Our Background

Lilly’s Cozy Cove was created by a duo composed of a chef/teacher imported from Chicago, and a Doctor of Anthropology/teacher/gardener who grew up in Croatia and lived in the US for 2 decades, before returning back home. The first part of our life partnership we spent in the beautiful mountains of western North Carolina, and are now realizing our next dream, in a cove of a small village of Tisno on the Croatian coast.
When young, Joe thought he was going to be an artist, but life took on a different turn. At the age of 16, he began cooking professionally, falling in love with another kind of art - edible art. His specialty is Italian cuisine, and his favorite meals to create are risotto, branzino (sea bass), tiramisu and international comfort food in general. Laura’s passion lies in growing food, hiking, teaching and exploring people and cultures from all over the world.
We chose to settle down on the Dalmatian coast for the richness of its islands and inlets, its healthy cuisine based on fish and vegetables, and numerous pristine beach coves and biking routes. We chose Tisno to become our home because of its rejuvenating and relaxing small town feeling, slow pace living, its amenities being in a walking distance from our home, and its vicinity to numerous pristine nature areas for biking and hiking.
We believe in creating a care-free and comfortable home away from home for our guests, a principle we use to guide us in how we name and decorate our apartments. Our Serenity suite is a place where you can recharge your batteries and rejuvenate your spirit away from the hectic life and bustling cities. We make ourselves available to our guests to fulfill whatever needs they have, from suggesting local restaurants, natural and cultural places to explore, or sharing a cup of coffee in our yard.
We work in harmony with nature and local people, growing our own food, cooking it with love, feeding all living beings, and living simply. When we are not cooking, digging or growing, we are hiking, biking, reading, loving on our two furry kids, or just vegetating on our Tisno beach.

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