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Gulf Coast Spring Events & Savings

Enjoy a last minute Spring vacation along the Alabama Gulf Coast! Check out a few of the events we have going on in the area while you are in town.

We are offering a last minute Spring Special on our Gulf Coast Rentals!! Book Now and you can enjoy 20% OFF the rent when you stay 4 nights or more, condos only. Stay must be completed by May 14, 2018.

2018 Baldwin County Strawberry Festival

The Baldwin County Strawberry Festival is a local tradition held annually every April at Loxley Municipal Park. Every year, visitors join us from all around the Southeast to enjoy the special events, car shows, pageants, music, crafts and, of course, the Strawberry Festival!gulf shores AL baldwin county festival

We invite you to join us for our 2018 event. Not only will you share a memorable experience with friends and family, but you will also help us raise funds for worthy causes right here in our community. Baldwin County Strawberry Festival is a local non-profit organization and all event proceeds stay local. Funds raised benefit Loxley Elementary School and the ARC Baldwin County, Inc.

Fun Facts that make you feel better about stuffing yourself with Strawberries! Did you know that not only are Strawberries beautiful to look at but they are jam-packed with vitamins, fiber and high levels of antioxidants. They are also sodium free, fat-free, cholesterol free and low in calories!

4th Annual Zydeco Crawfish Festival

Join the party at East 24th Ave. in the Waterway Village on April 14, 2018, for the 4th Annual Zydeco Crawfish Festival! The day kicks off at 8 am with the 5K run. There will also be a 1-mile fun run for those who are beginners.

gulf shores zydeco crawfish festival

The day will be filled with wonderful food, with the Crawfish boil starting around 10 am.

There will be Arts and Craft booths, children’s activities and if you are in the market for an original piece of artwork, you can find that there as well!

The music starts at 9 am and will last until dark.

9th Annual Bama Coast Cruise

This is a must-see for any car enthusiast! The 9th Annual Bama Coast Cruise will be held at The Wharf in Orange Beach Alabama. This event is Free to the public! Come see all the incredible cars and take advantage of the great food and shopping at the Wharf! On Saturday, April 28, 2018, they will have the annual Parade Cruise that starts at the Wharf and will go down the Beach Hwy and back. See you at the Wharf!!

Some restrictions do apply; please contact our office for more information.

Trust me when I say you will not want to miss out on our great savings!

Vacation Home Gulf Shores Thanksgiving

Gulf Shores Thanksgiving Vacation

Thanksgiving is an amazing time of the year to take a vacation in Gulf Shores/Orange Beach, AL. We are offering low rates plus discounts on top of our already low rates!

Enjoy the beautiful views overlooking the Gulf of Mexico from the balcony of one of our gulf front rental properties. Treat yourself to one of the many delicious Gulf Shores Thanksgiving dinners being prepared at a restaurant near you. Then finish off your evening at Tanger Outlet Mall, Walmart, Office Depot and more and you hope for the amazing black Friday deals!

This will be a Thanksgiving for the books… memory books that is!

Happy Thanksgiving!

 

Gulf Coast Happenings – Fall 2017

Are there any Gulf Coast events scheduled for this fall?  Well, of course! Check out some of the fantastic food and other events in the area and plan to join us for the fun! After reading about these fun happenings, learn about the lodging deals available!

Check out these great Gulf Coast events going on in October

Oktoberfest

Let’s kick off the month with the 2nd Annual Oktoberfest! This event will take place at Cosmo’s in Orange Beach and will feature delicious German food! But that’s not all… There will also be a great selection of polka music, games and more!! You can purchase tickets at www.lunaseatanddrink.com for only $10 which includes a beer mug!

Shrimp Festival

For all you seafood lovers, The 46th Annual National Shrimp Festival is a four day event that will be held October 12th – 15th. Come on down and enjoy the savoury fresh seafood of the Gulf! There is roughly 200 lbs of shrimp prepared every day by some of the area’s best chefs. Attractions include Outdoor World, Singing for Scholarships, the Annual Sand Sculpture Contest, the 10K and 5K races and the Children’s Activity Village!!

Can you believe the Shrimp Festival attracts over 300,000 people each year?!

German Sausage Festival

Oh and let’s not forget about the Original German Sausage Festival which is being held at the end of October. This even is held twice a year and that is still not enough to feed the cravings of the BEST EVER German Sausage!!

Did I mention that we are offering 15-20% off the rent of our vacation rentals?! Now you can celebrate these Gulf Coast events and still save! Some restrictions do apply, but check out our great lodging specials. You can contact one of our friendly, professional reservationists to give you more information.

Sea Turtles need clear access to their nesting sites to lay their eggs each season.

Nesting Sea Turtles

Beach Access for Turtles!

Leave only footprints was a campaign implemented to help keep the beach clean as well to make it easier for nesting sea turtles to journey from the water to their nesting sites and back again. Leaving nothing on the beach to impede their progress is important for nesting activity. It is very important that nesting sea turtles are never disturbed. They may abort the process if they feel threatened.

A female turtle looks forSea Turtles need clear access to their nesting sites to lay their eggs each season. a dark quiet place to lay her eggs, usually amounting to 100 eggs. She proceeds to dig a hole using her flippers. She will dig as deep as she can and then will start having her contractions. Several eggs will drop with each contraction. She will continue the process until the chamber is full or her “clutch” is complete. Clutch refers to the number of eggs produced and deposited in the nest.

She will then start to cover the chamber with sand until the eggs are completely covered. The mama sea turtle will then try her best to conceal the nest from predators as she makes her way back to the sea. Once she leaves the nest, she never returns to it. When the eggs open the little hatchlings are on their own as they make their way back to the sea.

Baby sea turtles are attracted to bright lights. Condo managers, developers and owners of private homes on the beach are encouraged to use red or amber colored lights instead of the bright white spot lights so as not to draw them away from the sea.

Sea Turtles nest May-October and can have anywhere between 2-8 nests per season.

We all love our turtles and do everything we can to protect them. To learn more about the area’s sea turtle population , visit AlabamaSeaTurtles.com.  Want to visit us and see the turtles yourself?  Take a look at our Special Deals page or give us a call at 1-800-334-5107 to arrange your stay.

Thanksgiving Getaway at the Beach

Thanksgiving Getaway at the Beach in Gulf ShoresThanksgiving is one of the best times to vacation at the beach. I mean who could resist the incredibly low rental rates that are being offered this time of year?! Plus, we are offering free night specials on top of the already low rates!! Start thinking about a Thanksgiving getaway today!

Make this year’s Thanksgiving a memorable one by spending it at the beach with your family. Kick back and relax on the balcony of one of our beautiful gulf front rental properties. Enjoy a delicious Thanksgiving dinner at one of the numerous restaurants along the Gulf Coast. Then end your evening with the amazing black Friday deals offered at Tanger Outlet Mall, Walmart and more!!

Trust me when I say, the beach is absolutely beautiful this time of year.

Happy Thanksgiving!

National Museum of Naval Aviation and Great Gulf Shores Things to Do

The Gulf Coast has several events going on this month that may interest you! So go ahead and get your phone ready so one of our friendly, professional reservationists can help you find a vacation rental for one of these exciting events.

9th Annual Oyster Cook Off at The Hangout

Oyster Cook Off Gulf Shores Alabama

Oyster Cook Off Gulf Shores Alabama

For those of you with a love for oysters, the Oyster Cook Off is a must!! Every year this event brings celebrity chefs from all over the U.S., to the beautiful white sand beaches of the Alabama Gulf Coast, to host cooking demonstrations and workshops that’ll leave you with an opportunity to learn from the best.

Did I forget to mention that you can sample oysters, enjoy unlimited beer tastings and dance along to some great music?!

2016 World Food Championships

The World Food Championships is celebrating its 5th Anniversary in Orange Beach, Alabama this year. Do you love food? Purchase tickets to this event and you can eat the delicious food that will be served. If tasting the food not enough… Then Volunteer at the event or sign up to judge the competition!!

The World Food Championships is a mouth-watering event that you’re guaranteed to love!

Blue Angels Homecoming Air Show

Bring your family and friends to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the Blue Angels team for Veteran’s Day weekend on November 11th and 12th. The high-flying performers will leave you in awe by the end of the show. Once that is over, make sure to stop by the many vendor, food and souvenir booths that will be set up at the show. The kids are sure to love the kids’ fun zone.

Don’t forget to visit the National Museum of Naval Aviation and learn all about the history of Naval Aviation. Enjoy the amazing aircrafts and exhibits. Take a ride on one of the flight simulators. Or just enjoy a movie on the giant screen theatre.

Do yourself a favor. Pick up the phone and contact us at 800-334-5107 or visit our properties for more information.

Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo

Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo

“The Little Zoo That Could”Sign for the Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo

When you visit Gulf Shores, Al of course your initial thought is the beautiful white sand beaches and fun in the sun. While the beach may be the main attraction for vacationers, it’s “The Little Zoo That Could” (otherwise known as the Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo!) that wins their hearts.

“The Little Zoo That Could” was opened in 1989. During this time it was known as Zooland Animal Park. It has come a long way since then. With donations of land this zoo is now the home to 300 animals. Vacationers have the opportunity not only to visit the zoo, but to get up close and person with the animals.

It is the home to tigers, lions, bears and several different species of monkeys. Enjoy the Two tiger cubs playing in a basket at the zoo.adventurous exhibits and “encounter” areas while you take in the tropical aviaries that include peacocks, parrots and so much more. Families who visit “The Little Zoo That Could” will leave with a treasured experience after visiting the exotic creatures located right in the heart of Gulf Shores.

Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo awaits your visit. While you’re there don’t forget to visit the gift shop and pick up the 13-episode Animal Planet four-disc DVD set. This cherished zoo has sustained many struggles but has overcome all Mother Nature has thrown at it. The staff plays a huge part in the success of “The Little Zoo That Could”. Their love for the animals is exactly what keeps this attraction expanding. In fact, a new, large green home on the mainland is in the process of being built just a few miles away from the original location.

The beaches, the restaurants and the nightlife are reason enough to vacation on The Gulf, but do not head home without stopping in and saying hello to Gulf Shores, “The Little Zoo That Could”.

Zoo Hours of Operation:

Open 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Daily

(Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas, & New Year’s Day)

Zoo Admission:

 $11 Adults • $9 Seniors • $8 Kids 3-12 

  • Kids age 2 and Under are FREE! •

Contact the Zoo:

 1204 Gulf Shores Parkway

Gulf Shores, AL 36542

251-968-5732 (Main)

251-968-5731 (Info Line)

Check out more information about the Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo and it’s exhibits and events today!

Gulf Coast Zoo Videos:

Or even better… Checkout a sneak peek at some of the park in one of these YouTube videos.

Wild Mike’s Animal Show

Video of Wild Mike Animal Show at the Gulf Coast Zoo

Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo: Animal Encounters

Video of the Animal Encounters at the Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo.

Historic Fort Morgan Alabama

Come Experience Historic Fort Morgan Alabama!

Located on Mobile Point, at the end of Scenic Fort Morgan Peninsula, the site of the historic fort has a diverse number of activities to make your reservation and visit a memorable one.

View of Historic Fort Morgan Alabama

View from across the bay from Dauphin Island

Preceded by another fort, Fort Bowyer during the War of 1812, Historic Fort Morgan Alabama is a Third System masonry fort built between 1819 and 1833. Standing guard where the bay meets the Gulf of Mexico, the fort played a significant role in the Battle of Mobile Bay in August 1864. Used intermittently through the Spanish American War, World War I and World War II, the site showcases the evolution of seacoast fortifications and adaptations made by the U.S Army for the defense of the Country.

If you enjoy history, you’ll love the depth and preservation at the Fort Morgan State Historic site, including guided tours in peak seasons such as June and July, and year round access to enjoy self guided tours. The museum offers an array of historical artifacts relevant to the span of history at the fort, as well as full displays sharing insight into the life of those who manned the fort at various times.

More Than Just a Fort

More than just history, the site also has nature areas, and a boat launch for the outdoors man to enjoy. Or you can simply sit back and relax and let the worries of the world slip away.

Whatever your reason for visiting, make sure Historic Fort Morgan is part of your visit to Alabama’s beautiful Gulf Coast!

Historic Fort Morgan ADMISSIONS:

ADULTS: $7.00  SENIOR: $5.00 (65 and up)  CHILD: $4.00 (6-12)(6 and under free)  FAMILY: $18.00 (2 adults and 2 kids)  ACTIVE MILITARY/VETERANS: FREE WITH MILITARY ID

For more Information check out their website or book a nearby vacation rental!

Gulf State Park

Gulf State Park: Fun for the Whole Family!

Are you looking to experience all the Alabama Gulf Coast has to offer? If so, The Gulf State Park is just for you. At this park you will enjoy everything from camping, hiking, the gorgeous Gulf Coast beaches, a fantastic fishing pier, along with so much more.

The opportunities for fun and relaxation are limitless at this state park. The park offers primitive camping, cottages, cabins and RV hook-ups. Fill your day with hiking the 10 trails offered while you take in nature’s beauty. Be sure to bring your camera so you don’t miss out on photos of all the wildlife you come in counter with.

The fishing pier is an anglers dream! For a small fee you can fish right from the pier. The pier is 20- feet wide and extends 1,512 feet into the Gulf of Mexico. With the right bait on your line you are sure to catch various species of saltwater fish. If you would rather freshwater fish, the opportunity for that is offered at this state park. There is 900 acres provided by Lake Shelby for you to cast your lines into.

Do you have a dog you want to bring with you? The Gulf State Park welcomes your four legged friend. Your pet can enjoy the hiking   trails, the campground and the picnic area as long as they are on a leash. When you want to free your pet from the leash you can do so at the Dog Pond.

When you feel like experiencing a day or night out on the town you can so! The park is located near various restaurants, shopping and entertainment for the entire family. Just because you are camping doesn’t mean you can’t get out and about to enjoy the town.

Gulf State Park’s Nature Center

The nature center is a living museum of plants and animals that are native to the Gulf Coast region. It is their goal to inspire people to care for the environment by expanding their knowledge of the state’s natural resources through experiences that lead them to understand their connection to the natural world. The Gulf State Park has weekly programs that include guided nature walks, beach walks. Pier walks, and a nature time. Through these educational programs, they offer a multitude of learning opportunities for children and adults about Alabama’s Gulf Coast. Additionally, GSP Nature Center works closely with the United States Fish & Wildlife Service to protect Alabama’s sea turtles through the volunteer program known as Share the Beach.

There is an entrance fee of $2.00 per vehicle to enter the Campground. Lodging and campground guests are exempt from this fee.

Hours of Operation: 9:00 am to 4:00 pm Monday – Saturday. Closed on Sunday.

Fly across Gulf State Park on a zipline.

The Gulf Adventure Center at Gulf State Park operates its Hummingbird Ziplines, allowing thrill-seekers to fly over the park at Lake Shelby. If you’re down for a real adventure, head over and get strapped into a full-body harness. Once you complete the mandatory ground training, you’ll climb up a rope ladder to one of the eagle’s nests, towering as high as 90 feet above the ground. From this vantage point, you can see for miles. Look west toward Fort Morgan, north to see some of Foley, and east to the Perdido Key and Pensacola area. The thrill of this view is nothing compared to the one you’ll get soaring across the Gulf State Park at Lake Shelby. The zipline course is more than a mile in total, but each stretch of cable is about 380 to 1228 feet, carrying visitors over scenic views of the parks dunes, lakes and trails. As you fly, be sure to look out to the south and admire the sparkling Gulf waters lapping at the shore. Although the entire experience takes about two and a half hours, once you’re actually flying, you’ll be back on the ground again before you know it! Of course, if you don’t like flying, there are plenty of other ways to enjoy Gulf State Park. The Gulf Adventure Center also offers kayaking and paddle boarding rentals for use on Lake Shelby within the park.

We encourage you and your family to visit the Gulf State Park for memories that will last a lifetime. Free yourself from the stress of a busy town and enter into the tranquility that this park has to share! And if you need help with a Gulf Shores vacation rental, don’t forget that Anchor Vacations is here for you!

USS ALABAMA BATTLESHIP MEMORIAL PARK

USS ALABAMA BATTLESHIP MEMORIAL PARK

Voyage through time and revisit an era of adventure and bravery as you tour the many exhibits located at the USS Alabama Battleship Memorial Park in Mobile, AL nearby to our Gulf Shores and Orange Beach vacation rentals.

The USS Alabama

USS Alabama (BB-60), a South Dakota-class battleship, was the sixth ship of the United States Navy named after the US state of Alabama. Alabama was commissioned in 1942 and served in World War II in the Atlantic and Pacific. The recipient of nine WWII Battle Stars, the Battleship USS Alabama and her crew of 2,500 saw action in the Atlantic for a year before joining the Pacific Fleet in the mid-1943. There she fought at such key locations such as Leyte, the Gilbert Islands and Okinawa. After the signing of the war ending surrender documents in September 1945, USS Alabama, or the “Mighty A”, as she was known, led the American fleet into Tokyo Bay.

The DRUM

Alongside the battleship is America’s oldest Gato Class US submarine on public display. The DRUM is named for a large Sea-Bass found off the North Atlantic Coast. With its crew of 72 men, the Drum conducted 13 war patrols, was awarded 12 Campaign Stars, and sank 15 Japanese ships totaling over 80,000 tons. Visitors can go below and inside and will see the conditions that confronted our Navy’s submarine.

Air Force Air Planes

Relive the glory days of the Air Force with “Calamity Jane”, a B-52 Stratofortress that served with the Strategic Air Command (SAC). Another cold war veteran, the A-12 “Blackbird” spy-plane, is a fascinating blast from the past. Inspect the other aircraft from Korea, Vietnam, and Desert Storm too.

Come Enjoy the USS Alabama Memorial Battleship Park

Be sure to visit the inspiring Vietnam and Korean War memorials and checking out the other aircraft and military equipment in their park. Take time to relax by the Bay with something delicious from The Galley then, stop by the Ships Store where you will find unique clothing, mementos and other military-themed items. There is so much to see at USS Alabama Memorial Park! Come visit and take a step back in time, reliving the many thrilling stories that played out aboard the Battleship ALABAMA & Submarine USS DRUM.

Learn More about visiting the USS Alabama

USS Alabama Memorial Battleship Park

2703 Battleship Pkwy, Mobile, AL 36603

Checkout Vacation Rentals on the Beach and within driving distance of the Park.