When we vacation we go to a lot of places that have funky and fun themes, but the food does not live up to the atmosphere. However, the Island Cow on Sanibel Island is an absolute exception. Sanibel is one of the Gulf coast communities that is just chocked full of great places. On...
When visiting Anna Maria Island there are certain places you need to visit. Of course there's shopping on Pine Avenue, a meal at Ginny & Jane E's and the iconic Rod & Reel Pier. We found it highly recommended by locals and reviewers on TripAdvisor alike. It is the essence of AMI - that...
We spent some time in a condo at beautiful Anna Maria Island recently. While we were there, we discovered the Pine Avenue shopping experience. This little street has one of the most interesting and diverse gathering of shops we have seen in our travels. From The Studio At Gulf & Pine to The Anna Maria...
On a recent trip to Anna Maria Island we were looking for a good breakfast. Everyone pointed us to Ginny & Jane E's. Our stop there vaulted it into the next round for our top Florida breakfast locations. Officially, it's known as Ginny & Jane E's at the Old IGA Store. The cafe,...
So we first tried Dimitri's on the Water in Tarpon Springs last November when we were there for Thanksgiving. This time however, we were staying off site as we'd been invited to a reception for the Tampa Boat Show. With all due respect, we didn't want to stay in The Big Guava - and Tarpon Springs is...
Our recent trip to Indian Rocks Beach showed us that IRB makes for a great getaway on the Florida Gulf Coast. Like our opportunity to stay at a condo at Anna Maria Island, this also was a condo experience. Our Place Our stay at the Da Vinci at Indian Rocks Beach cemented our opinion that...
When last we visited Anna Maria Island, we were at Bradenton Beach and found Joe's Eats & Sweets. It's an absolute destination location and Joe's is as much fun on the inside as it is on the outside. They are quick to tell you at Joe's they make all their ice cream...
Recently we visited Maderia Beach and had the opportunity to spend a day at John's Pass Village & Boardwalk. We discovered what many have known for years. This place is a great compendium of shopping, dining and entertainment experiences. In all, we counted more than 100 different shops, services and experiences at this...
It appears the experience you get when you visit the Village of the Arts in Bradenton depends on when you go. We recently visited Cortez and decided to take in a side trip to VOTA as it's called. It was a Friday afternoon about 2:00. It was plenty of time, we thought, for even artists to be...
In the past, we had seen numerous posts about the charming fishing village of Cortez. So when we went to the Gulf coast recently, we decided to make a stop there and have a look around. According to the latest census, there are fewer than 5,000 people in this sleepy little village. That appears...
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