Enjoy An Alabama Coast Christmas
Be Merry!

Be Merry!

The holidays are even merrier when you celebrate an Alabama Coast Christmas.

The holiday season officially opens with the City of Orange Beach Tree Lighting on November 29th. Starting at 5:30 pm at Marlin Circle at the Wharf in Orange Beach, enjoy hot chocolate, cookie decorating and write your letter to Santa. Work on your harmonies with Christmas caroling and more!

Treat your taste-buds to an early Christmas gift.  Get your tickets to the Taste of the Islands, presented by The Mystical Order of Mirams on December 2, 2016, at the Orange Beach Event Center at the Wharf. With more than 35 restaurants from the Gulf Shores and Orange Beach areas, enjoy food sampling, cocktails, musical entertainment and a silent auction. This is your chance to really indulge in the many diverse and delicious flavors of our wonderful island. This event benefits the local Toys for Tots toy drive.

Put on your ugly Christmas sweater and join the fun on December 4th with the Gulf State Park Coastal Christmas Kick Off, from 5-8pm. This family-friendly holiday event features a showing of “The Polar Express” as well as photos with everyone’s favorite jolly old elf and hot chocolate and holiday crafts. If the thought of hanging out with Santa doesn’t quite float your boat, visit the Park anyway and enjoy digging your toes into the sugar soft sand and surf. There are over two miles of beaches to explore, as well as great outdoor activities for you to enjoy in our mild winter weather. Enjoy golfing, tennis, fishing and hiking in our beautiful State Park.

If you missed the “Polar Express” at the Kick Off Party – you have another chance to enjoy this holiday classic, under the stars in Orange Beach. Join The Orange Beach Store as they start a new Gulf Coast tradition with a Movie at the Beach. Bring your lawn chair and blankets to the Orange Beach Library at 6:30 on December 9th. Admission is free and refreshments will be available.

The Merry Market is the perfect venue to get all your holiday shopping done. The Orange Beach Event Center is home to this annual arts & crafts expo and fair. Find unique and one of a kind gifts for everyone on your list in one place.

Your chance to spend anSailboat decorated in lights evening with country music soon to be super-star, Jessie Lynn at the Orange Beach Events Center at the Wharf in Orange Beach for Country Christmas on the Coast, on December 13th. Jessie will be joined by specials guests South Bound Train. Get in the spirit of the season, Country Style!

One of the most unique and special annual holiday events along our Coast takes place on December 10th. The 31st Annual Lighted Boat Parade begins at the Homeport Marina. The parade travels east, past the Wharf and continues all the way to Orange Beach. The spectacle begins at 5 pm. Pick your viewing spot and enjoy this amazing holiday waterway parade.

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Spend Thanksgiving At The Beach

Thinking of making this Thanksgiving one that you will always remember? It’s easy to do! Spend your holiday at our world class resort! There are so many reason why you should spend your holiday here. Here are just a few:

Seven Great Reason to Spend Thanksgiving at the Beach in Gulf Shores

  1. The weather in Gulf Shores is AMAZING. The daily temperature in November hovers right around 70 degrees and the sun shines most of the time. What could be nicer? And so far, this year, its been even warmer than the historical average!
  2. Work off all of those carb heavy sides! Play golf on one of our area’s outstanding courses. Take a dip in one of our year-round, world class swimming pools and visit theClubhouse Facility and Pool spa or simply unwind in the whirlpools Club du Plage  or Club du Soleil. You can also get a workout in at the fitness center at Club du Plage. If tennis is your thing, enjoy Martinique’s tennis court.
  3. Get wild. We are adjacent to the Bon Secour National Wildlife Refuge. The Refuge offers a resting spot for numerous migratory birds on their way down south. It is also home to many of our precious sea turtle populations and other rare animals and birds.
  4. OF COURSE, the beach. ‘Nuff said.
  5. Let someone else do the cooking. Gulf Shores is home to many amazing restaurants. Our proximity to the Gulf of Mexico provides area chefs with ample opportunity to create amazingly fresh seafood dishes. Forget the turkey. Check with some of our very finest eateries about making a Thanksgiving reservation.
  6. Create your own memorable feast. Our luxury vacation rentals offer full kitchens and many have spectacular, gourmet kitchens that will allow you to tap in to your inner star-chef to create an incredible holiday meal.
  7. Save MONEY! With off-season pricing and special deals, you can save a lot of dough on your holiday vacation to Gulf Shores. Right now, the more you stay the more you save with our Gulf Shore Vacation Deals

These are seven great reason why you should be spending Thanksgiving at the Beach. We can think of about 700 more! Give us a call to find out more at (855) 858-6950.

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Foodies Rejoice! The Wharf Uncorked Returns For Its Third Year To Orange Beach

Gourmands, Start Your Engines at The Wharf Uncorked

Are you someone who lives to eat insteaWharf Uncorked Wine tastingd of eats to live? Than under no circumstances can you miss the third annual Wharf Uncorked Food & Wine Festival, which is being held in Orange Beach on September 15-17.  Enjoy three days celebrating the culinary creations of some of the most talented chefs from all over the world. Your ticket will get you access to delicious food tastings, expertly paired with excellent wines. There will be live demonstrations from the chefs as well as celebrations of all things yummy.
Get your holiday shopping done early with a great live auction and silent auction, the proceeds of which go to Make a Wish Foundation of Alabama.

There will be over 150 labels representing some of the finest wines from local vineyards as well as familiar wines from all over the country and the rest of the world.

For those who like to sit down at a table and mangia your heart out, there will be special Wine Dinners at some of Orange Beach’s finest restaurants on Friday night. There is also a VIP Kickoff Party on Thursday evening, and a special brunch on Saturday morning.

Your tummy will be full and happy and your taste buds will know that you treated them right after you experience an entire weekend of downright deliciousness.

We are offering tons of great off-season specials right now so you can stay like the rich and famous and enjoy a weekend made up entirely of gourmet foodiness, just for you!

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Alabama Restaurant Week
alabama restaurant week

2016 Alabama Restaurant Week Is August 12th-21st

Are you a foodie? Do you love trying new restaurants and staying on top of the hottest dining trends? Always up for a culinary adventure? Alabama Restaurant Week is perfect for you! This 10 day culinary event celebrates the very best locally-owned, and in many cases, locally sourced restaurants throughout the entire state of Alabama. This year, Alabama Restaurant Week runs from August 12th – August 21. This gives you plenty of time to take advantage of special menus offered by the incredibly diverse dining scene throughout the state.

Participating restaurants will be offering a special 2-course lunch or a 3-course dinner, or BOTH! All at a special set price. The specially priced dinner will generally include an appetizer, a main course and a special dessert. The lunches will include an entree and either an appetizer or dessert to choose from. There are some restaurants that will have a pre-fixed menu. Regardless of what you have a taste for, you are sure to find a new favorite restaurant that caters directly to your cravings during the celebration.

The best news?! Alabama Restaurant Week establishments will have fixed pricing for their special offerings. Lunch will run you $5, $10 or $15 and dinner will be $10, $20 or $30. Whatever you choose, you are getting an amazing bargain while trying out restaurants and food that you might otherwise have missed. This is seriously the perfect time to travel up and down the whole state, letting your tummy and your taste-buds be your guide.

The Perfect Time To Visit Gulf Shores

What more perfect time could there be to plan a vacation to Gulf Shores then during Alabama Restaurant Week? There are several great Gulf Shores restaurants participating this years as well as many more in nearby Orange Beach. You are certain to find a favorite new lunch spot or fancy dinner retreat that you will want to return to again and again on your next visits to our beautiful beaches.

If you miss Alabama Restaurant Week, don’t worry. You can set up your very own culinary tour of the area while taking advantage of our amazing off-season Vacation Deals. Regardless of when you visit us, you will be sure to find the very finest seafood, ethnic and good old southern cuisine everywhere you turn. Plan your trip and eat your way around our beautiful beach towns. Your stomach will thank you!

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Top Of The Hops Wharf Beer Festival

Enjoy The Best Craft Beer At The Top Of The Hops Wharf Beer Festival

One of the hottest trends around these days is craft beer. And THANK GOODNESS for that! One of the happiest side effects from this new obsession is the proliferation of beer festivals. Orange Beach is fortunate enough to have one of the very best. The 5th Annual Top of the Hops Wharf Beer Festival is coming to the Wharf at Orange Beach on Saturday, August 13th. Attendees get a chance to enjoy delicious craft beers from all over the country.

Festival goers can chooseTop of Hops Wharf Beer Festival from general admission tickets for $34.99, which gets you a sampling mug, Festival Guide, unlimited samplings from all of the 150+ craft beer vendors, live entertainment, games and more. Those seeking special treatment can purchase VIP tickets for $75 which gives you access to the VIP Lounge, private tastings, complimentary food and snacks, and early entrance with exclusive tastings.

For those responsible folks who graciously offer up their services as a designated driver, a discounted ticket will allow entrance to all Festival activities and entertainment as well as a discounted VIP version for those who still want the special treatment. Please note that only those 21 and over are allowed entry into the Beer Festival and pets are not allowed. Round up your child and pet sitters now so that you can enjoy a day free of the kiddos & pups while sampling all of the delectable ales.

Tickets sell FAST. Consider getting yours in advance as there may be none left to buy on the day of the Festival. Find out more information and make your plans for the Festival now! We still have many great properties available for you to make your home base at during the weekend’s festivities.



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The Blue Marlin Grand Championship
Photo provided by 2016 Blue Marlin Grand Championship of the Gulf

You Do Not Want To Miss The Greatest Show In Sportfishing

Blue Marlin Grand Championship

Blue Marlin Grand ChampionshipIf you are among the un-initiated, you probably don’t know about the spectacle that is the Blue Marlin Grand Championship. Coming to Orange Beach from July 13 – July 17th.  Nearly a week’s worth of events, known as “Billfish Week” is built in around the tournament. There is live music and entertainment, boat parades, the Miss Billfish Contest. Closing out the whole jam-packed party on July 17th is country Superstar, Dierks Bentley, who will be live at the Wharf Amphitheater. Of course, in between this crazy fun week of partying is the actual Blue Marlin Grand Championship Tournament itself. The Blue Marlin is known far & wide as the granddaddy of fishing tournaments!

The Blue Marlin brings some of the very best fishing crews together to compete in catching blue marlins, yellow-fin tunas, wahoos, and dolphins. There are potentially thousands of dollars per fish at stake. This competition brings out the very best in man and fish alike.

Last year’s winning marlin, for example, weighed in at 716 pounds and was worth over $266,000 in combined prize money!

Thousands of spectators flock to the Wharf at Orange Beach to watch the spectacle. The crews bring their hauls in and weigh them and these weigh-ins are broadcast on live local tv, and also streams worldwide on the internet. There are light shows, jumbotrons, live interviews with captains and crews and lots more highly entertaining features around the tournament creating a one-of-a-kind atmosphere that is widely recognized as one of the Top 20 Events in the Southeast. Many of the fish are released. Of the fish that is kept, much is donated to local area food banks.

All For A Great Cause

The Blue Marlin Grand Championship raises funds for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, and extremely worthy cause. This year, the tournament has an extra charity benefit entry that will also benefit St. Jude. You can keep track of all of this years’ entrants on the Tournament’s Facebook page.

If you can only witness one fishing tournament, this is it! Do not miss out on the fun and get your tickets NOW for the grand finale,  Dierks Bentley at the Amphitheater!

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2016 Gulf Coast Hot Air Balloon Festival

Beautiful balloons take flight for Mother’s Day

The 2016 Gulf Coast Hot Air Balloon Festival is on Mother’s Day Weekend, May 6th through 8th, in Foley, Alabama. This annual event brings the majesty and beauty of more than 35 hot air floating behemoths to the Gulf Shore region, setting the stage for spectacular and thrilling visuals, coupled with live music, vendors selling unique crafts, food and collectibles, interactive displays, hot air balloon rides and exhibits, K9 Frisbee Dog Shows and more!

Gulf Coast Hot Air Balloon FestivalVisitors to the Festival will enjoy watching the balloon take off and float high above the ground. There are also special events throughout the weekend, such as the Balloon Glow & Mass Ascension; watch the balloons rise together and glow in the darkening sky at dusk. There is live music featuring local and national bands, which is also free for everyone. There are carnival rides (purchase tickets in advance here) for the kiddies as well as the Dancing Story Lady. Enjoy some of the most talented and athletic pooches you’ve ever seen fly and twirl in the Disconnected K’9s Frisbee Dog Show.

Saturday brings a new event to the Festival, the Color Dash Run/Walk, starting at 7 am. This 5k event is great for Child covered in colored dust from color runrunners and walkers of all ages and skill levels and features color bombing; a sure to not be forgotten experience for the whole family. Registration includes a t-shirt, temporary tattoo, race bib and the experience of running through floating clouds of color with equally colorful balloons floating high above.

There are free shuttles from the Tanger Outlets to the festival grounds or paid parking is available. Admission to the Festival is ABSOLUTELY FREE, for everyone!! There are additional events that do require tickets, such as tethered balloon rides and admission to the VIP Tent.

Coupled as it is this year with Mother’s Day, the Gulf Coast Hot Air Balloon Festival is sure to be an extremely popular event. We have some great specials running right now, making this the perfect time to book your vacation home for the big weekend!

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The 2016 ‘Bama Coast Cruise Is April 28th

Coast Cruise

This year’s ‘Bama Coast Cruise takes over The Wharf in Orange Beach, Alabama on April 28th. With the Inter-Coastal Waterway and the Canal Bridge serving as the perfect backdrop for the car show and car parade, visitors get to enjoy three days of great food, live music and entertainment, vendors and car-related education and information not to mention a HUGE display of cars, hot-rods, classic vehicles and anything else you can dream up on four wheels. A simple stroll down Main Street is like a visit to the world’s biggest car museum.

If you are an autophile yourself and want to show off your precious four-wheeled bundle of joy, the Cruise is open to custom, classic and specialty vehicles. You may purchase reserved parking for the event, which will ensure a prime space for your pride and joy.  There are many exhibitors only events you will be able to attend and access and you will also be entered Grand Prize Giveaway Car drawing and be eligible for many other drawings and prize giveaways throughout the entire weekend. If you simply want to participate in Saturday’s big parade with your vehicle, you may buy an entry just for that.

The world famous Parade Cruise, the 14-mile parade of all the vehicles is on Saturday. The parade starts at The Wharf and rolls along the scenic beach highway, creating one of the most unique and memorable scenes for car lovers anywhere.

Book Your Vacation Rental

Now is the time making plans for your car-centric weekend. Martinique has many wonderful vacation homes for every taste and budget to make your weekend truly memorable. We have some great specials to make your visit even better! This is the perfect getaway for the guys or bring the girls along for a fun weekend for everyone. There is no other event like our own ‘Bama Coast Cruise. Spend this special weekend with us. We can’t wait to share it with you!

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Shake Off The Winter Blues And Book Your Hangout Music Festival Weekend Stay Today

Make Your 2016 Hangout Music Festival Plans Now

2016’s Hangout Music Festival is May 20-22, along  the beach in Gulf Shores, Alabama. Now is the perfect time to book your stay, buy your tickets and make your plans for one of the best May weekends you will experience in the whole country.

The 2016 Hangout Music Festival features the greatest music from all over the globe. This year’s headliners are  The Weeknd, Florence and the Machine, and Calvin Harris. Whatever your musical tastes are, the other acts are likely to fill the bill; Alabama Shakes, HAIM, Grimes, Cage the Elephant, Run the Jewels, Foals, Portugal. the Man, Big Grams, feat. Big Boi and Phantogram,  Flume, Miike Snow, Lenny Kravitz and too many more to mention.

Get a general admission ticket and be sure to include the Thursday Kickoff Party on May 19th to get an early preview of the amazing music that will fill your entire weekend.

Hangout like a rock star with a VIP ticket,  which gives you access to special viewing areas, drinks and food, stage-side pool access and clean, nearly, uncrowded bathrooms (A definite must have for a big music festival!) Feel like you deserve to Hangout like a SUPERSTAR? The Super VIP ticket is for you! Get wined and dined, hot tubbed and air conditioned among many other perks.

Don’t let that rock star feeling end after the show. When you stay on our Martinique peninsula, you get the full on celebrity treatment. Whether you are looking for a cozy beach cottage to go incognito, or an elegant beach-front condo with all of the pampered amenities you desire, we have the perfect Hangout just for you. Let us make your Hangout Weekend stress and worry free, leaving you time to party like a rock star.

Book your stay today so you won’t miss out on a second of the music or the lifestyle!

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Gulf Shores Should Be On Your Bucket List For The Perfect Beach Vacation

Beautiful Martinique

Country Living Magazine recently named Gulf Shores, Alabama as one of the “20 Places All Americans Should See Before They Die” – we couldn’t agree more, but your imminent demise isn’t the best reason to come to Gulf Shores. Gulf Shores is the best reason to come to Gulf Shores!

Why You Should Visit Gulf Shores

There is so much beauty in and among our white-sand beaches you will want to see it all and play hard, but the best part of a visit to Gulf Shores is that you can just sit on your lounge chair, curl your toes in the sand and find your true bliss.

Bridge to Beach

Mother nature was busy thousands of years ago, creating our stunning beaches from the quartz grains that were washed down from the Appalachian Mountains to the shores of the Gulf. These little crystals make the perfect soft, sugary, powder sand beaches; sculpt your ideal sand castle creation, hunt for shells and wade out into the crystal clear waters. Our beaches are pretty much perfect.

If you enjoy water sports, deep-sea fishing, boating, dolphin cruises, scuba diving, parasailing or whatever gets you out on the water,  our beautiful Gulf has exactly what you are looking for to complete your sea-faring adventure. Looking for a little history? Step back in time at historic Fort Morgan, the Guardian of the Gulf since 1834.

Like to eat? The most succulent, fresh seafood is caught right off our shores and brought directly to your taste-buds at the many fine and casual area dining choices in Gulf Shores and nearby Orange Beach.

Golfing in Gulf ShoresIs golf your thing? With eight world class signature golf courses conveniently located, you can work on your game while taking in stunning views of the shores and Gulf Coast.

Pretty much anything you want in a beach vacation is yours in Gulf Shores. It’s no wonder at all that we are one of the 20 places all American should see before they die. The good news is that we are here 365 days a year, offering great weather, great sand, great waters and great people. Martinique on the Gulf is on the Fort Morgan Peninsula; take in all of the gorgeous scenery without the crowds.  Plan your trip with us today and we will find the perfect rental home for you and your family!

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