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.

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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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LuLu’s 16th Anniversary & Mardi Gras Boat Parade

Dates & Times
Feb 17, 2015

LuLu’s, 200 East 25th Avenue, Gulf Shores, AL 36542
Event Info
Join us here at LuLu’s on Fat Tuesday, February 17, 2015 for the biggest, baddest (with a side of Lagniappe) Mardi Gras Celebration in town. Come dressed in your finest beads and costume then start your day with one of our signature beverages while you listen to the great band starting at 11am. Watch the Mardi Gras boat parade as it rolls into LuLu’s and keep the party going with more great music at 5pm. This is a full day of GREAT Eats, GREAT Music, and GREAT FUN!! Oh did I mention it is our anniversary here at LuLu’s? And no anniversary would be complete without complimentary cake! You don’t want to miss this…for more information please contact LuLu’s at 251-967-5858

Contact Us
PHONE: 251-967-LULU (5858)

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Ring in the New Year with Anchor Vacations!


Get ready to ring in the New Year with Anchor Vacations! Rent your condo or beach house and celebrate new beginnings along the Alabama Gulf Coast. There will be several different events such as Noon Year’s Eve at Lulu’s, Reeling in the New Year at the Wharf, New Year’s Eve Hangout Out Peace Out and Flora-Bama’s New Year’s Eve Bash that will help this New Year’s celebration be one you will surely remember!

Get ready for some family-friendly fun at Lulu’s 10th Annual Noon Year’s Eve! This event is FREE to the public and starts at 10 AM. There will be kid safe fireworks, face painting, clowns, games & crafts for the kids! Oh and if you thought that was all, there will even be a sand castle contest. Then get ready for the countdown until Noon and HUGE BEACH BALL DROP on Lulu’s Beach!

Who’s ready to “Reel in the New Year” at The Wharf?! Celebrate New Year’s Eve at the Wharf with their annual street party on Main Street. This event beings at 7 PM and is also free to the public. It will feature live music throughout the night. There will be games and activities for the entire family to enjoy. Then get ready to experience the Wharf’s signature “Marlin Drop” countdown to 2015 and spectacular firework show at midnight.

The Flora-Bama really knows how to get down on New Year’s Eve! Enjoy live music on all three stages, food, party favors and champagne will flow all night. You will not regret ringing in the New Year the Flora-Bama way!

Finally, New Year’s Eve Hangout Peace Out. This event starts at 9PM at The Hangout. Enjoy live music by Kristy Lee and Dirt Road Revival, The Mulligan Brothers and the Hussy Hicks. This even will have a midnight buffet, champagne toast and a balloon drop with Hangout Music Festival tickets!!

What are you waiting for?! Book your reservations now & get ready to enjoy a New Year you will always remember!

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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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