School is back in full swing, footballs are flying around everywhere and the 2018 Holiday Season is in sight. You’re planning a big ole family-filled Thanksgiving Weekend with lots of food and memories in the making. Why not put a new twist on an old tradition? Why not have all your family meet you at the beach for Thanksgiving? There are lots of reasons to go to Gulf Shores and stay with Sunset Properties, and any time is the right time to go to the beach, but here are our
Top 10 Reasons to Spend Thanksgiving 2018 in Gulf Shores, Orange Beach or Fort Morgan
- Beach is less crowded than in summer
Have you ever noticed how many people choose to spend summer weeks at the beach? Summers are the busiest times along the Alabama Gulf Coast. We migrate south in search of warm days and sunny skies and a perfect Gulf to swim in. What if I told you those are the same reasons to spend Thanksgiving at the beach? Its true! You get all the same great days with a bonus: not as many people on the beach! You’ll find stores, restaurants and your favorite shopping places will be much less crowded and the same beautiful beaches that call out to you in the summer are still awaiting your arrival!
- Temperatures are amazing
Let’s talk temperatures for a minute. Did you know the average daily temperature in Gulf Shores in November is 69.1 degrees? Yep! That’s right! One degree off from a perfect 70 degrees is the average temperature around our island. So when you head down in late November to escape the cold temps at home, go ahead and pack your favorite pair of fuzzy boots, but throw in some shorts and flip-flops, too. You’re gonna need them!
- Your favorite island attractions are open
Did you know your favorite attractions are open in November? The Track, Adventure Island and Pirates Island Mini Golf may have different hours than they do during the summer, but they are still open and ready to welcome your family for a day outing filled with fun! Oh! And don’t forget to visit The Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo while you’re down in November. Stop in and see how the animals love the cool fall weather! Remember to check the websites of your favorite attraction before you go. While they are open for business, their hours are usually different than when you went there in the summer months.
- Fabulous accommodations are available
With your whole family coming over to celebrate this fun American holiday, you probably think you have to have your home in tip top spotless shape. Who wants to do all that cleaning right before a holiday? Wouldn’t it be nice if all the cleaning was already done and all you had to do was just cook and celebrate? Great news: we’ve got you covered! All Sunset Properties rentals are not only tastefully decorated, fully stocked with linens and kitchen pans and dishes, but also are exceptionally clean when you arrive. And when you leave, there are just a couple of easy things to do to tidy up before you check out. Did I mention how well stocked our kitchens are? Much of the same cooking pans you have at home will be available in your unit. If you have a question about a specific item, simply call or text us at 251.543.1370 and we’ll be happy to help you.
- Plenty of room for the whole family
Our rental properties range in size from one bedroom condos to six bedroom homes. Need extra bathrooms? A couple of our homes have seven bathrooms! Our homes and condos sleep from two – twenty people and many allow dogs. (After all, what’s a holiday without your fur baby, right?!) Check out our one, two and three bedroom condos at The Dunes and The Indies for smaller family gatherings. And give Grace, Sea Turtle and Coquille at Martinique a look for larger ones.
- Great grocery stores are nearby
We know you’re already planning a magnificent meal for your whole crew and you’re probably thinking you’re going to have to cart all your food prep down to Alabama. Not so! We have amazingly stocked grocery stores and markets right around the corner. Rouse’s Market is located at the intersection of Fort Morgan Road and Gulf Shores Parkway and Publix is located at Colonial Promenade at Craft Farms. These are two of our favorite places to stock up on fresh veggies and great meats and desserts.
- Seafood is still in season
What’s a trip to the Alabama Gulf Coast without having some fresh Gulf Seafood? Did you know your favorite seafood is still in season in November? If you’re in the mood for some Amberjack, Grouper, oysters or shrimp, you’re in luck. How about some tuna, whiting or flounder? Yep, these too are available fresh because they are in season. While we’re on the subject, why not consider tossing your traditional turkey-and-stuffing dinner and make a big ole pot of fresh gumbo for Thanksgiving? Now you’re talking! Gumbo! That’s an Alabama Gulf Coast Thanksgiving done right!
- Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade is on TV and the beach is right outside
What would Thanksgiving morning be without the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade? We love watching those giant balloon characters fly down 59th to 34th in New York, right? Without this, it just almost wouldn’t feel like Thanksgiving, would it? Consider this: how about watching the Thanksgiving Day Parade on your vacation home TV with the Gulf of Mexico right outside? Now, that’s what I call a Thanksgiving morning! After you’ve had your coffee, watched bands and entertainers perform in New York, you can walk right outside on your deck overlooking the spectacular Gulf of Mexico and have some much needed relaxing family time with all your favorite peeps. Talk about memories that need to be made! Your perfect vacation home with your perfect view is just a click or call away.
- Black Friday shopping is unmatched
What would Thanksgiving be without Black Friday Shopping? With all those amazing deals we wait for all year long just begging to be snapped up, Black Friday is like a shopper’s Christmas ….before Christmas! If you’re like me, you look online and wait in serious anticipation for those sale papers announcing the best places to shop on a chilly Thanksgiving night and early on a Friday morning. Well, as a guest on our island, you’re in the perfect place to hit up all the best sales on Black Friday. There are lots of fun beachy shops on the island that will have end-of-year sales. The Wharf does Black Friday right! San Roc Cay in Orange Beach never disappoints. Pelican Place is just a short drive away. And if you’re an outlet mall shopper, Tanger Factory Outlets in Foley is the place to be!
- The best nap you’ll have all year is here
Who doesn’t take at least one nap during Thanksgiving break? That much anticipated nap after Thanksgiving lunch cannot get any better than if you stretch yourself out on a lounge chair on your deck and let the sound of the lapping waves of the Gulf of Mexico lull you to sleep. Stretching out right on the sand is another option I highly recommend. Toss a blanket on the warm sand, feel the angled rays of the sun on your skin and nap like you can no where else. Truly, the best Thanksgiving nap you’ve ever had awaits you in Gulf Shores, Orange Beach or Fort Morgan.
These are our top ten reasons to plan a Thanksgiving weekend getaway at the beach.
Sounds pretty good, huh? We are sure we have the perfect vacation home to fit both your wants and needs for this holiday season. Rentals fill up fast for this holiday weekend, so don’t wait too long to reserve your family holiday home. We at Sunset Properties are looking forward to hearing from you.