One of the most romantic places on earth is the beach. Beaches offer a natural ambiance unmatched by any other venue. The beaches that wrap the Alabama Gulf Coast are no exception. The sugary white sandy beaches that stretch 32 miles along the Alabama Gulf Coast are a remarkable site. Just beyond the dunes covered with sea oats blowing in the Gulf breeze, the lapping waves of the Gulf of Mexico kiss the shore. Whether you prefer long walks into the sunset holding your sweetheart’s hand or a brisk jog at dawn before your morning coffee, for romance, you’ve come to the right place!
Have you made your reservation yet? Let’s start there! For an incredible view of the beaches of Fort Morgan, check out The Dunes or The Indies. Consider Beachview 223 if you want to stay in Gulf Shores. Would you prefer Orange Beach? Check out Moorings 414. Sunset Properties also has beach homes and cottages available if that’s your preference. Truly, the beach is for lovers and these condos are sure to please!
But what do you do if you want to kick it up a notch? What can you and your sweetie do to make something that’s already great just a tad bit better? Well, we have a few suggestions that we believe might make your romantic getaway one neither of you will soon forget.
1 SAVOR A GOURMET DINNER
You drove all this way down to the coast and you’re too tired to cook. It happens. We know and we understand. You want to rest, relax, unpack and enjoy your time with your honey. How nice would it be to have a gourmet meal available or a bag of snacks and fruit waiting on your when you arrive at your beach home? Orange Beach Concierge Services located at The Wharf offers both. If you’d like to have your dinner prepared, they have an extensive list of menu items including lasagna, New Orleans dishes, salads and seafood to choose from. In addition, they offer grocery shopping and will deliver your groceries right to your condo or beach house.
If you’d rather go out for dinner, we suggest Wolf Bay Lodge located in Orange Beach. The folks at Wolf Bay Lodge have been preparing local seafood dishes since 1973. With menu items like lump crab cakes, rib eye steaks, and oysters rockefeller, you cannot go wrong with a dinner from Wolf Bay Lodge.
2 STOP AND SMELL THE ROSES
There isn’t a much more romantic gesture than giving your true love a bouquet. It really doesn’t matter if your prefer roses or a pretty vase of mixed seasonal flowers, we know just who to call to arrange your delivery.
The talented staff at Flowers by the Shore has been serving the Gulf Coast for over 20 years. Check out their website for pictures of their colorful bouquets, cut flowers, fine wines and gift baskets. Order early and have your special arrangement ready to be delivered when you arrive.
Another option for flowers and gift baskets is All Island Flowers. Browse their website to see the most popular floral arrangements currently trending on the Gulf Coast. They also offer a great selection of snack and fruit baskets ready for delivery.
3 FEED YOUR SWEET TOOTH
You have a craving for something sweet and you don’t know where to go. Visit the Chocolate Corner located near the intersection of Fort Morgan Road and Gulf Shores Parkway for delicious homemade butter fudge, pecan caramel paws, gourmet truffles and other chocolates. And we have to mention their barks. They have the best barks! From Sea Salted Almond Bark to Peppermint Bark to their famous Beachy Bark, they have you covered. They also serve Blue Bell Ice Cream, Frappuccinos, fruit smoothies and espresso. Stop by and try a treat or two, your whole mouth will thank you.
If you happen to be on Beach Boulevard in Orange Beach, stop by Kayden’s Candy Factory for so “oh-my-goodness-yummy” treats! From truffles, to fudge, to coconut clusters to caramel apples, Kayden’s has something for everyone’s sweet tooth. They also serve ice cream and shakes. Gift boxes available, as well, and we know you’ll want to grab one of those to take back home.
4 WATCH THE SUN SET FROM THE SKY
Have you ever seen the sun set from 500 feet above the ground? What an amazing site! Contact the folks at Orange Beach Helicopters and book your evening outing. You’ll fly over the beaches and waters near the Caribe Resort for about 30 minutes as you watch the sun’s rays fade and the evening’s darkness take over. This ride is a special way to end a day of romance or begin an evening of enchantment.
Ever considered skydiving with your sweetie? The good folks at Lost Bay Helicopters, a veteran owned and operated Gulf Shores company that leaves out of Jack Edwards National Airport in Gulf Shores, will fly you up and allow you to skydive down. You don’t have to skydive if you choose to ride with these guys, but if you want to give it a try, skydiving could be a lot of fun! Beach tours and special occasion tours are also available. Contact them for reservations and details.
5 PAMPER YOURSELVES
You’re at the beach. You just went skydiving with your sweetie, took some amazing pictures on the way down, and now you need to relax a bit. It’s time to book a couples’ massage or salon outing. It’s time to pamper yourselves. To have a massage right in the comfort of your own beach house, contact Austin Massage Therapy located on Gulf Shores Parkway in Gulf Shores. They have a 5.0 rating from TripAdvisor and, with an appointment, they will come to you. If you’re in Orange Beach, visit Spas of Eden for a day of pampering. They offer facials, skin, nail and hair services from their location at Palm Pointe Shopping Plaza. Serenity at the Beach, located in Orange Beach, features Aveda products. For deep tissue or hot rocks massages, check out this lovely salon. If your romance happens to lead to a marriage, they also offer wedding services.
6 DELIGHT IN A DOLPHIN CRUISE
You’ve heard about dolphin cruises. Your friends have been out on the bays and coves that surround Gulf Shores and Orange Beach to see the dolphins up close, but you haven’t. Well, it’s time to take the plunge, so to speak. While you can’t swim with the dolphins when you book an outing on The Southern Rose, you will surely see a few swimming alongside. This double-decker cruiser has both inside and outside seating. Choose from an open-air view or an air conditioned one. Cruises last from one to two hours and there is a snack bar on the boat offering sodas, chips, wine, beer and other snacks. We know you will have a delightful time watching some of our area’s most playful and friendly local wildlife.
7 LET OUR LOCAL THEATRE CAPTIVATE YOU
You don’t have to be in NYC to see a great live performance. Gulf Shores is home to the South Baldwin Community Theatre. That’s right! You and your honey can experience a well directed, tastefully staged, live play right here. Our actors are locals from all around South Baldwin County and, though we’re probably a little biased, we believe they are every bit as good as those guys in the big cities. The theatre is located at 2022 West 2nd Street in Gulf Shores. Upcoming plays this year include: Picasso at the Lapin Agile, The Snow White Variety Show, and Disney’s The Lion King Jr. Give them a call. The box office folks are waiting to make your reservation now!
8 WISH UPON A STAR
It is so hard to see the stars when you’re surrounded by city lights. We often miss meteor showers, too. They happen all year long, but we’re just too busy to even notice them. How about doing a little star gazing while you’re in our neighborhood? Grab your sweetheart, you favorite blanket and something cool to sip on. Then kick back and watch the night sky from a perfect vantage point: the beach. Let the sound of the Gulf waves lull you into relaxation, while the sky flickers and dances with the natural lights of the stars, planets and meteors. EarthSky.org provides a list of all the meteor showers and their visibility times. We suggest paying special attention to the Leonid, Orionid and Perseid Meteor Showers. Those star shows are usually pretty awesome! Oh, and don’t forget to make your wish!
9 CREATE YOUR OWN SOUVENIR
Creating something together is a great way to make a special memory. Visiting an art gallery is also a great way to spend a day. Why not do both in one place? The Coastal Art Center of Orange Beach, located on Canal Road, is a 10,000 square foot art gallery overlooking Wolf Bay. The center itself is a sight you won’t want to miss. This art center is not only a gallery, but also a place to create. Visit The Hot Shop and make your own blown glass sculpture or visit the The Clay Studio to create a personal piece of pottery. Instructional classes on watercolor painting, mixed media and acrylic are also available throughout the year. We know the quality time you spend together here, coupled with the personal treasure you make and take home, will make an imprint on your heart that will last a lifetime.
10 PHOTOGRAPH YOUR MEMORY
Your stay has been an amazing one. You’ve made some great memories and you know the time is coming when you’ll have to go back to your busy job and home life. Why not take a professional snapshot of your trip back with you? Sure your phone takes nice pictures, but wouldn’t you love to have a professionally done, beautiful portrait reminder of your special romantic getaway hanging in your family room? The good folks at Chasing the Son and Sun Shots Photography can work with you in an effort to get you exactly the portrait you want. They will meet you at your desired location and make every effort to get the exact pictorial memory you can see in your mind’s eye. Both of these local companies offer extensive information about their services on their websites and, as you’ll see, their photography is wonderful!
Gulf Shores, Orange Beach and Fort Morgan towns and beaches are spectacular all year long. Any time is a great time to visit them. Sometimes, though, we know the best time to go is when you’re celebrating the love you share with someone special. We also know planning a romantic getaway can be a challenge and we hope these ideas are helpful. We, at Sunset Properties, will be happy to offer any assistance we can when you contact us to make your accommodations reservation and we’re looking forward to seeing you when you arrive.
When you visit, we ask that you leave only footprints. However, when you leave, we hope you take home romantic memories that will last a lifetime.