Walk on the beach with this Valentine's Day Gulf Shores Vacation Deal

Gulf Shores and Orange Beach | Things to To Do in Spring

There is a lot of fun to be had in Gulf Shores with awesome Orange Beach things to do this spring. Several events we recommend you check out while on vacation are:


Ballyhoo is an exciting one-day event held on March 3, 2018 by the Gulf Coast Arts Alliance. This event will take place at the Waterway Village in Gulf Shores, AL. Get ready to enjoy live music, a Queen of Ballyhoo contest, trackless train and petting zoo for the kiddos and fine art. There will also be an amazing performance by the Poarch Band of Creek Indians and delicious food to munch on as you watch the show.

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Enjoy a nice stroll at the Festival of Art in Orange Beach while viewing amazing arts & crafts, pottery, painters, sculptors and so much more! Bring the kiddos along as there will be a kid’s art alley for them to have some fun at too. Parking will be available at The Wharf where you will take a ride on a shuttle to and from the event for a small fee.

Orange Beach Invasion Car Show

Come on down and have fun at the newest car, truck and bike show to hit the area! The Orange Beach Invasion Car show will take place at The Wharf on Saturday, March 17, 2018. This event will be one for the books so don’t miss out!

Wharf Boat & Yacht Show

The Wharf Boat & Yacht Show is the biggest in water boat show on the upper Gulf Coast. Over $90 million of boats will be on display for you intrigue and amazement. View more than 135 vessels in the water and over 450 boats on land. Plus, you can explore the exhibitors showing off the newest marine gear and electronics.

Spring into action and book your beach vacation today! Don’t forget that you can save $$$ when you #BookDirect with Anchor Vacations, Inc. Please contact our office at 800-334-5107 and one of our friendly, professional reservationists will be happy to help you.

Mardi Gras Gulf Shores

Gulf Shore Mardi Gras 2018

Gulf Shores Mardi Gras 2018 is a great way to enjoy some exciting, family-style parades along the Gulf Coast. Join us at 10 am on Tuesday, February 13th 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 their parade at 2 pm.Gulf Shores Mardi Gras Parade

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 this is the first time you have ever been to a Mardi Gras parade, plan to come early as the crowds normally fill the streets at least half an hour prior to a parade. Plus the roads close early in preparation of the parade.

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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Hangout Music Festival 2017

Easter eggs and sand cookies at the beach.

Easter at the Beach 2017

Enjoy great Gulf Shores Vacation Deals During Mardi Gras!

Gulf Shores Mardi Gras 2017

Mardi Gras 2017 in Gulf Shores:

It is that time once again; our Gulf Shores Mardi Gras 2017 will kick off on Saturday, February 28th with the annual Gulf Shores Mardi Gra Parade along the Gulf Coast. Get ready to snag your front row spot on the parade route, along with many others, as you stuff your bags with beads, moon pies, stuffed animals and much, much more!

Enjoy great Gulf Shores Vacation Deals During Mardi Gras!Each year Mardi Gras takes over the Gulf Shores area offering fun and festivities for the whole family. Consider visiting, as we have the same great food, shops, and beaches with a lot less crowds then the summer time. Plus our Gulf Shores Mardi Gras parade 2017 is bound to the the best yet!

Things to Remember for the Mardi Gras Parade…

  1. Dress in Layers. You can never be too warm, trust me!
  2. Arrive Early! This way you can claim your front row spot. Plus, roads normally close 30 minutes prior to the start of the parade.
  3. Bring a bag to store all the goodies you catch.
  4. Please be sure to stay behind the barricades as they are placed there for your safety!

Don’t forget to check for Mardi Gras parade routes and schedules.

Plan to Stay for Gulf Shores Mardi Gras 2017

If you are in search of a condo or beach house please view our rental properties! Also, take a moment to visit our vacation deals page as we are currently offering 20% off a 3 night stay during all Mardi Gras festivities. Feel free to book online or contact one of our friendly, professional reservationists at 800-334-5107.



Walk on the beach with this Valentine's Day Gulf Shores Vacation Deal

Valentine’s Day 2017 Gulf Shores

Why Valentine’s Day 2017 in Gulf Shores?

Looking for that perfect something for Valentine’s Day? Come to the beach, enjoy the view, good food, romance, and best of all each other! Experience Valentine’s Day 2017 in Gulf Shores with a great  Vacation Deal!

A Romantic Walk on the Beach 

Spend Valentine’s Day 2017 in Gulf Shores or Orange Beach where you can enjoy a beautiful and peaceful walk along the beach as the kickoff to a romantic getaway for  you and your loved one. The gorgeous views and relaxing sounds of the gulf will guarantee a very memorable Valentine’s Day for you and your sweetheart no matter what!Walk on the beach with this Valentine's Day Gulf Shores Vacation Deal

Renew Your Vows for Valentine’s Day

Complete your romantic getaway by celebrating your commitment to one another at Lulu’s 9th Annual Tropical Re-Union Wedding Vow Renewal Ceremony. Each couple will receive a complementary cake and champagne toast, the bride will be given flowers and each couple will even receive a certificate of this re-union once the ceremony is complete.

Great Gulf Shores Food

Wine and dine your loved one with a Valentine’s Dinner at Coast Restaurant at The Beach Club in Gulf Shores. Enjoy a delicious three course dinner and a complimentary glass of champagne to help celebrate such a wonderful occasion. Did I mention that your dinner will be prepared by award-winning Executive Chef John Hamme?! Chef Hamme has twenty-seven years of experience and has been recognized as a remarkable innovator in the hospitality industry in Alabama. So why not celebrate your love with a meal from one of the best Chefs in Gulf Shores?

Romantic Valentine’s Day Vacation Rental

Better than an ordinary hotel room, consider enjoying 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 offering you a 20% discount when you book a 3 night minimum stay February 10th – February 15th. Along with this incredible discount we will also provide a bottle of champagne for you both to enjoy. Give one of our reservationists a call today!

Checkout Our Valentine’s Day Vacation Deal!


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Christmas in Gulf Shores 2016

Enjoy Christmas in Gulf Shores with sugar white beaches that look like drifting snow but… seasonal temperatures that still allows you to enjoy all the outdoor activities planned throughout the Christmas season!

Get your holiday good will flowing with several parades throughout the South Alabama coastal region!! The Lighted Christmas Parade and Beach Celebrations will roll down HWY 59 entertaining crowds young and old alike, culminating at The Gulf Shores public beaches. Enjoy the festive atmosphere of the 31st Annual Lighted Boat parade that will head east down the canal with hopes of catching a glimpse of the Jolly old Elf himself!

Nothing connects people from all walks of life like music! Be sure to see The Coastal Chorale “Joyful Jingles” or The Baldwin Pops Christmas Concert “Frozen Christmas”. Our own Gulf Shores High School will be having a Chorus Concert and a Winter Band Concert that is sure to delight!

You don’t want to miss the holiday light show at Bellingrath Garden’s and Home! You are sure to go into sensory overload viewing” Magic Christmas in Lights” which U.S.A Today touted as the 6th best Lighted Displays in America for 2014. No matter what your interests… Christmas in Gulf Shores is worth the visit!

To Learn More about the Holiday Activities going on throughout Gulf Shores and Orange Beach click on the event links below:

Lighted Christmas Parade & Beach Celebrations:  www.alabamacoastalchristmas.com

31st Annual Lighted Boat Parade

Bellingrath Garden’s & Home: www.bellingrath.org

Christmas in Gulf Shores with ornaments on the beach

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.