1 Recovering from another uninhibited night in the French Quarter I lay in my hotel bed catching up on old episodes of Duck Dynasty. Normally commercials irritate me but what came on next was an ad for Orange Beach, Alabama illustrating a fun-filled utopia with crystal waters and soft sand. After four wild nights on Bourbon Street, relaxing seaside sounded like exactly what I needed.

Being geographically challenged, it had never dawned on me that southern Alabama is right along the gulf coast. After a bit of research on google maps I found that this tropical oasis was little more than a three hour drive from where I was staying in New Orleans.

After a beautiful drive through Mississippi and on to scenic Alabama I reached my destination. Towering resorts and quaint beach homes line the main strip which at one end takes you right to the state line of Florida. After quickly finding a room at the Hilton Garden Inn, I was upstairs with my swimsuit on and back down to the beach.


Orange Beach is truly a hidden gem. The beach stretched as far as I could see and with sugar-like sand and gentle, inviting waves.

What to see along the way:

Take the scenic route through Fairhope and Foley once you reach Alabama, the elegant homes and yards lined with picturesque old oak trees provide breathtaking views and plenty of photo ops for avid photographers.
You'll have worked up an appetite after the trek, so stop in at Dannys Fried Chicken as you pass through Fairhope for the best buffet you will ever have! For under $10, you cant go wrong.

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