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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.

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.

Lodging Info    Parking Info   View All US Balloon Festivals    World-Wide Balloon Events

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

Ampitheater Logo
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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Dinner for 500
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.

Artist's Stage View
Alabama Gulf Coast’s HangOut Music Festival 2011

Alabama Beaches “Love To See Ya” VIDEO

The Hang Out Music Festival is May 20-22,2011. Scheduled artists include Widespread Panic, Foo Fighters, Paul Simon, and the list goes on and on. 3-Day Festival Passes are available now for only $174 and  Premier Lodging is still available.

Located in beautiful Gulf Shores, Alabama,¬†the festival¬†features a musical lineup with stages located directly on white sandy beaches with ocean views. The Hangout features today‚Äôs top rock ‚Äėn roll and contemporary artists. The weather couldn’t be better so come on down to Alabama’s beautiful Gulf Coast.

Gulf Shores has quickly became THE destination to see blockbuster concert events.  The 2010 inaugural Hangout Music Festival paved the way for the Concerts for the Coast music series that filled the summer of 2010 with performances from Jimmy Buffett & Friends, Bon Jovi, Brad Paisley, Hank Williams Jr., Gretchen Wilson and Alan Jackson.

Back Entry Door
Amenitites Upgrade / Building Improvements

We have¬†adopted the “open door” policy¬†at our Alabama bed and breakast to meet¬†our guest’s needs. Pictured is a ¬†new much wider door being installed by Jason Haffner. It offers much easier access for our guests. It looks great, now needs to be painted.

We have had some inquiries about furnishing bathrobes for the guest rooms. While attending the National Innkeepers Conference this past January, we learned that some B&B guests expect  bathrobes to be available so we have teamed up with DNJ Specialties to grant their wishes. Guest rooms are now furnished with embroidered bathrobes and I must say they are pretty cool.

The B&B has also teamed up with Bnbfinder and we have a new listing on their directory. They have a great directory, a great resource. Here is another great B&B directory.

Just a reminder that¬†every 2nd weekend in April ¬†is the Strawberry Festival in Loxley, AL. Come on out and see that strawberry shortcake is still “king”. Thanks for readin’ y’all !

Dusk in Paradise
Guest Testimonial Spotlight

When you think of Gulf Shores hotels and accommodations, be sure to remember Magnolia Springs Bed and Breakfast Inn in Magnolia Springs, Alabama. Business is great and we owe credit to our faithful guests who continue to support us. This blog goes out to all our wonderful guests here at the B&B. However we would like to spotlight one individual who has gone the extra mile to support our efforts.

Elizabeth Dorney is a blogger from Milford, CT who visited the Gulf Coast in Oct 2010.
We so much enjoyed having her. She took lots of pictures and blogged about her stay in the Fall, “I am obsessed with front porches and in the South they are always spacious and generously-appointed places to take in nature, without sacrificing creature comforts.” Elizabeth has a wonderful blog so be sure to check it out.

Read Her Blog & View Pics

Thank you so much Elizabeth for your most gracious testimonial. Please visit again soon. Snickers misses you.

Many of you have submitted your reviews on various directories and we would like to thank you for your time and creating such great reviews.¬† Stay tuned because spring is here and the area is hopping again. Lots of fun things to come…possibly some “freebies” just to show how thankful we are for you. Thanks again to everyone for your support. We welcome any comments & link suggestions.

Magnolia Springs Seafood Celebration 2011
What a great Alabama Weekend Getaway we have planned.  This will be one of the best events to attend in 2011.  Jesse’s Restaurant in beautiful Magnolia Springs, Alabama will be hosting a spring festival to celebrate and promote our most abundant natural resource, local seafood.
Sponsored By: Baldwin County Sewer, IED, Budweiser, Coca Cola, Household Pest, United Bank, O’Sullivan Creel
There will also be a VIP tent with higher end beers and wine and food prepared by Executive Chef Gannon Leary.  These tickets are $75.
I hope you all will be able to join us and spread the word.  A percent of the proceeds will be donated to Magnolia Springs Kiwanis Club and  St Pauls Episcopal Chapel Magnolia Springs in Magnolia Springs for Community Outreach.
The celebration¬†is ¬†invitational for 10 select ¬†area restaurants¬†who will “show us what they¬†got”¬† using only local seafood. There will be 3 categories for these restaurants to show off their skills. Fish and shrimp can be prepared any way using their own recipes and oysters baked on the half shell.
The festival’s goal ¬†is to promote and raise public awareness that ¬†local seafood is safe, the best in the nation,¬†fresh and abundant. There couldn’t be a better time to ¬†Eat Alabama Wild Shrimp¬†
The B&B is booked for this event. For nearby accommodations try:
 Bay Breeze Guest House, Fairhope
 The Hotel Magnolia, Foley
Please leave a comment below, we welcome any suggestions.
Sample prepared seafood, great wine, crafted micro-brews and arts and crafts, as well as 1st class entertainment.

 April 2, 2011     Ticket Info  Jesses Restaurant   The tickets are $25

Gulf Coast Mardi Gras 2011

This Alabama Bed and Breakfast Inn near the Eastern Shore of Mobile Bay is gearing up for the Mardi Gras season. It’s time again to get out the masks and beads and doubloons. Daily parades through “Fat Tuesday”

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In 1703 the tiny French colony of Mobile observed North America’s first Mardi Gras, 15 years before New Orleans was founded. The stress of the Civil War brought an end to the annual festivities in Mobile.
On Fat Tuesday in 1866, Joseph Stillwell Cain set out to raise the spirits of the locals. He climbed aboard a decorated coal wagon pulled by a mule and held a one-float parade through the streets of Mobile.¬†He¬†is remembered each year on Joe Cain Day, the Sunday before Ash Wednesday also known as “the people’s day”.

Several common images or phrases appear during the Mardi Gras season:

  • The faces of Comedy and Tragedy: the smiling and frowning theater faces;
  • Feathered masks: with fluffy feathers attached at the edges;
  • Fleur de Lis: the French symbol from the time Mobile was the capital of the French colony
  • “Let the good times roll!” (French: Laissez les bons temps rouler! )
  • “Throw me something, Mister!”: shouted by a parade viewer.
  • The Moon Pie chant, heard along the parade routes as crowds chant “Moon Pie! Moon Pie!”

Mobile had the largest Mardi Gras in its history following Hurricane Katrina in 2005. Mardi Gras in Mobile continues to be a popular local and tourist tradition with strong turn outs. The 2007 Mardi Gras season in Mobile was attended by nearly 0.9 million people, with police estimating the overall attendance at 878,000 and a crowd of 105,600 along the streets for the Fat Tuesday finale.

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