Sunday, December 30, 2012
It should be noted that this is NOT an easy trail by any means, it is entirely up hill with no flat areas and a fairly steep grade. If this already sounds unappealing I'll have an alternative suggestion at the end. This trail can also be used as a means to get to the Reef Bay trail head on Centerline, which could lead to the trail to Lamsure, to Saltpond, to Coral Bay & back up the Johnny Horn trail from Coral Bay over to Annaberg then back up the driveway to Maho. If all of those trails are planned as one giant loop for the day then you're in for a challenge! Leave early and bring tons of water. We don't have a name for the entire loop yet, somehow.
You'll start the day by filling your water bottle at Registration or buying plenty of Gatorade at our Maho store, you'll need it! Next you'll walk down the Goat Trail next to Housekeeping and land yourself at Big Maho beach. Walking the beach or the road past the new National Park facilities at the West end of the beach will bring you to the start of the hill to Cinnamon Bay. Walking on the road to the first big hairpin turn to the right you'll see a cement wall in front of you with the letters "MH" spray painted in white. And so starts your uphill battle! Supposedly the trail is .8 miles long, though it will feel more like 8 miles. The best news of the entire hike is that there is an incredible viewing point, as seen below. The tiny white spots are Maho tents, along with Big Maho & Francis Bay. In the center picture you can see Sage Mountain and the West End of Tortola in the distance.
For further details or a little motivation to try this trail just stop by the kitchen and ask for Crispin, our Executive Chef. If he's not in the kitchen then you'll probably find him on the MH, he loves hiking it for exercise just about every morning.
*Alternative* Simply hike the opposite direction! Start at Centerline road and hike down to Maho Bay beach. Think about trying this if you're on the way back to Maho from Cruz Bay or Coral Bay and someone can just drop you at the trail head. That or kick your kids out of the Jeep and tell them to meet you back at Camp if they're being too rowdy in the car!
Whatever your intentions, please be sure to read a detailed history of the trail by Gerald Singer before setting out; it will give you quite a different perspective as you hike.
Monday, December 24, 2012
By Inclement Seamore
'Twas the night before Christmas on land and on sea
Not a creature was stirring, not even the donkey.
The stockings were hung on the palm trees with care
In hopes that Saint Nicholas soon would be there.
The children were nestled all snug in their beds
With visions of coconuts dancing in their heads.
And Mama in her bandanna and I in my straw hat
Were sitting there wondering where Santa was at!
When down on the beach there arose such a clatter
I sprang from my chair to see what was the matter.
Away to the sun deck I flew in a flash
Stepped on a hermit crab and came down in a crash!
The moon on the water it did glow
And gave the luster of midday to objects below.
And what to my wondering eyes I saw on a noose
But a miniature sleigh and eight tiny mongoose!
With a little old driver so lively and quick
More rapid than pelicans, his mongoose they came
And he whistled and shouted and called them by name.
Now Rasta, now Pasta, now Pepper and Chili
On Plantain, on Guava, on Calabash and Willie.
To the top of the deck, to the top of the wall
Dow dash away, dash away, dash away all.
So up to the house top the mongoose they flew
With a sleigh full of toys and Saint Nicholas too.
He was dressed in a swim suit and Maui Jim glasses
And had a sunburn from his head to his.....rear end!
He spoke not a word but went straight to his work
And filled all the stockings and turned with a jerk.
And laying his hand on top of his head
He sprang to his sleigh, to his team gave a yell
And away they all flew like a bat out of .......a cave!
But I heard him exclaim as he drove out of sight
Happy Christmas to Maho and to all a Good Night!
.........If you've been here for Christmas you know this rendition well, Captain Fred of The Pepper sailboat will be entertaining us tonight after dinner with this (his) version of The Night Before Christmas
Monday, December 17, 2012
Wednesday, December 5, 2012
If you've missed seeing GBrian Juk at one of our free nightly demonstrations (Tuesday through Saturday night 6:30-9:30pm) then you'll get plenty of other opportunities throughout this season to see different visiting artists here at Maho.
Also on display is our new recycled glass & concrete counter top made by Dan Kreofsky. This counter top and all counter tops we make recycle 25-30 bottles per square foot!
Monday, December 3, 2012
Sunday, November 18, 2012
Pictured below are Bear & Bean, and if they look tired there's a very good reason - they left their home in Fish Bay yesterday and have been traveling on foot (paw?) to Maho for the past 24 hours. The pictures are from 2 months ago, this past Thursday was their 7th such trip to Maho!
For those not familiar with the island, Fish Bay is a LONG way away from Maho. The route most likely taken would be Fish Bay to Reef Bay, down to the smoothie stand on Centerline, Francis, then Maho. This can't be confirmed though because we've had reports of seeing them on the Johnny Horn trail and at Annaberg prior to them trotting down our driveway and anxious for fresh water. Any way you look at it, they travel long and hard to visit us each week. The first time took a day to figure out who the owner was, but now we've got her number on speed dial. Pictured below is Kelly, their owner, who has now made plenty of trips to Maho retrieving her pups.
The reason they come here is unclear, but judging by the pictures above they seem to enjoy relaxing on our couches in staff section before Kelly shows up!
Tuesday, November 13, 2012
Wednesday, November 7, 2012
This book is exactly like all the books you've seen in other major cities, only issued for the Virgin Islands. Imagine that...... saving money in the Virgin Islands?!
Maho Bay has 2 deals in the book
1) 5th night free, a $145 value
A purchase of the book pays for itself with this coupon alone!
2) Free Maho Bay glass blowing shirt with purchase of our sea star or ornament glass blowing class, a $25 value. A perfect way to try glass blowing for the first time or start those Christmas present ideas with a hand blown ornament made by yourself.
If you plan on doing anything else besides laying on the beach this book will pay for itself, especially if you use it to come stay with us. You can review our two deals and further details on their website through the links below:
Maho Bay 5th night free
Free shirt with purchase of our sea star or ornament glass blowing class
Monday, October 29, 2012
On the official Maho newsworthy items scale that may interest would-be travelers to Maho, this story rates at about a 1 out of 10 if you've never been here before. For those that have vacationed or lived here it might jump all the way to a 1.5 out of 10. Sometimes it just takes a slight change in our usual patterns here on the island for us to start getting curious and talking, and this was definitely the talk of the morning here at Maho during breakfast!
This morning at about 6:15am my eyes awoke to an unusual sight, while my ears awoke to an unusual sound: waves crashing at Little & Big Maho, and white caps in the middle of the bay. The sound of waves at the beach isn't particularly abnormal, it happens every month or two during the winter, but in all of my years here I can't ever remember a time when I saw waves breaking out beyond Cinnamon Cay. Waves breaking beyond Cinnamon takes the perfect swell as well as the perfect wind and perhaps even the perfect moon (a Hunter's Moon today). The swell is NW, while the wind is SW this morning. Nobody here at Maho (even those here more than a decade!) can ever remember a time when waves were breaking beyond Cinnamon. Needless to say, Johnson's Reef is pretty wild this morning. Looking carefully you can see quite a few white waves beyond the one breaking wave in the foreground of above picture.
Related yet even more obscure and ranking a possible .5 out of 10 on our Maho newsworthy items scale that may interest would-be travelers to Maho, are the breaking waves at Great and Little Tobago next to Jost Van Dyke and a part of our view from the Pavilion Restaurant. While it's interesting to watch the waves breaking at Little Tobago, it's even more interesting to see the wave action in the foreground just before Little Tobago; imagine Johnson's Reef only much smaller and in the middle of the ocean between Little Tobago and Whistling Cay. It's rumored to be called Kings Rock, which is normally a shallow area of water in the middle of the ocean never really seen or talked about. In fact, I don't think most boats would need to concern themselves with it if sailing in the area (this is not a confirmed source!). The point is that this swell action we have this morning is giving us a brief "view" of what lies beneath the surface out near Little Tobago.
Sunday, October 14, 2012
By 6pm last night all of Maho Bay Camps was once again shut down and prepared for Tropical Storm Rafael, which was to move over us in the later afternoon and through the night. Watching the sunset like it did last night was never what we would have expected after the 11am NHC update. We were expecting very heavy rains and 40mph winds by 6pm, and instead get a beautiful evening with barely a breath of wind in the air and no rain.
The 5pm, 8pm and 11pm NHC updates told us a story we very much enjoyed reading about: the storm was headed more North and even North NorthEast, with the center passing about 100 miles to our East instead of directly over us or to our West. Most of the "bad stuff" in the storm was the rain and wind located in the southeastern portion of the storm. Through the night the winds were calm and very little rain developed. This morning we're seeing bits of rain and cloudy skies, but we'll take it compared to what was supposed to be here!
Wednesday, October 10, 2012
Monday, October 1, 2012
As promised, we do our best to keep you updated. Many of you are concerned about the future of Maho Bay. So, here is the story as we currently know it.
A few weeks ago, we were informed by the land owners that they have recently concluded initial discussions with a buyer for the property and they wish to send two people down to perform a site and environmental inspection. So, two weeks ago, those people arrived. They walked the entire property, taking pictures and samples, asking questions and taking notes. By the end of it all, we still have no clue what is going to happen to the campground, who the buyer is or their intentions. All that we are guaranteed is that there has been no extension for Maho Bay Camps. Therefore, we continue to make plans for one last great season and then close our tent flaps on May 15, 2013. This will give us time to vacate by lease end on June 30.
On the bright side of things, both Maho and Concordia have been cleaning, repairing, and replacing anything needed. Concordia has a new deck with grills overlooking the pool and some needed boardwalk and stair repair. New paint has also been applied along the boardwalks and in the original studios. New linens have been ordered for both properties. Maho has been pressure washing the boardwalks, painting the stairs and cleaning everything. Both properties are gearing up for one of the busiest season in years due to Maho closing. We anticipate being almost sold out for the majority of the high season. So, please book early and visit us at Concordia or stay, one last time, at Maho. Either way, we hope to see you here!
Wednesday, September 5, 2012
Every couple of months or so I see our maintenance crew saving a bunch of Gatorade bottles during the morning "trash run." Typically all plastic we collect gets thrown into the trash, as we still do not have any type of recycling facility here on St. John or St. Thomas (remind you of 20 years ago perhaps?). Every now and then we try to think of ways to reuse plastic, and one of those ideas was to use these bottles as dish detergent containers in each tent.
The problem is that for some reason we continually need new Gatorade bottles to use as soap containers in each tent; it's not as if we've been building new tents everywhere, and plastic lasts forever right? So why do we always need new bottles?!
It finally made sense after reading one of our latest guest surveys on the condition of the tent upon arriving: "very clean, except for the half-empty Gatorade bottle left in the tent." - AH HA!
Tuesday, August 28, 2012
Each of the skirts shown above have been custom made and none of them look exactly the same. Why? We use a process called batiking, which is a method of dyeing fabric so that parts of the fabric not intended to be dyed are covered with removable wax. The hand-created design and colors can be completely different for each skirt, and are.
Shown below are a few skirts with wax (and thus part of the design) being applied.
How often do you get to wear a piece of clothing that nobody else in the world owns? They make great gifts for that special someone in your life! hint: almost all women visiting our gallery are drawn to their originality and design, and once they try them they almost always buy one. Interested in trying a class while you're here this winter? Give us a call or send us an email and we can sign you up. 340 776 6226 x248 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Thursday, August 23, 2012
Saturday, August 18, 2012
Those eating the pavilion tonight will have the regular view back!
Monday, August 6, 2012
For more information and to sign-up please visit: http://www.stjohnlandsharks.com/
Tuesday, July 31, 2012
The benches you see in the picture are typically used by guests to watch us blow glass during the day and night all season long. What do we do with those benches in the off season when we have nobody to watch us blow glass? use them as temporary starfish tables! The starfish in this picture will eventually make their way up to storage, where they'll wait to be purchased this season through our art gallery here at Maho or online.
Tuesday, July 17, 2012
Naturally, they decided to use a picture of St. John, one which we're all very familiar with.
Thinking a little more about our lifestyles here at Maho, the article started to make a lot more sense. After work or on days off we tend to spend our time out on or in the water, snorkeling, diving, kayaking, sailing, surfing, swimming or paddleboarding. When you add a relaxing dinner overlooking the water each night to the equation our lives look very healthy, relaxing, stress-free, and revitalizing indeed.
If living down here isn't an option, don't worry, the article says "just visiting these areas can help people relax and revitalize." - So get that vacation planned!
Saturday, July 7, 2012
We were immediately curious, and upon investigation did on fact find three black kittens and their mom who had made underneath A11 and some nearby rocks their home. Since we already have so many cats on camp, and wanted to make sure these guys were healthy, we set about catching the cats. The mom was caught immediately and brought to the ACC. Three days (and several failed attempts) later we had caught the three kittens.
Danielle, a staff member, graciously offered to foster the kittens until they could be turned over to the ACC. In the few days the kittens were at Maho it was apparent that one is fearless and fiesty, one is shy and playful, and one is cautious and reserved. They've since been brought to the ACC who will keep them until they are large enough to be spay or neutered, and hopefully adopted. If they are not adopted they will be released back onto the wild somewhere on St. John.
If you're in the market for a cat, visiting soon, and want a cute cuddly reminder of Maho, you should consider adopting one of the kittens born on camp. If interested the ACC's website is http://www.
Saturday, June 23, 2012
What is so beautiful some 3 decades later is that the same statement applies today; Maho remains one of the cheapest places to stay on St. John, and we're still offering the same tents that get you as close to nature as possible and even provide comfort and convenience.
Will you wake up to birds outside your tents telling you it's time to get up? probably.
Will you wonder how tree frogs can make that much noise as soon as it gets dark? yes.
Will you feel and hear the wind through the screens as you sleep? probably.
Will you have a tiny lizard or anole that considers your tent his home? most definitely.
Will your body adjust to nature during the week you are here and tell you its time to go to bed earlier and wake up earlier? probably.
Will your kids think its fun to toss their uneaten dinner over the porch and watch the hermit crabs come marching towards your tent? yes.
Will you go for more hikes/snorkels/sails/adventures because we don't provide you with WiFi access? probably.
And that's the entire idea of this place we call Maho. You're living and experiencing nature in a way you may not be used to and is entirely different than what it's like at your home. If you arrive with an open mind and ready to experience nature you'll see that the anole has lived in your tent for way longer than you've been here, and while he's never learned to leave his "droppings" outside of the tent, he does do a pretty good job of eating any bugs inside the tent.
Sleeping in tents close to nature here on the North Shore of St. John has forced thousands of guests to experience something new and different while on vacation. Come try it yourself and feel how strange it is to go back to your bed at home.
Tuesday, June 12, 2012
The large bay of water that sits in front of us, Big Maho, Little Maho & Francis, can sometimes be "home" to 1 or 2 mega yachts each night, in addition to the 10 or 20 other small sailboats (comparatively speaking!) spending the night on moorings. This year has certainly been the “year of Archimedes” – with seemingly no more than a week between visits in our bay for this large mega yacht. Whomever is captaining this yacht each week certainly enjoys “our” waters. The most interesting thing about this yacht? It doesn’t even have to drop anchor for the night; it has some sort of computer system and jet thrusters that keep it at precisely the same coordinates overnight. Then again maybe all mega yachts have that feature, how would I know?
The article in the St. John Tradewinds this week about the VINP installing 15 "big boat" moorings this summer for boats 60-100ft won't have any impact on boats the size of Archimedes. Archimedes sits at 219ft, and with all that room aboard you could invite your whole extended family for a vacation! Unfortunately the maximum number of guests allowed is 8, with an additional 10 crew members.
One thing I do know is that it costs far less to stay in one of our tents for the night, in fact if you stay in one of our tents instead of Archimedes you’ll end up saving $56,428/night! The next time you're staying with us and see this boat in the bay you can smile and think of how much money you're saving by staying in our tent cabins. Personally, I think we have a better view than they have anyway.
Wednesday, June 6, 2012
Maho Bay was responsible for more than a few different awards over the past couple weeks here in the islands, at UVI as part of the Small Business Development Center and for the Power Swim here on St. John. If you were a swimmer for the Beach to Beach swim over Memorial Day weekend then perhaps the starfish, frog, parrot fish, or sun catchers look very familiar to you.