July is National Vacation Rental Month!

Consider a Vacation Rental in Gulf Shores or Orange Beach!

July is the ideal time to take a vacation. School’s out, the weather’s nice, and it’s the right time to make memories and have an adventure.

Finding the perfect vacation spot can be a challenge. First, you have to find the right location. After finding the right location, your focus turns to deciding on the type of amenities you prefer. Hotels offer limited space, and things can get cramped, depending on the number of people in your party. Have you ever considered a vacation rental in Gulf Shores or Orange Beach? You should!

Why? Here are some advantages:

Vacation Rentals yield more space and privacy. Vacation Rentals are practical for families and large groups. Sharing a space blends the idea of togetherness with enough breathing room for everyone. Vacation rentals in complexes also provide additional amenities such as golf, private pools, and tennis courts.

Vacation Rentals offer variety. From the cozy one bedroom condos to the sprawling 12 bedroom castles on the beach, there’s something for everyone. Depending on your price range, you can choose your own property for your vacation. You can even choose to be near the beach, the golf course, or high in the sky! The possibilities are endless. Most properties are also located in gated communities and residential neighborhoods. This allows you to blend in, experience the local culture, and have the security of knowing you and your family are safe.

Vacation Rentals also offer elements of comfort. Vacation Rental properties are often loaded with amenities. Private pools, multiple master suites, state of the art kitchen appliances, and high speed internet are featured in a number of condominiums and large houses, all while making it feel like home. You can have a truly relaxing vacation.

Don’t want to eat out? All properties have fully equipped kitchens. Fully equipped kitchens can give you an opportunity to make healthy meals for you and your family. Most vacation rentals have refrigerators and wet bars that are ideal for entertaining guests and sharing a snack.

The Alabama and Florida Gulf Coast Offers the Ideal Vacation Setting

With miles of white sands, rolling waves, and turquoise waters, the Alabama and Florida Gulf Coast is the perfect backdrop for your next vacation. Count on Gulf Shores and Orange Beach to provide the ideal place to relax, unwind, and have a fantastic time.

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!

FREE Beach Concert – Jimmy Buffett, Kenny Chesney, Zac Brown Band & More

It has been nearly 12 years since Jimmy Buffett played for local audiences—a 1998 fundraiser in Mobile benefited hurricane relief efforts. In just a few days, Jimmy will once again lend his musical fame to raise money for the Gulf Coast, this time appearing in Gulf Shores as a response to the oil spill disaster. The concert’s goal is to promote beach tourism and raise money for wildlife-related organizations to better respond to the crisis.

Upon learning of the fundraising effort, some of Jimmy’s friends offered to help out by donating their talents, as well. Joining Buffett and his Coral Reefer Band for this free show are the Zac Brown Band, Kenny Chesney, Sonny Landreth, Allen Toussaint and Jesse Winchester.

A large stage will be erected at the west end of the Gulf Shores Public Beach, where attendees will be able to enjoy the performances accompanied by the gentle sounds of the surf on Sunday, July 11. Gates will open at 3:00 p.m., and the first performer will take the stage at 5:00. Cable channel CMT will broadcast live from 7:00 until 8:30 p.m.

More information will be shared as it becomes available, including other star-studded, benefit beach concerts this summer.

Although admission is free, a ticket is required for entrance—and we can help. If you have a reservation with Meyer Real Estate, you are eligible to register for a pair of tickets. Multiple pairs are available, so your chances of winning are very good! Simply have your confirmation handy, and fill in the registration information by no later than 5:00 p.m. (CDT) on Tuesday, July 6. Winners will be notified on Wednesday, July 7.

To help you enjoy the free concert even more–or to make your summer vacation more affordable–Meyer Real Estate is now offering a great savings opportunity: Stay between June 24 and August 6, 2010, and take advantage of a 40% discount on condos or 30% discount on houses. Call 877-887-0461 or book online and use promo code XJUL40 for condos or XJUL30 for houses. See online for details.

(Psst…Just for the concert, 1-night reservations may be made by calling 877-887-0461. Reservations for 2 nights or longer may be made via phone or online.)

Stay informed of local activities, vacation rental specials and more by subscribing to this Discover Alabama Beaches blog and Meyer Muse, and by following Meyer Real Estate on Twitter, Facebook and MySpace.

Late April or Early May?

You already know that a beach vacation is what you want, and you need that getaway sooner rather than later. Things are hectic at home or at work—or maybe both—and it’s been a long, cold winter. You need a little “Ahhh…” factor infused into your life.

The beach offers an escape from the everyday life, even if only for a few days.

What if we offered you a chance to get a free night in Gulf Shores, Orange Beach or Fort Morgan, Alabama, or Perdido Key, Florida? Meyer Real Estate always gives you the seventh night free. (Actually, you can get your sixth and seventh nights free if you stay by May 26 – click here to get the scoop.)

Are time constraints keeping you from enjoying an entire week at the beach?

No problem! Stay just three nights or four. If you choose a condo, your third night is free. Opt for a house and you’ll get your fourth night free.

Your schedule will only allow two or three nights? Just use your free night as an extended check-out. Sleep in on that last morning, spend the afternoon at the beach, and maybe hang around for dinner before heading home again.

Not once, but TWICE in the next four weeks you’ll find a commemorative day paired with a special offer of third or fourth night free:

* Celebrate Mother Earth when you opt for the Earth Day special and stay between April 20 and 26, 2010. Enjoy nature-related activities such as hiking, biking or birding.

* Celebrate family ties when you opt for the Mother’s Day special and stay between May 5 and 11, 2010. Let Mom choose to shop, dine out or admire items at an arts & crafts fair.

Let Meyer Real Estate’s specials and extra-large variety of vacation properties make it easier to reward yourself with a much-needed beach escape!

Stay informed of local activities, vacation rental specials and more by subscribing to this Discover Alabama Beaches blog and Meyer Muse, and by following Meyer Real Estate on Twitter, Facebook and MySpace.

The Hangout Beach, Music and Arts Festival Tickets

Tickets are now on sale for The Hangout Beach, Music and Arts Festival in Gulf Shores, Alabama!

Get your tickets TODAY for the biggest beach music festival around!

Performance dates are May 14 through 16, 2010, but don’t wait too late to get your tickets or to make your condo or house reservations!

At just $159 for 3 days chock full of top-notch performers, the tickets are selling quickly. Think about what you’d pay for three of your favorite concerts. Now consider that you’ll have the opportunity to hear approximately 60 concerts AND take part in special activities AND enjoy the gorgeous Gulf Shores island beach at the same time. This is a deal you definitely don’t want to pass up!

You also may choose to treat yourself to VIP passes at a $500 or $900 level. These passes include special seating, private bar, preferred parking and many more perks.

For a list of bands (including Zac Brown Band, Trey Anastasio and TAB, John Legend, Alison Krauss and Union Station, Flaming Lips, Gov’t Mule and many, many more!), ticket information and further details, visit Hangout Music Festival. Also read more at Meyer Muse and Discover Alabama Beaches, plus see the newest bands added to the list at this post from Discover Alabama Beaches.

Planning for the festival is easiest when you make your lodging reservations through Meyer Real Estate. Choose from the island’s largest number of houses and condos on or near the beach. Stay in Gulf Shores for easy festival access. Or get the fourth night FREE in Orange Beach, Fort Morgan or Perdido Key when using the promo code XMUS. (Limited shuttle service is being planned by the festival committee.)

The Hangout Beach, Music & Arts Festival

Three solid days of headliner performers at The Hangout Beach, Music & Arts Festival in Gulf Shores, AL, May 14-16, 2010.

Three days of non-stop concerts on four stages at The Hangout Beach, Music & Arts Festival in Gulf Shores, Alabama, May 14-16, 2010.

The first major music fest to be held at the beach on Alabama’s Gulf Shores island is scheduled for May 14-16, 2010.

The four stages for The Hangout Beach, Music & Arts Festival will highlight some pretty terrific talent over the three-day event, with music playing non-stop from noon to 11 p.m. each of those days.

Some of the acts are still being finalized—the plan is to have more than 60 bands—but you are sure to find some favorites among this initial slate:

Zac Brown Band
John Legend
Alison Krauss and Union Station (featuring Jerry Douglas)
The Flaming Lips
The Black Crowes
Gov’t Mule
Michael Franti and Spearhead
Trey Anastasio and TAB
Rodrigo Y Gabriela
Blind Boys of Alabama
Ben Harper and Relentless 7
Girl Talk
Roman Street
Brett Dennen
Kristy Lee
Keller Williams
Funky Meters
Jerry Jeff Walker
The Whigs
Ray LaMontagne
Pnuma Trio
Black Joe Lewis and the Honey Bears
Toubab Krewe
Davy Knowles and Back Door Slam
El Cantador
Mat Hires
A.A. Bondy
North Mississippi All-stars
Rachel Goodrich
Moon Taxi

Public three-day passes cost $159. One-day passes may become available at a later date. For details on ticket purchases, as well as more bands and other to-be-announced activities, check out The Hangout Beach, Music & Arts Festival website.

Planning for the festival is easier when you make your lodging reservations through Meyer Real Estate. Choose from the island’s largest number of houses and condos on or near the beach. Stay in Gulf Shores for easy festival access. Or get the fourth night FREE in Orange Beach, Fort Morgan or Perdido Key when using the promo code XMUS.

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