Is a hassle-free holiday calling your name? Sit back and relax with Thanksgiving in Gulf Shores. Great fall weather and even better fall rates on your favorite Gulf Shores condos are just two of the perks of a holiday at the beach. What else do you need to know about spending Turkey Day on Alabama’s beaches? We have the details!
Wide-Open Beaches and Great Weather
One of the perks of fall is our spacious beaches and mild weather. There’s plenty of room for a pre-dinner game of sand football, volleyball or spikeball. You’ll feel like you have your own, private beach. There’s no competition for the best seat at the beach, either. Everyone will have beautiful, panoramic views when you spend Thanksgiving in Gulf Shores. The humidity is lower and is perfect for walking off your turkey on the beach, too.
To Cook or Not to Cook
This is what you really want to know! If you love to prepare a big, holiday meal for your family, by all means…go for it! You’ll find plenty of Gulf Shores and Orange Beach condos and Fort Morgan beach houses with kitchens fit for a chef. You can even arrange for grocery delivery through several services, including Orange Beach Concierge. You can also pre-order your groceries and take advantage of curbside pickup at Wal-Mart in Gulf Shores.
However, if you’d rather someone else take care of the job, you’ve got options. Plan ahead and pre-order your holiday meals at Rouses Market in Gulf Shores and Publix, also in Gulf Shores. Both offer traditional Thanksgiving meals prepared and ready to go. Simply heat them up and you’ve got a feast fit for the family. Orange Beach Concierge offers personal chef services, as well as meals to go. However, you’ll want to make arrangements as early as possible.
For a Thanksgiving in Gulf Shores you won’t soon forget, head over to the Flora-Bama. That’s right. We said spend Thanksgiving at the Flora-Bama Lounge. Load the family up and feast at the Bama’s annual Thanksgiving Potluck. Bring your favorite covered dish and indulge in all the turkey and ham your appetite can handle. The event is at 1 p.m. and is free, but we highly recommend adding on a Flora-Bama bushwhacker from the bar to your meal. All ages are invited, and you’ll feel like family the moment you walk through the door.
Of course, there’s a great selection of Gulf Shores and Orange Beach restaurants that’ll be open to serve your Turkey Day meal, as well. There’s really no reason to tote a turkey with you to cook at the beach. Unless, you want to!
What to Do during Thanksgiving in Gulf Shores
After the leftover turkey has been put away and you’ve had your Turkey Day nap, there’s plenty to keep the family as busy as they’d like. If your group loves a great football game, browse Gulf Shores AL rentals offering oversized televisions and plenty of seating. Or, visit The Hangout to watch your favorite teams go head-to-head.
Black Friday shopping? You’ve come to the right place! Take a short drive north to the Tanger Outlets in nearby Foley. You’ll find more than 120 famous-brand stores, including Banana Republic, Columbia, Charlotte Russe, Express, Fanatic Fanz, TJ Max and more. Keep the shopping going with a stop at The Wharf in Orange Beach. It’s the perfect place to find unique gifts from specialty boutiques. Refuel with a specialty coffee from The Southern Grind Coffee House or relax with a daiquiri from Island Time Daiquiris.
After a big Thanksgiving feast, spend the next day doing something active. Rent kayaks and paddle your way around the back bays of Orange Beach, or get your adrenaline pumping on the Hummingbird Zipline at The Wharf. Many of the activities and attractions you love during the summertime are still open for business during the fall months. However, days and hours of operation may be more limited. Be sure to call ahead and make reservations.
Where to Stay during Thanksgiving in Gulf Shores
There are a few things to think about when selecting your Gulf Shores AL rental for a Thanksgiving holiday.
- How large is your group? Will you need multiple vacation rentals near each other?
- Does the rental have enough indoor seating in a dining room, plus counter seating? Does the balcony or deck have dining furniture, as well?
- Is the television in the living room large enough for watching the big game?
Disconnect and reconnect with family with Thanksgiving in Gulf Shores. Put away the devices and open up a board game or shuffle a deck of cards. This is the perfect time to talk and make memories. Pretty soon, a hassle-free holiday at the beach may become your family’s favorite way to spend Thanksgiving.