I love B&Bs and my significant other is crazy about boats. What
do you suggest?
B&B getaway or luxury
cruise? Now, B&B goers can experience the best of both worlds –
boats, berths and breakfasts – all in one. Come on board,
utilizing this list of “boatiful” maritime-themed B&B getaways.
Sail Inn, British Virgin Islands: June through
September, the owners of Kentucky’s 1823 historic Rose Hill Inn
head 2,000 miles south to skipper "sail and breakfast"
excursions on their 47-foot Beneteau yacht. Three private cabins
with baths allow plenty of room for up to two couples and the
crew. For larger groups, a Lagoon 410 catamaran with four cabins
is an option. Their tours – customized to the whims of guests –
wind through the British Virgin Islands and the French Leeward
Islands. Learn to sail, or sit back and let the captain do the
steering while the first mate prepares gourmet meals. Prices
start at $1,395 per couple (based on double occupancy in aft
cabin) including six nights aboard, six breakfasts, six lunches
and two dinners on the boat, appetizers at sunset, beverages,
and cruising permits.
Captain's Inn at Moss Landing, Moss Landing, CA:
Originally built in 1906 as the Pacific Coast Steamship Co, this
inn and its new luxury dockhouse are decorated in whimsical
seaside and nautical antique themes. While you may not rock with
the waves, you’ll sleep in a boat; actual working sailboats,
canoes, fishing boats, row boats and whaling skiffs have been
crafted into beds in the inn’s dockhouse guestrooms. In the Sail
Away Room, the bedposts are masts, the curtains are made from a
spinnaker sail, the desk is an upturned stern, and the bed sits
on the bow, all made from a Little Quick 505 sailboat. B&B
rates: $130-235 nightly.
Boston Yacht Haven, Boston, MA: “Marineiacs” drawn by
the lure of a marina but not the rock and roll of the sea will
find the perfect alternative here. The post-and-beam
boathouse rooms have all the trappings of a prestigious yacht
club and the distinctiveness of some of the finest hotels in the
city. Built on a wharf overlooking the harbor, marina and city,
several suites have large private balconies overlooking the
harbor for private patio dining. For the ultimate seaside
getaway, book the Penthouse Suite with a 180-degree view of the
city and marina. B&B rates: $175-300.
Golden Slipper – Boston’s B&B Afloat, Lewis Wharf,
Boston, MA: Boston’s original floating B&B, this 1960 Chris
Craft is located in the heart of historic Boston, within walking
distance to Faneuil Hall, The Freedom Trail, and Little Italy.
This private boat accommodates up to four people at a secure
locked marina. A continental breakfast is left upon your
arrival, and unless a private catered dinner for four or more is
requested, the owner – a private charter chef – is not on board.
It’s perfect for everyone, from families visiting Boston’s sites
to romantic couples seeking a unique getaway. Private boat
charters of America’s first boatbuilding area on the North and
South Rivers are also available. B&B rates: $175 per night per
couple; $35 per additional person.
Bed and Breakfast Afloat c/o Constitution Marina, Boston,
MA: Constitution Marina offers overnight dockside charters
on luxury yachts and sailboats at their onboard bed and
breakfast. Stay aboard a choice of luxury yachts, with full
access to the marina’s harborside while taking in some of the
best views of Boston's inner harbor and downtown skyline.
Conveniently located on the historic Freedom Trail, it’s
just a five minute walk to North End restaurants, public
transportation, and the new Fleet Center. Voted "Best Marina in
Boston" by Boston Magazine, these floating B&Bs offer luxury
accommodations at rates less far less than most downtown hotels.
B&B rates start at $125.
Marston Family B&B, Hyannis Port, MA: This Cape
Cod-style home of a former deep-water mariner is totally
nautical in theme. Hosting one family at a time, the B&B’s
three-bedroom cottage is decorated with seafaring memorabilia
and antique ship art work. The innkeeper is a USCG licensed boat
captain experienced in operating sailboat excursions in Hyannis
for over 20 years. Guests are invited aboard the inn’s 34-foot
Catboat Eventide for a free sailing excursion. B&B rates:
$195-325; family and pet-friendly.
Schooner Woodwind’s Boat & Breakfast, Annapolis, MD: For
a memorable getaway, start with a two-hour sunset sail aboard
this 74-foot wooden schooner on the Chesapeake Bay. Add
comfortable dockside accommodations, and top it off with a
deluxe continental breakfast, usually served on deck. Four
double staterooms share two baths in the forward compartment of
the boat. “Boat and Breakfast” packages are offered Saturday
nights only for up to four couples, from May through September.
B&B rates: $265 per couple, including tax.
Boat & Breakfast on the Pintita, Baltimore, MD: This
45-foot sailing ketch offers overnight boat and breakfast
accommodations at historic Fell’s Point, including a gourmet
breakfast. The Pintita accommodates up to four people in two
air-conditioned staterooms, each with a private head (bathroom).
Located within walking distance to Baltimore’s Inner Harbor,
this boat and breakfast offers wonderful on-water
accommodations. Add a private two-hour sunset sail for an
additional fee. B&B rates: $200-300.
“Miss Mimi,” Galesville, MD: An 80-foot Mahogany Broward
Classic Motor Yacht is the perfect way to cruise the Chesapeake
Bay. Three end-suite cabins with baths and showers, a fully
enclosed aft-deck and a forward sun deck are just some of the
features. Air conditioning, a full galley and a plush interior
make Miss Mimi a great choice for a family or couples traveling
together. B&B rates: $1,800 for a two-day cruise for six people.
Lake George Boathouse Bed and Breakfast, Bolton Landing NY:
Built in 1917 as the summer home of speed boat racer and Gold
Cup recipient George Reis, the term "boathouse" does not do this
B&B justice. While it’s still a boathouse, it’s been completely
renovated and now fits in well on Millionaires Row, offering
breathtaking views of Lake George from its private porches. You
will feel like you've been on a cruise without ever leaving
shore. B&B rates: $175-400.
B and B on the Water, Sag Harbor, NY: They call this 50-foot
luxury sailboat “your personal B&B and water taxi.” Offering
customized getaways, the options for fun range from bicycle
tours and shore excursions, to cruises around Long Island Sound,
and even sailing lessons. A personalized a la carte menu and bar
is created for each couple. Couples have private use of the
captained yacht, while the crew offers concierge services. B&B
The Lua Cheia, Portland, OR: The Lua Cheia
(pronounced Lou-a-shay-ya) is
35-foot Carver Motoryacht with a single level floorplan and
spacious flybridge. The entire boat is yours for the duration of
your visit, making this a wonderfully romantic way to experience
downtown Portland. B&B rates: $139-159 per couple, $25 for each
additional person up to four.
Motoryacht Southern Comfort, Charleston, SC: Calling
themselves a “berth and breakfast,” this floating B&B offers
more than 2,300 square feet of living space on a 61-foot classic
Hatteras motoryacht. Each of the three guest staterooms,
including a private head, is decorated with scenes from
Charleston's nautical past. Located just three blocks from the
famous Charleston Battery and Rainbow Row at Charleston City
Marina, guests can use the onboard bikes to tour the fabulous
and historic downtown Charleston. From December through April,
the B&B goes to sea, and the same floating B&B is based in Green
Turtle Cay, Bahamas. B&B rates: $195-375 per couple, $75 per
additional person up to six.
Heart and Sol Houseboat B&B, Seattle, WA: This
barge-type houseboat is located on an outer dock of Lake Union
with fantastic views of the city, float planes, sailboats and
power boats. The first floor features an inviting living room
complete with TV/DVD/VCR and stereo, and a full galley-style
kitchen. The dining table converts to a double bed, and a small
twin bedroom is ideal for children. The upper deck houses a
private bedroom with a queen-size bed and a large outer deck.
Your backyard, a.k.a. the dock, offers a barbecue grill; use of
the two-person kayak and dinghy with motor are also included.
B&B rates: $190-215; two-night minimum.
Apartment, Amsterdam, Netherlands: Found along
the Zeeburgerpad, near the Funen windmill and the ‘het Ij’
microbrewery, this houseboat apartment is the perfect way to
experience riverside accommodations. Two decks offer a choice of
sun or shade throughout the day, along with tables, chairs and
an outdoor fireplace. The generous-sized heated kitchen and
living room and the two bedrooms accommodate up to six people;
the two TVs with 32 channels will keep kids happy.
transportation into Amsterdam is three minutes away. B&B rates:
€100 nightly for two; each additional adult is €40, and each
additional child 12 and under is €15 nightly. Kids 4 and under
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