Gulf Shores Food Festivals

Enjoy Some of the Best Culinary Events of the Year

One of the enduring Fall traditions along the Alabama Gulf Coast – aside from relaxing on one of the most beautiful beaches in the world – is of course eating!  Fall is a time we can enjoy unique foods, a good meal and the company of friends and family. Gulf Shores food festivals really are unique.  With so many wonderful restaurants and culinary choices In the Gulf Shores area, we have the celebration of food down to an art form! We all like to eat well on vacation, so this is a terrific opportunity to combine two of the best things – a beach vacation and fabulous food festivals.

Fall Food Festivals in Gulf Shores 

The Gulf Shores area is home to a number of food festivals and events running through the fall season.  No matter what your taste, you will find something new and interesting to try.   Check out the schedule of Autumn food events, and plan your visit!

*Events frequently require tickets and admission so check the websites listed for more information.

Oktoberfest   Oct. 1
Taking place in Orange Beach, this 21 and over event features beer, German food and events!

Festival of Flavor   Oct 5-7
Just north of Orange Beach and Gulf Shores lies the town of Foley, AL. Making the short trip up on October 5 would be well worth the time as the 6th annual Festival of Flavor takes place there. This festival includes beer and wine tasting as well as great food!Food Festivals in Gulf Shores, AL - Shrimp Festival

Shrimp Festival   Oct. 12 – 15
Four days of live entertainment and – of course – shrimp, highlight the 2017 Shrimp Festival!  Check out the entertainment lineup!

German Sausage Festival      Oct 28
Since 1978, the sausage festival has been led by the Elberta Volunteer Fire Department.  The event includes great food, entertainment and a great many arts and crafts booths.

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Fall Retreat Ideas – Why Go To Gulf Shores in the Autumn

Many of us don’t really need a reason to escape to the beach – especially in the Fall.  Uncrowded beaches and warm weather are reasons enough to pack up and head to the shore.  An escape to the beach may be best enjoyed in the company of friends and family. So, if you need some reasons to make those reservations, here are some retreat ideas.  (We would love to year yours as well, so please comment on our Facebook page)

Uncrowded Beaches and a Relaxed Atmosphere

Gulf Shores offers uncrowded beaches and fabulous weather in the Autumn!  It is the perfect time to kick back and relax!  If that isn’t enough, there are some great lodging deals, too! Read about some retreat ideas, get your group together, and make your reservations soon!Looking for retreat ideas ? An uncrowded beach and resort is a perfect place to get together with friends and family.

The Gulf Coast is a perfect location for getting together, and Martinique on the Gulf is much more than a hotel.  The resort provides comfort, room, privacy and all the amenities that you and your group could want for just about any kind of get-together.

 

Friends Retreat Ideas

Why wait until the holidays to reconnect with old friends? Gathering at holiday time is busy. Meeting up at the beach is much more relaxing, and getting together away from home means that no one is stuck doing a lot of work to make the group comfortable.   Groups of friends can spend the time walking on the beach, talking and enjoying one another’s company without the pressures of hosting everyone at hotels or in one’s home.

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Welcome to Fall at Gulf Shores!

Autumn is Wonderful at Martinique on the Gulf

With all the kids back in school, the beach takes on a much more relaxed and uncrowded atmosphere. Fall is a perfect time to take a book and a beach chair and spend all day by the water. If you like a little more activity to your vacation, there is a lot to do and see. From zip lining to shopping, there is something for each visitor to enjoy.

If you needed any more reasons to visit us during the fall, here are a few of our favorites:

Great Weather!Fall at Gulf Shores provides a wonderful time to just relax on the beach

After a long hot summer, it would be difficult to get excited about more hot weather! Fortunately, average high temepratures in September range into the upper 80s after Labor Day and decline to the mid-70s by the end of October. These are quite possibly the best temperatures to have when visiting the beach; warm enough to relax, but cool enough to be comfortable.

New Things to Try

Many of our guests enjoy adding a new activity to their schedule each trip. The more ambitious among our visitors try things like zip lining over the dunes or driving the go karts! There are even two-seater go karts for those that don’t want to ride alone. Having trouble deciding what to do? Contact us at 855-858-6950 for help deciding!

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Football Season at Gulf Shores

For many, this is the perfect time of year. The sea breezes are fresh, the sands are warm and…. football season is nearly here. This convergence of near perfect events occurs for a few weeks each year and allows us to build anticipation for another exciting season and to plan for how to best enjoy our fall sports.

Football on the Beach

What does football have to do with the beach? If you think about it, the game of football is best enjoyed with family and friends. So is going to the beach. Each game is its own holiday of sorts and hitting the beach is a treat. Gathering with friends from college or family members is always enjoyable. But when these gatherings take place somewhere special, it can be even better!

Football parties go naturally with a weekend escape with friends. So why not take your football gathering on a road trip this year? To help, here are some reasons – if you really needed any – to inspire your friends to join you at Gulf Shores for your favorite game.

No Driving

We all drive too much. Eliminate the time behind the wheel and really allow your guests the opportunity to relax and do something fun!

Kicking the Ball AroundKicking the Football around on the beach is as American as the 4th of July!

We don’t do enough of this. Find the old football in the garage and dig out the bicycle pump to put air back into it. Then take the thing to the beach! When was the last time you just went out to throw the ball? Kids of course love this, but don’t leave the adults out of the activity. The beach is the perfect place for throwing and kicking the old ball around.

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10 Relaxing Things to do on Your Beach Vacation

Planning a vacation usually includes making plans for all the things that you will do once you arrive at your destination. Planning a beach vacation frequently involves none of that! After all, what is there exactly to do on a beach?

Modern life is filled with family, work, commuting, school, volunteering and other activities from which, now and then, people really need a break. For many of us, vacation and vacation planning adds up to more work, more planning when in the end, we really need a bit of rest and relaxation. And that is a major benefit of a beach vacation…. other than getting to the ocean-front, there really isn’t that much to plan for.

What is There to do on the Beach?

There are many benefits to a beach vacation that you can’t get on many other types of escapes. Although these can be easily overlooked, here is our top ten list of things our guests enjoy about their beach vacations

1. Talking

Seriously… the time we spend with family and loved ones is often focused on accomplishment of some goal, achievement of some objective or other highly focused activity. On the beach, dreaming and fun take the place of pressure-filled conversations.

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Top Ten Kid Friendly Activities at Gulf Shores

Find the Right Activities for Your Upcoming Vacation

Finding kid-friendly activities that the entire family can enjoy while on vacation can be a challenge – even on a beach vacation! Hanging out on the beach is by itself a great family activity. Sandcastle building, swimming in the surf and playing volleyball can easily take up the entire vacation itinerary! Still, there are so many things to do in Gulf Shores that, even if your kids get tired of the beach, there are plenty of engaging activities for them.

Here is our top ten list of things to do with kids on your next beach vacation. Let us know what your favorite ideas are for things that the whole family can do together. Contact us for recommendations on setting up your next family vacation and arranging the activities your family will enjoy.

1. Swimming

Kid-friendly waterpark in Gulf Shores

Of course! Swimming at the beach is a top activity! But, swimming someplace other than the ocean can be quite fun, too! Waterparks in the Gulf Shores area offer a wide range of amusements as well as water rides.

 2. Bon Secour Wildlife Refuge

A trip to Bon Secour Wildlife Refuge is a must! Join experienced guides to learn about the Loggerhead Sea Turtles and many other unique wildlife species that live in the area.

3. Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo

Open 9-4 daily, the Zoo offers animal encounters, Zoo camps and other activities for everyone.

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Gulf State Park – Alabama’s Outdoor Playground

Gulf State ParkNo visit to the Gulf Coast of Alabama is complete without a trip to one of our state’s truly spectacular natural wonders, the Gulf State Park. With 6500 acres to explore, enjoy sugar-sand beaches, nature trails, three lakes, golfing, kayaking, parasailing, educational classes and programs and so much more!

Gulf State Park Beaches

There are more than 3.5 miles of unspoiled, white sand beaches to explore in Gulf State Park. They are generally quiet and uncrowded as well as family friendly. The perfect spot to check out fishing, sea-kayaking, or simply just enjoying the soft sand between your toes as you page through your latest beach read.

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The 2017 Wharf Boat and Yacht Show – March 23-26

wharf boat & yacht showThe Wharf Boat & Yacht Show Is Truly A One Of A Kind Event

If you are looking for a truly one of a kind event, The Wharf Boat and Yacht Show is literally the ticket for you. This unique show offers visitors the largest in-water display of vessels anywhere on the Gulf Coast. Showcasing the very newest in seafaring crafts, those planning on getting a new boat or even those who just dream about it can test out these amazing new floating vessels and buy on the spot. There will be over $100 MILLION in inventory for you to see!

In 2017 Wharf Boat and Yacht show is returning to The Wharf in Orange Beach March 23rd – 26th.  In addition to the boats, there will also be an artist village, kid’s art classes, a fashion show, instructional seminars and live music every afternoon of the show. General admission tickets are only $10 and kids under 12 are totally FREE. Locals get in for only $7 with ID on Friday, the 24th.

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Hangout Music Festival 2017

Hangout Music Festival 2017Hangout Music Festival 2017 Lineup

It is NOT too early to start making your plans for the Hangout Music Festival 2017!

The lineup has been announced and includes: Mumford & Sons, Twenty One Pilots, Frank Ocean, Weezer, Marshmellow, The Head and the Heart, Sigur Ros, Chance the Rapper and about a bazillion more. No matter what your favorite genre is, it will be represented in Gulf Shores, Alabama on May 19th – 21st.

This is always a HUGE event so it’s wise to get your tickets and housing squared away now.

Take The Hangout Shuttle

The Hangout Shuttle is a great way to get from point wherever you are to the Festival.  Parking can be challenging. If you take the shuttle, you don’t have to worry about drinking and driving. You can ride all weekend for 50 bucks. Shuttle tickets can sell OUT, so consider getting yours soon!

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Enjoy An Alabama Coast Christmas
Be Merry!

Be Merry!

The holidays are even merrier when you celebrate an Alabama Coast Christmas.

The holiday season officially opens with the City of Orange Beach Tree Lighting on November 29th. Starting at 5:30 pm at Marlin Circle at the Wharf in Orange Beach, enjoy hot chocolate, cookie decorating and write your letter to Santa. Work on your harmonies with Christmas caroling and more!

Treat your taste-buds to an early Christmas gift.  Get your tickets to the Taste of the Islands, presented by The Mystical Order of Mirams on December 2, 2016 at the Orange Beach Event Center at the Wharf. With more than 35 restaurants from the Gulf Shores and Orange Beach areas, enjoy food sampling, cocktails, musical entertainment and a silent auction. This is your chance to really indulge in the many diverse and delicious flavors of our wonderful island. This event benefits the local Toys for Tots toy drive.

Put on your ugly Christmas sweater and join the fun on December 4th with the Gulf State Park Coastal Christmas Kick Off, from 5-8pm. This family friendly holiday event features a showing of “The Polar Express” as well as photos with everyone’s favorite jolly old elf and hot chocolate and holiday crafts. If the thought of hanging out with Santa doesn’t quite float your boat, visit the Park anyway and enjoy digging your toes into the sugar soft sand and surf. There are over two miles of beaches to explore, as well as great outdoor activities for you to enjoy in our mild winter weather. Enjoy golfing, tennis, fishing and hiking in our beautiful State Park.

If you missed the “Polar Express” at the Kick Off Party – you have another chance to enjoy this holiday classic, under the stars in Orange Beach. Join The Orange Beach Store as they start a new Gulf Coast tradition with a Movie at the Beach. Bring your lawn chair and blankets to the Orange Beach Library at 6:30 on December 9th. Admission is free and refreshments will be available.

The Merry Market is the perfect venue to get all your holiday shopping done. The Orange Beach Event Center is home to this annual arts & crafts expo and fair. Find unique and one of a kind gifts for everyone on your list in one place.

Your chance to spend anSailboat decorated in lights evening with country music soon to be super-star, Jessie Lynn at the Orange Beach Events Center at the Wharf in Orange Beach for Country Christmas on the Coast, on December 13th. Jessie will be joined by specials guests South Bound Train. Get in the spirit of the season, Country Style!

One of the most unique and special annual holiday events along our Coast takes place on December 10th. The 31st Annual Lighted Boat Parade begins at the Homeport Marina. The parade travels east, past the Wharf and continues all the way to Orange Beach. The spectacle begins at 5pm. Pick your viewing spot and enjoy this amazing holiday waterway parade.

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