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July 2012
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Stay & Play

This Summer…Stay & Play
By Dan O’Connor

For year-round residents, the summertime affords the ability to slow down and experience the less traveled and often unattainable gems of the ...
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Rise of Road Town

The Rise of Road Town

Road Town: The British Virgin Islands capital that holds registries from more than 500,000 international business companies and a wealth of physical businesses that exist to fa...
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One Wet Game

One Wet Game of Poker

Loud engines, big boats and boisterous bikinis combined for a sensational spectacle on the water this year for the 11th annual Leverick Bay Poker Run. More than 100 boats and t...
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Editor's Note
Editor

Editor's Letter

This summer, switch it up a bit.

There’s really no good reason not to take advantage of all this utopia has to offer, but sometimes things stand in the way. Silly things, like money and time and obligations. But, hey, that’s what the summer’s here for, right? In the Virgin Islands, the pace has slowed with the season, and while work still goes on for most o...
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A Comfortable Fit
A Comfortable Fit

A Comfortable Fit

It was once stated that a person’s body is the proper measure of his property, as the foot is used to measure a shoe. Although this philosophical musing is from ancient times, it continues to have validity in the 21st century, particularly when discussing residential architecture.

There’s a common tendency to focus on the size—the square footage—of a h...
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FIshing For a Photo
Fishing For a Photo

From the Underwater Lens: Steve Simonsen
Fishing For a Photo

Steve Simonsen’s infatuation with fish, photography and SCUBA is undeniable. While some end up at dead-end desk jobs, Steve has spent the past 20 years living his dream in the Virgin Islands, combining his passions for photography and the sea. The Michigan native discovered his desire first for SCUBA and, shortly after college,...
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Port to Paradise
Port to Paradise

Port to Paradise

The marine entrance at Gun Creek in Virgin Gorda’s pristine and upscale North Sound has been declared an official port of entry, signifying what officials and business owners trumpet as a probable economic booster for the territory. The plan was first hatched more than four years ago as a means to allow for seaplane travel to the area but was shelved during a change in ...
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Handled With Care
Handled With Care

Artists’ Corner: Gail Van de Bogurt
Handled With Care

For St John sculptor Gail Van de Bogurt, beauty is in the hands of the beholder. The 20-year Virgin Islands resident and artist, who delves mainly in the craft of clays and watercolours, has operated a small studio in Maho Bay since 2002. There, she imparts her love for art on local students and visitors who often use her teachings as ...
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Conversation Pieces
Conversation Pieces

Conversation Pieces

On a recent trip to Little Bay, Tortola, I visited the newly built home of Peter and Gloria Mitchell with Roy Keegan from Arawak Interiors. Though I had passed the house many times over the course of its construction and completion, I appreciated the opportunity to marvel at the property and discover some hidden gems that I couldn’t see from the road.

First to catch m...
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Staycation Libations
Staycation Libations

Staycation Libations

Summer in the Virgin Islands emerges as a time when many residents decide to combat claustrophobia and desert this otherwise inviting location.

Residents and visitors of our utopia may not realise, but there are many people, including tourists, long-stay visitors and residents, who fail to explore the luxury adventures this island offers in the slower tourist months; I ...
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A Tasty Affair
A Tasty Affair

A Tasty Affair
Old Government House Museum sparkled in shades of blue for the launch of the BVI’s newest cookbook, Taste: Recipes from Acclaimed BVI Restaurants and Chefs. The evening featured hors d’oeuvre-sized versions of recipes from the cookbook prepared on-site by the chefs and served with wines paired and provided by Caribbean Cellars. Each guest received a copy of Taste al...
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Across the Channel
Across the Channel

Across the Channel With a Bug and Two Paddles

Most 16-year-olds would scoff at the idea of attending summer school—but not Eben Meyers. The young Tortola sailor instead embarked on a row in a small bug that would take him eight miles across the Sir Francis Drake Channel—from Tortola to Peter Island and back—in order to raise money for an instructor training course in Chiche...
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