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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.
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.
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 !
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.
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.
¬†April 2, 2011¬†¬†¬†¬† Ticket Info ¬†Jesses Restaurant¬†¬† The tickets are $25
The¬†Eastern Shore Chamber of Commerce presents the 59th Annual Arts & Crafts Festival in Fairhope, ¬†March 18, 19 & 20, 2011. The local event hours are 10 am – 5 pm daily and there is no admission charge.¬†
More Info: Over 200 exhibitors from throughout the nation will bring their best works to show and sell. Live entertainment will be going on throughout the three-day event and unique cuisine will be served up in the food court. It all takes place on the streets of beautiful downtown Fairhope, Alabama. In past years, the event has attracted more than 200,000 visitors to the area.
Last year the event attracted more than 250,000 visitors to the area. The festival was chosen as one of the top 20 events in the southeast for March by the Alabama Bureau of Tourism & Travel.
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”
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:
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.
“The Kiss” Frog Sculpture
Tim Cotterill’s bronze frog sculptures capture the whimsical character, the jewel-like quality and the pure JOY of these beautiful little creatures. “Through the centuries and throughout the world, frogs have symbolized many things – Good Luck, Royalty, Fertility, Magic Potions, Energy, Charm”.
We were in Charleston SC for the National Innkeeping Convention. Of course we took some time to stroll the historic district and mingle with the locals. While strolling along Market St., a store-front display caught our attention. The frog sculptures are displayed beautifully but we realized that we have a special connection with these frogs.
We entered the gallery to investigate further. The artist is from Park City, UT and a former guest at Magnolia Springs Bed & Breakfast. His¬†departing gifts, a”Cupid” frog that is now sold out and¬†a picture book and calendar¬†showcasing his collectors pieces.¬† He obviously has a passion for what he does. His work is most beautiful. We will treasure your gifts!
Early in January 2011 David & Eric had the privilege of attending the National Innkeeping Show & Conference¬†hosted by Professional Association of Innkeepers International¬† in Charleston SC.¬† We have returned with many new ideas from new breakfast¬†trends¬†to “sprucing up” the guest experience and marketing our¬†business using social media.¬† Changes are already in the works. It was¬†great to be with innkeepers from all over the country with the same goals in mind, to share like experiences with those who go through the same daily routines and learn different ways of managing¬†what we¬†do.
The “nuggets”, as I call them, are the little things you learn when socializing over dinner or between classes. These nuggets can range from a cleaning product they love, to the best place to buy something. or a way to save money or time, or the best thing they have done to get more business.¬† It is just plain gratifying and rewarding to get to know other innkeepers!¬† The high energy level that you¬†get from being around such a supportive group of people enables us¬†to recharge our guest experiences because we have a sense of being recharged ourselves!
We learned more about A Better Way To Stay Campaignwhile attending the Innkeeping Conference & Trade Show.¬†¬†The campaign¬†showcases and highlights why B&Bs¬† are a preferable choice for travelers.
Soon everyone will be familiar with the term.¬† This site will be take a fresh new approach, pointing travelers toward¬†bed and breakfasts.¬†Watch for this to go “viral” during the upcoming media campaign!
Don’t forget to book your room for Valentines Day.¬† Check out our Romance Packages
The Magnolia Springs Bed and Breakfast was honored with the opportunity to host a group of 19 from the International Food & Wine Travel Writers Association . Brunch was served including fresh fruit, summer vegetable fritatta with bacon, hash browns, grits,¬† blueberry muffins and pear dumplings. The Gulf Shores and Orange Beach Media Trip was lead by Alabama Gulf Coast Conventions & Visitors Bureau.¬†¬†We had a wonderful morning of fellowship with our new friends. Their support proves to be invaluable to our area.¬† Many thanks to our leaders¬† AGCCVB for their hard work.
The coastal communities of Gulf Shores and Orange Beach showcase a diverse selection of family-orientated attractions and activities, including several eco-tourism opportunities, and most importantly, an appetizing palate of dining options.