Top 4 Things to do for Valentine’s Weekend 2019 in Gulf Shores, Orange Beach and Fort Morgan

In just a few short weeks, Valentine’s Day 2019 will be here.   It seems like we just put away our Christmas trees and we are already anticipating Cupid’s arrival!  So you got your sweetheart some really great stuff for Christmas and your New Year’s Eve celebration was top-notch.  You thought this would be your year to delight and amaze your sweetheart, but you’re at a total loss as to how to top the recent holidays.  We can help!  Plan a trip to Gulf Shores, Orange Beach or Fort Morgan, stay with Sunset Properties, eat some great food, enjoy chocolate and roses, and watch the sunset over The Gulf of Mexico.  This year, Valentine’s Day is on a Thursday.  We think that’s a perfect excuse to plan a Valentine’s Weekend Getaway to Alabama’s beautiful Gulf Coast.  Come down on Thursday and stay until Sunday.  We have some pretty great ideas on what you must do while you’re in town, too.  

Here are four things any romantic must do for Valentine’s Day 2019 in Gulf Shores, along with the perfect places to stay while you’re here:

Eat some great seafood and sleep at Ellie Fish

First, for the food, we suggest Cobalt, Cosmos or CoastAL.  All three of the restaurants offer outstanding food and have super nice staffs.  Cobalt is located in Orange Beach on Perdido Beach Boulevard near the Caribe Resort.  Cobalt’s menu features items like Tournedos of Beef, Peppercorn Encrusted Filet, and Grilled Gulf Shrimp & Grits.  Oh Em Gee!  Is your mouth watering or not?  How about Cosmos?  Cosmos is located on Canal Road in Orange Beach and their menu (not be outdone by anyone)  features Chicken Roulade, Asian Glazed Tuna and Banana Leaf Wrapped Fish.  And sushi!  They have the best sushi anywhere!  And let’s not forget CoastAL Restaurant.  With their First Mates Platter, Boursin-Spinach Stuffed Chicken and Oyster selections, you simply cannot go wrong taking your First Mate out to eat at CoastAL.  Don’t forget to get some ice cream at CoastAL’s ice cream shop right next door before you head to your vacation home:  Ellie Fish.  

Located in the Fort Morgan community, Ellie Fish sleeps up to twelve adults.  It has four bedrooms and three baths.  If you’re planning a romantic getaway with a couple of other couples, this would be the perfect place to stay!  Ellie Fish has plenty of room to spread out and, when it’s time, have privacy.  The covered porch is the perfect place to enjoy a warm toddy as you let the cool evening February breeze in.  Bring a blanket, because it can get a bit chilly.  But, hey, its Valentine’s, after all, and snuggling is expected!  

Get your groove on and stay at Grand Caribbean 425

The Hangout is about the grooviest place in Gulf Shores.  For some of the best drinks and one of the best Gulf views in town, you must take your sweetheart to The Hangout in Gulf Shores.  Internationally known for being the home of The Hangout Music Festival, The Hangout has one of the best menus around.  Their appetizer menu is just perfect for a mid-afternoon snack or as a light meal to compliment your favorite beverage.  We suggest trying the strawberry daiquiri and Bacon Crab Dip.  The dip is a cheesy, peppery, yummy concoction of crab and seasonings and strawberries are the fruit of love.  This is perfect for a romantic break in any day!

Grand Caribbean 425 is so close to The Hangout, you can almost walk to your Valentine’s weekend home.  Located right on Beach Boulevard, facing the Gulf of Mexico, Grand Caribbean 425 is a cozy, comfy condo that sleeps six.  Grand Caribbean 425 has two full bedrooms and one and a half baths.  It is tastefully decorated and is literally right across the street from The Gulf of Mexico.  It is the perfect place for a cozy Valentine’s getaway or a family stay in the summer.

Delight in an amazing sunset and dream in Navy Cove 2113

Have you ever seen the sun set from the beach at Fort Morgan?  Fort Morgan is the farthest west point on our little island and the sunset viewing is spectacular!  Looking west toward Mobile County, you’re looking almost directly into the sun over The Gulf of Mexico or over Mobile Bay.  The rays reach across the water and you can almost feel them touching your face as the sun sets into the horizon.  Talk about a romantic moment!  Grab your sweetie, a bottle of wine and a blanket.  Then find a quiet spot to watch the sunset one evening while you’re down.  After that, you can head on over to your vacation home at Navy Cove 2113.  Navy Cove 2113 is located near Fort Morgan and has its own private boat slip and attached dock.  How cool is that?!  It has two bedrooms and two bathrooms and sleeps up to six adults.  Did I mention the view from your private balcony at Navy Cove 2113? You will have an amazing view of beautiful, tranquil Mobile Bay.  This condo is tastefully decorated, cozy enough for two, but will accommodate a whole family if you and your sweetie bring others with you.  

Enjoy roses, chocolate and rest at Rookery 3402

What Valentine’s Day would be complete without roses and chocolate?  Do you need a fresh beautiful bouquet of roses for your sweetheart?  The fine folks at Coastal Flowers and Design have you covered! They are located in Gulf Shores, but we encourage you to check out their website to view their extensive design options.  Another great local florist, All Island Flowers, offers wonderful gift baskets, as well as beautiful floral arrangements.  If you’re looking for something sweet for your sweetie, be sure to stop by the Chocolate Corner in Gulf Shores.  They have ice cream, chocolate, shakes and smoothies.  Just walk in and expect to “get your yum on!”  Need a second choice for fabulous chocolates?  Check out Kayden’s Candy Factory in Orange Beach.  In addition to ice cream and chocolates, they have caramel apples.  You really must get one of these and take it back home with you as a perfect souvenir of your romantic weekend on Alabama’s Gulf Coast.  For a wonderfully romantic place to stay, check out Rookery 3402.

Rookery 3402 is a cottage with three bedrooms and two baths.  It sleeps up to seven and is only a few steps from the Rookery tennis courts and private pool.  Rookery 3402 has a little more privacy than the condos or larger home mentioned above.  Is that what you’re looking for?  If so, then Rookery 3402, a single family home, located just a tad off the beaten path, is only a short drive to the Gulf beaches.  It is fully stocked with all you’ll need to make a perfect romantic dinner for two.  Add some amazing flowers and a box of chocolates, and you’re all set to enjoy a perfect Valentine’s weekend getaway with your special someone.

We, at Sunset Properties, are big fans of Valentine’s Day.  Sure, we enjoy Memorial Day, Christmas, and football season…and all the other holidays, too.  But there is just something about that time of year when love is in the air that makes us all a little more happy than normal.

This blog contains a short list of suggestions we, at Sunset Properties, have to help make your Valentine’s weekend getaway super special.  If you choose to book one of the vacations homes listed above from Thursday – Sunday, February 14-17, 2019 and mention this blog or use code #LOVE19, we will give you a 10% discount off your reservation.  Some restrictions do apply.

For a more detailed list of romantic and fun things to do, check out or blog on the Top 10 Most Romantic Things to do in Gulf Shores and Orange Beach.  We bet we’ve listed a few you haven’t thought of yet!  Once you decide to bring your honey to the beach, give us a call.  We will do all we can to help you make this Valentine’s Day your most special one yet.

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251.543.1370

7 Reasons Why You Should Skip New Orleans and Spend Mardi Gras on the Alabama Gulf Coast

7 Reasons Why You Should Skip New Orleans and Spend Mardi Gras on the Alabama Gulf Coast

Mardi Gras is Tuesday, March 5, 2019, and we, along the Alabama Gulf Coast, are already gearing up for our first big party of the year.  Everyone knows the beach is a great place to spend New Years, Independence Day, Memorial Day and Labor Day, but did you know Coastal Alabama does Mardi Gras in a big way, too?  That’s right!  We do!  Here in our island paradise, we have some of the best gumbo, brightest beads, and host the most family friendly Mardi Gras day anywhere.  In short, we can laissez les bon temps rouler with the best of ‘em!  We just prefer to do it in our flip-flops and shorts!  As for the upcoming Mardi Gras Season, we have so much fun planned, we need to start early getting the word out.  Here are seven reasons why you should skip New Orleans and spend Mardi Gras 2019 in Gulf Shores, Orange Beach or Fort Morgan:

  1. Fresh Alabama Seafood makes the best gumbo

The term Mardi Gras is French for Fat Tuesday.  What better way is there to enjoy Fat Tuesday than with a bowl of some of the best gumbo anywhere?  While we will agree that the first recorded references to gumbo were around 1803 in New Orleans, we strongly disagree when folks say the best gumbo is still found there.  We actually believe we live where the best gumbo is made.  Talented chefs at local restaurants like DeSoto’s, Doc’s, and Sea-N-Suds make gumbo that can challenge (and we think top!) any gumbo made anywhere in Louisiana.  DeSoto’s Seafood Kitchen, located just a block or so off West Beach in Gulf Shores, has some of the best gumbo around.  DeSoto’s serves gumbo in a cup or a bowl.  We suggest a bowl (because you’re gonna love the stuff!), and add a side of fried green tomatoes, too!  Next, you need to try the gumbo at Doc’s.  Doc’s Seafood Shack is located on Canal Road and its been there so long, we can’t even remember a time when it didn’t exist.  A local favorite for many years (34 years to be exact) , the folks at Doc’s have perfected the art of making gumbo.  They say they “have the best fried shrimp in the entire civilized world”.  We think their gumbo is pretty alright, too!  Sea-N-Suds Restaurant and Oyster Bar, located right on the Gulf in Gulf Shores, has been serving their amazing gumbo for over 40 years.  We have been in love with it for just that long, too!  They are so sure you will love their gumbo, they will actually give you a free cup with an entree.  Check with them for details.  Don’t just take our word for it, give our Alabama Seafood gumbo a try!  You’ll agree fresh Alabama Seafood makes the best gumbo!

  • Beads are better if you can actually catch them

What does that mean?  It means you have a much better chance of catching beads if half the folks who live south of Nashville are not blocking your view of the floats.  Why would you drive all the way to Louisiana only to find yourself lost somewhere in a crowd of revelers five, six or maybe ten people deep?  Because the crowds are smaller in Gulf Shores and Orange Beach, you can position yourself closer to the parade route.  You can actually make eye contact with the masked revelers and, therefore, strongly increase your odds of catching more beads than you can comfortably wear.  The goal of Mardi Gras for most folks is to catch a ton of beads.  Come to our parades and get ready to collect your share.  After all, beads are so much better if you can actually catch them!

  • We love you to the Moon(Pie) and back

Over 100 years ago, the Chattanooga Bakery started producing MoonPies.  Made originally of graham crackers, chocolate and marshmallows, MoonPies have become one of America’s favorite treats.   MoonPies and Mardi Gras married up in Mobile in the early 1970s.  Before then, revelers threw Cracker Jacks to parade goers.  As you can imagine, getting smacked in the head with a sharp cornered box of popcorn and peanuts was no fun.  A ladies’ parading group thought it would be safer and more fun to toss round, lightweight MoonPies.  Those ladies started a tradition that is still going strong today.  Now, in Gulf Shores and Orange Beach, just like with our neighbor across the bay, MoonPies are a parade staple.  Even though Chattanooga is some 425 miles away from Gulf Shores, locals have adopted the tasty round treat as a Mardi Gras must and we can honestly say, “we will love you to the MoonPie and back!”

  • Local folks are friendly

While I tease about “love” and “MoonPies” I am definitely not teasing when I say local folks are really friendly.  Being from South Alabama, we say “yes ma’am” and “thank you” and “y’all come back again”.  We don’t consider it (like some folks do) as talking “southern”.  Instead, we just think its the right way to treat people.  Treat folks with kindness and respect and they become more than just visitors to our little island paradise, they become a part of our extended family.  We, at Sunset Properties, have grafted in quite a few of our guests.  Some of our best family members are not technically related to us at all.  Nevertheless, they liked our friendly disposition and we liked them right back.  Locals are not only friendly folks, they might become some of your best friends anywhere!

  • Parade access is super easy

Have you ever tried to park on Bourbon Street?  I guess the better question is:  why would you try to park on Bourbon Street during Mardi Gras?  How about this:  skip the whole thing and just come to Gulf Shores or Orange Beach and park literally right off our parade routes.  With parking options all along the parade routes on Alabama Highway 59 and Beach Boulevard, parking is a breeze ( a sea breeze, even!).  You won’t have to walk far from your car to get the best spot to stand as the floats pass by and your walk back to your car won’t exhaust you either.  Another great thing about our parade parking, you start out and end up right near our best retail shops, restaurants and local pubs.  The Original Oyster House Boardwalk, for example, right on Highway 59 has all three!  And access to our Gulf Shores parade route from the boardwalk, is as easy as pie!

  • Accommodations are affordable

Affordable accommodations..now this is big deal, especially if you’re coming to the beach for more than a couple of days.  While Mardi Gras is technically only on Tuesday, we believe in hanging out for a few days.  After all, who goes to the beach just for one day?  At Sunset Properties, we have several great properties to choose from.  If you’d like to stay close the the Gulf Shores route, take a look at Beachview 223.  If Orange Beach is more your style, check out Moorings 414.  Looking to stay a little off the beaten path where the scenery is fabulous, but the pace is a tad bit slower?  Check out My Sunshine, Big Pelican and Sundown.  Our accommodations are tastefully decorated, spacious enough for your whole family and affordable so that you can enjoy your Mardi Gras week or weekend in our area without killing your entertainment budget.

  • The beach is your backdrop

With thirty-two miles of sugary white sandy beaches, the Alabama Gulf Coast should not only be your first choice for summer vacations, but for Mardi Gras, as well.  We love to have fun on Pleasure Island and our beaches make any day a great day!  While you’re in town getting a jump start on your summer tan, be sure to take some time to visit the Alabama Gulf State Park Pier and Pavilion, located in Gulf State Park in Gulf Shores.  Visit our public beach areas in Gulf Shores and Orange Beach.  The days are getting longer and the sea oats are starting to rustle in the spring breezes.  Summer is right around the corner and you can feel the happiness in the air.  Mardi Gras is a fun time of each year, but there is something super special about it when the beach as your backdrop.

So what are you waiting on?  Get your sunblock, shades, flip flops together.  Grab a big ole bag to carry all your throws home in, and come on down!  Plan on spending Mardi Gras on the Alabama Gulf Coast and plan to stay with Sunset Properties.  We are ready to help you “let the good times roll!”

Come for Mardi Gras, stay for Spring Break!

www.sunsetproperties.com

251-543-1370

10 Coastal Alabama Holiday Outings That Make Great Family Traditions

Christmas traditions vary all around the world.  In Alabama, they vary from county to county.  And they can even change from city to city.  Here along the Alabama Gulf Coast, we have a few local traditions we love and we wanted to share some of them with you.  For example, don’t be surprised if a Christmas Dinner includes some amazing Seafood Gumbo made with fresh Alabama Gulf Shrimp.  Our pecan pies are usually made with Baldwin County Pecans we picked up and shelled ourselves earlier in the year.  Most of us yell Roll Tide or War Eagle, even on days when our teams are not playing.  We will hug you when we see you at church and we will hug you when we see you at the mall.  And it is completely acceptable to wear flip-flops, even on Christmas Day around here, as long as your mother approves.  We have some pretty great events open to the public going on, as well.  If you’re our guest this holiday season, we want you to know:  you’re invited!  Here is a list of 10 Coastal Alabama holiday outings that make great family traditions:  

 

  • Get a picture with Santa at The Wharf

Santa arrives at The Wharf in Orange Beach on November 17 and he will be there every weekend until Christmas Eve for visits and pictures.  Everyone has a Christmas List.  So get your wishes together and bring your whole family to The Wharf to visit Santa and tell him what your heart desires.

 

  • Watch the Lighted Boat Parade

The Nautical Night of Lights, Orange Beach and Gulf Shores’ annual Christmas lighted boat parade will be held on the evening of December 8th.  The boats will depart Lulu’s in Gulf Shores around 5PM and travel our beautiful back bays around to the Flora-Bama.  If you can’t make it to Lulu’s or the Flora-Bama, find yourself a nice spot along any of the bays.  Bring a blanket and a snuggle buddy and prepare to watch one of the best nautical Christmas parades in all of Alabama.

 

  • Come watch us perform at The South Baldwin Community Theatre

This holiday season, the local actors of The South Baldwin Community Theatre are performing “A Charlie Brown Christmas” on December 7-9 and 14-16.  Show times vary and this is a ticketed event.  A lot of rehearsing has gone into making this one of the best performances ever.  Please come!  Contact the nice folks at the theatre box office to reserve your seats.

 

  • Ride through the Nights of Lights at The Hank

Each year, the good folks at Hank Aaron Stadium set up a drive-thru Christmas lights display called Nights of Lights.  This is one of the few in our area.  Fix yourself a thermos of hot chocolate.  Pack some Christmas cookies and take a short trip to Mobile to experience this one-of-a-kind light display set to music.  Kids and adults alike love this wonderland adventure!

 

  • Have pancakes with Santa at Erie H. Meyer Center

What better way to start off a day than to have breakfast with Santa?  This annual event will be held Saturday, December 15 at 8 AM at the Erie H. Meyer Civic Center in Gulf Shores.  A full breakfast will be served and pictures with Santa will be available.  The cost is $5.

 

  • Ice Skate at The Wharf

A new island tradition is to go ice skating at The Wharf.  This seasonal ice skating rink will be open from November 23- January 10.  This is a family outing that no one should miss.  After all, how many times can you say you can actually ice skate in a beach town?

 

  • Visit a Merry Downtown Owa

Downtown Owa has been decorated for Christmas.  Don’t miss a chance to walk through this merry little downtown located in Foley just off the Beach Express highway.  We are so glad to have our own amusement park just a few short minutes from our beautiful sandy white beaches.

 

  • See the Christmas lights at Bellingrath Gardens

Each year, Bellingrath Gardens in Mobile is all lit up with the Magic Christmas in Lights.  With more than 3 million lights, this is one walking tour everyone should experience.  Magic Christmas in Lights is open from November 23- December 31.

 

  • Spend New Year’s Eve Day at Lulu’s

A family friendly New Year’s Eve day event is planned for Lulu’s in Gulf Shores.  One of our favorite parts of the day is the beach ball drop.  Hundreds of brightly colored beach balls will be dropped from the ceiling at Lulu’s.  This is something kids of all ages love!

 

  • Polar Bear Dip at the Flora-Bama

On New Year’s Day, plan to gather with several hundred folks and participate in the annual Polar Bear Dip at the Flora-Bama Lounge, Package and Oyster Bar.  This event is one your whole family will enjoy.  Stay for a traditional New Year’s Day lunch following a chilly run in to The Gulf of Mexico.

 

At Sunset Properties, we are all about traditions because we know the importance of family.  We are a family-owned, family-run rental management company.  Our whole staff is one big family, kin or not.  We also have several guests who have been grafted into our Sunset Properties Family.  We love each of you!

We want to wish all of y’all, old friends and new, a very Merry Christmas and the happiest of holiday seasons.  We appreciate the relationships we formed or continued 2018 and we are looking to seeing you again in 2019.  Blessings and Peace!

 

251.543.1370

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5 Great Ways to Watch Dolphins Play

Dolphin watching is a great way to spend an afternoon.  Because dolphins are thinking mammals, they can put on quite a show for onlookers.  Dolphins are actually small whales and the most common type of dolphin found along the Alabama Gulf Coast is the bottlenose dolphin.  They can be seen just off shore in the Gulf of Mexico, Mobile Bay and in the back bays that surround Gulf Shores and Orange Beach.  Dolphins are a protected under the Marine Mammal Protection Act, so getting too close to them in not advised.

However, we know 5 Great Ways to Watch Dolphins Play in Gulf Shores, Orange Beach and Fort Morgan without causing them any harm:

 

  1.       From the Sunny Lady

The Sunny Lady, docked at The Wharf in Orange Beach, offers dolphin tours daily.  With wheelchair accessibility, the Sunny Lady is a great option for anyone to get a close up view of dolphins in our back bays.  The Sunny Lady is 65 feet long and has three decks for viewing.  There are also restrooms and indoor and outdoor seating.  The crew of the Sunny Lady will offer snacks and drinks during the cruise.  Cruises last an hour and a half.  The Sunny Lady departs two or three times daily from The Wharf.  Be sure to check out their website for times and prices.

 

  1.       From the beach at Fort Morgan

Did you know you can watch dolphins right from the beach at Fort Morgan?  That’s right!  After taking a tour of the famous fort located on Mobile Bay, be sure to walk the beautiful beaches that wrap the fort.  Keep an eye out toward the horizon and you’re sure to see a few dolphins schooling and playing in the waters of the bay.  If you’re staying with Sunset Properties at one of the wonderful beach homes located in The Dunes subdivision, you may be able to sit on your deck or balcony and watch dolphins right from there.

 

  1.       From the Mobile Bay Ferry

How about visiting Dauphin Island on board the Mobile Bay Ferry?  This trip takes around an hour and leaves from Fort Morgan.  While you’re riding the ferry across the bay, be sure to watch for dolphins.  The dolphins are familiar with the ferry’s path and often swim right alongside it.  Keep your camera handy because you will certainly want to snap a few pictures to share on your favorite social media outlet. When you reach Dauphin Island, don’t forget to visit the Mobile Bay Estuarium.  You will love seeing all the marine life housed there.  And on your way back to Fort Morgan, you’ll  get a second chance to see dolphins in their natural habitat.

 

  1.       From the Gulf State Park Pier

Great for more than just fishing, the Gulf State Park Pier is a wonderful place to observe sea animals.  With almost 2 miles of rail space from which to watch sea life, the pier is a local favorite for family outings.  Dolphins can often be seen in the warm waters of The Gulf of Mexico just off shore near the pier.  While you’re out on the pier, be sure to visit the concession stand and treat yourself to some ice cream or a soda.  Snacks always make dolphin watching more fun!

 

  1.       From a personal watercraft

Ever rented a waverunner while you’re vacationing along the Alabama Gulf Coast?   Did you know you could take a dolphin tour right from one?  Yep!   This is one more great ways to see dolphins.  Alabama Extreme Watersports offers a dolphin tour from a Waverunner.  You can take a guided tour of the back bays or Orange Beach.  Viewing our local marine life from a safe distance, you should be able to get some great pictures.  Contact the good folks at Alabama Extreme Watersports for schedules and tour times.  Don’t miss this unique opportunity to view dolphins.

 

As locals, we at Sunset Properties, love giving quick hints to our guests and potential guests.  We love dolphin watching and we know the suggestions we listed here are great ways to watch them.  We also love helping guests find the perfect vacation home to fit both their wants and needs.  We have vacation rentals available to fit almost any budget and we can house almost any number of guests.  From two to twenty folks, we are ready to help you find your perfect vacation home or homes.  We have homes with WiFi and many are pet friendly.  We have beach front homes and homes nestled along a quiet golf course.  We have one bedroom condos and penthouses and all in between available.   We are pretty sure we can help you locate your ideal beach vacation home.

 

As you make your vacation plans, give us a call at 251.543.1370 or contact us right from our website www.sunsetproperties.com and we will do our best to help you get your vacation stay planned.  And after you’ve finished watching the dolphins in the way that appealed to you, drop us a line and let us know how your experience was!

 

5 REASONS SNOWBIRDS SHOULD WINTER IN GULF SHORES

So you’ve decided to escape the harsh winter in Michigan, Minnesota, South Dakota or Canada?  Is North Dakota going to be too cold?  Pennsylvania and Ohio are nice in the spring and summer, but you need a change. You’re retired and you’ve decided to head south for a more tolerable winter.  You’re a Snowbird and you’re looking for a place to land for a couple of three months or so.  Welcome to The Alabama Gulf Coast!  We have some of the prettiest beaches, friendliest locals and best entertainment anywhere.  Our winter accommodations rates are affordable and we’re only just a few interstate hours away from you!  Come on down!  We love Snowbirds in Gulf Shores, Orange Beach and Fort Morgan!  Need a reason to come stay with us?

Here are 5 Reasons Snowbirds Should Winter in Gulf Shores, Orange Beach or Fort Morgan:

 

  1.       Weather

If the reason you have chosen to winter in the south is to avoid the snowy, cold weather of your home state, you’ve come to the right place.  Winters in  are mild and usually dry and sunny.  The average high temperature in December in Gulf Shores is around 62 degrees.   Lows stay above freezing in the mid-forties.  If you’re looking for a South Alabama white (sandy) Christmas, Gulf Shores, Orange Beach and Fort Morgan should be on your short-list when deciding your winter vacation destination!

 

  1.       Accommodations

Rental rates are fabulously low during the winter months.  And because many tourists don’t visit the beach during the winter, choices for the perfect place to stay are abundant.  Whether you want a one bedroom condo like The Dunes 502 or The Indies 405 or Beachview 223,  or a two bedroom condo like  The Dunes 608 or Grand Caribbean 215, we have your covered.  Would you like a larger place so you can easily host friends or family?  Consider a three bedroom condo like The Dunes 709 or a great beach home like The Boathouse which has two bedrooms, but sleeps 7 guests.  Maybe you’d like to share the rent with some of your besties from back home?  Consider Imagine or Southern Comfort or LA Getaway.  WiFi is available in most units so you can keep up with what’s going on back home on your favorite social media outlet. And, for those of you traveling with your fur babies, we have several rental homes that do allow pets.  We will also be happy to recommend local pet groomers, vets and doggie daycares so your babies can get the same furry love they are accustomed to.  Some restrictions will apply for long-term rentals so be sure to call or text us at 251.543.1370 to ensure you are able to book the property you’re interested in for the amount of time you want to stay.

 

  1.       Activities

Everyone’s favorite attractions are open all winter.  The Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo hosts visitors all year long.  When your grands come to visit, you’ll want to take them to The Track or Pirate’s Island Mini Golf or Adventure Island.  Golf courses like Craft Farms, Timber Creek and Peninsula are beautifully groomed and are so welcoming under the soft winter sun.  Shopping is all around.  With great retail venues like The Wharf, Pelican Place, San Roc Cay and the shops at the Original Oyster House Boardwalk, there is no shortage of retail fun waiting for you!  Travel just a few short miles into Foley and The Tanger Factory Outlet Mall is always a hit!  For those of you who feel lucky,  Wind Creek Casino is just a short drive away.  And of course, Gulf Shores, Orange Beach and Fort Morgan’s bike trails, tennis courts and indoor pools are also open.

 

  1.       Dining out

Most local restaurants offer early dinner discounts, so you’ll be able to enjoy our wonderful Alabama Gulf Seafood for a lot less than summer guests do.  Local faves like King Neptunes and Mikee’s in Gulf Shores love Snowbird guests.  Bubba’s in Orange Beach and Cobalt, The Restaurant have some of the friendliest staffs and best menu  items around.  You must go to Doc’s for fresh oysters.  Located on Canal Road for more years than we can count, Doc’s Seafood Shack  is easy to drive right by.  But don’t!  Stop and go in for cold beer and fresh oysters!  While you’re on Canal Road, check out The Keg Lounge and Grill for one of the best burgers you can put in your mouth!  Drive a little further east and visit Flippers  on Bay La Launch Avenue.  Breakfasts are also amazing in Gulf Shores and Orange Beach!  There are so many places to have breakfast and brunch around our island.  Don’t miss The Ruby Slipper and Hazel’s Nook.  For a few more suggestions, check out our faves by clicking here.

 

  1.       Volunteering

We know that just because  you’re retired doesn’t mean you’re idle. We love that our Snowbirds want to become part of their winter communities and Alabama Gulf Coast Snowbirds are no exception!  We are so happy when our Snowbird family members want to volunteer around our island.  There is certainly no shortage of need for volunteers.  The Retired Senior Volunteer Program RSVP of Baldwin County is always looking for volunteers to serve in many different capacities.  The United Way of Baldwin County has many partner agencies, like The American Red Cross, Ecumenical Ministries, and Catholic Social Services who always welcome volunteers.  These agencies are really good about tailoring your volunteer experience to meet your personal goals.  Local libraries and our chamber and convention and visitors bureau also love volunteers!

 

We want you to know that we love Snowbirds in South Alabama.  We welcome you and your friends to come spend your winter with us, and to come back in the summer if you have time!  At Sunset Properties, our Snowbird friends have become our Snowbird Family and we look forward to your arrival each year.  If you’ve never stayed with us, ask your friends about us.  We’re pretty sure they will gladly recommend us to you.  As you begin to make your plans for this winter, give us a call, then give us a try.

 

While you’re making your plans to arrive, don’t forget to contact our local post offices in Gulf Shores and Orange Beach to get yourself a mailbox for the winter.

 

If you’re already one of our family, we cannot wait to see you again!  Please travel safely as you head south and come on down! If we haven’t yet met you, we are anxiously awaiting your call!  Either way, come on down!  We’ve got your winter home ready and waiting!

 

www.sunsetproperties.com

251.543.1370

 

 

5 REASONS TO PLAN A GIRLS WEEKEND AT THE BEACH

So you and your soul sisters are daydreaming about a weekend getaway.  You’re thinking you might like to take a weekend and get away from everyday life, but you’re not sure where to go and what to do.  You’re not even completely convinced you should take a mini-vaca, but you think it might be fun.  We think it’s time you “take the plunge” and let yourselves get away and have some fun at the beach!

Here are 5 Reasons to Plan a Girls Weekend at the Beach in Gulf Shores:

 

  1. Take a break

You have all worked all year taking care of your husbands or boyfriends, the kids and your jobs.  You’ve given just about as much as you can give to them all, and you’re actually a bit tired.  You know you need a break from your everyday responsibilities, clients, contracts and time clocks.  You looked in the mirror and said to yourself:  it’s about time I did something for me! You got together with your sister friends and y’all all agree you need just a couple of days of barefooted fun.  What better place to take a break than the beach in Gulf Shores?   After all, it’s only a short road trip away!

 

  1. Let someone else cook

Sure, you love to cook.  Preparing a culinary masterpiece is something you’re proud of.  You take pictures and share your fabulous creations with your besties on social media.  But why not let someone else cook for you?  Why not just sit a cozy table surrounded with your favorite advice-givers and gossip-partners, share a bottle of wine (or two) and let someone else serve you for a bit?  The Alabama Gulf Coast is packed with fabulous places to do just that!

With so many great choices for seafood, steaks, pizza and burgers in Gulf Shores, Orange Beach and Fort Morgan, you’re sure to find the perfect place .  For great seafood, try local faves CostAL or King Neptunes.  Want a delicious steak?  Check out Cosmos for great food and a super friendly staff.  Hungry for a big ole seafood pizza?  You must visit Papa Rocco’s!  How about some gumbo sure to make your mouth happy?  Sea-n-Suds is the place for gumbo.  Would you like a yummy cold Bushwhacker to sit  beside your meal?   Flippers  has one of the best Bushwhackers on our island!  What’s the best part about all this?  You won’t have to cook or clear the dishes!  All you have to do is enjoy!

 

  1. Shop and buy stuff for yourself

We understand.  Sometimes you just want to shop and buy things for yourself.  Sometimes you just need to indulge your inner shopping Queen Beast!  Retail therapy at its finest is all around.  You and your besties could spend a whole day at  SanRoc Cay in Orange Beach just shopping and chatting.  Pelican Place in Gulf Shores is also a great place to spend some time.  And you cannot forget Main Street at the The Wharf in Orange Beach.  Along with these fabulous shopping centers and malls, there are also lots of smaller boutiques and shops all along Gulf Shores Parkway and Beach Boulevard.

 

  1. Kick off your shoes and kick up your heels

After a day of shopping and beach combing with your tribe, you want to sing along with a band and do a little dancing.  Well, you’re in luck!  The Flora-Bama, our favorite road house is just a few minutes away.  If you planned your mini-vaca for late fall, you might even get to enjoy The Frank Brown Songwriters Festival. There is always someone singing and dancing there!

Another great place for food, spirits and laughter is Lucy Buffett’s  LuLu’s located in Gulf Shores.  Another fun place to spend an evening is Live Bait.  With fabulous cocktails, great music you can sing along with and a unique appetizer menu, Live Bait has been an island favorite for years. Oh, and don’t forget to get a tee shirt from each place you all visit!  What a great way to have a cool souvenir collection and remember one of the best weekends ever!

 

  1. Stay in an amazing beach home

You don’t know where to stay.  We can help with that!  At Sunset Properties, we have just the perfect mini-vaca spot for you and all your girls!  If you all want to stay together, we have the perfect beach home for you!  We have beach homes like SEA LA VIE and IMAGINE that sleep 10-12 guests comfortably.  If you’d like to reserve a penthouse condo for your girls weekend, check out Caribe C Penthouse 14.  Talk about luxury!!  Or maybe you’d all like an individual condo, but want to be in the same building.  The Dunes  and The Indies will probably be perfect for your group. With one, two and three bedroom condos available, finding the perfect condos in the same building shouldn’t be too hard. When we tell you amazing accommodations are waiting, we aren’t kidding.  All of our beach homes come with plentifully stocked kitchens, comfy beds and amazing deck or balcony views of our beautiful island.  Do you have that one bestie who simply cannot leave her fur baby at home?  Not a problem!  We have several homes that allow dogs to stay with their owners!  We even have a beach home located near a golf course for the golfers in your group!  At Sunset Properties, we have a home for just about anyone!

 

So what are you waiting for?  It’s time to book your girls weekend in Gulf Shores, Orange Beach or Fort Morgan with Sunset Properties!  Go ahead, give us a call!  We are ready to help you move your daydream into reality!

 

www.sunsetproperties.com

251-543-1370

 

Top 5 Places to Black Friday Shop in Gulf Shores

So you decided to come to the Alabama Gulf Coast for Thanksgiving Weekend 2018.  Great call!  We are so happy you chose to stay with Sunset Properties in Gulf Shores, Orange Beach or Fort Morgan and spend this American Holiday with us.  We know after you’ve enjoyed your turkey dinner and made some irreplaceable beach memories, you have two more things to do before your holiday weekend is complete:  football and shop!  As far as football goes, we’ve got you covered.  With TVs in all family rooms and most bedrooms in your Sunset Properties vacation beach homes, you’re sure to be able to enjoy your favorite team’s game this weekend.  But where do you go to shop?  Right here on the Alabama Gulf Coast, we have some of the best shopping venues anywhere!  Here are 5 Places You Must Shop on Black Friday:

 

  1. Tanger Outlets

What would a Black Friday be without shopping at a Tanger Outlet mall?  With so many factory stores to choose from, you simply cannot go wrong starting off your holiday shopping at this great mall in Foley.  Located about 10 minutes north of the  heart of Gulf Shores on Gulf Shores Parkway, the Tanger Outlet mall in Foley is sure to excite any holiday shopper!  From A-Z, that’s Adidas to Zales The Diamond Outlet Store, you’re sure to find something for everyone on your holiday shopping list at Tanger Outlets.  Shop stores from  the Fragrance Outlet to GNC.  Shop for your tribe at J Crew Factory or Le Crueset.  Start at the Loft outlet and end up in OshKosh B’gosh.  There are just too many stores and shopping opportunities for us to name them all here.  But with holiday hours starting at 6PM on Thanksgiving night and stores will remain open until 10PM on Black Friday, you’re sure to have time to visit them all!  For a complete list of all the stores located at Tanger Outlets in Foley, check out their Directory Listing.  Don’t forget to keep a look out for Santa.  You never know, he might just be doing a little shopping in Foley, too!

 

  1. Pelican Place

Just north of the IntraCoastal Waterway and the Holmes Bridge on Gulf Shores Parkway is Pelican Place at Craft Farms.  With chain stores like Bed Bath and Beyond and Books-A-Million expected to open around 6AM, this shopping venue must be on your list.  After walking around any outdoor mall, a Black Friday morning’s chill can tend to find you.  Stop in at Joe Muggs inside Books-A-Million and have an amazing cup of coffee and snack while you browse.  Need another great reason to stop in at Pelican Place?  How about three?  Sunrays, Tambos Surf Shack and The Beach House Boutique.  Just by stopping in these great stores, you can get a gift for Mom, one for your favorite surfer and some great shades for yourself!

 

  1. Sanroc Cay

Sanroc Cay Entertainment District and Marina, located on Perdido Beach Boulevard in Orange Beach, is more than just your everyday shopping outing.  With its diverse retail boutiques and exceptional restaurant choices, SanRoc Cay is a must-do shopping experience for the discerning holiday shopper.  After you’ve done the midnight madness at Tanger in Foley and had a great cup of coffee while you were at Pelican Place, head on back to our island and go straight to SanRoc Cay.  For unique bath and body products, Sweet Dreams Bath and Body is one of our favorite boutiques.  Along with great shops like Too Hot Mamas and 3 Grands Boutique, no holiday shopping trip is complete without a visit to Sanroc Cay.   You’ve already had a great cup of coffee, so how about a freshly made Bloody Mary?  Louisiana Lagniappe will not disappoint you.   While you’re there, go ahead and try one of their amazing seafood dinners.  Sanroc Cay is also home to Aveada’s Serenity at the Beach Salon and Spa.  Why not get someone a spa day for Christmas?

 

  1. The Wharf

After you’ve visited all the fabulous boutiques at SanRoc Cay, your next stop should be The Wharf.  It is easy to find The Wharf in Orange Beach.  Just look for the only Ferris wheel on the island.  And, as it turns out, you’ll find the only ice skating rink here, too.  Just in time for the holiday season, The Wharf will open its annual Ice Skating Rink the week before Thanksgiving.  As you travel down Main Street at The Wharf, you will see Christmas preparations are already well underway!  This fun family venue will give you a whole new way to enjoy your Black Friday shopping.  Remember to visit great shops like SALT Coastal Outfitters, Khloe and Kate and The Sugar Shack and Cafe.  Be sure to stop in local faves Bungalows and Ocean Eddie’s.  There are so many shops, restaurants at The Wharf, coupled with fun things your whole can family can do, we cannot possible name them all here.  We can, however, give you the Directory Listing for The Wharf.  We also want to remind you to be on your best behavior!  Santa is watching!  And he’s waiting for you at The Wharf to have your picture taken with him from November 16 and throughout the upcoming holiday season.  We have one more must-do shopping experience for you:  the boardwalk at the Original Oyster House in Gulf Shores.

 

  1. Original Oyster House Boardwalk

Since 1983, The Original Oyster House has been a Gulf Shores staple and one of the best places around to eat delicious local Alabama Gulf Seafood.  As you conclude your Black Friday shopping adventure, we urge you to stop by the Original Oyster House and sample something from the menu of one of our all-time favorite places to eat in Gulf Shores.  And before you head back to your Thanksgiving vacation home for your annual Black Friday Nap, you really should stop in and visit the shops on this little famous boardwalk.  Geez Louise Boutique showcases great band names like Vera Bradley and Lauren James.  The Original Oyster House Trading Company features great gifts like tumblers and t-shirts.  And for the person on your list who loves merchandise featuring old movies, bands and sci-fi, Retro Road Trip is the place to shop.

 

We, at Sunset Properties, not only love our jobs helping island guests find great vacation homes, but we also love to shop!  We are serious shoppers!  We know what we want and we know where to go to get it!  We hope you find what you’re looking for to make your 2018 Holiday Season merry and bright this year.  We appreciate you staying with us and we want to hear how your Black Friday shopping adventure turned out.  Email  or give us a call!

 

Oh!  And if you don’t already have your reservations for New Years 2018 confirmed, time is running out!  Do that today!!

 

www.sunsetproperties.com   

251.543.1370

10 THINGS LOCALS KNOW ABOUT WINTER AT THE BEACH AND YOU SHOULD TOO

 

I’ve heard folks say:  I want to go to Gulf Shores and do what the locals do.  I want to know what they know.  I think those statements are a bit funny, because we, at Sunset Properties, are always sharing our knowledge with you, our readers and guests.  But I will admit, there are a few cool things we locals know about winters in Gulf Shores, Orange Beach and Fort Morgan that not a lot of folks outside our area are aware of.  I decided to write this blog to share

10 Things Locals Know About Winter At The Beach And You Should, Too just in case you’re contemplating a winter getaway vacation to our happy part of Alabama.

 

  • Shell collecting is the best

The beaches are less crowded and shell collecting during the winter months at the beach is so great!  With smaller crowds and fewer people walking the beaches, there is, quite literally, less competition to find the best shells.  Walking the beach along the Alabama Gulf Coast on winter days can be a bit breezy and sometimes it is a little cool, so you might want to wear a jacket or windbreaker for your outing.  Some days, however, the temps can reach the high sixties and even the low seventies, so don’t be surprised if you work up a little sweat while you’re treasure hunting.

 

  • Painting or writing a memory is a breeze

The winter sun reflecting off The Gulf of Mexico will make the water and sky sparkle and shine in amazing hues of blues and greens.  It’s easy to photograph our local beauty with a camera or phone, but why not take some watercolors or artist chalks and artists paper and capture your own memory?  Often you’ll find locals just sitting and relaxing on our vacant Gulf Shores beaches and making notes about or painting what they see.  If you take the time, we know our wonderful little island’s environment will speak to you.  You may not know it, but there may just be an artist inside you and this may just be the place to set him free.

 

  • The timing is perfect for great photography

If painting is not in your wheelhouse, why not take some breathtaking pictures of our island?  Less crowded beaches means you’ll have less opportunities for those crazy photobombers who seem to be everywhere in the summer.  Try shooting a few pictures in black and white and see how great they look!  The air is just crisper and cleaner during the winter months and the sunlight’s reflection off seemingly everything is amazing.  Sea oats are always great models.  We urge you to take pictures, but please do not disturb the sea oats.  They help hold our dunes in place and they are protected by law.  If you’re not the best photographer, but you want to capture some memories while you’re here, contact the good folks at Chasing the Son Photogrpahy and see if they can’t help you out.  

 

  • Local seafood is surprisingly affordable and there usually is not a wait to be seated

How long have you waited to be seated for dinner in the summer at the beach?  We suspect you’ve waited at least thirty minutes.  In the winter, however, seating is much quicker.  Locals know that most restaurants offer early-bird dinner specials, too.  It’s like eating at happy hour every night!  We cannot think of a better way to try a new menu item than to sample our great local Alabama Gulf Seafood at a reduced cost.

 

  • Fort Morgan is the perfect place for a December picnic

If you’ve never been inside the magnificent walls of Fort Morgan, we cannot think of a better day outing than planning a picnic on the fort grounds.  Take your picnic basket and blanket and spread out on the grassy area inside the fort for a cozy winter meal.  The walls of the fort help deflect some of the chilly breezes that can meander off Mobile Bay.  You’ll love the way the warm sun feels on your face and you’ll enjoy a making personal memory with your family or special someone.

 

  • Adult beverages taste better when you only have a few folks around

Everyone loves a great crowded night spot in the summer.  The fast pace of summers at our beach make our nights even hotter.  But there is something special about visiting a beach bar in the winter.  Sitting by a window where you can see the gulls playing outside or boats passing by as you sip your favorite adult beverage with just a few friends nearby gives you a whole new perspective on our laid-back beach life.  It is so nice to be able to enjoy a simple glass of wine or a rum topped bushwacker and have nice conversations with our friends.  If you want to meet a few of us, come on down to the Pink Pony or Bill’s By the Beach or Big Beach Brewing Company.  We might just be the folks sitting right beside you.

 

  • Shopping for beach attire and small gifts is easy

Did you know that many of our local shops run amazing sales on swimwear and local tees during the winter months?  Yep!  One of the best times to get amazing deals on fashionable swimwear is during the winter.  All those cool tees you were eyeing during your summer visit, those are on sale, too.  How about getting someone back home a great gift at a reduced price?  We are pretty sure you can find the perfect souvenir to take back home at an amount that won’t cut into your adult beverage budget.  Visit www.gulfshores.com for a complete listing of local retailers.  

 

  • Tanning is still a thing and flip flops are still acceptable footwear

That’s right!  You can still tan in the winter and you can wear your flip flops in January.  We do!  You can actually get a pretty bad sunburn if you aren’t careful.  While you may not want to don that string bikini in late December, you will most likely find days when shorts and t-shirts are comfortable.  Always, always, always use sunscreen while you’re visiting our happy little island.  Even on winter days, when it’s cold and snowing back where you come from, down here, the sun continues to tan us all winter.

 

  • Volunteer opportunities are all around

Want to become an intrinsic part of our little community while you’re here?  Great!  Locals are big on volunteering and we welcome our guests who want to participate.  Our local United Way is always looking for kind hearted folks who want to volunteer at their partner agencies.  The Thomas Norton Library usually likes to have volunteers around.  And our museums in Gulf Shores or Orange Beach may have volunteer opportunities.  

 

  • You can sleep cheap

This is one of the biggest secrets locals know.  After this blog posts, I guess it won’t be a secret anymore.  Lodging and vacation rental prices are at our yearly low, so finding an affordable place to stay is super easy.  You will get to stay in the same great places you did last summer but for about half the cost.  Sometimes it is even less than half!  Check out our website www.sunsetproperties.com or better yet, give us a call.  We may have a weekend special that isn’t posted and you might just be the lucky person who gets our rental deal of the week!


So we have you thinking about a winter beach getaway, huh?  Awesome!  Check out some of our amazing accommodations options in Gulf Shores, Orange Beach and Fort Morgan.  Don’t have time to look for yourself, that’s ok!  We are ready to answer your call at 251.543.1370 and help you find your perfect winter getaway vacation home!

5 REASONS TO ATTEND THE 2018 FRANK BROWN INTERNATIONAL SONGWRITERS’ FESTIVAL

Fall has reached the northern Gulf Coast and that means it is time to attend the 2018 Frank Brown International Songwriters’ Festival.  Locals know this 11 day event, held November 8-18, 2018, is the one of the best things that happens around here all year.  We love the Shrimp Festival, please don’t get me wrong, but the Songwriters’ Festival is a whole different kind of festival and one we know you’re sure to love once you experience it.

You’re probably asking:  Who is Frank Brown?  Or What is the festival about?  The festival, which highlights both up-and-coming singer/songwriters as well as those who are more seasoned and perhaps even Grammy winners, is named for Mr. Frank Brown.  Mr. Frank was the night watchman at the Flora-Bama for 28 years before he retired at the age of 91.  He was a man of high morale character and one who loved the music at the Flora-Bama.

 

If this hasn’t peaked your interest and given you reason enough to check out this cool event, here are our top 5 reasons we believe YOU should experience the Frank Brown International Songwriters Festival.

 

  1. You get to meet the people who wrote your favorite songs

We all have that one favorite song.  You know that song…the one that when it comes on the radio you actually turn up the volume really high and sing along.  You probably think your favorite performer wrote the song, and, in some instances, they did.  But often times the writers of your favorite lyrics are not the ones who sing them on the radio.  Often times, the writers are lesser known folks, at least to the general public.  You might think you’d have to go to Nashville to meet some of these talented individuals.  I have great news for you!  The good folks at the Frank Brown International Songwriters’ Festival know who the best songwriters are and they invite them to perform for us, right here along the Alabama Gulf Coast and surrounding areas.  The performance line-up changes every year, but you may have an opportunity to enjoy your favorite song performed by the person who penned it.  How cool is that?

 

  1. You can visit venues as diverse as the performers

Another cool thing about this unique festival experience is the venues change and are as diverse as the festival goers.  With so much talent in one small geographical area, the need for lots of places to perform is evident.  With that, you have lots of choices of locations where you’d like to enjoy the events.  Locations vary from everyone’s favorite beachside roadhouse the Flora-Bama Lounge and Package where the festival began and the Bushwackers are world-famous, to Lucy Buffett’s Lulu’s in Gulf Shores where the t-shirts are as happy and fun as the dining experience.  Bill-E’s Old 27 Grill in Fairhope, where the performers are serenaded by Bill-E’s Small Batch Bacon is also scheduled to host performances.  For a totally different musical experience, visit the Coastal Arts Center of Orange Beach during the festival.  The acoustics in this beautiful center overlooking Wolf Bay are amazing!  How about watching festival performances at a local church?  St. Andrews by the Sea- A Community Church located on Fort Morgan Road is a host site.  For a complete list of the 20+ venues where performances are scheduled,  check out the Venue Page of the festival.

  1. You can enjoy fabulous coastal dinners and

beverages

A few of the venues we have already listed are known for their great food and beverages.  The Flora-Bama has some of the best seafood on any state line!  Lulus’s in Gulf Shores offers not only an amazing menu as listed, but they also will prepare special meals for patrons with shellfish and seafood allergies.  How cool is that?!  Old 27 Grill never disappoints with their amazing burgers and ice cold beer.  Other great places to eat that area also festival venues include the Sunset Cork Room Restaurant and Wine Bar where your favorite wine and their fabulous grouper or blackened chicken breast are a perfect match.  While you’re enjoying the festivities, give Pirate’s Cove a try!  Also known for wonderful bushwackers and fat, juicy, sloppy, yummy hamburgers, Pirate’s Cove is a fun outing for couples and families alike.

 

  1. You are showing your support for veterans and

newcomers to the music industry

To be a writer of any sort is a challenge and a craft.  To be a songwriter, takes a special kind of gift turned skill.  Knowledge of the language, coupled with the perfect rhyme, and the placement of each exact word to tell a story that touches someone, is undeniably a gift only a few select folks have.  By visiting the venues of the Frank Brown International Songwriters’ Festival, you are not only going to come away with a new appreciation for  these gifted individuals, you are showing them your support just by going.  Some writers are Grammy winners and some are just getting started on their journey, but all of them appreciate public support.  Go the festival to for the great feeling you’ll get by attending, but know your being there is making someone else happy, too.

 

  1. You become a part of history in the making

This is the 34th year of the Frank Brown International Songwriters’ Festival.  For thirty-four years, our coast has been honored to host hundreds of writers, singers and musicians.  For 34 years, we have had the privilege of seeing first-hand the artists who shape our music airways.  We know you will feel a deep sense of awe once you’ve experienced the festival for yourself.  We actually know of no one who has ever attended this festival who didn’t come away with a new perspective on songwriting and the historical importance these guys play in our everyday lives.  Come for the music.  Come meet the artists.  Come be a part of history.

 

At Sunset Properties, we are pleased to recommend local events to our guests and website visitors.  Because we are blessed to be “locals”, we get to enjoy all that our Alabama Gulf Coast has to offer.  We are also pleased to host any guests who plan to come and enjoy the Songwriters’ Festival.  We have rental properties located in Orange Beach, near the Flora Bama and only a short drive to the Coastal Arts Center of Orange Beach .  We would love for you to stay in one of our beautiful condos in Gulf Shores, just a short drive from Lulu’s or any venue in Baldwin County.  And we have lots of homes located on beautiful Fort Morgan Road, just a short drive from St. Andrews Church.  We, at Sunset Properties, are just as versatile as the songwriters and venues, themselves.  Give us a call and let us help you find your perfect vacation home for your festival stay.

 

www.sunsetproperties.com                                                                                    251.543.1370

10 Reasons to Spend Thanksgiving 2018 in Gulf Shores

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

 

  1.       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!

 

  1.       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!

 

  1.       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.

 

  1.       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.

 

  1.       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.

 

  1.       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.

 

  1.     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!

 

  1.     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.

 

  1.       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!

 

  1.  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.

 

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