As the summer season comes to a close, don’t let it get you and your significant other down.
Book a Labor Day couples getaway on Alabama’s beaches. Below we have put together the
ideal itinerary for a relaxing, romantic weekend in Gulf Shores and Orange Beach.
Begin your first day in the destination with a delicious breakfast at Ruby Slipper Café. Their menu is filled with delightful brunch classics with a New Orleans flair as well as craft coffee and scrumptious.
Burn off the eggs benedict and stuffed French toast from Ruby Slipper by spending the rest of your morning biking on the Hugh S. Branyon Backcountry Trail. With 15 trails that span 28+ miles and six distinct ecosystems, you and your partner will be able to explore boundless amounts of coastal wildlife all while enjoying the beauty and breeze found in Gulf State Park.
Bike on over to Woodside Restaurant in Gulf State Park for lunch. Serving creative Southern cuisine using locally sourced ingredients, you two will want to sit back, relax and enjoy the great outdoors while fueling up on a wonderful meal.
Doesn’t being on vacation make you want to act like a kid again? Grab your guy or gal and see our beaches from up above on a parasailing tour. It’s a surreal, adrenaline-pumping experience that you’ll be talking about for years to come.
You guys have had quite a busy day, so head on over to The Gulf for a laidback dinner. Located on the water with views of boats heading in and out of Perdido Pass, The Gulf is a casual, relaxing spot with a unique menu that includes seafood, vegetarian eats, freshly made cocktails and more. It’s also a fantastic place to catch a sunset.
End your first day on Alabama’s beaches at everyone’s favorite watering hole Big Beach Brewing Company. This is the first and only brewery in the destination. Enjoy one of their 12 beers on tap as well as live music by any number of local bands that spend their weekends playing in the tap room.
If you’re looking for a breakfast spot that has a little bit of everything then BuzzCatz Coffee & Sweets is your spot. They offer everything from locally roasted coffee to eggs and bacon, baked goods and made from scratch sweet treats.
It’s time to head down to the best beaches in Alabama! Grab your towel, sunblock, snacks and your favorite book for a quiet morning enjoying the sounds of waves crashing and the breeze coming off the Gulf of Mexico.
Healthy eats and Alabama BBQ collide at Picnic Beach in Gulf Shores. From smoked meats to green smoothies and quinoa bowls, this indoor/outdoor picnic-themed eatery has something for everyone. They also offer a variety of vegan-friendly dishes including the popular Beyond Burger.
Feel reconnected, refreshed and rejuvenated together by treating yourselves to a couples’ massage. Throughout Gulf Shores and Orange Beach you’ll find several full-service spas and other facilities to choose from.
With a James Beard award-winning chef, pristine waterfront views and ingredients served from the top farmers and fishermen in the area, Fisher’s at Orange Beach Marina takes flip-flop fine dining to a whole new level. Reservations are suggested.
Nothing says “it’s the last day of vacation” by celebrating with an indulgent breakfast. Pick up a box of piping hot beignets from Café Beignet in Orange Beach. These New Orleans staples are given a Lower Alabama twist at this fan favorite spot. Enjoy them with a cup of joe on your balcony or porch.
Explore the various waterways in Gulf Shores and Orange Beach by kayak, paddleboard or canoe on the Coastal Alabama Back Bay Blueway. The blueway offers four distinct trails with 21 launch sites across Gulf Shores, Orange Beach and Fort Morgan. If you don’t already have a paddleboard or kayak, there are many providers in the destination that will bring a vessel to your accommodations or launch site.
Grab lunch, shop and take a ziplining tour at The Wharf in Orange Beach. This is the destination’s premier entertainment district with lots of eclectic shops, fantastic places to eat, a marina and more. It’s also home to one of the largest Ferris Wheel’s in the Southeast.
Celebrate the last day of your vacation by dining at Fin & Fork, a locally-owned restaurant whose owners have been in the destination for over 25 years. Their menu is spectacular and the atmosphere is cozy yet lively. On the weekends, you can also find live music at their outside bar.
After dinner, sail the open waters on a sunset cruise. Both romantic and awe-inspiring, these cruises are a great way to reconnect while also learning more about the destination. Many cruise providers will also allow you to bring wine, champagne and other beverages on board. There’s no better way to end a Labor Day weekend with your special someone.