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Something for Everyone at Tanger Outlets
Whether you’re looking for souvenirs or need to grab a gift for someone, any gift on your list can be found at Tanger Outlets in Foley. Just a quick drive from the beach, this upscale outlet experience is perfect… Read More
NCAA volleyball, youth tournaments headline spring sports lineup at the beach
Nearly 40 events happening March through early May in Gulf Shores and Orange Beach Alabama’s beaches will welcome nearly 40 diverse athletic events from March through early May 2017 including the NCAA National… Read More
CBDB, Zydeco Radio and New Earth Army headed to Gulf Shores for Music at Meyer Park
The City of Gulf Shores has announced the lineup for the Music at Meyer Park concert series. These annual springtime concerts have become a fan favorite for locals and visitors alike. On March 30, CBDB takes the stage to kick off Music at Meyer Park. Formed in… Read More
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. Oyster Recycling in Gulf Shores 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… 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, Alabama, takes on a family-friendly vibe in… 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… 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 series begins with the Big Beach Marathon and Half-Marathon on Jan. 29, featuring a training class with… 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… 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 are trying to relax and thaw… 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 country 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 their lives? Answers to these questions and many more are waiting to be discovered… 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 a Segway. And that’s… 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… 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… 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… 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 fall weather… no wonder so many brides to be want to… 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… 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 summer… 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… 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 beach. We love all the faces of the Gulf and that includes the secrets she… 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. During the summer months, we love to see the big crowds at LuLu’s.… 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 captain and crew to get you… 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 team. With one call they can have us in the heart of… 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… 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 culinary talent, there will be elite representation from the judges at this year’s Grand Tasting taking place… 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… 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.… 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… 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… 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 Orange Beach, the… 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… 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 tent… 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 would you… 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… 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… 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 the famous Pink Pony Pub. If you’ve… 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 typically show as many views from the property and they do inside. That’ll… 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 Beach. The staff at the Fairfield Inn is ready to help you… 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 what… 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 which… 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… 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 from a live DJ, campfires and all of the makings… 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… 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… 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… 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.… 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… 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 the Tanger Outlet in Foley. Just a quick drive north from the beach, you can spend an entire day shopping. What… 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 a pontoon boat. You know… being out on the water to enjoy life! The rental… 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 I… 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 are without limits. And the team at Visit Coastal Alabama… 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 the City of Foley Horse Arena. This Rodeo features exciting events including bull riding,… 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… 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 are lucky to have a beachfront condo on an upper… 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 first time event is the result of a unique collaboration between the… 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… 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.… 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… 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 – teaching them to mimic the laser-like focus and steadfast… 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… 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… 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… 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… 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… 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.… 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 Eat & Drink in Orange Beach. Just take a gander at… 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 beach cities will welcome a record number of… 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 a vacation challenge. Challenge met at The Wharf! For those in your family who want to… 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 Bar serving up mouth-watering dishes in a water-front location that provides jaw-dropping… 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… 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… 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 home when you enjoy a beach vacation just doesn’t seem fair. Good news! The folks at Sunset… 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 leap from the water? Now just imagine how thrilling it would be to see… 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… 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 just a natural reaction to seeing the sails catching the warm Gulf… 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… 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… 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 Alabama. The Gulf Shores Museum will unveil… 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 – Friday there is a different way… 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 in awe and remembrance of… 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… 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… 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… 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 you’ll… 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… 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, May 26. The fun will begin at 5:30 p.m. at the west end of… 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 activities you want close… 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… 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… 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, family-friendly environment. Oh, and they just happen to have… 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… 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 week, and many unfortunately fade away. But if you’ve dined at Cosmo’s you know why… 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… 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 buggy as we say down here – and you challenge yourself to explore every aisle, every display. It isn’t a casual… 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… 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 the sugar white sands. Luggage… 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… 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… 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 and her impact on… 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, you won’t be disappointed.… 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… 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? Or how… 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… 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… 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 spotlight as eight of the country’s… 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… 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 The Weeknd! How cool is that?! And the coolness doesn’t stop there. The headliners also… 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 on the Causeway. The evening includes a silent auction, music by… 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 what’s for dinner. It works the same the dolphins. That’s why the crew… 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… 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 is entitled LuLu’s Kitchen, A Taste of the… 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… 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… 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,… 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… 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 the air only to disappear again. In a brief second… 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… 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… 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?… 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 opportunities.     At The Clay… 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 that… 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 will gladly welcome you to their two convenient locations in Gulf Shores and Orange… 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 next… 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… 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… 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 at work it’s all… 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… 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 balcony. It isn’t so… 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… 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! He is a… 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… 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 shelf… 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… 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 Park concert series. These annual springtime concerts have… 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 H. Meyer Civic Center. Families of all ages are invited to enjoy an old-fashioned… 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… 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… 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 turquoise waters… 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… 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… 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 Gulf Shores, AL 36542 Publix 160 Cotton Creek Drive #100 Gulf Shores, AL… 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 went off to college and fell in love with a Yankee. Yep, an SEC despising, unsweet tea drinking, don’t-you-dare-put-ketchup-on-that-hot-dog man from the… 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 now….”)   You have a bored teen? We… 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… 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 not everyone can be a Hawaiian Tropic model with glowing, golden skin and no… 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… 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 will order from the wood grill. I will order from the wood grill.” That’s your Cayman Grill mantra. Tell your… 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 if you want to come in for a nightcap—go ahead, we won’t tell.   O’Choppers Irish pub Closing Time: 2:00… 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 for the track that plays constantly in my head with… 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 restaurant into the place to dine on the… 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… 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 the… 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… Read More