Christmas Shopping Along the Scenic Byway

November 8th, 2015|

Downtown Fairhope Searching for that one-of-a-kind, knock-me-over with a feather Christmas gift? It’s a good thing you’re near Alabama’s Coastal Connection because your odds of finding the mother-of-all gifts just increased! Why? Because folks on the Gulf Coast know a few things, like how to bake the perfect pecan pie, who has the ...Read More

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Passing on a Passion

October 23rd, 2015|

Teaching our kids to love birding and wildlife in Gulf Shores and Orange Beach It’s a magical experience to watch winged creatures in flight. Our family has always loved the outdoors—my wife, Gina, and I have taken our 12-year-old son, Miles, and 8-year-old daughter, Julia, on camping and canoeing trips. It was time to introduce ...Read More

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Two Ways to See the Backcountry Trails

October 22nd, 2015|

Breathe in the fresh, salty air and enjoy the peaceful surroundings along the Hugh S. Branyon Backcountry Trail in Orange Beach and Gulf Shores. A cooperative venture between the City of Orange Beach and Gulf State Park, the trail offers a variety of vistas from maritime forests to a lush world filled with cattails, wild ...Read More

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How to Take Gulf Coast Seafood Home with You

October 22nd, 2015|

Just because you’re heading home, it doesn’t mean the taste of the Alabama Gulf Coast can’t go with you. Pack up a heaping helping of shrimp, fish, crab or other seafood specialties to enjoy the delectable goodness of seafood from Gulf Shores and Orange Beach at home. Many of our local seafood producers and markets ...Read More

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How to Shuck an Alabama Gulf Coast Oyster

October 22nd, 2015|

https://youtu.be/4NYJp0qi_n8 Want to try your hand at shucking oysters? Those delicious mollusks, chilled and served atop crackers with a dollop of cocktail sauce, are the spice of life for oyster lovers. Some like them raw, while others prefer them chargrilled, fried or even Rockefeller. But no matter how you like to eat them, there’s that ...Read More

Paddle Your Way Around Bayou La Batre

October 19th, 2015|

Ever wonder what life on the bayou is like? If you live in or plan to visit Bayou La Batre on Oct. 10, now’s the chance to find out! This year’s Paddle Bayou La Batre event kicks off at 8 a.m. and you’re invited! Sponsored by the Bayou La Batre-Coden Historical Foundation, The City of ...Read More

Drive in with an Appetite for the Oyster Cook-Off and Craft Beer Weekend

October 19th, 2015|

Did somebody say oysters? You heard right - it’s almost time for the 8th Annual Oyster Cook-Off and Craft Beer Weekend at The Hangout. The fun stretches across Friday, November 6 and Saturday, November 7 in Gulf Shores. Each year the Oyster Cook-Off brings Gulf Coast restaurants and celebrity chefs together in a celebration that ...Read More

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Six Reasons to Attend the 2015 National Shrimp Festival

July 23rd, 2015|

Combine shrimp, shrimp and more shrimp with some of the best entertainment and arts and crafts exhibits on a picture-perfect backdrop and you have the setting for the 44th Annual National Shrimp Festival. Taking place Oct. 8 to 11, this granddaddy of seafood festivals features more than 80 hours of national, regional and local musical ...Read More

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Dish Up Fun and Food with These Fall Beach Events

July 23rd, 2015|

Food and music are the stars at fall festivals on the Alabama Gulf Coast. Tempt your taste buds and kick up your heels as you revel in the flavors of the South. First up this fall is the Alabama Festival of Flavor on October 3 in nearby Foley. This festival features locally grown and produced ...Read More

Go Road Tripping with the Alabama Coastal Connection Scenic Byway

July 23rd, 2015|

Gas up the car and set your course for adventure – scenic adventure. Download the Alabama Coastal Connection Scenic Byway app and take a trip that will fill your photo albums and scrapbooks with interesting sights along the Alabama Gulf Coast. Explore the Land and Sea Itinerary and start your journey on Day One in ...Read More