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For 42 years, ST. CROIX THIS WEEK has helped millions of visitors explore the sights and activities available on the beautiful island of St. Croix, US Virgin Islands!

Inside the magazine, which you can download here, and this website, you'll find valuable vacation planning information including Island Maps, Attractions & Tours, Easy Shopping and Dining Guides, a Beach Directory and more!

Whether you island hop for the day or plan an extended stay, ST. CROIX THIS WEEK is your guide to the best vacation ever!

Our sister magazine, ST. THOMAS/ST- JOHN THIS WEEK, www.StThomasThisWeek.com, serves visitors to St. Thomas and St. John, US Virgin Islands.

Celebrate the Reef!

STX-reef-jamIn its 7th year, Reef Jam, sponsored by St. Croix Environmental Association, has created a fun, educational family day at the beach to 'encourage marine conservation and stewardship through community education and outreach.' Reef Jam has become the largest and most anticipated beach celebration on St. Croix. Every year over 1,000 people flock to the water's edge to raise money supporting this mission.

Janelle Schindler, and her husband Kurt, founded Reef Jam in 2008 during International Year of the Reef. "This event is to celebrate the incredible resource that surrounds us and gives us life," they say.

On Sunday, May 25, 1-10 pm, come to Rainbow Beach in Frederiksted with the whole family to celebrate. There will be demonstrations, snorkel clinics (with gear & lifeguard), performances, live music, races, kayaking, stand up paddle, tons of raffles and free reef-related activities for the whole family all for a mere $5.

Continue reading "Celebrate the Reef!" »

St. Croix Food & Wine Experience

food-and-wine-experienceThe St. Croix Food & Wine Experience, named one of the Ten Best International Food and Wine Festivals by Forbes Travel, showcases the diverse cuisine and wine available on St. Croix. Decadent and dynamic events, hosted by celebrated chefs and renowned wine makers, are scheduled for April 6-12.

Chefs were selected based on commitment to philanthropy, region, and eagerness to work with local students in the culinary program at the St. Croix Educational Complex. Last year, the Facebook corporate culinary team selected two students to participate in a culinary internship in California and Chef Todd Gray, hand-picked by First Lady Michelle Obama to help promote the program, introduced the Chefs Move To School on St. Croix. Both Chef Gray, a James Beard Winner, Author, and Restaurateur, from Washington, DC, and Tony Castellucci and Dean Spinks, of the Facebook culinary team are returning to the St. Croix Food & Wine event this year.

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Ironman: Conquering the Beast!

ironman-stxSunday, May 4, the 26th Annual St. Croix Ironman 70.3 Triathlon comes alive! This premier destination event combines the beauty of St. Croix with the challenge of an unforgettable course. Hundreds of athletes from all over the world vie for a slot in the Ironman 70.3 World Championships.

Swim. 1.24 miles. The early morning swim starts on the beach at Hotel on the Cay, in Christiansted Harbor, and follows a triangular course in sometimes choppy water. The course, marked by small orange and white buoys ends at the wharf area with a ramp exit.

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Wine: Best Pick! Obsideana and The Palindrome

wine-best-pick-obideanaWinemakers Kent and Shauna Rosenblum love St. Croix. The father-daughter team owns Rock Wall Wine Company in Alameda, CA and attends the St. Croix Food & Wine Experience. You can find eight of their 27 wines on island.

Sarah Ridgway, General Manager of Dionysus Wine Distributors, favors Obsideana and The Palindrome, both red.

Obsideana is a 50/50 blend of Petite Syrah and Zinfandel grapes. "These grapes are a perfect match; they produce a bold and beautiful wine," said Ridgway who pairs Obsideana with filets and robust dishes like osso buco. "Its fruit characteristics give it great drinkability alone, too," she said.

Continue reading "Wine: Best Pick! Obsideana and The Palindrome" »

No Matter Where You Go, You Are Here!

no-matter-where-you-go-you-are-hereLocated just off the newly-renovated Christiansted boardwalk in the park-like Kings Alley is You Are Here--a relaxed and comfortable in-town spot with a great bar, 'Tiki Torch' Patio, and island music and songs you all know and love.

Owner, Andrew Havanchak, has been on St Croix for over 3 years from snowy Cleveland, Ohio. "I love my Ohio roots but also now like the laid-back attitude of St. Croix--the "No Hurry" island life," he says! The GM of Aces Grille back in Ohio, he missed their pizza, craving it actually, and convinced Aces to let him bring the recipe to St. Croix.

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Meet Cover Artist Lyn Voytershark

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cover-artist-voytershark"My first canvas was a purple sunset with calypso musicians and dancers in silhouette. It was done in oils, I was seven, and it hung for a while over the ironing board. The prime wall space in my house was reserved for my mother's portraits and paintings of islanders.

Betsy Voytershark was an active artist on St. Croix from the late '50s until she passed away at 61 in 1991. As Mother's Day approaches I am reminded of her creative influence on me and of how fleeting time and life really is. My mom had many distractions from her art but she still put her energy and artistry into daily life. Here at Work & Rest there was a house to build, three kids to raise, schools to start up, animals to rescue, and centipedes to wrangle. No phone, no TV, no microwave, sometimes no power at all.

In the '60s, organic brown rice came snail mail to the Post Office and the Sears catalog really was the wish book. Betsy raised Siamese cats, mastered Yoga, taught kids art at Country Day and Tamarind Schools. She painted scenery for Community Theater. My mom wasn't too keen on cooking, sewing, or housework, and although I get clever with food and fabric, dishes and cobwebs are worthless rituals.

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VI Bridal Guide: Over Doing It!

vi-bridal-guide-over-doing-itNot so long ago weddings appeared to be very 'straight forward.' As an honored guest, you got dressed in your best to watch a couple exchange vows. By showing up (on time) you were rewarded with free champagne, a good meal, an opportunity to show off your dance moves, and a piece of cake, maybe even a fancy box or toile sack of Jordan almonds to boot.

Today, many brides are interested in providing their guests with the ultimate wedding experience. With so many entertainment options to choose from, it can be overwhelming! From live entertainers, dancers, photo booths, food stations, candy and dessert stations, signature cocktails, lounge areas, flash mobs--the list goes on and on. Let's not even begin to discuss the brides who OD on Pinterest and lose control with 20 DIY projects for their wedding. By popular culture's standards, "the wedding event" has turned into an adult version of MTV's popular reality show, Sweet 16. More often than not, the brides who strive to be "unique" in an attempt to "WOW" their guests may actually do the opposite.

Continue reading "VI Bridal Guide: Over Doing It!" »

1st Annual Ladies Memorial Day Race

ladies-memorial-day-raceThe St. Croix Yacht Club, located on the East End of St. Croix on Teague Bay, is sponsoring the First Annual Ladies (No Yelling) Memorial Day Race on Sunday, May 25th, 2014. On St. Croix it is quite rare to see a woman skipper, so this is a great opportunity for the women to take charge and wo"man" the helm, giving orders to her crew!! A woman, 18 or over, must be the skipper and must be at the helm for the entire race series. The crew can consist of men and/or women of any age.

Everyone is invited with a sailboat at least 19 feet l.o.a., including CSA-rated boats, multi-hulls and one design Rhodes 19. We encourage both Yacht Club members and non-members to come out and race. Great prizes will be given to the top three finishers in each class. We anticipate spinnaker, cruising (jib and main), multi-hull and Rhodes 19 classes. Join us!

Registration is Friday, May 23rd, 2014 at the St. Croix Yacht Club from 5:30 to 7:00 pm. Skipper's meeting will be Sunday, May 25 at 9:00 am with first warning signal at 10:15 am.

The Notice of Race and Registration form will be available on the website at www.stcroixyc.com under Sailing/Racing Calendar. Don't have a boat but want to race, let us know that you would like to be part of a crew.

For more information call the Yacht Club Manager at 340-773-9531 or email the manager at stcroixyc@gmail.com or Bernadette Szajna at bernadettes11@gmail.com.

Danish Bricks: The Foundation of Our Towns

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danish-bricksAs you wander through the streets of our little towns of Christiansted and Frederiksted, you become aware of many distinctive building features, the most obvious being how many structures are built of yellow bricks. While in many cases the bricks are covered with plaster and paint, their presence is obvious and conveys a feeling of substance and durability. And indeed that holds true: Most of these buildings have endured several hundred years, weathering hurricanes, an earthquake and tsunami, as well as the daily use of the premises in a tropical climate not known to be gentle to any man-made structure. A few bricks even carry the name of the brickworks, still visible after all these years.

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Sail With the "Master" Aboard Charis+

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Sail with local sailing legend and calypso recording artist Llewellyn Westerman aboard his 6-passenger, 37' locally-designed-and-built performance trimaran Charis+. Llewellyn is a sailor with over 50 years of experience sailing to Buck Island. His understanding of the wind, weather and currents and awareness of aquatic life, flora, and fauna of Buck Island is sure to enrich your sailing experience.

You'll enter the St. Croix Yacht Club and meet him at a small dock taking a seat in a dinghy boat with a hand-rowed trip out to Charis+. As you stow your things and get settled in the spacious cockpit, Llewellyn, and his first mate, will prepare to set sail for Buck Island and, within minutes, you'll be silently underway. It's a great day to enjoy a brown bag lunch or something from your favorite deli. Llewellyn provides fresh water and snorkeling equipment.

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