Five Reasons to Visit Gulf Shores in the Fall

Ahhhh, summer may be over, but the fun in Gulf Shores isn’t. Fall is a great time to come and spend some time on the Alabama Gulf Coast. The weather is a bit cooler, and the crowds are certainly a bit less than in the peak months of the season. And, there is so much to do. Keep reading to find out five great reasons to visit Gulf Shores this fall.

1) The Annual National Shrimp Festival:

The National Shrimp Festival is an event for all ages. Of course, if you are a seafood lover, they have you covered. This year there will be over 50 food vendors so you can sample all kinds of local dishes. Then there are the arts and crafts. Over 200 booths will line the beach with all of their wares. And, let’s not forget about all of the great entertainment. Bands will be playing for over 100 hours and include blues, Motown, southern rock, jazz, zydeco and country music. For families with little ones, there will be the Sand Sculpture Contest, the Kids Activity Village, face-painting, and more. Come on down during this four-day event from October 10-13 and enjoy all the fun activities.

2) The Frank Brown International Songwriters Festival:

This year marks the 35 Annual Festival from November 7 – 17 at multiple venues all across the area. The festival is dedicated to the late Frank Brown, who was night watchman at the Flora-Bama for 28 years and will include over 200 performances from artists all over the country and the world. Festival attendees are able to hear the true meanings and stories of  the songs as they are performed by the author. If you love music, plan on attending just a few performances, or maybe all of them!

3) Halloween Activities:

Fall on the Alabama Gulf Coast can be just spooky. Come enjoy all the activities both close to the beaches, and off the beaten path. This year’s theme at OWA is Hotel Mitchell. Once you check in, you might not check out. This haunted experience is different because this year, you can choose your own ending. Go right, maybe, go left, hmmm, which will you choose. Another fun place for some Halloween scares is at Wales West Pumpkin Patch Express and the Scary Night Train. They also have the all new haunted maze and a pumpkin cannon, a petting zoo presented by Brantley Farms including pony rides, miniature train rides, a hay-less hayride, bounce house, concession stand, café, and gift shop. The Pumpkin Patch Express day train is kid-friendly, and the Scary Night Train begins at 7pm.

4) Celebrate like everyone is German:

It’s that time of the year again to break out the lederhosen and have some fun over at the Flora-Bama, Sunday, Oct 13 from 2-6pm. This event features great beer, and lots of tasty German dishes. Then there is the Elberta German Sausage Festival. This event has grown to include the sausages of course, but lots and lots of other great German dishes. They also feature an entire block of food carts and trucks, so there is something for everyone. There is also arts and crafts, and plenty of entertainment.

5) The Weather of course:

When Fall sets in on the Alabama Gulf Coast, the temperatures are a bit cooler, the nights are just starting to have that crisp feel to them, and well, everything is better. Fall is the one of the best times to come and enjoy all that we have to offer in the area. You can get out and ride a bike down one of the countless trails in the area, you can visit nature at the Bon Secour National Wildlife Refuge, or any one of the many nature parks in the area, and so much more. Get out and enjoy a concert at the Wharf, or dine outdoors at one of the many restaurants. Whatever it is that you like to do, it’s Fall, and that means it is time to get outside and have some fun, so come on down, we’d love to have you!

 

To have all this fun you are going to need a place to stay too. Whether it’s with your entire family, friends, and even your pets, at Reed Real Estate, we’ve got you covered. Take a look at all of our rentals and find that perfect spot. We’ll be waiting for you.

 

Fun Outdoor Activities Off the Beach

Fun Outdoor Activities in Gulf Shores and Fort Morgan

Gulf Shores and Fort Morgan have beautiful beaches, but what else is there to do besides simply lying on the beach? We are going to share our favorite three outdoor activities for the family in Gulf Shores and Fort Morgan so the nature lovers can get out and explore!

Hiking in Bon SecourBring the kids along during your outdoor adventure and start a family tradition of exploring the great outdoors! Stay in one of our vacation rentals for access to all the great Gulf Shores and Fort Morgan outdoor activities.

Hike the Bon Secour National Wildlife Refuge. The Bon Secour National Wildlife Refuge was created in 1980 to protect endangered wildlife in the Gulf Coast area. There are four different trails for you to explore and enjoy the scenery. The Bon Secour National Wildlife Refuge is friendly for large groups so make sure to add this nature trail to your list of things to do when you stay in one of our homes for large groups.

Go biking at the Hugh S. Branyon Backcountry Trail. The Backcountry Trail has 15 different trails for your exploration! This trail system features more than 6,000 acres of wildlife refuge and you never know what you may see. From alligators, to deer, to reptiles, there is a good possibility that one of the “locals” may pop out to say hello when you are exploring the trails!

Go kayaking! Little Lagoon is a great place to go kayaking when you are visiting Gulf Shores and Fort Morgan. Our lagoon front homes give guests easy access to the lagoon. Kayaking can make for great exercise and it will have you right out on the water giving you the best of both worlds. You won’t have to feel guilty for eating all of the tasty seafood later.

Unplug for the day and get outside when you are visiting Gulf Shores and Fort Morgan. Learn about our local wildlife and ecosystems and set out to explore! Our property map will help you select the best vacation rental location based on the areas you are looking to explore.

We Offer Pet Friendly Rentals

Pet Friendly Rentals – Bring Your Pet on Vacation!

We know that you and your family love sinking your toes in the sand, now just think about how much your pup would enjoy sinking their paws in the sand with you! At Reed Real Estate, we offer pet friendly rentals because we know your vacation will be much more enjoyable with your best friend by your side.  In Ft. Morgan, the beaches are pet-friendly so your pup can join you on the beach while you relax.

Gulf Shores Dog friendly beachesAt Reed Real Estate, we offer pet-friendly options so that you can bring the whole family to your beach vacation. We have pet-friendly homes for large groups and small families as we strive to have the perfect vacation rental for everyone.

Our beach-front home Into the Mystic is the perfect beach-front pet-friendly home for you and the whole family or a large group. You and your pup can step right out onto the sand and hit the beach! You and your pup will certainly enjoy the beautiful Fort Morgan beaches that tucked away from the rest of town.

If you are looking for a smaller  home, we have plenty more beach-front and pet-friendly options for you to choose from. Our 3 bedroom home Smithstonean is a great home for a small family to relax and enjoy the beach with your furry family member.

Enjoy several pet-friendly activities for you and your pup  during your stay at our vacation rental properties. If you are looking to just hang out and relax at your beach house, then simply bring a ball for to play fetch and let them splash in the beautiful turquoise waters. Your kids will surely get a kick out of having their pet splash in the Gulf of Mexico with them.

Our property map makes it easy to search for a Fort Morgan rental in the perfect location! Start planning your pet-friendly beach vacation with Reed Real Estate for a family vacation that everyone will enjoy. Your family and pups are going to love your visit.

Make a Splash in your own Private Pool

Make a Splash into Your Own Private Pool with Reed Real Estate

We know the sand isn’t for everyone and we have a solution for those family members that prefer to stay pool-side! At Reed Real Estate, we offer homes with private pools in Gulf Shores and Fort Morgan so you can skip the sand and lounge in the sun without the mess. Avoid the crowds by booking a vacation rental with a private pool for a relaxed beach getaway.

These homes are perfect for all types of families, from families with small children to families with teenagers! Vacation Rentals with private pools are also perfect for a relaxing girls’ Get away from it all in our homes with private poolsgetaway.  When you book a vacation rental with a private pool, you are reserving your own private oasis away from it all. We even offer beach-front homes with private pools so you can get the best of both worlds during your beach vacation!

Our beachfront home Happy Days is an immaculate 6 bedroom home perfect for a large group to “dive into” a great beach vacation. At Happy Days, guests will find 3 living areas, ample sleeping arrangements for up to 22 people and of course its very own private pool. Your whole group will love lounging poolside while taking in the beautiful gulf views. Happy Days would be the perfect beach home for a family reunion and will certainly give your family happy memories that will last a lifetime.

If you are looking to book a girls’ getaway, After Dune Delight is a great spot to enjoy some much needed girl time while sipping a margarita by the pool. After Dune Delight also has a fully-equipped kitchen so you and your ladies can prepare a savory dinner and have a night in. Bring some board games and some margarita mix and let the fun begin!

When you book a beach home with a private pool, your recreation opportunities are endless. Play a fun pool game or simply kick-back-and-relax. The grownups can enjoy a cold drink and the kids can enjoy a cold juice under the sun. You won’t have to worry about entertaining your group as your private pool will be enough to keep everyone entertained. Fun in the sun is sure to be had by all.

From pool-side picnics to popsicles in the sun, a vacation rental with a private pool is certainly the way to go when you book your next beach vacation. Get your pool toys ready and start planning your next Gulf Shores or Fort Morgan beach vacation with Reed Real Estate for a vacation full of fun and memories.

Gulf Shores Family Reunion

Planning a Vacation Destination Family Reunion

When I was a child, the idea of a family reunion meant Christmas day at grandma’s house. These days, fewer families stay in the same place and family get-together’s are harder and harder to organize.  The upside is that now they can be much more fun! Since the traveling involved can be difficult, many families are opting to upgrade their “day at grandma’s” to vacation destination reunions. Whether you’re a group of 10 or 40, a beach house rental (or a couple of houses near each other) can offer the best of both worlds!

Night-at-the-Beach-Gulf-ShoresImagine reconnecting with cousins while sunning on the beach, learning about family history while sipping a margarita on your beachfront deck, or having a sandcastle building contest with the whole family. According to a reunion survey from HomeAway, 81% surveyed said that having uninterrupted time together was the best part of the vacation reunion, and 61% noted that preparing and sharing group meals ranked among their most cherished memories. Vacation homes tend to offer more space at half the cost of a hotel room, and have the amenities needed for families to spend time, cook, eat, play and make lasting memories together, all in one place. According to Brian Sharples, HomeAway CEO, “Vacation rentals offer unbeatable savings for family reunions compared to booking multiple hotel rooms, eating out at restaurants and renting spaces for meals and gatherings. Whether it’s cooking and sharing a favorite family recipe, playing in the swimming pool or yard, or late night conversations in the living room, vacation rentals give families the space to spend quality time together.”

If you are in charge of planning a vacation family reunion, picking the destination can be the trickiest but most important part of planning. You want to make sure you find a place that fits with everyone’s budget and also offers plenty of activities for each member of your family, regardless of their varied interests.

An affordable beach house in Gulf Shores/Fort Morgan can fill all your needs. Fort Morgan beaches tend to be family friendly, pet friendly and less populated. The secluded peninsula is the perfect place to get away from it all, while just a short drive brings you to art galleries, golf, amusement parks, the zoo and miles of wild-land hiking and exploration. There’s a whole host of area activities for everyone.

Relax and Getaway on Fort Morgan

Relax and Get Away from it All on Fort Morgan

Relax and get away from it all on the historic Fort Morgan Peninsula. The Peninsula extends all the way from Gulf Shores down to the Fort Morgan Civil War Site with 22 miles of serenity. Visitors will find Fort Morgan to be a quiet area of town hidden away from the city. It’s a perfect spot for those guests looking for peace and quiet away from the center of town. At Reed Real Estate, we offer many rentals so you can escape your busy everyday life and unwind at the beach.

Come relax on the beaches of beautiful Fort MorganFort Morgan has very few public beach access points so when you book your beach-front rental, you will not have to worry about the crowds interrupting your stay. The area is an ample place to kick your feet up and enjoy the relaxing sound of the waves. Our beaches are also pet friendly so you do not have to worry about boarding your dog, instead you can bring them along with you for a truly stress-free vacation when you stay in one of our pet-friendly rentals.

Before arriving at your Fort Morgan rental, make plans to pre-order your groceries with Walmart Grocery Pickup so you can skip the grocery shopping and save yourself a bit of time. Ordering your groceries ahead of time is a breeze and will allow you to get to the beach to relax even faster.

Booking a home with a pool will give you a place to soak in the sun and relax without getting in the sand. Our condo, Gulf Shores Plantation #3216 will give you a resort style feel with onsite pools, restaurants, tennis courts, and a sauna so you will not even have to leave the premises.

If you decide to make an escapade away from your vacation rental, Fort Morgan has plenty of relaxing options for you to enjoy. From golfing, to water sport rentals, to a relaxing spa day, there are plenty of great options for you and the family to enjoy. Your Fort Morgan vacation will truly be a trip full of rest and relaxation. Start planning to get away from it all in Fort Morgan with Reed Real Estate.