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December — Holiday Things to Do on or Around ANNA MARIA ISLAND – Anna Maria Island Condo Rentals

Visiting with Anna Maria Island Condo Rentals this year? Check out this list of holiday
things to do.
 
December 5 – December 22 — Every Christmas Story Ever Told (And then Some) at Manatee Performing Arts Center located at 502 Third Avenue West in Bradenton. Performing every Christmas story ever told — plus Christmas traditions from around the world, seasonal icons from anicent times to topical pop-culture, and every carol ever sung.
 
Friday, Dec. 6 @ 6:00 pm — Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce tree lighting, 5313 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach
Holiday Open House from 5-8:00 pm — Holmes Beach holiday celebration when area businesses will stay open late for some holiday shopping. There will be light bites, refreshments and entertainment. Gulf and Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
Information: 941-778-1541
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Friday, December 6 — Holiday of Lights on St. Armands
One of our favourite places to eat and shop—St. Armands Circle! This special event “Holiday Night of Lights” is St. Armands official kick off to the holiday season. Join their Christmas carol sing-along at 6:00 pm followed by the tree lighting ceremony. Of course Santa will be there and pictures are available from 6:30-8:00 pm. As you are enjoying your walk around the circle don’t miss the live nativity scene at St. Armands Key Lutheran Church. Information: starmandscircleassoc.com
Saturday, December 7 from 9:00 am-1:00 pm—Holly Berry Bazaar and Food Market, Episcopal Church of the Annunciation, 4408 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-1638
10:30 am-2:00 pm—Lester Family Fun Day at the Center of Anna Maria Island, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria. This 18th annual fun day offers lots of fun activities for the whole family. The fun includes pony rides, balloon animals, a dunk tank, crafts, cookie decorating, bounce house and more. There will be burgers, hotdogs and soda available to purchase. Games are 25 cents. And, the most important guest, Santa, will arrive at noon,. Information: 941-778-1908
5:30-7:30 p.m. —Maritime by Candlelight, Florida Maritime Museum, 4415 119th St. W., Cortez. Information: 941-708-6120
Anna Maria Island Concert Chorus and Orchestra’s “A Glorious Hallelujah!
Sunday, Dec. 8 @ 2:00 pm — Anna Maria Island Concert Chorus and Orchestra’s “A Glorious Hallelujah!” holiday concert, Palma Sola Presbyterian Church, 6510 Third Ave. W., Bradenton.
Sunday, December 8 at 6:40 pm Roser Memorial Community Church Bethlehem Walk — The walk begins in front of the church, located at 512 Pine Avenue in Anna Maria. Wear a costumes or come as you are (some costumes are available at the church on a First come basis) and bring a flashlight. The walk is a re-enactment of the joy of Christmas Eve with Mary, Joseph and animals travelling from inn to inn with Christmas carols being sung. Upon return to the church the birth of a Jesus Christ will be celebrated and sandwiches, cookies and hot chocolate will be served.
December 12- December 22 — A Classic Crosley ChristmasManatee Performing Arts Center, Powel Crosley Theater
Enjoy favorite traditions and new celebrations from the Crosley Players. Crosley’s
arrive for A Christmas Carol from the 1930s, Music Most Merry with the Mistletones from the 1950s, and hop aboard the Polar Express with siblings Christopher and Agnes Smith from the 1980s. Weather permitting, the opening and closing of each show will occur outside on the back patio and last for about 15 minutes each. It can be cool on the Bay, so dress accordingly.
Friday, Dec. 13 @ 4:00 pm — Holiday Carols in the Park, City Pier Park, Pine Avenue and North Bay Boulevard, Anna Maria. Information: 941-347-0109
5-7:00 pm — Anna Maria Island Centre shopping plaza holiday walkabout, 3218 E. Bay Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 778-7978
5:30-8:00 pm — Anna Maria Holiday of Treasures, Gulf Drive and Pine Avenue, Anna Maria. Information: 941-374-0109
Anna Maria Island Privateers Christmas Parade
Saturday, Dec. 14 @ 10 a.m. — Anna Maria Island Privateers Christmas Parade
The Privateers annual Christmas parade starts at Bayfront Park in Anna Maria and runs the entire length of the island. It will travel along Gulf Drive and pass right in front of Anna Maris Island Condo Rentals so finding a perfect viewing spot will be easy.
Ending at Coquina Beach in Bradenton Beach where Santa boards the Privateers flagship, Skullywag.
December 14 from 4-8:00 pm — Christmas on Bridge Street
The Bridge Street merchants host this annual Christmas celebration on Bridge Street in Bradenton Beach. Bridge Street will be closed to traffic for this fun event. For everyone’s enjoyment there will be live bands, local Sweet Adeline singers, a cornhole tournament and free children’s Christmas ornament making activities.
7:00 pm — Holiday Lighted Boat Parade Bradenton Beach
While you are enjoying the holiday festivities on Bridge Street, you can also enjoy the spirit of the season watching owners set sail on their beautifully lit boats. The second annual Bradenton Beach Holiday Boat Parade will begin at 7:00 PM in the Intracoastal Waterway. The boat parade can be viewed by land. The parade will start south of Longboat Pass Bridge head North passing the Bridge Street Pier ending at the Bradenton Beach Marina. In total, the parade is expected to take 60 – 90 minutes.
Tip: Your best viewing will be from the Bridge Street Pier or the Cortez Bridge where the parade ends. These two spots will provide an optimal view of the lighted boats. As the boats approach the Bradenton Beach Marina near the end of the parade they will come right beside the pier before turning into the Marina.
Information: 941-778-2288
Selby Gardens Lights In Bloom
December 14, 2019 – January 4, 2020 — Selby Gardens Lights In Bloom
Stroll through the Selby Gardens at 811 South Palm Avenue in Sarasota. More than two million sparkling lights shine and twinkle transforming the Selby Botanical Gardens at the 16th annual “Lights in Bloom” celebration. You can explore and view the tropical holiday wonderland with nightly visits from Santa and his elves (before Christmas Eve). Take a tour of the holiday decorated Mansion. There will be children’s arts and crafts, activities and games, plus live entertainment. Grilled foods will be available for purchase. The gardens is closed on Christmas Day and there will be No Lights in Bloom December 31 and January 3. For tickets and additional information //selby.org/events/event/lights-in-bloom-2/
Now through to January 6, 2020 UTC Holidays on the Green
The Mall at University Town Center, 140 University Town Center Drive, Sarasota
Featuring a real ice skating rink, ice sledding, horse drawn carriage rides and a classic carousel. Friday’s and Saturdays at 7 pm enjoy holiday movies on the lawn.
In the spirit of the season we hope you enjoy these holiday events.
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Celebration of Thanksgiving with Anna Maria Island Condo Rentals

Thanksgiving is just a few weeks away. For millions of Americans it is a time to celebrate the fall harvest and give thanks for blessings of the past year.
When you think of Thanksgiving, what images come to mind? Roast turkey?
For some, it is roast turkey with the family gathering around the table for Dad’s famous gravy, watching football, football and more football, or perhaps the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.
For others, it means spending Thanksgiving on Anna Maria Island — in a warm climate, with tropical cocktails, soft, sugar white sand beaches and where every hour is “happy hour.”
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If you haven’t booked your vacation yet, take a moment and click here or give us a call to book your vacation today.
 
For those of you that have already chosen one of our beautiful vacation homes, it’s time to start planning your Thanksgiving dinner. You might choose to prepare your favorite recipes using the fully stocked kitchen in your vacation home. We have everything you need to prepare the ultimate Thanksgiving dinner.
Or, you may want to enjoy the comfort of your accommodations, but don’t necessarily want to cook, here are some options available to you. You can order an entire Thanksgiving meal from Publix supermarket located in Holmes Beach or The Fresh Market just off Anna Maria Island on Manatee Avenue in Bradenton. Both offer a great variety for your Thanksgiving feast. And, for your convenience you can order on-line and choose to pick-up or have it delivered right to your door. Also, consider Boston Market or Cracker Barrel, I have more on these below.
 
Preparing a Thanksgiving meal can take hours, sometimes even days, depending on what dishes you’re preparing and how many people you’re serving. If you’re like me and would rather leave the cooking to the professionals, consider making a reservation at one of these popular restaurants.
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Anna Maria Island Beach Cafe (4000 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach, 941-778-0784) For a unique beachside Thanksgiving dinner, head over to the Beach Cafe located on Manatee Public Beach. Their family friendly Thanksgiving Buffett with all the “fixings” is available between 12:00 and 5:00 pm for just $19.99. Menu items to order will be offered as well. Enjoy Thanksgiving blessings while basking in the warm Florida sunshine and listening to the relaxing sound of the Gulf of Mexico. Anna Maria Island Beach Cafe offers casual gulf front patio and indoor dining on beautiful Holmes Beach.
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Boston Market (5002 Cortez Road West, Bradenton 941-792-8366)
Boston Market offers a full menu of Thanksgiving food order for carry-out, delivery or dine-in from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm. In addition to sliced turkey breast and rotisserie chicken, choose from holiday sides, appetizers and whole pies.
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Bridge Street Bistro (111 Gulf Drive South, Bradenton Beach, 941-782-1122) makes it easy to enjoy Thanksgiving with a buffet dinner from 12:00 to 8:00 pm. Selections include salad, cheese display, turkey, prime rib, pan crusted salmon and your choice of 3 plated desserts. Adult $29.95 Child under 12 $14.95.
Reservations highly recommended.
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Cracker Barrel Old Country Store (2203 Cortez Road West, Bradenton 941-778-0000) The restaurant chain states “Thanksgiving is a specialty.” Offering a special “Homestyle Turkey n’ Dressin” Thanksgiving meal for dine in guests from 11:00 am -10:00 pm. Heat n’ serve and to-go meals can be ordered as soon as 24 hours in advance.
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Eliza Ann’s Coastal Kitchen (5325 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, 941-238-6264) will feature a three-course menu from 11:00 am to 9:00 pm. Special chef’s selection include, salad/soup/duck confit, turkey/grouper/sea scallop/braised rib/vegan shepherd’s pie, lemon butter cake/bread pudding/pumpkin cheesecake bar/artisanal cheese plate. To reserve, call (941) 238-6262 or through OpenTable.
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Marina Jacks (2 Marina PlazaSarasota 941-365-4232 ext 4) A short drive from Anna Maria Island you can dine and celebrate with sweeping views of Sarasota Bay. Starting at 11:00 am, the Main Dining Room will offer holiday specials throughout the day. Their dinner menu will also be featured. Specials will include a Traditional Roasted Turkey with Mashed Potatoes, Savory Herb Sausage Stuffing, Gravy, Green Bean Almondine and Cranberry Sauce for $27. Other Specials will include a Pepper Crusted Prime Rib served with Horseradish Sauce and Au Jus for $33. Rock Lee will be performing on the Piano Bar starting at 6:00 pm. Live music at 4:00 pm by the band Kettle of Fish will be featured on the Blue Sunshine Patio Bar. If you prefer to combine dinner with a boat cruise there will be two holiday cruises featured. Times are 1-3-5 and 7:00 pm featuring live music from Dan Crawford. The special buffet menu features Caesar Salad, Roasted Turkey with trimmings, Pan Seared Mahi with a Saffron Cream Sauce, Pumpkin Pie, Key Lime Pie, and Chocolate Fudge Cake. Both cruises are priced at 59.95 per adult, and 39.95 for children ages 3-9, plus tax and service charge.
Reservations are Required 941-365-4232 Ext 4.
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Pier 22 Restaurant (1200 First Avenue West, Bradenton 941-748-8087) casual fine dining in downtown Bradenton with a view of the riverfront. Thanksgiving menu includes a mix of everyone’s traditional food favourites. The Thanksgiving meal is from 11:00 am to 9:00 pm. Call for reservations at 941-748-8087.
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ZOTA Beach Resort (Gulf of Mexico Drive, Longboat Key, 941-248-1207) Thanksgiving day buffet brunch from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm $49.95 for adults, $24.95 for children 4-11) at the resort’s Viento Kitchen + Bar. Featuring carved, roasted turkey breast, honey-baked ham, a smoked salmon display, grilled lemon pepper chicken, a chilled seafood bar and chef attended omelet station. A full bar will be offered; upgrade a meal with bottomless mimosas for an extra $10.
Reservations are required. 941-248-1207zotabeachresort.com.
 
What do you do after a big meal on Thanksgiving?
Well, it’s time to Black Friday shop! Black Friday is the unofficial beginning of the Christmas Holiday shopping season. What can be more fun than joining people as they run from store to store in search of the best deals, looking to snag deep discounts. With the area malls and individual stores offering extended hours you can head to the outlet mall in Ellenton or University Parkway in Sarasota for some sure to be great deals.
But, what about those of us who don’t like crowds, and would rather just enjoy the beach? The Monday following Thanksgiving is Cyber Monday so if you choose to avoid the crazy crowds you can do all your shopping online. Thank goodness for the internet!
 
While there is a lot to do, eat, and buy during what might be your first Thanksgiving with Anna Maria Island Condo Rentals, it is important for us to remember what the original intent of the holiday was — to give thanks and to count our blessings.
Happy Thanksgiving from Anna Maria Island Condo Rentals!
 
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Allegiant Air Makes Flying to Bradenton/Sarasota (SRQ) Easier

Thinking about booking your fall or winter vacation? Our units at Anna Maria Island Condo Rentals have been recently renovated and are ready for you!

Helping to make traveling easier for our guests, Allegiant Air, the Las Vegas based budget airline, has added 24 new nonstop routes from smaller US cities to Bradenton/Sarasota (SRQ).
Air Allegiant’s latest expansion includes flights to the Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport, which by the way, is our favourite airport to fly into. It is a relatively small airport, easy to navigate, with car rentals available and the best — it is only a 15 minute drive from Anna Maria Island Condo Rentals.

The new flights, which can be booked on the airline’s website, Allegiant.com will generally be offered twice a week. Some flights are seasonal, others will operate year round. As you might expect the introductory fares will probably not be available for travel around Thanksgiving, Christmas or other peak travel periods.

Here’s where Allegiant is adding flights to and from: Sarasota, Florida (Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport) —
St. Louis, Missouri (MidAmerica St. Louis Airport): Seasonal service begins Nov. 15 with one-way fares starting at $69.
Des Moines, Iowa: Seasonal service begins Nov. 23 with fares starting at $79
Rockford, Illinois (Chicago Rockford International Airport): Seasonal service begins Nov. 23 with fares starting at $69.
Flint, Michigan: Seasonal service begins Nov. 24 with fares starting at $69.
Fort Wayne, Indiana: Seasonal service begins Nov. 24 with fares starting at $69.
Knoxville, Tennessee: Year-round service begins Nov. 21 with fares starting at $59.
Louisville, Kentucky: Seasonal service begins Nov. 25 with fares starting at $59.
South Bend, Indiana: Seasonal service begins Nov. 25 with fares starting at $69.

These eight additional destinations bring Allegiant’s total out of the SRQ airport to 20 cities. Allegiant has by far the most routes of any airline operating at Sarasota-Bradenton. The airline started service at SRQ in April 2018 with three destinations and announced an additional nine in November 2018.
The new flights in November 2019 are expected to bring nearly 54,000 new passengers a year through the airport. According to airport sources, Allegiant has flown 228,000 passengers in its 15 months at SRQ and had an economic impact of $138 million on the community over that time.

Other destinations from Sarasota/Bradenton airport serviced by Allegiant are:
Asheville, N.C., through Asheville Regional Airport.
Baltimore, through Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport.
Cincinnati, Ohio
Cleveland, Ohio, through Cleveland Hopkins International Airport.
Columbus, Ohio, through Rickenbacker International Airport.
Grand Rapids, Mich., through Gerald R. Ford International Airport.
Harrisburg, Pa., through Harrisburg International Airport.
Indianapolis, IN
Nashville, Tenn., through Nashville International Airport
Richmond, Va., through Richmond International Airport.
Syracuse, N.Y., through Syracuse Hancock International Airport.
Washington D.C./Baltimore MD

Flight dates, times and fares can be found at Allegiant.com.

Discount airline fares are almost always enticing. Allegiant, like fellow discount airlines Spirit and Frontier, charges low base fares plus fees for “extras,” including seat assignment, carry-on or checked bag, in-flight drinks and food and more.

Here are 10 things to know about Allegiant before you book —

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The ticket price only gets you a seat on the plane. Yes, your seat and a personal item only! The airlines charge extra for seat assignments, checked and carry-on bags, snacks and drinks, including water. To avoid add-on fees check the carrier’s website.
Print your own boarding pass. Allegiant charges to print boarding passes at the airport. Allegiant charges $5 per boarding pass printed by an airport agent at select airports. (The airline doesn’t have kiosks.)

Allegiant does not accept reservations for carriage of fare-paying unaccompanied minors or unescorted children under the age of fifteen (15) years. Children fourteen (14) years and younger must be accompanied by an adult fifteen (15) years or older. Special supervision for any travelers is not offered.
Bags don’t fly free, even carry-on bags. Passengers are allowed one free personal item that stores completely under the seat in front of you such as a backpack, purse or laptop bag. There is no charge for one personal item, provided it does not exceed size requirements.
Want to bring a standard carry-on bag to put in the overhead bin? You’ll pay. Carry-on bag fees vary by carrier and when you pay for the carry on. (See #6 below.) The airline closely monitors the size of those carry-ons.

Each bag must weigh 40 lbs or less and the outside measurements of each bag must not exceed eighty (80) inches. Applicable fees will be applied for those bags exceeding the weight and size limits. The total number of bags allowed may not exceed 4 per passenger. On Allegiant, travelers will pay $25-$30 for the first checked bag during online booking, $45 after booking but before they get to the airport and $50 at the airport. Bottom line: Save by paying for your bags when you book your ticket.
For those us of that like to over-stuff our bags — Don’t. Well, not unless you want to pay. The weight limit for checked bags on Allegiant (see #6) is 40 pounds, not the standard 50 pounds allowed at major airlines. Overweight bag charges apply in all cases.Overweight bags fee — add $50 – $75

Whatever you do, don’t bring a bag to the gate in an attempt to avoid bag fees. Some major airlines often ask for volunteers to check their bags for free on full flights where overhead bin space is bound to fill up. Allegiant charges $50 to check bags at the gate. If you plan to bring a carry-on, pay for it when you book your ticket.
You have limited rebooking options if your flight is canceled or delayed. Because Allegiant doesn’t offer daily flights, if your flight is canceled for weather or mechanical reasons you might not get out for a couple of days.

To prepare for or avoid add-on fees always check the carrier’s website.

Discount airlines certainly grab our attention with low fares, but remember the purchase price is only one factor. Cheap flights are cheap… but don’t forget the ancillary fees. Everything from checked luggage to printed boarding passes to a soft drink while aboard can quickly make a cheap fare pretty pricey.
When you’re looking to maximize every dollar, every trip, it’s worth comparing prices between budget and major airlines.

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Anna Maria Island Condo Rentals — Inspirational Beach Quotes

How is it already August? Summer is flying by; doesn’t it always?
 
As September approaches, the lazy days at the pool, sand between your toes, and thoughts of the end of summer, you might just find yourself thinking about your next vacation.
 
The definition of a vacation varies. For some it is: sitting on a lounge chair, reading a book, with your favourite drink in your hand, all the while considering your dinner options. And, a time to recharge and restore your body and mind.
 
To others, vacation is: an adventure, lots of excursions, seeing historical sights, and embracing a different lifestyle. Which do you prefer — relaxing or sightseeing? Both are fabulous, serve entirely different purposes and both can be experienced while visiting Anna Maria Island. For me, I like a combination. I love the beach with all of of its tranquil beauty. I also love art, history, and just a little bit of shopping. And, Anna Maria Island never disappoints me!
 
As you plan your next vacation with Anna Maria Island Condo Rentals, hopefully these quotes (some of my favourites) will provide you a little bit of inspiration.
 
  1. “Beach Rules: Soak up the sun. Ride the waves. Breathe the salty air. Feel the breeze. Build sandcastles/ Rest, relax, reflect. Collect seashells. Bare-feet required.”- Unknown
  2. 2.“I followed my heart, and it led me to the beach.” – Unknown

    3.“Because there’s nothing more beautiful than the way the ocean refuses to stop kissing the shoreline, no matter how many times it’s sent away.” – Sarah Kay

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    4.“Live in the sunshine, swim the sea, drink the wild air.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

    5.“Life takes you down many paths but my favourite ones lead to the beach.” – Unknown

    6.“The beach is not always a place, sometimes it’s a feeling.” – Unknown

    7.“We dream in colors borrowed from the sea.” – Unknown

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    8.“A vacation is having nothing to do and all day to do it in.” – Robert Orben

    9.“Take vacations. Go as many places as you can. Whenever you can. You can always make money. You can’t always make memories.” – Unknown

    10.“If you need me, call me on my shell.” – Unknown

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    11.“To escape and sit quietly on the beach – that’s my idea of paradise.”- Emilia Wickstead

    12.“The ocean stirs the heart, inspires the imagination and brings eternal joy to the soul.” – Robert Wyland

    13.“Why do we love the beach? It is because it has some potent power to make us think things we like to think.” – Robert Henri

    14.“At the beach, life is different. Time doesn’t move hour to hour but mood to moment. We live by the currents, plan by the tides and follow the sun. “ – Sandy Gingras

    15.“I want to be where the sun warms the sky” – Madonna

    16.“Sometimes in the waves of change we find our true direction.” – Unknown

    17.“The beach is not always a place, sometimes it’s a feeling.” – Unknown

    18.“Feeling stressed? There’s a beach for that. – Unknown

    19.“If there’s heaven for me, I’m sure it has a beach attached to it.” – Jimmy Buffett

    20.“Nothing soothes the soul like a walk on the beach.” – Unknown

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    I hope reading these quotes lifted your spirits and have you daydreaming of the warmth of the sun on your skin while splashing the Gulf of Mexico waters with your feet. Or maybe, they brought a sense of nostalgia from your last beach trip and have inspired you to plan another vacation with us.
    If you are looking for more details to help plan your upcoming trip, please check out some of our other posts!
    For the latest up to date news, things to do, special offers, travel tips and more continue to follow our blog @ Anna Maria Island Condo Rentals/Blog
    Note: Anna Maria Island Condo Rentals offers the above company names and affiliated links as suggestions only. We are not receiving commissions from any of the above and are listing them only to assist our guests. We recommend services that we or close friends and family have experienced.
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COSTCO Shoppers — Get Ready! Costco Opening Soon in Bradenton, Florida 

Manatee County’s first Costco, one of the most-anticipated new businesses coming to the Bradenton area, is scheduled to open at 8:00 am on Aug. 21st.
The Costco’s new wholesale warehouse, part of a more than 300,000 square foot retail development at 805 Lighthouse Drive in Bradenton, FL is very close to completion. The project, called the Market Place is located at Heritage Harbour on the northeast corner of State Road 64 and Interstate 75.
 
Did you know that Costco is one of the largest retailers in the world? As of March 2019 Costco has 770 warehouses worldwide. Costco has long been known for selling bulk quantities of high quality foods and other consumables at discount prices. And, Costco will not stock a product if they feel the wholesale price is too high. If you have been in a Costco store recently did you notice that the aisles are not labelled? And, do you know the reason for that? Costco strategy is that we, their customers will wander the aisles searching for what we came for while putting more items in our carts along the way. The same reason Costco places popular items at the back of their store, again more items placed in our carts, not necessarily what we came for, while we go in search for what we really came to buy. In comparison it is actually easier to find a product in Costco than their Walmart competitor. For example, Costco stores display 4000 products open layout compared to Walmart’s approximately 100,000 products displayed in somewhat cluttered aisles. Certainly something to think about on your next shopping trip. And then there is Costco’s legendary free samples. Yes, you can stand in line to fill up on bites of glazed salmon, sausage bites, spoonfuls of yogurt, crackers and cream cheese and so much more.
 
No matter what Costco’s strategy is, I don’t know about you, but I love Costco. And not just because of the free samples – you see there is a 99% chance you will not find me in a Costco free samples line-up. I have nothing against the free samples, I actually think it is a great way to ‘try before you buy’ a new product, but I just don’t enjoy standing in those line-ups.
 
You might be wondering, on your one week vacation with Anna Maria Island Condo Rentals, why would you want to shop at a huge warehouse and buy bulk items? The answer is simple, you might not, but there is a lot more to visiting a Costco warehouse than free samples and buying bulk-sized everything. From the health and beauty items, good deals on men’s, ladies and kids clothing, yummy fresh treats from their bakery, I usually manage to find something different in one of the many Costco departments. Oh, and how about the $5.00 Costco Rotisserie Chicken? Pair with a salad and you have an easy meal because really, who wants to cook when they’re on vacation – not me!
As well, many of our guests are staying with us longer than one week and prefer a one stop shopping experience which Costco provides. And, I would never forget to mention our ‘Snowbirds’ — they love to stock up on items for their lengthy visit allowing themselves more time to enjoy the beach, pool and other activities.
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Here are a few things I definitely think are worth going to Costco for —
Eggs – you can get everything from conventional to free-range eggs, all at a lower cost than at many other grocery stores.
Costco’s Food Court – Filling and inexpensive it’s hard to pass by without stopping at the food court. Choose from cheese, pepperoni or veggie pizza, frozen yogurt, chicken Caesar salads, chicken bake, turkey provolone sandwiches, organic beef-based cheeseburgers, hot dogs or for those who don’t eat meat, try a plant-based açai bowl. For some shoppers it’s all about the hotdog and sofa, and it really is a deal!— since 1985, the price of the soda and hot dog combo has remained at $1.50.
Cheese – Fancy Cheeses, delicious! The Costco’s cheese aisle offers a variety of high quality cheese and you can get a large piece for a good price.
Costco’s ‘Kirkland’ – Great quality house brand products under their own name. Costco’s Kirkland Signature label offers everything from cereal and olive oil to dress shirts and vitamins. And when they are packaged with the Costco store brand – Kirkland Signature the discounts are sweet.
Rotisserie Chicken – The $5 rotisserie chicken is a loss-leader for Costco, but a bargain for us hungry consumers.
Meat – Their meat department is always well stocked with fresh, very good quality products.
Gasoline – The Costco gasoline station is easy to use, straight in and straight out and gas is typically 6 cents or more per gallon cheaper than other stations.
Beer, Wine and Liquor – Costco sells many alcohol, wine, beer, & spirits under the Kirkland Signature label for great prices.
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Other than a brand new, brightly lit, impeccably clean warehouse what else can Bradenton consumers expect with the upcoming arrival of Costco?
A large variety of services will be available — According to latest reports, the site plan for Market Place include — the Hair Cuttery, Amazing Lash Studio, dental office, several restaurants such as Chipotle Mexican Grill, Miller’s Ale House, Longhorn Steakhouse, Panera Bread, Blaze Pizza, Cheddar’s Scratch Kitchen, Jersey Mike’s Subs and more!
 
Remember, Costco is a membership warehouse club. Memberships are available online and in Costco stores.
If you already have a Costcomembership card it is valid at any Costco warehouse in the world. Just make sure you tell the cashier that it is an international card and they will input a special code for you to use your card.
So, when you visit Bradenton’s brand new Costco what will you be buying?
Maybe I’ll see you there, just don’t look for me in one of the food samples line-up. 😊
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Fourth of July Events — Anna Maria Island Condo Rentals

Fourth of July Events — Anna Maria Island 
 
How are you planning to celebrate Independence Day?
Anna Maria Island is the perfect place to celebrate the Fourth of July and experience the delights as you observe the uniqueness and freedoms of this country.
All of us at Anna Maria Island Condo Rentals look forward to having you spend this special holiday with us!
This year, Anna Maria Island has four planned events — a parade, a picnic, parties and fireworks display.
 

Privateers’ parade

 
The annual Anna Maria Island Privateers July 4 parade will begin at about 10 am.
Beginning at Coquina Beach in Bradenton Beach and travelling north on Gulf Drive through Bradenton Beach, Holmes Beach and Anna Maria. The parade ends at the City Pier Park at Pine Avenue and North Bay Boulevard in Anna Maria. Be prepared to catch some beads as the participants throw them to the onlookers. Lots of fun for all! Don’t forget your sunscreen!
 
JULY 4THAnna Maria City Picnic Celebration
Immediately following the AMI Privateers parade the City of Anna Maria will hold a picnic party in the City Pier Park.
Enjoy lunch — Hot Dogs, Beverages and Entertainment.
12:00 pm until 1:30 pm
For more information, call city hall at 941-708-6130.
 

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After the parade, at about noon, the Privateers will hold a party and reception at the Manatee Public Beach (Anna Maria Island Beach Cafe) 4000 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Celebrate Independence Day and the winners of Privateers college scholarships. The Privateers will present $19,850 in scholarships to 14 students for their college education. Bring your cooler and spend a little time at Manatee Public Beach, one of Anna Maria Island’s famous beaches and enjoy the sunshine.
 
Celebrate July 4th at The Sandbar! 
Of course the day wouldn’t be complete without some fun and noisy celebrations topped off with fireworks and the Sandbar Restaurant has just the ticket for you.
One of Anna Maria Island’s favourite restaurants is once again hosting their annual dinner party and fireworks display.
Tickets for the dinner party include special seating for the fireworks.
Starting at 6:00 pm 100 Spring Avenue, Anna Maria, FL
For reservations call 941-757-3737
Adults: $155 Kids 12 and under: $50 — Tax and gratuity is included.
Here is a sample of their July 4th Dinner menu:
Starting at 6:00 pm — Champagne Toast
6:30 pm — PASSED APPETIZERS — Shrimp Ceviche | Tomato & Mozzarella Bruschetta | Cheesy Tator Tots Pickled Papaya Spring Rolls | Shogun Farms Sausage and Pimento Cheese
7:00 pm — RAW BAR — Gulf Oysters on the Half Shell | Pine Island Clams on the Half Shell Snow Crab Legs | Peel & Eat Gulf Shrimp | Smoked Fish Dip & Hemp Crackers
7:30 pm — DINNER — Shogun Farms Roasted Wild Boar | Smoked BBQ Chicken | Shrimp & Grits Smoked CAB Brisket Cornbread & Rolls | Macaroni & Cheese | Collard Greens Sandbar Rice | Grilled Vegetables | Farm Fresh Salad
DESSERT — Key Lime Pie | American Flag Cake | Blueberry Cheesecake
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The firework display is a public event which will start around 9:00 pm. For those of you that want to see only the Fireworks show you can make your way to the beach north or south of the Sandbar Restaurant. Parking at or near the Sandbar will be limited, therefore we strongly suggest leaving your car at the condo and taking the Free Island Trolley or Monkey Bus.

For more information about the fireworks, call the Sandbar at 941-778-0444.
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Off-island activities —

July 4th celebrations off the island include a parade, a picnic, a hot dog-eating contest, Minor League Baseball play and of course, Fireworks!

 
On Longboat Key July 4, the Chamber of Commerce will present its Freedom Fest beginning with a parade starting at 10:00 am.
In Cortez, the Swordfish Grill and Tiki Bar, 4628 119th St. W., will host its sixth annual Fourth of July Hot Dog Eating Contest at 1 pm.
In Bradenton, the Bradenton Marauders will celebrate the holiday Wednesday, July 3, with fireworks after the baseball game against the Jupiter Hammerheads.
The ballgame will begin at 6:30 pm at LECOM Park, at the corner of Ninth Street West and 17th Avenue West, with the Marauders giving the first 1,500 fans a shirt.
For more information, call the box office at 941-747-3031.
Bradenton and Sarasota will present fireworks displays.
 
If you would like more information regarding any July 4th events please reach out and ask us.
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Awesome ways to Celebrate Father’s Day on Anna Maria Island 

To celebrate Father’s Day on June 16th – yep, THIS Sunday – The one thing most dads want is to spend time with their kids. This Father’s Day, forgo traditional gifts and give him a keepsake he will always remember. Make June 16th all about fun experiences and quality time together.
Here are a few things to do with Dad while vacationing on Anna Maria Island …
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Take a Segway Tour: Fun for the whole family, you can enjoy a guided tour.
Rent Bikes, Scooters or Golf Carts: What a fun way to explore the Island. Pick your riding style and enjoy your tour. Any of these rentals are such a fun way to explore the island. Rent them for the half day, day, or even the week. Don’t forget to stop along the way and treat Dad to some ice cream 🍦
Parasailing: A great way to experience the breathtaking beauty of Anna Maria Island. Parasailing is truly a once in a lifetime experience and a wonderful way to celebrate with Dad. 
Kayak or Paddle Board: Choose from single and tandem kayaks and stand up paddle boards. Consider an Eco Paddle Tours, they are also available.
Jet-ski: Jet skis offer the thrill of flying across the water and allow you to see unique views of Anna Maria Island. You will get the chance to see all kinds of aquatic wildlife exploring the Gulf of Mexico or Intra-coastal waterway. 
Guided Boat Tour: Eco Tours, Boat Tours, Nature & Wildlife Tours, Private Tours, Dolphin and Whale Watching…so many choices, might be best to let Dad pick 😉
Rent a Boat: Considering a boat rental? Be your own captain and rent a pontoon boat for a half day or full day rental. It’s such a fun way to explore the waters of Anna Maria on your own with family and friends. Captains and private charters are also available.
Sunset Cruise: Any evening is a good evening for a beautiful sunset cruise aboard one of Anna Maria’s lovely tour boats like the Anna Maria Explorer or Island Pearl.
Aircraft Flying: See the beauty of the Island from the sky. Take a ride on the amazing Light Sport Aircraft flying along the beaches of Anna Maria. Book Dad’s flight today. 
Fishing Charter: Book your fishing trip for renowned Anna Maria Island charter fishing and cruise along the local waters with an experienced captain.
To book any of the above services, call Julie at —> Book a Little Sunshine.
Not only will you receive excellent service and be well taken care off, Book a Little Sunshine will make it an experience you will never forget. Make sure you tell them you’re staying with Anna Maria Island Condo Rentals to receive a discounted rate.
Call 941-524-4275 for more information or book online.
Treat Dad to Ice Cream: Before or after your adventure or an after dinner treat. Do you know the best Ice Cream place on the island? Island Scoops at 103 Gulf Drive North, Bradenton Beach. You really must try it, we guarantee Dad will thank you.
Take Dad out to dinner: As the old saying goes, the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach. Is that really true? I think so … good food creates memories, makes the heart grow fonder, and makes for good dinner table conversations. Treat Dad on Father’s Day at any of the fine restaurants Anna Maria Island offers.
Here are a few of our favourites that we’re sure Dad will like too —
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Beach House – 200 Gulf Drive, Bradenton Beach
The Beach House is a world-class restaurant is just a few minute walk from Anna Maria Island Condo Rentals located directly on the beach. You will find waterfront dining with a laid-back casual atmosphere featuring air-conditioned indoor seating as well as climate friendly outdoor seating. Serving superb, fresh seafood as well as other fabulous entrees the Beach House is a top choice when dining on Bradenton Beach. If you are planning dinner at this gulf-front restaurant you will have the perfect spot to watch a beautiful Anna Maria Island sunset.
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Sandbar Restaurant – 100 Spring Avenue, Anna Maria
Inside and outside dining, literally yards from the water. Enjoy being seated around a table with your feet in the sand while your food is being prepared creatively and with a wait staff that’s friendly and prompt. Sound inviting? If you are looking for a truly locally sourced dining experience we recommend the Sandbar restaurant. Goods grown in their own farm, serving fish fresh from the docks at Cortez and they make their own breads. Their menu features picked and plated produce, locally grown clams and locally grown fruits and vegetables.
If you are looking to start Dad’s day with brunch? Sunday brunch will be served starting at 10:00 am at the Sandbar.
Dinner will be served at both the Beach House and the Sandbar.
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The Moose is calling all Fathers! The Anna Maria Island Moose invites you to visit on Sunday June 16th where you can relax inside or kick back and enjoy some sunshine on their outdoor patio or rooftop terrace. And, Dad will receive a drink on them!
The Moose Lodge has special craft beer taps…maybe 10 on tap…I think that’s more than any other Island establishment?!
The Moose Lodge
110 Gulf Dr. South
Bradenton Beach, Fl. 34217
941-778-4110
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Waterfront Restaurant – 111 South Bay Blvd., Anna Maria 
Anna Maria’s waterfront casual dining restaurant with a touch of class. It’s slightly higher end than most places in the area, but we think it’s worth it. You can sit outside and enjoy the waterfront gulf view, be seated inside, or on the back patio. Reservations are accepted for inside dining. Patio seating is first come first serve. We recommend their fish tacos, fresh Snapper and the Grouper is fabulous. As well, the Kale and Brussels Sprouts salad is excellent! Great food with fabulous craft cocktails and for dessert their delicious key lime pie … a perfect place to treat Dad! 
 
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WORLD’S STRONGEST MAN COMPETITION Anna Maria Island & Bradenton, Florida

Tachi Palace World’s Strongest Man competition June 13th – June 16th 2019 brings with it the Game of Thrones star Hafthor Julius Bjornsson, also known for his role as Sir Gregor “The Mountain” Clegane on the HBO show.

After an eventful competition in the Philippines last year, which followed two consecutive years of the contest taking place in Botswana, the 2019 World’s Strongest Man competition is back in United States. The contest took place in the United States in 2014 when the World’s Strongest Man was held in Los Angeles. This will be the very first time for the event to be held in Florida!

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The World’s Strongest Man competition has been held annually since 1977 and this
year’s event is not only taking place in Florida, but right here on the beautiful beaches of Anna Maria Island as well as on Old Main Street in Bradenton, Florida.
The four day competition from Thursday, June 13th until Sunday, June 16th will include three days of qualifiers and a one-day finale. This year will bring a change from years past with five events in each qualification round and all of the groups will be doing the same five events. The five events include: truck pull, super yoke and farmer’s walk medley, overhead press, deadlift and last man standing. From pulling trucks to lifting and pressing logs, the challenges are designed to push the competitors to their limits, testing their physical strength, their agility and mental toughness.

The public is invited to watch all competitions, free of charge.

So what does this mean for guests of Anna Maria Island Condo Rentals? —
— No tickets and all events will be free to attend.
— Our guests will watch the planet’s greatest strongmen compete for what may be the most coveted title in strength sports.
— You will see 25 of the sport’s most-dominant strength athletes compete for the title. — The event set-ups will be fan friendly.
— All events on the beach are within walking distance from your condo. Alternatively, you can take the Free Island Trolley to both Coquina Beach and Manatee Public Beach. Those events being held in Bradenton are approximately a 10-20 minute drive from Anna Maria Condo Rentals.

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Here’s what you can expect to see —— Athletes pulling monster trucks weighing more than 30,000 pounds, deadlifting more than 650 pounds and tossing 150-pound kettle bells.
— The field of athletes will include the reigning champion and star of “Game of Thrones” Hafthor Julius Bjornsson. Bjornsson — who is 6 feet, 9 inches tall and weighs around 400 pounds — portrayed Gregor “The Mountain” Clegane, an imposing enforcer for House Lannister, for five seasons, including the eighth and final season that concluded earlier this month. Last year, the Icelandic strongman won World’s Strongest Man, Europe’s Strongest Man and the Arnold Strongman Classic. Other competitors are, four-time World’s Strongest Man champion Brian Shaw of the United States and the 2018 runner-up, Mateusz Kieliszkowski from Poland.
— Twenty-five athletes in total will compete over the three days of qualifiers and one-day final.

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Seventeen-year-old Michael Cruz competes in the Tire Flip. Competitors had to flip a 600 lb. tire for 30 yards. Cruz finished with a time of 52.24 seconds.

Qualifying is set for:
▪ 9 a.m. on Thursday, June 13 on Old Main Street, south of Manatee Avenue near the historic courthouse in downtown Bradenton.
▪ 9 a.m. on Friday, June 14 on Coquina Beach, Anna Maria Island.
▪ 9 a.m. on Saturday, June 15 at Manatee Public Beach, Anna Maria Island.
The finale is planned for 8 a.m. on Sunday, June 16 at Manatee Public Beach, Anna Maria Island.

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In the finale at Manatee Public Beach, the events include loading race (medley), deadlift hold, overhead press (medley), squat lift and Atlas stones.

This world event has an estimated international viewership of more than 220 million.
Coverage of the 2019 event will be broadcast worldwide to more than 70 countries and territories.
All free, no tickets, just come out and enjoy! Don’t forget your sunscreen.

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Our Favourite Beach Shops — Anna Maria Island, Florida 

Our Favourite Beach Shops — Anna Maria Island, Florida 
 
Anna Maria Island has it all — beautiful beaches, amazing food, plenty of old Florida charm as well as many unique beach shops. As you enjoy the paradise of Anna Maria Island, your days at the beach and shopping if you choose to fit it in, here is a list of our favourite beach shops —
 
Alvin’s Island — 3658 E Bay Drive, Holmes Beach, FL
A great place, Alvin’s is so much more than a tourist beach gift shop. Surf shop, beach accessories, souvenirs and anything you need for your vacation at the beach.
They are always friendly even if they get busy and we shop here often!
They have a huge selection of souvenirs and clothes with a great selection of reasonably priced swimsuits. Their merchandise is good quality and prices are good whether you’re shopping the sale racks or not. Anna Maria Island logo’s hats, tees, shot glasses… you name it they have it.
 
Bridge Street Interiors — 100 Bridge Street, Bradenton Beach, FL
Don’t let the name fool you, once inside you will be pleasantly surprised with their merchandise. This is a really fun and relaxing place to shop. The owners are amazing and the products they sell are truly wonderful.
They have lots of cute costume jewelry, home decorations, scents, candles & tropical apparel. In the back they do have interior design services and can help you with your decorating needs. There are so many unique things in this store that it might just be my favourite on Anna Maria Island.
 
Green Turtle Shell & Gift Shop — 701 Gulf Drive North, Bradenton Beach, FL
The fun gifts and souvenirs you’ll want to bring home from the island are waiting here! From a large variety of shells to funky beach accessories they have it all. There is also a selection of  jewelry, home decor, T-shirts and all the beach goodies you will want.
The Green Turtle Shop is only a few minute walk from Anna Maria Island Condo Rentals and trust me your kids will love it. Our adult children still talk about their fond memories of many visits to the “Turtle Shop” and are now experiencing the same with their children.
 
Island Bazaar, East Bay Drive, Holmes Beach, Florida
Bridge Street Bazaar – Bridge Street, Bradenton Beach, Florida
Island Bazaar offers two shops on Anna Maria Island. These two stores are popular beach tourist shops, one located in Holmes Beach and one in Bradenton Beach. My personal preference is the Holmes Beach location, which is the larger of the two. It has a large selection of beach wear including swimsuits, sun hats, and shoes. Both offer an array of clothing, hats, towels and all the beach souvenirs you could ask for. Lots of toys and trinkets that kids love looking through.
 
Sand Dollar Gift Shop — 5302 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, FL
The Sand Dollar Gift Shop is a unique boutique in Holmes Beach with a different feel than other shops on Anna Maria Island. They have a limited selection of stylish beachy clothes and jewelry. You will find lots of candles, soaps and home decor. This is a great shop to find unique gifts and keepsakes. Browsing in this little boutique is always enjoyable.
 
Sun & Surf Beach — 5418 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, Florida
Before you enter the store you will be greeted by about a dozen resident parrots. Everyday the friendly staff of this surf shop pull the parrot cages outside of the shaded store front to greet their guests. These entertaining parrots, each individually named, are a hit with adults and children alike. Once inside you can expect a fun tropical shopping experience with a nice selection of beach attire. The shop has lots of beach themed T-shirts, cover-ups and swim wear too. And, sometimes you’ll find furniture and other knick-knacks. There is a small play area for kids while you shop—such a great idea to help keep kids occupied. But, if they get bored you can take them back outside for another visit with the talking parrots.
 
West Coast Surf Shop — 3902 Gulf Drive North, Holmes Beach, Florida
This is the oldest surf shop on Florida’s west coast and sells items relevant to having fun on the beach and in the water. They have a large selection of swimwear, sportswear, surfboards, skimboards, skateboards, accessories, sunglasses, sandals and more.
 
As always, if you would like more information, please feel free to email or call us anytime!  We are happy to help! Contact us here.
 
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Celebrating Mom On Mother’s Day — Anna Maria Island – Anna Maria Island Condo Rentals

Mother’s Day is the perfect excuse to take your Mom to Anna Maria Island and a great way to celebrate Mother’s Day — and spoiling Mom on her special day makes for an even more memorable vacation. Would Mom like to take a cooking class, play a round of golf, or simply relax surrounded by her family? On Anna Maria Island you can celebrate all the things that your mom loves most.
Staying with Anna Maria Island Condo Rentals is a nice way to reward and say thank-you to Mom and the following Mom-friendly ideas will really put a smile on her face for Mother’s Day.
 
Special Mother’s Day Boat Cruise aboard the Anna Maria Princess with live music and flowers and a free mimosa for Mom!
Sunday, May 12, 11:30 am departure
  • Adult: $32.10
  • Senior: $26.75
  • Child (10 and under): $21.40
Location and Contact Information : The Anna Maria Princess is docked at the Bradenton Beach Marina
402 Church Avenue North, Bradenton Beach, FL 34217
Call: 941-778-2288
Bradenton Beach Marina is a resort marina located just off the Intracoastal Waterway on beautiful Anna Maria Island. The Bradenton Beach Marina is easy to find, only a few minute walk from Anna Maria Island Condo Rentals.
 
Segway and Beach Market Tour
Join Segs by the Sea for a Mother’s Day Coquina Beach Market tour. This 90 minute excursion will take participants along Anna Maria Island’s Coquina Trail. With a stop at the Coquina Beach Market tour participants will have an opportunity to explore and shop. Mothers ride 1/2 price.
For Information visit — bookalittlesunshine.com
Or call: Julie @ 941-524-4275
 
Beach Market at Coquina Beach from 10-4:00 this Mother’s Day, May 12, 2019.
You will find unique items from local artists, arts and crafts, jewelry, fresh produce, baked goods, gourmet foods, herbs and teas, local honey, plants, apparel, pottery, purses, collectibles, photography, woodworking, health and beauty items, and more! Watch local artisans creating and find that perfect souvenir of your trip to Anna Maria Island, Florida. Enjoy the live music compliments of the talented AMI String band as they stroll the market from 10:30 -2:30. View the beautiful white sand beach and relax with eats and drinks on the deck overlooking the Gulf of Mexico at Coquina Café. The Beach Market is located at 2650 Gulf Drive South in Bradenton Beach. Getting there is easy. You can walk or ride the FREE trolley to the market or drive and park in the FREE parking lot. The market is stroller, walker and wheelchair accessible.
 
1/2 OFF Sundaes from Island Scoops — Treat Mom to some ice cream at Island Scoops – Gulf Drive, Bradenton Beach
Help mom celebrate in the most delicious way possible — with Island Scoops special 1/2 OFF Sundaes for mother’s. Over half dozen Sundaes to choose from to celebrate mom on Mother’s Day.
 
Sarasota Jungle Gardens — 3701 Bay Shore Road, Sarasota, FL
Approximately 20 minutes from Anna Maria Island, Sarasota Jungle Gardens is a perfect place to celebrate Mom together as a family.
Moms and Grandmoms get a special deal on Mother’s Day weekend, May 11 and 12. With the purchase of any full-priced same-day admission, Mom or Grandmom receive free admission for both Saturday and Sunday. Enjoy the lush, tropical botanical gardens on 10 acres in the heart of Sarasota. You can follow the winding trails and Interact with the animals and enjoy various animal shows and performances.
Admission is free for children three and under; $12.99 for children 4-16; $17.99 for adults and $16.99 for seniors 65 and older. The Gardens are open 10 am – 5 pm
Visit the Sarasota Jungle Gardens web site at www.sarasotajunglegardens.com or call (941)355-5305 for more information.
 
Looking for somewhere special to take Mom for lunch or dinner? Here are a few of our favourites —
 
The Beach House – 200 Gulf Drive North, Bradenton Beach, FL
The Beach House will be serving chef inspired dishes from their dinner menu starting at 11:30 am both inside and outside on the newly renovated waterfront deck. Mom will love her favourite cocktail in the sunken lounge area or outside bar. With a spectacular view of the Gulf of Mexico and only a few minute walk from Anna Maria Island Condo Rentals this is a fabulous choice of venue to celebrate Mom.
Reservations: 941-778-2222; groupersandwich.com
 
Blue Marlin – 121 Bridge Street, Bradenton Beach, FL
A cottage from the 1920s transformed into a top spot for skillfully prepared sea creatures brought over from the docks of nearby Cortez Village. Blue Marlin serves fabulous craft cocktails and other fun drinks and after dinner enjoy live music outside in the Trap Yard.
941-896-9737; bluemarlinami.com
 
Eat Here – 5315 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach, FL 
Enjoy Mother’s Day Brunch Saturday and Sunday from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm with some special treats from Eat Here’s award winning chef. We’re sure Mom will enjoy her delicious meal along with her complimentary drink.
941-778-0411; eathereflorida.com
 
Old Hamburg Schnitzelhaus – 3246 East Bay Drive, Holmes Beach, FL
This beloved restaurant has an enchanting, Old World setting to go with its authentic wiener schnitzel and other traditional German dishes. Pair your food selection with steins brimming with genuine German beer. We’re certain Mom won’t be the only one that will love this place!
941-778-1320; schnitzel.house
 
The Sandbar – 100 Spring Avenue, Anna Maria, FL
The Sandbar Restaurant is having their Jazz Brunch at 10:00 am with music provided by the Al Hixon Jazz Band. Dinner will start at 1:00 pm featuring a special menu to treat Mom. Toes in the sand dining is a perfect way to celebrate Mom’s special day.
Phone: 941-778-0444; sandbar.groupersandwich.com
 
Waterfront Restaurant — 111 South Bay Blvd., Anna Maria Island, FL
This fabulous restaurant with authentic Old Florida vibes is located on the north end of the island just across the street from the bay. Indoor or Courtyard dining is available. On a clear day, you can see the Skyway Bridge.  We have only had the best meals here and this is a place our family frequents often. The Waterfront offers daily specials and pride themselves on serving fresh local ingredients when available, as well as an array of well appointed Craft Cocktails.
Reservations recommended 941-778-1515; thewaterfrontrestaurant.net
 
Aside from the above suggestions, Mom can make the most of Mother’s Day on Anna Maria Island by relaxing on the beach or by the pool, followed by a comfortable evening in her luxury accommodations with private lanai. It’s all part of a great Mother’s Day with Anna Maria Island Condo Rentals.
Happy Mother’s Day to all Mothers!
 
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