So you’ve decided to escape the harsh winter in Michigan, Minnesota, South Dakota or Canada? Is North Dakota going to be too cold? Pennsylvania and Ohio are nice in the spring and summer, but you need a change. You’re retired and you’ve decided to head south for a more tolerable winter. You’re a Snowbird and you’re looking for a place to land for a couple of three months or so. Welcome to The Alabama Gulf Coast! We have some of the prettiest beaches, friendliest locals and best entertainment anywhere. Our winter accommodations rates are affordable and we’re only just a few interstate hours away from you! Come on down! We love Snowbirds in Gulf Shores, Orange Beach and Fort Morgan! Need a reason to come stay with us?
Here are 5 Reasons Snowbirds Should Winter in Gulf Shores, Orange Beach or Fort Morgan:
If the reason you have chosen to winter in the south is to avoid the snowy, cold weather of your home state, you’ve come to the right place. Winters in are mild and usually dry and sunny. The average high temperature in December in Gulf Shores is around 62 degrees. Lows stay above freezing in the mid-forties. If you’re looking for a South Alabama white (sandy) Christmas, Gulf Shores, Orange Beach and Fort Morgan should be on your short-list when deciding your winter vacation destination!
Rental rates are fabulously low during the winter months. And because many tourists don’t visit the beach during the winter, choices for the perfect place to stay are abundant. Whether you want a one bedroom condo like The Dunes 502 or The Indies 405 or Beachview 223, or a two bedroom condo like The Dunes 608 or Grand Caribbean 215, we have your covered. Would you like a larger place so you can easily host friends or family? Consider a three bedroom condo like The Dunes 709 or a great beach home like The Boathouse which has two bedrooms, but sleeps 7 guests. Maybe you’d like to share the rent with some of your besties from back home? Consider Imagine or Southern Comfort or LA Getaway. WiFi is available in most units so you can keep up with what’s going on back home on your favorite social media outlet. And, for those of you traveling with your fur babies, we have several rental homes that do allow pets. We will also be happy to recommend local pet groomers, vets and doggie daycares so your babies can get the same furry love they are accustomed to. Some restrictions will apply for long-term rentals so be sure to call or text us at 251.543.1370 to ensure you are able to book the property you’re interested in for the amount of time you want to stay.
Everyone’s favorite attractions are open all winter. The Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo hosts visitors all year long. When your grands come to visit, you’ll want to take them to The Track or Pirate’s Island Mini Golf or Adventure Island. Golf courses like Craft Farms, Timber Creek and Peninsula are beautifully groomed and are so welcoming under the soft winter sun. Shopping is all around. With great retail venues like The Wharf, Pelican Place, San Roc Cay and the shops at the Original Oyster House Boardwalk, there is no shortage of retail fun waiting for you! Travel just a few short miles into Foley and The Tanger Factory Outlet Mall is always a hit! For those of you who feel lucky, Wind Creek Casino is just a short drive away. And of course, Gulf Shores, Orange Beach and Fort Morgan’s bike trails, tennis courts and indoor pools are also open.
- Dining out
Most local restaurants offer early dinner discounts, so you’ll be able to enjoy our wonderful Alabama Gulf Seafood for a lot less than summer guests do. Local faves like King Neptunes and Mikee’s in Gulf Shores love Snowbird guests. Bubba’s in Orange Beach and Cobalt, The Restaurant have some of the friendliest staffs and best menu items around. You must go to Doc’s for fresh oysters. Located on Canal Road for more years than we can count, Doc’s Seafood Shack is easy to drive right by. But don’t! Stop and go in for cold beer and fresh oysters! While you’re on Canal Road, check out The Keg Lounge and Grill for one of the best burgers you can put in your mouth! Drive a little further east and visit Flippers on Bay La Launch Avenue. Breakfasts are also amazing in Gulf Shores and Orange Beach! There are so many places to have breakfast and brunch around our island. Don’t miss The Ruby Slipper and Hazel’s Nook. For a few more suggestions, check out our faves by clicking here.
We know that just because you’re retired doesn’t mean you’re idle. We love that our Snowbirds want to become part of their winter communities and Alabama Gulf Coast Snowbirds are no exception! We are so happy when our Snowbird family members want to volunteer around our island. There is certainly no shortage of need for volunteers. The Retired Senior Volunteer Program RSVP of Baldwin County is always looking for volunteers to serve in many different capacities. The United Way of Baldwin County has many partner agencies, like The American Red Cross, Ecumenical Ministries, and Catholic Social Services who always welcome volunteers. These agencies are really good about tailoring your volunteer experience to meet your personal goals. Local libraries and our chamber and convention and visitors bureau also love volunteers!
We want you to know that we love Snowbirds in South Alabama. We welcome you and your friends to come spend your winter with us, and to come back in the summer if you have time! At Sunset Properties, our Snowbird friends have become our Snowbird Family and we look forward to your arrival each year. If you’ve never stayed with us, ask your friends about us. We’re pretty sure they will gladly recommend us to you. As you begin to make your plans for this winter, give us a call, then give us a try.
While you’re making your plans to arrive, don’t forget to contact our local post offices in Gulf Shores and Orange Beach to get yourself a mailbox for the winter.
If you’re already one of our family, we cannot wait to see you again! Please travel safely as you head south and come on down! If we haven’t yet met you, we are anxiously awaiting your call! Either way, come on down! We’ve got your winter home ready and waiting!