We has an amazing stay and just say enough great things about this place! First, this house must have just been renovated because everything was brand new and beautiful! I've rented a lot of places and this one ranks right up there at the top! The beds were extremely comfortable memory foam mattresses with nice big closets to store all the luggage. Having two living room spaces worked out really well with the family. Loved that the TVs were all large and enabled with Netflix. Loved the four-seasons room as it allowed us to open up the space and enjoy the pool where others could be inside and we could all still be together. It had plenty of brand new big beach towels, and beach chairs in the garage. The kitchen was fully equipped with indoor and outdoor plates/glasses and nice cooking pots & pans. We took full advantage of the new grill and ate most of our meals outside near the pool.
In terms of location, I would normally prefer something right on the beach - but I think being on the canal worked out better. The house came with a kayak that you can drop in the water just steps from the pool. The kids took turns and used that a lot. We ended up renting a boat and was able to drive the boat right up to the dock - which was so convenient! The house is also an easy walk to all the local restaurants and shops.
Anna Maria is a very unique place in that it is not commercial at all. Everything feels local and beachy - where you will see families out walking, riding bikes or in golf carts. I told my husband it is my new "happy place" - we will definitely return! ~ Christine W.