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April

Food and Wine on Pine 2016 is on May 7th!

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On May 7th, the 6th annual Food and Wine on Pine will be held on Pine Avenue. http://www.foodandwineonpine.com/eventinfo.html There seems to be some great restaurants attending, including one of our island favorites, Blue Marlin. To get a feeling for the festival, watch the youtube clip below: Just wish I could attend myself!  
10
February
On Anna Maria Island, many of our visitors come back time after time. Some even have multi-generational family histories on the island, returning year after year with kids and grandkids and great-grandkids that will start the tradition all over again. But even the most frequent AMI visitors miss the hidden secrets and pockets of AMI. And not everyone has […]
02
January

Have you ever lost your checked luggage?

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I once checked in my luggage at the Malmö SAS terminal. You might wonder where Malmö is located? It’s a city in the south of Sweden, very close to Denmark. This was in the pre-Öresundsbridge days (the dark, loomy bridge featured in “Broen/Bron” – the Danish/Swedish original TV series that is now copied as “The […]
26
December

Ever thought about swimming with manatees?

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Ever since we started visiting Anna Maria Island I have wanted to swim with manatees. Finally I got around to it this December and it was such a wonderful experience! During the winter months, the gulf waters get too cold for the manatees and they spend their time inland where they can find warmer water. About […]
06
November

Art is everywhere!

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We just purchased this art for unit #1 and hope our guests will enjoy it! For those of you who happens to be in the neighborhood Nov 7 – 9 there’s lots of art on Anna Maria Island with an Artwalk and Sand Art coming up as well as a Symphony on the Sand. More […]
12
October
  If you feel for music, sun, fun, food and classic cars make your way to Pine Avenue on Anna Maria Island on Friday and Saturday this week! Starting at 5pm and ending at 10pm. Saturday October 18th starting at 10am and ending at 10pm. Music and food court on the six lots field, at […]
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June

Turtle nesting season in high gear!

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If you have the possibility join a nesting tour in June and July with Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch and Shorebird Monitoring we highly recommend that you do so! Call Claudia at 248-982-5600 for reservations and information. There’s also latest info on their facebook page.
26
May

The Other Side of Anna Maria Island

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We love to kayak and do it a lot at home, during the summers. Last year I was on a manatee excursion with a guide from Mote Marine Laboratory on Long Boat Key. Highly recommendable! We learned a lot while idly paddling the area. Unfortunately we saw no manatees at the time, but a lot […]
12
May
We love to be on Anna Maria Island, every time we pass the Manatee bridge to AMI, our pulse rates slow down. You might not have the same experience if you belong to the below categories: People with fast cars, that love showing off and doing burn-outs by the traffic lights.  This place has 15-30 […]
05
May

Cortez Time

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It’s called “The last working fishing community in Florida”. Located on the mainland side of Cortez bridge and surely one of the most genuine places you can find in the area. Here’s a video that talks about it, interesting – but be warned – the video is also on Cortez Time: Cortez fishing village  
01
May

AMI’s beaches are getting wider by the hour!

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The beaches are getting wide and beautiful again! Beach nourishment is drawing to an end and all the heavy machinery will soon be history. This video was done a couple of years ago by a true beach guru, David McRee aka BeachHunter. It shows very well what’s going on. [youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R8ZHLjvTrWA?rel=0&w=640&h=480]  
In 2008 when we started renting our first condo, Anna Maria Island used to be advertised as the “Best kept secret in Florida” – I think we easily can say that’s no longer the case! Last year TripAdvisor ranked Anna Maria Island as the fourth best island to visit in the US – this year […]
25
April

Food and Wine on Pine – May 3rd 2014

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Food and Wine on Pine – May 3rd 2014 Great Food, wine tasting and live music – what is there not to love? It’s become a tradition, this is the 4th festival, so 2015 might be the year to experience it for those of us who didn’t make it this year?   [youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EpwLRoRYwMc?rel=0&w=640&h=360]  
20
April

Hear Anna Maria sing!

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Some people call this special place Anna Marie Island, other’s AMI, while most say Anna Maria Island. According to the daughter of an early land developer, Lilian Burns, the correct pronunciation of the the island was an-na ma-rye-a, since it was named for the strong winds occurring in the area, using the German term for […]
20
April
With all these “Insider’s guides” coming out, we’ve opted for an “Outsider’s guide” for all of those who might be visiting AMI for the first time. Ask anyone on the island and these are the restaurants you most likely will be recommended and end up visiting on your first visit…..and your second…..and your third…….If you […]
20
April

The Insider’s Guide to AMI Restaurants

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It’s hard to keep a secret on Anna Maria Island. The island is just too small! But even if you’ve been to AMI many times, you might have missed some of these: POPPO’S TAQUERIA It’s not easy to find a decent Mexican style restaurant anywhere. Poppo’s uses fresh organic ingredients and antibiotic/hormone free meats. THE […]
04
March

Busch Gardens

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When on vacation and you are afraid of heights, stay away from this! But if you can handle the situation on the picture, don’t miss it! If you register your ticket before you leave the park, you get a second visit within a week…for free!
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