NOTE: Each year Meyer Vacation Rentals is delighted to host activities and events for our winter guests during the months of January and February. We will list the events on our winter guest page in the fall and then open registrations for the 2018 events at 10 a.m. (CST) on December 6, 2017, for you to register online or by phone (866-269-6914). We hope that you joined us this year for the fun and that you will be back next year too to coast awhile with us.

Winter guests vacationing with Meyer Vacation Rentals in 2017 will be treated to a unique opportunity not only to connect with old friends but also to make new ones during their time on the Alabama/Florida Gulf Coast.

More than 25 exclusive, space-limited events were held throughout January and February 2017. Events included visits to Wind Creek Casino in Atmore, trips to New Orleans to the National World War II Museum and the French Quarter, trips to Bellingrath Gardens and Home, a fashion show and ice cream social, a golf tournament at Peninsula and more. The winter guest season always closes with the annual Mardi Gras parade in Gulf Shores.

A Snapshot Of Our 2016 Fun!

Our 2016 winter guest activities began in early January with a trip to the Hot Shop at the Coastal Arts Center of Orange Beach, where we enjoyed a great demonstration of glass blowing.

Next, we spent the morning at the Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo enjoying coffee and pastries from Publix in Orange Beach. Our guests were able to roam around the zoo on a self-guided tour and then come together for an animal show and a chance to pet a few critters.

There were five creative workshops that included photography, beading and two both enamel painting on wine glasses and watercolor painting on notecards. We hosted four tours of coastal condos and houses for sale by CENTURY 21 Meyer Real Estate and for rent monthly in the winter season.

We went on our usual two trips to Wind Creek Casino in Atmore and we also added three additional bus trips to attractions. First, we visited Bellingrath Gardens and Home to see the lovely blooms and tour the historic residence that was made possible because of Coca-Cola. 

Our next adventure was at USS Alabama Battleship Park and the new GulfQuest National Maritime Museum. GulfQuest is an amazing museum that opened in September 2015 and is well worth the drive to Mobile to experience the interactive displays all pertaining to the Gulf of Mexico.

We planned a trip to New Orleans for the day to spend a little time in the French Quarter and then visit the Nation WWII Museum, however, the weather did not cooperate and we had to cut our trip short to return safely to Gulf Shores. It was a very long drive just for lunch.

Our golf tournament suffered from a weather event as well and we rescheduled because of flooding issues on the course the night before our event. The following week was sunny and a little chilly but we had a great tournament at Peninsula Golf Course on the Fort Morgan peninsula.

Trivia Night was a treat as we filled four tables with our guests for this fun, fundraising event held at the Orange Beach Event Center at The Wharf benefiting the local libraries.

We started the month of February with an Ice Cream Social and Fashion Show that was very well attended; in fact, it was standing room only. Our models, who were ladies from our Meyer Vacation Rentals team and sales associates from CENTURY 21 Meyer Real Estate, put on a great show. The fashions were from Too Hot Mamas and Beach House Boutique at Pelican Place at Craft Farms (near Cobb Theater). Our delicious ice cream treats (yes ice cream in February) were catered by Matt’s Homemade Alabama Ice Cream, located next to Flowers by the Shore and near Original Oyster House in Gulf Shores.

Mardi Gras is always a popular event and this year we saw larger than usual crowds. We begin the morning serving coffee and donuts and then we made sure everyone had a “starter set” of beads and moon pies before they step up to the street (and sometimes in the street) for the festive morning parade.

We held a mini-golf event at Shrimpy’s Mini Golf in Gulf Shores (next to Mikee’s Seafood Restaurant) that was a Relay for Life fundraiser. The attendance was very low on this event, so we may not repeat it.

The event schedule ended with three Dolphin and Nature Cruises from Cetacean Cruises with Capt. Bill Mitchell in Orange Beach. These were exceptional and even though it was a little cold on the water the sun warmed us up. The dolphins were very active on all three cruises and we spent a little time in the undeveloped “wilderness” areas of the creeks and bayous, which were both educational and entertaining.