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Fort Morgan Sunrise
Alabama Gulf Coast Beach Sea Turtles

We recently visited the beaches at Bon Secour National Wildlife Refuge. The beaches were beautiful and the water excellent. I realized that it was sea turtle nesting season, so I did some investigating. “Share the Beach” has identified many Alabama sea turtle nests on the Fort Morgan Peninsula and Dauphin Island beaches with 100 to almost 150 eggs each. A couple were tagged and one¬†lucky mother¬†was outfitted with a transmitter. She was a 25 year old named “Linda”. She weighed 250 lbs and laid 117 eggs that were moved to safety closer to the dunes.

Video Loggerhead Hatch Gulf Shores 2011

In 2009,” Share the Beach” volunteers discovered sixty-four loggerhead sea turtle (Caretta caretta) nests and two Kemps Ridley sea turtle (Lepidochelys kempii)nests along the Alabama Gulf Coast.¬†An adult loggerhead turtle weighs an average of 300 pounds. It is estimated that 4,513 hatch-lings safely made it to the Gulf of Mexico. Kudos to the volunteers at “Share the Beach“.

Many friends along the Gulf Coast as well as those in North Alabama and Mississippi have had a tough go at it lately. We wanted to do a blog focusing on renewal, specifically in the Gulf Shores area. We all need our “batteries” recharged occasionally so¬†plan¬†your Alabama Vacation Getaway to a¬†South¬†Alabama Bed¬†and Breakfast. B&B Inns offer romantic weekend getaways. The beach awaits you.

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"The Green Queens"
Gulf Coast Vacation Getaways Ideas

Here is an idea for a weekend getaway. The last single tax colony in the United States, Fairhope, AL has plenty to do and see. Begin the day with a walk on the Fairhope Pier over Mobile Bay and the Gulf of Mexico. Then carouse the many eclectic shops of downtown or take in the Fire Museum near the famous Fairhope Clock.

Head over to the Windmill Market¬†¬†for lunch at Mary Ann’s Deli¬†or Moe’s BBQ.¬†The market has live music on the weekends. The majority of the building is constructed from recycled materials. Rainwater is collected for all irrigation needs. Their own windmill generates power. Kudos to their efforts.

For a taste of the area, pick up a couple loaves of fresh breads baked by Jesse’s Restaurant and Moore Brothers Market. Nicole and Jennifer are the true “Green Queens”. Westide Grocery has set up shop in the market with local and organic produce, meat, cheese, snacks and more to take to the house.

For cocktails visit “My Place” for townies and tunies¬†or “McSharry’s” irish pub both just across the street from the market. For wine and cheese, Red or White, a wine and gourmet center. Master Joe’s Sushi bar is my most favorite dinner spot. Try the “Black Pearl” roll.¬†Just south of the Marriott’s Grand Hotel, “The Wash House” restaurant in Point Clear, AL¬†is highly recommended {reservations required}.¬†Ask for David

Magnolia Springs B&B is the ideal alternative to Gulf Shores, Orange Beach and Point Clear, AL hotels or lodging .When visiting the beaches of the south, be sure to remember us when you consider area inns. We are your choice for Alabama Vacation Destinations.

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Jesse’s Restaurant Tantara Wine Dinner 6/16/2011

Jesse’s Restaurant and The Cold Hole will be hosting a special dinner Thurs night June 16 at 7:00 pm. Tantara “Brosseau Vineyard” Pinot Noir, Monterey County will be featuring 5 different wines from their region, a site at the base of the West Pinnacles National Monument, a volcanic formation on the western flank of the Gabilan Range, just 25 miles from the coast.

The Tantara Wine Dinner¬†includes5 wines and 4 courses prepared by Chef Gannon Leary. Limited Seating is available. It’s gonna be awesome. Tantara Wines are beautiful and complex with sweet cigar, cherry, and acai berry on the nose, the mid-palate is swept with forest floor and rhubarb and finished with notes of brown sugar and vanilla. Only 194 cases made.

The cost of this dinner is $70 per person, exclusive of tax and gratuity. For reservations please call 251-965-7321.

Magnolia Springs B&B offers alternatives to Gulf Shores, Orange Beach or Fairhope hotel lodging accommodations. Be sure to remember us when considering Alabama Bed and Breakfast Inns, the Ideal Alabama Vacation Spot.

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Small Town Historic District July 4th Parade 2011

Situated along the headwaters of the Magnolia River, ¬†just recently designated as an “Outstanding Alabama Waterway” by the Alabama Environmental Management Commission,¬†the beautiful¬†and historic community of Magnolia Springs, AL¬†was developed in 1800 from a Spanish land grant. The water from the many natural springs of the river was declared the “purest known”, providing¬†cures for kidney, uric and similar troubles.¬†Following the War Between the States¬†the river community¬†became a popular destination for families and descendants of many¬†Confederate and even Union¬†soldiers. The town remains the last community with “year-round mail service by boat”.

Every¬†July 4th natives and transplants alike beam with pride and patriotism. Most all residents and some from surrounding areas gather along oak-lined canopied Oak St to celebrate our country’s independence. The festivities begin with a parade that begins each year promptly at 11am, once tauted by CNN as the nation’s smallest Independence Parade. Everyone is welcome to participate. You may see old tractors, bicycles, tricycles, wheelbarrows or even riding lawn mowers.

Residents and their guests are invited to follow the recession to the Magnolia Springs Volunteer Fire Dept to enjoy hot dogs, refreshments, and even water activities for the kids. The scenic Magnolia River offers a cool respite from the July sun, the Cold Hole being the most popular area for river enjoyment. Alabama Paddlesports can prepare you for most any water activity. Magnolia Springs B&B, just one of many great Alabama bed and breakfast inns, is the best place to take in the parade. Only 9 miles from the Alabama Beaches, we offer a great alternative to Gulf Shores Hotels and Lodging. Remember us when planning your Alabama Beach Vacations.

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Couples Romantic Weekend Getaways Spa & Massage

For romantic spa¬†and massage getaways sure to renew your spirit,¬†several¬†state-of-the-art spas¬†near the B&B specialize in Spa and Massage services. The¬†Marriott’s Grand Hotel Resort in Point Clear, AL tops our list with 550 acres and 36 holes of championship golfing overlooking Mobile Bay.¬†¬†This historic hotel on the legendary Robert Trent Jones Golf¬†Trail features a 20,000-square-foot European Spa.

Appointment is Required  251-990-6358

If visiting downtown Fairhope area, check out the Mountain Massage Day Spa.

209 South Section Street, Suite C
Fairhope, AL 36532
251-928-0214
mountainmassagedayspa@gmail.com

Hours
Available 7 days/week & after hours  By Appointment

Gift Certificates Available
Spa & Massage Packages
Wedding Parties Welcome
Checks & Credit Cards Accepted
Local Jewelry Available

While visiting the Point Clear and Fairhope areas, be sure to visit the many clothing boutiques and eclectic shops. Stop by the Windmill Market for fresh baked breads. Then head across the street to “Our Place” for libations. The downtown streets of Fairhope, Alabama are lined with fresh flowers year-round, sometimes compared to Carmel, Ca.

For the kids or the “artsy” adults, stop by Paint ‘N Parrot to design and paint your own pottery memorabilia.¬†¬†The B&B accepts children 6 yrs and over making us “family and kid friendly” so plan your getaway with or without the tykes.

Relax and be whisked away from your worries and immerse in luxury. Visit Magnolia Springs B&B,¬†a¬†South Al B&B¬†¬†Inn and¬† Historic Hotel on the National Register of Historic Places known as the “Sunnyside Hotel”. Searching¬†for¬†great Romantic Weekend Getaways¬†in Alabama for¬†a¬†Honeymoon, Anniversary, Special Occasion or Retreat? Be sure to remember us when considering Alabama Bed and Breakfast Inns.

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Gulf Shores & Orange Beach Red Snapper Deep Sea Fishing 2011

This years red snapper fishing season is the shortest on record despite a closed season last year.¬†The season runs from June 1-July19, 2011. Only 6 weeks to plan your visit to Alabama’s Gulf Coast beaches vacation to take advantage of the upcoming red snapper season.

Of course there are many other species to pursue all year long. Distraction Charters¬†in Orange Beach Alabama has the experience and gear to put the boat on Redfish, Red Snapper, King Mackerel, Bonita, Spanish Mackerel and an occasional Mahi Mahi or a Blackfin Tuna.¬†They offer¬†complimentary fish cleaning, photography and a movie of your fishing trip at no additional cost. Your family’s charter fishing experience is certain to be¬†a weekend vacation getaway to remember.

Book your Alabama Gulf Coast Beach Vacation today at Magnolia Springs Bed and Breakfast, an Alabama¬†Historic Bed and Breakfast¬†Inn offering hotel alternative lodging and¬†accommodations¬†needs near Gulf Shores and Orange Beach Alabama. Alabama Weekend Getaway Ideas & Lodging Package Specials¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† Read Leigh’s Magnolia Springs Alabama Blog

Alabama Deep Sea Fishing Rodeo

United State’s largest and oldest saltwater fishing tournament is set for July 15-17, 2011 at Dauphin Island Alabama.

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Jesse’s Restaurant & Cold Hole Bar

Moore Bros. General Merchandise has been a very important part of Magnolia Springs’ history for the last 75 years. The current location was built in 1922 and served the community faithfully until it closed in 1993. Today it is listed in the National Register of Historic Places. Moore Brothers Market is a historic staple of Magnolia Springs that served for many years as the centerpiece of a growing village, now revived to a modern day grocery store with fine wines, meats and other essentials for the villagers and passersby.

Stop by adjoining Jesse’s Restaurant and see Owner Nicole Houser and Executive Chef Gannon Leary. Gannon’s creations reflect the influence of his hometown, Long Beach, MS and also nearby New Orleans cuisine. We all love Louisiana Cajun and Creole cookin’…right?

Moore Bros Market Features:

  • Jesses Restaurant with¬†the freshest, ingredients to the delicious, mouth-watering seasonings, Jesse’s menu will keep you wanting more and coming back whether it’s for Lunch or Dinner.
  • The Cold Hole Bar for that special wine or cold concoction. Daniella and Wade are there to serve up a wide selection from the bar menu.
  • Wine List-known for years for an extensive wine list. Jesse‚Äôs on the Side carries hundreds of wines from all over the world.
  • Bakery & Grocery- stop in early mornings to grab a Free Trade Organic Coffee, Latte, Cappuccino or espresso, herbal teas. Jennifer will offer fresh baked goodies.
  • Daily Hot Bar-Daily starting at 11AM Jesse‚Äôs Chefs cooks up the best of country cookin‚Äô.
  • MEAT DEPT-In house butcher
  • Catering Services-¬†available here at Jesse‚Äôs or at the location of your choice.

All within walking distance of Magnolia Springs Bed and Breakfast, an Magnolia Springs Alabama historic bed and breakfast inn offering hotel alternative lodging on Alabama’s beautiful Gulf Coast.¬†For Alabama Vacation Rentals, we are your Alabama Vacation Destination. No deposits, exit fees, cleaning fees, lodging tax, etc.

Read my Beach Blog              Get back to classic southern hospitality, book your stay today.        As always, your comments are welcome below.

Baldwin County Tourism Event
7th Annual Gulf Coast Hot Air Balloon Festival 2011

The 7th Annual Gulf Coast Hot Air Balloon Festival¬†is Fathers Day Weekend June 17-19, 2011. The event is “packed” with, entertainment, fellowship, food and fun.

Festival Hours:

Fri: 8:00 am - 10:00 pm
Sat: 6:00 am - 10:00 pm
Sun: 6:00 am - 10:30 am

 

The early¬†morning flights (approx. 6 AM) is the best time to see the balloons.¬†It is definitely worth getting up to see them arrive.¬†¬†The pilot who gets closest to the target wins 2 free nights stay at Alabama’s Magnolia Springs Bed and Breakfast. Then stick around for the Frisbee Disc-Connected K9′s – World Famous Frisbee Dogs. On Friday there will be shows at 10 a.m., 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. On Saturday they will perform at 7:30 a.m., 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. On Sunday, they can be seen at 7:30 a.m.

Private flights are not scheduled during the festival. All balloon flights are weather dependent. Listen to WHEP 1310 AM or 92.5 FM for the latest on flight information.  Weather and wind for Foley. See the NOAA weather site

Gulf Coast Hot Air Balloon Festival’s Saturday Night Headliner is Almost McGraw – Todd Sullivan on June 18 from 8:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. So bring Dad out for Fathers Day and create memories forever.

Tanger Outlets will be hosting Gulf Coast Rising Stars Talent Competition to encourage area amateur entertainers. Rising Stars will provide entertainers the opportunity to perform at Tanger Outlets at Foley, Alabama and compete for cash prizes. Top 3 winners in each age division will be invited to perform on stage at the Gulf Coast Hot Air Balloon Festival the evening of June 18, 2011.

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Volunteers are still need for the event. If you are interested or have other comments, please submit them below.

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Pepsi Concert Series Wharf Amphitheater Orange Beach

The¬†inn, originally built as The Sunnyside Hotel, has some very exciting news. The Wharf at Orange Beach Alabama¬†offers all-inclusive living¬†including shopping, dining, entertainment, even a Rave Motion Picture Theater. They also boast the largest Ferris wheel on the east coast. There are also a number of restaurants worth checking out. Villaggio¬†Grille, one of our most favorites, offers wood-fired pizzas along with a plethora of Italian selections. For excellent sushi, Live Bait at the Wharf serves up fresh “goodness”.¬†Afterwards stop by Guy Harvey’s Boat Bar for a tot-tie.

 The Amphitheater at The Wharf  has the biggest entertainment on the coast.  The 9,500 capacity Amphitheater is situated among scenic wetlands, all modern amenities at hand.

The Pepsi Concert Series has nothing but talent scheduled for this summer’s festivities at The Wharf Amphitheater:

  • The Beach Boys¬†¬† ¬†05/14/2011
  • Kenny Chesney¬†¬†¬†¬† 05/21/2011
  • Lynyrd Skynyrd & ZZ Top¬† ¬† 05/29/2011
  • Willie Nelson¬† ¬† 06/05/2011
  • Def Leppard w/special guest Heart¬†¬†¬† 06/19/2011
  • Yes & Styx¬†¬†¬† 07/15/2011¬†
  • Miranda Lambert¬†¬†¬† 07/23/2011
  • Kings of Leon¬†¬† ¬†07/26/2011
  • Steely Dan¬†¬†¬† 08/21/2011

The Amphitheater provides patrons with a unique, affordable opportunity to see their favorite concert or event so don’t delay, make your plans to visit Gulf Shores & Orange Beach areas today.

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Magnolia Springs Protects Area From Oil Spill

The 1 year anniversary of the spill has passed. The beaches are in better shape than I have ever seen and the weather is great. The¬†Coastal Resiliency Coalition¬†hosted “Dinner on the Sand”¬† for 500 people at the Gulf State Park Beach to show the public that it’s time to get our feet back in the sand and enjoy the bounty of safe Gulf seafood. That is literally one extra long table. Chef Guy Fieri¬†made an appearance along with Gov. Brantley and Congressman Joe Bonner.

Get your feet back in the sand, make your beach reservations soon.

Town Protects Weeks Bay Nature Reserve from Oil Spill Video

The town of Magnolia Springs also made their stand against the oil. Despite interference¬† from political and government officials, the town elected to commission 9 barges and¬†6 rows of containment boom¬† to span “Big Mouth” where Weeks Bay flows into Mobile Bay to protect a 3,000 acre estuary, where rivers meet the sea. Special contributions by the town’s Mayor, Charlie Houser and Fire Chief, Jamie Hinton. Thank you for your dedication.

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