This was my first time to stay with Julie and mike. When you rely on other people to plan your trip I am always a skeptic. These two made me feel like family from the start. The food and hospitality was incredible. I highly recommend them for any outing and will use them again in the future.
Thanks you two .
Mike and Julie have been such an amazing host to us over the years! We are always looking forward to what is next for tasty treats, and Mike is ever the consummate server of all he encounters. We always look forward to spending time with them. Can’t go wrong with the Mariers.
My son and I, along with 10 friends just returned from an 8 day stay at the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally, in Sturgis, South Dakota. This is the second Sturgis trip that Julie and Mike were our hosts. Both were very professional, knowledgeable and eager to please. Julie’s meals were off the charts!! Since we were at a Motorcycle Rally, I was expecting burgers and hotdogs on the grill every night, which I would have been fine with. Boy, was I pleasantly surprised. I ate like a King!!! Breakfasts were AMAZING, eggs, sausage, bacon, pancakes along with dishes I have never had. Our dinners were FABULOUS. Steak, cooked to perfection, spaghetti and meatballs, garlic bread and Cabbage Rolls were just a few of the selections. I highly recommend booking your adventure with Mike and Julie as your hosts!! Definitely a 5 Star rating from me!!!!
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Miss you guys already!!!
This was my very first Sturgis group experience. The scenery was breathtaking, around every corner and curve was another adventure. And while the peer fellowship was fantastic, one of the most consistently fabulous aspects about our trip was the meals. Julie did an absolutely outstanding job in meal variety and preparation. I went on this trip thinking I may actually push back and saw it as an opportunity to maybe even lose a little weight… what I found was myself looking for and wanting seconds, sometimes thirds every time we sat down at the table. Julie had pre-planned a weeks breakfasts and dinners for our group of twelve. She prepared a variety of dishes that allowed me to try some foods I may not usually consider. She always served us timely, warm meals and adjusted easily to our slightly adventurous irregular schedule. Her selections looked fantastic, they were delicious; the aroma drew you in and she was prepared with sides and all the trimmings that enhanced the experience even more. It was such a wonderful way to begin and end our days. On a 1 to 10 scale I’d give Julie a 15+!! I highly recommend you letting her guide your culinary adventures, just sit back, relax and prepare to be delighted.
You are getting ready to embark on the beginning of an amazing journey.
My family (Husband & 3 daughters, 14, 12, 10) experienced the vacation of a lifetime & memories & stories that will be talking about for years.
So many adventures! Capt Kyle & Chef Tim became an extension of our family on this week long trip. What amazing sailors & CHef!
The bonfire dinner, The Caves, finding new course together to explore, they knew what our family needed. We also enjoyed quite time in the am, redoing, learning about the sea & sailing. Kyle & Time made sailors out of my kids! We will be back!
~The David Family
Tom, Kerry, Payton, McKenzie & Zoe (aka Swab)
Tarpon Springs, Florida
Best Vacation Ever!
I don’t know where to start. Colleen & Matt are the perfect addition to your vacation. As Captain and Chef/ First Mate your days will pass by and you will wish you had 2 or 3 weeks aboard Nadiya.
Matt’s expertise in the galley will amaze you. Colleen is calm under pressure. You arrive as strangers but leave as family. We can’t wait until we can plan to sail again with them again. On a side note…the boat is also very comfortable. We loved the beanbag chairs up front and “deploying the toys,” i.e. the Lillie Pad.You won’t be disappointed with Nadiya! ~The Knapp Group
This cruise was on our bucket list, and it fulfilled our desires in so many ways. Chef Matt, it’s an understatement to say the meals were great: the variety was unbelievable, the presentations was amazing, the taste was superb. It is hard to believe you were able to produce such fine dining meals from that compact galley.
Colleen your masterful boat handling compared with the captains on the high seas and we were never disappointed with the stops chosen, and your desire to make sure we were satisfied was another positive.
Your knowledge of the area helped us to do the things we hoped to do. The snorkeling was fun and enabled us to see things we’ve never seen before. The Baths were spectacular as were the hiking trails. Both of you created a memorable week for us in so many ways. Your personalities cheered and motived us to attempt so many things. Every day was a new adventure that helped us to enjoy sailing as well as learning something about this part of theCaribbean. Thanks to both of you for giving us an unforgettable time with you and the boat.
~Judi, MJ, & Sara
All our meals were eaten outside in the covered cockpit area even when some rain passed through – nice and dry. Matt was very adept at presenting the most delicious dishes for the 4 adult foodies on board while also making simple food for our 2 boys who are not so adventurous with food. Colleen knows the islands well and showed us a new beautiful bay/cove every day. She let us know that we were on our own time and she did not have an agenda.
The crew was fantastic. They could not have been more pleasant and bent over backwards to make us comfortable and welcomed. Matt is a fantastic cook too! Nadiya is an older catamaran but was updated recently and is in tip top shape.Everything was great and in good shape. We loved the beanbag chairs on the trampoline. This was the trip of a lifetime for the Chaloupka family! We give them 5 stars!
Words cannot suffice in expressing our gratitude for everything you both have done to make our honeymoon something we will never forget. Thank your for the countless breath-taking views, for the delicious and well-prepared food, for the history and geography lessons, for the snorkeling and the island tours and most of all for your conversations and your friendship. Mille Baci Dola!
~Hanya and Giuseppe.