Windwardside Guest Cottage – Gay Friendly Vacation Rental in the US Virgin Islands

Author: , July 22nd, 2016

Windwardside Guest Cottage

Periodically we’ll feature one of our properties here to let our readers know about some great gay friendly places to stay:

Windwardside Guest Cottage is an adorable little cottage from which you can savor the views of the east end of St. John, the Caribbean sea and the nearby British islands. The cottage can be rented along with the neighboring Main House or as your own piece of paradise. The buildings are secluded from one another by their orientation and lush tropical plantings that provide natural screening. and plenty of privacy. The guest cottage is very appealingly furnished, has a private hot tub, an airy enclosed shower garden and a comfortable front porch overlooking the sea.

We constructed this cottage with the goal of providing a romantic getaway at an affordable price that is packed with amenities. It is a compact budget cottage with numerous storage areas that won’t make you feel like you have made any compromises. At Windwardside Cottage you will wake up in a four poster bed to a gorgeous view of the Caribbean sea framed by palm trees. You could easily create a post card from the view of this charming cottage.

The furnishings of Windwardside Guest Cottage are both cheerful and tasteful. There is a small seating area, a kitchenette and breakfast bar but our guests tend to quickly gravitate to the porch. The covered porch has a dining area and two lounging chairs where you can enjoy the trade winds or a good book while watching the sailboats pass by. If you prefer to prepare your meals overlooking the sea there is a small gas grill.

A shower garden opens onto an uncovered deck. There you can have a relaxing evening soak in the hot tub under a starry Caribbean sky. The hot tub has a wide view of the sea and total privacy.

Windwardside is a lovely honeymoon spot. We are also happy to provide advice for on island weddings.

Location: Coral Bay, St. John, U.S. Virgin Islands. Windwardside Guest Cottage is located in quiet seclusion with mesmerizing views of Coral Bay, nearby islands and the Caribbean Sea. The house is situated two thirds of a mile up a little used road in Coral Bay. Surrounded by tropical plantings and marvelous vistas, you are still just a short drive to a cool splash in Salt Pond Bay or other equally inviting white sand beaches. Restaurants, shops and watersports are all available within two miles in Coral Bay. The main town on the island, Cruz Bay, is located 8 miles away. The airport is in St. Thomas which is reached via a twenty minute ferry ride. (Ferries leave every hour on the hour and cost $7 each way)

Amenities:

  • hot tub
  • snorkel gear
  • beach chairs
  • cooler
  • beach umbrella
  • BBQ
  • CD
  • VCR
  • phone
  • fresh flowers
  • robes
  • safe for valuables
  • all linens and towels
  • Wi-Fi
  • Internet

We are happy to make suggestions for activities that suit your interests. When you arrive at your cottage we will go over a map of the island and point out the best beaches, hiking trails, snorkel spots, etc.

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Sago Cottage – Gay Friendly US Virgin Islands Vacation Rental

Author: , July 13th, 2016

Sago Cottage

Periodically we’ll feature one of our properties here to let our readers know about some great gay friendly places to stay:

Our charming home Sago Cottage is nestled into the hillside over Coral Bay on St. John. It is a traditional West Indian cottage- brightly painted with lots of shutters, very open and airy. A true tropical retreat with great views and no nearby neighbors. Our covered decks overlook the Caribbean sea and have beautiful sunrises and moonrises. It is the perfect spot for a romantic holiday for two- with cooling breezes and a captivating view you may never want to leave this idyllic hideaway.

This Cottage is perfect honeymoon destination. Many of our guests have gotten married on island. We can offer suggestions for an LGBT friendly officiant if you decide to tie the knot on St. John.

The covered porches were designed and furnished with comfort in mind. They hold a small dining table, reading chairs and a porch swing to while away the rare rainy afternoon.

The view to the south and east is of the eastern end of St. John, the neighboring British Islands and the Caribbean Sea. The cozy interior of Sago Cottage has a distinctly quaint feel without sacrificing modern conveniences. There is a fully equipped kitchen, a full size dining room and a small but comfortable living room. The bedroom features a queen sized four poster mahogany bed, hand made on St. John and is a perfect place to wake up to a day in the islands. The colorful louvered shutters serve to filter the light as well as frame the ocean views throughout the cottage.

Location: Coral Bay, St. John, U.S. Virgin Islands. Windwardside Guest Cottage is located in quiet seclusion with mesmerizing views of Coral Bay, nearby islands and the Caribbean Sea. The house is situated two thirds of a mile up a little used road in Coral Bay. Surrounded by tropical plantings and marvelous vistas, you are still just a short drive to a cool splash in Salt Pond Bay or other equally inviting white sand beaches.

Restaurants, shops and watersports are all available within two miles in Coral Bay. The main town on the island, Cruz Bay, is located 8 miles away. The airport is in St. Thomas which is reached via a twenty minute ferry ride. (Ferries leave every hour on the hour and cost $7 each way).

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The Bay of Fundy on Canada’s East Coast

Author: , July 20th, 2011
by Ralph Holyoke, Homeport Historic B&B, St. John, New Brinswick, Canada
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Bay of Fundy at Low Tide

Alexander the Great had his Lighthouse. The Greeks had the Colossus of Rhodes. There was the Hanging Gardens in Babylon and of course the Pyramids have been there since time immortal.

But today we have Seven New Wonders of the World or at least we will when the voting is done this fall and the Seven New Wonders of the Natural World will be unveiled for all to see.

A global challenge has been set up to find these new Wonders and the list has been narrowed down to the final 28 candidates. Visit http://www.new7wonders.com/en to view all the candidates and register your vote.

For visitors to North American there are only two candidates with the Bay of Fundy and the Grand Canyon up against the rest of the world

Tops on that list is the Phenomenal Bay Of Fundy. Sandwiched between Maine, USA, New Brunswick and Nova Scotia on the east coast of Canada.

Bay of Fundy at High TideThe Bay of Fundy is an amazing natural marvel for the modern traveller with massive 16 meter or 52 foot tides. These gigantic tides move billions of tonnes of water in and out of the Bay of Fundy twice a day. It creates a spectacular bio-diversity of marine life, amazing geological formations, it stops major rivers in their tracks and sends them back inland, some with thundering rapids as in the Reversing Falls in Saint John and some like the Peticodiac and Maitland rivers that form a standing wave of water called a Tidal Boar that is large enough to surf or raft on for many miles inland.

And the Bay of Fundy creates the largest whirlpool in the world between Deer Island and Campobello Island called “The Old Sow”. The slurping noise that can be heard from afar when it is running at full speed. It really looks like somebody pulled the plug on the ocean and it is draining way. And to this day nobody is sure where the water is going!

Cruise Ship at Saint JohnTie all these amazing tidal features in with some of the most beautiful coast line in the world, a marine biodiversity second to no one, “coal age” fossil cliffs at Joggins and 100 foot tall “Flowerpot Rocks” at Hopewell cliffs.

Add in the miles of hiking, walking trails of the Fundy Trail Park in St Martins, and Fundy National park in Alma, New Brunswick and it forms quite a package for the adventurous or armchair traveller.

Brew all these natural wonders with the captivating history and modern urban chic of Saint John NB, the oldest incorporated city in Canada and you have the makings of a great vacation destination. Saint John is a city of around 150,00 people and is ideally situated as the gateway to the Bay of Fundy. It is a great mix of Victorian architecture and modern charm with fine dining, shops and attractions. And the natural air conditioning effect of the Bay right next door keeps the summers cooler and winters warmer than the surrounding inland area.

Settled originally by indigenous people 10,000 years ago, the first French European settlers landed a mere 400 years ago when Samuel de Champlain sailed into the area on St Jean de Baptist day, thus giving the city and the river the modern name.

In the 1780’s wave after wave of Loyalists moved here to escape the American revolution. 20,000 of them left behind the comforts of Boston and New York, Philadelphia and Washington to set up a new life in the woods and wilds around the Bay of Fundy in Saint John.

They brought along boat loads of family and furniture, the finest china and linens, and even the servants, as most of the Loyalist where of the upper crust of society. They left their mark in the street names and layout of the city we have today.

The next wave of settlers where far less affluent and came as following the Irish Potato Famine in the 1840’s. This has left a distinct mark on the city that celebrates not just St Patrick’s day but St Patrick’s Week.

The city prospered all thru the 1800’s as its key central location made it the fourth largest port in the world for tonnage shipped in the first half of the 19th century. It was a major ship building centre producing one in every four cargo ships needed to supply the colonies and newly founded American States.

Many of the first clipper ships that made settlement possible in Australia and the even the California Gold Rush were built in Saint John. Now Saint John is the port of call for a vibrant cruise industry with roughly 200,000 passengers and some of the most grand ships afloat visit every year.

So for today’s traveller, Saint John is the ideal base to spend several days to fully explore the Bay of Fundy and area. In town the compact city centre offers many places of interest to explore with self guided walking tours, great food and shopping, to the Old 1875 City Market, and the award wining New Brunswick Museum.

Jump on the thrilling Jet Boats or Zip lines over the Reversing falls to get your blood racing. The Bay has among the highest variety of whales anywhere and close to town there are many operators offering whale and nature tours with adrenaline soaked Zodiac tours to more sedate tall ship and pleasure boat tours.

Homeport Historic B&B, Saint John, New BrunswickThere is no better place to relax after a day out on the Bay than the areas only Five Star rated property the Homeport Historic B&B/Inn c 1858. This historic accommodation is housed in a pair of shipbuilders mansions situated on a prominent hilltop overlooking the Saint john Skyline and Harbour, and the Bay of Fundy. With ten rooms and suites to fit any travel budget it truly is an affordable and interesting alternative to the hotel chains. The comfortable bedrooms are filled with history and antiques but it has all the modern conveniences expected from today’s traveller. Ample parking, private bath rooms, Wireless, business centre, TV with DVD and a movie library Each day starts with a full gourmet breakfast with fresh fruit, homemade pastries, juice, tea and coffee and a full hot meal that changes each day.

So come and experience one of the New Seven Wonders of the Natural World for yourself. With Saint John and the Homeport Historic B&B /Inn as a base to rest and rejuvenate you will have a trip to remember.