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 you’re family is looking to you for a wonderful Thanksgiving this year, don’t worry because the Alabama Gulf Coast has you covered.  A vacation rental is the perfect place to host your family’s Thanksgiving and here are 3 reasons why. Continue reading “3 Reasons Why a Vacation Rental is Perfect for Hosting Your Thanksgiving”

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 Hideaway at The Beach Club has daily Happy Hour specials from 3 pm until 6 pm daily. Hideout at the Hideaway and enjoy a casual and entertaining dining experience in the areas favorite sports themed restaurant. Happy Hour includes drink specials on domestic and import beers. Food specials include $.05 wings, $4.95 BBQ pork tacos, $ 5.95 junior burger or BLT with fries and much more. Try your swing at the HD Golf Simulator or watch your favorite team while you are there.

Tacky Jack’s in Gulf Shores offers Happy Hour Monday thru Friday from 2 pm until 6 pm where you can find $5 select appetizers and $2 domestic long necks. If you are interested in weekend specials, they offer new specials for live football games. Enjoy beer specials on beer, bourbon, vodka and bushwhackers. Don’t miss out on Jacky Jack’s Karaoke Thursday nights from 5:30 pm until 9:30 pm.

Papa Rocco’s has been voted the People’s choice Award for Best Raw Oysters for eight years in a row. Their motto, “The home of warm beer and lousy pizza” is completely inaccurate but that is why it is so catchy and memorable. Happy hour is Monday thru Friday from 11 am until 7 pm. where you can find $2.50 drafts and $3 well drinks. Papa also offers daily menu specials until 2 pm for only $5.95 

Rafters Restaurant and Sports Bar is not only for avid fans but for anyone looking for good food, a great atmosphere and Happy Hour Monday thru Friday. Located at Pelican Place at Craft Farms, Rafters offers food and drink specials daily.

  • Monday – Domestic drafts are $1.50
  • Tuesday – Frickles and cheddar cheese taters are $3.99
  • Wednesday – $1 off specialty drinks
  • Thursday – All you can eat catfish is $10.99
  • Friday – $2 select wines

Cosmos restaurant and Bar is located in Orange Beach on Canal Road and offers a wide range of dining including hand-cut steaks, local seafood, pasta and sushi. Cosmo’s Happy Hour is daily from 3pm until 5:30 pm and includes house favorites like $5 Firecracker Shrimp and $5 Sweet Home Farms Cheese dip. They offer $3 wine, $3 Cosmopolitans, and $1 Miller High Life. Make sure you check out the chalkboard specials in the bar.

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 Nature and have fun biking along the Gulf Shores and Orange Beach trails.

Alabama State Parks are celebrating a milestone this year – its 75th anniversary. Celebrate by hopping on a bike and exploring miles of trails including the Hugh S. Branyon Backcountry Trail where hikers and riders can see marshes, sand dunes, swamps and creeks. The Backcountry Trails consist of 13.5 miles, six trails and seven distinct ecosystems.

The trails run from Orange Beach to Gulf Shores in the wilderness part of the State Park. There you will find a biking friendly culture and peaceful natural surroundings that will keep you coming back for more.  Biking is a great way to escape the big city lights and hustle and bustle so you can clear your thoughts and appreciate your surroundings. If you are visiting Fort Morgan Road, Coyote Crossing is a 6 mile trail that is an extension of the Backcountry Trail.

Many visitors to the Gulf Coast do not want to have to haul a bicycle from home to the beach. We completely understand and so does Infinity Bicycles. Located in Orange Beach, they offer rentals and are conveniently located less than a mile from one of the entrances to the park. They also offer group rides every Saturday at 7:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. The early morning ride is theRoad Ride and is 30-35 miles in and around Orange Beach. The Leisure Ride is later and more casual through the Backcountry Trail.

Biking is an adventure and regardless of the temperature outside, you should always pack enough water and keep safe by wearing a helmet.  There are so many great trails located on the Alabama Coast that you should avoid the busy highways and take advantage of the nature trails. Ride safe and please leave us a comment on your biking tips.