New BIG house for big family fun, Sun Down!!!!

This home is located in Ft. Morgan only 18 miles West of Gulf Shores. It offers the complete Island experience. Enjoy the tranquility of the ocean with awesome views from one of several decks.  Warm tropical colors, comfy seating and beds for your large family, is sure to encourage all sorts of family fun.  Take a look around this beautiful home!
Sundown photos The home has 3250 Sq. Ft. with three levels which provide plenty of space for family and friends to gather. The large, open floor plan allows plenty of space for everyone to eat play and relax together comfortably. Head off to the nearby historic Ft. Morgan for a very interesting day in the lives of the solders that served in the Civil War. You can also explore the beach; watch the dolphins play or head across the street to Gulf Shores Marina for fresh seafood a cold drink and the most beautiful sunset in the world. The vacation your family spends in this home will be the one everyone remembers for years to come. This house rents only Saturday to Saturday  during the Summer and Spring…..if you are looking for a Fall or Winter you need a shorter stay please call 888-877-9270 or email!

Bird Banding in Ft. Morgan

Each Spring and Fall Ft. Morgan has thousands of visitors I’m not talking about vacationers, I’m talking about the feathered kind. It is time again for our friends from the HBSG (Hummer / Bird Study Group) are here tagging and studying our feathered friends again.

The birds that they tag each Spring fly across the Gulf of Mexico north from Central America and Mexico. The often fly 20 hours or more to make it to Fort Morgan, which is for many of the birds the first land they see after traveling. The HBSG stretches extremely fine nets between trees to catch the birds as they land. Once a bird is trapped in the net a member of of HBSG carefully frees the bird and transports it to the tagging station. at the tagging station the bird is identified, weighed, measured, and banded. Each band has a number specific to that bird that will not be duplicated. Some of the birds the hummers especially are given a chance to refuel from a special sugar water mixture. Then these birds are released, to go on their way.

The members of the HBSG study for years to learn about the birds they will band and measure, then they continue their education with years of training on how to handle and properly gather data from the birds. The valuable information that this group gathers provides information on migration and population patterns for birds of all types. If you are in Fort Morgan, Alabama bird banding is not to be missed. The banding takes place just near the entrance of the fort grounds. To watch the banding and maybe even let a bird go, there is a $5 entrance fee for adults, $4 for seniors and $3 for children. We wanted to say a special thanks to Our friend Ellen who shared some pictures with us this year. She has volunteered with the HBSG for several years and stays with Sunset while shes here. Apparently this beautiful woodpecker let everyone know he was very unhappy by pecking anyone who came near.

Sunset’s Princesses Run for a Cause

Tara, Katie, Karen and Gwen from our Sunset Properties staff ran in the Disney Princess half marathon this past February 28th. We try as a staff to support different charities and causes that benefit our local community. This race was a little different for us though. We traveled to Walt Disney World to participate in the Disney Princess half marathon in support of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Not only was this race extremely fun but it supported a cause that is very close to our hearts. We ran this race in honor of a condo owners son Mark Henderson who beat lymphoma and in memory of Clint Bobe who we lost in 06 from lymphoma. We had a wonderful time, and it was great to get away with just the girls to celebrate life and have fun outside of the office. We are hoping to make this an annual trip!

Tara, Katie, Karen, and Gwen
Tara, Katie, Karen, and Gwen


Sunset Properties first house with it’s own POOL!!!!

We wanted to introduce our first house with a pool to you! Welcome “Dreams Come True” to our rental line up! This four bedroom three and a half bath home is located on South Boykin Court, about 2 blocks from the Dunes Community. Located on the Ft. Morgan peninsula, this beautiful home is also only 20 yards away from the sugar white sandy beaches of the Gulf of Mexico. You will also enjoy your very own private pool. How cool is that!! This home has 3 decks all with ocean views. You can cook all that wonderful seafood in the large well stocked kitchen. This kitchen will come with everything you need and then some to prepare amazing meals with your family. You can seat six comfortably at the dining room. For additional seating 5 more can eat at the breakfast bar that separates the kitchen and dining room. Relax with your family and a good movie or a board game in the plush living room. After a fun family evening you can grab a hot shower or relax in the Jacuzzi tub before you head off to a restful sleep in one of the peaceful bedrooms. The master bedroom has a wonderful King size bed to add to your comfort. There are two bedrooms with queen beds and the forth bedroom has two sets of bunk beds for your little sand crabs If you have a few extra people there is a sleeper sofa with a special mattress to insure your comfort. In the master bedroom there is also an over-sized chair that lets out into a twin bed. There are TV’s and DVD players, with Direct TV throughout the home. Who could ask for anything more in a vacation home? Don’t miss out on this piece of paradise!!!!  Call to book today.

Ft. Morgan, Beach Update Feburary 8, 2011!!!

Happy February Everyone!  We wanted to give you a current beach update.   Tara and I ventured out to the beach at lunch today to get a video of the deep clean that BP is performing.  You will see large equipment, and holes that it dug, sifting equipment and dump trucks.  The large digging equipment will dig a pile of sand and then the sand is lifted in to the sifter.  This sifter will separate the clean sand from the tar balls or any oiled debris.   The clean sand is then put back on the beach while the tar balls and debris are put in dump trucks and hauled away. 

 We fully anticipate the beach to back at it’s beautiful self by Spring!  We are looking forward to seeing all of you back, really soon!!!   Check out the video. Fort Morgan Beach Update February 2011

New Addition to our Bayside Houses!!!

I’m talking about the Rookery number 1101. This great little house will win you over as you step in the door. Beautiful wood floors through out and an open floor plan perfect for a family. You have 3 bedrooms a great living room, dining, kitchen area that facilitates memory building togetherness. This house is part of a duplex in The Rookery community.
The Rookery Community is situated at mile marker 6 on Fort Morgan Road. That means it is about 4 miles before the Dunes Community. This quiet little area is nesteled on the bay side of the road, and offers great amenities. With the rental of this house you have access to the tennis courts, the largest pool in the area, a hot tub, and family grilling area that are just steps from your screened in porch.
Surround by the Bon Secour Wild Life Sanctuary you are sure to see wildlife at every turn. This house has two queen beds, and a queen sofa sleeper in the 3rd bedroom. You are half a mile from the beach and 7 miles from championship golfing.
Renting in this secluded community you are guaranteed to have a quiet getaway for your beach vacation. Call to book today!

It’s time to plan your Beach Wedding!!!!

It is typical winter day here in Ft. Morgan, and we are talking to vacationers about warm sunny days to come! One of my favorite conversations lately are with families planning spring or summer weddings. Everyone is excited and often really overwhelmed.
I wanted to take a minute and help you out with the planning.
First, now is the time to start planning. If you do not have a house, reception area, or spot on the beach chosen yet, do it now. These places book up fast and you are running out of time quickly.

When planning a beach wedding the simpler the better.
The beach is beautiful already, so you do not need lots of decorations to enhance such a lovely place. Plus most beaches have strict rules about what can and cannot happen on their beach. Note:Be sure you get a list of these rules well in advance so you can plan your wedding activities accordingly.

Your day is supposed to be about fun and great memories! The key to having a great day is flexibility. At a wedding in a church things can change at a moments notice. This is even more true with a beach wedding. The weather can cool off significantly or get unbearably hot, the wind can blow like a hurricane and bring rain with it or not blow at all and leave everyone feeling baked.  Always have a back up plan, and let your guests know! If it rains the ceremony will be at an alternate location… Maybe have a back up plan for some handheld fans in case bugs show up, or some mats for grandparents to walk on because sand is difficult to walk in for some seniors.  Flexibility is the key friends!!!

My best piece of advice is to have a trusted friend or wedding planner to help you not worry the day of your wedding.  This person will handle any emergencies that may come up and deal with them in a patient and helpful way not involving you unless absolutely necessary.

It is my hope that you have a wonderful wedding day experience for your beach wedding.  If we can help you plan or if you have any questions about a wedding at The Dunes Beach, give me a call!  I’m happy to help!!!

Happy Planning!!!!

Beach Update….from Utah???

Hey everyone! 


Well, I am curled up by the fire, hot cider in hand, watching the snow! I am completely in awe of the snow – I’ve had very few snow experiences, so I am thoroughly enjoying this one.


Oh!  Let me catch you up!  I’ve been talking about snow on our beach update.  I am currently in Park City, Utah, at our beautiful ski condo that is available for you to rent. I am very blessed to be able to take my friends to vacation here. Be sure to check out this condos interior photos on our online booking page.  I’m off to enjoy a day of snowy adventures!  Talk to you soon!


Enjoy the video I took!  Beach Update from Utah