Category Archives: News from Harrington House

As locals we keep up to date on what’s happening on and around Anna Maria Island so that you don’t have to. Pay attention to the News From Harrington House category on our blog to stay abreast of the latest island events, newsworthy items and local stories.

Anna Maria Island Bicycling

Anna Maria Island bicycling is fantastic for many reasons. Once you take a bike ride around the island you are sure to agree. From perfect year round weather to scenic bike routes, Anna Maria Island bicycling is wonderful. 

See Anna Maria Island by Bike! 

There are several things to keep in mind while biking the island. Below is the Harrington House list of things to know while cruising around by bike.

Anna Maria Island Bicycling – where to get a bike?  

While visiting The Harrington House you will have beach bikes available for use. However, if you like to rent your own bike there are several equipment rental companies on Anna Maria Island. Check out Fun and More Rentals in Holmes Beach or Beach Bums in the city of Anna Maria. Both offer affordable options for bikes and many other equipment options.

Bike Safety

When bicycling on the island it is important to use common sense bike and road safety. Prior to riding, always be sure the bike is in good working order. Once you are out and about be alert of both car and foot traffic. Never assume a vehicle driver can see you. Try to make direct eye contact with car drivers when crossing at an intersection. Never ride your bike against the flow of traffic, and always walk your bike across intersections. 

Where to bike

You can ride your bike along any roadways on Anna Maria Island, however, bikes are not allowed on the beach to protect wildlife. The sand on Anna Maria Island is so soft you probably wouldn’t want to ride on it anyway. 

There is a bike trail along Coquina Beach on the south end of Anna Maria Island. This is a popular short trail with a great deal of shade from trees. Additionally, Robinson Preserve offers gorgeous paths. There is a Robinson Preserve bike access just over the Manatee Bridge on Perico Island. For a longer trip, ride your bike over the bridge and into the preserve. The Manatee Avenue access is located just by 107th Crt W on the north side of the road. 

Still not convinced Anna Maria Island is perfect by bike? Check out this article from the Huffington Post

Anna Maria Island Bicycling
Anna Maria Island is beautiful all year round! The perfect spot for sightseeing by bike!

Anna Maria Island – America’s Prettiest Towns

As seen in Forbes Anna Maria Island made their list of America’s Prettiest Towns and we couldn’t agree more!

Fourth of July sunset on Anna Maria Island

Old Florida Charm

Located just south of Tampa Bay and north of Sarasota Anna Maria Island is one of the last vestiges of “Old Florida” charm on Anna Maria Island. Spread across three cities on one little island the azure waters and powder soft sands of our Gulf of Mexico beaches are truly one-of-a-kind. The lack of high rise condos and hotels help keep the wonderful sunrises and sunsets visible from all angles on. Regardless of whether you’re in Bradenton Beach, Holmes Beach or the City of Anna Maria.

The island is a major haven for protected wildlife. That includes our migrating Sea Turtles or the vast variety of birds that frequent our island home. The vibrant wildlife makes Anna Maria Island a dream come true for Bed and Breakfast frequenters that love nature too!

Hop on the free island trolley to get a real taste of “Island Life”. Get transported from one end to the other getting to enjoy all of the restaurants and picturesque views we have to offer.



Water Excursions from Anna Maria Island

Looking for something new like exciting Water Excursions during your visit to Harrington House Beachfront Bed & Breakfast on Anna Maria Island?  Take a excursion with Capt. Jeff who departs from the Mainsail Basin located at 5425 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.

Water Excursions are a blast on Anna Maria Island.There are a number of different cruises to choose from: explore nearby Egmont Key, watch the sunset over Bean Point and dolphin watch cruise, or go for a beautiful boat ride down Longboat Key for lunch or even a day along the historic Manatee River.  


For more information go to Capt. Jeff’s website, the Island Pearl, HERE.

More about the Island Pearl from their website: 

“Island Pearl is an ex-US Navy “Liberty Launch”. She was originally built in 1991 by Willard Marine in California for the carrier- USS ESSEX, where she was assigned as a Ship’s liberty and multipurpose utility boat. She was later re-assigned to Naval Station Pearl Harbor where she served as a ferry boat to shuttle Navy personnel for the remainder of her military service life. It was during this service, the number ’34’ was painted on; the boat was known locally at Naval Station Pearl Harbor as ‘Shuttle NS-34’. In 2004, her previous owners (in mid-coast Maine) completed a conversion and total re-fit of the then named “Sagadahoc” into an elegant launch style vessel.

From Gray to Green:

The Anna Maria Island Shuttle Service has “Islandized” the Island Pearl to suit her local Florida / Island environment. During her conversion we have kept a close eye on utilizing environmentally friendly products to aid in her efficiency, warmth of personality and impact on the beautiful but fragile local environment in which she sails.

New efficient LED lighting has been installed. Her decks have been refinished with recycled, renewable cork flooring. She has efficient toilet and waste water systems. Even her bilge water is filtered before being pumped out! 

The Island Pearl will utilize bio-diesel fuel blends to cut down her carbon footprint as well as soot and odor. Her turbo-diesel engines sip fuel while pushing her efficient displacement hull quietly through the water.

Her simple roll up windows allow the beautiful Florida weather inside to create our own floating variation on the famous Sarasota School of Architecture ideal of letting the outside in! You won’t feel isolated or claustrophobic on board, but rather- experience Florida at it’s best; on her sparkling waters, in the brilliant sunshine and fresh clean air!

The Island Pearl has been inspected, certified and licensed by the United States Coast Guard. She carries state of the art electronics and all of the required safety equipment. She is certified safe, she is comfortable, she is friendly and most important of all- SHE IS FUN!”

Anna Maria Island Chamber Medium Business of the Year Award 2013

Anna Maria Island Chamber Medium Business of the Year Award winnerHarrington House was honored to receive the Anna Maria Island Chamber Medium business of the Year Award for 2013 from the Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce.  Our thanks go to out to the wonderful guests and staff who keep us going so we can contribute to our community.  Pictured are Frank, Mark and Jo Davis.