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 forward to. Here are few ways to make your Coastal Alabama Labor Day memorable.

Gulf Shores and Orange Beach Tourism’s blog, The Beach Is Calling has suggestions on how to Celebrate Summer’s end with a Labor Day Beach Vacation. They even offer a gas calculator to help you figure the estimated cost of gas.

Take advantage of great rates and accommodation specials at The Beach Club and Turquoise Place. Stay and play Labor Day Monday for free when you book the weekend. Take advantage of the Spectrum Advantage and save on food and beverage purchases all weekend long.

Make plans to visit The Wharf during this Labor Day weekend. The Wharf is hosting a Labor Day Street Party on September 5th from 5pm-9pm. Street activities include Kangaroos you can pet and feed, a bouncy house, face painting, a rock climbing wall and Spectra Sound and Light Show.

The Waterway Village Art Market will be September 5th from 10am-4pm a Waterway Village in Gulf Shores is across from the Gulf Coast Arts Alliance Art Gallery. Regional and local artists will display paintings in oil, acrylic, pastel, watercolor and more. Enjoy handmade art, live music and children’s activities.

Country Supergroup Alabama will be playing at the Amphitheater at the Wharf on September 6. Get your tickets at Ticketmaster so your Labor Day will be “Close Enough to Perfect.”

We hope you have a safe and Happy Labor Day! Please share your pictures with us on Instagram, follow us on twitter and like us on Facebook so you can stay up to date on what is happening around town.


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 Club along with activities and restaurants around the Orange Beach and Gulf Shores area.

We want to give you an inside look of what it’s like on the Gulf Coast and how Spectrum Resorts helps our guests create happy memories.

Our first vlog is a preview of the beach club and kicks off our series for the summer. Next we will be heading to the Gulf Adventure Center zipline in Gulf Shores. Follow me along my summer journey through the Gulf Coast area on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter! Share your vacation pictures with us at, and we will feature you at the end of our next vlog! Have any questions or comments about Spectrum Resorts or the area? I’ll answer them all!

Danielle Watts


Spectrum Resorts Marketing

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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 agreed that our chosen location required a beach, good shopping, fun attractions and of course great food! I soon realized that the choice was not difficult at all and the question had been answered in record time – Gulf Shores and Orange Beach in Alabama. Having visited this stretch of coastline previously with my husband, I knew that taking my girls here was the perfect choice.  All we have to do now is plan our itinerary in an area that has endless possibilities.

Where to Stay

During my last visit to Gulf Shores and Orange Beach, we stayed at The Beach Club by Spectrum Resorts and had an amazing experience there. We researched various other alternatives in the area but many of the resorts just didn’t compare to Spectrum Resorts high quality accommodation. A word of caution if you are planning a getaway for early May. Book early because this is the start of the peak season and this is a much sought after destination and you certainly don’t want to settle for something if it is not at the beach. However, the fall is also an ideal time to visit the area. The beaches are spacious and uncrowded and the lodging rates can’t be beat!

Spectrum Resorts has the ‘best of the best’ along the Gulf of Mexico so when we stumbled across another property of theirs I didn’t think twice. Turquoise Place is a luxurious resort that is located in the heart of Orange Beach. All the best amenities like a gas grill and your own private Jacuzzi are included, in addition to their Clean Bed Guarantee that is revolutionizing the market.

Have you ever wondered how frequently hotels and resorts actually wash your bed linens? Sometimes comforters may only be washed twice each year. However thanks to Spectrum Resorts, “Each guest bed will be made with a freshly washed coverlet and linens prior to your arrival.”  Turquoise Place here we come! 

What are our Plans

When you make a trip to the beach of course there will be morning runs, gorgeous sunrises and sunsets and that amazing beach smell with the waves crashing while we are relaxing. What do you do when you venture away from the beach? 

We are hoping to save time for a little retail therapy in the nearby Tanger Outlet mall in Foley, as well as the local markets and boardwalks within the area.

There is something to be said for being one with the water and we are excited to have booked a sunset cruise with Sail Wild Hearts. The cruise will last around 1.5 to 2 hours on a 53-foot catamaran. Tickets are $35 to cruise around while we sooth our souls and embrace the moments with the ocean.

The Waves of Wine Festival  took place during our visit in May, featuring live music, food from a variety of local restaurants as well as craft beer and of course over 120 different wine selections to try. Tickets were $35 and that includes a cruise around the bay during the event for you to enjoy the breathtaking scenery in the Gulf. An added incentive is the inclusion of a wine glass and bag to help cherish your memories from this experience. The festival is at a Caribe The Resort, which is in close proximity to Turquoise Place.

However, for fall trips, there are several other foodie festivals that tick all the boxes for a fun girl’s getaway, including The Wharf Uncorked Wine & Culinary Event, Annual National Shrimp Festival, World Food Championships, Oyster Cook Off & Craft Beer Weekend at The Hangout and the Frank Brown International Songwriters’ Festival. Even if your trip dates don’t coincide with one of these, you’ll still find plenty to do (or not do) during your girl’s getaway to Gulf Shores and Orange Beach.

Where to Eat 

Gulf Shores and Orange Beach is spoiled for choice when it comes to fine restaurants and cuisine options. Seafood here is delicious and the hardest part is choosing which of the many establishments to sample.

One restaurant that I am really excited about trying is The Gulf, which is located directly on the beach. Serving food inspired by the Gulf of Mexico, this outdoor venue is just a really cool looking restaurant. Did you know The Gulf is made out of re-purposed shipping containers? This beach bar has much to offer in terms of atmosphere and of course food selection, from burgers to tacos this place looks like it has it all and dinner is going to be amazing.

Of course, we have to mention Coast Restaurant & Sushi Bar at The Beach Club. The panoramic views of the beach, great wine selection and menu choices are out of this world! Make reservations by calling (251) 224-3600.

Now that you know where to stay, relax and dine, it’s time to start planning your next girlfriend getaway at The Beach Club.



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 an effort to help you find everything you and your family needs for the holidays this year, we have composed a list of four of the top shopping destinations in Baldwin County. Continue reading “4 Great Christmas Shopping Destinations in Baldwin County”

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, Brooks Brothers, Coach, Michael Kors, Bose Factory Store and Oakley Vault, have outlet stores there.

As most serious outlet shoppers already know a little upfront preparation is likely to make your outlet shopping experience more productive and enjoyable. So here’s our outlet shopping survival guide.

Tip One—Dress for Success

Dress for the weather and for easily changing clothes in a dressing room. You will be outside for a large part of the day going from store to store.  Also, wear comfortable shoes and carry a light purse. This will most likely be a marathon—not a sprint!

Tip Two—Getting there and parking

Even though Tanger Outlets is located only nine miles from the beach, plan on taking 20 to 30 minutes to get there from most locations in Orange Beach and Gulf Shores.

There are numerous stoplights, and during the high season, traffic can back up at the mall entrance. There is a back entrance to the outlet center from S. Juniper Street. If traffic is really backed up on Highway 59, the back entrance might be a better option for getting in and out quickly.

There is plenty of parking, so you usually don’t have to worry about finding a parking space except on shopping holidays like Memorial Day Weekend and Black Friday. Also, if you are unable or unwilling to walk long distances, there is usually plenty of room to move your car around the shopping center once you get there.

Tip Three—Make this Your First Stop

Your first stop should be Tanger Customer Service located where you’ll find discount coupons as well as information on current sales and promotions.  You can also check the coupons page on the Tanger Outlet website for printable versions of current offers and promotions.  This can save you serious money on your purchases for the day. You can also pick up a map of the stores so you can see where the stores you want to hit are located.

This directory has the outlet stores conveniently grouped by categories (Apparel, Footwear, Specialty, Accessories, Housewares & Home Furnishings and Services) to help you find what you are looking for and to make sure you don’t have to backtrack to find one of your must-shop stores.

Tip Four—What’s to Eat?

It’s not uncommon for serious shoppers to spend the entire day at Tanger Outlets, so the question invariably comes up, “What are the food options?” There is a food court, but the choices are somewhat limited—especially when it comes to healthy options. It’s basically a choice between Pizza, Mexican or Chinese. However, there are a couple of other options for quick snacks including a freestanding Starbucks, The Fudgery and Peachwave Self-Serve yogurt.

Tip Five—Something Extra for the Kids

If you have young children with you, build in some time to stop by the Family Fun Park just outside the food court. The park includes a covered playground, a carousel and an interactive water fountain.

Tip Six—Best Price Guarantee

Tanger Outlets has a “best price guarantee.” So if you purchase an item and find it advertised at a lower price within the next 30 days, you can bring a copy of the ad along with your sales receipt to Shopper Services, and they will refund the difference.  This will ensure that you’re getting the best prices anywhere when you shop at Tanger!

Located at 2601 S. McKenzie Street in Foley, Tanger Outlets are open Monday-Saturday from 9 a.m. – 9 p.m. and on Sunday from 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Leave us a note in the comments to let us know what your best shopping tip is and any great deals you’ve found going on at Tanger!

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 share of attention, there are several other shopping centers and local boutiques worth checking out.

Pelican Place

Pelican Place at Craft Farms houses, among other things, Pinnacle theater, Target, Bed Bath & Beyond, Books a Million and a variety of other specialty shops and restaurants.  Be sure to check out LifeBytes for all of the latest Apple products and stop by Mikato’s Japanese Steakhouse for great sushi and hibachi.


The Wharf

In Orange Beach, no shopping experience would be complete without a trip to The Wharf which offers a wonderful variety of specialty shops, a movie theater and numerous restaurants. Located within the Wharf complex, you will find Fusion Spa, Lucca, The Bag Lady, Build-A-Bear, Carmike Cinemas, and several restaurants including Villagio Grille, Ginny Lane and Compleat Angler.

The Boutiques

The local Gulf Shores and Orange Beach community has several unique boutiques that offer something different than you might find at home.Tallulah’s Treasures in Orange Beach sits right on the beach and holds a collection of clothing and upscale, trendy specialty items—many with an Alabama Gulf Coast twist.

Other favorite local boutiques are located in SanRoc Cay Marina. In particular, be sure to check out Too Hot Mama’s, which specializes in women’s clothing, jewelry and other accessories, and Blue Lagoon Swimwear, where you will find extensive swimwear collections year-round.

With so many options, you will be hard pressed not to find the perfect memento on your shopping excursion.

Do you have any other favorite places to shop in Gulf Shores or Orange Beach? If so, we’d love to hear about them.