Anna Maria Island Getaway

Anna Maria Island, Florida – a fun and relaxing getaway! Enter to win a dream vacation!

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I recently met up with a small group of blog friends for a relaxing retreat on Anna Maria Island.

Sirenia Cove Beach Cottage at Anna Maria Island, Florida

The best part of any vacation for me (aside from fun times with friends) is the lodging. And this Anna Maria Island home rental named Sirenia Cove did not disappoint. 

Sirenia Cove, Anna Maria Island Home Rental

Let’s take a tour! Beautiful decor, four bedrooms (sleeps 12), three bathrooms…

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Fully equipped kitchen and comfortable living spaces…

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Plenty of quiet spaces…

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but lots of room for entertaining too AND right on the water (great location for boaters). 

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Beach cottage style. Happy, bright and colorful.

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Because I deal with anxiety and panic attacks, I was the fuddy-duddy who stayed behind house watching during some of the adventures; content to relax in this beautiful home and most days you could find me lounging and reading by the pool. No complaints from me. My kind of get-away. Few plans, low key, stress-free! Beautiful, comfortable surroundings. 

Sirenia Cove pool

It felt like a big birthday celebration with all of the gifts! We each brought some cute things to swap and Anna Maria Island businesses welcomed us with a surprise swag bag full of goodies! 


Plenty to do for my sight-seeing adventure seeking friends as well!

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Beautiful sandy beach, pier, shopping and restaurants within walking distance, kayaking and other fun excursions close by.

Anna Maria Island blogger retreat

Golf cart and bicycle rental for touring the island. Thanks, Fun and More Rentals!

Fun and More Rentals

Thanks SO much to Anna Maria Island Home Rental for the beautiful and tranquil accommodations.

Sirenia Cove Beach Cottage at Anna Maria Island, Florida 

Thanks to Ford for providing local transportation. 

Ford Fusion

Looking for more pictures and details or to make a few new friends? Visit:
Kelly from Eclectically Vintage
Diane from In My Own Style
Beth from Unskinny Boppy
Karah from The Space Between
Carrie from Making Lemonade
Denise from The Painted Home 

These girls are so sweet and so much fun! 


So what do you think? Want to go?

AMI dream vacation

How would YOU like to get away to Anna Maria Island? Enter the giveaway using the Rafflecopter below for a chance to win! 

THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED. WINNER IS Jennifer Davis Schultz who won by liking AMIBL on Facebook. Congratulations, Jennifer!

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Giveaway starts at 7 am CST on Monday, June 16th.  
Giveaway ends at 11:59 pm CST on August 1st, 2014
This Giveaway is open only to legal residents of the U.S. & Canada who are 25 years of age or older, at time of entry.
Winners announced on our blog posts (edited after giveaway ends) and Facebook.
Prize Package includes:
• 4 Night stay at Sirenia Cove on Anna Maria Island
• 1 ~ $60.00 Gift Certificate to Eat Here Restaurant Group
• 1 ~ Free Golf Cart Rental for 4 Days from Fun and More Rentals
• Free Beach Bike Rental for 4 Days from Fun and More Rentals
• 2 ~ Paddleboard or Kayak Rentals for 4 Days from Fun and More Rentals
• Free use of Beach Chairs for 4 Days from Sirenia Cove
• 1 – Portrait by the Sea value of $100.00 from Photography by Billi
* Photos to be purchased based on selection from proofs
• 2 Free Shadepops
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DIY Project Parade {and FL vacation pictures}

Helloooo, DIY friends! We’ve just returned from vacation and I’m freezing! Going from sunny days in the 80s at beautiful Fort Myers Beach, Florida, arriving home to PA and 48 degrees with rain. Brrrr! Time to bundle up and prep for Frankenstorm by clearing the patio and winterizing home. It’s a good thing I’m all rested {if I wasn’t feeling so lazy…how is it that I feel the need to ‘recover’ from a relaxing vacation?!}.

Since we only arrived home yesterday, we have no DIY personally to share this week and I hope to get caught up in the next few days. In the meantime, here are some of my favorite pics from vacation. We spent a week in a private beach cottage on Fort Myers Beach, FL. IT.WAS.HEAVEN!

Fort Myers Beach Florida

Sunsets were stunning…


Fort Myers Beach wildlife

We ate the best seafood, rented bicycles for the week, collected seashells, soaked up the sun (plenty of sunblock), visited the pier/boardwalk but mostly, we relaxed. The beach cottage was beautiful outside. Nice enough inside. Clean, modern, comfortable and with everything one needs to feel at home. {Just one of those places where I walked around dreaming of how I would decorate and re-arrange…do you do that too? There were a few pieces I loved but mostly, it was decorated with a “Florida beach”/rental vibe…know what I mean?}

Vacation cons: SO many mosquitoes and sand fleas. Crappy wi-fi connection.

BUT, this more than made up for where the cottage fell short: the ‘back yard’ which sits right on the gulf, was breathtaking. The owner put a lot of thought, a lot of time {a lot of maintenance} and a lot of money into making this gorgeous garden oasis with paths and secret gardens, beautiful flower covered pergolas, lounge chairs in several different locations, several different private areas for patio furniture, landscaping, even key lime trees and orchids, umbrellas, a swing, hammock, the prettiest solar lighting I’ve ever seen and lots of privacy. This is only a small peek…

Florida fall

secret garden

Florida beach house

flower arbor

red swing

Florida garden


red cat statue

Now, let’s get this party started! Inspire me to get back into a DIY routine with your latest DIY projects. 🙂

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