Connecting with Food on the Oyster Trail

February 4th, 2016|

Whether you’re in the mood for your oysters to be baked, broiled, fried, stewed or nude, you will find a smorgasbord of dining options across the Alabama Gulf Coast. And sticking to the old adage of eating oysters in months that only have an “R” means February is a great time to enjoy eating oysters ...Read More

Navigating the byways with your pooch in tow

February 4th, 2016|

Man’s best friend does have places to go along the Alabama Byways. Several attractions, accommodations and parks welcome you and your pet to our friendly shores. Sound good? Grab the leash, get some treats and gas up the car - your adventure awaits! For a total pet-friendly vacation, travel the Connecting with the Past itinerary, ...Read More

How to Stay Fit on Your Beach Vacation

January 19th, 2016|

By definition, taking a vacation means kicking back and relaxing, especially when you’re at the beach. If you’re like me, your entire itinerary consists of applying sunscreen, catching some rays and splashing in the surf long enough to cool off. I do, however, try to include some type of fitness activity, even if it’s not ...Read More

Plan a Romantic Valentine’s Day Beach Getaway

January 19th, 2016|

The winter months are busy for most folks with holidays, busy calendars and cooler weather moving in. However, if you have a moment to be forward-thinking, you can plan a romantic getaway now that will be much needed and appreciated in February when Cupid comes calling. Alabama has much to offer in terms of tourism ...Read More

Let the Good Times Roll on Alabama’s Beaches

January 9th, 2016|

Screaming crowds, showers of beads and Moon Pies, along with floats accompanied by marching bands, can only mean one thing: Mardi Gras has arrived! More than just a day, Mardi Gras is a season of revelry before the Christian season of Lent, a time of fasting and penitence. This year’s celebration culminates on Mardi Gras ...Read More

A Guide to Bellingrath’s Magic Christmas in Lights

December 15th, 2015|

If you have ever wanted to see a winter wonderland, you must visit Bellingrath’s Magic Christmas in Lights. Even the locals flock to this landmark’s light display that is now celebrating its twentieth year of Christmas magic. Take a stroll through the 65-acre garden estate after dark and you will see more than 1000 displays ...Read More

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