Fall is Fabulous in Gulf Shores & Orange Beach



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Gulf Shores and Orange Beach E-tidings
September 16, 2013
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• Head out on the “Scenic” Highway
• National Shrimp Festival
• More Beach Fun
• Rachel Replies - Girlfriend Getaway
• Upcoming Events
AROUND THE ISLAND
Head out on the "Scenic" Highway 
Coastal Byway AppExplore the road less traveled this fall and deviate from the norm. Take a break from the beach and find out what else makes the Alabama Gulf Coast such a diverse vacation destination. The Alabama Coastal Connection Scenic Byway is your path to some of the area’s best-kept secrets and best-known treasures.

Whether you want to take a Sunday drive through coastal Alabama’s authentic downtowns or delve into the freshest seafood on the Gulf Coast, the Alabama Coastal Connection offers four suggested itineraries with something to suit every vacation style. There’s even a smart phone app to make it easy to navigate the highways, ferries and back roads to your road trip adventure.

To learn more, visit the Alabama Coastal Connection.

   
LOCAL FLAVOR
National Shrimp Festival  
ShrimpWe have a shrimply great way for you to spend a fall weekend in Gulf Shores. Savor some good times at the 42nd National Shrimp Festival, October 10 through 13. More than 250 vendors will line the beach boardwalk with everything from fine art to outdoor gear. Oh, and we can’t forget the stars of the show, those delicious, fresh, gulf crustaceans: shrimp! Get them boiled, fried, steamed, barbecued . . . you name it, you’ll probably find it at the Shrimp Festival.

Take a break from browsing and eating to check out the festival’s live entertainment, including concerts by Everclear, Blackjack Billy and other regional favorites. And you’re sure to see some spectacular creations at the Sand Sculpture contest! There’s plenty more fun to be had and activities to enjoy at this year’s National Shrimp Festival, so make your reservations, pack your bags and head down to see us!

   
More Beach Fun 
Fall is packed with fun activities in Gulf Shores & Orange Beach. And, great weather means it’s the perfect time to be outdoors for festivals and events.

The Coastal Birding Trail will be hopping during the 10th John L. Borom Alabama Coastal BirdFest, October 3 through 5. By foot or by boat, join guided tours of prime birding locations for a look at the area’s impressive avian population.

Take the short drive to nearby Foley for the Alabama Festival of Flavor on October 19 and to Elberta for the Original German Sausage Festival on October 26. Both are sure to leave your tummy full of wonderful local delights.

Get ready for some toe tapping at the 29th Annual Frank Brown Songwriters Festival, November 7 through 17. Nearly 200 songwriters will converge on the Gulf Coast to perform at several local venues.

And in mid-November, join us as Coastal Christmas kicks off with holiday events including parades, Christmas teas with Santa, holiday shopping extravaganzas and more!

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eventsUpcoming Events 
Annual Piratefest
September 21-22
26th Annual Alabama Coastal Cleanup
September 21
2013 Fall Scarecrow Festival
October 4
Three Dog Night and Little River Band at the Wharf Amphitheater
October 18
South Baldwin Community Theatre presents: A Walk in the Woods
October 18-20, 25-27
sports eventsSee our upcoming Sporting Events

See our complete Calendar of Events.
RACHEL REPLIES
Q: I’m considering a girl’s beach getaway this fall. Since it’s not the summer season, will there still be plenty to do while we are in Gulf Shores & Orange Beach?
A: Fall is a fabulous time to plan a girlfriend getaway! The temperatures are still great for sunbathing and even swimming. There’s no need to worry about long lines at the local hot spots for dinner or drinks, and there’s still a wide array of activities to enjoy. If shopping and spa time are on your must-do list, you won’t be disappointed in the selection of famous-brand retailers or beach boutiques and spas. Feeling adventurous? Then check out the Hummingbird Zipline or set sail on one of Orange Beach’s sailboat excursions.

Check out our fun contests for a chance to win a three-night stay and see what our have to say about ways to enjoy Gulf Shores & Orange Beach in the fall.
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