Get the door, it's the liquor store
There’s a lot happening around the Tampa metropolitan area, and not all of it is in Tampa/St. Petersburg/Clearwater — take... Bradenton, for example. Let’s start with some perks. Bradenton is a lovely city of under 60,000 with art galleries, restaurants, shops and more. Its Village of the Arts is full of carefully restored ’20s and ’30s cottages that are a draw on their own. The Manatee River flows right by downtown and creates some spectacular wildlife watching. Alright, enough of the soft sell: Bradenton has some serious street cred, and it’s time you should know. Bradenton has Florida’s oldest working fishing town, Cortez Historic Fishing Village. It’s got the historic Gamble Mansion, south Florida’s oldest antebellum plantation that’s still standing. Bradenton is also the birthplace of horse surfing. Suppose you don’t know what that is. You’re probably assuming a horse on a surfboard or a person somehow surfing on a horse — and while we hate to shatter that spectacular image for you, it’s actually a person being towed at 40 miles per hour behind a horse along the beach. Sold? Sold. One more bragging point. You can get alcohol delivered straight to your door in Bradenton, and it happens in 60 minutes or less. Here’s what you do: open the Drizly app or website, select your favorite beers, wines and/or liquors and hit order. Start your timer and watch the magic unfold. So if you’re looking for the perfect bottle of wine to watch the sunset, search for the finest whiskey, or merely pack a cooler for a day of sharing the waves with Kentucky thoroughbreds, we’ve got you.