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.
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.
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.
As seen in Forbes Anna Maria Island made their list of America’s Prettiest Towns and we couldn’t agree more!
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.
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.
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.
Harrington 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.
The new Anna Maria City Logo was launched at the end of last month. Unveiled by Mayor Fran Barford the new logo is a nice fresh design by Mike Thrasher. You will start to see the new logo around town on city trucks and on various promotional items created by the city.
Anna Maria was first homesteaded by George Emerson Bean a traveller to the area from Connecticut. Head over to the Rod and Reel Pier which is the location of his first home. Later George Bean, his son, was one of the first land developers in the area and he along with his partner John Roser formed the Anna Maria Beach Company which was responsible for most of the development in the area.
For more history on the area go to the City of Anna Maria website. While staying at our beachfront bed and breakfast make sure to spend some time and visit the Anna Maria Island Historical Society Museum at located in the original ice house at 402 Pine Avenue they are open: 10 AM to 1 PM Tuesday to Saturday to learn about the history of the City of Anna Maria.
Living by the coast in Florida has a lot of benefits but the one we love the best in the summer months are the Sea Turtles. Our amphibious local friends come back to nest on the local beaches year after year.
We share our beaches with nesting females and their newborn Sea Turtles from May through October Annually. The Bradenton Herald recently reported that the first mother turtle quietly came ashore to check out the area looking for the best real estate to lay her eggs this year.
Sea Turtles come back year after year to the same nesting area and when the babies are big enough to nest they find their way back to the same spot they were born, just amazing!
During the summer guest should be vigilent not to leave any trash on the beaches to entangle or block the young turtles as they head to the sea, watch out for turtles on the roads as you drive around the island as sometime they can stray off course.
The Annual Anna Maria Island Wedding Festival kicks off on Saturday May 5th at 4pm with a grand Welcome Reception and over $10,000 in prizes.
The wedding festival is a fun informative festival and in past years has brought thousands of brides, their mothers, family’s and grooms to the island in search of the best Florida beach wedding.
The Wedding Festival gives you a chance to talk to hair and makeup artists, taste wedding food and wine, chat to entertainment organizers, watch fashion shows and visit with wedding photographers, florists and caterers. Harrington House wedding specialist will be on hand so you can ask questions, visit our grounds and discuss your wedding plans.
Register for the event at the Anna Maria Chamber of Commerce website.
Wedding images by Jack Ella
Learn how to make Chef Marc’s Pumpkin Cranberry Pralines at home!
Sarasota Magazine article from author Robert Plunket & Su Byron and Photographer: J.B. McCourtney.
[Read the following article on Anna Maria Island that came out in the October 2010 Sarasota Magazine. And if you click the “Read More” link, you will see the complete article. There was also a “Rent the Dream” section that featured Harrington House’s very own Vista Grande luxurious beachfront condo!]
Florida has a short list of beach towns that are world-famous for their fantasy tropical lifestyle. Key West, for instance, symbolizes raffish hedonism. Palm Beach epitomizes the perfection and style that only great wealth can bring. Sarasota represents culture and sophistication co-existing quite nicely with golf and boating.