How to Spend Thanksgiving in Orange Beach

The holidays can be filled with hustle and bustle, but this year resolve to make Thanksgiving different. Leave the stress of the season behind and opt for an Orange Beach Thanksgiving. Relax and recharge your mind, body, and soul. A holiday getaway on Alabama’s beaches offers the perfect time to reflect on the past year and give thanks.

How do you make the most of the holiday in Orange Beach? Read on for details.

kids playing billiards at the spectrum club lounge

How to Spend Thanksgiving in Orange Beach

Enjoy a hassle-free holiday by taking advantage of conveniences like grocery delivery. Skip the lines at the grocery store when you pre-order your groceries via the VIP Spectrum Experience with a GEM specialist at Turquoise Place. What could be better than arriving in your luxury Orange Beach condo to find your groceries stored away in the refrigerator and pantry?

Spectrum Club Lounge

When you really want a hassle-free holiday, stop by the Spectrum Club Lounge. The lounge is designed and offered exclusively to Spectrum Resorts guests and features a complimentary continental breakfast Monday thru Friday from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.

In addition, a welcome reception is held every Wednesday and Saturday from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Between the hours of 7 a.m. to 8 p.m., Spectrum Resorts guests are invited to take advantage of games like ping pong, gaming consoles, and family board games.

The Spectrum Club Lounge offers a fun place to relax and unwind, especially in the event of inclement weather. Operating days and times change seasonally, so be sure to inquire when booking your Thanksgiving in Orange Beach vacation.


Orange Beach Thanksgiving Dinner for 2018

Do you love preparing the Thanksgiving turkey and all the fixings? You’re in luck! Orange Beach condos rentals at Turquoise Place feature large, over-sized kitchens that include:

  • Plenty of counter space for prepping the perfect Orange Beach Thanksgiving dinner
  • Top-of-the-line appliances
  • A gas range for the very best food preparations
  • Large dining table for everyone in the family to enjoy a “home” cooked meal

Thanksgiving To Go Options

If you want to enjoy the comfortable surroundings of your condo, but don’t want to cook an entire meal, you’ve got options. Gulf Shores and Orange Beach grocery stores like Publix and Rouses Market offer Thanksgiving to go options when ordered in advance. You can pick up your entire holiday meal. Just reheat it in your condo.

Coast Restaurant & Sushi Bar Thanksgiving Buffet

Now, if you prefer for someone else to handle the meal prep and clean up from start to finish, make reservations for the Thanksgiving buffet at Coast Restaurant & Sushi Bar. Located at our sister resort in Gulf Shores, The Beach Club Resort & Spa, you can leave the cooking to the experts. Award-winning chef John Hamme and his team of culinary professionals are preparing a feast that’s sure to put you in nap mode when you’re finished!

So, if you want someone else doing the dishes, make reservations at Coast Restaurant. Some of the items served include prime rib, sweet tea-brined pork loin, oven-roasted turkey, house-smoked salmon, cornbread dressing, Southern-style green beans, sweet potato souffle’, salads, desserts and so much more.

Nov. 22, 2018, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Reservations Only

$39.95 per adult plus tax & gratuity, $14.95 kids 6-12 plus tax,

Children 5 and under FREE

Call  (251) 224-3600 to book your table.


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Things to Do in Orange Beach for Thanksgiving

When you’re not feasting on turkey and dressing, there’s plenty to do – or not do – during Thanksgiving in Orange Beach. Tackle a little holiday shopping on Black Friday at The Wharf. Be sure to stop by The Southern Grind Coffee House for a great cup of Joe to get the morning started!

Send the kids to play a round of laser tag at Arena Next Level, also at The Wharf. Top off a day of shopping at Red or White with savory appetizers and your favorite glass of wine.

Turquoise Place Amenities & Activities

Of course, we can’t forget the beach! Whether you’re playing a game of beach volleyball, sand football, or just relaxing with a good book, the white-sand beaches are ready to welcome you back for a hassle-free Thanksgiving in Orange Beach. Check out the Turquoise Place amenities and activities here.


Reserve your Orange Beach condo at Turquoise Place and enjoy a holiday to write home about with family and friends. 

4 Fun Restaurants for Lunch in Orange Beach and Gulf Shores

One thing is for certain when vacationing on Alabama’s white-sand beaches – there will be no shortage of culinary temptations! From the finest and freshest seafood to all-American cuisine and everything in between, there’s a bit of it all at these restaurants for lunch in Orange Beach. Here’s a tip that’ll help you avoid crowds and lead to an amazing dining experience while beachin’ it – choose lunch!

Lunch is often overlooked on vacation and many folks just toss a cold sandwich in a cooler and call it a day, opting for dinner out on the town, especially while at the beach. However, lunch options are plentiful in Gulf Shores and Orange Beach, and they are typically less expensive while portion sizes remain the same. Crowds are thinner too, making it all the more appealing to dine out at one of these listed restaurants for lunch in Orange Beach and Gulf Shores. This list of delish places to eat in Gulf Shores and Orange Beach is a great way to prime your taste buds and help plan your next beach vacation.


The Gulf | Orange Beach, AL

Orange Beach waterfront restaurant

The Gulf is perfect for relaxing with friends and family, enjoying locally-inspired food and drinks, and the location makes it more of a destination than just an Orange Beach restaurant. Waterfront dining is always special and inviting, and lunch at The Gulf is ideal for noshing on fresh, seasonal foods. The casual vibe will make you feel right at home. Relax on the couches or lounge furniture on the sand. Stop back in for dinner under festival lights or drinks by the fire pit. The Gulf is located near Turquoise Place resort and is a great addition to any Orange Beach vacation. Call (251) 424-1800 for more information on The Gulf.


The Royal Oyster | Gulf Shores, AL

Gulf Shores seafood
The Royal Oyster in Gulf Shores serves up some special lunch dishes that’ll have you coming back for more! Only looking to snack at lunch? No problem. Choose favorites like THAT Shrimp (tossed in THAT sauce), Fried Calamari or have a Crab Cake Sandwich or Royal Burger. Heartier dishes like pasta, a sampler platter or the fresh catch might become favorites, as well. Our favorite selection? Order a flight of locally harvested oysters prepared more ways than you can imagine. The Royal Oyster has quickly become a go-to spot for locals, and we know you’ll love this waterside dive, too. Just a short drive from your Gulf Shores vacation rental at The Beach Club Resort & Spa, The Royal Oyster is a must-visit restaurant on Alabama’s beaches. Contact (251) 967-1124 for more information.


GTs On The Bay | Orange Beach, AL

Orange Beach family restaurant

Aptly named, GTs On The Bay (Good Times On The Bay) overlooks Wolf Bay on Canal Road and is one of the fun restaurants for lunch in Orange Beach. The views are magnificent and the food is over the top! Enjoy tasty treats like stone-hearth pizzas, fresh salads, seafood gumbo, fish tacos and such. It’s kid-friendly, too, so bring on the gang! A kid’s play area features a pirate ship, life-sized games and so much more. Dine on the deck for incredible views, but stop inside to see the fish in a 5,000-gallon pool. For more information, contact (251) 980-8400.


Picnic Beach | Gulf Shores, AL

Gulf Shores is also home to Picnic Beach, a unique dining venue on 1st Avenue in Gulf Shores and is one of the best places to eat in Gulf Shores. Picnic Beach has, quite possibly, some of the prettiest food in town with glorious (healthy and tasty) salads and protein bowls, hearty smoked meat platters and even vegan options! Grab a snack like Picnic Nachos or a Bison Burger…the choices are endless. Picnic Beach brings the outside in with artificial turf and picnic tables. Call (251) 540-0117 for more information.


The Village Lawn Unique Evening Option at The Beach Club Resort & Spa

village lawn at beach club resort

While not a lunch option, don’t miss the opportunity for fun, funky casual family dining on The Village Lawn at The Beach Club, your Gulf Shores luxury resort. While it’s open to the public, it’s even more convenient for guests staying at The Beach Club. Open daily from 6 to 10 p.m., The Village Lawn offers four airstream food trucks, live music, games and so much more! Kid-friendly and definitely unique, parents can rest easy while kids run off their energy at the end of the day playing kickball, laser tag and life-sized games. Watch the sunset and have a drink from The Chill, The Beach Club’s newest bar, offering delicious, ice-cold drinks. If you love a good shrimp boil, don’t miss the Friday and Saturday evening Shrimp Boils. Chow down on fresh, Gulf shrimp, new potatoes, corn on the cob and Conecuh sausage for only $12.95 per plate, all summer long! Check out the weekly activities, hours, and more at The Village Lawn!


What are your favorite, unique restaurants for lunch in Orange Beach and Gulf Shores? It’s fun to grow that list and explore new options during your Spectrum Resorts vacation. And if you haven’t already, book your gulf coast accommodations today at Turquoise Place!

How to Make the Best of Valentine’s Day When You Are Single

It’s Valentine’s Day, and that means those lucky enough to be in love with that special someone will be doting or doted upon with gifts, heart shaped candy, flowers, romantic dinners and the sort. For those who chose the single life or the single life chose you, you can still have fun and not hate yourself for being single. Shake off those “I hate this day” blues and go out and have some fun. Who said this day is just for relationships, what about your relationship with yourself and your friends?

Dinner. I know, I know. Dinners on this night are grossly romantic for those who have a significant other, but that doesn’t mean you don’t still get a great meal at a great deal. Check out all those “romantic” Valentine’s Day specials and see what you will enjoy for yourself or with friends. There are places that offer a single price versus a couple’s price. Coast Restaurant at The Beach Club has a select three course menu, with a single and couples pricing. Choose your favorites and create your own custom meal. And who knows, when you go out to dinner by yourself you might meet a fellow “single” diner and let the magic happen.

Flowers. Everyone has flowers on their desk from someone else. Who said you can’t be your own secret admirer? Sometimes it feels great to love yourself and no one else needs to know those kind words of empowerment were your own, and besides you might make the girl in the cubicle next to you jealous over your “Secret Admirer’s” great taste.

Pamper yourself. There are so many stresses in this world and in the “single” universe there are even more. Treat yourself to some much needed alone time and pamper yourself with a spa day. The Spa at The Beach Club is a full Salon and Spa offering facials, massages, body wraps, and an in ground hot tub to relax before and after your treatments. Go in looking drab and come out looking fabulous and glowing. Show your ex you don’t need them with a change of hairstyle and a confident relaxed attitude. The best thing about Valentine’s Day is the discounts; The Spa at The Beach Club has 20% off this week for the love struck day.

The Beach. This goes without saying, but we all need a beach day. Why not grab a group of your single girl friends and make this a girl’s weekend? Dote on each other with drinks and dinner and a weekend you desperately need with a change of scenery and without the exes you left behind. Spectrum Resorts offers weekend rates and holiday specials for your perfect weekend that’s worth every moment at Turquoise Place and The Beach Club.

During this romantic holiday there is something for those that are famously in love and those that relationships just aren’t their thing. Either way, make this day enjoyable to you. Love yourself and loving others will come in time. Make life worth every moment and #creatinghappymemories a priority.

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