Testimonials for Skyridge - Upper Carolina
Dear Windspree (especially Kay),
Our stay was fantastic. All the comments we read on websites beforehand were spot-on. The house was very well prepared for our arrival - i.e., your maid did a great job on it. Scenery is outstanding, great views. Kay was really helpful in making arrangements, answering questions, and explaining what to expect, very professional.
Most of our pictures only duplicate views already posted on your website. But one afternoon, from the deck we saw the pictured Coast Guard ship sailing through the channel.
Gene and Mary Ann , 05/2014
Skyridge was great! We had 4 couples on our trip and Skyridge was perfect for us. The views are amazing and the breezes coming up the hill made it very pleasant. WIth quick access to either the north shore beaches or Coral Bay, this is a very convenient location.
H,S,W,B , 03/2014
Thank you again for sharing your wonderful Skyridge with us. We were so suprised to find champagne, a gift certificate to Skinny's and a wonderful card from our children to mark our 30th wedding anniversay! We know Windspree had to of helped with the suprise, so thank you!
The week flew by! Haulover was our favorite spot for this trip, too many people at the other beaches. We are selfish and enjoyed the seclusion of Haulover and Lameshur. We saw all of the sea creatures we longed to see since our last visit - a 7ft nurse shark on the move at Haulover scared the $%^@ out of me. So appreciated picking limes and relaxing at the house, enjoying the beautiful foliage. The weather was perfect and we look forward to our next visit.
Beth & Keith , IL , 08/2013
This was our second stay at Skyridge and I thought perhaps I had romanticized my memories from the first visit but soon discovered I had not. This was a wonderful place; full of relaxation and adventure with many characters to meet along the way. I particularly love the wildlife you meet at every turn (literally). We had a great time, great food and great company.
Lucy & Rick , AL , 06/2013
Another amazing visit to Skyridge after 11 years. Brought our 8 year old daughter and we all had a wonderful time. There is no place like St. John to escape and unwind.
The Long Family , London, UK , 04/2013
We have stayed in many villas in different settings around the island and I have to say that your view is my favorite. We also love the BVI's and the view across the channel is priceless.
Best day? With our old friend Truman on Fly Away Charters. His trips through the BVI are always highlights. Thank you for the memories and beautiful villa.
The Pryors , VA , 03/2013
Thanks for another wonderful week at Skyridge. As beautiful as ever with one adventure after another. Your gracious hospitality is defintely not taken for granted.
Dave , 02/2013
Our 4th winter visit to Skyridge. Somehow, everything seemed more beautiful than ever - the view, the home, the beaches.
Tom & Diane , Ithaca, NY , 02/2013
Morning hammock time, the bay is calm and serene. We reflect on our past week of absolute bliss. The banaquits even seem to linger a little longer at their perch and watch, it seems like they know it is our last day. We had a spendid day yesterday, snorkeling, swimming and soaking in the sun at Salt Pond and almost missed our scheduled sunset sail when we lingered at the beach too long. Fortunately, we had mastered Centerline Rd. by then and got to town just in time! The picture of two old women, still in their beach attire, layers of sunscreen, sand and salt in their hair, running full speed in flip flops to catch the sail, had to be amusing. But it's easy to get into island time!
We so enjoyed the comfort of Skyridge and the views in all directions. thank you so much, the home is well supplied. We were so cozy and comfortable enjoying reading time and some good movies. We devoured all the reading material about St. John. Wonderful place.
Sherman & Connie , Alabama , 01/2013
We've been coming to Coral Bay for decades and really enjoyed this stay at Skyridge - a lovely home. We were happy to see the spirit of Skinny Leg's unchanged despite the change of ownership. Our best meals were home cooked with family and Josephine's greens are wonderful.
A great place to ring in the New Year!
The Dolsimer Family , NYC , 01/2013
What an amazing vacation! As a family of 7 this house was more than we expected. The bedrooms and living space was perfect for entertaining our extended family while visiting for the week. Reading in the hammock with the view of the ocean was outstanding. This kitchen was perfect for our head chef to cook up a storm! Thank you for all the books to read about the island, our boat adventure to Jost Van Dyke was amazing! Thank you for the amazing stay! Beautiful views will not be forgotten!
The Shaw’s and The Godowski’s , Hampstead, NH , 12/2012
Although we had been to this house twice before, it was not your home. We fell in love with the views and were mesmerized day and night by at sunrise, the change in the sky and the boats in the channel. The decorative changes you have made greatly enhance the beauty and we are grateful for another 2 weeks in paradise. Our best times were on the deck with binoculars, cocktails, music and the laughter and love of old friends. Thank you for sharing.
Joe and Laurel , Ridgefield, CT , 08/2012
Well once again it is time to go. We had a wonderful trip. Our daughter (8yrs old) is starting to become a fish; she was able to snorkel with us in the deeper water and faster currents. It has been a pleasure watching her grow into a St John lover. I think this is our 6th or 7th visit to Skyridge. Homer and Linda are great people, and we appreciate everything they do, it is always great.
Kurtis, Heidi and Maggie , Dubois, WY , 05/2012
We have been checking the Skyridge webcam regularly in anticipation of our trip. We all enjoyed our stay at Skyridge immensely. Never get tired of the views. The breezes are wonderful. We snorkelled every day, have never snorkelled before and have never been anywhere tropical. Wow!! I don’t think we could ever tire of snorkelling. Loved Waterlemon Cay the best! We loved our time at Skyridge and St John, Thanks for the memories.
Greg and Laura , Coltsneck, NJ , 04/2012
What can I say that hasn’t already been said in this guestbook? Well….in 2010 my sister’s family took my daughter on their family vacation to St John and spent a week at your home. Their account appears on some earlier pages in this book and we’ve heard them recount those St John stories numerous times at family gathering over the last 2 years. The high praise of Skyridge and St John, sealed the deal, and we agreed both our families would go, as Skyridge could easily accommodate us. Now let me say that after 2 years of “hype” about Skyridge and St John, your island home had a lot to live up to. Now after 10 glorious days here Skyridge more than lives up to its billing! Thanks for the memories!
The Karch’s and The Kloza’s , Sugarcreek, MO , 04/2012
We arrived on the day the 4 + month drought ended, but the rains hardly dampened our spirits. The first few days we relaxed in the house, reading books and watching movies. Not such a bad spot to watch the clouds and rain pass over the house. When the rain passed, the sun appeared and the hummingbirds and bannaquit returned, we weren’t so rushed to leave the porch and hammocks. We eventually made it out to our favourite St John beaches. We ate in most nights, enjoying having so many porches to eat on and loving the pass through window from the kitchen. Thank you for sharing this heavenly place with us. We enjoyed reading your memoir and are thankful your dream came true!
Andrew, Allegra, Nicolas and Zoe , Fortworth, TX , 03/2012
We were here celebrating our 25th anniversary with a dear friend. It had been 30 years since I was on the island of St John, coming in on a cruise ship. The weather was perfect, Skyridge is beautiful. Wish we could have stayed longer, so much to do on this little island. We will definitely come back; you have a very special home.
Billie and Mark , Tolland, CT , 03/2012
Another wonderful week at Skyridge went by way too fast. We loved the new tile shower tiles and uber binoculars! Went to Hawknest for the first time! Plants here are gorgeous! Thanks so much! Hope to see you next year.
Beth and Keith , Mickleton, NJ , 11/2011
Just what the doctor ordered. Your house is fantastic, the island truly a paradise, and the slow pace of life here a blessing. We saw many great sites, drove all around as far as possible and snorkelled some nice areas. Thanks again for sharing your home with us.
Miles and Tammy , Vancouver, WA , 07/2011
We had such an amazing week here at Skyridge, thoroughly enjoyable. Everything (from the décor, to the spectacular views, to the pool) was amazing. We definitely hope and plan on coming back for another fabulous week here. We had an unbelievable time and staying here at Skyridge made the experience that much better. Thank you Homer and Linda for a beautiful home and letting us share it! We will be back!
Beth, Jim, Alicia , Ridgefield, CT , 04/2011
This is a wonderful, comfortable home with the most amazing views of Tortola. It was the perfect house for the four of us, and exceeded all of our expectations. We had previously stayed in a nearby home which was more expensive, and this was a better house. The location is great - close to Maho and Cinnamon Bay and also easy to get to Salt Pond. Like others we ate most of our meals at home - it was so peaceful and cool in the house (but we did have great meals at Lucy's for brunch and Skinny Legs). The only two things I would point out is that it only has outdoor showers (though connected to the bathroom, so it's really semi-outdoors). I thought I was going to hate that, but it turned out nice to have great views while showering! Also, the driveway is extremely steep -- steeper than other driveways on the island. We were fine, but don't even think about going up without 4WD. It was wonderful and we hope to return again!
Hurson , 04/2011
We had a fantastic vacation here, what a place! Skyridge has everything we could want or need, particularly the hammock, hammock chair, outdoor showers and the absolutely breathtaking views. Thanks so much for sharing it with us.
The Lesemann Family , Charlotte, VA , 04/2011
House looks great! We have different people with us this year, and they loved the house. New maintenance company does a nice job, pool looks great, and nice new landscaping too! Love the new binoculars! Take care till next time!
Sue and Rich , 03/2011
We had a great vacation and loved the house and amazing view of Tortola. The books were really helpful to plan our day. We loved the house and the driveway. Thanks!
Megan, Janet, Fre, Brian, Caroline , 03/2011
We appreciated the new gate and the century plant behind the house; it grew several feet while we were here. It will be hard not to watch the skycam when we are back in the Northeastern winter. We hope to return again next year.
Dorothy, David, Diana, Tom , New York , 01/2011
We’re a family group that vacations together every year, often on St. John. So we already had favorite beaches, and favorite restaurants. Our stay at wonderful Skyridge added a whole new group of things to enjoy. We loved the views and the comfort of the house. The outdoor showers. Breakfast with the bannaquits. We found a great yoga instructor- Yoga Beth who gave us group lessons beside the pool! And although some of us were pretty impressed with the driveway, one member of our group had to bike up Bordeaux Mountain each morning for some real exercise! We cooked many nights. Another discovery was the deer with the huge wonderful antlers who came, perhaps as an advance scout for Donner and Blitzen. Our second night here there was a lunar eclipse, so “October Sky” thoughts were mingled with thoughts of those of our “December Sky,” as we stood on the porch at 3am (that never fails to feel like magic). Did we enjoy our stay just a little bit more knowing there was a huge blizzard back home? Maybe, but even without that, it was a lovely time in your very delightful house. Thank You.
Another wonderful week at Skyridge, thank you! We hate to leave, as usual. Wonderful beach weather, one day and night of rain. We never tire of the view from Skyridge. Thank you for the Wi-Fi and new TV!
Joan and Jerry , Blacksburg, VA , 12/2010
Hard to believe our week is over! Everything on St. John is incredible--every meal, beach, sunset. it is a piece of heaven. Our daughters loved the donkeys! We hope this paradise can become an annual family trip for us. As our girls said to me, these are "memories to last a lifetime". Thank you!
Wrights , AL , 07/2010
We so much enjoyed our stay at your Skyridge! The beautiful view, the bananaquits, the refreshing pool, and the adventurous driveway! We enjoyed snorkeling at Salt Pond, Francis and Maho, as well as a hike into Waterlemon. And the outdoor showers were a big hit! Wish we had more time... but hopefully we can return and explore more of this special island!
Kings , NC , 04/2010
Thank you for the use of your beautiful villa. This was our first trip to St. John. It exceeded our expectations. The villa is perfect. All the comforts of home and the flora, birds and breezes are terrific. The driveway--well it takes some getting used to. We hope to visit this island again and would hope to stay at Skyridge. Did snorkeling which was great and a day trip to Jost to see Foxy and the Soggy Dollar. Each beach we visited was great. one of my favorites was Vie's on the East End. Also loved Jumbie, Hawksnest, Trunk and today our last day we are going to Francis and Honeymoon. Thanks again for sharing your lovely villa!
Karch Family , NJ , 04/2010
This is trip #3 to Skyridge and it just keeps getting better. We arrived to a full moon on a night that left us breathless. Each morning and evening is priceless and we savored our time in paradise. A small thanks to all those who contribute to our happiness on the island.
Rick , 03/2010
Thanks for letting us stay at your wonderful home. We were here for my brother's wedding and had such a good time. We loved everything about the house, just the three of us in such a big house was great. View WOW. The weather was fantastic, could not have asked for a better six days.l Enjoyed everything about the island. This was our second time to visit the island. We will be back!
Padillas and Nelsons , NM , 02/2010
Two wonderful weeks. The house is gorgeous, the views fantastic. We lived among birds and fish in the water. Our favorite St. John beaches are all nearby--Maho, Francis, Waterlemon, Salt Pond, and also our favorite restaurant--Concordia. The driveway, which belongs in an amusement park, because less scary after awhile and everything else was perfect.
Mermins , NY , 02/2010
After months of planning, plotting and anticipation, our week at Skyridge has come...and gone! What a great time we have had. The company was superb! Carnival was a blast--what a great way to start our week to get the full local flavor (costumes and local drink). Your home is fabulous and we can't thank you enough for sharing with us. Sitting on the deck in the evening with an adult beverage and fresh picked limes, watching the hummingbirds and bananaquits, enjoying the view and friends was the highlight. Thanks again.
Wilsons , AL , 07/2009
WOW, WOW, WOW! Thank you so much for sharing your lovely home with us. The views on all sides were tremendous. The "shower overlooking the sea" was just a triple bonus. As with your home, the grounds and vegetation were spectacular. A lot of love and care evident around here. We especially enjoyed fresh limes with our run and coke! Skyridge--what a great name to describe a truly memorable home and vacation.
Himplers , NY , 04/2009
We enjoyed a much needed Spring Break vacation at Skyridge. We enjoyed early morning breakfast overlooking the mountains and late afternoons on the deck looking out on the islands. This was our third trip to St. John and we feel like we're becoming regulars. Good snorkeling this week--very large tarpon at Salt Pond and several barracuda, including a big scary one at Francis. Skyridge was perfect for the three of us. We were very comfortable here. Thank you so much.
Murrays , 04/2009
Our first visit to St. John and Skyridge since 2003 did not disappoint. There is simply no better view on Planet Earth! Thanks for sharing your lovely home again.
Fitzpatrick , CT , 03/2009
Thank you Skyridge and St. John! It was a wonderful week of perfect weather, perfect snorkeling and perfect fun. It was great getting together with old friends.
Karren , 02/2009
We are at the end of a wonderful week at Skyridge and St. john. As before, we hate to leave. We rented snorkel equipment from Crabby's and went to the beach each day. Thank you. Now it's back to the real world--alas.
Allens , VA , 12/2008
We're back celebrating our 25th wedding anniversary here and couldn't have picked a better house or island! Love the new tile and beautiful bed. Many firsts (after 8 years coming, still very exciting!) Saw a baby octopus at Lameshur, moray eel, trumpetfish, best coral at Haulover, turtles at Maho and Francis. We have enjoyed the evolution of the driveway gate over the last five years. Remember sending our son out to slide down the driveway and lift the orange plastic fence away! So enjoyed the new plants and clippings. Have a great holiday season, and thanks again!
Beth and Keith , NJ , 11/2008
Gotta love the driveway! Thank you for sharing your lovely home with us. As a party of 7, there was plenty of room for everyone. We ate out every meal (we were on vacation!) We went to all our favorite beaches...
Mills , VA , 06/2008
Left Dulles en route to paradise St. John. Having spent four hours here about 12 years ago (from a cruise ship) we knew we were visiting a special place. Our friends asked us to join them on vacation. And what a vacation! We snorkeled every day at a different beach, drove the roads touring the island, ate out every meal and crashed every night. We also took a water trip to Virgin Gorda, ate lunch at Pusser's on Marina Cay, snorkeled and circumnavigated Tortola, winding up the trip to Jost van Dyke at Soggy Dollar before heading back to Cruz Bay. And Skyridge--it's one of the nicest places we've stayed (we've traveled to many faraway resorts), the views are beautiful, the villa well designed, the weather just right, and the people are so friendly and helpful. Thanks for letting us use your special place in paradise.
Askews , VA , 06/2008
This vacation was so awesome. Thanks so much for letting us use your house. The pool was nice and the hammock got a lot of use. The smoothie place down the road was mad good and all the fresh fruits! We also went on an all day snorkel trip out on the boat and saw so much stuff like sea turtles, starfish, angelfish, coral, pufferfish, and conch shells. The beaches were all great with lots of sun. My favorite was Vie's beach. it had a snack bar, shells on the beach, clear water and was empty. This was really one of the best vacations ever. Thank you so much for letting us use your house.
Francesca Braden and Katrina Clark , Danbury, CT , 04/2008
Thanks for the use of your home as we enjoyed a week of relaxation, sun and beaches. Besides one day of heavy rain, we were blessed with mostly sunny weather and beautiful views, esp from Skyridge. We hit the restaurant scene around Coral Bay. We spent time at several beaches: Maho, Trunk Bay and Vies on the East End. Snorkel equipment from Crabby's worked out very well. Highlight was a day at sea with Long Distance sailboat run by Rick and Robin Gallup.
Bradens , CT , 04/2008
I'm sitting on the front deck, looking out at the ocean and have found it hard to take my eyes off of the beauty that surrounds me long enough to write this entry. St. john is restorative to one's mind, body and soul. It is always what we need and the island entices us back each year. Skyridge was so amazing. better than expected; the photos online didn't do it justice! Maggie, our daughter, loved the house as much as we did. We spent most of our time exploring and soaking in the rays on a different beach each day. Maggie learned to snorkel and delighted in finding many treasures underwater. We discovered Caneel Bay has a wonderful lunch buffet and the beach there was one of our favorites. St. John holds a special place in our hearts and now Skyridge has a place there as well. Thank you!
Heidi, Kurtis and Maggie May , Dubois, Wyoming , 03/2008
Thanks for sharing your amazing home with us. It was everything we thought it would be and much more! We enjoyed all the beaches, snorkeling and great restaurants. We enjoyed Francis Bay, where we saw Pelicans, turtles and numerous fish. This trip provided us with a much needed vacation. We look forward to returning to St. John! It was fabulous!
Chuck and Laurie Kleckley , 02/2008
We brought seven people down and three generations. and from age 82 to 17. We loved the house. Hot outside showers, cool dips in the pool, late night poker and early morning coffee on the deck--WOW--what a way to relax, rejuvinate, recharge. What I love about this house is that while its modern, it is also appropriate to the setting. it's been updated, but is warm, inviting and livable. From the moment the door opened, we felt at home. Because this is someone's home, although we were paid guests, we treated it lovingly and with respect, like the owners were watching over our shoulders!
Beckers , 11/2007
This has been my dream vacation! Me and my brother LOVED the pool and the view was to die for! Thanks so much for renting out your house!
Casi G., age 10 , CA , 10/2007
Packing to leave, a morning shower and a double rainbow! WOW! A beautiful finale to an amazing week. Snorkeling was great--as always. We had the friendliest turtle come up and swim all around the four of us. Carnival with the festivities associated with it is something to be bottled up and spread worldwide! So many memories... The restaurants were super ways to totally blow the diet. Skyridge is a treat. The wildlife, the view, the evening dips in the pool and the first class surroundings make Skyridge a place to remember! Thank you!
Al & Carol English , 06/2007
There was a beauty named Claudia,
Who didn't do much she ought n'tia
But when under the sun,
She yearned for some fun
And sometimes became a bit naughtier!
Walt Terry , Huntsville, AL , 11/2006
We had a great week! Finally went to Trunk and Cinnamon after five years--still happiest at Salt Pond. Saw an eagleray for the first time. awesome. And the turtles are so much fun to swim with! Yesterday no power but went on five hours later with no problems. We left the gate open for five minutes and four donkey came in, but we quickly shooed them out! They didn't have enough time to eat anything. Love the new supermarket (Lily's) at Cocoloba Plaza.
Beth and Keith Brown , Bedford, NH , 11/2006
Hazy summer days with lots of humidity and Sahara dust. Hot in town but great breezes here. Pool is great! Lush, there is a rain shower daily. We snokeled blue Cobblestone Beach for the first time and really liked it. Go to the right. Saw turtle and nurse shark. Enjoyed the birds--bananaquits love their "swimming pool (water in shallow dish) and sugar. Hummers galore too. Dired with larry and his Coral Bay operation... Grilled 2 lobsters we caught too. Waterlemon was super--turtle, eagle ray,.. Enjoy!
I'm certain only one word can encapsulate our stay here on the island and at Skyridge: PRODIGIOUS! It's hard to believe a place like this can belong to a person. of course, our many flying, crawling and jumping friends might beg to differ. We spent more time than we expected just lounging around here, relaxing and reading, but still managed some extraordinary snorkeling adventures. in addition to the usual fare, we managed to find a sea turtle at Maho, stingrays at Cinnamon, and Trunk, and even a couple of giant fish we couldn't identify. It was all very enriching. Thanks for sharing your beautiful home and especially for the much-needed inspiration. We can't wait to return!
Todd and Sarah Yura , Cleveland, OH , 05/2006
Well, perfection is hard to come by, but we certainly found it here! The perfect house for our group--me (grandma), daughter Fran and her husband Patrick up here on the upper level, son and family down below. Perfect location, perfect views, wonderful beaches, snorkeling, cute town of Coral Bay--so much nicer than crazy Cruz Bay. We're already planning next year's visit. Kids love the pool--adults love the fabulous view of Tortola at sunset, dinner and Scrabble on the deck. The only downside is the distance to travel for three westerners! from N. California and Arizona: It's a helluva long way, but worth it!
Sally Greenleaf , CA , 04/2006
Everything about this house exceeded our expectations. Make sure to put sugar/water out for the birds. Our favorite spots to snorkel: The Haulover. Waterlemon Key and the Indian in the BVIs. We highly recommend Fly Away Charters for a full day of water tours. Food: Shipwreck Landing, Skinny Legs, Donkey Diner for breakfast. Beaches: Cinnamon Bay and Trunk Bay. A shower with a view!! We enjoyed every minute. Walk up early and stay late. We'll be back. Thanks for everything.
George and jessica , Boston, MA , 03/2006
We love St. John and Skyridge is PERFECT! We hardly wanted to go anywhere because it was so relaxing and entertaining here. We cooked in several times and dined in Coral Bay. We hiked, snorkeled and dived. Saw two huge lobsters--9 lbs our experienced guides said. Two octipus fought after damsel fish--it was upset they were in his area and he won! We loved bleu cheese burgers from Skinny's. Try snorkeling at Haulover. Can be choppy but great coral and turtle and nurse sharks and black tips. Can't imagine a better place to be.
Art, Cynthia & Hadley , 02/2006
Wonderful trip! The views and breezes at Skyridge just PERFECT. We geogache/hiked and snorkeled every day. Favorite was Yawsi Point and Waterlemon. Saw nurse shark at Frances. octipus at Yawsi. At Waterlemon, we saw a big turtle eating sea grass, sting ray, porcupine fish, just wonderful.... Full moon over the channel AWESOME and stars aplenty. We will return!
Karen and Roger , Huntsville, AL , 02/2006