5 su gennaio 28, 2014
We received such a gracious and open-hearted welcome from the Cooks as we boarded Dream Lover. From beautiful Skipper to the thoughtful, delicious & lucious breakfast to the amazing location of Dream Lover, we have had the trip of a lifetime & a boat-full of memories for our son, who grew in confidence & valor during these 24 hours. We will do it again! Joe, Claire & Martin (aka the Admiral)
5 su gennaio 15, 2014
When I was looking for a place to surprise my wife for her birthday, I never thought this experience will be this wonderful. The welcoming was very warm. We felt like in family. The cheese & wine in the evening was wonderful. Bedroom was great and the breakfast was romantic. My wife was delighted! It is really enjoyable when you meet people that make you feel like home. We can't forget Skipper, the amazing "kid". Carlos
5 su gennaio 05, 2014
This was exactly the break we needed to relax and get ready to work again. The Cooks were very accomodating, great hosts, chefs, and gave us complete access to the entire vessel. We also enjoyed the Skipper & Lucille Show! Tom, Stephanie, Jamie, & Yvonne
5 su novembre 14, 2013
This has been an experience of a lifetime! Wonderful food and hospitality were above and beyond what we expected. This was an adventure that everyone should try at least once in a lifetime Can't wait to do this again and bring our daughters! JR & Julie Hansen
5 su ottobre 30, 2013
Our overnight experience on the "Dream Lover" was wonderful! Breakfast was exceptional! We went up to Anna Maria and enjoyed the pier! Terri Patwell
5 su ottobre 16, 2013
The Cooks made our 18th Wedding Anniversary special and we had a wonderful time. Dream Lover is so comfortable - but what makes this so wonderful is how Kay and Jonathan are so welcoming. Breakfast - yum! Amy set this all up as a surprise. Russ & Amy Sprague
5 su settembre 28, 2013
The Cooks made my 50th Birthday ever so wonderful! The two days aboard Dream Lover were filled with so much laughter, wine, and Rum pancakes! We will be back! Patty & Ted McKenna.
5 su agosto 26, 2013
What a delightful stay on the "Dream Lover." The Cooks helped create the perfect birthday weekend. The good company and comfortable accomodations were more than we imagined. We won't forget our adventure, Skipper, or the cinnamon rolls anytime soon! Everything was perfect - we are so GRATEFUL. Kenya & Dan Leonard
5 su luglio 30, 2013
It was so great to spend the past few days & nights aboard Dream Lover. We have had such a great time relaxing on the boat and puttering around Bradenton Beach. I don't know what we are going to do for breakfast now....the Cooks seriously spoiled the two of us. Both mornings we woke to such deliciousness! Kay & Jonathan are such a wonderful couple - we've really enjoyed getting to know them and hearing their stories. Being the animal-lover that I am - I have had the BEST time playing with Skipper, too. I am going to miss him! And we loved the harbor tour aboard 'Bad Dog.' We both enjoyed our time out on the water immensely! This was a perfect way to celebrate our 18th anniversary. Julie &Sean Ryan, (Bradenton, FL)
5 su luglio 22, 2013
We are so appreciative of the Cooks genuine hospitality sharing their home with us. This was a unique way of celebrating our 22nd anniversary & we will always treasure it! We were so blessed that the weather held our for our "Bad Dog" excursion & that we also had "puppy therapy" with Skipper and may God bless them everyday as they touch the lives of others. Chris & Fran, Tampa, Florida
5 su luglio 02, 2013
Even though not perfect weather (rain) it was a most wonderful stay aboard Dream Lover and a perfect 75th Birthday for Charlie We loved Skipper (the Entertainment Puppy) and the accomodations, very relaxed and most enjoyable. Charlie, Deborah & Ryan
5 su giugno 20, 2013
My wife planned this as a surprise for our 45th anniversary celebration and it was a Celebration of a lifetime! The Cooks made us feel like family on their beautiful boat, Dream Lover, while treating us to a scrumptious brunch fit for a king! Our accommodations were beautiful & quite private, with service for every need just a shout away. Our harbor tour on board the "Bad Dog" was great with excellent narration by Captain Jonathan. These folks will remain in our memories, as will the entire experience, as a genuine couple who we will be proud to consider friends. We hope our paths will cross again in the near future. Bob & Sandy Sampson
5 su giugno 11, 2013
The two days we stayed aboard has provided fabulous memories for our 25th anniversary celebration trip! We will always remember the scrumptious meals and the wonderful dolphin sight seeing tour. The Cooks provided an excellent home away from home experience that we will treasure! It was a pleasure to get to know them. Tim & Debbie Strever Winter Springs, Florida
4,8 su giugno 08, 2013
We had the best night's sleep aboard Dream Lover we've had in years. Kay and Jonathan's hospitality was wonderful. We had a wonderful time even though Tropical Storm Andrea came through. Amy & Joe
5 su giugno 03, 2013
The Boat, the View, the Harbor Tour, were only surpassed by the wonderful hospitality the host and hostess (the Cooks) showed us. We thank them for sharing their wonderful lifestyle with us. Will &Joe
5 su maggio 19, 2013
What a pleasure! Such a nice couple and a great boat to match. Living in town (Lakeland) it is wonderful to get back on the water and spend a restful evening & morning with you folks. We've been debating about getting back into sailing and seeing how much you both enjoy the lifestyle is enough to convince anyone of the wonderful effect sailing has on the soul. Thank you for a great diversion to the everyday life we live. Much fun and laughter to you both. Lee & Deborah Lallance Lakeland, Florida
4,8 su maggio 14, 2013
We had a marvelous time, enjoyed the few days of "Live Aboard" experience. Very much enjoyed staying on a classic yacht. Food was great, the people incharge, are wonderful and very interesting to visit with. Would highly recommend coming and enjoying this fine yacht and these lovely people. Sam & Joella Bass May 13, 2013
5 su aprile 05, 2013
Maria and I had the most wonderful time EVER with Kay & Jonathan aboard the Dream Lover. Really...truly...a dream come true. We loved making it our own 'Love Boat' (remember the music!)... listening to tunes of Bobby Darin, South Pacific and Gilligan's Island. The yacht was perfect, hospitality and generosity remarkable. The entire atmosphere is just stunning.... the breeze, the sun,the harbor, the sky... the complete on-the-water experience and treated like just the right mix of guest and friends. Oh yes... the breakfasts were...FIVE FORKS!! Totally delicious. Oh yes... remember.. the 'Dark & Stormy'..... sooo good! Maria and I have an unforgettable and touching memory of this and Dream Lover. BillJ
4,8 su marzo 18, 2013
I just have to say, my wife "stumbled" upon this gem and for my 51st birthday, we spent a night on the sail boat, the Dream Lover, and we had theeeee BEST time! It exceeded our expectations; the convenience to walk the beach at night, find great restaurants, enjoy the spectacular sunset with a little wine, a most amazing breakfast AND a harbor tour with the captain...just saying, it was all amazing. The weather totally cooperated, as did the dolphins but I won't forget this one...Thanks to my wife and to the Cookes!
5 su agosto 15, 2012
I made reservations with Kay and Jonathan as a surprise for my partner's birtrhday. WOW! What an incredible weekend vacation Kay and Jonathan are absolutely wonderful and we had great conversations throughout our stay. The boat is absolutely beautiful and was everything I could have hoped for and more. Upon arrival we were greeted by both Kay and Jonathan who chatted with us a bit then gave us a tour of the boat and overview of our stay. We were then treated to wine and cheese before we settled in. We came and went as we pleased during out stay, felt very welcomed throughout and could never say enough about the hospitality we received. We stayed in the main cabin which was beautiful and the bed was extremely comfortable. That made for a very restful night. On waking, we were greeted with a friendly "Good Morning" and a full breakfast that was divine!! Fresh squeezed orange juice, fruit bowl, bacon, coffee and the famous "Bananas Foster French Toast". We were in heaven!!! If you are looking for oustanding hospitality, a unique experience in accomodations, great food, great conversation and an overall beautiful stay we definitely recommend Kay & Jonathan's Dream Lover Boat and Breakfast. You will not be disappointed.
4,6 su maggio 15, 2012
First time in the Bradenton Beach area and was pleasantly surprised. Kay and Jonathan were terrific hosts and the boat was in a great location in the marina just down the street from local bars and restaurants (and the beach). Dolphins routinely play under the bridge near the boat. Although a quick stay, it was a pleasure. Will definitely stay with them again next time I am in the area.
5 su marzo 31, 2012
We had such a lovely stay last night on the Dream Lover. Kay and Jonathan were such gracious hosts and we were so comfortable and relaxed. Beautiful sail boat, clean and very comfortable accomodations you cannot go wrong staying with them. The wine and cheese & crackers were a sweet touch as we watched the dolphins play and swim all around the boat. We truly enjoyed their company and learning the history of the boat and of them. We have stayed at 30+ B&Bs and this beautiful place (and amazing location) is certainly among the top. Breakfast was scrumptious....fresh squeezed juice, fruits, croissants, scrambled eggs and lemon curd plus Kay went out of her way to make a smoothie for my husband. Walk to restaurants and beach and forget your cell phone and laptop- this is a great getaway for even just one night...but you will want to stay for more!!!
5 su marzo 14, 2012
We enjoyed the warm and friendly atmosphere. The breakfast on deck were creative and delicious. The dingy ride before breakfast was very enjoyable and exciting,especially seeing the dolphins up close and the white pelicans. Had a great couple of days. If you like to play games this is the place to come to.Phase10 Mexican train, They love to play games. Charles & Pat DAvolio
5 su marzo 08, 2012
If you are adventurous and looking for something a little different in an escape from hotels and resorts give the Boat and Breakfast a try. My husband and I spent two nights aboard with our two wonderful hosts, Kay and Jonathan. The breakfasts were great, the room spacious, and the setting was perfect; we even had a pod of dolphins swimming near us. Great for couples.
4,4 su gennaio 21, 2012
Kay and Jonathan were fantastic hosts. The boat itself was quaint and clean. The food was amazing. Kay was very kind to keep in mind our food allergies, and still managed to wow us with breakfast. We had just as much fun exploring Anna Maria Island as we did chatting with our hosts. I would definitely recommend the Dream Lover to any of my friends.
5 su giugno 13, 2011
My wife & I love the water & water-related activities. This "mini-vacation" was a surprise birthday gift. She did not know where we were going, but knew it would be 2 nite stay. She knew to wear casual clothes & comfortable shoes. Using our GPS to get there, brought us to a marina. There was no bed & breakfast or lodging facility anywhere in sight. I told her I would ask for information at the marina about where we would be staying. I left her in the car, as I made a phone call to Kay to see if I could look over the "facilities". I was welcomed to come aboard & check it out. This I did & was very positively impressed! At the car I told my wife (Candance) that the place was near-by. Taking our suitcases, we began to walk to the end of the pier where the 54 ft. sailboat was tied up. "Where are we going?" my wife repeatedly said. Finally I told this was where we would be lodging for the next 2 nites. She could hardly believe it, but good sport that she was, she climbed aboard and was thrilled with the host, hostess, and the facilities. Kay & Jonathan were fun to be with. They greeted us with appetizers & wine. They were very knowledgable about near-by restaurants. We loved their recommended restaurants. The breakfasts they served on the boat were gourmet treats. We were also treated to a boat tour on their dinghy, "Bad Dog." Also, to make this trip more rewarding, I bought two lottery scratch-off tickets (one for Candance & one for me). My ticket produced the usual zilch ("nada"). Hers, however produced a $2,500. winner. This was a rewarding trip indeed! Candance told me later that this had been the best week-end of her life. Wow! -- Raymond & Candance
4,0 su maggio 17, 2011
I'm always looking for unique ways to celebrate my husband's birthday whether it be a zip-lining adventure, an afternoon playing with tiger cubs or an all you can eat party in a chocolate store. This year I kept the streak alive with a charming overnight stay onboard the Dream Lover. Our hosts, Kay and Jonathan (Yes, that's Captain Cook) and their dog Skipper welcomed us aboard like long lost family. We enjoyed a beautiful breezy afternoon chatting topside over a nice glass of wine and some snacks. Kay and Jonathan gave us lots of suggestions for places to dine and we spent the evening exploring the area. Later that night after dinner we lounged on deck some more - enjoying the night air. Our accommodations in the captains quarters gave us a first hand taste of what living on a boat is like from the gentle rocking and splashing sounds against the hull to the unusual blender-like action when you flushed the head (that's boating lingo for toilet to you land lubbers). Just two blocks off the sand, we took a 3 mile walk on the beach the next morning and came back to a wonderful breakfast and generous amounts of coffee! Then Jonathan treated us to a little tour in and around the surrounding marinas on their dinghy Bad Dog. It was the perfect way to cap off the stay. If you are looking for a unique place, if the idea of life on a boat intrigues you, if you are willing to exchange the cookie cutter experience of a chain motel for a one of a kind, authentically nautical overnight experience (with all the quirks that entails) this is the place for you.
5 su marzo 28, 2011
Staying aboard a large sailboat was just plain cool. Beautiful accommodations great location, very relaxing and truly nice, interesting hosts. We stayed 4 nights and it was as memorable a stay as my wife and I have ever had anywhere. Go, enjoy conversations with Kay and Jonathan and eat dinner at the French restaurant a two block walk away. You will be enthusiastically telling friends about your stay for the rest of your life. Cheers, Bruce and Judy
5 su luglio 12, 2010
Kay and Jonathan and their perky litttle dog Skipper form a cheerful team on their lovely sailing boat moored at the Bradenton Beach Marina. They welcome you on board with wine, cheese and sparkling information about the local folks and the history of this island. After your island dinner (for which they have fine recommendations), you return to your holiday boat home as the sun sets over the gulf to watch the dolphins play in the harbor. Then you will be rocked to sleep in one of their sweet and comfy bunk beds or nestle together in their elegant state room with its own private bath and shower. Kay will be up early preparing you a luscious breakfast before sending you on your way to explore the island, its long white sands, its azure sea (perfect for a swim), its many gift shops. Or maybe you'll just curl up on the deck with a good book or watch the pelicans diving off the end of the pier for fish scraps the fisherman have cleaned off their catch. Or maybe you'll engage in conversation with Kay and Jonathan, your wonderful hosts, who will enthrall you with stories and make you laugh until your endorphins are swimming. This is how it was for me on my May visit this year. It all adds up to an enchanting vacation and a memory I will relish for the rest of my life.
4,0 su giugno 02, 2010
We spent the night of 5/29/10 aboard Dream Lover. We enjoy doing unique things, and this fit the bill. We were greeted with wine and cheese while viewing dolphins frolicking nearby. The boat owners are very pleasant and it was enjoyable getting to know them and learning about the boat. We were served an awesome breakfast on deck. Skipper, the Bichon Frise on board, was a joy. Overall, a great experience.