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Halloween on Alabama’s Gulf Coast

Wednesday, October 24th, 2012

Spooky. Cute. Fictional characters. No matter your costume style, Halloween is a chance to let your imagination soar. Choose from a variety of opportunities for all ages to celebrate this fall holiday along the Alabama Gulf Coast.

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For spooky or not-so-scary Halloween fun for any age, the Alabama Gulf Coast is the place to be!

Nightly between 6 and 9 p.m. through October 31, LuLu’s in Gulf Shores becomes BooLu’s, including the Manor of Doom haunted house and maze plus age-appropriate games. The $5 donation goes to local school arts programs—and for another $5 donation, test your climbing and balancing skills on the Mountain of Youth Ropes Course.

Boo at the Zoo speaks to the softer side of the season. With furry, feathery and scaly friends all around, your little ones will squeal with extra delight Thursday, October 25 at the Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo in Gulf Shores. The costume contest for kids of all ages begins at 5 p.m., but games, prizes and snacks will round out the fun from 4 until 6 p.m. Admission is $2 for kids, $1 for adults.

Bring the whole family to the Uptown Foley Halloween Party on Thursday, October 25. This free event, 5:30–8:30 p.m., is a block party-style celebration. Local businesses will line the streets, where you’ll enjoy a food court, cake walks, spook house, obstacle course, face painting, free games and treats, an inflatable jump house, and a costume contest for all ages.

Combine trick-or-treating with a shopping excursion at SanRoc Cay in Orange Beach. This Friday, October 26, from 3 until 9 p.m., bring your own bag and pick up treats at the SanRoc Cay merchants. While you are there, enjoy dinner at one of the restaurants, shop to your heart’s content, and even paint a special Halloween mask at Life’s a Canvas.

Get spooked at the Terror on the Gulf haunted house at The Hangout in Gulf Shores. For just $5 (or $25 for a season pass), find your way through the maze—but watch out for creatures! Open 7–10 p.m. for all ages that can handle the fright, then the adults-only version will run from 11 p.m. until 1 a.m. for those 18 and over. Dates are Friday and Saturday, October 26 and 27, then again October 29–31.

Let your pet in on the holiday fun! Bring your costumed pet, children and self to Magnolia By the Gulf Animal Clinic at Hwy. 59 and Co. Rd. 6 at 10 a.m. Saturday, October 27. Judging begins at 11 a.m. and prizes will be awarded for various categories for pets and people.

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Tiptoeing past a scary sight is just one of the many ways to celebrate Halloween in Gulf Shores and Orange Beach, Alabama.

Halloween Family Fun Night at the Bodenhamer Recreation Center in Gulf Shores includes fireside stories, carnival games, dunking booth, a cake walk, and costume contests. This event begins at 6 p.m. Saturday, October 27. Admission and popcorn are free, and game tickets may be purchased for 50 cents.

Bring your lawn chairs and blankets Saturday, October 27 for movie night on the marina lawn at The Wharf in Orange Beach. The full evening begins at 6:30 with Bugs Bunny’s Howl-oween Special, followed by Monsters, Inc. at 7 p.m. As the younger children head home, the screen will light up with the scary Poltergeist at 9 and Amityville Horror at 11. Admission and popcorn are free for all movies.

On Saturday, October 27, 7–11 p.m., join the Treasures of the Isle krewe for their Halloween Fundraiser at the Orange Beach Community Center. Your $20 donation includes a dinner of barbecue, chips and slaw. Ice, cups and set-ups will be provided, and you can dance to the music of Knee Deep. Be sure to dress up—you could win prizes in the costume contest!

Of course, you’ll need a place to relax after all the spooky fright of Halloween. Plan now to stay with Meyer Vacation Rentals any time of year for pure peacefulness at the beach.

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Big Game at the Beach

Thursday, January 19th, 2012

Think ahead to February 5, 2012. It’s the height of the winter season. You need to escape to the beach for a bit of warmth, a change of pace, relaxation . . . and football.

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Imagine watching the biggest football game of the year while looking out over the beach. Meyer Vacation Rentals can help make that happen for you!

That combination may not be top of mind, but why not? On Super Bowl Sunday, wouldn’t you love to chuckle at the idea of parkas, hats and gloves to get to and from the stadium as you admire the beach view from your condo?

Let us help you make the decision by sweetening the pot with FREE nights. Pay for 2, 3 or 4 nights in a condo and get an extra night free, or book a house for 3 or 4 nights to get another night free. Better yet, come enjoy the beach life for a week—pay for 5 nights in either a house or condo, and we’ll give you TWO more free nights! (Even if you can’t stay the extra nights, you can use those as a late check in or check out.) You’ll find the details at our Lazy Winter Special page.

If you’d like to watch the big game among a cheering crowd AND play some games (how about a grand prize of $5000?), join the folks at The Hangout for their Super Bowl Sunday party. The first 200 people in the door an hour before kickoff will receive free tailgating food, and the regular menu also will be available.

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BCS Championship Party at The Hangout

Thursday, January 5th, 2012

What’s your favorite color? You likely have one or two favorites that show up often in your wardrobe and your home décor. No matter what those colors may be, Monday, January 9, you’ll be bragging that your favorite colors are either purple and gold or crimson and white.

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The more the merrier as you cheer your favorite team in the BCS football championship. Food, prizes and lots of fun at The Hangout.

You may typically cheer for another team throughout the season (gasp!), but you’ll be choosing sides for this epic rematch of Alabama and LSU. The next best thing to being at the stadium in New Orleans is enjoying it with lots of food, plenty of TVs and a large group of fans representing both sides. And The Hangout in Gulf Shores is making that happen, with assistance from BP.

The first 400 people who arrive for the 5:00 watch party will receive free tailgating food, and the regular menu will be available to everyone. The 20+ TV screens will all be tuned to the championship game that begins at 7:30, but in-house games begin much earlier. Wear your best “Fantastic Fanatic” attire to win the costume contest. Try your hand at trivia, corn hole and football toss challenges. Compete in the frozen T-shirt, plasma car and square board games. You might even win a pair of 3-day passes to The Hangout Music Festival (May 18-20). And be sure to register to win one of four vacations along the Gulf Coast, from Florida to Louisiana.

The regular-season match-up between LSU and Alabama was decided by an LSU field goal in overtime. And this is the first BCS championship to feature two teams from the same conference. So this is not just any football game, or even any ol’ championship game. It’s THE game of games, so be sure to make it a full-blown event by partying big at The Hangout.

Make it even more fun by staying at or near the beach for a long weekend. Save money by checking out the great prices you can find with our Hot Deals on Gulf Shores condos or Fort Morgan houses.

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Thanksgiving Without the Hassle

Tuesday, November 22nd, 2011

The biggest holiday feast of the year for most Americans will be served this Thursday.

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The Hangout makes it possible to enjoy a family-style Thanksgiving feast without the hassle.

You do remember that it’s Thanksgiving, right? (Uh-oh . . . Yes, it’s here already. Is that panic I see in your eyes?)

What if you could have the feast without the hassle? No hours spent slaving over the stove and oven. No separating the cooks from the rest of the group during preparation and cleanup. No dishes to wash. No post-dinner discovery of that dish you spent extra time on and then forgot to serve. And no settling for just a regular, any-day kind of meal.

When you head to The Hangout between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. Thanksgiving Day, you can have your feast and eat it too! For just $22 for each adult, $9 for kids 6 to 12, and no charge for those 5 and younger, you can get the kind of celebratory meal you dream about. And no, it’s not a buffet—it’s served up family style at your table!

Dine on an entrée of moist, roasted turkey with turkey gravy, or maybe prime rib (additional charge). Surround the main course with healthy and yummy vegetables such as green bean casserole, fresh corn, mashed potatoes and grilled asparagus. Round out your meal with homemade cranberry sauce, corn bread and sausage stuffing, sweet potato streusel, deviled eggs, and fresh, hot rolls. Finally, reward yourself with a break from your diet. Dessert is too tempting to skip when your options include pecan pie, bread pudding and pumpkin pie.

Reservations are recommended, so call The Hangout at 251-948-3030 to guarantee your place at the table for a Thanksgiving dinner at the beach.

It’s not too late to decide on a Thanksgiving beach getaway. Book two nights in a condo or five nights in a house and get two more nights FREE when you provide promo code 11TG. PLUS, you’ll get a FREE bottle of wine or champagne when you choose to enjoy The Hangout’s Thanksgiving feast, courtesy of Meyer Vacation Rentals.

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Ben Sollee at The Hangout

Tuesday, November 1st, 2011

Which of these things doesn’t belong?

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Ben Sollee's "Ditch the Van" tour rides through The Hangout in Gulf Shores at 7 p.m. Wednesday, November 2, 2011.

A) cello
B) bicycle
C) smile
D) ticket money

Let’s explore the list.

The cello is the instrument of choice for musical artist Ben Sollee. Influenced by his classical training, his grandfather’s bluegrass music, his father’s R&B guitar style and today’s pop/folk/alternative/world music, Ben has crafted what feels like an entirely new genre of music that requires the cello to mimic other instruments. His effortless vocal tones and impassioned lyrics are grounded by his bow as his fingers dance on the strings. Beautifully balanced percussion completes the minimalist ensemble sound.

The bicycle is the mode of transportation for Ben Sollee’s “Ditch the Van” tour. Ben— along with percussionist Jordan Ellis, the tour manager and a crew member—created this rather unusual caravan to feel more connected to the people and places where they play. It requires them to slow down and appreciate the communities, to connect to the world in a more personal manner than is possible in the typical van, bus or truck that speeds touring performers along the interstate highways from one venue to the next.

A smile is, by generally accepted definition, “a facial expression characterized by an upward curving of the corners of the mouth, indicating pleasure.” You’ll find one on the face of Ben Sollee, a natural response to the pure joy he feels when creating and sharing his music. You’ll also find a smile on the face of each person who has chosen to be present for the concert. It will be seen as an expression of interest, appreciation, encouragement and bliss as the music transports each listener to another realm.

It must be obvious by now that the ticket money is the one thing from our list that doesn’t belong. That’s right—this is a free performance hosted by The Hangout in Gulf Shores. You could pay to experience Ben Sollee’s artistry at any number of other tour stops, but it’s an extra bonus to use that money to feed your earthly body while Ben and company feed your musical soul.

On Wednesday, November 2, at 7 p.m., you’ll fully understand the combination of a cello, a bicycle and a smile. Oh, it won’t require any effort—the moment Ben Sollee takes the stage, you’ll know it was meant to be.

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Hangout Halloween Party Features Beats Antique

Tuesday, October 25th, 2011

Unique.

That’s what the 4th Annual Halloween Party at The Hangout will be. That’s what the costume contest judges are looking for. And that’s what the music is when it comes from the evening’s performers, Jermaine Quiz and Beats Antique.

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Win your share of $2000 in cash and Hangout Fest tickets during the Halloween Party costume contest at The Hangout in Gulf Shores. Musical guests: Beats Antique and Jermaine Quiz.

The doors open at 9:00 p.m. this Friday, October 28, 2011, where Highway 59 ends in Gulf Shores. That gives you plenty of time to obsess over your costume and makeup—after all, $2000 in cash prizes and Hangout Music Fest tickets are at stake for the sexiest, the scariest and the most original costumes, so you’ll want to go all out.

Beginning at 9:30, Jermaine Quiz takes the stage with live horns enhancing his unique brand of “turntablism.”

At the stroke of midnight, Beats Antique will bewitch you with a seductive mix of electronica/world music created by classically trained David Satori and Tommy Cappel, and accompanied by ultra-fluid belly dance/ballet/modern movement expertly crafted by Zoe Jakes.

This out-of-this-world party is open to those 18 and older. Tickets can be purchased for $17 in advance or $20 at the door for those 21 and over. Those aged 18–20 may purchase tickets for $30 at the door; if purchased in advance at the $17 rate, a $10 underage fee will be collected at the door.

There’s no need to worry about driving home at such a late hour—grab a group of friends and share a vacation rental property nearby, such as a 3-bedroom condo or house in Gulf Shores. If you stay 4 nights or longer, be sure to enter the promo code 11FFN to get your 4th night free in a condo or 5th night free in a house!

Halloween Party 2011. The folks at The Hangout promise it’ll be a killer of a good time.

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