Phoenix East : We stayed in this large condo complex in Orange Beach, Alabama. (I believe there are like 12 other buildings in the Phoenix Family – in the area) We were in a corner unit, on the 18th floor, with incredible views of the Gulf. Our condo had 3 bedrooms – 1 with two double beds, a sleeper sofa, 2 full baths, and a washer & dryer, so we were pretty set for the extended weekend. Thankfully, there was also a Publix, super close-by, so we made a lot of trips to the fully-stocked grocery store (instead of having to find a liquor store, if you catch my drift).
Fortunately, our complex had a huge outdoor pool, as well as an indoor pool with a jacuzzi, and a boardwalk that led over the dunes, right to the beach. August is also considered off-season for Alabama, as their children have already ended summer vacation and returned to school. This meant that the prices were extremely reasonable. I think it cost each person $75 to stay for 5 nights. I cannot recommend it enough!
Also, in regards to the actual beach: if you know me, you know I despise sand (with every fiber of my being). That hatred did not even come into play in Orange Beach. I’m not kidding. The sand was like a combination of baby powder and confectionery sugar. Every time you stepped foot in it, it felt like you were on a cushion. It was beautiful and comfortable – totally relaxing.
Tacky Jacks : An incredible restaurant that boasts a full menu (not just seafood). Located on Cotton Bayou, the views from the upper observatory deck (our waiting area) extended over the inlet,all the way to the Gulf. Serving the areas signature drink, the Bushwacker, there are multiple levels and atmospheres to the bar and restaurant. So, I highly recommend going around sunset and watching the boats float by, as you eat.
The Gulf : Another insanely gorgeous restaurant we (ate &) drank at, located right on Perdido Pass (the waterway/bridge connecting Orange Beach to Perdido Key). The ambiance this restaurant offer was exquisite. Uniquely, it is made exclusively out of shipping containers. They do offer a very limited food menu, but a wide array of drink options. Not only that, but they also offer many different seating options and lawn games. Again, like Tacky Jacks, it really a the perfect place to just get a drink and sit by the water.
Flora-Bama : Obviously, you should hit up the namesake! It is a huge building with many levels and a varying landscape. First, there’s a black light room, then an old fashion tavern, next is a honky tonk, and finally, a main stage. There’s also an outdoor venue with seating. So, pull up a chair and grab a bushwhacker!
Not only is it really is a gorgeous area, but I also cannot recommend it enough, especially for a relaxing long weekend.