Anna Maria Island is a busy place with spring breakers arriving and spring on the horizon.

Easter arrives early this year and the Island is gearing up with fun activities for the whole family. Anna Maria Island Condo Rentals – 601 Gulf Dr. N. Anna Maria Island, Florida 34217 suggest our guests partake in the following holiday events that are a short drive from the condo or you can take the free Island Trolley.

At the North end of the Island the 32nd Annual Sandbar Easter Egg Hunt will be held on Saturday, March 31st. At the Sandbar restaurant refreshments will be served in the Pavilion starting at 8:30 am with the Easter Egg Hunt beginning at 9:00 am sharp. The Egg Hunt takes place directly on the beach and each child must bring his or her own basket to place their eggs in.

Following the egg hunt the Easter Bunny will lead his Walking Parade down Pine Avenue to the 9th Annual Easter Egg Roll and Easter Bonnet Contest. There will be entertaining activities like face painting, colouring and egg rolling between 9:30 am and 12:00 pm. Have fun with your family and friends and have your picture taken with the Easter Bunny. Compliments of the Sandbar will be Mimosas, sausage biscuits and frittatas. And, don’t miss the yummy cupcakes from Hometown Desserts. There will be prizes for the Egg roll and bonnet contest which are sponsored by The Sandbar Restaurant, Anna Maria Sun Newspaper and PAR.On the South end of the island the Mar Vista Dockside Restaurant in Longboat Key is a offering plenty of fun for everyone. The 30th Annual Mar Vista Easter Egg Hunt will take place on Saturday, March 31st at 10:00 am sharp. Come meet the Easter Bunny and please make sure your children bring their baskets. Light refreshments will be served.

RELIGIOUS CELEBRATION – Kiwanis Sunrise Service

This is a great way to start your Easter Sunday. Watch the sunrise as you join in prayer. 

Anna Maria Island churches come together for the Kiwanis Club’s 49th Annual Sunset Service on Easter Sunday, April 1, 2018 6:30 AM at the Manatee County Public Beach.
All funds collected will be divided equally among the following participating churches: Crosspoint Fellowship, Roser Community Church, Gloria Demi Lutheran, St. Bernard Catholic Church. Organizations benefitting from this event are programs such as Feeding Empty Tummies, The Manatee Outreach Programs, and the Catholic Faith Appeal Outreach program of the Diocese of Venice and others.
Music by Daniel Paul Anzaldo, accompanied by Drew Thomas.
Reverend Dee deMontmollin, of the Episcopal Church of the Annunciation will deliver the invocation and Rev. Ed Moss, of Crosspointe Fellowship, will be giving the sermon, “Because of The Resurrection.” Rev. Stephen King, of Harvey Memorial Church, and the Rev. Gary Batey, of Roser Community Church, will share Easter Scripture with the gathering. The offertory prayer will be given by The Reverend Rosemary Backer, of the Gloria Dei Lutheran Church and Father Michael Mullen, of St. Bernard Catholic Church, will give the Blessed Sacrament.
Easter Sunday come pray on the beach, everyone is welcome.
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All of these bars are a five minute walk or approximately 10 minute drive from Anna Maria Island Condo Rentals – 601 Gulf Dr. N. Anna Maria Island, Florida 34217.

As well, you can ride the Free Island Trolley to all of them.

All of these bars are a five minute walk or approximately 10 minute drive from Anna Maria Island Condo Rentals.

As well, you can ride the Free Island Trolley to all of them.

1.  Doctors Office – 5313 Holmes Blvd. Holmes Beach, FL 
The bar is intimate and dark with interesting decor and black and white movies playing in the back room.
*Reviews – 1. The bar is a MUST when visiting Anna Maria Island. Our bartender Sherry was awesome! Super friendly and gave great drink recommendations! The menu is super fun and witty, you can tell a lot of thought when into creating this unique atmosphere. My friends and I ordered a ton of small plates, everything was great. Hard to pick a favorite but I really enjoyed the pimento cheese spread and the tacos! After several drinks we thought it would be fun to order the Fire and Ice beverage. It’s served on fire in a giant bowl….it was awesome!

10/10 would visit again, I wish I was there right now!

2. You must stop here when on Anna Maria Island. It is tiny, intimate place with superb service and top-notch drinks. Stopped in on a Friday night and it was busy. After waiting awhile the four of us were able to get a seat at the bar.

Sherry, our bartender, was friendly, accommodating and was able to point us in the right directions regarding drink choices and menu selections. She was the BEST!
We ordered almost all the small plates that the Doctors Office offers and my favorite was the beer cheese and the charcuterie (get the lavender goat cheese!)
If you’re looking for a place with a great selection of well mixed drinks…look no further!
3. A must place to visit when on Anna Maria Island. Excellent, delicious and creative cocktails. Bartenders are skilled and very knowledgeable. Beer and wines also on menu as well as creative small bites.
2. Island Time Bar & Grill – 111 Gulf Drive S. Bradenton Beach, FL 
Laid back setting with an open-air bar; lots of seating inside and an outdoor patio. Happy hour, late night food, live entertainment. Dancing!
*Reviews – 1. Great, convenient place on Bridge Street. Met Jay on my first day there, who allowed me to hang out with my luggage until my apartment was ready. Went back everyday during my vacation and found that all of the staff were just as friendly as he was. Shout out to Stephanie, Hailey (good luck on your new position there; I’m sure you’ll do fine!), and the girl with the cool earrings. Sorry, I forgot your name. 😉 Food was excellent both downstairs in the laidback area as well as the upstairs, little more dressy restaurant. Great job, Island Time! You’ve earned a patron for life!
2. Had some great live music pretty reasonable beers and Cocktails nice sitting along the ocean just across the street fun place for all ages of adults.
3. Nice laid back place just off the gulf. Listening to some great music and relaxing. C’mon down
3Bridge Tender Inn– 135 Bridge Street Bradenton Beach, FL 
Large restaurant on Bridge Street close to the Bradenton Beach Pier. with lots of bar seating inside and at the dockside bar. You will find great food, drinks and live music.
*Reviews– 1. One of the best places on Anna Maria Island. The staff are always friendly and helpful. The dockside bar offers a great view of beautiful Sarasota Bay and the Bradenton Beach Pier.
2. From the moment you step in to the moment you exit, you are treated with love. Had not visited the “Dock Side” of Ana Maria yet and was pleasantly surprised to walk in whilst wearing my twinkling New York style cap and shimmering top which caught the attention of the lovely owner. Cocktails are fine and appetizers big. Had order 2 thinking it would not be enough to satisfy my hunger. Ended up taking a doggie bag. Great atmosphere, live music, and attention. Thank you!
3. Great outside or inside seating. The outside bar is a great place to hang out. They usually have some form of entertainment. One of our favorites. The mix of locals, visitors, boaters always makes for a fun time. The duck with raspberry sauce is terrific and the sashimi is always a great starter.

4. Slim’s Place – 9701 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria, FL 
Located in the heart of Anna Maria Island is offers the most traditional Anna Maria Island experience. It is a sports bar by reputation, there is much more here than what meets the eye. You will hear some of the best stories from the locals while enjoying the wonderful atmosphere of the Island.
*Reviews –  1. Good, solid pizza bar. Waitresses and bartenders were friendly and attentive. Pizza was delicious, even though a bit pricey. High energy level on Saturday evenings.
2. Wonderful service. Food was awesome. Cheesesteak was great, Mac and cheese great. Pizza is good too. Had a grilled shrimp app that was tasty. Best place on the island to find your sporting event on tv. Plenty of space and parking. Will definitely come back.
3. Solid local bar & grill. The atmosphere is very laid back, with slightly older patrons. Good, fast service. Sunday ticket for NFLgames, $3 yuengling or buds. Great wings & olive tapenade, hummus, sampler. Kids menu available.
5. The Ugly Grouper – 5704 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, FL 
A fun place on Anna Maria Island. Great food and drinks.
*Reviews – 1. Great place for a cocktail and live music in the food is okay. The bartenders were all friendly can be crowded but it it is fun. There is a wonderful sculpture that is displayed there was made for this restaurant it’s worth a look anyway. Like I said the music is good I’ve heard some wonderful Bluegrass here you just have to check the schedule the cocktails are good you have to get here sometimes too early to get a seat the food is okay but it’s just a fun kind of Island Experience. I would recommend it for a night out when you’re on the island. There are also games for kids and adults to play like corn hole and Jenga while you’re checking out the atmosphere
2. Great place to hang out. Music is always great. Especially Tony and his toys. Grouper tacos and fries awesome and great bartenders especially Bee. Love this place!
3. Found this little gem while searching for a place to eat! The food was delicious and seemed really fresh. At the time, there was live music to enjoy by the outdoor seating. The wait staff helped one another out and made sure to meet all expectations by guest. Our server, Jeremy, was busy at the time but made sure to take great care of us. Definitely will return again. A great place to hangout, take scenic pictures, and play outdoor games.
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Beach ‘n Food Truck Festival 

Coquina Beach, Anna Maria Island, Florida

April 14, 2018

10:00 am – 8:00 pm

Minutes from Anna Maria Island Condo Rentals 601 Gulf Drive, Bradenton Beach FL this fun family festival is an all day celebration that takes place along the bright blue Gulf waters and white sandy beaches at the south end of Coquina Beach, just south of the trolley turn around.

There will be plenty of opportunities for shopping, showcasing vendor booths with unique, one-of-a-kind hand made crafts, lots of jewelry items, local artists’ works, collectible items and much more. The artisans are talented and the goods are of great quality and value. A Kids Zone with all kinds of fun games, bounce houses and more for the young ones to enjoy. Local bands will be performing live music to keep you jamming all throughout the day and into the evening.

Entertainment lineup includes —

Mike Sales – Event Emcee – 10AM – 8PM
Tropicool Duo – 10:30AM – 12:30PM
Renegade  – 1PM – 3PM
SoulRcoaster – 3:30PM – 5:30PM
The Karen & Jimmy Band – 6PM – 8PM

The festival will also feature an amazing car show, The Bill Mergens Memorial Car Show, with over 100 classic, antique, custom and muscle cars on display from 10am until 3pm.

And of course, the stars of the show, a variety of Food Trucks serving delectable eats and treats. There is sure to be something for everyone.  Refreshing adult beverages will be available – from wine, margaritas, rum runners and cold beer to soft drinks and water to quench your thirst.

This is a Free, family friendly, community event open to all so come on out and enjoy.

Parking is available on Coquina Beach, but traffic on the Island will be busy. The easiest way to get there is to ride the free trolley to the event, with a stop on a Gulf Drive right out front of the condo . Another option is The Island Monkey Bus which is a no charge, tip only service.

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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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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.


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.


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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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AMI Health & Fitness – 5364 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach, Anna Maria Island FL 941-778-5446
Open 24 Hours is a full service fitness center offering group fitness, free weights, circuit training, cardio equipment and personal training. Modern machines, new decor makes visiting a truly enjoyable experience. Daily, weekly, monthly and annual memberships are available. AMI Health & Fitness offers you a clean, friendly fitness center with a comfortable Island atmosphere. It also has a big open room which is good for yoga, stretching, or ab workouts.

Yoga Classes – Island Yoga Space 9805 Gulf Drive , Anna Maria, Anna Maria Island FL 941-224-0292

Located at the north end of beautiful Anna Maria Island Florida offering daily classes and creative workshops in a unique, serene setting. Their upstairs studio is directly across from the white sands and turquoise waters of the Gulf of Mexico, a tranquil location for practicing yoga.

They offer a variety of yoga disciplines. Their daily classes include Vinyasa Flow, Restorative yoga, Gentle Yin yoga, SUP Yoga and Meditation. Whether you are an area local or vacationing in the paradise of Anna Maria Island, you won’t regret choosing Island Yoga Space.

The Centre of Anna Maria Island – 407 Magnolia Avenue, Anna Maria, Anna Maria Island Florida
941- 778-1908

The Fitness Center at The Center of Anna Maria Island is open when The Center is open and is made up of:
Cardio Center
Weight Center
Stretch and Mobility Room
Specialty Fitness Room
Fitness Classes
Fitness Classes: Classes are being added all the time so call or check on-line
Running – The island is 7 miles long. We see runners on the hard pack of the beach all the time or along Gulf Drive every day, sometimes on the sidewalks, often along the side of the road (for lack of sidewalks). So, I suggest, step out the door, run Gulf Drive or head for the beach and run there… or both, yes! How about run south to Longboat Key, which is about 5 miles/one way or North to Bean Point which is approximately 6 miles/one way. There are lots of quiet side streets to run from Bradenton Beach to the City of Anna Maria.

Last suggestion – Walk the beach, or swim in our heated pool. Both are right outside your door and easy ways to stay fit while you enjoy your vacation with Anna Maria Island Condo Rentals.

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

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Anna Maria Island-Top Ten Seaside Towns


Top 10 Nominees – Anna Maria Island FL, Bellport NY, Bluffton SC, Cambria CA, Cannon Beach OR, Cape Charles VA, Hampton Beach NH, Ocean City NJ, Traverse City MI, Vero Beach FL

To choose the 2018 finalists, nominations were called via social media. Then Coastal Living looked at their rank on the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index, percentage of clear and sunny days, healthiness of beaches, commute times, walkability, crime ratings, standard of living and financial well-being of locals, geographic diversity, and Coastal Living editors’ assessment of each town’s “coastal vibe.” The result is an all-star list for 2018 from coast to coast! (Previous winners were not eligible.)

Anna Maria Island was in fourth place spot in the week leading up to the polling closed. I voted as often as they would allow, I sure hope it was enough!

I am one of the many “happiest people” when I’m on the Seaside Town of Anna Maria Island, so the results won’t change anything for me. But, it sure is nice to see Anna Maria Island named in the Top 10. Whether the result is first or tenth anyone living or visiting Anna Maria Island already know the “Happiness in Paradise’ feeling you get while you are there.

The final rankings will be revealed online Tuesday, June 12, 2018. Will Anna Maria Island be declared the happiest seaside town in the United States? We will have to wait a few months to find out. Stay tuned, I will post the results as soon they’re in.

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Anna Maria Island - Beach House Restaurant


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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