So you decided to come to the Alabama Gulf Coast for Thanksgiving Weekend 2018. Great call! We are so happy you chose to stay with Sunset Properties in Gulf Shores, Orange Beach or Fort Morgan and spend this American Holiday with us. We know after you’ve enjoyed your turkey dinner and made some irreplaceable beach memories, you have two more things to do before your holiday weekend is complete: football and shop! As far as football goes, we’ve got you covered. With TVs in all family rooms and most bedrooms in your Sunset Properties vacation beach homes, you’re sure to be able to enjoy your favorite team’s game this weekend. But where do you go to shop? Right here on the Alabama Gulf Coast, we have some of the best shopping venues anywhere! Here are 5 Places You Must Shop on Black Friday:
- Tanger Outlets
What would a Black Friday be without shopping at a Tanger Outlet mall? With so many factory stores to choose from, you simply cannot go wrong starting off your holiday shopping at this great mall in Foley. Located about 10 minutes north of the heart of Gulf Shores on Gulf Shores Parkway, the Tanger Outlet mall in Foley is sure to excite any holiday shopper! From A-Z, that’s Adidas to Zales The Diamond Outlet Store, you’re sure to find something for everyone on your holiday shopping list at Tanger Outlets. Shop stores from the Fragrance Outlet to GNC. Shop for your tribe at J Crew Factory or Le Crueset. Start at the Loft outlet and end up in OshKosh B’gosh. There are just too many stores and shopping opportunities for us to name them all here. But with holiday hours starting at 6PM on Thanksgiving night and stores will remain open until 10PM on Black Friday, you’re sure to have time to visit them all! For a complete list of all the stores located at Tanger Outlets in Foley, check out their Directory Listing. Don’t forget to keep a look out for Santa. You never know, he might just be doing a little shopping in Foley, too!
- Pelican Place
Just north of the IntraCoastal Waterway and the Holmes Bridge on Gulf Shores Parkway is Pelican Place at Craft Farms. With chain stores like Bed Bath and Beyond and Books-A-Million expected to open around 6AM, this shopping venue must be on your list. After walking around any outdoor mall, a Black Friday morning’s chill can tend to find you. Stop in at Joe Muggs inside Books-A-Million and have an amazing cup of coffee and snack while you browse. Need another great reason to stop in at Pelican Place? How about three? Sunrays, Tambos Surf Shack and The Beach House Boutique. Just by stopping in these great stores, you can get a gift for Mom, one for your favorite surfer and some great shades for yourself!
- Sanroc Cay
Sanroc Cay Entertainment District and Marina, located on Perdido Beach Boulevard in Orange Beach, is more than just your everyday shopping outing. With its diverse retail boutiques and exceptional restaurant choices, SanRoc Cay is a must-do shopping experience for the discerning holiday shopper. After you’ve done the midnight madness at Tanger in Foley and had a great cup of coffee while you were at Pelican Place, head on back to our island and go straight to SanRoc Cay. For unique bath and body products, Sweet Dreams Bath and Body is one of our favorite boutiques. Along with great shops like Too Hot Mamas and 3 Grands Boutique, no holiday shopping trip is complete without a visit to Sanroc Cay. You’ve already had a great cup of coffee, so how about a freshly made Bloody Mary? Louisiana Lagniappe will not disappoint you. While you’re there, go ahead and try one of their amazing seafood dinners. Sanroc Cay is also home to Aveada’s Serenity at the Beach Salon and Spa. Why not get someone a spa day for Christmas?
- The Wharf
After you’ve visited all the fabulous boutiques at SanRoc Cay, your next stop should be The Wharf. It is easy to find The Wharf in Orange Beach. Just look for the only Ferris wheel on the island. And, as it turns out, you’ll find the only ice skating rink here, too. Just in time for the holiday season, The Wharf will open its annual Ice Skating Rink the week before Thanksgiving. As you travel down Main Street at The Wharf, you will see Christmas preparations are already well underway! This fun family venue will give you a whole new way to enjoy your Black Friday shopping. Remember to visit great shops like SALT Coastal Outfitters, Khloe and Kate and The Sugar Shack and Cafe. Be sure to stop in local faves Bungalows and Ocean Eddie’s. There are so many shops, restaurants at The Wharf, coupled with fun things your whole can family can do, we cannot possible name them all here. We can, however, give you the Directory Listing for The Wharf. We also want to remind you to be on your best behavior! Santa is watching! And he’s waiting for you at The Wharf to have your picture taken with him from November 16 and throughout the upcoming holiday season. We have one more must-do shopping experience for you: the boardwalk at the Original Oyster House in Gulf Shores.
- Original Oyster House Boardwalk
Since 1983, The Original Oyster House has been a Gulf Shores staple and one of the best places around to eat delicious local Alabama Gulf Seafood. As you conclude your Black Friday shopping adventure, we urge you to stop by the Original Oyster House and sample something from the menu of one of our all-time favorite places to eat in Gulf Shores. And before you head back to your Thanksgiving vacation home for your annual Black Friday Nap, you really should stop in and visit the shops on this little famous boardwalk. Geez Louise Boutique showcases great band names like Vera Bradley and Lauren James. The Original Oyster House Trading Company features great gifts like tumblers and t-shirts. And for the person on your list who loves merchandise featuring old movies, bands and sci-fi, Retro Road Trip is the place to shop.
We, at Sunset Properties, not only love our jobs helping island guests find great vacation homes, but we also love to shop! We are serious shoppers! We know what we want and we know where to go to get it! We hope you find what you’re looking for to make your 2018 Holiday Season merry and bright this year. We appreciate you staying with us and we want to hear how your Black Friday shopping adventure turned out. Email or give us a call!
Oh! And if you don’t already have your reservations for New Years 2018 confirmed, time is running out! Do that today!!