Tuesday, November 17, 2015

(Photo: Gulf Shores Tourism)The Gulf Shore region of Alabama is one of the
nation"s most popular beach destinations during the summer — but don"t
overlook it as an ideal getaway in November or December.
In fact, now may be
one of the best times of the year to visit.
Here"s why.1.
You won"t have to
fight the crowds.
During the summer months, the powder white beaches that
stretch from the cities of Gulf Shores to Orange Beach are covered with
towels, chairs, and screaming kids.
You"ll fight bumper-to-bumper traffic to
get anywhere, and if that somewhere happens to be a restaurant, you can expect
up to a two-hour wait for a table.
That all changes once the kids head back to
school — there"s less traffic, more open beach, and minimal waits at
local restaurants.2.
The hostess will seat you right away.
We"re not
exaggerating: In July and August, it will be well over an hour after you put
your name down for a table before you"re called.
You won"t have that problem
in the off-season (although some restaurants close for the winter and many
shorten their hours of operation).
This is the perfect time to visit the
LuLu"s at Homeport Marina, the laid-back venue owned by singer Jimmy Buffet"s
sister, Lucy, or to head to Flora-Bama Lounge & Oyster Bar, where you"ll
good food, live music, and a great rendition of the region"s signature drink,
the Bushwhacker.3.
It"s oyster season.
They say you shouldn"t eat oysters in
months that don"t have an "r" in them, which makes the fall — not the
summer — the ideal time to slurp down the local favorites,Murder Point
Oysters.
Sample their "buttery" goodness at Fisher"s at Orange Beach Marina,
where you can have a more casual experience dockside or an upscale evening
upstairs.4.
You"ll find great deals on hotels.
To keep the rooms filled,
hotels and vacation rentals drop their rates by 50 percent or more in the off
season.
As an example, Gulf Shores Plantation is offering a deal on Twitter of
$89 per night for a one-bedroom condo.
A comparable condo in June runs well
over $200 per night.
Deals like this can be found at @BeachSpecials, among
other resources — and you can of course check directly on hotels"
websites for their latest specials.5.
There"s still plenty to do.
Granted,
the average daily temperature in November is 62.5 degrees (and the water is a
chilly 65 degrees), according to the Gulf Shores and Orange Beach
Tourism.
That"s too cold for a swim, but there"s plenty to do besides sunbathe
and play in the waves.
Golf the more than 200 local holes, visit historic Fort
Morgan, or fish Wolf Bay for redfish, the variety made famous by the beloved
Paul Prudhomme.6.
You can find unique holiday gifts.
Having a hard time
finding the perfect gift for that special someone? Gulf Shores" stores aren"t
the typical mall offerings.
Start at The Wharf, where you can select a new
outfit at one of several boutique clothing stores, purchase the latest fishing
gear at Mo Fishin Outfitters, and grab a nearly indestructible, double-walled
tumbler for your hot or cold drinks at Tervis Tumblers.
Sanroc Cay Marina also
has great shopping.
Don"t miss the boutique fashions at Too Hot Mamas or the
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a restaurant, you can expect up to a two-hour wait for a table.

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