The kids are back-to-school but just because they are out of the house, doesn’t mean the whirlwind ends. Usually it means it’s just beginning! Now there’s homework and after-school activities and and play dates and projects. Did you know that the environment you’re in can greatly add to or help stress levels in your home? We’ve rounded up some quick tips for back-to-school organization that are small, but may be a big help in the day-to-day.
While Hurricane Season technically begins in May, the threat of a hurricane really gears up once the Summer temperatures rise. After last year’s alarming Hurricane Season, it’s a great idea to make preparations soon just in case a Hurricane threatens the Gulf Coast over the next few months. Here are five things you can do now to alleviate the last-minute panic should the weatherman bring some potentially scary news.
The greatest part about living and working in paradise isn’t the beauty of the beach, but the people who make up this community… and specifically, our staff at A Paradise! We are highlighting our team so you can get to know the people behind the Paradise.
You know that applying sunscreen is an important step during a day at the beach but did you know that your sunscreen may be harming our coral reefs?
Looking for something new to do with the family? The largest natural and cultural history museum on Florida’s Gulf Coast is right here in our area - The South Florida Museum. Both educational and fun, The South Florida Museum in Downtown Bradenton offers engaging exhibits as well as educational programs. In addition to permanent exhibits, the Museum features changing temporary exhibitions with something new to discover every visit.
A great way to cool down after a long day at the beach or relax after a long day of work is with an ice, cold beer. And one that’s brewed right here in the Bradenton area? Doesn’t get better than that. Bradenton has recently become a hot spot for craft beer and breweries - with many brew master’s coming to the gulf coast area to open taprooms for our enjoyment. We’ve recently visited four of the top local breweries and taprooms to share about it and highlight our favorites. Spoiler alert: We loved them all.
Darwin Brewing Company and Taproom
Darwin Brewing Company was born in 2012 out of a Latin American gastropub, and proudly brews culinary-inspired ales and lagers evolved from native flavors of Florida and the Americas. Darwin brews are always available on the 14 taps at the DBC taproom. They’re conveniently located right across the street from McKechnie Field / LECOM Park in Bradenton, FL which makes it the perfect place to stop before (or after) a Pirates Spring Training Game or Marauders game. One thing that stands out about the DBC family other than their delicious brews (seriously, we loved every one we tried.) is their commitment to local partnerships and charities. They aim to be a part of the community and work with local organizations and creators to provide the best product and service possible, while frequently giving back to worthwhile causes. We’ll drink to that.
Our favorite: Circa 1926 Tangerine Wheat.
Motorworks Brewing boasts the largest beer garden in Florida, complete with a spacious deck built around a magnificent 150+ year-old oak tree, a 3-hole putting green, 2 bocce ball courts, over a dozen cornhole sets, life-sized jenga, a live music stage, 22 ft. projection screen and more. Their beer is delicious but what stands out most about Motorworks is the fun atmosphere! Also located near LECOM Park, Motoroworks is a great place to join friends for a fresh pint of beer. They always offer 30 craft beers on tap, a full liquor bar, and an expansive wine collection along with yard games and live music. Another unique thing is that Motorworks partners with local restaurants and food trucks to provide delicious offerings all day. Their servers will take your order and deliver the meal directly to your table providing a full restaurant experience with the unique tastes of rotating food truck partners.
Our favorite: V Twin Vienna Lager
3 Keys Brewing
3 Keys is a craft brewery and family-friendly eatery featuring a weekly evolving selection of small batch, handcrafted beers in an inviting and relaxing atmosphere. Their menu consists of interesting and wholesome appetizers, sandwiches, tacos, burgers and pizzas made daily from scratch. (We recommend the tacos and the trivia nights!) They have great food specials, music, activities and community events each week. The standout about 3 Keys is their friendly owners and staff are often there and love to talk shop about beers, travel, and trivia. They’ve travelled all over the country trying different breweries so their experience is extensive and hands-on. Not to mention, their beer names are quite comical… as is much of their branding. Their website boasts “Kids, dogs and well-behaved husbands are always welcome!” As a family-owned business with quite an interesting story, that is clearly reflected in their beloved 3 Keys Brewery.
Our favorite: Chocoholics Anonymous Oatmeal Stout.
The Good Liquid Brewing Company is a husband and wife owned/operated craft microbrewery located on 14th Street in Bradenton. This US Navy Veteran and Licensed Nurse duo is worth visiting to hear their story and sip their favorite beers. Their love for each other and love for good liquids is clear, they’ve got some great products. With the variety of brew houses, they can produce large enough batches of the year round favorites as well as small, seasonal and experimental brews. This also allow them to brew many styles of beer, too. They also offer frequent community events like trivia nights and food trucks and don’t want to limit their visitors to only beer-enthusiasts. Good Liquid Brewing’s mission is to use their knowledge, experience, science, and passion to hand craft a liquid for everyone… even the non-beer drinkers.
Our favorite: Porter.
Have you visited all four? What other great local Bradenton breweries or beers have we missed?
From now until October 31st, some of our favorite part-time residents will be making their annual trip to the beaches of Anna Maria Island. They appreciate the good things on AMI like our smooth sand and our crystal clear water. They dig the dark and they always live on island time. Of course, we’re talking about sea turtles! And there are five species of sea turtles that swim and feed near our beaches during the months of May through October.
Soak up the sun of The Sunshine State. Take advantage of the outdoor adventures and advantages of the Gulf Coast. We know our beaches are some of nature’s best work but did you know there’s much more great outdoors to offer in the Bradenton-Sarasota-Anna Maria Island area than just our beautiful beaches? We’ve rounded up some beautiful and fun excursions to get some fresh air and fresh perspective.
It’s Spring! Which means the weather is lovely, flowers are blooming, and it’s time for some Spring Cleaning! Attempting to dive into some deeper-cleaning than usual can be a bit overwhelming at first so we’ve mapped out 5 great places to start.
The greatest part about living and working in paradise isn’t the beauty of the beach, but the people who make up this community… and specifically, our staff at A Paradise! We decided to highlight some of our rockstars with you, so you can get to know the people behind the Paradise.
First up, our Employee of First Quarter 2018! Meet Rental Manager, Jomarie Alicea.
It’s important to offer exciting new activities and adventures that the whole family can enjoy… and when they provide some insight into culture, it’s wonderful. Introducing your kids to art, film, music, and history at a young age can help them garner an appreciation for those it for a lifetime. But no matter what age, there is always something new to be discovered.
Anna Maria Island, Bradenton, and Sarasota are known as “beach towns” but they also have plenty of options in terms of cultural activities. We’ve narrowed it down to 5 Cultural Activities for the Whole Family on, or a short drive, from Anna Maria Island.
Maybe you need a little break from the sun. Throw your sandy hair in a baseball cap, grab yourself a cold beer, and enjoy America’s pastime in the grandstands at LECOM Park. The Pittsburgh Pirates have officially kicked off their 50th year as seasonal Bradenton residents at LECOM Park for Spring Training. The strong partnership and familial relationship between the Pirates organization and the city of Bradenton has become an important staple for both.
It’s known as Color Psychology, and it explores how colors can influence mood and psychological reactions. The wrong colors can increase blood pressure and eyestrain. The right colors can actually contribute to relaxation and calming. Most times, this is happening subconsciously, but it is a tool that is worthwhile considering.