DESOTO SEAFOOD FEST

The Seafood Fest will be held Friday, March 23, 5 p.m. – 10 p.m.,  Saturday, March 24, 11a.m. – 10 p.m., and Sunday, March 25, noon – 6 p.m.

Just a twenty minute drive from Anna Maria Island Condo Rentals – 601 Gulf Dr. N. Anna Maria Island, Florida, 34217.

Location : Sutton Park – 6th Street West, Palmetto, FL (Corner of 6th St W and 10th Ave W).
Free Admission
Sunday Free Kids Zone
3 days of Food and Entertainment

Come out and support the Hernando de Soto Historical Society that produce this amazing festival celebrating its 32nd year. They are a not-for-profit community organization producing Manatee County’s largest entertainment events every year. The Desoto Seafood Festival is the primary fundraiser for the Hernando de Soto Historical Society, and has served delicious seafood while providing good times to hundreds of thousands guests and residents of Manatee county.

Not only will you enjoy some of the best seafood around, proceeds from the Seafood Festival will benefit an arm of the society, The Conquistador Historical Foundation. The foundation distributes funds to community charities, provide educational programs, scholarships funds and maintenance of a cultural museum in downtown Bradenton among other things.

The festival is recognized as one of Florida’s most outstanding serving some of the best seafood around. You will also get to enjoy tasty food from area restaurants and food vendors. There will be continuous music from the local scene as well as nationally known recording artists.

This three day event sprawling along the beautiful downtown Palmetto River district provides fun for the whole family.

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RESTAURANT GRAND OPENING MARCH 1, 2018 — FRECKLED FIN IRISH PUB & MUSIC HALL — ANNA MARIA ISLAND

Located at 5337 Holmes Beach, FL. 941-251-3930
Just a short ride on the free trolley from Anna Maria Island Condo Rentals – 601 Gulf Dr. N. Anna Maria Island, Florida 34217.
The new 2,500 square-foot Freckled Fin Irish Pub will seat about 150 people with a planned opening date of March 1, 2018.

The old restaurant in Bradenton Beach was sold in August 2017 and the new Freckled Fin, Holmes Beach, offers many changes. One major change is an neoprene stage which faces the bar with the back wall painted to resemble Ireland’s flag. Customers will be able to walk up to the bar to order food. The Freckled Fin has a full liquor license and the pub will offer 12 Irish and craft beers on tap. They will often just live music events with a fabulous lineup already scheduled. They promise friendly waiter service and outdoor seating. When on Anna Maria Island we all love sitting outside breathing in the fresh Island air.

With an extensive menu including loads of appetizers, fresh salads, burgers, wraps and gourmet pizzas. Main entree items vary from Grilled Seafood Platter, Gulf Grouper dinner, Salmon, Steak and more!

Call ahead for reservations and walk-ins are always welcome.

The Freckled Fin also offers take-out, delivery and catering.

On your next visit with us at Anna Maria Condo Rentals this might turn out to be your favourite restaurant. Trust me, with so many restaurant choices it will be difficult to pick a favourite. (We have many favourites). Try it for dinner and an evening of music entertainment. Only a five minute drive north from the condo. Or, take the Free Island Trolley which stops right out front of the condo.

We are looking forward to visiting this new restaurant right here on beautiful Anna Maria Island.

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THE RINGLING-Sarasota Florida

Located at 5401 Bay Shore Road, Sarasota FL 941-359-5700

While visiting Anna Maria Island Condo Rentals 601 Gulf Dr. N. Anna Maria Island, Florida, be sure to take a trip to the RINGLING Museum.

Located across the street from the Bradenton/Sarasota Airport about a 20 minute drive south of the condo. The RINGLING is a celebration of circus owner and art collector, John RINGLING and his wife Mable. The couple built this as their home “The Ca’D’Zan” almost a century ago. Their 36,000 square foot home/mansion has 41 rooms and 15 bathrooms.

Upon John Ringling’s death in 1936 the estate was bequeathed to the people of Florida. Over the years new buildings have been added and this beautiful estate now combines an Art Museum, Circus Museum, Education Center, Historic A solo theatre and beautiful Bayfront Gardens.

Monday the grounds and art museum are free, but you do have to pay full admission to enter the Ca’D’Zan or the Circus Museum. The architecture of the Ca’D’Zan is spectacular, an absolutely gorgeous building! The breathtaking grounds and gardens alone puts The RINGLING on a must see list for everyone. Allow yourself enough time to see everything, one day might not be enough. Remember to bring your camera!

There are many events that take place at the RINGLING, please visit their website for an up to date list.

Below see a few suggestions of events that might be of interest —

Ringling Underground—Thursday, March 1, 2018 to April 8, 2018 from 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm. Come out and enjoy the live music, an eclectic mix of local and regional live bands. Featuring Eduardo Correa, DieAlps, Millionyoung. While you are there check out displays from up and coming artists in the Museum of Art.

Bayfront Gardens Tour—tickets now until April 28, 2018 are $15. (Regular $20.) This 90 minute walking tour provides you with an overview of the development of the property. You will be introduced to some key botanical specimens and learn about local flora. Purchase your tickets now as they are limited and must be purchased in advance. Call 941-358-3180 for tickets.

Family Activities After 5 — Drop in anytime between 5 – 7:00 PM. Come to The RINGLING on Thursday nights and receive discounted admission to the museum as well as a special activities for families. Some weeks offer an art-making program in the Visitor’s Pavilion and other weeks Imagination Playground will be somewhere on the campus. The art making program relates to work of art you see in the galleries. Please check their web-site for a schedule and more information.

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The inside of the ringling Art Museum located in Sarasota, Florida on the Sarasota Bay.

LOOKING FOR  SALON/SPA SERVICES ON ANNA MARIA ISLAND?

You have made the decision to visit us on beautiful Anna Maria Island and we are happy to help you find a spa/salon to complete your vacation. Whether you are looking for a manicure/pedicure, hair service or someplace to relax and be pampered, here are some of the finest salons on Anna Maria Island.

All locations just a few minutes free trolley ride from Anna Maria Island Condo Rentals – 601 Gulf Dr. N. Anna Maria Island, Florida 34217.

Receive a total spa experience at this full service day spa on Anna Maria Island. Relax in the cozy atmosphere at this 3000 square foot island spa. A full service day spa and wellness center on Anna Maria Island offering total relaxation and a truly unique island experience.
Their many services include: Massage, yoga, Acupuncture, body scrubs and wraps, organic skin care products, facials, manicures/pedicures, waxing, hair services, make-up, bridal and private parties.
A cozy and personal Island day spa in paradise. The spa is inviting, tastefully decorated in beach chic style. Have your hair done in a pink room with a crystal chandelier and beautiful framed pictures of island scenery while listening to relaxing music playing in the background. This salon is unique that it is without the numerous chairs, chatter, and the usual noise of hair dryers you find in others. You will feel completely at peace and very pampered! Claire Marie is friendly, has a great sense of humour and very passionate about her work.
CLAIRE MARIE’S SIGNATURE SERVICES include…Massage, Reflexology, Reiki, 3 Hour Rejuvenation Session, facials, manicure/pedicure and full hair salon services. Wedding hair design and makeup in spa or your location.
Salon Salon of Anna Maria Island offering Two Locations — 3612 East Bay Drive, Holmes Beach, FL941-778-0400 and 313 Pine Avenue, Anna Maria, FL941-778-0500
Both salons offer full services which include: hair salon and spa, skin and nail care, as well as massage and body wellness. They use the professional line of Youngblood mineral make up and Murad skin care and exclusive line of Bumble and Bumble styling products.
Are you getting married here on Anna Maria Island? If so, this is a great salon for your wedding up-do, facial, makeup and manicure/pedicure with the benefit of having it all done in one salon.
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Part II — THINGS TO DO ON ANNA MARIA ISLAND & NEARBY BRADENTON MARCH 2018

March 3, 2018: 9:00 am – 3 pm  Anna Maria Island Museum, 402 Pine Avenue in the Historical Park, Anna Maria Island, FL. (Trolley Stop 42)

Anna Maria Island Heritage Day with a Settler’s Market selling their famous Settlers’ Bread and herbs, honey and produce.  Live music all day plus Bar-B-Q, museum tours and settler era crafts. There will be demonstrations: Bee Keeping, Candle Making, Wool Spinning, Quilting, Knitting, Woodworking, Basket Weaving and more. Old fashioned children’s games and scavenger hunt with games and prizes will be held as well as a Pirate Jailbreak. Kids and adults will love seeing how the early settlers lived.

March 3, 2018: 9:00 am – 4:00 pm Old Main Street Bradenton, FL

Come and enjoy the Free 9th annual ArtSlam 2018 in downtown Bradenton. This annual community day showcasing collaborative creativity is a celebration of the arts and arts education in conjunction with the Bradenton Farmers’ Market. The festival’s focus this year is showcasing arts educators and their students. Old Main Street will be transformed into an interactive art zone.The free event features live performances, site-specific installations, and engaging art exhibits by Manatee County students and professional artists. 28 teams of student and professional artists are participating in ArtSlam this year, more than ever. Every team project, installation, and presentation is unique.

March 4, 2018: 10:00 am – 3:00 pm Gamble Plantation on US 301 Ellenton- one and a half miles west of I-75 (exit #224)  

It’s the Gamble Plantation Historic State Park Annual UDC 58th Annual Spring Open House. During the Mansion’s ‘free tours’ see the many lifestyle demonstrations of  the era of the 1840’s – 1870’s.  Additionally, members of the 4th Florida Volunteer Infantry will have a Confederate camp.  Music, crafts and more on the grounds.  Free admission and parking.

March 10, 2017: 11:00 am – 12:30 pm  — 1611 9th Street West at McKechnie Field, Bradenton 

The Pittsburgh Pirates 11th annual Pirate Fest with family-friendly fun, free player autographs, games, prizes, music and more all just outside the ballpark on 9th street. Free and open to the public. Tickets are required for 1:05 p.m. game with the Rays and can be purchased on-line.

March 10 – 11, 2018: Right next to City Hall in downtown Holmes Beach at 5801 Marina Drive. 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. 

The 30th annual Holmes Beach Spring Fest Fine Arts & Crafts Fest on Anna Maria Island. Fine art and fine craft exhibitors, this event will also include children’s young at art exhibit and art activities. Organized by the Anna Maria Island Art League. Free admission and parking.

March 17 – 18, 2018: 10 am – 5:00 pm both days —  5801 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, FL   

It’s time to enjoy the 10th Annual Anna Maria Taste of Arts & Crafts Show. The show will feature the creations of talented artists and crafts people from all over. It takes place right next to City Hall in downtown Holmes beach.. Free admission and parking.

March 31, 2018: 9:00 am sharp Sandbar Restaurant,100 Spring Avenue, Anna Maria, FL, Anna Maria Island, FL.  

The Sandbar Restaurant will host its 32nd Annual Easter Egg Hunt at the Pavilion at the Sandbar. Make sure to bring your own basket(s) for the Easter Egg Hunt. After the hunt kids will be led by the Easter Bunny down Pine Avenue where the Easter Egg Roll and Bonnet contest will take place. Refreshments will be provided by the Sandbar.

WE HOPE YOU WILL ENJOY THESE ACTIVITIES AND ARE ALWAYS HAPPY TO ASSIST YOU WITH ANY QUESTIONS YOU MIGHT HAVE. 

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WATER-SHOW NEAR ANNA MARIA ISLAND – SKI-A-REES WATER SKI SHOW

Locking for something different to do?
FREE weekly Water Ski Show every Sunday February 4 to May 6, 2018 at 2:00 pm. The show is near Mote Marine Aquarium on City Island. Once you get to the aquarium just follow the Ski-A-Rees signs.
Just a short drive south along Gulf of Mexico Dr. from Anna Maria Island Condo Rentals – 601 Gulf Dr. N. Anna Maria Island, Fl 34217
Come out and watch the Sarasota Ski-A-Rees Water Ski Show Team as they perform a themed and spectacular one-hour water show. Fun for the whole family! Prepare to be dazzled with thrilling jumps and tricks, beautiful ballet and swivel lines as well as breathtaking pyramids. See these world-class champions as they rehearse at their base on Lido Key.
The Sarasota Ski-A-Rees are one of the best amateur water ski shows and the only saltwater ski team in the United States. Founded in October 1957 and with the support of the City of Sarasota and generous private sponsors they have been performing free water shows ever since. Being a non-profit organization, without the help from the City, the Ski-A-Rees would not have a place for practices or performances. They hold regular practices and participate in the Florida State Show Ski Championship, Southern Regional Show Ski Championship and compete in the National Show Ski Championship when possible. They were the 2017 National Champions and in 2016 won the Southern Regional Show Ski Tournament.
We thought the Ski-A-Rees put on a wonderful show with great music and entertaining announcers. They are a very professional group and their show is non stop, exciting and a great family activity. The announcer explains the different tricks, the history, and the equipment of the Ski-a-Rees. The skiers show so much skill with lots of fast moving organizing going on. Displaying their talent while performing tricks and even making a twelve person skiing pyramid made us feel like we had stepped back into the 1950’s except the music is up to date which is sure to please people of all ages.
When you go be sure to get there at least an hour early as it usually draws a big crowd. The bleacher seats, some of which are covered, but most of the seats are in the sun so dress accordingly. Sunscreen and hats for everyone! Bring a cushion if you don’t want to sit on the metal seats. We were in the open area which provides a behind the scenes view of the team. Talking to people seated in the covered stands, they were partially blocked from some stunts, but said it wasn’t often. You can also bring your own lawn chair. There is a shaded area under the trees where you still have a good view of the show.

Free parking and snacks and drinks are available for purchase.

Although the shows and parking are free, donations are appreciated as the Ski-A-Rees are a non-profit organization.

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Come out and Enjoy these MARCH HAPPENINGS on Anna Maria Island 

March 1 – 31, 2018: Beach Market 
Every Wednesday & Sunday 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Find island treasures, select fresh produce, tons of arts and crafts, jewelry and more.
All activities and attractions are a short trolley ride from Anna Maria Island Condo Rentals – 601 Gulf Dr. N. – Anna Maria Island, Florida, 34217

March 3, 2018:Anna Maria Island Museum402 Pine Avenue in the Historical Park, Anna Maria,  FL 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Don’t miss Anna Maria Island Heritage Day with a Settler’s Market.
The market will be selling their famous Settlers’ Bread and herbs, honey and produce.  Enjoy the all day live music, Bar-B-Q, museum tours and settler era crafts and demonstrations. See how the early settlers lived with Bee Keeping, Candle Making, Wool Spinning, Quilting, Knitting, Woodworking, Basket Weaving and more. Old fashioned children’s games and scavenger hunt with games and prizes. Kids will love a Pirate Jailbreak.
8:00 AM – 3:00 PM  Free Admission 
It’s the Anna Maria Island Privateers Thieves Market, a Flea Market only Pirate Style! 100’s of Vendors. Treasures to be found for everyone. Lots of food to eat. Hamburg’s hotdogs and more.  Buy some fresh veggies while you’re there. Custom Handmade Jewelry, Sharks Teeth on a String, T-Shirts, Golf paraphernalia, Fishing Lures, Antiques Real and not,  BBQ Brisket to Hot Links. Hang with some Pirates, see their 60 foot Pirate Ship.
March 10 – 11, 2018: Next to City Hall in downtown Holmes Beach at 5801 Marina Drive Anna Maria Island 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Organized by the Anna Maria Island Art League. Free admission and parking. The 30th annuaHolmes Beach Spring Fest Fine Arts & Crafts Fest on Anna Maria Island. Fine art and fine craft exhibitors, this event will also include children’s young at art exhibit and art activities.
All of the above are within a short drive from our condo. Or, let someone else do the driving and hop on the Free Island Trolley!
Please keep reading our blogs, more March Happenings will be posted soon!
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OLIVE OIL OUTPOST-Anna Maria Island

One of my favourite shops to visit, the Olive Oil Outpost is so much more than olive oil! This wonderful little shop has a beautiful selection of wine, cheese, infused oils and balsamic vinegars of all different flavours. I have bought some of the most awesome lemon balsamic and coconut balsamic vinegar.

Located at 401 Pine Ave, Anna Maria, FL 34216, USA and just a short trolley ride from Anna Maria Island Condo Rentals – 601 Gulf Dr. N. – Anna Maria Island, Florida 34217.

One visit I found some Himalayan salt, artisan pasta, honey and Ethiopian coffee. At this unique shop you can expect to find everything from, jellies, organic products, artisan pasta, a coffee bar and various gift items.

They also bring in fresh fruit – locally picked strawberries were just coming in when we went last time, and they’re the best I’ve ever had! They regularly stock limes, lemons, onion, squash, and the biggest best green peppers.

As for cheese, seems like every time I go there has been a great selection of cheese out for tasting. And an olive bar. Loads of pasta and sauces and condiments.

When you don’t feel like cooking they have whatever you need for a fabulous meal. Pick up some cheese, local pickles, bread, oranges, honey and don’t forget the wine. Makes for an easy and delicious meal!

We have enjoyed the wine tastings here. Friendly and informative. The wine is usually from one or two places, mostly Italy, but not all. The owners come and discuss their wineries and the wines. They also provide a few trays of tasty small bites for sampling. bar is good and reasonably priced. Very enjoyable low key approach.

Friday is bread day and they have all kinds, ciabatta, Tuscan rounds and rings, semolina, baguettes, focaccia, tomato bread, almond ring, pepperoni rolls and more! The order sometimes gets delayed because they travel to a bakery in St. Petersburg to bring it back fresh.

Depending on the traffic they are sometimes later getting back to the Island. If you come after 1:00 PM it should be there and there should be lots. Trust me, it is worth the wait!

Added attractions: Outside areas to sit and on chilly nights a separate seating area around a fire pit!  Ice water with lemon inside and very friendly service.

This place is just wonderful! A little gem right here on Anna Maria Island with friendly staff offering great products that are reasonably priced. Doesn’t get any better than that!

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First Sarasota-Bradenton EARTH FARE Grocery Store to open Jan. 27, 2018

Earth Fare, founded in 1975 in Asheville, N.C. will open its newest store January 27, 2018 in The Green shopping centre at Lakewood Ranch, Florida. The shopping centre is located on the northeast corner of Lakewood Ranch Boulevard and State Road 70 East.
Just a short drive south along the Gulf of Mexico from Anna Maria Island Condo Rentals – 601 Gulf Dr. N. Anna Maria Island, Florida 34217.
Earth Fare is passionate about clean foods and the connection to their shopper’s healthy, longer lives. They pride themselves on providing healthy food choices that are easy and enjoyable.
Earth Fare will join other Manatee/Sarasota boutique-style markets like Trader Joe’s, Fresh Market and Whole Foods.
The 23,500 square foot store wont be selling just groceries, will feature Earth Fare’s Heirloom Organic Café and Juice Bar. Enjoy, coffee, smoothies and juices at their Cafe/Juice Bar.
I have shopped at a couple of Earth Fare stores in other states and in both stores the aisles were filled with foods with no additives, hormones, antibiotics, artificial sweeteners under any name, bleached or bromated flours, transfats, or artificial colours and their selections were amazing.
The fresh fish counters featured excellent choices at reasonable prices and we have enjoyed their shrimp, cod, snapper, tuna, and crab cakes… including gluten free versions.
Their meat departments were extensive areas with many tempting offerings in various cuts of beef, pork, lamb, chicken and sausages. I have also visited the olive bar and bought assorted olives and pickled mushrooms adding tasty treats to our meals.
The bakery, amazing, I love the carrot cake varieties! The breads, so many varieties, all tempting as well.
As for the deli case – I am prisoner to their various potato salads, so far the herb style being my favourite. The cranberry-almond chicken salad and tuna salad were delicious. They had a super choice of lunch meats and cheeses galore which were not loaded with nitrates and salt!

On another trip I headed straight to the fresh food court where you can have salads, sushi made in front of you, sandwiches pre-made or made fresh for you, along with pizza ( including gluten free pizza) and soups or hot dishes of various varieties. This area appeared successful as there was a crowd there with many people eating in the tabled area provided. A great store to people watch, I saw many running in to get fresh meals to go.The stores I have shopped in have been so clean and service oriented, I think Earth Fare it is sure to be a growing success.

I look forward to shopping at their new Bradenton-Sarasota store.
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BREAKING NEWS-WE ARE THRILLED TO ANNOUNCE THE BEACH SANDS CONDO RENOVATION COMPLETE!!!!!

We are thrilled to announce to our incoming guests, past guests and future guests the renovation to the Anna Maria Islands Beach Sands condo is now complete. This redesigned gem now offers you:

✔️a new designer kitchen
✔️quartz counter tops
✔️matching quartz backsplash
✔️new state of the art graphite appliances
✔️two new complete renovated washrooms with quartz counter tops
✔️two new walk in showers
✔️all new contemporary doors
✔️all new contemporary baseboards
✔️completely repainted
✔️all new Hunter Douglas window coverings
✔️all new contemporary Floridian lighting
✔️all new bedding
✔️all new Tommy Bahama furniture-Ocean Collection
✔️new king size body temperature controlled mattress
✔️60″ television
✔️50″ television
✔️HD television with over 200 channels
✔️all new contemporary wall art
✔️all new dishware
✔️all new cutlery

Treat yourself to unforgettable views of the Gulf of Mexico, nightly sunsets, private beach access, one of the largest heated pool on Anna Maria Island, walk out onto the beach and walk for hours in either direction, rent jets skies and all watercraft rentals on the beach.

Additionally you could park your car for your entire vacation because the location of the condo which is located just a few minutes walk from the islands best restaurants and bars featuring live music seven days a week including:
✔️Tiki Hut
✔️Wicked Cantina
✔️Beach House
✔️Omas
✔️French Table
✔️Island Time
✔️Beach Bistro
✔️Freckle Fin
✔️Blue Marlin
✔️Back Ally
✔️Island Creperie
✔️Bridge Tender
✔️Anna Maria Island Oyster Bar
✔️Tide Tables
✔️Seafood Shack