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”!

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!

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.

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.

Tailgate Cook-Off

Enjoy tailgating and want to try to win $500?!?!

Enter the Tailgate Cook-Off at The Keg Lounge and Grill in Orange Beach on January 18, 2014. There is a $50 entry fee which includes up to 4 chefs. First prize wins $500 and a trophy, second prize wins $200 and a trophy and third prize wins a plaque. Enjoy FREE beer throughout the party thanks to major sponsor, Budweiser. For just $8, the public is invited to sample the food from noon until 4 pm. For more information call 251-923-8752.

28th Annual Lighted Christmas Parade

Date & Time: Dec 14, 2013  5:30 PM – 8:30 PM

Location: Parade will assemble at LuLu’s at Homeport Marina, proceed east down the Intracoastal Canal Waterway, and end at Zeke’s Marina in Orange Beach. Coastal Alabama Business Chamber, 3150 Gulf Shores Parkway, Gulf Shores, AL 36542

In its 28th year this annual event has easily become one of the area’s favorite and unique holiday events. The parade will begin at 5:30pm at Lulu’s at Homeport Marina in Gulf Shores and conitnue east into Orange Beach and will end at Zeke’s Landing Marina.

Admission: Free to public.

Phone: 251-968-4237 Website:

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!!!

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

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.

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Posted July 28, 2011 by Anchor Vacations