Saturday, March 23, 2013

Boat and Breakfast

I have always loved bed and breakfasts and small quaint inns.  The service is always lovely and the amenities and price usually cannot be beat.  They often include a social hour with wine and cheese, homemade evening cookies and coffee, and I always pick one with a hot multiple course gourmet breakfast! 

One B&B I Really wanted to try was a boat and breakfast.  We were fortunate enough to reserve to stay on one last summer when my family got together for a beach photo shoot on Anna Maria Island.

It was reasonable and we kept it docked during the whole stay. 

Here are some photos of our wonderful stay and a copy of my review:

Our recent stay on the Dream lover boat and breakfast was fantastic! The boat was very comfortable and Kay and Jonathan made us feel so at home. The space was inviting and fun with a great view. We enjoyed wine and cheese &crackers; and watched the dolphins continuously play nearby. Our Captains Quarters was extremely comfortable and clean. Breakfast was fantastic, scrambled eggs, croissants, fresh squeezed juice, fruit, lemon curd and Kay even went out of her way to make my husband a requested smoothie! They allowed some family we had visiting to stop by and tour the boat which was a huge hit with my nephews! Jonathan was kind enough to take some great photos of us on the boat too. We have stayed at 30+ B&Bs; throughout the country and this ranks among the top for great ambience, hospitality and uniqueness. We would love to stay there again and even more complimentary I can tell you that by the time you leave you would find yourselves wanting neighbors or friends just like Kay & Jonathan.

Sideview of our boat

Us at breakfast on deck


Rob in the captains seat

Master cabin bathroom

Kings quarters where we slept, plenty of space on the bed, pretty tight moving around it but all things considered very comfortable.
Breakfast in the morning.  Kay offered us fresh fruit, scrambled eggs on croissants and the finishing touch was a special fruit smoothie she made by request for Robert.  Everything was fresh and excellent!

Favorite vacations

Here are pics from some of our past favorite places we have traveled to and fund adventures- I hope to post these individual trips going forward and maybe recap some of the past ones in more detail....

Cancun, Mexico

Hot air ballooning over the Sonoran desert in Arizona

kayaking with girlfriends in Lauderdale

speed boating in Ste. Petersburg, Fl

Boat and breakfast near Amelia Island, Fl

Cruise to Bahamas on Celebration

Amtrak across country, several times

Trevvi fountain in Rome, Italy

The Chew TV show in NYC, Thanksgiving Spectacular 2012

Mumm Winery in Napa

Boating in Tarpon Springs

Sonoma Wine Country


Carla Hall on The Chew

Disney World and Disneyland

Clinton Kelly on The Chew

Cruise on Royal Carribean on Jewel of the Seas to Cozumel and Cayman Island

Hell, Grand Cayman

Senor Frogs in Cozumel

Homemade goodies

Some of my favorite homemade items for family friends and our local food and craft swap.  Let me know if you want of the recipes or check out homemade swappers of Sarasota.  Pretty much all of these recipes can be found on my swap and recipe board on pinterest under the name penguinkat
Some of the yummy swap items I got from the Sarasota Swappers

Some great homemade and practical items too


tortellini skewers for our holiday party

ornaments for our swap group

my homemade swap items

rosemary lemon syrup from Southern Living

our outdoor dinner party for my birthday in 2012

my birthday party in our backyard

my birthday party

cheese plate

cake batter truffles as seen on pinterest, very rich
find the recipe here

homemade chocolate fondue

reindeer brownies