Gulf Shores, AL
The view from our condo each morning was never a disappointment. The Pelicans came like clockwork to dive for fish. There was even a dolphin that swam up the river a few mornings looking for an easy breakfast. The condo sat by the Bon Secour River just up from the intercostal waterway, so we got to see a variety of things, from kayaks to barges, while eating breakfast on the screened porch. I could stare across the water at the sunken hull of the boat imagining pirate treasure and pretend that the dolphin fin was a mermaid tail. (sigh)
Gulf Shores was the perfect spot for us this year. The sun, the sand, the sea, the food…… I’m not a sun worshipper, but every few years I have to get my beach fix. And we could live on seafood all year round. Nothing beats fresh seafood! We found Billy’s Seafood on the Bon Secour River and purchased Mussels, Crab, and Shrimp. (They do mail order! YES!) We steamed Mussels in wine and used the leftover sauce for seafood pasta. We ate Oysters at The Steamer – raw, baked and stuffed with blue cheese, Oysters Rockefeller, and Cajun stuffed oysters. Oh, the baked Cajun stuffed oysters were “Da Bomb”. Then there was LuLu’s, Jimmy Buffet’s Sister’s restaurant. Patrick fell for Gumbo Love. I fell in love with the Mahi Tacos. Um, yes, that taco does have a bite taken out of it. I forgot to snap a pic on my phone before I dug in.
When you are down there and a waitress asks if you want a Bushwhacker, say yes! (made with 5 kinds of Rum, really, you can’t go wrong.)
Then there was the shopping. We loved the little antique stores lining the highway on the way to the Gulf. Gulf Shores itself was beachy and made for Tourists. OF Course we hit the souvenir shops! You can’t have fun with random props unless you do. Hey, don’t judge me. You haven’t seen me in Bass Pro…..