Anna Maria Island Restaurants open for the Holidays 2015

Anna Maria Island – While all of the Island Real Estate vacation rental homes offer well-appointed kitchens for meal time, preparing a feast may not be one of the activities you look forward to during a relaxing beach vacation. Let go of the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, and let one of Anna Maria Island’s fabulous restaurants feed your family Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years.

Below we have put together a list of when Restaurants on and around Anna Maria Island will be serving up 2015 Holiday meals for Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Years Eve and New Years Day.

Anna Maria Island restaurants open for the holidays
2015 Holiday Restaurant Schedule

Still looking for the perfect accommodations for a holiday stay on Anna Maria Island.  No need to worry, visit our frequently asked question page about Island Real Estate Vacation Rentals.  All the information you ever wanted to know on Anna Maria Island Vacation Rentals.

anna maria island restaurants open for the 2015 holidays
Wishing you Beachy Holiday on Anna Maria Island!

If you are looking for the perfect cocktail prior to your holiday dinner be sure to review our top ten happy hours for Anna Maria Island.  A perfect start to your celebration of thanks, Christmas, or the New Year!

The Freckled Fin Restaurant and Public House

Bradenton Beach – Located at 101 Bridge Street, The Freckled Fin offers fresh American fare, gourmet pizza and fine spirits. Open 11am-11pm Sunday through Thursday and 11am-1am Friday and Saturday. 941-251-3930

The Freckled Fin
Freckled Fin Restaurant and Public House on Bradenton Beach.

Whether you grab a seat on the outside patio, inside or at the bar, you’re sure to enjoy the Freckled Fin! Offering traditional and modern American fare find something to please any palate. The Starters menu includes shareable nibbles including Ahi Tuna, the tater tot basket, and crab cakes to name a few. On the main menu offerings include fresh salads, a grouper sandwich, burgers, wraps Clam Strips, and Coconut shrimp. The pizza menu offers all the traditional toppings with specialty pizzas like the Gyro, Hawaiian or Shrimp Pesto pizzas. If you are looking for a late night hang out Freckled Fin has a fun late menu including breakfast and lighter fare. The Freckled Fin has a full service bar, and offers a kids menu. Dine in, carry out or have Freckled Fin delivered. Find live entertainment on weekends!

Freckled Fin
Great Libations at The Freckled Fin.

If you are looking for something to keep your entire group satisfied head over to the Freckled Fin!

Need more choices on places to eat?  Visit our Anna Maria Island restaurant information page where we have tons of restaurants listed.


Anna Maria Island Fishing Charters Oct 19 – 25 2015 Trip Report

Redfish Bradenton Fishing Charters

North East Wind…

This week we saw a persistent NE wind all week. During the beginning of the week we saw gust up to 30 knots and towards the end of the week we saw NE winds at 15-20 knots which allowed us to get out and do some fishing.  It was still windy, but the fish sure loved the wind. Bait is still everywhere you turn, from Longboat Key Pass, the piers on the north end of Anna Maria Island, and the grass flats around Bradenton. We were able to go out off the beach around Longboat Key and Anna Maria Island and catch Mackerel, Kingfish, Bonita, and some smaller Sharks. The Redfish and Snook bite around Bradenton has really picked up the closer we got to the full moon (see video). The bite seemed to be better on the incoming tide and slowed down towards the top end of the tide and picked back up when the tide really started pushing out.  Most of the Snook and Redfish we caught this week mixed in with the larger schools of mullet near the vast grass flats and mangrove shorelines off Palma Sola, Terra Ceia, and Bradenton.

If you are looking to book a fishing charter trip and are near Anna Maria Island, Bradenton, Longboat Key, Sarasota, or Tampa Bay book with Anna Maria Inshore Fishing LLC. call or text fishing guide Captain Kyle Taylor (941) 345-7182

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J Burns’ Pizza on Anna Maria Island

Anna Maria – J Burns’ Pizza Shop, one of the Island’s newest restaurants, offers hot fresh crispy thin crust pizza, classic subs, and fresh salads.

Having opened their first location in Lakeland, Florida, J Burn’s has made Anna Maria Island their second home. Located at 308 Pine Avenue in the city of Anna Maria J Burns’ is open Sun/Mon 11-8, Weds/Thurs 11-8, Fri/Sat 11-9.

J Burns’ offers a unique square cut pizza in 7, 12 or 16 inches with all the traditional toppings. J Burns’ uses a special blend of cheeses and sauce made from vine ripe tomatoes. Specialty pizzas include the Deluxe, Hawaiian, Taco and Chicken Club to name a few. J Burns’ also offers a 10 1/2 inch gluten free pizza option.

J Burns' Pizza
Square cut crispy thin crust pizza.

The Classic Subs are 9 inches and served with a bag of chips. Sub options include both traditional and specialty options like Ham, Italian, Roast beef, Meatball and Salisbury Steak.

Sub Sandwich J Burns'
J Burns’ Classic Subs.

J Burns’ Salads are fresh with tons of dressing options with all offered in small or large sizes.

Add a side of Garlic Knots, Boneless wings or cheese sticks from the Extras menu. For Dessert try the cinnamon knots or an ice cream sandwich! Fountain Drinks and bottle water are available.

J Burns'
J Burns’ offers catering!

If you find yourself hungry on Anna Maria Island’s north end head over to J Burns’! Dine in or carry out 941-251-4070.

For more pizza options on Anna Maria Island check out our Blog “Pizza on Anna Maria Island“.

Check out our list of Anna Maria vacation rental homes near J Burns’!

Just in case one person in your part needs to eat Gluten Free but the rest love pizza.  We have Gluten Free  listed here.





Anna Maria Island Trail of Treats 2015

Anna Maria Island – The 2015 Anna Maria Island Trail of Treats will be held October 30th starting at 3:30 at the AMI Chamber of Commerce located at 5313 Gulf Drive North in Holmes Beach.

A kids costume contests kicks off the event. All kids 12 and under are welcome to participate in the contests starting at 3:30pm. At 4pm the Trail of Treats begins in Holmes Beach. Maps will be available, at the Chamber of Commerce,  directing trick or treaters to participating businesses. Each of the three Island cities participates in the Trail of Treats at different times.

Island Real Estate holds it’s office open to provide candy for all.  This is for both locations.  Holmes Beach and Anna Maria City!

Take a look at some past Halloween pictures.  Maybe they will give you an idea for next year?  If that doesn’t do the trick check out our past top 5 Halloween costumes!

Trail of Treats Schedule:

City of Holmes Beach businesses: 4pm-6pm
City of Anna Maria businesses: 5pm – 7 or 8pm
City of Bradenton Beach businesses: 5pm – 7 or 8pm

Happy Haunting!

anna maria island trail of treats Halloween
The kiddies are excited about the Trail of Treats!


Vintage Flea Market at Ginny & Jane E’s

Anna Maria – Ginny & Jane E’s Vintage Flea Market is back for the 2015/2016 Season with more great finds!

Located at the corner of Gulf Drive and Magnolia Avenue across the street from Ginny & Jane E’s; this outdoor market happens six times through the season with the rain dates occurring the following Sunday.

Flea MArket

Season dates 8am-4pm

• Sunday, November 1st
• Sunday, December 6th
• Friday, January 1st – New Year’s Day
• Sunday, February 7th
• Sunday, March 6th
• Sunday, April 3rd


Ginny & Jane E's Vintage Flea Market
Vintage Flea Market in Anna Maria

This market offers unique vintage finds, art and up-cycled items. When you are done with the market head over to Ginny & Jane E’s for more shopping or a tasty treat from the bakery!

Anna Maria Island Fishing Charters Oct 12 – 18 2015 Trip Report



A little late…

I’m a little late on this weeks report. I’ve been busy, busy, busy running several doubles trips. Bait is still everywhere you can imaging from the northern end of Anna Maria IslandLongboat Pass, and the lower part of Tampa Bay near the Skyway Bridge. The King Mackerel have finally showed up and can be found anywhere from 1 to 3 miles off the beach from Anna Maria Islandto South of Longboat Key.  Look for birds diving on bait schools and you’ll find the King Mackerel and Mackerel. The Snook andRedfish bite has been pretty steady, most of the fish have been found on the shallow grass flats near Palma Sola Bay and the near the mouth of the Manatee River. Stone Crab season is open and most of the guys I know that are pulling traps are reporting good numbers. Most of the guys pulled around 200-300 lbs on their first pull of the season.

If you are looking to book a fishing charter trip and are near Anna Maria Island, Bradenton, Longboat Key, Sarasota, or Tampa Bay book with Anna Maria Inshore Fishing LLC. call or text fishing guide Captain Kyle Taylor (941) 345-7182

For photos and videos check out my FacebookInstagram, and Twitter pages.

2015 Fall Festival on Anna Maria Island

Holmes Beach – The 2015 Fall Festival returns to the island October 24th from 11am-3pm. This year the Fall Festival will be happeing at the Holmes Beach city field located on Marina Drive.

The Anna Maria Elementary School parade will kick off the event starting at the school at 10:30 and ending at the Holmes Beach field.

There will be many fun activities including a bounce house, carnival games, bake sale and food provided by The Waterfront, Kona Ice, The Feast and Smoked Mullet from Captain Gary Huffman and Justin Moore.

The costume contest will begin at 10:15 at the Elementary School.

Join in on the fun at the 2015 Fall Festival!

Fall Festival
2015 Fall Festival

Anna Maria Island Historical Museum gets a Makeover

Anna Maria – After closing for the month of September, The Anna Maria Island Historical Society Museum reopened October 13th with an entire new look, new resources, and more island history.

Anna Maria Island Historic Park
Vintage photo of the Anna Maria Island Historic Park, the site of a picnic area with a fresh water well.

The updates to the Museum were made possible by grant money, and the hard work of volunteers, the Anna Maria Island Historical Society board members and preservationist Ashley Burke. The Florida Department of Cultural Affairs, Manatee County Tourist Development Council, Lizzie Vann, The Bishop Foundation, The AMI Chamber of Commerce Save the Trolley Fund and the Mary E. Parker Foundation all played a part in funding the updates to the Museum.

Everything about the museum has been revamped with information presented in chronological order. There is a new color coded timeline showing the history of the three cities of the island with national events included. A new maps kiosk has been added showing digital maps and aerial images. A map from when the Island was called Palm Key is now on display along with information about the original homesteads from the Homestead act of 1862 and the Land Act of 1820.

The Museums front entrance has been updated to allow entrance through the front door instead of the side door. New flooring has been added along with thermal windows to protect the exhibits from sun damage. The historic park also received new improved signage for the Pine Avenue, the Old City Jail, the beach, Belle Haven Cottage and the houses at the end of the city pier.

Anna Maria Island Historic Society Museum
A Grand Re-Opening will be scheduled for November.

Updates to the Museum coincide with the launch of the new Historic Anna Maria City Tour Brochure and the Historical Society You Tube page. The City Tour Brochure is a walking tour telling the story of different places, when they were built and what makes those places special. On the new You Tube page find oral stories and videos from local residents.

The Anna Maria Island Historical Society Museum is located at 402 Pine Avenue open 10am-4pm from January-April and 10am-1pm May-December. The Museum is closed Sunday and Monday and the month of September. Find the Anna Maria Island Historic Society Museum on Facebook. Admission to the museum is always free, but membership is encouraged.

The Historical Society is located in Anna Maria City which is just one of the three cities found on Anna Maria Island.  We have some great information on the other two cities as well as Anna Maria on our local scene of the website.  Click here for more information on our great three cities and some general information of Anna Maria Island.

Mailing Address:
Anna Maria Historical Society
P.O. Box 4315
Anna Maria, Florida 34216

Top Four Local Farmers Markets to Visit in 2015.

Anna Maria Island – As summer fades and mild fall weather comes to the island, so do the areas Farmers Markets. Find four different markets to choose from with two on island, one in downtown Bradenton, and a fourth in downtown Sarasota.

Anna Maria Island Markets

The Coquina Beach Market begins November 1st and runs through July. Open 10am-4pm this market happens every Sunday except Easter. Located on the southern most beach of Anna Maria Island this cute beach side market emphasizes arts, crafts, jewelry and gifts by local vendors. Enjoy strolling the market under shady Australian Pines on the sandy beaches of the Gulf of Mexico. Plenty of parking is available at the Coquina Beach access; however, the Anna Maria Island free trolley stops just out side of Coquina Cafe and the Market. For more information call Nancy Ambrose at 941-799-2181, email or visit the Coquina Market on Facebook.

Beach Market at Coquina Beach
Coquina Beach Market on Anna Maria Island’s southern most beach.

A Bradenton Beach tradition, the Bridge Street Market begins November 15th and runs through April. Open from 10am-3pm this market goes on every Sunday. Typically smaller in size, the Bridge Street Market offers fresh local produce, live music, arts, crafts and tasty goodies. After the market explore all the fun shops, boutiques and restaurants on Bridge Street. Stroll down to the end of the street and enjoy a relaxing walk on the newly redone Bridge Street Pier taking in views of north Sarasota Bay. For information contact the Bridge Street Merchants Market Manager Cindy Thompson at 941-536-4257 or email her at Stay up to date, and follow the Bridge Street Market Facebook page.

Bridge Street Market
Bridge Street Market located at 107 Historic Bridge Street.

Bradenton Market

The Bradenton Farmers Market located on Old Main Street in downtown Bradenton begins the first week in October and runs through May. Open from 9am-2pm this market happens every Saturday. Put on by non profit organization Realize Bradenton, over the years this medium sized market has turned into a quintessential weekend experience for Bradenton locals. The Bradenton Farmers Market offers tons of fresh local grown produce and plants emphasizing arts, crafts, live music, local chef demonstrations and cottage industry style tasty treats and specialty foods. A great location for this market, Old Main Street offers tons of restaurants and bars, and is with in walking distance of the Bradenton Riverwalk Park. Street Parking is available, or take advantage of free parking in the downtown parking garage located on 10th Street. For information contact Realize Bradenton at (941) 621-6471 or visit them online. Find the market on Facebook.

Bradenton Farmers Market
Bradenton Farmers Market located on Old Main Street in downtown.

Sarasota Market 

In it’s 37th year running, The Sarasota Farmers Market is open all year long every Saturday from 7am-1pm. A truly impressive weekly event, The Sarasota Farmers Market has over 70 vendors in 5000 square feet of space located on 1420 State Street. Everything you want from a market can be found on Saturday morning in Sarasota including tons of fresh produce, herbs, plants, fresh flowers, arts, crafts and yummy specialty foods and snacks. Enjoy the experience of a bustling sleepy Saturday morning in downtown Sarasota’s quaint market with additional shopping and restaurants lining the streets.  Contact the market at 941-225-9256 or email the market manager at Find the Market on Facebook.

Sarasota Farmers Market
Sarasota Farmers Market located on State Street in Downtown.

Enjoy the Florida growing season like a local and visit one of four of the areas amazing markets!  For a little more information regarding Main Street Sarasota click here.