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Historic Pine Avenue Shops

Historic Pine Ave with Roser Church

The half mile stretch that runs from the Gulf of Mexico to Tampa Bay is home to about 25+ Pine Avenue shops and businesses. It comes with a lot of history. The first island settler George Emerson Bean called the island his home in 1892 and started developing streets, sidewalks and installing a water system. In 1911 the Anna Maria City Pier at the end of Pine Avenue was built to ferry island day visitors from nearby Tampa. Bean’s contemporary John Roser built the first church on Pine Avenue in 1913.  Shortly after came a school that lead to the beginning of an island community. A jail was built just down the street from the church in 1927 for the drunk and disorderly visitors. The roof was lost a long time ago and it now serves as popular photo op. It is part of the historic museum complex which displays many highly interesting island memorabilia.

In 1921 the first wooden bridge was built connecting the island to the mainland passing the fishing village of Cortez. Part of the original bridge is now used as the Bradenton Beach Pier. With the help of a bridge more people visited the beach and the new island era began.  Skip close to 100 years and the face of the island has changed a lot. The entire land has been developed and about 8500 residents call the barrier island their permanent home. There are families, children, singles and retirees all living here together. Let’s not forget how Anna Maria Island has become a vacation favorite among local, national and international travelers. From honeymooners to Hollywood film crews, youngsters to the young-at-heart, people from around the world have discovered this slice of paradise.

 

Shopping Pine Avenue

Pine Avenue Shops

With the steady flow of visitors many new shops and businesses opened up along Pine Avenue. Since many of them use environmentally-friendly practices it is also called “The Greenest Little Main Street in America”. There is even a community garden that features several edible boxed gardens located outside certain Pine Avenue destinations. Each box has an information card and a scannable QR code. Local landscape designer Michael Miller helped installing the garden which goal is to encourage people to learn more about, see and eat exotic-sounding vegetables like Okinawa spinach, edible hibiscus or moringa.  There are eateries like The Donut Experiement, Poppa’s Taqueria, Burns Pizza, Hometown Dessert to name a few. The General store, Olive Oil Outpost, Spice Merchant are other great stores to find unusual food items. Several boutiques and artsy stores like Bella by the Sea, The Island Cabana, Shiny Fish Emporium, Pink&Navy, Emerson Studio and Tide and Moon make a stroll interesting.  BeachBums is a quirky rental store that offers beach merchandise and rental equipment like bikes, golf carts and surreys. Technically not on Pine Ave but situated at the end of Pine Avenue stood the Anna Maria City Pier for more than 100 years. Hurricane Irma in 2017 caused severe damage and the pier had to be torn down with plans to be rebuilt and completed in 2019.

Duncan Real Estate is also located on the historic stretch with the address 310 Pine Avenue.

Pine Avenue Events

 

Trick-or-Treaters at Duncan Real Estate

Pine Avenue is a popular street for festivals and has seen its share of a lot of fun over the years. The Easter Parade is the first event of the year. It features a large than life size bunny that leads the group of kids from the SandBar Restaurant to fun, games and Easter bonnet contest to Pine Ave.

A Saturday in May was reserved for “Food and Wine on Pine” for several years until is was discontinued in 2017. It was all about celebration of food and wine found all over the island from about 20 of the area’s finest restaurants plus music, art and kids activity area.

Bayfest is a staple and the most anticipated island event. Since its inauguration in 2000 the all-day street festival has lots to offer. The classic car show always draws a big crowd starting as early as 10 am. The family friendly atmosphere features arts, crafts, music, food and a kids zone.

 

 

Holiday Walk 2017 Realtors Martha Jones, April Green

The Trail of Treats celebrates Halloween for the little ones. Businesses are welcoming Trick-or-Treaters in the afternoon hours on October 31.

Another larger street celebration is the Christmas Walk in December. Pine Avenue becomes a pedestrian zone and businesses open their doors to showcase their products and offer snacks, treats and winter themed goodies.

The yearly 4th of July, Veterans and Christmas parades also run along Pine Avenue with crows lining the street.

 

 

 

Vacation Rentals close to Pine Avenue

 

Duncan Real Estate Office

Duncan Real Estate has a convenient location along historic Pine Avenue. We opened our doors in 2001 and offer real estate and vacation rentals. If you like to stay close to this area of Anna Maria Island consider one of the following Duncan Real Estate vacation rentals:

AMI Du Soleil
207 Spring Ave, Anna Maria

Bodacious Oasis
514 Magnolia Ave, Anna Maria

Haupia House
315 Hardin Ave, Anna Maria

 

Manatee Cottage
149 Crescent Dr, Anna Maria

Sea Mist
512 Magnolia Street, Anna Maria

For these or other Duncan Vacation Rentals on Anna Maria Island please contact our local team at 941 779 0304 or send us a quick message.

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Bayfest 2018

The Bayfest 2018 was held Saturday, Oct 20th and opened the festival season on the Anna Maria Island. The event is sponsored by the Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce. As usually, large crowds started filling Pine Avenue as early as 10 am. Despite summer like temperatures the day was another success. Duncan Real Estate tradition is giving out fans that were in high demand again this year. 500 fans went in less than 1 hour.

 

Bayfest 2018

Lindsey Leech, Martha Jones and Darcie Duncan of Duncan Real Estate

With a full program lots of entertainment was offered.  The Bill Mergens Memorial Auto show is a classic car show named after the show’s late organizer. It displayed more than 100 vehicles that were lining on the West part of Pine Avenue. Visitors admired the different models with owners close by to answer any questions. Many vendors lined the street and offered their merchandise like arts and crafts. Non-profit organizations gave out information and support options. The Kid’s Zone with a bounce house, slides and games is always a big success and the kid friendly activities offers by the Roser Memorial Community Church. Little ones enjoyed arts, coloring and face painting. Food and music are other highlights.

Car Show Bayfest 2018

Duncan Real Estate Office

 

Despite a serious problem with red tide this summer it was great to see thousands of people coming out and enjoying the day along Pine Avenue. According to Chamber President Terri Kinder some of the proceeds will go to Island workers who suffered as the Island economy was hit by the lack of business from the red tide.

If you missed all the fun this time put this event on your calendar for next year. Bayfest is usually held the third Saturday in October. Here the full program that was offered:

Bayfest 2018 Program

Please call Team Duncan at 941 779 0304 to learn more about other festivals this season or send us a quick message.

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Happy Anna Maria!

Happiest Town contest 2018A national online contest by the Coastal Living Magazine helped to determine how happy Anna Maria in comparison to 9 other seaside towns in the USA is. The ten finalists were from 9 different states with Anna Maria and Vero Beach being the 2 seaside destinations in the Sunshine State. Others nominees were Cape Charles, VA, Bluffton, SC, Cannon Beach, OR, Cambria, CA, Bellport, NY and Hampton, NH, Ocean City, NJ and Traverse City, MI.

The yearly contest had picked the top 10 communities via social media nomination and by judging several criteria. The Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index, percentage of clear and sunny days, healthiness of beaches, commute times, walkability, crime ratings, standard of living and financial well-being of locals, geographic diversity and coastal vibe were taken into consideration.

The Vote

The voting started in January 2018 with the final result being announced in June 2018. There was discussion among the Anna Maria City commissioners what level of participation to take in this tremendous opportunity of free advertising. As with other topics on the island concerns of overexposure need to be weighed against the positive economic impact created by visitors. The Bradenton Area Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB) and the Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce were promoting the online contest at their Facebook pages and other digital media platforms.

After the final count Ocean City, NJ came in as the winner. Anna Maria is the 6th happiest and Vero Beach made it to the number 4 spot.  Anna Maria was described as old-Florida dream of an island town, with a sweet little main street, community gardens, and streets lined with candy-colored cottages.

It’s pretty hard to be unhappy when you live on a barrier island with a seven-mile strip of white beach!

 

 

 

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4th of July on Anna Maria Island!

The week of the 4th of July is always a fun and busy time on Anna Maria Island.  It is a time to celebrate America, be with family and friends and enjoy the glorious beaches of Anna Maria IslandDuncan Real Estate is just about fully booked for the week of the 4th.

Parade on Anna Maria Island

If you are staying with us during the week of the 4th of July, you might enjoy some of the exciting activities that are going on all day/night.  Start your day off with the Anna Maria Island Privateers 4th of July Parade.  The parade begins at 10 AM on the south end of Anna Maria Island at Coquina Beach and covers the entire Island all the way to Bay Front Park.  It typically last two hours and is a really fun time – for both kids and adults.  Make sure to wear your red, white and blue and sunscreen too!

Picnic on Anna Maria Island 

Immediately following the parade, Picnic in the Park starts at Bayfront Park on the north end of Anna Maria Island.  This picnic is free and will serve hot dogs, chip and drinks – it is free to all so make sure to come out!  The kids can play on the playground while you enjoy taking a swim in the water.  Bayfront Park offers plenty of shade and tables to enjoy a family picnic.  Duncan Real Estate is right up the street from Bayfront Park – stop by and say hello to us.

Beach on Anna Maria Island

After your belly is full from the picnic, it may be time for you to sit and relax on the beach.  Isn’t that why you are here on vacation!  The white sands, crystal clear gulf water and a breeze that is hard to beat is all the more reason to take your family out to the beach and just enjoy all of it.

Fireworks on Anna Maria Island 

Once the sun goes down and hopefully you have enjoyed the one of a kind Anna Maria Island sunset, stay at the beach as you will see the sky light up from the fireworks!   The Sandbar Restaurant host the annual fireworks and puts on a wonderful show.  You really can be sitting anywhere on the beach to enjoy them.  The Sandbar does offer a VIP ticket with dinner, drinks, and first class seats for the fireworks, just call them at 941-778-0444 to reserve yours.

As you can see, Anna Maria Island offers so much for the 4th of July!  Make sure to call Duncan Real Estate and a member of Team Duncan would love to help you book your next vacation.  941-779-0304

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Plan your Summer AMI Vacation on Bradenton Beach!

The kids are done with school and it is time for you to plan some fun summer trips!  Why not put Anna Maria Island on your list on places to visit and have a AMI Vacation!?  With 7 miles of beaches and endless things to do, AMI is the perfect spot for your summer vacation.

Here at Duncan Real Estate we offer 100 vacation rentals for you to choose the perfect AMI VacationIsland Blessings is a brand new vacation rental with Duncan Real Estate and offers up to six people a perfect AMI Vacation!

This three bedroom / two bathroom private home is located in Bradenton Beach, one of the cities in Anna Maria Island.   Bradenton Beach is on the south end of Anna Maria Island and besides the beach, there is much for you to choose from.  You and your family could play a game of miniature golf at the Fish Hole and then enjoy some delicious ice cream at Joe’s East and Sweets!  If you are super hungry after miniature golf and need some lunch, head down to the end of Bridge Street to AMOB Pier.  Kids eat for a penny an inch which a fabulous deal and they serve breakfast, lunch and dinner at the Pier!

Enjoy many of meals while enjoying the water views and dolphin sightings while on your AMI Vacation!  Bridge Street in Bradenton Beach also offers shopping, dining, live music, and tours of the island by Segs by the Sea!  Your options are endless.

After a day on Bridge Street, head back to Island Blessings and enjoy a dip in the heated pool or relax in the jacuzzi while sipping on a glass of wine.  The kids would enjoy casting a fishing line from the private boat slip that Island Blessings offers to you while on your AMI Vacation!  If you are super tired and just ready to settle down and cool off inside, Island Blessings has two family rooms with lots of seating and TVs to enjoy a movie or to catch up on the news.

A full day on Anna Maria Island calls for a great night sleep!  You have a choice of three bedrooms at Island Blessings.  The master bedroom has a queen size bed with a flat screen TV.  The first guest bedroom has a full size bed and twin bunk beds. The second guest bedroom has a twin bed.  Wake up and enjoy your morning coffee and breakfast in the newly updated kitchen or outside by the pool.  Can you think of a better way to enjoy your AMI Vacation then views of the water first thing in the morning!

Our team at Duncan Real Estate would be happy to answer any questions about Island Blessings you may have and to book your AMI Vacation!   Just give us a call at 941-779-0304 and anyone on our rental team is ready to work with you!  You can also check out other activities on Anna Maria Island on our website – www.teamduncan.com  We have a section on our site that tells you the many things to do while on your AMI Vacation!

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Bodacious Oasis – Anna Maria Paradise Found!

Welcome to Bodacious Oasis! You found Anna Maria Paradise in this beautiful 4 bedroom home. The house with its quiet location on Magnolia Avenue invites to take in all of the Florida lifestyle.  It features an open floor plan and can accommodate 8 family members very comfortable.  There are plenty of places to hang out as a family. Let’s start with the kitchen. Enjoy family meals, cocktail hour, and preparing your favorite meal in the fully appointed kitchen.  With generous space for all of your groceries, updated appliances, granite counter tops, it sounds like a fun time to use all the comforts of home to prepare your family feasts! If grilling is your choice of cooking have a steak dinner or the fresh catch using the provided gas grill.

There are also two large porches with plenty of seating to enjoy your morning coffee or afternoon cocktails on those warm summer evenings.

Enjoy your private swimming pool with outdoor seating surrounded in lush tropical landscaping. There is a wading end on one side of the pool if you just like to keep your toes in the water. Mix it up with going to the beach. The bay side beaches are only a short stroll away. If you prefer the stunning Gulf beaches talk a pleasant walk along Magnolia Avenue to one of the many public beach paths. Bodacious Oasis provides a beach cart, beach chairs and toys.

Feeling tired after a long day in the island salt air? Splendid interiors, supremely cozy beds, and flat screen TVs in every bedroom make falling into bed that much more enjoyable!

There is a lot to do close by on popular Pine Avenue. Small eateries, boutiques and the Historical Museum are just some of the fun activities.

If you have a larger party consider renting Sea Mist next door as well. This well appointed 3 bedrooms sleeps 6 guests in total.

Please contact our vacation team at Duncan Real Estate if you are ready for a fantastic stay at Bodacious Oasis. The house accepts 14 nights stays and has openings for the winter season 2019. You can reach us at 941 779 0304 or send us a quick inquiry here.

 

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Bay Watch – Bradenton Beach Vacation Rental that Can’t be Beat!

The views from Baywatch are just one of the many amenities this Bradenton Beach vacation rental has to offer!  A cozy 2 bedroom/2 bath condo in Bradenton Beach that sleeps up to 5 people.  You will enjoy views from the kitchen, dining room, and living room.  Step out onto the covered porch and sip your morning coffee while watching the sunrise over the bay.  You can also enjoy peeks of the Gulf of Mexico from the porch off the living room.

When you arrive at Baywatch, you enter into a bright hallway with the eat in kitchen to your right.  The kitchen is very well equipped and you will want for nothing.  You can also have a more formal meal in the dining room while enjoying the views of the sparkling waters!   Rest and relax in the open living room after a day at the beach or a stroll during sunset.

The master bedroom offers a king size bed with an en suite bathroom.  Baywatch also has a second bedroom with a queen bed and 1 twin for the family of 5.  This Bradenton Beach vacation rental can sleep up to 5 people very comfortably.   During your stay, you have a washer and dryer available for your use so that you can wash all of the sand off of towels and bathing suites.

Want to fish, take a dip in the pool, walk to the beach or shop for local flare?  Baywatch is the perfect Bradenton Beach vacation rental for you!   You literally can walk to anything you would need from Baywatch.  The beach is 3 houses away, the pier to fish off of is just steps away from your front door and the pool is just down the steps.  Bridge Street is just south of you in Bradenton Beach filled with shops, restaurants and fun bars to enjoy the island lifestyle.  If you are tired from a long day at the beach, you can use the free island trolley to get you to Bridge Street for an evening of entertainment.

 

Look no further for the Anna Maria Island getaway!  Baywatch has it all and is ready to rent.   Give a member of Team Duncan at Duncan Real Estate a call today to book your Bradenton Beach vacation rental!  941-779-0304

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Pier to Pier Paradise – the perfect Anna Maria Island Vacation Rental!

Pier to Pier Paradise is a one of a kind Anna Maria Vacation Rental with Duncan Real Estate and ready for you to rent!  This brand new luxury vacation rental home is three stories high and situated on the north end of Anna Maria Island.

Pier to Pier Paradise is just a short walk to the Rod n Reel Pier, the City Pier, Pine Ave and literally across the street from the Tampa Bay.  You will enjoy water views from nearly every room in the house and amazing sunsets for the rooftop deck.  Talk about location – it doesn’t get much better then the north end of Anna Maria Island!

Pier to Pier Paradise offers 4 bedrooms each with an en suite bathroom  plus additional half bathroom.  Every bedroom at this Anna Maria Island Vacation Rental has its own private TV.  On the second level of Pier to Pier Paradise offers a beautifully decorated bedroom with a king-sized bed and a marble tile walk-in shower.  Also on the second level is the living room and entertainment center, dining room, kitchen, game room, 2 terraces facing the Gulf of Mexico.  On the third level are the three remaining bedrooms as well as a lounge with bar, TV, X Box and a terrace with a rooftop access.  The master bedroom is located on the 3rd level offering a kind-sized bed, desk, and a large window facing the inter coastal bay so you can wake up to the sight of the palm trees swaying and the sun rising over the water! The en-suite off of the master has marble countertops, two sinks and a walk-in tiled showered.  Just down the hall is the 3rd bedroom with two sets of twin bunks and decorated in an  adorable whale theme for kids.  The en-suite bathroom for this bedroom includes two sink and a shower with a tub.  The last bedroom offers a king-sized bed, tiled walk-in shower and a private terrace that overlooks the neighborhood and all of mother nature that Anna Maria Island offers.

The backyard of this Anna Maria Island Vacation Rental is beautifully landscaped and faces the beachfront, so you can enjoy the sea-breeze while you lay out by the pool or cook up some burgers on the BBQ grill. Relax in the spa as you listen to the rustling of the palm trees, or take a break in the shade under the covered, tiled deck and cool off under the fans. Have a snack at the bar while you watch a movie on the outdoor TV.

Team Duncan would love to book this Anna Maria Island Vacation Rental for you.  Please give us a call at 941-779-0304

 

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In the Mood for Florida Cuisine?

Anna Maria Island Beachside DiningPlenty of restaurants on Anna Maria Island offer the Florida Cuisine that travelers are looking for. Vacationing here means to enjoy beautiful beaches during the day and unwind when dining at sunset. A popular variation is the “Floribbean Cuisine”. It combines Caribbean, Latin American,  classic American and European traditional elements with fresh Florida produce and seafood. 

There are also specialty stores on Anna Maria Island that offer local products like fresh fish, the famous Florida orange juice or other citrus related products. Stop by the new Farmers Market on Pine Ave by the City Pier. It offers fresh produce every Tuesday from 11am-5pm during season. If you see jumping fish in the island canals it is probably mullet. Smoked mullet is a delicacy that should be on your shopping list. Enjoy it on a great lunch sandwich or as cold dinner spread.

Here are other area typical items that you will find on the Anna Maria Island restaurant menus.

Conch Fritters: This edible marine mollusk has a mild and sweet clam-like flavor. You can order a fried version in ball shape or a tomato-based conch chowder. Pronounce it “konk” to sound like a local!

Cuban Sandwich: Derived from the influence of Cuban immigrants this tasty sandwich is a favorite lunch menu item. A buttered Cuban bread comes with sliced pork, ham, Swiss cheese and pickles, will then be heated and flattened with a sandwich press for a crunchy treat.

Florida Lobster: It is also called spiny or rock lobster, has no claws and offers the best meat in the tail.

Grits:  Made from hominy or coarsely ground corn grits are part of a good, old-fashioned Southern breakfast.  Cheese grits are often served as side dish for dinner.

Grouper: This is probably the most popular fish. It is firm and white and served in many variations: grilled, blackened, fried, grouper fingers, seafood quesadillas and in fish tacos. Some dishes are offered at market price. Please ask before ordering!

Gulf Shrimp: The Gulf of Mexico shrimp is tender and sweet.  Restaurants offer them in endless variations.

Hush Puppies: They are cornmeal fritters that are served as a side at lunch or dinner with seafood items like fried fish, oysters, shrimp or scallops.

Key Lime Pie: Key limes are the yellow variety from the Florida Keys which tart flavor gives a Key Lime pie the delicious taste. A Must dessert when visiting Anna Maria Island.

Mahi Mahi: Also known as Dorado or dolphin fish is a lean, sweet fish. Try the Rod ‘n Reel Pier Restaurant for lunch and order their superb Mahi-Mahi sandwich.

Snapper: The Florida Red snapper is the other favorite next to Grouper and is served pan-seared, crab-stuffed, cashew-encrusted, barbecued, baked or grilled.

Stone Crab Claws: During October through May local fishermen will set their traps. The crabs are de-clawed and returned to sea, therefore preserving a bountiful supply of claws for next seasons to come.

Please click here for information on Anna Maria Island restaurants.  Stop by or call our local Duncan Real Estate team at 941 779 0304 for more eatery tips or send us a quick message here.

 

Florida Cuisine

Scrumptious Red snapper, Florida lobster, Gulf shrimp, Stone crabs

 

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Here come the food trucks on Anna Maria Island!

One of Anna Maria Island’s most popular event is coming up:  the Beach N’ Food Truck and Music Festival on Saturday, April 14th from 10 Am – 3 PM.  This fun family festival is an all day celebration right along side the azure Gulf waters and white sandy beaches at the south end of Coquina Beach, just south of the trolley turn around.  The food trucks on Anna Maria Island will be ready to serve you!  Duncan Real Estate has many great rentals within walking distance of this fun event in Bradenton Beach!  Give a member of Team Duncan a call today to book a vacation rental for this fun event.  941-779-0304

 

Local bands will be performing live music to keep you jamming all throughout the day into the evening. Check out this great entertainment lineup:

Mike Sales – Event Emcee – 10AM – 8PM
Tropicool Duo – 10:30AM – 12:30PM
Renegade  – 1PM – 3PM
SoulRcoaster – 3:30PM – 5:30PM
The Karen & Jimmy Band – 6PM – 8PM

There will be plenty of opportunities for shopping as well, showcasing vendor booths with unique, one-of-a-king items from jewelry, local artists’ works, collectible items and much more. A Kids Zone with all kinds of fun games, bounce houses and more for the young ones to enjoy will be set up.

The festival will also feature an amazing car show, The Bill Mergens Memorial Car Show, with over 100 classic, antique, custom and muscle cars on display from 10am until 3pm.

And of course, the stars of the show, a variety of Food Trucks serving delectable eats and treats. There is sure to be something for everyone.  Refreshing adult beverages will be available – from wine, margaritas, rum runners and cold beer to soft drinks and water to wet your whistle.  The food trucks on Anna Maria Island will be ready to serve you!

This is an entrance free, family friendly, community event open to all to enjoy.

Parking is available on Coquina Beach. You can also park in other locations further away along Bradenton Beach, Manatee Public Beach, etc. and ride the free trolley to the event. The Island Monkey Bus is another option to leave the driving to someone else and not have to worry about parking. Traffic to the island gets heavy during season after 10am, so plan to come early to enjoy all the festivities.

The Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce sponsors this event.  For more information, call the Chamber at 941-778-3986.  Team Duncan looks forward to seeing you this Saturday!!

 

Sunny regards,

Ginger

 

Contact us or call Duncan Real Estate today at 941-779-0304 to speak with our knowledgeable real estate specialists.