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VIsnorkeler
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Last minute help needed! My poor boyfriend had to have a mole removed earlier this week, so on our day off (today!) we are not able to do what we'd normally be doing, mainly, DUH, snorkeling!! Our other fav thing to do is hike, but that's out for the summer, too. Just way too hot for that. We were thinking we'd do something fun today, but don't know what. It needs to be either free or cheap (no insurance = huge bill to doctor, like $1250! so we are a smidge broke at the moment.) We had three thoughts: the butterfly garden in Havensite; the emu farm; a movie. Butterfly garden is probably not open today since there are no ships in. Movie doesn't start until the evening. So, that leaves the emu farm. I have hunted and hunted for info on the place that is more recent than 2008 and called three different numbers.
So, I guess I could have been more to the point, but I enjoy over-explaining! Any ideas for something fun, less expensive, not water related to do? And if anyone has any info on Solberg Farm / emu petting zoo, pass it on! Thanks!!

Sue

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Topic starter Posted : June 8, 2012 3:40 pm
Marty on STT
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Emus?? On STT?? News to me!

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Posted : June 8, 2012 3:46 pm
VIsnorkeler
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I know I saw it in one of those tourist magazines that are everywhere, but it was last year's. They have 24 species of birds and a petting zoo. Supposedly they do tours at 1130 and again at 1 or 2. All three numbers I tried were a bust. One finally got to a voice mail, but the name of the business was nothing like Solberg or zoo or farm. The second one was disconnected and the third just rang forever. We may end up just going over to St Peter Greathouse. It is gorgeous there, and even though we've been a bunch of times, not this time of year. Their gardens are beautiful.

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Topic starter Posted : June 8, 2012 3:57 pm
OldTart
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Never heard of any emu farm. Sounds to me like a leg-pull!

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Posted : June 8, 2012 5:40 pm
VIsnorkeler
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I swear I not only saw this ad in one of those glossy magazine/book things all the resorts have in their rooms, but I even ripped it out and had it ... well, somewhere. It was called Solberg Farm and claimed they had 24 species of birds and a petting zoo for kids. I have GOT to look for that bit of paper.

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Topic starter Posted : June 8, 2012 5:46 pm
Marty on STT
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I think Paradise Point had plans for a petting zoo kinda thing, and I think they were including birds and stuff (Although, Shawn Carcelli, AKA The Bird Lady, was forced to leave Paradise Point), but I didn't know it had ever come to fruition...

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Posted : June 8, 2012 5:58 pm
dahiker
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VIsnorkeler...I googled the topic. It said there WERE emus at Solberg Farms. Tickets were $4.00, and tours were at 11:30am & 1pm. Phone # is 304-775-7555 and 514-6928. Hope it works. Good luck!

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Posted : June 8, 2012 6:18 pm
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That second phone # is 514-6982. My bad....

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Posted : June 8, 2012 6:27 pm
OldTart
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A quick google came up with this:

http://www.nileguide.com/destination/st-thomas/things-to-do/solberg-farms/1357792

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Posted : June 8, 2012 6:43 pm
VIsnorkeler
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That's where I got my start, after I saw the ad in that stupid magazine, however. I think we are going to head over to St Peter Greathouse and check out the gardens. It is always nice there. Afterwards, I think we are going to wander around and see if we can just randomly find it. I have a general idea of where it is supposed to be...

We talked about going up to Paradise Point, too. Wonder if anything much is happening up there with no cruise ships in.

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Topic starter Posted : June 8, 2012 6:55 pm
islandlovin
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DId you find this farm??

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Posted : June 9, 2012 1:19 am
VIsnorkeler
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No, but we did go to the Greathouse and saw the ziplines still being built right across from it. We looked around some, but not that long. I think this Solberg Farm must be past Four Corners.

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Topic starter Posted : June 9, 2012 4:15 pm
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Looking at the description in the link I posted I'm having this silly little English song cluttering up my head. It goes, "I'm a lonely little petunia in an onion patch, an onion patch, an onion patch ..." It's been paraphrased to go, "I'm a lonely little emu on a Solberg farm, a Solberg farm, a Solberg farm ..." 'cause I'm thinking that "emu farm" was a bit of a stretch. A flock of emus (I'm sure that's the wrong word for a group of them but ...) would be front page news here. One little emu not so much. 😀

PS: Couldn't resist looking it up. It's a MOB of emus! If that's an indication of their group behavior I think I'd rather see one at a time ...

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Posted : June 9, 2012 4:54 pm
VIsnorkeler
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I took some really beautiful pictures at The Greathouse. I really love that place. Maybe I'll post some of them here. If you haven't been since they reopened, you really should. The restaurant is fabulous; views are fabulous; grounds are fabulous! Everytime we go there, we practically have the place to ourselves. It's a small area, but packed with beauty!

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Topic starter Posted : June 9, 2012 5:37 pm
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The "Emu Farm" is/was officially called the Solberg Farm, and I've seen ads for their farm tours. I called them, I think, last year to confirm they actually existed, and was told they do in fact exist, and offered group tours by appointment. This farm has often provided many of the animals you'll see at the STT Ag Fair's petting zoo. Don't know their current status.

Glad to hear The Greathouse is looking good. Are they charging admission? If so, how much? I hear the restaurant is very good.

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Posted : June 10, 2012 10:44 am
VIsnorkeler
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No admission. I've been there a few times now. Usually they have water, punch, and rum punch out for visitors to enjoy. Our last visit, they did not, but that was no big deal (we brought a cooler with rum and cherry cokes.) I've seen other people there once or twice, but usually it's just me and Kerry (the bf with the stitches.) Twice have been to The Blue Orchid, but both times just for a glass of wine and an appetizer or two at the bar. Absolutely gorgeous and delicious. I highly reccomend the crab-avacado stack. While we were there, we saw locals who live close by coming in for take out. I know others who have been for dinner and cannot say enough good things about the restaurant.

Disappointed about not being able to see Solberg Farm. We shall perservere, however. I'm not sure they would consider two people group enough to make an appointment for a tour. Maybe I can convince some moms I know that it would be a fun outing for their kids and attatch myself to that group...

I posted pictures on trip advisor of The Greathouse, if anyone wants to see. I can't figure out how to upload photos here.

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Topic starter Posted : June 10, 2012 4:57 pm
Ronnie
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Go to the pet store up on Solberg. It's owned by the same guy who owns the Solberg Farm. Larry Boschulte. They should be able to help.

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Posted : June 12, 2012 3:28 am
VIsnorkeler
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Thanks, Ronnie! We shall try that. Can you give me directions? Say, from Four Corners?

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Topic starter Posted : June 13, 2012 5:47 pm
Ronnie
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From there go down the Solberg road, after the hairpin curve, right after the garbage bin and Ann Boschulte Drive it will be on the left side downstairs of that blown away grocery.

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Posted : June 14, 2012 3:17 am