Sunday, June 29, 2008

Celebrate Independence Day at the beach in Gulf Shores

What is more exciting than the bright colorful bursts of light, crackle and boom of fireworks in a night sky? This treat for young and old is enhanced by a beach setting and the City of Gulf Shores (Alabama) is prepared to present their Annual Fireworks Extravaganza on July 4, 2008 at 9:00 p.m. The setting will be a barge positioned near the Gulf Shores public beach at the intersection of Highway 59 and Highway 180 and the fireworks display can be seen to the east and west up and down the beach. A great vantage point will be on your own private balcony at one of the many affordable condos that Meyer Real Estate rents for vacations. Wherever you choose to watch this family-oriented Gulf Shores event it is entirely FREE. The rain date is July 5th just in case the weather delays the fun.

In Orange Beach (Alabama) Independence Day will be celebrated July 4th at The Wharf with fireworks over the Intracoastal Waterway - a grand and glorious location for the show. Musical entertainment for the evening will be provided at The Amphitheater at The Wharf by Lee Greenwood. General Admission is $7, Children 12 & under FREE and Military FREE with I.D.

The Dauphin Island public beach will be alive with exciting FREE fireworks on July 5th and the perfect vantage point will be Holiday Isle condominiums.

History comes alive at Fort Morgan during Independence Day throughout the day on July 4th with the Salute to American Independence. Interpreters dressed in uniforms from various periods of Fort Morgan's history will offer guided tours and firing demonstrations throughout the day. A Civil War cannon will also be fired in honor of our nation's birthday. There will NOT be a fireworks display. Admission is $5 adults, $3 children 6-12, free to younger children. All scheduled events are included in the price of admission.

Even though the 4th of July is only a few days away the timing is perfect for a long weekend retreat to the beach in Gulf Shores, Orange Beach, Fort Morgan, Dauphin Island (Alabama) and Perdido Key (Florida). Select your perfect Independence Day spot for fun from a wide selection of vacation homes and condominiums.

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Guy Harvey Returns to Orange Beach and Gulf Shores

Guy Harvey returns to The Wharf in Orange Beach Alabama (near Gulf Shores) on July 4th and July 5th for a special appearance. His appearance to sign autographs is scheduled for 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. on both days.

Make plans to visit the Guy Harvey Island Grill restaurant at The Wharf in Orange Beach. Other exotic locations include Grand Cayman, Key West, and Marco Island. Adjacent to the restaurant is the Guy Harvey Gallery and Shoppe where you will find a wide variety of signature products to add to your collection.

Spanning the space between the Guy Harvey Island Grill and Gallery is a marina bar with amazing views of the marina and waterway. Sip your delicious beverage as you watch the large variety of boats and barges make their way east and west on this interstate water highway.

Just a few days remain to finalize your plans for the July 4th weekend on the Alabama and Florida gulf coast. Meyer Real Estate provides your best choices for vacation beach homes and coastal condominiums for the July 4th holiday weekend and beyond.

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Gulf Shores Hang Out Returns

Back in "the day", the 50's and 60's to be somewhat exact, my brother and all his friends spent their youth at "The Hang Out" in Gulf Shores (Alabama). I was just a little kid so I missed the fun of this cool establishment located right on the beach where the main road terminated. Oh but I heard about the stories and fun times at this legendary place. This icon went by the wayside quite a few years ago but the new version is back.

Recently I attended the Hang Out reunion (pretending to be a former patron) in the same location at the wonderful new venue of the same name. Giant photos on the walls depict the old look and I can attest that the modern version is amazing. With a 40 foot inside bar and seating for over 400 plus a couple of outside bars the opportunity to wine and dine with sights and sounds of the surf is unique. Located just a few steps from the public beach, at the corner of Hwy. 59 and Hwy. 180, this new entertainment-style restaurant boasts an outdoor bandstand and a giant pile of sand for the kids to explore.

Head to the beach soon and make The Hang Out one of your adventures. Meyer Real Estate can provide easy to rent accommodations in beach houses and condominiums for your trip.

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Gulf Shores Music Scene Heats Up for Summer

There is something magical about the way music sounds when played along the waterfront. You will have a grand opportunity to experience that amazing effect this upcoming weekend during the Summer Solstice at The Wharf in the Gulf Shores and Orange Beach (Alabama) area. This weekend celebration at The Wharf happens Friday, June 20 featuring Rhett Akins and Saturday, June 21 featuring Wayne Toups. And the best news is the concerts are FREE to the public. The venue at the marina boardwalk creates an amazing atmosphere as the music resounds along the intracoastal waterway.

Experience the joy of summer and the delight of musical entertainment on the waterway at the summer solstice celebration. Find your best choices for vacation rental condominiums and beach houses at

Monday, June 16, 2008

Blockbusters at the Beach

You are on vacation and the summer blockbuster movie you've been waiting to see premiers - what do you do? By all means you dust off the sand, grab the family and friends and head to the movies. The Gulf Shores (Alabama) area now has not one, not two but THREE modern, upscale movie theaters equipped with stadium seating and all the perks. Riviera Cinema 12 is located near the Tanger Outlet Center in Foley just east of Highway 59, Cobb Pinnacle 14 is in the Pinnacle Shopping Center at Craft Farms on Highway 59 in Gulf Shores and Wharf 15 RAVE Motion Pictures at The Wharf in Orange Beach on Canal Road (Highway 180).

Haven't made your plans for summer vacation yet? No worries! Check out over 2,000 beach houses and vacation condominiums in the Gulf Shores, Orange Beach, Fort Morgan, Dauphin Island (Alabama) and Perdido Key (Florida) area at Meyer Real Estate.

Thursday, June 12, 2008

High Flying Fun on Alabama's Coast

Listed as one of the top twenty entertainment events by the Southeast Tourism Society the 4th Annual Gulf Coast Hot Air Balloon Festival is a real treat for the entire family. This festival held in Foley, Alabama (just north of Gulf Shores) is a great way to show dad (and the whole family) a great time during Father's Day weekend. Besides the amazing 50 hot air balloons the festival also boasts 51 arts and crafts vendors and 13 food booths. Musical entertainment is planned for all three days (June 13-15) and there are even several performances by dogs trained to catch Frisbees. The Children's Village is a popular addition to the festival and a new addition this year are train rides for the little ones.

Come to the Gulf Shores area for a great Father's Day weekend at a beach house or condo and enjoy great family fun at the Gulf Coast Hot Air Balloon Festival this weekend.

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Two Legends in Gulf Shores/Orange Beach

As soon as I heard that B.B. King and Willie Nelson are coming to the Gulf Shores/Orange Beach (Alabama) area I knew I have to be at the concert to experience these two legends in person. Actually Willie Nelson performed last year at the same venue - The Amphitheater at The Wharf - so I was not so surprised that he is returning, but I admit I am amazed that B.B. King will join him for a performance on Saturday, July 26.

The Amphitheater at The Wharf, just north of Gulf Shores, is so convenient for our vacationers, local residents and the surrounding area since it is adjacent to the Foley Beach Express. Even in the heat of the summer this outdoor entertainment complex seems to be constructed in a manner that pulls in the breezes off the Intercoastal Waterway to cool the crowds. At least that is what I experienced a few weeks ago at the Rick Springfield and Eddie Money concert. Cool attire is never an issue since our laid back resort atmosphere on Alabama's Gulf Coast means that shorts are almost always appropriate for any day or evening adventure.

Other artists performing this summer include Lee Greenwood, Brooks & Dunn, Crosby, Stills & Nash, Journey, Heart & Cheap Trick and Sugarland. Meyer Real Estate's website provides calendar of events that is helpful in coordinating your vacation with upcoming summer concerts at The Wharf. Search online for the perfect vacation rental condo or beach house and actually make your summer reservation online, or call one of our vacation specialists for assistance. Just make sure you don't miss the entertainment we now have on our beautiful coast.

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

The BUNNY is Coming

In just a few days, high above the sky of Foley, Alabama just north of the white sandy beaches of Gulf Shores, there will be a rare sight - the Energizer Bunny Hot Hare Hot Air Balloon. This phenomenon will occur during the 4th Annual Gulf Coast Hot Air Balloon Festival this upcoming weekend June 13-15, 2008. The Energizer Bunny will be among 50 colorful and exciting hot air balloons that will not only fly into the festival grounds but also entertain the attendees with an evening "glow" and free tether rides on Friday and Saturday nights. Lots of arts and crafts, a children's village, fun festival food and plenty of musical entertainment round out the three-day event that will be held at the Foley Soccer field on Highway 98.

By far the Energizer Bunny will tower above the other 49 balloons. In fact at 166 feet it is 15 feet taller than the Statue of Liberty. The sixty-foot tall bunny ears are as tall as the Presidents' faces on Mount Rushmore and these impressive ears are the height of the average-sized hot air balloon. The bunny glasses are 32 feet wide, its arms 40 feet long and the great big sandals are 60 feet long and 12 feet wide.

You will definitely want to visit our gulf coast and attend this fun Father's Day weekend festival. It's not too late to reserve your vacation choice of a Meyer Real Estate gulf-front condo along 50 miles of beach at Dauphin Island, Fort Morgan, Gulf Shores, Orange Beach (Alabama) or Perdido Key, Florida. Call 800.213.9544 to take advantage of our special Father's Day package so you won't miss the BUNNY.