Silhouettes at Sunset ~ 9~15~2014 ~ Anna Maria Island

Anna Maria Island ~ A Romantic Sunset
Romance on Anna Maria Island

The summer has come and gone and we are entering into fall! The atmosphere changes from tourists bustling around the Island enjoying vacations with family and friends to less crowded locals soaking up the peace and quiet for about a month on Anna Maria Island. I find fall sunsets to be the most beautiful because the skies are a much deeper blue and late afternoon showers give way to more grandeur sunsets! It is a perfect time for couples to nestle their chairs in the sand and let the sunset serve as their entertainment. The turtles are still hatching and the shore birds, dolphins and manatees all add that touch of wildlife for which Anna Maria Island is so well known especially to the locals. Soon we will see fall festivals happening along the Gulf of Mexico, both on and off the Island offering seafood and live music as well as arts and crafts. Islanders are always excited to put on their jeans and open their windows to feel the cross breezes and fresh air!  And at the end of the day we find our reward for hard work is to be able to walk to the beach to rest and relax as we experience another amazing sunset pulling the shade down as day fades into night…as summer fades into fall!   

 

Anna Maria Soaring Sunset
Soaring Sunset on Anna Maria Island

 

Created by Melinda Bordes Melinda@annamariasunset.com 941-705-0146…Whether buying or selling real estate on Anna Maria Island or surrounding areas feel free to call me to assist you in the process. Together we can find that perfect slice of paradise so you can soak up our amazing sunsets no matter the season!

 

Silhouettes at Sunset April 27, 2014 The Green Flash

Anna Maria Island Sunset
Anna Maria Island Sunset

Once again I witnessed another bold sunset and had the pleasure of sharing it with some lovely ladies who had just arrived that day for another adventure on Anna Maria Island! They have stayed with Island Real Estate over the years and commented on how great our rental department had treated them in the past. They also bragged on our maintenance department claiming how helpful they had always been if they needed anything. They are part of a group and other family members will be joining them to make some wonderful memories and enjoy the fragrances of the Island! After our exchange it was time to get serious about the sunset before us. It was quickly dropping into the Gulf of Mexico and the skies were so blue and not a cloud to be found! Just as soon as the top of the sun dropped out of sight there was a splash of deep aqua green that seemed to spray up from the sunset…The Green Flash! We all started asking “did you see that”? You could hear people clapping up and down the beach! It was a perfect sunset and the green flash was the exclamation point at the end of the sunset! Perhaps it is time to put your toes in the sand and capture one of our sunsets that make you go aw-w-w-w-w! Enjoy the sunset! 

Guests of Island Real Estate!
Guests of Island Real Estate!

    By Melinda Bordes 941-705-0146 or melinda@annamariasunset.com…Whether buying or selling on Anna Maria Island or the surrounding areas let me assist you in the process of owning the perfect piece of real estate where you can fill your sand bucket full of sunsets!

Silhouettes at Sunset ~ October 12, 2013

 

Amazing Anna Maria Sunset
Amazing Anna Maria Sunset

Anna Maria Island sunsets are amazing this time of the year the Island. For the first time in a while we are experiencing a nip in the air with soft breezes and brilliant blue skies. The humidity has dropped and everyone is in a fall kind of mood! We had more rain than usual this summer and temperatures were sweltering at times. It felt more like a sauna which is nice if you are floating in the azure waters of the Gulf of Mexico!  Have you made your plans for a fall getaway? We have some wonderful beach cottages with your name on it. Come and breath in the salt air and let the sunset hypnotize you into a complete relaxed state of mind! Please enjoy the sunset!

photo (6)photo (5)Created by Melinda Bordes Melinda@annamariasunset.com  …Whether buying or selling real estate on Anna Maria Island or surrounding areas call me to assist you in the process. Together we can find that perfect slice of paradise so you can soak up our amazing sunsets!

Anna Maria Sunset
Exploding Sunset

 

 

 

Anna Maria Fall Sunset

Top 5 Ice Cream Places on Anna Maria Island

Hey dudes and dude-ettes!!  You’re back with The Island Kid right here on Kids Corner, the best place to get the best news on Anna Maria Island.  I’m here today to tell you guys about the absolute best places on the island to get your ice cream fix. Now, here on Anna Maria Island, there are plenty of places you can go if you want a frozen treat to eat. But if you’re unsure of which places are best and which places to rule out. Read on for good info!coffee ice cream

            Best Places for Ice Cream on Anna Maria Island

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1: Two Scoops: This ice cream shop is a small shop nestled between Two Sides of Nature and across from the Anna Maria City Pier. With 32 rotating flavors, some as weird as blueberry pie and as normal as your classic vanilla, your pallet will always be pleased. They also have pastries, assorted lunch foods, and candy bars.

2: Dips: An ice cream shop near Three Island Monkeys and The Loft #5 in Anna Maria, this itty-bitty place packs the punch when it comes to ice cream. With thousands of flavors and topping variations, your experience will never be a bore.  Plus the classic candies and toys on the wall are great for a trip down memory lane.

3: Stir it Up: Recently opened on Pine Avenue, this is a frozen yogurt shop with some colorful walls. . . and toppings, too! Pick a flavor or two, or all of them, then add the topping(s) of your choice. This place charges frogurtby the ounce, so take as much as you desire. With many revolving flavors and 36 different garnishes, the possibilities are endless! 🙂

4: Joe’s Eats and Sweets: This place is the bomb.com. It’s got everything from chocolate to cotton candy & nerds and more! They also have pie on a stick-yes, on a stick- and various types of milkshakes and malts. This place is big colorful building right near Bridge Street in Bradenton Beach, so climb the steps, and check it out!

5: Holy Cow: No, I’m not shocked, they just have really good ice cream!  This place has many different combos of flavors and toppings, plus much more. They include a little mini gift shop inside the shop, plus indoor and outdoor seating. So feel free to enjoy your ice cream while browsing the trinkets.

(Bonus Insider Tip:   One more for good measure- Tyler’s Ice Cream is just over the bridge in Cortez Village.  Well worth the jaunt to enjoy some delicious gourmet flavors-literally hundreds over the years!  They have locally themed, as well as delicious classic flavors…and finding out what their latest is, is always part of the fun.  Their ice cream sandwiches are delish!  But creating your own flavor of shake just can’t be beat!

Bonus Bonus tip – about 15 minutes off Anna Maria Island is a fantastic custard shop called Sweet Berries.  They mix all kinds of goodies in their custard ice cream and call it a concrete.  yum!

Whether you’re looking for just one spot or want try them all, these places are the best on the island.  So next time you’re visiting, go check ’em out! Let us know what you thought, and check back with us here on Kid’s Corner.

Silhouettes at Sunset ~ The Clocks Are Rolled Back ~ 11~5~2012

 

Anna Maria Island ~ Spectacular Sunset

 

The clocks have been turned back and we are headed towards the holidays and season here on Anna Maria Island. This week we are going to experience a drop in temperatures with a high only in the low 70’s! Although this cold wave will not last long and we will see the 80’s back soon it is always a thrill after the steamy summer passes to feel a bit of fall in the air. We do not experience color change in the leaves like our northern neighbors and many of our exotic plants are in full bloom! It is truly the tropical feel of the Island that is such a lure to our beloved Snowbirds, not to mention the much warmer temperatures even as fall fades away and winter casts it’s shorter days and creates the need to layer our clothing. Most winters one can easily secure a tan even though you may have to hide from a chillier wind! For those of you that are blessed to live here year round I believe I can speak for you and say we love the adventure of the change in seasons and relief from the heat of summer. We are thankful for our tropical breezes that cool us in the midst of summer and the bath-like waters that refresh us in the heat of the day. No matter what season you choose to visit the Island you will never be disappointed…you will always experience that rush of calm and peace as you cross the bridge to the Island and enter our “step-back-in-time” atmosphere. You will be entering a zone where nature abounds, sunsets amaze you and you will not be able to wipe that smile from you face…yes, it feels that good on Anna Maria Island! Come and enjoy a spectacular sunset…you will want to stay forever!   IMG_0700

Written by Melinda Bordes, melinda@annamariasunset.com. If you are thinking of buying or selling real estate on Anna Maria Island or surrounding areas please feel free to contact me and I will gladly assist you with all of your real estate needs. The pace of this market is fast as buyers have waited for the market to become solid and just make more sense. The prices have hit bottom and some say we are now headed in an upward direction. Inventory has dropped drastically and we are seeing multiple bids which is your best indicator that we are in a very healthy market. If you have been waiting to purchase or list your home now is the time as we head into season. Now is the when you have been waiting for to fulfill you dreams of ownership on Anna Maria Island. Our sunsets just increase the value of you home and they cost you nothing!

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Silhouettes at Sunset 11~11~11 | Just Another Day at the Beach!

Another day at the Beach

If you are a numbers person today has been one of those days! Today’s date has brought comments from everyone on Anna Maria Island from Publix to Island Real Estate and even at the beach at sunset. We will have to wait for another century to see these numbers again. As I stepped on the beach tonight at sunset there were four weddings taking place within a few feet of each other. I understand today was a day of more “I do’s” than on any given day. It is also said that babies born on this day will have some special blessing. My granddaughter was born on 11/11 and is celebrating her birthday in Atlanta with a sleep over and at 11:11 tonight they will roast marshmellows around a campfire and wave sparklers in the air to celebrate 11/11/11 at 11:11!    I suppose we will have to wait until next year to see 12/12/12 at 12:12! Continue reading Silhouettes at Sunset 11~11~11 | Just Another Day at the Beach!

Silhouttes at Sunset ~ 8~18~11 ~ Fading Summer Sunset Anna Maria Island

An Anna Maria Sunset

Once again it is time to retire the surf board and prepare the book bag for another school year. But wait…if you are on Anna Maria Island you really don’t have to retire that surfboard…it is 90 something degrees and we will continue to see weather fit for the outdoors activities well into winter. Just make sure you get that homework done then head on down to the beach to catch a wave and enjoy the balmy and alluring waters of the gulf coast. It has been an unusually hot summer but we have those gentle gulf breezes that caress you as you soak up the beauty of our Island! I have spotted dolphins almost daily frolicking in the gulf and the sunsets continue to amaze me. We have seen our share of storms moving through the area which presents a perfect scenario for very dramatic sunsets. Continue reading Silhouttes at Sunset ~ 8~18~11 ~ Fading Summer Sunset Anna Maria Island

Silhouettes at Sunset ~ May 15, 2011 ~ Restoration on Anna Maria Island

Beach Restoration on Anna Maria Island

A few weeks ago at the end of Magnolia Avenue on Anna Maria Island the beach served as a parking lot for very large equipment used to move sand around and restore our beaches. This was done just ahead of turtle nesting season. There have already been four turtle nests found and marked just as we dip into season. But I have witnessed other kinds of restoration taking place where the shore meets the waves. On Sunday there was a baptism for 37 people at the south end of the Island and for many this was a time for restoration of their souls. Continue reading Silhouettes at Sunset ~ May 15, 2011 ~ Restoration on Anna Maria Island

Alive With Outdoor Activities This Spring

May Event List
Events This Spring!

Anna Maria Island and Manatee County are alive with outdoor activities this spring. Concerts, festivals, and celebrations for everyone to enjoy.  Take a look at some of the upcoming events for the rest of May and the beginning of June.

The Anna Maria City Pier is celebrating its 100th birthday this weekend; you will not want to miss this event and the surprises that are in store for your entertainment!  If you would like more information on other events in Bradenton, Sarasota, and Anna Maria Island, contact Island Real Estate today (941)-778-6066.

Friday May 13th 5:30pm

Friday Nights with music by Mike Sales
AMI Beach Cafe at the Manatee Public Beach
Music by Mike Sales and Scott Blum will host a drum circle beginning 30 minutes before sunset.

Friday May 13th 6pm

Anna Maria City Pier Centennial Parade
Parade departs from Crosspointe Fellowship Church
The Privateers will host the parade leaving Crosspointe Fellowship Church to the City Pier.

Saturday May 14th 10am – 9pm

Anna Maria City Pier Centennial Celebration
Historic Anna Maria City Pier
Enjoy food and wine on Pine, local artists, and a firework display to celebrate the City Piers 100th birthday!

Sunday May 15th 9am – 11am

Native Plant Tour
Robinson Preserve
Enjoy a guided native plant tour at Robinson Preserve call for more details (941)-722-4524.

Wednesday May 18th 11:30am – 1:30pm

Courthouse Concert
Manatee County Courthouse downtown Bradenton
Courthouse Concert featuring Henry Lawrence, please bring a non-perishable food donation.

Friday May 20th

Unveiling of the Privateers Ice-cream
Tyler’s Ice Cream
Join in on the fun at Tyler’s as they unveil there new Ice Cream!

Saturday May 21st 7pm – 11pm

Music In The Plaza
Parking plaza of Fist Bank downtown Bradenton.
Experience an outdoor evening with libations, food, dancing, demonstrations, and live music from Have Gun Will Travel.

Saturday, June 4th 4pm – 7pm

Museum Night at Art Center Manatee- Artifacts!
South Florida Museum, downtown Bradenton
This month’s museum night will be held across the street at ArtCenter Manatee.

Saturday June 4th & Sunday 5th 9am – 4pm

Wildlife Inc. Blood Drive
St. Bernard’s Church in Holmes Beach
A private donor will contribute $100.00 to Wildlife Inc. for each person who donates a pint of blood in the name of Wildlife, Inc. You can provide much needed blood and help us to fulfill our mission at the same time.

Party On The Plaza Downtown Bradenton May 21ST

 

Party On Plaza
Image Provided By RealizeBradenton.com

Party on the Plaza is a Realize Bradenton Event Saturday May 21st on the parking plaza of Fist Bank in Downtown Bradenton. Experience an outdoor evening with libations, dancing, food, and live music from Have Gun Will Travel.  Also appearing DJ and signer Jonathan Cortez, Cable World Music Ensemble with Tango Dancers, Tahja International Dancers and Street Performers, Skateboard demos, and a funky fashion show.

Don’t miss this event the plaza opens at 7:00p.m. Saturday May 21st, tickets are $20.00 in advance and $25.00 at the event.  Limited VIP tickets are available for $85.00 but you need to purchase your tickets soon before they are sold out.

Just remember in your quest for entertainment, dining, or the best shopping, check in with one of our Anna Maria Island vacation specialists and make sure that you get the most out of your Anna Maria Island Vacation. We have beach house rentals all over Anna Maria Island.  Call Island Real Estate today 877-778-6066 and book your island getaway!