2016 Beach Princess: Need to Entertain Teens at the Beach? Take ’em Fishing!

caribe-the-resort-orange-beach-alabamaOctober 2016

We are not a family of fishermen. I’ve grown up on lower Alabama lakes and rivers, Mobile Bay and the Gulf of Mexico, and I can count on one hand the number of times I have held a fishing pole in my hands. Fisherwoman I am not; vacation gal, I certainly am. Our family has stayed at Caribe the Resort in Orange Beach, Alabama, numerous times, and never once did I think about fishing.

But my sons and my husband took some poles on a short October Caribe trip in 2016, and this turned out to be fantastic entertainment for the teens. [Read more…]

2016 Beach Princess: Enjoying Caribe with a Rental from Luxury Coastal Vacations

luxury-costal-vacationsOctober 2016

We have been staying at Caribe the Resort in Orange Beach Alabama for years, but we usually stick to our usual rental sources who advertise through VRBO.com. My husband found a deal from Luxury Coastal Vacations for a mid-October 2016 stay, and we were really happy with the service and accommodations. [Read more…]

2016 Beach Princess: Spectacular Dining in Fairhope, Alabama, at Sunset Pointe

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October 2016

Sunset Pointe is a restaurant located at the Fly Creek Marina in Fairhope, Alabama. Known for incredible sunsets, this dining establishment offers a family friendly outdoor dining area with a fire pit and views over the Fairhope Yacht Club and Mobile Bay. Inside, you’ll find additional seating, complete with a bar, locally crafted decor, and a very friendly staff. Each night at sunset, join in a toast to good food, friends, and the sunset view. [Read more…]

Doing Disney World for Less: Souvenir Picture Frames

Updated for 2018!

Souvenirs are expensive at Walt Disney World. It’s not like walking into Wal-mart of T.J. Maxx where items go on sale. There’s almost nothing on sale at WDW, and paying full retail price hurts.

I like to recommend that vacationers purchase souvenir items they can use every day at home, or at least something you can see every day, so you feel like you got the best use of your money. [Read more…]

Boardwalk Resort Area Must Do: Ample Hills Creamery

 

Ample Hills Creamery is a new ice cream shop opened at the Boardwalk Resort area at Walt Disney World. [Read more…]

Christmas at Walt Disney World: Decorations at the Grand Floridian Resort and Spa

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Christmas decorations start arriving at Walt Disney World on November 1st. While it may take more time than a few days, you can easily see holiday decorations well before we reach Christmas Day. [Read more…]

2016 Beach Princess: Condo Rental at The Wharf in Orange Beach, Alabama


The Wharf AlabamaJanuary 2016
The Wharf in Orange Beach, Alabama, is a shopping, dining, resort and golf complex developed where the Foley Beach Express bridge crosses the Intracoastal Waterway into Orange Beach. This provides the Wharf with a prime location for ease of access, both to the Gulf Coast’s beautiful white sugar sand beaches to the South and via the Beach Express North to the Interstate system.

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One of the Best Disney World Snacks Under $10? Try a Cupcake!

best Disney World snacks under $10

Updated for 2017!

If you’ve been to Disney World before, there are several really yummy snacks that cost under $10 that would easily qualify for the “Best” snack you can buy on vacation.

I’m going to make my pitch for cupcakes as one of the best items, because they are so colorfully appealing and large enough to share, which can help in cutting your snack costs. [Read more…]

The Beach Princess: Mardi Gras Weekend at Turquoise Place

Turquoise Place in Orange Beach, Alabama, may be the most luxurious resort complex on the Alabama coastline.

The building itself is all steel and blue/turquoise colored glass.

This was our building, D.

The two buildings have two of the most beautiful lobby areas I have ever set foot in – pure luxury.

The dining room.

The kitchen.

The living room.

The living room fireplace and big screen TV.

Ice maker and wet bar.

The master bedroom was huge.

Right outside the master bedroom was a hot tub on the balcony.

Look at that 7th floor view!

There were two guest rooms.

Let’s talk about bathrooms.

The master bathroom

I bought my own battery operated candles for a different effect at night.

The additional bathrooms were each different, with a walk-in shower and a small jet tub.

There’s a half bath in the hallway, which is nice when company comes to visit.

There are washer dryer units.

The decor was all beach with blues, golds, and creams.

Having spent childhood trips touching everything at Disney World and the beach, I can’t help but appreciate all the textures throughout this condo. 

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The balcony

Turquoise Place grill

Balcony Jacuzzi brand hot tub

Viewing rain from a hot tub. It rained almost the entire trip.

The sun did come out for our last afternoon, and then the view from the hot tub was amazing.

When the sun comes out in the winter, people hit the beach. Not in bikinis, but in long pants and jackets.

Turquoise Place has some amazing amenities.

There are several weight rooms.

There are wet and dry saunas for men.

On the 4th floor, you’ll find a child’s play ground and a lazy river.

 

Indoor hot tubs!

The indoor pool…

Outdoor pools will do most of you no good at all, given they they are not heated, but they are super nice.

The kiddie pool is even shaped like a fish!

We saved money by mainly cooking in. It truly helps that my husband is a fantastic cook.

Pancakes and sausage for breakfast.

Fresh grilled Gulf shrimp for dinner.

Rainbow Trout, rice with shrimp and asparagus.

Chicken salad on a croissant with a side salad.

Grilled chicken, roasted potatoes, fresh spinach and shrimp.

Chicken pizzas.

Home-made brownies for dessert.

We also stopped by Cobalt for some lunch, which is just a short 4 minute drive down the street.

There are several reasons you get deals at the beach during off season.

One is the weather. It’s 68 degrees ad rainy, and most people don’t want to walk on the beach under those conditions. We see a lot of “snow birds” though, which are people escaping the snow up north for a warmer winter down south.

 

February in Orange Beach, Alabama

Mardi Gras in Orange Beach, Alabama

You don’t have access to everything in the winter, like the pool bar. It’s closed for lack of patrons.

 

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2016 Beach Princess: San Carlos Condos in Gulf Shores

Beach Princess San Carlos Alabama

March 2016!

So it’s not exactly my Spring Break, but there are plenty of college kids at the beach on Spring Break down along the Alabama coast by mid-March. One of the hot spots for Spring Breaks this year?

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2016 Beach Princess: Enjoying the Gulf Coast Hot Air Balloon Festival in Foley, Alabama

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Updated for 2016!
The Gulf Coast Hot Air Balloon Festival in Foley, Alabama, is approaching over 13 year of flying. The event typically features over 30 balloons from across the country. While parking on site costs $5, the event itself is free. Man, do I love free stuff to do!

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THE Best Place to Buy Dooney & Bourke Handbags at Disney World

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Updated for 2017!

Disney Fashionistas are familiar with the term Disney Dooney. These are handbags created by the famed Dooney & Bourke company with a Disney inspired design. And while we talk a lot about saving money here at Cheapskate Princess, sometimes you just have to splurge on a quality souvenir to bring home from vacation.

Purses are so popular as merchandise items at resorts and parks, they now have key chains shared like purses.

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