Thanksgiving on the Gulf

Thanksgiving on the Gulf

Between November and December, families will travel thousands of miles to share the holidays with loved ones. A great place to do that is at a destination spot, which will allow families to celebrate the holiday in neutral territory and remove the pressure of one family member hosting everything. Create fun, family memories by celebrating along the waterfront in Gulf Shores.

While you’re at it, why not leave the grocery shopping and cooking to the experts. The Beach Club on Fort Morgan Road offers a Thanksgiving special that includes accommodations and a gourmet Thanksgiving buffet prepared by Chef Brody Olive at the Coast restaurant.

The menu will include Thanksgiving staples such as turkey and green bean casserole. But steps it up a notch with additional offerings such as lobster bisque, herb-rubbed prime rib, blackened Mahi Mahi, lump crab and sweet pepper and Gulf seafood lasagna. Did I mention the cranberry apple bread pudding with caramel sauce? Be sure not to miss that. These are just a few of the savory highlights. Click here to see the full menu.

The buffet is $32.95 per person for adults, $10.95 for children ages 6-12 and FREE for children 5 and under.

Tempted yet? Book a rental at The Beach Club to stay Thanksgiving weekend (Wednesday, Nov. 26 – Sunday, Nov. 30) and you will receive dinner vouchers based on the size room you book. The property offers 1 to 5 bedroom condominiums and village cottages. Click here  for more details on the special.

After dinner, everyone can walk on the beach and coast around the property before retiring to the condo for family game time. But the fun doesn’t have to stop there. On Friday, enjoy a morning sunrise or sunset, take the little ones out for a poolside craft and games or enjoy an evening campfire and S’mores. On Saturday, catch super deals at the Tanger Outlets in Foley, Ala., enjoy more games on the property or watch the Iron Bowl. There’s even an 8 a.m. worship service. Sounds like a perfect Thanksgiving to me.

Guest Blog written by Cecilia Pearson

Coastal Christmas on the Alabama Gulf Coast

Escape the winter blues this Christmas and trade in the snow for snow-white sand. Visit the Alabama Gulf Coast for Coastal Christmas starting November 28 through New Years. Christmas time is just around the corner and we don’t want you to miss out on holiday fun for the entire family.

Alabama beaches have always been a favorite spot for vacationers during the summer but the secret is getting out about vacationing year round because of the mild weather.  Escaping to the coast for Christmas will bring joy to the family, shopping opportunities for Christmas and great vacation rental rates on condominiums and beach houses.  Continue reading “Coastal Christmas on the Alabama Gulf Coast”

48 hours in Gulf Shores

What happens when you can’t sneak away for an entire week getaway but need at least 48 hours to recharge? Fill up the gas tank and plan a visit to Gulf Shores! Pack your bags and head out as soon as you can Friday evening and enjoy the next two days. Here’s how.

Friday Evening

The sun is starting to set as you pull in. Check in to your hotel or rental and head off to the Gulf State Park Fishing Pier, the second longest pier on the Gulf of Mexico to spot some marine life (including sharks!) and watch the sunset. The admission cost is $2 but you can use it until sunrise and the pier is open 24 hours a day. Grab an ice cream for your walk. If you’re feeling hungry afterwards try S&S Seafood Market for Gulf seafood at its best.

Saturday

Wake up and take advantage of the day! Stop at a beachside café to have your morning meal while watching the waves roll in. That’s what you came for right? When your stomach is satisfied take a drive to Fort Morgan where a living history museum will take you back in time. There are more activities in the summer than winter months but no matter when you visit you should see this historical treasure. Eight miles across the bay on Dauphin Island is Fort Gaines. A ferry is available to take you between them.

Grab a bite to eat and then get ready to fill your afternoon. The National Museum of Naval Aviation and Orange Beach Indian and Sea Museum both share important parts of the region’s history. Visit one or both to learn more about the local area and culture. In the late afternoon a dolphin cruise can take you out on the bay to see these beloved animals. No guarantees you’ll spot any but if you’re lucky you will!

Sunday

After a long day exploring, sleep in a little and then enjoy brunch in one of Gulf Shores delicious restaurants. Visit Gulf State Park as you wrap up your stay. If you’re adventurous take one of the six zip line adventures, four of which go over Lake Shelby. If you’re more athletically inclined stand up paddle boards and kayaks are available to rent and take out on the lake.

After lunch head back for a small nap or pack your bags for the beach. If the temperature is too cold for a swim, take a walk instead. The beaches are white sand and you can find seashells at the ready. With just a little more time left stop in to one of the art galleries or shops of Gulf Shores to pick up local specialties or a souvenir to remember your time on the beach. Locally made jewelry and pottery are favorites and if you have space for a big cooler, take home some fresh seafood!