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  • Spring into these Gulf Coast fests at Anna Maria Island, Bradenton

    Spring into these Gulf Coast fests at Anna Maria Island, Bradenton
    Anna Maria Island, the famously quiet and beautiful beach on Florida's Gulf Coast, is made for the stress-free getaway.
  • Sunsets and more await on Anna Maria Island

    Sunsets and more await on Anna Maria Island
    The joy of visiting Anna Maria Island is that a milestone is celebrated every day: the sunsets that are gorgeous enough to inspire spontaneous applause. In May, the city of Anna Maria — one of three tiny towns on the seven-mile strip of barrier...

    Need a reason to go to Bradenton? Here’s a bunch!

     
    Thanks to the good folks at Anna Maria Island, Bradenton and Longboat Key for sending along a terrific list of monthly activities and festivals in that area that look like the fodder for plenty of getaway ideas. The options range from monthly art w

    "A Voyage Long and Strange," by Tony Horwitz

    In "Pathfinders," his encompassing history of the exploration of the globe, Felipe Fernandez-Armesto notes that the "Atlantic breakthrough" made by Europe at the end of the 15th Century took place in less than a decade. From Christopher Columbus' landfall...

    A triumph after a mistaken identity

    A triumph after a mistaken identity
    When European explorers made their way to the New World, they were delighted to find, amid the unknown foods, forbidding forests and sometimes hostile native people, a familiar food growing seemingly everywhere: Melons. But they weren't melons. They were...