Can I park a… rv, bus, trailer…?

We get it. You want to drive in luxury in an RV, then park it, and live in luxury in our homes! Or you have a big team and everyone is coming in on a bus. Or you like to bring a bunch of stuff in a trailer, because that’s how you roll! We dig it!

Can you? Sometimes.

So, at our Cottages at Romar, the answer is “no.”

SeaRae, Summertide, and Pearl (for it, in the across the street spillover lot), and most of the duplexes can handle a motor home or bus, including 1203, 1205, 1209, 1217, 1252, 1300, 1433, 1420, 2809 West Beach.

Note, none have hook ups and most areas preclude using an RV as living space while there. So if that’s your plan, probably best to rethink it!

When coming in, back straight into the driveway, and stay on the drive! As you get the rig into the drive, do NOT try to maneuver back and forth and around, you will sink it. In any event, parking a big rig (rv, bus, whatever) is solely at your own risk. Sink it, and call the tow company. 🙂

Places to eat in Fort Morgan, Alabama

Fort Morgan, Alabama, is a great place to vacation on the Gulf Coast area of Alabama. Beaches, Golf, Restaurants are all nearby.

Fort Morgan is a great choice for Alabama vacation trips for family or friends. Same great beach. Lots of activities and food options, often more cost-effective than staying right on the beach on West Beach Boulevard, AND the Gulf Shores beach chair, umbrella and alcohol rules often do not apply.

Beaches? You bet! It’s all one beach…

Same white sugary sands. The Fort Morgan beaches are in fact contiguous to the Gulf Shores beaches: It’s all one coastline. Rather than head out the more built up West Beach Blvd, you take a right at the Highway 59 x 180 intersection and head out 180. And we have several nice vacation Fort Morgan vacation homes available, including Fort Sun, Gulf & Golf at the Plantation, and the Beach Castle!

Golf Courses? Fort Morgan has 2 award-winning courses.

Some of the best golf courses in the area are on Fort Morgan, including the Peninsula Golf & Racquet Club, and the award-winning Kiva Dunes (home to our own Gulf & Golf at the Plantation, by the way).

And places to eat? Many choices. Great food!

Yes, absolutely, there are places to eat on Fort Morgan. If you haven’t been out Fort Morgan, you’ve missed several great area restaurants! Here are a few that the Plantation recommends:

8818 State Hwy. 180
Behind the Pines Restaurant is a very casual restaurant serving burgers and American food, sandwiches, seafood (no oysters), and Southern food. Enjoy live entertainment on Sunday evenings and karaoke at 8 p.m. on Wednesdays. Open daily 11 a.m.-9 p.m. during the summer; off-season hours are more limited. American Express is not accepted.

925 Beach Club Trail, 251-224-3600, 888-260-7263
Coast Restaurant at The Beach Club is upscale-casual, family-friendly dining with both indoor and outdoor balcony seating with a view of the gulf. Enjoy local gulf seafood, steaks, salads, pasta options and weekly specials from 5 p.m to 10 p.m. every day, plus breakfast 8-11 a.m. on weekends. Coast serves wine, spirits and cocktails. Reservations are recommended during the summer.

5160 Hwy. 180 W., 251-975-1010
Sassy Bass Amazin’ Grill is a laid-back beach restaurant that serves seafood, sandwiches, skillet meals, soups and salads. Open 8 a.m.-10 p.m. (breakfast served 8-11 a.m.). Takeout is usually available except when on a seating wait. Bring in your catch to have it cooked as you like it.

1577 Hwy. 180 W., 251-981-4144
Tacky Jacks 2 serves sandwiches, salads, seafood and grilled food in a beach-casual atmosphere with inside and outside seating overlooking Mobile Bay; carry-out orders are available. Open daily 8 a.m.-9:30 p.m. (weekends 10:00 p.m.). Tacky Jacks 2 Down Under is a laid-back bar with a deck near the water. The bar often features live entertainment, pool and karaoke; see website for music schedule. Arrive by water or land.

925 Beach Club Trail, 251-224-3660
The Village Hideaway offers a casual and entertainment-filled dining experience. Open daily 11 a.m.-11 p.m., the menu includes grilled seafood and meat dishes, salads, sandwiches, wings, pizzas, and craft beers. Enjoy pool tables, shuffleboard, video games, flat-screen TVs and (by reservation) a golf simulator by High Definition Golf featuring top courses.

925 Beach Club Trail
Village Creamery serves gourmet coffee and espresso drinks, fresh-baked breakfast goods, 16 flavors of hand-dipped ice cream, specialty shakes and fruit smoothies. Select grocery items are also available. Hours are 10 a.m.-10 p.m.

5160 Hwy. 180 W.
Sassy Bass Pizza is a carry-out-only pizza place. Summer hours are 4-10 p.m.

8188 Hwy. 180 W., 251-540-2622
Fort Morgan Pizza is a to-order place that also offers take-and-bake pizza. Open 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Pick-up 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Delivery 5 p.m.-9 p.m., with $5 delivery fee. Cash only.

If you have a favorite restaurant on Fort Morgan, tell us about it and we’ll update the list.

Happy eating (golfing, swimming, more eating, beaching!)!

6 Thanksgiving Gulf Shores Things to Do

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Heading to Gulf Shores Alabama for Thanksgiving? We are too! Here are a few things you can do in Gulf Shores and Orange Beach Alabama (other than lounge on the beach and eat turkey, both of which are, of course, awesome too).

We love going down to spend Thanksgiving in Gulf Shores. The weather is usually nice (70s, sometimes the 80s). Hang out on the beach. Eat a lot of turkey. Spend time with family and friends. There’s a lot to like about just relaxing and doing very little, but there are times when you may want to break out and do something during the Thanksgiving week, whether you are there for the entire week or just for the long Thanksgiving weekend. So, what do we do when we head down?

Check out the Bodenhamer. Activities for Everyone.

From table tennis to basketball, racquetball to workout, indoor track, outdoor tennis, playground. You name it, the Bodenhamer has it. The perfect place for some physical activity, and if its rainy or cold, check out the large indoor pool with a play area, lap areas, and even a aqua ‘rock’ climbing zone. Very nice way to spend a half day or more!

And, there’s a double’s tournament and a Junior novice tournament during the first weekend and cardio tennis Saturday mornings.

If you happen to be in Orange Beach, staying at Diamond, Emerald, or Sapphire, our Jewels by the Sea, then Orange Beach has a recreation center close to you as well. We haven’t been there yet but since we will be staying at the Sapphire for the first few days of the week (making way for other vacationers come Wednesday!), we will be sure to check it out and report back what we think. Or at least that’s the plan… sometimes, well, you know… the beach.

Or hit both the Gulf Shores and Orange Beach rec centers up during the trip if you are really motivated!

Live Music (and a lot more) at Lulu’s

Lulu’s is a cool restaurant on the intracoastal waterway. They have a lot for kids to do, including beach volleyball, a sand play area, and a “Mountain of Youth” rope and ladder climbing activity (costs extra). Food is pretty good usually, sometimes great, but not really the main draw these days. We try to stop at Lulu’s least once per trip.

They also have live music. Check out the Gulf Shores location’s live music schedule.

One artist we like to try to catch is Brent Burns. This year he will be there Monday, Nov 23, 2015 5:00 PM – 9:00 PM. Good, family friendly, fun solo guy. My kids love him.

Brent Burns was born in Seminole, Oklahoma, and moved to Phoenix, Arizona in 1958. While attending high school and Community college sports were important, but music was in his blood. Brent soon strapped on an electric guitar and was fronting a rock-n-roll band.
Life soon changed when he volunteered for service in Vietnam. Several months after entering combat, Brent was wounded and received the Purple Heart. After a three year recuperation in and out of military hospitals, he returned to his love of music and hit the road performing all over the United States. Later on he felt compelled to take a year off from music and hit the college lecture circuit. Offering honest, insightful, and a humorous look at life as a combat soldier, Brent was able to help others troubled with the effect of the war on their day to day lives.
Brent Burns is no stranger to notoriety.  In response to the oil shortages of the 1980s, Burns wrote the hit song, “Cheaper Crude or No More Food,” which sold 200,000 copies the first day it was released.   Paul Harvey played the song three times; the first and only song ever played in the program’s 35-year history.  Burns’ fame has continued with guest appearances on all three major networks, interviews on the BBC, and featured articles in the New York Times, Chicago Tribune andBillboard Magazine.
Brent also has the distinction of being the first entertainer to sing for American troops overseas since the tragedy of September 11th, 2001.  Besides his busy performance schedule, he continues to perform at benefits around the world, including for the National Underwater Marine Agency (NUMA) of Australia, the Phoenix Suns Night Hoops Program, American Cancer Society, and Habitat for Humanity, where Brent is building a house with proceeds from his latest CD, “Margarita Smile.”

Eat out for Turkey Day

Yes, you can actually find some good food options for Thanksgiving day if you are in Gulf Shores or Orange Beach for the week. Of course, cooking up your own turkey (or turducken!) in one of our fully equipped vacation homes is also an excellent (if more labor intensive) way to go, plus, then, you can cook, and eat, while enjoying the beach! Blowing off the home cooked option, here are a couple alternatives that may satisfy your turkey needs without the prep and cleanup.

Thanksgiving Buffet at Perdido Beach Resort

27200 Perdido Beach Blvd.
Orange Beach, AL 36561-
251-981-9811 x 103
Nov 26, 2015  10:30 AM – 4:00 PM

Join us for a Thanksgiving feast! Whether you are looking for a four course meal with a view of the Gulf or a quiet private family room for your traditional feast, we have exactly what you are looking for. Our chef has added some creative twists to some traditional Turkey Da…

Be Thankful at The Hangout

Nov 26, 2015 10:30 AM – 4:30 PM
The Hangout
101 E. Beach Blvd.
Gulf Shores, AL 36542

On Th. Nov. 26 join The Hangout for a delicious traditional Thanksgiving dinner. $24.99 for adults, $13.99 for children, under 6 eat free. Make your reservations today.

Flora-Bama Annual Thanksgiving Potluck

17401 Perdido Key Drive
Pensacola, FL 32507
(850) 492-0611
Nov 26, 2015  11:00 AM – 12:00 AM
The FloraBama

Bring a covered dish and get all the turkey and ham your belly can stand. The Flora-Bama helps take the stress out of your holiday cooking. Throw those pans out and get to the line for this wonderful feast.

Take a post turkey day run

2015 Kaiser Realty by Wyndham Vacation Rentals Coastal Half Marathon and 5K Run

Nov 28, 2015   12:00 AM – 12:00 AM
Orange Beach Sportsplex
4389 William Silvers Parkway
Orange Beach, AL, 36561

Shed your turkey with us at the beach on the Saturday after Thanksgiving. Bring the whole family to enjoy the weekend on Alabama’s beautiful Gulf Coast. From a 1 mile fun run to a 5k run to a half-marathon run, there is a distance for everyone. Enjoy running on the peaceful, scenic paved trails in the Back Country Trail. You will enjoy scenery encompassing the Gulf State Park, Gulf Shores and Orange Beach. Stick around for awards and the best post-race party around at the Orange Beach Sportsplex.

(615) 460-9927

Check out the outlet mall! Because, black friday…

The Tanger Outlet mall. Have to stop here each trip, and why not do so for Thanksgiving because… Black Friday! They have shops for everyone, even the guys, and, hey, Starbucks!

Little Zoo that could…

Catch the Little Zoo that Could, the Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo, before they move to their new location. Nice, friendly, zoo with great staff, intimate settings, right up close to the animals, a fabulous way to spend some chill time off the beach.

What do you like to do?

Let us know what you like to do in Gulf Shores Alabama for Thanksgiving week (or Orange Beach). We’ll be down there for the week and are always game to try some new things. Hey, need a place to stay? Give us a shout!

How do I get to my Gulf Shores vacation home?


Seriously though, if you go to the property page for the home at which you will be staying, you can use the map on that page to get directions from wherever you are coming from to wherever you are going!

If you are driving, please be mindful of the speed limits. This can be especially important if you are coming across Alabama from I-65…. You will pass through many small towns, several of which lower the speed limit as you enter the jurisdiction and enforce speed limits, um, zealously.

If you are flying, Mobile, Pensacola, and Gulfport are the 3 closest airports offering commercial service. Gulf Shores itself has a small airport for private planes.

What airports are nearby?

There are two airports located within an hour of Gulf Shores:

Pensacola (PNS) is served by Delta, United, American, US Airways, and AirTran.

Pensacola Regional Airport (PNS)
2430 Airport Blvd. Suite 225
Pensacola, FL 32504
Phone: 850-436-5000

Mobile (MOB) is served by Delta, United, America, and US Airways.

Mobile Regional Airport (MOB)
8400 Airport Boulevard
Mobile, AL 36608-9603
(251) 639-4684

Another option is Gulfport, MS (GPT), which sometimes has lower fairs but is a little further away.

Gulfport-Boluxi International Airport (GPT)
14035-L Airport Road
Gulfport, MS 39503
Phone: 228.863.5951

And there are two private airports in the area:

Jack Edwards Airport (no commercial flights)
3190 Airport Dr
Gulf Shores, AL 36542-2818
(251) 968-6380

Gulf Shores City Airport (no commercial flights)
3150 Airport Dr
Gulf Shores, AL 36542
(251) 967-3968

What should I bring with me?

Bring everything you will need for a good time at the beach! Beach towels, coolers, and everything else that you can think of! But if you do forget something, no worries, mon! Walmart, Target, and many many great local shops are all close by.

Sunscreen! You gotta have sunscreen! Otherwise, the one you absolutely won’t leave Gulf Shores without is a very wicked sun burn. Just say no to peeling skin!