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Do you live near Baldwin County? This area is home to the charming waterfront of town Gulf Shores. Who says you have to pay for expensive flights and travel far away to treat yourself to a vacation? You should treat yourself to an unforgettable Gulf Shores staycation! With picturesque sugar white-sand beaches, top-notch golf courses, thrilling amusement parks, and stunning beach houses, this area has it all!  

Gulf Shores staycation isn’t complete without a fantastic beach vacation house rental to make your home away from home. Browse our collection of vacation homes in Fort MorganOrange Beach, and Gulf Shores and find the perfect one for you and your group!  

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All About the Best Gulf Shores Staycation 

Save Your PTO 

What does your current work environment look like? Imagine yourself sitting on a spacious porch while feeling the warm sunshine on your skin and the salty sea breeze flowing through your hair. If you’re able to work remotely, our beach rentals provide the perfect setting for getting work done! All our properties feature complimentary Wi-Fi and spacious living areas, so you can save that PTO and take a vacation at the same time!  

Practice Social Distancing 

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It’s important to continue practice social distancing, even while on vacation. When you take a trip to the Alabama Gulf Coast, it’s easy to do just that! Many of our Gulf Shores vacation rentals feature private poolsso you can splash away without worrying about getting too close to others outside of your group. You can also easily practice social distancing while having a beach day along the beautiful Gulf of Mexicohiking through Gulf State Park, playing a round of golfkayaking through backwaters, going deepsea fishing, and more.  

Enjoy Local Cuisine 

The city of Gulf Shores continues to work closely with authorities to ensure the health and well-being of locals and visitors. As of February 2021, all restaurants, bars, coffee shops, and similar establishments are open for dining in and must ensure that tables are a safe distance apart. During your vacation, check out some of our favorite local restaurants, including Coast Restaurant and Sushi Bar, Kitty’s KafeLuLu’sTacky Jacks, and more! You can also order takeout from these restaurants and enjoy them from the comfort of your spacious dining room in your vacation rental.  

Pick Your Gulf Shores, Alabama, Vacation Rental 

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It’s time to plan your Gulf Shores staycation! Browse our collection of vacation rentals and find one that suits your every need. Out of the Blue, one of our popular properties, features a private pool, personal boardwalk leading to the beach, an elevator, two kitchens, a spacious deck, and multiple seating and conversation areas. It provides eight bedrooms, eight bathrooms, and can comfortably sleep up to 22 guests—wow!   

Whether you need a rental for a family vacation, couples retreat, or a getaway with your best friends, Harris Vacation Rentals has got you covered! Check our availability and book your stay with us today! 

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Are you tired of shoveling ice and snow out of the driveway? Escape the freezing temperatures with a relaxing winter getaway to beautiful Gulf Shores, Alabama! While summer is peak season along our Gulf Coast paradise, winter is secretly one of the best time to visit. Are you ready to enjoy lower rates, fewer crowds, warmer weather, and endless activities? Here are some of the best things to do in Gulf Shores in winter! 

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Top 5 Things to Do in Gulf Shores in Winter

1. Golfing

Gulf Shores experiences mild winters, and the beautiful weather is ideal for enjoying outdoor activities. Are you looking to play a round of golf? You’ll find an array of award-winning golf courses here. Spend a fabulous day teeing off on the 36-hole Arnold Palmer-designed course at Craft Farms Golf Club. Or, visit the links-style course at Kiva Dunes in Fort Morgan. Ranked the #1 public golf course in Alabama by Golf Advisor, this course promises to be a challenging yet rewarding play every time. 

2. Fishing

While it’s too cold for swimming during the winter months, you can still enjoy fishing in the Gulf! Cast a line right from the dock or embark on a thrilling deep-sea adventure with one of the local charters. During the winter months, the waters are teeming with species like redfish, pompano, and sheepshead. See if you can reel in all three!

3. Hiking

Calling all nature-lovers and outdoor enthusiasts! Winter is a spectacular time to take a stroll along the shoreline or the many nature trails in Gulf Shores, Alabama. Visit the Bon Secour National Wildlife Refuge and hike along miles of winding, scenic trails. Keep an eye out for rare birds, alligators, nesting turtles, and the flora and fauna of these coastal habitats. 

4. Visit The Wharf in Orange Beach

Are you looking for the best things to do in Orange Beach? From shopping and dining to attractions and events, The Wharf in Orange Beach offers year-round family fun. Soar on a zipline adventure at the Hummingbird Zipline Course, enjoy ice skating with the whole family, or play a game of laser tag at Arena The Next Level. Afterward, enjoy delicious cuisine at one of the local restaurants. 

5. Attend a Holiday Event

If you’re visiting during the holiday season, you’re in for a treat! There are tons of fun holiday events in Gulf Shores, and you won’t want to miss a single one! If you’re searching for the best things to do in Gulf Shores, Alabama, in November, the Annual Christmas Tree Lighting at The Wharf should be at the top of your list. Enjoy cookie decorating, hot cocoa, the lighting of the tree and visits with Santa at this festive celebration. Are you spending Christmas in Gulf Shores? Mark your calendar for the Annual Lighted Christmas Parade, Christmas Boat Parade, and the Flora-Bama Santa Drop

Book Your Winter Getaway With Harris Vacation Rentals

Now that you know about all the best things to do in Gulf Shores in winter, it’s time to start planning your trip! When it comes to the best local lodging, no place can compare to Harris Vacation Rentals. We offer a wide array of vacation rentals throughout Orange Beach, Gulf Shores, and Fort Morgan. Why settle for a generic chain hotel when you could be enjoying luxurious beds, full kitchens, and all the comforts of home? Plus, all of the best activities and attractions are just minutes away!

Whether you’re dreaming of a property with Gulf Views, an intimate villa, or a large family home, your dream vacation awaits. Browse all of our incredible properties and contact us to start planning your winter getaway today. We can’t wait to welcome you!

It’s no secret that Gulf Shores is home to beautiful weather year-round. The next time you take a trip to the Gulf Coast, take advantage of the sunshine and blue skies with a visit to one of the top Gulf Shores AL golf courses! Whether you’re a lifelong golfer or have never set foot on the green before, Gulf Shores, AL is the perfect place to tee off. Enjoy expertly designed courses against the backdrop of a tropical paradise. Check out some of our favorite places to play, then get ready to book your Gulf Shores family vacation with Harris Vacation Rentals!

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These are the 7 Greatest Gulf Shores AL Golf Courses

Get ready to test out your swing! We’ve compiled a lost of the eight leading Gulf Shores AL golf courses for you and your family to visit.

Note: After the closure of the Gulf State Park Golf Course, many other courses in the area are offering discounted rates. Check individual websites for deal details.

Gulf Shores Golf Courses

Kiva Dunes Golf Course

Kiva Dunes is one of our favorite golf courses in Gulf Shores, and we’re not the only ones who think so! Golf Digest ranked this exquisite course as one of the Top 100 Public Courses in the country. With over 7,000 yards of play area and plenty of secluded, natural scenery, this links-style course is perfect for any avid golfer. If you’d like to improve your skills before playing a game of your own, Kiva Dunes offers private and group lessons.

Tip: Book your tee time online in advance. The earlier you book, the more money you can save!

Peninsula Golf & Racquet Club

The Peninsula is a beautiful, private, and unforgettable golf resort nestled between Mobile Bay and the Gulf of Mexico. This 27-hole, 7,026-yard course is located next to the Bon Secour Wildlife Preserve and features lovely scenery and wildlife along the green. Enjoy views of Mobile Bay and access to the club restaurant and private beach.

Peninsula Golf is also a member of Honours Golf, a golf management company dedicated to providing exceptional golf experiences. As a member, you’ll receive preferred rates, onsite accommodations, and advance booking privileges at their courses.

Cotton Creek & Cyprus Bend at Craft Farms

Two Honours Golf courses, Cotton Creek and Cypress Bend, are both located at Craft Farms. Golf legend Arnold Palmer designed them to provide a challenging, yet inviting golf experience. As the only two courses designed by Palmer in the state, they are a must-visit for any avid golfer planning a trip to Alabama.

The greens are well-manicured, the staff is friendly, and the views (especially if you’re lucky enough to see a sunset) are stunning. Golf Digest rated the courses at 4.5/5 stars. But don’t take their word for it; come and test it out for yourself!

Orange Beach Golf Course

Head over to the small, adjoining city of Orange Beach for your next round of golf! The Orange Beach Golf Center is a 9-hole, par-3 course open every day of the week. The facility features a Pro Shop, golf clinic, and lighted driving range for you to practice your skills before stepping out on the green. The best part? You can revel in a spectacular Orange Beach sunset and keep playing golf! The driving range and Pro Shop are open until 9 p.m. daily.

Fairhope Golf Courses

Are you planning on taking a quick and fun day trip from Gulf Shores? Fairhope, AL is the perfect destination! Fairhope is just an hour from downtown Gulf Shores and is located along the Mobile Bay shoreline. Check out the pier, visit a history museum, and play a round of golf or two!

Rock Creek Golf Club

Another Honours Golf certified course, Rock Creek is an 18-hole, player-friendly golf green. Enjoy 6,900 yards of golf, perfect for long hitters eager to practice their swing. The green of the championship golf course exhibits a variety of shapes and putting surfaces with lovely views of the surrounding wetlands. You can even rent out the club to host your own on-site golf tournament!

Fun fact: Rock Creek may have been the first place on the continent where golf was played in 1170 by Prince Madoc. Come and rub the famous rock for luck before you start your game!

Quail Creek Golf Course

Quail Creek is an affordable, accessible course just minutes away from downtown Fairhope. This well-landscaped, challenging fairway has 18 holes, three lakes, and more than 40 sand traps ‒ be sure to bring your best swing! The fairway is open to walkers, so spectators and family members are welcome to explore the greenway as well. After a game, head to the Pro Shop for a golf-themed souvenir. You can ever grab a quick bite to eat at the Quail Creek snack shop and grill.

Have a Tee-Rific Vacation With Harris Vacation Rentals

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Are you ready to make your vacation a hole in one? There are so many reasons to tee off in Golf Shores, especially our world-class accommodations. After spending a day at one of the best Gulf Shores AL golf courses, come back and relax at a Harris Vacation Rentals vacation rental.

Across the street from the Orange Beach Golf Center, our Pelican Condo is part of the Orange Beach villas. This quaint community features an onsite clubhouse, outdoor swimming pool, and a serene gazebo on the lake. The Pelican unit comfortably sleeps eight, and it is equipped with chic furnishings, a full-sized kitchen, and a covered patio. And, when you stay in the Orange Beach villas, you’ll be just a mile away from The Wharf at Orange Beach, one of our favorite entertainment and concert venues in Gulf Shores.

Don’t wait to start planning your ultimate family vacation! Browse our vacation rentals and book your Gulf Shores getaway today! Check out our condo rentals, as well as our special deals!