People often want to know what is and is not available at one of our places. Here’s the 411!

This list is in addition to our own FAQs and is gathered from the various local management companies that work with us. Please keep in mind that provided/not provided may vary slightly by home and could vary a bit. If you arrive and their is something we said isn’t provide, don’t freak out. Seriously, we’ve had people ‘complain’ because they bring something along and it was there–people leave stuff, we do nice things. We won’t remove those things unless there are issues, but that won’t make it to the “we always provide” list either. It happens. Relax. Enjoy! 🙂 Similarly, if a “we provide” item is awol, which also happens, shoot us a note.

What’s Provided

All rental properties are equipped with the following unless otherwise indicated:

  • Bed Linens
  • Bath Towels (generally no hand towels)
  • Wash Clothes
  • Washer/Dryer
  • Central AC/Heat
  • Basic TV service
  • Refrigerator with Ice Maker
  • Dishwasher
  • Stove/Oven
  • Microwave
  • Toaster
  • Coffee Maker (both drip and standard Keurig type)
  • Blender
  • Cookware
  • Dishes
  • Flatware
  • Glasses
  • Hand Mixer
  • Iron and Ironing Board
  • Broom
  • Mop
  • Vacuum Cleaner

What You Should Bring

While all rental units are set up for normal housekeeping, the properties will NOT have hairdryers; clothes hangers; cleaning products; or toilet paper, paper towels, and soap intended to last for the duration of your stay.

Each rental property is equipped with a starter set of essentials for your first night, including 1 roll of paper towels, 1 sponge, 2 dishwasher tabs and 2 kitchen towels in the kitchen and 2 bars of soap and 1 roll of toilet tissue for each bathroom. Trash can liners are placed in the kitchen and bathroom trash cans. You are responsible for replenishing your supplies as needed.

A Useful Shopping and Packing List

  • Bathroom Tissue
  • Facial Tissue
  • Paper Towels
  • Napkins
  • Aluminum Foil
  • Plastic Wrap
  • Coffee and Filters
  • Garbage Bags
  • Condiments
  • Staple Items
  • Dishwasher Detergent
  • Dishwashing Liquid
  • Bath Soap
  • Shampoo
  • Laundry Detergent
  • Hangers
  • Hair dryer
  • Hand Towels
  • Beach Towels
  • Beach Chairs
  • Beach Umbrella
  • Sunscreen & Other Personal Items
  • Camera
  • Swimsuit

Some Common Questions about specific items

Do you provide a grill?

Grills are not provided. With the exception of our Jewels by the Sea (Sapphire, Emerald, Diamond), we do not provide grills. In some locations, we are precluded from doing so by code or HOA, although you are able to have them yourselves. They CANNOT be under or next to the home when in use. Sometimes a home will have inherited a grill from a previous guest. We cannot guarantee that, nor the functionality or safety of anything you may find. When one of our family’s goes down, we simply plan to snag a low cost kettle grill or similar from an area store like Walmart.

Do you provide beach chairs or umbrellas?

We don’t provide beach chairs or umbrellas. They tend to disappear, especially if guests leave them out and Gulf Shores collects all of the stuff every night! And then guests show up and are upset about ‘where are the beach chairs and umbrellas!’ — to which I always think… grr… good question! Easier to just not try to provide! However, depending on what you want, you can purchase some rather cheaply once in town OR there are several places that rent chairs, umbrellas, even volleyball sets.

Just remember… Gulf Shores requires all stuff be brought in. If you leave it out, it will disappear overnight!

Anything else?

Have a question about something else? Let us know and we will respond… and add it to the FAQ!

Thanks again for choosing to stay in our homes!