Don't Try This At Home

Gulf Shores Getaway

By Bob on March 6, 2017 4:06 AM

Sugar white sand and tourquoise water await you in Gulf Shores, Alabama

Beach2-600.jpgIf you're looking for somewhere to relax this summer. I mean reallllly relax, look no further than Gulf Shores, Alabama. 

You mean Alabama has a beach?

Don't you wish you were here right now?

Beach Time II - 600.jpgYeah, it's home to 60 miles of bread-crust thin coastline curving from Mississippi to the Florida Panhandle.

Some folks call it the Redneck Riviera, but anyone who's been there will tell you about the sugar white sand, turquoise surf, great restaurants, resort-style golf courses and fabulous accommodations. 

Charlotte and I fell in love with this coastal hideaway twelve years ago and we've been going there ever since.


Try the fried green tomatoes. You'll thank me later. 

Kiva Dunes new Beach Club pool and grill pampers guests on a private beach

Beach Club 3 - 600.jpgIf you're looking for laid back - then head to Gulf Shores, Alabama. It's HQ for this vacation destination. 

Getting There

Fly into either the Mobile, AL or Pensacola, FL and rent a car. It's an easy 90-minute drive from either airport. 

Where to Stay

Like condominiums? There are thousands to choose from with spectacular ocean views and easy beach access. How about a house? You'll be surprised at the affordability of a beach home in one of the resorts. 

Gulf Shores home rentals are modern, spacious and can make your beach vacation memorable. Here's where we stay.

Where We Stay - Beacon Hill 600.jpgWhat to Do

Relax. You're at the beach. You can be as active as you like, or just curl up under a big beach umbrella with the latest trashy novel. Trust me, down here nobody cares. The entire town is very family-friendly. If you're bringing the kids or grandkids, there are plenty of mini golf courses, water parks and even a zoo. Of course there's deep sea fishing, kayaking, boogie boarding and other beach activities. 


Casual to very casual - shorts, sandals, golf shirts and T-shirts are all acceptable day or night. 

Best Time to Go

The crowds slack off a little after July 4 and are really light in August. September and October are great months to visit because the summer crowd has gone and the Gulf water is warm.


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See you on the beach

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Beach Condos

The Beach Club 

Kiva Lodge

Beach Homes

Kiva Dunes


Kiva Dunes 


Craft Farms



Lulu is actually Lulu Buffet (yes, that Buffet). Like her brother, Lulu knows how to have a good time and the seafood is always great. Try the fried green tomatoes with Lulu's famous WOW Sauce. You'll thank me later.

Acme Oyster House

If your taste runs a little more Cajun, then head over to Acme Oyster House. It's just across the Intracoastal waterway from Lulu's and the New Orleans'-styled seafood is freaky-fresh and delicious.

Put a little South in your mouth -- try the shrimp & cheese grits

Shrimp & Cheese Grits - 600.jpgThe Original Oyster House

A local legend, The Original Oyster house has anything seafood-related that you could possibly want and it's all good. Those in the know prefer their famous shrimp and cheese grits. My one word review: Amazing.


Come hungry. This is real southern food, where everything is fried or served with gravy. Yes, they really do throw hot-out-of-the-oven yeast rolls the size of softballs to eager diners. 

The Pink Pony

It's a local legend and one of the best dives hangouts on the Alabama coast. 

The Hangout

You've seen this one featured on the "C'mon down!" ads. It's a great place right on the water with live music most nights and great burgers, fries, shrimp and catfish. 


Ok, if you really want to bring something home other than an "I'm with Stupid" T-shirt, check out the Tanger Outlet Mall. If you don't find something you like in the 125 brand name outlet stores, you just aren't in a shopping mood. 

You can go home with something a whole lot better than that I'm with Stupid T-shirt


If you want a great day trip, head up to Mobile and visit the USS Alabama. It's a retired battleship that's open for daily tours. If you want to add in a little history lesson to your visit, you can always check out Fort Morgan. It's a restored Civil War-era fort that the kids will find pretty cool. 

Official Playlist

OK, there is no official Gulf Shores playlist. But, here's the tune we crank up on our way to the beach: 


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By Laura Cipullo and Lisa Mikus, authors of Everyday Diabetes Meals
Image credit: Colin Erricson

Prepare your own Mexican quick fix with this Chipotle-inspired bowl. Carbs are moderated by filling the bowl with beans, extra veggies and chicken. No need for rice, since the beans count as carbs.


If you love tomatoes, increase the quantity to 1/2 cup, but note that the carbohydrates will also increase.

If preparing this recipe for one person, cut all of the ingredients in half. Or simply prepare the full recipe up to the end of step 2 and store leftover chicken and vegetable-bean mixture in separate airtight containers in the refrigerator for up to 2 days. Reheat in the microwave on High for 1 to 2 minutes, or until heated through, and continue with step 3.

Health Bite: The iron, calcium, magnesium, manganese, copper and zinc in black beans help to keep bones strong and healthy.

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