Lilly’s Cozy Cove boutique homestay and I Cook with Joe cooking school was born as an idea in 2017 on a screened-in porch of our house in the mountains of western North Carolina. We started to plan our move from the US to Croatia, with the goal to start a business that combines our skills and hobbies. Joe is a chef and a teacher, born and raised in Chicago. Laura is a Doctor of Anthropology, teacher, gardener, upcycler, who grew up in Croatia and lived in the US for 2 decades, before returning back home. We found a perfect house in the small village of Tisno on the Dalmatian coast of Croatia.