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3 Hot Reasons to Book a Poolside Cabana at The Beach Club

Are you ready to upgrade your vacation at The Beach Club Resort & Spa in Gulf Shores? We’ve got the perfect option to add even more hassle-free fun and convenience to your getaway – a poolside cabana at The Clubhouse. Located just steps from the main outdoor pool at The Clubhouse, the cabanas feature a […]

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4 Mistakes to Avoid When Planning Your Gulf Shores Vacation

Summer vacation is a time designed for relaxation and fun, but a lack of planning can eat up value time, cost more money and leave you feeling like you missed out on things you wish there had been time for. Let’s be totally honest. Usually mom is the planner of vacation time, along with all […]

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10 Things to Do in Gulf Shores On a Rainy Day

Looking for things to do in Gulf Shores on a rainy day? You’ve come to the right place! If you’re experiencing a rare, rainy beach day, there’s still plenty to do along Alabama’s Gulf Coast. From arcades to shopping and movies, check out everything there is to do in Gulf Shores on a rainy day! […]

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4 Fun Ways to Spend Easter in Gulf Shores

The advent of spring brings warmer, longer and sunnier days to our already pristine beaches. And that makes Easter a perfect time of year to book a family vacation in Gulf Shores. Kick off the season with rest, relaxation and reconnecting. Break away from busy days and bring your Easter basket to The Beach Club […]

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Gulf Shores Resorts for Families – 10 Reasons to Stay at The Beach Club Resort

Searching for the best Gulf Shores resorts for families? We’ve found the perfect destination for you! The Beach Club Resort & Spa has everything any guest would need for the perfect Gulf Shores family vacation. From the pools to the arcade to the spacious beachfront condos, all ages will find something to enjoy at our […]

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8 Great Activities for Spring Break in Gulf Shores

The short days of winter will soon be stretching into longer spring days, leaving more time to connect with your family. Rescue them from the doldrums of winter by planning a spring break in Gulf Shores everyone will love. Whether you’ve got toddlers or teens, we’re sharing our favorite Gulf Shores activities for a spring […]

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The Best 2019 Gulf Shores Mardi Gras Parades & Celebrations

It only happens once a year, but people from all over flock to Gulf Shores 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 the first Mardi Gras celebration in Mobile, and there have been Gulf Shores […]

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2019 Gulf Shores Events for Your Beach Vacation

  The beachside cities of Gulf Shores and Orange Beach are well known for amazing beaches and superb culinary treats, but there are also festivals and events galore that attract visitors year ’round. As you’re planning your Spectrum Resorts vacation at The Beach Club Resort & Spa, keep these Gulf Shores events in mind.   […]

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Top 8 Gulf Shores New Year’s Celebrations

For those of you looking for something to do on New Year’s Eve, we’ve got good news for you. We’ve collected the best Gulf Shores New Year’s parties—as well as nearby celebrations along the coast—including kid-friendly occasions and adult-centered extravaganzas to usher in 2019. Welcome 2019 Gulf Coast style with these festive Gulf Shores New Year’s […]

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The 12 Best Things to Do in Gulf Shores at Christmas

From lighted boat parades to merry celebrations and Christmas tree lightings, there are so many things to do in Gulf Shores at Christmas! We’ve rounded up the best family-friendly Christmas events in Gulf Shores for the perfect coastal Alabama Christmas. Check out the 12 best things to do in Gulf Shores at Christmas for the […]

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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 […]

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Plan the Perfect Family Reunion in Gulf Shores

Family reunions are exciting times to reminisce, catch up and enjoy the company of extended family. Finding a place everyone can agree on is the taxing part, but luckily, Gulf Shores is a crowd-pleaser. Miles of white-sand beaches, palate-pleasing restaurants and activities galore make it the ideal destination for family events. Planning your family reunion […]

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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 Gulf Shores. Check out five of our favorite reasons you should […]

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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. But, what do you need to know to plan the ultimate girlfriend […]

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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 for your next Gulf Shores vacation? Here’s the […]

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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 prepare for a Gulf Shores beach vacation, ensuring a smooth trip full of worry-free fun. And even […]

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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 a fall vacation to remember. […]

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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 even soar high above the water on your next beach vacation with these must-try […]

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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 destinations are just a short distance from The Beach Club Resort & Spa. If you […]

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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 these unique places to eat in Gulf Shores. Here’s a tip that’ll help you avoid […]

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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 luxury resort is in prime location to many of the […]

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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 company rather than through booking sites like VRBO, Booking.com, or Airbnb. So why should you book […]

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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 by following these few easy tips. Read reviews Reviews by real guests provide valuable insight that some […]

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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 book a hotel or a vacation rental? How do you decide? Don’t […]

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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 how this pollution is entering the ocean in the first place. Most ocean pollution […]

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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 often unpredictable. When rain dampens your beach vacation, […]

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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 help you and your family pick the perfect Gulf Shores […]

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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 Resorts has taken the Clean Bed Guarantee much further than just a […]

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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 rather than waiting until the last minute. You’ll Have More Available Rentals to Choose from […]

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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 vacation from continuing just as planned. We have created a list of the top […]

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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 bathing, snorkeling, or many other beach activities, you should not miss the Gulf Coast’s […]

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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 sugar white sand. But what if you’re looking to add something different this […]

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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 life chose you, you can still have fun and not hate […]

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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 do you do? These tips can help you avoid the […]

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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 impromptu vacation when the […]

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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 people milling around. We all love […]

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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. Fall Festivals. When October and November roll in, so […]

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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 for a relaxing good time. These […]

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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 the upcoming school year. Go out and play. In […]

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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 Outlets Shopping while on vacation is inevitable, but […]

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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 system, but a lot of people don’t know what […]

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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 you can upgrade you experience with a sandy 4th of July […]

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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 activities and restaurants that are popping up like crazy. Here are a […]

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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 for the sunscreen to set in. Then, […]

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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 setting or backdrop. If you have kids make sure you let […]

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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 with and the exceptional guest and owners that I […]

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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 hidden gems. Here are a few things […]

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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 festival season and we hope you are looking forward to getting outside and enjoying […]

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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 of the many TV’s hanging throughout all of the local restaurants and […]

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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 back to school blues by giving the family something to look […]

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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. Letting the waves hit your feet […]

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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 Gulf Shores and Orange Beach is bathing suits and […]

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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 local seafood restaurants if you’re looking for fresh […]

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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!

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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 spend. Amazon, Target, and Wal-Mart all have affordable speakers that won’t […]

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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 the Fourth of July with a fireworks […]

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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 vlog called “Watts Up on the Beach”.  We are highlighting amenities around Turquoise Place and The Beach […]

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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, we’ve put together a list of some “must have summertime delicacies” to try. Pirate’s Breakfast […]

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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 find the best accommodations, show you the best places to dine, and help […]

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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 your summer today so you don’t miss out on area activities and […]

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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 we all know too well in the Southeast, […]

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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 Resorts. One might ask how do you make a difference with […]

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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 have to clean up afterwards makes it even […]

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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 that better deals can be had by waiting and booking a reservation at the […]

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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, identifying a perfect location is critical before hitting the open road. After much discussion, we all […]

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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 taking a trip to visit Alabama’s beaches this year, there’s […]

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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 EGGcitement? Here are a few events you should add to your must do list […]

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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 are here, you can also take it home with you. […]

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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 sun. Here are few must have items […]

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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 resorts that have been rated the best by reviewers and the site’s editors. The […]

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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 Coastal Alabama’s restaurants cook it when you hook it. The […]

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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 Coast and we suggest attending one of these popular events. […]

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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 are must dos for Spring Break 2015. 1. Relax on the Beach – With […]

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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 the environment that is suitable for your guests. Gulf Shores and Orange […]

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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 a cleaned condo or beach house with freshly made beds complete […]

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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 season. Get a jump start on your next beach vacation […]

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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?  With all of the Gulf Coast activities taking […]

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How to Host a Last Minute Holiday Cocktail Party

By Martie Duncan/MartieDuncan.com 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 have to be overly complicated. Serve a few make-ahead or store bought appetizers that […]

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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 Christmas, shoppers are in search of the perfect presents for their loved ones. In […]

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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 days. Here’s how. Friday Evening […]

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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 you’re family is looking to you for a wonderful Thanksgiving this year, don’t worry because the Alabama Gulf Coast […]

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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 Hideaway at The Beach Club has daily Happy Hour specials from 3 pm until 6 […]

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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 Nature and have fun biking along the Gulf Shores and Orange Beach trails. […]

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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 seafood and Southern favorites.  Lulu’s is more than just a place to go eat. It is an […]

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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 breeze. Sail Wild Hearts owner, Ted […]

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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 every day and the museum is one of many ways they are […]

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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 The Hangout, The Naval Aviation Museum, Sail Wild Heartsand LuLu’s. This week features The Hangout in Gulf Shores […]

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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 great food. If you find yourself visiting Gulf Shores or […]

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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 adventurous family members can get bored with the same activities year in and year out and want something a little […]

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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 and grades. The rumor on the island is that fall […]

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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 course in Orange Beach. The speed, the adrenaline and the anticipation of […]

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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 wedding. Here’s Where to Start If you are not sure where to start, consider booking […]

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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 ships and artillery fire. What is the significance of the Battle of Mobile Bay? On […]

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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 Brody way to create succulent Shrimp Linguine. “Seafood is my bag. I […]

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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 hungry. You can find fresh shrimp, crab and fish at many of the […]

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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 Alabama Gulf Coast, we are recommending the Wharf because […]

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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 to 100 eggs per nest. In 55 to 75 days, hatchlings will […]

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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 with a great tan while kids play their hearts […]

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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, visitors absorb as much sun as they can on […]

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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, seeing your teenager walk across the stage to receive their diploma brings a mix of emotions rushing through […]

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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 combed through them all to let you know which are the best in the area to […]

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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 have fell victim to the long tentacles of a jellyfish. Most beach […]

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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 fed.  Even in paradise, precautions should still be taken to keep everyone safe, […]

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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 the road. These 7 tips […]

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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 during hurricane season, but travel insurance can be a wise investment and it covers much more than just […]

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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 laser tag to live music and mini golf, here are the four best places […]

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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 heading to the beach again for a summer vacation.  This […]

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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 make sure you family doesn’t miss any of its old traditions while you […]

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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 in a subtropical area of the country, where visitors can expect mild temperatures year-round. Gulf […]

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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 summer months. If you and your family are planning on making […]

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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 name brands, including Ann Taylor, Banana Republic, […]

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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 every day. So, what I see […]

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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 attractions. Battleship USS Alabama History buffs shouldn’t miss this chance to see […]

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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 many family activities for when you’re not playing in the surf. Get […]

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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 foot in the sand, you are going to lose the entire […]

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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 thought to be the optimal time to get […]

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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 hotel.The benefits of multiple bedrooms and bathrooms, fully equipped kitchens and great rooms for relaxing are obvious. However, the decision of whether to rent through VRBO or through a management company may not be as obvious. We’ve put this helpful […]

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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 need to know to pick the perfect location for your family’s beach vacation. […]

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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 music festival before, we’ve also included some logistical tips to help make your […]

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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 ways. Interest rates are low and the […]

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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 the backwater experience of the bay to a deep-sea adventure in pursuit of the big […]

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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 Business Chamber, always starts at Lulu’s at Homeport Marina and ends […]

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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 liking. From the old stand-bys to a […]

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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 hear that after six months of being grounded due to government budget […]

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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 get one more beach trip in before the calendar […]

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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 challenging. My sisters and I discovered some entertaining […]

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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 hotels, but Gulf Shores and Orange Beach offer thousands of condo vacation rentals that […]

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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. Throw in the fact that the weather is […]

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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 locals. So, if you want to know where the locals are dining, here’s a list of […]

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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 Beach If you’re looking for a beach that is off the beaten path, the Mobile Street […]

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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 always comes up. What else is there […]

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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 Brothers, Coach, Michael Kors and Tommy Bahama, have outlets store there. While Tanager Outlets gets its […]

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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 festivals and events that may just be worth planning your next […]

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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 items to pack for your next trip to the beach.

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