Red, White and Blues Air Show 2015!

Saturday July 11th is the date for the Red, White and Blues Air Show over Pensacola Beach. Just before the air show some antique planes will fly WWII Veterans in honor of their service. There are about 11 planes taking WWII Veterans. These special planes will be a show all to themselves. The main event will start at 2 p.m. be sure to travel and get your spot on the beach early.

Some tips for being prepared for the Air Show. Be patient! There will be lots of traffic and it will be hot so be over courteous and kind to your neighbors. The worst thing that could happen on such a fun day is if tempers rise and fights occur. Remember this is a family event. There will be impressionable little ears and eyes everywhere. Be sure to wear sunscreen and reapply throughout the day. Bring food and lots to drink! Have FUN!!!

The 2015 air show line-up includes the RV-8 speed demons; fat albert, a C-130 Hercules that flies support for the Blue Angels; an MX2, an unlimited aerobatic aircraft that spins and rotates at high speeds; and a one of a kind Extra 300SHP; plus a biplane that roars and races.

I remember going to these shows every year as a child and have wonderful memories. Load up your family and make the trip to Pensacola Beach you will not regret it. After the Air show the Blue Wahoos will be playing the Montgomery Biscuits and after the ball game there will be a fireworks show over Pensacola Bay.

July 4th Fireworks Shows in Gulf Shores for 2015

July 4, 2015 7:00 PM – 10:00 PM
Fourth of July Fireworks Spectacular
Annual Community Events
The Wharf in Orange Beach
4830 Main Street

Orange Beach, AL 36561
251-224-1000
Website
July 4th featuring: Fireworks Spectacular at 8:45pm SPECTRA: at 8:30 pm; 9pm; 9:30 and10pm, Face painter, bouncy houses

9:00 PM
Fourth of July Fireworks Celebration at Gulf Shores Public Beach

Dates & Times
July 4, 2015 9:00 PM
Location

Gulf Shores Public Beach
City of Gulf Shores, 101 East Beach Blvd. Gulf Shores, AL, 36547
Admission
Free to public.
Event Info
The City of Gulf Shores will celebrate the Fourth of July with a stunning fireworks display, beginning at 9 p.m. on
Saturday, July 4.

“We are excited about continuing our rich Fourth of July tradition and invite all locals and visitors to celebrate with us at the Gulf Shores Public Beach,” said Programs and Events Manager, Brigette Reynolds.

According to organizers, the fireworks will be shot from a barge stationed due south of the West 2nd Street beach access point.
“All public beach areas will provide spectators with an incredible, front row seat,” said Reynolds. “We can’t thank Cassity Brothers Construction enough for their help in securing the barge for us to put on this wonderful show.”
In addition to the fireworks, Sunny 105.7 FM will be broadcasting a patriotic musical element that will coincide with the show.

For more information about the City of Gulf Shores’ Fourth of July fireworks, contact the Special Events Division at 251-968-1174.
Contact Us
PHONE: 251-968-1174
WEBSITE: https://www.gulfshoresal.gov

11th Annual Gulf Coast Hot Air Balloon Festival, May 2nd!

Don’t miss the 11th Annual Gulf Coast Hot Air Balloon Festival! This annual event brings balloon enthusiasts from all over the country to participate in the glow and host rides for event goers. This is one of our favorite events in the area and something we always try to make time to enjoy. Be sure to enjoy the prizes and sales at Tanger Outlet in Foley on the 30th of April from 7 to 8:30 in the evening. On May 1st at the Foley Sports Complex enjoy a carnival, Crawfish boil, Live music, Arts and crafts, and tethered rides at Dusk.

Dates & Times
May 2, 2015 2:00 PM – 10:00 PM
Location

Foley Sports Complex, 18507 US Highway 98 West, Foley, AL 36535
Event Info
THURSDAY, APRIL 30
7:00 PM – 8:30 PM Tanger Outlets Kickoff and Glow Event
Hot Air Balloon Glow, Four Day Super Sale, Spin the wheel for free prizes

FRIDAY, MAY 1
2 PM – 10 PM Foley Sports Complex
Carnival by Mitchell Brothers Carnival
2:00-10:00 pm
World Famous Disc Connected K-9 Frisbee Dog Show
Crawfish Boil
Arts, Crafts and Food
Live Entertainment: Sugarcane Jane 5:00-7:00 pm
Tethered Rides at Dusk
Live Music Headliner: Chee Weez 8:30-10:30 pm
Hot Air Balloon Glow at Dusk

SATURDAY, MAY 2
6 AM – 10 PM
Foley Sports Complex
Carnival by Mitchell Brothers Carnival 2:00-10:00 pm
World Famous Disc Connected K-9 Frisbee Dog Show
Crawfish Boil
Arts, Crafts and Food
Live Entertainment: JERI 2:00-4:30 pm
Live Entertainment: Rhythm Intervention 4:30-7:00 pm
Tethered Rides at Dusk
Live Music Headliner: Escalade 8:30-10:30 pm
Hot Air Balloon Glow at Dusk

Contact Us

PHONE: 251-943-3291

WEBSITE: https://www.gulfcoastballoonfestival.com

Address
18507 US Highway 98 West
Foley, AL 36535

Contact

251-943-3291

Vacation Special for Mother’s Day 2015!!!

HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY from Sunset Properties. Join us at the beach this Mother’s Day weekend two nights only $299.00 in a 1 bedroom, 2 bath condo that sleeps up to 6 people!!! You deserve a getaway for taking care of everyone in your life so drop a hint to your loved ones and then let them take care of you in the sunny weather at the beach. Fort Morgan is the perfect quiet getaway for your family or just you if you want a getaway by yourself! Be sure to take advantage of this special before we booked up!

We look forward to celebrating with you! See you soon.

Bringing Baby to the Beach???

As I move closer to when my little one is due my mind is wandering to the beautiful weather outside and how I will get ready to take my sweet little boy down to the beach once he is old enough to go. I grew up on the beach going with my family and friends as often as possible when I was a child. We certainly didn’t have the high end of everything to protect us but we absolutely had a fantastic time and have wonderful memories from every childhood trip to the beach. I remember my dad setting up a parachute with a long bamboo pole in the middle and stakes around it to protect us from the sun while we played near or in the water. We always had fishing pole, and sunscreen most of the time we camped out and had an amazing amount of fun. But I certainly remember getting some terrible sunburns as a child and that is a terrible thing to happen on vacation so I wanted to give you a few hints to keep you little ones safe, burn free, and with lots of happy beach memories.

There are some fantastic new products for kids now that were not available when I was a child in the 70’s and 80’s to help keep them from being sunburned. The first is clothing with SPF. You can get hats, shorts, shirts and swim suits with a great SPF to help protect your little ones from the sunburns. Be sure to look for the proper sunscreen for your little ones as well this will give you that little bit of extra protection. Apply sunscreen before you head out to the beach and often while you are in the sun! When I was a child my parents were creative with the sun protection. Notice my little brothers turban or cloth diaper to protect his little head.

Make a safe spot for your little one to enjoy the water too. When my brothers and I were kids my parents dug us a little lagoon just past the major break in where the water washes on to the beach. They made a small wall with an opening for some water to wash in then closed it up so we weren’t trying to fight with the waves as they came in. Or if they left it open it was just a small bit so a trickle of water could get in to our little pool area. I have seen mothers bring small blow up pools down to the beach they fill those with beach water and put them near the water and under the shade so the little ones can enjoy the beach but not be over whelmed by waves and too much sun.

Instead of a parachute which is awesome if you are up for the work! You can now rent umbrellas and chairs so you don’t have to worry about taking lots to the beach beyond your sunscreen and a bag with snacks and sunscreen. I remember everyone carried an armful of things when we went to the beach but we had a fantastic time most of the time. I have a few extra suggestions of things to throw in that beach bag to help keep your little ones cool calm and collected.
1. Inexpensive beach toys, dollar store is perfect for these! Something to build a sand castle and pour and sift, sand and water will keep them busy for hours.
2. A plastic zipper bag for treasures. I would suggest something that will trap smell just in cast they pick something that is still alive and you don’t find it right away!!!
3. Baby powder will help get all pesky sand off as you head in for the evening.
4. SUNSCREEN, don’t forget it!
5. Flip flops for the walk back if they are walkers.
6. Wagon to pull them in if they are not walking.
7. Hats, sunglasses, clothing with SPF material.
8. Water, fruit, cooler, to stay hydrated.
9. White Vinegar, just in case jellyfish are nearby. Even broken parts of them can cause stings.
10. Trash bags. For diapers or trash you may make. You always want to leave the beach cleaner than it was when you got there.
11. Camera for those irreplaceable candid moments in the sun!

A visit to the beach with little ones can be fun and educational for all involved just remember to tap in to that inner boy scout or girl scout and BE PREPARED! This will make your trip so much more enjoyable and memorable! See you at the beach!

Haunted Fort Morgan!!!!

My boss recently forwarded me a blog recounting the experiences of people who have visited Fort Morgan and had supernatural experiences. These experiences included hearing voices and noises, seeing apparitions and lights, and having doors slam or reliving long over battles as they exit the Fort. The most common experience was an uneasy feeling or a feeling of dread or fear. I for one and very

skeptical of these experiences! Not to discount anyone’s personal experience as we all are on very individual journeys that are make up who we are and are built on an individually unique history for each person. I for one have never had anything even close to what these people are describing. Far from feelings of dread or fear the feelings that I experience here are mostly ones of peace, joy and contentment, and restfulness. This area has a long history of battle and lives lived in difficult circumstances. The end of the island was long inhabited by a native population prior to the military presence which began early in the 1800’s.

The natives were adept at living in this harsh climate but the settlers who came with the military struggled with the constant storms and lack of fresh water. They did thrive however after utilizing several fresh water springs in the area and fortifying the structures to withstand the seasonal storms that pummel the peninsula.

Unfortunately, many lost their lives as this was a military installation and battles were inevitable. Some lost their lives in naval battles while some were lost in accidents or in battles near the fort. People have mentioned seeing soldiers, slaves who built the unique star shaped Fort, and even spirits of women who may have lived at the fort with the officers.

As I mentioned I have never had experiences like this when exploring the beaches or the Fort in the decade I have lived and worked in this area. I have heard echoes that were a surprise but were explained and doors closing because of the constant high winds that pop up any time of the day and night. I have even seen lights there were unexplained by the average visitor. The locals know some are boats in the bay and some are from the light house beacon that flashes through periodically. The weather also adds to the mystery of the area. The island near the fort is only about half a mile across so more often than not in the winter months we get fog that will hang over the end of the island for days at a time. It seems more like you are vacationing in the old movie Brigadoon than it does a beach vacation. My husband chalks the other worldly experiences to the drinking habits of the visitors and the distance between the local “watering hole” to Fort!

No matter your beliefs or experience whether they are peaceful, sunny like mine or a little creepy and exciting like some of the visitors to our area Fort Morgan they are all worth a visit! Check out our specials and make your way to the Alabama coast this year. Spring is almost over so we have some great last minute deals. Summer is booking fast and the days are full of

sunshine here and the nights well you might get a little fright or you could experience the most breathtaking sunset you have ever seen off of the end of the peninsula. Fall weather is PERFECT the crowds are small and the prices are low and you can’t get a better time to visit! Looking for ward to seeing you soon or hearing your ghost stories from your visit to Fort Morgan!!!!

Preserve at Soldiers Creek NEW Partnership!!!!

We are so excited to announce a new partnership with Preserve at Soldier’s Creek Golf Club! What does this mean for you? Well if you are a golfer this is for you! All you have to do is contact us at the Sunset Properties office and we can book a reservation for you for only $49.00 total for a morning or afternoon tee time!

Give us a call for this special offer only through Sunset Properties!!!! We look forward to seeing you and making your tee times for this Spring.

Congratulations, John Bobe, on the Trulia Top Agent Award!!!

Congratulations to John Bobe who received Trulia’s Top Agent Award. This is based on client reviews, ratings and sales in 2014. John is not only one of the owners of Sunset Properties, he is one of our Brokers and a Real Estate Agent. So while you are here on your sunny vacation and are considering a beach property of your own just give us a call 251-543-1370! John will offer a no hassles sales list or meet and show you whichever property that interests you.

Hangout Fest 2015

The line up is set the Tickets are officially on sale now all you need to do is find a great place to stay!!!!!  We have condos and beach houses in Gulf shores and Fort Morgan that would fit any size party you bring.  Give us a call for specials today.   See the line up tick prices and how to get the shuttles below.

 

The Line Up Includes

•Foo Fighters • Zac Brown Band • Beck • Skrillex • My Morning Jacket •Foster The People • Paramore • Spoon • Umphrey’s McGee • Major Lazer • TV On The Radio • Phantogram •Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley • Jenny Lewis • Dirty Heads • Krewella • Adventure Club • Lupe Fiasco • Cold War Kids • Future Islands • Vance Joy • Galactic with Macy Gray • ODESZA • Father John Misty • Beats Antique • Trampled by Turtles • GRiZ • Drive-By Truckers • St. Lucia • Robert DeLong • Toro y Moi • Preservation Hall Jazz Band • Gramatik • The Lone Bellow • Lake Street Dive • Rubblebucket • Iration • Frank Turner & the Sleeping Souls • Vintage Trouble • Charles Bradley & His Extraordinaires • Houndmouth • Xavier Rudd & The United Nations • Mary Lambert Kopecky • J. Roddy Walston and The Business • Young Fathers • The Mowgli’s • Strand of Oaks • Grizfolk • San Fermin • The Districts • Colony House • Joywave • Saint Pepsi • Elle King • Halsey • Knox Hamilton • Zella Day • Goldroom • Five Knives • Steelism • The Suffers

Ticket Prices

GENERAL – $249

  • 3 Day Festival Access
  • 6 Stages of Music
  • Over 70 Bands
  • Re-Entry All Weekend
  • Lot’s of Free Activities
  • Bathing suit not included
  • The Beach!

VIP – $1099

  • VIP Viewing areas at 2 main stages
  • Admission to the Thursday Kickoff
  • Private air-conditioned restrooms
  • Main stage VIP swimming pools
  • Shaded VIP Grove
  • Complimentary Snacks & Beverages
  • Complimentary Beer, Spirits & Wine

SUPER VIP – $1599

  • Includes All VIP Amenities
  • Meals prepared by celebrity chefs
  • Air-conditioned dining room
  • Elevated viewing area w/ Hot Tubs at Main Stage
  • Festival Golf Cart Transportation
  • Concierge Service

GET A SHUTTLE PASS WITH YOUR TICKET

Hangout shuttles are the best way to get to and from the festival each day as parking is extremely limited. Shuttle passes sold out in 2014 and we expect them to sell out again this year. We highly encourage you to purchase shuttle ticket in advance, the best way is by purchasing a ticket bundle.

 

Tips for Holidays at the Beach

The Gulf Coast is a fantastic place to spend the holidays. Gulf Shores and Fort Morgan, Alabama, are beautiful year-round, even when the warm ocean breezes have been swapped for chilly waters and cool sand. Holidays at the beach mean fun family events, beautiful beach scenes, and delicious seasonal foods.

Instead of freezing in the snow back home, head to Gulf Shore and Fort Morgan for a change of pace. The beach is the perfect backdrop for family holiday photos, and the sounds of the ocean will settle you after all that holiday shopping! For a wonderful Christmas vacation in Fort Morgan, check out our tips for holidays at the beach!

Find the holiday events. Gulf Shores, Orange Beach, and the areas around Fort Morgan host lots of winter events. When you’re ready to get out of the beach house or condo for a little while, check out the exciting family-friendly attractions in town! Listen to seasonal music at Coastal Christmas with Aaron Neville, enjoy the 29th Annual Christmas Lighted Boat Parade, or explore the Winter Wonderland at The Wharf!

Don’t miss the beach. Just because it’s not 90 degrees outside doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy the beach. The sand will still feel fantastic between your toes, and the views are always wonderful. Get up early, take a walk during sunrise, and enjoy the peacefulness that Fort Morgan provides. It will be just the relaxing escape you’ve been seeking from your hectic holiday schedule! It’s also a great time to toss around the football or search for seashells, sea glass, and driftwood for beach-themed Christmas trees and holiday décor.

Bundle up. Although you’re at the beach, it will be chilly. Depending on where you’re traveling from, it will likely be much warmer than home. But you still want to stay warm while you enjoy beach days. Don’t forget to pack jackets, scarves, gloves, and warm shoes. Of course, days could warm up, so it’s best to pack light layers. And don’t forget – you can still get sunburned in winter! Always wear sunscreen when you’ll be spending a good amount of time outside during the day.

Pack the presents. If you’ll be spending the holidays in Fort Morgan, don’t forget your presents! Imagine being gathered in a comfortable beach house, with the sounds of the ocean outside, as you open your Christmas gifts with family. You’ll create so many wonderful memories during your holiday at the beach.

Make your favorite treats. Full kitchens in our beach houses and condos are ready and waiting for fresh-baked Christmas cookies, apple and pumpkin pies, and all your favorite holiday foods. Stop by the store on your way into town, or use Home Away Groceries to get all the ingredients you’ll need. What a wonderful way to spend holidays at the beach! Let kids get in on the fun, bringing holiday cookie cutters and letting them mix the dough!