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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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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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Fairhope Arts & Crafts Festival 2011

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 Р5 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.

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.

The Kiss
“How To Video” Bronze Frog Sculptures

“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!

Purchase a Frogman Gift For Your Sweetheart

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PAII Conference Jan 2011
PAII Innkeeping Conference & Trade Show

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!

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