8th Annual Gulf Coast Hot Air Balloon Festival

Balloon festival
Balloon festival

The balloons are flying hurry down!  Each year for Father’s Day Foley welcomes more than 50 hot air ballonists from across the country.  Tanger Outlets presents the festival which will take place at the Foley Sportspark, 18507  Highway 98 West in Foley.

This is one of those don’t miss events you can not only see the balloons lit up each night but the festival goers and surrounding neighborhoods will enjoy the flights as they fly over each day.  The festival will also offer live entertainment, delicious food, arts and crafts booths,  a children’s village and more!

For a complete schedule of balloon festival happenings along with photos, videos, and parking information. Go to www.gulfcoastballoonfestival.com

Hangout Music Festival 2012

This May 18th, 19th, and 20th The Hangout Music Festival returns to Gulf Shores.  This year the headliners include Dave Matthews Band & Red Hot Chili Peppers & Jack White! All the general admission tickets are sold out but there are a few VIP Passes left.  Now you just need a place to stay!  You have the opportunity to party in town then come out to the quiet of Ft. Morgan to relax and rest up for the rest of the party!  We have some great specials for that time. A one bedroom that sleeps up to 6, for 3 nights starts as low as $569.00.  A 2 Bedroom for 3 nights starts as low as $708.00.  A three bedroom condo that sleeps up to 8 people can start as low as $980.00.  Just give us a call to book today! 

Be sure to look below to see who is preforming this year and we will see you soon!

 The String Cheese Incident, Wilco, Skrillex, The Flaming Lips Preforming Dark Side of the Moon, Chris Cornell, Dispatch, Kaskade,  Steve Winwood, STS9, Umphrey’s McGee, Gogol Bordello, Michael Franti & Spearhead, Mac Miller, Flogging Molly, Coheed & Cambria, Paul Oakenfold, G. Love and Special Sauce, Edward Sharpe and The Magnetic Zeros, Randy Newman, Young The Giant, Dr. Dog, Cage the Elephant, Dawes, Alabama Shakes, M. Ward, YelaWolf, Switchfoot, Rebelution, Julian Marley, Zeds Dead, Mavis Staples, Shpongle, The Greyboy Allstars, GaryClark JR, Allen Stone, Big Freedia And The Divas, The Devil Makes Three, Paper Diamond, Futurebirds, Tribal Seeds, Delta Spirit, Heartless Bastards, Hey Rosetta!, Sleeper Agent, GIVERS, THE LUMINEERS, ARCHNEMESIS, Rich Aucoin, Jamie Bergeron & the Kickin’ Cajuns, The Q Brothers, School of Rock, Big Bang Boom, Joanie Leeds & The Nightlights, Jim Cosgrove, John Yost’s Rhythm Revolution, Peter DiStefano& Tor

Pirate’s Island Adventure Golf Great Fun for Your Money!!!

On our 1 month anniversary my husband Anthony decided to do a little miniature golfing.  We decide to go to Pirates Island Adventure Golf!  First let me say this is one of the most impressive courses I have ever seen.  It is immaculately clean, beautifully maintained and so fun!  So not only do you get to test your miniature golfing prowess but you get a history lesson about the pirate who is the namesake of your particular course and about the gulf area in general. 

For under $20 the two of us were able to play a challenging and entertaing 18 hole course.  That took us through a pirate ship around and under a water fall and through a cave.  We went during the day but I am sure this is even more fun at night.  This is definitely a spot for the entire family when you need a break from the surf and sand. The staff was great and we won a free game with a hole in one!

If you spend an evening in town be sure to add Pirates Island to your list. Pirate’s Island is located north of the Intercoastal waterway bridge on hwy. 59 It is on the west side of the road about an 1/8 th of a mile before the bridge.  Look for the Pirate Ship!

A Great Vacation With Sunset Properties

Tara and I had so much fun on the beach a few days ago with our visitors staying in Sun Down! They were having a fantastic time and were happy to share there vacation stories with us! We wanted to be sure to share them with you. Our Vacation with Sunset Properties!!!

We would love to here your vacation stories!  If you made a video of your family at the beach, have some pictures you want to share or just a great story be sure to send it to us we would love to share it!   We can’t wait to hear you stories.

See you soon!!!

Low Cost & No Cost Gulf Shores Activities

It is so nice to see the spring break visitors back in the area this year.  So far it has been fantastic weather and looks to remain that way through this season. We wanted to give you a few ideas about low cost or no cost activities in that you and your family can enjoy while you are here!

The closest one to our area is actually Ft. Morgan!  You should check out this amazing fort if you haven’t yet.  It’s architecture is simply beautiful and it’s history is so interesting.  You could make a day of it and visit it’s sister on the other side of the bay on Dauphin Island.  It is only $5 to walk on the ferry and the cost to get into the forts is only $5 for adults.  Not only do you get some great history lessons but a beautiful ferry ride as well!

If you are more of an outdoorsy kind of person are you in the right place!!! We have multiple walking trails to enjoy in the Ft. Morgan area that are free.  You can also stop by the Bon Secour Wild Life refuge and get some great information and see some really neat displays of local wildlife.  It is all ther for you and your family to explore and enjoy.  If you are up for a little drive you could go to Orange beach and there are bike trails for you and your family to enjoy in this area. There are days of trails and miles of beautiful beach to enjoy. All of them are free!!!  Don’t forget your sunscreen and water.  Have fun hiking!!!

Finally, one of our favorites is to send folk over to the National Aviation Museum in Perdido, just to the west of Pensacola.  It is a little bit of a drive but worth it!  This museum has some of the most amazing exhibits you will ever see!  If you have kids (especially boys) or an airplane enthusiast you don’t need to miss this!  Don’t miss the I max theater.  Great shows are guaranteed.  There Is no cost to get in but they do accept donations.  There is a cafe on site and a great gift shop if you are looking for some special gifts.  This is  DON’T MISS on your trip!

Spring Beach Update

Happy Spring everyone!  We are so excited that the warm weather is here and our guests are returning in full force!  It is great to see all the happy families playing at the beach and splashing in the pool!  we wanted to give you a little bit of a beach update to start your Spring off right.  We are having blustery days right now bring in rain part of the week but that is great for all of our local wildlife.  Spring is also the beginning of our wedding season,  we are having lots of weddings this year in Ft. Morgan and we are thrilled that they chose to celebrate their happy day with us. 

Just around the corner it will be bird banding season and all of our fine feathered friends will begin to arrive from South America.  This is one of my favorite times because we are almost overrun with humming birds each spring. The last couple of years we even had a couple fly in the office when we leave the door open.  Spring is always fun at the beach!  a new adventure waits around each corner.  Come enjoy your springbreak with us and play at the beach, have adventures with your family, and rest in the warm sunshine!

Enjoy the Spring Beach Update

YAPPY HOUR–A Meet and Greet!

Skyler and Dottie checking out what the people are up to!

You guys know we LOVE our dogs!!! Most of the time Skyler will meet you at the door before any person can say hello! This winter we have decided to have Yappy Hour for our winter and early spring guests. This is a time for all of our guest who have dogs to get to know each other and for the dogs to have much needed play.

This yappy hour was so fun! Tara and I brought our dogs and Skyler, Harry, added some comic relief with their signature beagle yelp! Sophie and Charlie made an appearance to sniff things out but they weren’t ready to play this time. Hopefully they will jump in next week when yappy hour rolls around again! We should have a few more puppy friends in and I’m sure they will join the gang in digging jumping chasing and barking just outside the Sunset Properties Office!

Look for more dog events through the summer or just stop by to meet our fuzzy four legged friends as you enjoy your trip! See you soon!!!!!!

Winter Guest Activities

Winter Guest Schedule!!!
We are excited out Winter guests are back in town and we have planned a few activities for them to enjoy.  We wanted to keep everyone posted.  Take a look below at the fun stuff planned for January and February!!! 
  • Every Tuesday, Starting in February we will have yoga classes at 10 AM!  We’ll Carpool!  The more that participate the cheaper the classes will be!!!
  • Every other Thursday we will be serving complimentary coffee and doughnuts at the Sunset Properties Office at 10 am.  Come meet and greet with the other winter guests.
  • On the opposite Thursday’s we will have Yappy Hour at 3 in the afternoon.  Bring your dog if you have  one and let them  make some doggy friends.  If you are with out a fuzzy friend come by and meet the pups and your neighbors too!  This will be outside at the Sunset Properties Office.

Below is a link to the Gulf ShoresActivities Calendar  We’re so glad your back everyone!

Fall at the Beach!!!

Have I mentioned that Fall is the best time to be at the beach? I know that summer is warm and the kids are out of school, and spring is great and sunny and not too hot! But Fall has the best of both of those and then some.  In the fall season at the beach it rarely rains, the skies are a beautiful sunny blue, and the days are warm while the nights get increasingly cooler.  You can enjoy the beach with virtually no crowds and the prices are nothing short of outstanding.  There are the same great restaurants and live music, shopping, high flying patriotic shows, and wildlife but we get to enjoy it during the fall in very special ways!

We have the fall migration of  birds and butterflies south, a million little jewels flying through our area all at once.  You can enjoy the new song stylings of amazing song writers throughout the area during the Frank Brown Songwriters Festival.  Don’t miss the Blue Angels Homecoming show, it will make your heart soar with patriotic pride. There are festivals and events almost every weekend along the beautiful Gulf Coast for you and your family to enjoy.

Coming up is the Elberta German Sausage Festival Oct 29th. Held from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The best German Sausage you have ever tasted! Made from a secret recipe developed by the founding fathers of Elberta, AL. This is the only place you can get the real thing! Arts & crafts, live music, carnival rides, baked goods & more. Don’t forget to visit the Bier Garten for a large selection of imported beers.

Nov. 2nd starts the SEC Women’s Soccer Championship. Eight hopeful seeds will square off in quarterfinal action before the field narrows for Friday’s (November 4) semifinals. Championship play is scheduled for Sunday, November 6 at 2:00pm and will be broadcast live. Don’t miss the action!
Admission: $5.00 adults, $2.00 Students

The 4th Annual Oyster Cook Off on Nov. 5th! Join us on the beach and watch teams from restaurants, businesses, and individuals along the Gulf Coast compete to see who wins best oyster bragging rights for the entire year along with cash and prizes! The oysters are provided to the teams to prepare three ways: Oysters Rockefeller, Cajun Oysters and Create-Your-Own Raw.
Admission: Free to the Public and tasting tickets are $1 each. If you are interested in registering your team to compete please download the application online at www.thehangoutal.com. The entry fee is $250 per team and must be paid in full no later than October 15th.

The Frank Brown Song Writers Festival is coming up from Nov. 10th -20th. The festival provides an atmosphere to promote all writers, whether they had written hit songs which made people open their eyes and view the world in a different way or they are aspiring writers and musicians who knew they could do the same but needed a forum in order to get their music out to the world.

The Blue Angels Homecoming Air Show is scheduled for Friday and Saturday, November 11 & 12, on board Naval Air Station Pensacola, Florida. Admission is FREE and the gates open at 8 am each day. The show includes static displays of aircraft of all types, food, beverage and vendor booths, virtual reality experiences and other attractions, including a Kids’ Zone, Sony Playstation II gaming area and bungee jumping. Home Depot will also have a Kids Workshop Area with craft projects. The air show begins at 9:45 am, with the Blue Angels slated to fly around 2 pm. The pilots will sign autographs after the show. There is also a night air show on Friday evening.
Visit the Museum’s display area at the air show and climb into our Blue Angel F/A-18 Hornet. Check out other historic aircraft from the Museum’s collection including a F-14 Tomcat, a F-4 Phantom and a HU-16 Albatross. Don’t miss our special guest appearance of a P-38 Lightning.
Visitors are encouraged to use the back gate off of Blue Angel Parkway to enter the base. Patrons may bring chairs, but no coolers, backpacks, food, drinks or pets will be allowed. A handicap area is set aside for wheelchairs only. For those who have never attended an air show, be advised that the aircraft can be VERY noisy and young children need protection for their ears. It can also be windy on the tarmac and layers of clothes are recommended.

Admission: Gate admission is free. Bleacher seating is available for $5 per person. Because of pre-sold reserved seating for large groups, bleacher seats are usually sold out before noon on Friday and before 11 am on Saturday. Tickets can be purchased ahead of time and must be ordered before noon on Friday, Nov. 7. Groups of 50 or more can purchase bleacher seating for $3 per person.

Bellingrath Gardens a must see when you visit the Beach

We’ve talked about this several times in the past, but we wanted to call attention to one of the most beautiful sites to see in the area. We visited their website and found this useful information. This is a definite “must see” for anybody with a green thumb!
Bellingrath Gardens

If you decide to venture over to Dauphin Island via the Mobile Bay Ferry, be sure to head on over to Mobile to smell the flowers at Bellingrath Gardens and Home. The garden features 65 acres of fragrant flowers that bloom year-round.
Belingrath Rose
Bellingrath Gardens and Home was the creation of Mr. and Mrs. Walter Bellingrath. The Gardens were first opened to the public in 1932 while a national garden club meeting was taking place in Mobile, Alabama. Mr. Bellingrath placed an ad in the Mobile newspaper announcing that anyone who would like to see the spring garden could do so free of charge. After an overwhelming response, the couple decided to keep the gardens open year-round beginning in 1934. Throughout the year, this 65-acre garden estate is in full bloom with camellias in the winter, azaleas in the spring, roses in the summer, chrysanthemums in autumn and Magic Christmas in Lights during the holiday season.
Bellingrath Christmas
In addition to the self-guided walking tour through the gardens, you can also enjoy a 45-minute cruise aboard the Southern Belle, and a tour of the 10,500 square foot home with its original furnishings. You can experience the Bayou Boardwalk, Mirror Lake, the Great Lawn, the Asian-American Gardens. Don’t forget to stroll through the Butterfly Garden and view the formal garden terraces. For more information, visit https://www.bellingrath.org/home/ for events, admission rates and hours of operation.