Labor Day, Cajun Style at the Beach

For many people, a Cajun celebration may not be the first thing that comes to mind for Labor Day. But why not?

Party Cajun-style at The Hangout this Labor Day Weekend!

Unless you are from Louisiana, you may not even know what “Cajun” means, much less what kind of celebrating it might describe. If so, it’s time to change that! This Labor Day Weekend is your chance to party like a Cajun, whether as second nature or for the very first time.

The folks at The Hangout in Gulf Shores, Alabama—yes, where Highway 59 ends, right on the beach—are making it easy to live it up. The three-day festivities begin at 3:00 p.m. this Friday, August 27, and each night it doesn’t wind down until 2:00 a.m.

During this time, you’ll enjoy Cochon de liat, a traditional pig roast. You’ll also be treated to zydeco music all weekend, including dance music from the Mermaid Stage. A free family show by Jamie Bergeron and the Kickin’ Cajuns will begin at 7:30 p.m. Friday evening. Saturday’s special guests are Don Fontenot and Lez Ami de La Louisianne beginning at 7:00 p.m. And Sunday at 8:00 p.m. is another lively show with Wayne Toups.

It’s not too late to plan your road trip to the party. In fact, Meyer Real Estate has teamed up with The Hangout for the weekend and beyond, offering 50% off accommodations plus a $50 Hangout gift card. See the details and reserve your beach headquarters online. This is a celebration you don’t want to miss!

Music in the Courtyard at SanRoc Cay

Like so many folks, you are drawn to local bands and solo acts. But you might hit a snag this time of year as you try to convince yourself or your friends to spend a warm, beautiful summer evening indoors. It can result in a tug of war, but SanRoc Cay has solved the problem for you.

The courtyard at SanRoc Cay will be humming with free live music through Saturday night.

SanRoc Cay’s courtyard, with its interesting architecture that includes an elegant staircase, offers a wonderful place to relax— and, on these wonderful evenings, it creates an ideal atmosphere to soak up the sounds of a variety of musicians.

The popular duo of Rick & Leanne will be turning out the tunes on Wednesday, July 28. Thursday night brings the Most Wanted Band, John Joiner takes over the entertainment on Friday evening, and Cowboy Johnson and Friends brings this week’s schedule to a close on Saturday, July 31. Bands will play from 6:30 until 9:30 p.m.

Come early. In fact, spend the day at SanRoc Cay. Admire the boats at the marina, schedule a trip with one of the charter businesses based there, get a little pampering at the day spa, shop in a number of upscale boutiques, and choose from 4 terrific restaurants to delight your tastebuds.

You’ll find SanRoc Cay on Perdido Beach Blvd. (the beach highway) in Orange Beach, west of the Perdido Pass Bridge, approximately 8 miles east of Hwy. 59.

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Happy Anniversary – Say Cheese(cake)!

Snickerdoodle. Pecan praline. Banana split. Bailey’s and white chocolate. Apple walnut.

You are rewarded when you help Hope's Cheesecake celebrate 14 years in Gulf Shores.

Those are only a few of the flavors available. We’re not describing cookies, ice cream, adult beverages or pie. But now you’re in the right frame of taste bud for the best cheesecake around.

There is no time like the present to give in to your craving, as you can indulge for less until February 16. To celebrate 14 years of business in Gulf Shores, Hope’s Cheesecake is treating you to free samples, gifts, and discounted prices if you mention their ad in the local newspaper, The Islander.

Sold by the slice, mini cake or full-size cake, their masterpieces are made with quality ingredients and careful preparation. There is no worry about leaving their shop with more than you need (yes, you’ll want to buy extra), since it will last 10 days in the refrigerator. You can even freeze it up to 6 months, and it will still taste great after freezing, thawing, refreezing and thawing again.

How about a twist on the traditional slice of cheesecake? Their famous Hope Bar is a slice of cheesecake on a stick, dipped in chocolate.

Those watching your sugar intake will be pleased to know that there are four flavors (New York, Amaretto, Chocolate and Key Lime) made with Whey Low.

For a decadent treat for yourself, a sought-after dessert for a gathering of any size, or as a delicious gift shipped to your non-local friends and family, Hope’s Cheesecake offers the right variety to suit all tastes.

Hope’s Cheesecake is open Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. They are located at 210 E. 20th Ave., just east of the south end of the Intracoastal Canal Bridge. Call 251-968-5858 or visit their website to place an order.

Snowbird Extravaganza at Tanger Outlets in Foley

Anyone who lives or vacations near a Tanger Outlets shopping center knows about the great variety of stores and products, and loves the affordable prices as well as the amazing sales. But on Tuesday, January 26, at the Foley, Alabama complex, you’ll have even more reason to visit!

Join the scavenger hunt at Tanger Outlets in Foley, Alabama, on January 26!

Join the scavenger hunt at Tanger Outlets in Foley, Alabama, on January 26!

Beginning at 9:00 a.m., breakfast is served. Head to the family courtyard for a FREE continental breakfast. Juice is included, or you can purchase coffee right there at the food court. You’ll want to take advantage of this carb-loading meal, as the extra energy will be helpful to complete the day’s activity.

Then it’s “ready, set, go” . . . on your way to a bargain-filled scavenger hunt. Only Tanger Outlets can offer you such an exciting “shopportunity adventure” paired with fresh air and gentle exercise.

Be sure to wear your comfortable shoes—and bring a friend to double the fun.

For more information about this Snowbird Extravaganza, call 251-943-9303.

You will also find great bargains for your next getaway or vacation when you peruse Meyer Real Estate’s many specials and hot deals. Subscribe to any or all of our social media sites to stay informed of promotional offers, local events and more throughout the year:




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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.

The Gift That Fits Every Time

The ideal gift can be difficult to find, but we have a solution!

The ideal gift can be difficult to find, but we have a solution!

It’s time to choose a gift for someone special. But your sibling/parent/best friend/cousin has all the material goods he or she needs. Another knickknack or small kitchen appliance may end up in a closet or cupboard, rarely used in spite of your good intentions.

A gift of experiences and memories, though, will be forever cherished. The honored recipient will immediately understand the special thought that went into choosing it, and you’ll be reminded often of how much it was appreciated.

That is why a gift certificate for accommodations from Meyer Vacation Rentals is the perfect fit. It allows you to present your loved one with something specific, yet offers them a great deal of flexibility. They can choose their preferred dates to stay in Gulf Shores, Orange Beach or Fort Morgan, Alabama, or Perdido Key, Florida. And with nearly 1300 condos and 300 houses located along the Gulf of Mexico, inland waters or golf courses—including virtual tours and photos of all properties—they will enjoy the online shopping experience almost as much as the actual getaway.

Make it a gift from just you, or arrange for your family or a group of friends to chip in together. Your gift certificate can be for any dollar amount you choose, and your recipient can get even greater value when they use it with one of our many specials or Hot Deals. With everything from a romantic 1-bedroom property in Gulf Shores to a 36-person house in Perdido Key perfect for family reunions and weddings, your gift offers a wealth of options.

Sounds perfect, doesn’t it? Meyer Vacation Rentals Gift Certificates are available year-round by calling 877-877-5066. Our terrific vacation representatives will be happy to help you and your recipient at any hour of the day or night, whenever it’s most convenient for you.

Historical exploration, water adventures, golf outings, outlet shopping, relaxation . . . No matter how their time is spent, you will feel wonderful knowing you gave someone a lasting gift that will always be treasured.

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