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. Letting the waves hit your feet

giphy-3

2. Watching those people who take running on the beach very seriously 

Gif 2

3. Night walks on the beach

night walks

4. Having a girls’ weekend 

girls weekend

5. Impressing everyone with your sandcastles 

sand castle

6. Wishing you were at the beach instead of in the office 

beach or office

7. Eating your first watermelon of the summer 

giphy

8. Having the perfect beach setup

giphy

9. The water 

giphy

 10. Wishing you could spend your entire summer on the beach 

summer gif

Are you ready to get back to the beach now?

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 local seafood restaurants if you’re looking for fresh Gulf seafood, but some dishes stand out more than others.  Here are four local seafood dishes you must try on your next Gulf Shores and Orange Beach vacation. Continue reading “4 Must Try Alabama Seafood Dishes”

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.  Many vacationers believe that better deals can be had by waiting and booking a reservation at the last minute.  While that may be true for hotels, travelers looking to stay in a vacation rental are better off booking their trips further in advance.

There is More Inventory to Choose From

Privately owned condos and beach houses are usually decorated to the owner’s taste.  Even within the same building, the quality and comfort of vacation rentals can vary widely.   Savvy travelers know that the most desirable vacation rentals book earlier in the year when there is more inventory to choose from.  By waiting until the last minute to book your summer vacation, you will be limiting your available options and reducing the chances of finding the perfect location for your stay.

Rental Rates are Lower

Summer rates are typically lower the earlier you book.  That’s because management companies offer lower starting rates early in the year to encourage more guests to book in advance.  As inventory fills up and the demand for summer reservations increases, rental rates increase as well.  You can take advantage of lower starting rates by booking your vacation earlier and locking in a lower rate.

Cancellation Penalties are Small if you Cancel Far Enough in Advance

Most management companies have a 30 day cancellation policy.  That means that you will forfeit anywhere from 50% to even 100% of the reservation cost if you cancel within 30 days of your arrival date.  If you’re making your reservation within 30 days of your planned arrival, then you are locking yourself into your selected dates and rental unit the moment you book.  By booking further in advance though, you allow yourself more time to plan and adjust your reservation if need be.  Some rental companies even allow travelers that book more than 30 days in advance the ability to reserve a room risk free with no money down and no cancellation fee if the reservation is canceled more than 30 days in advance.  The rental companies that do require a deposit at the time of booking will typically still refund your deposit less a $50 cancellation fee if you cancel 30 days in advance.

The bottom line is that it doesn’t pay to procrastinate when making your summer vacation plans.  Booking your summer vacation in advance means that you will get the best room at the best price without the risk of a last minute vacation.  What do you have to lose?

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 Christmas, shoppers are in search of the perfect presents for their loved ones.

In an effort to help you find everything you and your family needs for the holidays this year, we have composed a list of four of the top shopping destinations in Baldwin County. Continue reading “4 Great Christmas Shopping Destinations in Baldwin County”

Coastal Christmas on the Alabama Gulf Coast

Escape the winter blues this Christmas and trade in the snow for snow-white sand. Visit the Alabama Gulf Coast for Coastal Christmas starting November 28 through New Years. Christmas time is just around the corner and we don’t want you to miss out on holiday fun for the entire family.

Alabama beaches have always been a favorite spot for vacationers during the summer but the secret is getting out about vacationing year round because of the mild weather.  Escaping to the coast for Christmas will bring joy to the family, shopping opportunities for Christmas and great vacation rental rates on condominiums and beach houses.  Continue reading “Coastal Christmas on the Alabama Gulf Coast”

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”