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 EGGcitement? Here are a few events you should add to your must do list for Easter weekend.

Wales West Cottontail Express

Board the Cottontail Express at Wales West on weekends until April 4 for a real Steam trail ride through the Bunny Hutch. Take your pictures with the Easter Bunny, visit the petting zoo and blast Peeps’ from cannon. Hop your way to Wales West and get your complimentary Easter basket and bunny ears.

Spring Azaleas at Bellingrath Gardens

Bellingrath Gardens is showcasing over 250,000 lively azalea blooms on 65 acres.  Azaleas are at their peak in full bloom for the next couple of weeks and the display is a “true southern icon.”  Bellingrath Gardens is open year round featuring floral pageantry in a spectacular estate garden.  As the sun rises over Bellingrath Gardens on Easter Sunday, a sunrise service will begin at 6:30 a.m. and offerings will benefit Family Promise of Coastal Alabama.

Easter Sunday Brunch at The Beach Club

Brunch is an Easter morning tradition and Executive Chef, Brody Olive and his team are serving an annual brunch at Coast Restaurant at The Beach Club.  Enjoy Blue Crab Deviled Eggs, Grilled Leg of Lamb Skewers, Bon Secour Shrimp & Grits, Herb Rubbed Prime Rib and much more. Click here to view the entire menu.

Egg Hunts

The Hangout is offering brunch at 8:00 a.m. and activities for all ages begin at 11:00 a.m. Known as “the Island’s largest kids Easter Egg Hunt.” You can have an EGGcellent time where “59 ends and the fun begins.”

The Beach Club is hiding an ocean of 6,000 eggs for kids 12 and under at the Annual Easter Eggstravanza on the front lawn of The Village for the egg dash at 1:00 p.m.  Get your face painted, take a train ride and get your photo made with the Easter Bunny.

LuLu’s at Homeport Marina is hosting their Annual Easter Egg Hunt at 2:00 p.m. on Easter Sunday. Take  your picture with the Easter Bunny and hunt for EGGciting treasures in the sand.

We hope everyone has an EGGcellent Easter Sunday. For additional information on area events and activities, please visit www.gulfshores.com.

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 are here, you can also take it home with you. Here is a list of local specialty markets that will pack your seafood to travel home with you or ship it directly to your doorstep.

Blalock Seafood and Specialty Markets are conveniently located in Gulf Shores on Highway 59 and on Canal Road in Orange Beach. Blalock Seafood offers a wide selection of the freshest seafood available and they always have “Royal Red” shrimp. They offer a fresh fish selection according to the season and you can always find a complimentary sample of their famous shrimp bisque. In addition to their Coastal Alabama locations, you can also find a location in Destin, Florida.

Billy’s Seafood is a fresh local market supplying fresh seafood since 1975. Their motto is “If It Swims We’ve Got It.” Located on Bon Secour River, it is considered the hidden gem of fresh off the boat local seafood. Not only will they pack to travel, they will also ship it to your door with overnight delivery. If you tell then you saw it online, they will include a free 5oz shrimp boil.

Gulf Shores Seafood and Meat Market is a one stop source for fresh seafood, steaks and meals to go. Located across from Waterville, USA, you can find fresh Snapper, Grouper, Yellowfin Tuna, Flounder, Crabmeat, Oysters, seafood dips and live or cooked crawfish. They sell premium steaks for land lovers and you can order your meals online and they will have them ready to go so you can spend your time relaxing on the beach.

Lartigue’s Seafood Market offers the real deal in fresh and steamed seafood to go. They offer a complete line of dipping sauce, marinades and hot sauces to compliment the variety of fresh local seafood. In addition to the fresh seafood market, Lartigue’s offers inshore, nearshore and offshore fishing adventures.

Make sure you stop by one these fresh markets while you are on the Alabama Gulf Coast so you can take some of Alabama’s finest seafood home with you or have is shipped.

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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 sun. Here are few must have items for your 2015 beach vacation.

SoundStage Aqua Waterproof Bluetooth Speakers– Even though there is the sweet sound of the waves rolling in on the beach, most vacationers like to listen to their favorite tunes while soaking up the sun. Make sure you pack some speakers like the Soundstage Aqua Waterproof Bluetooth speakers that can withstand the sand and sun for the duration of your stay.

GoPro – Take the beach home with you on a GoPro. Make those memories last a lifetime by recording the beautiful scenery and even underwater shots. GoPro’s even allow you to share footage you’re your friends and family through a Wi-Fi connection.

Yeti Cooler – If you are looking for an indestructible cooler to keep your ice cold for days, then we suggest a Yeti cooler for your beach days or every day. For serious outdoor enthusiasts, Yeti coolers were designed for people with a passion for the outdoors.

EasyAcc External Battery Charger – Don’t miss out on snapping that great beach picture or posting on social media because your phone battery dies on the beach. EasyACC External Battery Charger offers a sleek compact design that is easy to hold and store.

Ray Bans – Polarized Ray Bans are perfect for eliminating glare for visual clarity and they offer trendy designs for a contemporary look. Ray Bans are well known for their aviator sunglasses but now offer a variety of styles and designs.

Obagi Medical Sun Shield – Protect your skin for the harmful UVA and UVB rays elegantly with Obagi Medical Sun Shield with a SPF 50. It is non-greasy, fragrance-free and for all skin types.

Let us know if these items work well for you on your next beach trip. Please offer any feedback on any must have beach items you can’t relax without.


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 resorts that have been rated the best by reviewers and the site’s editors.

The Beach Club is a family-focused resort conveniently located on 86 acres on Fort Morgan Road in Gulf Shores. To be included in on the Family Vacation Critic list of top family-friendly hotels, The Beach Club had to be hand-chosen by the editors based on previous guest reviews as a family friendly destination. A member of the Family Vacation Critic’s editorial team had to review the resort in person and have been rated the best for family travelers to be included.

With private beaches spanning the length of nearly five football fields, The Beach Club’s, accommodations range from picturesque lakeside cottages to one to five-bedroom condominiums on the Gulf. Spectrum Resorts manages the majority of rental units at The Beach Club and they offer advantages associated with the Spectrum Advantage including access to all amenities, resort discounts, on-site check-in and concierge services.

“We are honored to have been selected from among the more than 3,500 hotels that are recommended on this family travel site,” said David Clark, General Manager at The Beach Club. “Knowing that we have received a seal of approval from actual vacationing families makes the award that more valuable.” Clark adds, “I’m proud of our team members and owners, they have tremendous pride and continue to raise the bar to create happy memories for the families and guests who visit.”

Spectrum Resorts is the only rental management company on the Alabama Coast to offer the same duvet service guests receive at luxury hotels. Every guest bed has a freshly laundered duvet prior to arrival for a better and cleaner experience.

It is because of consumer opinion that The Beach Club become an award-winning resort. Create happy memories with your family at The Beach Club with Spectrum Resorts and give your feedback on Family Vacation Critic and TripAdvisor.

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