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Question: I love B&Bs and my significant other is crazy about boats. What do you suggest?

Answer: 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.

Rose 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 rates: $175-350.

The Lua Cheia, Portland, OR: The Lua Cheia (pronounced Lou-a-shay-ya) is a 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.

Lucky Piper Houseboat 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. Public 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 stay free.

For more information on these floating B&Bs and more than 6,000 others, visit www.BedandBreakfast.com.


Note: Information has been supplied by BedandBreakfast.com members; these properties have not been visited by the editors of the BedandBreakfast.com Report.

 





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