DREAM LOVER (boat and breakfast)

Bradenton Beach Marina Anna Maria Island, Bradenton Beach, FL 34217 USA (Show map)

About

A boat & breakfast! DREAM LOVER, a Nautical 56 sailboat, is a whole lot more than a room and a meal. It is truly an experience on the water. The salon features comfortable chairs, a dining table with butter yellow suede banquette and lots of French Country print pillows to lounge upon. We have two cabins available: the forward cabin features twin bunks and share a bath for $199 per night plus tax. The aft Captain's Cabin features a queen bed with full private bath for $225 per night plus tax. Up top is a spacious cockpit and wide deck area for relaxing, reading, watching the dolphins and manatees frolic. After settling in, you are invited to join us for some welcome aboard refreshments. Then the evening is yours. There are several excellent restaurants nearby and the beach is a short walk away. In the morning, after a harbor tour in our dinghy, 'Bad Dog', we look forward to whetting your appetite with one of our signature dishes, "Teddy's Banana Rum pancakes", a piping hot quiche, deep dish French toast, crispy warm croissants, home baked muffins fresh from the oven, breakfast meats, fresh fruit and coffee or tea. We are docked on Anna Maria Island in Bradenton Beach Village, a bit of old Florida tucked below Tampa Bay and north of Sarasota. Kick back, take off your shoes,relax, and enjoy!

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Innkeepers: Kay & Jonathan Cook

Reviews

Overall
4.9

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  • Guest room4.9
  • Service5.0
  • Value4.9
  • Cleanliness4.9
  • Onsite Dining5.0

A Unique Experience!

4.8 on February 05, 2016

This has been a fun and unique experience! I've never spent the night on a boat before! I loved opening the hatch and having the night breeze softly blow in the cabin. The breakfast was "perfectly paleo" - just as I requested - it was great! Life is Good! Karen & Craig


A Chance to Slow Down and Enjoy the Experience

5 on December 22, 2015

This adventure has made our anniversary weekend so special. We really enjoyed the chance to slow down and enjoy the company and conversation aboard. Kay's breakfast was amazing and has set a standard that I can only hope to match when we get And Jonathan did something I never expected: turned Robert onto loving the water and boats. Even though our hosts thought our first night aboard was rough because of the wind and choppy water, we haven't slept so well in a long time. We are so appreciative that this sojourn has given Robert & I a chance to reconnect and rekindle our marriage. We will definitely be back! Hannah & Robert


Extra Special 25th Wedding Anniversary

5 on December 21, 2015

What a wonderful way to make our 25th Wedding Anniversary extra special. The hosts were fantastic; had laughs, stories & adventures. We will never forget this and will be one of the stories told by us. We found new friends here on this trip! Jim & Tracy


Our First Bed and Breakfast

5 on October 26, 2015

What a wonderful time! This was out first bed and breakfast and it was great! It is good to be able to lay back and relax without being in a hurry. With our busy life we needed it. We appreciated our hosts' time and care. Ely and Armando Ortiz


Christine's Birthday

5 on October 24, 2015

What a great adventure for Christine's birthday - doing almost nothing except enjoying Dream Lover's wonderful hospitality and sharing an important event in our lives. The conversations were the best part, but gentle rocking, bright sunshine, soft bed, gentle breeze and marvelous food were also treasures we will remember fondly, and of course Skipper was a highlight. What a life! Christine and Dean Sparks Vero Beach


Sunset Harbor Tour was a Peak Experience!

5 on October 03, 2015

This was a first for us - a "boat & breakfast"! The accomodations were wonderful and cozy, the hosts affable, and Skipper, the dog, playful. Our favorite was the sunset boat tour with dolphins paying us a visit! We liked this life-style where you voyage together as the "world comes to you"! Patty & Larry


This is better than a Bed & Breafast - it's like staying with friends!

5 on August 29, 2015

While visiting family in Bradenton, we stopped here for a unique B&B experience. Who ever heard of a Boat & Breakfast? Intriguing! So we met Kay and Jonathan, so easy to talk to. We so enjoyed our time together. We had a nice dinner at the Bridge Street Bistro, overlooking a beautiful sunset over the Gulf, then followed it up with an ice cream. Yum! After a good night's sleep, we were served a delicious eggs benedict on a flaky croissant. Delightful! Can't wait to tell this stay to our friends. Earl & Vicki Kester Ormond Beach, FL


Best Vacation Ever!

5 on August 16, 2015

We spent the best vacation ever! We enjoyed our hosts' company as well as Skipper. Love the "house", our hosts openness to us and our conversation. It added a special touch to our "stay-cation". Evelith & Eddy


Best night's sleep I ever had - 9 hours!

5 on August 09, 2015

We enjoyed the peace and the wonderful food! I was worried I wouldn't be able to sleep on a boat and slept for 9 hours the 1st night. Hasn't happened in years .... We really loved Skipper! Shelly & Brian Hussey


Great "4th of July" Weekend

5 on July 06, 2015

Our “4th of July” weekend was great from the neighborhood restaurants - to the fireworks - to the yummy food - to the best coffee and to Dream Lover’s amazing comfy captains quarters. This experience has made us think outside the box (house) ha,ha, at living your dream and a downsized life style! Danny & Kim Lynn


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Rooms & Rates

Staterooms

Three staterooms - master stateroom with queen bed and full bath; two forward staterooms have twin bunk beds and share the bath.

  • Maximum Capacity: 4
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen , 2 Twin

Nightly Rate: $225 - $225

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Location

Location Type

Airport, City, Island, Oceanfront, Oceanview, Small town, Tropical, Village

Airport

Tampa, FL (TPA) 45 miles

Directions to property:

Interstate 275 South to Interstate 75 South to State Road 64 West through Bradenton. Turn left on East Bay Drive (Rt.789) go south to Bradenton Beach. Turn left on 2nd Street North, go 2 blocks and turn left on Church Ave. Park in Bradenton Beach Marina at the end of the street. DREAM LOVER is located at the end of the dock behind the Marina Office.

Area Attractions

Art Galleries, Beach, Gourmet/Fine Dining, Live Music, Movie Theater, Museum, National/State parks, Nature area, Ocean, Performing Theater

Inn Details

Establishment type

Boat

On-site amenities

CD player, Computer, Desk, Internet Service, Library, Videos, Washer/dryer

Room amenities

Air conditioning, Ceiling fans, DVD Player, Hairdryer, TV, Wi-Fi

On-site activities

Bird watching, Boating, Fishing, Parasailing, Jet skis rental, Dolphin watching, Manatee siting, Swimming, Water sports

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Policies

  • Check In:: 3 pm
  • Check Out:: 12 noon
  • Open All Year Round: Yes
  • Smoking Allowed: No
  • Drinking Allowed: No
  • Alcohol Provided No
  • Suitable For Children: No
  • Childcare Provided: No
  • Guest Pets Allowed: No
  • Disabled Access No

Terms and Conditions

  • Minimum Stay: two nights minimum stay required for holiday weekends
  • Accepted payments Personal checks, Travelers checks, Cash
  • Deposit Amount Required: 1 night's deposit (cash, personal check, or travelers check) at the time of booking. Special events and holiday bookings may require additional deposit.
  • Cancellations: 7 days cancellation policy, 14 to 30 days for holidays and special events. In order to receive a refund, the reservation must be cancel within the cancellation period. One night payment kept less than 7 days. All payment kept with less than 24 hours notice.

Innkeepers

Name(s)

Kay & Jonathan Cook

Languages spoken

English

Resident Pets

Dogs

About the innkeepers

movies, the arts, sailing

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Meals

Breakfast

Full

  • Time Served: anytime morning
  • Serving Location: Salon, On Deck

Signature Dish

Teddy's Banana Rum Pancakes
Delicious warm buttery rum sauce napped between 3 light airy pancakes topped with sliced bananas and walnuts.