Jan. 30, 2004 – The year 2003 was an eventful year for everyone and certainly for Maho Bay, Harmony and Concordia.
In December, we opened a new, redesigned Web site, where guests can leave comments and pictures for other site visitors to see and where it is a lot easier to make reservations online.
The Trash to Treasures program of recycling paper, glass, aluminum and wood has been expanded.
Glass and pottery art/craft objects are now for sale in a new "200sf" art gallery right by the pavilion.
In November, a new HUB Consolidated 175-pound crucible for melting used beer and soda bottles was installed in the glass studio at the Maho Bay Art Center.
It is three times bigger than the old one.
An Innovative Eco-responsible Kiln Installed
In keeping with its longstanding commitment to sustainable development and environmental stewardship, Maho Bay Camps installed a low-energy kiln that runs on pallet wood. Based on Frederick Olsen's Fast Fire prototype, which was developed during the 1970s, the new kiln is used to fire pottery crafted during the ongoing art workshops offered at the resort. The first firing was in April.
The newly expanded pottery studio in the Maho Bay Art Center now has 12 potters' wheels, six electric and six kick wheels.
U.S. EPA Environmental Quality Award
Maho Bay Camps was selected to receive a 2003 U.S. EPA Environmental Quality Award. The Environmental Quality Award is the highest recognition presented to the public by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Each year, the Agency searches for those who have demonstrated an outstanding commitment to protecting and enhancing environmental quality. Award recipients are selected from all sectors of the community, including nonprofit, environmental, and community groups, individual citizens, environmental education and business organizations and members of the news media. What pleases us about this award is that is not from a travel or tourism organization but the environmental universe at large.
The Year in Magazines Awarding, Praising Maho Bay
— January 's Travel Holiday Magazine names Maho Editors' Choice: The editors of Travel Holiday were so very impressed by the outstanding value provided that Maho Bay Camps was a winner of Travel Holiday magazine's Editors' Choice Award for the Best Buys of 2003. "Okay, so the bathhouses are communal and the 114 cottages are tents — but you can't beat the beach."
— The January-February issue of E Magazine reports on a green getaway: "Green Living going Green" is the headline of an extensive article on Maho Bay. Sub-headline reads: "The Virgin Islands' Maho Bay Puts Conservation First."
— January-February Diving magazine ranked the U.S. Virgin Islands as one of the top dive destinations in the world.
— February Caribbean Travel & Life does a Number on St. John: Eight pages of editorial entitled "The Art & Soul of St John" feature the island, with some of the nicest comments about Maho, and a nice picture of our glass blowing. It convinced many visitors to come on down.
— February Reader's Digest Recommended Maho Bay Camps: In a "RDTravel" feature article, "It's a Family Affair," Maho Bay was recommended for a winter family reunion destination. The picture showing "Tenting on the campgrounds at Maho Bay" is actually a picture of a Concordia Eco-tent overlooking Salt Pond Bay. But don't fear, it is not misleading: Concordia is also an excellent destination for a family reunion.
— June Delicious Living magazine – Maho is one of four Earth-friendly Destinations: "A trip you'll remember for a lifetime"
— The June issue of Frommer's Budget Travel – Maho is one of eleven budget-priced Family Adventures. "Go back to nature, you'll save big."
— June/July Caribbean Travel & Life – Maho is one of ten Favorite Family Vacations. "Winning idea for Caribbean vacation the whole clan will love."
— July Southern California Senior Life: A newspaper for active seniors listed Maho Bay Camps in their Guide to the World's Most Exotic Destinations
— September National Geographic Traveler features classic Virgin Island National Park. "Hiking St. John's trails, and snorkeling the idyllic bays they lead to is the best way."
— Fall-Winter Islands Weddings & Honeymoons magazine: Maho and St. John are one of 20 Top Water Destinations in the World.
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