Enjoy a bit of old Florida. We live on an acre in a rural area that is close to I-75 and depending on the wind/weather you may hear some traffic noise. Our neighborhood is surrounded by county owned preserves that lend to biking, hiking, and scenic walks. Ideal for nature lovers and those that want a break from the city life.
We expect common courtesy and respect for both animals and property. If in doubt, feel free to ask. *We are following CDC guidelines for Covid-19.
Tow vehicle may be parked next to the rig or in a grassy area in the front or side of the house.
We are planning on traveling between April and November, so the calendar has been edited to reflect that. Since we don’t have firm dates planned, we may be home during some of that time. Feel free to reach out and we’ll let you know if we are around and can accept Boondockers.
We are 20 minutes from Historic downtown Venice and three beaches, Casperson, Venice, and Nokomis. The Legacy bike trail is within driving distance. The are many restaurants to choose from and seasonal concerts at the Gazebo in Venice. We are 30 minutes from Sarasota and the famous Siesta Key Beach.
I enjoyed my stay with these hosts. They were very kind and accommodateing.
We had a wonderful stay at Terri’s. The grounds are lush and the camping spot is level and shaded. The hosts are very friendly and accommodating. The out door shower is the best!! We will be back!
We enjoyed very much our stay at River’s Edge. The hosts were very hospitable and their boondocking setup is great. These folks seem to enjoy sharing their place and meeting people. They were both very generous with their time and gave us many local suggestions to visit. Venice is a great place to enjoy the historic downtown with the lovely beach just blocks away. Venice is very bicycle friendly as is the rural area close to the host site. We hope to see these folks again sometime and have encouraged them to stop by with us sometime in NC.
As in the name, River's Edge Retreat is the result of years of effort. The transformation has become a shan Sri-la with beautiful oak trees with spanish moss and florida foliage. Our hosts have created something very special here and we truly appreciate them sharing it with fellow boondocks. We enjoyed our conversations and look forward to a return visit someday.
When you find a treasure, it's often hard to share. But my karma conscience guides me better than that, so I have to let you know that this has been my best Boondockers experience, and the others have been excellent. The hosts have gone above and beyond to make your stay extremely comfortable, hassle free, welcoming and more. The setting is beautiful and peaceful. Location great. If you are ever lucky enough to snag a booking, don't hesitate.
Great place to stay. Was close to where I was big riding. Can't beat it.
Very welcoming to their Boondock Space. Meet and greeted us and visited a few minutes and then they gave us direction to go visit Venice Beach.
Enjoyed out stay and visit and hope we meet again soon .
I had a wonderful time with my host couple. Not only are they friendly but I feel like we have become friends. They were very welcoming, accommodating, and knowledgeable of the area. I would recommend this boondocker to everyone. Area bike paths, kayaking, and a beautiful beach is right there. thank you so much for opening your heart to me and I hope to see you again very soon.
The trees and plants of this beautiful property make you feel like your in a tropical land and being by the water adds to the feel. The hosts are so friendly and generous they make you feel so welcome. We hosted Steve and Terri at our river place and was anxious to see their river property and was so impressed. We met their other BDW guest around a fire the first night and shared a pot luck dinner another night. We rode many miles on our E-bikes and Terri took me kayaking on the Myakka River. Places and hosts like this make Boondockerswelcome such a great experience.
Thank you so much for a great time.
Butch & Judy
We enjoyed our stay with Terri and her husband. the property was beautiful, flat, and super quiet, on a dead end street. Terri and her husband were very friendly and helpful. Venice has great beaches and lots to explore.
We travel in a van with a small dog. Highly recommend !!!
...because you love the spot so much you want to keep it for yourself! Ultimately I decided I could share since there are only so many days a year I can be there haha. The hosts are amazing and location is perfect country feels. Downtown Venice is beautiful to explore. My pup loved all the attention and didn’t want to leave.
If you’re in the area, this your spot to stay if your lucky enough to grab it!
Steve and Terri met us when we arrived and got us situated right away. They are very friendly and gave us some good advice on visiting Venice that night. The next morning we had an opportunity to hang out with them at their fire pit and had some good conversations.We look forward to seeing them again down in Florida and hopefully up at our home in Tennessee.
Thank you so much again. Our favorite place to stop in Venice. Lots of nice biking around the area. We went kayaking from here down the Myakka River. Had camp fire. Great host! Easy going & fun couple. It’s been great getting to know you.
This was undoubtedly the best boondocking ever! Beyond their tropical paradise, Teri and Steve are first class hosts who went out of their way at every turn to insure our enjoyment of the time we spent there. We did not want to leave!
The hosts are ultra gracious and generous. Their site is surrounded by nature preserves with excellent hiking, exploring, kayaking... and it's very close to I-75, to boot! Superb BW site.
Absolutely lovely place to hold up for a few days, I was there two nights and never left. The yard is delightful for dogs and there's a small Creek in the back to just sit out and watch the wildlife. Terri and Steve are wonderful host and I hope to host them someday and I will definitely return, thanks to them both.
After many a stay with many hosts, these hosts are my absolute favorites, ever. I just can't say more. If you are fortunate to bask in their hospitality, you'll see why I say that.
We stayed with this extra ordenary nice and welcoming couple. Spent two evenings arround the fire, taliking about our life, familes, trips and home country.
The propery near the river, surrounded with many trees is so nice.
Also Historic Downtown Venice & its beaches worth a visit.
Hope to host them in our house in Israel and defeniitlely would love to keep and develop our relationship.
Terri and Steve were our 1st Boondockers hosts and we were very impressed with their site and even more so by their warmth and hospitality. We spent our 1st two nights in our new motorhome that we had just picked up in Nokomis from Gerzeny’s. Highly recommend checking with them on availability if planning on being in the Venice/Sarasota area. Close to 75 and a short drive to downtown Venice and the beautiful beaches.
These are the finest people you could hope to meet. And their place is just WOW. Spacious, level, 30 amps, quiet, secluded, and surrounded by parks and nature preserves. From the initial welcome to a rapid transition from hosts to friends. A wonderful experience.
Terri and Steve are great hosts. Lovely little piece of heaven. Thank you so much for all the extras. You guys rock as host and kind spirit down home folks. Loved the fire, smores and good conversation was Great. God bless and Happy New Year.
B & B.
A wonderful experience with folks who practice true southern hospitality.
Terri and Steve were absolutely amazing hosts! This was our first time using boonedockers welcome and are so happy we found this hidden gem. Our hosts were so kind and having hookups(!!!) was fantastic. They let us borrow bikes and gave great recommendations. We also got to use their canoe and outdoor shower. They are such fantastic people they even let us pick their brain since we are so new to rv life!
Thank you and what a wonderful stay.
I so so appreciate your accommodating me, with my stay.
You Helped me stay the small day requested, we talked through details on phone.
Steve and Terri helped me get into the spot easily (can be stressful parking my beast).
Helped me to add a day due to the Tropical Storm blowing in from the Atlantic Ocean and Gulf.
Marcia my special woman, is new to camping and RV world and is from Brazil originally. And your outdoor shower "WOW WOW WOW", did she and I enjoy this part of the paradise you guys have created on 1 plus acres of land /lot.
It may be crazy in the world right now, and its serene and lovely at Rivers Edge Retreat.
This was my first Stay using Boondockers. And I know more than a memorable one.
We completed our three night stay with nothing but great things to say. Terri and Steve were absolutely amazing and went above and beyond to make us feel right at home. We have made new friends, in them, and will treasure their friendship for a lifetime. This location is waterfront and makes you feel like you our in a much more remote location yet is only minutes away from Venice Beach, bike trails, parks, shopping and so much more. Terri and Steve thank you from the bottom of our hearts for making us happy campers.
Beautiful spot by the river! Quiet neighborhood...even got to see manatee right in front of our rig! Hosts were incredibly friendly and helpful. We truly enjoyed our talks and bike rides together!
Great shady spot on rivers edge. Friendly (as covid will allow) host. Wish we had more time to explore the area.
The hosts are very friendly and generous, coupled with a beautiful spot. What a great combination, we loved our stay.
What a great place to rest for a few days! We loved our stay there. So beautiful and peaceful. The host went beyond hospitable. This was the perfect spot to get away from it all. Thank you so much for this experience.
Not only is this in a peaceful and beautiful location yet close to downtown and beaches, but the hosts are fantastic and so gracious. Hard to leave but there is more to see. We now feel fortunate to call them friends and hope to see them again.
DUKE and I had a great few days here. The home is beautiful , the city is beautiful, and the family is extra beautiful. Very welcoming... we even had a pot luck while enjoying the football game on my last night there. We will always remember our experience in Venice! You would be blessed to stay here. Talk soon on our FB page.
What a gorgeous location with the most wonderful hosts! We could not have imagined being welcomed with such love and hospitality. We only regret not having enough time to spend at this lovely retreat however, we will be back when our adventure brings us around again someday.
Absolutely beautiful location! It is like having your own little retreat! The hosts are awesome people. Very welcoming and knowledgeable about the area. This was our first time using Boondockers Welcome and they made our experience absolutely perfect. Thank you so much!
Hosts were very friendly and have a beautiful location. I really liked the proximity to the beach, hiking and cycling trails and the City of Venice activities.
My stay at River's Edge Retreat was exceptional. From the location, which was very quiet and scenic, to the incredible hosts. Hosts were definitely the highlight of the stay. They were so kind and I felt very welcome in their company and on their property. They are great people, Hopefully Oliver and I can stay there again soon !!
Had a wonderful time staying at Rivers Edge Retreat. Wonderful hosts and beautiful spot on the river. Thank you
Very friendly, welcoming & informative of the area, beautiful spot, nice & quiet. They are top notch hosts & highly recommend them.
Wow! Our host couple and their groovy family were absolutely amazing! Words cannot properly convey our gratitude for their extreme kindness and generosity. We are SO grateful that we have made lifelong friends! We look forward to seeing them again. Beyond all that their property is magical. We found a little slice of heaven.
Was quick but sweet. Wonderful area and the host were welcoming and knew the area well.
Had the best time staying in the Beautiful shady yard of Terri and Steve. They were so kind and helpful and I count on us to be friends, real friends, from this point onwards. Loved staying here and feel very grateful!