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Escape to the sugar-white sand beaches of Fort Morgan, Alabama. This charming community in Baldwin County offers guests rich history, beautiful scenery, and plenty of fun. When you’re not exploring the Fort Morgan Historic Site or hiking the area’s unique trails, we invite you to check the many family-friendly events in town. The guide below will walk you through the many exciting events in Fort Morgan, including those that are budget-friendly and fun for the entire family:

49th Annual Shrimp Festival

Is shrimp your favorite food? Well, if not, you’ll still love this annual festival! For 49 years, this volunteer-driven event has been attracting locals and visitors alike. In Gulf Shores from October 6-9, 2022, you can explore 50 local and regional vendors serving delicious food, ranging from crab cakes and conch fritters to lobster and Cajun pistols. And the fun doesn’t end when you eat your weight in fresh seafood, you can enter the sand sculpture concert, participate in the 5k and 10k races, browse local art, and listen to live music. More than 100 hours of musical entertainment are scheduled across two stages, ranging from blues, jazz, classic rock, and country. With nearly 250,000 attendees every year, this family-friendly event is free and fun for all. To learn more, visit our website here.

Flora-Bama Oktoberfrest

On Sunday, October 9th, Flora-Bama Oktoberfest brings action and fun to the entire family! The fun starts as soon as you arrive at the event with a complimentary drink upon entry for people who are 21 and up. Make sure you come hungry because there are so many delicious German foods waiting for you to try. The food buffet begins serving at 4 pm while supplies last and features beer brats, sauerkraut, and German potato salad. Guests can enjoy live music from The Brats in the Bama Done at 4 pm. Make sure you come dressed up in your best German attire because there’s a prize on the line. The best dress Lederhosen (men) and Dirndl (women) will receive a $50 certificate. Learn more about the Flora-Bama Oktoberfest here.

Jubilee Festival of Arts

Held in Lott Park on Main Street in Olde Towne Daphne is the 34th Annual Jubilee Festival of Arts. From October 15-16, 2022, more than 100 local and regional artists showcase their best work, including handmade jewelry, sculpture, paintings, pottery, mixed media, wood, and functional and decorative items. Although art is the festival’s main focus, there is so much more to enjoy. The Kids Art Park is the perfect place to take the kiddos. For free, children can build wooden block sculptures, create fish prints, paint pumpkins, and make freeform art. Kids Art Park hours are 10 am – 4 pm on Saturday and 10 am – 3 pm on Sunday. Afterward, stroll through the food court for dishes that will excite your taste buds and end the day with live music. The Jubilee Festival of Arts is free to attend. Learn more here.

The Original German Sausage Festival

Enjoy some German-style fun at The Original German Sausage Festival on Saturday, October 29, 2022. An estimated 20,000 visitors attend this delicious event every year to indulge in German sausage and sauerkraut and to browse more than 200 arts and crafts booths. Aside from German foods, burgers, hot dogs, and BBQ sandwiches, visitors can enjoy carnival rides and live entertainment including German music and more. Started in 1978 as a town fundraiser by Elberta’s Volunteer Fire Department, it’s fun for the entire family. Get more information about The Original German Sausage Festival here.

Blue Angels Homecoming Air Show

On November 11-12, 2022, spectators can watch the NAS Pensacola Blue Angels Homecoming Air Show. This year’s theme is “100 Years of Carrier Aviation” and provides fun for the entire family. Known as one of Pensacola’s largest events, this two-day event showcases NAS Pensacola Blue Angels, as well as a spectacular lineup of aerobatic performers. Gates open at 8:00 am and the show begins at 9:30. Attendees are recommended to bring their chairs when watching for free or there is paid seating that can be purchased. Learn more about the Blue Angels Homecoming Airshow here.

Book Your Getaway

After an action-packed day exploring the many events located in and around Fort Morgan, retreat to one of our beautiful vacation rentals. At Poole & Associates, we make it our mission to provide you with a vacation rental fit for the entire family. Our wide selection of Fort Morgan properties includes beach homes and cottages. Contact our team of reservation specialists to book your stay and to learn more about the exciting events and activities waiting for you.

Before COVID-19 hit the world, going to the movie theatre was something everybody loved. Times have changed though. You can now watch the latest movies at home through streaming services, but there’s nothing quite like going to the theater. During your upcoming trip to the Gulf Shores, we encourage you to grab a bucket of popcorn and an ICEE and watch your favorite actor or actress light up the big screen. Here are the best places to check out:


CMX Pinnacle 14


Who doesn’t love making memories at the movies? CMX Pinnacle 14 in Gulf Shores, Alabama is the perfect place to spend your Friday afternoon. Formerly known as Cobb Theatres, this local attraction features 14 screens with high-back rocker stadium seats. Guests can enjoy the latest projection technology and all of your favorite movie snacks, including butter popcorn, nachos, hot dogs, candy, sodas, and plenty more. The fun doesn’t stop there. You can reserve a private movie screening to celebrate a birthday or simply your trip to Gulf Shores!


CMX Pinnacle 14 is located at ​​3780 Gulf Shores Pkwy Gulf Shores, AL 36542.




As Nicole Kidman says, AMC makes movies better and it’s true. Located in Orange Beach, AMC CLASSIC Wharf 15 offers guests the latest movies at a great price. Guests can enjoy clean screening rooms, discount Tuesdays and matinees, and closed captions. The best perk of catching the newest flick at AMC? You can skip the concession lines and order popcorn and candy ahead of time through AMC’s convenient mobile ordering app.


AMC CLASSIC Wharf 15 is located at 23101 Canal Road, Orange Beach, Alabama 3656.


Movies at Meyers Park


There’s nothing better than relaxing under the stars with your friends and family. Don’t miss Movies at Meyers, a free family-friendly event produced by Small Town, Big Beach Productions. Locals and visitors are invited to bring their lawn chairs and blankets for some movie magic. Food trucks will be provided food for guests and the Coastal Alabama Business Chamber will be selling soft drinks and beer. Find out the movie schedule online.


Meyer Park is located in the Waterway Village District at 400 East 22nd Avenue.


AMC CLASSIC Jubilee Square 12


Located outside of Gulf Shores in Daphne is AMC CLASSIC Jubilee Square 12. Although this theater may be located 34 miles outside the area, it’s worth the drive. Guests can enjoy more than movie snacks, but great prices as well. Every day before 5 pm, guests can enjoy 30% off evening ticket prices. But that’s not all. This AMC theater features 3D and jumbo digital screens to watch films, opera productions, and sporting events.


AMC CLASSIC Jubilee Square 12 is located at 6898 US-90, Daphne, AL 36526.


Enjoy A Film at Home


Sometimes leaving the house can seem like too much work, especially if you have spent the last day exploring the beaches of Gulf Shores. Luckily, you don’t always need to leave the comfort of home to watch the newest movies. Many of our luxury vacation rentals feature the latest technology, including smart TVs. Skip the lines at the movie theater and enjoy a movie through streaming services, such as HBO, Paramount +, and more. The best part? You have unlimited access to all of the food you could want. Stock your rental property’s kitchen with all of your favorite movie snacks and candies.


Spanish Fort PREMIERE 14 Eastern Shore


After a day in the sun, you might want to kick back and relax. Located in Spanish Fort, Alabama is the Spanish Fort PREMIERE 14 Eastern Shore, where you check out the latest films to hit the big screen. Known for its friendly staff and reasonable prices, this theater is a must-visit. Guests can enjoy an array of snacks, and the latest technology, and can even book private screening. Buy your tickets on their website or at the box office.


Spanish Fort PREMIERE 14 Eastern Shore is located at 30500 State Highway 181 Spanish Fort, AL 36527.


Plan Your Gulf Shores Getaway


Stepping outside in Gulf Shores after being transported to another galaxy in the movie theater is paradise. The Gulf Shores is known for its charming beaches, exciting activities, and delicious dining options. After a day spent enjoying some fun in the sun, there’s no better place to unwind than in a vacation rental provided by Poole & Associates. Our selection of rentals in Gulf Shores is great for a romantic getaway or a family reunion at the beach. Enjoy luxury furnishings, upgraded amenities, and unbeatable views. Contact our team of reservation specialists at 251-948-8030 to learn more about movie theaters and to book your rental property in Gulf Shores, Alabama.

It almost sounds as if we are cheating on summer when we say that fall is our favorite season but there is something almost magical about the Autumn season in Fort Morgan. The humidity lessens, the temperatures lower, and the whole area quiets down as the summer crowds dissipate and kids head back to school. We stay outside longer even as the sun sets earlier, we laugh louder and play harder, and when your fall journey involves a visit to our Alabama hometown and a stay in one of our Poole & Associates comfy cottages the magic of the season will burrow into your heart as well! This guide to the happiest Alabama fall activities Fort Morgan, Alabama will firmly place your fall escape to Fort Morgan on your personal list of best vacations ever!

Rise with the Sun 

Ok, vacations are meant to be times where you sleep in as late as you want, but we hope that you take at least one day of your getaway to enjoy a Fort Morgan sunrise. Stepping out on the balcony of your sanctuary or walking over to where you can see the eastern sky and watch the cacophony of colors that cycle through the sky. Those early moments when the inky blackness fades to a charcoal gray and when the first streaks of pink begin to highlight the landscape, your heart will start to beat a little faster in anticipation. Finally, the vibrancy of fiery reds, oranges, and even the occasional fuchsia fills the sky, spotlighting the leaves on the trees below that have seemingly changed from verdant green to their only fiery hues overnight. This moment in time promises to be one you will remember forever, even as you slip back between the silky linens that top our premium mattresses and fall back to sleep for a couple of hours more!

Pancakes for Breakfast

Pancakes are great any time of the year, but in the fall, they seem to taste even better as their sweet warmth creates a balance to the cool morning air. Tacky Jacks Fort Morgan, 1577 AL-180, is known for their delicious dinners and lunches and is loved for its mouthwatering pancakes! Stop in after your sunrise viewing session, grab a seat with a view of the waters that make this part of Alabama special, and as you eat your pumpkin pancakes (fall flavors are so spicy!) staring out onto the sea, you will now understand why fall is your favorite season of all!

Explore Wade Ward Nature Park, 500 Gulf Shores Parkway

Offering walking trails and breathtaking views, Wade Ward Nature Park is a 4 season playground that sparkles brighter in the fall. Follow the boardwalk through the wild and untamed beauty of the foliage that may have already begun to “dress for fall” watching blue herons fishing for their meals and keeping track of the variety of birds you see along your hike. The park is one of the Alabama Coastal Birding Trail Sites and fall is when the migrations start, so visitors are destined to see a large variety of birds flying in from all over the nation! The boardwalks rise over the wetlands and on occasion alligators can be seen skimming just under the surface of the water, but you will remain safe and unmolested on the boardwalk above.

This Way to the Beach

September through November is the best time to visit this area of the country as many travelers have already returned to their real-life responsibilities and the beaches may feel as if they are your own personal playground! Spread out and relax as you frolic in still warm waters, feeling the sun kiss your cheeks as the waves tickle your toes. Build sandcastles at the shore’s edge with your littles, try your hand at boogie boarding, and let the serenity of the sea fill your soul. A cooler filled with your favorite snacks, sandwiches, and beverages will allow you to spend the entire day at the beach, and an umbrella stuck into the sand will give shade when your skin begins to pinken.

Enjoy Alabama fall activities in Fort Morgan, Alabama

The lazy and wonderful days of your fall vacation in Fort Morgan will charm even more as you spend your nights relaxing in the peace, comfort, and luxury found in our Poole & Associates seasonal sanctuaries. Bake a batch of rich and gooey brownies to enjoy with the spicy mulled wine you made your beverage of choice, turn the state-of-the-art smart and cable TVs to the spooky movie channels, and end every day with a sunset walk along the beaches that flow not far from your escape! Every minute spent with us will be the most comfortable one when you choose Poole & Associates; contact us and reserve your favorite fall escape today!

One of our favorite parts of vacation life is the realization that there is no fat or calories in the food you eat while exploring new places! You can devour those country breakfasts of biscuits and gravy, order that 2nd whisky cocktail, or snack all you want in between meals and never gain a pound! Yeah, we know, we are exaggerating more than a little but the truth is during vacation time we just don’t care. We have dieted to fit into our new swimsuits and denied ourselves all the little treats that make life more bearable, and now that we have arrived at our vacation destination we are trim, toned, and ready to enjoy a taste of the town! Poole & Associates understands your need to feed and we have provided this Gulf Shores dessert guide to the sweetest shops in town, ensuring that every bite you take will have your sweet tooth crying in delight!


Yabba’s Wacky Snack Shack, 301 Gulf Shores Parkway in Gulf Shores


We all have that one friend whose purse is always filled with gummy bears, candy bars, gum, and other assorted candies meant for themselves, not any children who may be lingering near. The Angies in your life understand that life is short and that dessert should always be enjoyed first and if they have been to Gulf Shores, chances are they are regular at Yabba’s Wacky Snack Shack! Also serving ice cream, burgers, nachos, and more, their candy selection will make you smile at first sight! Whatever your sweet tooth demands, you will find it on the shelves of this colorful store, so be prepared to walk out of Yabba’s with multiple bags of yum!


Lickin’ Good Donuts, 229 E 20th Avenue #14 in Gulf Shores


Not every breakfast has to follow the rules of the recommended daily allowance of fat and calories, some of your best breakfasts in Gulf Shores will be the ones in which you enjoy the sweet taste of your favorite donuts washed down with ice cold milk, coffee, or even sweet tea! Pick up a dozen donuts (or more on your way into town) from Lickin’ Good Donuts and start many of your mornings off in the sweetest of manners!


Kayden’s Candy Factory Donuts and Breakfast, 25241 Perdido Beach Boulevard Unit 107 in Orange Beach


Ok, this may be your only chance to throw all caution to the wind and scarf down a mountain of sweets at Kayden’s Candy Factory Donuts and Breakfast. Offering more than a mouthful of super sweets that will make your day happier, they also sell breakfast sandwiches that will help keep the sugary avalanche in check! If your craving has sugar in it, THIS may be a one-stop shop you will be reluctant to leave and we can personally vouch for nearly every item on its shelves! (Research! It’s all for RESEARCH!)


Matt’s Ice Cream, 701 Gulf Shores Parkway in Gulf Shores


Peanut butter and jelly, bacon and eggs, and a summer day and ice cream. These are some of the most popular food pairings and as we enter the dog days of summer, you can enjoy your time away from the beaches with an ice cream cone from Matt’s Ice Cream! Offering unique flavors made in small batches (flavors change regularly but our newest obsession is the peanut butter cookies and cream!) every lift of the spoon will bring you closer to your own private nirvana! Also offering sundaes, homemade candies, and a delightful blast from the past, rice krispy treats, Gulf Shores visitors are certain to become regulars during their stay!


Sweet Cone Alabama, 26651 Perdido Beach Boulevard Suite C in Orange Beach


If the name alone doesn’t draw you in, the frosty treats found inside will definitely entice you to step inside the doors of Sweet Cone Alabama. (Can’t get that song out of your head now, can you?) The flavors change on a regular basis and include innovative favorites such as Browned Butter Bourbon Truffle and Lil Blue Panda, and because they also offer a gigantic selection of candy just waiting to be scooped from the bins, your visit to Sweet Cone promises to be the sweetest treat of all!


A Sweet Secret Bakery & Café, 1538 Gulf Shores Parkway in Gulf Shores


Vacations often double as celebrations for something special and if you have a birthday, an anniversary, or a quiet Wednesday that deserves extra acknowledgment, A Sweet Secret Bakery & Café will offer a sweet way to celebrate! Fill up on cakes, cookies, and pies, and don’t forget to take a peek at their cannolis and tarts and discover how impossible it is to be in a bad mood when your sweet tooth is being pampered!


Sweet and Comfortable with Our Gulf Shores dessert guide


Bring home the sugar to our sweetly comfortable condos and homes and enjoy ambrosial adventures with the sweetest of views! Reserve your favorite Poole & Associates escape today! Contact us online, or give us a call to get started!

As the final holiday of the summer season rolls around, many travelers are heading for the beach for the long weekend and if you are one of the many, Orange Beach, Alabama, should be at the top of your list! Blending the quiet peace of a small town with the majestic beauty of the sea, the white sand beaches, and turquoise waters will make you want to add our oceanside town to your list of places you want to return to in the future! This guide to Spend Labor Day 2022 In Orange Beach, AL in one of our Poole and Associates Orange Beach vacation homes will give you a peek into what a truly excellent vacation looks like!

No Laboring Allowed

Isn’t it wonderful that on a day devoted to our hardworking Americans, we don’t have to labor at all? Spend your day doing all the things you never get to do at home, including exploring the wonders awaiting you at the Orange Beach Golf Center & Driving Range located at 4700 Easy Street in Orange Beach! (We just love the name of the street, don’t you?) Offering a 9-hole par 3 course, putting and chipping greens, a lighted driving range, and even a practice sand bunker, the golf center promises to give golfers a day filled with fun and relaxation and absolutely no hard work!

Spend Time on the Sea

Of course, your weekend in Orange Beach is going to involve some beach time, but the most exciting way to enjoy the sea (in our humble opinions!) is by experiencing one of the tours offered by Cetacean Cruises. The dolphin tours are our absolute favorite, we just can’t get enough of those beautiful sea creatures chattering, splashing, and reminding us of the beauty of all earth’s inhabitants! Their Sunset Dolphin & Nature Cruise will bring you a deeper appreciation of nature as knowledgeable and personable tour guides take you into the estuaries along the back bays, pointing out and explaining all the interesting details of the flora and fauna found there! Availability can be limited during the holidays, so if this sounds fun to you, go ahead and reserve your space today!

A Step into the Past

Alabama has a long and rich history as can be expected from any coastal state and this section of the state was once where the British attacked twice; once in 1812 in a battle we won soundly and again in 1815, in a battle that didn’t have such a happy turnout. Fort Bower was the small fort that won and lost those battles, standing in during the construction of Fort Morgan that began in 1812 but was not completed until long after the war of 1812 had ended. Located at 51 Hwy 180 West, this historic structure is still standing proud and can be a fun way to spend a few hours of your Labor Day escape. At this point, they aren’t offering guided tours, but you and your family can still enjoy a self-guided exploration of the Fort.

Shop the Sales

Labor Day sales are always the best sales and although we can’t promise that everything you want is special, a visit to Tallulah’s Treasures, 25122 Perdido Beach Blvd #6209 in Orange Beach promises to offer a plethora of good deals! Seeking a colorful painting of a hummingbird or a tee shirt that tells everyone how much you love the beach? This special gift shop has exactly what you are looking for and so much more you won’t ever want to leave!

A Taste of the Town 

If you don’t enjoy at least one fresh seafood dinner during your stay you will live to regret it and if you skip the opportunity to enjoy that seafood dinner at The Gulf, well, your life will continue on without much change, but it may not be as enjoyable as it would otherwise! Showing us that sustainable life can be delicious, The Gulf is built from shipping containers and enjoys a prominent place on Perdido Beach and offers an outdoor seating area that looks out over the sea, making their patio dining the most popular dining in town.

Spend Labor Day 2022 In Orange Beach, AL

There’s a lot to do during your Labor Day getaway to Orange Beach, but your favorite memories will be the minutes spent luxuriating in the comforts of your Poole & Associates Orange Beach escape. Spend the morning fishing and then cook it on barbecue grills that allow your outdoor time to continue, especially when you devour the catch of the day on tables found on balconies, patios, and decks. Create an all-American meal in our fully equipped kitchens, alternate your time between the beach and the pool in your condo community, and laugh out loud at the expressions on your children’s faces when you win a marathon game of Monopoly! Every minute will be your favorite when you choose our homes to celebrate the Labor Day holiday; pick your favorite today!

As you begin planning your Gulf Shores Alabama vacation escape, chances are your itinerary will never grow very big, not because there isn’t a lot to do in our coastal village on the shores of the Gulf, but because you have penciled in LOTS of time at the beach! Even your dining experiences, when not enjoyed at home in our comfortable and charming Poole & Associates vacation sanctuaries, will tend to be spent at beachside restaurants where you don’t have to take your eyes off the pristine white sand beaches and the turquoise waters that frame it for one second! This vacation is one designed for sea, sun, sand, and relaxation, and you are all in for the week! There is one exception, however, one very specific and very enjoyable activity that you have probably placed right under beach time and seafood dinners on your bucket list of Alabama activities and that is, of course, shopping! Whether you are stocking the pantry of your abode, seeking souvenirs, or are just curious about the wares and products offered on the Gulf Coast (as opposed to your desert hometown in Arizona!) you have more than likely slated a good bit of time for shopping and our guide to the best places to do so will help you cut to the chase and get back to the beach as quickly as you desire! Check out our top picks for the Best Places To Shop at The Alabama Gulf Coast.

At Home in Gulf Shores

 The first shopping expedition of your Gulf Shores getaway will probably be to the grocery store to ensure that you have snacks and at least a couple of meal-fixing ingredients to tide you over between seafood restaurant visits. While not glamorous, groceries are necessary and you have a choice of chain stores to visit, including Publix or Rouses Market, but if you really want a taste of Alabama charm, we suggest you stop by Pier 33, a quaint general store filled with charm. Located right on the main strip at 900 W Beach Boulevard #6302, Pier 33 offers a great selection of groceries, souvenirs, or beach gear, and also sells beer and wine!

Souvenirs for Days

 As you might expect from a beach town you can’t walk far without finding a shop in which you can purchase memorabilia from your time in paradise, but there are a few that we think you will especially love! Souvenir City, located at  217 Gulf Shores Parkway is about the size of a small city and is jammed to the rafters with everything Gulf Shores, including tees, mugs, magnets, and so much more! Walk into the shark’s mouth that just happens to be the entrance (after stopping for a picture or two, of course!) and be prepared to lose yourself in the colorful wares they sell within. LA (Lower Alabama) Gifts, 3800 Gulf Shores Parkway #330, is another popular gift shop in the area, offering gifts, beach gear, and souvenirs that are a little more expensive than the ones you will find in Souvenir City all of which can be found in a much more compact sized store! But if you were to hold our hands to the fire and demand which is our personal favorite gift store in Gulf Shores, it would have to be the Royal Standard, located at 3769 Gulf Shores Parkway. It is definitely a gift store in every sense of the word, featuring a huge selection of wares for everyone on your shopping list and even provides a very strong section for men which makes us wonder. Why can’t EVERY store be like the Royal Standard and provide a men’s section as well?

Boutiques That Will Wow

 The boutiques of the world should all hope to be as fun and wonderful as some of our local ones, including Geez Louise Boutique, found at 701 Gulf Shores Parkway! Offering colorful clothing for women, all the accessories to complete any outfit, and a selection of gifts, we simply can’t stay away and have a feeling you will be the same way! The Beach House Boutique, 3800 Gulf Shores Parkway #320, ensures that you will be the best-dressed beachgoer in town, and Glitter & Dirt, 3800 Gulf Shores Parkway Suite 325 is proud to offer women’s and children’s wear that are high quality and so very cute!

Enjoy Best Places To Shop at The Alabama Gulf Coast

 After meandering in and out of stores and lugging large bags of goodies with you everywhere you go, coming home to our Gulf Shores sanctuaries will be a treat you will look forward to every day! Drop your bags in the extra room, slip into that new romper you purchased at Glitter & Dirt, and head to the balcony for a little sea therapy! Every minute spent in our Poole & Associates homes away from home will be the best one; reserve your favorite today!

Welcome to Fort Morgan, where Alabama summers are relaxing, fun, and adventurous! The peacefulness of Fort Morgan comes from being a local beach town that doesn’t operate with the same bustling nature you’d find in a larger, more commercial city. The pace is what you set for yourself, the options of things to do plentiful and diverse. It’s the perfect place for a holiday getaway, especially with one of our Fort Morgan vacation homes. Fort Morgan is a small beach town that packs all the punch of other, much larger historical coastal cities. With excellent local history, incredible views of the peninsula, wonderful sunsets, and plush white sands, Fort Morgan is the peaceful vacation spot you’ve been looking for.

Adventures in Fort Morgan isn’t just sandy beaches. The Fort Morgan Trail stretches eleven miles on flat, walkable land. The trail is also great for bikers. The woods that line the path are a coastal blend of roots and forest with sand and the scent of salt on the breeze coming from the ocean nearby. It’s a relaxing way to spend the day away from the sweltering beach. Take cover from the Alabama sun under the canopy of trees that hang over the stretch of the trail, granting just enough sunshine to feel the day, but enough shade to escape it.

Breathtaking Views

Fort Morgan is often voted one of the best places in the Gulf Shores to watch a sunset. The brilliance of the setting oranges and pinks, fusing with the various shades of the sun’s many colors as it sinks into the horizon, is a spectacular sight to behold. The sunset casts gleaming light over the once emerald waters of the Fort Morgan beaches. It shines completely and for all to see, painting the serene town with the most incredible colors as the day comes to its end. It’s a perfect way to round out a day in Fort Morgan. There’s no better way to experience all this town in Alabama has to offer than when viewing it at both ends–daylight and its end.

Waterfront Rentals

July is the peak of the summer season, especially here in Alabama, and what’s great about the Poole and Associates rentals is that they are on the water. Equipped with accessible access to the beach, the rentals are not far from the water. There’s nothing more inconvenient than walking a distance under the hot sun and carrying all of your beach belongings, especially after the beach day is done. Wet, sandy, and tired, when you rent with Poole and Associates, you’ll just be a small distance from your rental. For your convenience, there is also a pool if the salt of the ocean becomes too much.

Poole and Associates rentals are spacious and open. With plenty of room for the whole party, no one will feel cramped. Each rental is equipped with a fully functioning kitchen so you can make your favorite meals or try some new recipes while you’re on vacation. The floorplans are open, so while someone’s at the stove, they won’t feel left out of any living room conversation or whatever is on the television.

Historical Fort Morgan

What better way to celebrate the Fourth of July–a holiday dedicated to the history of the United States’ freedom–than to spend time with the past? Fort Morgan Historic Site, located at 110 AI-180, is a 19th-century military fort. This incredible remnant was active in four wars: the Civil War, the Spanish-American War, and both World Wars. Fort Morgan has local significance, too. The Fort played a pivotal role in the Battle of Mobile Bay in 1864. When you visit Fort Morgan, you’ll see the brilliance of the Fort’s strategic seacoast defences. If walls could talk, imagine the stories the walls of Fort Morgan could tell. Now, that doesn’t have to be a hard thing to imagine. So come down to Fort Morgan and let this site tell you for itself its story. After seeing the Fort, head to the museum for more history, then the gift shop to take some of it home with you.

The best part of visiting Fort Morgan? Everything you visit at the historic site will be covered under the cost of admission! Adults enter for $8 a person; senior citizens and children enter for $5.

Come Enjoy Adventures in Fort Morgan

Fort Morgan can’t wait to welcome you for the Fourth of July holiday and the others after that. This hidden gem of a town roars with teeming excitement and history that speaks so loudly it seeps into the spaces around it and imbues itself into the culture of the town. There’s nothing quite like visiting a small town with a big heart and an even bigger role of importance to the United States. Fort Morgan is the place to be this Fourth of July.

Traveling to the Alabama Coast is a year-round option for adventurers to enjoy but when you’re looking forward to quality time with the family, summer is an amazing season to embrace the best this area has to offer. From amazing shorelines and exciting activities to check out, there’s no shortage of fun for families traveling with little ones of all ages and interests! The following are just a few of the many summer activities on the Alabama Coast to add to your itinerary this year when a family-friendly summer getaway is a top priority.

Bask Under the Sun on the Beach

A highlight of nearly every family getaway to the Alabama Coast in the summer is time well-spent on scenic shorelines! Travelers of all ages will find the sugar-white sands across Gulf Shores, Orange Beach, and more endlessly tantalizing and offering up days of fun to be enjoyed. In total, the Gulf Coast of Alabama hosts over 32 miles of beaches to check out, meaning there’s no shortage of options when it comes to summertime family entertainment outdoors. Little ones will love building sandcastles and searching for seashells while families with older kids in tow will find that options like boogie boarding, snorkeling, and swimming make for an unforgettable day of adventure too!

Give Parasailing a Try

If your family happens to be the type with a passion for adrenaline-pumping fun and you’re looking for a new perspective on the Alabama Coast this summer, booking a parasailing adventure is just the ticket. This activity is thrilling and offers family members a bird’s eye view of breathtaking terrain! There are a variety of local companies that offer parasailing adventures for families with gear equipped to handle up to three passengers at a time in some cases. Southern Rose Parasailing and Dolphin Cruises is a great starting point when you’re looking to add this summer fun activity to your Alabama Coast itinerary.

Make the Most of Mini-Golf

While the Alabama Coast is adorned with delightful and world-class golf courses for enthusiasts to check out this time of year, a family-focused adventure is always made memorable when you make time for a round of mini-golf that everyone can participate in! Mini-golf is a great choice for families traveling this way with kids of all ages. Those who are setting their travel sights more around Gulf Shores will find that a round or two at Pirate’s Island Adventure Golf is always a delight. Spending more time around Orange Beach? Be sure to check out Beachside Mini Golf or Adventure Island. Both options are worth your while and make for a great way to incorporate a bit of friendly competition into your family getaway as well.

Stroll The Wharf

When amusement park-style fun paired with epic scenery is exactly your family’s style, time spent strolling The Wharf this summer is sure to please. This boardwalk and beachfront attraction is a great place to enjoy time people watching, restaurant hopping, and of course, making the most of the thrills and rides as well. A ride around the Ferris Wheel is always an exciting option to add to the lineup of activities while taking in a concert at the on-site amphitheater is just as fun. The Wharf is also home to movie theaters, game rooms, and an arcade for those traveling with kids who can’t wait to incorporate a little screen time into the day as well. If you stick around until after the sun goes down, you can enjoy the nightly laser show that’s put on at this beloved destination during the summer months.

Cast a Line in Coastal Style

Many families bond over time spent casting a line in the summer and if you’re heading toward the Alabama Coast, you’ll have plenty of options to keep that tradition alive and well. Consider heading over to the Gulf State Park Fishing Pier with a pole and line in hand to make the most of a day of fun under the sun. This pier offers plenty of space to settle in and enjoy seeing what you reel in. There’s a bait shop nearby as well so you don’t have to worry about having everything with you upon arrival. Looking to get out on open water alongside a professional guide and see what you can catch? Booking a charter experience is the way to go. Both Island Marine Charters and Gulf Shores Fishing are good options to consider when you’re ready to book your on-the-water experience!

Book your Getaway Today and Enjoy Summer Activities on the Alabama Coast

Making the most of summer fun is easy to do when you set your travel sights on the Alabama Coast. Enjoying the luxury and style to match is just as simple for those who book a vacation rental through Poole & Associates. Reach out today to learn more about our incredible options and to start planning your summer adventure!

While Gulf Shores is an endlessly appealing vacation destination year-round, making time to unwind under the sun in the winter is always a delight. When you can’t wait to swap that snow and cold for mild temperatures and options for outdoor adventure, this is most definitely the place to be. Booking your 2022 winter getaway to Gulf Shores is sure to be an amazing choice and the following are just a few of the many things to do that will make it an unforgettable trip from start to finish.

Find Time to Cast a Line

The beauty of a great Gulf Shores getaway in the winter is that while others across the country are shivering indoors, travelers here can still make the most of their time out on the water casting a line! In fact, the average temperature in this area throughout winter typically hovers around the mid 60’s, making for a mild and welcoming way to spend a day on the waves. Whether you’re an experienced angler or trying something new for the first time, winter fishing in Gulf Shores is sure to delight you. Many travelers choose to cast right from one of the many docks that line the shore, but the option to book a charter is also inviting. Many of the companies that offer charter fishing tours or deep-sea adventures include all of the gear you’ll need in the cost of the booking making the experience that much more convenient. This time of year, anglers can expect to reel in everything from sheepshead and pompano to redfish as well.

Hit the Hiking Trails

The mild temperatures and sunny skies enjoyed throughout winter in Gulf Shores mean that travelers with a passion for lacing up their hiking boots and hitting the trails are also in luck! Gulf Shores is an oasis of opportunity for visitors who double as outdoor enthusiasts and there are plenty of places to explore on foot while you’re here. The Bon Secour Nature Preserve is a particularly appealing destination when you’re looking for an immersive hiking experience. Those who are hoping to pair hiking options with other forms of recreation as well will find that a day at Gulf State Park checks every box on the list. Hikers that can’t wait to pack their binoculars and keep their eye on the skies will love that a trek along the Hugh S. Branyon Backcountry Trail is a prime birding spot year-round!

Get Out on the Golf Course

It’s not uncommon for travelers to set their winter adventure sights on Gulf Shores, knowing full well they intend to spend some significant time on the golf course. And this happens with good reason! Gulf Shores, Alabama is home to a variety of world-class courses that promise an experience that’s equal parts scenic, fun, and challenging. Craft Farms Golf Club is a great place to set a tee time when you’re looking forward to testing your skills on a 36-hole course designed by Arnold Palmer. Nearby Fort Morgan hosts Kiva Dunes which is equally intriguing—particularly for those who value time on courses that have earned numerous state awards for their excellence!

Make the Most of Family-Friendly Fun

When your family isn’t the type to stick around and watch the snow pile up outside, making the most of a Gulf Shores winter getaway is sure to be inspiring at every turn. This area is packed with options for fun that appeal to travelers of all ages and interests alike. An added benefit of traveling this way in the winter is that families who do so can easily avoid the crowds at some of these iconic stops that tend to be a staple of a summer visit.  One such destination to enjoy without lines or crowds to contend with in the winter is the Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo! This stop is a wonderful place to enjoy animal encounters of all kinds and learn more about wildlife conservation along the way. A more tranquil winter setting offers up additional opportunities for guests to ask questions of staff and get a closer look at some amazing creatures from across the globe. Hoping to enjoy some more adrenaline-pumping fun while you’re in town this winter? Take the family to The Track and hit the go-kart loop in style! If you’re looking for some friendly competition, this is the place to find it. The Wharf in nearby Orange Beach is also a great option for versatile winter getaway fun. This area hosts a variety of places to enjoy shopping and delectable dining as well as zip lining and even ice skating in the winter months.

Book Today and Enjoy Your 2022 winter getaway to Gulf Shores 

Your Gulf Shores adventure is waiting for you, so what are you waiting for? Reach out to Poole & Associates today and let us handle your luxurious accommodations so you can focus on the fun the next time you’re here!



Gulf Shores, Alabama is an amazing place to enjoy time away from the daily hustle. Here, travelers can kick back in style and enjoy life to the fullest. However, when you have an appetite to attend to after all the fun, Gulf Shores is also a great destination for making the most of impeccable outdoor dining options. The following are the best Gulf Shores restaurants with outdoor seating, sure to satisfy the next time you’re in town!

Dine at Lulu’s

Created by Lucy Buffett, Lulu’s is a lovely outdoor dining stop for visitors to Gulf Shores to enjoy when they make their way in this direction and have a craving to curb. Located at 200 E. 25th Avenue on the Intracoastal Waterway, Lulu’s is a welcoming waterfront hangout that makes for a great place to enjoy a casual atmosphere with the savory menu selections to match! The handcrafted cocktails at Lulu’s are always a treat while seafood dishes are sure to inspire. The spacious outdoor patio often hosts nightly live music-making a stop here as entertaining as it is delicious. Those looking to dig their toes into the sand while they dine can ask to be seated at one of the restaurant’s colorful beach picnic tables too. Its on-the-water location means that Lulu’s is equipped with convenient boat dockage for those arriving via the waterway. Guests who enjoy an outdoor dining experience here can also make time for the on-site ropes course, and a stroll through the gift shop. Lulu’s is open daily from 11:00 am until 9:00 pm. It’s a family-friendly stop that’s just as suitable for a night of outdoor dining with friends. Menu highlights at Lulu’s include everything from full seafood baskets and chicken fingers to crab melts, tacos, Key West bowls, and beyond! No matter what you select, your tastebuds will be sure to thank you.

Try The Hangout

When seafood and a sensational view are exactly your style, spending time at The Hangout is a must. This inviting outdoor dining establishment is found at 101 E Beach Boulevard and is open to the dining public Sunday through Thursday from 10:30 am until 10:00 pm with extended hours on Fridays and Saturdays until 11:00 pm. The Hangout is a vibrant and exciting outdoor dining stop in Gulf Shores that’s known for its colorful ambiance and infamous oyster cook-offs. It’s a place that hosts an undeniably party-focused vibe paired with open-air seating designed to inspire and frame the view. Those who make the most of a meal at The Hangout will love its location on the shoreline as well as the restaurant’s courtyard that’s brimming over with games, sand, and even a retail shop to check out. The Hangout hosts a variety of stages that are ideal for the many musical performances the location hosts. The savory menu at The Hangout host everything from snow crab and shrimp plates to chicken tenders, glazed salmon, grouper, and a chef’s daily special you’ll want to be sure to ask about. Of course, no meal here is complete without the addition of an ice-cold handcrafted cocktail to match. Whether you’re in the mood for a coconut rum-based beverage or could really go for a Mai Tai, The Hangout has you covered.

Take Time to Enjoy Tack Jack’s

Visitors to Gulf Shores who can’t wait to pair a savory plate with fresh air and a great view will find everything they’re looking for and more at Tacky Jack’s. This restaurant has locations in Gulf Shores, Orange Beach, and Fort Morgan so it’s a simple one to add to your itinerary no matter where in the area your adventures happen to take you. The Gulf Shores location is found at 240 E 24th Avenue with operating hours between 7:30 am and 9:00 pm Sunday through Thursday and extended hours until 10:00 pm on Fridays and Saturdays. Dropping by Tacky Jack’s to enjoy a meal on the spacious outdoor patio provides for a breezy, scenic, and undeniably enjoyable outdoor dining experience from start to finish. Service here is notoriously friendly while the atmosphere is laid back and welcoming. The Gulf Shores location overlooks the marina and often hosts live music events to enjoy. Whether you’re in the mood for bar bites, a full meal, or are looking to sip your afternoon away under the sun, this is a great place to be. From Po’boys and wraps to fish tacos and mouthwatering burgers, the menu here is vast and varied. If you can’t land on just one menu item to enjoy, try the best of it all by ordering up a platter or combo option instead!

Enjoy The Best Gulf Shores Restaurants with Outdoor Seating

There’s never been a better time to make the most of a trip to Gulf Shores and no reason to wait when you’re ready to embrace the best this area has to offer! Elevate your stay by booking accommodations through the property professionals at Poole & Associates the next time you’re in town. We’ll make sure your stay includes the luxury, comfort, and access to the fun you deserve. Reach out today to learn more!