The Art of Cooking on Anna Maria Island

July 13, 2019 by Rachel


I often say that the best part of any vacation is the food (because it’s true). On Anna Maria Island in the Florida Gulf Coast, there’s no shortage of amazing restaurants serving up fresh seafood and local fare. If you’ve visited even once, I’m sure you’ve experienced this truth for yourself. But have you thought […]

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35th Annual Sarasota Powerboat Grand Prix

June 19, 2019 by Rachel


Do you have the need for speed? Then you won’t want to miss the 35th Annual Sarasota Powerboat Grand Prix! With 50 teams from around the world set to compete, this year’s race promises to be bigger and better than ever. What is the Powerboat Grand Prix? The Sarasota Powerboat Grand Prix is part Offshore […]

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Fourth of July on the Florida Gulf Coast

June 17, 2019 by Rachel


Happy birthday to you, happy birthday to you, happy birthday, dear Americaaaaa…happy birthday to you! That’s right, summer’s favorite holiday is here: the Fourth of July! Are you ready to celebrate? A Brief History of Independence Day First, a little history. Did you know that Independence Day has only been an official federal holiday since […]

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Mother’s Day Dining on Anna Maria Island, and Florida Gulf Coast Islands.

May 2, 2019 by Tammy DeLosh


Mother’s Day brunch and other dining options and activities to make her day as special as she is. Tell mom that you appreciate all of her love and devotion with a day of pampering, and time with the people she loves most, her family. But make sure you give her time to relax. Quiet time […]

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Anna Maria Island Preserves and Hiking trails.

April 9, 2019 by Tammy DeLosh


Robinson Preserve :is one of the best-rated family-friendly activities for the outdoor adventurers. Travelers love the diverse options when trekking the the tropical surroundings. Whether you decide to hike, bike, fish, kayak, picnic, or even bring along your pooch,  you can spend the day exploring and discovering the wonders of the Coastal wildlife and shore birds. […]

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5 Favorite Festivals in April on the Florida Gulf Coast

April 5, 2019 by Tammy DeLosh


Florida is the place to be for Spring break or just a nice warm getaway. April brings out some of the best cultural and musical festivals of the year. See what’s happening here or go to the events page of our Facebook. April 5-12: Sarasota Chalk Festival’s   “Museum in Motion” is back to the original venue, […]

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The Sarasota Chalk Festival

March 28, 2019 by Tammy DeLosh


This year the Sarasota Chalk Festival’s   “Museum in Motion” is back to the original venue, to the Historic Burns Square, in downtown Sarasota. Renowned Pavement Artists from all over the world will turn ordinary cement into multidimensional illusions. The intricacies of working on flat surfaces and making a creature jump out of the pavement are amazing. The […]

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March Events on Anna Maria Island Florida 2019

March 7, 2019 by Tammy DeLosh


Spring is here and the sky is sunny and beautiful. Flowers are in bloom and the beach breezes are perfect for romantic strolls and family fun. Relax and enjoy the best part of the vacation. When you are ready to enjoy some local festivals and entertainment, these are a few of our favorites. The Island […]

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Best St. Patrick’s Day Celebrations on Anna Maria Island & Gulf Coast Towns

March 5, 2019 by Tammy DeLosh


If you are Irish(or for a day), there are several activities to spice up your Island fun. From Parades, Live Music to great food, drink, and Party cruises, St. Patrick’s Day is always a good time. The Anna Maria Island/Bradenton area: Sunday, March 17, 2019, at 11 AM – 9 PM. Plenty of fun for […]

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The Cortez Annual Fishing Festival 2019

February 15, 2019 by Tammy DeLosh


The Cortez Annual Commercial Fishing Festival ~February 16 & 17,  has been celebrated by the locals, for 37 years. Just over the Cortez Bridge from your Anna Maria Island vacation cottage.  Featuring the freshest Seafood, caught on the Florida Coast and prepared by local Restaurateurs. The streets are lined with vendors, selling everything from nautical arts and crafts, […]

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Where to Eat on Valentine’s Day on Anna Maria Island

February 5, 2019 by Rachel


A vacation on Anna Maria Island offers endless classic Old Florida Charm. Let’s faceSeafood Shack. Perfect for marina it: you can’t fix perfection. That’s exactly what a Valentine’s Day holiday on AMI is: perfection. Start with the Bradenton Chocolate Festival Feb 13, 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM, to load up on your favorite confections. Do […]

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February in Florida: 9 Can’t Miss Events

January 31, 2019 by Rachel


February may be the shortest month of the year, but it’s a very busy one here on the Florida Gulf Coast! There’s so much to do in and around Manatee and Sarasota Counties this month – and that’s even before we get to Valentine’s Day! Here’s some of our favorite February events that we think […]

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Florida’s Best Kept Secret: Anna Maria Island

January 14, 2019 by Rachel


Fodor’s Travel, a premier travel magazine, recently recognized Anna Maria Island as one of 11 Under-the-Radar Florida Beach Towns to Visit this Winter! Now, we know that you already knew that, and we already knew that, but apparently we were some of the first! Anna Maria Island is a tropical paradise escape that’s beautiful all […]

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Take a Bike Ride Around Anna Maria Island!

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We all know that Anna Maria Island is a small place. In length, it’s just barely over seven miles. But that’s why we love it! There’s so much charm in small towns, and that’s what draws visitors back to the island year after year. In fact, AMI is so charming that we have three towns […]

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January Events in Sarasota and Manatee Counties

January 10, 2019 by Rachel


Congratulations! You have found one of the Florida Gulf Coast’s best-kept secrets: we’re always ready for fun and up for a good time. How did you learn this secret? Because you made the brilliant decision to take a beach trip in January. Seriously, I’m not being sarcastic – this is a GREAT time to be at the […]

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New Year’s Eve on the Florida Gulf Coast

December 31, 2018 by Rachel


They say that how you choose to spend New Year’s Eve decides how the rest of your year will go. If you’re already in the paradise of the Florida Gulf Coast for the holiday, then you’re already way ahead of the game. Your 2019 is sure to be amazing if you’re starting it here. But […]

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December events on Anna Maria Island and the Florida Gulf Coast

November 10, 2018 by Tammy DeLosh


Christmas is right around the corner. Why suffer from cold winds and impassable roads. Make your way to the Florida Gulf Coast Islands and treat your family to the Holidays in Paradise. So many festive activities to keep your loved ones amazed. Relax on the beach, shop in the charm of old Florida, then head […]

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Symphony in the Sand on Anna Maria Island, November 10, 2018.

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A musical event in the key of sea! Come to beautiful Anna Maria Island and experience this exceptional Gulf of Mexico beachfront concert at Coquina Gulfside Park as they host this 3 day celebration of  music, dining and sand sculpting every November.  This annual event hosts exceptional beachside concerts, featuring Anna Maria Island Concert Chorus […]

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Halloween Events 2018 on Florida’s Gulf Coast

October 27, 2018 by Tammy DeLosh


  It’s not too late to find Halloween festivities in your Florida vacation areas.  Couples, singles and families all have a chance to take part in events. Find the best fit for your celebrating side. Oct.27 Beach Club Siesta Key – Over 21~, a costume party starts at 8 pm. We’re paying homage to the long loved ” […]

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Best Desserts / Pastries and Baked goodies on Anna Maria Island

October 25, 2018 by Tammy DeLosh


  Welcome to endless summer fun and a carefree island lifestyle.  What better way to enjoy your warm weather getaway than homemade Ice Cream. Anna Maria FL has some of the best Creameries around. But why stop there? If you are craving fresh pastries, Pies, and other delectable desserts, then here is your connection. Most […]

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