Brandiwine, A great way to unwind

One of our favorite past times is dinner every other Thursday at Tequila’s and Listening to the music of Brandiwine.  We were introduced to Eric and Brandi through our maintenance man Jim Merrick who is their sometime guitar player.  Brandi and Eric always add fun and merriment to our evenings, when we are trying to relax after a busy day.  It is great to live in and work in a community where people are so talented and love to share their gift.  Brandi has an absolutely spellbinding voice and their music ranges from Heart to Hank Williams. 

When your are out this summer be sure to schedule your Thursday night for Tequila’s and Brandiwine!  You won’t regret this great time with new friends, enjoying yummy Mexican and music that puts you in the vacation spirit.  You will walk away feeling like a local.

Great Charter Fishing out of Ft. Morgan

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

Gulf Shores Marina at Ft. Morgan


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

Father’s Day Fun at the Beach!!!

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

Balloon Festival Sidewalk Sale

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

Balloon Festival Glow Event & Family Extravaganza

06/16/2011 to 06/19/2011

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

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

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

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

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

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

So plan now to join us Fathers Day Weekend! 

*This event is weather and wind permitting.


Yes, We Have A Beach

Because we are just near the end of the island and not on Beach Boulevard in the heart of Gulf Shores, many people don’t realize that we even have a beach.  The question “Do you have a beach there?” keeps us constantly laughing.  I wanted to take a moment to tell you about “OUR” beach here in Fort Morgan AL.

Not only do we have a beautiful white sandy beach that rivals anything you will find in the heart of Gulf Shores,  we are only a mile and a half or so from the end of the island.  That means beyond the 1000 feet of private beach in the Dunes Community there is another mile and a half of beach  to explore, fish off of, and make memories on with your family.  Some of my favorite memories over the last five years have been on that beach.  It is quiet and secluded, even at our busiest time of the year.  There are always new shells and other beach treasures to find and with such a huge stretch of beach there are plenty for everyone.

Did I mention the sunsets and sunrises?  Spectacular!!!!  Not to be missed.  Waking up early before anyone else to enjoy the beach is one thing to put on your agenda.  This early morning trip will change your perspective.  If you get there early enough you are just in time to see the sea turtle patrol looking for mamma sea turtle tracks.  If you get to see these gentle giant’s tracks, it is something you will never forget.

So in a word, “YES”  we are on the beach, you should come check it out!  Take a look at the beach sneak preview I made for you then give me a call!  We have a spot for you!

May’s Vacation Specials!!!

It is May and we have some specials for you!!!!  We don’t usually talk about specials here so you know this one is REALLY, REALLY GREAT!!!!


Karen pulled me aside a couple of days ago and said I want to give a great special to our loyal guests.  From now until the 25Th of May we can do 2 nights in a one bedroom for $189.00, a two bedroom is $289.00 and a three bedroom is $389.00  TOTAL!!!!!!

So don’t wait around too long May is almost gone!  Give us a call and book today!  Thank you, loyal guests, we wouldn’t be here without you!!!  See you soon guys.

New BIG house for big family fun, Sun Down!!!!

This home is located in Ft. Morgan only 18 miles West of Gulf Shores. It offers the complete Island experience. Enjoy the tranquility of the ocean with awesome views from one of several decks.  Warm tropical colors, comfy seating and beds for your large family, is sure to encourage all sorts of family fun.  Take a look around this beautiful home!
Sundown photos The home has 3250 Sq. Ft. with three levels which provide plenty of space for family and friends to gather. The large, open floor plan allows plenty of space for everyone to eat play and relax together comfortably. Head off to the nearby historic Ft. Morgan for a very interesting day in the lives of the solders that served in the Civil War. You can also explore the beach; watch the dolphins play or head across the street to Gulf Shores Marina for fresh seafood a cold drink and the most beautiful sunset in the world. The vacation your family spends in this home will be the one everyone remembers for years to come. This house rents only Saturday to Saturday  during the Summer and Spring…..if you are looking for a Fall or Winter you need a shorter stay please call 888-877-9270 or email!

Bird Banding in Ft. Morgan

Each Spring and Fall Ft. Morgan has thousands of visitors I’m not talking about vacationers, I’m talking about the feathered kind. It is time again for our friends from the HBSG (Hummer / Bird Study Group) are here tagging and studying our feathered friends again.

The birds that they tag each Spring fly across the Gulf of Mexico north from Central America and Mexico. The often fly 20 hours or more to make it to Fort Morgan, which is for many of the birds the first land they see after traveling. The HBSG stretches extremely fine nets between trees to catch the birds as they land. Once a bird is trapped in the net a member of of HBSG carefully frees the bird and transports it to the tagging station. at the tagging station the bird is identified, weighed, measured, and banded. Each band has a number specific to that bird that will not be duplicated. Some of the birds the hummers especially are given a chance to refuel from a special sugar water mixture. Then these birds are released, to go on their way.

The members of the HBSG study for years to learn about the birds they will band and measure, then they continue their education with years of training on how to handle and properly gather data from the birds. The valuable information that this group gathers provides information on migration and population patterns for birds of all types. If you are in Fort Morgan, Alabama bird banding is not to be missed. The banding takes place just near the entrance of the fort grounds. To watch the banding and maybe even let a bird go, there is a $5 entrance fee for adults, $4 for seniors and $3 for children. We wanted to say a special thanks to Our friend Ellen who shared some pictures with us this year. She has volunteered with the HBSG for several years and stays with Sunset while shes here. Apparently this beautiful woodpecker let everyone know he was very unhappy by pecking anyone who came near.

Sunset’s Princesses Run for a Cause

Tara, Katie, Karen and Gwen from our Sunset Properties staff ran in the Disney Princess half marathon this past February 28th. We try as a staff to support different charities and causes that benefit our local community. This race was a little different for us though. We traveled to Walt Disney World to participate in the Disney Princess half marathon in support of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Not only was this race extremely fun but it supported a cause that is very close to our hearts. We ran this race in honor of a condo owners son Mark Henderson who beat lymphoma and in memory of Clint Bobe who we lost in 06 from lymphoma. We had a wonderful time, and it was great to get away with just the girls to celebrate life and have fun outside of the office. We are hoping to make this an annual trip!

Tara, Katie, Karen, and Gwen
Tara, Katie, Karen, and Gwen