5 Fun Family Things to do in Gulf Shores, Orange Beach and Fort Morgan

5 Fun Family Things to do in Gulf Shores, Orange Beach and Fort Morgan

So you’re headed to Gulf Shores, Orange Beach or Fort Morgan for a week in June and you want to do some outside stuff with your honey and the kiddos.  You’ve already been to The Track and, even though you love Waterville USA, you want to do something just a little different.  Remember the old days when you went biking around the island with your parents?  Looking for some ideas similar to that?  Well, you’re in luck!  We, at Sunset Properties know and appreciate the importance of spending quality time with those you love because we are a family-owned, family oriented company.   Here are our suggestions for 5 Fun Family Things to do Together in Gulf Shores, Orange Beach and Fort Morgan while you’re vacationing in June.

  1.  Beach Volleyball

Ok, so you’re at the beach and the first thing you want to do is feel the sun on your shoulders and the sand between your toes, right?  Well, why not turn those wonderful feelings into a fun family game of beach volleyball?  There are a couple of nets around our island already set up and waiting for you to arrive.  Bring your own ball, plenty of sunscreen and some cool water and you’re all set.  For a list of suggested items to bring to the beach every day, check out blog about things to put in your beach bag.  Volleyball nets are located at The Public Beach in Gulf Shores and at Cotton Bayou, a part of Gulf State Park, in Orange Beach.  Gulf Shores is a great place to go watch the NCAA Beach Volleyball Championship games held in May and it is a great place for us to all be beach volleyball champions all summer long!

  •  Geocaching

Since 2000, the global hide-and-seek treasure hunt game of Geocaching has taken off.  More and more places to hunt for treasures are being added all the time.  Did you know you can search for treasures right here in Gulf Shores, Orange Beach and Fort Morgan?  The Coastal Alabama Cashers have hidden lots of treasure boxes or “caches” around our island and they are just waiting to be discovered.  Learn about our island and its ecosystem.  Discover lesser traveled places and find treasures!  What a great way to spend a summer day!  To join the Geocaching craze, visit www.geocaching.com and sign up.  It’s an easy-to-use fun free app.  Kids and adults alike enjoy this interactive game.  Your fist find is right off Fort Morgan Road!  Make memories unlike any others.  So set aside some time, open your app, load up the kiddos and head out for adventure.   Explore our area in this unique way…and to quote Dr. Seuss:  oh the places you’ll go!

  •  Escape Room

One of the newest attractions on our island are the Escape Rooms.  If working as a team to solve clues sounds like fun, you and your family will love the challenge of an Escape Room.  This activity is one that will take the whole family working together to complete.  There are several scenarios from which to choose. Some Escape Rooms allow younger children and some have age restrictions, so its best to use our links provided here to determine which family outing will work for yours.  You’ll need to make reservations and choose your game scenario, so start by checking out Gulf Coast Escape Room for all the details of their Escape Room experiences.  Another option is XIT Escape Room located at Pelican Place at Craft Farms. A third option is the Escape House located at Waterville USA.  Located on the site of the world famous waterpark in Gulf Shores, the Escape House is sure to thrill your whole family.  Make sure you add this fun family outing to your “to do” list this Summer 2019 while you’re vacationing along the Alabama Gulf Coast.  Your whole family will enjoy this unique experience and you’re sure to take home some memories like no others.

  •  Mini Golf

What is a trip to the beach without a game of mini-golf?  It is one of the most economical and entertaining ways to spend some time playing with your family.  There are several places to play mini-golf around our island.  Pirate’s Island Adventure Golf is a fun course that is built with a pirate ship theme.  Tiki’s Mini Golf and Bike Shack, located right next to the Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo is also a favorite.   Once known as Zooland Mini Golf, this course is a timeless classic for any tourist or local alike.  A third option for mini golf is Adventure Island Mini Golf. Adventure Island is so easy to find.  Just drive East on Beach Boulevard, toward Florida, and look for the big bright volcano across the street from the Gulf in Orange Beach.  The kids will love the volcano and you will love the quality family time you all spend together.  Another option for mini golf is The Wharf Mini Golf.  Visiting The Wharf in Orange Beach is on most folk’s minds while at the beach, but did you know they have a mini-golf course?  That’s right!  So while you guys are shopping for the whole family, don’t forget to get in a round of family mini-golf!

  •  Biking

Bike riding is always a great way to get the whole family outside and doing something together. Remember how much fun you had as a kid exploring our island with your parents?  In the old days, we had to strap our bikes to the back of the station wagon and bring them down.  Traveling with our bikes has become a bit easier now, but if you don’t want to haul your bikes to the Alabama Gulf Coast, we know where you can rent some for your outing.  Visit Tiki’s Mini Golf and Bike Shack.  This fun little Gulf Shores business has plenty of bikes to choose from.  Another option for bike rentals is Beach Bike Rentals in Orange Beach.  Along with all the entertainment and safety equipment you’ll need, like helmets, bells and baskets, Beach Bike Rentals has a wide variety of bike options.  Look for choices like cruiser bikes, tandems, adult trikes, children’s bikes, pull behinds and other child carriers as listed on their website.  Their website also shows in detail several suggestions for outings.  Check out Beach Bike Rentals for help with planning your whole day touring our island with your family.

With so many things to do as a family along the Alabama Gulf Coast, you’re sure to find the perfect way to hang out with your peeps! And with so many great beach home rentals available from Sunset Properties, we know we can get you all set with your accommodations, as well.  If you have a small family, check out Dunes 705.  This adorable condo located near Fort Morgan sleeps up to six comfortably.  If your family is a little larger, give 4 Shore a look!  Located just off West Beach, this amazing home sleeps up to eleven folks!  Sunset Properties is happy you’re coming to visit us and we cannot wait to meet your whole family!

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Father’s Day 2019 – Gulf Shores – Great Places to Dine and Bushwacker Crawl

Father’s Day 2019 – Gulf Shores – Great Places to Dine and Bushwacker Crawl

Father’s Day 2019 is coming up and you’re planning a weekend getaway to the beach in Gulf Shores, Orange Beach and Fort Morgan to celebrate Dad.  What an awesome idea! Weekends seem to fly by down here, and we tend to spend so much trying to decide where to eat and what to drink that time can just get away.  Sometimes in haste, we can make bad decisions and end up regretting our choices.  To help you make your food and beverage choices easy, I decided to put together this blog highlighting some of my local faves.

Here are some great places to dine during Father’s Day Weekend 2019 and then go on a Father’s Day Bushwacker Crawl.

  •  Breakfast

To begin with, let’s begin at the beginning of the day with breakfast.  And no breakfast blog is complete without mentioning Hazel’s Nook.  Hazel’s Nook, located at the intersection of Fort Morgan Road and Gulf Shores Parkway, has been nestled right there under those ancient oaks serving breakfast since we actually can’t remember when.  They have been there, no joke, somewhere in the neighborhood of 60 years.  And you don’t make it in a small beach town that long unless you’re doing something right.  Hazel’s Nook does breakfast right!  If a hot, home cooked breakfast buffet featuring fresh eggs served with a side of grits and home fries, great coffee, a fun staff, and a local place that has stood the test of time appeals to you, then you need to take Dad to Hazel’s Nook while you’re here.  And by the way…yes, the eggs really are that fresh and yes, there really was a Ms. Hazel!  Hazel’s Nook is located, like I said, in a great place.  It’s not too far from West Beach near 4 Shore, a fabulous beach home that’ll sleep up to eleven people! This West Beach home is located in Gulf Shores not far from another can’t-miss breakfast spot:  The Ruby Slipper Café.  And since you’ll be here for two mornings, I can’t leave them out of this blog, either.  Unlike Hazel’s, The Ruby Slipper Café, located on Beach Boulevard in Orange Beach, is not a buffet style restaurant.  Instead, it’s a go-inside, sit-down and relax-and-chat kind of place.  When you first arrive, you’ll find the staff is so accommodating while you wait.  And you’re probably going to have to wait for a few minutes for a table.  But do it!  It’s worth it!  So, once you get your table, what do you order?  Choosing what to have at The Ruby Slipper is challenging for all of us.  That’s why I always seem to settle on thePeaceMaker.  This appropriately named breakfast entrée allows you to “make peace” with your tummy and mind and just have two entrees in one!  I like the Eggs Cochon paired with the Shrimp Boogaloo Benedict.  These are two totally different breakfast entrees and they go great together.  And don’t forget to have a couple of cups of their coffee.  I prefer at least one of those to be an Irish Coffee, but that’s just me.  Their coffee tastes like NOLA in a cup.  It’s some of the best I’ve ever had, and I drink a lot of coffee!  If you’d like something sweet for breakfast, try the Bananas Foster Pain Perdu.  This is an island favorite and it’s hard to make a trip down here and not have Bananas Foster at least once.  If Dorothy, herself, found her way to Gulf Shores, Orange Beach or Fort Morgan, she’d definitely find herself dining at The Ruby Slipper.  Don’t miss an opportunity to treat Dad to The Ruby Slipper while you’re in town!  There may be no place like home, but Dad will certainly thank you for taking him out for breakfast at two or our beach home faves:  Hazel’s Nook and The Ruby Slipper Cafe.

  •  Lunch

Located on Fort Morgan Road about five minutes from Navy Cove 2113, Dunes 705 and Dream, Sassy Bass Amazin’ Grill is a great place to go for lunch.  The service is outstanding, the drinks are refreshingly chilled, and the food is amazing.  While Sassy Bass is a great place to take the whole family for dinner, I strongly suggest trying them for lunch, as well.  The atmosphere is great for families or a couple of friends just hanging out.  Dine inside or on their screened porch.  The super friendly staff will be happy to seat you where you’re comfortable.  And their menu item choices are sure to please anyone.  With food for both land and sea lovers, there is something for everyone at Sassy Bass.  Their burgers are piled high with perfectly cooked beef and smothered with the freshest of toppings.  Their seafood po-boys are literally overflowing with seafood and toppings, and their hand cut fries are a comfort food like none other.  If you choose to have a salad, try the vinaigrette dressing.  It is zippy sweet summery taste of yum and it seems to make the taste of the veggies sort of pop.  I can’t let their slaw go without mentioning either.  If you like the old timey Pool Room Slaw, you are going to love Sassy Bass’s slaw.  It is served in a quarter cup size side cup, but you’re gonna want a whole-big-ole-bowl of it. And, if an adult beverage appeals to you, try one of their signature fishbowl drinks.  I’d love to make a recommendation on which one, after all, there are quite a few. But I just can’t choose one fave.  They are all great!  If non-alcoholic drinks are your choice, they have plenty of those to choose from, too.

  •  Dinner

We covered breakfast and lunch.  So, what about dinner?  Or as we affectionately call it in South Alabama:  supper.  Where are you going to take Dad for supper?  Suppertime down here at the beach is one of our favorite times of the day.  It’s a time when we all sit down together and talk about our day.   Dinner is usually around 7PM or so, but supper can happen most any time after lunch.  If you choose to stop mid-to-late afternoon and eat, then it’s Lupper!  But, no matter what you choose to call it, just make sure you call Fin & Fork in Orange Beach and make a reservation for it.  While reservations are not required, I do suggest making one.  This place is so good and so conveniently located on Beach Boulevard in Orange Beach not too far from Grand Caribbean 215, they are packed most all the time.  You can choose to eat outside at a picnic area, on their screened-in porch or inside the restaurant.  Regardless of which area you choose, try the grouper.  It’s not called “Local’s Favorite Grouper” for nothing.  You’ll get a huge helping of fresh panko (that yummy bready stuff they put on fish) covered grouper topped with a mushroom and crab sauce that’s been placed delicately and deliciously inside a cabbage leaf.  Oh-Em-Gee!  It’s one of the prettiest plates of food that’ll ever be laid in front of you and the taste is just as Oh-em-gee-able.  You’ll probably just sit there and admire it for a minute before you taste it.  If you’re like most, you’ll have the urge to snap a picture of it and Facebook post it.  But try to refrain.  Posting your food on Facebook, according to most millennials, is so last year.  But then…. there’s always SnapChat!  Picture this:  alongside your grouper, you’ll get these perfectly seasoned whole green beans and whipped Yukon gold mashed potatoes.  The sweetness of the potatoes and the zingy-ness of the green beans is a perfect pairing for the fish.  If your Dad is more of fried fish guy, try the Whole Fried Snapper.  Our Alabama Gulf Coast is famous for our great Snapper Seasons, and Fin & Fork is celebrated for their Whole Fried Snapper.   Also, while you’re there, order some Sushi.  You might not expect to get great Sushi in Orange Beach, but you will!  Fin & Fork has a great Sushi Chef preparing Sushi to order.   Take Dad to Fin & Fork for his Father’s Day Dinner, Supper, Lupper or all three.  He’ll thank you for it!

  •  Bushwacker Crawl

No trip to the Alabama Gulf Coast is complete with a Bushwacker.  So why not take Dad on a Father’s Day Bushwacker Crawl? (which, by the way, I just invented for this blog!)  Why do we affectionately call it a “crawl”?  Well, when you have your first Bushwacker, the answer is not so obvious.  But by the time Dad tries all three Bushwackers I suggest here, he might need some help walking.   Hence the name:  crawl.  Remember, someone sober must drive Dad so he can enjoy his outing.  If everyone in your group wants to try these, I strongly suggest you plan ahead and contact a taxi to drive you.  Uber and Lyft are not available in our area, but this link will give you lots of choices for local drivers.  While we love our Bushwackers down here, safety is always our first concern.  Drink responsibly and let someone else drive!  For your first stop, take Dad to Anchor Bar & Grill located off Canal Road on Wilson Boulevard in Orange Beach.  I say start your crawl here, because they make unique and specialty Bushwackers.  While most Bushwacker bartenders use rum, the good folks at the Anchor Bar & Grill use Vodka.  It’s a great twist on an old favorite and they are soooo good!   And, by the way, so is the view from Anchor Bar & Grill.  It overlooks beautiful Terry Cove in Orange Beach.  While you guys enjoy your first taste of frozen goodness on your Father’s Day Bushwacker Crawl, you’ll get to watch seagulls play and maybe even catch a glimpse of a dolphin or two.  You’re also almost guaranteed to see our local pirate ship that docks right outside the Anchor Bar & Grill at Hudson Marina.  Maybe you could even squeeze in a Pirate Cruise while you’re down.  Your second stop on your Father’s Day Bushwacker Crawl needs to be Flippers Seafood & Oysterbar located at Bear Point Marina, just a bit down Canal Road from The Keg (which is a great place to highlight in another blog!)  Bushwackers at Flippers are worth the drive.  While you’re there, go ahead and have some oysters on the half shell, too.  Oysters go so good with Bushwackers!  Flippers has a wonderful full menu.  If raw oysters aren’t your thing, I know there is something on their menu that will make your tummy smile!  The last place I’ll suggest for a great Bushwacker is Tacky Jacks in Gulf Shores.  Head back from Flippers toward Gulf Shores on Canal Road, and just keep going.  Right where the road makes a sharp (really sharp!) left, you’ll find Tacky Jacks.  Tacky Jacks overlooks the intracoastal waterway.  I’d like to suggest an appetizer to go with your Tacky Jacks Bushwacker, but everything on their menu is a winner.  So, I’ll leave this one to you.  By now, you should know why we call this little outing a crawl.  While I hope you guys are having a great time on your Father’s Day Bushwacker Crawl, I can’t stress enough the importance of a sober driver and the willingness of locals in the transportation industry to help you out.  Don’t drink and drive.  But if you’re having a good time on this little crawl, and want to keep it going, check out our blog on 5 Best Bushwackers to give you some suggestions on a couple more places to try!

I hope this blog helps make your decisions on where to take Dad for food and drink easier than you expect.  You know, at Sunset Properties, we celebrate families.  We are a family owned, family-oriented company.  We are flattered that you are planning to spend a weekend with us celebrating your Dad this Father’s Day 2019 with us and we hope you’ll plan a week later this summer to celebrate your whole family and stay with us again!

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Have a safe and happy Father’s Day Weekend and Summer 2019!

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Four A-MAY-ZING reasons to visit Gulf Shores, Orange Beach and Fort Morgan in May 2019

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Spring is folding into summer and down here along the Alabama Gulf Coast, May is a wonderful month to visit our Island Paradise.  The flowers are in full bloom, everything is new and fresh, and our sugar white sandy beaches and rolling tides of the Gulf of Mexico just seem to welcome summer in a way nowhere else can.  We have shaken off the cold of the winter, restocked our shelves, brightened up our beach homes and our staffs are ready to greet you.  Come on down to the Alabama Gulf Coast and stay with us at Sunset Properties.  We, like the warm early summer sun, are ready for your arrival!  There are four fabulous weeks in May and here are Four A-MAY-ZING reasons you need to be on the Alabama Gulf Coast in May:

1.      Annual Gulf Coast Hot Air Balloon Festival   May 2-4, 2019

For fifteen years, locals and guests alike have looked to the skies on the first weekend in May to see amazingly colorful hot air balloons drifting brilliantly in the sun.  A rainbow filled thrill for everyone,  the Annual Gulf Coast Hot Air Balloon Festival is an event you won’t want to miss.  Be at the Tanger Outlet Mall in Foley on the evening of Friday, May 2 and see the balloons glow from 6-8PM.  It’s an almost magical to see these towering balloons illuminate the horizon with their giant gas flames.  Meet the balloon crews and teams who make this all possible.  Bring the kids and watch their eyes light up with wonder!  Then be sure to visit the festival grounds on Saturday and Sunday, May 3rd and 4th,  for a full weekend of fun.  There will be a carnival, food vendors, tethered balloon rides, a the Disconnected K9 Dog Show, and the fabulous bands Dr Zarr’s Amazing Funk Monster and Werewolf the legendary 80s cover band are scheduled to perform.  This 15-year old Alabama Gulf Coast even is one that continues to grow and thrill attendees.  Don’t forget to contact Sunset Properties to book you amazing accommodations and don’t miss your chance to come out and make some great memories that will last a lifetime!

2.      Mother’s Day    May 12, 2019

Can’t seem to swing a beach trip to see the Gulf Coast Hot Air Balloon Festival?  What about Mother’s Day?  Most of us celebrate our Moms every day.  We know that she alone is the person who always has our back.  She’s always been our friend, our cheerleader, our taxi driver and the one who always has great advice.  When we were kids, she helped us balance on skates, kissed our knees when we fell and skinned them, and gave us ice cream to help the hurt go away.  As we became adults and our life challenges changed, so did Mom’s help.  But she’s the one who never lets us down.  For someone who has done so much for us, how do we ever even begin to show her how much we appreciate her?  What’s a great way to celebrate Mom on Mother’s Day 2019?  Why not bring Mom at the beach this year?   Gulf Shores, Orange Beach and Fort Morgan are three of her favorite places.  How about instead of the same-old, same-old easy-peasy card and chocolate, why not give Mom a Mother’s Day Memory she will always cherish?  Bring Mom to the Alabama Gulf Coast, stay in one of Sunset Properties’ fabulous beach homes, treat Mom to some delightfully mouth-watering Fresh Alabama Gulf Seafood and shop in some of the best retail venues in the whole state.  What are you waiting for?  You know this is a great idea!  Mother’s Day is special anywhere, but make your Mom’s weekend extra special by spending it with us, here at the beach.  Contact Sunset Properties and mention code MOTHER19 for a special discount offer on some beach homes.  Go ahead!  Be Mom’s hero, just like she’s always been yours!

3.      Hangout Music Festival   May 17-19

Maybe you can’t get down here for Mother’s Day and the Hot Air Balloon Festival is not the kind of festival you had in mind.  Well, in that case, you won’t want to miss the annual Hangout Music Festival which rocks the public beaches in Gulf Shores from May 17-19, 2019, with a kick-off party scheduled on Thursday, May 16.  With a band line-up like no other and music that lasts from 11-11 each day, you will have a blast with your besties as you celebrate mid-May on the beach while your favorite live music plays. Hangout Fest is a gated, ticketed event and the tickets usually sell out, so if you’re planning on coming, you probably need to act quickly to ensure your spot.  If you need some help planning your Hangout experience, check out our blog 5 Tips to Make Your Hangout Festival Experience Super Groovy for some great ideas.  And if you need a place to stay, we can help with that, too.  Sunset Properties has several beach homes near the Hangout venue.  Call or email us and we’ll help you find just the perfect place for you.

4.      Memorial Day    May 27

So you were saving the best for last?  The a-MAY-zing fun continues along the beaches here all month long.  Memorial Day Weekend is the last weekend in May, but it’s the first weekend of Summer at the Beach!  The kiddos are finally out of school and you’re planning to come to the beach for the unofficial summer kick-off week, Memorial Day 2019.  Awesome!  We are so glad you’re choosing to spend your first summer vacation week with us!  At Sunset Properties, we have several wonderful beach homes to choose from and here on the Alabama Gulf Coast, the summer fun ramps up on Memorial Day!  And here in Gulf Shores, Orange Beach and Fort Morgan, we have great attractions for your whole family.  The kiddos will love Waterville USA , The Track and Adventure Island .  Your whole family will love The Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo.  With great places to dine like King Neptunes, Cobalt and Doc’s Seafood Shack, you won’t have to worry about cooking.  But if you choose to prepare your own meal, shop Rouses Market and then enjoy a fully stocked kitchen in any of our supremely decorated beach homes.  If you want to bring your fur baby, you’re in luck!  We have quite a few dog friendly homes to choose from and we even can recommend a wonderful locally owned doggie daycare Sea Paws Dog Resort so your fur baby gets to enjoy vacation, too.  

Vacation.  Ahhh….just saying that word makes us smile.  May, here in our Island Paradise is truly a month for a vacation.  Whether you choose a quick weekend getaway vacation, or a week long stay with us, we are truly excited to know you’re coming.  If you need any help making your reservations or have questions about any of our wonderful beach homes, please call or email us.  We are always ready to assist our guests.  Don’t wait!  Our homes fill up fast all month long, so call us now!  Get ready to plan your own A-MAY-ZING vacation and we will see you soon!

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5 Things You and Mom Must Do for Mother’s Day in Gulf Shores, Orange Beach and Fort Morgan

5 Things You and Mom Must Do for Mother’s Day in Gulf Shores, Orange Beach and Fort Morgan

So you’ve decided to take Mom to the beach for Mother’s Day Weekend 2019, but you’re not sure what to do or where to stay.  It is going to be a short quick trip so you’re in need of a little advice.  To make the most of your time here, you need a plan.  We, at Sunset Properties, have a few great ideas and we know you and Mom will make some great memories.  

1.      Ride our Ferris Wheel

As soon as you get to our Island Paradise, you will most likely see the Ferris Wheel at The Wharf in Orange Beach.  With the top gondola towering at an astounding 112 feet high, The Ferris Wheel at The Wharf is truly one of our favorite island landmarks.  It is the largest Ferris Wheel in the Southeast.  Day or night, The Ferris Wheel welcomes guests to ride one of its 24 gondolas.  It can hold up to 140 people at a time.  Even if you’ve ridden our Ferris Wheel before, you will definitely want to make it one of your planned stops while you and Mom enjoy Mother’s Day Weekend on the Alabama Gulf Coast.  While you’re at The Wharf, don’t miss the opportunity to visit one of the many fine retail shops.  Mom will love a new fun outfit from Sand Dollar Lifestyles or a nice cold daiquiri from Island Time Daiquiris.   In addition to all the other great things to do at The Wharf, they have a great summer concert series lined up, too.   Bryan Adams will play at The Wharf Amphitheatre on Friday night May 10th.  While you and Mom are at The Wharf, why not take in a great concert?  The weather is perfect in May for outdoor shows and we know you’ll have a blast!

2.      Eat at Cobalt

With so many great places to dine around Gulf Shores and Orange Beach, how to do you choose?  We suggest trying Cobalt, The Restaurant in Orange Beach.  Located next to The Caribe under the Perdido Pass Bridge in Orange Beach, not only is the food great, but so are the views!  With menu items like yellowfin tuna and grilled chicken, how can you go wrong?  Oh, and did I mention their delicious desserts?  You must try the bread pudding or triple layer chocolate cake!  Mom will certainly thank you for this special Mother’s Day meal!  Sunset Properties has two great penthouses available for reservations at The Caribe right next to Cobalt.  For a Mother’s Day Stay Mom won’t soon forget, consider reserving Caribe C Penthouse 14 or Caribe B Penthouse 4.  

3.      Enjoy a Flora-Bama Bushwacker

How can you have a weekend at the beach and not have a Bushwacker?  No other island drink is like a Bushwacker and with several great places to have one, how do you choose?  We recently published a blog about our favorite local Bushwackers, but if we have to choose just one, we suggest visiting the Flora-Bama Lounge and Package Store and trying theirs.  A Bushwacker is a frozen drink that consists of several liquors usually mixed with chocolatey goodness and topped with a cherry.  Located on the Alabama/Florida State Line, the Flora-Bama is known worldwide for great Bushwackers, unmatched entertainment, cold beer and fresh oysters.   There is always a great band playing and the service is second to none.  One of America’s oldest roadhouses, the Flora-Bama is not just a local bar, its a local landmark!  Moms are always welcome and we can’t think of a better time to share one of our favorite local beverages with your Mom than on her special day.  Don’t forget to take lots of pictures while you’re there.  A visit to the Flora-Bama anytime is always the right time to make memories!

4.      Shop at SanRoc Cay

With so many great retail venues to shop, how do you decide?  From The Tanger Outlets in Foley, to the great shops at Pelican Place, to a plethora of local island shops, the choices are vast.  We want to suggest you check out SanRoc Cay for Mother’s Day.  Located across from the beach in Orange Beach, SanRoc Cay is a unique shopping and entertainment district.  You will love spending the day with Mom here.  With upscale boutiques like Sweet Dreams and Blue Lagoon Swimwear, Mom is sure to find herself the perfect Mother’s Day gift here.  When Mom is all shopped out, be sure to visit Louisiana Lagniappe for some great food!  After lunch, how about taking Mom out on the water for a charter trip?  Contact the good folks at SanRoc Cay Marina for details on charters and rentals.  SanRoc Cay is so much more than just a shopping venue.  It is a place to spend the whole day with Mom making memories that will last long after you’ve gone back home.

5.      Sunbathe on Fort Morgan Beach

If you’ve never been to Fort Morgan Beach, you are certainly missing out on a great local experience.  The gently rolling waves of Mobile Bay that kiss the beach of Fort Morgan are perfect for floating, swimming and sunbathing.  Fort Morgan Beach surrounds our famous fort and then stretches around from Mobile Bay to meet the Gulf of Mexico in front of The Dunes condominiums and The Dunes subdivision.  To avoid the business of the public beaches of Gulf Shores and Orange Beach, many locals and guests alike choose to pass their lazy beach days on the beaches of the Fort Morgan area.  Because you’re planning to try out these hidden gems located near the end of Fort Morgan Road, why not stay there, too?  Dunes 407 is a tastefully decorated one bedroom, two bath condo that sleeps up to six people, and it is perfect for a Mother’s Day weekend getaway.  The Dunes faces the Gulf and has a private beach.  If you’d prefer to stay on Mobile Bay, check out Navy Cove 2113.  This two bedroom, two bath condo comes  with a private boat slip.  Want to see a complete list of available beach homes?  Visit SunsetProperties.com and use code MOTHER19 for a special offer on some homes.  What better way is there to spend Mother’s Day weekend than in a great waterfront beach home?  We simply cannot think of one! 

With all that Mom has done for us, it seems so little just to celebrate her one day a year.  We suggest celebrating Mom all year long, but if you have to squeeze it all into one weekend, we hope you will take our suggestions and make Mom’s weekend extra special.  Come on down to the Alabama Gulf Coast.  Come stay with us at Sunset Properties.  Our beaches are beautiful and our waterfront views are spectacular.  Our entertainment districts are welcoming and our southern hospitality unsurpassed.   Our accommodations are superb and our pools are sparkling.  All we’re missing is you, and of course, Mom.  Join us at Sunset Properties this year for Mother’s Day as we celebrate our Moms and help you celebrate yours!

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Five Reasons Why You Should Come to the 2019 Hangout Music Festival in Gulf Shores

Guess what’s right around the corner!  The world famous Hangout Music Festival is coming faster than we can believe!  It’s almost that time again!  We at Sunset Properties hope you are planning a trip down to visit our sugary white sandy beaches in May 2019.  From May 17 until May 19, 2019, your favorite public beach in Gulf Shores, Alabama will be alive and rockin’ with some of the best entertainment anywhere on the planet!  Each year, the festival tops the previous year.  If you haven’t already made your plans to attend, here are Five Reasons Why You Should Come to the 2019 Hangout Music Festival in Gulf Shores and enjoy a stay with us while you’re in town:

1.      THE HEADLINERS ARE TOP NOTCH

The 2019 Hangout Music Festival includes headliners from multiple genres of music. If you’re a fan of rap music, you’ll feel the bass drop for Cardi B. Travis Scott is also going to be present with his flows and rhymes. If you have a taste for something a bit more mellow, much like a laid back Pleasure Island weekend in the summer, Khalid has you covered with his smooth beats and similar R&B sound.  How about something a tad more Indie?  The Lumineers will also be gracing the stage with The Gulf of Mexico as a fabulous background.  This awesome group known for “Ho Hey” is also famous for their acoustic songwriter sound. If you’re a fan of an Indie sound that has more of a new wave feel, Vampire Weekend will be just the group for you to see. The former school teachers turned bandmates never disappoint.   Finally, if EDM is your style and you love electronica, the Norwegian DJ Kylo is sure to impress with his melodic beats.  These are just a few of the top notch performers scheduled to delight festival goers in May 2019.  For a complete list of scheduled entertainers, check out the festival LINEUP page.

2.      SHUTTLES ARE AVAILABLE

The good folks at the Hangout Music Festival have thought of everything!  They have arranged for shuttles to be available for festival goers.   Besides the obvious resolution of not having to drive in all that traffic and find a great place to part, these SHUTTLES are best if you plan to indulge in adult beverages.  With shuttle lines all over our island, a $50 pass to ride can save you the hassle of a possible DUI or accident or worse.  If you’re wondering if we have a place for you to stay on or near a shuttle line, the answer is YES!   Sunset Properties has rental homes available in Gulf Shores, like Pat-Ti-O, located so close you can walk to the festival and Beachview 223, just a little way down Beach Boulevard.  Catching a shuttle is super easy!  We have amazing properties in Orange Beach, too, like Caribe C Penthouse 14.  If you’d rather stay on quiet Fort Morgan Road, we have lots of homes and condominiums at or near The Dunes.  No matter where you choose to stay, you should go ahead and get that shuttle pass.  That’s one purchase you won’t regret.

3.      ACCOMMODATIONS ARE AMAZING

Like I said, Sunset Properties has amazing beach rental homes all over our island.  Once you spend all day out in the warm May sunshine, you’re going to want a nice comfortable clean place to sleep.  We have you covered!  If staying near Fort Morgan appeals to you, check out these amazing  homes in Navy Cove:  Navy Cove 1207 (sleeps 6 groovy peeps), Navy Cove 2113 (sleeps 6 sunburned bodies) and Navy Cove 2114  (sleeps 8 folks who have danced their fanny packs off all day).  Do those not sound like a place you and your crew want to stay?  Need something a little bigger?  Check out the Harbor House.  It sleeps nine and comes with a private pier!  Need more room?  Sea La Vie sleeps 12 and guests have access to the indoor and outdoor pools at The Dunes condos.  Are you bringing your fur baby with you?  While you can’t take your dog to the festival unless your baby is your service animal, you can bring him or her along with you if you stay at one of our 25 dog friendly properties.  We strongly recommend you look over our pet guidelines and maybe plan to leave your fur baby at a doggie daycare while you’re at the festival.  After all, our fur babies need some play time, too.  Give  the nice folks at Paw Dogs Resort a call to make arrangements for your pup to hang out with some new friends!

4.      YOUR FRIENDS WILL ALL BE THERE

Hangout Fest is a time for friends to gather and share some of the best music ever.  It truly is a friends or family outing that everyone should experience at least once.  With an estimated attendance of as many as 35,000 per day, even if your friends don’t come with you, chances are you’re going to make a few hundred new ones.  We love it when families come to our island together and not only attend the Hangout Music Festival, but also experience as much of our island as you can squeeze in three days.  Check out The Wharf while you’re in town.  Stop by Lulu’s for some great food.  Don’t miss an opportunity to visit our “little zoo that could” The Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo.  And if you’re choosing to stay near Fort Morgan, why not take a walk on the quietest beach around?  Come for the Hangout Festival, but be sure to check out all that our wonderful island home has to offer!

5.      YOU’LL MAKE LASTING MEMORIES

If you’ve never experienced the world famous Hangout Music Festival in Gulf Shores and you ask someone who has this question:  besides the music, what was your favorite part?  We bet they’ll say “the memories”.  Memories made at the beach can never be replaced by those made anywhere else.  There is just something fun, exciting and even romantic about the beach.  Couple that with an amazing music venue and hour after hour of your favorite musicians playing live in one of the largest outdoor concerts anywhere.  How can you go wrong?  We think you need to charge your phone, pack your flip flops, sunblock and shade, and come on down.  When you get here, load up your SnapChat, Insta and Facebook with pic after pic of one of the best weekends you’ll probably ever have.  If your friends cannot come with, at least they can see how much you’re having!  Memories! Come to Gulf Shores and make some great memories!

At Sunset Properties, we want to be an important part of your Hangout weekend.  We want to be part of your memories and we want you to feel right at home when you stay with us.

Contact us as soon as you buy your Hangout Tickets and reserve your favorite beach home.  We know you’ll love staying with us and we hope to see you soon!

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5 Amazing April Family Outings You Must Do in Gulf Shores, Orange Beach and Fort Morgan

5 Amazing April Family Outings You Must Do in Gulf Shores, Orange Beach and Fort Morgan

Have you ever thought about visiting the Alabama Gulf Coast in April?  Spring Break is over and summer hasn’t quite yet arrived.  The beaches are warming up and the Gulf is usually quite serene.  Flowers are blooming all around our island paradise and the sugar white sandy beaches of Gulf Shores, Orange Beach and Fort Morgan are definitely calling your name!  There is so much to do here in the Spring.  It’s hard to list them all, but here is a list of

5 amazing April family outings you must do when you’re down our way:

1.      Hugh S. Branyon Backcountry Trail

Spend a day with your family walking or running the Hugh S. Branyon Backcountry Trail.  With seven trails that traverse six different eco systems across fifteen miles, the trail has something for the whole family.  Be sure to visit the Pavilion and Butterfly Garden this spring.  Covered in brightly colored flowers, the garden is a butterfly haven.  Stop in at the pavilion and relax in the swing.  Be sure to bring your camera and take lots of pictures.  Memories made on the trail are meant to be shared!  Not too far from the trail, just down Fort Morgan Road, is Dream.  Dream is a seven bedroom, seven bath brand new Gulf front beach home.  Complete with its own pool, Dream is the place to stay if  you’re looking for a quiet evening and a relaxing swim after a long walk through the trail.  This tastefully decorated, fully stocked beach home truly is a dream come true.  We know you and your family will cherish all the memories you make this April in Gulf Shores and we know you will love staying with Sunset Properties in our newest rental, Dream.

2.      Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo

The Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo is one of our favorite outing spots any time of year.  It is especially nice in the spring.  The weather is just perfect and the animals are quite active.  While you’re at the zoo, but sure to check out the Gulf Coast Mining Company.  This fun new attraction at The Little Zoo That Could features old fashioned mining.  After the water washes away your sandy mixture, you’ll find gemstones, arrowheads and other fun items to take home with you.  What a great way to find one-of-a-kind souvenirs!  Family pictures with animals make great keepsakes photos!  You simply cannot go wrong with a day outing to our local zoo.  Each time you go, you’ll see and experience something new.  Located about ten minutes from the zoo, is Grand Caribbean 215. This two bedroom, two bath condo faces The Gulf of Mexico on Beach Boulevard in Gulf Shores.  After you and your family have enjoyed your zoo outing, you can walk right across the street to enjoy an afternoon on our pristine white sandy beaches.  Who knows?  You may just be able to add some colorful sea shells to your already wonderful collection of natural souvenirs.

3.      Orange Beach Waterfront Park

Located on Canal Road in Orange Beach, Orange Beach Waterfront Park is a kid’s outdoor paradise!  Parents will love it, too!  Designed for the whole family and overlooking Wolf Bay, Orange Beach Waterfront Park features a kid’s park area and an amazing 400 foot long pier.  There is no cost to enter the park and no reservations can be made.  The park has grills, pavilions and restrooms for public use.  This is truly the perfect place to plan a nice April family cookout or picnic.  About ten minutes away from the park, Enclave 206 is located on Beach Boulevard.  It is a three bedroom, three bath Gulf front condo that sleeps eight. Enclave 206 has plenty of room for your whole family to spread out.  This is the perfect place to come home to after you’ve spent a day outside in the beautiful April sun.  

4.      Gulf State Park Pier

Another great family venue located near Grand Caribbean 215 is our Alabama Gulf State Park Pier.  The State Park Pier has an amazing 2448 feet of rail space.  That’s a lot of room for fishermen!  There is also indoor seating for concessions.  The pier is open all day every day, but there is a small fee to enter.  There are comfort stations and a bait shop.   Whether you visit  the Gulf State Park Pier  just to sight see or fish, you will enjoy one of the best views of The Gulf of Mexico as you gaze over the pier rails to see the water and wildlife below.  Have some ice cream and take lots of pictures.  This is one family outing your whole family will enjoy.  Take a sneak peak of the pier by clicking on their webcam here.  Spring is one of the best times to walk out on the pier.  The sea breeze is nice and the weather is warm.  Don’t miss your chance to experience this unique family venue!

5.      Hummingbird Zipline Course

Thrill seekers who visit the Alabama Gulf Coast in April will love The Hummingbird Zipline.  Located at The Wharf in Orange Beach, the Hummingbird Zipline will thrill everyone!  With speeds up to 30 miles per hour and heights up to 115 feet, this Alabama Gulf Coast attraction remains one of our all time favorite outdoor activities.  The zipline tour takes about two hours and flies over protected wetlands, the intracoastal waterway and even the bays that surround The Wharf.  What a great way to see nature!  Another great way to see nature is from the deck of The Boathouse, located on Fort Morgan Road.    This uniquely designed beach home is a venue all on its own.  The Boathouse has two bedrooms and two bathrooms and is a dog friendly beach home.  It is located right on Mobile Bay and has unmatched views.  So when you’re done zipping around at The Wharf, come on home to your own special spot in a beach home like no other.

The weather in April in Gulf Shores is amazing!  Orange Beach is begging to be visited and Fort Morgan is just a short drive away.  Go ahead, plan a weekend getaway to our fun little beach paradise.  The crowds are smaller than in the summer and the Spring Breakers have all gone back to school.  Pack up the kiddos and even bring your dog to one of our many dog friendly beach homes and don’t miss an opportunity to experience our beach in the Spring.  And, hey, if the April Showers start, we, at Sunset Properties,  have a blog for that, too!  We’ll see you soon!

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Celebrate New Year’s Eve 2018 in Gulf Shores and Orange Beach

Celebrate New Year’s Eve 2018 in Gulf Shores and Orange Beach

With Christmas only a short time ahead and a brand new year following quickly just behind, you’re probably already thinking about where you’ll be when the ole clock strikes midnight on December 31.  Why not make some amazing memories with you family or just your sweetheart right here on the Alabama Gulf Coast?  We are proud to have some of the best night spots anywhere in Gulf Shores and Orange Beach and we, at Sunset Properties, hope you will make plans to visit one or all of them on New Year’s Eve 2018.

  • The Wharf

The Wharf is so much more than just a shopping mall.  It is an entertainment district unlike any other we’ve found.  It’s like a mini-city located inside one of our favorite beach towns, Orange Beach. We all know what Main Street at Disney looks like, but have you ever spent New Years on Main Street at The Wharf?  With attractions like one of the the largest Ferris Wheels in the southeast and a seasonal ice skating rink just a few minutes from The Gulf, holidays at The Wharf are unmatched.  This year you can expect to find kids activities beginning at 11 AM and ending at 9 PM.  Bring the kiddos out to see the confetti drop at noon, stay for face painting, a bouncy house and even a mechanical bull, along with so much more!  Adults can expect to have a blast, too!  Live music begins at 7PM and lasts til midnight, when the best fireworks show on our island will blow you away!  With coffee shops and dress shops, fireworks and music, food and fun; with a giant marlin drop at midnight, it should come as no surprise, that we recommend spending some or all of your New Years Eve at The Wharf in Orange Beach.  

  • Lulu’s

Lucy Buffet’s Lulu’s in Gulf Shores is an entertaining place to go all year, so the fact that we recommend it for New Years fun should come as a shock to no one.  With great food, fabulous beverages and actual cool stuff for the kids to do, Lulu’s in Gulf Shores should be on your short list of places to visit holiday season!  The New Year’s Eve Celebration at Lulu’s starts at 10AM on December 31st and lasts all day til 3PM.  What’s different about New Year’s Eve at Lulu’s?  We for starters, their beach ball drop.  Have you ever been under a beach ball drop?  Not just one beach ball, hundreds of colorful beach balls drop from the ceiling at Lulu’s at noon on New Year’s Eve.  Just to be there to see that should be in your plans!  Along with that super fun event, there will be face painting, live music, sand castle building and crafts.  And lets not forget Lulu’s great food!  It’s the holidays and what is a must-have dessert in the south during the holidays?  Bread pudding!  Lulu’s has bread pudding with a wonderful twist:  they make theirs with Krispy Kreme brand donuts.  If that doesn’t make your mouth water, your tongue must be dead!  Lulu’s also has menus to accommodate folks with allergies to gluten, shellfish, eggs, dairy and more.  If a family friendly, affordable event is what you’re looking to do for New Year’s Eve, go to Lulu’s.  We think you’ll be glad you did!

  • The Hangout

Everyone who has ever been to the heart of Gulf Shores knows The Hangout is a groovy place to go!  You may have heard about the world famous Hangout Music Festival, but did you know they also host fabulous New Year’s Eve events?  That’s right!  They have a family friendly event that starts on December 31st at 2PM and lasts for five hours.  At The Hangout, on New Year’s Eve afternoon, your family can enjoy a yummy buffet, movies on a big screen, hair braiding, football playoff previews, and a colorful balloon drop with prizes in every balloon.  This is truly a fun event for the whole family!  With the public beach right in front of The Hangout, what better way is there to watch the last sunset of 2018?  After the sun goes down, the fun doesn’t stop!  Evening events at The Hangout are geared more toward adults.  Beginning at 2PM and lasting til at least midnight, The Hangout will provide a buffet, complimentary champagne at midnight, a balloon drop with great prizes and, of course, football playoff previews on TV.  So get a group of your favorite kiddos together to enjoy the afternoon events at The Hangout and stay with your adult friends to ring in the New Year in the heart of your favorite Small Town with a Big Beach!

  • Flora-Bama

If an adult-only New Year’s Eve is more your thing, you have to get to state line before the calendar flips!  New Year’s Eve in one of America’s most celebrated road house bars The Flora-Bama Lounge Package & Oyster Bar is like nothing you’ve ever done before.  The celebration and music will begin at 7PM and last until 3AM on New Year’s Day.  For one all-inclusive ticket, you’ll get an all-you-can-eat buffet starting at 7PM an lasting until around midnight, breakfast sandwiches starting at midnight, champagne, party favors and music music music!  We strongly encourage you to purchase your tickets in advance.  This party is a big party and folks come from all over to be at the Flora Bama when the clock strikes twelve!  Tickets can sell out and we don’t want you to miss out, so if this party on the beach sounds like something you will enjoy, go ahead and get your tickets now!   And don’t forget to come back to the Flora-Bama at noon on New Year’s Day 2019 for the Annual Polar Bear Dip.  Join a couple of hundred of your next best friends for a dip in The Gulf of Mexico followed by a traditional New Year’s Day lunch of black-eyed peas, cornbread and ham.

  • Cosmos or Cobalt

So you don’t really care about face painting and fireworks.  You rode the Ferris Wheel back in the summer and climbing a rock wall just isn’t your idea of ringing in the New Year.  Instead you have a nice romantic evening in mind. Or maybe you just want to have a really great dinner with your family.  You want to get dressed up in your favorite new holiday clothes and go out to eat where a friendly, professional staff serves you amazing food that makes your eyes shine and your mouth happy.  We totally understand.  For you, we suggest Cobalt, The Restaurant located on Perdido Beach Boulevard in Orange Beach or Cosmos Restaurant & Bar located on Canal Road.  Both of these wonderful restaurants have special menus planned for New Years Eve.  During the summer, reservations are not customary for these places.  However, for New Years Eve, reservations are not only accepted, but strongly encouraged.  A limited number of walk-in guests will be seated, but we can’t stress enough how important a reservation for December 31st will be.  Seating will begin at 4PM and the last guests will be seated at 9PM.  A full bar will be available and you can expect specially prepared menu items like a seared filet or creme brulee.  We know champagne is the drink of choice for New Year’s Eve, but you are on Island Time and you can never go wrong with a great rum drink.  At Cosmos, try Momos Rum Runner and at Cobalt, try a Dragonfly.  If you’ve eaten at either or both of these great dinner spots during the summer, expect something totally different for New Year’s Eve.  At Cosmos and Cobalt they believe a special night deserves a special menu and they are creating one only available on this date.  

We know how you choose to send out the old year and ring in the new one is an event as individual and exceptional as you are.  We have given you a list of our five favorite ways to do it and we hope one of these works for you!  Don’t forget to check out our list of New Year’s Resolutions You Can Keep and when you’re planning your vacations, large or small, in 2019, give us a call at 251-543-1370 or hit us up online at info@sunsetproperties.com.  We will be thrilled to help you find just the perfect vacation home to fit your needs. 


Happy Holidays and Happy New Year from all of us at Sunset Properties and we wish for your family much joy and prosperity in 2019.

Come back and see us again real soon!

5 Great Places to Stay at the Beach for Christmas 2018

So you decided to take a Christmas Vacation this year.  You’re not sure where to go.  You have five nights available for your vacation and you want to drive there, but where?  Where do you go?  We have a great idea for you:  Come to the beach!  The Alabama Gulf Coast is only about 6 hours away from Atlanta, Jackson, Birmingham and we’re even closer to New Orleans, so why not come stay with us?

 

You have the whole family to think about, and, of course, you can’t leave your fur baby at home, Time is short, so you need some last minute ideas.  We have you covered.  Here is a list of 5 great places to stay, some fun things to do and great places to eat while you’re in Gulf Shores, Orange Beach and Fort Morgan for Christmas 2018.

 

  • Spunky Sandpiper

Located in the Fort Morgan community, the Spunky Sandpiper is an exquisitely decorated three bedroom, two bath home that sleeps up to 12.  Dogs weighing 50 pounds or less are also welcome, with some restrictions.  You will love the way Spunky Sandpiper is laid out, with plenty of room for your whole family and a well stocked kitchen.  You will also love the great view you have of Mobile Bay.  What better way to spend a comfortable Christmas morning than to sit on your private deck and watch the ships pass on the bay as you sip your coffee or hot chocolate?  With the average daily temperature in Gulf Shores ranging from 62-68 degrees around this time of year, who can resist the opportunity to escape the bitter cold north of the coast and enjoy a milder Christmas morning?  While you’re in Gulf Shores, be sure to visit the Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo.  Our “little zoo that could” is open every day all year except Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day.  The Zoo will be open on Christmas Eve, but they may close early, so give them a call just to be sure the animals aren’t already opening their gifts from Santa when you guys want to stop by!

 

  • Gentle Winds East B4

Gentle Winds East B4 is a great condo located just off Beach Boulevard in Gulf Shores.  If you’re planning to leave your pets at home and bring up to 8 people, this condo facing Gulf State Park may just be the perfect Christmas vacation destination home for you!  This lovely one bedroom, one bath unit is convenient to just about anything you want to do while you’re staying on our island.  Want to go to The Hangout for some music and fun?  From Gentle Winds East B4, you’re just a short walk away.  How about eating breakfast at the Ruby Slipper?  If you have never tried one of their amazing eggs Benedict dishes, you are really missing out!  The friendly, professional staff at the Ruby Slipper, along with their fabulous breakfast menu items and mouth-watering cocktails, make this one breakfast stop you shouldn’t miss!  How about going to the Flora-Bama for their Christmas Day Potluck Lunch?  The good folks at The Flora-Bama will provide the main dish for your Christmas Day Lunch and they ask that you bring a side dish or dessert.  There will be music starting at 11AM and lunch will be served at 1PM.  This is an annual family friendly event and everyone is welcome!

 

  • Dunes 607

Have you ever considered staying in a condo in the Fort Morgan community?  Think about this:  Dunes 607 is a one bedroom, two bath super cozy condo at The Dunes on Fort Morgan Road.  Located right across the road from Tacky Jacks 2, The Dunes condos have a wonderful indoor pool and jacuzzi hot tub right on the ground floor.  With a great view of The Gulf of Mexico from your private balcony and an amazing view of Mobile Bay right out your other door, you cannot go wrong bringing your family of 6 to The Dunes 607 for Christmas.  You say you want a White Christmas?  I say you’re only a short walk away!  On Christmas Day, you can easily enjoy the beautiful white sandy beaches of Fort Morgan. And don’t worry, Santa loves the beach, too!  And he stops at The Dunes every year, so he won’t pass you by!  Santa also loves Tacky Jacks 2!  We want you and him to know that they’ll be open for most of the days you’re in town.  They won’t be open on Christmas Day and they’ll only be there about half a day on Christmas Eve, so if you’re planning to go on Christmas Eve, be sure to stop in early and grab some great food and a bushwacker.  If you’re planning to cook while you’re in town, you’re in luck!  Dunes 607 has a fully stocked kitchen, so plan a quick trip to Rouses and you’re all set!

 

  • Indies 410

Next door to The Dunes on Fort Morgan Road is a fabulous condominium called The Indies.  Indies 410 will be the perfect Christmas vacation home for your family of 8.  This beautiful three bedroom, three bath home located just off the Gulf is one you should not miss!  With a wrap around deck, your views of The Gulf of Mexico from Indies 410 are spectacular.  Why not plan to make yourself a hot toddy, put on your snuggly Christmas PJs and favorite fuzzy boots and sit out on your balcony and watch for Rudolph to come flying across The Gulf?  Doesn’t that sound like a great way to spend one of the happiest nights of the year?  While you’re in Gulf Shores, you won’t want to miss an opportunity to take your family ice skating.  You read that right.  You can visit the beach and ice skate all in the same day!  The Wharf in Orange Beach has a seasonal ice skating rink and everyone loves to hang out there.  This holiday tradition is one locals and guests alike enjoy.  The Christmas lights at The Wharf are pretty great, also.   Make a point to visit after dark so you and your family can enjoy all The Wharf has to offer this holiday season.

 

  • Sip N Sea

Are you looking for a Christmas vacation home all dressed up with a pretty red bow?  Well, how about a beautifully decorated Christmas Tree, instead?  Sip N Sea is a gorgeous beach home that is nothing short of stunning.  Located in Fort Morgan, this four bedroom, four and a half bath home sleeps up to 16 guests.  There is plenty of room for, not only a Christmas family vacation, but a Christmas family reunion!  Bring your whole family to Sip N Sea and enjoy this grand little slice of pure island paradise!  With breathtaking views of The Gulf of Mexico and two decks that will let you easily find Orion in the December sky, you are sure to love this home.  The kitchen is extremely well-stocked, there are enough beds for everyone and there are plenty of TVs to catch your favorite Hallmark Channel holiday movies or football games.  Sip N Sea has more than enough room for the whole family to spread out or cozily spend time together.  Staying here is absolutely a Christmas Wish come true!  Did we mention the Christmas Tree?  That’s right!  With your five night stay, Sunset Properties will provide a specially decorated and well lit Christmas Tree for you to put your presents under.  Santa will love stopping by for milk and cookies as he makes his Christmas Eve trip.  And you and your family will make Christmas Beach Memories like you’ve never done before.

 

Now you know where to stay and what to do while you’re visiting The Alabama Gulf Coast for Christmas 2018.  What are you waiting for?  There are Christmas shopping specials you’ll miss if you don’t get down here soon.  There are seafood dinners calling your name!  There are only a few sunsets left to watch in 2018 and we, at Sunset Properties, are ready for your arrival.  Call us at Sunset Properties at 251.543.1370 or email us at info@sunsetproperties.com to make your reservations today.  You holidays can be happier and your Christmas merrier if you spend it with us at the beach.  Give us a call today!  We literally have the front door key to your happiest holiday vacation ever!

 

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5 REASONS TO LIST YOUR VACATION PROPERTY WITH A LOCAL RENTAL MANAGEMENT COMPANY

So you bought your first vacation rental property.  Congratulations!!  We, at Sunset Properties, are very excited for you.  It’s a pretty cool thing to be able to own a second home in a vacation paradise and be able rent it out to guests when you can’t be there.  Renting your vacation home to tourists can help pay the mortgage, HOA fees and maintenance costs.  It’s really a win-win situation.  But how do you go about doing it?  Most of us have rented a vacation property before.  We decided to take a trip, called up someone, booked a place and went on vacation.  It’s likely that you rented a place in Gulf Shores, Orange Beach or Fort Morgan before you bought yours.  That whole rental process looks easy enough.  Just market the property.  Find some renters.  Fill out some paperwork.  And tah-dah!  The rent money rolls in!  Right?  Maybe.  But what if you’re wrong?  What if there are factors you haven’t considered?  What if issues with your vacation property arise and you can’t quite tackle them from your home?  Then what?

 

Here are 5 Reasons to list your vacation rental property with Sunset Properties instead of trying to rent it out on your own:

 

  1.   We Have Experience

Experience goes a long way.  We have been in the vacation rental management business on the Alabama Gulf Coast since 2001.  A lot has changed since 2001, but our commitment to our clients and staff has not.  Our clients are the reason we strive so hard for excellence.  Our staff is our client’s first impression of us.  Because of this unyielding commitment to excellence, our staff has been extensively trained.  We attend meetings, classes, and seminars with others in the rental management industry to discover best practices and apply them to our business.  We have faced a few interesting scenarios in the last 17 years.  Some of them turned out to be serious and some quite funny.  The thing is, if you would have told us back in 2001 about some of the unexpected things we’ve managed since then, we probably would have said:  no way!  But we’re here to tell you:  yes way!  Crazy, unexpected things happen!  We have gained invaluable experience by resolving a variety of issues. Experience comes from doing and learning and doing again.  We want to offer you our experience and hopefully save you from having to deal with some of the goofy unexpected things we have.  We’ve learned a lot these past 17 years and we continue to learn with each passing day.

 

 

  1.   We Know Our Area and Our Market

We know you already love our island paradise.  Why else would you have bought a second home here?  But do you know our area?  I mean really know it?  We can honestly say we do.  Sunset Properties is a member of the Coastal Alabama Business Chamber , our local chamber of commerce.  We are also a partner of our Gulf Coast Convention and Visitors Bureau. We maintain these affiliations so our owners and guests don’t have to.  We partner with other local businesses to ensure our whole island benefits.  By allowing us to manage your rental property, you get the benefits of these partnerships without having to do anything.  It is these relationships that allow us to know our market, as well.  We know what marketing trends are working and which ones are obsolete.  Additionally, we are in constant communication with other island businesses keeping ourselves current on local events.  We actively participate in the events that attract guests to our area.  We not only want to manage your rental property once guests arrive, we want to help be the catalyst that draws them here.  Again, you benefit without having to do anything.

 

  1.   We Know Our Clients

Because we are a small local family-owned company, we really do know our clients.  We form relationships with them long before we see them face to face.  We know them by name.  Many times we know several of their family members’ names before they even arrive to check in.   We begin to build a rapport the moment they reach out to us to inquire about any of our properties.  We are available to our guests and can be reached through our website or by phone 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.  We don’t ignore calls or email. We consistently call or email back if a message is left.  If you’ve tried to manage your own vacation rental, you know people sometimes start looking for vacation homes late in the evening and sometimes in the middle of the night.  This can be a real challenge.  We have an overnight team and we are ready to respond.   We respond in a timely manner and begin building lasting relationships right from the start.  These relationships often last for years.  Often they branch out beyond that first guest to their friends and family.  Many of our clients have been our clients since 2001.  Many of them are not just our clients, they are our friends.

 

  1.   We Know Our Maintenance and Cleaning Teams

Things break and things need cleaning.  It is part of managing a vacation home.  When you are managing your vacation home remotely, you can ask someone else to make necessary repairs or to clean your property.  You pay a contractor to do these things and you believe they’re done.  That is until your guest calls and they don’t have enough towels or sheets or the coffee maker is broken.  Then what do you do?  You’re hours away and who do you call?  Do you refund some of your rental money to your guest?  No matter how you manage to resolve it, it is not a good situation.  At Sunset Properties, we know our maintenance team and we know our cleaning team.  We are close enough to each vacation home to be able to go see if the requested tasks were completed.  Remember our commitment to excellence?  This is also true with how we maintain the vacation rental properties we manage.  If a guest has an issue with a property we manage, we handle it immediately.  If your vacation home needs a repair, we make sure it’s done in a timely manner.  Your guest is our client and we want everyone involved to be satisfied.

 

  1.   We Know How to Help You Make Money

The last point we want to make is we know how to help you make money.  If you take all the previous points and add them together, you get a steady rental income.  That income can help you offset the costs of owning a vacation property.  Isn’t it time you started making some money off your investment?  We’re ready to help you do just that.  We will market your vacation home to an age appropriate renter.  We will allow pets if you want pets in your home.  We will make sure your home stays in good repair and is kept clean between guests.  We will keep an open line of communication with you, just like we do with our tourist clients.  We will work with you to make sure your unit is available when you want to visit the Alabama Gulf Coast.  We want you to be as satisfied with our services as our guests are.  And we want you to make money.

 

Managing a vacation rental home can be as fun and rewarding.  If you’re doing it on your own and are successful, we applaud you!  If you’re doing it on your own and are a little stressed out, we invite you to give us a call.  At Sunset Properties, we believe owning a vacation rental home should be a pleasant experience.   We love what we do and we are ready to show you.

 

So go ahead, reach out to us.  Let’s just have a conversation about how we can help you.  Let’s talk about what your wants and needs are and how, together, we can meet them.  And you can rest assured your vacation rental home will be in good hands because at Sunset Properties, we treat your investment as if it were our own.

 

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TOP 10 REASONS WHY YOU SHOULD HAVE A BEACH DESTINATION WEDDING IN GULF SHORES, ORANGE BEACH OR FORT MORGAN

So you just got engaged and you’re looking for the most perfect place on earth to have your wedding.  Most will agree the beach is indeed at the top of a very short list of amazing places.  Whether the beach is made of stones, pebbles, or soft sugar white sand like the 32 miles along the Alabama Gulf Coast, the beach is undeniably a place where Cupid can usually be found.  Love seems to blossom and thrive among the sea oats and palms that grow in coastal environments.  With seagulls serenading from overhead and the occasional dolphin school splashing just off shore, the beach is definitely romantic by nature.  Having your wedding ceremony in this perfect outdoor chapel will take a little planning, but it is not out of reach.

 

Here are ten reasons why you should make the beach your wedding destination location::

 

 

1       A BEACH WEDDING IS ROMANTIC AND NATURALLY ELEGANT

The beach is simply romantic by nature.  There’s nothing quite like spending a day on the warm sand, feeling the Gulf breeze on your skin as the waves kiss the shore.  It’s a bit like a fairy-tale venue, but its  located right here in Alabama.  Who wouldn’t want to say “I do” in such a special place with the Gulf of Mexico as the perfect backdrop?  Whether you’re planning to hold your ceremony on a beach in Gulf Shores, Orange Beach or Fort Morgan, be sure to check to see if there are any reservations or permitting requirements.  There are a few guidelines for using Alabama State Park beaches.  They aren’t unreasonable, but brides-to-be should definitely start here when making plans to hold a wedding ceremony on a state park beach.  If you plans include holding a wedding on a private beach near your beach house or condo, you should first check with your rental management company and be sure to follow their guidelines.  Sunset Properties will be happy to quickly get you in touch with the right folks when you stay with us.

 

2       YOUR PHOTOGRAPHER WILL CAPTURE SOME FABULOUS PICTURES

They say there’s a time and place for everything under the sun.  Beach weddings are no exception!  You already know the beach is the perfect place for your destination wedding, but what about the timing?  And the sun?  Although there is actually no bad time to take pictures at the beach, great photography often depends on lighting. And what is a better form of lighting than the sun?  Whether you’re wanting a morning, mid-day or evening wedding, we want your wedding photos to be amazing!  To help make sure your pictures reflect all the love you and your partner share on your special day, contact the good folks at Sun Shots Photography  or Chasing the Son Photography.  They will work with you to determine your goals for your wedding album.  They will meet you at the beach or your location of preference and make every effort to capture your memories just the way you want them done.

 

3       OBTAINING A MARRIAGE LICENSE IS SIMPLE AND CLERGY ARE AVAILABLE

Because Bay Minette is the Baldwin County Seat, our courthouse is just a short drive from our fabulous beaches.  Licenses are issued Monday through Friday between the hours of 8:00AM and 3:00PM.  It’s a good idea to check out all the guidelines on getting a marriage license in Baldwin County, Alabama by following this marriage license information link.  Do you need a minister?  With so many churches around the island, Gulf Shores, Orange Beach and Fort Morgan are sure to be home to a minister or clergy member who will fill your need.  For a list of local churches, check with churchfinder.com or contact our Gulf Coast Convention and Visitors Bureau to find the perfect person to lead your ceremony.

 

 

4       AWARD WINNING CATERING IS JUST A CLICK AWAY

You can’t plan a wedding without planning a reception.  And what’s a great reception without great food?  Orange Beach Concierge  and Chef David Pan area ready to help you.  Chef Pan, First Place winner of the 11th Annual National Shrimp Festival Restaurant Challenge, and his team are not only local favorites, but favorites among island guests, as well.  In addition to winning the Restaurant Challenge, Chef Pan and his team will host  the 47th Annual National Shrimp Festival Wrap Up Party. Need a place to hold your rehearsal dinner or reception? Check with Tillie at Orange Beach Concierge.  They have an event space at The Wharf that just may be the perfect venue for your gathering.

 

 

5       ACCESS TO THE BEACH BY CAR OR AIR IS EASY

With Interstate 10 about 30 miles away and Interstate 65 only about 60 miles away, accessing the Alabama Gulf Coast by automobile is pretty easy from just about anywhere. Once you exit off an interstate, Gulf Shores Parkway (AL Hwy 59) and the Baldwin and Foley Beach Express Highways make getting onto our island a breeze.  Did you know we have an airport, too?  Yep!  That’s right.  Gulf Shores is home to a wonderful airport.  If your favorite mode of transportation is by air, Jack Edwards International Airport may just be your first stop in our area.  No matter how you get here, we know that once you arrive with your special day just ahead of you, you will not be disappointed.  Will you need transportation once you get here?  Limousine and taxi services are available on our island.  Contact Luxury Limo if you need an elegant ride for you or your wedding party.  If a not-so-formal mode of transportation is what you desire, consider any one of fine taxi services .

 

 

6       YOUR DRESS CAN BE AS FORMAL OR AS LAID BACK AS YOU ARE

One of the most special things a bride does in preparation for her wedding day is choose her dress.  So many times, her dress sets the tone for the whole affair.  One of the coolest things about a beach wedding is you dress can be as individualized as you are and your wedding will still be perfect.  What do I mean?  Well, if a formal wedding is what you’re heart is wishing for, then you’re in luck.  Reach out to one of our local wedding planners, get your chairs and red carpet aisle scheduled and wear that spectacular formal gown as you cross a beautiful Alabama beach like a princess on your way to meet her prince.  If your style is a bit more laid back and you’d rather be barefooted on the warm sand as you say your vows with your sweetheart, well, that will work great, too!  About the only thing I haven’t seen (so far) is a mermaid wedding.  Would you like to have a mermaid wedding?  If that appeals to you, again I say:  the beach is the perfect destination wedding location to make your special dream come true!

 

 

7       FLOWERS AND WEDDING DECORATIONS ARE AVAILABLE LOCALLY

While the beach, itself, sets a perfect backdrop for a fantasy wedding, you’re probably going to want to dress it up (even if only just a tad bit) with some flowers and maybe a few candles.  You’ll probably want to get some gift baskets for your wedding party or special guests, too.

Gulf Shores and Orange Beach are home to some of the most talented florists anywhere.  The skilled staff at Flowers by the Shore has been serving the Gulf Coast for over 20 years.  Check out their website for pictures of their colorful bouquets, cut flowers, fine wines and gift baskets.  The staff there is so accommodating!  After all, you don’t stay in business for 20 years in a small town if you don’t have excellent customer service.

Another option for flowers and gift baskets is All Island Flowers.  Browse their website to see the most popular floral arrangements currently trending on the Gulf Coast.  If you want to add a little color to your special day, either of these florists should be able to get you just what your heart desires.

 

 

8       ENTERTAINING YOUR GUESTS AT YOUR RECEPTION IS A BREEZE

So you have the perfect reception in mind.  You secured your venue or outdoor space and you have the caterer all lined up.  What about the music?  Sure a live band would be great, but if that’s not quite the option you were looking for, how about a live DJ?  Gulf Shores’ own Damon Collins – Event Disc Jockey has been entertaining wedding parties for over 20 years along the Gulf Coast.  As an owner of three FM radio stations, he has the experience to help make your event fun and entertaining.  And boy does he bring the music!  He has more songs in his music library than most of us can count.  He also offers a karaoke option and is very easy to work with.  Lighting and speakers are all provided.  Check out his interactive website and, go ahead, start to choose your special music for your special day.

 

 

9       YOUR HONEYMOON STARTS THE MOMENT YOU SAY “I DO”

Think about it.  Your honeymoon really does start the moment you say “I do”.  No traveling required.  You’re already here!  And you’re married to your best friend in the whole world!  Most people have their weddings somewhere else and drive to the beach for their honeymoon, but you made the great decision to do it all in one place.  You chose to share your special beach destination wedding with your guests and now it’s time for you and your spouse to have your special time together.  Sunset Properties has an extensive list of rental properties available for your stay both before and after your wedding.  Would your whole wedding party like to stay together?  Check out Wit’s Inn or Fort of Fun or Sea Turtle . These amazing beach homes sleep from ten to twenty people comfortably.  Would you prefer your guests stay in the same building but not in the same home?  Consider reserving several condos at The Dunes or The Indies.  But what about your own special place for after your wedding?  We have a couple of suggestions for that, too.  Of course you could reserve your own private one bedroom condo at The Dunes or The Indies.  You might like Beachview 223 or Moorings 414.  If you’d rather spend your first week as a married couple in a beach home instead of a condo, give Rookery 1902 and the Boathouse a look.  Need more suggestions?  Just contact us directly at info@sunsetproperties.com and we will be happy to help!

 

 

10     YOUR BEACH DESTINATION WEDDING IS MORE AFFORDABLE THAN YOU MAY THINK

So I’ve given you a list of reasons why you should hold your beach destination wedding in Gulf Shores, Fort Morgan or Orange Beach.  You’re probably saying, “That all sounds nice, but what about my budget?”   I know every wedding has a budget and every bride and her family face those issues.  What if I were to tell you that your Alabama Gulf Coast Beach Destination Wedding may be more affordable than you think?  Consider this:  no matter where you say your vows, you’re probably going to hire a caterer, buy some flowers, and plan a reception with a special venue and entertainment.  You have to buy a marriage license and you’re probably going on a honeymoon.  I propose to you that with careful planning that you can have it all right here in south Alabama and you can have the wedding of your dreams.  If checking out all the links in this blog seems like too much work, I have one more suggestion:  Gulf Shores Wedding Chapel.  This wonderful little venue located in north Gulf Shores has it all.  Maybe all you need to do is contact the good folks here, let them guide you in your planning, and dress up, show up, and get married.

 

Planning a wedding is a stressful time for any bride.  Destination weddings can be a challenge for anyone.  Here in Gulf Shores, Alabama, however, we are ready to help you make your special day an amazing dream come true.  At Sunset Properties, we are interested not only in making sure your accommodations are perfect for you and your wedding guests, we also want your wedding day and honeymoon stay to be the absolute best they can be.  If you’re looking for some memorable romantic things to do while you honeymoon with us, check out our blog Top 10 Most Romantic Things to do in Gulf Shores, Orange Beach and Fort Morgan for suggestions.

 

From all of us at Sunset Properties, congratulations on your engagement and we look forward to seeing you on your happy day!