Friday, March 27, 2009

The Fisherman at the Dunes

When you look from the condo balconies down to the beach it is hard to judge the size of and what exactly things are. Some of my favorite owners Kathy and Gary noticed a fisherman on the beach for several days in a row. He caught their attention because he was in their favorite fishing spot catching all of "their fish"!!!!! She finally decided she need to meet this great angler. So Kathy, went down to the beach on a mission and once she got there she was pleasantly surprised and came back with a great story. Check out the picture below of "The Dunes Fisherman"!!!

We had so much fun with Kathy's story that we all decided to take our picture with the famous angler...

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Sowing Our Wild Oats 2009 was a huge success!!!! Due to the overwhelming generosity of The Dunes Community, The Indies, and The Dunes Condos we were able to purchase just over 2000 plants to help build our sand dunes. Sand dunes are natural protection for our community and habitat for our local wildlife. These dunes protect us from storm surge, which can cause irreparable damage to this beautiful community. This is the third year we have planted sea oats with our winter guests, owners and friends of our community.
It took two days of hard work by these wonderful men and women but we got all of the plants in the ground just before the rain. We laughed a lot and met new friends while we planted each day. On Friday after our planting was complete we gathered for a picnic donated by Gary and Kathy Bergmann for everyone who gave of their time to help us get plants in the sand. Thank you all for your help and generosity. I will keep you updated on the growth and development of our Dunes.

Thursday, March 12, 2009

What to Do and See in Ft. Morgan

Ft. Morgan has become one of my favorite places. I work and live part of the time in Ft. Morgan and cannot think of another place I would rather be. It is unique in the fact that the Dunes Community, where I work, is located very near the end of the Island.
Visitors traveling in from the west can come to Ft. Morgan via the Mobile Bay Ferry. The drive to the ferry is delightfully scenic as you travel over water and across Dauphin Island to catch you boat. Catching the ferry is our regular guest's favorite way to begin their vacation. Once you step foot on the ferry your vacation has begun. This trip is fun too you often get to see dolphin, all sorts of seabirds and even a sea turtle every now and then. Be sure to call ahead and check to see how busy they are and get the schedule. Getting stuck waiting for the ferry is not the way any one's vacation should start..
This nearness to the end of the island allow for adventures, almost daily. We have wildlife watching that will astound you at every turn. You can watch the dolphin feeding and playing just off shore from your condo balcony, or the beach. Sting Ray, Manta Ray, and Skate migrate through in the spring and fall. We also have a by annual bird migration with a banding station less than a mile from the community. If take a walk on the very end of the island you will always find, unique shells just waiting to be found. The Sea Turtle nesting season starts during the summer when the mothers come on shore and lay their nests, these same nests will hatch in the fall. Sea Turtle hatchlings are naturally one of the cutest animals around, and watching them got into the water and swim away is an event not to be missed. Local volunteers keep an eye on them with help of the officers at the Bon Secour Refuge. This area is part of the Bon Secour Refuge and the refuge office is not far. Visitors can stop by the refuge office and learn more about the local wildlife, and they can even track the sea turtle nests on line at the Alabama Sea Turtle website. Wild life is not the only attraction we have in Ft. Morgan. While you are here be sure to stop in and visit the areas namesake Ft. Morgan. A civil war fort put in place to help guard the entrance of Moblie Bay along with Ft. Gains on Dauphin Island. Ft. Morgan has civil war reenactments in the evenings throughout the year which includes period dress and a canon firing and discussions about period food, medicine, and the activities of the soldiers while the fort was active. Ft. Morgan is definitely a place to explore history as well.
If you like to fish Ft. Morgan is the place to for you to visit. We have water on three sides of the area!!! The Gulf Shores Yacht Club and Marina can help you with a deep sea or an inshore charter. They also have the opportunities for walk on fishing trips, and even Dolphin cruises. The marina is within walking distance of the Dunes Community. Be sure to visit Tacky Jacks 2 at the Marina for breakfast before you head out on your trip.
While I am telling you of all the wonderful things about Ft. Morgan, I cannot forget the most striking. Because we are on the end of the Island you cannot help be see the beautiful sunset every day. The sunsets here are beautiful, inspiring, and absolutely romantic.
When you visit Ft. Morgan be sure not to plan so much fun with all of the great adventures available, that you can't take time to have a quiet walk at sunset with someone you love.

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Create great beach memories at Indies Condos in Ft. Morgan

I wanted to take some time and tell you about the properties here at Ft. Morgan that you can enjoy. I have told you about a few in the past but for this post I want to tell you about The Indies. It is the newest of the condos here at Ft. Morgan.
The Indies like the Dunes building is seven floors high. The Indies has an added bonus though, it has an eight floor that is an observation deck. The Indies is a wonderful addition here in the Dunes Community, you can see spectacular views all the way to the end of the Island. Just imagine, watching the sunset with your loved one, favorite beverage in hand, from the top of The Indies. The other option for the roof top terrace is to catch some rays at the lounge chairs set up while you are misted by a cool mist. Be sure to wear your sunscreen!!!! We are so proud to have The Indies as part of the Dunes Community. Take a look at the interiors of the individual condos at or give us a call if we can answer any questions, about this beautiful property!!!