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St. Patrick’s Day Events
Many popular local restaurants usually have some sort of St. Pat’s celebration planned. As always, give them a call or check their social media to make sure events are still on. LuLu’s may have canceled their official celebrations this year, but they are open with limited indoor seating and plenty of outdoor seating. You can still enjoy great seafood, live music, and a beach view, while the kids will enjoy the arcade and climbing tower. At this time, the Hangout is still planning on having their annual St. Paddy’s Day Party, complete with plenty of outdoor activities, live bands, and kids’ activities. Even if events are curtailed a bit, it’s there’s always a party atmosphere at LuLu’s and the Hangout!
If you love to fish, get out there! Depending on the weather, you can catch black drum, sheepshead, and king mackerel offshore in March. And if you’re out for snapper, red snappers are catch & release only in March, but the mangrove snappers are fun to catch and great to eat too. Inshore you’ll be pulling in speckled trout, flounder, and sheepshead. March can be windy, so hiring a guide may be your best bet of landing a great catch. Rent one of our vacation homes on the back-bay, where you’ll have water front access, private docks, and fishing piers and more. Bring your catch home to grill it out on the deck as you watch the gulls search for their dinner.
Head to the beach! Put on your new green swimsuit, grab that green and white striped beach towel, and do what you like to do best at the beach. Beachcomb, start a sandcastle contest with the kids, play a friendly game of beach volleyball or set up a small disk golf course, or just sit while you people watch. Keep an eye out for dolphins playing just off shore too. Rent one of our beach-front vacation homes, and you’ll be steps away from the sandy beach and foamy surf. If things get too crowded, just step back into your rental, put on some Celtic tunes, and move the celebration to your deck.
This may be another year to focus on smaller family celebrations. So, find out what your family likes to do. Do they just want to be on the beach? Do they like St. Patrick’s Day parades, or maybe they’d rather be making something. If it’s parades they like, turn the flat screens in your rental to YouTube and stream the NYC, Chicago or Dublin parades from years past. Our places to stay in Gulf Shores Alabama offer free Wi-Fi that makes it easy to bring the parade right to the living room. And the open floor plan makes it easy to watch from the kitchen (where someone is making those green cupcakes) or from the deck.
Set up a crafts table and let the kids loose. They can make flags, wind chimes and shamrocks from collected shells and debris from beachcombing that morning. Let them decorate the shamrock cookies or green cupcakes you made earlier (or picked up at the deli).
Head into your rental’s fully equipped rental kitchen and put your culinary skills to use as you fix some Irish treats. You have to start the day off with a “full Irish” of course, accompanied by a loaf of homemade Irish Soda Bread. Then there’s the corned beef and cabbage, Irish stew, Shepard’s Pie to make, or try something new like a Dublin Coddle (an artery-blocking layering of bacon, pork sausage and potatoes).
Shellfish is big in Ireland, just like in the Gulf. Celebrate like the Irish with oysters and Guinness, or Irish Seafood chowder. Or have a low country boil with a little green food coloring added in, since it’d be a shame to come to the beach and not take advantage of all this fresh, local seafood. With a little green food coloring on hand, and you can turn anything Irish! And everyone will love your green cupcakes and green Mac’n’Cheese. And of course, it wouldn’t be St. Patrick’s Day without green beer, Irish coffee, and a Guinness or two.
St. Patrick Day Rentals
Our Gulf Shore rentals are perfect for family celebrations and gatherings, whether you spend your time out on the beach or inside binge-watching Irish river dance videos. And, if you need a few suggestions on take-out restaurants, or where to pick up some ready-made shamrock-shaped cookies for the kids to decorate, just give our friendly staff a call! We can help you with whatever you need for your celebrations, including the perfect Gulf Shores vacation home!