8 Ways to Shell-ebrate the Holidays on Alabama’s Beaches

Travelers and turtles agree – there’s no better place to shell-ebrate the holidays than Alabama’s beautiful beaches. Our stretch of paradise is a perfect setting for celebrating the season in coastal style, from a beachfront Thanksgiving to a true white-sand Christmas. Mild temps and sunny skies are sure to keep you feeling merry and bright, and there are plenty of local events and festive activities to put you in a holly, jolly spirit. 

From Turkey Day to Christmas Eve and all the way to the New Year, here are the best ways to celebrate the holiday season on the Alabama Gulf Coast. 

Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving Lunch at Coast Restaurant

November 24, 2022
Seating Times: 11am, 11:30am, 12pm, 12:30pm, 1pm

Enjoy a cook-free Thanksgiving feast at Coast Restaurant, a first-class waterfront venue at the beautiful Beach Club Resort. Chef John Hamme will prepare three delicious entree options, including a traditional roasted turkey with cornbread stuffing and all the trimmings. The cost is $45 per adult and $15 per child (kids under 3 eat free!). Reservations are required. 

Turkey Day Delivery by The Beach Moms 

Prefer to dine-in? The Beach Moms will deliver a traditional Thanksgiving dinner (including pumpkin pie!) right to your rental for an easy and intimate holiday meal. Pre-ordered meals will be delivered on Wednesday, November 23rd, and include chef-provided directions. Orders must be received by Wednesday, November 16th. 

The Coastal Half Marathon, 5K, and 1-mile Run

November 26, 2022
8am

On Saturday, shed those lingering Thanksgiving calories with a friendly turkey trot! This fun family race is held on the scenic paths of Gulf State Park and is a local holiday tradition. 

Christmas

The Annual Christmas Lighted Boat Parade

Saturday, December 10th
From 5pm (Dusk)

Parades are a traditional holiday event, and ours are filled with unique coastal flair. Attend a local favorite at LuLu’s with the Annual Lighted Boat Parade, where brightly decorated boats will travel to The Wharf on the Intracoastal Waterway Canal. 

Flora-Bama’s Annual Santa Drop

December 10, 2022
11am to 2pm

Santa doesn’t arrive in our area on a sleigh – he skydives onto the white sandy beaches at the iconic Flora-Bama! This fun family event includes kids crafts, games, live music, holiday treats, and pics with Santa after the show. 

Ice Skating at The Wharf

November 11-16, 2022
Monday-Friday 4pm-10pm
Saturday-Sunday 10am-10pm

Glide, spin, or fall across a winter wonderland at The Wharf’s annual Ice Skating Rink. Tickets are $15 per person and include your skate rental and unlimited time on the ice. 

New Years Eve

Noon Years Eve at LuLu’s

December 31, 2022
10am to 3pm

Tiny revelers can get in on the NYE fun at LuLu’s annual event. Beginning at 10am, families can enjoy crafts, kids-safe fireworks (bubble wrap), a sandcastle building contest, face painting, and more. When the clock strikes noon, hundreds of colorful beach balls will flood LuLu’s Beach for an early celebration of 2023! 

Reelin’ in the New Year at The Wharf

December 31, 2022
5pm to 12am

The Wharf’s NYE event is a fun family street party that features a full evening of live bands, games, activities, and a midnight marlin drop with a fireworks finale. Kids activities include inflatables, face painting, camel rides, and more. Admission is free, though some kids activities cost $5-10. 


However you choose to celebrate the holiday season, Spectrum Resorts is your perfect homebase for festivities and fun. Let our award-winning team deliver the ultimate holiday experience on the Alabama Gulf Coast.

How to Black Friday Shop Like a Pro in Gulf Shores and Orange Beach

For some shoppers, snagging the best Black Friday sales is like a competitive sport. For others, the idea of browsing those Black Friday deals fills them with dread. Then there are those in the middle – those shoppers who want to get in on the first big sales of the season, but they don’t know how to brave the Black Friday crowds.

We’ll let you in on a secret: there is no secret to Black Friday shopping. The key to shopping success on the biggest day of the year is to start – and end – with a plan. Even in Gulf Shores and Orange Beach, a popular area that’s home to dozens of excellent shopping opportunities, a little preparation – and the following helpful tips – can help you Black Friday shop like a pro.

Make a List.

Then check it twice. Starting with a shopping list will help you stay focused in the Black Friday frenzy (and also avoid some sketchy impulse buys.) What are the top items you’re hoping to buy? Once you’ve made a list, you can start researching the best sites and sales to make a game plan for your day.

Get a Game Plan.

There are so many options for Black Friday shopping in Gulf Shores and Orange Beach, from full retail malls to boutique shops and specialty stores. Decide in advance where you need to go and plan your day accordingly. Some of the most popular spots for Black Friday shopping include:

  • The Village Mercantile, an upscale shop at The Beach Club Resort that offers fashionable beach attire, casual resort wear, jewelry, gifts, and more. You’ll even find some home accessories at The Mercantile! While you’re there, refuel at The Village Hideaway.
  • The Tanger Outlets, a one-stop-shop for big-name brands and retail stores. 
  • The Wharf in Orange Beach, a premiere entertainment district that has more than 30 boutique stores filled with clothing, gifts, home decor, and spa supplies.
  • Pelican Place, a charming shopping center with big box stores, chic boutiques and artisanal gift shops.

Scan the Sales Online.

The days of pouring over pounds of holiday sales catalogs are over. In today’s digital world, social media is one of the best places to stay up-to-date on your favorite brands for Black Friday. Many pages even offer exclusive deals and promotions to customers who follow their feeds! In this area, you can follow accounts like The Wharf on Facebook for the latest info on Black Friday sales at their (many) retail stores.

Start Early.

They’re called doorbuster deals for a reason! If you wait too long to start shopping, you risk browsing shelves that are highly picked over, and you may even miss out on your must-haves entirely. Be aware of what time your priority stores open – especially if you’re after big-name items like tech or trending toys – and get there as soon as possible. Some stores even start offering great deals in the days before Black Friday, allowing you to skip the crowds entirely!

Go as a Group.

Shopping is always more fun with a friend. And in a group, you can split up and shop the best deals in half the time! Grab your best pals and make a fun, friendly day of it. After you shop, you can return to your condo to relax and recharge in beachfront bliss.

Thanksgiving in Gulf Shores: All You Need to Know

Who says the holidays have to be filled with stress and hassle? In Gulf Shores, you can put your feet up and relax. Enjoy your family time with a Thanksgiving in Gulf Shores. From mouthwatering Gulf Shores Thanksgiving dinner options to things to do this holiday, we’ve got the details on a hassle-free holiday in Gulf Shores.

Thanksgiving falls on November 24 this year, so make sure your holiday reservations are set!

How to Spend Thanksgiving in Gulf Shores

Spectrum Beach Chairs

When you plan a Thanksgiving getaway, you can enjoy a holiday without the hassle with conveniences like grocery delivery at The Beach Club Resort.

Forget waiting in long lines at the grocery store to purchase your prized turkey. As a Spectrum Resorts guest at The Beach Club Resort & Spa, you can pre-order your groceries with the Beach Moms Concierge Package. The Beach Moms have created a special package, exclusive for Spectrum Resorts guests.

After you’ve arrived at your fully stocked Gulf Shores condo, put your feet up. Your Thanksgiving vacation is just beginning. Enjoy the best seat on the beach when you reserve beach chairs prior to your arrival. The weather is typically great in November along the Alabama coast. The kids will enjoy building sandcastles and playing sand football or spikeball while you catch up on your favorite book.

Gulf Shores Thanksgiving Dinner Options

Whole Roasted Turkey Dinner For Thanksgiving with All the Sides

If you’re a DIYer and love a great home-cooked meal, turn up the heat and make your favorite Thanksgiving dish in your fully equipped condo kitchen. Each Gulf-front condo at The Beach Club Resort comes with its very own fully equipped gourmet kitchen that includes an oven, stovetop, and microwave.

Thanksgiving To-Go Options

If cooking the Thanksgiving feast from scratch isn’t your cup of tea, you’re in luck.

The Beach Moms are offering a special Thanksgiving delivery service that includes turkey and all the fixin’s – all delivered directly to your condo on Wednesday, Nov. 23. Reheating instructions will also come with your order. Orders must be placed by Nov. 17. Call 251-979-3347 for details.

Coast Restaurant Thanksgiving Dinner

If your idea of the perfect Gulf Shores Thanksgiving dinner includes having someone else do the dishes, then Coast Restaurant is your sweet (and savory) spot. Make reservations for the Thanksgiving feast at Coast here at The Beach Club Resort. Coast offers a special holiday meal that will please even the pickiest of holiday eaters. Award-winning Chef John Hamme and his talented culinary team will prepare a feast fit for a king and his court!


Delectable servings include roast turkey served with mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce, braised green beans, red-skin mashed potatoes and gravy and cornbread dressing. Or select house-smoked Scottish salmon served with broccoli, orzo, and bell peppers. And, finally, you can also choose a marinated loin of smoked pork with all the fixings. Starters and dessert will also be served. Prices are $45 for adults. Reservations for this taste bud-tempting feast are required. See the full Thanksgiving Day menu.

Flora-Bama Thanksgiving Potluck

17401 Perdido Key Drive, Perdido Key, FL

(251) 980-5118

Open: 1 pm

Price: Complimentary, just bring a side dish; cocktails are separate

Reservations: None

Cobalt the Restaurant

28099, Perdido Beach Blvd, Orange Beach

(251) 923-5300

Open: 10 am to 4 pm

Reservations: Recommended

GTs on the Beach

26189 Canal Road, Orange Beach

(251) 980-8400

Open: 10 am to 4 pm

Reservations: Recommended

Thanksgiving at The Hangout

101 E Beach Avenue, Gulf Shores

(251) 948-3030

Open: 11 am to 4 pm

Reservations: Recommended

woman shopping at the village mercantile at the beach club resort

Gulf Shores Thanksgiving 2022: Things to Do

After the dishes are cleared and the naps have been taken, there’s plenty to do during Thanksgiving in Gulf Shores. Make the short trip to Foley and do some Black Friday shopping at Tanger Outlets. With over 120 name-brand retailers, you’re sure to find the perfect gifts for your family.

Don’t forget to stop by The Village Mercantile at The Beach Club for fun finds, including jewelry, shoes and casual wear.

The weather during November is typically mild, making for comfortable days on the beach and for outdoor activities. Relax and soak in the sun while you enjoy your hassle-free Thanksgiving in Gulf Shores.

Reserve your Gulf Shores condo at The Beach Club Resort & Spa and enjoy a holiday to write home about with family and friends. 

Book Your Beachfront Holiday Party with Spectrum Resorts

Every visit to Alabama’s beaches is a cause for celebration. And if you already have a reason to party, our sugar-white sands and turquoise waves can add a touch of magic to your special event. Even holidays feel a little more festive when they have our beachfront background!

And with the holiday season fast approaching, it’s time to book the perfect venue for your party. If you don’t want to add to your holiday stress, that probably means a venue with a great location, enough space for all your guests, and a party package that covers every detail. We have good news for your planning committee – you’ll find all of that and more with Spectrum Resorts at The Beach Club in Gulf Shores and Turquoise Place in Orange Beach.

The Beach Club and Turquoise Place are two of the most desirable resorts in the area, and our party packages are designed to elevate your holiday event. When the fun is done, our group lodging rates can give everyone to spend a few days enjoying the beach!

Whether you’re celebrating the season with your company, your colleagues, your clients or your friends, the upscale properties of Spectrum Resorts can provide the perfect setting from start to finish.

Turquoise Place

Experience true holiday magic within the iconic walls of our sparkling resort. You can choose between two private event spaces depending on your size: the Emerald Room (503C), which seats up to 50, and the Sapphire Room (503D), which can accommodate up to 100 guests. Both rooms feature floor-to-ceiling windows and a balcony for breathtaking views of the Gulf.

Features:

  • An on-site event planner to ensure a smooth party experience
  • Multiple catering options, including hors d’oeuvres, buffet, or plated meals
  • Customized menu planning
  • Bar Service available
  • Tables, chairs, and linens included
  • Festive satin table runners in red, green, and champagne
  • Indoor/Outdoor spaces available
  • Group room rates available
LEARN MORE ABOUT EVENTS AT TURQUOISE PLACE

The Beach Club Resort & Spa

Enjoy a VIP party experience at The Beach Club Resort & Spa. This luxurious resort offers three captivating spaces for a private and personalized event: Gulfview, Island Room, or Coast. Each room seats 50-100 guests comfortably and treats your group to stunning Gulf views.

Features:

  • An on-site event planner to ensure a smooth party experience
  • Indoor/Outdoor spaces available
  • Multiple catering options, including hors d’oeuvres, buffet, or plated meals
  • Customized menu planning
  • Bar Service available
  • Tables, chairs, and linens included
  • Festive satin table runners in red, green, and champagne
  • Christmas sounds provided through speakers
  • Discounted group rates
LEARN MORE ABOUT EVENTS AT THE BEACH CLUB

To inquire about hosting your next event please call us at (866) 229-7350, send us an email at groupsales@spectrumresorts.com

5 Reasons to Stay at The Beach Club Resort and Spa

By Heather Montgomery, Through Heather’s Looking Glass

There are a LOT of reasons to stay at the Beach Club Resort and Spa in Fort Morgan, (just outside Gulf Shores) Alabama. I truly could gush on and on about how much my family loves it there. I decided to pick five of my favorite things to tell you about, and then answer any additional questions that come from the post. Let’s buckle up and get moving!

Why I love the Beach Club Resort and Spa:

The first reason is right there in the name…a spa. Not just any spa, but an Aveda spa, right on property, mere steps away from the condo we stayed in. I was greeted by the lovely smell of Aveda products, and brought back to change in the locker room and brought to a beautiful relaxation space and offered a mimosa. Yes please! There is also coffee and other items available. IF you want to jump in the hot tub, bring your swimsuit and arrive early for your treatments to unwind a bit before hand.

6 Fun Things to Do for Labor Day in Gulf Shores

The Labor Day holiday weekend serves as the unofficial end to summer, so it’s only fitting to spend it at the beach. (Wait a second, did you know it’s warm well into November? That’s right! You’ve got plenty of time to keep on summering. But, we’re also celebrating a staple to beach vacationing – Labor Day in Gulf Shores!)

Take advantage of that three-day weekend and plan a getaway. After all, there’s plenty of sunshine, long summer days, warm temperatures and lots of activities for every member of the family to enjoy during Labor Day in Gulf Shores.

Labor Day Weekend Fun

Fort Morgan - Gulf Shores

Escape Fort Morgan

It’s the summer of 1864 and you’re a Federal spy captured by Confederate soldiers during the Battle of Mobile Bay. Your job is to find a defensive map and escape route. It’s the challenging scenario for the Espionage at Mobile Point escape room at Fort Morgan Historic Site. The hours are 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Wednesdays and Saturdays, so your options to be a spy are limited. Be sure to reserve your time in advance!

Address: 110 AL-180, Gulf Shores, AL 36542

Alabama Gulf Coast Fishing

Set A Hook

Celebrate the end of summer with a charter fishing excursion, either inshore or offshore. Book with one of the experienced local captains who will take you right to the fish during your Labor Day in Gulf Shores.

Labor Day Celebration at OWA

Wrap up your summer and celebrate Labor Day Weekend with an epic fireworks show at OWA on Saturday, Sept. 3. The fireworks go off at 8:45 p.m. sharp. This show is timed perfectly with music and can be seen throughout the entire property at OWA in nearby Foley. 

Address: 100 N. OWA Blvd. Foley, AL 36535

Labor Day Car Show

Returning for its third year, the OWA Labor Day Car Show is back on Saturday, Sept. 5! Cars of all makes and models will be on display throughout the Southern-style streets of Downtown OWA. With hot rods and custom builds lining the street, this car show is picture perfect.

Address: 100 N. OWA Blvd. Foley, AL 36535

Listen to the Music

For those about to rock….Parker McCollum will take the stage at The Amphitheater at The Wharf in Orange Beach! Come down and also hear your favorite tunes from Corey Smith and Frank Foster.

The Wharf Address: 4550 Main St., Orange Beach, AL 36561

Kids activities at The Beach Club

Enjoy the Amenities

A stay at The Beach Club provides everything you need for a memorable Labor Day in Gulf Shores, including great amenities and a fun line-up of kids and family activities. Get as involved as you want, or kick back and relax by the pool, at the beach or on your balcony. Spread out and enjoy five football fields of private beaches, treat yourself at The Spa or indulge in your favorite dishes at Coast Restaurant & Sushi Bar.

As a Spectrum Resorts guest, you get priority reservations when it comes to booking a beach chairs, umbrella or other services. But reserve your beach chair early. It is a holiday weekend, after all.

And, remember that our guests enjoy a hassle-free vacation guarantee including freshly laundered coverlets with every stay, complimentary resort activities, onsite maintenance and housekeeping, and more. And, who could forget the 10% discount on dining, shopping, and spa when Spectrum guests use resort charging privileges!

Book your stay at The Beach Club, a secluded resort on the Fort Morgan peninsula for one more great summer hoorah over Labor Day in Gulf Shores.

10 Best 2022 Fall Events in Gulf Shores

Each fall, Gulf Shores and Orange Beach deliver some of the best festivals and events you’ll find anywhere on the Alabama Gulf Coast. From food to music, art and other fun, there’s something for everyone. The season is a favorite for many beach visitors. Fall events in Gulf Shores and Orange Beach draw visitors from near and far, while mild temperatures, warm water and dazzling sunsets keep bringing them back year after year.

2022 Fall Events in Gulf Shores and Orange Beach

2022 Blue Angels Practice Schedule

Aug. 2, 23, 24, 31
Sept. 7, 13, 20

Oct. 12, 18, 19, 25, 26
Nov. 1, 2, 8, 9

All practices start at 10:30 a.m. unless otherwise noted. Access to the museum is currently limited to valid Department of Defense (DoD) cardholders and their guests.
National Museum of Naval Aviation
1750 Radford Blvd., Pensacola, FL 32508

A Blue Angels practice is a must-see when you’re spending time on the Alabama Gulf Coast. These famous aircraft perform unbelievable tricks that will leave you astonished. For more information on what you should bring and what you shouldn’t, see their website.

Labor Day Celebration at OWA

Labor Day Weekend Celebration-OWA

Sept. 3, 2022
1501 S. OWA Blvd., Foley, AL 36535

If you haven’t celebrated a holiday on the Gulf Coast, you’re missing out! Join OWA Saturday, Sept. 3, at 8:50 p.m. for a jaw-dropping and memorable fireworks show. OWA’s car show begins that morning, so why not go early and enjoy the sights and sounds of the park?

2022 Bulls on the Beach

Sept. 8-10, 2022
Flora-Bama Lounge & Oyster Bar
17401 Perdido Key Dr., Perdido Key, FL 32507

Dust off your cowboy hat and head to the beach Sept. 8-10 for an unforgettable bull riding show. This event hosts bull riders from across the country and is fun experience for the whole family. Up to a challenge? Ride the mechanical bull in the Flora-Bama tent to test your skills. Rides are $5 each.

Bama Coast Crusin

Sept. 29 – Oct. 1, 2022
Opens: Sept. 30 at 9 a.m., Closes: Oct. 1 at 5 p.m.
The Wharf in Orange Beach
4830 Main St., Orange Beach, AL 36561

If you’re an automobile fanatic, you won’t be able to resist this spectacular car show! This event is family-friendly and free to the public. Located at the Wharf, there are numerous places to eat, drink, and shop, making this event one you don’t want to miss! Don’t miss one of the best fall events in Orange Beach.

ZZ Top in Concert

Sept. 30, 2022
7 p.m.
The Wharf Amphitheater
23101 Canal Rd., Orange Beach, AL 36561

If you’re a rock and roll fan, you can’t miss seeing ZZ Top in Concert as they return to The Wharf as part of the C-Spire Summer Concert Series. These rock and roll hall of fame inductees have sold more than 100 million albums worldwide and are ready to rock with you at The Wharf. This will be one of the biggest toe-tappin’ fall events in Orange Beach.

49th Annual National Shrimp Festival

Oct. 6-9, 2022
Gulf Shores Main Public Beach (Gulf Place)
101 Gulf Shores Pkwy, Gulf Shores
(251) 968-7200

Packed with thousands of pounds of fresh Gulf shrimp cooked every way imaginable, this four-day festival is scheduled Oct. 6-9. The National Shrimp Festival attracts more than 300,000 visitors annually and offers lots of vendors, a 5k and 10k race, a Kids Activity Village and so much more! Admission is free so plan to enjoy food; live music from national, regional, and local artists; art and more. It’s one of the most popular fall events in Gulf Shores.

Flora-Bama Oktoberfest

Oct. 9, 2022
2 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Flora-Bama Lounge & Oyster Bar
17401 Perdido Key Dr., Pensacola, FL 32507

Break out your lederhosen for the Flora-Bama’s Oktoberfest from 2 to 6 p.m. Receive a free drink upon entry for those 21 and up, free stein to the early arrivers until depleted, 25% off in the gift shop, and complimentary German food from the buffet while supplies last. Food is served at 4 p.m. and the menu includes beer brats, sauerkraut, and German potato salad. The stein-hoisting competition sponsored by Samuel Adams will begin at 5 p.m., followed by live music by The Brats in the Bama Dome. This New Orleans based polka band will have you laughing and dancing all evening at one of the best fall events in Orange Beach!

38th Annual Frank Brown International Songwriters’ Festival

Nov. 3-13, 2020
Various Locations and times

A favorite festival for locals and visitors alike, the annual Frank Brown International Songwriters’ Festival offers listening events across various venues between Nov. 3 and 13. Venue sites stretch from Gulf Shores and Orange Beach, Alabama to Pensacola and Perdido Key, Florida showcasing almost 200 songwriters from across the country and around the world. It’s a fun time to hear some of your favorite tunes in a listening-room setting. The best way to research venues and times is on the event website. With so many dates to choose from, it’s easily one of the top fall events in Gulf Shores. 

2022 Blue Angels Homecoming Air Show

Nov. 11-12, 2022
National Museum of Naval Aviation
1750 Radford Blvd., Pensacola, FL

If you’ve never witnessed the Navy’s precision flight team in action, don’t let another year go by without watching the Blue Angels Homecoming Show, Nov. 11–12. This event is held at the National Museum of Naval Aviation. Note: the museum is currently open to Department of Defense (DoD) ID cardholders and their guests only.

Choose from your favorite fall events in Gulf Shores and book your weekend (or weeklong) vacation at The Beach Club Resort & Spa.

Keep Cool at The Beach Club Resort and Spa

Alabama’s Gulf Coast is an exciting place to visit, even in the dog days of summer when temperatures soar. Guests of The Beach Club Resort and Spa have some refuge from the heat with a few suggestions that’ll keep you cool and comfortable all summer long.

Rent beach chair sets with an umbrella on the beach. Spectrum guests receive priority seating on the front row (subject to availability) and can book in advance through The Beach Club app. You’ll be surprised at the difference a little shady spot can make.

Plan to break for lunch in the hottest part of the day (noon – 2 p.m.). Choose lunch and naps in the room if you have littles or take the family to The Village Hideaway (located at the main entrance) for lunch and cocktails.

The Clubhouse at The Beach Club

Hit the pool instead of the beach when it’s super hot. Lots of people are headed inside to beat the heat and enjoy lunch, so the pool might be less crowded and definitely cooler, particularly if you stay in the water.

Cool off with a frozen drink at Gulfside Bar & Grill where you’ll also find snacks, small plates and fantastic burgers. Gulfside overlooks The Clubhouse pool and has an awesome Gulf of Mexico view as well.

Take an ice cream break! Head over to The Village Creamery and satisfy your sweet tooth while noshing on hand-dipped ice cream, dipping dots, key lime pie sundaes or cookies and cream sundaes. Spectrum guests under the age of 18 receive FREE cone vouchers at check-in.

Enjoy mornings outdoors, retreat indoors during the hottest temperatures, then head back out as the sun goes down. Families LOVE evenings at The Village Lawn (open seasonally) where there are food trucks, drinks, music, games/activities and space for the kids to run off extra energy. Don’t forget to show your Spectrum wristband for a 10% discount on all food and non-alcoholic beverage purchases.

Book a spa appointment during the hottest part of the day. Not only will you escape the heat, but you’ll be pampered head to toe.

Keep yourself hydrated with lots of water, popsicles, or water-packed fruits especially when the sun is scorching. And, don’t forget to reapply sunscreen often!

Be safe and not sorry by booking a condo or cottage directly with Spectrum Resorts. Summer is a busy season, and we want you to have your favorite condo or cottage!

If Tennis is Your Racquet, The Beach Club is Your Kind of Place

The Beach Club Resort and Spa by Spectrum Resorts is a premier vacation spot on Fort Morgan featuring family-friendly, luxury condominiums and cottages, onsite dining, private access to the beach, a full-service spa and salon plus lots of other amenities. Recently, we’ve added one more big reason to visit—a new tennis pro offering lessons and classes!

Joey Carney, Tennis Pro at The Beach Club

The decision to bring Joey Carney to The Beach Club has proven to be exciting for the resort where lighted Rubico clay courts have been part of the landscape for many years. Joey has a resume filled with stellar affiliations and is the former Head Professional for Club Med Resorts as well as Ritz Carlton Key Biscayne Florida. Joey trained at The John Newcombe Tennis Academy and has successfully built tennis programs all over the world.

Joey is a USPTA Elite Professional, Pro-1 Rating Tennis Canada and a USRSA Master Racquet Technician who loves giving lessons to people of all ages and skill levels.

Keeping it fun is key for Joey who truly loves being on the court looking for ways to connect and make memories on and off court. When not on the court, Joey can be found enjoying our white-sand beaches and spending time with his family, including Zoey, his rescue dog. Fun Fact: Joey collects vintage tennis racquets!

Tennis Lessons & Classes

Visitors to The Beach Club who love tennis are in luck as there is a full suite of opportunities to join a class or take some lessons with Joey. Fit to Hit Cardio Classes are open to all levels on Tuesdays at 10 a.m. and to Intermediate and Advanced players on Thursdays at 10 a.m. Bring the kiddos on Mondays and Wednesdays at 10 a.m. for Kids Tennis Drills. There are also private and group lessons available for 30-60 minutes.

Facilities

The tennis courts are open from 9 a.m. – 10 p.m. daily and may be rented by the hour (Spectrum Resort guests are free).

Visit The Pro Shop to purchase tennis balls and logo merchandise. Open 8 a.m. – 2 p.m. Monday – Friday, The Pro Shop offers racquet rentals (complimentary for Spectrum Resort guests). After 2 p.m., racquets can be checked out at The Clubhouse Desk.

Don’t forget to show your Spectrum Wristband at The Pro Shop for 10% off. Call ahead for court reservations or to schedule lessons at 251-540-1340. There is also a form for lessons and classes online

Of course, all tennis fanatics know that a fun vacation including such sporty amenities like these begins with booking the most perfect accommodations for your family. Check out The Beach Club Resort and Spa today and start dreaming of sun-kissed days on Alabama’s Gulf Coast.

Our Favorite Summer Activities in Gulf Shores and Orange Beach

Guests at The Beach Club Resort & Spa have many onsite amenities and activities to keep the family busy. However, sometimes wanderlust sets in and there’s a need to explore. We have some ideas to help you navigate the best summer activities in Gulf Shores and Orange Beach.

Happy Trails

Gulf State Park is a fantastic place to go to get face-to-face with nature and enjoy a little exercise as well. Head over to the Park’s Hugh S. Branyon Backcountry Trail system where you will find 26 trails within nine distinct ecosystems making up over 28 miles of paved pathways. Connecting Gulf Shores and Orange Beach, these trails offer opportunities for hiking, biking, skating, rock climbing, watching wildlife, plant and tree identification, nature photography and more!

Aside from the trails, Gulf State Park offers adventure on the Fishing and Education Pier—the largest pier in the Gulf of Mexico and the state’s only public pier in the Gulf. Wet a line and enjoy fishing as a family knowing everything you need is available right on the pier. Purchase a saltwater fishing license, bait and tackle, snacks from the concession area and take home some neat souvenirs from the retail store. Want more? Consider attending Angler Academy, a two-hour signature experience where you’ll be thoroughly introduced to saltwater fishing.

Also check out Coastal Segway Adventures for guided Segway tours on the Hugh S. Branyon Backcountry Trail. It’s an exciting way to enjoy and learn more about Gulf State Park. Save time by signing waivers online and please note you must be at least 12 years old to participate.

Get on the Water

There’s no place better than Gulf Shores and Orange Beach for finding things to do on the water. There are lots of places scattered throughout the area that rent paddleboards, kayaks, jet skis, cat boats and other water toys. You can also rent watersports equipment directly on the beach at The Beach Club!

Try your hand at something new like snorkeling. Get an close-up view of marine life thriving in Alabama’s Gulf Coast waters. You might see stingrays, crabs, jellyfish, sea turtles, and more! Don’t own a mask and fins? No worries! You can find them at retailers or local dive shops. And, don’t overlook the fun experience of a guided snorkeling tour.

Parasailing is another great way to spend time on the water and have a thrilling experience! Imagine yourself soaring high above the turquoise Gulf of Mexico waters, feeling the breeze and adding a new perspective to your view of Alabama’s Gulf Coast. 

Take a sunset cruise, search for dolphins, or maybe go deep-sea fishing. No matter your preference, there’s a boat for you. For boating, cruising, fishing or sailing excursions, booking early is best to ensure a spot for your family. (Pro tip: Consider a concierge service like The Beach Moms to book all of your reservations from dining to activities. You’ll have one less thing to remember and peace of mind for your vacation.)

Family-Friendly Fun

History buffs will love touring historic Fort Morgan. Spend an afternoon walking the grounds, hearing the stories, climbing the walls (yes, really!) and imaging where the battles actually took place. Save some time for the onsite museum and check the Fort Morgan website for daily/weekly events.

What’s a vacation without some friendly competition in a round of mini-golf or laser tag? Visit Adventure Island for fun in the sun riding bumper boats or go-karts, or some arcade shenanigans. (Pro tip: Look for a discount coupon on their website and print it at home.)

You just can’t beat a day at the award-winning Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo with exhibits, animal encounters, a carousel, and a cool new location! Make memories for a lifetime with experiences like holding a baby kangaroo, playing with a lemur, or hanging out with a sloth. Be sure to dine onsite at the Safari Club, Alabama’s first Green Certified restaurant. The décor is beautiful and fun, and the menu is spectacular.

No matter what special activities or experiences a vacation day holds, make sure your planning starts with booking a fabulous condo with plenty of room for your family. Comfort at the end of every day is key to a successful trip.