About Us

Goose and Gander LLC is a local boutique property management and guest care company. We specialize in providing meticulous care for homes that book through Vrbo, AirBnB, Flipkey, FLaRBO, and similar companies.

Maintaining a small portfolio allows us to provide quick, consistent, five star attention for properties and guests alike.  We care for our client’s property and guests before, during, and after guest arrival. In addition, we care for properties with off-island owners that do not use their home as a vacation rental. All levels of service offer Home Watch.

We are happy to schedule all contractors (pest, pool, trees, etc.) with proven, tried, and true vendors or coordinate with your preferred vendor. In many cases, we can provide the service directly through our talented maintenance department.

We offer three levels of service: Full Service (property and/or guests); Property Only; and A La Carte (customize your own plan from a list of all of our services). Please visit “Our Services” page on this website for brochures on each level of service!

We personally oversee the management of each home and property including the final walkthrough before guests arrive.  Flexibility is a key component of our operation whether it is maintenance related or guest related.  We are thrilled to offer your guests an initial greeting upon arrival and direct concierge experience during their stay.  Should you prefer to be handle all guest relations, “we are right around the corner” for you in emergency situations!

Our success is based upon maintaining and nurturing lifetime relationships.  We are always open to suggestions and requests from our clients and guests.

We live on Anna Maria Island and, thus, our “flip flops on the ground” are always nearby for guest or property assistance.

Vrbo Premier Partner  |  Member-Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce  |  Fully Insured

Goose and Gander Staff

Company founders, Dan and Goose (Lori) Pekarek, met while working together in the Tampa Bay Buccaneers front office in Tampa in the early 90s.  One thing led to another, yadda yadda yadda, and they were married on the 50 yard line of Tampa Stadium at halftime of the Falcons vs Buccaneers game with 66,000+ in attendance!  After fun careers with the Bucs, Dan went to work for the Tampa Bay Lightning hockey team front office for a number of years and then began a long career in heating and air – most of it with Design Temp of Florida.  Goose moved on to the USF Athletic Department/The Sun Dome, finally to spend ten awesome years with the Tampa Bay Rays.  Throughout their days in Tampa, they were heavily involved in their community – Dan was a member of their condo association Board of Directors, including president, and Goose managed the front office of the property and served the board and community residents for many years in addition to her full time job.

They traded big city life for island life in 2017.

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MAINTENANCE:

The highly inventive Maintenance Manager for Goose and Gander is Josh Schroder.  Josh moved to Anna Maria Island from Miami with his wife and daughter.  He brings a vast array of aptitude to his position ranging from his knowledge of pools, landscaping, infrastructure and mechanical, to common sense creative solutions for everyday issues.  He handily fixes items with finesse and dexterity that would normally be tossed and replaced.  Not surprisingly, Josh is also a talented artist.

QUALITY CONTROL:

Rounding out the team are Colin Astete and Nicole Cook.  Both are personal trainers and also have a background in property management.  Their keen eyes and attention to detail are crucial as each property must be checked regularly to identify even the smallest detail that may need repair or does not look quite right.  Presently, they just opened their own brick and mortar gym on the island – Gulf Drive Gym.  Follow them on Instagram: @nicoleiscoco.  Nicole is a island artist, as well, sought out for her creative murals and a multitude of fantastic creations.  Colin and Nicole relocated to Anna Maria Island from Oregon seven years ago and have not looked back!

SUPPORT STAFF:

In addition to an outstanding staff, Goose and Gander maintains close relationships with some of the best on the island from our amazing cleaning crew, our awesome pool guys, and a multitude of specialty contacts to ensure that the homes and properties entrusted to us are pristine and at their absolute best. Our go-to cleaning crew, A Clean Get Away, led by Mayra Garcia, consistently receives rave reviews from clients and guests. Mayra and her staff make everything fragrant, sparkling clean, and beautiful!

Stayed Jul 2019

This was our 2nd time staying at the Castaway Cottage and we will be back again! The house is so clean and welcoming and Dan and Lori are the best hosts. They have thought of so many details to make the trip perfect. Had such a great time driving the golf cart around, walking to the beach and then swimming in the pool!

 

Jill M.

Stayed Jun 2019

This was our first visit to AMI. We had a fantastic time. We will definitely go back again. Castaway Cottage was perfect! Great location and amenities. Goose and Dan were wonderful! Welcomed us upon our arrival and made sure we had everything we needed. Can't wait to go back.

Stayed Jun 2019

This was our first time to Anna Maria Island, and we fell in love. We were greeted by Goose and Dan when we arrived to the cottage. They showed us all of the amazing perks of the cottage. They were tremendous hosts. Honestly... we couldn't ask for anything else for our trip. They provided so much stuff you don't even think about - paper plates, baggies, extra toilet paper, sunscreen, pool toys, beach toys, beach blanket, etc. The golf cart was such a nice touch to get around the nearby area. We used it for dinner and ice cream every night. The location is perfectly located about a block from the gulf and about 2 blocks from the bay side. We went to the pier every day to see all of the sea creatures. We saw manatees, tarpon, dolphins, etc. We loved our stay and will be coming back to enjoy soon!

Kristin S.

Stayed Jun 2019

We loved everything about our stay! From the moment we pulled up and were greeted by the owners to the moment we left. The location was perfect near the beach and the bay. The owners thought of everything. We were late arriving and because they had fully stocked the house with toiletries and more we were set! We loved the golf cart use, all the small things like a q-tips, soap, shampoo etc.... our dog even had bowls with a welcome card inside welcome him! It was adorable. We can’t wait to stay there again. Oh wait did I even mention the paddle boards, kayak and bikes that were included! We did not have to spend any time in the rental lines we just stepped right into paradise and were completely spoiled! We will only use them from now on. This is our third year staying on the island as we can never go back to not being spoiled! Keep up the great work!

Tara F.

Stayed May 2019

Castaway Cottage was excellent. Dan and Goose supplied everything except our clothes and food. The cottage was clean, decorated nice and homey, in the perfect location for fun at the beach or in the bay. We really enjoyed the opportunity to learn how to paddle board with the boards provided. I haven't ridden bikes in ages so it was a nice morning activity to ride to buy donuts. Also having the golf cart provided made it easy to carry the paddle boards to the beach. Upon our return each day, a nice outdoor shower awaited us to shower off and then swim in the private pool at the cottage. You will truly love this property. Also as an extra Goose and Dan gave us a bottle of champagne to celebrate our anniversary. They truly think of everything that their guest could possibly need and information about everything on the island. We would love to go back now!!

Tammy M.

Stayed Apr 2019

Dan and Goose were perfect hosts and their property is ideal for a family of 4 or potentially 2 couples. The location is great, the amenities (toys!) are so good to have access to, and you can’t fail to have a good time. The pool is lovely and a welcome break from the beach at times, they also have a well thought-out shower beside the pool that we used all the time (including morning and evening). I am sure we will return. Thanks Dan and Goose.

Iain M.

Stayed Mar 2019

Beginning with a friendly welcome from Goose and Dan, our week at Castaway Cottage was fabulous! We have stayed at several places on Anna Maria over the years and this by far has been one of our favorites! The cottage was perfect for our family of five. Every detail seemed to be taken care of. The use of the bicycles, kayak, golf cart and paddle boards were an extra bonus on top of the already perfect accommodations. Thanks so much!

Gretchen H.

Stayed Feb 2019

There were six of us girls who came down to enjoy Anna Maria island. It was the absolute best time! The cottage was beautiful and had everything you could ever need. The beds were amazing. We had a washer and dryer. The pool and hot tub area was the best! We had the place to ourselves. Walking distance to the beach and blue water! Cannot say enough about this place or Dan and Lori. They were fantastic and were a text away and very, very prompt. Loved it and we will be back!

Loni M.

Stayed Nov 2018

The owners were wonderful, the house was clean and we loved the decor. Enjoyed the golf cart and bicycles, the walk to the beach was easy. We’ll definitely be back.

Bridget P.

Stayed Dec 2018

If you are looking for a perfect place to stay, this is it. Every amenity you could possibly want and then some. The hosts were great and easily accessible. They made every part of our vacation perfect. The house is immaculate and the golf cart was the perfect addition. We were a able to take the paddle boards and kayak out with the golf cart. So if you're looking for somewhere to stay.... don't look anymore.... this is it!!

Sussie O.

Stayed Oct 2018

Dan and Goose were fantastic hosts. They greeted our family on arrival and regularly checked in to see how we were doing. They even called us after departure for some items left behind! The cottage was very well equipped with lovely home touches- beach towels, sunscreen, kids’ items including high chair pack n play and floaties, towels, soaps, washer dryer with soaps- everything! You just need to bring your family and a bathing suit and you’re ready for a beach vacation. Perfect location. We loved it!

Deborah H.

Stayed Oct 2018

This cottage was more than a home away from home, it was a 5 star hotel packed into a charming cottage! Just like all the other reviews, Goose and Dan, the owners, truly did think of EVERYthing when they made this cottage available to the public. From the well- stocked kitchen and bathroom, to the mini resort pool and hot tub in the backyard, to the pillow top mattresses with bedside bottled water, to the ice packs and plenty of towels and sunscreen, to all the accessories for the pool and the beach, and my personal favorite the GOLF CART. I did rent a car for to and from the airport, but the golf cart got us to all the locally owned restaurants for lunch and dinner. Goose and Dan were available if we needed them, checked in on us to make sure we were experiencing exactly what we came here for, and had great information for us when we needed recommendations for specific food cravings! I would highly recommend this cottage to anyone needing a quiet get away, a very short distance to the white powdery beaches with the turquoise waters of the Gulf of Mexico. We DID see a manatee from the beach while we were there, and also saw wild dolphins not too far on the horizon, spectacular sunsets, schools of small fish swimming around us, dive-bombing seagulls, a cute little crab running around on the beach, a star fish needing rescuing, and plenty of great shells that came home with us! It was just the 4 days at the beach I needed, and we'll definitely be back to Castaway Cottage and to give Goose and Dan a hug who are now part of our extended family! Thank you for an AMAZING place to have our short vacation, we loved every minute of our stay!

Kara Z.

Stayed Sep 2018

Dan and Goose did an amazing job of making sure our visit was nothing short of perfect. The Cottage was immaculate with cute details, including a great selection of coffees and chocolates. Wonderful bath accessories too! They think of everything! The pool and hot tub are spectacular. The internet was blazing fast when I had to log in to take care of some work. Castaway Cottage is located within a short distance to shopping, dining and drinking using the golf cart they provide. They also provide paddle boards and bicycles. The Rod & Reel Pier is a short walk away or quick cart trip. Very close to the beaches! We will definitely be returning and rebooking with them! Steve & Dee K

Deanna K.

Stayed Sep 2018

We were greeted as soon as we pulled up by Dan and Goose. They gave us a little tour and from the beginning we were blown away! They thought of everything! We literally had everything we needed without having to run out right away and get any toiletries. They also had a bottle of wine in a cute little basket. They had another cute little basket set up for coffee! We had 3 types of coffee, creamer, sugar, sweet and low, etc. Then I let Goose know prior that we were celebrating our anniversary. They had a bottle of champagne in their fridge with a cute little sign telling us happy anniversary. So sweet! The beds in the cottage are AMAZING!! We have stayed at a lot of places and the beds are just awful. Not the case in the cottage!! After we got the tour inside we went to the best part. The pool and hot tub! OMG, the pics don’t do it justice. It was amazing. And I loved the outdoor shower. That’s where I took all my showers!!! Nice and private. Beautifully landscaped. We took our dog, Bella and we loved how there was always shade so she wasn’t in the direct sun. She lounged on the patio furniture, which is extremely nice. She and I spent every morning out there while I enjoyed my morning coffee. Then the golf cart was a huge bonus! We took it all over. Bella enjoyed early morning rides cruising the island also. We ended up spending a few nights hanging with Dan and Goose. I can’t say enough about them. Amazing people and they will be life long friends now. If you are looking for someplace perfect, this is the place! We cannot wait to go back! More so because we can’t wait to see Dan and Goose. They outdid themselves. We just adore them!!! She also has a very nice and detailed book on the coffee table that tells you EVERYTHING you need to know about things to do, places to see, restaurants, shopping, and nightlife. They literally have thought about everything. You won’t be disappointed with Dan, Goose, and Castaway Cottage!!

Heather L.

Stayed Aug 2018

What a great stay at Castaway Cottage! We had seen the pictures online, but they didn't do justice to what we discovered on Anna Maria Island! What a gem. I have to start with the pool! It is so much bigger than it seems online. The whole pool area is so peaceful and welcoming. I tip-toed back there whenever I could! Biking around Anna Maria was such fun. And of course the golf cart....All the amenities were available in the cottage. If you thought of it, they provided it! Goose and Dan are amazing hosts! They are welcoming. They truly care how your experience is and try to do everything they can to make it an amazing vacation! We hope to return in the future!!!

Suzanne G.

Stayed Jul 2018

Wonderful hosts who ensured we had everything we needed for our stay from island information to beach coolers and carts. Loved the paddle boards, kayak and golf cart which was provided. Location can’t be more ideal; steps from Bean Point which is a beautiful, quiet beach. Beautiful pool, outdoor shower and fenced yard which was perfect for our family including our fuzzy puppy. A+ all the way.

Stephanie H.

Stayed Jul 2018

This property was impeccably clean and came with everything needed to enjoy your vacation. The kitchen and bath room was stocked with necessities, nice beach towels, beach chairs, floats, paddle boards, cooler to take to beach and so much more. This is an adorable cottage with amazing pool area that creates a beautiful little piece of paradise. The pictures truly don’t do this cottage justice. We will be back again when we need some R and R!!

Doug M.

Stayed Jun 2018

This property is a Bean Point gem! The moment we arrived we were greeted by our hosts with a warm friendly smile. We felt like we were home. Dan and Goose thought of everything needed to start our vacation. The amenities are beyond compare and very appreciated. From bathroom to kitchen and pool to ocean they thought of it all. I mentioned we were celebrating my birthday when we booked the trip and they had a special sign and cupcakes upon arrival to mark the occasion. The cottage has amazing beach decor and the linens are well above average. This was such a comfortable place for my family to escape the week. Oh, and the pool/spa is unbelievable. It is a wonderful compliment to the beach which is just a short walk away. You will not be disappointed in choosing this property.

Scott E.

Stayed May 2018

Thank you Dan and Goose for a great visit! This home is cozy and so cute, with attention to the little details - spices, detergent, lots of towels, etc. Having the golf cart on hand was key - so nice to not have to pay for a separate rental of one. The pool area is beautiful and the hot tub came in handy on our rainy Saturday. Convenient location near beaches, pier, and Pine. Perfect for a small family and we have already told our neighbors. We can't wait to return!

Brooke M.

Stayed Apr 2018

We had an enjoyable experience. Clean place. Adorably decorated. Friendly owners. Amenities exceed any other place you will try. We will be back!

Anita U.

Stayed Mar 2018

We had so much fun this week! The cottage was great! Had everything we needed to make the week very nice. The owners were great, very helpful and made us feel at home! (Thank you for the wine!) The pool was so much fun! The kids LOVED it, and we loved relaxing around it! The beach is beautiful and only a short walk away. We cannot wait to come back!!

Tonya H.

Stayed Feb 2018

We had such a great time at Castaway Cottage. This was our first trip to Anna Maria Island, and we loved it. This house has a great location on the quieter side of the island, but still very close to lots of great things. You can see the stars so well and hear the ocean at night! The house itself is adorable - beautifully decorated and taken care of. The beds are comfortable and the shower is great! Dan and Lori are wonderful hosts. They knew we were taking a trip for my kids' birthdays and even left us cupcakes in the fridge! The backyard pool is gorgeous and warm. The house has a wonderful beachy vibe and feels very relaxed and happy. I would highly recommend this place, and we will definitely be back!!

Megan C.

Stayed Jan 2018

Incredible island, soft sand beyond belief, amazing shelling n wonderful restaurants. The cottage is perfect and the extra touches, beautiful secluded pool n posh coastal decor make it just a sweet n easy getaway - loved it - owners super efficient n quick to respond to inquiries!

Tina F.

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We are always open to suggestions and requests from our clients and guests. Our success is based upon maintaining and nurturing lifetime relationships.  Flexibility is our strength.

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PO Box 278, Anna Maria Island, FL 34216
Phone: (813) 244-4826
Email: info@gooseandganderfl.com

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