Zach and Carrie met on the beach in Fort Lauderdale, Florida in 2010. Zach had a career living and working as a chef on motor yachts traveling the world, while Carrie lived and worked in Ft. Lauderdale raising her boys, Cody and Tyler.
The connection they had turned into a box of postcards from Zach’s many travels along with phone calls and Skype conversations. After three years of postcards, and meeting each other in remote islands in the Caribbean, Zach and Carrie decided they no longer wanted to be apart.
Zach’s dream since High School has been to own his own Bed & Breakfast. In the spring of 2012 he found Open Gates for sale and shared it with Carrie. Carrie was excited at the first thought of owning their own business. After traveling to Darien to visit the property and the town, they knew this was the perfect place for them.
In August 2013, Zach, Carrie and the boys all moved to Darien as a family, and became the new owners of Open Gates Bed and Breakfast.