Wednesday, December 23, 2009

New Year's Eve is Rockin' on Gulf Shores' Island

The beach plus a night on the town is the best of both worlds when you spend New Year's Eve on Alabama and Florida's Gulf Coast.

Some of my favorite places are rockin' and rollin' with fun for New Year's Eve - just take a look at your choices:

The Hangout New Year's Eve Party in Gulf Shores from 9 p.m. until...featuring entertainment by The Adam Holt Band and a Grand Appetizer Buffet starting at 9 p.m. $35 per adult (must be 21 or older) includes a free bottle of champagne.

The Wharf New Year's Eve Block Party in Orange Beach starts early in the day (11 a.m.) with a Kid's Fun Zone including free super-size inflatable fun attractions. Dining and televised sports are available at a variety of venues. Live music in the evening includes the Foxy Iguanas, MoJiles, David Chastang, the Jay Williams Band and more. The Block Party culminates with fireworks at midnight.

The Sunset Cork Room in Gulf Shores will be offering a four-course dinner including Chateaubriand and a complimentary glass of champagne for $45 per person. Musical entertainment will be provided by Lisa Zanghi beginning at 7 p.m.

New Year's Eve Bash at the Flora-Bama on the Alabama and Florida state line starts at noon. The cost is $21 in advance or $26 beginning Dec. 28th. The package includes three stages of entertainment, party favors, champagne split, dinner buffet and breakfast.

Live Bait is planning New Year's Eve celebrations at all their Orange Beach locations. $60 per couple or $30 per person is the price for a buffet-style dinner at Live Bait Too. At the other locations you can order from the menu with special chef selections. Music for the evening will be Christy Campbell Band at Live Bait Too, Rescue Dogs at the Original Live Bait and Malcolm Bond at Live Bait at The Wharf.

New Year's Eve at LuLu's features the music of Nadirah Shakoor & Outsider Art beginning at 9 p.m. (Doors open at 7 p.m.) Tickets are $25 and $35 and include complimentary party champagne toast and New Year's breakfast.

Noon Year's Eve at LuLu's is designed to give the little ones and the whole family a grand time from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on December 31st. Bring the camera to capture lasting memories of the day's festivities with clowns, face painters, games, sand castle contests and a huge balloon release at noon. There will even be special musical entertainment for the kids.

The Gulf Shores Adult Activity Center will be the venue for Blue Moon Bash with Brent Burns from 7 - 10 p.m. for a cost of $15. You bring your own table decorations, food and beverages and the best dressed table wins a prize.

New Year's Eve at Nix at the Beach in Orange Beach is $55 per person for a five-course meal, cocktails and dancing to live music. There will be complimentary champagne toast at midnight followed by coffee and pastry service. Reservations are required.

New Year's Eve at Tin Top Restaurant on County Road 10 in Bon Secour is $29.95 per person for a four-course meal and music with Ken Matthews & the Rhythm Method Band.

New Year's Eve at Lester's in Orange Beach is $65 per couple beginning at 6 p.m. and includes appetizer, two entrees, dessert and one bottle of champagne.

Celebrate the dawning of 2010 with FREE NIGHT specials in condos and beach houses in Gulf Shores, Orange Beach, Fort Morgan and Perdido Key.

Tuesday, December 08, 2009

Gulf Shores Photo Contest Winner Announced

Last July Melanie Plum from Amory, MS and her family choose the Fort Morgan area for vacation. Also visiting the coast was their family friend Blake McCollum, an art student at Mississippi State, who took a photo of Melanie's daughters as they danced in the surf. That captured moment became the winning photo in Meyer Real Estate's "Focus on the Coast" photo contest, earning Melanie and her family another Gulf Coast vacation this spring for three nights in a two-bedroom gulf-front condo.

Among the 900 photos received the quality was outstanding and the task of choosing 20 finalists was quite difficult. Once the top 20 committee choices were published for popular vote the fun began as we daily watched the top picks shift.

Honorable mention photos include:

1st runner up photo submitted by Molly Canter from Murray, KY

2nd runner up photo submitted by Shellie Benson from Speer, IL

3rd runner up photo submitted by Cheryl & Rusty May from Madison, MS