Island Eating: A Taste of St. Croix

by Chris on May 12, 2011

Sampling A Taste of St. Croix, the local portion of the St. Croix Food and Wine Experience
A Taste of St. Croix

By Kelly Goodman, Contributing Writer Island food often get a bad rap, so when I learned that I was heading to the Caribbean for The St. Croix Food and Wine Experience, I wondered if I’d be impressed.  How many stories have you heard of overpriced, uninspired, and tired meals in the Caribbean?  But no worries. I sampled […]


Not every event at the St. Croix Food and Wine Experience cost hundreds of dollars. A look at the Sunset Barbecue, a new event added in 2011.
st croix food and wine experience

By Kelly Goodman, Contributing Writer The St. Croix Food and Wine Experience wasn’t just about stuffing your face. We were able to experience some of the island’s history through events such as the newly introduced Sunset Barbecue, where you spend the evening under the stars at Fort Frederik. Built in the 1750s by the Danish, […]


The kickoff meal for the St. Croix Food and Wine Experience featured Top Chef contestant Tiffany Derry. We give it a taste.
Top Chef Tiffany Derry

By Kelly Goodman, Contributing Writer If you’re in search of sun and sand, go to St. Croix anytime of the year.  But if your dining cues come from Ruth Reichl, James Beard or Top Chef, then you should go in April, when celebrity chefs invade the island to eat, cook and enjoy the sunshine. The […]


Travels 2010: Best Experience

by Chris on December 31, 2010

My best travel experience of 2010? Easy. I learned to love cruising with two Caribbean sailing holidays aboard windjammer cruises, the Arabella and the Diamant from Island Windjammers.
Arabella, small ship cruising

2010 was full of many wonderful experiences. I rode in a hot air balloon, brunched at Commanders Palace in New Orleans, and mingled with the artistic elite at Art Basel Miami.  But I may remember it as the year that I discovered I could love cruising. I’m not talking about behemoth ships or Vegas-on-the-Sea scenes […]


Ask Chris: Where to stay on Provo (Turks & Caicos) on a weekly budget of $3,000. Plus, where are the celebs?
pool bar, Turks & Caicos

Question: I am interested in going to Provo in June 2011 to take in 6 days of diving and sightseeing. My wife is a shopper and beach/pool person. We would like to stay at Ocean Club West, but would like something a little nicer but not over $1500 per person for the week. …


A rundown on two popular BVI bars, the Soggy Dollar and Foxy’s.
Soggy Dollar Bar, Jost Van Dyke, BVI, British Virgin Islands, Arabella

On last week’s trip on the Arabella, we stopped at two of the Caribbean’s most well-known bars, the Soggy Dollar and Foxy’s. Both are on Jost Van Dyke, arguably party central of the islands. Stories of the Soggy Dollar Bar are legion among sailors, so I was looking forward to dropping anchor in White Bay. […]


A rundown on two BVI bars, Pirates Bight, Norman Island and Willy T’s BVI (William Thornton)
Pirates Bight, Norman Island, BVI, British Virgin Islands, Arabella

One thing I noticed about the British Virgin Islands: there are a LOT of bars. We stopped at so many beach bars on the Arabella trip that I’m breaking them up into two posts. Today I’m posting photos and info about the bars on Norman Island, the inspiration behind Robert Louis Stevenson’s classic Treasure Island. […]


Snorkeling BVI can’t be beat. Just watch out for sea lice bites. Our stops off Norman Island resulted in a nasty sea lice rash.
Snorkeling, Arabella, BVI, British Virgin Islands

One of the best things about my trip on the Arabella last week was that we had the opportunity to snorkel almost every day. Before I met my husband five years ago, I had never really thought much about what lies within the ocean. Although I went to the local pool a lot as a […]


My weeklong trip on the Arabella, a 160-foot tri-masted schooner, kicked off with a swimming trip to Puerto Mosquito, Vieques’ bioluminescent bay (bio bay).
Arabella cruise

I’m a guest on the Arabella this week, a 160 foot tri-masted schooner that carries up to 40 passengers. Our itinerary is all islands Virgin, including St. Thomas and St. John in the U.S. Virgin Islands, Norman and Jost Van Dyke in the British Virgin Islands and the Spanish Virgin Islands of Vieques and Culebra. […]


“The Bachelor Bump” in St. Lucia

by Chris on March 13, 2010

St. Lucia and its resorts are reporting a bump in interest after The Bachelor: On the Wings of Love episodes and the finale were filmed there.

At the New York Times Travel Show a few weekends ago, every Caribbean rep, it seemed, was talking about the positive publicity that St. Lucia and its resorts received from the popular series, “The Bachelor: On the Wings of Love.” And now an article in the St. Lucia Star gives some numbers:  Director of Tourism Louis Lewis […]

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