Fort Morgan, where history comes alive!

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

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

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

What to pack for your Beach Vacation!!!

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

   What to pack for your Beach Vacation

Snapper Season Open each weekend until Nov. 22nd

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

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

Shrimp Festival Weekend Beach Update

Yay for the weekend!!  Everyone down here is gearing up for a fun couple days at the Shrimp Festival at the public beach in Gulf Shores tonight through Sunday.  I went down to the beach earlier today and the weather was just perfect. It wasn’t too terribly hot, there was a nice south breeze, and the water was very clear.   The sun was shining and there was not a cloud in the sky.  A PERFECT beach day!!

Check out today’s beach update:

Ft. Morgan Beach Update for Shrimp Festival Weekend

Hope to see you guys soon!!!

Events You Do Not Want to Miss!!!

The month of October is one of the best times to visit the Alabama Gulf Coast and stay with Sunset Properties!  Free concerts.  GREAT food.  Live entertainment.  Fun festivals.  Fishing.  Whatever you fancy, Gulf Shores has it.

10/7/10-  39th Annual National Shrimp Festival.  Experience seafood fresh from the Gulf, hundreds of vendors, and 2 music stages featuring major and local artists. Plenty of activities for the kiddos as well!  This is an event you don’t want to miss!

10/12/10-  8th Annual Thunder on the Gulf.  This four day, exciting event takes place on the Gulf of Mexico in Orange Beach and is filled with 2 days of boat races, parties, and a poker run. Visit the website for more details.

10/15/10-  Bon Jovi Free Concert on the beach.

10/17/10-  Brad Paisley Free Concert on the beach.

For our fans who love to fish, Snapper Season starts in 2 days!  Friday, Saturday, and Sunday only until November 22.  We will blog more about this soon and post some pictures from some friends!

Book a condo for any of these events starting as low as $299 TOTAL for 2 nights.  For larger groups, we also have some awesome rates on our beautiful beach houses.  If you have any questions at all, feel free to call us at 251-543-1370 or visit our website at

We hope to see you in OCTOBER!!

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

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

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

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

9/24/10 The Dunes Beach Update

It’s another beautiful day at the Dunes Beach in Fort Morgan!  As some of you may have seen a few weeks ago, we started a “frizzy hair scale” to gauge the level of humidity outside.  As you can tell by Katie’s do (I believe she compared it to Kramer’s), today is a very hot, humid, and windy day.  There is a 30 percent chance of rain, so we’re hoping that will cool things off out there!  The beach is absolutely beautiful today though.  There are several people out playing in the water and enjoying the beach! We wish you could be out there with them!!  Hope to see you guys soon!

Enjoy! 9/24/10 Beach Update

9/14/10 The Dunes Beach Update

It is a BEAUTIFUL day today at The Dunes Beach in Fort Morgan! It is great fall weather that kind of masquerades as summer during the day.  It is in the low 90’s very sunny, a nice breeze that cools the sand off perfectly right now.  In the mornings and evenings the temps are in the low 70’s.  The water is perfectly clear and the blue crabs are out in full force.  while we still have a small crowd, they are enjoying the beach and all of it’s beauty this time of year.  Check out our video for today!   09/14/10 The Dunes Beach Update in Ft. Morgan       

We have specials starting as low as $299.00 for 3 nights  for Bon Jovi or Brad Paisley tickets.  Call today to book your condo with tickets!!!!