It’s not too late to plan a Beach Thanksgiving!


The temperatures may be a bit cooler this time of year, but the deals are heating up along the Gulf Coasts white-sand beaches.

Be sure to enjoy our Thanksgiving special in one of our nicely decorated condos or beach houses. Stay between the dates of November 17th – December 1st and receive 25% off the rent of a 3 night stay or a FREE night on four or more nights!! Not able to attend for those specific dates, don’t worry. We may have a special just for you!

Hang up your apron and enjoy a traditional Thanksgiving feast at one of the many restaurants in Gulf Shores and Orange Beach. Or gobble up your feast and give thanks with friends and family while you overlook the breath taking Gulf of Mexico! Either way, this could be the beginning of many amazing Beach Thanksgivings for you and your family.

Feel as though you overindulged with your Thanksgiving feast? Take a stroll along one of the seven trails at the Hugh S. Branyon Backcountry Trail. Established in 2003, the Hugh S. Branyon Backcountry Trail makes up more than 15 miles of trails and are among six distinct ecosystems. Enjoy the beauty that wildlife has to offer! Or just take a stroll on the beautiful beach.

Have you started mapping out your annual “Black Friday” shopping routine yet?! There are tons of options in the area when it comes to shopping for Christmas. Start with the famous Tanger Outlet Mall in Foley, AL where you are likely to find the best Christmas deals around! If you are staying with Anchor Vacations be sure to ask about the FREE Tanger Outlet Coupon Book to save even more. We also have Wal-Mart, Target, Lowe’s, Home Depot, Big Lots & more in the immediate area as well as the Bass Pro Shop about 40 minutes away in Spanish Fort!

I hope you are ready to pack your bags and join us at the beach for Thanksgiving!

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Festivities Galore along the Alabama Gulf Coast!

Looking to enjoy some down time with your family?! Join us at the beach on the beautiful Alabama Gulf Coast as we kick off the month of October with all the festivities you could ever dream of!

Are you ready for a mouth-watering bowl of GUMBO? Be sure to stop by the LA Gumbo Festival at The Wharf in Orange Beach, AL on October 4th where you will get the chance to witness fierce competition as people battle it out to win the “Best Gumbo” award. Did I mention this is a “Tailgate Edition”?! All Wind Creek LA Gumbo Festival guests will have a chance to win two Iron Bowl Tickets!

For all you shrimp lovers out there, The 43rd National Shrimp Festival will be held October 9-12th. Come on down and enjoy a weekend of sun, fun and savor the fresh seafood of the Gulf. There will be at least 200 lbs of shrimp prepared by some of the area’s best chefs each day! This year the Shrimp Festival has included two new activities which are “Outdoor World” & “Shrimp Festival Idol”. Outdoor world will feature fishing, boating, hunting and other activities. Shrimp Festival Idol will be a singing competition for high school participants to win a scholarship to go toward college funding. Plus there will be over 50 local and regional vendors, delicious food, music and activities for children. This four day event attracts over 300,000 people and we hope you will be one!

Oh and lets not forget about the Original German Sausage Festival being held at the end of October. This will be the only place to get the best German Sausage you have ever tasted!

Last minute, who cares! Book your vacation rental NOW and enjoy 25% off the rent of a 3 night stay or a FREE night when booking 4 nights or more! Don’t wait any longer, call now and one of our friendly, professional reservationists will be glad to assist you.

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Last Big Blowout

Kick back and relax on the beach in Gulf Shores & Orange Beach before summer ends!

You may not know it thanks to our warm, sunny weather, but summer is slowly coming to an end. Before you know it students will be starting school and parents will continue their daily work schedule. Why not enjoy what little time you have left bumming around at the beach!

Join us at the Back to School Beach Bash on Thursday, August 14th. This event will be held on the West end of the Gulf Shores Public Beach at 6 pm. Be sure to bring your beach blanket and chairs so you can enjoy a nice, relaxing evening by the campfire. You will find that all the fixings to make and enjoy delicious s’mores will be available for all who attend, including shaved ice and a live DJ!

It is never too early to start planning your vacation for next year. The best part about planning your vacation so early is getting first choice on rentals and this years guaranteed rates! To ensure this year’s rates you must book before the end of the year.

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Get Hooked with Anchor Vacations

Summer is in full swing along Alabama’s beautiful white-sand beaches.

Does the idea of having a fun-filled vacation on the Alabama Gulf Coast have you hooked? Then get ready to cast your line for an amazing vacation with family and friends.

The month of July is filled with all sorts of fishing events you will not want to miss. Enjoy “The Greatest Show in Sportfishing,” by attending the 2014 Blue Marlin Grand Championship on the Gulf, July 9th – 13th. This event is known for their Triple Crown Fighting Chair Challenge that is hosted at the CrewFest Party, Leader of the Pack Bimini Start & the Miss Billfish beauty pageant. The Blue Marlin Grand Championship gave over $1 million dollars in prize money last year and is expected to exceed that amount this year!! Thanks to Local 15 TV, there will be two hours of live coverage from The Wharf on Saturday, July 12th that will include an update with live weigh-ins followed by a highlight of Saturday’s events.

Not able to attend this particular event?! Well that is quite all right, as there will be other fishing events to attend this month such as The 81st Alabama Deep Sea Fishing Rodeo, held July 17th – 20th, and the 15th Annual 2014 MBGFC Billfish Limited Tournament, held July 25th – 27th. You can find details of each event in our Events Calendar.

Come on down and enjoy, what we take great pride in being known as, our “superstar beaches”!

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Summer & Anchor Vacations Go Together Like Beaches & Sunscreen

Summer is just around the corner and the crystal clear waters and beautiful, white sand beaches along the Alabama Gulf Coast are calling you!

What are your plans for the Fourth of July? We are less than two months away from one of the greatest annual celebrations. Alabama Gulf Coast is easily one of the top destinations to spend America’s birthday. Come on down early and enjoy the beaches. You do not want to miss out on the annual fireworks show at The Gulf State Park Pier in Gulf Shores, Alabama or at The Wharf in Orange Beach, Alabama.FlipFlops

Once night-time rolls in, head over to The Wharf and enjoy the Spectra Light & Sound show which happens every weekend. Traveling with the entire family? Don’t worry; there is a family friendly zone where everyone can enjoy food, drinks, and live music.

You are certain to love the beaches of Gulf Shores & Orange Beach, with so many different things to experience on the Gulf Coast. So pack some extra sunscreen and at least one pair of flip flops and let Anchor Vacations help you plan your extra time in Orange Beach or Gulf Shores with an affordable vacation rental. Just let us know what type of property you are looking for and we will arrange a unique vacation rental that will fit your needs. Call us today to find out about our complimentary amenities such as free dolphin tours, free deep sea fishing trips, and free admission into the water park! Enjoy the summer!

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Travel back in Time at Fort Morgan

Go back in time and walk through the footsteps of these halls at Fort Morgan where many battles were fought during 1861 when the Civil was began to 1864 when the Battle of Mobile Bay was fought to 1898 when the Spanish American War was fought.  Learn what each room and building contributed to each battle and how they were used.  Go atop the fort and view the Gulf and the Bay and learn about the history of arriving ships.

Discover the incredible history in the Fort Morgan Museum what is hall to thousands of artifacts that were donated or recovered since its opening in 1967.

Visit in June and July and learn about the life at the Fort on “Tuesday Twilight Tours”  with rifle demonstrations, the responsibilities of the Laundress and connon firing at night.

Aug 1-3 Join the re-enactment for the Commemoration of the 150th Anniversary of the Battle of Mobile Bay & siege of Fort Morgan.

Open Daily 9am – 5pm
*Dogs are welcomed but must be on a leash.
*Military plus one is admitted free.

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2014 Mullet Toss

Where else can you throw a 1 lb. mullet from Alabama to Florida… only at the Flora Bama! Come join the fun as people from all over attend this Charitable event that contributes $20,000+ each year to local youth charities. Also featuring local celebrities at noon each day tossing out a few mullets too!

While your there enjoy great food, great music and family fun activities for all.

This epic annual blast begins with a Mullet Man Triathlon on Saturday, April 19th at 7:30 a.m. at the Flora Bama. Then continues on April 23rd with the “Mullet Swing” Golf Classic and April 25th with the tossing of the Mullets.

You can get more information on each event, pricing and prizes by visiting

If you are still looking for accommodations be sure to book one of our rental properties and take advantage of our “Spring Special”.

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A Guide to Breaking Out of the Ice this Spring with an Anchor Vacation

The news this winter has been encased in weather and storm related alerts for much of the nation at some point in time. Chances are you are one of the unlucky many who hfamily_poolave been chipping, digging, sliding and shoveling your way through winter. Chances are you are wishing for an early arrival of Spring!

Chances are even better that the answer to your weather woes are buried in the soft white sands of the Alabama beaches. Anchor Vacations suggests planning your Spring Break burying your toes in the sand while soaking in the warm rays of sunshine known to bless our shores. Here are some ideas we think are the perfect answer to help you break free from the ice and snow:

  • Sit back (with toes deeply buried in white sand) and relax with a popular Spring Break book
  • Get the adrenaline pumping with Complimentary Services like
    • FREE dolphin cruises
    • FREE deep sea fishing and
    • FREE water park admission
    • Bring the entire family and experience the MANY Gulf Shores Attractions

You’ll not only find a warm, welcoming climate to melt the winter blahs away, but you’ll find warm hospitality and comfortable Gulf Shores vacation rentals that will have you coming back year after year.

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SEC BeachFest

SEC BeachFest:

Join us August 15th – 18th in Gulf Shores & Orange Beach, AL as we kick off the football season at the 2nd SEC Beachfest.?! This championship celebration consists of football clinics, a fishing tournament, a golf scramble, a 5k run, happy hour, concerts & more!!! Not to mention the SEC BeachFest will bring some of your favorite legendary coaches & players from around the SEC.

This will be your chance to get up close & personal with the coaches and players. Look forward to the entertaining & inspiring stories from these acclaimed coaches that will include College Football Hall of Fame Inductees such as Billy Brewer (Ole Miss), Frank Broyles (Arkansas), Vince Dooley (Georgia), Phillip Fulmer (Tennessee), Pat Dye (Auburn), Gene Stallings (Alabama) and RC Slocum (Texas A&M).
As if meeting with the coaches & players are not enough to lure you down to the Gulf Coast, this event also gives you a chance to enjoy yourself with family and friends by entering in the deep sea fishing tournament, golf scramble & the 5k run. Each event will include prizes starting from gift bags, free breakfast & lunch, free tickets to the SEC Beachfest, t-shirts & more!!!

You can get more information on each event, pricing and prizes by visiting

Can you think of a better way to end your summer? I can’t.

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Vacation Rentals in Gulf Shores Alabama

Vacation rentals in Gulf Shores Alabama have been really strong for the 2011 summer. We were especially surprised to have been totally booked for the past 4 weekends. Surprised because last summer we had the BP oil on our beaches and never expected summer rentals to be this great. For the past few years we’ve only been totally booked on holidays and special events. We as property managers are elated and our property owners are especially pleased. We hope to continue this trend on into the fall season with advertising and specials.

We received a ton of emails and phone calls this summer looking for last minute weekend rentals and rental specials. Unfortunately for approximately 98 percent of them we had nothing for them because we only had a few properties available due to vacationers booking early. For those who we couldn’t help this summer, please try booking earlier in the year so you will have your choice of properties from which to book. Our friendly Reservationist and user-friendly booking page should be a great help in selecting your next Gulf Shores vacation.

Read another good article on Gulf Shores Alabama.

Posted July 28, 2011 by Anchor Vacations

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