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Covid-19 Virus News:

A beautiful sunset on the beach at Orange Beach, AL.

Covid-19, Go away! 

Come see us when it’s gone.

Covid-19 virus has presented us with unprecedented challenges. Because of this current state of affairs, I’m confident that a vacation rental is the last thing on everyone’s mind. We completely understand. We want you to know that we will be here when you are ready. We all hope we can return to our normal lives very soon, but we understand that none of us know exactly what the future holds.

As we wait for the Covid-19 Virus to pass, I have caught myself thinking a little bit about my next vacation. It helps me get through these tough times. Someday soon, I hope to be sitting with my toes in the sand while surrounded by my family and watching the waves roll ashore! It’s these kind of thoughts that help me and I am sure most of you, keep going. It’s a nice distraction from watching the news about this virus that has changed all of our lives. Visions of white sandy beaches and the turquoise waters are inspiring me to pull through these surreal times. The thought of a really nice vacation is where my thoughts are right now. If you have any questions about changing your reservations or making new reservations, please do not hesitate to Contact Us.


Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo now open in new location!

The Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo became famous after several hurricane’s in 2004 and 2005. Each storm forced the zoo to evacuate the animals. Because of the storms, a need for a safer environment became apparent. Several local residents, Clyde Weir and his daughter Andrea, were gracious enough to donated 25 acres to the zoo. The new property is located on a much higher and drier location.

The plight of the Zoo was so well publicized that Animal Planet turned the story into a prime time TV series. They called the series: “The Little Zoo That Could”. This title seemed very appropriate due to the many hurdles the zoo had to be overcome.

Getting Fundraising for a not-for-profit organization is hard enough, but the Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo had to combat the financial recession of 2008. The BP Oil Spill in 2010 was also a factor. Still, the Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo persevered and reopened to the local community and vacationers this past Saturday (March 11th). The new Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo features nearly 500 animals, 118 species and 22 critically endangered, vulnerable, or near threatened species.

As the zoo starts a new chapter in its history, they welcome people back! Spring breakers, snowbirds, local residents and tourists are a large part of the zoo’s visitors. Visit Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo on your next vacation and come see what all the fuss is about! If you have any questions about Gulf Shores or our vacation rentals in Gulf Shores, please do not hesitate to Contact Us.


The Bridge Petition: They want your feedback.

The Convention and Visitor’s Bureau has issued a petition in support of the Alabama Department of Transportation’s proposed new bridge spanning the Inter-coastal Waterway. This effort is endorsed by the Cities of Gulf Shores and Orange Beach. You can view an aerial map of the potential road improvement through the link provided below.

You can read and sign the petition through the link provided. Support for this project will show our elected officials that we support and need an additional bridge for the communities of Gulf Shores and Orange Beach.

Please note: Through the signing process, you will be asked to donate to Change.org, but this is not a requirement. No funds come to our area directly through this effort. Do not feel obligated to contribute.

An additional bridge has been discussed in the Gulf Shores and Orange Beach communities for more than a decade. The need to alleviate traffic on and off of the island is becoming more pressing as tourism to the island continues to grow year after year. It’s important to note that the current petition and plan is to have NO toll for the bridge!

Here’s the link to the petition, if you would like to sign it:

PETITION


Hiking the Hugh S. Branyon Backcountry Trail

Gulf Shores, Orange Beach and Fort Morgan all have their fair share of trails and adventures, but maybe the most notable of all trails in our beach communities is the Hugh S. Branyon Backcountry Trail. Its 15-plus miles of paved trails are great for biking, jogging or walking. There are seven trails among six distinct ecosystems that make up the Hugh S. Branyon Backcountry Trail complex that winds through the Gulf State Park that sits between Orange Beach and Gulf Shores, Alabama.

Take time to explore the timeless beauty of the Butterfly Garden, the mystical Freshwater Marshes and the Coastal Hardwood Swamps. Catch a glimpse of a Bobcat on the Twin Bridges, a White Tailed Deer on Gulf Oak Ridge or an Alligator basking in the sun. On your trek, you can come across all sorts of wildlife that share the diverse habitats of swamps, old pine forests, a pitcher plant bog and a coastal ecosystem that has been evolving for centuries. Children will like Boulder Park for rock-climbing.

Come on down to the coast and have an adventure along the way.

Pelican flying across the water