Wednesday, February 20, 2013

A Runner's Paradise...Sunset Properties

This weekend we headed to the beach for a mini-vacation. You would think since we live on the Gulf Coast that we would visit the beach more often. But sadly we do not. I was super excited about getting in some rest and relaxation with my wonderful family!

We were staying at The Dunes Condos in Fort Morgan, AL. These condos are a part of Sunset Properties and are fabulous!


So after my long run, we headed south. It takes us a little over an hour to get there but it's paradise once we are there! Before we made it to our destination we stopped to walk on the beach. Unfortunately it was super super windy (I'm talking 25 mph winds) and it was hard to enjoy the beach as much as we would have liked. It was also cold...and the wind made it colder. But we didn't let the chill spoil our fun too bad. We still walked around, took some pictures, and collected some seashells.




The red and purple flags were flying. A red flag means the surf is dangerous and to swim with caution. A purple flag means there is dangerous marine life in the water. Hmmm...I was kinda glad it was too cold to swim. I didn't want my boys going into the water with these flags flying!


After we had enough of the wind and cold we climbed back into the warm car and headed to Sunset Properties! Everyone was so excited!

Sunset Properties has several properties to choose from. They have two condominiums that overlook the Gulf of Mexico...The Dunes and The Indies. What's really awesome about these condos is they have a gulf view from your room...and the front part of the building has a view of Mobile Bay. Sunset Properties also has a property located on a marina...Navy Cove...so you can park your boat and stay in luxury! They also have beach houses available that can sleep from 9 to 19 people. So you can find any type of beach front accommodations that you are looking for at Sunset Properties!

The Dunes building looks very "beachy!" It is a pinkish or coral color. 

We were staying in a one bedroom condo that sleeps 6. It had two bathrooms. It had a fully equipped kitchen. There was even a washer and dryer! Perfect for my two boys and me and my hubby!

The condo was decorated soooo nice! It had a touch of home with a beachy feel. LOVE!!! As soon as we opened the door we were greeted by this cute display in the foyer. The boys loved the chair with the fish on top of each corner!


I absolutely LOVED the red couch in the living room area! I told Andy we needed a red couch!





The boys were so excited about getting to sleep in bunk beds. Of course we had a fight over who would sleep in the top bunk. A quick game of pick a number from 1-10 solved it...and Hayden won. The best part...each bunk had it's own TV equipped with DVD players and game jacks! The boys stayed in bed the entire time we were inside the condo!!!



The master bedroom was gorgeous! And I LOVED the king size bed! Andy and I have a queen size bed at home so it was a luxury to us! And we enjoyed watching a movie in bed on the large TV.



Another favorite of the boys was the private balcony! It was a little cold to stay out there for long but the boys loved going out there and being able to see the gorgeous view of the beach and the pool below. 







Most importantly the condo was super clean. The sheets and towels looked brand new. The floors didn't leave dirty marks on my socks when I walked around (hey that's important to me lol). Even the balcony door was spotless...no fingerprints or smudges anywhere! The kitchen counters, sink, stove, and refrigerator were spotless. I truly felt at home!

So what did we do on our beach vacation? That night we headed into Gulf Shores for some dinner. The boys wanted pizza so we ate at Papa's Pizza. It was really good and we had a blast playing "I Spy" with the boys while we enjoyed our dinner. After dinner we headed back to the condo and the boys watched a movie in bed and so did me and Andy! Perfect relaxation!

After a wonderful night of rest (that bed was so comfy) I got dressed for a quick recovery run! I was a little sore from Saturday's 12 miles but I couldn't resist running along the beach! The scenery was breathtaking along the road! And the road was perfect for running! There isn't a whole lot of traffic and there is a wide enough space on the side of the road for runners or cyclists. 

You can see our condo behind me!






The condo is set back about 300 yards from the Gulf of Mexico so there is a nice little road to walk (or in the peak season you can ride their golf cart limousine) to get to the private beach. Well forget walking...I ran it! You can see The Indies condo building behind me and all the beach houses all around me. The Dunes community is so gorgeous! 




Then of course I took my route out onto the actual sand. I've never run on the sand before...it is really hard lol! If it had been warmer I would have definitely run barefoot! It was awesome hearing the waves as I ran! 



I ended up only running a mile...but it was the perfect recovery run. And I couldn't have asked for a better place to run!!!

There are also several trails I saw along Fort Morgan Road. Next time I would like to check those out!

After my run we headed to explore Fort Morgan. Yes there is an actual Fort about 1.5 miles down the road from the condo! The boys had a blast exploring the fort and learning some history of our area!



Overall, our stay at Sunset Properties was amazing! We will definitely stay here again! And as a runner this is the perfect place to stay! You can run on the road, on trails, and on the beach! 

I would love to bring some of my Sole2Soul Sisters here for a "run retreat!" It would be so much fun to relax and run in a different place! 

If you are ever looking for somewhere to visit and stay on the Alabama Gulf Coast then definitely check out Sunset Properties! I know they will have what you are looking for! I highly recommend them!

In addition to their website, be sure to check out Sunset Properties on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Google+!

Disclaimer: I received a free night's stay through Sunset Properties. I received no other compensation. All opinions in the above post are mine and mine alone!

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