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DIY Christmas Ornament

DIY Christmas Ornament ~ Southern Vacation Rentals For us, getting new Christmas ornaments for the tree is one of the most exciting parts of decorating. Of course, we love our ornaments that are passed down through the family, but adding a new ornament to the tree each year feels exciting. If you had an exceptionally memorable beach vacation this year, carry it into the holidays! Add a custom-framed photo from the beach to your tree this year. Our DIY Christmas ornament is easy to assemble and only requires a few extra tools. Luckily, you can easily find these at [...]

2020-11-23T16:44:30-06:00November 23rd, 2020|Gulf Coast Blog, Travel|

Gulf Coast Comfort Food

Easy Gumbo Recipe ~ Southern Vacation Rentals Here on the Gulf Coast, we consider gumbo to be comfort food. If you're looking for a non-traditional dish to bring to your holiday dinner, this gumbo recipe is the way to go. Each gumbo recipe has four main stars: shrimp, sausage, roux, and a little bit of Cajun heat. Of course, you can always add more heat if you prefer. Normally we try and keep our Southern Scoop recipes quick and easy, but we must admit this gumbo recipe does take about an hour and a half to make. However, the [...]

2020-11-20T15:29:32-06:00November 20th, 2020|Food, Gulf Coast Blog|

White Christmas at the Beach

Planning a Holiday Vacation in Pensacola Beach ~ Southern Vacation Rentals Come home for the holidays on Pensacola Beach! Trade the snow for sand and experience a different kind of White Christmas this year. Planning a holiday vacation on Pensacola Beach ensures you and your family get the best of both worlds: a relaxing vacation to the beach and a fun new family tradition. If you are still in need of some inspiration for a holiday getaway, we've listed out five of our favorite vacation rentals in Pensacola Beach. From condos with resort-style amenities to homes with private pools [...]

2020-11-17T13:50:58-06:00November 16th, 2020|Gulf Coast Blog, Travel|

For Our Alabama Snowbirds…

Five Condo Rentals for Alabama Snowbirds ~ Southern Vacation Rentals Alabama Snowbirds, it's almost time to head to the beach! If you got an early start and beat the flock, then welcome! We know there is nothing like trading snow for sand and gray clouds for some sunshine. Winter is one of the most beautiful times of year to visit the beach: the weather is mild, the beach is less crowded than the spring and summer, and you can enjoy a terrific beach view at a great rate as well. Our Alabama condo rentals in Gulf Shores and Orange [...]

2020-11-13T16:06:44-06:00November 13th, 2020|Gulf Coast Blog, Travel|

A Festive Holiday Cocktail

Black Cherry Mule for Holiday Celebrations ~ Southern Vacation Rentals Celebrating the holidays at the beach this year? You'll want to give this festive holiday cocktail a spin! If you love a Moscow or Kentucky Mule, then the Black Cherry Mule is for you. It's the perfect combination of sweet and tart and will have you feeling full of holiday cheer in no time. Serve this cocktail during your holiday vacation at the beach - whether you're coming for Thanksgiving, Christmas, Hannukkah, or just a Friendsgiving trip. Ready to make a Black Cherry Mule? Grab your copper mug and [...]

2020-11-10T10:02:35-06:00November 10th, 2020|Food, Gulf Coast Blog|

Visit Panama City Beach

An Area Guide to Visiting Panama City Beach ~ Southern Vacation Rentals Have you been dreaming of visiting Panama City Beach lately? Boasting 27 miles of beach, high-rise resorts, and a plethora of fun activities, Panama City Beach remains a popular destination for travelers from all over. New upscale developments and an ever-growing landscape have helped redefine its image, transforming it into a haven for every type of vacationer. Whether you love to seek out adventure on vacation or are looking for ways to unwind and unplug, visiting Panama City Beach is sure to provide the vacation you need. [...]

2020-11-06T17:09:09-06:00November 6th, 2020|Gulf Coast Blog, Travel|

Bike Trails in Destin & 30A

The Best Bike Trails in Destin & 30A ~ Southern Vacation Rentals Bike lovers, rejoice! When you come to Destin or 30A on vacation, you will find scenic bike paths with plenty of room for you to ride. Numerous routes among the coast provide a safe space for cyclists to get out and enjoy the view. Some trails will take you through national parks while others let you ride right alongside the beach. If you are wondering where to find some of the best bike trails in Destin and 30A, look no further! In addition, if you need bike [...]

2020-11-03T14:33:43-06:00November 3rd, 2020|Adventure, Gulf Coast Blog|

A New Spin on a White Christmas

Where to Celebrate Christmas in Gulf Shores ~ Southern Vacation Rentals With October nearly out the door and November just around the corner, that means Christmas will be here before you know it. Now is the time to start getting serious about planning your Christmas vacation plans. If you have never taken a vacation for Christmas, this is a great year to do it! This year, celebrate Christmas in Gulf Shores. You'll be glad you did! Trade the snow for some sand - we promise you'll love it! Booking that beach house you've always dreamed of going to will [...]

2020-10-30T16:30:53-05:00October 30th, 2020|Gulf Coast Blog, Travel|

Southern Cares: Ronald McDonald House

Our Partnership with the Ronald McDonald House ~ Southern Vacation Rentals We are proud to partner with the Ronald McDonald House through our Southern Cares program. Our partnership with the Ronald McDonald House is near and dear to us, and we are honored to be able to support them. Specifically, we work closely with our local Ronald McDonald House chapter - the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Northwest Florida. The Ronald McDonald House provides care and resources to families with sick children while keeping them close together. At little to no cost, the Ronald McDonald House is able to [...]

2020-10-27T09:53:14-05:00October 27th, 2020|Gulf Coast Blog, Southern Cares|

The Scoop on Grilled Oysters

Where to Get Grilled Oysters on the Gulf Coast ~ Southern Vacation Rentals It's oyster season here in Florida and Alabama! It's an old tradition to only eat oysters during the months with an “r” in the name – September through April – to ensure they are as fresh as possible. We don't know about you, but we love oysters. They're extremely versatile and can be enjoyed in a number of different ways, from raw to Oysters Rockafeller and everything in between. But, have you ever tried grilled oysters? Baked oysters are extremely popular, but we have to say [...]

2020-10-27T12:47:39-05:00October 23rd, 2020|Food, Gulf Coast Blog|