Come Out and Play

From wide open spaces to your backyard, here are some tips to enhance the outdoors

One night each spring, we lose an hour of sleep. In exchange, we receive months of extra daylight every evening. This is a welcome trade after hibernating inside all winter. Alabama Power Appliance Center is here to help you make the most of getting outside.


One of the best ways to enjoy the warmer weather is cooking outdoors. Few images conjure up summer memories more than a grill filled with burgers and hot dogs. Regardless of what’s on your menu, it can likely be prepared on a grill or smoker. The Vision Grills Kamado Ceramic Charcoal Cooker features separate calibrated systems for both grilling and smoking. It also includes a lava stone for pizzas. The grill comes with an electric starter port for easy lighting as well as a removable ash drawer for seamless cleanup. From start to finish, with this precision, perfect cooking is possible. For some grilling tips, check out our Grilling Greatness blog.

While you’re waiting to flip those burgers or add more wood chips, how about some friendly competition? There are plenty of outdoor games that are inexpensive and engaging. Sure, there are classics like Frisbee or Whiffle Ball. But if you’re not looking to break a sweat, try ladder golf or its more traditional namesake. Check local thrift stores for an old pitching wedge. Plastic golf balls and a simple bucket or hula hoop can turn your yard into a makeshift chipping green at minimal cost.

Now that your meal is prepared, don’t head back inside. Ashley Furniture has many outdoor furniture collections built for any need you have. Looking for an outdoor dining set? The Ashley Acacia Town Wooden Dining Table Set is one option. Its acacia wood construction and steel base comfortably seats four. It also includes an umbrella hole for creating shade. Perhaps you’re looking to lounge outdoors. If so, the Ashley Loughran 4-piece Set is an ideal option. This collection’s all-weather reversible cushions and durable tabletop make it the perfect choice for resting, digesting and looking at the stars.

Have you ever gazed at the night sky and wondered what was floating above? While a telescope is helpful, they’re not the easiest items to carry. There are several smartphone apps available, like Night Sky or SkyView Lite. No matter what time of day, these apps can help you locate planets, satellites and even the space station. If you’d like to plan an evening of star gazing, check out the American Meteor Society’s meteor shower calendar

Not interested in staring at space? Perhaps you’re looking to host a watch party for the big game or season finale, instead. Don’t spend your time running back and forth between the television and grill. The Furrion Aurora 55-inch LED Full Shade 4K Ultra HDTV is built for outdoor use. With a weatherproof housing, this television is engineered to withstand Mother Nature’s harshest elements. It is climate-resistant and comes equipped with a waterproof remote and anti-glare screen. (An optional sunscreen is available for viewing in the sun.) This model is an excellent choice for taking along on tailgate parties as well.

With so many products aimed at recreating an indoor experience and enhancing your exterior, it’s never been easier to entertain outside. Who needs walls? Enjoy the great outdoors!

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