Family Reunions: Planning Tips from our very own Group Travel Expert

School is out for the summer, and we have arrived in the heart of family vacation season. Gulf Shores and Orange Beach welcome more than five million beachgoers every year, with summer vacationers surfing in by the thousands. Between the temperate weather, coastal beauty and stellar accommodations, summer is year-round here at Brett/Robinson. Nevertheless, we are ecstatic to welcome our warm-weather wayfarers embarking on their annual family trip.

We know that planning a family beach vacation can be a daunting task. Between booking accommodations, finding dining to please palates of all ages, figuring out travel – nevermind packing – gearing up for the summer getaway can require much. Of course, at Brett/Robinson, we are all about ensuring that your planning phase is just as enjoyable and stress-free as your stay. We collected our most frequently-asked family vacation planning questions and brought them to our in-house travel expert. She had great advice for families prepping for their annual summer vacation.

What’s the most efficient way to start planning?

Beach Family ReunionOnce you’ve identified reunion dates that work for your family, start your trip planning process by booking your rental. We’ll get into more details about booking a little later, but you definitely want to start by booking your rental. This is the best way to set your vacation plan in motion. Booking your rental makes your vacation a tangible reality, and knowing about your accommodations can inform your packing process. Learn about the amenities and your rental’s included provisions and develop your packing list accordingly. Having insight as to what’s included into your rental can help you streamline your suitcases to the essentials.

How can guests save the most on rentals?

Brett-RobinsonBook direct with Brett/Robinson to get the best deal on your rental. Third-party travel agencies and websites can’t promise you the most savings. When you call Brett/Robinson or visit us online, you can rest assured that you’re getting the most current rates and specials on our quality collection of properties.

How does someone choose the right rental for their family?

Phoenix CondoBrett/Robinson boasts a beautiful selection of opulent vacation properties many of which are Gulf-facing with proximal beach access. With so many stellar properties, it can be hard deciding which rental to book. Finding the right rental is a matter of personal choice and knowing what works for your family. Are you looking for sweeping balcony views of the Gulf? Do you want a big kitchen? Are waterslides and pools or tennis courts essential? How many rooms will you need? Having answers for questions like these will help guide you to the right rental. And of course, Brett/Robinson staff are happy to discuss property amenities, accommodations and all your summer vacation rental needs.

What are the options for family-friendly dining?

Family-Friendly Dining Of course, part of the fuss of family vacations surrounds food. Trying to acquiesce appetites of varying ages can be difficult. Fortunately, several Brett/Robinson rentals are within walking distance of great dining options that are very accommodating to families and groups. Whether you’re motivated by fresh seafood, fun entertainment or culinary variety, Gulf Shores and Orange Beach have several restaurants ready to serve you. And we can provide dining recommendations to guests throughout the course of your stay.

What else is there for families to do?

Dolphin CruiseOf course, sand, sun and splash aren’t the sole makings of a great family reunion on the beach. Fortunately, there’s much to do when it comes to family fun on the Alabama Gulf Coast. Between dolphin tours, theme parks, watersports and wildlife, there’s no shortage of family fun to be had in the area. Read all about family-friendly opportunities for fun, and start filling in your itinerary!