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From the bottom of our hearts, we would like to say THANK YOU to Taylor and Margaret for sharing with us the best vacation we could have ever dreamed of!
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As a busy family of four (kids ages 13 and 11) who likes to travel a lot – we rarely have time to sit down and write a review. In this case, we felt it absolutely necessary to let you know about our recent trip aboard White House (Better Days) with Taylor Smith and Margaret Harrington.

We were a bit nervous booking with a first-year crew, however, we kept going back to their biographies and felt as though they were the right crew for us - and boy were they ever!

Captain Taylor – Rest assured that you are in good hands with Taylor. His sailing and island knowledge are impressive and it’s easy to see his genuine love and passion of all things outdoors related. His attention to detail is second to none.

Taylor proved to be very safety conciencious in every aspect of boating from sailing, to driving the dinghy and pulling our daughters wake boarding. He also planned our stops at Willy T’s and Soggy Dollar accordingly to avoid the rowdy drinking crowds that both places attract at times in order to ensure the best experience for our entire family.

As recently certified divers and having expressed an interest in doing quite a bit of diving on our trip, Taylor did not let us down. We would mention diving and before we knew it Taylor had a spot picked out and had our dive gear set-up ready to go. He took the time to research the dive spot and brief us to be sure it met everybody’s comfort and skill level as well as personal expectations. During each dive, Taylor kept a close eye on us all and pointed out ocean life that we would have otherwise missed. Taylor took his role as dive master seriously and it was very much appreciated as it put us all at ease and allowed us to enjoy each dive to its fullest. It is also worth noting that his navigational skills under water are top notch as after every dive we would come right back to the mooring line.

When asked on the first night of our trip what we hoped to do, learning to sail was near the top of the list. Taylor took time to explain the basics and the ways in which the wind affects the sails and how one must adjust accordingly. Much to our delight, we were given an opportunity to raise and lower the sails a time or two.

Taylor’s patience and sincere passion for showing us all things both under and above the sea made for a remarkable trip.

Chef Margaret - Margaret surpassed any and all expectations of meal preparation, presentation and flavor. Our family was able to try new foods and experience comfort food in new and exciting ways thanks to Margaret’s expertise.

Margaret was very flexible with us on meals and even went off her prepared meal plan one night to try her hand at making cauliflower wings for us. Our youngest daughter loves to cook/bake and Margaret was such a sweetheart allowing her to help in the kitchen. When we had oranges for a snack one day our daughter mentioned how she’d love to try to make chocolate covered orange peels when we got home. Moments later and much to our surprise and our daughter’s utmost joy, Margaret had a recipe pulled up and the girls were making them to serve with ice cream for dessert that evening.

She was an amazing guide of our snorkeling adventures and for our on shore excursions - from hiking up the hills of Salt Island, walking on the beaches of Cooper Island, touring the Baths of Virgin Gorda, and exploring the Bubbly Pool - her enthusiasm and sense of adventure created memories that will last a lifetime.

As a yoga instructor, Margaret was very excited to teach a class to us as the sun was rising one morning. She encouraged us to settle into our senses and really become one with nature and our bodies. It was a great way to connect with the islands around us, the salty air, the warm sun shine and the sound of the waves lapping against the shore.

Both Taylor and Margaret are such a sweet and warm-hearted couple who have contagious smiles and evident passions for living their best lives. Our trip was made complete by having them as our crew. Together they work seamlessly and make for a first-class experience. The boat was kept immaculate 24/7. It is easy to see that both Taylor and Margaret treat the boat as if it were their own. Impressively, they went about and kept the boat neat and tidy without us noticing it. While we were eating our breakfast, or out enjoying the morning sun on paddle boards, kayaks or on the deck of the boat, our beds were being made, showers and bathrooms cleaned, and towels were replaced. When we would wake up in the morning the boat was as spotless as the first day we boarded.

From the bottom of our hearts, we would like to say THANK YOU to Taylor and Margaret for sharing with us the best vacation we could have ever dreamed of! We look forward to hopefully joining them both again soon for another trip around the (Leeward) islands.

The Vish Family
Jim and I have been on a 7-day charter previously and we thought it was the best vacation, but Taylor and Margaret beat our last experience hands down.
We are just wrapping up our fabulous 7 day charter on the Better Days with Captain Taylor and Chef Margaret. They are such an amazing pair. We were treated to the best service we could’ve asked for. They anticipated our needs and really went above and beyond our expectations.

Jim and I have been on a 7-day charter previously and we thought it was the best vacation, but Taylor and Margaret beat our last experience hands down.

Margaret is so thoughtful about the menu. We had several special diet accommodations and she managed to create a menu that met everyone’s dietary needs while creating meals that were delicious for the entire group. At the end of the week, we all had a favorite from the menu and everyone’s pick was different! The fresh, locally sourced ingredients made it feel like we were eating in a different local restaurant every day.

Taylor was a wonderful captain. His ability to just drop off the boat with our divers was a huge plus. He listened carefully to what each of our group wanted to get out of the trip and he made sure everyone’s goals were met - “100%:-)” - by the end of the week.

We appreciate you creating a great match with our “Carolina 6-pack” and the best crew ever with Taylor and Margaret. The memories we made on the White House...aka Better Days...will last forever.

Now - back to the grind,
Kim and Jim
Dunn, North Carolina
One week in the year of Frances
Margaret and Taylor,

This has been the best week that we could have asked for- thank you both so much for making it happen. From the moment we came aboard, we’ve been overwhelmed by your warmth and hospitality, and we’ve so enjoyed getting to know you both this week. From conch diving, to starting our own scooter gang, to late night Catan and rescuing Hanes’ belongings-y’all have gone above and beyond, and we are grateful not only for our time together, but that we are walking away with two new friends. Thank you for everything - we’ll be back!

-Frances, Gibbs, Mary Park
Our family is very appreciated to your wonderful service, kindness, and training to sail
Margaret and Taylor,

Thank you so much for the wonderful experience and we know many more “Better Days” to come. The food was amazing, the guided tours made the experience so much greater, our dream of sailing and being in the beautiful Caribbean Islands fulfilled. Our family is very appreciated to your wonderful service, kindness, and training to sail. See you soon. Enjoy the charters until we are back.

Love,

Jeff, Bonnie, Devin, and Lillie
<3 PS: blowing the conch was so much fun!
Your service was exceptional, as was our trip.
Taylor and Margaret,

Thank you for an incredible experience aboard White House! Your service was exceptional, as was our trip. I wish you the very best and hope our paths cross again.
We had a fantastic week vacationing on the White House. Taylor and Margaret were awesome...considerate, thoughtful, and fun

We had a fantastic week vacationing on the White House. Taylor and Margaret were awesome...considerate, thoughtful, and fun. We snorkeled, hiked, paddle boarded, kayaked, went scuba diving, sight seeing, sailed (Taylor is a great Captain), and wakeboarded. Margaret cooked us amazing meals for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Her food was delicious. Margaret and Taylor made this one of our best family vacations. We can’t wait to come back.

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