VACATION HOME ID: 142
RENTAL TYPE: house
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With that in mind, we want you to know that our home at Ft. Morgan is available to rent. It is a new (Summer of 2001) four bedroom/three bath fully furnished home. The kitchen is fully equipped with all utensils, dishwasher, microwave, and it has a washer and dryer, as all our homes do. It is located about 18.5 miles down Ft. Morgan Road (Ala. Highway #180) from Gulf Shores. The master bedroom has a king size bed; two bedrooms contain queen size beds; and, one bedroom has twin beds, and in the large living area is a queen size sofa bed. As you can see from the pictures, the home is beautifully decorated. The full baths feature two with shower units and one bath with a tub/shower unit.
The front porch of Scarborough Fair is ideal for enjoying the sunrise (if, of course, you rise that early) and for morning sunning. The porch is in the shade in the afternoon.
The area under the house is paved with concrete for covered vehicle parking, or a shaded kid's play area.
Under the house is a large screened-in area with picnic table for 12, which is great for outdoor dining, entertaining, and enjoying the gulf breezes. There is also an extra refrigerator with ice-maker located in the under house storage room for your use.
General Information About All of Our Homes:
Our homes (they are not just houses- they are completely furnished homes) normally rent on a weekly basis (from Sunday to Sunday). Suggested arrival time is 2 p.m.- departure time is 10 a.m.
All of our homes are completely furnished with tableware, pots and pans, utensils, small and large appliances, including microwave, dishwasher, washer and dryer, towels, linens, and things you might need to enjoy your visit to the beach. We make every attempt to provide and have available for your use everything you will need for a relaxing, enjoyable stay, except food!
Each home has cable TV, VCR, and DVD player.
Each home has beach chairs, beach toys, a gazebo for your use at the beach; crab traps and bar-b-que grill are provided- even a wagon for your use in getting all your beach items to and from the beach.
Each home has a telephone (bring your calling card if you plan on making long distance calls- long distance calls are blocked).
Wastin' Away, Busy Doin' Nothin', and Scarborough Fair are located side-by-side on Bernard Court East. . Are you planning a family reunion, or a get together at the beach with a lot of friends? Our houses can accommodate up to 28 people without anyone sleeping on the floor!
Beautiful views of the Gulf of Mexico and Mobile Bay. At Fort Morgan, the Gulf of Mexico and Mobile Bay are separated by a narrow strip of land- about a 1/4 mile wide at our location.
Direct beach access- the street in front of our homes dead ends on the beach- Scarborough Fair and Castaway II are approximately 300 feet from the beautiful, wide, white sand, beaches. Mobile Bay is to the north of our homes, less than 400 yards away.
Information about our neighborhood
The lifestyle in the Fort Morgan community is laid back. If you like heavy traffic, noise, condos, and crowded beaches, our area is not the place for your vacation. Ft. Morgan reminds us of how Gulf Shores, Destin, Panama City use to be- 30 to 50 years ago. The main highway leading from Gulf Shores to Fort Morgan ( ALA Highway # 180) is an improved paved road, but our streets are slag/shale; there are no sidewalks, no traffic jams, and thus, no need for traffic lights.
Fort Morgan is a quiet and safe community. It is a mixture of full-time residents, and vacation homes. Our back door neighbor, Ron, is a full time resident and is with the Alabama Bureau of Investigation- also, Ron's son is a neighbor and is employed by the Baldwin County Sheriff's Department.
Fort Morgan is located on the western end of a peninsula that is approximately 20 miles long, originating in Gulf Shores. The west end of the peninsula ends at the mouth of Mobile Bay and the Gulf of Mexico. Directly west across the water from Fort Morgan is Fort Gaines on Dauphin Island. A ferry operated by the State of Alabama provides auto, bicycle, and individual passage between Ft. Morgan and Dauphin Island on a regular, published schedule . A ferry ride with a visit to The Estuarium at the Dauphin Island Sea Lab ( which features live exhibits of the local marine habitats) and tour of Ft. Gaines is enjoyable.
At the end of Highway #180 is Fort Morgan. If you are interested in history, you will enjoy the Fort. You can explore the Fort grounds, view the Gulf of Mexico and Mobile Bay, watch the large ocean going vessels pass close by as they head to port at Mobile and back out to sea, and tour the air-conditioned museum on the Fort grounds. Also on the Fort grounds is the dock for the ferry that runs several times each day to and from Dauphin Island. You can actually drive your car onto the Ferry, ride to the Island, visit the sites, and return by Ferry; or, you may chose to drive back home by way of Mobile, stopping by Bellingrath Gardens, or venture west to Biloxi (about an hour from Mobile) to try your luck at the casinos. The Fort also has a fishing pier for your use to catch fish via rod and reel or throw net, crab, or simply relax and take it easy. Also, there is a public boat launch that may be used for small boats and personal water craft. Normally, every Thursday about 12 noon, a group of locals have a fresh mullet fry at the pier. Take a dish (salad, dessert, or casserole, and your drinks and a lawn chair) and you are invited!! Good folks, good food, and a great chance to meet some folks. We suggest that our guests buy a Family Pass to the Fort when you arrive- the pass costs approximately $25.00 and will entitle you and your family unlimited access to the Fort grounds during your stay- otherwise, you will have to pay an admission fee each time you go onto the Fort grounds.
Between our homes and the Fort is the Ft. Morgan Marina. The Marina is a half-mile from our homes. It has a convenience store, bait, tackle, ice, boat storage, and a boat launch. Approximately 5.5 miles towards Gulf Shores is The Pines public boat launch. It has a well maintained, concrete ramp and is a good place to launch small water craft, such as jet-skis, flat bottom fishing boats, etc. into Mobile Bay. It also features a small pier. There is a $1.00 charge to use the boat ramp, but be careful - as the Bay is very shallow for a hundred yards or so.
Back toward Gulf Shores are several places to eat. West Plaza offers some good pizza. You can call ahead and pick up- not much room for dining in. Also, there is a small convenience store, and a bar. Approximately 7 miles back toward Gulf Shores is Jim's Round Back Restaurant. There is also a convenience store with hardware and fishing items, and gas station located on site.
You will see the sign of Dave's World Famous Hot Dogs about two miles from our homes. We're not sure exactly how "worldly" they are, but they are pretty good. We have tried both the hot dogs and the Polish dogs. They also offer a huge selection of Sno-cone flavors, and produce in season.
The Beach Club, located approximately 6 miles back toward Gulf Shores, is a new and very nice community-type development offering shopping and fine dining. It is fancy, but we have eaten there in casual clothes. The food is good. Also, within The Beach Club development, there is a newly opened shopping area, The Village Market, with fresh produce, wines, beer, deli meats and cheeses, convenience food items, beach attire, etc.
Approximately 10 miles back towards Gulf Shores is the Bon Secour National Wildlife Refuge. Various hiking trails exist for your viewing of beautiful, native plants and wildlife; also offers a fresh water fishing pond.
Closer to Gulf Shores, there is a boat launch for access to Little Lagoon behind the Conoco gas station. Little Lagoon is approximately six miles long, and approximately a half or three quarters of a mile wide at its widest point. The lagoon offers shrimping, crabbing, and fishing for mullet, speckled trout, white trout, and flounder. Because the Lagoon is sheltered, if the Bay or Gulf are too rough for fishing or boating, the Lagoon can be enjoyed. There is an outlet from the Lagoon to the Gulf, but we would suggest that you launch from the Marina instead if you plan on boating in the Gulf.
For wildlife and bird watchers, a portion of Fort Morgan is a National Wildlife Refuge, and within a mile or so of our homes are several sites established by the Alabama Coastal Birding Trail for your viewing pleasure.
Summary of the Ft. Morgan neighborhood:
Information about the Gulf Shores Area:
There is not much argument that Alabama's Gulf Coast has some of the prettiest beaches in the world. The attraction of the wide, white sandy beaches has lead to growth and development of areas nearby . Side-by-side, high rise condominiums occupy much of the Gulf Shores beach front. Traveling east along the coast to Orange Beach, development has followed. However, with the dense population, you will also find in Gulf Shores and Orange Beach the many shops, restaurants, entertainment, and other service and shopping opportunities that you might expect. In Gulf Shores (about 18 miles from our homes) there are amusement parks, putt-putt, water parks, go-cart tracks, a zoo, etc. for the kids' (young and old) enjoyment. (The kids will see these parks on the way into Gulf Shores, so you'll have to plan some time to visit the attractions- no way around it!!) Orange Beach also features several large deep sea fishing charter fleets.
If you are member of the 'shop til you drop' club, you'll love the Rivera Centre, about 10 miles north of Gulf Shores in Foley, Alabama. The Rivera Centre is an outlet mall, featuring numerous (in excess of 100) factory outlet stores. It is very easy to spend the day there seeking out bargains.
Even further east, past Gulf Shores and Orange Beach, at the Alabama/Florida line, is the world famous Flora-Bama. If you are into night life, the adults need to schedule an evening, or at least an hour or two there. You will enjoy live music nightly- on weekends, there are usually several groups performing.
Within a 15-30 mile area, there are literally hundreds of holes of golf for your enjoyment. At last count, there were some seventeen (17) courses, each offering at least 18 holes, some with 36 and 54 holes.
Whether it is recreation, shopping, fine dining- the Gulf Shores area offers something for everyone who visits.
Departure cleanup is available from a local maid service for an additional fee of $150.00, or, you may clean up the house, wash the dishes, towels and linens you used, and save the cleaning fee.
CABLE TV, DVD PLAYER, VCR PLAYER, STEREO, PHONE, AIR CONDITIONING, HEAT, COVERED PARKING, DISHWASHER, ICEMAKER, MICROWAVE, REFRIGERATOR, UTENCILS, POTS AND PANS, WASHER AND DRYER, beach chairs, beach toys
HIKING, GOLF, SWIMMING, SAILING, RESTAURANTS, SIGHTSEEING, SHELLING, BOATING, SHOPPING,
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