You will be right at home in this tastefully designed 4-bedroom 3-bath Florida Cottage. The backyard oasis is sure to be your favorite place to relax. The patio extends the length of the yard, with areas to grill, eat and lounge in the sun or under the awning. Take a refreshing swim in your heated pool, or make a short stroll to the beach, just a block away.<br/><br/>Inside, you will find the kitchen is stocked with whatever you need to make vacations easier. The dining table seats 8, so you can gather to share all of your vacation plans, play games, and enjoy special moments. Sleep in comfort in a king, 2 queen beds and 2 twin beds. The Master suite has a walk-in shower and 2 sinks as well as an outdoor exit.<br/><br/>Just a few blocks away is the Rod and Reel Pier, where you can fish, bird watch, or dine on fresh seafood. With 7 miles of uninterrupted beaches, there is no shortage of silky sand and pristine waters. Bring along a camera to capture the most breathtaking sunsets you've ever seen. If you are an early riser, you can catch the sunrise over the Tampa Bay Bridge from the Pier. Take a Trolley to shopping or restaurants - it's free and runs from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Willow Bay is a perfect location for any large family gathering. Located in a quiet neighborhood on Longboat Key, this home is nestled into tropical landscaping on a canal facing the Mangroves. You'll find rest and privacy when you relax in this Island getaway. <br/><br/>Inside the home is an open living room with comfy seating, a large "Smart TV" and floor-to-ceiling views of the canal and beautiful landscaping. The newly remodeled kitchen has all the amenities of home, an open layout and a dining area that seats 6. You may want to take all your meals out to the lanai to enjoy the relaxing and tropical scenery. The Master Bedroom has a king bed and opens to the deck/lanai that runs the length of the back of the house. The second bedroom has 2 twin beds while the third bedroom has a queen and opens up to a private walk-out deck on the side of the house. Bedroom 4 has a futon that comfortably sleeps two. Baths one and two have tub/shower combinations and the third bathroom has a walk-in shower. <br/><br/>Avid boaters and fishing enthusiasts will enjoy the canal dock and access to open waters via boat, jet ski, kayak or even paddle boards. You can set sail from your own backyard!<br/><br/>Start your day with breakfast on the lanai watching the beautiful sunrise. It is just a short stroll to the silky, sandy beaches of the Gulf of Mexico for a fun family day or to enjoy the breathtaking and romantic sunsets. After a short drive to the south you'll find shopping at St. Armands Circle or you may choose to spend a day at the Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium. Charter a fishing trip, or take a sight-seeing cruise to dolphin-watch. If you enjoy culture, you will definitely enjoy the majestic Ringling Museum in Sarasota, and the gorgeous Selby Botanical Gardens. <br/><br/>Book your next Island Getaway at Willow Bay.
Arcadia has a little bit of everything for everyone! With the great location of this home and all the wonderful adventures in every direction, you won't be disappointed in Arcadia. This comfortable home is a short walk from the shores of Arcadia Lake and has a boat dock for your use. For shoreline fun, take the group down the half-mile stroll to Arcadia Beach on beautiful Lake Michigan. <br/><br/>There is plenty of room for the whole family with a king bed in the master bedroom, three bedrooms with queen beds, and a full and a twin in another bedroom! A flat-panel TV and plenty of seating in the living room makes it a great spot for gatherings. <br/><br/>Known for some of the best golf courses and fishing in the state, Arcadia Lake is a small lake near Lake Michigan. The world-class Arcadia Bluffs Golf Course, just two miles away from Arcadia, is a 245-acre daily-fee club open to the public 7 days a week from mid-April through mid-November. The facility is designed to foster enjoyment in guests of all golfing abilities, with a premier 18-hole layout, full practice range, and separate short-game facility. Nearby you'll also find the family-owned Chestnut Hills Golf Course, "where golf is still just a game," with 18 holes, a warm-up green, and a driving/practice range. The Bear Lake Highlands course, established in 1964 with its rolling terrain, water on 7 holes, and a great view of Bear Lake, is only 12 minutes away from your home at Pointe Arcadia. Heathlands Golf Course is 10 minutes away, Crystal Lake Golf Club is 15 minutes away, and Crystal Mountain is 26 minutes away with two courses and a water slide. For an eventful and diverse golfing experience, you could practically try a new golf course every day! <br/><br/>As for fishing, deep water close to shallow water in nearby Lake Michigan brings seasonal runs of brown trout, a few chinook, and coho salmon. October and November are prime times for brown trout and steelhead. The former state record brown trout (34 pounds, 6 ounces) was caught there in 1984! Manistee County has multiple fishing tournaments each month from May through September. Access to Lake Michigan near Arcadia can be difficult but a 1997 grant from the Great Lakes Fishery Trust allowed for the creation of a 10-foot by 40-foot platform on Arcadia Lake near Grebe Park. There is parking for 15 vehicles. <br/><br/>For more exploring, take a drive on the beautiful M-22 loop, recently voted "America's Number One Best Scenic Autumn Drive" by 10Best and USA Today. This stretch of road is pretty in every season and will take you to wineries, art galleries, and numerous small towns along Lake Michigan's coast full of friendly Michiganders! Towns along the loop include Arcadia, Manistee, Onekama, and Frankfort, among many others full of possibilities. Arcadia is home to Arcadia Daze every July as well as Inspiration Point, the highest point (and the best view) on the shore of Lake Michigan. Manistee, the county seat, is known for the historic Ramsdell Theater, 1.5 mile Riverwalk, and the Little River Casino. Each year, it holds a Forest Festival on July 4th and Old Christmas Weekend in early December. Onekama is known as the "Two Lake Town" as it offers shoreline along Lake Michigan as well as the peaceful Portage Lake. It also has restaurants, antique shops, a farmer's market, and a Fall Festival each October. Just north of Frankfort is the famously picturesque Point Betsie Lighthouse, but you will want to stop first in this quiet town and enjoy the large Victorian houses along tree-lined streets amid galleries, specialty shops, and waterfront restaurants. <br/><br/>Farther along M-22 is Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, listed on CNN Travel's list of "20 Can't-Miss Beaches" and named "The Most Beautiful Place in America" by ABC's Good Morning America viewers! With 35 miles along Lake Michigan, two islands, 21 inland lakes, 400-foot sand dunes, hiking and biking trails, and the Maritime Museum, this park brings in over a million visitors each year. If you take M-22 all the way up and around Leelanau County through more beautiful locations and charming small towns, you'll end up in Traverse City, the Cherry Capital of Northern Michigan and one of America's Top 10 Beach Towns (by Fodor's Travel Guides). This area is home to 34 wineries; golf championship courses with designs by pros; premier spas; baseball; the National Cherry Festival lasting 8 days every July including concerts, a crafts fair, a vehicle show, parades, and fireworks; the Traverse City Film Festival in July-August, one of the largest film festivals in the Midwest; and the Taste of Traverse City event each September. For even more adventuring options, including canoeing, kayaking, snowmobile rentals, and ATV rentals, visit http://www.crystalbooking.us/michigan-canoe-and-kayak-rentals/. <br/><br/>When you stay in Arcadia, you're close enough to peaceful nature to relax and close enough to everything else to have the vacation of a lifetime. <br/><br/>Ask about all dates considered; prices are negotiable.<br/><br/><br/>Ask about all dates considered; prices are negotiable.
This house will definitely become your first choice for a vacation spot. With five bedrooms and three baths, even the largest of families have plenty of space to spread out and find their favorite places to relax. The layout offers privacy as well as common spaces to gather. Take the spiral staircase to the upper level which features two master bedrooms with adjoining master bath. Each bedroom comes with king beds, TV and large walk-in closets. A bonus room sits between them for relaxing with a good book or take it to the balcony for Gulf views and breezes. After walking through the back deck oasis and beach path, the Gulf of Mexico is practically at your feet. The main level is perfect for kids and teens, having 3 bedrooms with twins, or bunks and 2 bathrooms to share.<br/> <br/>You will find the secluded expanse of beach at Casa de la Playa the perfect family playground. Everyone will love the tiki bar and game room. which provide hours of entertainment: a mounted TV for the big game, foosball, and billiards. The living room has plenty of comfortable seating around a large flat TV. Two sliding glass doors exit to the patio area, beach side, and secluded tropical garden. The owners have provided a fully stocked kitchen as well as outdoor deck seating and snack bar options. The Island is blessed with an abundant source of family-owned restaurants, and some of the best fresh seafood you will ever eat. <br/> <br/>Just outside, stroll the private boardwalk to the silky, sandy beaches of the Gulf of Mexico for a fun family day or to enjoy the breathtaking and romantic sunsets. For those days when you cannot drag yourself away from the beach, take a walk right to the Rod and Reel Pier for the best grouper sandwich and other seafood specialties. Stay for fishing, bird or dolphin watching, or shell collecting. Further down the bayside is the Bean Point park, the Anna Maria City Pier, and Trolley stop. Take a free ride to see what lies on the rest of the Island, or cross the road for great shopping along Pine Ave.
This amazing elevated Key West style home is aptly named for its relaxing atmosphere and incredible amounts of space! Spend your vacation in The Big Chill's two Master Suites, two complete kitchens, heated bikini pool, grilling courtyard, and a high efficiency front-load washer/dryer in each unit. Each level features 3 bedrooms, 2 baths, updated kitchens, and large balconies. <br/><br/>The top floor has vaulted ceilings and a spiral staircase leading to a loft and rooftop deck. The versatility that this property offers with 6 total bedrooms and 4 full baths makes it perfect for large families or groups of friends. Included are 7 large flat panel TVs and 2 spacious living rooms with sleeper sofas for extra guests.<br/><br/>This lovely home is close to restaurants, shopping, a stop for the free Anna Maria Trolley (runs from 6 am to 10 pm), and Bayfront Park with a playground and a kayak launch. This quiet neighborhood is only 250 yards from the beautiful white sand beaches of Anna Maria Island, but you can also just spend the day relaxing at your private heated pool. The Big Chill will be perfect for your next enjoyable getaway.
Ed DeLosh and Candy Conte, owners of beachrentals.mobi, are seasoned veterans of the vacation rental business here on Florida’s Gulf Coast. Both grew up in the area, and love helping visitors discover and enjoy its many treasures!