One week, seven boats and an unforgettable Galati Yachts’ Rendezvous adventure, kicked off on May 25th when five of the seven boats departed Destin, FL to cruise the best of Florida’s West Coast. For those that don’t know, our Galati Yachts’ Rendezvous are exclusive events for our customers planned and coordinated by our team and captains. Each year we set a calendar of events in which trips are planned out and this past week was our Florida West Coast Adventure.
Seven of our Galati customers made the trip alongside Team Galati, including “Sweet Melissa” a 560 Prestige, “LunaSea” a 45 Cruisers, “Crystal Breeze” a 49 Grand Banks, “Just Us” a 52 Princess, “Nauti Girl” a 56 Prestige, “Team Galati” a 72 Princess, and “After Five” a 70 Maritimo. Team Galati and After Five are currently listed for sale. For more information, view the listings below.
Saturday night in old Florida “the forgotten coast” Carrabelle, FL, is where we had a meet and greet with all seven families. Team Galati also delivered the first round of Galati Gear gifts and enjoyed a great dinner together.
Sunday morning saw an early start as we departed crossing the Gulf of Mexico and headed to our company headquarters of Anna Maria Island! We arrived at 5 pm and enjoyed a hibachi dinner with all 20 of us at Ocean Star located at our Galati Yacht Sales Anna Maria Office and Marina.
Monday, was a relaxing day in Anna Maria for Memorial Day. We rented golf carts and bikes for the group to explore the island. Some had a beach day and others shopped Pine avenue. Later in the afternoon, we ventured on a bar crawl for the group on the Monkey Bus visiting beach bars and iconic island stops.
When we returned, we enjoyed a pot luck dinner on the docks and aboard Team Galati to celebrate the Memorial Day Holiday. Chef Tim Creehan, a famous chef in the Destin area, was a guest aboard After Five and prepared some of his famous dishes for the group such as penne pasta with homemade meatballs and red beans and rice with andouille sausage. Jennifer Galati made her famous Taco Soup and others in the group contributed homemade chili, cocktails, and more.
Tuesday morning, we ventured from Anna Maria Island to Longboat Key Club Moorings. We enjoyed the day poolside and shopped St. Armands Circle in the afternoon. St Armands Circle is home to some of the best shopping and dining on the West Coast. Including dining favorites, The Shore Restaurant, The Columbia, and many more!
Wednesday morning, we left Longboat Key for South Seas Resort. All of our customers were in awe of the resort and said they felt like they were in the Bahamas with the waterfront pool, frozen drinks, and exotic scenery. After a long day at the pool, we all enjoyed dinner on our own time, spending quality time with family.
Thursday was another gorgeous relaxing day at South Seas Plantation. We explored the area with the trolley, shopped and enjoyed the beach. Our group enjoyed a cocktail hour and a wonderful dinner at Harbourside Bar and Grill. The group by now had really gotten to know one another and truly enjoyed everyone’s company and fun boating stories.
Friday we woke, fueled up and went to the private island of Useppa. The exotic flowers and old Florida white beach homes took our breath away. We all jumped off the boat excited to explore the unique island as soon as the lines were tied. We shared our favorite photos of the island in our group text for all to enjoy. Some dipped in the pool, explored the island from north to south and others enjoyed the Useppa Island Museum.
Team Galati hosted a reception and formal dinner that night for the entire group. We mingled at the bar with complimentary wine, cheese, and crackers for the reception. Showing each other photos we got on the trip, talking about our favorite stops along the way and getting to know one another even more. We retired to the formal dining room of the historic Collier Inn. Joe Galati made a toast to “fair winds and calm seas” for their return home to Destin and toasted to new friends we’ve made during our West Coast Galati Yachts’ Rendezvous!
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After centuries of occasional use by fisherman and hardy adventurers, the island was acquired by Chicago streetcar magnate John M. Roach in 1894. Roach built a residence to escape the cold winters of his northern home. Soon his tycoon friends discovered his island hideaway and convinced him to build a hotel on Useppa so they could also share in his good fortune. One of Roach’s guests was the legendary New York advertising executive, entrepreneur, and Florida landowner Barron G. Collier.
Collier eventually developed much of Southwest Florida and built the famous “Tamiami Trail” highway between Tampa and Miami. He fell in love with Useppa on his first visit in 1906 and acquired the island. Turning it into a classic turn-of-the-century getaway for many industry giants, political bigwigs, and even Hollywood celebrities who escaped to Useppa for tranquility, elegant accommodations, first-class cuisine, and unsurpassed tropical beauty. Thus began the modern tradition still with us today.
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