Age: 55-65

Member since February 2018

Retired and loving it!

Ultra Host

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Steve and I are recently retired and are looking forward to doing some traveling in our 2015 Navion RV. We enjoy going to music festivals and have been taking trips around Florida and the eastern US. We enjoy meeting new people and sharing our little piece of the planet.

Skills & Expertise to Share

Steve is an accomplished handyman with audio, video, networking skills, a pro writer, and stained glass artist. He also enjoys house projects and knows how to build things. Terri is a retired RN and Massage Therapist. She loves animals of all kinds, enjoys learning new things, and is a great problem solver.

Terri's Pets

We currently have 6 cats that we share our lives with. They do not travel with us.

Favorite Boondocking Locations

We don't have a favorite location yet. We have enjoyed all of the Boondocker's Welcome places and the gracious hosts.

Terri's Hometown

We are originally from Youngstown, Ohio but have called Florida our home for the past 40+ years. We live in Venice, FL.

Terri's Guest Details

Terri's Rig

Rig Type: Class C

24 feet long

2015 Itasca Navion

Terri's Travel Preferences

  • Prefers an electric hookup
  • Has slideouts
  • Needs to run a generator

Terri Has 1 Host Location

River's Edge Retreat

Venice, FL, US
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Terri's References (52)

References from Hosts (6)


April 2021

Good couple

Nice couple, enjoyed having them here to see the monkeys.


April 2021

Good guest

We were out of town, so didn't meet. We did have a nice exchange of e-mails and texts. Glad they enjoyed their stay. Hope to meet some day.


July 2020

Great couple

We really enjoyed having Terri and Steve visit us. We have a lot in common like they also live on a river in Florida and are hosts. We enjoyed a bike ride and played a game of cards while visiting. We hope to visit their host site this winter and do some bike riding on trails near them. We would certainly welcome them back.
Butch & Judy


June 2020

Super Nice Couple

I hosted Terri for two nights. Though we didn’t get much time for communication due to me being busy reroofing my house, the 30 to 45 minutes was very friendly and interesting. Terri is welcome back any time and for a longer stay if they decide on another visit.


January 2020

We hosted Terri and the family and they were awesome

They are so sweet and we had a great time getting to know them we would love to have you back anytime. We enjoyed your company such a sweet couple.


September 2019

Welcome back at any time

Sorry we couldn't meet in person, especially since it was your first time boondocking. Hopefully our paths will cross sometime in the future. You're very welcome to stay at the 20 acre wood anytime that you are in the area.

References from Guests (46)


June 2021

Most peaceful place to stay

Most peaceful place to stay

Terri And Steve made us feel like we were family even family they liked. Was great views privacy accommodations couldn’t of been more perfect


June 2021

Wonderful host and place to be with

It was a very short notice gave Terri & Steve.
They sure provided us with warming Welcome to their place. We just have our RV working on Monday morning and it was done in about an hour. We don’t know for sure where we are going to spend the night. Thanks to the Boondockers Welcome that we just renewed our membership week before our trip to Florida. We do appreciated Terri and Steve for such a wonderful host and a very place to stay.

Thanks again Terri & Steve you are both a very wonderful host.


June 2021

Coolest couple

I had such fun with them! They are awesome and such a
serene space! Great location .I look forward to seeing them again!🙂


June 2021

Dennis & Pamela

We thoroughly enjoyed our three days with Terri and Steve, two ultimate hosts. We were warmly greeted upon arrival and spent hours sharing stories of our various travels. Their home is relaxing and the grounds spacious. We feel we have made good friends and will return again!


April 2021

Nice couple

I enjoyed my stay with these hosts. They were very kind and accommodateing.


April 2021

Awesome Hospitality

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!


March 2021

Wonderful hosts

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.


March 2021

How to build a Shan gri-la

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.


March 2021

Best in Boondockers

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.


February 2021

What a great place to stay.

Great place to stay. Was close to where I was big riding. Can't beat it.


February 2021


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 .


February 2021

The best ever

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.


February 2021

Tropical Paradise

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


February 2021

great friendly couple

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 !!!


January 2021

That time I didn’t want to leave a review...

...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!


January 2021

Great couple & location

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.


January 2021

Great place in Venice

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.


January 2021

Looking forward to going back!

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!


January 2021

Hosts AND Location unbeatable

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.


January 2021

Fantastic stay

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.


January 2021

Never, Ever Had Such Wonderful Hosts

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.


January 2021

What a retreat!

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.
Highly recommended!


January 2021

A Gem in Venice

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January 2021

A Gem in Venice

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.


December 2020

Cannot Imagine More Gracious Hosts

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.


December 2020


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.


December 2020


A wonderful experience with folks who practice true southern hospitality.


December 2020

Traveling with dog

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!


November 2020

Terri and Steve at Rivers Edge Retreat are the Best

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.
Just sayin.

This was my first Stay using Boondockers. And I know more than a memorable one.


October 2020

Amazing host with a beautiful location

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.


October 2020

Wonderful Stay

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!


July 2020


Great shady spot on rivers edge. Friendly (as covid will allow) host. Wish we had more time to explore the area.


May 2020

Great experience

The hosts are very friendly and generous, coupled with a beautiful spot. What a great combination, we loved our stay.


May 2020

Above and beyond!

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.


February 2020

Our favorite BW stop yet!

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.


January 2020

Well... what can I say about this family? AWESOME!!!

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.


January 2020

Not enough time!

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.


January 2020

Felt like visiting friends

Definitely would love to return one day.


December 2019

Amazing Experience

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!


December 2019

Great Hosts & Location

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.


November 2019

Expectations Exceeded

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 !!


November 2019


Had a wonderful time staying at Rivers Edge Retreat. Wonderful hosts and beautiful spot on the river. Thank you


November 2019


Very friendly, welcoming & informative of the area, beautiful spot, nice & quiet. They are top notch hosts & highly recommend them.


November 2019

Magical retreat, groovy family, beautiful bonfire!

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.


October 2019

Sweet Stay

Was quick but sweet. Wonderful area and the host were welcoming and knew the area well.

A former member

May 2019


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!