Gulf Shores for Valentine’s Day

Spend Valentine’s Day at the Beach!

Are you looking to impress your sweetheart on Valentine’s Day? You can send flowers, candy Couple sitting on the beach for Valentine's Dayand all the other ordinary gifts usually received on this romantic day, or you can choose to express your love with a spontaneous trip to the beach. Imagine walking hand in hand with your love as you both take in the breath taking Gulf Coast sunset. Sip champagne on your private balcony while take in the beauty of the beaches that surround you. Enjoy Gulf Shores for Valentine’s Day!

2016 Valentine’s Day Activities in Gulf Shores

Gulf Shores offers not only romantic peace and quiet for a Valentine’s visit, but it also has loads of activities for you and your special someone to consider. Here are just a few we think you should consider if you are planning to visit us for this holiday:

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Experience the Romance of Gulf Shores for Valentine’s Day…

In addition to the local area activities and the beautiful romance of our beaches, you can also enjoy a nice private beach home for your Valentine’s Day plans. Anchor Vacations wants to help you make this picture perfect Valentine’s Day a reality by Flamingos on the beach in the shape of a heart for Valentine's Dayoffering you a 20% discount when you book a 3 night minimum stay February 10th- February 15th. Make this Valentine’s Day one your love will always treasure. Along with this incredible discount we will also provide a bottle of champagne for you both to enjoy. Why be ordinary when you have the opportunity to be extraordinary. Give one of our reservationists a call today! Surprise your love with a romantic getaway for just the two of you today. Start searching for your perfect Gulf Shores vacation rental NOW!

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Bald Eagle Bash 7th Annual Fundraiser

Bald Eagle Bash is the 7th annual fundraiser for the Weeks Bay Foundation, the only nationally accredited land trust in coastal Alabama, will be held at the waterfront Tonsmeire Weeks Bay Resource Center at the Fish River Bridge on U.S. Highway 98 in Fairhope.  Enjoy “a taste of Weeks Bay” featuring fresh Gulf shrimp prepared by top local restaurants with live music by The Mulligan Brothers.  Tickets are $40 in advance or $45 at the gate. Entry is free for children 10 and under.  Beverages are included in the price of admission, and free parking is available at the Weeks Bay Reserve Safe Harbor site, with BRATS shuttles providing transportation to the event.  For more information or to purchase tickets, go to or call (251) 990-5004.  Tickets are also available for purchase at Page & Palette in Fairhope, the Foundation office, the Reserve, and from Foundation board members.  April 23
4:00-7:00 p.m.

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Mardi Gras on the Gulf Coast

Mardi Gras on the Gulf Coast

 Gulf Shores Mardi Gras Parade

Mardi Gras is a great way to enjoy some exciting, family-style parades along the Gulf Coast. So join us at 10 am on Tuesday, February 9th for the Gulf Shores Parade as we let the good times roll along with many others looking to claim treats like beads, moon pies, stuffed animals and much more!

Who said the fun had to stop at the Gulf Shores parade? Once it is over you can stop at one of the restaurants in Gulf Shores or you can head on over to Orange Beach and enjoy a delicious, warm meal before attending the Orange Beach Parade at 2 pm.

Mardi Gras Helpful Hints

A few friendly tips for all those attending Mardi Gras parades:

  1. Dress in layers. Trust me when I say you can never be too warm!!!
  2. Arrive EARLY!! Crowds normally fill the street at least half an hour prior to a parade. Plus the roads close early in order to prepare for the parade.
  3. Bring tote bags for all the wonderful goodies you will catch.
  4. Please be sure to stay behind barricades. These are placed there for your safety!

Follow these tips and you are sure to have a fun, safe time at each of the parades being held along the Gulf Coast.

If you are looking for a vacation rental please view our properties and their availabilities. While you are on our website, make sure to check out our specials and take advantage of our 20% off Mardi Gras Special! Please call our office at 800-334-5107 and one of our friendly, professional reservationists will be happy to help you.

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Attention Winter Guests… Come One Come All!!

Welcome to Snowbird Fest at the Orange Beach Event Center

Attention all Snowbirds!

It is that time of year again to put on your party hats and join us at the 6th Annual Snowbird Fest located at the Wharf in Orange Beach. Do not miss this amazing opportunity to enjoy a wide variety of vendors that will be present to make this a festival you will never forget. The best part about the Snowbird Fest is that it’s FREE! All you have to do is complete a survey before you enter. After you complete the survey get ready to spread your wings and fly!

Snowbird Fest in Orange Beach

The Snowbird Fest is designed to accommodate all the snowbirds that flock to the Gulf Coast during the winter season. The vendors have gone all out this year! There will be special giveaways and prizes to be won. Since this event is both a trade show and a festival you get the best of both worlds. Many deals will be offered on rentals, sales, dining, golf and so much more!

Tribute shows to the great Dolly Parton and Kenny Rogers will be at the event for your entertainment! Dance along to the sweet sounds of both while you visit all the local vendors and take in the beauty that the Wharf has to offer.
Although it is worth visiting this event for the vendors alone, they have added a brand new feature this year. Snowbirds can register for a FREE bus ride, sponsored by Good Time Tours, to a Biloxi area casino. Since this is in such demand and space is limited the first 50 snowbirds who pre-register will do so for FREE!

Don’t be left out in the cold! Visit The Snowbird Fest or contact the Snowbird Company toll-free at 800-270-2457 for additional information.

Need accommodations for the winter?? Look no further. One of our friendly, professional reservationists will be more than happy to find accommodations for you. Whether you are looking for a condo or beach house in Gulf Shores or Orange Beach, we may have just what you need! Please call our office toll free at 800-334-5107 or visit our properties for more information.

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Waterway Village & Zydeco & Crawfish Festival & 5K Run!

Date: April 18, 2015
Time: 10 am – 6 pm

The Waterway Village Zydeco & Crawfish Festival boils up a beaucoup (Cajun for a lot) of fun on Saturday, April 18. Sink your teeth into some hot, juicy, lip-smacking crawfish while dancing to the infectious rhythms of some of the best Zydeco bands from around the South. There will be crawfish races, arts and crafts vendors, children’s activities and even an authentic 80-foot shrimp boat on hand offering nonstop fun for all ages.

If that’s not enough, you’ll have the chance to work up an appetite with the 5K Run/ 1-Mile Fun Run beginning at 8:30 a.m. starting at Waterway Village next to Tacky Jacks Gulf Shores. Then after the race, stay for free beer and refreshments! Part of the proceeds from this race go to a local animal rescue, Furrever Homes. For more race information email Harley Sports at or to register online click here.

The pots will begin boiling at 10 a.m. and we’ll Laissez les bons temps rouler (let the good times roll) all day long with Zydeco sounds grooving until 6 p.m.

Follow the fun, pictures and conversation on social media by adding #crawfest15 to your posts!

Stay tuned for more info…

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The Beach is Calling!


The Gulf Coast has several events going on this month that may interest you! So pull out your calendar and start planning your vacation in Gulf Shores & Orange Beach, AL.

23Rd Annual Orange Beach Seafood Festival & Car Show

Saturday, February 28th from 10 am to 4 pm join in on the fun at the Orange Beach Seafood Festival & Car show. This festival is a major fundraiser to support local sports-related activities such as softball and T-ball. All proceeds raised will be used to purchase uniforms, equipment and so forth. The festival will have delicious food, arts & craft vendors, a silent auction, car show and a kids zone to keep the little ones entertained.

41st Festival of Art

Who is ready to enjoy a weekend filled with fine arts and crafts? The Orange Beach Festival of Art is held on the second weekend of March every year. This event will include visual arts, fine arts and crafts, glass artists, potters, painters and more! Talk about options, The Orange Beach Festival of Art has it all. There will also be a children’s art alley so the kids do not miss out on all the fun.

Wharf Boat and Yacht Show

Have you ever seen the largest in-water display of any boat show? Well now can be your chance! The Wharf Boat and Yacht Show are known to offer the largest in-water display of any boat show along the upper Gulf Coast. But that is not all. The Wharf Boat and Yacht Show allow prospective buyers to test drive the boats before buying! Yes, I said it. You can test drive these luxury yachts and boats. There will even be the latest marine electronics, fishing tackle, marine engines and outdoor equipment on display for all to view.

The Original German Sausage Festival

Who is ready to taste the BEST German Sausage ever made?! The Elberta Fire Department is known to grill up a delicious German Sausage. You can try one yourself at The Original German Sausage Festival help March 28th from 8 am to 5 pm in Elberta. There will also be arts and crafts, live music, carnival rides, baked goods and more!

We, at Anchor Vacations, would be glad to help you start planning your spring vacation. So go ahead and get your phone ready so one of our friendly, professional reservationist can assist you!

You owe it to yourself to enjoy a couple of days or even a week soaking up the sun at the beach.

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Anchor Vacations Invites YOU to spend Mardi Gras on the Gulf Coast!

Join us for a month long celebration you will never forget! Mardi Gras is a great time to come to the Gulf Coast so you can experience the beautiful white-sand beaches and clear waters without the spring and summer rush. Plus, you will get to join in on the excitement at the Mardi Gras parades!

If you have not booked your accommodations but would like to see what we have to offer please visit our website or call our office at 800-334-5107 and one of our friendly, professional reservationists will be happy to help you.

For interesting facts about Mardi Gras please visit

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Beads, Beads & More Beads!! Yes, it’s that time again…


Here it is, the 2015 Mardi Gras Parade Schedule for south Alabama!

Saturday, January 17th
1 PM: Krewe de la Dauphine (Dauphin Island)

Friday, January 30th
6:30 PM: Conde Cavaliers (Mobile, Route A)

Saturday, January 31st
2 PM: Order of the Rolling River (DIP)
2:30 PM: Bayport Parading Society (Mobile, Route A)
6: 30 PM: Pharaohs, Order of Hebe, Conde Explorers (Mobile, Route A)

Sunday, February 1st (Super Bowl)
2 PM: Krewe de la Heron Lakes <kids> (Heron Lakes Circle)

Wednesday, February 4th
12:30 PM: Mystics of Ashland Place <kids> (Lanier Avenue)

Thursday, February 5th
6:30 PM: Order of Polka Dots (Mobile, Route A)

Friday, February 6th
6:30 PM: Order of Inca (Mobile, Route A)
6:45 PM: Apollo’s Mystic Ladies (Daphne)

Saturday, February 7th
10 AM: Hickory Ridge Kids Krewe <kids> (Timberly Circle)
2 PM: Mobile Mystics, Mobile Mystical Revelers (Mobile, Route A)
6:30 PM: Maids of Mirth, Butterfly Maidens, Krewe of Marry Mates (Mobile, Route A)
6:45 PM: Knights of Ecor Rouge (Fairhope)

Sunday, February 8th
2 PM: Mystics of Children <kids> (Rosswood Drive)
6: 30 PM: Neptune’s Daughters, OOI (Mobile, Route A)

Monday, February 9th
6:30 PM: Order of Venus (Mobile, Route A)

Tuesday, February 10th
6:30 PM: Order of LaShe’s (Mobile, Route A)

Thursday, February 12th
1 PM: Order of Impalas <kids> (St. Ignatius Catholic School)
6:30 PM: Mystic Stripers Society (Mobile, Route A)

Friday, February 13th
6:30 PM: Crewe of Columbus (Mobile, Route A)
6:30 PM: Mystical Order of Mirams (Orange Beach)
6:45 PM: Maids of Jubilee (Fairhope)

Saturday, February 14th (Valentine’s Day)
11 AM: Foley Parade (Foley)
11 AM: Krewe of Kids <kids> (Krewe of Goats, Prichard route)
Noon: Floral Parade, Knights of Mobile, Mobile Cadets, Mobile Mystical Ladies, Order of Angels (Mobile, Route A)
Noon: Krewe of Goats Parade (Prichard)
Noon: Mystick Revelers (Bay Minette)
2 PM: Krewe of Mullet Mates (Mullet Point)
5:30 PM: Mystics of Pleasure (Orange Beach)
6 PM: Mystics of Time (Mobile, Route A)
6:45 PM: Shadow Barons (Daphne)

Sunday, February 15th
2:29 PM: Loyal Order of the Firetruck (Daphne)
2:30 PM: Joe Cain Procession (Mobile, Route A)
5 PM: Le Krewe de Bienville (Mobile, Route A)

Monday, February 16th (Lundi Gras)
Noon: King Felix III, Floral Parade (Mobile, Route A)
1 PM: Prichard Mardi Gras Association Parade (Prichard)
3 PM: MLK Business and Civic Organization, MLK Monday Mystics, Northside Merchants (Mobile, Route D)
6: 45 PM: Order of Mystic Magnolias (Fairhope)
7 PM: Infant Mystics, Order of Doves (Mobile, Route F)

Tuesday, February 17th (Fat Tuesday)
10 AM: Gulf Shores Mardi Gras Association (Gulf Shores)
10:30 AM: Order of Athena (Mobile, Route A)
12:30 PM: Knights of Revelry, King Felix III, Comic Cowboys (Mobile, Route A)
2 PM: Orange Beach Parade (Orange Beach)
2 PM: MAMGA Mammoth Parade (Mobile, Route B)
6 PM: Order of Myths (Mobile, Route C)

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Entertainment Series 2015 presents: Bobby Hendricks’ Drifters with Danny & The Juniors

Dates & Times
Jan 20, 2015 7:00 PM

Erie Meyer Civic Center
Erie Meyer Civic Center, 1930 W. 2nd Street, Gulf Shores, AL 36542
Tickets: $35.00
Event Info
Jump back to the fifties and sixties when songs held meaning, music had rhythm and the singers produced the greatest harmony on earth. Take a stroll down memory lane with Bobby Hendricks Drifters as they play “Save The Last Dance For Me,” “Under The Boardwalk” and “This Magic Moment,” and relive the excitement of your youth while listening to Danny and The Juniors perform “At The Hop,” “Rock And Roll Is Here To Stay,” and more.

Contact Us
PHONE: 251-968-1174

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Winter Camellia and Cold Hardy Annual Displays

Bellingrath Gardens and Home, 12401 Bellingrath Gardens Road, Theodore, AL 36582
Event Info
Dates: January 1 – February 28, 2015
See Bellingrath’s famed Camellias and an interesting winter garden filled with the blooms of ornamental kale, mustard and cabbages, pansies and violas, primrose, cyclamen, tulips, daffodils and hyacinths.

Contact Us
PHONE: 251-973-2217

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