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Need help planning your vacation? Don't know where to start? Our team of experienced locals has curated some of the best content to help you plan your dream vacation. Here's a look at some of our findings, tips, and more:


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8 Festive Orange Beach New Year’s Eve Events

Welcome in 2019 near the sand and the surf of the gulf with these exciting Orange Beach New Year’s Eve events From family-friendly fun, like fireworks and kids activities, to events catered towards adults, find out how you should ring in the new... more

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2019 Orange Beach Events for Your Beach Vacation

The beachside cities of Gulf Shores and Orange Beach are well known for amazing beaches and superb culinary treats, but there are also festivals and events galore that attract visitors year 'round As you’re planning your Spectrum Resorts vacation... more

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The 12 Top Orange Beach Christmas Events

Trade in the snow for snow-white sand and scape the winter blues with these Orange Beach Christmas events Christmas time is just around the corner and we don’t want you to miss out on holiday fun for the entire family Discover the can't miss... more

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How to Spend Thanksgiving in Orange Beach

The holidays can be filled with hustle and bustle, but this year resolve to make Thanksgiving different Leave the stress of the season behind and opt for an Orange Beach Thanksgiving Relax and recharge your mind, body, and soul A holiday getaway on... more

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How to Plan the Ultimate Girls Getaway in Orange Beach

When it's time to disconnect from the everyday to reconnect with your best girlfriends, make a beeline for the beach for sun, fun and friendship A girls getaway in Orange Beach is the perfect opportunity to wine and dine and recharge the soul But,... more

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Golf in Orange Beach: Where to Play a Round

Orange Beach offers some fabulous golf courses for those staying at Turquoise Place and needing a little extracurricular fun Bring your sticks and check out the great golf in Orange Beach on your fall beach trip when the weather is near perfect... more

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Why You Should Purchase Travel Insurance

  When planning an Orange Beach vacation, it’s always a good idea to have a checklist Whether you prefer putting paper to pen, using the notes section on your phone or just making a mental note, there are reminders that need to be included... more

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Top Can’t-Miss Orange Beach Events this Fall

There are so many can’t-miss Orange Beach events and festivals in the fall on Alabama's beaches, it may make your vacation planning a little more difficult! One thing is for sure, no matter when you visit, you're certain to find lots of fun and... more

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6 Ways to Cool Off with Orange Beach Water Sports

When summertime temperatures soar, many beachgoers look for alternate ways to cool off Both Gulf Shores and Orange Beach offer a multitude of activities for water-loving visitors Get ready to splash in the surf, paddle off into the sunset or even... more

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Catch the REEL Deal with Orange Beach Fishing

Boasting a subtropical climate, boats to rent or charter, eight public boat launches and great cook-your-catch restaurants, Gulf Shores and Orange Beach are ideal areas to drop a line and reel in dinner Best of all, these fantastic fishing... more

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4 Fun Restaurants for Lunch in Orange Beach and Gulf Shores

One thing is for certain when vacationing on Alabama’s white-sand beaches – there will be no shortage of culinary temptations! From the finest and freshest seafood to all-American cuisine and everything in between, there’s a bit of it all at... more

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Fourth of July Festivities on the Gulf Coast

Orange Beach on 4th of July is brimming with firework spectaculars and parties While we celebrate the birth of our country and independence, we also look at ways to celebrate with family and friends Backyard burgers and fireworks are a must, but you... more

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Book Direct: What Does it Mean, and Why Should You Do it?

While shopping for your next vacation you may have come across articles and ads encouraging you to “Book Direct”, but may have been unsure of what that means  Booking direct means booking your vacation directly with the rental management... more

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Tips for Planning Your Summer Vacation

Your summer vacation is supposed to be filled with quality time and relaxing family fun Don’t let the planning process create unnecessary hassle and stress associated with trying to plan the perfect vacation  Ensure a hassle-free planning process... more

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Hotels vs. Vacation Rentals – Which is best for your family?

You did it! You have completed all the research and found the perfect destination for your family’s next vacation Imagine yourself taking tons of photos to share with your friends! Now the next step begins – booking a place to stay Should you... more

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Leave Only Footprints – Everything You Need to Know

Did you know that, according to Conserve Energy Future, over one million seabirds are killed by ocean pollution each year Or that 300,000 dolphins and other marine life die each year from entanglement in polluted plastics and items You may wonder... more

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10 Things to Expect When Vacationing on the Gulf Coast

While you’re vacationing at one of our Alabama Gulf Coast rentals, there are some things you can always expect on the Gulf Coast, but we can guarantee you’re going to love it! ... more

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You Should Book Your Summer Vacation Today – Here’s Why

Now that Spring Break is over, many families are turning their attention back towards work and school until Memorial Day  This means that most families will also wait until late May or June to book their summer vacation at one of our Orange Beach... more

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What exactly is the Clean Bed Guarantee?

You’ve seen it in all of our marketing You’ve heard it over and over again mentioned in the Spectrum Experience, but what exactly is the Clean Bed Guarantee You might be thinking, “Oh you have clean beds, well I sure hope so!” Spectrum... more

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Five Reasons to Book Your Vacation Early

Seriously, stop reading this blog immediately and go ahead and book your vacation  Ok, maybe not right this second, but definitely soon  Why would you wait  There are several advantages for the planners that book their vacation months in advance... more

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Things to Do During Inclement Weather on the Gulf Coast

The sun is shining and there’s not a cloud in the sky Picture perfect weather is what everyone is expecting during their beach vacation Unfortunately, sometimes rain and sleet do happen In that case, you shouldn’t have to stop your dream... more

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How to Make the Best of Valentine’s Day When You Are Single

It’s Valentine’s Day, and that means those lucky enough to be in love with that special someone will be doting or doted upon with gifts, heart shaped candy, flowers, romantic dinners and the sort For those who chose the single life or the single... more

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Reasons to visit the Gulf Coast in Winter

Spring is coming and down on the Alabama Gulf Coast, Spring is already here Why should I take my vacation a little early and not wait for Spring Break Well you can freeze for a few more months and miss the sounds of the waves on the beach or take an... more

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3 Ways to Get Your Family Out of the House on Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is only a couple of days away and with that being said, so is family filling your house and the cleaning spree you have been on for the past week is about to end only to have your house turn into a disaster zone with the amount of... more

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Fall Fun and Activities on the Alabama Gulf Coast

The weather is getting cooler and the crowds are thinning out on the Gulf Coast, at least for a little while While you are choosing your pumpkins for carving and costumes for Halloween there is more fun to be had that can be spooky and creative... more

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What to do? Water Sports

It’s hot outside and most days you end up at the beach, playing in the sand, building sand castles and goofing off in the water For those adventurous types, a day at the beach is much more than you think and a little sand and water is not enough... more

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Back to School

It’s August and you know what that means, back to school is around the corner Before you head back to school and back to PTA meetings, band practice and after school activities, spend the last weeks or days with your kids to prepare them for the... more

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Summer Rainy Days on the Gulf Coast

In the summer, you always have rainy days and we need them to cool off from the Alabama heat On those rainy days, typically you are cooped up inside While you are inside and not on the beach or poolside there is always something to do Tanger... more

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Tips and Tricks for Beach Days

For most of us the beach, sand and waves are our happy place For those who do not frequent the beach often, here are a few tips that beach goers should know Jellyfish and wildlife Anyone who goes to the beach notices the beach flag warning... more

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How to Help a Sunburn

We all have those days where you go to the beach or pool and you apply sunscreen in the beginning, but you were there for three hours without reapplying Things happen, you forget, you run out or you can’t keep the kids out of the water long enough... more

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3 Ways to Improve your Beach Photography

Settings, time of day and weather are a huge part of creating some of the best beach pictures Always keep this in mind whether it’s a family portrait, couples pictures, or getting beach shots of the kids Settings The water is always a great... more

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5 Reasons to Visit the Gulf Coast in July

5 Reasons to Visit the Gulf Coast in July July is one of the best and busiest times of the year to head down to the Gulf Coast and spend your summer days But, why Orange Beach and Gulf Shores Concerts – There are a ton of concerts throughout... more

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3 Things to Add to Your Beach Bucket List

  Whether you are a visitor or a local, there are countless places to go on the Gulf Coast  It is the time of year when everyone starts to enjoy being outdoors and taking in some fresh cool air Don’t miss out on making memories by... more

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Coastal Alabama Fall Festivals

Fall is a favorite season on the Alabama Gulf Coast for many reasons including cooler days, lower rates and explosive sunsets over the water Visitors and locals enjoy this time of year because the weather is absolutely amazing! Fall also means... more

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Coastal Alabama Tailgate Getaways

Attention football fanatics! When your team hits the road, hit the beach Bring your friends and family to Gulf Shores and Orange Beach to tailgate this football season Cheer on your favorite team from the comforts of a Gulf-front condo or from one... more

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Stay and Play Labor Day

Labor Day is considered the unofficial end of summer but it is also a great time to plan a trip to the beach You can find a wide range of activities and entertainment including concerts, fishing tournaments, sporting events and family fun Beat those... more

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Gifs That Will Make You Miss the Beach

Summer is coming to an end, but that doesn't mean your love for the beach has to! We decided to compile a small list of all our favorite things about the beach "gif style" These gifs will make you ready to book your beach vacation for next year 1... more

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4 Coastal Attractions Keeping You Cool this Summer

With temperatures at their summer peak, the things on people’s minds are ways to stay cool and have fun at the same time  When you add the humidity factor that is ever so present in the southeast, you have one hot summer The standard attire in... more

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4 Must Try Alabama Seafood Dishes

In last week’s post we highlighted 10 Things to Expect When Vacationing on the Gulf Coast  Number seven on the list is the fact that every restaurant claims to have the best seafood in town  The fact is you really can’t go wrong at any of the... more

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Tips on Packing for Your Next Beach Day

Packing for your beach vacation can be stressful, but Spectrum Resorts is here to give you a checklist of the perfect items for your day at the beach Bluetooth speaker – You can buy a Bluetooth speaker for as much as you’re willing to... more

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Celebrate the Fourth of July Gulf Coast Style

The Fourth of July is just a little over a week away, and Spectrum Resorts wants to make sure you know the best places to see fireworks light up the Gulf sky Gulf State Park The Gulf State Park will be helping the city of Gulf Shores celebrate... more

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Watts Up on the Beach

Spectrum Resorts has something we want you to see including sugar-white beaches, panoramic Gulf views, resort amenities, area attractions and much more Spectrum Resorts in going “out in the field” with the locals and visitors with our new... more

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Must Have Summertime Delicacies

Summertime on the Gulf Coast means beach weather, new swim suits, sand everywhere, and, of course, food It’s hard to think about summer without delicious burgers, your favorite drinks, and ice cream To make it easy to satisfy your cravings,... more

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Tips for Planning a Hassle-Free Summer Vacation

Tips for Planning a Hassle-Free Summer Vacation Today’s technology makes planning a vacation a lot easier and stress free When it’s time to book your beach getaway, try using the many available resources to save time and money Let us help you... more

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Must Do’s for the 100 Days of Summer

Visitors will be flocking to the beaches this summer for a little rest and relaxation The 100 Days of Summer are a time to create happy memories while swimming, basking in the sun and enjoying spending time with family and friends Start planning... more

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5 of Our Favorite Water Sports

Where is the best place to go when the temperatures are on the rise and school lets out Most people say the beach, and we do too! There is something refreshing about submerging yourself in the cool waters of Coastal Alabama on a hot summer day As... more

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What is the Clean Bed Guarantee at Spectrum Resorts?

What is the Clean Bed Guarantee at Spectrum Resorts We have stayed in many hotels and resorts on our travels and growing up I always rented a condominium on the beach but I have never stayed at a nicer, friendlier resort than with Spectrum... more

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5 Kid Friendly Coastal Alabama Restaurants

One of the benefits of going on vacation is the luxury of dining out Most people dread the everyday routine of cooking and cleaning on vacation and going out to eat while out of town is the easiest way to experience the local cuisine And you don’t... more

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Girls Getaway: Setting Sail to the Beach

Blog written by Heather Boothman A Brit and a Southerner  Planning a girl’s getaway can be difficult especially when trying to come to an agreement on the best destination Whether it’s shopping sprees or relaxing with spa day... more

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Shave an Hour off of Your Drive to the Alabama Gulf Coast

Each year, millions of vacationers will pack their bags and head to the Alabama Gulf Coast  With so many people all heading to the same destination, traffic can quickly back up and add hours to your trip  If you and your family are planning on... more

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Easter EGGcitement

Easter is a time to rejoice and celebrate life  Make plans to spend quality time relaxing and creating happy memories with your family The Gulf Coast is filled with Easter festivities and Spring Break activities Are you looking for some Easter... more

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We Pack to Travel – Take Home Alabama’s Finest Seafood

There is nothing like sinking your teeth into some of the finest seafood on the Alabama Gulf Coast Visitors flock to the area to relax on the shore and enjoy the freshest Gulf cuisine In addition to enjoying fresh shrimp, fish and oysters while you... more

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Must Have Items for Your Beach Vacation

The weather is getting warmer and the daydreams of your next beach vacation are about to become reality As you are going down your check list of must have items for your vacation, be sure to add a few things that will maximize your beach fun in the... more

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Top Travel Award given to The Beach Club

TripAdvisor’s family travel site has recognized The Beach Club as one of the top hotels for families Managed by Spectrum Resorts, The Beach Club received the honor of being a "Top 10 “Family Vacation Critic Favorite” The award is given to... more

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Coastal Alabama Restaurants that will Cook It when you Hook It

It is no secret that the Alabama Gulf Coast is famous for offshore and inshore fishing The variety of saltwater and freshwater fish will have you hooked, especially when you catch it yourself After reeling in the big one, sit back and let one of... more

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2015’s Events You Don’t Want to Miss

The Alabama Coast has great weather year round and Gulf Shores and Orange Beach have become popular destinations not only for beach vacations but for festivals as well It is a great time to make your plans to visit the pristine beaches on the Gulf... more

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7 Must Dos for Spring Break in Gulf Shores and Orange Beach

If you are beating the winter blues by daydreaming of a relaxing beach vacation to the Alabama Gulf Coast, then we’ve got you covered When reserving your Spring Break vacation rental, we recommend planning a few local activities that we think... more

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Questions to ask When Choosing a House or Condo for Spring Break

When it comes to choosing the perfect house or condo for Spring Break, we suggest doing as much research as possible Before booking your much anticipated Spring Break getaway, check out all of your options Both have benefits and it all depends on... more

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The Top Orange Beach Mardi Gras Parades & Festivities For 2019

Celebrate Mardi Gras Alabama style with a slew of Orange Beach Mardi Gras parades and events happening in 2019 From colorful parades to evening Mardi Gras masquerades, there's plenty to do in and around Orange Beach for Mardi Gras! Discover the... more

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Clean Bed Guarantee with Spectrum Resorts

Every year hundreds of thousands of travelers come to the Alabama Gulf Coast for their family vacations While there are some beach front hotels, the vast majority of guests will rent a condo or beach house for their stay These guests will arrive to... more

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5 Things to Do on a Rainy Beach Day

Rain always puts a damper on a fun day at the beach When you envision a relaxing day of waves, sand and pure relaxation, you don’t expect it to rain No one expects rainfall on their coastal getaways but weather is often unpredictable When rain... more

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4 Reasons to Book Your Beach Vacation in Advance

The New Year is here and we recommend you beat the winter blues by looking forward to warmer weather and planning a beach vacation to the Alabama Gulf Coast We suggest you start researching beach vacations so you can have an advantage on the travel... more

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4 Popular New Year’s Eve Celebrations on the Coast

New Year’s Eve is a time to say goodbye to one year and to start a new year off with a bang Where better to do that than on the Alabama Gulf Coast watching fireworks, enjoying fresh local cuisine and spending quality time with friends and family ... more

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How to Host a Last Minute Holiday Cocktail Party

By Martie Duncan/MartieDuncancom You’ve got the house decorated, why not ask a few friends over for some holiday cheer Here is a no-fail plan for a quick get-together-just in time for the most wonderful time of the year The food doesn't... more

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4 Great Christmas Shopping Destinations in Baldwin County

When it comes to Christmas shopping, Baldwin County has a lot to offer  As everyone is making their Christmas list and checking it twice, stores across the country are prepared for the busiest shopping season of the year  From Thanksgiving through... more

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48 hours in Gulf Shores

What happens when you can’t sneak away for an entire week getaway but need at least 48 hours to recharge Fill up the gas tank and plan a visit to Gulf Shores! Pack your bags and head out as soon as you can Friday evening and enjoy the next two... more

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3 Reasons Why a Vacation Rental is Perfect for Hosting Your Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is a great time of year that brings families together to enjoy homemade food, football and quality time together  Unfortunately, if you’re responsible for coordinating the festivities Thanksgiving can also be a stressful holiday  If... more

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5 Happy Hour Hot Spots along Alabama Beaches

With well known and sought after restaurants along the Alabama Gulf Coast, Spectrum Resorts is investigating what establishments have the best ‘Happy Hour’ in Gulf Shores and Orange Beach Here 5 of the best Happy Hours on the Island Village... more

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Bike Your Way Through Gulf Shores and Orange Beach

The cooler air of fall has arrived and many residents and visitors are looking for outdoor activities on theAlabama Gulf Coast Biking is a popular land-based adventure that offers exercise and site seeing at the same time  Get in touch with Mother... more

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It’s 5 O’clock at LuLu’s Homeport Marina Restaurant in Gulf Shores

To wrap up our September blog series on Gulf Shores’ most popular restaurants and area attractions, the Spectrum Resorts team headed to Lucy Buffett’s popular LuLu’s at Homeport Marina Just like The Hangout, LuLu’s offers more than delicious... more

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Sail Away with Wild Hearts

If you looking for a fun and relaxing way to spend time with your family on the water instead of in the water, then Sail Wild Hearts is for you You can’t imagine a more perfect day to go sailing The sun was shining and there was a late summer... more

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Take a Step Back in Time at the National Naval Aviation Museum

Visiting the National Naval Aviation Museum in Pensacola, Florida was like taking a step back in time  As soon as we drove onto the navy base, there was an overwhelming patriotic feeling that came over us Service men and women risk their lives... more

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The Hangout – Where 59 Ends and the Fun Begins

This month, The September Series Blog will feature Spectrum Resorts marketing team visiting four of the Alabama Gulf Coast’s top restaurants and attraction to give readers an inside look at area favorites Read three first-hand descriptions about... more

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Football on the Beach: The 5 Best Places to Watch Your Favorite Team

Now that summer has come and gone, fall is upon us That can only mean one thing down on the Alabama Gulf Coast, football season There is nothing better than watching your favorite team with a group of friends in a great atmosphere while enjoying... more

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Liven Up Your Beach Vacation with a Skate Park, Alligators and Laser Tag

There are several activities in Gulf Shores and Orange Beach that the entire family will find entertaining  From putt-putt golf and go-karts to arcades and water parks there is something for everyone  Sometimes, though, the more... more

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Here’s Why Fall is the New Summer on the Gulf Coast

School is starting back and some kids are experiencing back-to-school blues, so give them something to look forward to A fall break at the beach will give the kiddos something to look forward to, and you can offer it as a reward for good behavior... more

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The Thunder Rolls on the Coast August 22

Thunder is the last sound you want to hear when you are relaxing on Alabama’s beautiful beaches unless it’s the roaring sound coming from Thunder on the Gulf Fans of all ages are eagerly anticipating the annual powerboat races on the liquid race... more

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