Sailboat slip, gourmet kitchen, heated saltwater pool, WiFi DURING HURRICANE SEASON you may cancel at the last minute if a named storm is threatening and your payment will be fully refunded. In like manner, if you stay less than the scheduled number of days, you will receive a full refund, on a prorata basis, for days you left due to a named hurricane.
“Red Sky in the morning, sailor’s warning, red sky at nig,ht, sailor’s delight”
Sailor’s Delight sits on open water with a view across the Manatee River to Bradenton, yet provides protected harborage for your boat around the point on the east side of the property. Located in Palmetto, an “Old Florida” historic town just north of Bradenton and south of St. Petersburg, FL, this sophisticated home, which is offered as a vacation rental only since December 2015, sits on a point where the water swirls past on a windy day and the sun dances on the surface broken by the dorsal fins of dolphins swimming nearby. An inlet curves around Sailor's Delight from the Manatee River, and the river is only a short distance from the Gulf of Mexico. Because the inlet has warmer water than the river, many fish congregate at the junction and as a result sea birds, pelicans, seagulls, ospreys among others, constantly fish just off the seawall. The viewing is spectacular. Sailor's offers 3 kayaks and 2 paddle-boards to launch off your own floating dock.
If you sail in from the Gulf of Mexico, just at the mouth of Tampa Bay, you, your friends and family, (human and/or canine), can tie up at the new dock and step into a yard ringed with trees, including coconut, royal and cabbage palm, magnolia, two varieties of avocado, Meyer lemon, Persian lime, ruby red grapefruit, and navel orange. At the right time of year you can pick all these fruits and combine them for a delicious citrus and avocado salad.
THE HOUSE: Inside the house, you make that salad in a fully equipped gourmet kitchen designed for the whole family to create culinary masterpieces together. Kitchen equipment includes brand new stainless steel appliances and fixtures, including double convection ovens; 36” induction cooktop with 36” hood; two separate sinks, each with its own dishwasher; two separate microwaves; through-the-door water/ice dispensing refrigerator/freezer; new white cabinets, granite countertops, and an island that accommodates small electric appliances, including blenders, toasters, toaster oven, food processor, crock pot, Keurig coffee maker, standard coffee pot and a teapot. The island also houses a wine cooler and provides seating for 6 people. A grill sits on the patio, for outdoor cooking to compliment dishes from the kitchen.
As you sit in the kitchen sipping your morning coffee, perhaps watching the morning news on the 40” curved Ultra High Definition TV mounted on the wall near the induction cooktop, you look outside to see boats idling by, manatees mating off the dock (you should be at least 18 years old to witness some of these things) , and small schools of dolphins charging through to catch mullet. A Brown Pelican, which was removed from from the Endangered Species List in 2009, dive-bombs a hapless fish, then glides away with a bulging beak.
“What a wonderful bird is the Pelican, his beak can hold more than his belly can.”
New this summer is a floating dock for kayak launches. We have three kayaks for your use, you may paddle kayaks just off the dock, and as you launch it, you may glimpse a Snook lurking under the dock, daring you to catch him, or see hundreds of rays swim by. An osprey sits atop the mast of my old sailboat as a cormorant, perched on a tie pole, spreads his wings to dry.
The house itself contains three bdrms and two bathrooms. The master-bedroom has a king size bed, a 43 inch 4K Ultra High Definition TV, a bathroom with a shower and a walk-in closet. The 2nd bedroom has a queen size bed, TV, water views in two directions, and shares the main bath (which has a tub/shower) with the third bedroom, which has three bunk beds and also has a TV and water view. The bedrooms have spacious chests of drawers to store your belongings.
The pet-friendly house itself is finished throughout with Travertine tiles and the back yard is fenced for your dog. Inside, you will find comfortable furniture and original art. Generous bright lighting throughout the house illuminates kitchen preparations and other activities. The bookshelf contains books, magazines, playing cards, a jigsaw puzzle, board games, dvds, music cds and a boom box, for a rainy day. The upright piano hopes it will be played, but if not, you may watch the 55” curved Ultra High Definnition TV mounted just above the piano.
Outside, on the patio, you might try gyotaku, rubbings made with dead fish on rice paper. If you don’t catch a fish off the dock, you may buy one from the nearby Publix supermarket, and an art store just across the Green Bridge will sell you ink and rice-paper.
Just off the patio is a salt water swimming pool which means there will be no chlorine and the water will be more pleasant, especially since it is also a heated pool with a heavy-duty heat pump to keep the water temperature comfortable even in January and February.
Solar panels were installed in August to reduce our carbon footprint and electric bill. As Fall approaches, the citrus fruit and avocados in the yard will be ready to eat.
You can arrange to rent a boat or have an excellent fishing captain pick you up at the dock in the back yard. Many fish are caught from the dock without going out on a boat. The inlet is full of mullets which are a favorite of the dolphins who fish there nearly every day.
WHAT TO SEE & DO IN PALMETTO: You may walk or bicycle to Emerson Point Preserve, a 365 acre preserve located at the tip of Snead Island in western Palmetto, a place where visitors can take in the beauty of Florida's wildlife. Within walking distance are the County Library and Sutton Park where movies are played outdoors free of charge many weekend nights.
SERVICES: Several beauty salons are in Palmetto and a reasonably priced masseur will come to your house.
RESTAURANTS in Palmetto, include 'D's which serves up a good breakfast and coffee anytime; out at the end of the city dock, the Riverhouse Reef and Grill, which may be accessed by boat or land, provides an upscale dining ambiance; Kostas Greek Family Restaurant makes the best spinach pies and Greek salads; while Alvarez’s and La Rancherita Mexican Restaurants, both on the main street, always please.
BRADENTON, just across the Manatee River, has a superb skateboard park, a downtown river district with sidewalk cafes, and Carrabbas, an excellent Italian restaurant .
SARASOTA, less than a 30 minute drive away, provides many of the amenities found in Manhattan, beginning with the Sarasota Opera which, during its winter season, offers excellent productions, and continuing with the Ringling educational compound, located on Sarasota Bay, a beautiful setting with interesting and educational displays in the Mansion, Art Museum, School of Art, and Circus Museum which has old circus wooden wagons, and railroad cars. Downtown Sarasota offers numerous excellent restaurants, high end shopping and art galleries – more of these establishments may be found on St. Armand’s Key, just across the bridge over Sarasota Bay. Sarasota is also home to Mote Marine Laboratory and Aquarium, which is renown for rescuing marine mammals and turtles, as well as research and education regarding marine resources.
ORLANDO, less than a 2 hour drive from your front door, where you can see all of the following:
Aquatica Orlando, aquarium, zoo & water park.
Epcot: World Showcase Lagoon, 11 pavilions celebrating nations of the world, & the iconic Spaceship Earth.
Universal Studios Islands of Adventure bring your favorite movie experiences to life
LEGOLAND Florida: The largest LEGOLAND park in the world.
Disney's Magic Kingdom: The park's six themed areas, Main Street USA, Adventureland, Frontierland, Liberty Square, Tomorrowland and Fantasyland, are home to classic Disney favorites.
Discovery Cove: With guest access restricted to 1,300 per day, Discovery Cove feels more like an exclusive resort than a theme park. See dolphins, sting rays, tropical fish, sea otters and exotic birds.
Universal Studios Florida: The original park of Universal Studios Resort, brings pop culture to life on its 107 acres of Orlando real estate.
Disney's Animal Kingdom - take a safari ride through the wilds of Africa -- complete with real animals, raft down the Amazon or ride a runaway train through Mount Everest. The park is home to about 1,500 animals representing 250 species.
SeaWorld Orlando: Home to the current Shamu, the famous killer whale.
Disney's Hollywood Studios: a theme park that takes you inside the world of show business with a backlot tour & plenty of live shows, rides & attractions.
BEACHES: Ft. DeSoto Park, a 36 minute drive over the Sunshine Skyway Bridge, thought to have the most beautiful beach on Florlida’s West Coast, also has the only dog park where dogs are allowed on the beach in a designated area. Ana Maria Island, Bradenton Beach, and Holmes Beach are all less than a 30 minute drive from Sailor’s Delight. Enjoy a day of shelling, sharks teeth are usually found on the southerly beaches.
SPORTS: The Rays play baseball in Tropicana Field, 30 minute drive over the Sunshine Skyway Bridge, drive another 30 minutes over the Howard Frankland Bridge to Tampa to watch the Bucs play football, or the Lightnings play ice hockey. Several Golf courses are within a 20 minute drive and Palmetto's Tennis Courts are a 20 minute walk away. Launch your trailered boat at Palmetto's Public Boat Launch, a 5 minute drive aw