My Florida Escape – and Dream Vacation Giveaway!


Anna Maria Island Dream Vacation Giveaway!

I had such an amazing time in our stunning home on Anna Maria Island!

It’s truly paradise.

Anna Maria Island Sirenia Cove vacation rental

Diane, Karah, Carrie, Beth, Roeshel and I had our very own Girls Gone Wild – island style.

We vowed that what happens on Anna Maria Island, stays on Anna Maria Island …

Welcome to Anna Maria Island

but we can share these photos of Sirenia Cove – the most beautifully furnished and thoughtfully appointed rental home ever.

We rolled up to the island in two Ford Fusions – they have such huge trunks – we actually managed to fit all of our stuff in them and the trunks were brimming after our trip to the supermarket – and the liquor store!

Ford Fusion

Palm trees greeted us at our home away from home.

Anna Maria Island Sirenia Cove rental home

Oar raililngs!

Oar stair railing

Oar railing

Original art, bright colors and comfy furniture spell vacation.

Coastal family room

They had me at pink flamingo.

Pink flamingo art

There is a cute little cupola at the top of the house that’s the perfect lookout for a stunning view from above.

Canal view

Cocktails were flowing in the roomy kitchen and we took turns whipping up breakfasts that we ate on our private dock.

Love the tropical fan

A table for eight.

French country table

Lovely little seating area to escape with a book from a well stocked library.

Love the pink coral and starfish art

Modern outdoor furniture - perfect for lounging

We spent a lot of time lounging here – swinging open the French doors overlooking the pool and canal.

Modern outdoor furniture

Each bedroom has it’s own bright personality.

Love the boat art

Tropical bedroom
We never did turn on the TV – having way too much fun by the pool (there’s an outdoor TV too – they thought of everything)!

Blue chaise lounge

Love this blue bedding
Cute coral lamp
Colorful bedding
Such a fun bunk room!

Bunk beds

We had one stop shopping at Fun and More Rentals who supplied us with the world’s cutest bikes, a golf cart and a scenic kayak tour …

We rode all over the island on pink and yellow cruisers …

Cute pink and yellow cruisers!

and we loved our golf cart – I now want one of my own!

Golf cart

Blogger Trip to Anna Maria Island

We saw white, sandy beaches …

Anna Maria Island beach

swaying palm trees …

Palm tree

exotic creatures …


memorable sunsets …

Anna Maria Island Florida sunset

mouth watering restaurants – our favorite (and most fun night) was dining at Eat Here

Eat Here restaurant menu

Anna Maria Island city pier

and beauty everywhere we turned.

There’s also a free trolly that takes you all over the island.

Anna Maria Island pier

My favorites were kayaking …

Fun and More Rentals kayak tour

Kayak Tour Anna Maria Island Florida

and relaxing on our private dock …

Beautiful home on a canal

with this view.


We couldn’t have all the fun!

Enter to win your very own dream vacation at Sirenia Cove in Anna Maria Island!

Follow the directions in the Rafflecopter below.

a Rafflecopter giveaway


We’ll never forget our time on Anna Maria Island.


Thank you so much Nancy and Teri of Anna Maria Island Home Rental for inviting us into your stunning home!  I highly recommend Sirenia Cove, or one of their other two other equally amazing rental homes, for a very memorable vacation.


Thank you Fun and More Rentals for the kayak tour, bikes and golf cart!  Thank you Eat Here for a fun night and amazing food!


Disclaimer:  Giveaway ends at 11:59 pm CST on August 1, 2014.

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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  1. We haven’t been able to go on vacation in so long, would LOVE to win a vacation to this gorgeous place!

  2. Followed you along on your great trip there on Instagram…what a gorgeous house with the beautiful rooms and that view!!!…Nothing like Florida for great sunshine…and I love that “oar banister” !! Great giveaway too!

  3. I would leave all my cares behind, not even looking in the rearview mirror!
    While there at Sirenia Cove I would look for all kinds of beachy things to bring home and make my beach theme crafts, I would take away as many ideas as possible. It would give me a chance to relax in the sun with the sand between my toes, the wind blowing in my hair, the waves lulling me into a creative place and explore a part of Florida I have not been to visit. Sigh……

  4. Firstly, I would search over my beautiful house for the trip and take in all of it’s charm and details… ‘oo-ing’ and ‘aa-ing’ at the site of it!

  5. So glad you had such a wonderful vacation! My husband and I went there two years ago for the first time. We went back this year for our 40th anniversary. There is nothing like the sunsets on Anna Maria! Our new motto is “All you need is love and the beach!” Good luck to everyone, this is truly an amazing giveaway.

  6. well, this would be perfect to win this. My daughter turns 50 this year and I’ve wanted so badly to do something extra special for her. This would be the best thing for her, as she’s a mother of two, grandmother of 5 and is always, and I mean always doing for her family. This would be the ultimate. Please, pick me.

  7. First thing I would do for the Anna Maria Island vacation is just take in all the beauty of the water areas.
    Relax and take in the Sun and sounds of summer near the ocean.

  8. My family would absolutely love this vacation. My son has always wanted to go to the beach, but we have never had the opportunity to take him.

  9. The pier/boardwalk picture got me! I want to walk on it and see the ocean for the first time! My Jim and I love walking on a beach and need a vacation. Thanks for offering this! Fun!
    It looks like you had an amazing stay

  10. I would love to win this and give it to my daughter and her husband. They lost a baby last December and are trying to conceive again. No luck so far so this would be a good distraction.

  11. I’d head straight for the beach with my pre-packed cooler of margaritas! Thanks for a lovely story about this beautiful place!!

  12. Loved the pictures of the house. 🙂 We could really use a nice vacation. I’ll keep my fingers crossed! Thanks for the chance!

  13. Oh My Gosh! This looks like such a fun trip! I love the place where you stayed, and you all are so cute and look like you’re having a so much fun. Your photos are gorgeous! Thanks for the chance to win. laurie

  14. This looks amazing! We’ve been saving to take our son to the beach for the first time. This would be perfect!

  15. What a beautiful place! The first thing I would do is take my babies to the beach. They would love the golf cart!

  16. What a truly gorgeous place you stayed at! Loved every single photo and have now added this to my travel bucket list 🙂

  17. This place looks truly relaxing and gorgeous!! The first thing I would do is check out the lovely house and all the details and then I would go out and sit by the beach and take in the views!!

  18. First thing I would do is just relax on the beach!! Hopefully the kids would play nicely beside me!

  19. OMG…that is the most fabulous beach house ever!!! That would make me feel like I died and went to heaven to be able to spend some quality family time there!!

  20. We live at the beach on the east coast of Florida, but Anna maria is where we come when we want to feel like we are in a whole other world! Beaches, food, and ambiance cannot be beat! Would love to win a trip!

  21. Gorgeous beach house….I’d take my family kayaking, that is one thing we have never done here in Florida but it looks like so much fun.

  22. I’ve been trying to get my husband to take a vacation. Our 5 year anniversary was last year but we didn’t get to go anywhere. This would be the BEST gift for our anniversary September 6th!!! The first thing I would do is go straight to the beach! (After our own trip to the store for some beverages!

  23. Can’t wait to see the dock & walk on the beach! But, I would have to take a quick tour of the gorgeous rental!

  24. The first thing I’ll do is plop myself on the beach and let the waves wash over my toes. I love the beach!

  25. My all time favorite beach! I would have to immediately suit up and hit the beach or pool. Can’t waste a single second inside!

  26. Oh, my! So many things to do upon arrival… I would first drop those bags and run down the dock and jump in the water. Not really, but it sounds great. I would however, drop those bags and fast walk down to the sandy beach and sink my toes in the warm sand; soak in those sunny rays, with my head tilted back, my arms raised high and just breath it all in. Ah! Paradise. And, those bike rides around the beach… Awesome!

  27. If I won, the 1st thing I would do when I arrived would go to the beach! This place looks wonderful!

  28. Anna Maria Island is my favorite place. I have many favorite things to do there, so it can be hard to pick a first, however I would go directly to the beautiful beach and put my toes in the sand!

  29. I would immediately open the windows to hear the waves and enjoy a relaxing and refreshing dip in the ocean.
    Vacation time!

  30. Such a beautiful home :-)!!!
    The first thing I would want to do is run to the beach 🙂
    Thank you for the opportunity and God Bless You 🙂

  31. I would love to visit the house where my son passed away last year on Anna Marie Island we vacationed there last year and my son was sick and and we had to cut our vacation short but Anna Marie Island is a little piece if heaven such a beautiful place !!

  32. This looks like a wonderful place to de-stress. I didn’t get to go on vacation this year, so this would be a much needed getaway!

  33. the 1st thing i’d do upon arriving at Ana Maria Island: dig my toes in the sand!! it’s the best feeling ever & one of my fave things to do.

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