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Body & Sol Spa and Wellness

You’re going to not only feel amazing, but also look amazing when you leave Body & Sol Spa in Anna Maria. Body & Sol has been pampering those who walk through their doors since opening back in 2007.

This establishment offers an array of different services aimed to help you feel your best.

Services Offered Body & Sol Spa and Wellness

  • Message Therapy:
    Message services offered include; Classic Relaxation, Pre-Natal, Island Hot Stone, Couple/Pair, etc. Most of the massages are offered in 25, 50, and 80 minute sessions.  Includes hot towels and essential oils.
  • Healing Arts:
    Includes; Acupuncture (done by a fully trained/licensed DOM), Crainosacral Release Therapy, Fire Cupping, Scar Therapy, and a Microcurrent Face Lift.
  • Natural Nails:
    Manicures, pedicures, shellac, hand dip, this place does it all! They also have a Kids Mani/Pedi and a Gentleman’s Mani/Pedi available, so bring the whole family.
  • Skin Care:
    Treat yourself to an organic facial. Body & Sol Spa and Wellness uses organic skin care products that contain NO propyls, parabens, or chemicals. Some of their specialty facials include; After Sun Re-hydration Facial, Deep Pore Cleansing Facial, and their Anti-Aging Facial.
  • Hair Care:
    The salon here does it all. Highlights, haircuts, styling, you name it. Thinking about dying your hair purple? No problem, they do “Wild Colors”. The hair color used by the salon, L’anza Healing Color,  helps seal, heal, and protect your hair.
  • Yoga with Island Space Yoga:
    Island Yoga Space is located inside the spa. Owner Cindy Phillips offers some awesome classes and workshops. A few of her daily classes include Restorative Yoga, SUP Yoga, and Meditation. Trust me, along with a spa day, yoga is another great way to feel completely rejuvenated.

 

Body & Sol Spa and Wellness (941-650-5441)
9805 Gulf Dr, Anna Maria, FL 34216
Open Monday – Saturday, 10AM – 5PM
Closed Sunday

 

 

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Acqua Aveda Salon, Spa, and Store.

Welcome to Aqua Aveda Salon, Spa, and Store in Holmes Beach.  This full-service, award winning salon and spa is ready to make you feel relaxed, and renewed.

Aqua Aveda offers everything from lash extensions and hair styling, to facials and deep-tissue massages. The incredibly talented and friendly staff here will have you feeling pampered and confident when you walk out their doors. Who doesn’t like to feel pampered and confident?

They offer services such as; natural nail care, hair coloring & styling, facials, hair & scalp treatments, waxing, and more. Gentlemen, don’t be shy to stop by. They have an awesome Men’s Spa. Treat yourself to a fresh haircut, some grey blending, a manicure & pedicure, hair removal, or a refreshing facial.

Stop by the next time you’re on Anna Maria Island, you wont be disappointed!

 

Acqua Aveda

5311 Gulf Dr, Holmes Beach
Monday: 9am – 5pm
Tuesday: 9am – 7pm
Wednesday:  9am – 5pm
Thursday: 9am – 7pm
Friday/Saturday: 9am – 5pm
CLOSED SUNDAY

 

If you’re feeling a big hungry after being pampered, head over to Eat Here located in the same plaza.

 

 

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Bowlero – Bowling in Bradenton

Bowling is a perfect activity for the whole family. While there may not be a bowling alley on Anna Maria Island, there is one close by. Bowlero is in Bradenton, and only a 20 minutes car drive.

Bowelro features 64 lanes, an arcade, a billiards/pool area, an ATM, and a sports bar & lounge area. They even offer free WI-FI! If you’re looking for something to do off the Island, definitely stop by and play a game.

Address: 4208 Cortez Rd W, Bradenton, FL 34210

Bradenton Bowlero Hours

Monday – 11AM – 12AM
Tuesday – 9AM – 12AM
Wednesday – 11Am – 1AM
Thursday – 9:30AM – 12AM
Friday – 11AM – 1AM
Saturday – 9AM – 1AM
Sunday – 11AM – 12AM

Need some more family friendly places to visit while you’re on Anna Maria Island? Head to the Bishop Museum in Bradenton, The Fish Hole Miniature Golf in Bradenton Beach, or Sarasota Jungle Gardens in Sarasota.

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The Bishop Museum of Science and Nature

Formerly known as the South Florida Museum, The Bishop Museum of Science and Nature is located in Downtown Bradenton. It is the biggest cultural and natural history museum on the Gulf coast of Florida. Most people know the museum as the home for Snooty the Manatee. The oldest recorded Manatee ever. Sadly, Snooty passed away in 2017 at the incredible age of 69 years old. But don’t worry, you can still see other Manatees here in the Manatee Rehabilitation Habitat.

The Bishop Museum of Science and Nature has tons of awesome exhibitions, an impressive planetarium, and of course, the Parker Manatee Rehabilitation Habitat.

 

 Exhibitions

Let’s begin with the first floor of the museum. Here is where you will find some incredible fossil evidence of the earliest animals to live in the state. The exhibits on the first floor include; Great Hall, Land of Change, Fabulous Florida Seas, Archaic Peoples and the Tallant Gallery. There is even a underwater viewing window that lets you see the manatees being cared for in the rehabilitation facility. The second floor features the River Heritage Hall, the Environmental Hall ,and the Visible Storage Gallery.

Planetarium

The digital full-dome planetarium theater is truly out of this world. Featuring a digital 25,000 watt Dolby 5.1 surround sound system and stadium like seating. It’s even the west coast of Florida’s premier astronomy education facility! Check out the planetarium show schedule on the museums website.

Manatee Habitat

The most popular part of the Bishop Museum of Science and Nature would definitely be the Parker Manatee Rehabilitation Habitat. It consists of a giant medical pool, about 60,000 gallons of water, and some manatees of course. This manatee habitat serves as a second stage rehabilitation facility. This is where the manatees temporarily stay before being released back into the wild. The manatees end up at the habitat after they have received treatment. There is an exhibit area where the medical pool is which allows visitors to learn about Manatees, and view the ones in the pool from above and below the water. Believe me, it’s pretty awesome!

 

While you’re in Bradenton, check out some other great places, like the Red Barn Flea Market, and Myakka State Park!

 

 

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Top 5 Rainy Day Activities

I know, a rainy day can put a damper on your beach vacation. Especially when you’re in “The Sunshine State”. Though when we start creeping into Summer and Hurricane season, rain chances start to rise for AMI. Especially in the afternoons. And while the rain typically lasts only a few hours until the sun is back our to play, it can still be discouraging to visitors. That is why we have put together a list of out top 5 activities to keep you occupied on a rainy day, check it out below!

Spa Day!

Spa days are the best days. Take advantage of the cruddy weather and head to one of the many spas located on Anna Maria Island (Acqua Aveda, Body & Sol, etc). Go get yourself a new hairstyle, get your nails done, a relaxing message, or all three! You deserve it.

Go to the Movies

The movies is always a good option for a day where the weather isn’t cooperating. Load up the family and head to Oakmont 8 theater in Bradenton. This is the closest movie theater to AMI (about a 20 minute car ride). Get some buttery popcorn, candy, and go enjoy some Hollywood entertainment.

Bowling!!

Next to going to the movies, bowling is always a good rainy day activity. try out your bowling skills at Bowlero in Bradenton (about a 20 minute car ride from the Island).

Red Barn Flea Market

Visiting the Red Barn Flea Market would definitely take up most of your rainy day. This place is like no other! there are over 600 flea market booths in this  145,000 sq.ft area. Though the outdoor portion might be closed, the indoor area is still worth the 30 minute drive. Check out our blog on the Red Barn for more details on this awesome market.

The Bishop Museum of Science and Nature

Formerly known as the South Florida Museum, the The Bishop Museum of Science and Nature is located in Downtown Bradenton. This is the place Snooty the Manatee, the oldest recorded Manatee, lived out his life until tragically passing away in 2017 at the impressive age of 69 years old. Though Snooty may not be around, the Bishop Museum of Science and Nature still rehabilitates manatees. Go say hello to some “sea cows”, experience their awesome digital full-dome planetarium theater, and visit all the other great exhibits they have! Fun for the whole family.

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Breakfast Options on Anna Maria Island

Breakfast, it’s the most important meal of the day. Lucky for you, I put together a list of all the breakfast options Anna Maria Island has to offer.
Check it out and let us know which one is your favorite place to stop for breakfast.

Breakfast Options in Anna Maria:

Ginny’s & Jane E’s Cafe (9807 Gulf Dr, Anna Maria):
A unique place to shop and get a light breakfast. Stop by for one of their delicious (and ginormous) cinnamon rolls, or a refreshing smoothie. 
Rod and Reel Pier (875 N Shore Dr, Anna Maria):
Enjoy your food overlooking the water at Rod and Reel Pier. Omelettes, french toast, biscuits and gravy, and all the other staple breakfast dishes. 
The Donut Experiment (210c Pine Ave, Anna Maria):
Here you can create your own custom donut experiment. Freshly made cake donuts with your choice of frosting and toppings. The kids especially love this place.
The Waffle Press (425 Pine Ave, Anna Maria):
Made from scratch Belgian Liege Waffles with Artisanal Toppings. 

Breakfast Options in Holmes Beach:

Peach’s (3240 E Bay Dr, Holmes Beach):
Casual breakfast spot that opens at 6AM everyday. Breakfast Burrito, Chicken Fried Steak N’ Eggs, Homemade Biscuits and Gravy,etc.
Anna Maria Island Beach Cafe (4000 Gulf Dr, Holmes Beach):
The only island restaurant that is directly on the beach and serves breakfast. Known for their
All-You-Can-Eat Pancakes.

Minnie’s Beach Cafe (5360 Gulf Dr, Holmes Beach):
Casual dining, with the friendliest staff. Waffles, pancakes, biscuits & gravy, omelettes,
egg sandwiches, etc.

The Ugly Grouper (5704 Marina Dr, Holmes Beach):
The Ugly Grouper only recently began serving breakfast. They now open at 7:30AM, and serve for breakfast Pancakes, Cheese Fan Breakfast Taco, and their “Ugly” Omelettes. 
Eliza Ann’s Coastal Kitchen (5325 Marina Dr, Holmes Beach):
Here at Eliza Ann’s Coastal Kitchen, you can expect some unique and tasty options to start your day. Ruby Shrimp & Grits, Lox & Bagel, Avocado Toast, and much more!

Breakfast Options in Bradenton Beach:

Wicked Cantina (101 7th St N, Bradenton Beach):
Not only Staple breakfast foods are served here, but also Tex-Mex breakfast foods as well. From their Classic American Breakfast to their Breakfast Chimi.
Island Creperie (127 Bridge St, Bradenton Beach):
Freshly baked croissants, mouthwatering crepes (of course), and savory sandwiches. 

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The Best Jewelry Stores on Anna Maria Island

Are you looking to find a unique gift from one of the local jewelry stores on Anna Maria Island?  Luckily, there are many locally owned and operated shops and boutiques to choose from!

Top Five Jewelry Stores on Anna Maria Island

From Pine Avenue to Bridge Street, there are many shops carrying high quality, hand-crafted, beach, wedding and destination jewelry. For your convenience, we have carefully selected our Top Five Jewelry Stores on Anna Maria Island.  Though it was tough trying to narrow down the list, We think these are the best jewelry stores on Anna Maria Island.

Creations by L

Creations by L is in Holmes Beach and will delight those who must have that special “one-of-a-kind” piece. Lois incorporates semi-precious stones, Swarovski crystals, freshwater pearls and gorgeous beads into her designs. She also offers classes from May through October, and you can take home your own hand-made memory. Her very special wedding collection is amazing and she will customize jewelry to your wishes. So please stop by Creations by L to browse the selection at our number 5 pick!

Restless Natives and Back Alley

The number 4 choice for jewelry shopping actually has 2 locations, Restless Natives in Holmes Beach and the Back Alley in Bradenton Beach.  About 25 local artists display their pieces, including beer bottle cap pendants and “green” jewelry.  One peek in either shop and you will know why we love them!Sand Dollar necklace

The Sand Dollar

The Sand Dollar comes in our third favorite place for jewelry on Anna Maria Island.

Known more for their unique beach style home goods and gifts, this “must” visit store on every list. But the jewelry at the Sand Dollar is amazing too!  Here you will find accessories like nowhere else on the island…rings, bracelets, earrings and necklaces, many of these are statement pieces to wear and you will want to come back again! The Sand Dollar has a great online store too, for your fix when you are not in Holmes Beach: Sand Dollar.

The Hive Gifts and Arts

Once located in The Old Post Office Plaza of Anna Maria, The Hive is now one of the merchants of Bridge Street. Special selections of imported silver jewelry from Bali, Denmark, Italy, South Africa, and Tibet as well as locally hand-made jewelry will suit your individual personality.

Bridge Street Jewelers

Finally, the number one choice for jewelry shopping on Anna Maria Island is Bridge Street Jewelers.  They brought the first certified master jeweler and gemologist to the island and were the first to introduce the Anna Maria Island destination bracelets which are patented and trademarked. To coordinate with the destination jewelry line, they also have Anna Maria Island rings, earrings and pendants.  Bridge Street Jewelers also carries a selection of fine jewelry from diamond engagement rings to sapphire starfish earrings.

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The Sarasota Farmer’s Market

The Sarasota Farmer’s Market has been a local favorite since starting back in 1979. It has continued since then in serving the community with local plants, produce, flowers, and more.

You can really find some great treasures here. There are orchids and seasonal flowers to buy, along with great local produce. My personal favorite are the artisans the Sarasota Farmer’s Market feature. These skilled people really produce some phenomenal work. You can find amazing art work from Pea’s Easel Art, to Arte Canales who makes amazing art out of metal & cooper. There are some adorable jewelry and fashion vendors as well, including Sugar Sand Jewelry and Clothes 2 Dye 4.

This market is one of the only, if not the only, local farmer’s market that is open year-round. It runs from 7am – 1pm every Saturday, rain or shine!

Sarasota Farmer’s Market
1 N. Lemon Ave., Sarasota, FL 34236
(941) 225-9256

 

Check out a few other local farmer’s markets, like the Coquina Beach Farmer’s Market or the Bradenton Farmer’s Market in Downtown Bradenton.

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Red Barn Flea Market – Bradenton

The Red Barn Flea Market in Bradenton Florida is definitely a place you should visit! Since opening their doors in 1981, this flea market has grown to over 600 vendors on 20 tree-lined acres. The Red Barn Flea Market is a traditional flea market combined with food courts, plaza shops, and farmers markets. There is really so many things to see, it may be a bit overwhelming. There’s clothes, jewelry & accessories, home decor, art, fresh produce, etc.

88,000 of the 145,000 sq.ft area is air conditioned. So don’t be afraid to make a trip here during the Summer time. They even host special events throughout the year, and you can find live music in the food court every Friday and Saturday.

Because the Red Barn Flea Market is so expansive, there is a Market Map available on their website. The market has their Summer hours, and their Winter Hours.

Summer Hours:

  • Monday – Closed.
  • Tuesday & Thursday – Plaza only from 9am to 4pm.
  • Wednesday, Friday, Saturday & Sunday – Entire market from 9am to 4pm.

Winter Hours:

  • Monday – Closed.
  • Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday – Plaza only from 9am to 4pm.
  • Friday, Saturday, Sunday – Entire market from 9am – 4pm.


Red Barn Flea Market:

1707 1st St, Bradenton, FL 34208
941-747-3794

Learn more about markets in the local area. Check out the Bridge Street Market in Bradenton Beach, and the Bradenton Farmer’s Market in Downtown Bradenton.

 

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Bradenton Farmer’s Market in Downtown Bradenton

From October through May is when you can expect to find the Bradenton Farmer’s Market in Downtown Bradenton. The market begins at 9am, and wraps up at 2pm. The Bradenton Farmer’s Market is a wonderful way of getting to know the local community.

What this market offers

Here you will find locally grown vegetables & fruit, plants, organic products, etc. The farmer’s market is also an awesome way of seeing/purchasing  some work by local artists and craftsmen. In fact, the 3rd Saturday of each month Mainly Art hosts many local artists/craftsmen who display and sell their works at the Market.

A few artists/craftsmen you can expect to find here are:

  • Reds Shadow: Handcrafted shadow boxes.
  • Sea Side Studios: Prints & canvas’s of local scenery and wildlife.
  • Game On: Family games that are handmade out of refurbished pallets.
  • Logan Pottery: Hand built, high-fired stoneware.

The Market takes place on Main Street downtown, where there are tons of restaurants, bars, and small boutiques to enjoy. So stop by Robins Downtown Cafe for breakfast, or O’bricks for a cocktail and lunch.