What To See On Anna Maria Island – Exhibitions – St. Armands Boat Show

10/12/2017

St. Armands Boat Show

October 21 & October 22 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Enjoy one of the most beautiful drives from Anna Maria Island Condo Rentals south along Gulf Dr. through Longboat Key with the Gulf of Mexico providing scenic views you will never forget to St. Armands Circles /2017 boat show.

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Boats, shopping and restaurants — all together in one outstanding location, for one weekend only! Cannons Marina and their exceptional boats will take over St. Armands Circle on October 21st and 22nd, where they will host the St. Armands Boat Show in the middle of St. Armands Circle.

St. Armands Circle is Southwest Florida’s premiere destination for shopping and dining and Cannons Marina is Southwest Florida’s standout boat dealer. This is a fun and unforgettable event that anyone can enjoy. You’re sure to see some of the finest and most exquisite boats in Florida, guaranteed to pique the curiosity of every visitor, from the most die-hard boat enthusiast to those visiting the event for the first time. Cannons Marina will be featuring a wide range of luxurious boats. On display will be top-of-the-line, brand new Grady-White Boats, Jupiter boats, Southwind boats and Yamaha motors. You’ll also get the chance to see the Coastal Explorer, which is the latest 25-foot model from Grady-White and anticipated to be one of the top show-stoppers at the event. Members from the Cannons Marina team will be available to answer any questions you might have about the boats.

This event located minutes from the water you will feel the cool ocean breeze rushing past your face as you relax at this incredible outdoor boating experience.

Visit the Cannons Marina from 10 am – 4 pm in the St. Armands Circle Park on October 21st and 22nd. It is located in the middle of the St. Armands Circle in Sarasota – and don’t forget to bring your camera!

Don’t Miss Other Attractions of St. Armands After the Show

After this event, don’t miss exploring St. Armands Circle. The circle itself has beautiful shaded walks and benches to relax. The circle is more than just a circle – it is several blocks of unique shops with things you cannot find anywhere else.

There are side streets off the circle with additional beautiful stores and one leads to Lido Beach, another leads to Mote Marine and Longboat Key. They have high end stores, nice chain stores and fun local shops which mean there is something for everyone.. Also a wide array of restaurants where you can relax, have a great meal as you take in the scenic sights and sounds all in a beautiful, outdoor setting. Have lunch or dinner at The famous Colombia Restaurant or try Crab & Fin, these are two of our favourite restaurants.

You can also take a stroll to Lido Beach and see beautiful sunsets. Then return to the circle for a drink or dessert at one of many outdoor restaurants.

St. Armands Circle is an excellent and easy way to spend a day.


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Where To Stay On Anna Maria Island – Guest reviews – Thank You To The Santoro Family For Their Awesome Review

10/11/2017

Olga S
New York City, New York
Great family vacation

Left on Oct 7, 2017 for a stay in Sep 2017

Amazing beach. Kids friendly. Great restaurants alongside the beach with great seafood. Nice size swimming pool. Great condo, very well organized, has everything you needed for the beach and pool . It’s facing the beach and we enjoyed the sunset as well as the view of the ocean every day. Very clean, linens smell fresh, plenty of towels. Terry, the owner, made sure that we had everything we needed. My family had an amazing vacation. Definitely planning to come back.

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The Budweiser Clydesdale’s Come To Anna Maria Island

10/10/2017

BUDWEISER CLYDESDALES ARE COMING!

Clydesdales on Bridge Street – October 14, 2017

The Budweiser Clydesdales will be visiting Anna Maria Island! We will have a front row stop. They will be out front and a little south of our condos..

Saturday, October 14th from 5pm – 7pm. Come and enjoy watching them as they make their way from Cortez Beach to Bridge Street, down to the pier roundabout and back to Cortez Beach.

History on the Budweiser Clydesdales *

Quintessential Draft Horses — More than 300 years ago, this imposing breed was first developed for farm work in the region of Clydesdale, Scotland. They are most easily recognized for their substantial feather — the long hairs of the lower leg that cover the hooves. Despite a dressy appearance, they are capable of pulling a 1-ton load at 5 MPH.

Origins — The Budweiser Clydesdales made their first-ever appearance on April 7, 1933. A gift from August A. Busch, Jr. and Adolphus Busch to their father in celebration of the repeal of Prohibition, the presentation of the original two six-horse hitches of champion Clydesdales moved father, sons and drivers to tears. The phrase “crying in your beer” was officially coined shortly thereafter.

Drawing Beer and Crowds — No strangers to television broadcasts and parades, the Budweiser Clydesdales have figured prominently in two Presidential inaugurations. They appeared in Missouri native Harry Truman’s inaugural parade in 1949, and then again for Bill Clinton’s in 1993.

A Clydesdale’s Best Friend — In 1950, the Budweiser Clydesdales received their very own mascot: the Dalmatian. Traditionally used to guide horse-drawn fire carts, this spotted dog serves as friend and companion to the team, sitting aside the driver.

10 Fun Facts about the Budweiser Clydesdales *

What are the qualifications to be part of the Budweiser hitch?
Age: four years of age or older
Height: at least 6 feet tall from ground to shoulder
Weight: between 1,800 and 2,300 lbs.
Appearance: Bay coat, four white legs, white blaze, black mane and tail

How much does a Clydesdale eat?

Each Budweiser Clydesdale hitch horse will eat as much as 20 to 25 quarts of whole grains, 50 to 60 pounds of hay, and drink 30 gallons of water per day.

Where are the Hitch locations?

When the Budweiser hitches are not on the road, the Budweiser Clydesdales can be seen at the Anheuser-Busch breweries in St. Louis, Mo., Merrimack, N.H., and Ft. Collins, Colo. They also may be seen at Grant’s Farm in St. Louis and at Warm Springs Ranch near Boonville, Mo.

How are locations chosen for appearances?

Thousands of requests for the Budweiser Clydesdales are received each year from all over the U.S. Each request is evaluated on criteria, such as: type of event, event dates, and how often the horses have made an appearance in or around that location.

How are the Clydesdales transported to events?

Ten horses are transported in three 50-foot tractor-trailers. The team stops each night at local stables so the horses can rest. Each trailer is equipped with air-cushioned suspension and thick rubber flooring to ensure a smooth and comfortable ride.

How does one become a Hitch Driver?

Driving the combined 12 tons of wagon and horses requires expert skill and physical strength. Hitch drivers endure a lengthy training process before they assume the prestigious role of “Budweiser Clydesdale Hitch Driver.”

How big are the Clydesdales’ horseshoes?

Clydesdale horseshoes measure more than 20 inches from end to end and weighs about 5 pounds – a regular horse’s shoe is about 10 inches and weighs about a pound.

What are the Clydesdale’s hoofs made of?

A Clydesdale’s hoof is made of a nerveless, horn-like substance similar to the human fingernail.

Does it hurt when a Clydesdale gets new shoes put on?

Not at all, it is much like a person getting a manicure.
What type of wagons are used at hitch events?

The wagons are restored, turn-of-the-century beer wagons.


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What’s Happening On Anna Maria Island – News – Record Number Of Dolphins Born

Our guests from Anna Maria Island Condo Rentals have been tell us more than ever that they have enjoyed sitting on our balcony watching the dolphins play. This article will explain why.

More dolphin calves have been born in Sarasota Bay so far this year than in any of the past 47 years, according to the Sarasota Dolphin Research Program.

Nineteen births have been documented so far in the bay, which five generations of resident dolphins call home.

Newborns weigh between 30 to 45 pounds and are typically born tail first, according to the SDRP.

Female dolphins from 6 to 48 years old have given birth in the bay, including the oldest known bottlenose dolphin, Nicklo, now 67.

Dolphins are pregnant for 12 and a half months and their labor lasts between 45 minutes to a few hours. Researchers have noted local dolphins having up to 10 calves in their lifetime. Paternity testing has shown males to have sired up to six calves each in the bay.

In keeping with baby dolphins being called “calves,” female dolphins are known as “cows” and males are “bulls.” They swim in pods, however, not herds.

Researchers began studying Sarasota Bay dolphins in 1970 under the sponsorship of Mote Marine Laboratory and the Chicago Zoological Society. It is the world’s longest-running study of a wild dolphin population.

The SDRP asks boaters to be especially careful of newborn dolphins, which lack the skills and experience to avoid boats and have to surface more frequently to breathe than older dolphins. Mothers can also be more distracted with newborns and cannot always get out of the way of approaching boats. Dolphins along the central west coast of Florida frequent shallow waters where they may be unable to dive below approaching boats.

Dolphin Tips

**DO**

Stay at least 50 yards away from dolphins when viewing from a vessel or watercraft.
Limit time spent observing dolphins to 30 minutes or less.
Avoid making loud or sudden noises near dolphins.
Move away slowly if a dolphin’s behavior indicates the animal is stressed or disturbed.
Book wild dolphin viewing tours with businesses that responsibly view dolphins in the wild and help dolphin conservation. See Facebook “Don’t Feed Wild Dolphins” and “Dolphin SMART.”
Put your vessel’s engine in neutral if in the close vicinity of dolphins.
Call for help if you hook a dolphin on a fishing line or see a stranded or injured dolphin – Mote Marine’s Stranding Investigations Program, 941-988-0212.

**DON’T**

Pursue, swim with, pet or touch wild dolphins, even if they approach you.
Feed or attempt to feed wild dolphins.
Encircle or entrap dolphins with vessels.
Direct a vessel or accelerate toward dolphins with the intent of creating a pressure wake to bow or wake-ride.
Separate mother/calf pairs.
Drive watercraft through or over groups of dolphins.

With Gulf temperatures averaging 84 degrees and 361 days of sunshine per year the surrounding waters of Anna Maria Island are known as the nursery because of the large number of dolphins that raise their young here.

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Where To Stay On Anna Maria Island – Guest reviews – A Special Thank You To The Kain Family For Their Awesome Review:

Perfect location and an outstanding rental unit!601 Gulf Drive North, Bradenton Beach, FL, 34217, United States
Date of Stay
Apr 28, 2017

If you’re searching for the perfect location on Anna Maria Island, and you also want a rental unit that is clean and well stocked, look no further. We loved the gorgeous views from the master bedroom and family room. The screened in porch was a bonus, as well. It is literally just a few steps away, and it’s easy to cross. This particular spot on the beach is not crowded, and it’s simply beautiful. We watched a pod of dolphins swimming at sunset on our first night. Right next door, you will find the Wicked Cantina, where we enjoyed some delicious margaritas and fish tacos. It is an easy drive to Publix, dining options, little shops, piers, etc. Terry is very easy to work with, highly responsive and has really updated the unit with tasteful furnishings and decor. The master bed is super comfy, and we had plenty of towels, beach towels, beach gear, etc. The pool is also very close to the unit, and it is well kept and the perfect size. I would definitely recommend the Beach Sands unit to anyone wanting a relaxing get away in a great location. Thanks for sharing your condo, Terry!

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Where To Eat And Drink On Anna Maria Island – Recommended restaurants – Dining Out … Bradenton Beach-Anna Maria Island

10/06/2017

Dining out … Bradenton Beach

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If you prefer not to walk or drive, you can take the free island trolley. There is a trolley stop on Gulf Drive, right in front of the condo. Take it south and get off at the corner of Gulf Drive and Bridge Street. Coming back, reverse going north.

Bridge Tender Inn and Dockside Bar

Our “go to restaurant” this place is a little gem. You can dine in the spacious indoor restaurant, outside on the patio or at Dockside Tiki bar by the Bay. Imagine eating as you enjoy the many anchored boats out on the bay – true Paradise! On our last of many visits, we ordered a shared appetizer, ‘Fred’s chicken livers’, which was delicious. Main course of Roast Duck with house made raspberry sauce and Grouper Reuben sandwich were great too. We always seem lucky with entertainment, the live music adds to the overall enjoyment of our visits. This is a lovely place to just sit and have a drink, both at night and in the day.

Bridge Street Bistro

Located on the corner of Bridge Street and Gulf Drive right in the heart of all the activity on Anna Maria Island. The atmosphere here is relaxed yet refined and the attire is resort casual. This is an out of sight spot that could be missed because it is on the third floor above Island Time Grill. They have an elevator, for those who don’t desire to climb stairs. The food is consistently good and staff gives you a personal touch service. Order steak or Cedar planked salmon and you will not be disappointed. They have both indoor and outdoor dining. The outdoor terrace with tables overlooking the Gulf offers a fabulous view of the amazing sunsets. A quiet atmosphere with a well appointed menu at reasonable prices Bridge Street Bistro continues to exceed our expectations at every visit.

Island Time Grill

Located on the ground floor beneath Bridge Street Bistro. A casual indoor/outdoor restaurant offering a nice menu selection and live entertainment. With a myriad number of large TV screens it is a great place to watch sports, while enjoying a burger, cold beer or a refreshing cocktail. The Island Time Burger and Classic Reuben both make for a delicious meal. Also a great place for a light dinner and drinks. For a family it is a place enjoyed by all age groups. Lots of seating.

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What to see in annamariaisland – Towns and Villages – LET’S GO SHOPPING — On The 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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