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Caneel Trailside Cottage 01/13/2008
Reviewers Rating: Excellent
If your vacation destination is St. John USVI, then Caneel Trailside Cottage will provide the ideal home away from home. We were welcomed at the ferry and escorted to the house, with a stop to pick up our rental jeep. We reached the house after a short drive from town and were struck by the luxurious comfort and privacy of the setting. As we entered the gate to the main patio, it was hard to resist the invitation of the pool. Upon opening the front door to the Caneel Trailside Cottage, we were speechless at the breathtaking view of the ocean – which is enjoyed from every aspect of the house, but best experienced from the back deck. We stayed over the week of New Year’s Eve, and we were able to see the fireworks from the house! There is a wealth of wildlife to observe: several types of birds including hummingbirds, small lizards, and the occasional chicken. The spacious living and dining areas are tastefully decorated yet comfortable. The kitchen is well-appointed and makes you want to cook even though you’re on vacation. The bedrooms at Caneel Trailside Cottage are comfortable and allow a good night’s rest for you to feel refreshed, relaxed, and ready for a fun-filled day of hiking, snorkeling, or just lying on one of the beautiful beaches. With the windows open, you feel the cool Caribbean breezes, but each bedroom has its own AC unit if you prefer. The showers are spa-like. The house is provisioned with everything you could possibly need: linens, beach stuff, kitchen basics, entertainment (books, games, DVD/VCR, stereo), and a basket of snacks (including a bottle of rum!) that lasted us the entire week. It is also apparent that the owners have made every effort to make the house as “green” as possible. The Caneel Hill Trail is located behind the driveway, and it is worth the short hike to get amazing views of the island and the sunset. And town is less than 5 minutes away for the convenience of the food market, restaurants, and shopping. This was our first visit to St. John, but likely not our last – we have fallen under the spell of this magic island and can’t wait to return; we will definitely being staying at Caneel Trailside Cottage again!

Jason R. McLaughlin

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