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!

 

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251.543.1370

 

 

5 Best Bushwackers in Gulf Shores, Orange Beach and Fort Morgan

At Sunset Properties, our guests ask us about all kinds of thing.  We get questions like “where is the library?” or “how late is the pool open?” or “how long does it take to get to Owa?” or “where can I find a great Bushwhacker?”

 

We love giving our guests our best answers.  This blog will address the Bushwacker question.  First of all, for those who don’t know what a Bushwhacker is, I’ll tell you.  A Bushwacker is a  cocktail invented in 1975 in the US Virgin Islands.  Most bushwackers contain one or more of the following:  rum, vodka, Irish Cream, Amaretto, Kahlua, cream of coconut and ice.  Most bartenders won’t give up their exact secret mix and that’s what makes each one so special. Often topped with whipped cream, a cherry and a drizzle of chocolate, a Bushwacker is as much a perfect beach cocktail as a Hurricane is.  So now that you know what a Bushwacker is, here are our picks for the

5 Best Bushwackers in Gulf Shores, Orange Beach and Fort Morgan:

 

*        Lulu’s

Everything at Lulu’s is good, so it’s no surprise Lulu’s World Famous Bushwackers made our top five list.  Lucy Buffett’s Lulu’s is located at the intra-coastal waterway in Gulf Shores just off Gulf Shores Parkway.  With so many great menu items to choose from and so much fun to be had, you might not think to order a Bushwacker at Lulu’s.  Take our word for it:  you want to try theirs.  With a perfect mix of vanilla ice cream, coffee liqueur, and Margaritaville Coconut rum, you cannot go wrong with this drink.  While you’re at Lulu’s, check out the great live music, the rope playground for the kiddies and their great gift shop!  Lulu’s also offers a menu especially for folks with shellfish allergies.  Go to Lulu’s to have a Bushwacker, but stay for the experience!

 

*        Pink Pony Pub

A staple in Gulf Shores since 1956, The Pink Pony Pub has survived both Hurricanes Frederic and Ivan.  It sits proudly (and pinkly) just off the Public Beach in Gulf Shores. It isn’t a fancy bar, and it’s ok to enjoy your food and drinks on the deck overlooking the Gulf of Mexico barefooted and in your swimsuit, if you like.  There is usually a local band playing in the corner or karaoke about to start.  But we were talking about Bushwackers.  So to get back on topic:  Bushwackers at the Pink Pony are ohhh so yummy!    Sit that icy cold goodness next to The Pony Burger (a favorite since 1956) and some steamy hot fries, and you have a meal fit for a Beach Bum King!  So while you’re vacationing in Gulf Shores, go on by the Pink Pony.  Kick off your flip flops and find a spot on the deck to enjoy one of the best Bushwackers on our island.

 

*        Tacky Jacks

With three locations around our island, it’s hard to miss Tacky Jacks.  But the first location, on Safe Harbor Drive in Orange Beach, found humble beginnings as a grill and tavern in 1979.  The first Tacky Jacks welcomed patrons by car or by boat, just like they do now.  A great place to go for breakfast, lunch or dinner, Tacky Jacks is sure to have something for everyone to enjoy.  Now, about their Bushwackers, they are truly somethin’ else!  Try their Smoked Tuna Dip alongside your Bushwacker. The two are a perfect pairing.  If you’re feeling like you’d like a little extra special kick in your drink and they ask you if you want a “floater”… say “yes”.  An extra shot of dark rum on top of the frosty cocktail will certainly bring a smile to your face.  Don’t forget to get a t-shirt before you leave.  Tacky Jacks’ shirts have become almost as famous as their namesake.

 

*        Anchor Bar and Grill

Located at Hudson Marina in Orange Beach, Anchor Bar and Grill serves up some of the best seafood and burgers anywhere. Enjoy the gorgeous views of Terry Cove while you enjoy your Blonde Bushwacker.  Dine inside or outside and bring your whole family.  Come for the Bushwacker, but stay for the view and fabulous food . Make sure to check their social media accounts while you are in town to see what their Bushwacker special of the week is!  Once you experience the laid back goodness found at Anchor Bar, you’ll come back again and again.

 

*        Flora-Bama

If you Google “bushwacker” a picture of a Flora-Bama Bushwacker will pop up.  Yes!  They really are that good and that famous.  Everyone knows the Flora-Bama Lounge, Package and Oyster Bar is famous for fresh oysters and cold beer.  The live entertainment is unmatched, as is their community involvement.  Since 1964, this famous roadhouse has held its place on the Alabama/Florida state line.  When it comes to planning great events, the Flora-Bama staff is unmatched.  When it comes to making great drinks, the bartenders at the Flora-Bama are outdone by no one.  They don’t call themselves “home of the world famous Bushwacker” for nothing!  If you’ve never been to the Flora-Bama, go just to try their Bushwacker.  You’ll find yourself having so much fun, you’ll wonder why you waited so long to go!

 

So, in this blog, we have listed our favorite spots for Bushwackers.  You’ll notice we didn’t number them.  It wouldn’t be right to list one as number 1 or one as number 5, because we think they are all equally great!  They are all a little different, but perfect just the way they are.  If you’re thinking of taking a Bushwacker Tour around our island, we suggest getting a cab or having a designated driver.  Each one of these adult cocktails contain a little more liquor than most folks are used to having in one drink.  So enjoy our suggestions, but please drink responsibly.  If you find yourself out and having too much fun to stop with just one Bushwacker, follow this link to find one of our fine taxi services to take you back to your vacation home.

 

We hope you enjoy your stay with Sunset Properties and we look forward to answering any other questions you might have for us!

 

www.sunsetproperties.com

251.543.1370

5 Places to Dine if You Have Seafood Allergies in Gulf Shores and Orange Beach

More and more people are developing allergies to shellfish.  While most folks love to come to our beautiful Alabama Gulf Coast, there is that question:  where can I eat if I’m allergic to seafood?  We, at Sunset Properties,  did a little research and we have five restaurant suggestions for those of you who want to be able to enjoy dining out without worrying about having a shellfish reaction while you’re vacationing in Gulf Shores, Orange Beach or Fort Morgan:

 

  1. Cobalt, The Restaurant

Located in Orange Beach, Cobalt is one of our favorite places to dine out.  The atmosphere is one everyone should experience while vacationing on our island.  Always let your server know you or someone in your dinner party has an allergy just as a precautionary measure.  But because all entrees are cooked to order, Cobalt is our first suggestion for those of you with seafood allergies.  Order something from the grill, like their amazing Ribeye or Free Range Breast of Chicken.  Maybe you’d like to create your own pizza.  Give it a try at Cobalt.  We think your mouth will thank you!

 

  1. Lulu’s

Lucy Buffett’s Lulu’s is always a fun place to go.  With way more things to do besides just enjoy a good meal, most folks have Lulu’s in mind when they think about dining out in Gulf Shores.  Good news for those of you with shellfish allergies:  you can eat at Lulu’s, too!  After you’ve played in the arcade and swung from the ropes, you’ll be ready to enjoy some of the best food anywhere.  Just let your server know you have seafood allergies and they will accommodate accordingly.  So go for the fun, stay for the food, take in some great music and enjoy a whole evening at Lulu’s.  And don’t forget to get a t-shirt before you leave.  Lulu’s has some of the trendiest shirts around!

 

  1. Amelia’s Deli

A local favorite for more years than I can count, Amelia’s Deli can sometimes be overlooked by island guests.  Please don’t miss a lunch meal at Amelia’s.  Especially if you have shellfish allergies, you must stop in.  The friendly staff and fresh sandwiches and soup will give you three reasons to come back again and again.  And you must try a slice of one of their oh-so-delicious cakes!  Most folks think of seafood and eating right on the beach when they come to our little island paradise, but Amelia’s is a treat any day!  Located on East 2nd Street in Gulf Shores,  in a little strip mall, Amelia’s is so convenient to just about anywhere you happen to be lodging.  And if you want enough food to feed a whole bunch of folks, call the good folks at Amelia’s!  They cater, too.

 

  1. Hog Wild Beach & BBQ

You don’t really much think about having barbeque when you’re on a beach vacation.  But, hey, you are in Alabama, right?  In south Alabama, we love our barbeque.  Hog Wild Barbeque located on Gulf Shores is sure to be a hit with your family.  A word of caution:  they do fry seafood and french fries together.  So stay away from the fried items on their menu.  Stick with the barbeque plates, or go all out and try the Tantrum then add some good old fashioned homemade “tater” salad and mac & cheese and you’ll be in hog Heaven!  We can’t say enough good things about this place.  TripAdvisor gives them 4.6 stars, so don’t just take our word for it, try the place many of your friends recommend, too.  Can’t get out to visit them at the restaurant?  That’s ok!  They deliver!  Just log onto their website to place your order.

 

  1. The Diner

Located in Gulf Shores, The Diner offers a unique dining experience.  Would you like a big ole juicy cheeseburger, cooked to order, with all the toppings set alongside some corn or green beans?  How about a hamburger steak and a trip to a super fresh salad bar?  This is the place for you!  The Diner in Gulf Shores serves breakfast, too.  For those of you with shellfish allergies, this just may be answer you’re searching for.  A word of caution:  they do fry seafood with french fries, so you’re going to want to stay away from fried food while eating at The Diner.  Even though you may not be able to have fries,  you really must try some of their delicious desserts and ice cream!  After all, what’s a trip to a real American diner without a milkshake or pie?

 

We know finding places to eat along the Alabama Gulf Coast can be challenging if you have allergies to our fresh Alabama Gulf Seafood.  We want you to know that your well-being matters to us at Sunset Properties.  Always please remember to check with any restaurant before you order to make sure you have no risk of reaction, but we found these to be good suggestions for you.  Also, keep in mind, we have two great grocery stores nearby Rouse’s Market and Publix and all of our condos and beach homes come with fully stocked kitchens.  If cooking for yourself is on your list, check out the kitchen in Dunes 608, in the Grand Caribbean 425 or in Indies 708.  Need more room?  Boathouse or Grace  or Navy Cove 2114 just might be the perfect vacation home for you!

Call us at Sunset Properties and we will be happy to make recommendations to get you into the right vacation home to fit your needs.

 

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251.543.1370

Top 5 Best Places for Breakfast and Brunch in Gulf Shores

Good morning from Gulf Shores, Orange Beach and Fort Morgan!  You’re on Island Time now and your day started a little later than it does at home.   But its all good!  Yesterday, you guys had a great time exploring your Alabama Gulf Coast beach vacation paradise and you stayed up passed your bedtime last night just trying to make your first day of vacation last a little longer.  Today, the Gulf of Mexico is perfect, the pristinely white beach is calling your name, and you have big plans for Day Two of your stay.   We get it.  We really do!  You want to make every second count.  But right now you’re hungry.  Its mid-morning and your stomach is telling you:  Hey, you, its time to eat!  But eat where?  Sure, there’s Waffle House.  And they are always open and they have really good food.  But why not try something different?  Why not try something you can’t get at home?

 

Here is our recommendation for The Top 5 Best Breakfast and Brunch Spots in Gulf Shores, Orange Beach and Fort Morgan.

 

Tacky Jacks 2 in Fort Morgan

If you like less crowded beaches, chances are you’ll be staying in the family-friendly Fort Morgan community with Sunset Properties.  If you’re staying in The Dunes or The Indies or perhaps at the pet friendly Blue Bay House, you won’t have to drive more than about 5 minutes to enjoy one of the best breakfast spots on the island:  Tacky Jacks 2.   Located at Fort Morgan Marina, Tacky Jacks 2 serves breakfast every day until 10:30 AM.  If you arrive just a little after breakfast ends, you’re also in luck!  With a huge variety of menu items, Tacky Jacks 2 has everything from ribeyes, to mahi, to tuna dip, to gumbo.  How about a slice of peanut butter pie?  Pie for breakfast?!  Absolutely!  Go ahead and have a bushwhacker with your pie!  And order something cold and non-alcoholic for the kiddos!  Why not?  You’re on vacation!  Enjoy!

 

Bills by the Beach in Gulf Shores

Are you staying Lighthouse 607  or Island Sunrise 468 in Gulf Shores and you don’t want to drive over to Fort Morgan?  You’re in luck, too!  Bills by the Beach, located at 300 West Beach Blvd, has become famous for their outstanding Bloody Mary cocktails.   Their Bloody Marys are so good they were actually called “The Best Bloody Mary in Alabama”  by  www.onlyinyourstate.com .   Just picture it:  a tall, cold, not-too-spicy Bloody Mary with a skewer containing a slider, some boiled shrimp, Conecuh sausage and fresh veggies topping it off.  Its like having a whole breakfast in a glass!  But if you need something on a plate to sit beside your Bloody Mary, try their steak and eggs or their delicious pancakes topped with banana foster.  Talk about mouth watering yum!  Brunch is served at Bills by the Beach daily from 9AM until 2PM.

 

The Ruby Slipper Café in Orange Beach

How about a taste of New Orleans right here in Orange Beach?  Located at 24151 Perdido Beach Blvd near Grand Caribbean 425, The Ruby Slipper Café has an award winning menu and great choices for the whole family.  The kiddos are sure to love the cinnamon swirl pancakes paired with Orange Juice.   Mom and Dad will enjoy The Peacemaker which is a choice of two benedicts.  Try the Chicken St. Charles or the Shrimp Boogaloo.  You’ll thank us later!  Have you ever had a Bacon Bloody Mary?  Probably not one like this.   The creative folks at The Ruby Slipper use bacon in their Bloody Marys unlike any other we’ve ever had.  And man-oh-man is it good!  If you like Bloody Marys, you must give this a try!  So far the reviews are outstanding.

 

 

The Southern Grind at The Wharf in Orange Beach

The Southern Grind is not your everyday “same-ole, same-ole” coffee shop.  It is great coffee plus so much more!  With a fun family atmosphere and a menu to match, The Southern Grind is definitely a must-do for breakfast.  Located at The Wharf, one of Orange Beach’s most popular venues, The Southern Grind features seating inside and outside.  Eating outside on early summer mornings in Orange Beach is a real treat!  What’s also a treat is their Belgian Waffles topped with strawberries, whipped cream and a raspberry drizzle.  This mouth-watering dish is served with a side of bacon, sausage or ham.  This is really popular with most kiddos!    More than just coffee, The Southern Grind also hosts local gatherings, parties and socials.  Breakfast is served every day until at least 11 AM.  Come by for the coffee, stay for the fun!

 

Hazel’s Nook in Gulf Shores

Hazel’s Nook, located at the intersection of Gulf Shores Parkway and Fort Morgan Road, has been a breakfast staple in Gulf Shores since 1957.  Truly no vacation to the Alabama Gulf Coast is complete without at least one stop at Hazel’s Nook.  Not only does this landmark restaurant have one of the best Southern breakfasts on the island, the service has always been excellent, too.  With a small-town diner feel, you’re sure to enjoy some of the best food the island has to offer.  As soon as you walk in you can smell the yummy goodness!  Traditional menu items like bacon, eggs, grits and biscuits can be found on the breakfast buffet each day from 6:30AM until 11:00AM.  And how about a great cup of coffee?  They have it!  So if you’re staying at Peninsula 401, head towards Gulf Shores on Fort Morgan Road.  Go straight through the intersection of Fort Morgan and Gulf Shores Parkway, and look to your left.  You can’t miss Hazel’s Nook.  With great food, fresh coffee, and smiling faces, these guys have mastered the art of helping island guests and locals alike start the day off right!

 

There are quite a few places to have breakfast and brunch around our island.  This is a short list of our faves.  We hope you stay long enough to try them all!  We at Sunset Properties are always happy to recommend great places to play, eat and shop to our guests.  Do you have a favorite you’d like to recommend?  Leave us a note in our comment section below and we may just feature your suggestion in one of our future blogs.

 

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5  Reasons to Book Direct and Say NO to VRBO

With so many ways to book a vacation rental available now, you may be wondering which way is the best way to reserve your beach home or condo.  Online services like VRBO or AirBnB may be appealing.  Smaller local companies like Sunset Properties might not be your first choice.

But what are you really getting?  Are you getting the best deal with the best service options?  What happens if you get to your vacation home and there’s an unforeseen issue?  Who do you call?  Are the “big-box” website’s faceless people going to help you?

To avoid confusion when you make your beach vacation reservation, why not just book direct with the local rental management company?

Book direct with Sunset Properties!  Book with people with faces and happy voices and sincere smiles who have actually been inside your vacation home.  Book with people who want your vacation getaway to be as great as you do!

Here are 5 Reasons to Book Direct with Sunset Properties and Say NO to VRBO:

 

  1. We Know Our Area

We live and work along the Alabama Gulf Coast and we know this area forwards and backwards.  We know which roads to take to get to the best places to eat and play.  We know how long it takes to get where you want to be.  In Coastal Alabama, we give directions based on time, not miles.  After all, that’s what you really want to know, right?  We can you about how long it takes you to get to where your fun is.  We know how long it takes because we drive it every day.

For example, when you call Sunset Properties, looking for a perfect spot for a family reunion extended weekend, we’ll tell you that not only is USA2 a fabulous beachfront home that has five bedrooms and sleeps 18, but that it is perfect for family reunions because it is in a private neighborhood with a private beach.  We can tell you that if you leave your neighborhood heading West, it is only about a five minute drive to the Mobile Bay Ferry from this house.  So for a great family day-outing, your group can ferry across Mobile Bay, visit the Dauphin Island Sea Lab or Fort Gaines and come right back all in one day, and all with minimal driving.  We’ll encourage you to have your camera ready, because you’re probably going to see some dolphins swimming alongside the ferry.

On the other hand, we’ll share with you another option.  If you leave your private subdivision and head East on Fort Morgan Road, in about 25-30 minutes you can be at the Hangout in the heart of Gulf Shores or eating dinner at King Neptunes, a local favorite for delicious seafood for more years than we can count.

  1. 2. We Know Our Properties

Sure, you can do your web research and review a property’s pictures and written details.  Any good rental management website offers those things.  But, unlike the VRBO website folks, we at Sunset Properties, have physically been inside of each of our rentals.  We know what kinds of comforters and coffee pots are in each unit.  We know which ones are easy to push a baby stroller into and which ones have steps making access a bit more challenging.  We know what the surrounding yards and parking areas and common areas are like.  We even know if there’s a barbeque grill or not.

And, if by chance you happen to ask a specific question about a property and we don’t have an answer right then, we can just jump into our cars and drive to the property, get the answer and call you back.  And we, at Sunset Properties, will call you back.

3 . We Know Our Property Locations

If you search Gulf Shores on a large site that hosts properties worldwide, you may get a true Gulf Shores, Alabama property suggestion returned.  You may.  Or you may get a property some 25 or 50 miles away.

However, if you search for a Gulf Shores vacation property with Sunset Properties, you get a true answer.  If you want to be in Gulf Shores, we will make sure you stay in Gulf Shores.  Same goes for Orange Beach or Fort Morgan.

You can even find a rental property in Park City, Utah, where the Sundance Film Festival is held, that is, if you want to visit Park City.   The point is, you’ll get what you ask for, where you ask for it to be.

So, if you’re looking for a fun place to stay that’s close to Souvenir City in Gulf Shores, we suggest you consider Pat-Ti-O, which is a 5 minute drive.

And, if our website is not clear to you, if something’s just a tad bit confusing, we are always just a phone call or text away.  Call or text 251.543.1370 to reach a real live vacation specialist who is waiting to help you make an informed decision about your vacation reservation.

4. We Know Our Guests

We love getting to know our guests!  The person you speak with on the phone or email with as you make your reservation wants to get to know you.  To all of us at Sunset Properties, you’re not just a guest, you’re OUR GUEST.  And you’re vacation is just as important to us as it is to you.  We want you to have the best possible experience while you’re on the Alabama Gulf Coast and we are available, not only to help you plan your getaway, but also to meet you after you arrive.  If you need to speak with a Sunset Properties representative while you’re vacationing, we have two locations to serve you.  Our main office is located on Alabama Highway 59 just north of the Dr. W C Holmes Bridge and we have an office on Fort Morgan Road in The Dunes Subdivision.

5. You Save Money

You read that right!  You save money by booking directly with Sunset Properties instead of using VRBO.  You save between 4-9%.  All the base reservation fees are the same, but VRBO tacks on an additional ‘service fee’.  For example, if you choose to book Dunes 303 for the week of July 21-28, you will see VRBO charges a service fee of $148 over and above the normal reservation rental rate.  This is $148 more than you would pay to reserve the same condo from Sunset Properties.  VRBO charges this fee but it is not for the owner.  Even though the property is listed as a Vacation Rental By Owner, the owner does not get this extra money.  VRBO does.

We think you should keep that money!  It doesn’t sound like a lot of money, but why not keep it and spend it on yourself or your family while you’re on vacation?

 

You may be asking:  What can I buy with $148?  Well, there are a lot of options actually.  But here are a few that you might want to consider:

 

  1. You can get a week of unlimited yoga and a massage. Visit Glow-Yoga in Gulf Shores.  And you’ll even have a little money left over for ice cream!
  2. You can rent a jet ski and a go pro from Alabama Extreme Watersports .  How much fun would that be?
  3. You could treat your whole family to an amazing seafood dinner at Mikees, another local favorite that’s been serving great seafood for many, many years!
  4. You can get come cool new beach gear at Ron Jon Surf Shop.  With locations all around the Gulf Coast, these guys are definitely experts in beach wear!

 

No matter what you do with it, at least you’re not giving it away to some big website company and getting no visible return for it.

 

Instead, book direct with Sunset Properties.   You get expert advice from someone who has been inside of your vacation rental home, who knows exactly where it is and can give your actual driving directions to get there.  You get local folks who are happy to see you and are available to help you if issues arise after you reach the Alabama Gulf Coast.  And you get it all for less money!  All you have to do is just say NO to VRBO.

 

We, at Sunset Properties, look forward to helping you finalize your upcoming vacation plans and to adding your name and face to our list of guests who have become some of our best friends!

 

www.sunsetproperties.com

251.543.1370

Oh Wow!  OWA!  

3 Things You Must Do At Owa

Owa is The Alabama Gulf Coast’s newest entertainment, dining and shopping venue.  OWA, which is a Muscogee Creek term for “water”, offers something for the whole family.  Located between AL Hwy 59 and The Foley Beach Express at 1501 South OWA Boulevard in Foley, Alabama, Owa should definitely be part of your next beach adventure!   While there is way more stuff than you can do in one day, here are 3 things we recommend you not miss while in our area:

1. Ride a coaster or a frog

Owa is proud to offer 21 amusement park rides.  For the thrill seekers among us, Owa is sure to please!  Whether you prefer rides that spin like the Wave Runner or have G-force thrusts like the Air Racer or swing high over the park like the Freedom Flyer, you’re sure to have a blast experiencing them all.  Oh, and don’t miss the roller coaster.  Rollin’ Thunder, a super fast thrill coaster, has drops, loops, hairpin turns and speed sure to get your adrenaline going!  You’ll be telling your friends about that ride for years to come!  

Owa also has several family friendly amusement park rides.  The Flying Carousel, Sky Balloons and Tea Time spinning teacup rides are just a few.

And what would an amusement park be without kid specific rides?  Don’t let the kiddos miss the Zip Zap Race, the Gully Washer or the Leap Frog ride.  After all, who wouldn’t want to ride an actual leaping frog?

For specific guidelines like height requirements for these must-do attractions, visit OWA amusement park guidelines.

2. Eat something good

If you’re looking for a quick snack between rides, check out one of Owa’s many food carts.  Yummy hot dogs, tacos, shaved ice and ice cream are just some of the choices available at the food carts.

Not quite what you were craving?  Then check out Shady Arbor or the Veranda.  For mouth-watering pulled pork, fresh delicious salads and perfectly prepared beef brisket, visit the Veranda.  Nachos, popcorn shrimp and gator bites are also available.  Shady Arbor’s menu includes hamburgers, hotdogs, pizza and chicken.  And, of course, there is ice cream!

For a whole different dining experience, visit the Groovy Goat or Wahlburgers located right outside the park.  The Groovy Goat offers a vast menu including breakfast all day, specialty burgers, steaks and salads.  They offer a wide variety of beers, cocktails and non-alcoholic drinks.  And TVs.  There are TVs all around so you can watch your favorite sporting event while you dine!

And Wahlburgers is at Owa, too.  We all love Wahlburgers!  Known for hamburgers as famous as the Wahlberg Family, Wahlburgers is sure to be a hit with your whole family!  From mac and cheese, to specialty burgers to chili, there is something on the menu for everyone.  Wahlburgers also has drink menu that is unmatched!  Featuring Coke products, coffee and tea, locally brewed beers, and adult frappes, the drink menu has something for everyone.  Wahlburgers also has a tee-shirt shop right on site, so don’t forget to grab yourself a cool tee before heading out.

3. Visit the arcade

If your idea of a great day is not riding thrill rides, but playing arcade versions instead, you’re in luck!  One of the newest additions to the Owa property is an amazing arcade located right outside the park gate.  Showcasing 50 different arcade games, a variety of interactive video games and a redemption center, the arcade at Owa just opened in December 2017.

 

Owa is still growing.  This is just a short list of things we love and believe you will, too.  As more restaurants and attractions are added, we will be sure to highlight them in our blogs.

 

While you’re making your plans to visit OWA, don’t forget about our sugar white Alabama Gulf Coast Beaches and Mobile Bay just a short 20 minute drive away.  Sunset Properties has Gulf front beach houses, condos with and without boat parking, and fabulous penthouse rentals available for vacationers.

 

Make your plans to visit OWA, but be sure to stay with us!

www.sunsetproperties.com   or call 251.543.1370

What Will You Order at Cobalt in Orange Beach?

When you’re looking for coastal cuisine with a contemporary twist, Cobalt in Orange Beach is the spot! Renowned chefs prepare local, fresh seafood ingredients with time-honored recipes to bring to life the bounty of the Gulf on your plate. You’ll love the waterfront dining, live music, and incredible service, too. So, what will you order at Cobalt in Orange Beach? We’ll go through the menu and highlight what you’ll definitely want to try while you’re there!

Looking for the best restaurants, entertainment, things to do, and more along Alabama’s Gulf Coast? Here at Sunset Properties, we’ve got you covered! When you download our free Vacation Guide, you’ll have the key to the best beach vacation you’ve ever had. You’re going to love it here!

Dinner Menu Highlights from Cobalt in Orange Beach

Appetizers

Start your meal off the right way with one of these delicious shareables.

Bayou La Batre Crab Claws | Market Price

Lightly fried crab claws with cocktail sauce.

Black-Eyed Pea Dip | $8

Slow-cooked, blended black-eyed peas with parsley, lemon, and served with grilled flatbread.

Cobalt Crab & Shrimp Dip | $14

A creamy, dreamy blend of blue crab and bay shrimp with red peppers, Parmesan, and Swiss served with grilled French bread.

Entrées

These entrées are sure to make your mouth water and satisfy your craving.

Yellowfin Tuna | Market Price

Peppercorn and coriander-seasoned tuna seared rare with Hoppin’ John and Tabasco hollandaise.

Pecan Fried Catfish | $21

Farm-raised Alabama catfish served over a succotash of bacon, sweet corn, and black-eyed peas.

Grilled Gulf Shrimp & Grits | $20

Creamy Gouda and bacon grits in a tomato-fennel cream sauce adorned with succulent, grilled Gulf shrimp.

Oysters | Market Price

Your choice of a half dozen or a dozen oysters served raw, Rockefeller, Garlic Parmesan chargrilled, or with Crab & Shrimp Au Gratin.

Zydeco Chicken | $18

Blackened chicken served with tasso ham, onions, peppers, and Cajun fettuccine alfredo.

Desserts

Finish off your Cobalt experience with decadent desserts like these.

Creole Cheesecake | $6

Delicious, housemade Creole cream cheese in a roasted pecan crust with pecan praline and caramel sauce.

Vanilla Bean Creme Brulee | $6

A French custard in a crisp shell of delightful turbinado sugar.

Triple Layer Chocolate Cake | $7

Chocolate buttercream icing between layers of decadent chocolate cake are topped with a dollop of house-made espresso ice cream. Add a drizzle of Chambord, Kahlua, Bailey’s, or Frangelico for +$3.

An Ideal Vacation Destination

When you’re on vacation along Alabama’s Gulf Coast, Cobalt in Orange Beach ought to be at the top of your list of dining destinations. In addition to fantastic food, you’ll find fun at every juncture of your trip here. Learn more about the incredible ways to enjoy the area with our free Vacation Guide! Then, when you’re ready to book your beach vacation, browse the available condos and beach houses from Sunset Properties! Our rentals are just steps away from the beach and just minutes from all the fun! We’re eager to be your host, so contact us today!

The Best Fresh Seafood Markets in Fort Morgan AL

Fresh Seafood Markets in Fort Morgan ALThe Gulf Coast is famous for its bounty of succulent seafood and delicious interpretations of it. Along Alabama’s stretch of beach, there are many wonderful ways to access the culinary trademark of the region. Fresh seafood markets in Fort Morgan AL offer you the chance to experience the Gulf’s abundance. The only way to get it fresher is right off the boat! So, when you’re on vacation along Alabama’s Gulf Coast, you’ll want to indulge in the fantastic seafood offered by these fresh seafood markets in Fort Morgan AL.

Seafood is just one experience you must have while you’re here. Download our free Vacation Guide to discover the best Alabama’s Gulf Coast has to offer. Here at Sunset Properties, we want you to have the best Gulf Shores vacation. That’s why you can trust our recommendations for ways to spend your time while you’re here.

Fresh Seafood Markets in Fort Morgan AL

Fort Morgan Seafood

For some of the freshest seafood on the Gulf Coast, Fort Morgan Seafood brings great prices to the market. Located in Fort Morgan, this seafood market offers fresh catch like mahi-mahi, yellowfin tuna, red snapper, grouper, flounder, shrimp, crab, oysters, and scallops. Plus, seasonal items populate the menu, too. You’ll find dishes like gumbo, crawfish pie, smoked tuna dip, and a Lowcountry Boil plate. In addition, they’ll steam whatever seafood you purchase for just $1 per pound!

Billy’s Seafood

Just up the road in Bon Secour, Billy’s Seafood claims that, “If it swims… We’ve got it!” They carry everything you could want including shrimp, snapper, flounder, mahi-mahi, fresh oysters, crabmeat, live crabs, and much more. In business since 1975, you can trust their process in supporting local fishermen and to offer only the freshest catch to you and your family. You can also find Southern and Bayou classics like frog legs, alligator, soft shell crabs, and crawfish. The possibilities are endless with this much selection!

Fresh Market Seafood

At Fresh Market Seafood in Fort Morgan, you’ll find fresh catch seafood caught and proffered by the Wallace family, one of the oldest families in the Gulf Shores area. You can count on them to offer only the highest quality seafood they catch. They catch all sizes of shrimp, including Royal Reds, flounder, tuna, grouper, snapper, redfish, tilapia, wahoo, cobia, swordfish, triggerfish, and mahi-mahi. You can also buy prepared meals and spices from them. Come, support a local family fishing enterprise!

Get Your Seafood Fix On Vacation

Take a vacation to Fort Morgan and you’ll find a sense of tranquility and relaxation you’ve needed for a long time. Relax on the beach, watch the waves lap up to your feet, soak in the sun, and enjoy scrumptious seafood. Doesn’t that sound nice? We think so, too. That’s why, here at Sunset Properties, we offer the best condos and beach houses to help you unwind and unplug. Our beachy, breezy properties are the perfect solution for your Gulf Coast vacation. So, browse our availability and see for yourself how great a vacation with us can be. Contact us today to reserve your Fort Morgan getaway!

 

Where is the Best Fort Morgan Pizza?

Fort Morgan pizza
Vacation is a time where you can try new things and the calories don’t count. But, sometimes, you just want some good ol’ pizza. Luckily for you,
Fort Morgan pizza places make some great pies to satisfy that craving. So, when you don’t want seafood or Southern food, think about these Fort Morgan pizza places! Here, we’ll break down where you can find pizza in Fort Morgan and what you should order.

Fuel your vacation in more ways than pizza when you download the free Vacation Guide from Sunset Properties. In it, you’ll find great ideas for things to do while you’re here, all conveniently just minutes away from your condo or beach house.

Fort Morgan Pizza You’ll Love

Fort Morgan Pizza

Let’s start with the one whose name fits the bill: Fort Morgan Pizza. If you’re looking for something easy that everyone likes, ordering in a pizza is a great idea! At Fort Morgan Pizza, you get what you’d expect: great pizza, sides, and more to feed your group, no matter how large it may be. On the menu, they offer specialty pizzas, build-your-own, cheese sticks, and more for a convenient and delicious meal. Their pizza is available as delivery, carryout, or take-and-bake. Fort Morgan combines convenience with quality and delivers undeniably delicious flavor you’ll love. Call (251) 540-2622 and remember they’re cash or check only!

Village Hideaway

At the Beach Club in Fort Morgan, Village Hideaway offers an assortment of classic American food like burgers, sandwiches, and wraps. They also have good pub grub and seafood baskets, too. But, to satisfy your pizza craving, they bake up some incredible pies. In a sit-down kind of establishment, Village Hideaway offers specialty pizzas like the Bama Beach BBQ pizza with mango BBQ sauce, grilled chicken, Canadian bacon, pineapple, red onion, jalapeno, and topped with mozzarella and cheddar cheese. Their signature pizza, the Village Hideaway pizza, is your classic supreme style pizza. And, for the meat lovers among you, The Carnivore is sure to satisfy with five meats. While currently a sit-down pizza experience, they will soon offer delivery in Fort Morgan!

Other Great Restaurants Nearby

Pizza is always a crowd-pleaser. So, if you’re out and about on Alabama’s Gulf Coast, you should know there are many wonderful options for pizza in Gulf Shores, as well. And, in case pizza doesn’t sound like your kind of vacation meal, there are some other great options in Fort Morgan. No matter what you choose, you won’t be disappointed!

Power Your Beach Vacation With Pizza

Planning a beach vacation to Alabama’s Gulf Coast? Start your vacation off with pizza as a convenient meal delivered to your vacation rental! Let these great Fort Morgan pizza places welcome you to a beautiful beach house or condo from Sunset Properties. Our beach rentals are the perfect solution for your vacation. So, browse our available properties and see for yourself how beautiful your time here can be. And, when you need more ideas for things to do here, be sure to download our free Vacation Guide!

Find Fun, Food, and More at Tacky Jacks in Fort Morgan

Tacky Jacks in Fort Morgan
On Alabama’s Gulf Coast, the Tacky Jacks franchise is a fun tradition you’ll want to plan on! Tacky Jacks in Fort Morgan serves up the kind of seafood and southern food you want at a beach joint like this. With everything from fried seafood to Po’ Boys to burgers to oysters, Tacky Jacks combines seafood with fun and more. Here, we’ll break down for you why you should sit down for a meal at Tacky Jacks in Fort Morgan, what to order, and what to expect. You’re in for a treat!

There is some great food in Fort Morgan just waiting for you to enjoy! Pair that with beautiful, white sand beaches, incredible things to do, and a wonderful beach house or condo, and you’re in for a wonderful vacation experience. To make the most of your time in Fort Morgan, be sure to download the free Vacation Guide from Sunset Properties. Our guide is your ticket to that dream vacation, here on Alabama’s Gulf Coast.

What You’ll Experience at Tacky Jacks in Fort Morgan

Tacky Jacks in Fort Morgan, or Tacky Jacks 2, is a celebrated tradition along Alabama’s Gulf Coast. Grab a seat and find yourself before a spectacular view and delicious food. Famous for their drinks, seafood, views, and fun atmosphere, it’s no wonder it’s a favorite of locals and vacationers alike. Tacky Jacks will entertain you with live music and events featuring local musicians and more. So, sit down to some comfort food and stay awhile!

What Should You Order?

Tacky Jacks 2 serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner, plus you can get an awesome drink from the bar. They have a lot of great options. So, here, we’ll narrow it down for you and highlight some of their most popular ones to whet your appetite.

Breakfast

What a great way to start a day! The Farmer’s Omelet is a hearty, cheesy omelet full of potatoes, onions, green peppers, mushrooms, sausage, ham, and American cheese. For some local flare with your breakfast, order the Shrimp Omelet, filled with Gulf shrimp and cheese. There’s also build-your-own omelets, egg sandwiches, platters, waffles, pancakes, and French toast. You can’t go wrong starting your day at Tacky Jacks in Fort Morgan!

Appetizers

Start your meal off right with an appetizer for the table. Their Mexican Garbage Nachos are famously delicious. Beef and cheese nachos with two cheeses, tomato, onions, black olives, sour cream, jalapeno peppers, and salsa. Another one you’ll want to try: Gator Bites. A half pound of deep fried or blackened gator tail. Now, that’s one you can tell your friends! For something shareable, an order of their Smoked Tuna Dip is sure to satisfy, too!

Soups, Salads, and Sandwiches

There’s a lot of flavor packed into these dishes. Try their Seafood Gumbo for a flavorful tradition. For a lighter take, Tacky Jacks salads are bright and flavorful. Try their Seafood Salad or Jacks House Salad. Great sandwiches are a specialty at Tacky Jacks in Fort Morgan. A variety of Po’ Boys like the classic Shrimp Po’ Boy, Oyster Po’ Boy, or Crawfish Po’ Boy are a great decision. If a Po’ Boy isn’t your things, fish tacos, burritos, and even a Philly Cheese Steak will enliven your taste buds!

Entrees and Platters

Tacky Jacks 2 in Fort Morgan gives you a lot of great choices when it comes to fresh, local seafood, and it reflects in their entrees and platters. From Mahi Mahi to Crab Cakes to Shrimp and Grits, you’ll be full with the Gulf’s offerings. Try any of the aforementioned entrees or their oyster platter: 10 deep fried oysters with fries and cocktail sauce. Or, if you aren’t a fan of seafood, a 12-ounce Ribeye or Grilled Chicken Platter await your order. You can’t go wrong at Tacky Jacks in Fort Morgan!   

The Perfect Vacation Dinner Destination

Plan your vacation to  Alabama’s Gulf Coast and you’ll have plenty of opportunities for a Tacky Jacks experience! With locations in Fort Morgan, Gulf Shores, and Orange Beach there’s one just minutes away from your vacation rental. And, to make the most of your time on Alabama’s Gulf Coast, stay in a beach house or condo from Sunset Properties. Our beachy and balmy rentals are the perfect laid back relaxation you need to enjoy your vacation. Browse our availability and see for yourself how great a vacation to the Gulf Shores can be!