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


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…]

Best Disney World Souvenirs: Picture Frames

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 souvenirs they can use every day at home, or at least place their eye on 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


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…]

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

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


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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2016 Beach Princess: The Beach Club in Gulf Shores, Alabama

The Beach Club Gulf

September, 2016

The Beach Princess headed down Fort Morgan Road in Alabama to an amazing resort called The Beach Club. While I knew it had been built by the same creators of my personal favorite beach get-a-ways, Caribe and Turquoise Place in Orange Beach, and is managed by Spectrum Resorts, the same company than manages Turquoise Place, this was our first trip to “The Club.” [Read more…]

2016 Beach Princess: The Absolute Best Bathroom on the Mississippi Coast

March 2016
I have stayed in a lot of condos through the years, many of which had fantastic bathrooms. The suite at the IP? My friends, it just does not get any better than this.

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