Vacation spots on Alabama's Gulf coast

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Vacation spots on Alabama's Gulf coast

Post by Thatthatisis » Thu Nov 17, 2016 9:32 am

This winter I will be in Alabama for personal reasons, amd we were thinking that afterwards, we could head south to the coast for a week or two of vacation near the beach.

I have found threads which mention Florida and Texas, but nothing on Alabama.

Any suggestions?

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Re: Vacation spots on Alabama's Gulf coast

Post by Rupert » Thu Nov 17, 2016 9:49 am

If you'd like something on the Gulf of Mexico, Orange Beach or Gulf Shores are your main options. In Gulf Shores, properties on Ft. Morgan Road tend to be a little quieter, not that you'd run into much noise as the Alabama coast is colonized by snowbirds from Wisconsin, Michigan and Minnesota, as opposed to college students, this time of year. Orange Beach has lots of new, shiny, big beachside condo complexes with tennis courts, etc., if that's what you prefer.

If you'd like something on Mobile Bay, try Dauphin Island or Point Clear. Dauphin Island, which is a barrier island, has lovely beaches but not much in terms of restaurants and nightlife. It does have a nice estuarium, the Dauphin Island Sea Lab. You can take a ferry from Ft. Morgan in Gulf Shores to Dauphin Island. The ferry port is right next to the estuarium. That's a nice day trip. Point Clear is near Fairhope, which is a lovely little town with lots of restaurant and shopping options.
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Re: Vacation spots on Alabama's Gulf coast

Post by RoadHouseFan » Thu Nov 17, 2016 9:50 am

Gulf Shores! Alabama is a wonderful state filled with patriotic people.

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Re: Vacation spots on Alabama's Gulf coast

Post by Rupert » Thu Nov 17, 2016 9:54 am

RoadHouseFan wrote:Gulf Shores! Alabama is a wonderful state filled with patriotic people.
Um, I'm not sure what that means. As I said, you won't run into very many Alabamians on the Gulf Coast this time of year. The Alabamians tend to rent their beach properties out to upper-midwesterners in the winter. Gulf Shores is comparable to Panama City Beach, FL, if that's the sort of scene you're interested in. It has more of the amenities that teenagers love than does Orange Beach. But the two cities are very close together; so it's not like you couldn't easily drive between them to find the amenities you require.

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Re: Vacation spots on Alabama's Gulf coast

Post by Volkdancer » Thu Nov 17, 2016 10:17 am

My family has always used the area of towards Fort Morgan where things are generally quieter with very few high rises. We were never attracted to Gulf Shores because it was always relatively too busy.

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Re: Vacation spots on Alabama's Gulf coast

Post by jpelder » Thu Nov 17, 2016 10:35 am

I grew up in Mobile, so I'm very familiar with the Alabama Gulf Coast.

As other posters have said, Gulf Shores and Orange Beach are more touristy, with high-rise condos, restaurants, bars/nightlife, souvenir stores, and the rest. It will be quieter at this time of year than in, say, mid-March (Spring Break) or during the summer. Specific bar and restaurant recommendations include LuLu's (owned by Jimmy Buffet's little sister, Lucy. Get the crab melt or any fried seafood.), Sea & Suds (for the classic "fried everything" seafood platters and beer), and the Flora-Bama (the perfect dive bar for bad decisions fueled by alcohol, not that I'm speaking from personal experience or anything...)

I love Dauphin Island (although I'm biased, since my family owned a beach house there). It's small and quaint (not a traffic light on the whole place). There's a great bakery/deli called Lighthouse Bakery. Off the island, but still close, is a place called Bailey's. They have excellent gumbo and a creation called West Indies Salad (Lump crabmeat and minced onion in a light vinaigrette: it's almost the best thing ever made with crustaceans).

In whichever place, just remember that you probably won't be able to get in the water (it does get cold on the Gulf, too), but it'll likely be beautiful and quiet. Bring a good book and check the weather before you come (could be in the 70s and sunny, could be in the 40s and rainy).

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Re: Vacation spots on Alabama's Gulf coast

Post by lthenderson » Thu Nov 17, 2016 12:54 pm

Thatthatisis wrote:This winter I will be in Alabama for personal reasons, amd we were thinking that afterwards, we could head south to the coast for a week or two of vacation near the beach.
Depending on where you are in Alabama, you might be closer to go to the Florida coast south of Alabama. There are many options there as well.

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Post by SouthernCPA » Thu Nov 17, 2016 4:14 pm

jpelder wrote: Flora-Bama (the perfect dive bar for bad decisions fueled by alcohol, not that I'm speaking from personal experience or anything...)
I grew up not too far from you on the MS Gulf Coast. I can vouch for this...All I can say is be careful with the Bushwhackers at the Flora-bama :shock:

Our friends have a condo in Orange Beach and we go there quite frequently.

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Re: Vacation spots on Alabama's Gulf coast

Post by camden » Thu Nov 17, 2016 5:42 pm

Gulf Shores/Orange Beach is really nice in the off season, with a beautiful beach, many good restaurants, many choices for things to do......fishing, golf, shopping (including an outlet mall in Foley, not far away). Have been going there for a long time, always in the spring or fall, avoiding all spring break times and the summer, when it is hot as blazes and crowded. I'm spoiled, as I began going there in the late 80's when it was far less developed, but it is still a great place to vacation and destress. Enjoy.

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Re: Vacation spots on Alabama's Gulf coast

Post by JeffAL » Thu Nov 17, 2016 7:59 pm

We go to Fort Morgan.

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Re: Vacation spots on Alabama's Gulf coast

Post by bradshaw1965 » Thu Nov 17, 2016 8:55 pm

RoadHouseFan wrote:Gulf Shores! Alabama is a wonderful state filled with patriotic people.
I'd love to see your highly opinionated map of patriotic people, because you sure have an opinion about it.

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Post by fundseeker » Thu Nov 17, 2016 9:10 pm

During that time, prices will be great. The very top of the line in Orange Beach is Turquoise Place, and I highly recommend it, and the Orange Beach area which is right next to the Florida line in case you feel the urge to buy a lottery ticket (not available in Alabama). Also, vrbo.com is a great place to check out condos for rent.
http://turquoiseplace.spectrumresorts.com/

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Re: Vacation spots on Alabama's Gulf coast

Post by surfhb » Thu Nov 17, 2016 10:40 pm

RoadHouseFan wrote:Gulf Shores! Alabama is a wonderful state filled with patriotic people.
Ugh. I prefer unpatriotic locales....thanks for the heads up.

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Re: Vacation spots on Alabama's Gulf coast

Post by wtjbatman » Thu Nov 17, 2016 10:45 pm

bradshaw1965 wrote:
RoadHouseFan wrote:Gulf Shores! Alabama is a wonderful state filled with patriotic people.
I'd love to see your highly opinionated map of patriotic people, because you sure have an opinion about it.
Right, but it's an opinion thread. Did he say something wrong?

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Re: Vacation spots on Alabama's Gulf coast

Post by surfhb » Thu Nov 17, 2016 10:54 pm

wtjbatman wrote:
bradshaw1965 wrote:
RoadHouseFan wrote:Gulf Shores! Alabama is a wonderful state filled with patriotic people.
I'd love to see your highly opinionated map of patriotic people, because you sure have an opinion about it.
Right, but it's an opinion thread. Did he say something wrong?
Yes, because being patriotic (whatever that means) as nothing to do with the subject. Besides, this guy often brings up politics is several past threads.

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Re: Vacation spots on Alabama's Gulf coast

Post by bill88 » Fri Nov 18, 2016 1:44 am

surfhb wrote:
wtjbatman wrote:
bradshaw1965 wrote:
RoadHouseFan wrote:Gulf Shores! Alabama is a wonderful state filled with patriotic people.
I'd love to see your highly opinionated map of patriotic people, because you sure have an opinion about it.
Right, but it's an opinion thread. Did he say something wrong?
Yes, because being patriotic (whatever that means) as nothing to do with the subject. Besides, this guy often brings up politics is several past threads.
Nice state, nice, friendly people. And, yes, by and large, patriotic. Not a deterrent for me. Have family near Gulf Shores. They're nice, and friendly, and patriotic. But most important is they put us up whenever we stop by.
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Re: Vacation spots on Alabama's Gulf coast

Post by Nova1967 » Fri Nov 18, 2016 8:14 am

I believe the culture in Alabama is college football, everything revolves around it.
I don't know too much about Alabama but Biloxi is nearby for a side trip.
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Re: Vacation spots on Alabama's Gulf coast

Post by jpelder » Fri Nov 18, 2016 8:42 am

Nova1967 wrote:I believe the culture in Alabama is college football, everything revolves around it.
They say the three most popular religions in Alabama are Baptist, Methodist, and Football. Not necessarily in that order...

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Post by Calhoon » Fri Nov 18, 2016 8:59 am

Another Orange Beach.

Went there a couple years ago for Spring Break. My wife got a great deal on a condo that had to be the nicest place I've ever stayed in for an incredibly reasonable price. Can't remember where offhand but if you're interested, let me know and I'll find out. I thought the area was far less touristy than Mrtle beach for example.

(on the way home did a cool delta blues self guided tour to Dockery Farms, Robert Johnson's many Crossroads, etc. if you're into that kind of thing; was cool listening to that music and driving through that country side where it came from).

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Re: Vacation spots on Alabama's Gulf coast

Post by bradshaw1965 » Fri Nov 18, 2016 9:07 am

wtjbatman wrote:
bradshaw1965 wrote:
RoadHouseFan wrote:Gulf Shores! Alabama is a wonderful state filled with patriotic people.
I'd love to see your highly opinionated map of patriotic people, because you sure have an opinion about it.
Right, but it's an opinion thread. Did he say something wrong?
It's been multiple threads. Bogleheads is a wonderfully unpolitical place and this feels like some kind of code word. I live in Georgia, lots of diverse people, seem patriotic, does it pass the test? How about Oregon? Arizona? New York?

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Re: Vacation spots on Alabama's Gulf coast

Post by N1CKV » Fri Nov 18, 2016 1:15 pm

Orange Beach, AL has some pretty decent beaches. Pensacola, FL is also around the corner from there with even better beaches and clearer waters. They also have the National Naval Air Museum which is fun to visit.
I have met a lot of people that claim to love money, but they also seem to be the same people that are in the biggest hurry to get rid of it.

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Re: Vacation spots on Alabama's Gulf coast

Post by SouthernCPA » Fri Nov 18, 2016 2:24 pm

bradshaw1965 wrote:
wtjbatman wrote:
bradshaw1965 wrote:
RoadHouseFan wrote:Gulf Shores! Alabama is a wonderful state filled with patriotic people.
I'd love to see your highly opinionated map of patriotic people, because you sure have an opinion about it.
Right, but it's an opinion thread. Did he say something wrong?
It's been multiple threads. Bogleheads is a wonderfully unpolitical place and this feels like some kind of code word. I live in Georgia, lots of diverse people, seem patriotic, does it pass the test? How about Oregon? Arizona? New York?
Sounds like you need to go to your "safe space".

I'm kidding, relax.

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Re: Vacation spots on Alabama's Gulf coast

Post by happyisland » Fri Nov 18, 2016 5:04 pm

SouthernCPA wrote:
bradshaw1965 wrote:
wtjbatman wrote:
bradshaw1965 wrote:
RoadHouseFan wrote:Gulf Shores! Alabama is a wonderful state filled with patriotic people.
I'd love to see your highly opinionated map of patriotic people, because you sure have an opinion about it.
Right, but it's an opinion thread. Did he say something wrong?
It's been multiple threads. Bogleheads is a wonderfully unpolitical place and this feels like some kind of code word. I live in Georgia, lots of diverse people, seem patriotic, does it pass the test? How about Oregon? Arizona? New York?
Sounds like you need to go to your "safe space".

I'm kidding, relax.
What was it that Samuel Johnson said about patriotism again? :D

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Re: Vacation spots on Alabama's Gulf coast

Post by mlebuf » Fri Nov 18, 2016 5:29 pm

Consider staying at Marriott's Grand Hotel in Point Clear, AL. Great property overlooking the Gulf. Just beautiful.

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Re: Vacation spots on Alabama's Gulf coast

Post by bradshaw1965 » Fri Nov 18, 2016 6:57 pm

SouthernCPA wrote:
bradshaw1965 wrote:
wtjbatman wrote:
bradshaw1965 wrote:
RoadHouseFan wrote:Gulf Shores! Alabama is a wonderful state filled with patriotic people.
I'd love to see your highly opinionated map of patriotic people, because you sure have an opinion about it.
Right, but it's an opinion thread. Did he say something wrong?
It's been multiple threads. Bogleheads is a wonderfully unpolitical place and this feels like some kind of code word. I live in Georgia, lots of diverse people, seem patriotic, does it pass the test? How about Oregon? Arizona? New York?
Sounds like you need to go to your "safe space".

I'm kidding, relax.
You're not kidding, but it's cool, you've given me a tell on your posts going forward as well.

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Re: Vacation spots on Alabama's Gulf coast

Post by SouthernCPA » Fri Nov 18, 2016 9:18 pm

bradshaw1965 wrote:
SouthernCPA wrote:
bradshaw1965 wrote:
wtjbatman wrote:
bradshaw1965 wrote:
I'd love to see your highly opinionated map of patriotic people, because you sure have an opinion about it.
Right, but it's an opinion thread. Did he say something wrong?
It's been multiple threads. Bogleheads is a wonderfully unpolitical place and this feels like some kind of code word. I live in Georgia, lots of diverse people, seem patriotic, does it pass the test? How about Oregon? Arizona? New York?
Sounds like you need to go to your "safe space".

I'm kidding, relax.
You're not kidding, but it's cool, you've given me a tell on your posts going forward as well.
bradshaw1965 wrote:
SouthernCPA wrote:
bradshaw1965 wrote:
wtjbatman wrote:
bradshaw1965 wrote:
I'd love to see your highly opinionated map of patriotic people, because you sure have an opinion about it.
Right, but it's an opinion thread. Did he say something wrong?
It's been multiple threads. Bogleheads is a wonderfully unpolitical place and this feels like some kind of code word. I live in Georgia, lots of diverse people, seem patriotic, does it pass the test? How about Oregon? Arizona? New York?
Sounds like you need to go to your "safe space".

I'm kidding, relax.
You're not kidding, but it's cool, you've given me a tell on your posts going forward as well.
I actually was kidding, but based on this response perhaps you really do need a safe space.

Have a nice weekend!

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Re: Vacation spots on Alabama's Gulf coast

Post by SouthernCPA » Fri Nov 18, 2016 9:29 pm

Nova1967 wrote:I believe the culture in Alabama is college football, everything revolves around it.
I don't know too much about Alabama but Biloxi is nearby for a side trip
College football is the state religion and the two denominations are Alabama and Auburn.

I live near Biloxi. I can't imaging wanting to come here for the beaches (thank you Mississippi River + barrier islands for making them all brown), but we do have a lot of casinos if that's your thing. In the summer, if you go out past the barrier islands it's beautiful, but you need a boat to do that.

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Re: Vacation spots on Alabama's Gulf coast

Post by Thatthatisis » Sat Nov 19, 2016 9:11 am

OP here. Thank you all so much for your suggestions. Almost all of them were very helpful.

I am a college football addict, so not afraid of a place that follows college ball. We are however a Michigan and USC Trojan family, so while our "denomination" may a problem in Alabama, college ball ends before we'll get there. As long as we don't run into Lane Kiffin, we'll be fine. :sharebeer

Calhoun, I would like to take you up on your offer to get the specifics on the place you and your wife stayed in. That was kind of you to offer.

Mlebuf, we're going to look into your suggestion also. Thank you.

Everyone else: Your comments were very helpful in terms of allowing us to winnow out and/or include various locations, and we rally appreciate all your input.

For the poster who tried to sidetrack the discussion into who is or may not be patriotic: Let me point you to a state that is home to a lot of veterans, where people put the flag out with pride because they love their country, where people get a real tug in their hearts when they enter the voting booth. It's not hard to find a state like that. There are 50 of them!

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