Feb 022014

The L’Esperance Trail is located off Centerline Road.  From the Hummingbird Hill Villa you make a left out of the gate and right onto Centerline Road.  Travel on Centerline road for about 1.2 miles and the entrance to the trail is on your right.  There are a few parking spaces at the top of the trail.    On this day we would only hike about a mile in, but enough for some great sights, as there are ruins L' Esperance Trail head sign of an old house at the beginning of the trail.

L'Esperance trail head.Excerpted from St. John Off The Beaten Track © 2006 Gerald Singer

The L’Esperance Road runs between Centerline Road and Reef Bay. The foundation of an old house can be seen at the beginning of the road.  This is not an official Park trail.

History of the EstateLEsperance Map
The sugar industry in St. John was at its peak at the very end of the nineteenth century. In 1797, seventy one people lived on the estate, 92% of the land was improved, 156 acres were planted in sugar cane, 25 acres in provisions and 25 acres were used as pasture land where 38 cows grazed. Only 19 acres of the L’Esperance plantation were undeveloped and classified as woodland.

In 1830, the plantation stopped its sugar production operation and became a cattle and provision growing farm. This was a hardship for the slaves living on L’Esperance as they were removed from the plantation and from their families living on nearby estates.

By 1836, only ten acres of L’Esperance were developed and the population had fallen to 13.

L’Esperance was purchased by the municipal council for the residence of the local doctor for the island of St. John. The law at that time required the plantation owners to pay two cents per person for the services of the doctor, who was called doctor two-penny.

Records from 1875 report L’Esperance to have been abandoned.

Several Structures are located just past the stone bridge.

L'Esperance Ruins L'Esperance Ruins 2 Grave of Louise Sommer 1861L'Esperance Ruins 4 Grave of Louise Sommer 1861 bridge

A short Video of the L’ Esperance Ruins: http://youtu.be/Tc5k6mc7D_Y

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Jun 082013

First Annual Rib cook to benefit St. John Rescue at Mongoose Junction, Cruz Bay St. John.  Check out Rib Off details.

On the Island don’t miss it!  Saturday, June 8, 2013 at 4:30pm at Mongoose Junction.  10 Restaurants will compete.  If you can’t make it try some ribs at home  – A good place to start is a 100% Virgin Island themed award winning recipe with ingredients from St. John Spice.

Jun 052013

The Painkiller had its start at the Soggy Dollar Bar on Jost Van Dyke and now is a staple  Virgin Island drThe World Famous Pusser's Painkiller®ink.   When vacationing on St. John I enjoy the island cocktail on the deck of Hummingbird Hill while watching the boats and ferry   shuttle  back and forth to St. Thomas.  The Drink is simple to make and enjoyable:

  • 4 ozs pineapple juice
  • 1 oz orange juice
  • 1 oz cream of coconut

and your Rum options are: (I prefer 151 when available) :

  • 2 parts rum (pessimista)
  • 3 parts rum (mediocrità)
  • 4 parts rum(ottimista)

Shake or blend with ice, top with shaved fresh nutmeg and enjoy.


Click here for the Pusser’s Painkiller® Story

Feb 022013

Much of the Artwork in the Hummingbird Hill Villa was created by homeowner and artist, Roy Imhoff.  St. John being his favorite vacation spot is often the subject of his work.  He has been sketching and painting the island for over 4 decades.  His work can be found on St. John at Bajo el Sol – Under the Sun – Gallery Art Studio in Mongoose Junction.  Visit the Gallery on line at http://www.bajoelsolgallery.com/artists/painting/roy-imhoff.

Love City, St. John USVIJewell's Kitchen, St. John USVI

Additional work can be found at http://royimhoff.com/.


Jun 132012

I ran across some great photos  in two wonderful posts about St. John by Annie at TRAVELSHUS.  Have a read to learn more about the beauty of St. John USVI.

Click on the titles below to see the full posts with great photography at TRAVELSHUS.  –  Enjoy

Notable Photos: Island Life on St John

The Natural Side of the US Virgin Islands

Maho Bay beachCoconut preparation in Cruz BayCurious Donkey Face in the car