What’s On On Anna Maria Island – Yoga classes – YOGA ON THE ISLAND! – Anna Maria Island

YOGA ON THE ISLAND!

ISLAND YOGA SPACE — 9805 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria

Located at the north end of beautiful Anna Maria Island, Island Yoga Space offers daily classes and creative workshops in a unique, tranquil setting. Their upstairs studio, directly across from the white sands and turquoise waters of the Gulf of Mexico, is the Island’s original and premier location for practicing yoga.

Take the free trolley from Anna Maria Island Beach Rentals – located at 601 Gulf Dr. N. Bradenton Beach, Fl 34217

They offer a variety of yoga disciplines. Their daily classes include Vinyasa Flow, Restorative yoga, Gentle Yin yoga, SUP Yoga and Meditation. Whether you are an area local or vacationing in paradise, I’m sure you won’t regret choosing Island Yoga Space and becoming part of their island kula.

I have been to various spas for services over the years, but on my last visit to the island I was really missing my yoga classes at home so I decided to try the drop-in yoga at Island Yoga Space.. It was a lovely contrast/complement to what I am used to in Toronto, Canada. The studio has a great spirit and the classes are varied. I found it has a local following and there are many that come for the winter or on their shorter vacation. The studio provides mats, blocks, straps, etc. The place was jam-packed, but I felt quite at home — I almost talked myself out of going because, for some odd reason I was nervous about being on my own, but I am so glad I went. The owner, Cindy, is a marvelous teacher; I particularly enjoyed how she explains the physiological purpose of certain poses and infuses intentions into the practice. I have a lot of respect for Yogis who keep integrity while being able to run a business. Cindy is fantastic and has many different and interesting workshops to keep her students engaged. She certainly is inspiring.

Overall the studio is welcoming and peaceful.. I highly recommend it and will I be back again? Absolutely!

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Where To Eat And Drink On Anna Maria Island – News – 6th ANNUAL CORTEZ STONE CRAB FESTIVAL

11/03/2017

Location: Swordfish Grill and Tiki Hut
Address:
4628 119th St W
Cortez, 34215

The stone crab festival is an annual event held every November in the parking lot of the Swordfish Grill and Tiki Bar.

Location just across the bridge from Anna Maria Island Condo Rentals. Located at 601 Gulf Dr. N. Bradenton Beach, Fl 34217

When:
Saturday, November 11, 2017
Sunday, November 12, 2017
10:00 AM – 6:00 PM both days

Hungry for some fresh stone crab? Well it’s just around the corner, the 6th Annual Cortez Stone Crab & Music Festival benefiting Fishing For Freedom of Manatee County!

LIVE music on 3 stages —

Come check out this talented music lineup…

Saturday November 11th:
12:00 PM – Billy Rice – Main Stage
12:00 PM – TC & Randy – Swordfish Tiki Stage
2:00 PM – Doug Deming & The Jewel Tones – Main Stage
4:00 PM – Berry Oakley’s Indigenous Suspects – Main Stage
6:00 PM – Jason Haram Group – Cortez Kitchen Stage
6:00 PM – The Kat Crosby Band – Swordfish Tiki Stage
Sunday November 12th:
10:00 AM – TH & C – Main Stage
12:00 PM – Jason Haram Group – Main Stage
12:00 PM – TC & Randy – Swordfish Stage
2:00 PM – Alowicious – Main Stage
2:00 PM – Doug Deming & The Jewel Tones – Cortez Kitchen Stage
4:00 – Twinkle & Rock Soul Radio – Main Stage
5:00 – Dr. Dave Band – Swordfish Tiki Stage

More than live music, there is a beer tent, local artists, a Kid’s zone, and the best FRESH Stone Crab!

Tent for rain or shine!

Free Admission.

Parking available at the F.I.S.H. Preserve @ 116th St on the south side of Cortez Road. Look for the large red and yellow flags. Shuttle service to and from the parking area will be provided by Island Beach Monkeys.
Admission, parking and shuttles are free, but please don’t forget to tip your driver.
Or, if you’re out on the water you can pull your boat right up to the dock at the Swordfish Grill – MARKER 49 by Boat

Always a great time. Don’t miss it!

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What To See On Anna Maria Island – Art galleries – ISLAND GALLERY WEST – Anna Maria Island

ISLAND GALLERY WEST

Open six days a week, Monday through Saturday, 10 AM – 5 PM – Located at – 5368 Gulf Dr, Holmes Beach, FL 34217.

Just a short ride on the Anna Maria Island free trolley from Anna Maria Island Condo Rentals, located at 601 Gulf Dr. N. Bradenton Beach, Fl 34217

We found this gallery advertised in a local paper and are so glad we decided to visit. It was great way to spend our afternoon and we treated ourself to another “memory” of Anna Maria Island.

The gallery has an eclectic collection of art in lots of different mediums, watercolours to cartoons, oils on canvas to pencil sketches.. They also offer pottery, jewellery, stained glass and finer art. We enjoyed the many works of art displayed in two exhibit areas. For us it was like going to an art festival, but in a pleasant, relaxing gallery setting.

Located in the heart of Holmes Beach on Anna Maria Island, Island Gallery West is a fine art gallery cooperative of approximately 30 diverse local artists and some regional artists. In business for over 25 years, as an artists’ cooperative it is owned and operated by its members.

There are no paid employees, and each member staffs the gallery once a month.

The gallery offered a nice variety and it was fun to interact with some of the artists and learn about their work. The member artist on duty was happy to help with our selection and visit with us.

The artist welcomed the opportunity to discuss their art with us and were happy to provide some interesting information about the island. Prices were very reasonable, affordable for tourists to high for collectors.

When on vacation we like to buy from local artists to help remember our trip. We were lucky to find the perfect piece and are looking forward to hanging our newest memory with our other vacation artwork.

This gallery is now on our list of must visit whenever we are on the island. Can’t wait to go back and see what other treasured artwork awaits us. We’re sure we left a piece with our name on it!

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Where To Stay On Anna Maria Island – Guest reviews – A Very Special Thank You To John & Clare For Their Awesome Review

“Excellent Value”

Hi Terry and Sandy,

We really enjoyed our stay at your Anna Marie Island condo unit #110. . We were impressed with the spacousness, tasteful furniture and decor, the wall hangings were especially nice, and the whole place was bright and new. There were way more accessories than we needed or used, but we noticed that all were of high quality and very nice….even the beach chairs!. We especially liked the location on a quiet side street with easy access across to our “almost private” beach , and we spent several days there.

We became regulars at the Kokonut Beach bar and liked the fact that we could easily walk there and back after a few pops. We also tried out SandBar, Harbor House, Skinney’s, 2 or 3 at Bridge Street, and several others…I think the only one we missed was Rod & Reel..

We also enjoyed the heated pool, and swam and visited with several other snowbirds and permanent residents. You folks have a very nice place there and Thank You for making it nice for us.

The only suggestions we would make would be a few throw rugs inside the door and balcony entrances to help trap sand before it gets in….and maybe a small table for drinks and snacks on the balcony. We enjoyed sitting out on the balcony and having wine and cheese . We don’t have any plans to return to Florida within the next year, but will certainly be back next time.

JOHN & CLARE NICOL

Thank you John & Clare from Anna Maria Island Condo Rentals – 601 Gulf Dr. N. Bradenton Beach, Fl 34217

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What To Do On Anna Maria Island – Helicopter trips – Helicopter Sightseeing Tours

What better way to see the beautiful turquoise waters of Sarasota Bay and the scenic Gulf of Mexico beaches then with a helicopter ride.

We found Heli-Aviation on line and are so glad we chose them for our tour. They offer many packages and impressed us with their total commitment to our safety and their pleasant customer service. They have a varied selection of flight tour options to choose from – The Romantic Tour, Downtown Tour, Ultimate Beach Tour and Sunset Tour to name a few.

We chose the Ultimate Beach Tour. Our tour departed from the Sarasota Airport which is only a 15 minute drive from our condos – Anna Maria Island Condo Rentals – located at 601 Gulf Dr. N. Bradenton Beach, Fl 34217

To describe the professionalism of this company and our fabulous experience in one word, AMAZING! Dee was fantastic with arranging our tour over the phone. When we arrived we were greeted by the Owner, followed by a walk through of their meticulously clean hangar with uniformed support personnel in abundance and then an awesome and inspirational tour by “Trip”. We could not have asked for a more personable and knowledgeable pilot than Trip. He was always very accommodating, several times circling back to show us some dolphin or manatee in the water.
We have wanted to cross this off our bucket list and cruising over our beautiful Anna Maria Island from the sky was the perfect way to do it.

The price was very reasonable, comparable to a fine dinner anywhere in town, but these memories we will share for a lifetime.

We highly recommend this and wonder why we didn’t do it sooner. A fabulous experience, we will be back!

Heli-Aviation – Go to their website heliaf.com or call (941) 355-1525

Current offer —

PURCHASE THE ULTIMATE BEACH TOUR FOR NOVEMBER 23, 2017 AND GET 15 ADDITIONAL MINUTES IN THE AIR, PLUS COMPLEMENTARY CHAMPAGNE AND MUSIC. ALL OTHER TOUR OPTIONS ARE 15% OFF! USE DISCOUNT CODE “THANKSGIVING” DURING CHECKOUT OR CALL TO MAKE A RESERVATION.

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Where to eat and drink in annamariaisland – Late night places – “THE DOCTORS OFFICE” IS CALLING

Literally located in a former doctor’s office, this cocktail lounge is a fun gathering spot for Gen Xers and up. Cute decor, keeping with the Doctors theme, but not overdone. Seating is mostly high bar stools in intimate groupings. Lots of island special cocktails. We find most of the restaurants on Anna Maria Island are closed by 10:00 pm, The Doctors Office is a nice option open nightly from 5 pm to midnight serving cocktails as well as great bar fare.

We were able to snag a seat at the first table upon entry, the perfect seat to see everyone coming and going-interesting, indeed! Industrial bar stools surround the bar and the original waiting room looks like it must have looked back in the day-except patrons sitting in them are sipping cocktails. Our friendly and helpful waitress immediately greeted us with a snack of potato chips and a mini sized ‘punch of the day’, which was a unique blend of a smoky tequila, orange flavored liquor and a few other things. She explained the remnants of various bottles combined, makes a different punch each day. The menus are modelled after a list of prescriptions and the history of the owner, Sean Murphy, appears on the cover. A fun read, which sets the stage for an enjoyable visit.

The Doctors Office is a great cocktail bar for grownups with imaginative house cocktails and an interesting menu serving chef crafted small plates. The bar offerings highlight local craft beers and excellent wine bar selections.

The bar artisans create cocktails with fresh juices and original mixers, deliberately avoiding pre-canned additives and manufactured mixes.

Cocktails are supported by an abundant selection of artisan crafted spirits from every category– crafted bourbons, ryes and gins, rums and vodkas.

The Doctor Recommended list boasts an array of local citrus based Vitamin C Prescriptions – the “Corpse Reviver or a “Papa Hemingway”. The serious cocktail fan might order the “Penicillin,” or a “Mai Tai Roa Ae”.

Order some pain relief and mood adjustment, there’s the “Boulevarier,” or a “Chet Baker”.

The tapa style bar food menu compliments the bar list and includes a tasty array of crafted Cheeses, Charcouterie and small plates and sandwiches.

The Doctors Office is a welcome addition to the Anna Maria Island dining scene.

This place is just what the doctor ordered!

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What To See On Anna Maria Island – News – NO CAR NEEDED…TRAVEL BY WATER — SARASOTA TO BRADENTON

10/26/2017

Exciting news! – – The Sarasota Bradenton Ferry water taxi service will be launching in early 2018. The service will connect downtown Sarasota, Anna Maria Island and downtown Bradenton.

The ability to provide this innovative service has been exclusively permitted to the Sarasota Bradenton Ferry Company. With the approval by all municipalities concerned, key officials see this as an economic opportunity for the region and hope to see a much need reduction to traffic. The drive between Sarasota and Bradenton Beach (Anna Maria Island) can take approximately 35 to 40 minutes without traffic, but the commute by water is expected to take just 28 minutes.

The Sarasota Bradenton Ferry Co. plans to launch its first 149-passenger vessel to provide transportation from the 10th Street Pier in downtown Sarasota, Bradenton Beach Bridge Street Pier and the Bradenton Riverwalk.

We are really excited about this new service for our guests. To catch the Ferry at the Bradenton Beach City Street Pier is only a five minute walk from Anna Maria Island Condo Rentals located at 601 Gulf Dr. N. Bradenton Beach 34217.

The ferry will work for commuters, locals and tourists. To begin, the group will operate one boat with plans for 30 daily voyages in the future. As of now the vessel will run all day, but a final schedule is still being worked on. The company wants all riders to feel comfortable and be able to depend on their schedule. They have set up a Facebook account and website. Their website displays a survey for residents and visitors of the Sarasota-Bradenton area with a goal to allow input from the community and to start building local relationships.

The Ferry is all been about community needs: expanding options, alleviating gridlock and providing convenience or leisure. They plan to release updates on Facebook between now and their anticipated 2018 launch, which will include ways for the community and its leaders to get more involved. Because of the scale of this marine operation the company is taking a careful approach, working with local conservation organizations as well as the U.S. Coast Guard. This will ensure the launch of the safest and most environmentally friendly use of waterways for transportation.

There are concerns being voiced about very few parking spaces available for cars at the boat ramps. The ferry company is working with ride sharing companies and local free-rides to solve the issue. They hope more employees travelling to work will take advantage of the ferry.

Only time will tell. As owners on Anna Maria Island we are very excited and can’t for this ferry service to be up and running.

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Where To Stay On Anna Maria Island – Guest reviews – Thank You To The Murphy Family

10/25/2017

A Very Special Thank You To The Murphy Family For Their Awesome Review.

IT WAS OUR PLEASURE TO HAVE SHARON AND HER FAMILY AS OUR GUEST FOR THE SECOND CONSECUTIVE YEAR ON ANNA MARIA ISLAND AT “THE BEACH SANDS CONDO”

Great, Wow!!!

The Beach Sands Condo!!!

601 Gulf Drive North,
Bradenton Beach, FL, 34217, United States
Date of Stay
Feb 10, 2017
Helpful votes: 10/10

When they say right on the beach, they are not fooling. Get up in the morning and in two seconds you are walking on the beach. The sand on the beach feels and looks like flour. I still can’t get over how wonderful it felt. The condo has all the latest from kitchen to bedroom. Great just sitting in the comfortable chair and looking out at the water. I have been twice and plan on going back. You really should rent it. Honest!!


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What To Do On Anna Maria Island – Sailing – SAILING ON ANNA MARIA ISLAND

SAILING ON ANNA MARIA ISLAND

This is something we have always planned to do on one of our visits to Anna Maria Island and this year we finally did it. We wanted to rent a boat that we could sail without a captain. We found Bimini Bay Sailing and rented a very stable, yet exciting WindRider 17 Trimaran. We were given initial instruction on how to operate and then set off into the Bay for four hours. Surrounded by dolphins, manatees and abundance of natural life it was an unforgettable experience, we can’t wait to do it again!

Laid-back and natural, Anna Maria Island – a seven-mile strip of beautiful white-sand beaches at the southern mouth of Tampa Bay. Nestled between the turquoise waters of the Gulf of Mexico to the west and Tampa Bay on the Eastern shore, Anna Maria Island has charm to spare because of its congenial air of unhurried casual living. The three small municipalities on the island each have their own character, from Bradenton Beach in the south, Holmes Beach in the center of the island and the city of Anna Maria in the north. Bimini Bay Sailing is located in the city of Anna Maria.

Brian at Bimini Bay Sailing has a variety of boats that will work for one person or for the whole family for your sailing adventure. They have several WindRider 17 Trimarans and also a great assortment of fun-to-sail sailboats. They do private and group lessons at all skill levels.

All of their boats are beach-launched sailboats so come prepared with your water shoes and swimwear. Enjoy the view of the Sunshine Skyway, Anna Maria Island and St. Pete as you take lessons or sail alone on the beautiful waters of South West Tampa Bay.

Captain Brian is great, and if you want to learn to sail, he is the one you want. To reserve by phone, call Brian at (941) 685-1400

Don’t forget to bring your hat, water shoes, food/drink (no glass bottles), sunscreen, swimwear and towels.

While visiting us on Anna Maria Island consider renting a boat where you can relax and enjoy the beauty that surrounds you.

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What’s On-On Anna Maria Island – Theatre – Island Players Theatre-Anna Maria Island

10/23/2017

Come out for a fun night at the Theatre

Where – The Island Players, Inc.
10009 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria
Phone: 941 778-5755
WHEN: November 9 – 19th 2017
THE GAME’S AFOOT ~ by: Ken Ludwig
Directed by: Preston Boyde

A comedic murder mystery appropriate for all ages (parental discretion)

Preview–It is December 1936 and Broadway star William Gillette, admired the world over for his leading role in the play Sherlock Holmes, has invited his fellow cast-members to his Connecticut castle for a weekend of revelry. But when one of the guests is stabbed to death, the festivities in this isolated house of tricks and mirrors quickly turn dangerous. Then it’s up to Gillette himself, as he assumes the persona of his beloved Holmes, to track down the killer before the next victim appears. The danger and hilarity are non-stop in this glittering whodunit set during the Christmas holidays.

Some information about The Island Players Theatre …
Founded in 1949, The Island Players, Inc. is an organization dedicated to providing artistic experiences for the communities of Anna Maria Island through the presentation of stage productions.

The Island Players Theatre is located in the Old Community House on the corner of Gulf Drive and Pine Avenue in the city of Anna Maria on the North end of Anna Maria Island.

There are 137 seats in the theatre in tiered rows (stadium seating). There are 4 chairs on the right side of the theatre and 2 chairs on the “fireplace” side, giving a total seating capacity of 143.
Tickets are $20 (US) per performance for season’s five primary plays. See their website for additional ticket information.
Tickets are non-refundable. Your ticket may be exchanged for another ticket of the same show as long as you do it 24 hours before. Tickets may be exchanged for $1.00 per ticket.

Food and beverages not allowed in the theatre.
Regular show performances are: Tuesday through Saturday evenings at 8:00 pm Sunday matinees @ 2:00 pm
*Additional information is available on their website — theislandplayers.org

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