Tennis Time at the Beach!

For all of you tennis fans, Gulf Shores is now part of the Alabama Tennis Tour.  This means there are outstanding courts within 20 minutes of your vacation spot.  Oh, and did I mention they are, FREE!!!!  Gulf Shores has an immaculate 5000 square foot state of the art facility right in the heart of town.  These courts are located at the George C. Meyer Tennis Center which is on West 2nd Street, just behind the Post Office. 

This Center boasts 12 hard surface courts, 6 Rubico courts, 4 covered courts, and 2 open.  There is seating for 150 and the courts are lighted so you can enjoy evening games and bring your cheering section along.  There are also covered pavilions a tennis lounge, restrooms, and observation decks. 

The hours of operation are as follows; courts are open 7 days a week 7 a.m. – 10 p.m. The Tennis center is open Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 5p.m.  So pack your rackets don’t forget your tennis shoes, and get ready to enjoy cool gulf breezes while you play a match or two. Special thanks to Pam Livingston for the great photos!!!

Great Charter Fishing out of Ft. Morgan

Since we are surrounded by water, fishing no matter where the venue is one of our most popular activities.  The Gulf Shores Yacht Club and Marina hav fishing charters leaving daily that are in shore and off shore.  You can fish for whatever is in season with the experienced Captains and you are guaranteed to have a great time!  Take a look at the Miss Carli, one of the beautiful boats you can enjoy on your charter trip!  See you soon…      

Gulf Shores Marina at Ft. Morgan

 

                              Did you know there is a beautiful dock store and Marina within walking distance of the Dunes and Indies Condos. This store has your basic necessities for a condo stay and anything you need for a trip on the water.  Not to mention it is one of the few places in the area that has Ft. Morgan souvenirs.  Not only is this a great little convenience store but his is where you book charters for the Fort Morgan Yacht Club and Marina.  In shore and off shore charters leave daily and throughout the day for fishing adventures.  When booking a charter the expert staff can help you find just the right captain for you and your group.  If you have time definitely try to plan a fishing trip leaving from the Gulf Shores Yacht Club and Marina.  You will absolutely come home with the best fish stories and the fish to boot!  Follow your feet across the street that’s where your adventure begins!

Father’s Day Fun at the Beach!!!

Father’s day is always a great weekend to travel to Gulf Shores!    Of course fun in the sun is why most people come to Gulf Shores, but visitors usually take an evening or two and visit the local attractions or the outlet malls.  This year be sure to take some time off of the beach and catch the Balloon Festival in Foley.   There are lots of Family Friendly events, sales, and contests to participate in throughout the Foley and Gulf Shores area for your family to enjoy.  Be sure to come down for the fun.   

Balloon Festival Sidewalk Sale

06/16/2011 to 06/19/2011
Come join us for a 4 day super sidewalk sale during the Annual Gulf Coast Hot Air Balloon Festival weekend. The super sidewalk sale begins Thursday, June 16, enjoy a hot air balloon display which will be fired up for a glow event at dusk. Take advantage of special opportunities to spin our prize wheel and a chance to win store merchandise, gift cards, carousel rides and other prizes. You don’t want to miss this weekend filled with fun family events and specially priced merchandise.

Balloon Festival Glow Event & Family Extravaganza

06/16/2011 to 06/19/2011

Come join us June 16th-19th for an event filled week-end and super sidewalk sale.

On Thursday, June 16th, the Annual Gulf Coast Hot Air Balloon Festival will kick off here at Tanger Outlet beginning at 7:00 p.m., with a hot air balloon display and children’s entertainment. Hot air balloons will fire up for a glow event at dusk.   Then the famous Babin Entertainment group will provide great children’s entertainment and will be handing out free glow necklaces and bracelets while supplies last.  Be certain to take advantage of special opportunities to spin our prize wheel with a chance to win store merchandizes, gift cards, carousel rides and other prizes. 

On Friday morning, June 17th, at 6:30 a.m. hot air balloons will begin to take flight from Tanger Outlet Center during a special media event, weather permitting.  Once the balloons are in flight you can plan to stay and shop our super sidewalk sale. 

Also on Friday, beginning at 10 a.m. we will host the Rising Stars talent show for the Junior (15 and under) division and Saturday, June 18th for the adult (age 16 and up) division. (A panel of judges will select the top three contestants in each division. The first place winner of each division will be awarded a cash prize in the amount of $200, second place $100 and third place $50. The top three contestants in each division will be invited to compete for “Best of the Fest” on stage at the Gulf Coast Hot Air Balloon Festival. The audience will assist the judges in selecting the winner of that evening’s performance. )   For more details on how to sign up for the talent show call 251-943-5590 or apply on line at www.gulfcoastballoonfestival.com.  Limited space is available so apply now.

For those who may not want all the spot light but still love to sing, you and your family can have fun singing and making your very own  music video with our interactive singing machine and video recorder Saturday until 4:00 p.m.  The only exception will be during our talent contest.

Our DJ will keep the party moving and invite you to join in with family and friends dancing to the macarena and electric slide. 

So plan now to join us Fathers Day Weekend! 

*This event is weather and wind permitting.

 

Fort Morgan, where history comes alive!

About a mile from our office stands Fort Morgan, a fort that was actively used off and on from its construction in 1834 until it was finally decommissioned in 1946 and turned over to the wonderful state of Alabama.  This beautifully designed fort served to protect the bay of Mobile and the Alabama coast while it was in use.

As you can see the Fort was designed to be  beautiful and function as a military fort.  Today Fort Morgan is a living history lesson to all who visit.  With it’s romantic air and interesting stories about battles and the thousands of people who lived there through the years, Fort Morgan is a don’t miss on your list of to-dos while vacationing in Gulf Shores and Fort Morgan Alabama.  The entry fee is minimal and discounts are offered for seniors and children.

You get a sense of the history associated with the fort even before you go inside with all of its outlying structures from different time periods and  beautiful stonework.  Fort Morgan is currently cared for by the state and national park system. At different times throughout the year you can see civil war reenactments and take candlelight tours.  All of the events are fun to attend and can offer your family a great history lesson.  Because it is such a beautiful setting over looking the bay people often have destination weddings at Fort Morgan.  Carve out an afternoon to take a tour of Ft. Morgan while you are here, it will  be a memory making experience!

What to pack for your Beach Vacation!!!

If  you are like me, you always over pack no matter where you are going, and the things you pack are not exactly what you need.  Tara and I took some time to make a video about what you need for your beach vacation.  What you need is a surprisingly short list.  Be sure to check out this video so you don’t bring needless items, and don’t forget the most important things! 

   What to pack for your Beach Vacation

Snapper Season Open each weekend until Nov. 22nd

Time to break out your fishing polls and put on some sunscreen, it is Snapper Season each weekend until November 22nd.  I’m not sure who came up with the idea but they were brilliant!!! Instead a few weeks earlier in the year,  Now it is Snapper Season every weekend in the fall.  Almost every man I know in the area is busy every weekend fishing for the fun and great tasting fish.

So now is the time folks, book your condo, bring your boat down or schedule a charter and get ready to have some fun!!!  The snapper are huge, and available every weekend.  Oh, and don’t forget about the ladies in your life, if they are not interested in fishing themselves, there are beautiful white sand beaches and world class shopping for them to enjoy in the area.  The fall is the beast time of year to come to the beach with its small crowds and perfect weather and low rates, who could ask for more???  Give us a call for specials.  See you soon!!!!

39th Annual Gulf Shores Shrimp Festival Oct. 7-10

Fall is officially here!!!!! We have some great happenings at the beach this fall, including the 39th Annual National Shrimp Festival.  This year it is the weekend of October 7th thru Sunday the 10th.  If you have never been here for the Shrimp Festival, it is certainly an event not to miss.  Great food, that ranges from seafood to typical fair food, that brings back memories of those childhood visits to the state fair. 

 The food is not the only reason to attend however, there are great vendors and you can purchase beach inspired clothes, jewelery, and artwork of any scale!  Some of my favorite pieces are the giant metal sculptures of life size sea creatures, and the resin cartoonish ones that bring a smile to everyone’s face.  Don’t forget about the musical performances each day you have choices of two different stages to listen to music continously through out the festival.  The kids are not left out at shrimp festival.  There is a family friendly sand sculpture contest, and a Children Activity Village, for your little ones to create their own masterpiece!  A Chef’s Challenge is something you don’t want to miss as the top five finalists consists of some of the best chef’s in our area showcasing their talents in the kitchen to create new dining delights for visitors to our area. 

We have some great specials for you come for a couple of days or a long weekend to enjoy the fun and events of Shrimp Festival, and then the piece and quiet of Ft. Morgan, only 20 minutes from the festival shuttles!  Prices start as low as $199.00 for 2 nights!  Give us a call today!!!!