The year-round sun and warmth of Florida make it the ideal destination any time of year you need a break, but springtime and the Easter holiday are some of the best days to take a trip and explore. Pack your bags and gather your loved ones for a fun and exciting fall vacation full of sand, water, sun, and fun. The Sarasota and Bradenton area are mainland destinations that provide the ultimate experience in Florida beach vacations. Not only do they have their own beaches, but they’re also close to several barrier islands that offer a different beach vibe for your Easter in Sarasota and Bradenton retreat.

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Easter Dinner

Take a vacation from everything and let some of the professional chefs at one of the many delicious area restaurants make the feast. There are various restaurants in the area that will be serving up the traditional Easter meal. Contact your restaurant of choice to find out the details like date, time, and the need for reservations.

Easter Services

Taking a vacation this Easter doesn’t mean taking a vacation from the celebration of the important day. The churches around Bradenton, Sarasota, and the surrounding area are organizing special services to celebrate the day. Contact your preferred place of worship and inquire about dates, times, and locations of services.


An escape to a beach location means spending plenty of time on the beach, no matter when you come. The warming weather and waters of spring mean you can spend a little extra time out in the sun. Sunbathe, talk a walk, or brave the waters for a swim, snorkeling, or SCUBA adventure in the still-chilly water.

25th Annual Sarasota Film Festival

Make celebrating 25 years of presenting quality films a part of your Easter respite. Starting in March, the festival features over 200 films, including features, documentaries, shorts, and kid-friendly films. Tickets are available on the festival website and include tickets to live events. There is also a virtual festival full pass that gets you access to all the films available through the virtual event website. Both the live and virtual events run March 24 – April 2 if you’d like to add it to your vacation calendar.

The Ringling

Art, history, circus memorabilia, gardens, a historic theater, and more await the circus enthusiast at the property preserving the legacy of John and Mable Ringling. John is one of five brothers who formed the Ringling Brothers Circus. Wander the property and visit the State Art Museum of Florida, two circus museums, an education center, the historic Ca’ d’Zan Mansion, Bayfront Gardens, and the historic Asolo Theater. The grounds and gardens are always free to visit, and admission to the Museum of Art is free on Mondays.

Beach Horseback Rides

Saddle up and head out on a different kind of adventure. There are several companies in the area that provide horseback rides that stroll along the water on the sand. The horses can even venture out into the water for a more thrilling experience. Whichever company you choose, advanced reservations are required, and they’ll need details like rider height, weight, and age so they can pair each person with the horse that fits their personality.

The Keys

Off the coast of Sarasota and the surrounding area is a group of barrier islands that protect the bay from the crashing waves of the Gulf of Mexico. Anna Maria Island, Bradenton Beach, Holmes Beach, Longboat Key, and Siesta Key all make great day trips from Bradenton or Sarasota and offer their own style of sand, sun, and fun without the traffic of the mainland. Each island has its own unique flair as well as plenty of Florida fun like parasailing, boat tours, and unique festivals.

Breweries, Distilleries & Wineries

Take some “adults-only” time to visit the area’s wineries and distilleries. There are several distilleries that call Bradenton and the surrounding area home, including Naughty Monk Brewery, Darwin Brewing Company, Loaded Cannon Distillery, and others. Wine lovers will want to add a stop at Fiorelli Winery & Vineyard, where the wines are made from grapes grown in the on-site vineyard. Enjoy a tasting or tour or book a special event like a wedding or anniversary celebration. Once you’ve tasted the offerings, choose your favorite wines or spirits to take back to your rental to pair with home-cooked meals.

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Celebrate Easter in Sarasota and Bradenton

Enhance your Easter with a private vacation rental provided by Anchor Down Vacation Rentals. We offer units as small as one bedroom all the way up to eight bedrooms for an Easter retreat that includes all your loved ones. After a long day of Easter fun, make a home-cooked meal in your unit’s fully equipped kitchen, and enjoy it in the spacious living/dining areas, or in a private outdoor space. Relax in a private bedroom or gather with the group and watch your favorite movie. Choose a premium unit for perks like a fireplace, double ovens, flat-screen TVs, a private pool, and more. Include the whole family by inquiring about select rentals that allow your fur babies to stay.

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The year-round sun and warmth of Florida is the perfect destination for a getaway, no matter what time of year you need a little R&R. The decision to head to the Sunshine State may be easy, but planning all the details – where to go, the fun activities you’ll do, and even where to stay – seems like a list that keeps getting longer rather than shorter. Cross off two of those daunting tasks by choosing to go on an Anna Maria Island vacation and this amazing vacation rental with Anchor Down as your home base.

Jerry’s Gem is a three-bedroom, two-bathroom home rental in Anna Maria Island with room for up to six guests to enjoy the sunny Florida paradise. From the moment you step inside, you’ll feel as if you’ve stepped into your island home away from home while being close to all Anna Maria Island fun and attractions you came to see and do.

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Island Rest & Relaxation

Guests looking for a fun and exciting stay on Anna Maria Island will find everything they’re looking for and more at Jerry’s Gem. Stylish furnishings and finishes with beach style and décor can be found throughout the home, in bedrooms as well as living spaces for plenty of comfort.

Exterior Features

The single-level home is surrounded by green grass and lush tropical island foliage. The stone and stucco exterior in neutral colors blends with the surroundings rather than standing out. A cozy front entry is covered with a small sitting area before entering the home. Once you’ve settled yourself inside, step out back into your island oasis. The fully screened-in space boasts a covered patio with ceiling fans, and outdoor living and dining furnishings. Open the kitchen window behind the sink and easily pass through drinks and snacks to the bar with seating for two, or to quickly set the table for a meal al fresco. If you want to grill up some family favorites, there is a BBQ grill for your convenience. If you need a refreshing dip but don’t want to pack up for the beach, jump in the pool! Outside the screened-in space is more green area surrounded by mature foliage where the kids can burn off some energy before bed.

Interior Amenities

Step inside and feel the island calm wash over you. Straight ahead you’ll find the kitchen, which boasts white cabinetry and drawers full of everything you need for home-cooked meals. White appliances present a clean look and blend with the rest of the space, while the blue backsplash offers color. You’ll also find the in-unit laundry room with a full-size washer and dryer, plus storage with all the cleaning supplies you need for fresh clean laundry every day of your stay. To the right of the small entry area is the living space, featuring wood floors and comfortable furnishings flooded with light by the front windows. A hanging wicker basket swing chair for an extra island feel. Just steps away is the dining space, which features a rectangular stone table that seats everyone, with a breakfast bar within reach for making morning coffee. At the back of the kitchen, you’ll find a second living and dining space. Cozy couches and chairs surround an entertainment center with a flat-screen TV, and a nearby round table seats four.

After a day of island adventure, settle into a private bedroom. Treat yourself to luxury in the master suite. A king-bedroom set boasts a bed, matching night tables, and a dresser with a flat-screen TV a top. Cozy chairs on either side offer a place to read or finish getting ready for a day of island fun. Spacious closets can be found off the master bathroom area. There is a shower stall and toilet in the bathroom, while a built-in makeup table with a lighted mirror and double-sink vanity have their own space. The second bedroom boasts a queen bed, matching night tables and dresser, flat screen TV on top, and a spacious closet. The third bedroom is off the second living and dining area and boasts two twin beds with a night table between, a tall dresser with a flat screen TV atop, and a spacious closet. The shared bathroom boasts a tub/shower combo and single-sink vanity.  There’s room for everyone to relax and enjoy an Anna Maria Island vacation!

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No matter when or how long you plan to stay on Anna Maria Island, Jerry’s Gem will give you all the excitement, fun, and relaxation you’re looking for.

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The year-round sun and warmth of Florida makes it the ideal destination any time of year you need a break. Pack your bags and gather your loved ones for a fun and exciting fall vacation full of sand, water, and sun, as well as a special event or two added to the itinerary. The Sarasota and Bradenton area has a myriad of 2023 Florida spring festivals and events for you to enjoy during your well-deserved spring break.

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Forks & Corks Food and Wine Festival

Celebrating 16 years in 2023, the festival is considered the area’s premier food and wine festival. The four-day event consists off several events that include wine dinners, university master classes led by a panel of world-renowned wine industry professionals, and more. Take part in the Grand Tasting, where over 40 members of the Sarasota-Manatee Originals restaurant come together and sample from a selection of over 350 wines from across the globe. The Grand Tasting also features live music and a wine retail tent where you can purchase the wines tasted during the event. The event runs April 20-23, with an online food and wine auction that starts on April 17 and runs through the event.

5th Annual Sarasota International Dragon Boat Festival

The family-friendly event is free! Held annually at Nathan Benderson Park in Sarasota, the event combines culture, sport, and international flavor along with 2,500-year-old tradition. Watch as boats of 20 paddlers – friends, family, and even college rowing teams – move in unison to propel the boat with a design that originates in ancient China. There will also be plenty of activities for all ages, including a Health & Wellness Village, food trucks, a beer garden, marketplace, and more. The event runs 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. on May 20th.

41st Annual Englewood Fine Arts Festival

Olde Englewood Village is the location of the annual event. Join locals and other tourists on the pedestrian-only street of West Dearborn Street to take in the beautiful work of the artists. Take a break and pop into a restaurant or shop along the way.

25th Annual Sarasota Film Festival

Celebrating a quarter century of presenting quality films, the festival returns this March. It features over 200 films each year, including features, documentaries, shorts, and even kid-friendly films. Tickets are available on the festival website and include tickets to the live events. There is also a virtual festival full pass that gets you access to all the films available through the virtual event website. Both the live and virtual events run March 24 – April 2.

Sarasota Jazz Festival

Celebrate jazz music with visitors and locals alike at the annual festival in Nathan Benderson Park. The festival features five stages that will host international, national, regional, and local musicians. Buy tickets and get more information about performers, schedule, and other details at the festival website.

Hernando De Soto Historical Society Children’s Parade

Each year the society puts on a beautiful and fun parade that puts kids in charge oof the entertainment. Watch as floats that were engineered, built, and decorated at local schools or even a child’s own home travel the historic avenues of Palmetto, starting at the Manatee County Fairgrounds and ending at Lamb Park. After the parade, you’ll find plenty of food, fun, activities, games, and more at the “Party in the Park.” This year’s event takes place April 7 starting at 10 a.m.

Pittsburgh Pirates Spring Training

Baseball fans treat every spring training game as an event not to be missed. Many MLB teams migrate to warmer temperatures when it’s time to start warming up for a new season. Bradenton plays host to the Pittsburgh Pirates at LECOM park. You can check their calendar and buy tickets on the team website so you can make a game or two part of your spring trip.

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Celebrate with Florida Spring Festivals

Enhance your spring festival or event experience with a private vacation rental provided by Anchor Down Vacation Rentals. We offer units as small as one bedroom all the way up to eight bedrooms so you can invite all of your family and friends to enjoy the event and the beautiful Florida weather. You’ll be spending most of your time at your event, but you’ll want to build in plenty of time for lounging around your rental. After a long day of festival fun, make a home-cooked meal in your unit’s fully equipped kitchen, and enjoy it in the spacious living/dining areas, or in a private outdoor space. Relax in a private bedroom, or gather the group, pop some popcorn, and watch your favorite movie. Choose a premium unit for perks like a fireplace, double ovens, flat screen TVs, private pool and more. Include the whole family by inquiring about select rentals that allow your fur babies to stay.

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When you’re looking for a break, the year-round sun and warmth of Florida is the perfect destination for a getaway. The decision to head to the Sunshine State may be a no-brainer, but planning all the details – from where to go and the fun you’ll have to where to stay – seems like a list that keeps growing rather than shrinking. Cross off two of those daunting tasks by choosing an Anna Maria Island getaway and a vacation rental with Anchor Down. Bloom Lagoon is a 3-bedroom, 2-bathroom vacation home in Florida with room for up to eight guests and two pets to enjoy the paradise that is Anna Maria Island. From the moment you step in, you’ll feel as if you’ve stepped into a home away from home while being close to all the Anna Maria Island fun and attractions you desire.

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Island Rest & Relaxation

Guests looking for a fun and exciting stay on Anna Maria Island will find everything they’re looking for and more at Bloom Lagoon. Stylish furnishings and finishes can be found throughout the home, in bedrooms as well as living spaces for plenty of comfort. Enjoy being close to exciting activities and shops, the beach, and countless other ways to keep you busy during your stay.

Exterior Features

Arrive at the home and pull into the large half-circle drive that leads to a larger parking area. The landscaped area in the front of the home features soft grass and mature vegetation, including towering palm trees. The mix of cool and bold colors and textures of the outside of the home reflect the style you’ll find inside. The entrance to the home is guarded by a small, covered area so you can stay out of the sun while you set your bags aside and open the door. Once you’ve made yourself at home inside, step out into your outdoor oasis. The backyard of the home features an open area where pets can run and do their business away from the outdoor entertaining area. There is also a large stainless steel BBQ grill in the area for cooking outdoor meals. The covered patio off the back off the home features Adirondack-style seating where you can relax in the island weather. Just beyond the patio is the fenced-in pool area that boasts a pool and spillover spa. The patio and pool area are closed in with a lanai that keeps the bugs away while you enjoy the outdoors.

Interior Amenities

Step into the home and take in the open great room. Wood-looking LVP floors spread throughout and host beautiful furnishings. Just to your right when you step in is a cozy dining area with seating for five at a round table spotlighted by a unique chandelier. In front of you is the living space that boasts stylish furnishings with touches of beach tones and décor. A large sliding glass door leads to the outdoor living space. Another dining area boasts a rectangular table that seats four, meaning everyone has a place to enjoy a meal. The cozy kitchen boasts modern, stainless steel appliances accompanied by a myriad of cupboards and drawers that hold everything you need to prepare and serve a home-cooked meal. Spacious counters offer enough prep room, making any meal a breeze.

When your day on Anna Maria Island is done, or you need a nap between adventures, relax in a private bedroom. The floors of the living space continue into all the bedrooms. The master suite boasts a king bedroom set with two-night tables and lamps, as well as private access to the outdoor space. A wall-mounted flat-screen TV keeps you entertained in the evening or early morning, or whenever you want to watch a show in private. The en suite bath boasts a shower stall and single-sink vanity. Kids will love sharing the second bedroom, which features a twin-over-full bunk bed with storage drawers beneath the lower bunk. The third bedroom boasts a queen bedroom set, spacious closet, and flat-screen TV for your entertainment. The bedrooms share a hall bath with a shower stall and single-sink vanity. There is space for everyone to enjoy an Anna Maria Island vacation!

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No matter when or how long you plan to stay on your Anna Maria Island getaway, Bloom Lagoon will give you all the excitement, fun, and relaxation you’re looking for. Contact us today to book a memorable island stay that will have you coming back for years to come!

Valentine’s is that time of the year for you to show affection to your partner. While cards, flowers, and chocolates are the irreducible minimums for some, sometimes doing a little extra makes the day worth the accolades. A trip to Bradenton and Sarasota makes the experience even better. With its pristine beaches, diverse culture, and a whole bunch of fun-filled activities, Sarasota is indeed a good choice to celebrate this year’s Valentine’s. Here are the highlights of a memorable Bradenton and Sarasota Valentine’s Day experience.

Embrace the Movie Nights

Dating is a crucial aspect of a romantic relationship regardless of the stage. A new relationship comes with great date ideas, and the vibe and charisma are always there. However, a long-term relationship sees a reduction in these dates, something that can greatly hamper your romance. A Valentine’s experience in Sarasota gives you chance to reignite your romantic life. A movie date is a great way to keep your relationship fresh. Also, it leaves you with something to discuss after the movie ends. The environment around movie theaters is conducive for you to cuddle and embrace one another.

Explore the Beach

Sarasota is an expanse of white sand popular for its beach bars and pristine waters. If you have dreamed of a suitable place for a coastal camping experience, you have already found one in Sarasota. The beach area is huge enough for a day’s hiking activities. Strolling around the beach with the heated sand massaging your feet is a natural therapy session you will appreciate. Apart from the beach, you can as well dash into the water for a deserved dip. This salty water comes with multiple avenues for you to get creative and have fun while at it. If you are a beginner, swimming around the shore is enough for you. For the adrenaline junkies, go deeper into the sea and explore other activities such as kayaking and stand-up paddleboarding.


While movie nights and dinner dates have been used as the hallmarks of a romantic day out, there is still a bunch of simple activities you can explore and make the best out of the day. Biking is fast becoming a fan-favorite activity among couples in most regions with Sarasota and Bradenton not being exceptional. Biking is a reliable way to explore the area without breaking the bank for it. Bike rentals come cheap and in most cases are included in the accommodation packages you book. If you are a fitness enthusiast, then you have found the right activity to remain loyal to your goals while still being romantic.

Spend a Day in a Botanical Garden

Valentine’s is the day when lovers buy the best roses for each other. But what about taking it a notch higher by visiting a botanical garden as a couple? Sarasota is home to multiple gardens growing a wide range of plants and flowers. Instead of relying on red roses, your partner has a chance to choose a flower shade of their liking. Also, the wonderful view emanating from the differently colored flowers is a satisfying encounter for your Valentine’s experience. It is also the perfect place to be immersed in nature while celebrating love.

Best for Luxury Shopping

Shopping is a Valentine’s Day tradition that has held for a long time now, and you can’t ignore it. Even after that romantic movie night and a tour of the botanical gardens, your partner will need a gift to cap off an exciting Valentine’s experience. The area around Sarasota and Bradenton is lined up with multiple shopping avenues. Whether it is that designer clothing, perfume, or jewelry, make the day count by buying your partner something they admire.

Sunset Dinner Cruise

Although dinner dates are the standard practice for Valentine’s Day, Sarasota raises the bar a little higher. Instead of relying on the beachfront hotels, this time around it is done on a cruise. Sunset dinner cruise offers more than just food. Everything in here is pure luxury. From the soft music playing in the background to the comfort of the ride, dinner is served with a difference. Also, it doubles up as a sightseeing tour where you witness Florida’s fascinating sunset first-hand. You might also be lucky to spot dolphins along the way. However, if you are working with a tight budget, organized dinner dates for two are a valuable way of getting the best out of your Sarasota Valentine’s day experience.

Where to Stay for Bradenton and Sarasota Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day offers lovers a rare chance to rekindle their romance story. Sarasota and Bradenton have a serene environment to relax and show love to your partner. Our team at Anchor Down Vacation Rentals works day and night to ensure all your accommodation needs are met. Our products are personalized allowing you the rare chance to customize what you like. From pet-friendly rentals to those with private pools, we have a broad portfolio for you to choose from. Call us today to book.

Vacation rentals are a significant investment. Whether it’s a single rental or multiple, you probably already know that managing rentals can be a daunting task as a property owner. Besides collecting the rent checks, there is more to being a landlord. But as you juggle a myriad of responsibilities every day, it becomes tricky to devote enough time to ensuring everything in your property is in order. For example, there will be times in summer when the AC will stop functioning properly, and you are miles away. Also, you may not be able to handle emergency calls when you have other businesses to run, and that’s where a property manager comes in to help. If you are a property owner at Anna Maria Island, Anchor Down Vacation Rentals is here to take the burden off your shoulders. Below is why you should consider hiring us as your Anna Maria Island property management.

Setting the Right Rental Rates

As a landlord, you may not know how much to charge in terms of rent. You might find yourself setting the rates too high, scaring potential customers away, or undercharging and failing to cover expenditures. However, you don’t have to go through this when hiring a competent property management company like us is an option.

A great property management company takes time to run deep market research to ensure you avoid fraud cases and vacant properties. Some things they consider before setting the charges include an area’s average rental rate and economic factors. Depending on the season, they will help you determine when to increase the rent on your vacation rental, guaranteeing you outstanding returns.

Strategic Marketing and Advertising

Knowing how to list your commercial property and which websites to use is not always easy. However, a property manager knows the best avenues to explore that will lure clients, such as Airbnb and HomeAway. Even better, they list your rental on their sites providing visitors with direct reservations allowing them to save money as they will avoid third parties.

Take Anchor Down, for instance. With firsthand knowledge and experience, we can take magnificent pictures of your property while drafting persuasive advertising materials that will entice potential renters.

Proper Maintenance of Property

One of the most important reasons to engage a property management company is their coordinating maintenance and repair efficiency. The good news is that majority of these companies have trusted service providers or maintenance crews; therefore, you don’t have to worry about making endless calls.

Whether there is a crack in the wall or the slightest leakage, the property maintenance company will ensure it’s fixed on time. From roofers and landscapers to plumbers and electricians, they always have someone to call when any issues arise. The best part is that they get work done at fair rates, saving you money while making more from the tenants. But there is more to what they do to please your tenants. They always ensure that the properties are immaculate and ooze the homely aura guests need to give you excellent positive reviews.

Great Customer Service

Exceptional consumer service is essential for any business to succeed. However, relationships tend to break down when customer service skills are inadequate. With time, this will lead to vacant rentals. But that doesn’t have to happen. Property management companies have the experience, knowledge, and resources to meet and exceed guests’ expectations.

With the customers satisfied, not only will they come back, but they will also refer other people to stay at your vacation rentals. And from the fantastic reviews these delighted guests leave, you can be sure that more guests will be reserving your vacation rentals. With higher demand, you can confidently charge higher rates per night, hence more profit.

Saves You Time

Taking care of a property is not an easy task. Besides consuming time, it also requires a lot of effort. But with the role of many landlords, this always isn’t manageable. From spending time with their families to having 9-to-5 jobs, it becomes challenging to create extra time to oversee tenants. In some cases, you may own properties in different states that all need your attention! And that’s why hiring a full-time Anna Maria Island property management company is essential.

You don’t have to worry about answering phone calls at 2 a.m. from complaining guests as you can be sure they have things under control. With their expertise, they can effortlessly make sure everything is running smoothly.

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If you are a property owner on Anna Maria Island and you feel that managing your rentals is overwhelming, look no further. At Anchor Down Vacation Rentals, we help relieve your work and give you the peace of mind you deserve. With less to do, you can smile as you check your account balances. Being locals of this glorious place, we know what guests are looking for, and we strive to deliver. Contact us today to have a better and more profitable experience with your holiday rentals.

People get together with those close to them every year to celebrate Thanksgiving. Are you preparing for this holiday and want to make things different and special this year? You can create new traditions for celebrating this fantastic season away from home by heading to Florida and reserving your stay with our magnificent Anchor Down Vacation Rentals. Boasting the best kitchens for Thanksgiving, you can be sure to create new memories and make this haven your holiday destination. Whether you are a small family, a large group of buddies, or traveling with your canine friend, there is something for everyone to feel at home. Consider staying at our holiday rentals for that unique Thanksgiving in Florida you have always desired.

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Enjoy Thanksgiving in Style

Finding accommodation with luxurious amenities is one of the best ways to have a perfect Thanksgiving in Florida. The good news is that when staying at our vacation rentals, you can have an extraordinary experience that will make this holiday the best you have ever had. As you drive through the palm trees into any of our premises that you select, one of the things that will put you into the holiday spirit is the tranquil atmosphere. And that’s just the beginning.

Sometimes, you may feel like going out isn’t an option; when that happens, you don’t have to worry about getting bored. Many of our holiday houses boast spacious outdoors, providing you with the opportunity to have endless fun. With inviting private swimming pools begging to cool you in a portfolio of our vacation abodes, you can enjoy connecting with your friends or family that you’re traveling with as you play in the water. Alternatively, you can relax on the loungers and enjoy a tan as you admire the breathtaking scenery. Even better, the pools are heated at an extra fee during the colder days to ensure no one misses out.

Food is one of the things that makes Thanksgiving complete. At many Anchor Down Vacation Rentals, you will find outdoor barbecue grills perfect for that outdoor cooking you have been looking forward to trying. You can converse with your companions as you cook and breathe fresh air. When the meal is ready, you can relish it from the generously spacious decks or balconies in many of our charming homes.

The interior of our stunning holiday homes takes you to a new world of comfort and style. As the deluxe sofas await to give you the rest you need, the large flat screen is ready to take you to the world of imagination. Thanks to the availability of fast internet, you can stream your favorite show or catch up with the headlines whenever you desire. On the other hand, the expansive windows let in plenty of light while also enabling you to admire the mind-blowing views from the comfort of your chair. With these rooms having ample space, you can play games, take turns creating and telling stories or try out karaoke; after all, Thanksgiving is all about having a good time with those dear to you.

After spending the whole day engaging in different activities, all you want to do is have a refreshing shower. Our rentals have immaculate bathrooms you can use and freshen up. To add convenience to your stay, many of these bathrooms have clean, soft linens and other essential toiletries that you can utilize. If having a quick shower is something you don’t fancy on holidays, you can soak into the soothing bathtubs found in many of these bathrooms. There is more. When staying in our inviting holiday abodes, carrying dirty clothes back is not an option. You will find laundry areas fitted with a washer and dryer, ensuring you leave this area clean!

Besides dining and wining, rest is another thing that most look forward to when planning a Thanksgiving getaway. When it’s time to sleep after a long day of limitless fun, the bedrooms in our rentals have everything to ensure you get a good night of sleep. From the high-quality mattresses to the soft pillows and bedding, you will be able to wake up rejuvenated and ready to face a new day. Many of these rooms also have large-screen TVs. You can watch a film as you slowly drift into a deep sleep. The expansive windows, on the other hand, can’t go unnoticed. Including letting in enough light and fresh air, some let you enjoy the dramatic views from the comfort of your bed.

We can’t talk about our exquisite Anchor Down Vacation Rentals without mentioning the welcoming kitchens they have, especially during Thanksgiving. Fully equipped with first-rate appliances, cookware, five-star dishes, a coffee maker, and everything else a chef needs to prepare a delectable meal, you can be sure to have an extraordinary holiday. With the generous space, your traveling partners can help wash the fruits as you put your holiday recipe into use. Most of the windows in these kitchens are broad to let you view the vista as you prepare that special dinner. When the food is ready, the dining rooms await to give you a five-star experience as you dine together, passing gratitude to each other.

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Book a Comfortable Place to Stay for Thanksgiving in Florida

If creating new Thanksgiving traditions is in your plans, we’ve got you covered. Our Anchor Down Vacation Rentals are the perfect place to stay for a Thanksgiving holiday. Call us today, and we will help turn your imagination into reality.

Are you planning a family or a romantic Bradenton vacation? Well, reserving the Bayou Bungalow is a must-have on your bucket list. It’s a 1930s stunning three-bedroom old Florida property that ensures you get the desired vacation you have always wanted. From the walls embellished with fascinating art to the spacious living room and the welcoming kitchen, you’ll for sure feel at home. Whether you are looking forward to de-stressing by the pool as you relish your favorite drink or want to bond with your loved ones over a savory homemade meal, this charming Bradenton vacation rental will ensure you leave this piece of heaven delighted.

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Awe-Inspiring Interior

As you step into our gorgeous property, you will have one of the two appealing living rooms from the front door welcoming you. Besides offering an extra seating area, it can be closed off and turned into a bedroom by bringing down the Murphy bed. With the generous space and plushy sofas giving it a classy touch and a large flat-screen TV mounted on the wall, you can escape into a world of imagination and pass the time with your loved ones. If you prefer working remotely, there is a desk available. You can turn this space into an office, work on unfinished projects and catch up with your colleagues when needed.

Is there a recipe you’ve longed to try out but couldn’t because of your busy schedule? Now is the time. The fully furnished kitchen has everything you need to bring out the chef in you. The white-wooden cupboards complementing the beige countertops ooze nothing but the peace you need as you prepare your delicacies. With the elegant utensils available, your loved ones can have a five-star experience as they relish the delectable hearty meal. Did you cook excess food? Worry not! You can store it in the fridge and warm it in the microwave whenever you need it. Additionally, the kitchen is spacious enough to allow your companion to help with the cleaning or keep you company.

Adjacent to the kitchen is the chic ample dining room that can effortlessly accommodate eight people. But what happens when you finish dining? Well, you can have family time in the second living room. In addition to overlooking the deck with a swimming pool, it is lush and generously spacious, with comfy sofas facing the TV. If watching movies is not what you enjoy, you can solve puzzles or try other exciting games to have a great time.

Having a good rest is what most, if not all, travelers look forward to while on their Bradenton vacation. Luckily, this glorious Bayou Bungalow has three bedrooms to provide you with the desired rest. After a day full of events, you can have a warm shower from the sparkling bathrooms to calm your nerves. If you have enough time for self-care, you can soak in the soothing bathtub found in the master bedroom. The master bedroom is also well equipped with a TV and a king-size bed boasting luxurious bedding that ensures you have a peaceful sleep. Are you a big family with youngsters? There are two more lavish bedrooms fitted with cozy beds and squeaky-clean bathrooms, guaranteeing everyone a comfortable stay.

At Bayou Bungalow, your comfort is our top priority. After a day of exploring, you don’t have to worry about cleaning your dirty clothes. There is a laundry room fully fitted with a washer and a dryer that you can utilize and leave this haven clean and delighted.

Captivating Exterior Amenities

Safety is always the first concern when on a getaway. But you don’t have to worry during your stay here. On the front of our lovely property, we have a camera that monitors all the happenings around the premises. That’s not all. This majestic holiday bungalow has a swimming pool begging that you can take advantage of on a sunny day when going to the beach isn’t an option. You can also absorb the fresh air freely given by Mother Nature as you lay in one of the loungers in the pool area. If you do not enjoy swimming, you can sit in the large covered area and soak in the serene ambiance as you read a book or self-reflect. Is visiting during the colder months in your plans? You don’t have to worry about missing out as the swimming pool is heated at an additional cost.

Food and games are some of the things that connect people. Fortunately, the inviting yard is spacious and enclosed by nature, providing you with the perfect aura you need to have an excellent time. You can develop creative outdoor games such as the giant Jenga game that will keep everyone engaged. There is more. With a BBQ grill that you can use, preparing a mouthwatering outdoor meal is another ideal way to have a wonderful time.

Where to Stay on Your Bradenton Vacation

If exploring the adorable Bradenton, Florida, is on your itinerary, look no further for affordable and comfortable accommodation. Contact us today to book your stay at the spectacular Bayou Bungalow for your dream holiday.

America is a land of rituals, and it is these rituals that keep us together. Think of it this way, when was the last time you took time to interact with your neighbors and bond with your immediate family? Halloween is part of the rituals that bind American society and its significance can never be ignored. While Halloween can be observed from anywhere, the East Coast experience hits differently.

Planning a Halloween in Bradenton and Sarasota, Florida experience? Here are kid-friendly Halloween activities to consider when you get there.

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Pumpkin Carving

Pumpkin carving is among the Halloween classics that have stood the test of time. While this activity can be enjoyed from the comfort of your home, now is not the time to be basic. Taking kids to enjoy these activities out there in a field event is a great way to make memories. The best thing about outdoor pumpkin carving is that kids get to learn from a different teacher.

Besides the interaction that comes with this kind of activity, it is also a good way to boost the coordination abilities of your kid. The carving in the outdoor setup is designed to be a competition between kids that helps them develop much-needed competitive skills. Take the competitiveness a notch higher by extending the contest to your condos. Buy an extra pumpkin and let the party continue late into the night.

Pumpkin Sweep

If you thought you are done with the pumpkin thing? Not yet. If anything, it’s only getting started. The pumpkin forms a big part of a kid-friendly Halloween celebration. However, there is no carving involved this time around. As the name suggests, it all entails sweeping pumpkins across a line using brooms.

Pumpkin sweep is among the key activities that parents can engage in to bond with their kids. Whoever sweeps their pumpkin beyond the line first wins. It is also a great way of encouraging the spirit of competition and teamwork among kids.

Haunted Hayrides

Hayrides are an East Coast tradition to celebrate after a bumper harvest. In recent times, this practice has been packaged differently to depict some sort of sport. Today, it is among the leading tourist attractions, especially during fall. In the Halloween setting, it is known as haunted hayrides, which is almost the same as the traditional celebration except for a few twists.

Depending on the ages of the children involved, different actors can be added to the hay to bring out the ‘haunted’ aspect. The actors depict ghosts among other spooky creatures. These creatures have a scary degree that is fair enough for kids to face. Accompany kids through the ride and assure them all is all right. In cases where kids cannot put up with the characters, you can as well eliminate them and have the kids enjoy their ride. After all, it is meant to be family fun.

Halloween Cake Walk

The Bradenton region of Florida has never run short of kid-friendly Halloween activities. The Halloween Cake Walk is a crucial part of the activities that cannot miss on the list. The goal here is to have activities that bring everyone on board regardless of their age. The cakewalk is past this threshold by far. Have you played musical chairs at some point in your life? Well, that is substituted by cakewalk to fit the situation at hand. However, the concept is similar.

Participants, who in this case are a mixture of kids and adults walk around a circle with numbers. On each step, there is a number on the ground and the movement is guided by background music. Each member is expected to stand still on one number once the music stops. Whoever steps on the number that matches the one drawn by the host wins that round. It is simple, yet fun-filled.

Halloween Face Painting

Tough as you may be as a parent, there is no way you’re coming anywhere near a kid and their face art. If anything, it is not an everyday thing. It is only a single-day exercise that needs to be utilized to the maximum. Give your kids a chance to get their paintings done. The products used are certified and safe for the skin.

Halloween is ideally the only time when kids have the freedom to engage and display their animalistic side. Whether it is a cat, a dinosaur, a dog, or a cow, let them be. It is these small things that make the day count. Help them wash off the paint before retiring to bed.

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Reach Out to Us for Halloween in Bradenton

Halloween should no longer be just the traditional celebration it has been for the longest time. Count on us to show you the other side of Halloween you’ve been missing over the years. Accommodation plays a crucial part in the whole experience. Contact us today for all your accommodation needs in Bradenton and Sarasota. It is what we do best.

Anna Maria Island is on the west coast of Florida. Neighbored by the Gulf of Mexico and Tampa Bay, there are three separate towns along the seven-mile-long island. These are Bradenton Beach on the south end, Anna Maria on the north side, and Holmes Beach settled in between.

You won’t find high-rise condos and luxury hotel chains here. There’s less commercialization and more chill. When you visit, prepare to drive slowly. Speed limits across the island top out at 35 miles per hour. All three towns are extremely walkable, and the beach is never far away.

Each beach town also has its own restaurants, shops, live music, and entertainment. These attractions can be found on Main Street in Holmes Beach, Bridge Street in Bradenton Beach, and Pine Avenue in Anna Maria.

We can provide dozens of reasons to visit Anna Maria Island, but for the purposes of this blog, we are narrowing those reasons to three.

Come in the summer, when the beaches are full of sunbathers and swimmers or in the winter, when the water stays warm and the sunsets are majestic. Just make sure you visit.

Here are the top three reasons you should.