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

Travelers and turtles agree – there’s no better place to shell-ebrate the holidays than Alabama’s beautiful beaches. Our stretch of paradise is a perfect setting for celebrating the season in […]

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

For some shoppers, snagging the best Black Friday sales is like a competitive sport. For others, the idea of browsing those Black Friday deals fills them with dread. Then there […]

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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 […]

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Book Your Beachfront Holiday Party with Spectrum Resorts

Every visit to Alabama’s beaches is a cause for celebration. And if you already have a reason to party, our sugar-white sands and turquoise waves can add a touch of […]

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5 Reasons to Stay at The Beach Club Resort and Spa

By Heather Montgomery, Through Heather’s Looking Glass There are a LOT of reasons to stay at the Beach Club Resort and Spa in Fort Morgan, (just outside Gulf Shores) Alabama. […]

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6 Fun Things to Do for Labor Day in Gulf Shores

The Labor Day holiday weekend serves as the unofficial end to summer, so it’s only fitting to spend it at the beach. (Wait a second, did you know it’s warm […]

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10 Best 2022 Fall Events in Gulf Shores

Each fall, Gulf Shores and Orange Beach deliver some of the best festivals and events you’ll find anywhere on the Alabama Gulf Coast. From food to music, art and other […]

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Keep Cool at The Beach Club Resort and Spa

Alabama’s Gulf Coast is an exciting place to visit, even in the dog days of summer when temperatures soar. Guests of The Beach Club Resort and Spa have some refuge […]

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

The Beach Club Resort and Spa by Spectrum Resorts is a premier vacation spot on Fort Morgan featuring family-friendly, luxury condominiums and cottages, onsite dining, private access to the beach, […]

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Our Favorite Summer Activities in Gulf Shores and Orange Beach

Guests at The Beach Club Resort & Spa have many onsite amenities and activities to keep the family busy. However, sometimes wanderlust sets in and there’s a need to explore. […]

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How to Spend July 4th in Gulf Shores

The Alabama Coast does a bang-up job of celebrating Independence Day with plenty of all-American activities set around the area. If you visit Gulf Shores during the Fourth of July […]

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7 Spring Events in Gulf Shores You Don’t Want to Miss

Winter is on its way out, which means it’s time for the Alabama Gulf Coast to spring into warmer weather, longer days and lots of outdoor fun. In Gulf Shores, […]

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6 Reasons to Spend Spring Break in Gulf Shores

Going to the beach is one of the most popular ways to spend the spring break holiday – but which beach is best? We may be biased, but we vote […]

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5 Christmas Gifts for Beach Lovers

It’s not always easy to find the perfect Christmas gift – unless the person on your list is a bonafide Beach Club lover! In that case, you’ve got plenty of […]

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Have a Ho-Ho-Holiday at the Beach

The holidays are here, and heading to Gulf Shores is a great way to guarantee a season that’s merry and bright. Just picture it – holiday meals you don’t have […]

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Why You Can’t Beat Fall at The Beach Club

There’s no bad time to visit The Beach Club, but fall is particularly fabulous. The crowds are low, the weather is warm, and the fun is flowing – the perfect […]

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5 Favorite Travel Podcasts You Can’t Miss

When looking for suggestions on where to go and what to pack for your next vacation, there are some great podcasts that will make traveling a breeze. Check out five […]

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Your Fly-In Options for a Gulf Shores Vacation

Travelers, both domestic and international, are beginning to uncover one of Alabama’s most beautiful treasures–the Gulf Coast beaches. With several airports within an hour’s drive of Gulf Shores, it’s easier […]

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8 Can’t-Miss Experiences at The Beach Club

Our upscale beachfront rentals aren’t the only reason Gulf Shores beachgoers can’t resist The Beach Club. Our renowned resort is also packed with exciting experiences designed to entice and engage […]

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Six of the Best 2021 Summer Events in Gulf Shores

The season is heating up and so are the summer events in Gulf Shores! Whether you’re up for watching pro-anglers weigh in their trophy-winning catch or high-flying feats by the […]

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5 Ways Beach Vacations in Gulf Shores Brings Families Together

From s'mores on the beach to casting a line for fun, we're dishing about five ways to create happy memories in Gulf Shores.

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6 Things We Are Thankful for at The Beach Club

The Gulf Coast is no stranger to the challenges of hurricane season and our little part of the coast is no exception. The Beach Club is working hard to prepare […]

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Four Cool Road Trip Stops Heading to Alabama’s Beaches

No matter where you’re traveling from to get to Alabama’s beautiful white-sand beaches, there are unique stops along the way where you can stretch your legs, experience history, and maybe […]

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5 Best Reasons to take a Workcation in Gulf Shores

Can you believe what’s happened in the last few months? For many, our whole way of life has changed, from school to work-from-home environments. All of these changes may have […]

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6 Ways to Make the Beach Your Classroom

Are you searching for creative ways to teach the kids, or maybe you just need to get outdoors for a while? Regardless of how you school, there’s no better place to do it than on Alabama’s white-sand beaches!

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6 Ways to Treat Yourself in Gulf Shores

Everyone needs a getaway to rest and relax. That’s just one more reason to love The Beach Club Resort & Spa. When you visit, you’ll feel like you can truly […]

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Lakeside Cottages

How does a lakeside cottage just steps from the beach sound? 😍 Take a peek at what it’s like to rent your own private cottage at The Beach Club.

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5 Instagram-Worthy Photo Ops in Gulf Shores

With summer going at full steam, everyone is going to be posting those amazing vacation photos. You know, the ones where they’re at this incredible destination and sporting a fabulous […]

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5 Ultra-Fun Things for Teens to do at The Beach Club

Summer is FINALLY here! This school year has been rough for me, so I can’t tell you how excited I am to be back on the beach! Hanging out at […]

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Chef’s John Delish Cherries Jubilee Recipe

Cherries Jubilee isn't just a dessert, it's a show! Executive Chef John Hamme shares his recipe so you can wow your dinner guests at home.

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Cleaning Standards at The Beach Club in Gulf Shores

Our guests' health and safety is a priority for the Spectrum Resorts team at The Beach Club Resort & Spa in Gulf Shores. Our cleaning standards include hospital-grade products, extra attention to high-traffic details and more.

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Our Favorite Tropical Drink Recipes, from the Beach to Your Backyard

When you can't have the sand between your toes, at least you can have a little rum in your cup to remind you of your Gulf Shores vacation.

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Chef John’s To-Die-For Beef Tenderloin

Serve up a mouthwatering feast with Chef John Hamme’s recipe for Pecan Smoked Coffee and Chili Rubbed Beef Tenderloin. This recipe is sure to have your family coming back for seconds! Finish it off with a delicious Warm Berry Sabayon.

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Craveable Craft Cocktail Recipes at The Beach Club

A taste of the beach is just a shaker away. Our bartenders are sharing recipes for some of our most-requested craft cocktails. When you can't be at the beach, this may just be the next best thing.

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Coast Restaurant’s Crab Cake Recipe

Ready to sink your teeth into something divine? Chef John Hamme is sharing Spectrum Resorts’ mouthwatering recipe for crab cakes. We invite you to bring a taste of the beach […]

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Fun Ways to Cool off at The Beach Club

From the iconic "turtle pool" where kids can live out their mermaid dreams to building sandcastles and splashing in the surf, there are so many fun ways to cool off at The Beach Club Resort & Spa in Gulf Shores, Alabama. Your favorite family resort has something for everyone!

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The Beach Club’s Mouthwatering Gumbo Recipe

Are you craving a taste of the beach? Spectrum Resorts’ Executive Chef John Hamme is serving up his award-winning gumbo recipe for you to prepare at home. If you’ve visited […]

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A sneak peek of what awaits at The Beach Club Resort & Spa

It’s easy for families to make The Beach Club Resort & Spa by Spectrum Resorts a family tradition. Located on Alabama's white-sand beaches, the Gulf Shores resort is nestled on 86 sprawling acres near a national wildlife refuge. Families enjoy the secluded and secure atmosphere of the resort, coupled with the worry-free vacation experience provided by with Spectrum Resorts. The Beach Club Gulf Shores AL was designed around a village concept with everything families need right onsite, including restaurants, shopping, spa and activities for toddlers, kids, teenagers and the young at heart.

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Why Fall Weddings are Best at the Beach

Over the years, glowing brides have moved their weddings out of the church and onto the beach. Beach weddings are great because the beauty of the coast provides a built-in […]

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2020’s Hottest Spring Events in Gulf Shores

As winter melts into spring, locals and visitors alike swarm to the beaches of the Alabama Gulf Coast to soak in the warm weather. Spring is one of the best times to visit the beach - the crowds are still low, the weather is mild, and the area is abuzz with lots of spring events in Gulf Shores and Orange Beach.

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4 Hottest Ways to Spend a Couple’s Getaway in Gulf Shores

A couple’s getaway is the perfect time to reconnect, relax and revel in your relationship. With white-sand beaches, five-star amenities, and exclusive perks, The Beach Club Resort & Spa combines […]

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Best 2020 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 […]

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A Snowbird’s Guide to Winter Activities in Gulf Shores at The Beach Club

Flocking to the warmer weather of the Alabama Gulf Coast is a rite of passage for our snowbird friends. If you’re staying at The Beach Club Resort & Spa, you’ll […]

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2020s Can’t-Miss Beach Events in Gulf Shores, Alabama

Have you turned on your 2020 vision and seen yourself lounging on the beautiful beaches of the Alabama Gulf Coast? Us, too! Though we love a good beach day, the […]

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Top 6 Gulf Shores New Year’s Celebrations

For travelers looking for something to do on New Year’s Eve in Gulf Shores, we’ve got good news for you. We’ve collected the best Gulf Shores New Year’s parties—as well […]

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8 Festive Ways to Celebrate Christmas in Gulf Shores

Instead of getting caught up in the hustle and bustle of the holidays, why not relax with a Gulf Shores vacation? Take some time out to soak in the joy […]

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Gulf Shores Beach Weddings at The Beach Club Resort

Say your I do’s amidst a backdrop of sugar-white sand and beautiful Gulf views at The Beach Club Resort & Spa. Specializing in Gulf Shores beach weddings, The Beach Club […]

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8 Ways to Tailgate at The Beach Club

Do you bleed orange and blue? Own a cowbell? Miss The Grove when Ole Miss plays an away game? We’ve got a fix for that. Tailgate in Gulf Shores without […]

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Great Spots To Experience the Flavor of Gulf Shores and Orange Beach

Taking a vacation is all about the senses – and when you visit the Alabama Gulf Coast, you’ll experience a local flavor like no other. There are so many fun […]

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Things to Do in Fort Morgan, AL

Located a short drive west of Gulf Shores and Orange Beach is the pristine Gulf Coast community of Fort Morgan. With miles of expansive beachfront, this peninsula boasts several attractions […]

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The Best Time to Go to Gulf Shores Alabama

The best time to go to Gulf Shores really depends on your preference, with factors like weather, crowds, and condo rates all playing a role. Are you looking for a […]

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Best Kid-Friendly Things to Do in Gulf Shores and Orange Beach

Planning a day with kids in Gulf Shores and Orange Beach is easy as A, B, C. or 1, 2, 3. There are so many kid-friendly things to do at […]

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2019’s Hottest Summer Events in Gulf Shores and Orange Beach

Summer is all about enjoying good friends and good times, and what better place to do that than at the beach? Whether it’s cooling off with delicious watermelon, listening to […]

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Kid Friendly Condos in Gulf Shores

Enjoy upscale accommodations fit for the entire family at The Beach Club Resort & Spa. The spacious condos at our Gulf Shores resort are designed with families in mind, providing […]

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What’s in our Beach Bag: The Must-Have Essentials

Are you making a beeline to The Beach Club this summer? Don’t forget all the essentials as well as some extras to make your Gulf Shores vacation even better. Wondering […]

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New and Improved: Renovations at The Beach Club

The Beach Club Resort and Spa in Gulf Shores has been a vacation staple on the Fort Morgan peninsula for many years. Families flock to the sprawling 86-acre village for […]

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Free Things to Do in Gulf Shores and Around the Area

Looking for some wallet-friendly activities for your Gulf Shores getaway? You’ve come to the right spot! Discover the best free things to do in Gulf Shores and around the area. […]

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Mother’s Day Gift Guide for Beach-Lovin’ Moms

We’ve compiled a complete Mother’s Day gift guide for beach-loving moms. Think inside and outside the box for these fun and thoughtful finds.

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25 Fun Activities and Events for Gulf Shores Memorial Day Weekend

Kick off beach season with a heaping helping of fun activities for the whole family at The Beach Club Resort & Spa. While not officially summer yet, Gulf Shores Memorial […]

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5 Gulf Shores Happy Hour Hot Spots

There are several Gulf Shores happy hour destinations that offer discounted drinks and appetizers daily. But we’ve rounded up the best happy hour destinations along the Alabama Gulf Coast just […]

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3 Reasons to Book your Gulf Shores Vacation Early

Perhaps you’re thinking it’s still a little early to book a summer beach vacation, but really the time is now! Booking early has great perks, so skip the procrastination and […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 this a perfect time of year to book a vacation for Easter […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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. […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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! […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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, […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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” […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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!” […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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, […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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.  […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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, […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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) […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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. […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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