A Girlfriend Getaway to Write Home About (or Not)
Your guide for planning a girlfriend getaway to Gulf Shores and Orange Beach.
“Want to plan a girls' trip to celebrate your big birthday?”
“Definitely, where should we go?”
“I don't care as long as there is a beach, spa, and drinks!”
“What about that place you went to in Alabama last year? That looked so cool.”
Don’t all girlfriend getaways get planned over text these days? When you are trying to bring together old (as in “long-time”) friends that live in different states and have busy lives, sometimes that is just the way it happens. And it was this conversation that spurred my friend of 25 years and I to finally plan that girls’ trip we have been thinking about for years.
Gulf Shores was the perfect pick. So whether you are looking for a chill girls’ trip or one where “what happens in, stays in” type of trip, here is your guide for planning a girlfriend getaway to Gulf Shores and Orange Beach, Alabama.
Where to Stay
With so many vacation rental options to choose from, there are plenty of options that are great for a group large or small. We hung our hat at the Crystal Tower, courtesy of Young’s Suncoast Vacation Rentals. This two-bedroom, two-bath condo offered plenty of space for togetherness and privacy, as well as some stellar sunrise views.
What to Do
As tempting as it is to just sit on the beach, it is hard for two people who are used to constantly being on the go to sit still for too long. We kicked off our escape at The Spa at the Beach Club near historic Fort Morgan. Massages and mimosas are an excellent way to start the day!
After relaxing on the sugar-white sand beach, it was time to set sail for a sunset catamaran cruise with Sail Wild Hearts. Not only were the views spectacular, the staff was friendly, the BYO booze was flowing, and we even spotted a few dolphins (and a marriage proposal) along the way.
We ended our first night at the legendary Flora-Bama roadhouse. Singing our hearts out to “Sweet Home Alabama” in the famous bra room to a live band may or may not be something we were writing home about (or posting on social media!). But at the end of the night, I was ready to shout “Roll Tide!” with the best of them.
If you want to be active the next morning, I’d highly recommend a kayak tour with Coastal Kayak Excursions. It’s a fun way to spend some peaceful time on the water and enjoy reconnecting with your best girlfriend. If the beach is on the agenda, pick your spot in the sand or stop by one of the beachside restaurants or bars. One of our favorites was The Hangout. Where else can I listen to live music while sipping a Shark Attack cocktail and jumping into a bubble party?
Where to Eat
The hardest decision when it comes to a girls’ trip in Gulf Shores is figuring out where to eat, because there are just so many great options. The fresh seafood and fun venues continue to surprise me with every return trip. Two of my favorite afternoon hangouts are LuLu’s for a cheeseburger in paradise and fresh fish tacos or oysters at The Gulf.
The fine dining choice has to go to Fisher’s at Orange Beach Marina. This upstairs dining option wins my heart for style, presentation and flavor. Ginny Lane Bar & Grill wins for desserts with the best key lime pie and bread pudding. And I agree with Travel + Leisure that Brick & Spoon offers one of the best breakfasts around.
In fact, I’m always happy to return to Gulf Shores and Orange Beach just for the food. Now I just need to figure out which girlfriend to bring with me next time!