Sigh…still on the list. (Find Gibney Beach on our St. John Map)

Next stop? Peace Hill. We continued just a little farther on North Shore Road to the Peace Hill sign and a small parking area.

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We’d taken the short path Peace Hill and the sugar mill ruins before, and loved the terrific overlook of Gibney Beach, sigh, Hawksnest Bay, and Trunk Bay, but didn’t realize that a small unmarked path off to the right led to the rather secluded Denis Bay Beach until we got home and studied our map (I got low grades on my pre-trip research for that particular trip!). Anyway, we were here now and determined to find Denis.

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The path to Denis is a bit rocky and muddy after a rain storm and probably best done in sturdy shoes, but we of course were wearing flip flops. It had poured for a few short minutes prior to our arrival and so we slipped and slid down the trail but arrived with lower digits intact. The wooded trail opened up to beach at the end, where we ditched the flip flops and walked to the right, where the beach looked sandiest.

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The beach is not large compared to neighboring Hawksnest and Trunk Bays, but it was deserted and the only person we saw was a lone fisherman on a rocky outcropping a few yards from shore in the bay.

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I imagine the beach is usually pretty quiet as it takes a little effort to get there, but we thought it was worth it. Denis Bay Beach found and we’ll be putting a check mark in front of one more beautiful St. John beach.

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New Bar on the Block, White Bay, JVD?

Thanks to FB friend Amber for an update on the new bar on White Bay. The name is apparently Hendo’s Hideout and on their new website, they say “While White Bay is world-renowned for its casual beachside charm and party atmosphere, Hendo’s seeks to bring something a little different to the beach. COMING SOON…January 2016. Come see what the buzz is all about!” They have a new Facebook page too, although there’s not much on it yet. If you happen to be in White Bay in January, give us an update!

 

A few days ago while enjoying another beautiful day on Jost Van Dyke, we made the trek over the hill from Ivan’s to the beach (and bars!) on the other side of White Bay. As we approached Soggy Dollar, something immediately caught our eye.

There’s a new bar being built on White Bay.

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The new building sits very close to Soggy Dollar and is fenced off now during construction.

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We were unable to glean any info on the name or type of bar it will be, just that it is a new bar, but it sits right on a prime piece of beautiful White Bay, just like the other great bars on the beach on this island filled with legendary beach bars.

Do you know anything about the new bar? If so, let us know!

How do you feel about another bar on White Bay?

Find White Bay on our Jost Van Dyke Map


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