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Why Hollywood Loves Bayou La Batre

December 15th, 2015|

When French-born Joseph Bosarge (Bouzare) established Bayou La Batre in 1786, he could never have envisioned that his beloved village would hold such cultural influence over the nation. But it’s true! What was once a Spanish land grant has become a thriving fishing community. With a total population of only 2558 (according to the 2010 ...Read More

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A December to Remember on the Alabama Gulf Coast

November 17th, 2015|

Are you looking for somewhere to spend a white Christmas? We’ve got our own version right here on the beautiful white sands of the Alabama Gulf Coast! Our lodging sponsors offer low holiday rates to those of you who are hoping to treat yourself to a beach trip. When you visit during the month of ...Read More

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Five Reasons to Spend Thanksgiving on Alabama’s Beaches

November 17th, 2015|

You’ll give thanks for the blessings of friends, family and relaxation while enjoying your Thanksgiving beach getaway. The weather is mild, the beaches are beautiful and you can leave the holiday hassle behind. Here are just a few of the reasons to make Gulf Shores and Orange Beach the center of your Thanksgiving plans: 1.The ...Read More

A Coastal Christmas on Our Scenic Byway

November 8th, 2015|

Whether it’s your first Coastal Christmas or your tenth, there is something special about celebrating the holidays in lower Alabama. While we won’t have nary a snowflake, we do have a rich culture that welcomes Christmas with open arms and smiling faces. After all, we’re the folks that pride ourselves on Cajun-fried turkeys, seafood dressing ...Read More

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