Recently, my husband and I hopped on a plane and jetted off to Tampa, so we could spend the weekend on Anna Maria Island!
Anna Maria Island is an amazing place to experience a true beach vacation! My family has been vacationing here for over 15 years, and we always look forward to returning.
There’s something so calming about the ocean that other vacation destinations can’t replicate. I’m imagining myself back at the beach right now listening to the ocean waves crashing into the shore, feeling the salty sea breeze and warm sun beaming down on my skin, and enjoying the peace that comes with relaxing in a beach chair under an umbrella with a great book in hand.
This was Zach’s first time to the island! There are so many places we didn’t get to visit on our short weekend trip, but we did our best to relax while still enjoying some of the great things Anna Maria Island has to offer!
Watching the sunrise (and sunset).
This is something that is special to us, and we make a point to watch the sunrise and sunset on vacations and at home. This picture was taken as the sun was setting. Zach took a hyperlapse of it. His ability to hold his phone still and stay in one spot for so long is impressive!
Eating the most delicious dinner at The Waterfront Restaurant.
This meal was easily the best meal of the trip! Zach absolutely loved the fresh bread, mashed potatoes, and ribeye. The ribeye was marinated for three days, and the wait was definitely worth it. I love the baked brie appetizer and mashed potatoes. Everything was cooked to perfection and our service was amazing.
Spending time on the lanai.
Nothing gets better than simply enjoying each other’s company and taking in the view. You just can’t get these views in the Midwest!
Creating our own donuts at The Donut Experiment.
We actually went twice! If you love warm cake donuts with a slightly crunchy exterior and picking out your own toppings, this is the place for you. Zach’s favorite? Crushed peanuts with vanilla frosting. My favorite? Key lime. If you’re visiting on a weekend, arrive as early as possible to avoid long waits! We got there at 7:15 am and had no problems.
Browsing through shops.
We especially loved Back Alley Treasures! They have a variety of local items and other fun trinkets to look at. We didn’t take any pictures while shopping, but we did leave with some homemade soap and soy candles that smell delicious!