LET’S GO SHOPPING On Anna Maria Island!

10/05/2017

LET’S GO SHOPPING — On The Island

Take a drive north or south on Gulf Drive to experience the cute shops the island has to offer, or hop on the trolley.. The trolley has many stops making for a short walk to what just might become your favourite shop.

Shopping on Anna Maria Island is convenient, diverse, and affordable, with stores located in one of the three towns. On the North end, the city of Anna Maria has charming Pine Avenue a nice outdoor shops and restaurants right on the Tampa Bay. Holmes Beach hosts a centrally located outdoor strip mall with lots of keepsake shops and necessity items. Bradenton Beach offers historic Bridge Street with all sorts of cafes and boutiques. If you need a break from the sun and beach all these spots are well worth an afternoon stroll.

Bella by the Sea Boutique ~ Anna Maria

Bella brings to Pine Avenue a collection of women’s designer clothes, handbags, industrial furniture, vintage wicker and home accents. A calming shopping experience in a sea side atmosphere!

Pink & Navy Boutique ~ Anna Maria

Has a little of everything, cute & beachy. On Pine Ave on Anna Maria, you most definitely need to visit P&N! From clothing/gifts for littles to amazing swim, clothing for guys/gals to the hippest book selection or yummy candles, P&N truly has something for everyone!

Egret’s Island Stores ~

Each of their three stores offers a varied collection of unique gifts, apparel, home furnishings and more.
The Egret’s Landing ~ Holmes Beach
Home furnishings & Interior design

The White Egret ~ Anna Maria
Home accents and gifts.

The Egret’s Nest ~ Anna Maria
Ladies’ apparel and baby boutique

Be sure to stop in each Egret location. The island stores that offers a colorful collection of stylish , artworks, accessories and coastal living décor.

Ginny’s & Jane E’s at the Old IGA ~ Anna Maria

This little store is fast becoming an island novelty. Located in the Historic City of Anna Maria, a quaint “Old Florida” area on the north end of Anna Maria Island the store is a unique collection of local art and antiquities. They also provide beach supplies, like suntan lotion, sunglasses, flip flops and other items to help you have fun and stay comfortable while at the beach. At Ginny’s & Jane E’s you will hear the sound of people enjoying a meal together with their friends and neighbors. Their cafe and bakery offers a great breakfast and lunch menu. Perhaps you want a break from the sun and cool down with an all fruit smoothie, or just relax with a cold beer or a mimosa. The unique setting offers quiet corners or big family tables.

Island Bazaar ~ Holmes Beach

This store is packed with goodies to take back home. Island Bazaar has a little bit of everything, from funny tee’s, to sundresses, Reef and Sanuk sandals, toys and gag gifts that are fun for all ages! The best part is the prices are low!
Sun & Surf Beach Shop ~ Holmes Beach

Sun and Surf Lifestyle Apparel is a can’t miss store on Anna Maria Island! Well known for the exotic birds on the sidewalk outside of the store, the Sun and Surf Lifestyle Apparel has a large selection of clothing, handbags, shoes, and jewelry. A fun tropical shopping experience.

The Sand Dollar Gift Shop ~ Holmes Beach

Stylish clothes and gifts for the home. Great place to buy gifts for family while on vacation. Not the normal gifts, things you can put up around your house year round to remind you of your great time in AMI. Very reasonable pricing. I always find something new each visit.

Island Fresh Market – Seafood ~ Holmes Beach

Fresh fish and prepared foods located on central Anna Maria Island. Island Fresh Market specializes in local seafood, locally grown seasonal vegetables , and spices and condiments to compliment any meal.

Island Fresh Market is owned and operated by local island resident Nancy Feely, who grew up in nearby Bradenton. Nancy offers a vast knowledge in the culinary arts and a background in the food service industry. Serving fresh, sustainable products and foods in a fun and welcoming environment is her passion. She strives to make the market as green as possible.

Walgreen’s Pharmacy & Liquor ~ Holmes Beach

Pharmacy and Liquor Store on Central Anna Maria Island.
Publix Super Market ~ Holmes Beach

Always recognized as one of the best grocery stores.
Green Turtle Shell & Gift Shop ~ Bradenton Beach

The name says it all a must stop for the essential keepsakes. They have quality items and many unique things. Their prices are reasonable and fun island music is piped into the background. Very enjoyable place, the store our kids always love to visit!

One Stop Shell Shop ~ Bradenton Beach

Truly an island trinket shop, with all kinds of goodies. Seems like you can always find and affordable novelty gift.
Bridge Street Bazaar ~ Bradenton Beach

This small store carries lots of beach necessities (sunscreen, beach toys, clothing items) and souvenirs (post cards, glasses, decor). They also have the Maui Babe browning lotion that is highly sought after, yet difficult to find. Come check it out on historic Bridge Street. Fun for the whole family.

Bridge Street Interiors ~ Bradenton Beach

Bridge Street Interiors offers a wide variety of beautiful


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Where to golf on and around Anna Maria Island!

10/03/2017

“FORE” OUR GOLF GUEST ENTHUSIASTS!

Anna Maria Island/Bradenton/Sarasota Golfing

Anna Maria Island is only 7 miles long so you may not be too surprised to learn that there is only one golf course on the Island. What are other golfing options? The Bradenton and Sarasota area, like most of Florida, hosts a massive and diverse number of golf courses most of which are open to the public. You can reach 10 different and unique golf courses within a 30-minute drive from the Island. There is nothing better than 18 holes of golf on a beautiful Florida morning followed by some beach time in the afternoon.

Key Royal Club – 700 Key Royale Drive, Anna Maria Island 941-778-3055

The Key Royale Club, a private members club, is the only golf course on Anna Maria Island. It is a beautiful 2,017 yard par 32 nine hole walking course. Open from sunrise to sunset, the course allows for a wonderful golfing experience.

For the seasoned golfer, the par 32 layout provides the opportunity to use every club in your bag. For the 18-hole experience, playing from the forward tees and back tees allows 3,949 yards to test all your skills. For the higher handicappers, generous fairways are less intimidating, making for an enjoyable time for all.

Key Royale Club offers golf, corporate, junior, and social memberships. Many choose to become full members but the club does offer an introductory 6 month membership to get started.

Pinebrook/Ironwood Golf Club ~ 5260 Ironwood Circle, Bradenton 941-792-3288

Nestled inside a beautiful community in the heart of Bradenton, Florida Pinebrook/Ironwood Golf Club has a challenge for golfers of all ages and handicaps. The greens were renovated in the summer of 2003 with “Champion Ultra Dwarf Bermuda”. This putting surface is far superior to the traditional bermuda grass seen on most courses. If you would like a true roll then these are the greens for you. Sixteen of the fairways are bordered by water with 37 bunkers surrounding the eighteen greens. The amenities include a pro shop, snacks, refreshments and putting green. This club is only a short distance from Anna Maria Island.

Manatee County Golf Course ~ 6415 53rd Avenue West Bradenton 941-792-6773

This municipal course opened in 1977 and is still a locals’ favorite. Aside from the fact that is located next to a water treatment plant that sometimes gives off a foul odor, the course has been rated 4 Stars by Golf Digest. It offers lots of challenges, including getting onto the well-bunkered greens. The course plays pretty long, too, and there’s no break at the end – the par-5 No. 18 is 567 yards, the longest hole on the course, and it’s got water on left and a bunker on the right. The course plays 6,703 yards from the back tees and there are five sets of tees.

River Run Golf Links ~ 1801 27th Street East Bradenton Florida 941-708-8459

Fast greens and tight fairways are the hallmark of this municipal course that was originally designed by Ward Northrup. Jed Azinger and Gordie Lewis redesigned the track in 2005, but it still has an old Florida feel, as Spanish moss drips from the oak trees along the fairways. The course is fairly flat and though it has some bunkering and water features, players can recover from mishits and still post a good score. The course is a par-70 and plays 6,293 yards from the back tees. There are three sets of tees, the women’s tees are fairly short (4,709 yards).

Waterlefe Golf ~ 1022 Fish Hook Cove, Bradenton 941-744-9771

An 18-hole luxury golf course at Waterlefe Golf & River Club. Waterlefe’s unrivaled natural setting along the Manatee River is composed of a collection of signature golf holes designed by course architect Ted McAnlis. The competitive layout presents a challenge for golfers of all skill levels. There are five sets of tees ranging in length from 4700 to 6908 yards. Features include five unforgettable holes that touch and border the scenic Manatee River. When you arrive you are promptly greeted by a staff member with a cart to help load your clubs and offering help with where to go. Before you tee off there is water and ice and plenty more found along the course. The carts have GPS which work well. The course mixes some relatively easy holes with others that really test your game.The closing stretch can be really tough but good course management can get you through (you just have to hit the right shots!). That aside this is a really great course with an excellent club house.

Legacy Golf Club ~ 8255 Legacy Blvd. Bradenton, Florida 941-907-7920

Legacy is known for its beauty and challenging greens. An Arnold Palmer design, Legacy Golf Club’s central feature is an enormous lake that comes into play on several holes. The course brings amateurs and professionals together to explore the challenging layout and stunning surroundings of the greens. The course has really wide fairways, elevated tees and nearly every hole is framed by sand and water, creating a picturesque place to test your abilities. Visitors relate the atmosphere to that of a world-class private facility.The course has been honored by Golf Digest and Zagat as a Best Place to Play and prides itself on offering good service.

Rosedale Golf & Country Club ~ 8678 54th Avenue Cir E Bradenton 941-755-4099

Consistently recognized as the “Best Place to Play” in the Bradenton/Sarasota area with lush fairways, nicely groomed traps and flawless greens. It is a challenging course, narrow fairways, plenty of water and a true test of your golf game. Be warned that you will not be hitting your driver much, but we’ll let you decide. The fairways are VERY tight and driver on the par 5s is probably not a good idea with water on the left at 250 yards off the tee on all 4 of them. All the times we played the greens were in excellent shape. True practice range, not hitting over water to targets as is often the case in Florida, several practice greens, a great offering in the pro shop and plenty of water on the course.

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SYMPHONY ON THE SAND ON ANNA MARIA ISLAND

A Musical Event in the Key of the Sea — SYMPHONY ON THE SAND

The 5th annual Symphony on the Sand is a celebration of the music and art of the island. A musical and gourmet event hosted by the Anna Maria Island Concert Chorus & Orchestra is a one-night concert taking place at Coquina Beach on Saturday, November 11th, 2017, at 4:30pm.
With a golden sunset as the backdrop and sand between your toes, the Symphony on the Sand is the perfect way to spend your day at the beach. The event features live music performances and a sand sculpture competition. Catered food from local restaurants including Beach House Restaurant, Coquina Cafe, Harry’s Continental Kitchen and two others will add to your experience Whether it’s the grand symphony or a soloist serenading you with their instrument, the musical performances are always truly inspirational.
Enjoy an elegant evening on picturesque Coquina Beach featuring three hours of fine food and music provided by the island’s own 45-piece orchestra, Anna Maria Island Concert Chorus & Orchestra. Noted local soloists, supported by a professional chorus will provide local talent.
Pricing for official events varies depending on the different types of tables. There will be open seating for blanket and beach towel lovers, VIP dining tables and VIP corporate sponsor seating areas.
All tickets must be purchased in advance from the Anna Maria Island Concert Chorus & Orchestra website.
Sponsors and $125 VIP ticket holders enjoy complimentary wine, select beer, and access to luxury restrooms exclusive for VIP table guests. Patrons, VIP Corporate and Table Sponsors are seated on the beautiful white sand overlooking the Gulf of Mexico while musicians perform renowned selections of international and American musical compositions, with the famed Anna Maria Island sunset as a backdrop. Bring the family and introduce the children to Strauss and Mozart. The Orchestra will also perform popular American Classics, selections from famous Operas, Broadway productions and movies, plus selections honoring our courageous veterans.

Saturday, 11/11/2017 SYMPHONY ON THE SAND, 4:30 pm – 7:30 pm
$125 – Ticket/Person Includes: Table Seating (at table of 10) with delicious small plates by area restaurateurs, complimentary fine wine and select beers
$50 – Ticket/Person Includes: Concert Chair with 2 drink vouchers per ticket & concessionaire food purchase options
$20 – Ticket/Person Includes: General Admission bring your own seating with cash bar & concessionaire food purchase options
VIP Sponsorship opportunities available, contact – www.SymphonyOnTheSand.com

If you are in the area and don’t have tickets, then walk out to our private beach access, turn left (south) walk along the beach (approximately 30 minute walk.)
Or, take the free Island trolley. Stop is out front of the condo on Gulf Drive and stops right at Coquina Beach (be sure to take the south bound trolley.)
Listen to the music accompanied by the gentle lapping of the waves and enjoy!

Symphony on the Sand is the perfect way to spend the day!

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Where to stay on Anna Maria Island -Special Thank You To Donna & Tony Churilla!

08/09/2017

Wonderful!!

Review Left on Jul 28, 2017 for a stay in Jun 2017

My husband and I spent a week in this wonderful condo!! We loved it…beautiful furniture…priceless views..literally right across the street to a beach that was never crowded!! Loved having our morning coffee and lunch on the screened in deck!! Thank you Terry for the welcome gift and all the information on what to do where to eat..it was so helpful!! Such a nice guy called and checked in with us to make sure everything was ok and asked us if we needed anything else!! Plus a swimming pool that is shared by the condos that was never crowded!! Close to so many places you can walk or take the shuttle!! We fell in love with Anna Maria Island..so we hope to be back and would definitely stay in this condo again!! Thank you so much Terry to you and your family!! Donna and Tony Churilla (Pennsylvania!)

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Anna Maria Island Donut Experience at the Donut Experiment!

08/04/2017

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Donut  Experiment began life in 2012 as Anna Maria Donuts in Anna Maria, FL. The original mad scientists are the husband-and-wife team of Shawn and Cecilia Wampole. Hailing from the Philadelphia area of Pennsylvania, the couple was surprised to find that there was not a donut shop on Anna Maria Island when they vacationed there. What originally started out as a joke about opening a donut shop, eventually led to, after some number crunching and careful planning, the couple quitting their jobs, selling their house and moving to Florida.

Located at 210 Pine AVE and Anna Maria Island’s only donut shop. The Donut Experiment features made-to-order donuts. You may ask, what exactly is a made-to-order donut? Well, starting out with a vanilla cake donut, that is made right in front of you, and then you pick your icing and topping. Offering a minimum of four icings and 14 toppings to choose from, so the possibilities are endless. Served fresh roasted, fresh ground and fresh brewed coffee. With a constant rotation of coffee flavors, you never know what we are brewing up.

The Donut Experiment typically sells between 800 and 1,500 doughnuts in a single day, with most customers ordering at least a dozen at a time.

So popular is the Donut Experiment it is not uncommon to see long line ups out the door for one of the worlds most beloved treats.

Enjoy a scenic ride on the free trolley which stops directly in front of Absolute Anna Maria at trolley stop 34S all the way to the north end of the island to the Donut Experience.

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Easter Family Fun on Anna Maria Island!

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