The Alabama 50th Anniversary Tour Concert at The Wharf on August 6, 2021, and you scored some great tickets for your friends and yourself. Congratulations! Now it’s time for you to plan your Girl’s Weekend Getaway to the Alabama Gulf Coast. We think that’s an awesome idea! We all remember when Alabama, featuring Randy Owen, Teddy Gentry and Jeff Cook from Fort Payne, Alabama were new to Country Music. It’s hard to believe we have been enjoying their distinct sound for this long. But we have. We grew up with them! And now that we are a bit more mature than we were 40 plus years ago, our tastes have changed. But our love of Gulf Shores, Orange Beach and Fort Morgan, just like our love of Country Music, has just grown sweeter than Momma’s tea over the years. While you’re visiting our island paradise, you and your girlfriends should really try the following:
1. A Luxury Penthouse Stay
Years ago, we would go to a concert and be happy to just sleep in the backseat of our Mom’s station wagon if we didn’t have a place to stay. We’ve even gone so far as to head to the beach with nowhere to stay in mind, and, after spending the whole day on the beach, found ourselves too tired to drive home, so we slept in a car all night. But now we’ve got real adult lives and real adult jobs and our tastes have changed significantly. While the old wagon’s backseat was alright for the younger versions of us, today we like a little more comfort when we travel. I know I do! I, too, am planning to see Alabama at The Wharf. (The first time I saw them was in the 70s…the nineteen – seventies… at the county fair… in Tuscaloosa! Yes…I am that old! And wow! We’ve all come a long way since then….but I digress…) This time I am excited to see them play at The Wharf in Orange Beach. And, because I want to spend the weekend away from my house, just like you, I already have the perfect place to stay reserved. I am sleeping, not in my car, but in a wonderful beach home near Fort Morgan. Where are you ladies staying? Sunset Properties has the perfect penthouse condominium beach home in Orange Beach or luxury beachfront condo in Gulf Shores already ready for you and your besties. Would you rather stay in an exquisite single family beach home located right on the beach? Check out Eden’s Waters where you will see first-hand what spending a weekend in a luxury Gulf-front beach home feels like. Go ahead! Spoil yourself! And your girlfriends! After all, this may be the last time you all come to Gulf Shores to see Alabama in concert. Might as well make it the absolute best possible weekend you can! Do it up right!
2. A Spa Day
Speaking of spoiling yourselves, how about planning a spa day while you’re in town? Gulf Shores and Orange Beach are home to some of the best day spas in the state. Eden Spa and Salon in Orange Beach offers a wide variety of services and it is easy to find. Eden Spa is located right in the Palm Point shopping center in Orange Beach. Don’t want to leave your luxurious beach home? Call them, they will come to you! They offer services to help you with hair, nails, skin and body care. Serenity at the Beach, also located in Orange Beach, is another great option for some top-notch spoiling. They offer services from pampering your hair and nails to pampering your whole body with deep tissue, stone and stress relief massages. This is a must-do for any girls’ weekend. Be sure to reach out to these wonderful day spas and make an appointment ahead of time. Don’t wait or you might miss your opportunity to enjoy this important part of any girls’ weekend.
3. A Personalized Souvenir
You probably have all the koozies, magnets and airbrush t-shirts you can stand already at home. How about taking home an “adult souvenir” from this trip? Your girls’ weekend out to see Alabama may just be a once-in-a-lifetime event. And since you’re doing this weekend with your ride-or-die sisters, you want to make the best memories possible, right? Then be sure to visit the Coastal Arts Center of Orange Beach while you’re on our island. The talented and professional group at the Coastal Arts Center offers classes on making blown glass original art. You can literally make your own souvenir! Create something especially beautiful with your besties and make a great memory in the process! The Coastal Arts Center also hosts visual arts classes and pottery demonstrations. This is a great way to pass an afternoon either before or after your day spa outing.
4. A Delicious Dinner
After a spa trip or making the perfect souvenir, you will definitely be hungry. There are so many great restaurants to choose from on our island. New restaurants squeeze their way in, and some are well received, and some seem to leave on a Gulf breeze. And while we all have our new favorites, I suggest you try at least one of our restaurants that has been here for many years. If you’re looking for “tried and true” as we say, enjoy dinner at DeSoto’s in Gulf Shores. DeSoto’s Seafood Kitchen is a local favorite. How good is this place? Sunny 105.7 FM, our local island radio station, holds a People’s Choice Award contest each year for locals to vote on their favorite places to eat, play, etc. Sunny 105.7 has done this for many, many years. And DeSoto’s has won this award many, many times! Another local favorite is Doc’s Seafood Shack located on Canal Road in Orange Beach. When you hear the word “shack” you might shy away from eating here. Don’t let the name fool ya! The good folks at Doc’s have been serving up some of the best seafood on our island for over 35 years. You don’t stay relevant for that long if you aren’t doing something right. Both of these are great suggestions for a fun girls’ night out dinner. These two restaurants prepare their seafood a bit differently, but both are amazing places to eat! Hey, why not try one on the first night you’re in town and the other for lunch or dinner the next day?!
5. A New Look – Head to Toe
What girls’ weekend trip is complete with a little shopping? With the Foley Tanger Outlets just a few minutes away, there is no excuse why you all can’t spend some time soaking up some retail therapy. Last year, the pandemic seemed to rob us ladies of our customary relaxing shopping experiences. For months, many of our favorite stores were closed or the items we could buy were limited. Welcome to post pandemic outlet mall shopping! While you’re in south Baldwin County for The Alabama 50th Anniversary Tour Concert at The Wharf in Orange Beach, be sure to visit one of our favorite pedestrian malls located in Foley, Alabama. The Tanger Outlets in Foley are open and shopping is encouraged. With great stores featuring Kate Spade New York, Polo/Ralph Lauren and Coach just to name a few, why would any shopaholic deny herself the opportunity to “get her fill” of upscale bargains? I can’t think of one reason! Be sure to check out all of the ninety-seven stores that make this mall one of a kind in Coastal Alabama.
The Alabama 50th Anniversary Tour Concert at The Wharf will certainly be a great event to attend. I, for one, cannot wait! I am looking forward to spending the weekend in my Sunset Properties “home away from home”. Even as a member of the Sunset Properties Team, I enjoy the luxury of staying in a perfectly stocked, tastefully decorated beach vacation home now and then. Like an amazing Sunset Properties beach home, coastal spa days, DeSoto’s and Doc’s never disappoint. And shopping at Tanger in Foley always leaves me smiling! Enjoy your stay. Enjoy your outings. Make lots of memories. Take lots of pictures! And, if you haven’t already booked your vacation home, be sure to give us a call. We have your getaway home ready for you and your group!
We wish you a safe and fun concert weekend. And…hey… we might just be the folks singing right beside you at the concert! We’re glad you’re planning to make Gulf Shores, Orange Beach and Fort Morgan your “home in Alabama” even if it’s just for a couple of nights!