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Living It Up in Paradise

Friday, December 07, 2018

Living It Up in Paradise

Live like a local when you join our Meyer Vacation Rentals team for a wide variety of family-focused fun, as we host activities exclusively for you. Let’s have a blast as we live it up in paradise together in January and February.

Registration for these fun events is EASY. Register online: www.MeyerRE.com/WinterGuest or by phone at 866-269-6914.

Once registered your name and number of attendees (up to 4 people) will be listed on a registration list for each event. Note: No tickets are issued.

You will receive a confirmation of your registered events via email and a phone call from one of our team members within a few days of registration to process your credit card payment (if applicable) and obtain additional information for some of the events.

We encourage you to pick your favorites and join us as we celebrate you.

Important info:

  • Register online at MeyerRE.com/WinterGuest. Or call 866-269-6914 and Meyer Vacation Rentals staff will assist you with registration.
  • All activities, both free and payment required, must be registered in order to participate.
  • Winter Guest events are exclusively for Meyer Vacation Rentals guests.
  • Reservations may be made for up to four people for all activities. Note: at least one person in the party must be a Meyer guest.
  • You will be contacted following your registration for payment for the paid activities, and to gather more information.
  • Activity fees are non-refundable.
  • No tickets are issued. Your name and number of attendees will be listed on a registration list and checked off when you arrive.

Attractions

Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo (Free—Limit 120)
Tuesday, Jan 22, 9:00 am-11:00 am
Location:1204 Gulf Shores Parkway, Gulf Shores
The fun begins as soon as you enter the quaint, small zoo made famous in the Animal Planet series “The Little Zoo that Could.” Join us at the picnic tables for coffee and doughnuts and tour on your own until we come together at 10:30 a.m. for an animal show located at the pavilion. You are also welcome to continue your tour after the show.

Glass Blowing Demo at The Hot Shop (Free—Limit 50)
Friday, Jan 4 and Monday, Feb 4, 9:00 am-10:00 am
Location:26389 Canal Rd (at the Coastal Arts Center), Orange Beach
We can’t begin to describe the fun as you observe artists hard at work on their colorful creations at The Hot Shop - Alabama’s premier hot glass blowing facility. Items can be purchased and both Glass Blowing classes and Pottery classes can be scheduled. After the demo you are welcome to browse thru the newly constructed art gallery.

Dolphin and Nature Cruise with Cetacean Cruises ($19—Limit 35)
Monday, Feb 25 and Tuesday, Feb 26 and Wednesday, Feb 27, 1:00 pm-3:00 pm (arrive by 12:30)
Location: 4673 Wharf Pkwy W (at the entrance to Springhill Suites by Marriott at The Wharf), Orange Beach
Orange Beach is the best location for a grand water adventure on Wolf Bay during this dolphin and nature cruise. Your knowledgeable boat captain will serve as a tour guide to points out the local flora, fauna and wildlife which of course includes our local, beloved dolphins. NOTE: plan to arrive by 12:30 pm. Boat seating capacity is 45, however we have chosen a passenger limit of 35.

Classes

Zumba with Alejandra (FREE—Limit 30) **NEW for 2019**
Wednesday, Jan 9 and Wednesday, Feb 13, 9:00 am-10:00 am:
Location: Meyer office at 1585 Gulf Shores Parkway, Gulf Shores
Suit up for a fast-paced, exciting, dance fitness party when you join our very own Alejandra for a vigorous, calorie-burning hour of fun during this Zumba exercise class.

Painting with Talis ($30—Limit 18) **NEW for 2019**
Wednesday, Jan 23 and Wednesday, Feb 20, 10:30 am-12:30 pm
Location:Artworks at Villagio 13700 Perdido Key Dr., Perdido Key, FL (Villagio Shopping Center near Meyer office)
Here’s your chance to take a piece of paradise home with you when art instructor Talis Jayme assists you to create a tropical painting using acrylic on canvas at this painting class.

Blacksmithing Experience ($25—Limit 12) **NEW for 2019**
Saturday, Feb 23, 8:30 am-10:30 am
Location:25520 Austin Road, Daphne
Step into a world of steel and anvils when you choose to drive to Daphne for a Blacksmithing class with Jerry Gardner.  After just 2 hours you will create a 3” Frederick cross with your very own hands. Jerry’s goal is to make the class very enjoyable and a memorable experience for all! NOTE: No bus provided to the venue, drive on your own. 

Day Trips

Mobile Flea Market ($14—Limit 52) **NEW for 2019**
Saturday, Feb 9, 8:30 am-2:30 pm
Bus departs from Meyer rear parking area at 1585 Gulf Shores Parkway, Gulf Shores
If you enjoy browsing aisles and aisles of eclectic items, this trip to the largest flea market on the Gulf Coast is designed just for you. Explore all of the hidden treasures at this fun shopping paradise with hundreds of booths, 6 concession stands and clean heated restrooms. Lunch is on your own at the concession stands which include burgers, hot dogs, ice cream, roasted corn, boiled peanuts, funnel cakes, and fresh squeezed lemonade.

Mobile Exploreum and Mardi Gras Parade
($52—Limit 52)**NEW for 2019**
Friday, Feb 15,
1:00 pm-9:00 pm
Bus departs from Meyer rear parking area at 1585 Gulf Shores Parkway, Gulf Shores


Since Mardi Gras happens March 5th let’s load up the bus and take a little trip to the first Mardi Gras parade of the season in Mobile on February 15th. We will begin the afternoon exploring the Gulf Coast Exploreum Science Center including the international touring exhibit Genghis Khan: The Great Civilizer, we will also attend an IMAX film and sit down for a meal at the Alabama Power atrium before venturing just outside the doors for the Conde Cavaliers parade beginning at 6:30 p.m. (Note: our bus will stay parked at the Exploreum.)
 

New Orleans Audubon Aquarium of the Americas ($50—Limit 52) **NEW for 2019**
Tuesday, Jan 8, and Tuesday, Feb 5, 7:30 am-7:00 pm:
Bus departs from Meyer rear parking area at 1585 Gulf Shores Parkway, Gulf Shores
The Audubon Aquarium of the Americas, located on the Mississippi River adjacent to the French Quarter, immerses you in an underwater world. From the walk-thru tunnel displaying the colors of a Caribbean reef to the enchantment of penguins and Southern sea otters you will be entertained for hours. Hands on experiences include touching a sting ray or feeding a parakeet. The 400,000 gallon Gulf of Mexico Exhibit is a majestic glimpse into the underwater world of gigantic sharks, tarpon, and rays. Lunch is on your own at the Aquarium or nearby French Quarter.

Palace Casino Biloxi ($9—Limit 52)
Thursday, Jan 24 and Thursday, Feb 21, 8:00 am-5:00 pm
Bus departs from Meyer rear parking area at 1585 Gulf Shores Parkway, Gulf Shores
During our five-hour casino visit you will receive $15 in free play to try your luck at the slots in denominations from a penny to $25 or the table games at the coast’s only non-smoking venue. Lunch is on your own at the Palace Buffet, Stacked Grill or one of the other on-site eateries.

New Orleans French Quarter ($29—Limit 52)
Tuesday, Jan 29 and Tuesday, Feb 19 7:30 am-7:00 pm
Bus departs from Meyer rear parking area at 1585 Gulf Shores Parkway, Gulf Shores
Spend the day exploring the sights, sounds and tastes of New Orleans in the historic French Quarter. Take a horse and buggy tour of the area or walk to the nearby Aquarium of the Americas if you wish. Food, art and music are the main attraction in this quaint part of the city that feels very European. Beignets at Café Du Monde, shopping at the French Market flea market, the fortune tellers in Jackson Square and a stroll on Bourbon Street are not to be missed.

Pensacola Historic Tour & Lunch ($42—Limit 52)
Wednesday, Jan 16 and Thursday, Feb 7, 9:00 am-4:00 pm
Bus departs from Meyer rear parking area at 1585 Gulf Shores Parkway, Gulf Shores
The paradise of our forefathers will be our focus when we tour historic buildings in Pensacola, FL. The four historic sites are the 1805 Lavelle House, 1871 Dorr House, 1832 Old Christ Church and the 1890 Lear/Rocheblave House. Next we will journey to the Grand Hall at McGuires Irish Pub nearby for an authentic “Hopkins Boarding House Spread.” This buffet feast includes the famous Hopkins House Fried Chickens, Collard Greens, McGuire’s Baked Beans, corn, Mashed potatoes with white gravy, tossed green salad and cornbread muffins. Of course no meal at McGuires would be complete without the 18-cent bean soup and a choice of desserts. Before we head back to Gulf Shores we will swing by the bay and visit the historic Joe Patti’s Seafood long enough for you to shop for dinner.
 

Bellingrath Gardens & Home ($30—Limit 52)
Monday, Feb 18, 9:00 am-4:00 pm:
Bus departs from Meyer rear parking area at 1585 Gulf Shores Parkway, Gulf Shores
Comfortable shoes and a camera are a must for your leisurely stroll through one of the finest gardens in the country, featuring 65 acres of year-round blooms and beauty.  Admission includes a tour of the preserved home of Walter and Bessie Bellingrath built in 1935. Lunch is on your own at the Magnolia Café located near the entrance. Your choices are soup, sandwiches and salads served from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Be sure to save time to browse through the gift shop before boarding the bus for home.
 

Property Tours

Tour of Rental Properties (FREE—unlimited attendance)
Friday, Jan 11 and Thursday, Feb 14 9:00 am-12:00 pm
Beginning Thursday, Jan 10 or Wednesday, Feb 13 pick up your tour map at Meyer offices at 1585 Gulf Shores Parkway; Gulf Shores or 13700 Perdido Key Dr, Perdido Key, AL
Discover new rental possibilities when you take the self-guided tour of a few of the other Meyer Vacation Rentals monthly rental choices. Our professional rental staff will be on hand at each property to assist you with any questions. NOTE: Tour maps are available one day prior to the tour.

Tour of Properties for Sale (FREE—unlimited attendance)
Friday, Feb 22, 9:00 am-12:00 pm
Beginning Thursday, Feb 21 pick up your tour map at Meyer offices at 1585 Gulf Shores Parkway; Gulf Shores or 13700 Perdido Key Dr, Perdido Key, AL
If you enjoy being our guest maybe it’s time to be our neighbor. Check out the homes we are featuring for sale. A member of our CENTURY 21 Meyer Real Estate sales team will be on hand at each property to assist you with any questions. 
NOTE: Tour maps are available one day prior to the tour.

Signature Events

Ice Cream Social and Fashion Show
(Free—Limit 100)
Friday, Feb 8,
2:00 pm-3:30 pm
Location: Meyer office at 1585 Gulf Shores Parkway, Gulf Shores
Join us for a festive afternoon filled with delights. We begin with delicious ice cream from Matt’s Homemade Alabama Ice Cream, followed by a parade of fashions from Dress Barn and maybe a surprise. Lovely Gail Moore will return with her outstanding and affordable jewelry fashions which will be available for purchase. This popular event books fast so we hope you will grab it quickly if you wish to join us as we roll out some fun fashions and ice cream treats.

Trivia Night ($5–limit 30)
Saturday, Feb 16, 6:00 pm–10:00 pm
Location:
4671 Wharf Pkwy W, Orange Beach (Orange Beach Event Center at The Wharf )
We invite you to join us as we celebrate our tradition of service to the community at the annual Trivia Night benefiting local libraries. We reserved four tables of eight that we will decorate for this fun-filled popular event. You are encouraged to add to the celebration by bringing you own snacks to share along with beverages (alcohol is allowed). There are raffles and other ways to contribute to this fundraiser. By the way we have learned that it’s really ok if you’re not good at trivia because it’s all about having fun and raising funds for a great cause. 

Golf Tournament at Peninsula ($48—Limit 100)
Wednesday, Feb 6, 10:30 am-5:00 pm
Location: 20 Peninsula Blvd.; Gulf Shores (5 miles west of Hwy 59)
The Peninsula Golf and Racquet Club is one of the most picturesque courses on the Gulf Coast. Located beside Mobile Bay this popular course features live oaks, cypress and other native plants. Plan to arrive around 10:30 to get in a little putting and driving range practice prior to the shotgun start at 11:00. After play we’ll gather for a hamburger cookout and awards celebration. Cash bar for beer and cocktails.

Additional Info
For area happenings you can also check our Gulf Shores/Orange Beach Calendar of Events and Gulf Shores Music Calendar.

Book up to 24 months in advance
We accept reservations up to 24 months in advance. Note: An initial payment of 10% is due at the time of booking with the remaining 20% due one year prior to arrival.

Single month rentals
You can reserve the single months of October, November, December, January or February up to 24 months in advance, when arriving and departing on the 1st day of the month.

Hot Deals
If you are still searching for a spot for winter sun and fun, check out the Hot Deals for the latest price reductions on remaining condos and houses.

Reminders, Hints and Tips

Mail—Mail CANNOT be delivered directly to your vacation residence. Only property owners have access to onsite mailbox keys, which are government property, not transferable, and cannot be duplicated. Your mail may be forwarded by renting a Gulf Coast area mailbox from your local Postmaster prior to your arrival.

Phone calls-Local phone calls are free. Long-distance providers charge an access fee.

Local newspaper subscriptions:
The Islander and The Onlooker—251-947-7712
Press Register (Mobile)—888-779-7759
Pensacola News Journal—800-288-2021, ext. 500.

Internet connection—Some properties are equipped with Internet connections; however, cables to connect to computers are not provided.

Wireless internet hotspots—There are numerous wireless hotspot connections in the area, including the welcome centers, libraries, recreation centers, coffee shops and restaurants.
Be safe, and drive carefully. We look forward to welcoming you to the beach. If you have any questions, call us at 866-269-6914.

What Our Winter Guests Say About Their “Home Away from Home”

Scott H., Pekin, Ill.: “Thanks for putting things together.”

Joseph L., Huntley, Ill.: “We love the Alabama Gulf Coast because of the beauty and we love it because it does NOT have the congestion that the Florida coast has. I would love to see more trips to NOLA with its history. We are so looking forward to next year!”

Mike P., Archbold, Ohio: “My wife and I come to Gulf Shores in the winter from Ohio for a variety of reasons…
· The extremely friendly people.
· It is a much shorter trip for us (14 hours) than Florida where we used to go.
· We like the small town feel and less crowded February feel that Gulf Shores provides.
· We prefer the 60/70-degree weather vs. the hotter temps in Florida.
· Love the beach and restaurants.
· Gulf Shores provides a more relaxed/laid back atmosphere during this time.
· The cost of staying in Gulf Shores is about one-third the cost of going to Florida in February.
· We have found that working with the property management teams that Gulf Shores provides are easy to work with when searching for a property to rent.
I have been impressed with your continued winter events schedule and Meyer’s willingness to continually look for improvements. We prefer working with Meyer at this time because they have been quick to respond to our needs and issues. Your website is informative and easy to use. Meyer provides activities for their guests that other property management agencies do not. The Meyer staff, I am sure, deal with a tremendous amount of people on a daily basis, however, I have always felt fully informed and a part of the family.”

Phil S., Jenison, Mich.: “We chose the Alabama coast because it is not as crowded in January and February as our former wintering spot in Naples. There is an abundance of good restaurants and almost never a wait time. The weather is great. Although it is 10 degrees cooler than South Florida, when you sit on the lanai in the sunshine, it is short sleeves and shorts weather for us Michiganders. Cost: I can have a beachfront condo for the same price per month as for a week in South Florida.”