2019 Bayfest at Anna Maria Island

September 13, 2019 by Tammy DeLosh


Anna Maria Island is preparing for 19th Annual Bayfest. Pine Ave boasts the largest, award-winning festival on the island!  Please join in this family-friendly all-day event! If you booked your stay to include this annual street fair, we look forward to seeing you. Here are the specifics: When? October 19 from  10:00 am – 9:00 […]

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Top Family Activities on Your Anna Maria Island Vacation

September 12, 2019 by Tammy DeLosh


Life on the Gulf Coast is carefree and easy for most adults. Relaxing beachside, and syncing into island time is why we vacation here. If you have kids, there is almost always the question “what else is there to do?” Entertaining small ones or even teens is easy when you know where to go. If […]

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Bradenton Beach Eats and Treats

September 6, 2019 by Tammy DeLosh


Anna Maria Island has been a secret getaway for years. The word is out and this Island gem has been getting noticed. Famed for its family-owned and operated specialty restaurants, you may have a hard time deciding where to go. Let us break it down to the area you are staying in. Bradenton Beach is […]

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September Entertainment & Arts on Anna Maria Island and Coastal Areas

August 31, 2019 by Tammy DeLosh


As summer winds down and the fall breezes start to cool things down to a blustery 80, you may find the need to seek out alternative entertainment. Some of the local favorites are island festivals, gallery shows, and weekend concerts. So here are some of the most popular events on Anna Maria, Sarasota and Bradenton […]

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Kilts on Coquina Beach

July 29, 2019 by Rachel


Who needs to go to Europe for a Scottish vacation? Not you! Thanks to the annual Celtic Beach Cookout, all you need is a trip to the Florida Gulf Coast in August to get a little bit of that Scotch action. New World Celts The event is hosted by the New World Celts – Sarasota […]

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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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