Shiver Me Timbers!

Try your hand at speaking pirate this weekend when you enjoy two full days and three evenings of Piratefest 2009 at Happy Harbor Marina & Tiki Bar in Orange Beach, Alabama.

Fine treasures of all kinds at Piratefest 2009 in Orange Beach, Alabama, September 25-27.

Find treasures of all kinds at Piratefest 2009 in Orange Beach, Alabama, September 25-27.

Friday, September 25, kicks off the event with an Opening Bash featuring the Jason Justice Band from 6:00 until 10:00 p.m. The Saturday night featured act is Kenny Neal – a four-time Grammy nominee – at 8:00 p.m., and Sunday brings hit songwriter Tony Stampley at 8:00 p.m. To help you unwind as you listen, drink specials will be offered each evening.

The great music is not just for the evenings, though. Live entertainment plays throughout the weekend, beginning at 10:00 a.m. Saturday and Sunday. Musical guests include Catfish Flats with guest Greg Memphis, The Lowdown Throwdown, The Harry Sherman Trio, Big Muddy, J.J. Mack, Three Days Straight, Adam Holt, Cotton Bayou Allstars, and Lee Yankie and the Hellz Yeah!

Free daytime admission for the kids encourages everyone to join in the fun. Turn them loose on the inflatables and games, hear them squeal with laughter at their caricature drawings, and try to guess which henna tattoo they will choose to wear. A pirate ship may not be included in the inventory, but do take advantage of the festival’s watercraft rental discounts.

Take time to visit with the Gulf Coast artisans and authors when you peruse the arts and crafts booths. Instigate a little family competition by participating in the Treasure Hunt. And, of course, munch on meals and snacks from the ever-popular food booths.

Tickets for the event are $10 in advance or $15 at the door, and the ticket is good for the entire weekend. You can purchase tickets at Happy Harbor Marina (27212 Marina Rd.) or call 251-981-1910.

You don’t need to be a local to live it up at this festival. Meyer Real Estate makes it easy to create an inexpensive beach getaway. Take advantage of HUGE savings when you make your reservations online or by calling 800-213-9544. Stay 3 nights and save 25% on condos, or stay 4 nights and save a whopping 50% on condos or 25% on houses.

We look forward to hosting you and all of your mateys for the Piratefest or any time!

Get Lost and Cornfused!

Saturday, September 19 marks the season’s grand opening of the Maizing Family Fun Farm.

Find your way through a corn or hay bale maze in Elberta, Alabama, near Gulf Shores and Foley.

Find your way through a corn or hay bale maze in Elberta, Alabama, near Gulf Shores and Foley.

A corn farm? When you’ve seen one, you’ve seen them all, right?

Not so fast! This is not just a corn farm – it’s truly a family fun farm, just as its name indicates.

Get lost in two mazes: the Hay Bale Maze for little ones and the Corn Maze for all ages, which will be appropriately haunted for Halloween.

A little friendly competition can be fun for everyone, so go ahead and participate in the Lawn Mower Races. For non-structured fun for the kids, spend some time at the Play Area. And everyone will love an old-fashioned hay ride.

Pick up some delicious, fresh local food at the U-Pick Garden and admire the Pumpkin Patch. (Is it possible you’ll see the Great Pumpkin hiding among the sea of orange?)

Antique tractors, live farm animals and even a corn cannon can be found here, allowing many fun-based opportunities to learn about farming and history. Carry memories home with items from the gift shop.

The Maizing Family Fun Farm is located just a few minutes north of Gulf Shores, in Elberta. Visit Friday, Saturday or Sunday from 10 until 6 (extended beginning Oct. 23 to 10 p.m., and until midnight on Halloween), or by special arrangement during the week. Admission is $8 for ages 4 and up, free for ages 3 and under; discount pricing available for groups.

Not a local? No problem! Combine your trip to the Maizing Family Fun Farm with a weekend at the beach. With 3-night minimum, Meyer Real Estate offers a 25% discount on your choice of condos – or save 50% with a 4-night minimum!

Gift-giving season is almost upon us, so don’t forget to pick up Meyer Real Estate gift certificates toward a beach getaway for your family and friends, available in any denomination you choose.

Beach, Blues & BBQ – Sept. 20, 2009

Who doesn’t love good barbecue? The wonderful aroma of the meats and sauces floats around you, coaxing you to eat “just one more” rib or chicken leg or chunk of roast.

Beach, Blues & BBQ cookoff: Sunday, September 20, 2009 in Gulf Shores.

Beach, Blues & BBQ cookoff: Sunday, September 20, 2009 in Gulf Shores.

But it’s more than just a scent: All of your senses are in for a treat this Sunday, September 20, when you attend the Beach, Blues & BBQ event at The Hangout in Gulf Shores, Alabama. Compete as a chef or eat your way through as many mouth-watering creations as you wish. Either way, you will also be helping to raise money for charity; proceeds will go to USA Women’s and Children’s Hospital.

Spend the morning and afternoon on the island’s beautiful white sand beach – just steps away from the cooking tents – and you’ll be ready to sample and vote on your favorite BBQ in the mid to late afternoon. The official judges will choose their winners, but your voucher purchases and your dollar votes determine the people’s choice winner. All include a cash prize for the winner.

While enjoying the incredible scents from the grills and the stunning coastline views, your ears won’t be ignored. Beginning at 12:30, five musical acts will share their blues music: The Rez, Kristy Lee, Cedric Burnside with Malcolm Lightning, Eric Lindell (celebrating the release of his newest CD, Gulf Coast Highway) and Papa Mali.

Compete in - or sample from - chicken, ribs and pork shoulder categories.

Compete in - or sample from - chicken, ribs and pork shoulder categories.

Listen . . . is that the roar of the surf sweet-talking to you, or is your rumbling stomach convincing you to be a part of the first annual Beach, Blues & BBQ? Either way, it sure seems like a great way to spend a fall Sunday.

We know this food and music celebration will remind you that it’s time for your next beach getaway. Stay with Meyer Real Estate and benefit from an incredible 50% savings on nearly 1600 condo accommodations or a 25% discount on 300 houses (4-night minimum).

You can only stay three nights? No problem – we’ll even give you the 3rd night free!  (If two nights is all you can squeeze in, use your free night as an early check-in or late check-out.)

Your weekend itinerary: Join us for Coastal Cleanup on Saturday morning, September 19, play or shop the rest of the day, then relax all day Sunday at Beach, Blues & BBQ. Be as structured or laid-back as you want – you can’t go wrong at the beach!

Eric Lindell Celebrates New CD with Gulf Shores Performance

According to Offbeat magazine, “Blues, reggae, Latin, old school soul, gospel, vintage rock ‘n’ roll, and funk are all packed in here – and they don’t clash.”

If you’ve never heard of Eric Lindell, it’s time you were introduced. No matter how you categorize his type of music, you’re sure to enjoy it.

Eric Lindell headlines an all-day blues line-up in Gulf Shores, AL on Sunday, September 20, 2009.

Eric Lindell headlines an all-day blues line-up in Gulf Shores, AL on Sunday, September 20, 2009.

“Lay Back Down” became a popular single from his 2008 CD Low on Cash, Rich in Love. Eric continued writing and recording, as he has done since the age of 15, and has very recently released a new collection. Gulf Coast Highway offers a continuation of his blues-based eclectic sound – but sprinkled with new ideas that continue to shape his personal style.

His Gulf Shores show will include songs from the new CD, favorites from his seven previous recordings and a handful of as-yet-unrecorded songs.

To hear Eric Lindell play at 8:00 p.m. on Sunday, September 20, come to The Hangout at the intersection of Hwy. 59 and Beach Blvd., on the beautiful white sands of Alabama’s stretch of the Gulf of Mexico.

Eric’s performance is part of The Hangout’s Beach, Blues & BBQ event featuring live blues music from 12:30 p.m. to 2:00 a.m., a BBQ cook-off (including cash prizes for chicken, ribs and pork shoulder) and a beckoning beach setting.

We know this food and music celebration will remind you that it’s time for your next beach getaway. Stay with Meyer Real Estate and benefit from an incredible 50% savings on nearly 1600 condo accommodations or a 25% discount on 300 houses (4-night minimum).

You can only stay three nights? No problem – we’ll even give you the 3rd night free!  (If two nights is all you can squeeze in, use your free night as an early check-in or late check-out.)

Your weekend itinerary: Join us for Coastal Cleanup on Saturday morning, September 19, play or shop the rest of the day, then relax all day Sunday at Beach, Blues & BBQ. Be as structured or laid-back as you want – you can’t go wrong at the beach!

Beach Volleyball in Perdido Key, FL This Weekend!

Doubles, co-ed doubles, 4-person teams and 6-person teams. You’ll see them all on the beach this weekend, competing for cash prizes in the largest outdoor beach event on the Gulf Coast.

Cheer on some terrific athletes - or compete as one of them - Sept. 11-13, 2009, at the Perdido Key Open Beach Volleyball Tournament.

Cheer on some terrific athletes -- or compete as one of them -- Sept. 11-13, 2009, at the Perdido Key Open Beach Volleyball Tournament.

The 2009 Perdido Key Open Beach Volleyball Tournament begins with a players’ party on Friday, September 11 at the Jellyfish Bar. Saturday morning, September 12, begins pool play with doubles and quads, then the afternoon switches to co-ed and 6-person teams. Finals will be held on Sunday, September 13. Click here for the full schedule.

You’ll find all the excitement along the shoreline at the world-famous FloraBama, winner of USA Volleyball’s 2002 R.L. Lindsey Distinguished Service Award for promoting the “Spirit of the Game.”

It’s not too late to register! In fact, you can sign up as late as September 12 (for an extra $20 in late fees). And all players get the tournament T-shirt free as part of the package.

Come to the beach to either participate in or watch a great sport while basking in the fall temperatures along the white sands of the Gulf of Mexico.

By choosing Meyer Real Estate as your accommodations provider during the tournament, you can take advantage of some pretty incredible prices. Stay 3 nights and receive 25% off condos. Stay 4 or more nights and take 50% off condo prices and 25% off house prices at the beach or on backwaters or a golf course. You can’t go wrong with these deals, and there are plenty of options near the tournament site, so don’t delay – you know you want to be at the beach this weekend!

Labor Day Musical Weekend on Alabama’s Gulf Coast

Enjoy a wide variety of music during Labor Day Weekend along the Alabama/Florida Gulf Coast.

Enjoy a wide variety of music during Labor Day Weekend along the Alabama/Florida Gulf Coast.

The beach beckons to residents and guests year-round, but especially on holiday weekends. As anticipated, Labor Day Weekend 2009 is sure to bring great fun to beachgoers in the Gulf Shores, Orange Beach, Fort Morgan (AL) and Perdido Key (FL) area.

After a busy day of activities and welcome relaxation, grab a meal, a snack or an ice-cold beverage at one of the many local venues offering live musical entertainment. Although the list below is not exhaustive, you will find ample variety to get you revved up or help you wind down.

If you have not yet made your weekend plans, you are in luck! Meyer Real Estate has great options for your beach, near-beach or golf course accommodations – at 50% SAVINGS! Don’t put it off any longer – come spend a fun weekend with us at the beach. (Can’t come this weekend? See our many specials and Hot Deals available for future stays.)

Thursday, September 3

The Relics at LuLu’s at Homeport Marina – Gulf Shores, 6pm

Homegrown Night Songwriter’s Open Mic Hosted By Marc Alan Barnette at Silver Moon Café – Perdido Key, 6pm

Top Hat & Jackie at Cosmo’s Restaurant – Orange Beach, 6-9pm

David Chastang at Guy Harvey Island Grill – The Wharf, Orange Beach, 6-10pm

Atlantic Records’ Paolo Nutini & Anye Marina at The Hangout – Gulf Shores, doors open 6pm

Jason Justice and the Hung Jury at The Hangout – Gulf Shores, 7pm

Paul Killough at Shucker’s Oyster Bar at the Wharf – The Wharf, Orange Beach, 7pm

Dancing in the Lobby Lounge with John and Jim at Perdido Beach Resort – Orange Beach, 7-11pm

Karaoke at Foxy’s West Beach Bar & Grill – Gulf Shores, 8pm

Miss-Used at Live Bait Food & Spirits and Live Bait Too! – Perdido Beach Blvd., Orange Beach, 10pm

Kyle Waldron at The Hangout – Gulf Shores, 11pm

Midnight Confessions at Nolan’s – Gulf Shores

Friday, September 4

The Relics at Tacky Jack’s – Orange Beach, 6pm

Shades at SanRoc Cay – Orange Beach, 6pm

The Adam Holt Band at LuLu’s at Homeport Marina – Gulf Shores, 6-10 pm

Top Hat & Jackie at Ginny Lane Bar and Grill – The Wharf, Orange Beach, 7pm

Jamie Bergeron & the Kickin Cajuns at The Hangout – Gulf Shores, 7pm

Liquid Chicken at Shucker’s Oyster Bar – The Wharf, Orange Beach, 7pm

David Chastang at Cosmo’s Restaurant – Orange Beach, 7-10 pm

One Night Stand at Guy Harvey Island Grill – The Wharf, Orange Beach, 7-11pm

One Night Stand at Guy Harvey’s Island Grill – The Wharf, Orange Beach, 7-11pm

Dancing in the Lobby Lounge with John and Jim at Perdido Beach Resort – Orange Beach, 7-11pm

Karaoke at Foxy’s West Beach Bar & Grill – Gulf Shores, 8pm

Jody Payne & Darrel Roberts at Silver Moon Café – Perdido Key, 8pm

Michael Caruthers at Our Cigar Bar – The Wharf, Orange Beach, 8pm

Seven Sharp Nine at Live Bait Food & Spirits and Live Bait Too! – Perdido Beach Blvd., Orange Beach, 10pm

Veinmelter at The Hangout – Gulf Shores, 11pm

Midnight Confessions at Nolan’s – Gulf Shores

Saturday, September 5

The Kyle Parker Band at The Hangout – Gulf Shores, 1pm

Robert Broom at Tequila West Beach Restaurant – Gulf Shores, 5pm

Lee Yankie and the Hellz Yeah at LuLu’s – Gulf Shores, 6pm

Lea Anne Creswell & Rick Whaley at Silver Moon Café – Perdido Key, 6pm

The Relics at Tacky Jack’s – Orange Beach, 6pm

Damien Lamb at Ginny Lane Bar and Grill – The Wharf, Orange Beach, 6:30pm

Elaine Petty at Shucker’s Oyster Bar – The Wharf, Orange Beach, 7pm

Sugar Cane Jane at Mosaic Tapas Restaurant – The Wharf, Orange Beach, 7-10pm.

Lisa Christian at Cosmo’s Restaurant – Orange Beach, 7-10 pm

One Night Stand at Guy Harvey Island Grill – The Wharf, Orange Beach, 7-11pm

Michael Caruthers at Our Cigar Bar – The Wharf, Orange Beach, 8pm

Karaoke at Foxy’s West Beach Bar & Grill – Gulf Shores, 8pm

Marc Alan Barnette at Silver Moon Café – Perdido Key, 10pm

Seven Sharp Nine at Live Bait Food & Spirits and Live Bait Too! – Perdido Beach Blvd., Orange Beach, 10pm

Brooks Hubbert III at The Hangout – Gulf Shores, 11pm

Midnight Confessions at Nolan’s – Gulf Shores

Damien Lamb at Ginny Lane Bar & Grill – The Wharf, Orange Beach

Sunday, September 6

Greg Brown at LuLu’s at Homeport Marina – Gulf Shores, 1pm

Veinmelter at The Hangout – Gulf Shores, 1pm

Rhonda Hart Duo at Shucker’s Oyster Bar – The Wharf, Orange Beach, 3pm

Marc Alan Barnette at Silver Moon Café – Perdido Key, 4pm

The Relics at Tacky Jack’s – Orange Beach, 5pm

Sam Glass Band at Cobalt the Restaurant – Orange Beach, 5:30pm

El Cantador at The Hangout – Gulf Shores, 6pm

Troy Brannon & Donnie Skidmore Duo at LuLu’s at Homeport Marina – Gulf Shores, 6pm

Brent Burns at Cosmo’s Restaurant – Orange Beach, 6-9pm

Top Hat and Jackie at Ginny Lane Bar and Grill – The Wharf, Orange Beach, 6:30pm

Jay and Mike at Shucker’s Oyster Bar – The Wharf, Orange Beach, 7pm

Tip Tops at The Boardwalk – The Wharf, Orange Beach, 8pm (bring chairs but no coolers)

Velcro Pygmies at Live Bait Food & Spirits and Live Bait Too! – Perdido Beach Blvd., Orange Beach, 9pm

Fuse Box Funk at The Hangout – Gulf Shores, 9:30pm

Brooks Hubbert III at The Hangout – Gulf Shores, 11pm

Monday, September 7

Cary Laine at The Hangout – Gulf Shores, 12noon

Brent Burns with special guest Bill Whyte at LuLu’s at Homeport Marina – Gulf Shores, 6pm

David Chastang at The Hangout – Gulf Shores, 11pm

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