Whether it’s rest from hectic, day-to-day life or a time to reunite with your best friends, fall is the ideal time to make a break for the beach and plan a girls getaway in Gulf Shores and Orange Beach, Alabama. Call your best girls and get ready for a weekend – or an entire week – of fun in the sun while you keep on summering on Alabama’s white-sand beaches. Read on to learn to learn four reasons you need to plan a girls getaway now!
Simply put, the weather between September through November is some of the most spectacular on the Alabama Gulf Coast. Fall brings breathtaking sunsets, sun-kissed beaches and water still plenty warm enough to take a swim in. The milder temperatures make outdoor adventures like biking through nature trails or even beach yoga more pleasant. Outdoor dining at the best Gulf Shores restaurants is also a plus during the fall months.
Everyone likes to save a few dollars, especially when that money can be used for spa treatments and cocktails! Take advantage of some of the best rates of the year on Fort Morgan vacation rentals, Gulf Shores beach houses and Orange Beach condos. The savings will be significant. It’s easy to chat online for rates and availability of your favorite vacation rentals. You can even use this time to check out a property you’ve had your eye on and do a “test run” to see if it’ll work for you summer family vacation.
Planning Tip! If you’re not sure which area will best fit your group’s needs when you plan a girls getaway in Gulf Shores, take a peek at these guides to distinguish between the three distinctive communities on Alabama’s beaches.
There’s nothing like sitting around a table with your best girls as you catch up, laugh and maybe even cry a little. Throw in award-winning cuisine and you’ve got a match made in foodie heaven. If you weren’t a foodie before you got here, you’ll be one when you leave. In fact, our guess is you’ll have a phone full of foodie photos. It’s hard to resist snapping a photo of your favorite dishes prepared by James Beard Award nominees and World Food Championship chefs! The smaller fall crowds also make getting a seat at your preferred Orange Beach restaurants easier, too.
Planning Tip! Did you know the vast majority of Gulf Shores and Orange Beach restaurants are locally owned and operated? You’ll find very few actual chain restaurants. So, when you dine out, you’re dining local! Some of our favorite Orange Beach restaurants to include when you plan a girls getaway in Gulf Shores are:
Fisher’s at Orange Beach Marina. Splurge a little with a meal fit for a queen. Fisher’s own James Beard Nominee chef leads the kitchen staff in preparing some of the most divine food you’ll experience in Orange Beach! Top off your dinner with a Through the Porthole cocktail. If it’s not on the menu, ask for it. The bartender will be happy to mix one for you.
The Gulf. Whether you go during the day to enjoy the blue-sky view or go at night to dine under festival lights, The Gulf Orange Beach is a must when you plan a girls getaway in Gulf Shores. The drink to try? A blackberry mojito! The Gulf is made entirely of shipping containers, and all music is played on vinyl records.
Flora-Bama Yacht Club. There’s no wrong time to pull up a chair at Flora-Bama Yacht Club. Leave your heels at the condo. This isn’t your ordinary yacht club. This beachside dive boasts the best of everything, from burgers to steaks, and of course, seafood. You can’t leave without ordering a bushwacker, a locally-famous drink that includes ice cream, chocolate, coffee liquor and a host of rums. Follow dinner with a stop at the Flora-Bama Lounge, a legendary roadhouse bar. You never know who you’ll see there, maybe even Kenny Chesney!
Gulf Shores and Orange Beach are filled with unique activities to consider when you plan a girls getaway. If you love a great bubble bath, plan a stop at Harmony Creek Farm at SanRoc Cay in Orange Beach. You can schedule a bath bomb lesson using natural products. Glass blowing at The Hot Shop in Orange Beach is always a hit. What better way to commemorate your annual girls getaway than with a handmade souvenir! That’s right…you get to participate and craft your own blown glass art!
Of course, you can always spend time laying on the sand, chatting and laughing or just enjoying the quiet beaches. That’s really what a girls getaway should be – time spent together reconnecting with the special people in our lives. Don’t miss the opportunity to bond with your best girls this fall on Alabama’s white-sand beaches. Whether you’re traveling with a small group of girls or a large group, Harris Properties has the perfect rental for you! Click here now to search rentals by bedrooms.