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


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!

Home Away Groceries in Fort Morgan

Perhaps you are vacationing to Fort Morgan from somewhere in Georgia, Tennessee, Florida, or even another part of Alabama. Maybe you are even coming from farther than that! Regardless, after a long car ride to arrive at your Fort Morgan condo or beach house, one of the last things that you will want to do is to stop by the grocery store to stock up on all of your supplies.

When you are staying at our Fort Morgan vacation rentals for an entire week (or more,) it can be surprising just how many groceries and items you will need. The Fort Morgan area doesn’t offer many options in the way of grocery stores, making this task even more tiring.

Luckily, there is another option! Don’t stress over perishable produce, packing coolers full of ice for a car ride, or cramming more items into your already packed vehicle. Check out Home Away Groceries, a grocery delivery service that can have all of your items delivered and waiting in your condo or beach house rental upon your arrival!

Home Away Groceries knows that you value your time on vacation – that’s why you are taking one in the first place. Spending your valuable hours walking through the grocery store aisles, standing in checkout lines, and making those trips up the stairs with groceries is no way to kick off your vacation. When you choose to do your shopping with Home Away Groceries, all of the hard work will be done for you!

So how does this work? Visit their website to browse the grocery categories, select the quantity of what you need, and simply add the items to your shopping cart. Proceed to checkout, provide them with contact and delivery information, and that’s it! Home Away Groceries will contact the property manager to arrange entry into your Fort Morgan condo or set up a delivery time that works best for your schedule. It’s just that simple!

Home Away Groceries in Fort Morgan features a variety of fresh produce, meats, pastas, breakfast items, and baking supplies for all that you need on your beach vacation. They even offer sections for paper products, baby supplies, and personal products such as shampoo and soap. Practically everything that you could find in your grocery store back home can be ordered online at Home Away Groceries in Fort Morgan.

In addition to items that can be purchased separately, Home Away Groceries features several pre-made meals and packages that make the ordering process even easier. Purchase their Easy Lunch package to have everything from bread and sandwich meat to chips, cookies, and drinks delivered right to your Fort Morgan condo. One of everyone’s favorite items is their Low Country Boil, serving up to eight people for a seafood meal that will make it truly feel as if you have arrived at the beach.

Home Away Groceries in Fort Morgan requests that orders be placed 72 hours before your arrival date and will deliver and stock your vacation rental the morning or day of your arrival. A nominal delivery fee will be placed on top of your order – a small price to pay for peace of mind and the added convenience. Their user-friendly website and easy check out ensures that there is no hassle with your ordering process.

Check out the variety and selection of Home Away Groceries in Fort Morgan by visiting their website.

Sunburns at the Fort Morgan Beach

When you’re basking on the beaches of Fort Morgan, Alabama, time can pass rather quickly. The delightful combination of sun, sand, and lapping waves make it easy to tilt your head back for a nap or sunbath. This time without clocks, schedules, or to do lists allows you to truly relax and forget every single one of your worries and cares.

Unfortunately, the sunshine on the beach can quickly turn your skin red. As the rays reflect off of the sandy beaches, you get more sunshine than you would sitting by your pool back at home. For some, this means days of a Fort Morgan beach vacation with red noses, itchy arms, and sweltering skin.

Luckily, sunburn is easily avoidable and can be prevented if you take proactive measures when your vacation begins. For some, the sunburn has already set in and they are left wondering how they will manage the rest of their vacation with uncomfortable red skin. We have years of experience dealing with sunburn – how to avoid it and how to treat it. Check out our helpful tips below to keep yourself cool, safe, and comfortable on your vacation to Fort Morgan!

To Prevent Sunburn in Fort Morgan

Let’s start with the time of day – one of the best ways to avoid a sunburn is to stay out of the strongest sunlight. The hours of 10 in the morning until 4 in the afternoon are when the sun’s rays are strongest. Bring along your own shade, such as tents and EZ-Shades, to protect your skin while you lounge on the beach.

The type of clothing you wear will greatly affect your sun exposure. If you aren’t working on your tan, cover up with lightweight and light-colored clothes. Some clothes even offer sun protection built in, which is great for both children and adults. Protect your face and neck with a wide brimmed hat – one of the first areas to begin to burn! Remember to protect your eyes with sunglasses that offer both UVA and UVB protection.

Of course, sunscreen is one of the best ways to avoid a sunburn. Select a type that touts at least SPF 15 protection and always check the expiration date of those bottles that have been sitting in your beach bag since last summer! Apply before heading to the beach and remember to reapply frequently, especially after swimming or toweling off.

To Treat Sunburn in Fort Morgan

Of course, lotion with aloe is one of the best ways to treat sunburn. Lotion with soy also helps to soothe achy, sunburned skin. The thick gel from the aloe vera plant quickly reduces the sting and redness. You can also apply cool compresses – soak a washcloth in cool water and place in the refrigerator for about five minutes. Place the compress on your skin and enjoy the relief.

Soaking in a bathtub full of cool water can also provide relief, but don’t soak for too long! Avoid using soap that can dry out your skin and opt to soak in a bath of baking soda, oatmeal, or even tea…yes, tea! Add several bags of Earl Grey tea to a pot of simmering water, let steep, and allow the tea to cool. Add to your bath for a homemade remedy.

If your sunburn is very bad, consider taking ibuprofen to help alleviate the aches. Your skin is burned, so be sure to drink a lot of water to help ward off any dehydration. Your skin needs plenty of water to help repair the burn and keep you cool and comfortable.

150th Annivarsary Of The Battle of Mobile

When I started researching this battle I had no idea of it’s importance not to mention the key players in the battle. I honestly knew little beyond the Union won!  So let me give you a brief history lesson.  A northern born boy enters the southern navy at an early age, almost the same time a southern boy enters the northern navy.  The two boys rise in ranks and grow in valor over almost 50 years each.
The meet in battle off the coast of Alabama these great warriors, in an event that will help to determine the future of our nation.

The Union Navy is coming in from the south through the Gulf of Mexico.  A fleet of wooden ships and a handful of ironclad steam ships led by David Farragut.  The Confederate Navy led by Buchanan had a well armed Fort on each side of the entrance of Mobile Bay along with a torpedo (mine) laced net narrowing the entrance of the bay.  With guns aimed at Farragut and his forces  Fort Gaines on the West and the larger Fort Morgan on the East of the Bay it seemed The Union forces had no chance to make their way through the confederate line of Fort cannons, torpedoes, ships and its own iron clad gun ships.

Farragut was determined to get his ships through.  He lashed the wooden ships together allowing the larger stronger ships to take the heavier hits
from the larger weapons and allowing the smaller or damaged ships to be pulled along with them.  With a couple of nervous halts by his generals Farragut finally called from where he was lashed to the rigging of one of his strongest ships, ” Damn the torpedoes Full Steam Ahead!”  While the Union did not come out unscathed they still ultimately came out victorious.  The loss of one of their prized ironsides that led the battle to a torpedo (mine) was truly a dramatic moment.  Buchanan also a force in his own right chasing the Union with his under armed fleet.  He was not ready to give up the battle but was injured when his ship was hit.  In one moment the to lead ships were so close tone another that the only bayonet injury in a navy battle was able to be inflicted.  The confederate army surrendered after Buchanan’s injuries left him with a broken leg.

This Anniversary Celebration is sure to be a do not miss event.  A three day event including live battles and a fireworks show on Saturday night. Be sure to book you room soon as we are running out quickly for this event.  We have rentals closest to the Fort and all of the activities, be sure to book soon!  For a more detailed schedule see this website set up for this event!


Announced schedule for the events:

Naval Battle

Saturday, August 2, 10am


Artillery Firing

Friday, August 1, 6:30pm, Water Battery

Saturday, August 2, Noon-4p, Siege

Sunday, August 3, 10am-1pm, Siege


Civil War Music

Friday, August 1, 7pm, Bobby Horton Performs after Artillery Firing


Siege of Fort Morgan

Saturday, August 2, Noon-4pm, with Infantry and Artillery Firing

Sunday, August 3, 10am-1pm, with Infantry and Artillery Firing


Confederate Sortie

Saturday, August 2, during the siege


Grand Bombardment

Saturday, August 2, 8-9pm, Nighttime event with artillery and aerial pyrotechnic explosions


Surrender Ceremony

Sunday, August 3, 1-2pm, Ceremony to include Salute to the Colors


Naval Exhibits

During all three days – Special Naval Exhibit at Fort Morgan Museum featuring rarely exhibited artifacts from USS Tecumseh, USS Philippi and CSS Gaines, three of the ships that fought during the Battle of Mobile Bay.


All Shook Up!!! A Must See From Summer Tide Theratre

This performance is put on at the George C. Meyer Performing Arts Center in Gulf Shores, from June 6 until July 4th, 2014, by the Universtiy of Alabama SummerTide Theatre group.

This talanted group of college students and professors are putting on what has been proclaimed by our staff as the “Best Show They Have Ever Done!!!” ” Really Funny!” “Everyone Should Go See This!”

So let me give you an idea of what the show is about! A wayward motorcycle rider breaks down in a small sad lonely town. After his arrival everything starts to change and the fun and love abounds. ” All Shook Up” Features song by Elvis masterfully preformed by the players as you move through this
funfilled story.

In this small intimate theatre you sit so close to the stage you feel as though you are part of the show. The George C. Meyer center has been the home of Summer Tide Theatre for over a decade and produced many talented actors and actresses, and all those who are behind the scenes that make the magic happen. Many of these students have gone on to broadway either either in front or behind the scenes.

This years cast includes Killian Azalirad in the lead as Chad, Rachel Baber as Silvia, Will Erwin as Dennis, Sandra Gates and Lorraine, Ben Haupt as Dean, Brianna Heller as Sandra, Kelly Kohlman as Natalie, and Dr. William A. Martin as Jim. This wonderful cast will have you laughing so hard you are in tears as singing along to the Elvis. This show is a don’t miss if you are a local or just hear on vacation.