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Gulf Shores’ Original Oyster House Joins Alabama’s First Oyster Shell Recycling Program
While diners savor fresh Gulf oysters at the Original Oyster House in Gulf Shores, they also will be contributing to Alabama’s first Oyster Shell Recycling Program. The program officially launched… Read More
Yoga lovers get fit and flow on Alabama’s beaches
Three-day yoga festival takes place April 21-23 at Gulf State Park in Gulf Shores, Ala.  Yogis from across the Southeast will gather at Gulf State Park to dive in to their practice, discover new styles and celebrate the beauty of the Alabama Gulf Coast at Awakened Life Yoga… Read More
Let the good times roll with spring events on Alabama’s beaches
Mardi Gras parades kick off event lineup from February through May GULF SHORES AND ORANGE BEACH, ALA. – Mardi Gras, which originated across Mobile Bay in Mobile,… Read More
Winter Wednesdays at Bellingrath Gardens and Home: Jan. 11-Feb. 22, 2017
Even during the cold season, Bellingrath Gardens is filled with blooms and beauty! During the winter months, Gulf Coast residents and visitors are invited to enjoy the Gardens and to learn more about… Read More
Run the Beach series welcomes U.S. Olympian Jeff Galloway for January race
Big Beach Half-Marathon on Jan. 29 is first of three-race Run the Beach half-marathon seriesReady to run? The Gulf Shores and Orange Beach Sports Commission’s Run the Beach half-marathon… Read More
Free lecture and showcasing series at local welcome centers in January and February
Series takes place Jan. 16 through Feb. 24 at various times at the Gulf Shores and Orange Beach Welcome Centers The public is invited to attend Gulf Shores & Orange Beach Tourism’s 2017 Showcasing and Lecture Series highlighting military and coastal life… Read More
Tanger Outlets – Get your Shopping To-Do List Done
Here’s the situation. You are enjoying a winter escape from the cold of your hometown with a beach visit to Gulf Shores and Orange Beach. But while you… Read More
The Ultimate Guide to the World Food Championships in Orange Beach
Here in Gulf Shores and Orange Beach, there’s little we love more than decadent cuisine served with a side of waterfront views. We’ve already got some of the best chefs in the… Read More
The Estuarium Brings Sea Life Up Close
What creatures swim beneath the waters of Mobile Bay and in the rivers that feed our bay? What does a ray feel like? What hurdles do turtles face in… Read More
Coastal Segway Adventures is the Best Way to Tour
Life’s a balancing act at Coastal Segway Adventures. But don’t worry, they have helpful team members who will show you how to find your balance and maneuver… Read More
Reaching New Heights of Fun with Ike’s Parasail
Has this happened to you? You’re on the beach in Gulf Shores or Orange Beach and you look out in the Gulf to see the Ike’s Parasail boat go by. A couple of flyers are squealing with joy… Read More
Meyer Real Estate Invites You to Stay in Paradise
It’s going to happen. You’ll be in Gulf Shores and Orange Beach for your vacation. You’ll be in a rented condo or beach home. You’ll look around at the short walk to the beach, the stunning views, all the things you love… Read More
Reeling in the Memories with Captain Ty Fleming
When you cast off for a fishing adventure with Captain Ty Fleming the memories will last a lifetime. Long after you’ve returned home, back to your daily routine, you’ll think back fondly on your fishing trip to Orange Beach.… Read More
Gulf Coast Songwriter Shootout Returns to The Wharf in Orange Beach
Six-week music competition set to begin Sept. 12  The third annual Gulf Coast Songwriter Shootout will return to The Hot Spot Music & Grub at The Wharf every Monday from Sept. 12 through Oct. 24 for its six-week musical talent contest. Created by Sandy Roots Productions, The Shootout… Read More
Rely on Flowers by the Shore for your Beach Wedding
A destination wedding on the Alabama Gulf Coast is a wonderful way to start your married life together. The sugar-white sand, the Gulf breezes, the warm… Read More
Gulf Shores Vacation Rentals Says Bring the Whole Family
When word starts getting out that you are planning a trip to the beach in Gulf Shores, it doesn’t take long for brothers, sisters, aunts, uncles and long-lost cousins to suddenly give you a call. It seems that everyone would like to join in the beach fun. So embrace the… Read More
Bid Farewell to Summer with Music, Art, Fishing, Running and More!
It is cliché to say that time flies, but each year when Labor Day weekend approaches we are seemingly caught off guard. Where did the… Read More
Travel Light with Gulf Shores Beach Rentals
Does this sound familiar? You and your family are packing for your beach vacation. You start out with the modest goal of one suitcase per person. Soon you glance around and it looks like you are going to need a U-Haul truck to carry all this stuff. The… Read More
Take a Look Below the Waves with Dolphins Down Under
On a calm day our Gulf waters can appear as flat as glass, barely a ripple. Other days the waves roll in and crash on the… Read More
Locals Love Fall at LuLu’s
With Labor Day on the horizon, we locals are starting to get excited. Why? Because it means our time to return to LuLu’s is near. Now don’t get me wrong.… Read More
So Many Boats, So Easy to Book with Charter Boat Booker
Here’s the common scenario. You and your buddies final have arranged your schedules to take that fishing trip to Orange Beach. You want to make the most of your time, have a great… Read More
Fall in Love with Gulf Shores Rentals
Back-to-school bells have lured our summer families off the beach and back to their homes. And now the sound is that of wedding bells along the sugar-white sands. It’s no… Read More
Stay in the Heart of the Action with Wharf Rental Management
Let’s face it, being in your car, driving to an event, or driving to dinner or shopping, well, that just isn’t nearly as fun as the actual destination. That’s why we love the Wharf Rental Management… Read More
City of Gulf Shores and Project AWARE partner for underwater conservation effort on October 22
On Saturday, October 22, scuba divers from across the country will participate in Operation -“Dive Against Debris.” This underwater conservation effort is the result of a unique collaboration between the City of Gulf Shores… Read More
The Wharf Uncorked Food & Wine Festival Announces Guest Judges for Grand Tasting
The third annual Wharf Uncorked Food & Wine Festival has been set for Sept. 15-17, 2016. Along with more than 100 labels of wine and a host of… Read More
Shrimp Basket – Four Coastal Locations
When someone says, “Meet me at the Shrimp Basket,” first up, say yes! Next, be sure to ask them which location: Foley, Gulf Shores, Orange Beach or Perdido… Read More
Wine Dinners at The Beach Club
If you only know Gulf Shores as a summer family beach destination, you’re missing out on some wonderful grown up fun. Known as the shoulder season, fall is an amazing time to visit the Alabama Gulf Coast. The crowds have gone, a walk on… Read More
The Wharf Uncorked Food & Wine Festival Set for September 15-17
The 3rd annual Wharf Uncorked Food & Wine Festival presented by Wind Creek Atmore will take place Thursday, Sept. 15 through Saturday, Sept. 17 featuring more than 100 labels of wine, chef demonstrations, the luxury yacht walk and both live and silent auctions benefiting Make-A-Wish® Alabama, which raised $14,421.63 last… Read More
The Wharf – Your Coastal Shopping Destination
Face it. Your regular Monday through Friday, work world wardrobe isn’t that exciting. It is office dull or uniform monotony. But when your vacation rolls around, you need to break out of that fashion void and have fun with your… Read More
WFC Adding “Moe” TV Stars to 2016 Lineup
ORANGE BEACH, Ala. – (August 16, 2016) As the World Food Championships announced the return of the “Top 10” in the World Barbecue Championships this November, the Ultimate Food Fight has also started seating some of the industry’s best-known pitmasters to be the category’s judges. One of those… Read More
A New Perspective with Orange Beach Helicopters
Remember the View Master from your childhood? Look through and see magical places. Each click revealed a new and wonderful scene. Wouldn’t it be great to create one of those wheels of your next Gulf Shores and Orange Beach Vacation? Sure, you’d have views from the beach of sand… Read More
Staying with friends at Island House Hotel
We know that accommodations at the beach are busy places to work. The staff interacts with hundreds, even thousands of guests each week. It is understandable that we all start to feel like a number instead of a name. But at Island House Hotel in… Read More
Southern Style Crab Cakes at The Crab Trap
Okay, fine. Those folks up in Maryland and thereabouts may lay claim to the best crab cakes in the country. That’s only because they haven’t ventured down the Gulf Coast to see how they do it Southern Style at The Crab Trap in Perdido Key.… Read More
Fall Into Flora-Bama Football With $5,000 Bikini Contest Labor Day Weekend & Broncking Bulls, September 9 & 10th
The historic Flora-Bama will be crowning Miss Flora-Bama 2016 this Labor Day weekend. The finals will be held Saturday, September 3rd at 3pm in the… Read More
Master Joe Takes a Long Road to Serve Sushi in Orange Beach
When you dine at a great sushi restaurant you may realize that the talented sushi artists behind the counter have spent years working on their skills. But… Read More
Stay Budget-Friendly and Close to the Action at Microtel
Your Gulf Shores vacation is about spending days at the beach, building sandcastles, splashing in the Gulf waters. It is about playing mini golf and racing go karts around a track with your kids. The time is for fishing or playing a round of golf with your friends. It’s… Read More
Family Fun on the Island – Adventure Island
There’s a certain Jimmy Buffett song that says “I don’t know where I’m a gonna go when the volcano blow.” Here on the Alabama Gulf Coast we don’t have to worry about real volcanoes and the lyrics would be better as “I… Read More
Sippin’ into Sunset at the Pink Pony Pub
Coastal sunsets are a magical time to share with friends and family. And in Gulf Shores, there’s no better place to gather to watch the sun slip into the horizon than… Read More
Find Your Ideal View with Three Palms
When you start your search for a vacation rental property in the Gulf Shores and Orange Beach area one of the things you begin to notice is that the property photos… Read More
Adventure at All Levels
At Adventures Unlimited the fun is just getting started at the ground level. For those seeking more, this Milton, Florida attraction offers plenty of options on the water of Coldwater Creek and up in the air for amazing zipline experiences. You can discover the creek as you… Read More
Meet me in Orange Beach
Wondering how to improve attendance at your meeting? That’s easy. Just hold it in a location that is sure to please everyone – a location like the Fairfield Inn by Marriott in Orange… Read More
Shopping for Great Golf in Fairhope
Ladies, do you like to include a day trip over to Fairhope during your Alabama Gulf Coast vacation? With all the fabulous shops lining the quaint city streets, you could easily spend the day browsing, and of course dining at one of the cafes. But… Read More
A Real Flight of Fancy
Some people just aren’t content to enjoy their vacation from the ground. They yearn for something more, for a different point of view. These are the people you see parasailing and ziplining to gain some altitude during their… Read More
For Lunch, Dinner and Brunch… Cayman Grill
We all know that the best beach vacations are built around where to eat. The day starts with plans for lunch. Lunch talk is about where to have dinner. And weekends are special because they bring brunch options. Sometimes it can be a juggling act to remember… Read More
Room for Everyone
What’s that you say? You’re planning your Gulf Shores and Orange Beach vacation and you need a place that will accommodate you and your 25 friends and family. First up, congratulations on having such a big group of friends and family. It’s… Read More
Back to School Beach Bash set for August 18 in Gulf Shores
The City of Gulf Shores will host its annual Back to School Beach Bash at 6 p.m. on Thursday, August 18 at the west end of the Gulf Shores Public Beach. The Back to School Beach Bash will feature music… Read More
All the Buzz at BuzzCatz
It’s one of those places where you find yourself wide-eyed, staring into the cases, your mouth beginning to water as you look at the amazing treats. Before your first bite you already know how good, no, how great it is going to be. Welcome to BuzzCatz in… Read More
Taking you where the Action is
Most of us don’t get out on the waters for a fishing trip as often as we’d like. And for many vacationers, their fishing charter is a once in a lifetime treat. So it is understandable that people want to put their trust… Read More
Sandstock Not Woodstock, An Old Hippie Celebration At The Flora-Bama
Wear your favorite “hippie” attire next Saturday, August 6th, as the Flora-Bama goes back in time in a tribute to celebrate the 47th anniversary of the “3-day festival of Love and Music” that would come to define the… Read More
Find Yourself at Lost Key
If, while others in your family are packing beach gear, your packing list includes golf shirts, golf shorts, golf shoes, golf clubs and so on, then a Lost Key vacation is the perfect option for you. The location will keep you near everything your family wants in a beach… Read More
An Anchor for your Vacation
If you think about it, your vacation rental property is like the anchor of your vacation. It’s the one place that holds the entire trip together. You may start the morning each planning something different to do. Dad heads out for golf. Mom thinks shopping is the way… Read More
The Wharf in Orange Beach Joins Alabama Restaurant Week Showcasing Culinary Variety
Seven restaurants at The Wharf are joining the statewide culinary event, Alabama Restaurant Week, taking place Friday, Aug. 12 through Sunday, Aug. 21. The 10-day promotion serves to encourage both locals and visitors to experience the diverse cuisine the property offers. Participating restaurants will provide food and… Read More
Let’s Go Shopping!
If you look at a rainy day during your beach vacation as a good thing because you know it means a day for shopping, you’re going to love… Read More
Living the Liquid Life
If the Liquid Life is your lifestyle, you know the signs. Your vacations require white sand beaches and stunning turquoise waters. Your adventure options must include parasailing, fishing, dolphin cruises, renting jet skis or… Read More
Extreme, for me, activities on our Gulf Coast
Dear Charlotte, You know what I consider extreme sports, don’t you? 1. Carrying my chair out to relax on the beach and 2. Peeling those luscious Gulf shrimp… HA! But… Read More
A Vacation Without Limits
When you take a vacation, you think about where to dine, what to see, what to experience. You don’t think about city limits signs. Nor should you. The best vacations… Read More
19th Annual Jennifer Claire Moore Foundation Professional Rodeo Fundraiser
Professional cowboys and cowgirls from all over the country are getting ready for their favorite Southeastern Rodeo, the 19th Annual Jennifer Claire Moore Foundation Professional Rodeo on Thursday, August 4th, Friday, August 5th and Saturday, August 6th, 2016 at… Read More
Flora-Bama Yacht Club: Cross the Road
If all you know of the world-famous Flora-Bama is, well, the world-famous Flora-Bama, the place where you find amazing Bushwhackers and more than a few bras dangling from the ceiling, then you are missing out on some delicious culinary experiences. And you only have to step across the road to… Read More
Your Coastal View to a Thrill
Sure, seeing our sugar white sands from beach level is just fine. The views are stunning, looking out over the Gulf waters. And if you… Read More
Gulf Shores announces Art into Words event on September 22
On September 22, the Erie H. Meyer Civic Center will play host to Art into Words, a cultural evening celebrating different mediums and interpretations of art. This… Read More
Your Gulf Coast Pokéstop Guide
Never in a million years did we think we would be able to see a Bellsprout on a car dashboard…better yet an Eevee in a living room or a Tentacool at the beach. (If any of those words confused you, go download Pokémon Go and come back… Read More
It’s a Dive… and we love it!
Don’t get us wrong, the views of Gulf Shores and Orange Beach from the traditional vantage points of the beach or a condo balcony are spectacular. We truly do have so much to appreciate. But that’s only a portion of our beauty. There are more amazing views below the… Read More
The Wharf Uncorked Food & Wine Festival Announces Culinary Lineup
Tickets on sale now with early bird pricing through July 15  The third annual Wharf Uncorked Food & Wine Festival presented by Wind Creek Atmore returns to Main Street Sept. 15-17, 2016 with a robust roster of talent. The three-day culinary event will feature more than 20 of the Gulf Coast’s… Read More
Flora-Bama Welcomes Former Navy Seal, Kevin Lacz, For a Book Signing Sunday, July 17 & Performance By Tim Montana & The Shrednecks
Kevin “Dauber” Lacz is a former Navy SEAL sniper, breacher, and combat medic who served in Iraq with real-life American Sniper Chris Kyle. As SEAL Technical Advisor on Clint Eastwood’s film adaptation, Kevin helped the actors accurately portray Navy SEALs –… Read More
The Pirates Cove Vibe
What is it about being at Pirates Cove that makes you feel so good? Maybe it is the laid back vibe that welcomes everyone. Shorts and flip flops are as close to a dress code as they get. Maybe it is the awesome live music that provides a soundtrack… Read More
National Naval Aviation Museum – Know Before You Go
Set your sights high for aviation fun and learning the National Naval Aviation Museum in Pensacola. But take a few minutes before you make the drive to read up on the security policies. After all, you are about to drive onto the Naval Air Station Pensacola, and there are important… Read More
Celebrate Summer at Beach House Boutique
Summer is a time of celebration here on the Alabama Gulf Coast. And that calls for a party dress! And by party dress, we mean fun casual resort wear, adorable swimwear, and cool shorts and tops too. And of course… Read More
O What Fun I Had Judging the Wild Chef Throwdown
(A note to my friend, Charlotte) Dear Charlotte, Hey Girl! You know I told you about the food scene here on the Gulf Coast and how it’s exploding with new talent and restaurants…well, let me tell you about the fun I… Read More
The Wharf in Orange Beach to Host Independence Day Street Party and Fireworks July 2
Main Street will be flooded with patriotism as The Wharf celebrates with an Independence Day Street Party Saturday, July 2, 2016. As an entertainment district, the property offers fun activities… Read More
Gulf Shores announces Fourth of July fireworks celebration
The City of Gulf Shores will celebrate the Fourth of July with a stunning fireworks display, beginning at 9 p.m. on Monday, July 4. Fireworks will be shot from the Gulf State Park Fishing and Education Pier. In addition to the annual fireworks show, a Salute… Read More
A Salute to Military Authors of the Emerald Coast
Barnes & Nobles in Pensacola will be the host of a Silverlinings event saluting military authors of the Emerald Coast on Saturday, June 18, 2016, 2-4 PM. Five local authors will be available to talk about the… Read More
Get Your Eat & Drink On at Luna’s
Sandwiches are so boring. Said no one at Luna’s. Ever. If your thoughts about sandwiches usually induce a yawn or two, you need to shake up your routine and wake up your taste buds with a visit to Luna’s… Read More
More than 1,000 baseball and softball teams up to bat this summer
USSSA Global Sports World Series headlines summer sports schedule along Alabama’s beaches GULF SHORES AND ORANGE BEACH, ALA. – Summer sports are sizzling along Alabama’s beaches with more than 20 athletic events on deck from June through August 2016. The… Read More
Fun for the Entire Family at The Wharf
Let’s go shopping! No, let’s go to a great restaurant! But I want to be entertained! Ugh! Finding something for the entire family is such… Read More
Flora-Bama Ole River Bar: Great Food and Killer Views
Should we eat somewhere tonight with great food or somewhere with amazing views? That just isn’t a question you ask in the Orange Beach area. That’s because we are fortunate to have the Flora-Bama Ole River… Read More
Saying Our Southern Grace at Fisher’s
It says a lot about our Southern hospitality when a top local restaurant plays host to some of the top celebrity chefs from across the South, sharing their home stage to allow… Read More
Bill’s By The Beach – Drool Alert
Before you decide to follow Bill’s By The Beach on their social media channels, we strongly suggest that you stock up on paper towels, maybe even get a bib. Because once you start seeing the stunning food photos, we know you’ll… Read More
Sunset Properties Offers Pet-Friendly Rentals
He may have more hair than the rest of your family. He may drool a little more than your children. But he’s still part of your family and leaving your furry friend at… Read More
Surf’s Up Dolphin Cruises for Family Fun
You know that thrill when you are in your condo or down on the beach and look out into the Gulf and see a dolphin… Read More
Mandoki Hospitality – Where Memories Made Last a Lifetime
If your ideal Gulf Shores beach vacation is defined in terms like relaxed and peaceful, time together on the beach, reconnecting and recharging, then you’ll feel right at… Read More
Come Sail Away with Sail Wild Hearts
Admit it. When you see a sailboat on the Gulf waters in Gulf Shores and Orange Beach you think about sailing away, into the sunset and leaving your cares behind. It’s… Read More
50th Annual Orange Beach Volunteer Fire Dept BBQ Celebration
Featuring Shelby Brown Saturday, June 11th, 2016, 11am to 3pm Orange Beach Community Center The Orange Beach Fire department would like to invite the public to the 50th Annual BBQ, featuring Shelby Brown     performing from 11:00 til 1:00. It will take place on Saturday, June 11th  from… Read More
Family Fun at Flora-Bama’s 3rd Annual Fishing Rodeo, June 10-12
After flinging fish at its Annual “Mullet Toss’, the Flora-Bama is inviting everyone back to “catch” some fish at its’ 3rd Annual Family Fun Fishing Rodeo, this June 10-12th, the second weekend after Memorial Day. Festivities will be just across the street from the 50 year-old iconic honky tonk, astride… Read More
Gulf Shores celebrates “A Sunny Day” on June 4
On June 4, from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m., the City of Gulf Shores will host an event at the Gulf Shores Museum to honor Miss Sunny and celebrate her impact on tourism in… Read More
Coast360 Beach Games at Tacky Jacks Gulf Shores
Coast360 Beach Games are back for 2016! Join us at Tacky Jacks Gulf Shores each Thursday (June 2 – August 4) for lots of summer fun with games and prizes. Each Tuesday… Read More
Celebrate Memorial Day with a visit to the “Mighty A”
Since the USS ALABAMA, known as the “Mighty A”, took her place in Mobile Bay and opened to the public in 1965, more than 14 million visitors have stood… Read More
Parrot Heads’ Guide to Coast360
Our stretch of the coast will no doubt be decidedly tropical on May 31 as loyal Parrot Heads flock to Orange Beach to enjoy Jimmy Buffett and the Coral Reefers performing at The Wharf Amphitheater. The concert begins at… Read More
Shop Ron Jon for Fun
Make “One of a Kind” memories that will last a lifetime when you visit Ron Jon Surf Shop in Orange Beach, Alabama.   The 7,300 square foot beach-themed store is just steps away from the area’s beautiful, white sand beaches and the popular Gulf State Park. … Read More
Fill Your Memorial Day Weekend with Fun Beach Events
We’ve been waiting patiently through the fall, winter and spring. It’s time to kick off the summer season with a memorable Memorial Day weekend on the coast! It may… Read More
Southern Rose for Dolphins and More
For dolphin cruises, parasailing, flyboarding, kayaks, jet skis, paddleboards and more, the crew at Southern Rose has you covered in Orange Beach. Alabama Dolphin Cruises aboard the Southern Rose are a family favorite for a great reason. They guarantee that… Read More
Add a Zipline Adventure to Your Beach Vacation
Sure, a beach vacation needs its share of laid back time just to unwind and soak up the sun with the sugar white sand for your toes to sink into. But it doesn’t have to be a complete snooze! When you are ready to add some white… Read More
S’mores on the Shore set for May 26 in Gulf Shores
Campfires, live music and s’mores will be the scene as the City of Gulf Shores hosts its annual S’mores on the Shore event on Thursday,… Read More
Beach Homes by Reed Real Estate
Spending time at the beach is about making memories with those you love. It’s about finding the ideal location where everyone can stretch out and unwind. It’s about having the beach at your doorstep and all the fun… Read More
Register now for teen #Instarun Training Series
The City of Gulf Shores is gearing up for the first teen training series #Instarun. This 1 month running program is geared for teens who are encouraged to bring their cell phones/ipods to take and post pictures of their progress and runs together. #Instarun… Read More
Million Dollar Marlin
When $1,000,000 is on the line the fishing gets serious and the excitement builds! We’re talking about the Mobile Big Game Fishing Club’s annual Memorial Day Tournament on May 27-30 where some lucky angler might just reel in a blue marlin with… Read More
Sea-N-Suds for Better than Waterfront Dining
When a restaurant becomes more than just a restaurant it is reason to take notice. For more than 30 years the folks at Sea-N-Suds in Gulf Shores have been serving up fresh Gulf seafood in a no-fuss,… Read More
Peninsula for Golf and Much More
When you arrive at Peninsula Golf & Racquet Club in Gulf Shores it is hard to decide which feature is most impressive. Hint… it’s all of them working in harmony to create a truly special experience. If you come for the golf, you… Read More
Cosmo’s Celebrates 10 Years
When a restaurant reaches the 10-year milestone, it is reason to celebrate! So often in the industry, especially in a popular tourism destination, it seems a new restaurants pops up every… Read More
100 Days of Summer at The Wharf Kicks Off Memorial Day Weekend with Pepsi® Beach Ball Drop
The official 100 Days of Summer presented by Pepsi® begins Friday, May 27 with the Pepsi Beach Ball Drop followed by summer-long entertainment for the whole family happening at The Wharf.… Read More
Beachy Shopping at Old Time Pottery
There’s just something wonderfully challenging about shopping at the Old Time Pottery located between Foley and Gulf Shores. You walk in, grab your shopping cart – or… Read More
Café Grazie Serves Gulf Seafood with Italian Style
Good thing the Café Grazie wait staff makes sure you have a napkin as soon as you are seated. It comes in handy when you look at the menu and your mouth begins to water for all of the amazing… Read More
The Best Fishing Trips Begin with a Phone Call
It just seems in our hurry-up, need-it-now world that no one slows down enough to really ask what is important to you. It’s would be nice to have that level of attention, wouldn’t it? Well, when you… Read More
View to a Thrill with Young’s Suncoast
It’s that moment you arrive at the beach in Gulf Shores and Orange Beach. You open the door to your condo rental and step inside. Immediately your eyes are riveted straight ahead, looking out onto the Gulf of Mexico and… Read More
Reel Excitement at the Orange Beach Billfish Classic
On Thursday morning, May 19th, the boat traffic leaving The Wharf will be filled with anxious and excitement fishermen. They’ll all be looking forward to reaching open water to begin the 2016 Orange Beach Billfish Classic. By the following night and again on Saturday night, weary but hopefully… Read More
Wintzell’s Serves Up Wit and Wisdom
Of course their menu is filled to overflowing with mouth-watering dishes featuring amazing seafood. And as the name implies, they know a thing or two about oysters. But at Wintzell’s Oyster House, they also serve up hilarious, and often spot-on, humor and wisdom. We’ve rounded up 10 of our all-time… Read More
Miss Sunny celebrates 50th anniversary promoting tourism in Gulf Shores
On Monday, April 25 Mayor Robert Craft proclaimed the first Saturday in June and the same annually hereafter to be “A Sunny Day” to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Miss Sunny… Read More
Gelato Joe’s – a sweet treat and much more
With a name like Gelato Joe’s you expect to find, well, you expect to find gelato. And maybe a few other desserts. If that’s all you have on your wish list,… Read More
Two New Restaurants Open in Orange Beach
Local restaurant owners, Brian and Jodi Harsany, have opened two new restaurants and an event center in Orange Beach. Cosmo’s Courtyard, located on Canal Road, is home to Cosmo’s Restaurant & Bar, a favorite since 2006. Their diverse and celebrated menu features everything from hand-cut steaks and local seafood to pastas and sushi. Travelers… Read More
Race You to The Track
You’ve seen the distinctive three-story spiraling wooden track as you drive by on The Track on Highway 59, but when was the last time you stopped to take a ride on the Wild Woody?… Read More
“Mr. Sandman” will bring Gulf Shores a dream this season with SummerTide Theatre.
The University of Alabama’s professional summer theatre, SummerTide, will bring a “heatwave” to Gulf Shores during its 13th season. The cast of SummerTide will present The Marvelous Wonderettes, the Off-Broadway hit musical by Roger Bean. Celebrate… Read More
Firecracker Shrimp Po Boy at Tacky Jacks
It’s one of those dining experiences where the menu description just doesn’t do it justice. It’s the Firecracker Shrimp Po Boy at Tacky Jacks. As you look over the menu, you glance at the list of po boys. You see the normal candidates: fish, oyster, chicken, shrimp… But… Read More
Gulf Shores Serves Up NCAA Beach Volleyball Action
Beach Volleyball fans will be heading to the Gulf Shores Public Beach May 6 – 8 for the NCAA National Collegiate Beach Volleyball Championship. Our very own Coast360 beaches will be in the… Read More
Sugar Sands: Your Alabama Gulf Coast Welcome
Until you’ve actually taken a walk along the beaches in Gulf Shores and Orange Beach, you might think all the references to sugar white sand is just marketing hype. But once you step off the boardwalk and feel the powdery goodness between your toes, you know… Read More
Rockin’ the Hangout Music Festival
Shake it to the beach for a great weekend! Wait… We meant to say, come to a great music festival on the beach that includes headliners Alabama Shakes and… Read More
Cocktails with the Critters to be held May 5
The Dauphin Island Sea Lab Foundation invites you to Cocktails with the Critters on Thursday, May 5. In its 11th year, Cocktails with the Critters promises to be an exciting evening overlooking Mobile Bay from Bluegill Restaurant… Read More
Making Memories with Barefoot Dolphin Cruises
You know it from the activity in your own home. If you want to see your family, just hang out in the kitchen. Eventually everyone will show up to check out the refrigerator and ask… Read More
Your Beach List by Bender Vacation Rentals
When you rent your vacation condo in Gulf Shores, Orange Beach and Fort Morgan, your rental management company will likely have a list of all the items you should bring and which items are supplied. You’ll be reminded to bring your beach towels, your sunscreen, your groceries and paper products.… Read More
Lucy Buffett re-releases new cookbook
Lucy Buffett re-releases new cookbook… LuLu’s Kitchen, A Taste of the Gulf Coast Good Life Back by popular demand, restaurateur and author Lucy Buffett is re-releasing her successful cookbook.  Formerly self-published in 2007 as Crazy Sista Cooking, the updated and repackaged version… Read More
Home of the Throwed Rolls
If you measure it with your car, Lambert’s Café in Foley is located just a short eight miles north of Gulf Shores. But if you measure it with your mind, it is in some ways beyond calculation – it is simply a different world. And we love it that way! Once… Read More
Tee Off for Great Golf at Craft Farms
For some the thought of blue skies and white sands means a day at the beach… and sure, we’ve got plenty of options for that. But for you, those blue skies and that white sand mean a day teeing off and chasing a little ball around a… Read More
Find your Happy at Happy Harbors
On your way to Gulf Shores and Orange Beach there are certain landmarks you look for to know you are getting closer. But there is one that stands out – the Intracoastal Canal. As you cross the bridge, you catch sight of the… Read More
Head to Flippers – By Car or Boat
Here in Coast360 the notion of going to lunch or dinner by boat just seems natural. After all, we spend as much time as we can on the water, enjoying the salt air, taking in the view from… Read More
Dolphin Cruises Aboard the Cold Mil Fleet
What is it that is so thrilling about seeing dolphins leap from the water? Maybe it is the unexpected. One moment the surface of the water is all you see, the next moment a magnificent creature is leaping high into… Read More
Cobalt Serves Up Amazing Dishes and More
We’ll get to those amazing dishes in just a moment. But first let’s talk about the more. Cobalt is located in Orange Beach under the Perdido Bay Bridge, next to Caribe Resort. It’s a location… Read More
Triathlon for Leukemia Kicks Off “Mullet Toss” Week at the Flora-Bama on April 16
This Historic Roadhouse begins its week-long festivities with its 20th Annual “Mullet-Man” Triathlon next Saturday, April 16th at 7:30 a.m. The course begins with a ¼ mile swim in the Gulf of Mexico behind Flora-Bama, then transitions into a 17 mile bike ride and ends with a 4.2 mile run.… Read More
Mullet Toss – A Flora-Bama Tradition
If you’ve never attended the annual Mullet Toss  at the world-famous Flora-Bama, it can be a little hard to fathom what all the fuss is about. You mean, people throw a fish? Yes,… Read More
Coastal Arts Center is Hot and Cool
Add an artistic flair to your next Coast360 vacation with a visit to the Coastal Arts Center of Orange Beach. Located on Canal Road, the center is hot to The Hot Shop, The Clay Studio, a gallery, and plenty of fun, educational… Read More
Big Fish: Your Sushi Connection
There’s a statement on the Big Fish sushi menu that pretty much sums it up: Sushi is its Own Entity. They are talking about the fact… Read More
Alvin’s Island for your Beach Gear
Shopping for the latest beach style, picking out a new swimsuit and a fun cover-up, it’s just part of the beach vacation experience. And the helpful crew at Alvin’s Island… Read More
Reel in a Great Time at Zeke’s Landing Marina
You’ve heard the saying “fish or cut bait.” When you visit Zeke’s Landing Marina in Orange Beach, you’ll have more than two choices. It’ll be more like “fish or eat seafood,” “fish or eat donuts,” or even “fish or stock up for your… Read More
Make a Splash at Waterville USA
Did you know that Waterville USA has been part of the scene in Gulf Shores for 30 years? They originally opened back in 1986 and today the park covers 20 acres with amusement park and water park experiences. When you visit, set… Read More
Gulf Shores to host Coastal Community Camp Day April 23
The City of Gulf Shores will host a Coastal Community Camp Day on Saturday, April 23 from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Cultural Center. “Our goal is to provide members of our community with an opportunity to learn about all of… Read More
Your Beach Wardrobe Needs Surf Style
At home and work you have a wardrobe. At home is all low-key, comfy and not meant for being seen. It’s slouchy t-shirts, baggy pants and fuzzy socks. You know… life on the couch. And… Read More
Top 5 Reasons Why I Love Where I Live, This Week
  By Nancy McMeekin Publisher Whether you live here in Coastal Alabama or just come for a visit, you know plenty of reasons to love the area. There are no better beaches… Read More
In Honor of First Responders, an Annual Seafood Lunch on the Oyster House
The Original Oyster House restaurants honored over 900 Mobile and Baldwin County law enforcement officers, firefighters and paramedics by offering a free “Never Forget” Lunch on Friday, September 11, 2015. The 8th Annual Never Forget Lunch was established in honor of… Read More
Balcony Views from Laura’s Vacation Rentals
It’s like reconnecting with an old friend. As soon as you reach your beach house or condo in Fort Morgan, Gulf Shores or Orange Beach, you drop your bags and make a dash to the… Read More
Fat Daddy’s Brings the Fun
Have you and your crew been to Fat Daddy’s Arcade in Orange Beach? We say it’s a blast for the kids and definitely should be on your vacation to-do list, rain or shine. When you wake up to… Read More
Meet Norman the Owl
When you visit the Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo it is easy to be drawn to the tigers, the wolves, the bear, the alligator. And we admit it, they’re cool.  But they aren’t the only cool characters you can meet at the zoo. Say hello to Norman!… Read More
Gulf Shores and Orange Beach introduce a ‘fit’ list of events
Stand-up paddleboarding and yoga make waves this spring and summer This year, Alabama’s beaches are bringing fitness into focus. With paddleboarding competitions and yoga retreats taking center stage in 2016, there are many ways… Read More
Cactus Cantina Welcomes You
It’s a good sign when you open your menu and see not one or two, but seven amazing margarita options. It happens every day for guests at Cactus Cantina in Gulf Shores and Orange Beach. The only challenge is narrowing your choice from: Cactus Margarita, a top… Read More
Zydeco Crawfish Festival
Zydeco, Crawfish Festival coming to Waterway Village April 16 The Waterway Village Zydeco and Crawfish Festival boils up a beaucoup of fun on Saturday, April 16 in Gulf Shores. Locals and visitors… Read More
Vote for Gulf Shores and The LuLu
Your vote counts. Make it count for Gulf Shores and The LuLu! Gulf Shores is in the running for The Best Beach in America 2016, from Coastal Living. In Round Two our… Read More
Music at Meyer Park
David Jones, Modern Eldorados, Jamell Richardson headed to Gulf Shores for Music at Meyer Park The City of Gulf Shores has announced the lineup for their Music at Meyer… Read More
Breakfast with the Bunny set for March 26 in Gulf Shores
Kick off your Easter celebration with the City of Gulf Shores as they host Breakfast with the Bunny at 8 a.m. on Saturday, March 26 at the Erie… Read More
Working up an Appetite
You know how it is on vacation. Your balcony conversation before going to bed is where to have breakfast. Your shopping trip is planned around lunch at your favorite spot. Your round of golf includes talk about… Read More
Living the Nightlife – Act Your Age
4 Activities for 4 Different Age Groups   The nightlife on the Alabama Gulf Coast is as varied as the ages of those who wish to experience it. For that reason, we’ve got 4 activities for 4 different age groups (but don’t… Read More
20 Things on the Alabama Gulf Coast Bucket List
Gulf Shores and Orange Beach are the perfect combination of relaxation and adventure.  It’s a small town with a big beach and from the beautiful waterfront sunrise to our slow, beachside sunsets, we’re pretty confident that life is better here.  With… Read More
Binge (Cheat Meal) Plan-O-Gram
  Where To Go For Those Precious Cheat Days?? An entire vacation of pure immoderation may be the exact opposite of what the doctor ordered, but everyone deserves to have a little cheat day. When you’re… Read More
Dining on a Beach Budget: 12 Dishes Under $12
Remember the old commercials “There are some things money can’t buy, for everything else, there’s MasterCard”? Well we hate to be the bearer of bad news, but eventually MasterCard comes a knockin’. Vacations are… Read More
Wine Camp | Coast360’s Guide for a Glass
Bugle Call!! Kids get summer camp, sports camp, and even science camp so why can’t we grownups get Wine Camp? Well on the Alabama Gulf Coast, you most certainly can. Hear that? It’s Wine O’clock Somewhere! Learn from… Read More
Grocery Store Guide
When You Need a Grog, Here’s Where They Are: Gulf Shores Rouses 1545 Gulf Shores Pkwy Gulf Shores, AL Wal-Mart 170 E Fort Morgan Road Gulf Shores, AL 36542 Winn-Dixie 1720 Gulf Shores Parkway… Read More
Shuck & Jive – The Oyster Slay
  I don’t know how it happened.   I didn’t know how my parents would react. What would my grandmother say? What would Scarlett O’Hara do? I… Read More
24 Hours with Teens – A Survival Guide
  “Like me RN…..”      🙁 That’s the text message you see from your teen to whomever they are writing to. (Translation: “I am bored right… Read More
Here Fishy Fishy – The Fisherman’s Guide to the Gulf Coast
As a little girl, my dad made certain that a fishing pole was all but glued to my hands.  My vocabulary words were crankbait, spinnerbait, and buzzbait.  I had a thorough knowledge of what it meant to set the hook, when to pitch a jig, and how… Read More
Pale Ginger’s Beach Planner
(How to “Shade” in the Sun) Ginger’s Unite! Welcome to the most gorgeous place in the world. Sun, fun and a cool little corner of the world. It’s a great place to be… PALE! So… Read More
The Best Spots for Social Bragging – 6 Tips for the Perfect Pic
If a vacation takes place and no one Instagrams it, did it really happen? We think not. On the Coast, the landscape is magazine worthy and the food is striking. Seriously, it should be a sin to look this good. How can you make your friends and followers #superjelly while… Read More
The Top 12 Restaurants on the Alabama Gulf Coast
In no particular order, here are the best 12 places to get your breakfast, lunch, and dinner across the Alabama Gulf Coast. #1. Cayman Grill Repeat after us. “I… Read More
Nightcaps | A Bar Hopper’s Guide
Whether it’s one last cocktail or a sweet treat, we know the best places on the island to wrap up the evening. The Coast is asking… Read More
“Picking & Grinning” – A Music Lover’s Local Guide
Find You Ear Candy with Local Music Diva and Cocktail Queen, Nancy McMeekin Let’s get this out of the way: I’m no music expert.  (Well, except… Read More
Dishing with Lucy Buffett: A Sit Down with Our Favorite Crazy Sista
Lucy Buffett is an Alabama Gulf Coast native, a local legend and fast becoming a Southern icon, just like her big brother Jimmy.  With her first restaurant, LuLu’s, Lucy turned a tiny, down-home marina… Read More
Dishing with Fisher’s Cheftacular, Bill Briand
If food is the heart and soul of a restaurant, then the chef is the Master of the Universe. At Fisher’s, Bill Briand is that chef, and here he dishes up how he became a chef, his culinary point of view, and how he keeps… Read More
Fartlek – The Best Running Trails (Don’t laugh, it’s a real word!)
  There’s always at least one person who makes your vacation attitude of self-indulgence and unapologetic slothfulness seem out of place. You know the one I’m talking about; the person who gets up and at it bright and early. The person who’s on… Read More
Coast 360 Beach Games
Kids competed every Thursday at Tacky Jacks Gulf Shores this summer in relay races, challenges, & brain teasers! All participants received a free lunch from Tacky Jacks, plus prizes for the… Read More