Girlfriends in Gulf Shores
Gulf Shores & Orange Beach
The Fab Four. The Travel Posse. The Fearless Foursome. Those are just a few of the nicknames my travel-loving girlfriends and I use to describe ourselves. Otherwise, we are known as Sandi, Peggy, Susan and Mary.
Since we live in various parts of the country (Susan and Sandi live near Philadelphia, Peggy lives in Chicago and I live on the Gulf Coast), we take turns hosting the “posse” for girlfriend getaway weekends. The four of us met several years ago on a 12-day tour of Europe, and instantly bonded over a shared love of travel, fine dining and meaningful conversation.
When it was my turn to host, I couldn't wait to show my girlfriends what the Alabama Gulf Coast has to offer. None of them had been to Alabama before, and I knew they would be very pleasantly surprised.
Getting the getaway underway
I picked up everyone at the airport Friday afternoon, and we were in our Orange Beach condo breathing salt air within the hour.
Eating is a high priority for girlfriend getaway weekends, and I was eager to give them a taste of what Gulf Coast cuisine is all about.
Seafood was the consensus vote for Friday night dinner, so I took the girls to one of my favorite seafood restaurants, Cayman Grill, where Chef Greg Buschmohle serves up some of the freshest red snapper, grouper and mahi mahi in town.
Following dinner and a moonlit walk on the beach, we decided to turn in early so the ladies could recoup from their long travel day and we could hit the ground running on Saturday morning.
Shopping and a Southern lunch
In true Travel Posse, ahem, fashion, shopping was on the agenda. The girls were delighted to explore some of the unique boutique shops on the Gulf Coast—they’re unlike anything Susan, Sandi and Peggy have back home.
Our first stop was SanRoc Cay—a marina with restaurants, shopping, a spa and more—where Peggy (the shopaholic of the group) found the perfect sandals at Jane Loves Shoes and a swimsuit cover at Blue Lagoon Swimwear. Then, it was on to The Wharf to make the rounds of its boutique shops.
Lunchtime was an opportunity to introduce my friends to another local gem. Dining on the coast is as much about ambiance as it is food, and Fisher’s has plenty to offer on both fronts. Sitting dockside gave us a chance to watch yachts and fishing boats pulling in and out of Orange Beach Marina.
Eager to immerse themselves in Southern culture, Susan tried fried green tomatoes for the first time, and Sandi and Peggy expanded their knowledge of Southern cuisine by ordering shrimp and grits. After sampling each dish, Susan wondered aloud “what else have I been missing out on all my life?”