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With so many vacation rentals and accommodations available, planning an Alabama Gulf Coast trip can be overwhelming. Why stay at a chain hotel in Gulf Shores when you have an entire beach house to yourself? Harris Vacation Rentals offers the best places to stay in Gulf Shores 

Aside from choosing your new home away from home, you’ll also need to decide the best activities to put on your beach vacation itinerary. Take a look at our Activities Guide and start planning your fun-filled trip!  

All About the Best Places To Stay in Gulf Shores 

Harris Vacation Rentals in Gulf Shores 

Gulf Shores is known for its pristine white beaches, fantastic hiking trails, and family-friendly attractionsHarris Vacation Rentals is proud to offer a collection of Gulf Shores beach homes of all different shapes and sizes. Whether you’re looking for a pet-friendly rental, a home with a private outdoor pool, or a beautiful beachfront house with views of the Gulf of Mexico, we’ve got you covered.  

Things To Do in Gulf Shores

The excitement never stops when you stay in Gulf Shores! Some of the best things to do in the area include:  

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Harris Vacation Rentals in Orange Beach 

In addition to Gulf Shores, Orange Beach is a top-notch vacation spot along the Gulf Coast. We offer a collection of condos and luxurious rentals here that are perfect for any group. You can search our Orange Beach vacation rentals according to bedroom sizeso you can be sure that you can find the most accommodation home for you.  

Things To Do in Orange Beach

How will you spend your Orange Beach getaway? If you’re looking for some recommendations, some of our favorite local spots include 


Harris Vacation Rentals in Fort Morgan 

If you prefer a laidback vacation where you can immerse yourself in nature and history, Fort Morgan is the spot for you. Here, you can enjoy all the perks of being near Gulf Shores and Orange Beach, but you can benefit from the seclusion and calmness of Fort Morgan. We offer an impressive list of Fort Morgan vacation rentals, all with varying amenities, so you’re able to find exactly what you’re looking for. 

Things To Do in Fort Morgan

Fort Morgan might be more relaxed and laidback than other Gulf Coast areas, but that doesn’t mean it falls short with amazing things to do. Some of the best places to visit in Fort Morgan include: 

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Choose Your Gulf Coast Getaway 

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Now that you’ve got the inside scoop on all the areas where we offer vacation rentals along the Gulf Coast, what will you choose? You can’t go wrong no matter what! Check our availability and pick the perfect vacation rental for you or call us here at Harris Vacation Rentals, and we will help you along in the decision-making process. We can’t wait to host you!

Over the last decade, the Alabama Gulf Coast has become a culinary mecca for creative cuisine. Award-winning chefs paired with unique dining concepts have us craving more and more! Recently, local restaurateurs and chefs have upped the ante and opened these new Gulf Shores restaurants. During your next beach vacation to Gulf Shores and Orange Beach, pack your suitcase and your appetite. You might as well throw in some stretchy pants, too!

Dine at These New Gulf Shores Restaurants

1. Sunliner Diner

Location: 100 E. 2nd Ave., Gulf Shores, AL

Phone: 251-937-6590

You’ll find all the cool cats at Sunliner Diner. The diner’s décor is straight out of the 1950s. Bright reds and a wall full of jars filled with colorful candy invite you to sit down and take it all in.

Breakfast is served all day at Sunliner Diner. Traditional diner fare is also served for lunch and dinner, beginning at 11 A.M.  Just like a classic old-school diner, you’ll find rotating glass cases displaying the most divine desserts you’ve ever laid eyes on. There are even “boozy milkshakes” when you want a little something more “adult.”

2. Picnic Beach  

Location: 128 E. 1st Ave., Gulf Shores, AL

Phone: 251-540-0117

If you’re looking for a fun and funky Instagram-worthy spot for lunch, there’s nothing in Gulf Shores like Picnic Beach. This Gulf Shores restaurant caters to both meat-eaters and vegan travelers with delicious barbecue dishes and an impressive selection of clean greens and acai bowls. Did we mention the BBQ Jackfruit Sandwich? Image smoked jackfruit, sriracha BBQ, key lime coleslaw, and grilled pineapple on a whole wheat bun. Wait. Why imagine it when you can order it at Picnic Beach?!

This indoor/outdoor picnic-themed restaurant is located in the heart of Gulf Shores. It’s within walking distance to the main public beach area, making it easy to reach from the beach and offers a fun spot to order up something besides traditional fare at beach restaurants.

3. Margarita Loca Bar & Grill  

Corn tortillas filled with shredded lettuce, shredded barbecue chicken and topped with mango pineapple salsa

Location: 3800 Gulf Shores Pkwy, Gulf Shores, AL 36542

Phone: 251-948-0818

This Mexican restaurant specializes in all of your beloved favorites— tacos, burritos, fajitas, enchiladas, and more. Guests go loco over their mouthwatering fishbowl margaritas, which is large enough to share. To listen to fun live music, visit Margaritas Loca on a Friday evening. 

4. The Crazy Cajun 

Location: 1220 Gulf Shores Pkwy, Gulf Shores, AL 36542

Phone: 251-948-0862

Satisfy your Louisiana cuisine cravings and head to The Crazy Cajun for a one-of-a-kind dining experience. This authentic, full-service, Cajun restaurant has it all!  Whether you’re seeking po-boys, crabcakes, jambalaya, etouffee, or seafood gumbo, this restaurant has all of the favorites.

5. The Wacked Out Weiner  

Location: 3800 Gulf Shores Pkwy #340, Gulf Shores, AL 36542

Phone: 251-948-0988

Get a fix for your hot dog craving at The Wacked Out Weiner. They offer a variety of hot dog combos that come with chips, a drink, and unlimited toppings. Don’t be afraid to go nuts and add as many toppings as you want, such as bacon, banana peppers, homemade chili, bbq baked beans, and more.

6. Bleus Burgerburger

Location: 3800 Gulf Shores Pkwy #240, Gulf Shores, AL 36542

Phone: 251-948-2538

Put a spin on your typical burger and fries and head to Bleus Burger. This eatery dresses their burgers with your choice of delicious ingredients, sbuch as candied jalapenos, house-smoked pulled pork, french-friend onions, and more. You can also customize your fries with parmesan truffle seasoning and gorgonzola cheese. In addition to meat-centered dishes, you’ll find shrimp tacos, quesadillas, salads, and more.

7. Playa 

Location: 27842 Canal Road, Orange Beach, AL

Phone: 251-981-9891

Are you wondering where you should have Sunday brunch? We have one word for you—Playa. In addition to fantastic brunch specials, Playa serves endless mimosas until 2 P.M. Some of our favorite Playa dishes include the Cuban sandwich and Crab and Manchego-Crusted Amberjack. This Caribbean-inspired restaurant also offers several allergy menus, including dairy, gluten, shellfish, and soy-free.

Enjoy Your Gulf Shores Vacation With Harris Vacation Rentals 

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When you stay in a Gulf Shores vacation rental with Harris Vacation Rentals, you’ll be near all of the fantastic new Gulf Shores restaurants. Vacationing doesn’t always mean eating out, though. Sometimes, it’s fun to bring your eats back to your vacation home, sit on the balcony, and enjoy the view. Whatever your vacation dining style, know that you’ll find plenty of delicious dishes to rave about from many delectable restaurants in Gulf Shores and Orange Beach.

Planning Tip!

Are you bringing Fido along on a pet-friendly vacation? Learn all about

The Best Dog-Friendly Restaurants in Gulf Shores and Orange Beach.

Sunny and warm, there are few elements beyond the climate alone that could make your stay in the Gulf Shores area any better. However, the local restaurants in nearby Orange Beach just might give the weather a run for its money!

For those times when you’re hankering for a bite to eat while you’re out and about, we’ve put together a short list with a few of our favorite Orange Beach culinary establishments. Below, you’ll find some of the greatest Orange Beach local restaurants. We hope that you enjoy these listed restaurants and their delectable dishes! Read on to learn more about where to go for the best meals around!

Brick & Spoon

A breakfast and brunch place with amazing Southern and new American cuisine, Brick & Spoon serves up mouthwatering favorites like their cornmeal crusted oysters with sriracha on deviled eggs, softshell crab eggs benedict, and the Killer Creole Omelette with fire roasted grits. Top off your meal with one of their famous Bloody Marys!

Cosmo’s Restaurant & Bar

This popular restaurant is open for lunch and dinner, but be mindful: the food is so good that loyal customers can cause the wait times to get a bit long. If you don’t mind the wait or if you come during an off-peak time, you can revel in the deliciousness of the firecracker shrimp, duck and Andouille sausage gumbo, barbecue crab claws, or their full sushi menu. All with an amazing view of Perdido Pass!

Fisher’s Dockside (and Fisher’s Upstairs)

Recommended by Southern Living Magazine, this restaurant actually houses two separate restaurants under one roof, both with waterfront dining. Fisher’s Dockside is the casual, family-friendly part of the restaurant, while Fisher’s Upstairs provides an upscale dining experience with two bars and a rotating seasonal menu. Both sections serve variations on classic American and Southern cuisine, including shrimp and grits, bushwhackers, pan-seared grouper, and Murder Point oysters.

Orange Beach Local Restaurants: Ginny Lane Bar and Grill

Serving up dishes in the American and Southern culinary tradition, this restaurant is famous for its blackened shrimp over fried green tomatoes, pecan encrusted chicken, the creamy grits with shrimp and bacon, chicken tortellini, and their famous white chocolate bread pudding. The bread pudding recipe was actually willed to the restaurant by their pastry chef!

Doc’s Seafood Shack & Oyster Bar

If you’re looking for a seafood fix, you can’t go wrong with Doc’s! Voted one of the Top 10 Seafood Shacks in America by Fox News, this quaint food spot has served seafood gumbo, fried crab claws, golden fried oysters and more in the area for over thirty years. They truly know their way around seafood!

Explore What Orange Beach Has to Offer with Harris Vacation Rentals!

Trust us; whether you’re looking to rent, or you just want to learn more about this amazing vacation destination, we can help! Browse our rentals by bedrooms and contact our reservations team today to learn more about what you can expect during your stay in Orange Beach when you book with Harris Vacation Rentals.