iTinerary: Gulf Shores & Orange Beach

ITinenary Gulf Shores & Orange Beach

Gulf Shores & Orange Beach, Alabama offers up all sorts of adventures for the solo traveler, couples, and families. With so much to do and experience on this pristine part on the Gulf of Mexico, simply one holiday here just won’t do. We’re sharing a 3-day itinerary, that our very own Adventure Girl, Stef Michaels experienced– where she stayed, played and dined is all here. She saw a lot in just three days, and now you can follow her adventures and do it all, too!.

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Day 1

You must be hungry?

Lunch at The Gulf Restaurant

A restaurant and beach bar set right on the sand at Alabama Point, serves fresh catches of the day all day. The building is made from repurposed shipping containers, and dining beachside seems more beach club than restaurant. Its cool vibe, great food and ideal location on the beach packs the place. Don’t miss: the grouper sandwich.

Dinner at Fisher’s at Orange Beach Marina

Fisher’s at Orange Beach Marina houses two restaurants under one roof. Each is devoted to mouthwatering dishes from executive chef, Bill Briand, who spent seven years with Emeril Lagasse. Dine dockside or upstairs, both of which are recommended by numerous national magazines. Don’t miss: the sunsets from this perfect spot on the water.

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Turquoise Place by Spectrum Resorts

Heaven on a beach. The beautiful Turquoise Place by Spectrum Resorts sits on the white powdery sands of Orange Beach and the Gulf of Mexico. It is stunning. Suites are large, with some ocean front. Room to get D-1903, although the way the hotel is shaped, any beach front room has amazing views.

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Head to the Hot Shop at Coastal Art Center.

Partake in a hands-on glass blowing lesson with one of Coastal Art Center’s resident artists. Make sure to wear closed toe shoes, long pants and long sleeves. Cotton clothes are highly recommended.

Day 2

You must be hungry?

Breakfast at Another Broken Egg

Everything at Another Broken Egg is delectable–simple dishes spun with artisanal flair. Notable favorites include Cinnamon Roll French Toast, and savory Shrimp and Grits, which is a southern speciality and oh-so-tasty!

Acme Oyster House

Located on the Intracoastal Waterway in Gulf Shores, there is something for everyone at Acme Oyster House– not just oysters here! What you will find is the freshest of seafood options prepared with Cajun/Creole panache.

Dinner at Cayman Grill

The place where you can watch chefs at work in Cayman Grill’s exhibition kitchen, run by executive chef and owner, Greg Bushmohle. Only fresh and local ingredients are on the menu here. Another great spot for sunset cocktails and dining with views of the Bay. Don’t miss the 8,000 gallon stingray pool in the center of the restaurant.

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Spa it at The Spa at The Beach Club.

Back at Turquoise Place, plan for some relaxation in one of their cabana rooms, just off the beach. Book their sampler package, which includes a Swedish Massage, Cabana Island Breeze Facial and a Scalp Massage Ritual. Spppaaaahhh!

Orange Beach Sailing Charters

Captain Ryan Rayfield left corporate America in 2006 and launched into a new venture, his sailing charter company, Orange Beach Sailing Charters. His love for the outdoors and sailing is apparent when “sails up” and hitting the sea begins. Ask him about his special dolphin sighting stop!

Day 3

You must be hungry?

Breakfast at Brick and Spoon

Danger! Food Coma warning! Brick and Spoon is one of those breakfast spots, where your eyes might be bigger than your stomach. “Top 10 breakfasts in the US” by T&L, they’re not kidding. Oh, and let’s not forget about the built-to-order Bloody Mary’s list of ingredient options. Don’t miss their Bananas in Pajamas– crispy banana egg rolls with Fosters sauce, and their Wild Mary Bloody Mary specialty cocktail. (And, this is just breakfast!).

Lunch at Cobalt Restaurant

We know that this itinerary feels a lot like, doing and eating, and well, it is. With so many great choices in Gulf Shores, Cobalt is certainly one of them. Contemporary coastal dishes with waterfront views of Alabama Point can’t be beat!

Dinner at Lulu’s

Lulu’s is owned by Lucy Buffett, sister to singer Jimmy Buffett. Lucy is famous in her own right, and has several cook books to her name. Like her brother, she’s all about music, and Saturday nights are quite festive with musicians dropping in to play live. Don’t miss: dancing the night away!

After dinner, check out Titletown Brewing Company, a hip local favorite Tap Room, located within the renovated historic Chicago & Northwestern Railroad Depot! Then hit The Libertine, a prohibition styled speakeasy serving craft cocktails and craft beer in a casual setting – the best liquid collection and mixing ability within the Green Bay area.

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Zipline at Gulf Adventure Center

A place where Adventure Girl’s heart skips a beat! Traverse over the 900-acre Lake Shelby with views of the Gulf of Mexico. Glide over the Gulf State Park area, and get a panoramic view of Gulf Shores from the Hummingbird Zipline.

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Shopping time at The Wharf

The Wharf’s shopping and dinning offers a variety of choices for everyone. Send the guys over to Island Time for daiquiris, while you drop by dozens of locally owned boutiques and one-of-a-kind shops. Then revive for shopping round #2 at Southern Grind for a quick pick-me-up espresso. Heading back at night? Check out the Cigar Bar, and family-friendly Spectra light shows held from 7-9 pm on Main St. at The Wharf.