Gulf Shores & Orange Beach Blog

Welcome to our Gulf Shores and Orange Beach Blog. We at Anchor Vacations live and work in this beautiful area of the Alabama Gulf Coast. This way, we love to share information about whats happening. Local hot spots, recent news, travel tips and more. So if you want the latest scoop from the locals, check out blog frequently!

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 For those of you with […]

Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo

Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo “The Little Zoo That Could” 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!) […]

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. Preceded by another fort, Fort Bowyer during the War of 1812, Historic Fort Morgan Alabama is […]

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. […]


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 […]

Bon Secour National Wildlife Refuge

 Named one of the 10 Natural Wonders of Alabama, the Bon Secour National Wildlife Refuge comprises 7,000 acres on five parcels of land   Information about Bon Secour National Wildlife Refuge Congress established the Refuge in 1980 to preserve the coastal dune ecosystem and to protect threatened and endangered species along with migratory birds. The […]

Blakeley State Park

Visit Historic Blakeley State Park Are you a history buff that thrives on visiting historic areas? If so, you will defiantly want to incorporate the Historic Blakeley State Park into your vacations. Visit the town of Blakeley, one of the oldest towns of Baldwin County dating back to the 1820;s. While you brush up on […]

Meaher State Park

If you are looking to camp, fish or just relax in the great outdoors look no further the Meaher State Park. This beautiful park is located in the wetlands of Mobile Bay. With its 1,327 acres you will truly be surrounded by all that Mother Nature has to offer. Fishing at Meaher State Park Meaher […]

Pirates Cove Gulf Shores

Pirates Cove Marina & Restaurant We know that on your vacation you want a true local experience. Pirates Cove is the destination for you. When you visit Pirates Cove put away your watches, because you are now on island time and everything moves at it’s own pace! You can get there by boat or by […]

Waterville USA Gulf Shores

When you need a break from the sand but you still want to play in the water look no further than Waterville USA located in Gulf Shores. This 20 acre waterpark and amusement park has everything for your family to enjoy! And may people didn’t even know it was an option when they started planning […]

Flora-Bama Fishing & Gulf Shores Summer Activities

Kick back and relax on the beach in Gulf Shores and Orange Beach for the summer!! There are several exciting events you can partake in and of course nothing beats vacationing at the beach. Start with the ever popular Flora-Bama Fishing Rodeo and checkout everything else available in June! FLORA-BAMA FISHING RODEO The Flora-Bama Fishing […]

Gulf Coast Hot Air Balloon Festival

May every sunrise hold more promise, and every sunset hold more peace when you spend your vacation at the beach!! There are several events available for a fun family vacation on the Gulf Coast this May, we invite you to check them out and consider joining us for an early season vacation! Search vacation rental […]

Hangout Music Festival 2016

HANGOUT MUSIC FESTIVAL May 2016          Event Dates: May 20th-22nd, 2016 An annual three-day music festival held at the public beaches of Gulf Shores, Alabama, the Hangout Music Festival is a huge early season attraction in the Gulf Shores area and features many genres of music, including rock, indie, hip hop, and […]

April Gulf Shores Events – 2016

Checkout Fun April Gulf Shores Events for 2016 There is still time to enjoy a last minute Spring vacation on the Alabama Gulf Coast!! View details on the April Gulf Shores events and start planning now! THE BALDWIN COUNTY STRAWBERRY FESTIVAL  – April 9-10 The Baldwin County Strawberry Festival will be April 9th & April […]

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 and 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 […]

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, […]

Attention Winter Guests… Come One Come All!!

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 […]

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 […]

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! […]

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 […]