Traditionally, October’s arrival signals the beginning of dramatic seasonal changes. Up north, autumn leaves are turning golden red and the first hints of chilly weather can be felt from coast to coast.
While some mainlanders respond to down-turning temperatures by breaking out sweaters, scarves, jackets, and boots, others are packing up and heading south to follow the sun. That means more and more savvy travelers are planning trips to St. Thomas.
One thing’s for sure — from Canada to the Caribbean — Jack-O’-Lanterns have taken center stage. From kitchens to cafés to candy stores, pumpkins are “spicing up” the atmosphere as the spirit of Halloween comes to life.
What a perfect time of year to showcase ghostly “Legends ’n Lore!”
Long before carving faces on pumpkins became a Halloween happening, the people of Ireland chiseled ghoulish faces onto large turnips and potatoes. When Irish immigrants brought the tradition to America — home to the pumpkin —Jack-O’-Lanterns soon became an integral part of October’s imagery.
The seasonal practice evolved from an Irish folktale about a character named “Stingy Jack.” Legend has it he invited the Devil to have a drink. When it came time to pay the tab, true to his name, he convinced the Devil to turn himself into a coin to buy their drinks.
Here in the islands, a ghoulish character long feared by school-age children is the Cowfoot Woman. You’ll learn about this tropical tall tale — and other legendary characters — in this colorful issue of Coconut Post.
By the way, if you plan to enjoy the warmth of the sun on St. Thomas this October. Flamboyan Resort is ready to welcome you.
Whether you reserve a one-or-two-bedroom villa — or studio suite — each unit includes a fully appointed kitchenette. The resort has two pools, a jacuzzi, lighted tennis courts, video gaming, an on-premise restaurant, and coffee shop. Plus, world-famous Magens Bay Beach is only a half-mile away. What a perfect place to enjoy the year-round warmth of paradise!
Plus, you can count on the friendly resort staff to recommend local places to visit including E’s Garden Teahouse and Things. Hidden in plain sight on Garden Street in downtown Charlotte Amalie, the spacious enterprise is a combination art gallery, bar, tearoom, eatery, and gift shop. It’s an ideal place to relax and enjoy checking out local artwork, too.
Just across the street, you’ll find one of the island’s most storied jewelers — Chalet D’Or and Get Charmed Factory Outlet. Housed in “The Landmark” — built in 1837 — the shop is home to globally celebrated Sandals For Your Neck. The dainty pendants were created by the proprietor right here in the Virgin Islands. You can read about the evolution of these tiny treasures — and more — in the pages that follow.
At Flamboyan Resort, Northside Grind coffee shop is celebrating the flavors of fall with a special spotlight on a luscious cold brew with pumpkin sweet cream topped with cold foam and cinnamon. Delicious!
Whether you are on island for a day, week, month, or a lifetime, count on St. Thomas in October to provide plenty of taste treats and legendary memories.