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 vlog called “Watts Up on the Beach”.  We are highlighting amenities around Turquoise Place and The Beach Club along with activities and restaurants around the Orange Beach and Gulf Shores area.

We want to give you an inside look of what it’s like on the Gulf Coast and how Spectrum Resorts helps our guests create happy memories.

Our first vlog is a preview of the beach club and kicks off our series for the summer. Next we will be heading to the Gulf Adventure Center zipline in Gulf Shores. Follow me along my summer journey through the Gulf Coast area on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter! Share your vacation pictures with us at marketing@spectrumresorts.com, and we will feature you at the end of our next vlog! Have any questions or comments about Spectrum Resorts or the area? I’ll answer them all!

Danielle Watts

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Spectrum Resorts Marketing

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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, we’ve put together a list of some “must have summertime delicacies” to try.

Pirate’s Breakfast at The Hangout

If you’re looking for a Southern-style breakfast with something special for the kids, The Hangout is hosting a “Pirates and Princess” themed breakfast every morning until Sunday, August 31st. Kids are encouraged to dress up, and there is a scavenger hunt every half hour (starting at 8:30 A.M.). Breakfast is served every day from 8:00-10:00 A.M. Take your family down to The Hangout which is located on Highway 59 at 101 East Beach Boulevard.

Cheeseburgers in Paradise

Even while showing off your beach body on vacation, you still crave that greasy hamburger, and it’s not hard to find down here on the Gulf Coast. From burger with a view to Lulu’s famous cheeseburger in paradise, you don’t have to go far to find something new and interesting or the same ole’ same ole’. The Gulf in Orange Beach, Alabama always surprises its customers with its upscale view but casual dining. If you’re lucky, you might see a dolphin or two while lounging in an outdoor couch.  Looking for something more classic?  Lulu’s cheeseburger in paradise (everything on the burger is local – even the bun) or Tacky Jack’s burgers are always good and reasonably priced options.

Bushwhackers

Bushwackers are considered the Coastal Alabama signature frozen drink. There is something refreshing about a decadent smoothie of dark run, Kahlua, coconut and crème de cacao. We consider the Bushwacher to be one of the best frozen drinks on the coast. You can find a Bushwacker anywhere on the island but some of our favorites include Pirates Cove, Flippers and Flora- Bama. If you are going to partake in this drink delicacy, then we suggest a two drink maximum.

You Hook Em’, We Cook Em’

What better than a successful day out on the boat? Not having to cook the fish you caught! Eating fish that you’ve caught yourself prepared by a real chef is not only delicious but also has the added taste of pride; you did catch it after all! Here is a link to previous blog post with locals restaurants that will “cook em’ if you hook em’”.

Ice Cream

After a long day in the sun, nothing is better than delicious, cold ice cream topped with your favorites. On the Gulf Coast, there are numerous small and local ice cream shops for you and your family to enjoy a scoop or two of ice cream. Looking for something homemade? Matt’s Homemade Ice Cream has had nothing but positive reviews since opening, and you can’t go wrong supporting a local business.  Shake’s is another popular one in the area, and their iconic sundaes are amazing! You can also never go wrong with Dairy Queen which is located in the same shopping center as the Orange Beach Publix.

If you tried any of our recommendations, let us know on Facebook or Twitter! We hope you are making memories and staying safe during your time on the Gulf Coast. Eat as much as you want; you’re on vacation.

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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 find the best accommodations, show you the best places to dine, and help you plan an unforgettable Alabama Coastal Getaway.

Gulf Shores and Orange Beach Travel Apps

Use the multipurpose mobile apps provided by Gulf Shores and Orange Beach Tourism to help you navigate your way around Coastal Alabama. Download the app to find specials on beach houses and condos, to find live music, and to learn about the area’s history or to just find a peaceful walking trail.  Apps include the Gulf Beaches App, the Scenic Byway App, and the Backcountry App.

Alabama Gulf Coast Vacation Guide

Enjoy hassle free planning with the Alabama Gulf Coast Vacation Guide. Gulf Shores and Orange Beach Tourism makes it easy with two options including the online version or a free copy that can be sent to you by mail. They also offer the Alabama Civil War Trail Guide, Orange Beach Fishing Association Charter Directory, Gulf Shores Golf Guide, and the E-Tiding Newsletter.

TripAdvisor

Read reviews on TripAdvisor to see what experiences other people have had. Find inside information from previous patrons on accommodations, entertainment, and attractions. All contributors are unpaid, and TripAdvisor has one of the largest collections of user-contributed pictures from more than 45 countries. Look for the owl of approval at your favorite destinations.

Travel Bloggers

Ask the experts. Do your research and find travel bloggers and writers who are social media enthusiasts. Bloggers are bloggers because they can tell you about their experiences and relay them in a manner in which you can almost picture yourself there. The art of penmanship is great when looking for the perfect vacation.

We also recommend looking at social media outlets including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest.  Most businesses have at least one social media channel and general response times are quick and informative. Have a relaxing summer and please let us know your tips for planning a hassle-free vacation.

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