Sunset photo taken from patio at Lulu's in Gulf Shores, AL
Wifey and I took our first couples overnight trip since Christmas this past weekend.
We journeyed over to Orange Beach, AL., just to look around. Seems like we haven't been over that way for a while and felt the distance wasn't too unbearable to make in two days. It's about a 200-mile or so roundtrip.
|Band adds atmosphere at Lulu's
Each eight-unit building (there were about 10 or 12 of them) was two stories and sat in close proximity to the water's edge.
Linda liked to walk along the beach and this was perfect. Just step out the sliding glass door and you were on the beach -- unless you were on the second floor, then you had to walk down the steps.
The state-park-operated units weren't that pristine, but they offered a good price that was even better during the off-season. There was a gift shop and restaurant which we enjoyed very much.
|Salad with oil and vinegar dressing
Even though it was a holiday weekend, there were plenty of rooms available.
Having stopped at the Alabama welcome center, we picked up a motel coupon booklet and decided to give the Fairfield Inn/Suites a try. It is part of the Marriott group.
|Good night's rest and great breakfast
I don't know what our original room looked like, but the new accommodations were great and would seem to have been an upgrade.
Thanks to the Fairfield staff. They really made our visit exceptional. The breakfast the next morning was good and I have to say the grits were great. There are not many places (even restaurants) that can offer grits that I deem great.
|Beach beckons for holiday travelers
Lulu was the childhood knickname for Lucy, the sister of famed singer Jimmy Buffett. The restaurant was family friendly, a non-smoking venue and offered music via a four-piece band.
|Multi-story condominiums dot Gulf Shores beach
All in all, the overnight jaunt was great. I think we'll go back more often.
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