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Labor Day, Cajun Style at the Beach

Wednesday, August 25th, 2010

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

Monday, June 21st, 2010

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?

Monday, April 12th, 2010

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

Tuesday, February 23rd, 2010

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

Monday, February 8th, 2010
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
Matisyahu
Girl Talk
Roman Street
Guster
Brett Dennen
Kristy Lee
Keller Williams
Funky Meters
Jerry Jeff Walker
A.L.O.
The Whigs
Ray LaMontagne
Ozomatli
OK GO
Orianthi
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.

The Delicious Side of Mardi Gras

Wednesday, February 3rd, 2010

Quick – name the two foods most associated with Mardi Gras.

Treat yourself during the Mardi Gras season!

Hints: Both are circular in shape. One is associated with parades while the other will be found at the parties (often masked balls) of the season, although both will often show up as a treat in homes and businesses.

Mardi Gras balls and seasonal gatherings are not complete without a king cake. Generally speaking, the king cake is a large round or oval cinnamon coffee cake that is glazed or frosted and then sprinkled generously with sugar colored in the royal hues of purple, green and gold. A small plastic trinket is inserted through the bottom of the cake for a lucky person to find. The person who receives the trinket is said to be the king or queen for the day and will have good fortune for the coming year. Another interpretation explains that the person who finds the trinket must host the following week’s party.

As for the other food, you may be surprised to learn that although Mardi Gras is most often associated with the southern coastal states, the moon pie actually originated in Chattanooga, Tennessee during the early part of the 20th century. It was made by placing marshmallow cream between two graham crackers, then completely coating the sweet, spongy sandwich in chocolate. Years later, in Mobile, Alabama, it became a parade throw (an item tossed from parade floats) due to its soft yet sturdy consistency. Today, moon pies come in a variety of flavors and colors, and parade-goers expect to catch their share of this extremely popular item.

February 16, 2010, is Mardi Gras Day. Since mid-January, numerous organizations have been leading their masked members along parade routes throughout the South. Don’t miss your chance to enjoy the fun and gather some colorful throws. Local parades are as follows:

Fri., Feb. 12, 6:30 p.m. – Orange Beach – Hwy. 182 from Wintzell’s Oyster House to Hwy. 161

Sat., Feb.13, noon – Foley – east on Roosevelt St.

Sat., Feb.13, 6:30 p.m. – Orange Beach – Hwy. 182 from Live Bait to Perdido Pass Bridge

Tues., Feb.16, 10:00 a.m. – Gulf Shores – Hwy. 59 from south end of the Intracoastal Bridge to the beach

Tues., Feb.16, 1:30 p.m. – Orange Beach – Hwy. 182 from Wintzell’s Oyster House to Hwy. 161

Tues., Feb.16, 3:00 p.m. – Gulf Shores – boat parade begins at 3:00 at Bear Point Marina and ends by 4:30 at LuLu’s Homeport Marina

Come to the beach soon and “laissez les bons temps rouler (let the good times roll)!”

If you do not have your Mardi Gras beach accommodations yet, we can help! Now through Feb. 17, 2010, you can stay five nights but only pay for three nights! If you can’t stay that long, or will be here during a different time frame, take a look at Meyer Real Estate’s many specials and hot deals to make your getaway more affordable.

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