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5 Reasons to Book Fall and Winter Vacation Rentals at The Beach Club

Locals will tell you fall is the best season to visit the beaches of Gulf Shores and Orange Beach But, are you wondering why Besides spectacular sunsets and soft, sandy beaches, there are plenty of reasons to book fall and winter vacation rentals in... more

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Girls Getaway in Gulf Shores: What You Need to Know

When you’re ready to disconnect from the everyday to reconnect with your best girlfriends, make a beeline for the beach for sun, fun and friendship A girls getaway in Gulf Shores is the perfect opportunity to wine and dine and recharge the soul... more

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Golf in Gulf Shores: The Top Courses for Your Golf Vacation

The Alabama Gulf Coast has more than its share of championship golf in Gulf Shores, and a stay at The Beach Club Resort & Spa puts visitors right smack in the middle of great golf opportunities Why not plan to tee off for an epic golf getaway... more

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9 Tips for Planning a Gulf Shores Beach Vacation

Beach vacations are for relaxing and recharging They should never be stressful However, with crazy schedules and work demands, visitors sometimes arrive unprepared, adding even more stress to their vacation There are many ways to work ahead and... more

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Hot Gulf Shores Events Happening this Fall

Fall is a fantastic time to plan a trip to the Alabama Gulf Coast If you are a fan of food, music and fun festivals, then these Orange Beach and Gulf Shores festivals for fall 2018 are for you Browse our favorites and make a beeline to the beach for... more

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Six Must-Experience Gulf Shores Water Sports Activities

When summertime temperatures soar, many beach goers look for alternate ways to cool off Both Gulf Shores and Orange Beach offer a multitude of activities for water-loving visitors Get ready to splash in the surf, paddle off into the sunset or... more

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Top Tips for Gulf Shores AL Fishing and REEL Fun

Boasting a subtropical climate, boats to rent or charter, eight public boat launches and great cook-your-catch restaurants, Gulf Shores and Orange Beach are ideal areas to drop a line and reel in dinner All of these Alabama Gulf Coast fishing... more

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4 Unique Places to Eat in Gulf Shores & Orange Beach for Lunch

One thing is for certain when vacationing on Alabama’s white-sand beaches – there will be no shortage of culinary temptations! From the finest and freshest seafood to all-American cuisine and everything in between, there’s a bit of it all at... more

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5 Reasons to Visit the Gulf Coast in July

July is one of the best and busiest times of the year to head down to the Gulf Coast and spend your summer days You’ll have a litany of family-friendly activities and events to enjoy throughout your Gulf Shores vacation Better yet, our Gulf Shores... more

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Book Direct: What Does it Mean, and Why Should You Do it?

While shopping for your next vacation you may have come across articles and ads encouraging you to “Book Direct”, but may have been unsure of what that means  Booking direct means booking your vacation directly with the rental management... more

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Tips for Planning Your Summer Vacation

Your summer vacation is supposed to be filled with quality time and relaxing family fun Don’t let the planning process create unnecessary hassle and stress associated with trying to plan the perfect vacation  Ensure a hassle-free planning process... more

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Hotels vs. Vacation Rentals – Which is best for your family?

You did it! You have completed all the research and found the perfect destination for your family’s next vacation Imagine yourself taking tons of photos to share with your friends! Now the next step begins – booking a place to stay Should you... more

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Leave Only Footprints – Everything You Need to Know

Did you know that, according to Conserve Energy Future, over one million seabirds are killed by ocean pollution each year Or that 300,000 dolphins and other marine life die each year from entanglement in polluted plastics and items You may wonder... more

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5 Things to Do on a Rainy Beach Day

A rainy day can put a damper on your beach fun at our Gulf Shores beach condos When you envision a relaxing day of waves, sand, and pure relaxation, you don’t expect it to rain No one expects rainfall on their coastal getaways but the weather is... more

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5 Tips for Choosing the Perfect Spring Break Vacation Rental

Spring is finally here and that means more and more families will be heading to Gulf Shores and Orange Beach for Spring Break With so many Gulf Shores vacation rentals available, deciding where to stay can be a daunting task Here are some tips to... more

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What exactly is the Clean Bed Guarantee?

You’ve seen it in all of our marketing You’ve heard it over and over again mentioned in the Spectrum Experience, but what exactly is the Clean Bed Guarantee You might be thinking, “Oh you have clean beds, well I sure hope so!” Spectrum... more

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Five Reasons to Book Your Vacation Early

Seriously, stop reading this blog immediately and go ahead and book your vacation  Ok, maybe not right this second, but definitely soon  Why would you wait  There are several advantages for the planners that book their vacation months in advance... more

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Things to Do During Inclement Weather on the Gulf Coast

The sun is shining and there’s not a cloud in the sky Picture perfect weather is what everyone is expecting during their beach vacation Unfortunately, sometimes rain and sleet do happen In that case, you shouldn’t have to stop your dream... more

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10 of the Best Family-Friendly Activities along the Alabama Gulf Coast

Planning your family trip to the beautiful Alabama Gulf Coast Here are 10 of the best local family-friendly activities in Gulf Shores, Alabama and the surrounding area you won’t want to miss! 1 The Beach – If you are ready for swimming, sun... more

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4 Unique Local Experiences for the Entire Family Along the Alabama Gulf Coast

Taking a trip to Alabama’s Gulf Coast is a yearly tradition for many families  Some travelers love coming back each year to visit their favorite restaurants, stay in the same vacation rental year after year, and relax on their favorite span of... more

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How to Make the Best of Valentine’s Day When You Are Single

It’s Valentine’s Day, and that means those lucky enough to be in love with that special someone will be doting or doted upon with gifts, heart shaped candy, flowers, romantic dinners and the sort For those who chose the single life or the single... more

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5 Tips to Find your Perfect Vacation Rental

You need a vacation and you know about where you want to stay and heard great reviews Everything seems perfect, at the beginning After you rent, you run into problem after problem and with no solution, your perfect vacation is not so perfect So what... more

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Reasons to visit the Gulf Coast in Winter

Spring is coming and down on the Alabama Gulf Coast, Spring is already here Why should I take my vacation a little early and not wait for Spring Break Well you can freeze for a few more months and miss the sounds of the waves on the beach or take an... more

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3 Ways To Get Your Family Out of the House on Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is only a couple of days away and with that being said, so is family filling your house and the cleaning spree you have been on for the past week is about to end only to have your house turn into a disaster zone with the amount of... more

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Fall Fun and Activities on the Alabama Gulf Coast

The weather is getting cooler and the crowds are thinning out on the Gulf Coast, at least for a little while While you are choosing your pumpkins for carving and costumes for Halloween there is more fun to be had that can be spooky and creative... more

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What to do? Water Sports.

It’s hot outside and most days you end up at the beach, playing in the sand, building sand castles and goofing off in the water For those adventurous types, a day at the beach is much more than you think and a little sand and water is not enough... more

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Back to School

  It’s August and you know what that means, back to school is around the corner Before you head back to school and back to PTA meetings, band practice and after school activities, spend the last weeks or days with your kids to prepare them for... more

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Summer Rainy Days on the Gulf Coast

In the summer, you always have rainy days and we need them to cool off from the Alabama heat On those rainy days, typically you are cooped up inside While you are inside and not on the beach or poolside there is always something to do Tanger... more

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Tips and Tricks for Beach Days

For most of us the beach, sand and waves are our happy place For those who do not frequent the beach often, here are a few tips that beach goers should know Jellyfish and wildlife Anyone who goes to the beach notices the beach flag warning... more

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Fourth of July Festivities on the Gulf Coast

Independence Day is a great time of year and always patriotic While we celebrate the birth of our country and independence we also look at ways to celebrate with family and friends Backyard burgers and fireworks are a must and is all American, but... more

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What’s New in Gulf Shores?

Gulf Shores is always changing with the tides, usually the restaurants and building have been here for 20 plus years if they survived hurricanes and not much changes This year is different, Gulf Shores is bursting at the seams with new and exciting... more

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How to Help a Sunburn

We all have those days where you go to the beach or pool and you apply sunscreen in the beginning, but you were there for three hours without reapplying Things happen, you forget, you run out or you can’t keep the kids out of the water long enough... more

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3 Ways to Improve your Beach Photography

Settings, time of day and weather are a huge part of creating some of the best beach pictures Always keep this in mind whether it’s a family portrait, couples pictures, or getting beach shots of the kids Settings The water is always a great... more

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A Day in the Life of a Tram Driver at The Beach Club

How does one describe the best job he has ever had How do you describe loving your job and where you work each day I realized that it would have to include describing the beautiful property where I work, the wonderful co-workers I spend each day... more

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3 Things to Add to Your Beach Bucket List

Whether you are a visitor or a local, there are countless places to go on the Gulf Coast  It is the time of year when everyone starts to enjoy being outdoors and taking in some fresh cool air Don’t miss out on making memories by visiting a few... more

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Coastal Alabama Fall Festivals

Fall is a favorite season on the Alabama Gulf Coast for many reasons including cooler days, lower rates and explosive sunsets over the water Visitors and locals enjoy this time of year because the weather is absolutely amazing! Fall also means... more

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Coastal Alabama Tailgate Getaways

Attention football fanatics! When your team hits the road, hit the beach Bring your friends and family to Gulf Shores and Orange Beach to tailgate this football season Cheer on your favorite team from the comforts of a Gulf-front condo or from one... more

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Stay and Play Labor Day

Labor Day is considered the unofficial end of summer but it is also a great time to plan a trip to the beach You can find a wide range of activities and entertainment including concerts, fishing tournaments, sporting events and family fun Beat those... more

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Gifs That Will Make You Miss the Beach

Summer is coming to an end, but that doesn't mean your love for the beach has to! We decided to compile a small list of all our favorite things about the beach "gif style" These gifs will make you ready to book your beach vacation for next year 1... more

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4 Coastal Attractions Keeping You Cool this Summer

With temperatures at their summer peak, the things on people’s minds are ways to stay cool and have fun at the same time  When you add the humidity factor that is ever so present in the southeast, you have one hot summer The standard attire in... more

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4 Must Try Alabama Seafood Dishes

In last week’s post we highlighted 10 Things to Expect When Vacationing on the Gulf Coast  Number seven on the list is the fact that every restaurant claims to have the best seafood in town  The fact is you really can’t go wrong at any of the... more

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10 Things to Expect When Vacationing on the Gulf Coast

While you’re on vacation, there are some things you can always expect on the Gulf Coast, but we can guarantee you’re going to love it! ... more

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Tips on Packing for Your Next Beach Day

Packing for your beach vacation can be stressful, but Spectrum Resorts is here to give you a checklist of the perfect items for your day at the beach Bluetooth speaker – You can buy a Bluetooth speaker for as much as you’re willing to... more

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Celebrate the Fourth of July Gulf Coast Style

The Fourth of July is just a little over a week away, and Spectrum Resorts wants to make sure you know the best places to see fireworks light up the Gulf sky Gulf State Park The Gulf State Park will be helping the city of Gulf Shores celebrate... more

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Watts Up on the Beach

Spectrum Resorts has something we want you to see including sugar-white beaches, panoramic Gulf views, resort amenities, area attractions and much more Spectrum Resorts in going “out in the field” with the locals and visitors with our new... more

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Must Have Summertime Delicacies

Summertime on the Gulf Coast means beach weather, new swim suits, sand everywhere, and, of course, food It’s hard to think about summer without delicious burgers, your favorite drinks, and ice cream To make it easy to satisfy your cravings,... more

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Tips for Planning a Hassle-Free Summer Vacation

Tips for Planning a Hassle-Free Summer Vacation Today’s technology makes planning a vacation a lot easier and stress free When it’s time to book your beach getaway, try using the many available resources to save time and money Let us help you... more

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Must Do’s for the 100 Days of Summer

Visitors will be flocking to the beaches this summer for a little rest and relaxation The 100 Days of Summer are a time to create happy memories while swimming, basking in the sun and enjoying spending time with family and friends Start planning... more

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5 of Our Favorite Water Sports

Where is the best place to go when the temperatures are on the rise and school lets out Most people say the beach, and we do too! There is something refreshing about submerging yourself in the cool waters of Coastal Alabama on a hot summer day As... more

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What is the Clean Bed Guarantee at Spectrum Resorts?

What is the Clean Bed Guarantee at Spectrum Resorts We have stayed in many hotels and resorts on our travels and growing up I always rented a condominium on the beach but I have never stayed at a nicer, friendlier resort than with Spectrum... more

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5 Kid Friendly Coastal Alabama Restaurants

One of the benefits of going on vacation is the luxury of dining out Most people dread the everyday routine of cooking and cleaning on vacation and going out to eat while out of town is the easiest way to experience the local cuisine And you don’t... more

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You Should Book Your Summer Vacation Today – Here’s Why

Now that Spring Break is over, many families are turning their attention back towards work and school until Memorial Day  This means that most families will also wait until late May or June to book their summer vacation  Many vacationers believe... more

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Girls Getaway: Setting Sail to the Beach

Blog written by Heather Boothman A Brit and a Southerner Planning a girl’s getaway can be difficult especially when trying to come to an agreement on the best destination Whether it’s shopping sprees or relaxing with spa day treatments,... more

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Shave an Hour off of Your Drive to the Alabama Gulf Coast

Each year, millions of vacationers will pack their bags and head to the Alabama Gulf Coast  With so many people all heading to the same destination, traffic can quickly back up and add hours to your trip  If you and your family are planning on... more

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Easter EGGcitement

Easter is a time to rejoice and celebrate life  Make plans to spend quality time relaxing and creating happy memories with your family The Gulf Coast is filled with Easter festivities and Spring Break activities Are you looking for some Easter... more

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We Pack to Travel – Take Home Alabama’s Finest Seafood

There is nothing like sinking your teeth into some of the finest seafood on the Alabama Gulf Coast Visitors flock to the area to relax on the shore and enjoy the freshest Gulf cuisine In addition to enjoying fresh shrimp, fish and oysters while you... more

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Must Have Items for Your Beach Vacation

The weather is getting warmer and the daydreams of your next beach vacation are about to become reality As you are going down your check list of must have items for your vacation, be sure to add a few things that will maximize your beach fun in the... more

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Top Travel Award given to The Beach Club

TripAdvisor’s family travel site has recognized The Beach Club as one of the top hotels for families Managed by Spectrum Resorts, The Beach Club received the honor of being a "Top 10 “Family Vacation Critic Favorite” The award is given to... more

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Coastal Alabama Restaurants that will Cook It when you Hook It

It is no secret that the Alabama Gulf Coast is famous for offshore and inshore fishing The variety of saltwater and freshwater fish will have you hooked, especially when you catch it yourself After reeling in the big one, sit back and let one of... more

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2015’s Events You Don’t Want to Miss

The Alabama Coast has great weather year round and Gulf Shores and Orange Beach have become popular destinations not only for beach vacations but for festivals as well It is a great time to make your plans to visit the pristine beaches on the Gulf... more

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7 Must Dos for Spring Break in Gulf Shores and Orange Beach

If you are beating the winter blues by daydreaming of a relaxing beach vacation to the Alabama Gulf Coast, then we’ve got you covered When reserving your Spring Break vacation rental, we recommend planning a few local activities that we think... more

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Questions to ask When Choosing a House or Condo for Spring Break

When it comes to choosing the perfect house or condo for Spring Break, we suggest doing as much research as possible Before booking your much anticipated Spring Break getaway, check out all of your options Both have benefits and it all depends on... more

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Mardi Gras Madness on Alabama Beaches

It only happens once a year, but people from all over flock to the Gulf Coast to celebrate Mardi Gras There are beads, masks, costumes and parades galore Many people think of New Orleans as the birthplace of Mardi Gras but French settlers organized... more

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Clean Bed Guarantee with Spectrum Resorts

Every year hundreds of thousands of travelers come to the Alabama Gulf Coast for their family vacations While there are some beach front hotels, the vast majority of guests will rent a condo or beach house for their stay These guests will arrive to... more

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4 Reasons to Book Your Beach Vacation in Advance

The New Year is here and we recommend you beat the winter blues by looking forward to warmer weather and planning a beach vacation to the Alabama Gulf Coast We suggest you start researching beach vacations so you can have an advantage on the travel... more

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4 Popular New Year’s Eve Celebrations on the Coast

New Year’s Eve is a time to say goodbye to one year and to start a new year off with a bang Where better to do that than on the Alabama Gulf Coast watching fireworks, enjoying fresh local cuisine and spending quality time with friends and family ... more

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How to Host a Last Minute Holiday Cocktail Party

By Martie Duncan/MartieDuncancom You’ve got the house decorated, why not ask a few friends over for some holiday cheer Here is a no-fail plan for a quick get-together-just in time for the most wonderful time of the year The food doesn't... more

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4 Great Christmas Shopping Destinations in Baldwin County

When it comes to Christmas shopping, Baldwin County has a lot to offer  As everyone is making their Christmas list and checking it twice, stores across the country are prepared for the busiest shopping season of the year  From Thanksgiving through... more

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Thanksgiving on the Gulf

Thanksgiving on the Gulf Between November and December, families will travel thousands of miles to share the holidays with loved ones A great place to do that is at a destination spot, which will allow families to celebrate the holiday in neutral... more

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Coastal Christmas on the Alabama Gulf Coast

Escape the winter blues this Christmas and trade in the snow for snow-white sand Visit the Alabama Gulf Coast for Coastal Christmas starting November 28 through New Years Christmas time is just around the corner and we don’t want you to miss out... more

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48 hours in Gulf Shores

What happens when you can’t sneak away for an entire week getaway but need at least 48 hours to recharge Fill up the gas tank and plan a visit to Gulf Shores! Pack your bags and head out as soon as you can Friday evening and enjoy the next two... more

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3 Reasons Why a Vacation Rental is Perfect for Hosting Your Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is a great time of year that brings families together to enjoy homemade food, football and quality time together  Unfortunately, if you’re responsible for coordinating the festivities Thanksgiving can also be a stressful holiday  If... more

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5 Happy Hour Hot Spots along Alabama Beaches

With well known and sought after restaurants along the Alabama Gulf Coast, Spectrum Resorts is investigating what establishments have the best ‘Happy Hour’ in Gulf Shores and Orange Beach Here 5 of the best Happy Hours on the Island Village... more

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Bike Your Way Through Gulf Shores and Orange Beach

The cooler air of fall has arrived and many residents and visitors are looking for outdoor activities on theAlabama Gulf Coast Biking is a popular land-based adventure that offers exercise and site seeing at the same time  Get in touch with Mother... more

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It’s 5 O’clock at LuLu’s Homeport Marina Restaurant in Gulf Shores

To wrap up our September blog series on Gulf Shores’ most popular restaurants and area attractions, the Spectrum Resorts team headed to Lucy Buffett’s popular LuLu’s at Homeport Marina Just like The Hangout, LuLu’s offers more than delicious... more

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Sail Away with Wild Hearts

If you looking for a fun and relaxing way to spend time with your family on the water instead of in the water, then Sail Wild Hearts is for you You can’t imagine a more perfect day to go sailing The sun was shining and there was a late summer... more

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Take a Step Back in Time at the National Naval Aviation Museum

Visiting the National Naval Aviation Museum in Pensacola, Florida was like taking a step back in time  As soon as we drove onto the navy base, there was an overwhelming patriotic feeling that came over us Service men and women risk their lives... more

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The Hangout – Where 59 Ends and the Fun Begins

This month, The September Series Blog will feature Spectrum Resorts marketing team visiting four of the Alabama Gulf Coast’s top restaurants and attraction to give readers an inside look at area favorites Read three first-hand descriptions about... more

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Football on the Beach: The 5 Best Places to Watch Your Favorite Team

Now that summer has come and gone, fall is upon us That can only mean one thing down on the Alabama Gulf Coast, football season There is nothing better than watching your favorite team with a group of friends in a great atmosphere while enjoying... more

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Liven Up Your Beach Vacation with a Skate Park, Alligators and Laser Tag

There are several activities in Gulf Shores and Orange Beach that the entire family will find entertaining  From putt-putt golf and go-karts to arcades and water parks there is something for everyone  Sometimes, though, the more... more

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Here’s Why Fall is the New Summer on the Gulf Coast

School is starting back and some kids are experiencing back-to-school blues, so give them something to look forward to A fall break at the beach will give the kiddos something to look forward to, and you can offer it as a reward for good behavior... more

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The Thunder Rolls on the Coast August 22

Thunder is the last sound you want to hear when you are relaxing on Alabama’s beautiful beaches unless it’s the roaring sound coming from Thunder on the Gulf Fans of all ages are eagerly anticipating the annual powerboat races on the liquid race... more

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4 Things to Keep in Mind When Planning a Beach Wedding

Beach Weddings are beautiful and classic, and there is something very romantic about exchanging your vows outdoors at sunset with the sound of the waves crashing in the background  Here are some tips to help you plan a beautiful beach... more

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Battle of Mobile Bay Brings History to Life August 1st through 3rd

This August 1st through 3rd, re-enactors from all over will come together to relive the Battle of Mobile Bay at Fort Morgan’s historic location in Gulf Shores “Damn the torpedoes!” will be heard once again along with authentic music, tall... more

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Simple Seafood: Chef Brody’s Shrimp Linguine

Shrimp happens all over the Alabama Gulf Coast In last week’s blog, we described an award-winning shrimp dish prepared by Spectrum Resorts’ very own Executive Chef, Brody Olive Now, we are in the kitchen with Chef Olive and he is teaching us the... more

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Experience Chef Brody’s Award Winning Seafood Dish in Your Own Kitchen

Coastal cuisine is a much sought after delicacy on the Gulf Coast There is nothing like fresh eating fresh Gulf seafood with friends and family With all of the well known restaurants and eatery’s specializing in seafood, no one should ever go... more

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Is The Wharf The Perfect Location for a Family Day Out?

When it’s time to take a break from the beach or pool and go on an excursion, The Wharf in Orange Beach is the perfect place to find everything you need for a fun-filled, laid-back day or evening out With the many options available along the... more

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Sea Turtle Nesting Season on the Gulf Coast: Here’s What You Need to Know

Between the months of May and October, we share the beach with our nesting neighbors, the endangered sea turtles Several types of sea turtles make the treacherous journey to our sandy shores in Gulf Shores and Orange Beach where females will lay up... more

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Too Much Fun in the Sun? Use These Tips to Protect and Treat Your Skin

“Fun in the sun” is a saying used regularly on the Alabama Gulf Coast It is why Gulf Shores and Orange Beach are so popular with visitors looking for relaxation on the beach  Sunbathers bask in the sun for days hoping for that glow that comes... more

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5 Must Do Unique Activities for Your Family Beach Vacation

Granted, most visitors come to the Alabama Gulf Coast to spend as much time as possible soaking up the sun and relaxing on the beach With the sugar-white sand and the beautiful Gulf waters, what else can you ask for As we see much too often,... more

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Vacationing with Teenagers: It’s Their Time Too

Graduating from high school is the only milestone a teenager looks forward to for four years Before your teenager says “War Eagle,” “Roll Tide,” “Hotty Toddy” or “Go Jags,” make special memories they’ll remember As a parent,... more

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Thinking About Renting a Boat During Your Vacation? Here’s Where to Go

Charter fishing and dolphin cruises are great family activities for Gulf Shores and Orange Beach vacationers, but sometimes you want to be the captain instead of a passenger  No worries, there are several boat rental options available, and we’ve... more

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What Steps Should You Take to Treat a Jellyfish Sting?

Picture yourself on a bright sunshiny day enjoying an afternoon swim off the sugar-white beaches of the Gulf Coast and before you know it, something brings you to tears What could possibly be interrupting your relaxing beach day It looks as if you... more

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3 Beach Safety Tips You Should Know Before Entering the Water

Family vacations are a time to relax, unwind and let loose and the best location to do that is Alabama’s Gulf Coast  The beaches are beautiful and there is an abundance of restaurants and local activities to keep everyone entertained and well... more

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7 Tips to Plan Your Summer Vacation

Some people love to set off on a vacation with no plans in mind But, if you’re traveling with a family or have a budget to adhere to this style likely isn’t for you Instead, take some time to plan ahead of time and save you from a headache on... more

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3 Surprising Things You May Not Know About Travel Insurance

If you’ve ever booked a Gulf Shores or Orange Beach vacation through a rental management company you were probably offered optional travel insurance through CSA Travel Protection  Most renters only consider adding this protection for stays booked... more

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The 4 Best Family Friendly Spots for a Night Out on the Gulf Coast

Gulf Coast vacationers spend their days relaxing on the beach, parasailing or splashing in a pool, but there are also many family activities that can be enjoyed when the sun goes down  For attractions that offer activities ranging from bowling and... more

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3 Reasons to Plan a Late Spring Weekend Getaway to the Beach

Spring Break is winding down on the Gulf Coast and Memorial Day weekend is a month away  This time of year is the calm before the storm on Alabama’s beaches  The time of year when travelers turn their attention back to work and school before... more

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What Beach Bunnies Need to Know to Plan an Easter Beach Trip

Holidays are always special on the Gulf Coast, and Easter is no exception There’s a multitude of special Easter Sunday services, brunches, egg hunts and other festivals being planned for the weekend So, whether you want to start a new tradition or... more

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What You Should Know About the Weather on the Gulf Coast

As we all know, weather is a tricky thing to predict—even for a meteorologist So, while we can’t predict the weather with 100 percent accuracy, there are seasonal patterns that are fairly predictable Gulf Shores and Orange Beach, Alabama, are... more

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What You Should Know to Avoid Traffic on Your Beach Vacation

Each year, almost 5 million people pack up and head to Gulf Shores and Orange Beach for their family vacation With so many people all heading to the same destination, it’s no wonder that traffic tends to get a little backed up--especially in the... more

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Tanger Outlets: Your Ultimate Shopping Survival Guide

For many people coming to the beach, a visit to Tanger Outlets in Foley has become as essential a part of the trip as packing sunscreen and renting a beach umbrella It’s a great way to shop all of your favorite brands in one location More than 120... more

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Marine Life on the Gulf Coast: What to Expect

“Mom, are there going to be sharks in the water” When I was growing up, that’s one of the questions that I regularly asked when my family was headed down to the coast for a beach vacation Now, I live on the Gulf Coast and see the beach nearly... more

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The 5 Best Day Trips to Make on Your Family’s Beach Vacation

Just a short drive from the Alabama Gulf Coast, there are some world-class attractions that draw thousands of visitors a year So, you might think about planning a day or two into your next family vacation to check out some of these area... more

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Six Must Do Activities for Your Family’s Spring Break

With the brutal winter of 2014 almost behind us, many folks are eagerly looking forward to Spring Break on the Alabama Gulf Coast It's great to spend your spring vacation relaxing on the sugar white sand, but Gulf Shores and Orange Beach also offer... more

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Cancellation Policies: Reading the Fine Print

Nothing is more frustrating or disappointing than having an exciting beach vacation planned and needing to cancel at the last minute for a crisis at work or family illness Adding insult to injury is to find out that even though you didn't step one... more

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Book Your Beach Stay in Advance for a Better Family Vacation

Self-proclaimed travel geeks have made a science out of studying the best time to book airline flights to get the best deals For airlines, it pays not to be too early or too late In fact, 49 days or about seven weeks before your travel date is... more

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The Right Choice: Management Company or VRBO?

Most families who vacation on the Gulf Coast prefer renting a condo rather than a hotelThe benefits of multiple bedrooms and bathrooms, fully equipped kitchens and great rooms for relaxing are obvious However, the decision of whether to rent through... more

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How to Pick the Best Location for Your Next Beach Vacation

The Alabama Gulf Coast spans 32 miles and has three unique beach communities: Fort Morgan, Gulf Shores and Orange Beach  Each beach town has unique qualities and features that sets it apart from the others  Continue reading to find out all you... more

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Hangout Music Festival Announces 2014 Lineup

The Hangout Music Festival released its much-anticipated 2014 lineup on January 14, and the festival buzz has officially begun! Here’s the scoop on will be performing at the festival on May 16- 19 And for those of you who’ve never attended the... more

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Gulf Coast Dreaming: Is it time to buy a beach home?

At one time or the other, most of us beach-lovers have fantasized about owning our own condo or house on the beach But maybe you are one of the lucky ones ready to stop fantasizing and get serious about purchasing The time seems right in a lot of... more

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Gulf Coast Fish Stories: Catching the Big One

The Gulf Coast may be known as the “Red Snapper Capital of the World,” but there’s also plenty of grouper, amberjack, blue marlin and cobia pulled in annually on local saltwater fishing charters Dozens of charter options are available from... more

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Ring in the New Year on the Gulf Coast

For those of you looking for something to do on New Year’s Eve, we've got good news for you Your bigger problem may be trying to decide which of the many celebrations being planned for the Gulf Shores/Orange Beach area to attend Whether you are... more

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Boat Parade Lights Up Coastal Holidays

One of the highlights of the holiday season on the Alabama Gulf Coast is the Annual Lighted Boat Parade Held this year on Dec 14, the 2013 parade marked the 28th year for this Coastal Alabama tradition The parade, sponsored by the Coastal Alabama... more

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Coastal Alabama After Hours

There is no shortage of entertainment when the sun goes down on the Alabama Gulf Coast Whether you want to dance the night away, just sit and enjoy live music or take the stage yourself for a little karaoke, it’s not hard to find a venue to your... more

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Blue Angels are Back!

No matter how many times you've heard that sound before, you can't help but look up when you hear the thunderous roar of the Navy's Flight Demonstration Squadron (Blue Angels) flying over So, residents and tourist along the Gulf Coast were elated to... more

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A Coastal Winter: Holiday Events on Alabama’s Gulf Coast

Everyone knows that Gulf Shores and Orange Beach are great places to take the family for a summer vacation, but not many know that there are still memories to be made along the Gulf Coast when the holiday season rolls around If you are looking to... more

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Family Vacation Road Games

I remember when I was younger, going with my family on a six hour drive to the Gulf Coast for vacation The vacations were always fun, but the actual car ride, with two parents and three sisters all in the same vehicle, could sometimes be a bit... more

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Smart Travel: A Condo Rental is the Best Value for Your Vacation

The popularity of Gulf Shores and Orange Beach has been growing rapidly over the past couple of years as more and more families discover these beautiful vacation towns Many families who travel to the Alabama coast are accustomed to staying in... more

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Pack Your Clubs: The Gulf Coast is a Golfer’s Paradise

Taking a golf vacation on the Gulf Coast is like having an open invitation to play all the best country clubs you need a membership to play on back home There are seven championship golf courses within a short drive, and all are open to the public... more

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Alabama Gulf Coast’s Best Restaurants: Eat Like A Local

Most visitors come to the beach with a hankering for seafood Fortunately, Coastal Alabama is known for locally caught seafood delivered fresh to area restaurants On your next Gulf coast vacation, avoid the “tourist traps” and eat like the... more

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Coastal Alabama’s Best Kept Secrets

Every town in America has some attractions that have yet to be discovered by the majority of visitors and Alabama's Gulf Coast and surrounding communities are no exception  Here are a few of the Gulf Coast's best kept secrets A Quieter... more

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The Unbeach Day: The Gulf Coast’s Off Beach Activities

Yes  Most people come to the beach for the BEACH  But what if little Susie gets sunburned the first day or if the thought of building one more sand castle make you want to pave over the coastline If you stay more than a few days, the question... more

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Alabama Gulf Coast Shopping–On and Off the Beaten Path

The first shopping stop for most serious shoppers is usually Tanger Outlets in Foley, where many high quality outlet stores offer all your favorite brands in one location More than 120 name brands, including Ann Taylor, Banana Republic, Brooks... more

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Gulf Coast Must See Annual Events

The annual beach trip is a ritual as common to many families as movie night and lunch at Grandma’s Most people don’t need more allure than the warm waters of the Gulf and the sugar-white sand However, the Coast is becoming known for several... more

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Check This Packing List Before You Head to the Beach

Getting down to the beach with all your gear can be exhausting As soon as you get situated, the inevitable feeling comes over you, “I’ve forgotten something important!”  Here's a handy checklist to help you remember some of the essential... more

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